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Toshiba sues WDC for a cool billion bucks

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:56:10 GMT

You could say the flash JV partners' relationship is at rock bottom

Toshiba is suing WDC in a Tokyo court for ¥120bn ($1bn, £830m), alleging unfair competition.…

123-reg resolves secure database access snafu

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:07:06 GMT

Catches up with https everywhere memo

UK-based hosting and domains provider firm 123-reg has fixed an issue that meant access to some customers' databases ran over an unsecured link, creating a privacy risk in the process.…

A minister for GDS? Don't talk digital pony

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:30:08 GMT

Junior appointment more telling than non-expert status

Comment The appointment of digital minister Caroline Nokes yesterday was met with some sniggering when it was revealed she was formerly the chief executive of the National Pony Society.…

Intel launches 64-layer 3D flash client SSD

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:15:19 GMT

You can buy it at consumer electronics e-shop. We're not joking

Intel has hatched a new SSD, a 64-layer one, available in a lovely coincidence at etailer Newegg for $179.99.…

Speaking in Tech: Yes, they advised me to turn my phone off...

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:27:09 GMT

Podcast Airplane mode: Yes or no?

AWS Summit London queues caused by security, not snafu

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:16:14 GMT

Ultimate Britishness experience – wet, grey skies and a huge wait just to be disappointed

The AWS Summit in London has opened – and queues of several hundred people are already building around the venue as rumours of an IT failure on the ticket desks swirl.…

Dixons Carphone stirs PC Curry, reports 10% profit gravy

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:56:41 GMT

Record £500m full-year figure for borg

Dixons Carphone reported a bumper year, with profits up 10 per cent to £501m for its preliminary results 2016/17.…

Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:09:12 GMT

Never fear – they're moving to, er, Windows 8.1 instead

Thousands of Metropolitan Police computers are still running Windows XP more than a year after the force promised to upgrade them, mayor Sadiq Khan has admitted in response to a Greater London Assembly question.…

Looking for an Ubuntu Unity close cousin? Elementary, my dear...

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:00:11 GMT

Matching DNA and personality types

Ubuntu's Unity interface is gone, which means there's one less desktop to choose from in Linux-land. And while dozens remain to choose from, Unity was one of the most polished out there. Many will miss its detail and design.…

Facebook's whitebox-all-the-network-things TIP project flexes tentacles

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:01:33 GMT

Plus BT evaluates startups. Good luck, network kit giants

Comment Hard on the heels of Orange's Telecom Track, which will support network infrastructure startups in association with Facebook's Telecom Infra Project (TIP), BT is evaluating startups for a similar scheme.…

Facebook hit two billion users today and SugarCRM reminded us you are Zuck's product

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:33:08 GMT

Sugar's 'Hint' scraping service populates sales profiles by scraping 70 data sources

Facebook's hit two billion users. Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his creation on Wednesday to share the news.…

Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:03:05 GMT

Redmond owned it, Google invaded. Your options

Analysis Microsoft for decades not only defined personal productivity and team collaboration using Office, Outlook and Exchange – it kept the competition at arm’s length.…

VMware prepping NSX-as-a-service running from the public cloud

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:34:12 GMT

VMworld content catalog lists live AWS services, Cross Cloud and OpenStack 4.0

The content catalog for VMworld 2017 has appeared and as usual offers a few hints about announcements at the show and the company's future plans.…

'Bio-hacker' embeds public transport ticket under his skin

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:02:08 GMT

But the transport authority says that invalidates the card

Killjoys at the public transport authority in the Australian State of New South Wales are warning users of stored-value-for-public-transport "Opal Card" that turning them into implants invalidates the card.…

Ride-snare: Lyft ruse helps cops cuff suspect in tech CEO murder case

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:27:04 GMT

'How would you rate your ride?'

A police officer in Fayette County, Atlanta, has nabbed a murder suspect by appropriating the Lyft vehicle he figured the perp hoped to use as a getaway car.…

Amadeus airline booking system TITSUP and it's not ransomware

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:08:42 GMT

Australian airline QANTAS is partly offline, other carriers may be in trouble too

The Amadeus airline booking platform is suffering another outage, so far mostly seen in a follow-on TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance) hitting Australian airline Qantas.…

Microsoft brings caregiver leave home to US, plans to finish global rollout soon

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:58:08 GMT

Four weeks, paid, to deal with family health crises

Microsoft has decided that family caregivers deserve support, so it's decided to take its paid leave program global.…

Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:19:29 GMT

This isn't ransomware – it's merry chaos

Analysis It is now increasingly clear that the global outbreak of a file-scrambling software nasty targeting Microsoft Windows PCs was designed not to line the pockets of criminals, but spread merry mayhem.…

A good time Woz had by all: We peeked our head into Primary Data and this is what we saw

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:03:12 GMT

Upcoming early-access product details revealed

Analysis Picture this. A little press conference with Primary Data at its headquarters in Milpitas, California, right in the armpit of Silicon Valley. CEO Lance Smith is briskly burbling away about his company, but us hacks are somewhat distracted.…

Mozilla dev and Curl inventor Daniel Stenberg denied travel to USA

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:59:02 GMT

Settle down: This looks like a SNAFU, not Trump teasing techies

All Daniel Stenberg wanted to do was endure about fifteen hours of air travel from Sweden so he could spend a fun week talking code at Mozilla's all-hands meeting in San Francisco. But the Moz developer and maker of the Curl data transfer tool was denied boarding in Stockholm, en route to London and then The City By The Bay.…

Hot news! Combustible Galaxy Note 7 to return as 'Galaxy Note FE'

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:41:39 GMT

What could FE stand for? Fried Ears? Fearful Explosions? Flaming Emissions?

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is about to make its comeback.…

Ever wondered why the universe only has black holes in S or XXXL? No? Boffins have an answer

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:52:57 GMT

Never a M or L when you want one, right?

Astronomers looking for black holes have been baffled by the same question for decades: we've found large and small holes, but where are all the medium-sized black holes?…

Blunder Down Under: Self-driving Oz cars still thwarted by kangaroos

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:01:54 GMT

Oi, tie your kangaroo down, sport ... Mad Max 2: The Roo'd Warrior ... etc etc

Kangaroos continue to be the bane of self-driving cars in Australia, as automakers say they still can't figure out how to accurately detect the presence of the pouched marsupials.…

Costly, under-featured MyGov is just fine, says Oz national auditor

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:50:01 GMT

Five year march to One Login To Rule Us All still not over

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has rubber-stamped the government's MyGov portal, in spite of cost-overruns and a lack of performance metrics.…

See you in 2023 – Bitcoin exchange bigwig gets 66 months in the slammer

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:54:36 GMT

Murgio gets off easy in money laundering case

A kingpin of the ill-fated Bitcoin exchange was today handed a 66-month prison sentence for conspiracy, fraud, and money laundering.…

Koh-no! Silicon Lucy blocks Qualcomm from wriggling out of FTC's chip monopoly trial

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:35:14 GMT

Tell it to the jury, judge rules

Qualcomm will have to face trial against America's trade watchdog over alleged price gouging on its chip designs.…

Big Blue lures big biz object storage teams with VersaStack, COS

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:53:16 GMT

IBM and Cisco gear? So you're saying two wrongs can make a right?

IBM has found a new route for its channel into enterprise data-intensive workloads, courtesy of its Cisco VersaStack deal.…

Pwned UK SME fined £60K for leaving itself vulnerable to hack attack

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:25:09 GMT

Vid game biz failed to carry out pen-testing

A small UK company that suffered a cyber attack has been fined £60,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).…

50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:56:11 GMT

What's the future of cash?

Analysis Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Automated Teller Machine (ATM), the first of which was installed outside Barclays Bank, Enfield Town in north London.…

Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:48:33 GMT

Petya or cattle?

Updated A huge ‪ransomware‬ outbreak has hit major banks, utilities and telcos in Ukraine as well as victims in other countries.…

The 'DUP' joins El Reg’s illustrious online standards converter

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:34:05 GMT

How much can you find down the back of your sofa?

Reg Standards Bureau In light of yesterday’s mega-bucks deal between the Tories and the Democratic Unionist Party, El Reg has added another unit of measurement to our Standards Bureau.…

Oh my Tosh: WDC submits fresh bid for Toshiba memory biz

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:24:09 GMT

Is this the beginning of the endgame?

WDC and KKR have submitted a fresh bid for beleaguered Toshiba's memory business, in competition with the preferred INCJ/Bain/SK Hynix bid.…

HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:52:08 GMT

Spotted on carrier control room screens - reports

Updated The Royal Navy’s brand new £3.5bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently* running Windows XP in her flying control room, according to reports.…

Former GDS head Mike Bracken quits Co-op

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:25:10 GMT

He'd only wanted to work 3 days a week, apparently

Former head of the Government Digital Service Mike Bracken has quit his job as chief digital officer at Co-op to work on advising governments.…

Wanna write a Cloudflare app? No? Would $100m change your mind?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:14:04 GMT

Like Salesforce, but for sharing widgets

Internet traffic wrangler Cloudflare is opening up its massive global network to third-party developers.…

Microsoft: We'll beef up security in Windows 10 Creators Edition Fall Update

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:00:10 GMT

EMETs? I've had a few

The next big update to Windows 10 Creators Edition is out in the Fall – and Redmond is hyping up its security chops.…

Make sure your Skype is up to date because FYI there's a nasty hole in it

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:26:06 GMT

Nothing to see here, says Microsoft, just more crappy code

Infosec researchers have discovered a nasty and exploitable security vulnerability in older versions of Skype on Windows.…

What? What? Which? Former broadband minister Ed Vaizey dismisses report

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:55:07 GMT

Northern Ireland could 'lead the way in superfast broadband' after DUP deal

The UK's former digital minister Ed Vaizey has dismissed a report published by consumer charity Which? today finding more than 11 places in Blighty still receive broadband speeds of less the 10Mbps.…

Sony open-sources NNabla neural network learnings

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:36:40 GMT

En-NNabla-blement of answer to Google's TensorFlow?

Last night, Tokyo-based Sony open-sourced its deep learning framework, which it has dubbed NNabla – Neural Network Libraries.…

Working in maintenance? Stop reading, we need you in the server room

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:57:27 GMT

You're undervalued, says survey. But you knew this...

Average annual salaries for maintenance jobs advertised online fell by 7.5 per cent this year - but the firm behind the analysis has warned that we shouldn’t forget about the humans who look after systems just yet.…

Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:12:41 GMT

Abused its market dominance as a search engine, says commission

Google was today hit with a record antitrust fine of €2.42bn (£2.1bn) from the European Union today for promoting its own shopping search service over those of smaller rivals.…

Software glitch led to London Ambulance Service outage – report

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:00:06 GMT

Update 18 months earlier meant recycle bin drained system resources, leading to crash

A software glitch in the London Ambulance Service’s 999 call handling system, which prevented the system’s recycle bin from being emptied, led to an outage at the New Year – according to an official report.…

UK's Ministry of Fun considers what to tell social media firms about online bullying

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:29:07 GMT

Govt to consult on code of practice as bits of Digital Economy Act go live

The UK government is to start talks with social media providers about a code of conduct that will guide their response to online bullying.…

European Commission chucks cash at UR – the universal language of mind your own biz

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:01:10 GMT

Funding for French privacy browser – and why not

Privacy-focused French browser developer UR* has scored a grant from the European Union it hopes will help turbo charge its nascent technology.…

Watchdog slaps NHS for failure to tackle correspondence backlog

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:01:09 GMT

Finds 1,788 cases of potential harm

The National Audit Office has slapped the NHS Shared Business Services for its failure to handle a backlog of misdirected clinical correspondence, which will cost £6.6m to work through.…

Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:26:12 GMT

Sonic boom reduced to 'soft thump' by well-designed shockwaves

NASA says the preliminary design review of its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) project suggests it is possible to create a supersonic aircraft that doesn't produce a sonic boom.…

Skynet? More like Night-sky-net. AI hunts for Milky Way's turbo stars

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:03:12 GMT

Code churns through millions of heavenly objects spotted by Euro Gaia spacecraft

An artificial neural network has detected rare super-fast stars zipping through the Milky Way – by crunching piles of data collected by the European Space Agency’s Gaia probe.…

India's Martian MOM clocks up 1,000 days circling the red planet

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:33:13 GMT

But she's down to just 13kg of fuel after seven-minute eclipse-avoidance burn

India's Mars Orbiter Mission – aka MOM – has celebrated its 1,000th Earth day in orbit around the red planet.…

No way to sugarcoat this: I'm afraid Uranus opens and closes to accept particle streams

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:06:11 GMT

It's official. Uranus clenches after taking in hot beams

Scientists digging through old readings from NASA’s Voyager 2 mission in 1986 have found that Uranus’ magnetic field swings open and shut like the aperture of a revolving door.…

Idea to encrypt stuff on the web at rest hits the IETF's Standard Track

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:26:09 GMT

Mozilla engineer spots a gap in online security, reaches for the patch kit

Amid the rise of HTTPS, there are still many spots where content shifted encrypted across the web is ultimately stored in wide-open plain text, so a Mozilla engineer wants to close one of those gaps.…