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The SanDisk connect wireless stick

A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

Road test Last week Vulture South got its hands on an intriguing SanDisk product called the “Connect Wireless Stick”.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016

Update your iPhones, iPads right now – govt spy tools exploit vulns

Apple has pushed out an emergency security update for iPhones, iPads and iPods after super sophisticated spyware was found exploiting three iOS vulnerabilities.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016
finger pointing

Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood

On-Call Thank Crom it's Friday! At the end of today you can get on with what is best in life, which we hope includes reading this instalment of On-Call, our weekly look at legendary tales of IT gone wrong.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
Cable confusion, image via Shutterstock

Larry Page snuffs out ‘too expensive’ Google Fiber project

Google is drastically scaling back its Fiber initiative because it’s too expensive – and only a fraction of the expected subscribers ponied up.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Aug 2016

IoT manufacturer caught fixing security holes

In a shocking development, smart lock manufacturer August has been caught promptly patching security holes discovered in its product.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Aug 2016

EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

UK telco EE will next month hike fees for people using their phones outside their price plans, with international calls increasing as much as 60 per cent.
Kat Hall, 26 Aug 2016
LInux nutella

Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

On August 25th, 1991, an unknown Finnish developer posted the following to the comp.os.minix newsgroup:
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

Coding curmudgeon Linus Torvalds has gone off on yet another rant: this time against his own lawyers and free software activist Bradley Kuhn.
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Aug 2016

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's... er, Graphene bubbles – 200 times stronger than Superman

Tiny graphene bubbles can withstand enormous pressures and are 200 times stronger than steel, according to scientists at the University of Manchester in the UK.
Katyanna Quach, 25 Aug 2016

WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

WhatsApp has updated its terms and privacy policy for the first time in four years as part of parent company Facebook’s plans to generate cash through app users' data.
An unhappy man

Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

The two offshoots of Hewlett Packard have been hit with a class action lawsuit in the US, accusing the pre-split IT giant of discriminating against older employees during job culls.
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016

Bloody Dell! Is EMC going to drop its logo? Answers on a postcard to Brentford

Pics Corrective brand surgery seems to be taking place at EMC’s London HQ already – it may be that Michael Dell is so keen to get his hands on the storage giant that he can’t wait for the ink to dry on the deal.
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2016
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Uber lost $7m a DAY in the first half of this year

Casual-labour powered carpool dispatcher Uber lost $1.27bn in the first half of 2016, or almost $7m a day. And the losses are increasing.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Aug 2016

A partial de-cloaking of Samsung's mystery Z-SSD

The mysterious Samsung Z-SSD was announced at the Flash Memory Summit, and positioned as a DRAM-NAND gap-filler. This makes it competition for XPoint.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016

Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

Analysis Police in Baltimore, US, have admitted hiring a third party to fly over the city, constantly recording events with high-resolution cameras.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Aug 2016

New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

New alcohol advice published today reiterates that the recommended maximum intake weekly for male adults should fall from 21 to 14 units - barely enough to fill a bowl with electric soup*.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Aug 2016
shark

Muddying the waters of infosec: Cyber upstart, investors short medical biz – then reveal bugs

Analysis A team of security researchers tipped off an investment firm about software vulnerabilities in life-preserving medical equipment in order to profit from the fallout.
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2016
Notting Hill Carnival dancer. Pic: Shutterstock

Notting Hill Carnival spycams: Met Police rolls out real-time live face-spotting tech

London’s Metropolitan Police will trial an automated facial recognition system to identify people at this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival as the government continues to drag its feet on the use of the technology.
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

I fart in your general direction! Comet 67P lets rip on Europe's Rosetta probe

Pic Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) got lucky when the Rosetta probe, currently orbiting Comet 67P, picked up a massive outgassing from the frozen body.
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2016
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NHS slaps private firm Health IQ for moving Brits' data offshore

Health insurance and financial data management biz Health IQ is the latest outfit to have its wrists slapped by NHS Digital in the UK for failing to comply with data processing rules.
Kat Hall, 26 Aug 2016