23rd > February > 2016 Archive
Austinites outraged as Google Fiber tears up Texas capital
Residents of Austin, TX may be regretting the decision to bring Google Fiber to the city. The Austin American Statesman says that last year, 254 complaints were filed with the city over problems related to construction of the network.
Wee little ARM Cortex-A32 core design tugs at engineers' sleeves, wants IoT love too
ARM has designed the Cortex-A32, another processor core for wearables, the Internet of Things, and anything else tiny and most likely battery operated.
Is DNSSEC causing more problems than it solves?
The complex security protocol for the domain name system – DNSSEC – has another black mark against it: it is being used as a way to carry out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
Sick burn, brah: SpaceX test fires rockets for SES bird launch this week
SpaceX reports that it's ready to roll for Wednesday's satellite launch, which will be followed by another attempt to get one of the Falcon 9 rockets to land on a water-borne platform.
NSA data centre brings 300 million daily security scares to its Utah home
Utah is being hit with up to 300 million security incidents a day, the state's public safety commissioner says.
Oracle acquires Ravello, will bake it into Big Red Cloud
Oracle has acquired Ravello, purveyor of a cloud-spanning hypervisor.
Google goes over the top with RCS
Google has run into a privacy furore with its acquisition last September of carrier messaging company Jibe.
Confused by crazy crashes? Check your Linux kernel virtual Ethernet code
A chunk of code added to the Linux kernel to help inter-container communication turned out to mess up checksum handling on Ethernet networks.
Let's talk over Wi-Fi, says Oracle to folks who don't know Skype exists
MWC16Oracle's parked its yacht near Barcelona and fired off the usual broadsides of product announcements that accompanies a major conference like Mobile World Congress.
Police forces start shifting their data centre tin to Crown Hosting
At least two police forces have signed contracts to shift their tin to the the government's Crown Hosting shared data centre and close their existing server farms, the head of the Police ICT Company, Martin Wyke, has said.
NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails
If you're familiar with the Larry Niven / Jerry Pournelle novel The Mote in God's Eye, get ready for a dose of Déjà vu: a NASA scientist has posted a video on the agency's NASA 360 YouTube channel describing how lasers could send a spacecraft from Earth to Mars in three days.
Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage
Australia's Transport Safety Bureau has published a study analysing incidents that incapacitated pilots in flight and found that gastrointestinal issues were the runaway leader.
Dangerous Android banking bot leak signals new malware wave
Android users could be hit with a new wave of dangerous banking malware following the leak of source code for a capable Android trojan.
'Leave' or 'Stay' in the referendum? UK has to implement GDPR either way
Opinion“In” or “out”, the UK has to implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is important given that some organisations might think that a “Leave” vote might change matters with respect to the GDPR compliance (especially as the Cabinet minister responsible for GDPR implementation, John Whittingdale, is a prominent “outer”).
Nasuni sees cloud killing on-premises storage
Cloud storage gateway supplier Nasuni is growing fast as more and more file storage passes through its gateway.
Wi-Fi operators must notify device users of potential data processing
Organisations that provide Wi-Fi services to their staff or customers must notify device users of the potential for their data to be analysed before they begin to process their information, the UK's data protection watchdog has said.
Intel shows budget Android phone powering big-screen Linux
MWC16Intel is showing what it calls "Big Screen Experience" at Mobile World Congress, an Android smartphone which runs a full Linux desktop when plugged into an external display.
Interception clouds Deutsche Telekom's pan-Euro network utopia
MWC16As Deutsche Telekom ramps up its virtualized all-IP pan-European network, dubbed Pan-Net, Europe’s fragmented set of privacy and legal interception laws could thwart the operator’s plans for a delivering cross-border services, according to a senior operator executive.
Become an Andre Previn in your time: DevOps for star conductors
When we talk about "full stack" software, we are most commonly talking about the disciplines and elements (and their associated competencies) that span the complete smokestack of software application development as we typically define it.
QLogic: Ready to get excited about an Ethernet adapter?
Prepare to get excited about an adapter: QLogic’s multi-protocol FastLinQ 45000 Ethernet controllers use an ASIC with up to 100Gbit/s Ethernet speed, RDMA and NVMe over fabrics support to virtually abolish external storage array network latency and support network virtualisation.
NASA's Orion: 100,000 parts riding 8 million pounds of thrust
NASA has been putting its Orion capsule "crew display and control system" through its paces - a lean three-screen set-up designed as a user-friendly alternative to the "nearly 2,000 switches and controls" packed into the space shuttle.
Add 'Bimodal IT' to your buzzword bingo card: Faster... more stable... faster. But stable
CommentThanks to Gartner, we have a new buzzword: bimodal IT. It’s nothing special actually, just a new way to describe common sense, and the fact that the world – the IT world in this case – is not black or white.
Hackers aren't so interested in your credit card data these days. That's bad news
Healthcare and government have overtaken the retail sector as most-targeted for data breaches, according to security firm Gemalto.
Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent
Bill Gates has weighed into the row between Apple and the FBI as to whether the fruity firm should unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino murderer, denying that such a move would create a dangerous precedent for “back doors.”
WD CEO: We ain't getting Unisplendour's $3.8bn. But we'll buy SanDisk anyway
Western Digital is facing an investor revolt over its SanDisk buyout and has had the $3.8bn wad it expected from Unisplendour halted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
Freeze, CaaShole! Docker Datacenter's Container-as-a-Service opens to world + dog
San Francisco tech darling Docker will today push its Docker Datacenter (DDC) subscription service into general availability.
AMD poised to insert chips into Japanese slot machines, collect coins
AMD is going to reveal a significant customer win within the next few months – in the gambling world.
Cloudbees serves up Jenkins private SaaSy style
Cloudbees has expanded its product range by 50 per cent, adding a Private SaaS version of its Jenkins-based continuous delivery platform that will run on AWS and OpenStack, with Azure support likely by the summer.
Cameron co-opts UK mobile industry for EU Remain campaign
The date of the UK referendum on EU membership is set, and the campaigning has begun. Prime Minister David Cameron sees European mobile co-operation as a key part of the case for voting Remain. Today he chose Telefonica’s O2 HQ in Slough for a speech and public Q&A.
HDS soups up sync 'n' share offering with extra protection
HDS has extended its file sync and share offering, HCP, by adding end-point protection.
Gov must put superfast broadband along HS2 rail line, says Parliament
The government must do more to ensure high speed broadband arrives alongside the controversial £80bn High Speed Rail line, a Parliamentary select committee has warned.
Lithium ion batteries banned from passenger aircraft holds
The International Civil Aviation Organization has declared that as of 1 April, lithium ion batteries cannot be carried in the cargo holds of passenger aircraft, pending development of "a new fire-resistant packaging standard".
UK.gov delays Digital Services and Outcomes framework
The government's replacement for the widely-criticised digital services framework, which SMEs have blamed for merely "body shopping" their services, has been delayed by two months.
Poor Azzurri. Another year gone and profits still elude them
Restructuring, amortisation and poor demand for large specialised call centres kept sales growth and profits beyond the reach of Azzurri Communications, its latest P&L accounts have revealed.
Whatever happened to... virtual SIMs?
MWC16Everyone knows physical SIM cards have had their day. Small connected devices like wearables and IoT kit don’t have the space to accommodate SIMs, and shouldn’t have to. Nor should bikes. But as the operators’ "most potent instrument of control", they haven’t been in a hurry to give it up.
IBM proves love for Swift, releases Kitura web server framework for Linux
MWC16IBM has released Kitura, an open-source web server framework written in Swift, Apple's young but popular programming language which was designed for iOS and OS X.
Nimble whips out fat boxen: We're here for the all-flash array market
Nimble has fixed a great hole in its product line with a quartet of all-flash array products, reaching up to 2PB of effective capacity (assuming 5:1 data reduction) and 350,000 read IOPS, beating competition from Pure, EMC and NetApp/SolidFire.
One major hurdle cleared for Dell's $67bn slurp of EMC
Dell and EMC have received US Federal Trade Commission clearance for their $67bn merger with the expiry of the 1976 Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act-mandated waiting period.
Verizon <3 XO xoxo: $1.8bn network gobbled
Verizon has agreed to purchase the fiber network branch of XO Communications for $1.8bn.
Feds spank Asus with 20-year audit probe for router security blunder
Asus has settled its case with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after hackers pwned nearly 13,000 home routers via an unpatched security flaw.
Between you, EE and the lamppost ... this UK cell network is knackered
UpdatedUK cellphone network EE has struggled to provide a decent service to Brits for most of today.
Your xenophobia is killing us, Silicon Valley warns US Congress
A slew of Silicon Valley leaders have warned US Congress that changes to visa waiver rules for entering the United States are impeding business.
Apple fans take iPhone unlock protest to FBI HQ
As the Apple versus the FBI row rumbles on, demonstrators will take to the streets today in support of the American corporation.
Oz defence to get $25 bn to spend on digital defences
Australia has reiterated its commitment to the Toothless Tiger Moth, with prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing an expansion of defence capital and personnel.
FBI v Apple spat latest: Bill Gates is really upset that you all thought he was on the Feds' side
Bill Gates says reports of him backing the FBI in the ongoing saga with Apple over the unlocking of a killer's iPhone are inaccurate.