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AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU

AMD says it will soon release a software update for its Radeon RX 480 graphics card to stop it slurping unexpectedly large amounts of power. The world's "other" purveyor of x86 and GPU chips says it will distribute the update later this week, but in the meantime it does not believe any motherboards are at risk for damage from …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jul 2016
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Tech upstarts to pocket up to $5m from crowd-fund suckers, er backers

A pair of newly passed bills in the US Congress will increase the amount of money tech startups can raise to cover their early expenses. The Fix Crowdfunding Act (HR 4855) and the Supporting America's Investors Act (HR 4854) will raise the limits on money that companies can gather through crowdsourcing and venture capital …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jul 2016
Tappy phone testing machine

Huawei sues T-Mobile US: Why can't we be FRANDS with benefits?

Huawei is suing T‑Mobile US for patent infringement – claiming the American carrier's core network is reliant on its technology and yet T-Mob isn't opening its wallet. In a lawsuit filed to the notoriously plaintiff-friendly Eastern Texas District Court this week, Huawei said T‑Mobile US has been using software and hardware …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jul 2016
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Ver-rising raises prices

Verizon says it will charge folks higher rates as part of an overhaul to its data plans. The largest mobile carrier in the US says that customers will pay $5-10 more for their monthly plans and, in exchange, will get a higher data allowance. The plans will range from the "Small" plan of $35 per month for 2GB (up from $30 for …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jul 2016
Dolphins swimming

Dolphin fans freak, blast browser's bumbling bundles of bloatware

The Dolphin mobile browser is feeling the wrath of netizens angry over the new extensions being bundled with the app. A Reg reader points out that the mobile browser has been hit with a string of one-star reviews and criticism from people who say they've had unwanted apps being installed alongside the browser, including a …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jul 2016
Password screen

Chap fails to quash 'shared password' 'hacking' conviction

A man who used his colleagues' passwords to swipe confidential information from his employer has failed to overturn his computer hacking conviction. In a 2-1 decision [PDF] today, the California 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court's judgment that David Nosal broke the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). In …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jul 2016
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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

Huawei is under fire after admitting a photo it supposedly took with one of its phones was actually snapped using an expensive digital camera. The (since deleted) image was posted to Huawei's Google+ page and was presented as having been taken with the P9, an Android-equipped smartphone that carries a pair of on-board 12Mp …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jul 2016
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Apple wants your organs

Apple is throwing its weight behind an effort to register more people as organ donors. The Cupertino iMaker says that the upcoming iOS 10 release will include a new Health App that will allow folks to sign up to donate their organs, eyes and tissue. The move is a nod to late Apple founder Steve Jobs, who gamed the system to …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jul 2016
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Detroit Rock(et Fiber) City: Startup brings 10Gb service to Motown

A project born out of finance house Quicken Loans is making a push to bring broadband to the city of Detroit. Rocket Fiber, which was launched by three former Quicken employees and still operates under its umbrella of companies, began feasibility studies in 2013, laying out cables a year later and finally launching as a …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jul 2016

Mozilla emits nightly builds of heir-to-Firefox browser engine Servo

Mozilla has started publishing nightly in-development builds of its experimental Servo browser engine so anyone can track the project's progress. Executables for macOS and GNU/Linux are available right here to download and test drive even if you're not a developer. If you are, the open-source engine's code is here if you want …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jul 2016
Twitch Social Eating

Forget YouTube – meet ChewTube: Strangers watching millennials eat

Pic Gameplay streaming site Twitch.tv says it will be launching a dedicated channel for live videos of people eating. The Amazon-owned website says its "Social Eating" channel will allow its army of amateur and professional video broadcasters to "socialize with their viewers over their favorite meals". Twitch says you have South …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jul 2016
Windows 10 final alert

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

Pic As the Windows 10 free upgrade period draws to a close, Microsoft is stepping up its operating system's nagware to full-screen takeovers. The Redmond software giant confirmed today it will start showing dark blue screens urging people to install the latest version of Windows. The full-screen ads will pop up on Windows 7 and 8. …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jul 2016
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Microsoft: Give us better staff

The next "space race" will be in the world of computer science, according to Microsoft's president and head lawyer Brad Smith, who wants more students to pick up the subject (and presumably fill his company's ranks). "Kansas is primed to play an important role," Smith told the US state's Wichita Herald. "From agriculture to …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jul 2016
Michael Dell, photo: Dell

Dell settles with T Rowe Price

Dell has agreed to a $25m payout to settle claims related to its 2013 private buyout. The Round Rock PC maker will reportedly pay $25m to investment firm T Rowe Price to put to rest allegations it short-changed investors on the value of its stock. Earlier this month, T Rowe Price announced it would be paying out its clients $ …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jul 2016

Encryption, wiretaps and the Feds: THE TRUTH

Figures published this month suggest fewer Americans are using encryption to secure their communications – but if you look into the detail, the opposite is probably closer to reality. The latest Wiretap Report from the US courts system – which counts up the number of requests from investigators to spy on people's chatter in …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2016
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Qualcomm sues Chinese biz

California-based chip designer Qualcomm has sued Chinese electronics maker Meizu in Beijing and Shanghai. The lawsuits, announced one week apart, cover Qualcomm's WCDMA, CDMA2000 and LTE patents, alleging that Meizu copied the designs for use in their own 3G and LTE chips. "Although Qualcomm would have preferred to reach a …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2016
Pull the plug

NRA guns down 38,000 Surge.sh sites in anti-parody spray-and-pray

Updated Web publisher Surge.sh blames a single trademark-infringement complaint for stripping more than 38,000 websites from the internet. Surge offers webspace and tools for creating sites, and uses New York-based DigitalOcean to run the underlying server that powers its hosted websites. Surge said DigitalOcean pulled the plug on its …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2016
Everthing is fine says status page

Office 365 falls over in US

Microsoft's Office 365 service appears to be suffering an outage in and around New York City and the US West Coast. User reports from the area, as well as a map from monitoring service DownDetector, show knackered service in the New York and New Jersey areas, plus problems in California and spots of bother elsewhere. Office …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2016
ETA telco cable contest winners

Loop Dreams: Top college talents showcase their skills … in cabling

Students from around the US gathered recently in Louisville, Kentucky to take part in a series of contests based on installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting lines for telco networks. The SkillsUSA Telecommunications Cabling Championship brought high school and university students together to compete in events including 25- …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2016
A bowl of Noodles

While you filled your face at Noodles and Co, malware was slurping your bank cards

American fast-food chain Noodles and Company says malware got into its sales registers, allowing it to slurp customers' payment card numbers. The biz admitted today that hundreds of restaurants in 28 US states were infected with card-stealing software nasties that harvested customer card names, numbers, expiration dates, and …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2016

GitHub reveals DMCA wipes

Code repository GitHub says more than 8,200 projects were permantently removed last year thanks to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices. In its annual transparency report, the code-sharing site reported that it took down 8,330 projects due to DMCA demands with 8,268 of those remaining offline permanently thanks to …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2016
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ACL-Sue: Civil rights warriors drag Uncle Sam to court for hacking laws

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) should be stricken for being unconstitutional. The civil rights group said in a filing [PDF] to the Washington, DC, District Court that the CFAA prevents researchers and whistleblowers from carrying out their work and violates both the …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2016
Cookies

Google off the hook for feeding kids bad cookies

A US court has dismissed Google from a lawsuit accusing the advertising giant of illegally tracking small children online. The US Third Circuit Court of Appeals said the Chocolate Factory will not [PDF] have to face allegations it used information about youngsters to serve them customized ads without their parents' knowledge …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2016
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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

Microsoft will change the controversial way it has been force-feeding people Windows 10 upgrades. The Redmond spreadsheet maker said that when someone clicks on the red "X" to close its infamous your-Windows-10-upgrade-is-ready pop-up, they will actually hold off the installation rather than accept it. One-way dialog ... The …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2016
Amazon Web Services

AWS opens India warehouse

AWS has opened a new bitfarm region located in India. The cloud giant says that the new datacenter in Mumbai will help improve performance for customers in India specifically. The new region will support Amazon EC2 C4, M4, T2, D2, I2, and R3 instances. Mumbai will be the fifth APAC region, joining locations in Tokyo, Sydney, …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2016