7th > November > 2013 Archive
Facebook gives THUMBS DOWN to its OWN design makeover
Facebook has unveiled a design tweak that will change the look of one of the social networking site's most oft-used features.
Australia's Electoral Commission won't release vote-counting code
Following the shambolic Western Australian Senate election, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has turned down a citizen's FOI request to look at the software it uses to count Senate votes.
Build your own mobile network for the low, low price of US$2,000
Universities and mobile network engineers can have a crack at service development for around $US2,000, courtesy of a development kit launched by Range Networks.
Drugs e-souk Silk Road back from the dead with new Dread Pirate Roberts
Barely a month after the FBI shuttered the first Silk Road online black market, the secretive souk is back with another "Dread Pirate Roberts" (DPR) at the helm – and the operator has added PGP encryption for good measure.
Twitter to flog IPO shares at $26, eyes $2bn prize ... IBM will be pleased
Twitter has formally declared it'll flog its shares at $26 a pop on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.
OK, maths wonks: PRIME TIME has arrived
Every Reg reader knows that a prime number is divisible only by one and itself.
Microsoft, Facebook: We'll pay cash if you can poke a hole in the INTERNET
While Facebook and Microsoft already run security bug bounty programs of their own, the two companies are now working together to reward researchers who can find flaws in some of the underlying technologies behind online communications.
We've invented the FONBLET, says Samsung
Samsung has thrown an analyst day in Korea and the deck of slides shown to the rune-casters has found its way onto The Reg's hard drive.
Truly secure clouds? Possible but not likely say Georgia Tech boffins
Georgia Tech has added itself to the chorus, nay, throng of voices warning that poorly-implemented cloud computing and the world of BYO mobile devices are threats to enterprise security.
Microsoft glues Windows 8, Windows Phone programming programs
In a step toward creating a single, unified app store for both desktop Windows and Windows Phone, Microsoft has announced that developers can now register for both stores simultaneously using the same account.
Another zombie 'bogus app' bug shambles out of Android
Jay Freeman, aka @saurik, has detailed another Zip implementation bug in pre-4.4 (Kit Kat) versions of Android which, similarly to the notorious APK vulnerability exposed earlier this year, opens a hole that malware can sneak through.
World's first astro-bot sends greetings from International Space Station
Diminutive Japanese astro-bot Kirobo has sent its first greeting from space in a brief message from the International Space Station, where it’s awaiting the arrival of three flesh-and-blood companions later today.
IPMI in Supermicro servers vulnerable says HD Moore
Metasploit's HD Moore is gnawing at the security of the The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) again, this time zeroing in on the firmware implementation from vendor Supermicro.
Chinese hacker bust drove crims underground says report
The public exposure of Chinese hacking group APT1 and its alleged affiliation to the People’s Liberation Army has done nothing but drive its members deeper underground, according to a US congressional report.
Cops: Bloke makes bet with wife. Wife loses - so hubby TASERS her
A Chicago Bears fan was cuffed on Monday night after allegedly giving his missus a right royal tasering - purportedly the result of a bet that the Illinois team would prevail over the Green Bay Packers.
Brazil makes it official: Gov email must be state-run and on-premises
Brazil has followed through on its promise to make its government email open source and entirely- on-shore.
Fury as OS X Mavericks users FORCED to sync contact books with iCloud
Apple has removed from Mac OS X Mavericks the ability to directly sync an iPhone's contact list with its owner's computer – forcing the user to instead upload their address book to Cupertino's cloud and download it to the local computer.
IBM makes cheeky SNATCH at AWS's cloud crown
IBM has launched an offensive in which it claims it is the world's foremost cloud company.
Dell under fire for labour rights abuses at China plants
Dell has become the latest Western technology giant to find itself accused of labour rights violations at plants operated by Chinese suppliers, with new allegations suggesting extensive overtime, low wages, discriminatory hiring and dangerous working environments are all prevalent.
Huawei set to pump MILLIONS into 5G mobe networking research
Chinese networking kit giant Huawei plans to pump $600m into 5G research over the next five years.
Samsung slips out slim spinner with surprisingly sizable storage supply
Seagate’s Samsung subsidiary has launched a 2TB mobile drive, claiming it to be the world’s thinnest 2TB drive.
Heins didn't have the beans. Can comeback king Chen fish BlackBerry out of jam?
AnalysisBlackBerry’s plan for rebirth using the dream team of Alicia Keys and chief executive Thorsten Heins has failed. Sybase turnaround king and CEO-of-the-moment John Chen is now its new great hope.
Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?
An open casting call for "lead roles in a Disney film" is rumoured to be the search for unknowns to lead the new Star Wars movies.
Big customers need a personal servicing, says Big Blue grand fromage
InterviewIBM has handed the bulk of its largest corporate hardware customers to channel partners – some 200 accounts – but it is retaining 23 clients who will still get the touchy-feely treatment from its direct sales reps – who comprise half of the unit's sales.
You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next
It isn't just paedophiles. It is the accountant who thinks he is worth more than the company decides to pay him, and decides to create and pay fictitious invoices. It is the card-cloning gangs buying and selling mag stripes and card dumps. It is the drug dealers who think they are smarter than the police.
Furious Google techie on NSA snooping: 'F*CK THESE GUYS'
Eric Schmidt's indignation over the NSA's reported spying on links between Google's data centres pales in comparison to the righteous indignation of his engineers.
WAIT! What's that sound? It's Intel stomping into the 'Internet of Things'
Intel has set up an entire business unit to make sure that it doesn't miss out on the the whole "internet of things" movement.
Enabling the on-demand data centre with SDN
InterviewThe hybrid cloud is becoming a notable thing. Companies such as Microsoft are pushing visions like CloudOS while work patterns change to allow more flexibility in worker location.
KitKat swats yet another Android 'MasterKey' bug
Android 4.4 contains a fix for yet another – albeit weaker variant – of the so-called MasterKey bug that first surfaced in July.
Google told: Erase Mosley's orgy. Now everyone will view it again
A French judge has told Google to devise a way to take down all links to nine images of former F1 boss Max Mosley at a sadomasochistic orgy.
Deezer unveils tarted-up music-streaming service after $130m injection
Music streamer Deezer sexed up its wares yesterday, the new features the result of a gigantic recent $130m investment.
The CURSE of WHO: WHY has there never been a decent videogame with the Doctor?
Doctor Who @ 50Doctor Who has not done well as part of the videogame industry. There have been a fair number of professionally-made games based on the series, but few with the BBC’s official blessing and of them an even smaller number that were actually worth playing for any length of time.
MPs blast 'alarmingly weak' management of one-dole-to-rule-them-all
The botched implementation of the Department for Work and Pension's Universal Credit system looks set to lead to a multimillion pound write-off of IT assets, MPs said today.
How Google paved the way for NSA's intercepts - just as The Register predicted 9 years ago
FlashbackMuch hilarity has greeted Eric Schmidt’s deeply sincere “outrage” at his “discovery” that the NSA was spying on Google. For example, Vanity Fair pointed Mr Schmidt to some helpful Google searches.
PC rivals weep while Lenovo dazzles with Q2 box-shifting numbers
If the HP folks in Palo Alto were hoping to see a chink in Lenovo's armour on its latest quarterly financials they will be sorely disappointed - a double-digit growth fest was banked by the Chinese dragon AGAIN today.
Blood king of the tyrannosaurus, grandad of T-Rex
A new kind of vicious tyrannosaur that pre-dates Tyrannosaurus rex has been unearthed in southern Utah and christened the "King of Gore".
Google 'fesses up: Yup, we're KILLING OFF IE9 support for Gmail, Apps
Google has finally revealed its plans for Gmail and Google Apps to stop working with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9.
AutoCAD daddy buys UK design software firm Delcam for £172.5m
Autodesk is all set to slurp British firm Delcam for £172.5m in a bid to snatch more software to offer to the manufacturing sector.
Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers
A misfiring antivirus update from Kaspersky Lab "effectively levelled several networks" last months including systems at Britain's NHS, The Register has learned.
While the BBC drools over Twitter, look what UK's up to: Hospital superbug breakthrough
CommentThe BBC has gone Twitter-crazy this week, with every pre-IPO twitch reported in the top-of-the-hour bulletins. But when you peek beneath the hype, it's not the wonder-fest you might think.
Berners-Lee: 'Appalling and foolish' NSA spying HELPS CRIMINALS
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, granddaddy of the internet, has attacked the NSA and GCHQ for their "appalling and foolish" cracking of online encryption.
Foxconn-rebrander Apple to rebrand hardware from other Taiwanese firms, too
Apple is planning to work with new manufacturers in China to beef up its supply chain and meet growing demand for the iPhone 5S.
Tesla shares dip as Elon Musk admits electrocar firm ran out of juice
Shares in Tesla Motors dropped over 14 per cent yesterday after CEO and founder Elon Musk revealed that the firm doesn't have enough batteries for its Model S.
Twitter #blabbergasm explodes as shares soar close to $50 on NYSE
A profit-starved Twitter saw its shares debut on the New York Stock Exchange today with a price tag $45.10.
Skype U-turns on plan to kill off desktop API, spares foot from bullet
Skype has backtracked on a decision to terminate its desktop API next month, a move that would have broken the voice-chat service for millions.
Jack Dorsey in IPO talks over payment platform Square - report
Twitter co-founder chats to banks about floating ANOTHER profitless firmNot content with one high-profile IPO, Jack Dorsey is trying to get his other startup, payments firm Square, onto the market in 2014, according to recent reports.
Microsoft offers Google-esque multi-meddling options in Office Web Apps
Microsoft has added joint editing capabilities to Office 365 apps.
Wayback Machine hardware up in FLAMES (but interwebs' DeLorean WAS backed up)
The internet archive charity behind the Wayback Machine has launched an emergency funding drive following a fire which wrecked more half a million dollars worth of equipment.
EMC adds Syncplicity updates to its feature overload to-do list
Just when EMC wanted to proclaim an updated Syncplicity secure file sync'n'share product, it a target="_blank" href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/06/emc_suing_pure_storage/">sued Pure Storage for poaching EMC staff, whom it accused of taking confidential information using … yes, you guessed it … Syncplicity.
Canadian Vultures shave bare for winter
For those of you unaware, Movember is a movement to raise awareness and funding for men's cancer research during the month of November. Participants grow moustaches for the duration of the month to raise awareness and encourage others to donate to their Movember team.
Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms
Terrorists in Afghanistan and the Middle East are discussing changing their communication systems as a result of Edward Snowden's revelations, the boss of GCHQ said on Thursday.
Apple iPhone factory workers imprisoned in virtual slavery – report
Global manufacturing giant Flextronics International, which supplies components for Apple, Cisco, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft, among others, has been accused of virtually imprisoning workers in indentured servitude.
New plan: Sell Amazon cloud monitor tool, hope Amazon is OK with this
ExtraHop Networks has launched a monitoring product on top of the Amazon cloud and is gambling that Bezos & Co won't produce a cut-price mimic if it finds success.
Cloud, virtualisation and big data added to TAFE curriculum
A new curriculum for information technology courses taught at Australia's colleges of technical and further education (TAFEs, Polytechnic for UK readers, community college in the USA) has been released.
Does F-Secure's antivirus turn a blind eye to spook spyware? CEO hits back
Antivirus maker F-Secure has responded to privacy campaigners' concerns over the handling of spook-grade surveillance malware – by insisting its security software slays government spyware wherever it can.
TWITTER CLOSES ... its first day of stock trading with shares up 73 per cent
Twitter and its financial advisors will be patting themselves on the back and counting their bucks after the firm's first day on the stock exchange saw its perceived value rise 73 per cent at the close of trading.