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Speaking in Tech: I am Wink,, do you dig my smart home jam?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:07:13 GMT

Podcast This week we go hard on IoT with special guest Splunk's Hal Rottenberg

Pssst... wanna participate in a Google DeepMind AI pilot? Be careful

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:38:05 GMT

Lessons from the NHS's 1.6 million data-records shovel

Imagine you’re in charge of technology and data for part of the UK’s chronically cash-squeezed National Health Service. A world-famous technology firm offers you a cool new service, either free or for very little money. All it wants in return is access to the patient data that will make the service work. What are you going to do?…

Spotify cleared of exposing kids to self-love innuendo in TV spot

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:04:07 GMT

Ad regulator says kids unlikely to watch Britain's Got Talent

Spotify has been cleared of exposing children to sexual and masturbatory innuendos because the Advertising Standards Authority thinks Britain's Got Talent is unlikely to be watched by kids.…

So you're planning on outsourcing some enterprise security

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:25:07 GMT

Should you keep your in-house crew? What's your plan...

It makes sense to have a solid collection of security expertise within your organisation. And in fact most of us do: security is so core to most of what we do in IT that it’s a standard part of the syllabus for all the courses we do on, say, router configuration or Windows administration.…

UK taxman forks out to parents after glitch smacks child benefits site

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:01:10 GMT

HMRC: But we got less than 1,500 complaints about the tech…

The UK government has resorted to manually issuing childcare payments, and has paid out £45,000 in compensation, after technical glitches meant parents couldn’t access their accounts on a new childcare benefits website.…

CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:30:12 GMT

You've got until October 2018 to bail, or pay business rates

Code42 Software, operator of the Crashplan cloud backup service, has decided it's had enough of providing its services to consumers.…

Adware API sends smartmobe data home to Chinese company

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:02:07 GMT

Google pulls 500 apps that used the Igexin SDK

Mobile developers, listen up: when you pick up that easy-to-use advertising API, make sure it's not snoopware.…

IBM likely to close Australian data centre

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:33:57 GMT

Clients being advised of migration plans from vintage Cumberland Forest bit barn

IBM's Australian tentacle is considering the closure of a data centre in 2019, The Register has learned.…

Microsoft, Red Hat in cross-platform container and .Net cuddle

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:02:08 GMT

Redmond Hat will run each other's containers in each other's clouds

Red Hat and Microsoft have extended their partnership with a containerised cross-cloud cuddle.…

D-Link in Pluribus-powered white box play to target enterprise sales

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:02:08 GMT

Netvisor gets a crack at the consumer and SME channel in new 54-port switch

D-Link has decided that white-box open networking might just be its ticket out of the consumer and small business ghettos, and into the rich enterprise market.…

VMware's desktop plan: On your command line, unleash hell!

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:01:06 GMT

Refreshed Workstation, Fusion, add network simulators, Win 10 fun, container-friendly APIs

VMware's refreshed its Workstation and Fusion desktop hypervisors, which are now in version 14 and 10 respectively.…

Lottery-hacking sysadmin's unlucky number comes up: 25 years in the slammer

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:58:10 GMT

Rigged a random number generator and tried to cash in

The lottery sysadmin who fooled around with random numbers has a new variable to consider: how much up to 25 years he'll have to serve of his latest sentence.…

Microsoft spikes GigJam collaboration tool before it leaves Preview

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:56:08 GMT

Tool to 'spontaneously and ephemerally involve others in your work' hits existential crisis

Microsoft has spontaneously and ephemerally killed GigJam, a collaboration tool it billed as empowering “people with a co-working mindset” to “spontaneously and ephemerally involve others in your work.”…

Microsoft, Apple cough up MEEELLIONS after Australian tax audits

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:58:10 GMT

Google still enjoying its Irish sandwich

Nice work if you can get it: Microsoft has told Australia's Senate committee into Corporate Tax Avoidance that it's negotiated how much of its hard-earned cash it'll fork over to the Australian Taxation Office.…

Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:04:38 GMT

Astronomers Without Borders asks you to think of the children

On Monday, millions of Americans watched nature's ballet play out across the Sun (excluding those of us in San Francisco, where we were fogged in). Now an appeal is going out for used glasses to be donated to charity.…

Salesforce CEO: We're doing great because everyone else in CRM sucks

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:02:01 GMT

Loafing competitors are 'horrible,' says Benioff

Chalk up another big quarter for SaaS icon, as the cloud CRM provider saw revenues jump by 26 per cent year-over-year.…

Australian telcos promise to be better NBN helpers

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:45:54 GMT

Just like they always promise to stop having rubbish customer service

Faced with an escalating crisis of consumer dissatisfaction over the National Broadband Network rollout, the federal government called an all-hands meeting in Canberra at which everybody promised to do better.…

Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:25:31 GMT

Attempt to undo arbitration award gets nixed by judge

Oracle's effort to avoid paying star sales rep Felicia Wilson an arbitration award of more than $250,000 has been rejected [PDF] by a judge in New York.…

Sonos will deny updates to those who snub rewritten privacy terms

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:54:45 GMT

Your data, or we cut you off

Sonos, the maker of networked speakers, plans to revise its privacy policy next week, and customers who decline to accept the changes will no longer be able to download future software updates.…

Codename Brainwave: Microsoft reveals tricks and tips for whipping cloud FPGAs into shape

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:17:31 GMT

Pipelining, on-die memories exploited in Azure

Hot Chips Microsoft today teased chip designers with Brainwave, its cloud-hosted pool of FPGAs designed to perform AI stuff in real time.…

Google slaps a suit on beefed up Chrome OS, offers Enterprise version for business

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:53:42 GMT

Getting a bit crowded in here, isn't it, Microsoft?

Google is making a push for its Chrome OS in the business space with a new Enterprise edition of the cloud-centric operating system.…

Sysadmins told to update their software or risk killing the internet

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:46:07 GMT

The DNS signing keys are changing for the first time

The world's internet providers and sysadmins need to make sure they are running up-to-date software or they risk cutting their customers off from the internet in October, DNS overseer ICANN has warned.…

Smart robots prove stupidly easy to hack for spying and murder

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:50:08 GMT

Your plastic pal who's psychotic

Robots are increasingly common in the 21st Century, both on the factory floor and in the home, however it appears their security systems are anything but modern and high tech.…

Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:08:38 GMT

*By 'unlimited' they mean 'significantly limited'

US telecom goliath Verizon has replaced its single unlimited phone plan with four new options that all throttle video and bandwidth.…

Apple iCloud Keychain easily slurped, ElcomSoft says

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:06:21 GMT

Credentials stored in the cloud succumb to forensic software

ElcomSoft, the Russia-based maker of forensic software, has managed to find a way to access the data stored in Apple's iCloud Keychain, if Apple ID account credentials are available.…

Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:03:07 GMT

El Reg talks to experts on Kim's capabilities

Feature When they said a week is a lifetime in politics, they weren't kidding.…

Micron's new storage division lead is third former SanDisk recruit

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:39:10 GMT

Anand Jayapalan replaces Darren Thomas

Micron has replaced its storage business unit VP, Darren Thomas, with a former SanDisk exec, Anand Jayapalan.…

DJI's Spark drones to be bricked by September 1 unless firmware updated

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:55:04 GMT

There is no 'my way or the highway', just my way

Hackers have boasted that DJI's latest Spark drone firmware update was bypassed in mere hours – including downtime to enjoy the recent solar eclipse.…

Kraut coppers seize 5,000 Donald Trump-shaped dance biscuits

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:23:09 GMT

Making raves great again, like, the best you've ever been to

Cops in northwestern Germany have seized 5,000 ecstasy tabs fashioned in the image of Donald J Trump's head, indicating the prez continues to inspire people to seek out an alternative reality.…

End-point backupper Druva stuffs sack with another $80m in VC cash

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:58:13 GMT

Funding round lifts startup's profile and firepower

End-point backup and data governance starup Druva has just raked in an $80m funding round less than a year after it pulled in $52m.…

US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:02:06 GMT

Deaths of sailors prompt admirals to halt all warship ops

The accident-prone US Navy has suspended all of its warship operations around the world following its third collision at sea this year.…

If there's a hole in your S3 bucket, data thieves will be sprayed by Macie

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:04:05 GMT

Data loss prevention bot patrols Amazon's cloud storage solution

Analysis Data loss prevention is about to get a whole lot smarter.…

Canadian outsourcer CGI to Nordic BI biz: Fancy €98m cold ones, eh?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:12:08 GMT

Affecto's 1k staff to merge with CGI if all-cash deal goes through

Canadian outsourcer CGI has made an all-cash offer for the Northern European data analytics firm Affecto.…

Fujitsu looking to flog its smartphones biz – report

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:41:40 GMT

How's that 'digital transformation' going?

For its latest "digital transformation", Fujitsu is trying to sell off its mobile phone business, according to reports.…

Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:52:05 GMT

Not looking good for cheesed off customers

Updated Virgin Media is seemingly suffering a series of outages accross the country, with aggrieved customers using alternate methods to air their ire at the telco.…

Continuous integration platforms are broken – here's what needs fixing

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:32:11 GMT

New survey polls developers' 'unmet needs'

About half of 3,880 participants in the 2016 "State of Agile" industry survey reported using continuous integration. Now new research from Oregon State University and University of Illinois suggests that the platforms still leave a lot to be desired.…

Biz sends apps to public cloud, waves 'bye to on-premises server folk. NO! WAIT!

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:41:06 GMT

Cloud cost rises, growth pushes staff demand up again

Research has found businesses need to hire more server staff – but they're in limited supply.…

Cognitive Services, Clippy? AI's silent infiltration of Microsoft's Office stack

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:01:12 GMT

Facial and voice recognition – just beware translations

In just over a year, Microsoft has launched and expanded a set of APIs called Cognitive Services, which handle everything from face and emotion recognition, to a Language Understanding Intelligence Service (yes, LUIS for short) and a Custom Decision Service.…

Sofa-jockeys given crack at virtual Formula 1 world championship

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:27:05 GMT

This whole 'Esport' thing looks serious – for games developers looking to boost sales

Formula 1 has announced it's getting into “e-sports”, the preferred phrase for competitive computer gaming, with a new “Formula 1 Esports Series” that will see a virtual F1 champion crowned later this year.…

Want a medal? Microsoft 7.2% less bad at speech recognition than IBM

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:02:05 GMT

Clash of the machine-learning titans

In a machine learning tug-of-war, Microsoft may have just barely slipped ahead of IBM for speech transcription accuracy.…

Samsung gains ground on smartphones

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:31:09 GMT

Emerging markets are where it's at

Following a rocky year of recalls and other exciting events, Gartner has found that phone-slinger Samsung could be doing quite well.…

Disbanding your security team may not be an entirely dumb idea

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:58:09 GMT

Plenty of other teams have some security responsibility, so why not end the overlap?

Disbanding your security team may not be an entirely dumb idea, because plenty of other people in your organisation already overlap with their responsibilities, or could usefully do their jobs.…

Security outfit Root9B on the brink after default, may de-list

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:28:12 GMT

Listed company's creditors are circling so it's auctioning assets

Colorado security startup Root9B is teetering on the edge, with its creditors sending over a foreclosure nastygram after it defaulted last week.…

German court reveals reason for Europe-wide patent system freeze

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:00:09 GMT

Was it the EPO? Brexit? Insufficient support? Yes

The German federal court has finally revealed why it ordered a halt to the ratification of the Europe-wide Unitary Patent Court.…

Microsoft rolls its own hyperconverged appliance program

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:30:08 GMT

'Windows Server Software-Defined' program signs HPE, Lenovo, Fujitsu and Supermicro

Microsoft's revealed it's signed up several server vendors to make hyperconverged appliances running Windows Server natively.…

Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your 'smart' home

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:02:13 GMT

Your Amazon Echo could live a double life as an echo-location device

Researchers at the University of Washington have devised a way of conducting surreptitious sonar surveillance using home devices equipped with microphones and speakers.…

Open AWS S3 bucket leaked hotel booking service data

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:57:04 GMT

Groupize denies report by researchers at Kromtech, but locks down repo anyway

Another day, another misconfigured AWS storage bucket leaking corporate data, this time from hotel booking service Groupize.…

Phisherfolk dangle bait at dot-fish domain

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:51:08 GMT

Gill us now

Netcraft 'net watchers have cast a fly over the lake of generic TLDs, and turned up the first .fish domain dedicated to – wait for it – phishing.…

Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:10:34 GMT

Crowdfunded submersible story somehow gets weirder

The story of a Danish inventor and a missing Swedish journalist has taken a bizarre turn, as Peter Madsen now claims he buried Kim Wall at sea.…

Groundhog Day! ACCC again calls for truth in broadband advertising

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:20:55 GMT

100 Mbps? Call it the 60 Mbps customers might actually experience at peak hour

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has fired off its latest salvo in its decades-long argument with the telco industry about internet speed claims in Australia, telling them to advertise typical speeds rather than theoretical maxima.…