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Marketing... or how I lost my soul to Lagos

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:06:09 GMT

Life as a tech entrepreneur

Radbot Last time you said that a fair chunk of you have used crowdfunding to buy product.…

Crashed Schiaparelli lander's 'chute and shields spotted

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:35:04 GMT

Which is nice, but they offer ambiguous clues about the mission's failure

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has sent home fresh snaps of debris from the European Space Agency's (ESA's) failed Schiaparelli lander, offering a few more hints about what went wrong.…

Windows Atom Tables popped by security researchers

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:56:09 GMT

You can't duck and cover from AtomBombing

Wonderful: a security researcher has found a way to abuse the system-level Atom Tables in Windows – all versions of Windows, through to Win 10.…

Hell desk thought PC fire report was a first-day-on-the-job prank

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:29:11 GMT

It sounded funny until the user suggested she throw water on an electrical fire

On-Call Welcome to another instalment of On-Call, The Register's last-day-of-the-week look at all the fun of fixing stuff.…

Researchers tag new brace of bugs in NTP, but they're fixable

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:03:10 GMT

Party like it's 1985 1955 2015 WHAT DATE IS IT ANYWAY?

Back in January, Cisco dropped a bunch of NTP (network time protocol) patches; now, it's emerged that the research behind that round of fixes also turned up other bugs that haven't yet been fixed.…

'Fappening' hacker gets 18 months in US federal clapper

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:33:05 GMT

One of two CelebGate hackers goes down, but uploader remains at large

The 36 year-old hacker behind some of a massive public leak of private celebrity photos has been sentenced to 18 months prison.…

Irish activists fight EU-US privacy pact as tech giants flock to sign up

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:01:05 GMT

Privacy Shield no protection for user data, says Digital Rights Ireland

An Irish privacy advocacy group has filed a legal challenge against the US-EU Privacy Shield data transfer framework, on grounds of its allegeldy lax privacy protections.…

Topless in-car selfie attempt finishes with rear-end bonking

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 03:54:05 GMT

Don't drink and drive and Snapchat while naked from the waist up. Especially near Police

A young woman's attempt to take a topless selfie has ended up with a rear-end cop bonking.…

Bitcoin exchange boss going down for washing ransomware cash

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:58:05 GMT chap is headed for the slammer

A Florida ex-school board member has pled guilty to making a false statement in relation to the running of an illegal bitcoin exchange.…

Blood donors' privacy anaemic after Red Cross data breach

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 01:56:31 GMT

Sexual activity data included in leak of 550,000 folks who gave blood in Australia since 2010

Australia's Red Cross has admitted to a significant data breach that saw sent a file containing records on 550,000 blood donors. The source of the file, or just who has been able to access it, are not known.…

Web devs want to make the Internet of S**t worse. Much worse

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:56:05 GMT

The W3C wants to hook your bluetooth s**t to Websites, because shiny

Vendors including Google have spent a few years crafting an API they hope to push into browsers that will make this month's Internet of Things conflagrations pale by comparison.…

Dan Kaminsky calls for a few good hackers to secure the web

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:41:26 GMT

DNS saviour hosting mass hackathon this week

Dan Kaminsky, chief scientist for the cybersecurity firm White Ops, reknowned for fixing flaws in the DNS system, has a new project push on and he's looking for coders to lend a hand.…

Surprise, surprise: AWS is making boatloads of money for Amazon

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:31:04 GMT

Also sky blue, oceans wet, Bezos rich

Amazon Web Services continue to contribute handsomely to the bottom line of its parent company, as the cloud compute outfit saw sales top $3.2bn.…

Samsung's free-falling financial flameout

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:56:07 GMT

Galaxy Note 7 disaster burns billions

Samsung's global Galaxy Note 7 recall has already wiped out 96 per cent of its mobile division's profit margins, the company announced yesterday.…

The new FCC privacy rules are here, and nobody is happy

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:30:03 GMT

Complaints abound as new limits placed on ISPs handling data

The FCC has formally approved its new rules for internet service providers on the handling of customer data, and it seems few people on either side are particularly happy.…

Datto launches backup and disaster recovery technology to combat ransomware

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:48:24 GMT

Datto’s SIRIS 3 data protection platform includes what it claims is the industry’s first ramsomware detection capability.…

New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:04:23 GMT

Who needs an escape key when you've got high-res emoji buttons?

Apple confirmed Thursday that its new Macbook Pro line will feature a touchscreen display to replace function keys.…

So long Vine, your six seconds of internet fame are over

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:52:38 GMT

Twitter takes axe to mobile app

A day after announcing it was cutting 9 per cent of its staff, Twitter has added more woes to its workers by announcing it will be closing the Vine mobile app.…

Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:35:16 GMT

Programmed for safety, automated vehicles promise slow going

Self-driving cars get pitched as a way to reduce traffic fatalities, but safety may limit their appeal.…

Intel's new chip targets industrial IoT

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:29:01 GMT

The E3900 family doubles performance

Intel has made a big play for the expanding internet-of-things market with an updated Atom processor that offers double the computing and three times the graphics performance.…

Qualcomm agrees to acquire semiconductor biz NXP for $47bn

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:30:11 GMT

Chip designer chases self-driving car market as smartphone sales slow

Chip designer Qualcomm has agreed to purchase Dutch rival NXP Semiconductors for $47bn.…

Quantum heaves sigh of relief as red ink washes away

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:00:09 GMT

Paddles towards black ink pool wearing StorNext life belt

Made it! Quantum is back in profit after five loss-making quarters.…

iPhone fatigue and fading Samsung. This planet is bored with big brand phones

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:30:07 GMT

Good news if you're Chinese, though

Samsung already had plenty to worry about before its flagship phone started exploding.…

Use the source! OpenStack welcomes fresh tests for open-cloud unity

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:05:08 GMT

Foundation chiefs betting on tech firms' appetites to prove interoperability

Openstack Summit Don't expect future implementations of OpenStack without vendors first having cleared a new battery of emerging conformity tests.…

Phishing fraudsters pose as UK bank social media types

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:35:13 GMT

LOL! You can totes sign in here

Cybercrooks are posing as customer support staff from UK banks in a ruse designed to hoodwink gullible customers out of their credentials.…

Belgian court fines Skype for failing to intercept criminals' calls in 2012

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:20:10 GMT

It's technically impossible to do what you want, Skype said

Belgium has fined Skype €30,000 for failing to comply with a court request to intercept users' communications, something Skype claims was technically impossible at the time of the request.…

Home Office extends mega 18-year Fujitsu contract

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:54:55 GMT

So much for breaking up the SIs then

The Home Office has extended its mega Fujitsu contract to 2018, meaning that when the contract ends it will have been running for the best part of two decades.…

October proves to be the cruellest month for Twitter staff as 350 more laid off

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:52:14 GMT

Microblogging network operating at a loss of $78m

Twitter today confirmed recent press reports that it is reducing headcount by 9 per cent – about 350 people – in an attempt to become profitable in 2017.…

Amazon certifies third-party refurbishers: How good and new is good as new?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:28:12 GMT

On the second hand...

Amazon has launched a new service called "Certified Refurbished" to encourage customer confidence when purchasing second-hand consumer electronics.…

Divide the internet into compartments to save us from the IoT fail whale

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:02:12 GMT

Intel's chief IoT security bloke puts forward one possible solution

The best way of protecting us from Internet of Things botnets is to compartmentalise the entire internet, Intel’s chief architect for IoT security solutions has said.…

WD gets flash boom bang from SanDisk swallow

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:34:08 GMT

Storage stalwart flashes past lumbering Seagate

+Comment WD's disk and SanDisk-boosted flash sales boomed as overall revenues in its first fiscal 2017 quarter rose to $4.7bn, up 40.6 per cent on the year-ago $3.4bn. But it reported a net $366m loss.…

Let's praise Surface, not bury it

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:52:13 GMT

The PC is dying, but better, richer apps might just save it

Comment Yes, I know the new Surface kit unveiled by Microsoft (hands-on and roundup) is both lavishly over-engineered and ludicrously expensive. You know that. We all know that.…

Digital minister Matt Hancock promises 'full fibre' eating plan for Blighty

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:25:10 GMT

Don't call it FTTP!

Digital minister Matt Hancock has promised there will be a forthcoming government strategy to ensure Blighty's "full fibre future" is realised in the next decade.…

Cloudian passes begging bowl round VCs to net $41m for object storage dev pool

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:00:10 GMT

S3 worshipper's funds now stand at $79m

Cloudian, the S3-or-bust object storage software startup, has passed a VC begging bowl around and raised $41m in a D-round of funding.…

Judge allows Apple's faceless Irish head to settle for €45k - report

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:23:13 GMT

'6-month jail sentence ... converted into payment' as part of tax probe

A payment from the head of Apple's besieged Irish company was accepted by an Italian judge to settle a case against him or her as part of a tax probe into the firm, according to a report.…

In its current state, Ubiquiti's EdgeSwitch won't have much of an edge on anyone

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:57:12 GMT

Fantastic price, but connectivity more roulette than reliability

REVIEW Members of the IT community rave about networking kit vendor Ubiquiti. You'll find praises sung both on Spiceworks and amongst vExperts for their UniFi devices. Unfortunately, my recent purchase of Ubiquiti's latest offering, their EdgeMax EdgeSwitches, has proven that Ubiquiti are also capable of putting out gear that is outright dire.…

Schneider Electric plugs gaping hole in industrial control kit

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:06:06 GMT

Provider Schneider would've had hackers inside 'er

A vulnerability in Schneider Electric’s industrial controller management software created a possible mechanism for hackers to plant malicious code on industrial networks.…

Misys cans IPO

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:45:05 GMT

Will it float? Markets say nope

Misys has scrapped plans to IPO, blaming market conditions. Earlier this month, the UK banking software vendor announced its intention to returned to the London Stock Exchange four years after it was bought by a private equity firm, Vista Equity Partners, for £1.3bn.…

HMRC to create new compliance team focused on 'gig economy' workers

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:26:10 GMT raises eyebrow at firms hiring 'self-employed' staffers

A new compliance team which will address the "risks" associated with the changing nature of employment is to be established within HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).…

Fujitsu seeks PC exit, finds willing buyer in Lenovo

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:56:47 GMT

But can they fund the deal?

Fujitsu is in talks with Lenovo to offload its PC arm to its Chinese rival.…

Dynatrace promises heavyweight OpenStack guts probing

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:28:11 GMT

Insides out examination for open-source fluffers

OpenStack Summit Dynatrace is taking on open-source cloud tools with a performance suite it claims is “enterprise grade.”…

VMware do we go from here?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:08 GMT

Perhaps it's time the cloud pioneers snap up Docker

Storage Architect VMWorld Europe was held last week in Barcelona. We saw the release of vSphere 6.5, plus a suite of other products and enhancements to the core platform. There was also the announcement of a partnership with AWS, which had many (including myself) scratching their heads as to exactly what it meant. So where is VMware headed?…

HMRC IT boss quit £185k job for more cash

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:28:06 GMT

Mark Dearnley was in charge of Europe's biggest public sector IT project

HMRC IT chief Mark Dearnley walked away from his £185,000-a-year job because the private sector paid better, MPs heard yesterday.…

How Google's Project Zero made Apple refactor its kernel

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:04:09 GMT

MacOS, iOS task threading was open to hijack

When Apple shipped its security bug-fixes earlier this week, one patch mostly passed under the radar.…

PayPal patches bone-headed two factor authentication bypass

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:30:08 GMT

No phone? No worries

Update Paypal has patched a boneheaded two factor authentication breach that allowed attackers to switch off the critical account control in minutes by changing a zero to a one.…

Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:02:04 GMT

Making devices secure by design requires more effort than vendors currently allow

At the end of April my home was broken into by a professional who silently and systematically looted my residence of all my portable wealth while I slept.…

Hacker's Icarus machine steals drones midflight

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:34:04 GMT

Popular RC protocol pwned

PacSec Security researcher Jonathan Andersson has developed a tidy hardware module capable of fully hijacking a variety of popular drones and remote control gear running over the most popular protocol.…

It's ALIVE: Juno back online after reboot

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:56:08 GMT

It's ALIVE: Juno back online after reboot

NASA's Juno space probe has successfully rebooted after a recent Jupiter fly-by was disrupted by an unexpected “safe-mode” event.…

AMD will sell server CPUs at Happy Meal prices so you can supersize servers

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:29:06 GMT

ARM vs. x86 can wait as first decent Xeon alternatives in ages pressure Chipzilla

AMD has deployed a team of folks to charm enterprise server users ahead of the debut of its Zen designed-from-scratch x86 processor microarchitecture and the message they're sending is that the new silicon represents a chance to supersize servers.…

Internet of S**t things claims another scalp: DNS DDoS smashes StarHub

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 03:56:06 GMT

'Don't buy rubbish Webcams', carrier tells customers

StarHub in Singapore is the latest large network to get hammered with attacks on its DNS infrastructure – apparently by compromised kit owned by its customers.…