23rd > August > 2013 Archive


Workers at world's largest – and most remote – telescope go on strike

Workers at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, aka ALMA, have embarked upon a decidedly down-to-earth pursuit at the world's largest astronomical installation: they've gone on strike.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Aug 2013

Oracle launches paid support for 'free' NoSQL database

Oracle has added a paid support option to the "free" version of its BerkeleyDB-based NoSQL database.
Jack Clark, 23 Aug 2013
Apple iOS 6 Maps

Apple snaffles travel app in quest for way out of Maps debacle

Apple has bought another mapping startup, this time a small firm called Embark that develops public transit maps for download to Apple and Android devices.
Iain Thomson, 23 Aug 2013

Government intervention unlikely for beleaguered BlackBerry

Struggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry shouldn't expect any help from the government, a prominent cabinet minister has indicated.
Neil McAllister, 23 Aug 2013
Delta Airlines' Nokia Lumia 820 running Windows Phone 8

Delta Air Lines makes mass Windows Phone 8, Lumia 820 buy

Microsoft finally has something it must have craved for ages: a colossal, enterprise user of its Windows Phone platform, with a super-recognisable brand to boot. But the announcement about the buy uses the most optimistic number possible to describe the sale.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2013
Screen shots of Baidu's new mobile OS

China's Baidu builds new type of App Store

Chinese web giant Baidu has unveiled Light App – a new distribution model for mobile applications which could eventually help international developers to better promote their wares in the world’s biggest smartphone market.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Aug 2013

BILLION-TONNE BELCH emitted from Sun to hit Earth this weekend

It's a stormy forecast from the space met offices for this weekend, as those whose business it is to monitor these things say the Sun has coughed out a couple of hefty plasma belches in our direction and these can be expected to pelt the planet with particles in coming days.
Lewis Page, 23 Aug 2013

Indian IT exporters coin windfall profits as rupee plunges

India has in recent weeks descended into a financial crisis, but despite dire economic warnings, industry watchers believe that the period of instability could actually benefit the country’s IT services giants and their outsourcing customers.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Aug 2013
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Google testing 'Helpouts' video support service

Google has started testing “Helpouts”, a new service that it says is “a new way to connect people who need help with people who can give help, over live video, anytime, anywhere.”
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2013

Our Vulture 2 spaceplane sprouts sleek pointy beak

The nylon dust has almost settled on the epic design and build saga of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane as 3D printer 3T RPD Ltd fires up the machine to craft the last pieces of our revolutionary aircraft.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2013

Boffins use HOT maths MODELS to predict spam of the future

Australian computer boffins reckon game theory can be applied to build better spam filters.
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2013

Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns...

Episode 7
Simon Travaglia, 23 Aug 2013
David Miranda and Glenn Greenwald

'You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back'

QuotwThis was the week when Britain discovered that its spooks were either seriously inept or specialising in some sort of double-bluff, Pink Panther-style posturing to throw everyone off the real scent.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Aug 2013

Tat bazaar eBay takes a rest for 'scheduled maintenance', goes offline

eBay is currently out of action for its users, but the downtime is not because of an unexpected outage. It is instead due to "scheduled general maintenance", the company has confirmed to The Register.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2013
Acorn's Electron

Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

ArchaeologicThe Sinclair Spectrum made the Acorn Electron inevitable.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2013

Looking to sell the cloud? You're going to need references

CommentOver the past few years, industry conversations around cloud computing have shifted. Whereas they initially focused on customer organisation benefits, such as lower costs and greater flexibility while using services, today we realise that cloud technology is in the process of fundamentally transforming the IT supply chain itself.
Philippe Fosse, 23 Aug 2013

Holiday HELL: Pourquoi, monsieur, why is there no merdique Wi-Fi here?

Something for the Weekend, Sir?DAY 1 I arise at 02:00am and clatter about the house noisily. This is my preferred method of waking up the family without the ignobility of knocking on bedroom doors or the inevitable upset that follows from vigorously shaking shoulders or throwing iced water into faces.
Alistair Dabbs, 23 Aug 2013

Dell nemesis Icahn offers Apple's Tim Cook slap-up grub in share buy bid

Investor Carl Icahn - best known for trying to stop Mike Dell from taking Dell the company private - has applied more gentle pressure to Apple boss Tim Cook to get the chief exec to beef up the iPhone maker's share buyback.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Aug 2013
Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth talks ARM servers at Mobile World Congress

Ubuntu Edge Linux mobe: 'Made you look,' crows Shuttleworth

Canonical's attempt to raise £20.5m ($32m) to create a Ubuntu Linux smartphone wasn't the failure it appeared to be: despite only managing two fifths of its fundraising target by its own deadline, the Edge handset project was a hugely successful advertisement for the Ubuntu distribution.
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2013

Germany warns: You just CAN'T TRUST some Windows 8 PCs

Microsoft's new touchy Windows 8 operating system is so vulnerable to prying hackers that Germany's businesses and government should not use it, the country's authorities have warned in a series of leaked documents.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Aug 2013
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist... Spy HARDER

Game TheoryWith the excitement of Gamescom still ongoing, it’s easy to forget that the weekly release of videogames continues unabated. Thankfully the idle hours of the impending Bank Holiday offer a firm reminder - especially given the extended weekend marks the release of one of the year’s best action games:
Mike Plant, 23 Aug 2013

Report: Secret British spy base in Middle East taps region's internet

Among the vast haul of information lifted from secret networks by former US intelligence sysadmin Edward Snowden are details of a top-secret British spy base placed in the Middle East to tap into undersea communications cables and eavesdrop on the region's internet, it has been reported.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2013

Plucky ISS 'nauts manage to bodge tricky camera gizmo onto podule IN SPACE

PicTwo Russian cosmonauts have managed to stick a new camera mount on the International Space Station despite a couple of hitches.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Aug 2013
Babbage and the Raspberry Pi rig before insertion into Babbage. Pic: Dave Akerman

Rasp Pi skydive: Ballsy Baumgartner best beware Brit bionic Babbage Bear

PicsAustrian high-altitude geezer Felix Baumgartner had better watch his back, because there's a furry Brit contender for the world skydiving record preparing to leap into the void from a breathtaking 39,000m.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2013

Russian spyboss brands Tor a crook's paradise, demands a total ban

Russia's spybosses are contemplating blocking access to the Tor network and similar privacy tools that try to prevent netizens from being traced online.
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2013


Steve Ballmer is leaving identity crisis-hit Microsoft.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2013
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'Silent' staff stood by as £100m BBC IT project tanked – DG

The BBC's new director general Tony Hall says staff should have spoken up about the catastrophic Digital Media Initiative (DMI).
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Aug 2013

Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

Microsoft's 99,000 employees face a future without its chief chair-flinger Steve Ballmer who just announced his retirement to a happy Wall Street.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2013

Amazon spaffs MYSTERY private Wi-Fi waves all over Apple's orchard

Amazon has been testing its own radio network, seeing if Globalstar's private Wi-Fi technology fits the Amazon business model, and if customers would pay for better wireless networking.
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2013
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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

Steve Ballmer has just seen his personal wealth surge by a cool $1bn after announcing his retirement from Microsoft - which immediately caused the company's stock to soar close to a 12-month high on Wall Street.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2013
alibaba logo

Jack Ma and clique aim to retain control at Alibaba after IPO

Alibaba is planning to rejig its management structure to ensure that its partners get to nominate the board and keep control over the firm after it goes public, the Hong Kong Economic Times reports.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Aug 2013
Dell logo in crosshairs

US court: Dell can't hound debtor with robocalls to her mobile

US mobile phone users can stop companies from contacting them using automated dialling systems, an appeals court said in a ruling against Dell.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 23 Aug 2013
bug on keyboard

PayPal fixes critical account switcheroo bug after researcher tipoff

PayPal has fixed a critical flaw that allowed an attacker to delete any account at will and replace it with one of their own.
Iain Thomson, 23 Aug 2013
Google Glass

Google plonks down cash for Foxconn's head-mounted display patents

Google has snapped up a parcel of patents from Hon Hai Precision Industry, the Taiwanese electronic manufacturer more commonly known as Foxconn, in a move seemingly designed to bolster its Glass headsets against potential competitors.
Neil McAllister, 23 Aug 2013
Zombie cloud

VMware's Project Zombie gives dumb servers BRAAAAINS

VMware has taken the wraps off the gigantic task-automation system that will marshal resources in its upcoming infrastructure-as-a-service cloud.
Jack Clark, 23 Aug 2013

Silicon Valley slurped millions of NSA cash for PRISM participation

New documents from Edward Snowden published in The Guardian have shown for the first time the financial relationship between the NSA and some of the largest names in the tech business over the PRISM data-collection scheme.
Iain Thomson, 23 Aug 2013

Guardian teams up with New York Times for future Snowden GCHQ coverage

Faced with a mounting backlash from UK authorities, The Guardian newspaper has announced that it will collaborate with The New York Times to release further documents detailing the activities of the UK's Government Communications Headquarters.
Neil McAllister, 23 Aug 2013

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