27th > February > 2014 Archive
New FBI boss says cyber crime, not terrorism, is top of Feds' todo list
RSA 2014The FBI's new director James Comey has told the RSA security conference in San Francisco that he is making thwarting online crime the major focus for his agency in the coming decade.
Turnover at the top in Oz telco-land as AAPT, Huawei, Optus, lose top brass
Two plush offices just became available in Australian telco-land, with the departure of C-level executives at AAPT, Optus and Huawei.
Cost-slashing Sony axes 1,000 workers and 20 stores in US
Sony Electronics announced that it will shut 20 of the 31 stores it operates in the US and lay off 1,000 workers – a third of its workforce.
Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'
VidA California woman claims to have been the victim of a "hate crime" after allegedly being attacked in a San Francisco bar because she was wearing Google Glass.
50,000 women knocked up by big data, wearable tech, crowds and cloud
Big Data, cloud, wearable computing and crowdsourcing boosters now have very, very tangible evidence of the technologies' power: 50,000 new humans.
A3CUBE HPC boffins: They've uncloaked. Now what?
CommentA3CUBE, which came out of stealth on Monday, is the latest firm to gamble on in-memory networking, in its case using PCIe to create a very fast network with nanosecond latency between nodes.
Rip up telco red-tape so they can take on Viber, WhatsApp, says Brazil
MWC 2014Brazil's communications minister says the country is looking at a new telecommunications regulatory regime, to take into account the rise of services like Viber and WhatsApp.
US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN
A United States Senator is demanding that US regulators ban the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.
OpenID Foundation launches XML-free ID handler
The OpenID Foundation is unshackling developers from the burden of having to work with XML, with the launch of a protocol designed to make the tasks performed by its OpenID protocol more mobile-and-API-friendly.
Mix-and-match mobiles: Google unveils Project Ara dev conference
Google says it is planning a series of three online developer conferences this year in support of Project Ara, the modular mobile phone design being developed by its Motorola Mobility division.
Samsung chairman wins £500m legal fight with brother
A legal battle that threatened Samsung's stability has ended after company chairman Lee Kun-hee’s brother decided not appeal a court decision against him.
Toshiba floats enterprise cloud storage-as-a-service
Toshiba has entered the cloud storage game with a new enterprise-grade service designed to deliver SAN and NAS capabilities to cloud provider customers.
Github brews text editor for developers
Github has released a beta of what it says is “ the text editor we've always wanted.”
What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK
MWC 2014Mobile World Congress is often as interesting for the silly gadgets as it is for the mainstream announcements.
UK unis, McAfee collude to beat collusion attacks
The UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is backing research designed to improve detection of “collusion” between malicious apps on the Android platform.
Oz feds kick the metadata retention can, again
The Australian Federal Police is renewing its push to sweep up as much telecommunications metadata as is humanly possible, as a Senate Committee conducts a review into telecommunications interception legislation.
Google Glass: Reg man tests tech specs
First LookEver since Google revealed its Glass tech specs, the more enthusiastic members of the technological commentariat declared that we are only weeks away from devices that not only calculate just how much of that Ben & Jerry's triple-cream treacle fudge delight you just ate, but can also figure out its impact on your cholesterol levels and alert nearby hospitals to your imminent attendance and likely symptoms.
Your CIO is now a venture capitalist and you work at their startup
Chief Information Officers are about to start behaving like venture capitalists, complete with an “I don't care if nine things I try fail so long as one goes really well” mentality. And what's more, their bosses will love it when they do so.
Q&A: Schneier on trust, NSA spying and the end of US internet hegemony
RSA 2014Bruce Schneier is the man who literally wrote the book on modern encryption, publishing Applied Cryptography in 1994, and for the past 20 years has been an important and sometimes outspoken voice in the security industry.
Apple launch iSpy certification scheme for snooping devs
Do you have a bright idea for spying on fanbois as they go about their fruity business?
Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us
Apple godhead Steve Jobs was known for his love of superb but pricey design and flawless aesthetics.
New radio tech could HALVE mobe operators' bandwidth needs
MWC 2014A team from Stanford University has patented a technology which could make a huge difference to mobile phone operators by halving their bandwidth requirements overnight.
Dell gambles solid server sales for NetSuite's riches
The world’s number two-server maker is gambling its core business on cloud sales and services in a deal with NetSuite.
Official FACT: Gadgets are giving YOU a wrinkly 'Tech Neck'
Packed full of pornography, malware and overpriced iStuff, the world of technology is a scary place.
Fujitsu says SAYONARA to smartphone chip JV
Fujitsu has decided to end its aspirations to be a smartphone semiconductor player after dissolving a joint venture with NEC and NTT just 18 months after its launch.
Lenovo banks on $1 BEELLION Moto turnaround in SIX quarters
Lenovo boss Yang Yuanqing has boasted that he can wipe Motorola Mobility’s $1bn-a-year (£600m) losses in just six quarters once his firm takes the helm at the handset maker.
NASA could have averted near DROWNING TERROR in SPACE
NASA could have prevented the near-drowning of International Space Station 'naut Luca Parmitano last summer, an investigation panel has decided.
YouTube to take down THAT anti-Muslim vid ... over COPYRIGHT issues
Google has been ordered to remove an inflammatory anti-Muslim film from YouTube.
Mega-distie Ingram Micro cops to plans to axe jobs, padlock offices
Ingram Micro has confirmed that the "delayering" exercise that it was cagey about a fortnight ago will indeed involve redundancies across European ops as it centralises back-office functions.
MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse
MtGox was still accepting new customers right up until the eve of its shutdown, The Reg has learned.
Young, fun and full of comely tech skills? Then BT needs you!
BT is on the hunt for around 300 freshly qualified science, biz and IT graduates to work in research and development for the telecoms giant, but it might have a tough time finding enough skilled young folk to fill the posts, it has warned.
Blink once to turn right: Samsung asks software dev Teleca to talk Tizen
Symphony Teleca is the company the big equipment manufacturers go to when they want software written. Unlike most development houses it doesn't do apps for iPhone and Android and, er that's it. Teleca writes low level code and was commissioned by Samsung to look at the Tizen engine.
Energy firms' security so POOR, insurers REFUSE to take their cash
Underwriters are reportedly refusing to insure energy firms because poor security controls are leaving them wide open to attacks by hackers and malware infestations.
Tough times in the server market, even though more iron moved in '13
The market dynamics were all wrong for folk building and supplying server boxes in 2013 - in the year that shipments reached a record nine million milestone, factory revenues tumbled.
Tesla wants $1.6bn to help fund $5bn top secret Gigafactory
Tesla Motors has released a smattering of details about its planned battery "Gigafactory", although it was hardly the in-depth announcement people were expecting.
Pork time! £350m in Health Service mail-etcetera cloud deals up for grabs
The contract for a massive NHS email system is up for grabs under a £350m government IT pitch.
Outsourcing giant Capita gets share boost from confident outlook
The London stock market was pleased by Capita's 14 per cent rise in annual profits (before tax) today, sending shares up almost six per cent in the first half of the day.
Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE
Nearly one in five fanbois have been left potentially vulnerable to hacking attacks after Apple announced the end of support for OS X Snow Leopard.
Well done on the privacy lawsuit. Now NSA will keep your phone records INDEFINITELY
The US government is considering extending the controversial collections of US citizens' phone records for an even longer period in order to avoid tossing potential evidence in lawsuits designed to curtail the surveillance programme.
UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report
British spies allegedly intercepted and stored nude pics and other stills from millions of Yahoo! Messenger webcams – and mulled capturing snaps from the XBox's Kinect camera, too.
Australian bureaucrats to journalist: 'Give us back our bits'
Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection has written to a journalist requesting the return of documents downloaded from the Internet.
Europe: Apple. Google. Yes, you. Get in here. It's about these in-app bills
The European Commission (EC) has asked Apple and Google to send over some execs for meetings this week on reforming in-app payment systems.