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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

FBI Director James Comey is gathering evidence so that in 2017 America can have an "adult" conversation about breaking encryption to make crimefighters' lives easier. Speaking at Tuesday's 2016 Symantec Government Symposium in Washington, Comey banged on about his obsession with strong cryptography causing criminals to "go …
Iain Thomson, 31 Aug 2016
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John Ellenby, British inventor of the first laptop, powers off

Obituary The creator of the world's first laptop, the GRiD Compass, has died at the age of 75 at his home in California. John Ellenby was born in the North of England in 1941 and educated at University College London, where he showed an early interest in computers. After a career designing mainframes he moved to the US, where he ended …
Iain Thomson, 30 Aug 2016

Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

Forcing Apple to pay the same tax rate as other companies will lead to the destruction of Europe, according to its not-entirely objective CEO Tim Cook. "This would strike a devastating blow to the sovereignty of EU member states over their own tax matters, and to the principle of certainty of law in Europe," Cook said in a …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Aug 2016

Holy friggin' Dell! $67bn EMC mega-gobble to complete on Sept 7

Dell and EMC will officially merge next Wednesday – September 7 – after getting approval from Chinese monopoly officials. The combined tech monster will have 140,000 staffers worldwide, and will be called Dell Technologies with Michael Dell as CEO and chairman. A little final financial chicanery is needed because Dell is a …
Chris Williams, 30 Aug 2016
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Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all

Apple paying €50 corporation tax in Ireland on every €1m of profit reported – a rate of 0.005 per cent – was in compliance with local laws, the Emerald Isle’s under-fire Revenue Commissioners have claimed. The tax collectors issued a statement in the wake of the European Commission's damning verdict that tax arrangements …
Paul Kunert, 30 Aug 2016
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EU verdict: Apple received €13bn in illegal tax benefits from Ireland

Updated The European Commission has ruled that tax arrangements between Ireland and Apple were in breach of the EU's state aid laws, and said the American corporation needs to cough up €13bn in back taxes, plus interest. Delivering her judgment in Brussels this morning, the EU's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said: …
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Replacing humans with robots in your factories? Hold on just a sec

The integration of robots into production processes will impact on traditional liability arrangements and raise a range of other legal issues for manufacturers to consider, including in relation to health, safety and data protection. A rise in the number of robots in operation might also prompt social and ethical dilemmas that …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Aug 2016

$329 for a MacBook? Well, really a 'HacBook' built on an old HP

An outfit called “Hacbook” is channeling Psystar*, offering Mac OS laptops for US$329. The laptops are actually refurbished HP EliteBooks, with a 14-inch, 1600x900 display, Sandy Bridge i5 CPU, 802.11 a/b/g/n, up to 1TB of disk and 8GB of RAM. That's a spec Apple could have sold you in about 2013. “Looks like a Mac. Feels …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2016

Pope meets Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife had a personal interview with His Holiness Pope Francis over the weekend, Vatican Radio reports. Pope Francis, one of the few men in the world with more followers than the Behoodied One, granted the private audience while the couple was in Rome on a working trip. The Pope has also met Apple's Tim …
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2016
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Tim Cook trousers $135m in Apple shares

Apple CEO Tim Cook is $135m richer this week after receiving 1.26 million shares in the electronics giant, immediately selling $36m worth of them. Cooky announced the share provision in an SEC filing [PDF]. It forms part of a deal where he will receive seven million shares in the company by 2021. Most of the shares were …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Aug 2016

Apple sued over shoddy iPhone touchscreens

Apple is being sued by a class of former iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners who accuse the company of failing to address a design problem that caused the handset's touchscreen to malfunction. A complaint [PDF] filed in the Northern California US District Court accuses Apple of violating both California state and US federal laws for …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2016

Europe to order Apple to cough up 'one beeellion Euros in back taxes'

The European Commission (EC) will demand an additional €1bn ($1.12bn) from Apple in back taxes, according to Reuters. Back in 2014, the EC took issue with Ireland's tax arrangement with the electronics giant – Apple's European headquarters is in Dublin – and accused it of effectively allowing Apple to shelter tens of billions …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Aug 2016

Tech fails miserably in Forbes' most innovative companies

The tech industry feeds off its reputation for being innovative but, according to Forbes at least, it may not be warranted. In a new list of the "World's Most Innovative Companies," the business magazine has ranked the top 100 companies. Aside from Tesla, which could arguably be listed as a tech company and took the coveted …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Aug 2016

Apple is making life terrible in its factories – labor rights warriors

Pressure from Apple to lower costs is driving worsening conditions for workers at the company's manufacturing partners. This is according to watchdog group China Labor Watch, which says [PDF] that under CEO Tim Cook, the Cupertino giant has asked the companies that assemble its products to cut their own costs, and those …
Shaun Nichols, 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. The iOS 9.3.5 upgrade plugs three holes that, according to researchers, are being used right now by the Pegasus surveillance kit – a powerful commercial malware …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2016
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An ethical Google won't break the internet, leaked EU report finds

Making Google a good corporate citizen and pay creators fairly won’t break the internet, a leaked impact study on copyright suggests. The 200 page impact assessment (IA), leaked to Statewatch, addresses the thorny issue of content sharing platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. “Some online service providers refuse …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Aug 2016
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Touchy iPhone 6, 6 Plus chips prone to breaking down and giving up

Apple's swanky iPhones can suffer chip failures that can render the touchscreen unusable. This according to a report from DIY repair site iFixit, which says two controller chips on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus logic board can lose their electrical contacts, and when they go, the handset's touchscreen no longer works. The issue …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Aug 2016

French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law

A meeting this week between the interior ministers of France and Germany has focused on the issue of encryption and its potential impact on security. In the lead-up to the meeting and in subsequent public comments from the ministers, they both made repeated mention of the issue of data encryption, even calling out the app …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Aug 2016

US Treasury to launch pre-emptive strike on EU's Ireland tax probe

The US Treasury is preparing a pre-emptive strike against a long-awaited probe by the European Commission into Ireland's tax arrangements with tech firms such as Apple. The US Department of the Treasury plans to publish a paper today outlining its views on the EU’s investigations into tax arrangements, sources told The Irish …
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2016
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Huawei's pricey new Honor goes upmarket. Bold move when prices are sliding

Analysis Last year Huawei launched its Honor smartphone into Western markets: a cheap and cheerful way to showcase its advantages. Over in China, the Honor was about yoof, but over here, Huawei followed the well-trodden path by lower cost Asian manufacturers for decades: sell decent tech at low prices and urge the punter to overlook the …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2016
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Oracle reveals Java Applet API deprecation plan

Oracle has revealed its interim plan to help Java devs deal with browser-makers' imminent banishment of plug-ins. Years of bugs in Java, Flash and other plugins have led browser-makers to give up on plugins. Apple recently decided that its Safari browser will just pretend Java, Flash and Silverlight aren't installed. Google …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2016
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Microsoft, Lenovo cross-licensing love-in: Android mobes knocked up with... Office apps

Lenovo’s signed a second patent licensing agreement with Microsoft, loading Redmond’s productivity software on its Android devices. Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype will come pre-installed on unspecified Lenovo devices packing Google's Android. Lenovo expects to ship “millions” of Android devices over “the next several …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Aug 2016

'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

Hot Chips Samsung has revealed the blueprints to its mystery M1 processor cores at the heart of its S7 and S7 Edge smartphones. International versions of the top-end Android mobiles, which went on sale in March, sport a 14nm FinFET Exynos 8890 system-on-chip that has four standard 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A53 cores and four M1 cores running at …
Chris Williams, 22 Aug 2016

Sharp's new CEO warns of job losses amid 'optimization'

The new CEO of Sharp Electronics has warned that there will be job losses at the consumer electronics company amid a broader restructure. Tai Jeng-wu now heads the company following the takeover by Foxconn for $3.8bn, which saw the giant take a 66 per cent ownership stake. The job losses have long been rumored, and Foxconn …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2016
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Swiss firm shrugs in defeat as Avnet preps to swallow Premier Farnell

Swiss components distributor Dätwyler will not be filing a counter-bid to acquire British distributor Premier Farnell, after its last offer was trumped by Avnet. In a conference call with investors earlier this month, Dätwyler said it was "currently considering its options" about how it would respond to being out-bid for …

MacPorts project leaving Apple’s OS Forge

Apple's Mac OS Forge is losing one of its highest-profile non-Apple projects, with the news that MacPorts is moving to GitHub. MacPorts is a community-run project that aims to take the pain out of running popular open source software on OS X, by making it possible to install projects without having to do battle with …
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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

Microsoft has misplaced Melbourne, the four-million-inhabitant capital of the Australian State of Victoria. A search on Bing Maps for “Melbourne, Victoria, Australia” says the city is at 37.813610, 144.963100 which we've screen-captured above (or here for those reading our mobile site). The co-ordinates are right save for one …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2016
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Nobody wants Lyft

Dial-a-ride app maker Lyft is looking for a buyer, but no one's interested. This according to The New York Times, which cited multiple sources in reporting that Apple, Google, Amazon, GM, Didi Chuxing, and even Uber have been approached by Lyft, all without any success. Though the Times notes that Lyft is sitting on more than …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2016
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Apple kills its Stores

The Apple Store is no more. The Cupertino consumer tech giant has quietly rebranded all of its US retail locations. They are now to be known simple as "Apple" rather than the old (and sensible) Apple Store moniker. Under the rebranding, shops that had previously been called "Apple Store" will now just be "Apple" followed by …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Aug 2016
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iPhone: Apple's Mac battle with Windows rebooted

Apple under Tim Cook has delivered six new makes of iPhone, with a further four derivations based on the overall brand. The future, according to Cook this week, looks an awful lot like Apple’s recent past – especially if you happen to live in India, which is the new China in terms of tech firms looking to tap a vast and …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Aug 2016
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Windows Phone dives into irrelevant-like-BlackBerry territory

BlackBerry and Microsoft have continued their tumble down the mobile operating system market share charts, clocking in at just 0.1 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively. Microsoft's fallen especially hard: analyst firm Gartner had it selling 8.2 million phones for 2015's second quarter, for 2.5 per cent market share. The …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2016
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Apple beats off banks' bid for access to iPhones' NFC chips

Apple has had a partial win in its attempt to prevent banks using iPhones' NFC chips for payment services other than Apple Pay. Four Australian banks applied to local regulators to bargain with Apple as a cartel. Apple argued against their application by claiming iThings' security would be badly compromised by allowing third- …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2016
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Verizon fingered in Android bloatware-for-cash cram scandal

Verizon has reportedly approached app developers about pre-installing their software on customer handsets in exchange for cash. A report from Ad Age cites marketing industry execs who say that, since late last year, they have been approached by the nation's largest carrier with offers to install their mobile apps on millions …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2016
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Chip giants pelt embedded AI platforms with wads of cash

Analysis Artificial intelligence and machine learning engines are underpinning many emerging applications and services, from making sense of big data for enterprises, to supporting hyper-personalized consumer content, or virtual reality gaming. The current challenge is to move AI from the supercomputer to the mobile device, supporting …
Wireless Watch, 17 Aug 2016
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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

Interview BAE Systems is, for the first time in many years, offering new types of small arms ammunition to the armed forces. It all boils down to achieving better penetration and pleasing the customer. Famous as the home of British military ammunition production since its 20th century days as a state-owned Royal Ordnance Factory, Radway …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Aug 2016

FalseCONNECT sends vendors scrambling to patch proxy MITM bug

For the many people that dislike corporate proxies, this probably won't be much of a surprise: a bunch of environments are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. “FalseCONNECT” is a combination of protocol bug and implementation error – which means it affects end users via operating systems, as well as network devices. The …
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Android Pay now works for paying speeding fines

The Australian State of New South Wales (NSW) has adopted Android Pay at is “Service NSW” one-stop-services-shops. The decision to use Google pay means the State's citizens can now use their phones to pay traffic, fines vehicle registration fees and myriad other payments with a mere swipe of their phones. The Register imagines …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2016
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Oh dear, Xiaomi: '$46bn' winner's phone shipments tumble 38%

Only nine months ago China’s Xiaomi was being touted as “the next Samsung” - a consumer electronics giant with the breadth and ambition to create platforms or "ecosystems". The markets valued Xiaomi at an astronomical $46bn, twice the valuation of BAE. But this year, Xiaomi forgot to do something quite basic: sell enough phones …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Aug 2016
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New Google vid-call app

Google has released “Duo”, a simple one-to-one video calling app that runs on iOS and Android and can make calls between the two operating systems. Duo needs just a phone number to make a connection, so is a bit of a swipe at closed calling ecosystems like Apple's FaceTime. Google says it's designed the app to figure out when …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2016

Google's brand new OS could replace Android

The source code of Google's latest operating system has emerged, and it looks like all new code from the ground up. The Fuchsia project can be found here, and uses an entirely new kernel, "Magenta." It boots on ARM and x86, and the authors say they've managed to boot it on a Raspberry Pi. The IPC part is Mojo and higher up the …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Aug 2016

Apple allowed to put up bit barn in the Fields of Athenry

Apple has been granted permission to build a 220kVA data centre in County Galway, Ireland by the council, after the company faced objections over energy consumption and environmental disturbances. Plans to spend €850m (£658m) on the 24,550m2 data centre were submitted in 2015, but were delayed after locals voiced concerns …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Aug 2016
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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

Apple’s plan to tackle the great iPhone sales slump is for it to produce, yes, more iPhones. CEO Tim Cook, in a scripted Q&A with the Washington Post, dismissed the six-month drop-off in sales of iPhones – and slowing smartphone sales in general. Apple is now expected to release the iPhone 7 in September. Cook reckons …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Aug 2016
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Mobile malaise drags down Asus Q2 numbers

Asus has reported a double digit slide in net income for the fourth quarter, highlighting that even overtaking Apple in the computer sales stakes is no golden ticket to world domination. The netbooks and bikinis innovator turned in Q2 net revenues of $NT93.9bn (£2.3bn), a 5 per cent slip on the same period last year, results …
Joe Fay, 12 Aug 2016
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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I owe everything to a quick one off the wrist. This was not always the case. Previously, my attempts at achieving a rhythm would frequently slip, causing it to get out of hand. But now with a firm grip on the matter and lots of practice, I’ve really begun to shake things up, good and proper. I feel sure plenty of readers are …
Alistair Dabbs, 12 Aug 2016
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$200,000 for a serious iOS bug? Pfft, we'll give you $500,000, says exploit broker Exodus

Last week Apple made its belated entrance into the bug bounty market, announcing a top award of $200,000 for major flaws in iOS, but Cook & Co have been comprehensively outbid. On Tuesday, exploit trading firm Exodus Intelligence said it is willing to pay $500,000 for a major flaw in iOS 9.3 and above – and the exploit to use …
Iain Thomson, 11 Aug 2016
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Apple says banks can't touch iPhone NFC without harming security

Apple has argued that allowing banks to use iPhones NFC chips independently of Apple Pay would compromise the phones' security. The argument has been aired in Apple's response to the four Australia Banks who have requested permission to negotiate with Apple as a bloc rather than join Apple Pay. The banks want their own apps to …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Aug 2016

Intel gobbles AI chip biz Nervana for $350m

Intel is knuckling down its efforts into artificial intelligence by buying Nervana Systems, a startup company that specializes in deep learning. The deal is, we're told, worth $350m. Chipzilla's server-grade processors, the Xeon and Xeon Phi, power a lot of the world's deep learning training, and it's the algorithms from …
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UK tops European charts ... for carder fraud

The United Kingdom has copped the largest jump in credit card fraud of all European countries with an 18 per cent rise resulting in £88m ($114m, A$150m) of additional losses. Blighty outpaced fraud growth in Greece and Denmark where fraud increased by five percent according to Euromonitor International data mapped out by big …
Darren Pauli, 09 Aug 2016

BlackBerry: Forget phones, Lawsuits In Motion is back – and it's firing off patent claims

Analysis When Blackberry announced earlier this year it was going to give up making mobile phones, most wondered what it would actually do as a company. Part of the answer is rebadged Android gear. Now another part has arrived in a new lawsuit lodged against internet telephony company Avaya: BlackBerry's going to become a patent troll …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Aug 2016
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Amazon launches its own plane line. Sort of

Not content with its current world domination plans, Amazon is now seeking to control the skies and has unveiled its own airline. Well, kind of. According to a report by recode, Amazon is shipping enough packages across the US that it is starting to need its own planes. Amazon yesterday unveiled its first “Prime Air” branded …
Kat Hall, 05 Aug 2016