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Badda-Bing, badda-doom: Microsoft search guru heads up giant's new AI boffinry unit

With all the hype buzz surrounding artificial intelligence right now, Microsoft has decided to repurpose its long-established Microsoft Research division into a new group focused chiefly on AI development. The newly formed Microsoft AI and Research Group brings together more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers, with a …
Dan Robinson, 29 Sep 2016
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Pisspoor IoT security means it'd be really easy to bump off pensioners

Two things are fixed on everyone's minds when it comes to the Internet of Things: security and law. How does industry overcome the threats posed by these two hurdles? Speaking at yesterday's Cambridge Wireless IoT event in London, Max Heinemeyer from Darktrace was all in favour of automating away the security problems. He …
Gareth Corfield, 29 Sep 2016

Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society... Doesn't sound sinister at all

RotM Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft have joined forces to create an AI partnership intended to pacify public fears about the human-replacing technology. The somewhat Soviet-named Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society is notable for not including Apple - which is notorious for ploughing …
Kat Hall, 29 Sep 2016
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Oracle's Coach Larry needs Microsoft plays to beat Amazon

Analysis SAP. Crack! IBM. Snap! Salesforce. Bang! Workday, I can see you - come over here... In the locker room that is Oracle’s quarterly conference calls with Wall Street, somebody’s ass is always on the receiving end of a sharp thwack from the towel of head coach Larry Ellison. Ellison has zinged his verbal towel off many a noble …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2016
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When two tribes go to war: Docker Swarm on the left, easier-to-install Kubernetes on the right

Analysis Container orchestration software Kubernetes reached version 1.4 this week, an act of "user empathy" as described by Google developer advocate Kelsey Hightower, because ease of use has been something of an afterthought. "Over the past few releases we've been working hard on easing the complexity of getting a well-maintained, …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Sep 2016
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New Amazon Linux

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has updated its Linux. Version 2016.09 adds Nginx 1.10, PostgreSQL 9.5 and Python 3.5. You can run the updated OS in all AWS regions and “on all current-generation EC2 instance types.” There's also a new “SSM Agent” that “allows you to use Run Command in order to configure and run scripts on your …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Sep 2016

4K-ing-A! Roku bangs out broad range of new streaming boom boxes

Roku has updated and expanded its line of streaming media boxes to cover both ends of the market. In what would be the Roku 5, the company has moved away from numbers toward names and brought out five models that range from $30 to $130 in a bid to cover the entire market. The lowest end Roku Express costs just $29.99 making …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Sep 2016

Fresh-faced startup promises bigger, faster non-volatile DIMMs

Early-stage startup Xitore says it is developing bigger and faster non-volatile flash DIMMs to give servers a performance boost so they could run more VMs and containers and run them faster by sidestepping high latency storage IOS. It is taking up the baton brought onto the field by Netlist and Diablo Technologies and …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016

Google, Dropbox the latest US tech giants to sign up to the Privacy Shield

Internet giant Google has signed up to the Privacy Shield, a framework designed to facilitate the transfer of personal data between the EU and US by businesses. Data storage and software provider Dropbox has also self-certified under the Privacy Shield. The companies are the latest major US technology businesses to sign up to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Sep 2016

Startup iguazio launches NVMe-propelled missile at enterprise analytics

iguazio’s Data-as-a-Service Enterprise Data Cloud converges different storage access protocols and use cases behind an access abstraction layer and claims to out-perform Amazon and all-flash filers at lower costs. The startup’s pitch is that Big Data analytics data, input, extraction, loading and storing is grossly complex and …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2016
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Sonos' Apple Store creds

Sonos Play:1 and Play:5 speakers are being sold in Apple Stores. The streaming Wi-Fi speaker firm has expanded its collaboration wih Apple to have its speakers sold in 486 Apple Stores around the globe. This follows on from the provision of the streaming Apple Music service on Sonos in February. Last month Sonos announced …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2016
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Cloudy what now? Adobe and Microsoft cosy up with cloud partnership

Ignite Microsoft and Adobe announced a new cloud partnership at the Ignite event this week in Atlanta in a really unclear announcement. "Adobe will make Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform for the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud," says the press release, though the press release does not …
Tim Anderson, 26 Sep 2016
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Matt LeBlanc handed £1.5m to front next two series of Top Gear

Former Friends star Matt MeBlanc has penned a £1.5m deal with licence fee payers of the BBC to front up Top Gear for the next two series. Joining the chisel jawed comedy actor are car journos Chris Harris and Rory Reid, along with regular guests including domineering ex-Formula One team boss Eddie Jordan, pro motor racer …
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2016

Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character?

Machine communication is an area generating much excitement in AI. The ability to give machines a voice and personality has been the subject of many sci-fi films, and the push in natural language processing has brought that idea closer to reality. All the big AI players are investing in some sort of chatbot. Google just …
Katyanna Quach, 23 Sep 2016
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Impala beats Amazon

Cloudera says Apache Impala is 10x faster than Amazon Redshift and has 275 per cent better cost efficiency. Impala is an incubatory native analytic database on Apache Hadoop that runs in the cloud. It claims Impala offers elastic scalability, better flexibility, and direct Amazon S3 query-ability that are unavailable from …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2016
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Digital Realty gets into the cloud interconnect caper

Bit barn baron Digital Realty has decided it needs to be a player in the cloud connection caper. The company's therefore cooked up something called “Service Exchange” that offers software-defined links between its data centres and those operated by the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, IBM SoftLayer and Microsoft's …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Sep 2016
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Oracle's cloud strategy is simple – woo and win the latecomers

OpenWorld Throughout this year's Oracle OpenWorld conference, the company's message has been fairly simple – the database firm is moving to cloud but can offer buyers either on-prem kit, full public cloud, or anything in-between. It's a tempting pitch for those who are somewhat nervous about diving into the cloud with their systems, and …
Iain Thomson, 22 Sep 2016
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Are you sure you want to outsource IT? Yes/No. Check this box to accept Ts&Cs

Migrating to an outsourced IT service including cloud is a great opportunity to outsource responsibility for IT and employees while simultaneously increasing efficiency and decreasing cost. At least, that’s the theory. The reality can be a lot more sobering. The SSP outage should serve as a reminder that while cloud can be …
Frank Jennings, 21 Sep 2016
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Oracle's new cloud rated 'minimum viable product' ... for now

Oracle's gone in hard on cloud this week, promising a stellar, cheap cloud that has already erased Amazon Web Services' lead. But Gartner analyst Lydia Leong begs to differ. She's squeezed out a quick assessment of Big Red's latest cloud and says: “I would characterize this early offering as minimum viable product; it is the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2016
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Larry Ellison today said really nice things about rival Amazon's cloud

OpenWorld Oracle’s founder and CTO Larry Ellison took to the stage for his second OpenWorld keynote today, and spent the bulk of his presentation pointing out flaws in his chief cloud rival Amazon. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has three database products running on its cloud (Redshift, Aurora and DynamoDB), and in terms of features they …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2016

Self-service-as-a-service startup Trifacta releases newest product version

Trifacta, the self-service-as-a-service data-wrangling business, has released the fourth version of its data preparation product suite. The San Francisco-based business was founded four years ago, and has been commercial for the last two. It offers data preparation products which transforms unstructured data into something …
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Google buys startup biz, slurps up its NLP brains

Google have snapped up API.AI, a Silicon Valley startup specialising in building tools for natural language understanding in mobiles, web applications and devices. The details of the financial transaction have not been disclosed. Launched in 2014, API.AI quickly recognised the growing trend in companies interested in giving …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Sep 2016
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UK.gov's Digital Catapult wheels out Central London IoT network

The government-backed Digital Catapult wheeze has launched an “Internet of Things network” across London to titivate the lives of the eight million poor souls trapped within the M25. We are told that 50 LoRaWAN base stations will be deployed to “overcome issues including infrastructure provision, traffic and transport services …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Sep 2016
Desktop as a service

Teradici's releases desktop-as-a-service-ware, as used by AWS and VMware

Teradici has taken the code powering desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) offerings from VMware and Amazon Web Services and turned it in products you, yes you, can run. The “Cloud Access Software” and “Cloud Access Platform” let users run up DaaS rigs. The first product migrates apps to the cloud. The second tool delivers them from the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2016
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Lack of Hurd mentality at Oracle OpenWorld: Co-CEO's cloud claims fall flat live on stage

OpenWorld Once again, Oracle's co-CEO Mark Hurd was in a prognosticative mood during his OpenWorld keynote, but the crowd of attendees wasn't buying it. As he did last year, Hurd made some predictions as to where the industry was going on cloud computing by the year 2025, including that two companies would control 80 per cent of the …
Iain Thomson, 19 Sep 2016
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Oracle takes aim at AWS with cheap, fast public and hybrid cloud

Larry Ellison kicked off Oracle's OpenWorld event in San Francisco on Sunday with news of a second-generation infrastructure-as-a-service offering. The IT giant's supremo claimed the IaaS out-performs Amazon Web Services (AWS), undercuts it on price and will also be sold as on-premises kit tied to a subscription. Ellison told …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2016
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Amazon web wind services

Amazon.com's announced its largest-ever renewable energy effort. Amazon Wind Farm Texas will come to Scurry County in 2017, complete with “more than 100 turbines” and 253-megawatt generating capacity. Amazon will feed power from the wind farm into the grid, but says its output is destined for use in Amazon Web Services data …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2016

'Google tax' already being avoided, says Australian Tax Office

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has warned that the nation's attempts at imposing a "Google Tax" are already being circumvented, and suggested big accountancy firms have found a way around efforts to stymie multinational tax avoidance. Australia's Google Tax, formally known as the Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law (MAAL), …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2016
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Microsoft: Our AI speech recognition mangles your words the least

Microsoft researchers working on AI computer speech recognition have reached a word error rate of 6.3 per cent, claiming to be the lowest in the industry. Hot on the heels of Google DeepMind announcing a “breakthrough” in AI speech recognition, Microsoft was quick to respond by saying it, too, has reached a “milestone” while …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Sep 2016

Trump website server config snafu left interns' CVs exposed

Misconfiguration of Donald Trump's campaign website left the personal information of interns – and perhaps more – accessible to casual snooping. Staffers of the real estate mogul-turned-US presidential candidate “bungled the settings on their Amazon S3 server”, according to MacKeeper security researcher Chris Vickery, the …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2016
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Evernote dumps its own bit barn, boards Google's cloud

Smiles a-plenty down Google way today, after web scrapbook Evernote declared it was tired of running its own bit barns and decided to adopt the G-Cloud. Evernote says it's just turned eight and “has owned, configured, and maintained its own servers and networks” since day one. Doing so gave it “the ability to build the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2016
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Hyper-converged hyper-contender ZeroStack starts connecting clouds

HyperConverged HyperContender ZeroStack has started connecting public clouds to its on-premises kit. ZeroStack promises the usual “Our beautiful GUI and cunning plumbing means that if you turn on our boxes and go make a cup of coffee there's be VMs running before the cappuccino foam falls” experience. The likes of VMware, VCE …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2016

It actually will be Obama who decides whether to end US government oversight of the internet

The decision whether to end US government oversight of the internet will likely come down to a personal decision by President Obama on Thursday. In an extraordinary series of arguments and counter-arguments this past week, a last-minute push by Republicans looks likely to succeed in placing a funding freeze on the Department …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Sep 2016

Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin has revealed designs for its first orbit-and-beyond-capable boosters. The “New Glenn” rocket is named in honour of first United States astronaut to orbit the Earth, John Glenn. The 82m-tall, two-stage craft will pack 3.85 million pounds of thrust. If it lifted today, that would …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2016

Amazon pops up more shops

Amazon will be opening more brick-and-mortar stores in shopping malls in the US, apparently. The $100bn-a-year retail nemesis of High Street quietly opened its first pop-up stores in late 2014, currently operates around a dozen in stealth mode, and will have up to 100 by next year, according to Business Insider. But why would …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2016
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Self-stocking internet fridge faces a delivery come down

Something for the Weekend, Sir? In the future, I will keep a vibrator in my shoes. This will allow me to walk down the street without having to hold it in my hands or stick it into my ear. My satnav smartphone, that is. With the help of Hi-Tec’s Navigator, vibrating pods in my footwear will guide me left and right along my walking route without recourse to …
Alistair Dabbs, 09 Sep 2016

Hypervisor security ero-Xen: How guest VMs can hijack host servers

Analysis The Xen project has today patched four security bugs in its open-source hypervisor – three potentially allowing guest virtual machines to take over their host servers. The other programming cockup allows a guest to crash the underlying machine. This is not great news for cloud providers or anyone else running untrusted VMs on …
Chris Williams, 08 Sep 2016
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Little boxes made of ticky-tacky: What Dell's record-busting $67bn EMC deal means

Dell’s acquisition of EMC is large by several measures: a $67bn purchase price – the most ever paid in tech. The claimed joint revenue for Dell and EMC is $74bn and the current joint workforce is 140,000 – with 40,000 being sales staff. Even the statements as to “why” Dell is buying EMC are big – yuuuge - with Michael Dell at …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2016
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BT needs to ditch its legacy to be competitive, says chief architect

Interview In a world of new “agile” network players offering over-the-top services, BT is something of a dinosaur, having been privatised as far back as 1984 after previously running as a state monopoly. Certainly in terms of its systems, the business is weighed down by legacy in a way that newer network providers are unencumbered from …
Kat Hall, 08 Sep 2016
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Microsoft takes shot at Amazon as it wraps up UK cloud data centres

Microsoft has opened the doors on UK data centre facilities for local customers with a chip at Amazon. The giant’s Azure and Office 365 services are being hosted as options at locations in London, Cardiff and Durham. Dynamics CRM Online will be available from the UK data centres in the first half of next year. Until now, UK …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Sep 2016

My Dell merger wish list

Sysadmin Blog It's merger day, it's merger day! Everyone please crank out a pile of speculation, research, facts, and innuendo about Dell, EMC, VMware and the ever important "what it all means". We will watch and participate as the entire internet completely overloads everyone's signal-to-noise filters by bombarding them with unprecedented …
Trevor Pott, 07 Sep 2016
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Qualcomm, AT&T get together to test mobe networks for delivery drone control

What drones need is 4G connectivity, Qualcomm reckons, and it's put together a deal with AT&T to prove it. Fair enough, we suppose: if Facebook or Amazon or Domino's want genuine business cases for drone deliveries (rather than stunt-demos for credulous journalists) they'll need some kind of connectivity and 4G networks are …

FCC goes over the top again to battle America's cable-box rip-off

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is to take another crack at breaking the multi-billion-dollar consumer rip-off that is cable set-top boxes by setting the regulator up as a copyright office. FCC staff were briefing organizations late last week on the revised plan, prompting an angry letter from the cable industry …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Sep 2016

Apple, Google back MS fight

The US tech industry has come to the support of Microsoft and its case against the US government over secret data searches. Apple, Amazon and Google have filed in support of the Beast of Redmond in its ongoing lawsuit with the Department of Justice. Microsoft is arguing that it should be allowed to inform a customer if they …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Sep 2016
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Baidu peddles PaddlesPaddles, floats open source AI tech

Since Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, and World+Dog have one, it's no surprise that Chinese giant Baidu would pitch an artificial intelligence offering at the waiting world. Right now, it describes PaddlePaddle – Parallel Distributed Deep Learning with a few extra capitals added – as a pre-release version. The real thing will …

Baa NooBaa black sheep, have you any storage?

NooBaa sounds like a lamb in a child's fairy story or one of those wacky new-style web properties offering on-demand hair dressing, garden tool sharing or a cocktail recipe exchange. In fact, it's a scale-out object storage startup offering what it calls frictionless storage for unstructured data. The company came out of …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2016
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Backup's Amazon hook-up

Backup Exec 15 feature pack number 5 is adding more cloud and platform support. FP5 adds instant recovery for VMWare and Hyper-V, a customisable cloud connector so admins can use any hybrid cloud storage that works natively with the Amazon S3 API, and Cloudian Hyperstore support. That means Backup Exec 15 can record all …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2016
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This is why Huawei's cloud is not like Amazuregoo

The jargon changes, and the rhetoric can get ecstatic, but Huawei’s Cloud adventure is really just a highly elaborate way of saying “please upgrade your network”. Which is sensible advice anyway. The logic for the Chinese giant is remorseless: if Huawei doesn’t move upscale, it’s eaten by the relentless commodification of …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Sep 2016

US appeals court slaps down FTC, AT&T walks free, cats and dog living together, mass hysteria

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has thrown the issue of who can protect American consumers into confusion with a decision for AT&T and against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The decision [PDF] could see the telecom giant walk away from a $100m judgment for throttling its customers' data speeds without …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Aug 2016

Exploding phablet phears phorce Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delay

Reports of the new Galaxy Note 7 exploding while being charged has caused Samsung to halt shipment of the high-end "phablet." South Korean news agency Yonhap first reported that the company has halted delivery of the device after no fewer than five people complained about "explosions." Some shared pictures of their burnt-out …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Aug 2016