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Human sacrifice. Android Wear syncing with iPhones. Cats and dogs living together. Mass hysteria!

Google has released an app to allow Android Wear smartwatches to sync with Apple iPhones. The Android Wear for iOS app will allow users to pair up their Apple handsets with Android watches. Previously, wearing an Android smartwatch also required owning an Android phone to sync with. Google said that all future Android Wear …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2015

T-Mobile US CEO calls his subscribers thieves, gripes about 'unlimited' limited tethering

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere launched a tirade Sunday over subscribers who make heavy use of tethering on his network. Legere said his company will tell 3,000 customers that they face having their "unlimited" mobile broadband plans cancelled if they don't stop circumventing T-Mob's limits on LTE tethering. Under the T-Mobile …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2015
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

Now India probes Google, threatens $1bn fine over 'biased' search

Google has confirmed to The Register it is being probed in India over allegations that it unfairly promotes its own services over rivals in web search results. The California goliath faces a fine up to $1.4bn – a tenth of its annual profit – if it is found to have broken monopoly laws in the country. The Competition …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2015
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Baltimore lawyers vow to review 2,000 FBI Stingray snoop cases

Defense attorneys in Baltimore, US, are planning to reexamine 2,000 police arrests made with the assistance of Stingray – the cellphone surveillance equipment that identifies and logs mobile device owners within range. A group of lawyers including the city's public defender want to get a closer look at whether they can …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015

Associated Press sues FBI for impersonating its site to install spyware

The Associated Press is suing the FBI over allegations government agents used a fake news story to plant malware on the PCs of suspected criminals. The news agency, along with the Reports Committee for Freedom of the Press, filed suit against the Feds on Thursday in the US District court in Washington, DC, asking the court to …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015

Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

Google is making good on its promise to strangle Adobe Flash's ability to auto-play in Chrome. The web giant has set September 1, 2015 as the date from which non-important Flash files will be click-to-play in the browser by default – effectively freezing out "many" Flash ads in the process. Netizens can right-click over the …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015

BitTorrent kills bug that turns networks into a website-slaying weapon

BitTorrent has fixed a flaw in its technology that quietly turns file-sharing networks into weapons capable of blasting websites and other internet servers offline. The San Francisco company said Thursday the patch for its libuTP software will stop miscreants from abusing the peer-to-peer protocol to launch distributed …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015

Still using ColdFusion? Really? Well, you'll want to install this patch

Adobe is advising users and administrators running ColdFusion to patch their software following the release of a security fix for an information disclosure vulnerability. The ColdFusion HotFix addresses a vulnerability in the handling of XML data for ColdFusion 10 and 11. Both patches address a single CVE-listed security …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2015
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Apple will reveal new iPhone on Sept 9 – this is what it may look like

Pics Apple has sent out invites for a press conference next week where it will unveil new iPhones – quite possibly the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The Cupertino giant has issued passes to its docile and compliant friends in the media for a mystery event on September 9 in San Francisco. El Reg's invite was lost in the post, …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2015
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FBI collars exec who allegedly tried to nick secrets of game fronted by babe Kate Upton

A former games company executive, who allegedly tried to steal trade secrets from his old bosses and flee to China, has been arrested and charged by the FBI. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) claims Jing Zeng, formerly the director of global infrastructure at Machine Zone, stole confidential information from the games maker, …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
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You're hosting Uncle Sam's files in the cloud. You get hacked. This is what happens next

The US government has posted a new set of rules outlining how cloud providers should report IT security cockups that involve Uncle Sam's data. The new Department of Defense (DoD) rules [PDF] include requirements on how contractors who handle government information should deal with computer network breaches and attacks, and how …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
Angry Birds 2 poster

Angry Birds maker Rovio takes aim at staff, axes a third of them

Angry Birds maker Rovio has announced plans to lay off 260 employees. The Finnish mobile-games-developer-turned-entertainment-franchise said on Wednesday that roughly one third of its work force will be cut as it narrows its focus on its core games and media businesses. "This is personally a difficult decision," said Rovio …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
CarPlay

Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

Despite rumblings of secret research projects and hiring sprees, Apple is not going to be building its own cars anytime soon, says one analyst. Edison Investment Research analyst Richard Windsor told The Register that Apple's preferred model of high profit margins wouldn't translate well into the world of auto manufacturing …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
rentboy.com warning screen

'Web brothel' CEO, staff cuffed on prostitution rap – clue: the website is called Rentboy.com

The New York City offices of Rentboy.com were raided by US federal agents on Tuesday – and several staff arrested including the chief exec. The website claims to be the world's largest online directory of male escorts. In an affidavit [NSFW PDF] filed in a Brooklyn court ahead of the swoop, US Department of Homeland Security …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
Prison

Spanking Spam King: Sanford Wallace faces jail for Facebook flood

The Las Vegas man known as the "Spam King" is now facing a stretch behind bars after pleading guilty to spamming tens of millions of people on Facebook –despite being legally barred from doing so. Sanford Wallace agreed to a plea deal that reportedly could see him sent down for as long as three years. The deal, agreed to on …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2015

Tens of thousands of Popcorn Time movie streamers menaced by anti-piracy fleet

A pro-copyright lobbying group is threatening to sue some 50,000 to 75,000 people in Norway for using Popcorn Time movie-streaming apps. Norway's national broadcaster NRK reports that Rights Alliance has collected records on tens of thousands of people who allegedly used Popcorn Time to pipe pirated flicks over the internet. …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2015
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PEAK TECHNOLOGY? Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Apple stocks hit the deck

Thursday was a rough day on Wall Street for many of the biggest names in the tech industry, as stocks dipped across the board. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 2.06 per cent, and the Nasdaq 100 Index was down 2.8 per cent, on the day Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, and Apple all saw their share prices dip – wiping $ …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Aug 2015
By Ben Stanfield

One more thing: Swatch trademarks dead Steve Jobs' catchphrase

Swiss watch icon Swatch seems to be taking its burgeoning rivalry with Apple very seriously. The watchmaker has taken out an international trademark on the phrase "Swatch One More Thing." The trademark, set to run through 2025, was filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in May. The trademark allows …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2015

Biz that OK'd Edward Snowden for security clearance is fined $30m for obvious reasons

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) will pocket $30m (£19.14m) from the company tasked with screening, among others, whistleblower Edward Snowden. The DoJ announced on Wednesday that US Investigations Services (USIS) will give up a $30m (£19.14m) payment in exchange for settling charges that it violated the US False Claims Act …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2015

YouTube bloggers told to slap 'advert' stickers on their vid posts

The UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has told video bloggers (vloggers) on YouTube et al to admit when they are getting paid to shill a product. The CAP's new set of guidelines gives tips for the producers and stars of video blogs on how to disclose when they have been paid or stand to gain from endorsing a product …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2015
US Supreme Court

Samsung goes to US Supreme Court to wriggle out of paying Apple millions of dollars

Samsung is taking its patent battle with Apple to the US Supreme Court. The Korean electronics kingpin has asked the US top court to hear its appeal of a jury decision that found its handsets in violation of multiple patents held by Apple, according to The San Jose Mercury News. Samsung did not return a request for comment. …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2015

FCC: No, Dish, you're not a 'small business' so forget the $3bn price cut

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued an order preventing satellite TV giant Dish from purchasing broadcast spectrum rights under the guise of a small business. The FCC ruled that the company cannot operate two small subsidiaries and receive discounts reserved for small businesses, while bidding for …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Aug 2015
Atlas robot outside

Been sleeping well lately? No nightmares? Here's a lumbering Google bigfoot bot

Boston Dynamics, the Google-owned mobile robot developer, has posted a new demonstration of its Atlas robot walking around the forest. In the video, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert shows how the Atlas anthropomorphic robot is being developed to maneuver itself over more difficult outdoor terrain. The video demonstrates …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Aug 2015
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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) could be set to deal a significant blow to the $548m payout Apple is due from Samsung by invalidating a key patent in the case. According to a preliminary judgment obtained by blogger Florian Mueller, the USPTO has decided that one of Apple's smartphone design patents, filed in 2008, …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Aug 2015
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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined a network operator $750,000 for blocking personal Wi-Fi hotspots in favor of its own Wi-Fi networks in US convention centers. The FCC said in its decree [PDF] that Smart City used its Wi-Fi network equipment to transmit deauthentication frames that disabled the personal …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Aug 2015
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IRS: Tax-record snaffle scam actually 200% worse than first feared

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted Monday that the May scam in which criminals tried to use stolen data on more than 114,000 people to collect tax information was far larger than it originally thought. Uncle Sam's taxman now claims that on top of the 100,000 or so people whose data had been used to collect tax …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2015
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US Air Force: 'Loose tweets destroy fleets'

Pic The US Air Force has warned its personnel to keep quiet of their activities on Twitter – or as they put it: "Loose tweets destroy fleets." The notice reminds everyone that terrorist organizations and sympathizers will exploit any military information posted on social networks and other websites. The warning extends not only …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2015
Windows 10 build 10130, showing Microsoft's new Solitaire Collection

Windows 10 PC sales boost? Don't hold your breath, say analysts

Despite this year's release of Windows 10, notebook PC shipments are not going to see an increase over last year. This according to analysts with ABI Research, who project that shipments will be flat compared to 2014. The entire portable market, which includes Chromebooks, ultraportables (such as the MacBook Air), netbooks, …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2015
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You've been Drudged! Malware-squirting ads appear on websites with 100+ million visitors

Internet lowlives who used Yahoo! ads to infect potentially countless PCs with malware have struck again – using adverts on popular websites to reach millions more people. Security researchers at MalwareBytes this week discovered the crooks running another massive campaign of ads that use the Angler Exploit Kit to infiltrate …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Aug 2015
Samsung Galaxy S4

US appeals court: Yes, Samsung ... sigh … you still have to pay Apple

Samsung's attempt to wriggle out of paying $548m to Apple has been shot down by the federal circuit court in Washington DC. Back in 2012, the South Korean giant was ordered by a district court in California to pay Apple just over half a billion dollars for shipping Android smartphones that infringing the iPhone maker's patents …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Aug 2015
Lawnmower man

Whirling dervishes of blade and robot? FCC reaches for rubberstamp

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has okayed robotic appliance maker iRobot to continue work on its line of lawnmower droids. The FCC issued a ruling this week that clears the lawn-bots of violation of FCC radio broadcast rules. The decision means iRobot can move forward with its new bots without fear of FCC fines …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Aug 2015
Bug eating an apple

Have an iPhone? Mac? Just about anything else Apple flogs? Patch now

Apple has issued a huge wad of updates to address dozens of CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in iOS, OS X Yosemite, Safari, and OS X Server. The update includes fixes for security flaws that an attacker could exploit to remotely execute code on one's shiny belongings. For newer iOS devices, Apple is putting out the iOS 8.4 …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Aug 2015
Apple facial recognition patent application

Apple tries to patent facial recognition

Apple has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to grant it the rights to produce facial-recognition features for iOS devices. Apple’s patent application, filed in 2014 and published Thursday, describes a system for selecting contacts via facial recognition and then tagging their faces in photos. This, Apple argues, will …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Aug 2015

Sex app Tinder in public meltdown – because a journo dared suggest it was, well, a sex app

Dating app developer Tinder went ballistic this week over the suggestion people might use it for facilitating casual sex. The official Twitter feed for the swipe-for-sexytime appmaker became an angry rant platform Tuesday after a Vanity Fair writer had the gall to suggest that attractive young professionals are using Tinder to …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Aug 2015

Want Edward Snowden pardoned? You're in the minority, say pollsters

Despite the best efforts of the internet, US citizens favor the filing of criminal charges against Edward Snowden, say researchers. A poll [PDF] of 2,069 American voters carried out by research firm Morning Consult found that 53 per cent of the public want Snowden to face trial, and those who support the whistleblower make up …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Aug 2015

Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

Robert Dean may be questioning his career decisions. The division director of US drug regulator the FDA has warned the public that Kim Kardashian's social network pages are not a particularly reliable source of medical advice. In an open-letter [PDF], Dean said endorsements from celebrity buttocks Kardashian were misleading …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Aug 2015
FCC paddling

Repeatedly robocalling? That's a paddlin' – a record $3m paddlin'

US broadband watchdog the FCC has issued the largest robocalling fine in its history to a Florida company accused of repeatedly harassing people. The commission has levied a $2.96m penalty against Travel Club Marketing, which was accused of making at least 185 automated calls using a robo-dialer. According to the FCC, Travel …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Aug 2015

It's 2015, and someone can pwn Windows PCs by inserting a USB stick

Patch Tuesday Microsoft has released 14 sets of software patches to address critical security vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and Edge. Yes, even Edge: Microsoft's supposedly whizzbang super-secure web browser. Users and sysadmins should apply August's Patch Tuesday fixes as soon as possible: the bugs can be exploited …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Aug 2015
Kids harassing a robot

Boffinry breakthrough: Bullied bumble bot bolts brutal brat beatdowns

Vid Researchers in Japan have programmed a robot to flee children after groups of tearaways were recorded abusing the 'droid. A study by Japan's ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories found that kids, particularly when left unsupervised, will bully, harass, and sometimes even attack robots. As noted by IEEE …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Aug 2015
Fiorina

Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

Former HP CEO and current presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina says Apple and Google should just hand user information over to government investigators. Speaking Thursday at the Republican party's presidential debates, Fiorina said companies should be more willing to cooperate with requests from federal investigators to produce …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Aug 2015
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Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

Pics Oculus boss Palmer Luckey became the butt of countless jokes Thursday when a cringeworthy photo of him showed up on the cover of Time magazine. The Oculus Rift inventor was chosen to be the subject of the news magazine's cover story on virtual reality headsets. The article, titled 'Why Virtual Reality Is About to Change the …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Aug 2015

Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free

The 11 million people who signed up for Apple Music have two months to cancel their subscriptions or start paying. The streaming service went live in early July, is free for the first three months, and completely dwarfed by Spotify. Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue dropped the 11 million …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Aug 2015

Cher tells HTC: If I could turn back time ... if I could find a way (to not lose $250m in a quarter)

HTC has warned staff there will be mass layoffs after the biz lost more a quarter of a billion dollars in three months. For quarter ending June 30, HTC turned $NT33bn (US$1.04bn) in revenues (down 49 per cent year-on-year) into a NT$5.1bn (US$161.1m) loss, thanks to slow sales of its Android mobile devices. China in particular …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Aug 2015

DNS chief and wannabe master-of-the-internet ICANN pwned… again

ICANN says its website's user accounts have been compromised by hackers who gained access to their names, email addresses, hashed passwords, and more. On Wednesday, the domain-name system overlord admitted its server security was breached within the past week: an "unauthorized person" obtained account records, which included …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Aug 2015
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IBM and Apple sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g e-n-t-e-r-p-r-i-s-e b-u-y-e-r-s

IBM is once again pushing its software-for-suits in tandem with Apple. Big Blue said it will sell its enterprise customers Mac desktops and notebooks pre-loaded with its IT management software and services. The bundles are aimed at helping IT departments integrate Macs with their current software platforms. Under the new …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Aug 2015
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Apple goes to crapple in stock plunge kerfaffle: $113bn wiped off in days

Peak Apple Apple is in the midst of a stock drop that has caused the Cupertino giant to lose as much as $113bn in market cap. Since posting its last quarterly numbers, Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL) has seen its stock price drop from $125.22 per share to a low point of $112.10. Wary that Apple's meteoric growth from recent years is slowing down as …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Aug 2015
Ada Lovelace

Lights out for Ada Initiative – women's group closing shop

Women-in-tech advocacy group The Ada Initiative is shutting down. The creators of the women's open-source developer organization said they will be closing down operations following a fruitless search for a new executive director. The group plans to cease operations by mid-October. Started in 2011, the Ada Initiative advocated …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Aug 2015

Drone delivery sparks Ohio prison brawl

An exercise-yard fight at an Ohio prison is being blamed on a drone's failed drug-smuggling attempt. Guards at the Mansfield Correctional Institution had to break up a fight in the prison's north recreation yard when nine inmates began fighting over the contents of a package that had been dropped by a drone flying over the …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Aug 2015
Spritam 3D printed pills

Screw your cutesy plastic art tat, the US govt has found a use for 3D printing: DRUGS!

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its first-ever approval for a drug manufactured by 3D printing. The FDA told Aprecia Pharmaceuticals it could move forward [PDF] with the introduction of Spritam, an anti-seizure medication for people with epilepsy. The pill is set to go on sale in the US early next year. …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Aug 2015

Yahoo! website! ads! spaff! CryptoWall! ransomware! AGAIN!

Yahoo! has been used to spread ransomware to Windows PCs almost exactly a year after the previous big outbreak. Adverts served on the Yahoo! homepage as well as the Yahoo! News, Sports, Celebrity, Finance, and Games websites, quietly loaded a script that ultimately exploited holes in Adobe Flash to infect vulnerable systems, …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Aug 2015