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Google's first custom smartphone chip, transferrin

posted: 22 Oct 2017

Dive in

Roundup  Hello, this week's roundup includes AI news from the past two weeks. AI is so hyped, it doesn't help when companies like Intel and Nvidia announce new chips and reveal little information about specs, but make lofty claims of increased speed and precision.…

Plants in SPAAAAAAACE are good for you

posted: 21 Oct 2017

A splash of green stops astronauts feeling blue

Living in space is grueling. The repetitiveness of daily exercise, experiments, crappy food, and claustrophobia can chip away at an astronaut’s psychological well-being, but scientists have suggested a preventative measure: plants.…

Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from y

posted: 20 Oct 2017

Free software lovin' crusaders have one less security worry

Purism – a San Francisco, California, social purpose company that flies the flags of privacy, security and software freedom – has begun offering its GNU/Linux-based laptops with Intel's Management Engine disabled.…

A plethora of patches, Kaspersky hits back, new ho

posted: 20 Oct 2017

Everything you also need to know in security

Roundup  IT admins aren't always fond of patching. It's like going to the dentist – it needs to be done but it can be a pain to do. Sadly, this week there was a lot of patching to be done.…

CEO of $300m-a-year ad upstart Vungle cuffed for a

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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: T

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Canadian govt snoops emit their own malware detect

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims sho

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Mastercard blockchain: MEEELLIONS. Opening up the

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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

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

Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court o

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Pixel 2 tinkerers force Google's hand: Secret cust

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Tech giant Citrix, sync 'n' share startup Egnyte f

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

No more mister nice GUI: Visual tools stapled to A

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

MEPs vote to update 'cookie law' despite ad indust

posted: 20 Oct 2017

Justice committee backs ePrivacy proposals by narrow majority

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.…

National Audit Office: We'll be in a world of pain

posted: 20 Oct 2017

Can decades-old databases uphold national security?

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

Cohesity and Micron polish exec artillery in mad d

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Continuous Lifecycle 2018: Agile pioneer Dr Linda

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Legends of the scrawl: Ordnance Survey launches au

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

We talk to Tron artist Syd Mead: On the oth

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

What¬タルs the real point of being a dev? It's savin

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Ar

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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

Transport for Greater Manchester, the northern 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".…

The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells

posted: 20 Oct 2017

'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".…

Machine-learning startup Perspica to be crushed in

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Dev writes Ethereum code for insecure SHA-1 crypto

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

DXC slashes meal allowances for travelling troops:

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers afte

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as w

posted: 20 Oct 2017

Spend the money on freezing your brain

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

Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Ar

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Canadian spooks release their own malware detectio

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Your data will get hacked anyway so you may as wel

posted: 20 Oct 2017

Spend the money on freezing your brain

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

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Boss visited the night shift and found a car in th

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Rackspace ends discount hosting for open source pr

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

Hack apps, attack code drawbacks for cash stacks,

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

HPE quits cloud servers, two weeks after telling <

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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

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

Red (Planet) alert: Future astro-heroes face shock

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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.…

MH 370 search to resume as Malaysia makes deal wit

posted: 20 Oct 2017

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

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

Make America late again: US 'lags' China in IT sec

posted: 19 Oct 2017

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

posted: 19 Oct 2017

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.…

Apple Cook roasted for Chinese app takeaway

posted: 19 Oct 2017

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."…

IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names

posted: 19 Oct 2017

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 pr

posted: 19 Oct 2017

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 swallowing Chinese censorsh

posted: 19 Oct 2017

Cruz missile targets iPhone head honcho for pulling apps 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 ca

posted: 19 Oct 2017

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 polit

posted: 19 Oct 2017

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.…

FYI Google is shelling out $10k A DAY in court fin

posted: 19 Oct 2017

Judge rules in battle over seizure of overseas Gmail files

Google and the US government are quarreling over just how much money the Chocolate Factory must pay in daily fines while it appeals against a search warrant for email held overseas.…

Facebook, Google and pals may be forced under same

posted: 19 Oct 2017

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

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

NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash sei

posted: 19 Oct 2017

'That's insane' says judge (and everyone else) amid FoI battle

New York City cops claim they can't tell anyone how much cash they have seized from people under civil asset forfeiture laws – because its database is knackered.…