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My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:33:04 GMT

Sir. Have you no, er, shame?

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has admitted to switching to an Android phone but he still won't entertain using the Jesus Mobe iPhone.…

Slap your apps on this Dell-flavoured testing server before tossing them on Azure Stack

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:03:09 GMT

Collaboration with NTT Comm creates data centre safe space

Dell and cloud managed services provider NTT Communications have launched a specialised server that lets IT departments test apps for Microsoft's Azure Stack.…

Equifax CEO falls on his sword weeks after credit biz admits mega-breach

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:35:13 GMT

Well, what else could he do?

Equifax's chairman and chief exec today resigned, weeks after the consumer credit reporting agency admitted a massive security breach.…

Small businesses: GDPR affects you, too

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:25:26 GMT

Don’t think that just because you’re not a behemoth, they won’t see you

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25 2018, enforcing a strict set of new rules concerning privacy and data security and imposing strict penalties on violators. Enterprises are having a tough enough time coping with it. How will small businesses with fewer in-house IT and legal resources fare?…

So. Should I upgrade to macOS High Sierra?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:06:12 GMT

Not today, and not soon

Analysis Apple releases a systems nerd nirvana today, a new OS that’s packed with more profound and interesting under-the-hood technology features than Apple has released for years. But should you rush out and upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra?…

DataCore tech cranks wheezing SQL Servers to ridiculous speeds

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:37:09 GMT

Parallelising IO is like punching hyperspace button

DataCore has crafted a driver for SQL Server that runs IO requests simultaneously and increases throughput.…

UK Home Office re-bans cheap call gateways because 'terrorism'

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:03:06 GMT

Ofcom would have done this itself but didn't have the power

Security minister Ben Wallace has signed a direction banning commercial multi-user phone gateways over terrorism fears, barely a week after the only ever prosecution for operating one flopped following years of Kafkaesque wrangling.…

Mobile stock trading apps riddled with security holes

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:27:05 GMT

Did someone just nick your shares?

Mobile stock trading apps are riddled with security bugs.…

Twitter reckons Trump's Nork-baiting tweet was 'newsworthy'

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:03:05 GMT

Guess triggering World War 3 is also 'of public interest'

Twitter has defended its position of potentially providing a platform for triggering World War 3, describing President Donald Trump's infamous North Korea tweet as "newsworthy".…

Need to get up to speed on machine learning, AI?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:43:10 GMT

Just 25 conference tickets left for MCubed

There are just 25 tickets left for MCubed, our machine learning, AI and analytics conference, so if you want to spend two days learning how those technologies could change your business, you need to secure your ticket now.…

Splunk goes native with machine learning, aims to speed up monitoring

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:00:04 GMT

Analytics biz eyes up fraud and IoT markets

Analytics firm Splunk is making machine learning central to the next generation of its enterprise solution, and claims it performs 20 times faster than before.…

UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:42:29 GMT

Openreach stuck on upgrading legacy copper-based network

The UK has been ranked the third-worst country in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) coverage, according to a comprehensive study of speeds from 28 countries across the continent.…

Japanese boffins try 'token passing' to scale quantum calculations

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:07:13 GMT

If you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it it on a ring

Apart from actually performing computations, one of the most difficult quantum computing challenges is getting qubits to scale.…

HP denies rumours Elite x3 is for the axe, admits coveting neighbour's OS

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:35:07 GMT

Expect multi-OS gear next year

HP, the only phone vendor with a serious commitment to Windows 10 mobile, has refuted reports that it will kill off its HP Elite x3 enterprise phone this autumn.…

Toshiba: The memory saga is nearly behind us! Apple: NOT SO FAST

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:03:10 GMT

Cupertino dithers over part in purchase, WDC rubs its hands

Apple has not agreed terms for participating in the Bain Capital-led consortium to buy Toshiba's flash chip business, holding up the deal.…

SAP flings out one-hub-to-rule-and-crunch all the data. Yes, a hub

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:32:15 GMT

No, the data isn't centralised... What do you mean confusing?

Enterprise giant SAP is taking on silos with its latest offering that aims to centralise data processing and governance - but not storage.…

The power JavaScript: 'Gandalf of JS' Wirfs-Brock on ECMAscript 2017

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:12:10 GMT

Looking to the AI future

JavaScript has become the interface to the web thanks to browsers, it's leaked onto servers with Node, and is now carving out a small niche in Machine Learning – but JavaScript just wouldn’t be without ECMAScript.…

Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:38:14 GMT

So it can drive rivals out of business, but what do they offer that's different?

Comment Within minutes of Uber losing its licence to operate in London, Uber became a totemic icon of innovation and free enterprise market capitalism that was being crushed by vested interests in cahoots with bureaucrats. Boo to the corrupt, killjoy socialists! Hurrah for innovation! Sign the petition!…

WDC's My Cloud Home Duo is a natty piece of kit but beware iContent

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:03:54 GMT

Apple fans will be disappointed by its inability to sync iTunes files

Review After El Reg covered the My Cloud Home file server announcement in August, WDC kindly sent me a Duo unit to try out in my home office. What I received was a superbly engineered unit that was much better integrated with my Mac OS/iPhone environment than I thought it would be, but also exposed the limitations imposed by iTunes on a central music store.…

Baidu puts open source deep learning into smartphones

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:31:06 GMT

Computer vision, deep learning, and the camera in your phone

A year after it open sourced its PaddlePaddle deep learning suite, Baidu has dropped another piece of AI tech into the public domain – a project to put AI on smartphones.…

Alexa and her kind let the disabled or illiterate make the web work

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:03:12 GMT

But they need a marketplace and the cloud to make it happen

The pell-mell rush to get everything connected and intelligent has led us into some dark corners. Robot vacuum cleaners that map your home - in order to faithfully fulfil your wishes for a clean residence - then sell your data to the highest bidder. Dolls that listen to a child, and share a bit too widely. That sort of thing.…

Docs ran a simulation of what would happen if really nasty malware hit a city's hospitals. RIP :(

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:27:13 GMT

Equipment still taking too long to patch, leaving systems exposed

DerbyCon Electronic medical equipment is supposed to help humans save lives, but their lamentable security could result in considerable death, we were warned over the weekend.…

Web devs griping about iPhone X notch: You're rendering it wrong

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:05:13 GMT

WebKit project's call for folk to slide into Apple's little slot sparks derision

WebKit, the open source project behind the rendering engine that powers Apple's Safari browser on macOS and iOS, has urged web designers to embrace "the notch," though not everyone is happy about doing so.…

US Homeland Security Dept to collect immigrants' social media handles and more

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:31:08 GMT

In @realdonaldtrump's America, you'll be Googled at the border

The United States Department of Homeland Security will soon add “social media handles” and plenty more information to immigration records.…

Boffins take biometric logins to heart, literally: Cardiac radar IDs users to unlock their PCs

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:01:12 GMT

2026, when a change of heart will mean a pretty bad day

The next form of biometric identification may be a heart scan.…

Fog lifts as standards bodies agree on fog compute interoperability

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 03:55:12 GMT

ETSI and OpenFog agree not to disagree, or overlap

Telcos looking at “fog computing” will have fewer standards to contemplate if a cooperation between the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the OpenFog Consortium delivers on its promise.…

Researchers promise demo of 'God-mode' pwnage of Intel mobos

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 02:58:05 GMT

Black Hat Europe to reveal more trouble for Chipzilla's leaky Management Engine

Security researchers say they've found a way to exploit Intel's accident-prone Management Engine, and will reveal the problem at Black Hat Europe in December.…

Latest Linux kernel release candidate was a sticky mess

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 01:58:08 GMT

4.14 rc2 tarball trapped the unwary with missed patch

Linus Torvalds is not noted as having the most even of tempers, but after a weekend spent scuba diving a glitch in the latest Linux kernel release candidate saw the Linux overlord merely label the mess "nasty".…

HPE showers trios of storage boxes and servers on SMEs

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:45:10 GMT

And a Wi-Fi hub and an Ethernet switch and the kitchen sink

In a small-biz blitz, Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced three servers, three MSA storage arrays, a new hyper-converged system, a Wi-Fi hub, and an Ethernet switch.…

Bing fling sting: Apple dumps Microsoft search engine for Google

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:29:05 GMT

Safari, Spotlight to be powered by the Chocolate Factory

Apple will drop Microsoft's Bing as the default web search provider for its iOS and macOS gear.…

Welcome to the future: Bluetooth jackets you can only wash 10 times. Gee, thanks, Google

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:56:33 GMT

Phone-controlling Levi's soft-wear for, presumably, non-sweaty nerds

Blue pants maker Levi's plans to begin selling its first cloth-ware with Google inside on Wednesday – and the tech should survive up to 10 washes.…

Microsoft: We've made a coding language for a quantum computer that may or may not exist

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:10:13 GMT

Windows giant touts magic to distract from its legacy tech battle

Ignite At the Microsoft Ignite conference today, the expert panel on stage burst into laughter. “This box right over here behind us – nothing! That’s a quantum joke, that’s an excellent joke,” said Microsoft Technical Fellow Michael Freedman as the curtain failed to open to reveal it.…

Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:11:17 GMT

Rabbani found guilty, vows to appeal after resisting demand for iPhone, laptop passcodes

Muhammad Rabbani, international director of human-rights non-profit CAGE, was today convicted under UK anti-terror law for refusing to unlock his iPhone and laptop for police when entering the country.…

CBS's Showtime caught mining crypto-coins in viewers' web browsers

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:33:32 GMT

Who placed the JavaScript code on two primetime dot-coms? So far, it's a mystery

The websites of US telly giant CBS's Showtime contained JavaScript that secretly commandeered viewers' web browsers over the weekend to mine cryptocurrency.…

Fresh chips from Intel (yay?) at 14nm (awww)

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:57:24 GMT

But don't fret, 10nm Cannonlake's still on track for late-2017 arrival, allegedly

Intel has unveiled a new line of Coffee Lake 8th gen Core processors, this time aiming for the gaming and creative crowds.…

Limp Weiner to get 21 months in the hole

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:28:45 GMT

Hard time ahead for disgraced sexting politician Anthony

Disgraced American politician Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months behind bars – and three years of probation – for sexting an underage girl.…

After Microsoft calls out HP Inc over stalled Windows 10 logins, HP bounces back with a fix

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:38:34 GMT

Shove this tool into your PC if it's getting stuck during startup

After enduring roughly two weeks of complaints, HP Inc has today produced a fix for folks struggling with blank screens on their computers.…

More than half of small firms plan on using Privacy Shield – survey

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:40:09 GMT

But it’s still not the most popular way to zip data across the pond

Almost half of the organisations surveyed by the International Association of Privacy Professionals say they will use the Privacy Shield data-sharing framework in the next year.…

Hortonworks aims to entice enterprise with simple data management service

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:09:13 GMT

Hadoop-flinger promises one service to manage multiple platforms and use cases

Hortonworks has launched an enterprise-scale data management service for multiple platforms and environments that will capture data-in-motion or at rest.…

Sigfox doesn't do IP and is therefore secure, says UK IoT network operator

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:28:13 GMT

Bold claim by WND-UK grand fromage

UK-based Sigfox network operator WND-UK has opened up a little on why it thinks Sigfox is significantly better, in security terms, than other competing Internet of Things connectivity standards.…

London Mayor backs talks with Uber after head honcho's apology

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:55:12 GMT

Biz worming its way back in following licence renewal drama

The Mayor of London has asked Transport for London to meet with Uber following the firm's totally heartfelt apology – issued after it collected 730,000 signatures protesting TfL's decision not to renew its licence.…

Sensitive client emails, usernames, passwords exposed in Deloitte hack

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:17:11 GMT

Oops, did someone forget to turn on 2FA?

Deloitte, one of the world's "big four" accountancy firms, has fallen victim to a cyberattack that exposed sensitive emails to hackers.…

SAP gobbles customer identity management startup Gigya for $350m

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:48:02 GMT

Gets its mitts on juicy GDPR-friendly data security tech

German enterprise giant SAP has bought customer identity management firm Gigya for a reported $350m.…

Insteon and Wink home hubs appear to have a problem with encryption

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:32:07 GMT

Which is to say neither do it

Security researchers have discovered that two popular home automation systems are vulnerable to attacks.…

Microsoft sparks up Ignite with fresh Azure, Office 365 features

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:09 GMT

Redmond also shows off SQL Server 2017 and internal Bing

Microsoft has kicked off its annual Ignite conference with a fresh crop of products and services for the enterprise.…

Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:32:09 GMT

Too small for lasers, too big for nets

Fresh from showing off its gotta-zap-'em-all Dragonfire laser cannon, the Ministry of Defence is now buying a £20m anti-drone system.…

iPhone 8: Apple has CPU cycles to burn

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:56:13 GMT

A referee would have stopped this fight

While the iPhone 8 retains the same unremarkable design for the fourth year running, the internals are a different story. Thanks to extraordinary improvements in semiconductor design, it has been able to shrink the capacity and size of its battery pack, while opening up a significant performance lead over Qualcomm and Samsung.…

Cops shut 28k sites flogging knock-off footie kits and other tat

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:28:11 GMT

Warn Joe Public: they'll nick your ID and ruin your credit

Cops have closed 28,000 websites selling counterfeit goods over the last three years, the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) revealed today.…

Compsci grads get the fattest pay cheques six months after uni – report

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:58:08 GMT

Oxford students top of the pile with whopping £45k salary

Computer science graduates are some of the highest earners six months after leaving university, according to The Sunday Times' annual Good University Guide.…

You'll never guess what NetApp's new E-Series flash box ca... Yes. It's faster and stores more

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:31:10 GMT

Now with added NVMe-over-fabrics support

Analysis Every two years or so NetApp brings out a new E Series flash box that stores more and goes faster than the last one. This month we have the EF570 arriving, updating the 2015-launched EF560. NetApp claims benchmark-backed price/performance leadership and NVMe-over-fabrics support, and we reckon this deservers a closer look.…