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Sat comms kit riddled with backdoors for hackers - researcher -

Right, shipmate, identify yourself. LOL? What's your meaning?

Security researchers claim to have uncovered myriad security problems with satellite communication systems. But while major manufacturer Iridium said the security weaknesses identified by security researchers at IOActive were in hand, Thuraya, another satellite comms service, has criticised the report as inaccurate.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:34:23 GMT)

Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call -

Decent phone calls and signal quality ... what a FEATURE

What do you want in a smartphone? A premium build quality? A high-resolution display that looks the business whether you’re watching a movie or reading a book?…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:01:12 GMT)

Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe -

Hands-on blonde shows how to sell hot kit

Pic We're obliged to veteran Reg reader Chris Winpenny for nominating what he believes to be a worthy successor to Asus' famous blonde beach babe – last seen enjoying an Eee Pad Transformer Prime before the sun set on her PC-punting career:…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:32:03 GMT)

EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right? -

Wait 'til this one hits your pension fund where it hurts

Hurrah! The European Union has decided to save us from the perils of automatic trading! Also known as High Frequency Trading (HFT) or algo trading, this is simply the practice of writing a piece of code to do the buying and selling faster than a human being can possibly do it.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:03:03 GMT)

Enterprise storage will die just like tape did, say chaps with graphs -

Wikibon prognosticates, says we're all doomed

The Wikibon biz tech consultancy thinks that the era of networked filers and SANs is going to end with server SANs replacing them. SANs and filers will have largely died away by 2027, it reckons.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:29:23 GMT)

EE & Vodafone will let you BONK on the TUBE – with Boris' blessing -

Transport for London: You can pay, but don't touch

London Underground commuters will soon be able to pay for Tube journeys via contactless credit cards thanks to EE, Vodafone and Transport for London.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:03:05 GMT)

Think-tank to infosec: You're doing it wrong -

Cyber risks 'similar to 2008 crash'

Tomorrow's Internet is a scary, scary place, according to think-tank The Atlantic Council, so much so that we're all apparently on the brink of “a cyber sub-prime meltdown”.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:32:24 GMT)

Last call: Getting Started with Microsoft Azure – TODAY at 9.30am -

Spinning up Windows Server 2012 virtual machines in a one-hour webcast

Promo Windows Azure is a cornerstone of Microsoft's technology for the cloud. Find out more in "Getting Started with Azure" – Microsoft's free webcast on Wednesday, 23 April at 0930 BST. In this one-hour broadcast, Steve "Planky" Plank will guide you through the step-by-step process for spinning up Windows Server 2012 virtual machines, building virtual networks, and installing Active Directory.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:01:06 GMT)

Japanese boffin EYES up big bucks with strap-on digi-glasses -

AgencyGlass saddles user with creepy OLED display

A Japanese boffin has unveiled a novel way of catching some kip at work without your colleagues finding out – a pair of OLED “glasses” designed to act as digital eyes.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:31:10 GMT)

So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French? -

Vital linguistic question interrupts LOHAN spaceplane mission

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission is on temporary hold today while we attempt to answer a question of vital linguistic import: just how do you say "the mutt's nuts" in French?…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:02:06 GMT)

Japan airport staff dash to replace passcodes after security cock-up -

Haneda employee drops key codes ahead of Obama visit

The dangers of writing passwords down on paper were laid bare in the Japanese airport of Haneda this week after a member of staff managed to lose a note containing key security codes ahead of US president Barack Obama’s arrival today.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:29:09 GMT)

Cisco kicks off security kit/software/cloud combo -

Realtime protection, apparently

Cisco has added threat management to its portfolio, announcing Managed Threat Defense which it says brings realtime security to its customers.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:01:11 GMT)

Kill dodgy RNG says NIST -

But you already knew that, right?

NIST has said what we already knew: the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator, Dual_EC_DRBG, is a dead duck and should be abandoned by anyone still using it.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:02:06 GMT)

Algorithm ramps up genetic computation -

'Sailfish' boosts RNA gene expression predictions

The world has built DNA genomes for a long time, but applying what we know about genetics to everyday medicine is a tough ask.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:02:03 GMT)

Oz crime-busters' calls for data retention get louder -

'We can hold your metadata forever'

The Australian Crime Commission is the latest agency to demand that Australia's government – and by extension, its citizens – embrace the surveillance state.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:02:12 GMT)

Dorian Nakamoto gets $23,000 payout over Bitcoin invention saga -

Maintains he didn't create cryptocurrency, but will join community

The California man who says he was mistakenly identified as the inventor of Bitcoin is accepting a $23,000 gift from backers of the cryptocurrency.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:28:02 GMT)

AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami -

Security problems like it's 1995

If you've been getting a lot of spam from AOL emails recently it's not because you've fallen into a time rift and it's the nineties all over again – the company has confirmed that it has been under an intensive spoofing attack.…

(Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:07:13 GMT)

Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age -

Massive outage could last four weeks, sources claim

A massive computer failure at the US Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is reportedly wreaking havoc on US immigration courts, with application outages continuing well into their second week.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:55:44 GMT)

Patch iOS, OS X gear now: PDFs, JPEGs, URLs can pwn Macs -

And iThings and desktops at risk of new SSL attack flaw

Apple has released updates to its iOS and OS X operating systems that will address serious security flaws.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:31:03 GMT)

STEALTHY NANOROBOTS dress up as viruses, prepare to sneak into YOUR BODY -

Cloaking techniques nicked from viruses tackle roadblocks on way to medical frontier

US scientists have tackled two main stumbling blocks to the development of injectable nanomachines for medical and scientific use.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:05:22 GMT)

Apple inaugurates free OS X beta program for world+dog -

Prerelease software now open to anyone, not just developers – as long as you keep quiet

Notoriously secretive Apple has always kept its beta builds of OS X out of the hands of the hoi polloi by limiting their availability only to registered developers, so it is with some surprise that said polloi can now get their own hands on said builds through a new OS X Beta Seed Program.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:52:46 GMT)

Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor -

Leaker claims big release due this fall as Microsoft herds us into the CLOUD

The Windows rumor mill is buzzing yet again, with word that Microsoft is planning yet another update to Windows 8.1 that will ship in the fall, possibly to be followed by a new, cloud-centric version of Windows that will be available free of charge.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:18:34 GMT)

Boss of Russia's Facebook says Putin cronies have taken over his company -

Found out he was jobless via press report

Pavel Durov, the founder of Russia's most popular social network, is complaining that he has been thrown out of his company on a technicality and claims that the firm has been taken over by pro-Putin oligarchs.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:50:49 GMT)

VMware slurps more cash from the death of hardware -

Expectation-busting quarter means Gelsinger's ship not slowing down yet

VMware has proven once again that there's a lot of money still to be made from killing traditional data center hardware and resurrecting it as a set of software services hovering atop dumb boxes.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:45:24 GMT)

US Supreme Court supremo rakes Aereo lawman in oral arguments -

Antenna-array content streamers: 'Ruling against us could dissipate the cloud'

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was less than subtle during oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., in which the broadcasting giant is seeking to shut down the spunky startup that charges its customers a monthly fee for internet access to streaming broadcast video slurped out of the aether by its one-per-customer array of tiny antennae.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:23:55 GMT)

OpenBSD founder wants to bin buggy OpenSSL library, launches fork -

One Heartbleed vuln was too many for Theo de Raadt

In the wake of the Heartbleed bug fiasco, members of the OpenBSD project have forked the popular OpenSSL library with the aim of creating a new version that they say will be more trustworthy.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:53:57 GMT)

Battery-production problems delay anorexic 5.5-inch 'iPhone Air' -

Don't know about too rich, but apparently you can be too thin

The challenge of developing a battery slim enough for a 5.5-inch iPhone, nicknamed (暱稱) the "iPhone Air" by the parts-supply industry, may push that handset's introduction back until next year.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:43:54 GMT)

Study shows dangerous asteroid impacts hit Earth every six months -

Cold War tech detects worldwide strike rate

A study using data from monitoring stations designed to enforce a nuclear test ban treaty shows that the Earth is enduring far more dangerous asteroid impacts than previously thought.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:42:01 GMT)

Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES -

I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't let you text that

Apple has patented a system that will automatically detect when a user is driving, and lock out texting and other potentially distracting activities.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:32:07 GMT)

SAVE THE EARTH: Give all your iThings back to us, pleads Apple -

Then prints 1.5m+ copies of a paper ad slagging off Samsung

Apple's flagship products rarely come in colours other than silver, black and white. But for Earth Day, the fruity firm has decided to coat its entire business in a lurid shade of green.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:29:09 GMT)

Diablo: Get a load of this, PCIe flash-floggers. It's DIMM fine stuff -

PCIe bottlenecks MLC flash when collecting garbage, upstart claims

Diablo has a devilish message for PCIe flash users and suppliers; we’re coming to get you with better, faster, more consistently performing technology.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:29:11 GMT)

Despite your fancy-schmancy security tech, passwords still weakest link in IT defences -

So concludes Verizon's new global data-breach probe

The use of stolen login credentials continues to be the most common way for network intruders to access sensitive information. Two out of three breaches were the result of weak or swiped passwords, making a case for strong two-factor authentication, according to Verizon’s latest annual Data Breach Investigations Report.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:48:43 GMT)

Violin, Microsoft slip Windows, SQL Server, apps, flash into box -

Keep your enemies close, keep your databases closer

Violin Memory has turned its 6000-series flash array into a converged server-storage engine for SQL Server which is capable of putting data directly into an app server's memory – thanks to a little help from Microsoft.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:36:42 GMT)

Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it -

Fondleslab-friendly beastie's wake spotted... OR WAS IT?

Photo evidence The Loch Ness monster presents one of the greatest mysteries of recent times. After all, who in their right mind would believe a great green beastie was lurking down at the bottom of a midge-ridden Scottish lake?…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:02:54 GMT)

Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc -

Take a look at this new NFC jewellery – why, what were you thinking of?

Pic An NFC Ring does exactly what it says on the tin: it’s a piece of jewellery with two NFC tags embedded in it that pass information to nearby phones, tablets and other gadgets by radio.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:30:10 GMT)

El Reg gets mobile makeover -

Give it a spin, give us your verdict

Site news We are redesigning The Register's mobile site please help us make it better. Try it out and post your feedback here – and don’t forget to tell us what OS/ browser you are using.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:42:33 GMT)

SAP's on-site apps fumble for the gearstick as cloud stamps pedal -

This bandwagon is up and away, even if it's not carrying that much cash right now

The decline in SAP’s software sales has accelerated while the company’s smaller cloud operation has continued to expand.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:35:08 GMT)

SanDisk surfs cash tsunami on biz SSDs: Prelim nice, but DIMM? -

Flash-on-DDR3-sticks to emerge later this year, we're promised

SanDisk is on a revenue roll, with the first quarter of 2014 showing a 62 per cent profit rise on an annual compare, driven by rising enterprise SSD sales.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:38:42 GMT)

Whaddaya mean, NO REFUND? But I paid in Bitcoins! Oh I see... -

El Reg sets an arse among the pigeons

Something after the Weekend, Sir? Don’t tell anyone but I think I might have made an arse of myself again. It’s one thing to show oneself up among one’s peers but another to demonstrate publicly how thick I am front of people who are smarter, sharper, more successful and frankly a damn sight wealthier than me – a sector of society I generally refer to as "other people".…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:34:03 GMT)

A premium smartie lump: Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition -

Monster phablet rooted at the factory for your pleasure

Review While most Chinese smartphone OEMs started life making cheap tat and then slowly began moving upmarket, Oppo has taken a slightly different tack. Its devices have been fairly high-end from the get-go and the N1, initially released running Android 4.2 back in September 2013, made quite a splash.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:01:08 GMT)

'Maybe I'll go to Hell, but I think it's a good thing' says plastic Liberator gunsmith Cody Wilson -

3D-printed pistols, Bitcoin, government and more

Interview For a man some perceive as an audacious libertarian who puts untraceable weapons into the hands of criminals, Cody Wilson is a surprisingly ordinary fellow, albeit one who gets quite animated about 3D-printed guns, Bitcoin and "crypto-anarchism".…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:34:11 GMT)

Array upstart's chip boffin CEO: Skyera's not just a flash-in-the-pan -

These are serious revenues - plus there's a volume ship in May

Comment As a part of his CEO series, Willem ter Harmsel interviews CEOs of innovative companies in the fields of storage, virtualisation and networking.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:04:07 GMT)

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the... -

Why HELLO Amazon! You weren't here last time

Review The future is here, or at least the next five years of it for Ubuntu fans.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:27:10 GMT)

Fixing OpenSSL's Heartbleed flaw will take MONTHS, warns Secunia -

The bug that keeps on giving

Expunging the Heartbleed bug from vulnerable computers and gadgets is likely to take months, according to a leading vuln research firm. The cautionary assessment by Secunia comes as more and more products are judged to be vulnerable to the infamous OpenSSL security flaw.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:04:05 GMT)

HTC mulls swoop for Nokia's MASSIVE Chennai plant -

Assembly line would boost mobe maker's Indian push

HTC could be in the market for Nokia’s troubled Chennai manufacturing plant in India – as the chances of a smooth transfer of the factory to Microsoft are increasingly remote.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:40:08 GMT)

Sleuths find nosy NORKS drones on the Chinternet -

UAVs likely to have been made in the Middle Kingdom

At least one of the suspected North Korean drones found after crashing south of the 38th parallel appears to have been made by a Chinese aviation company.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:20:12 GMT)

Google to refund buyers of 'fake' anti-virus app -

Here's a little chocolate...

Google has decided that a smallish (for The Chocolate Factory) wad of cash is a trivial price to pay for maintaining its reputation, and has begun refunding punters who fell for the fake “virus shield” scam.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:02:12 GMT)

Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics -

LightwaveRF and Arduino: Bright ideas for dim DIYers

Feature Reg reader Ben Lamb was so impressed with how his recent Lightwave RF installation turned out, he put pinkie to keyboard to share his experiences with us. In his own words, here's how he got on.

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:02:11 GMT)

Boffins brew graphene in kitchen blender -

Will it blend? You bet

Take pencil leads, detergent, water, stick them in a high-power kitchen blender, and the result? A brew containing the wonder-stuff graphene.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:01:11 GMT)

WiLAN files appeal in Apple WiFi case -

Back from under the bridge

WiLAN, which last October lost a patent case against Apple that had been settled by companies like Dell, HP and Alcatel-Lucent, has decided to appeal the case.…

(Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:01:06 GMT)