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Human rights orgs take Five Eyes nations to court

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:22:35 GMT

UK/USA to sit in dock at ECHR over backbone collection mischief

Human rights organisations have today made the most direct legal challenge against the UK and USA's surveillance activities since they were first revealed in 2013.…

Apple puts on its grey suit: Firm, 40, keen to meet corporate types

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:38:11 GMT

Could use all the dev time it hasn't been using on iPhones, amirite?

Apple and consulting firm Deloitte are teaming up to help organisations with their business transformation efforts through the use of Apple devices.…

FCC death vote looms for the Golden Age of American TV

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:00:29 GMT

The inside story of Google's plan to pwn the TV biz

Special report We’re living in a “Golden Age of TV”, and the United States makes the most envied popular TV drama in the world. Breaking Bad, The Sopranos and The Wire raised the bar for everyone in TV drama.…

Complaints against cops down 93% thanks to bodycams – study

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:27:06 GMT

Quite likely keeping both the cops and public in check

The introduction of body-worn cameras (BWCs) has lead to a 93 per cent drop in complaints made against the police, according to new research.…

Market pulls chain on Crapita share price after first ever profit warning

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:58:07 GMT

Reselling slumps, TfL contract woes and possible Co-op 'litigation' looms

Capita’s share price went into freefall this morning after its first ever profit warning, with troubles at the tech reselling and recruitment services units blamed, as well as costly delays to its Transport for London contract.…

Ever seen a storage startup and thought: 'Pshaw. I could do that?'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:02:13 GMT

Funding, contacts, brainboxes... a step-by-step guide

Part One You read The Register about people getting ahead with the most ridiculous startup ideas and ask: "Why that can't be you?" How is the game played? Well, let's design a storage startup from scratch and find out.…

Smartphone lost on plane 'began hissing, emitting smoke and making orange glow'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:24:42 GMT

Passenger reported it lost but when crew tried to find it, the business class seat struck!

Pic Those in-flight warnings not to try finding your phone when it disappears into a plane seat?…

South Australian mega-storm blacks out whole state

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:11:02 GMT

Weather, 1: electricity infrastructure hackers, 0. And let's not even start on the 'wind farms broke the world' theory

An “unprecedented” storm in South Australia blacked out the entire state yesterday, and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is warning another low pressure system will cross the state today.…

Australia wants law to ban de-anonymisation of anonymous data

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:57:35 GMT

Attorney-General Brandis says it's important for privacy - but what about researchers who probe privacy, George?

Yet again, the Australian government has announced a proposal that could outlaw academic research.…

Google cranks out new developer center in San Francisco – inexplicably, we were at the opening

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:37:01 GMT

Sustainable biz, welcome – the rest of you, not so much

Google has opened a 14,000 square foot developer space in the heart of San Francisco to encourage the next generation of startups to use its products.…

City of Detroit's IT boss took payola from tech suppliers, now faces jail

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:54:12 GMT

Motor City bad man on $142,000-a-year salary swung contracts amid cutbacks

The head of IT for the city of Detroit, Michigan, has admitted taking bribes from a pair of tech contractors.…

Analyst: iPhone 7 points to price jump

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:08:06 GMT

It is all in the numbers

Apple may have dampened down expectations when it released the last set of quarterly financial figures, and predicted revenues down again year-on-year for the current quarter, but at least one analyst disagrees.…

Brit loan firm gets comeuppance for 7.7 million spam texts

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:41:08 GMT

ICO delivers £130k fine to Mancunian credit card broker

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a financial firm £130,000 after it sent out over seven million spam texts flogging credit cards.…

Natwest online payments go down

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:08:24 GMT

I got BILLS I gotta pay...

Customers at Blighty's high-street bank Natwest have been struggling to make online payments this afternoon.…

Apple moving to scrubbed up London's Battersea Power Station

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:54:45 GMT

Tim Cook moves in opposite dog’s home? Pigs will fly...

Apple is moving into a shiny new HQ at the revamped Battersea Power Station in London – just as soon as developers have finished wrecking rebuilding the iconic Southside brick masterpiece.…

British Gas wins pre-paid smart meter patent lawsuit

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:38:04 GMT

£80m infringement? £30m? £10m? Claimant bought patent for £160k two years ago

British Gas has won a patent infringement claim brought against it by Smart-Tech, the holder of a certain smart meter patent. Had BG lost, it would have had to pay out tens of millions of pounds in royalties.… is doing sod all to break £20bn of locked-in IT contracts

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:27:12 GMT

At least one department has no idea how much it's splurged

Analysis If IT wasn't perceived to be such a boring topic by Joe Public, the amount the government still spends on expensive clunky technology would be viewed as a national scandal.…

Before Bitcoin, digital cash was called Beenz – all that's left is a T-shirt

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:06:09 GMT

In which we remember technology history through branded tat

Conference Couture A couple of weeks back we wrote about the plan to have Oracle's NetBeans Java IDE become an Apache project and in an attempt to get some perspective on the move asked friend of the Regand former OpenStack board member Tristan Goode what he thought.…

Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:02:04 GMT

Try this workaround if you're frozen out

Accounting software developer Sage has warned that the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition may break your Sage 50 installation.…

Alleged German YouTube-to-MP3 ripper sued by labels

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:20:04 GMT

Herr Pirat, ist dieser Krieg

The music industry has opened fire on audio-stream rippers.…

EFF dinks HP Inc finks in rinky-dink ink stink

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:29:27 GMT

Rights warriors demand reverse-ferret on printers snubbing unofficial cartridges

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has written to HP Inc demanding it reverse its attempt to prevent any third-party ink cartridges or refilled cartridges from working in its Officejet Pro printers.…

Damn you Brexit! You screwed my biz – LSE-listed tech supplier

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:31:08 GMT

Alternative Networks issues third profit warning in a year. When was EU vote?

The management team at Alternative Networks has played the Brexit card to explain why the London-listed IT and comms integrator has missed profit expectations for FY’16, which ends this month.…

TalkTalk hack: Teen in court on hacking and blackmail charges

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:13:12 GMT

19-year-old from Wales alleged to have demanded 596 bitcoins

The fifth suspect to be arrested in connection with the megahack of TalkTalk last year has appeared in court today.…

Lily Cole: You'd hate me more if were a success

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:06:12 GMT


Millionaire supermodel Lily Luahana Cole says we should be pleased that her taxpayer-funded vanity website doesn’t make any money.…

Germany calls halt to Facebook’s WhatsApp info slurp

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:45:29 GMT

Privacy watchdog says nein

A German privacy regulator has told Facebook to stop collecting user information from WhatsApp.…

Microsoft paid me $650 to scrub Windows 10 from my grandpa's PC, says man

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:16:12 GMT

Dodges small court claim over GWX nagware

Microsoft has paid the relative of an Alzheimer’s patient for having to scrub his PC clean of Windows 10.…

Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:18:33 GMT

Small savings for us, big moolah for gas 'n' 'leccy suppliers

Smart meters will benefit suppliers nearly twice as much as consumers in terms of cost savings, according to an assessment by the late Department for Energy and Climate Change.…

More Lenovo staffers to be buried in the redundancy pit

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:01:13 GMT

Over 1,000 roles will go as peak smartphone approaches

Lenovo has told around 1,100 staff they are surplus to requirements as it battens down the hatches following continued weakness in smartphone demand.…

Fujitsu UK sales director: I'm off

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:44:05 GMT

Shifting deals 'like trying to push water uphill' quips reseller

It is all change at the top of Fujitsu’s product business with UK sales director Kevin Matthews quitting after he struggled to get the revenue dial moving in the right direction, sources have told us.…

Senator! calls! for! SEC! probe! to! be! inserted! into! Yahoo!

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:48:03 GMT

More bad news for the Purple Palace

A US Senator is calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission to join the queue to administer a kicking to Yahoo!.…

That's cold: This is how our boss told us our jobs are at risk, staffers claim

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:30:12 GMT

Blue you're in, purple you'll change. No colour? Update CV

Shrinking Cisco Gold reseller Intrinsic Technology has put a bunch of staff across various departments at risk of redundancy amid an organisational restructure.…

Oh Snap! How intelligent people make themselves stupid for Snapchat

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:14:40 GMT

The very finest of new tech babbling

Comment Perv-magnet app Snapchat is no more. It has renamed itself Snap! as it wants to be a respectable media tech company. Specifically, it says “a camera company”.…

Bloodhound supersonic car backed by Chinese taxi biz Geely

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:37:12 GMT

Shiny new sponsor for 1,000mph motor

One of China’s largest car makers, the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, is now the main sponsor for Blighty’s attempt on the land speed record: the 1,000mph Bloodhound.…

BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:43:44 GMT

Not about licence enforcement, but we'll have 'access to the info', it claims

The BBC is going to require users to log in to access content on iPlayer from early 2017.…

Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:08:12 GMT

History, philanthropy and the Victorian computing age

Lou Gerstner, Ray Noorda, Lew Platt. Remember them? Ever even heard of them?…

Scrapped NHS ballsup cost taxpayer almost £8m

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:29:11 GMT

Money 'not' wasted – claim

Exclusive NHS England spent nearly £8m on its controversial programme before scrapping it earlier this year, El Reg can reveal.…

Microsoft makes massive changes to MCSE and MCSD

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:23:12 GMT

Certs now the same for end-users and partners, but re-certification can now be annual

Microsoft has “streamlined” its Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Developer (MCSD) certifications and will require holders to sit exams annually to stay current.…

Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:03:13 GMT

'Do you know who I am?' silly woman asks stunned court

Heidi Powell wants her namesake dot-com and she's suing to get it.…

The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:55:11 GMT

Santa doesn't put new disks down the chimney

On-Call The On-Call inbox is full to overflowing, so we felt like letting another reader's tale of late-night weirdness into the wild.…

Add 'fattism' and hacker stereotyping to the list of Donald Trump's list of non-PC positions

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:50:13 GMT

Says 'someone weighing 400 pounds' could be DNC hacker in first presidential debate

United States presidential candidate Donald Trump has questioned whether the Democratic National Committee was hacked by Russia, advancing theories that China or “someone sitting on their bed who weighs 400 pounds” may have pulled off the hack that saw numerous campaign documents leaked to the world.…

US Labor Dept accuses CIA-backed Palantir of discriminating against Asian engineers

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:31:28 GMT

Good ol' boys' club gives jobs to good ol' boys, lawsuit says

America's favourite Big Brother-backed unicorn, Palantir Technologies, is being sued by the US Department of Labor (DoL) for alleged discrimination against Asian job applicants.…

British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:30:00 GMT

Cops cuff, grill chap after tab tapped with offer of saucy pics for sale

A man in Northamptonshire, UK, has been quizzed by cops investigating attempts by a hacker to sell the private photographs of Pippa Middleton – the sister to the Duchess of Cambridge.…

Reclusive Mr Ren materialises to bless Huawei Leica tie-up

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:46:07 GMT

We have proof. Or a Photoshop. You decide

China’s shopping spree of premium Western brands continues and not just footballers. It’s snapping up technology brands, too - but with these brands some finesse is required.…

You heard right: Huawei's making phones in Chennai

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:15:10 GMT

Even the Chinese prefer an Indian takeaway

Asian tech giant Huawei is to start manufacturing smartphones in India next month, in a move that could signal China is starting to lose its shine as the world’s low-cost manufacturing sweatshop, with even native companies looking to expand elsewhere.…

Earliest ever recording of computer-generated music is restored

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:46:04 GMT

Remastered Turing-aided synthesiser tunes to make Christmas number 1?

Audio Kiwi boffins have claimed to have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, from 1951.…

The Road to Continuous Delivery – a webinar series

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:58:09 GMT

It's always a good time for a skills update

Promo Yes, Continuous Delivery. You have heard the hype, but how does it translate into tangible business benefits for your company - and career smarts for you?…

The Great British domain name rip-off: Overcharged .uk customers help pay for cheaper .vodka

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:02:14 GMT

Time for competition authorities to take a hard look at Nominet

UK domain name holders are being overcharged while the company behind it wins contracts by undercutting the market in what may be illegal market abuse.…

Australian Signals Directorate seeks offensive people

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:39:37 GMT

Pen testers, devs, and other infosec bods with all skills wanted

The antipodean spy agency the Australian Signals Directorate is seeking cleaning staff information security personnel for offensive and defensive operations.…

Dutch bicycle company pretends to be television company

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:30:50 GMT

What were they smoking? Good e-commerce strategy: couriers are nicer to tellies than pushies

Dutch bicycle company VanMoof has found that disguising its products as televisions leads to lower rates of damage in transit.…

High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:21:23 GMT

Don't blow too hard into the exit hole

The US Air Force says a strong tailwind is behind the flight line fire that has grounded yet another of its F-35 fighter aircraft.…