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Apple moving to scrubbed up 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.…

These five weird tricks will help you manage your hybrid cloud

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:36:08 GMT

Oh yes, and keep the auditors happy

When you get to a certain age, and you've been in the IT industry for enough years, you start to get an idea of what auditors are looking for when they descend on you and ask you pointed questions about your systems.…

Revealed: The true horror of being a big CEO

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:15:04 GMT

Pity the poor reporter who had to shadow Mark Hurd

Our attention has been drawn to the work of a plucky reporter Julie Bort from Business Insider, who spent a day shadowing Oracle CEO at its OpenWorld jamboree in San Francisco. Finally – a chance to see the real glamour behind the scenes with a top flight chief exec.…

‘Inflexion point’ BlackBerry washes hands of hardware biz

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:06:26 GMT

Switches to licensing 'secure Android' and apps

Here’s your chance to design your own BlackBerry. BlackBerry today ended its 17-year adventure as a phone-maker with CEO John Chen announcing “a new strategic direction focussed on licensing our secure device software and the BlackBerry brand.”…

How do you approach continuous security?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:55:32 GMT

In application development, build it in

Promo Earlier this week we ran a live broadcast looking at how to build security into your application development process. You can watch it here.…

BT tops Ofcom's broadband whinge list

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:42:26 GMT

Virgin and Sky rated least moaned about

BT has topped Ofcom's quarterly whinge list for the most moaned about fixed line broadband provider.…

Raspberry Pi adds PIXEL eye candy to desktop

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:29:35 GMT

Raspbian gets user interface makeover and Chromium browser

Fruity low-cost computer the Raspberry Pi is constantly getting enhancements, and the latest is an update to its Raspbian Linux build, which has been given a makeover with a new desktop shell called PIXEL and a version of the Chromium browser.…

The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:57:06 GMT

As Steve Jobs might say: You misunderstand 'design'

Open Source Insider In all the years I have been using FOSS software, the most common complaint I've seen about FOSS software is that the "design" is "terrible", "laughable" or some witticism about forks and eyes.…

Urgent! Log in for spear-phisher survey or your account will be deleted

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:46:10 GMT

Europol: Cybercrims getting more devious

Europol’s annual cyber-crime survey warns that the quality of spearphishing and other "CEO fraud" is continuing to improve and "cybercrime-as-a-service" means an ever larger group of fraudsters can easily commit online attacks.…

Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:32:08 GMT

Back to the '80s

Ignite Microsoft this week promised to increase desktop users’ productivity by bringing resizeable overlapping windows to Windows™ – a feature notably missing today. A spokesman also expressed hope that Mr Gorbachev’s new policy of “perestroika” would continue, bringing real benefits to Soviet citizens.…

Redback sinks fangs into Aussie's todger AGAIN... second time in five months

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:16:12 GMT

Man vows to steer clear of outside dunnies, 'I'll hold on for dear life'

An Aussie builder has endured the agony of being bitten on the todger by a redback spider for the second time in five months*.…

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.…

It's all fun and games until someone loses an AI

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:20:08 GMT

CEO of Allen Institute of AI: Be realistic. Hype only hurts research

Many speeches at AI conferences begin with AlphaGo, the Google-built AI that beat Lee Sedol - one of the highest ranked Go players in the world – to illustrate how far AI has progressed.…

Argos tech team updates iOS app with helpful info on 'eleventy-billion toilet seats'

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:04:09 GMT

Sky hooks, tartan paint ... U wot m8?

Strange things are afoot among the developer team at Argos, it’s just not clear if an ill-judged lunchtime trip to the boozer, hijincks related to the recent £1.4bn takeover by Sainsbury’s or a rogue staffer are to blame.…

WAN, bam, thank you... oh @£$%. We've gone dead. Drop the burger. RUUUUUN!

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:43:11 GMT

This Damn War Get back to the data centre, stat

The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:23:08 GMT

Know when to opt for wet abrasive blasting or Self Polishing Copolymer?

Mad mags The Ministry of Defence's naval arm maintains a regular publication focused entirely on types and shades of paint. It is not a spoof – or if it is, someone's gone to some serious lengths on a windup.…

Ofcom punts network-sniffing Android app

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:06:13 GMT

Help find not-spots

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has written a network tracking Android app so the great British public can help it sniff out not-spots.…

nbn™ dumps Optus HFC, will use fibre to the kerb for ≈700k sites

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:39:02 GMT

So what exactly did AU$800m buy? An option for bits of Optus network, says nbn™

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has announced it will overbuild part of the hybrid fibre-coax network it acquired from Optus.… 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.…

Google, Dropbox the latest US tech giants to sign up to the Privacy Shield

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:08:08 GMT

Queued up to self-certify

Internet giant Google has signed up to the Privacy Shield, a framework designed to facilitate the transfer of personal data between the EU and US by businesses.…

Facebook's AI boss is on a mission to end spoon-fed machine intelligence

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:42:06 GMT

Yes, let computers off the leash with unsupervised learning

Unsupervised learning is a problem Yann LeCun, Facebook’s AI guru, really wants to crack. It promises to lead researchers to a next generation of AI – one where machines have higher intelligence and can perceive the world and act accordingly – something we call common sense.…

IBM hopes its tailored Swift will lure you onto BlueMix cloud

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:22:13 GMT

Now available to all – and a 'breath of fresh air' says top Big Blue engineer

Swift, the second-most-loved programming language by Stack Overflow's estimation, has showed up on IBM's BlueMix cloud platform, dressed for general availability.…

HP Inc: No DRM in our 3D printers, we swear (unlike our 2D ones)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:02:07 GMT

Raw materials will be open and multi-source

While HP Inc is getting a lot of flack over its DRM lockdown on 2D printing consumables, in the 3D world the company wants to address that it won't be setting the prices on consumables.…

'Geek gene' denied: If you find computer science hard, it's your fault (or your teacher's)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:39:07 GMT

And you find it easy, it's through hard work – not a 'gift'

Assume for the sake of argument that computer science grades are bimodal: there's a distinct group of students who excel at the subject, and then there's everyone else in another group.…

Microsoft hails pointless Privacy Shield status for its cloud services

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:18:09 GMT

Yeah, it's self-certification. Give yourself a pat on your own back, Redmond

Microsoft has issued a missive congratulating itself as the first global cloud service provider to get with the new EU Privacy Shield Framework agreed with the US, which must mean your data is safe in its hands, right?…

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.…

Wow, still using disk and PCIe storage? You look like a flash-on victim, darling – it isn't 2014

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:41:06 GMT

Server slingers, like models, it's OK to be DIMM

Comment For generations of PowerEdge, ProLiant, UCS and other x86 servers, the future has been fairly simple: more powerful multi-core processors, more memory, more PCIe bandwidth and shrink the space and electricity needs.…

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.…

Eric Raymond revisits his biggest mistake, updates 'Pilot' language after 20 years

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:08:24 GMT

That's enough time to build a Cathedral, never mind a patch

Software luminary Eric Raymond has written an update to his Pilot computer aided instruction language … 20 years since he last bothered looking at it.…

Google launches peer-to-peer YouTube vid sharing, only in India

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:28:05 GMT

No mission to civilise, just cheaper downloads for cricket vids and family fun

Google's decided that India needs its very own YouTube, so has cooked up something called “YouTube Go” that permits peer-to-peer video sharing.…

City of Moscow to ditch 600k Exchange and Outlook licences

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:58:06 GMT

Cisco's already been sent to the gulag, now Microsoft's at risk of 'keep roubles in Russia' policy

The city of Moscow has announced it's going to start ditching Microsoft, following a call by president Vladimir Putin for Russia to be more self-reliant, and is starting with an untried-at-scale e-mail system.…

Text input from thin air: boffins give Wi-Fi the finger with AI

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:16:10 GMT

There's a point to it, though

Chinese boffins reckon they're the first capture text input to mobile devices using gestures sensed by commodity Wi-Fi devices.…

USB-C is now wired for sound, just like Sir Cliff Richard

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:28:31 GMT

3.5mm audio jacks are in big trouble now as one cable to rule them all standard signed off

The USB implementers forum has loosed “USB Audio Device Class 3.0” onto the breathlessly-waiting world.…

Signs of recent tectonic activity found on cooling Mercury

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:58:12 GMT

Thought-to-be-lifeless hell-ball actually has a rich inner life

NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) craft has found evidence that Sol's innermost planet is tectonically active.…

Mozilla tells Firefox OS devs to fork off if they want to chase open web apps vision

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:24:35 GMT

Lizard also set to char Windows XP and Vista by ending support

The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox development team has decided enough is enough and will stop supporting Windows XP and Vista in March 2017 and also bin Firefox OS.…

Oh, ALL RIGHT, says Facebook, we'll let Windows admins run osquery

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:02:46 GMT

SELECT * from users where too_stupid_to_live=”YES”

Two years after it first arrives for Linux and OS X, Facebook's "osquery" developer kit is now available for Windows.…

Enterprise Yammer goes on end-of-life list for January 2017

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:47:52 GMT

Standalone product to stay, but if you want it in Office 365, change your subscription

Microsoft's rationalisation of enterprise messaging continues, with Redmond putting its Yammer Enterprise offering on the end-of-life list.…

Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:01:39 GMT

Red Planet to be Elon-gated community-slash-graveyard

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has laid out an audacious multibillion-dollar plan to send colonists to probably die on Mars.…

Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:35:13 GMT

It's gonna spell bad news for all of us

The host of the first presidential debate on Monday night, Hofstra University in New York, may have broken the law and could be in line for a huge fine.…

US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:55:19 GMT

Eye-pee-vee-what? Rest of world responds

The US government is entering the next stage of grief and loss over IPv6, asking companies to explain why they won't just move over to the new protocol.…

Yahoo! Mail! down?! Great! timing! as! more! US! senators! dogpile! hacked! web! giant!

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:40:58 GMT

Enjoy the sounds of a thousand heads at Verizon slamming into a thousand desks

Yahoo!'s embattled mail service was dealt another blow Tuesday when an outage hit users worldwide.…

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.…

6-in-10 punters return their self-destructing Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:10:57 GMT

Only one in ten demanding cash, we're told

Just over three weeks after announcing a global Galaxy Note 7 recall, Samsung says six out of ten owners in the US and South Korea have returned their potentially exploding phablets.…

Microsoft's Azure-in-a-box preview runs on your own hardware

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:31:07 GMT

Shame the actual product still doesn't, though

Microsoft is dangling a new Technical Preview of its Azure Stack in front of enterprise customers who want to run an applications and services platform across their on-premise private cloud and Redmond's globe-spanning Azure public cloud.…

Startup iguazio launches NVMe-propelled missile at enterprise analytics

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:14:06 GMT

Wall St-beating PaaS for Big Data firm touts crazy performance claims

iguazio’s Data-as-a-Service Enterprise Data Cloud converges different storage access protocols and use cases behind an access abstraction layer and claims to out-perform Amazon and all-flash filers at lower costs.…

New LITE working group takes up ARMs against the IoT

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:03:04 GMT

Another initiative targets developers of smart doorbells and other gizmos

Linaro, the collaborative engineering effort focused around Linux for ARM-based devices, has spawned a new working group to develop open reference platforms for connected products, with an inevitable eye on the Internet of Things (IoT).…

Metalogix punts out cloudy collab coliseum for canny IT craftsmen

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:45:09 GMT

One to rule them all

Metalogix has launched a content management platform for cloud work and collaboration.…

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.…