10th > June > 2013 Archive


New Android plan: Gurn at your phone to unlock it

Google has filed a patent for a new method for controlling computers and other devices by pulling funny faces.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jun 2013

Telefonica's new offering: We will penetrate you by surprise, every day

Mobile network giant Telefonica has launched new business unit Eleven Paths, which promises unprovoked attacks on customers every day, in the interests of greater security.
Bill Ray, 10 Jun 2013
What the Tianhe-2 super should look like in its final home

Enter the Dragon: The Chinese superputer set to win the Top500 crown

The Chinese government can keep a secret probably as well as any organisation on the planet, but pride will get the best of anyone - at least some of the time.
things turned ugly, and then I got old

The Reg's best-looking reader reveals list of jobs for the beautiful

A Register reader has posed as a hottie in order to reveal the positions available on a job-advertisement board for beauties only.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jun 2013

Now you can use your phone instead of your wallet at the ATM, too

Diebold has been demonstrating its vision for the future of hole-in-the-wall cash machines, and it's one which replaces the plastic card with a cloudy alternative.
Bill Ray, 10 Jun 2013
Mattel Aquarius

The toy of tech: The Mattel Aquarius 30 years on

ArchaeologicOnce described by Creative Computing journalist David Ahl as “a machine so cheesy, they should have supplied rubber gloves to wear while using it”, the Mattel Aquarius was launched in the UK - and went on sale in the States - 30 years ago this month.
Tony Smith, 10 Jun 2013

Trustmarque completes £43m MBO

Management at Trustmarque Solutions (TMS) have completed a buy-out of the business for £43m with the financial backing of mid-market private equity specialist Dunedin.
Paul Kunert, 10 Jun 2013

Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

A former CIA technician has broken cover to reveal himself as the mole who leaked information about PRISM - the US government's massive web surveillance programme.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jun 2013
Disk Drives

'THINNEST EVER' spinning terabyte beauty slips out of WD fabs

WD says it is shipping the thinnest terabyte drive ever, giving thin and light notebook suppliers and users 143GB of capacity* per millimetre of drive thickness.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2013

Who's the daddy of Virgin Media now? That would be Liberty Global

US cable giant Liberty Global has completed its takeover of Virgin Media in a $24bn (£15.5bn) cash deal.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2013
Boy slapping another boy on the head

Sexy models clash at big bash over catty tweets: Yup, it's HTC v Samsung

HTC and Samsung engaged in a little Twitter spat this weekend which rapidly turned nasty, while LG happily poked the warring giants with a pointy stick.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Jun 2013

The only Waze is Google: Ad giant tipped to gobble map app 'for $1.3bn'

Crowd-sourced map app maker Waze has apparently accepted a billion-dollar buyout from Google - ending months of speculation about who was going to end up with the Israeli firm.
Bill Ray, 10 Jun 2013

CIA-funded upstart: THE TRUTH about Prism and NSA's web snooping

Palantir Technologies has denied its Prism software is related to the NSA's controversial and massive PRISM web surveillance system.
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2013

Chinese 'nauts prep for next coupling in Heaven, clear way for new station

China's space agency has announced that its next manned mission will blast off tomorrow - and carry three 'nauts including the programme's second woman space traveller.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Jun 2013
Not for hobbits

Waving an Eye-of-Sauron pulsating mock cock? Stop immediately

NSFWAnn Summers has declared one of its vibrators is NSFW - and the last letter doesn't stand for working.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jun 2013
Cat 5 cable

Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard

Digital Compaq HP has announced the end of support for various flavours of OpenVMS, the ancient but trustworthy server operating system whose creator went on to build Windows NT.
Liam Proven, 10 Jun 2013

US chief spook: Look, we only want to spy on 6.66 billion of you

US spy-boss James Clapper has once again emerged from the shadows to insist that America's global-spanning web surveillance programme is lawful and only targets foreigners.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jun 2013

HMRC ordered to cough up compo for winding-up petition, says Enta

Enta Technologies has claimed that a judgment given at the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ) last week ordered HMRC to compensate it over a gaffe related to a winding-up petition.
Paul Kunert, 10 Jun 2013

FUTURE of mobe tech: Today will be dry with chilly gusts of 12Mbps

Internet monitoring isn't just for the US government as mobile network operators turn to real-time analysis to work out what we're doing, and what we're going to be doing, too.
Bill Ray, 10 Jun 2013

Obama faces off China's prez: We can't be pals with all this cyber-theft

US President Barack Obama took his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to task over the weekend for the Communist state's alleged swiping of American intellectual property.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Jun 2013
bug on keyboard

Microsoft borks botnet takedown in Citadel snafu

Security researchers are complaining about collateral damage from the latest botnet take-down efforts by Microsoft and its partners.
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2013

QLogic brandishes axe over staff, seeks $20m cost savings

Some of the reasons for QLogic's ousting of its CEO have become clearer after the company issued a restructuring statement.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2013

NSA PRISM-gate: Relax, GCHQ spooks 'keep us safe', says Cameron

British intelligence agencies have broken no laws and are subject to "proper" parliamentary scrutiny, Prime Minister David Cameron insisted today as the NSA PRISM scandal reached Blighty.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2013

FBI, DHS and DoJ cool with SoftBank-Sprint merger

The Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have collectively withdrawn their objections to SoftBank's acquisition of the Sprint network.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 10 Jun 2013

Curtain drops on Apple Store ahead of WWDC: What lies behind?

Apple has pulled down its online store in accordance with tradition ahead of the WWDC, an annual love-in allowing fanbois to glimpse the fruity firm's latest products.
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jun 2013

Hacker who helped find Steubenville rapists threatened with decade in prison

A security consultant who helped uncover evidence of the repeated rape of an Ohio teenager has been raided by the FBI and charged with offenses that could see him spend 10 years in prison.
Iain Thomson, 10 Jun 2013

Google boasts of app tuning prowess on 'warehouse scale clusters'

The hot-shot techies at Google are schooling IT shops once again, and this time the company is discussing some tuning and testing it has done to boost the performance of its applications running on multiprocessor servers with non-uniform memory access (NUMA) clustering to lash together two or four processors together into a single system image.

Comcast expands public Wi-Fi net using customers' modems

Comcast, the US's largest broadband provider, has announced plans to expand its public Wi-Fi network by turning millions of customers' cable modems into open wireless hotspots, as well as providing new wireless home automation capabilities.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2013

Red Hat parachutes into crowded PaaS market

After an extended beta, Red Hat's OpenShift PaaS is ready for general consumption, pitting the Linux company's platform cloud against similar products from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and others.
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2013
The AVA500 robot in a meeting

Cisco and iRobot build videoconferencing robot for remote workers

For the last two decades videoconferencing manufacturers have been touting their systems as the ultimate tool for remote workers. Now Cisco has added one of its "telepresence" systems to a remote-control robot that can wander around the office meeting people and performing inspections.
Iain Thomson, 10 Jun 2013

Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

UpdatedApple came out swinging at its detractors during its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote presentation in San Francisco, announcing a slew of new products including iOS 7, the next version of OS X, new MacBook Air notebooks, a "sneak peek" at the next-generation Mac Pro, and iTunes Radio - nee iRadio.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jun 2013

HP cloud gets crucial fed security certification

HP's virtual private cloud technology is now FedRAMP compliant, making it easier for US government agencies to consume the company's cloud computing services.
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2013
ISS Red shirt

Singing astronaut Chris Hadfield resigns from Canadian Space Agency

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station and occasional orbital troubadour, has resigned from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), officially ending his 21-year career as an astronaut.
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2013

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