10th > November > 2015 Archive


Facebook conjures up a trap for the unwary: scanning your camera for your friends

Facebook has decided it doesn't pester its users enough, so it's going to use its facial recognition technology as the basis of a new nag-screen.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Nov 2015

Einstein's brain to be picked by satellites

The European Space Agency is to make the most of two satellite misfires by using them to test Einstein's theory of relativity.
Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2015

Comodo kills 'forbidden' certs

Certificate authority Comodo has revoked a bunch of certificates issued by mistake, which included reserved IP addresses and internal server names.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Nov 2015
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LG picks up US smartphone crumbs, gains on Apple and Samsung

Apple and Samsung are still the category-killers in the US smartphone market, but LG has managed to peel a small sliver of market share from both in the September quarter.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Nov 2015

Sophos undertakes unified unified threat management unification

Sophos has launched a threat intelligence sharing platform 'XG' for its endpoint and network security firewalls and unified threat management systems.
Team Register, 10 Nov 2015

Packet floods can bork Borg's security kit

Cisco has announced a patch for a high-severity bug in the AsyncOS that runs a bunch of its security appliances.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Nov 2015
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IEEE hopes to standardise e-health communications

The IEEE has set to work on standardisation in the e-health device market, and to help the project, it's signed an agreement with medical research nonprofit the Regenstrief Institute.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Nov 2015

Ice volcanoes just part of Plutonic pandemonium

VideoPluto just keeps getting stranger: the latest speculation to arise from analysis of data gathered by New Horizons is that it might have ice volcanoes.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Nov 2015
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Rackspace beats The Street with strong Q3

Rackspace topped analyst expectations for Q3, pulling in $509m revenue, up 10.7 on same time last year and net income of $37m or 26c a share.
Drew Cullen, 10 Nov 2015

All cooped up and nowhere to go, US and German spooks spied on each other

Allies US and German spooks cooped up in a windowless structure dubbed the Tin Can have been found secretly spying on each other.
Darren Pauli, 10 Nov 2015

Team MIPS tries to spoil ARM's party with new 64-bit Warrior, 32-bit microcontroller brains

Imagination Technologies has decided today – right in the middle of its arch rival ARM's annual technical conference in California – is the best day to announce some new chip designs.
Chris Williams, 10 Nov 2015

Untamed pledge() aims to improve OpenBSD security

Linus Torvalds may have used the Washington Post to drop a bucket on the “masturbating monkeys” of OpenBSD, but they seem insular enough not to care overmuch.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Nov 2015

Outrageous OPSEC: What happens when skiddies play natsec

CheckPoint has raided the servers of a bumbling alleged Iranian hacking group using credentials hardcoded into malware, using its access to name suspected members.
Darren Pauli, 10 Nov 2015

Riding on the memory bus: Micron brings out 8GB flash DIMM

Micron is launching an 8GB flash DIMM, providing competition for SanDisk and its ULLtraDIMM.
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015
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What the Investigatory Powers Bill will mean for your internet use

IPBThrough pressure from Google, Facebook, and other major providers such as Yahoo and Apple, the world wide web is slowing becoming more secure, with web services using HTTPS to encrypt web traffic by default. However, the arrival of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill raises questions about who can potentially get access to what – here are some answers.

China’s chip shop makes dash for flash with huge new fab

The Tsinghua Unigroup is spear-heading China’s dash to get its own flash fab off the ground. Filed plans show pilot production starting in 18 months.
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015
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Reg mashup rates CompSci unis for books, booze and boogie

The Complete University Guide has released its annual ratings of the best UK universities for computer science studies.
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2015
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TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', erm, we beat rivals on price. Um, scratch that...

TalkTalk has withdrawn an advertisement from circulation that falsely claimed customers would save more money with the telco than with its rivals.
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Voda boss claims 'turning point' as infra investment kicks in

Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao claimed this morning that the company's huge £18bn infrastructure investment was slowly starting to pay off, with the operator reporting a growth in earnings for the first half of its financial year.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Nov 2015

Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

The Royal Mail's chief exec has envisioned a future with drone deliveries and driverless vans.
Lester Haines, 10 Nov 2015

How Twitter can see the financial future – and change it

Scottish financial trader James Alan Craig has been charged in the US with allegedly using Twitter to manipulate share prices. That charge raises a fascinating question: can Twitter be used to fiddle the stock markets?
Costas Milas, 10 Nov 2015

Anything AWS can do: Microsoft announces UK data centre region for Azure cloud

Microsoft's CEO has announced it will build a UK data centre for its Azure cloud - just days after a similar announcement from AWS CTO Werner Vogels.
Tim Anderson, 10 Nov 2015

Block storage is dead, says ex-HP and Supermicro data bigwig

InterviewBlock storage is dead, object storage can be faster than file storage, and storage-class memory will be the only local storage on a server. So said Robert Novak ... but who is he?
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015
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White box servers? We can do that, says HP Enterprise chief

InterviewThe Far Eastern white box makers are sucking up some server volumes in Europe at the expense of the big brands – but that’s just fine, according to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s EMEA chief.
Paul Kunert, 10 Nov 2015
GCHQ Aerial View of Poppy ©GCHQ 2014

GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

IA15Speaking this morning to CESG's Information Assurance conference, Robert Hannigan, director of GCHQ, declared that Britain was a "sovereign cryptographic nation" and reproached the free market's ability to provide adequate cybersecurity.
Alexander J Martin, 10 Nov 2015

Here are the graphics processors cloud giants will use to crunch your voices, videos and data

If you think you can build the next Youtube, Facebook or Google, you'll need to invest heavily in artificial intelligence and GPU-accelerated engineering to get any kind of edge over rivals.
Chris Williams, 10 Nov 2015
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Tim Cook: UK crypto backdoors would lead to 'dire consequences'

IPBApple boss Tim Cook has once again warned of what he says would be the "dire consequences" of opening up backdoors to allow spies to access our data.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Nov 2015

NHS IT must spend a fortune to save a fortune, says McKinsey

The NHS must bolster its IT budget by up to £8.3bn over the next five years – in order to produce savings of possibly £13.7bn, said the management consultancy McKinsey.
Drew Cullen, 10 Nov 2015

HGST closing SSD plant in Malaysia – report

HGST is reportedly closing an SSD manufacturing and research and development plant in Penang. The plant currently employs 450 people.
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015

ProtonMail 'mitigates' DDoS attacks, says security not breached

ProtonMail has announced that it has successfully mitigated the DDoS attacks which had hobbled it since last week, while also confirming security systems had not been breached.
Alexander J Martin, 10 Nov 2015

Three men indicted over JPMorgan Chase megahack

Three men have been indicted over the 2014 cyberheist of the largest US bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co. That attack involved the compromise of sensitive personal details of 76 million households and 7 million small businesses.
Alexander J Martin, 10 Nov 2015

So. Farewell then Betamax. We always liked you better than VHS anyway

Sony has finally set a date for the death of Betamax – some 40 years after it first released the ill-fated home video tech.
Lester Haines, 10 Nov 2015
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ARM's new Cortex-A35: How to fine-tune a CPU for web browsing on bargain smartphones

ARM, designer of smartphone brains, will today reveal the Cortex-A35: a processor core subtly tweaked to run mobile web browsers and similar apps faster.
Chris Williams, 10 Nov 2015

ARM reveals the Internet of Things security defenses hackers will inevitably learn to evade

ARM hopes to make chips in the Internet of Things a little more secure – by adding its TrustZone defenses to its microcontroller blueprints. In effect, ARM is adding some extra hurdles for hackers to leap in order to exploit programming bugs in gadgets' firmware.
Chris Williams, 10 Nov 2015

DataDirect shovels ever more IOPs into core storage array

DataDirect Networks has boosted the performance of its flagship SFA12K array, upgrading it to the SFA14K with more than three times the IOPS performance.
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015

UN privacy head slams 'worse than scary' UK surveillance bill

The United Nations' new privacy head has slammed the UK's draft surveillance bill, calling it "worse than scary."
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Nov 2015
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Qualcomm sheds last veil from Snapdragon 820

After letting the world in on glimpses of its Snapdragon 820 processor for a few months, Qualcomm has finally taken the lamp out of the basket.
Richard Chirgwin, 10 Nov 2015
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Cops gain access to phone location data

Police in some states can now access your phone location data without a warrant, following a Supreme Court decision not to hear the appeal of an armed robber.
Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2015

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