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CEO of $300m-a-year ad upstart Vungle cuffed for allegedly sexually abusing toddler son

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:01:12 GMT

SF startup boss denies charges

The cofounder of a San Francisco video advertising upstart has been arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting and sexually abusing his three-year-old son.…

Capacitor maker zapped with price-fixing charge

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:58:39 GMT

Shocking development in the current affairs circuit

A Japanese electronics maker has been indicted in America for fixing the prices of electrolytic capacitors.…

Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:59:14 GMT

We're not going to fry it, and we're not going to tell you anything more right now

It has been three years since Apple released any major update to the Mac Mini family, but CEO Tim Cook says that doesn't mean the minimalist systems are dead.…

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:57:25 GMT

If you downloaded and installed stuff from Eltima yesterday, you are totally screwed

It's going to be an unpleasant weekend for some Mac users who are facing a complete system wipe and reinstall – after hackers stashed malware in legitimate applications.…

Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:30:42 GMT

Check your cameras, broadband gateways, NAS boxes for latest botnet malware

Miscreants are right now assembling a massive army of hacked Internet of Things devices – and at a far faster rate than the powerful Mirai botnet swelled its ranks last year.…

Mastercard blockchain: MEEELLIONS. Opening up the API: Priceless

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:29:11 GMT

Credit card purveyors aim to improve 'cross-border, B2B payment flows'

Mastercard is opening up its blockchain API to select partner banks and merchants.…

Tech giant Citrix, sync 'n' share startup Egnyte fire lawsuits at each other

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:02:14 GMT

Non-compete legal battle

Two file sync 'n' sharers are at war. Google-backed Egnyte is suing Citrix for unfair competition and Citrix is counter-suing Egnyte for unfair trade practices, among other things.…

Pixel 2 tinkerers force Google's hand: Secret custom silicon found

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:33:06 GMT

They were totally just about to tell us everything

Previously Google has contracted major brand OEMs to produce Nexus and Pixel phones using fairly standard off-the-shelf parts. But a teardown of Google's pricey new flagship reveals the company's first homegrown system on a chip – and it's currently idle.…

MEPs vote to update 'cookie law' despite ad industry pressure

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:04:06 GMT

Justice committee backs ePrivacy proposals by narrow majority

European legislation that aims to put over-the-top services on a level pegging with their more traditional telecoms counterparts, and gives users more rights over websites tracking them, has been approved by a committee of MEPs.…

No more mister nice GUI: Visual tools stapled to Azure Data Factory

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:35:05 GMT

Hate code? Love lists? Microsoft's got you covered

In a move that will delight factory workers developers everywhere, Microsoft has added more graphical user interface features to Azure Data Factory V2.…

Cohesity and Micron polish exec artillery in mad dash for growth

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:02:04 GMT

Pushing out the big guns to compete with Samsung – and each other

The latest exec hires show the way the wind is blowing at Cohesity, Micron and WDC.…

National Audit Office: We'll be in a world of pain with '90s border tech post-Brexit

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:38:11 GMT

Can UK's creaky databases uphold the nation's security?

The clunky technology underpinning Blighty's border control leaves the UK in concerning position post-Brexit, a National Audit Office report has found.…

We talk to Tron artist Syd Mead: On the other side of the screen, it all looks so easy

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:03:09 GMT

Lightcycle creator on the classic sci-fi film as it turns 35

Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Aliens, TimeCop, Johnny Mnemonic and Elysium all benefitted from the design magic of Syd Mead.…

Legends of the scrawl: Ordnance Survey launches augmented reality tool for maps

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:58:04 GMT

OS boffins chat to Reg as part of National Map Reading Week

More than a decade ago, boffins at the Ordnance Survey began working on augmented reality. Now consumer mobile tech has caught up and the agency has launched an AR tool for the man on the street and the woman in the hills.…

Continuous Lifecycle 2018: Agile pioneer Dr Linda Rising to keynote

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:29:09 GMT

Call for papers closes today – get your skates on

Events We're chuffed, delighted and excited to announce that our first keynote for Continuous Lifecycle will be Agile development pioneer Dr Linda Rising.…

The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:55:08 GMT

'It's more dramatic than climate change'

"Insects are at the bottom of the ecosystem," the lead author of a study into a massive decrease in collected insects told The Reg. Their loss, he added, is "likely to collapse the entire pyramid".…

Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:38:15 GMT

Transport for Greater Manchester says silly thing in reply to sensible FoI request

Updated Transport for Greater Manchester, the northern UK city's transport authority, has refused to publish its ticket prices on the basis that telling the public how much they have to pay for riding the trams would "prejudice the Metrolink service".…

What’s the real point of being a dev? It's saving management from themselves

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:29:04 GMT

Insubordination in the face of impossible fads

Comment What’s the point of being a developer ? My experience of being one taught me that it isn’t primarily the coding – it’s actually much more important than that.…

Dev writes Ethereum code for insecure SHA-1 crypto hash function

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:05:11 GMT

Interaction with legacy systems but not all think it's a good idea

Using Ethereum's programming language Solidity, a dev has controversially written code for making data authentication signatures with the insecure SHA-1 cryptographic hash function.…

Machine-learning startup Perspica to be crushed into Cisco's analytics biz

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:35:06 GMT

Staff will be folded into January acquisition AppDynamics

Creaking hardware dinosaur Cisco is to gobble machine-learning upstart Perspica to beef up its analytical muscle at the performance management AppDynamics division.…

Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:01:13 GMT

Citizens Advice finds over-65s most likely to be stung

Folk with mobiles on Vodafone, EE and Three are being stung by an average £22 per month for staying on their contracts after their handsets have been paid off, according to Citizens Advice.…

DXC slashes meal allowances for travelling troops: Please sir, may I have some more?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:30:11 GMT

Watch the client eat (smallish) steak as you munch on bread roll

In the pursuit of ways to further squeeze its overheads, DXC Technologies has issued a fresh directive to the troops by further clipping travel costs and capping client entertainment.…

Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:37:11 GMT

You've got to admit, Canonical has guts

For the first time in recent memory, there are some very big changes in the latest release of Ubuntu: 17.10. And it's not all to do with going, er, GNOME.…

Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:03:08 GMT

Spend the money on freezing your brain

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Flee! Flee! It’s the return of the frozen heads!…

Canadian govt snoops emit their own malware detection tool, eh

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:29:09 GMT

Canuck NSA/GCHQ equivalent open-sources 'Assemblyline', to make us all as safe as Canada

Canada's Communications Security Establishment has open-sourced its own malware detection tool.…

Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:58:09 GMT

It needed an oil change, natch, and the mainframes didn't mind

On-Call Another week is coming to an end and that means it's time for On-Call, The Register's Friday column in which we share readers' stories of being asked to do the unthinkable to satisfy the incorrigible.…

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:29:11 GMT

Also some security stuff, too

Microsoft's latest major Windows 10 release prides itself on keeping out those who want to meddle with your code, be they malicious hackers or lazy gamers looking for an easy leg up.…

Hack apps, attack code drawbacks for cash stacks, Google yaks

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:03:09 GMT

An attempt was made

Google is offering cash to those who can find, exploit and report bugs in its Android apps, or similarly hack other programs in its Play Store.…

Rackspace ends discount hosting for open source projects

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:29:06 GMT

Clarifies axe fell only on new applicants, not existing users, after fanatical disappointment

Rackspace has ended a program under which it offered “generous discounts on hosting for more than 150 OSS projects and communities”, but flubbed the announcement.…

Red (Planet) alert: Future astro-heroes face shocking adventures on Martian moon Phobos

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:02:13 GMT

You may want to resist current plans to discharge a base on the surface

Vid Strong solar eruptions may be blasting the Martian moon Phobos with an avalanche of electrically charged particles, charging parts of it to hundreds of volts, and hampering attempts to land on and study the alien landscape.…

HPE quits cloud servers, two weeks after telling El Reg it wouldn't do that

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:33:52 GMT

Company also plans 'consolidation' of product lines, locations and languages

HPE has quit the business of providing custom servers to big cloud operators.…

MH 370 search to resume as Malaysia makes deal with US oceanographic company

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:09:23 GMT

No-find-no-fee search to cover area recommended by new analyses of likely landing spot

Malaysia has struck a deal with US biz Ocean Infinity to resume the search for missing airliner MH370.…

Make America late again: US 'lags' China in IT security bug reporting

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:58:09 GMT

Mind the gap

The US is starting to fall well behind China in terms of the speed at which organizations are alerted to reported security vulnerabilities, according to a study out this week by threat intel biz Recorded Future.…

Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:57:09 GMT

With fewer meteors, lower radiation and better weather, this is a nice place for a colony

Japan's lunar orbiter has found a long, deep tunnel under the Moon's surface.…

IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:57:40 GMT

Hang on? Isn't Big Blue betting the company on a clever cloud? Yup. It is. Sigh

Back in September, IBM was left red-faced when its global load balancer and reverse DNS services fell over for 21 hours.…

Facebook tackles race hate problem head on with programming tool

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:10:40 GMT

Clashing threads put in their place by RacerD

In Facebook's advertising business, a race condition might be construed as an ethnic descriptor used to prevent purchased ads from being displayed to a particular racial group.…

Apple Cook roasted for Chinese app takeaway

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:48:29 GMT

Cruz missile targets iPhone head honcho for pulling software from shelves at Middle KIngdom's behest

A pair of senior US Senators are calling out Apple CEO Tim Cook for what they call "enabling the Chinese government's censorship and surveillance of the internet."…

Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:51:16 GMT

Some may even glimpse the ring

Attention, inhabitants of the northern hemisphere of our fragile home world. You're about to get one of the best peeks at Uranus in years – because the strange alien planet will reach opposition with the Sun and be at the closest point in its orbit to Earth.…

Facebook, Google and pals may be hit with TV political ads rules

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:02:59 GMT

Election security is national security, says senator as US law shakeup proposed

Facebook and Google, along with other online publishers, may soon be required in the US to disclose funding for paid political ads.…

Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:32:50 GMT

Judge rules in fight over seizure of foreign Gmail files

Google and the American government are quarreling over just how much money the Chocolate Factory must pay in daily fines if it loses its war against a search warrant for email held overseas.…

Lucky Canada. Google chooses Toronto as site of posthuman urban lab

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:11:07 GMT

Town has an API, but no cars

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs venture has chosen Toronto as its urban laboratory – one in which humans may ultimately be optional.…

Tezos crypto and $232m initial coin offering risks implosion – reports

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:38:07 GMT

Expert's protip: 'Hope is not an investment strategy'

If you threw money at the blockchain startup Tezos during its $232m initial coin offering fundraising round in July, here's something you can learn for future investments.…

Mohawks fling patent infringement sueball at Microsoft and Amazon

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:03:04 GMT

Tribe has sovereign immunity to legal challenges

A Native American tribe in New York is going after Microsoft and Amazon for infringing its patents.…

SAP reassures market: Cloud is sustainable, just don't look at our wheezing bookings

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:29:12 GMT

Q3 profits and revenues up but execs grilled over cloudy future

Enterprise giant SAP has reported an increase in both revenues and operating profits for the latest quarter – but execs were forced to explain a slowdown in cloud bookings.…

GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:57:47 GMT

Macs, iOS cheaper in long run – that means trouble

Comment While Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella trots the world plugging his book on “transformation”, some of the biggest enterprises in the world are “transforming” themselves ... away from Microsoft.…

Oh, Lenovo! 1,000 staff strapped to redundancy cannon

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:10:13 GMT

US and China in the firing line

Lenovo is laying off a little more than 1,000 employees with the majority of heads set to roll in the US and China.…

Review: Magic Leap and Fantasy Funding Fiasco

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:04:11 GMT

Another extraordinary performance from the 'tech company'

Comment Performance art company Magic Leap has astonished and wowed critics with its latest outing: a $500m funding round.…

Breakfast at Jeffrey's: UK CEO admits Voda 'slightly lost its mojo'

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:31:08 GMT

Also slags off BT, backs Ofcom, keeps mum on Liberty tie-up

"Basically the message is Vodafone is back," says UK chief executive Nick Jeffrey, a message he's so eager to convey at a breakfast briefing hosted by the company that it almost sounds as if the lady doth protest too much.…

Taste the Redmond: Dell strengthens its Azure Stackery

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:03:07 GMT

On-premises Microsoft cloud gets 14G servers for more oomph

Dell is updating its AzureStack offering with the latest 14th generation PowerEdge servers.…

Power: The ultimate web-based commodity

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:32:08 GMT

Reg Lecture reveals what it is, where to find it

Events If you've ever wondered who really controls today's upside-down, digital-soaked world, you should really join us next month when we consider "The Secrets of Power in the Digital Age".…