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Apps record your heartbeat but now you worry the Census will remember your name?

Australia will conduct a census on August 9th and for the first time will retain name and address details in the data set created by the nationwide data dredge. That's got privacy advocates worried that your data could be linked to multiple other government data sets, so much so that friend of The Register Jack Skinner has …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2016
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Facebook is unstoppable

Facebook today revealed its financial figures for Q2 2016 – the three months to June 30 – and if you're an FB hater, prepare to be disappointed. Revenue: $6.4bn, up 59 per cent year on year from $4bn. Profit: $2bn, up 186 per cent from $719m. Earnings per share: 71 cents, up from 25 cents. Daily active users: 1.13 billion …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2016
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Australian Banks ask permission to form anti-Apple cartel

You can't make it up: the last industry in Australia to enjoy the privileged status of “protected and guaranteed by government”, the banks, want the country's competition regulator to rubber-stamp it acting as a cartel against Apple. Apple won't let Australia's banks use iPhones for contactless payments without using Apple Pay …

BlackBerry snips Alcatel label off a midrange biz 'Droid, sells it for $299

BlackBerry today took the wraps off its first phone of the year, the cryptically named DTEK50. As rumoured, BlackBerry has based its second Android phone on a reference design from TCL, which owns Alcatel, and "security hardened" it with BlackBerry's Android. BlackBerry also confirmed that a monoblock QWERTY Android was on the …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2016
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Gridstore deal done: Wrap your mouth around HyperGrid HCIaaS

Gridstore has gone ahead and bought DCHQ. It's also renamed itself HyperGrid and says it delivers the first "HyperConverged Infrastructure-as-a-Service (HCIaaS), an application aware offering that brings the simplicity and ease-of-use of HCI together with a pay-as-you-consume pricing model that scales elastically." CEO and …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2016

Remix chomps Marshmallow, updates its Android for PCs

An imminent update to Jide’s Remix OS, for Android, is the first to be based on Marshmallow 6.0 and a bunch of UI enhancements. Remix OS brings what the industry euphemistically calls “desktop productivity” to Android: in other words, multitasking, overlapping windows, true keyboard and mouse support, and file management. …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2016

European privacy body slams shut backdoors everywhere

Europe's privacy body has reiterated its pro-privacy, anti-backdoor stance. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Giovanni Buttarelli has long expressed the view that “privacy versus security” is a false dichotomy. In 2015, he told a conference in Brussels that “the objective of cyber-security may be misused to …
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SFW is Safe For Civica: EU Ref software biz gobbled up

Civica Group has swallowed specialist public sector developer SFW – which created the digital service used to collate the results of the EU Referendum. SFW employs around 200 people, split between its UK offices and a dev centre in India, writing CRM-based apps, workplace collaboration wares and digital platforms. The …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2016
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I don't like Mondays, Pokemon, Twitter or Facebook – Sir Bob Geldof

RSA Asia Activist pop star Sir Bob Geldof hates Pokemon Go, Facebook and Twitter, has never bought anything online, and uses a Nokia 3100 which he says avoids the need for mobile security. Sir Geldof Sir Bob and his Nokia relic. The muso and Irish punk-now-pop icon took aim at the meaningless obsessions of the modern world during a …
Darren Pauli, 25 Jul 2016
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US standards lab says SMS is no good for authentication

America's National Institute for Standards and Technology has advised abandonment of SMS-based two-factor authentication. That's the gist of the latest draft of its Digital Authentication Guideline, here. Down in section 5.1.3.2, the document says out-of-band verification using SMS is deprecated and won't appear in future …

Cyanogen Inc 'axes 20%' staff

Cyanogen Inc, which develops an alternative flavour of Google's Android, has reportedly laid off a bunch of staff. The Seattle-based US startup takes code from the open-source CyanogenMod project, adds in some proprietary features, and tries to get phone makers to ship the package with their handsets. Basically, it seems, that …
Team Register, 23 Jul 2016
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IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

A former lead systems engineer with a US software development company has been accused of laundering $2.4m (£1.8m) in an IT consulting scheme. The office of the Texas Attorney General has filed 11 counts of fraud and money laundering against Albert Shih-Der Chang, who worked at One Technologies, a Dallas-based firm that …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016
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Diablo conjures up hell of a DIMM: 128GB NAND pretend-RAM summoned

Diablo Tech's Memory1 128GB DDR4 system memory module is now available, and is claimed to be the highest-capacity system memory on the market. Workloads such as big data analytics, caching, in-memory databases and complex web applications that need large memory spaces can use it with no changes to hardware, operating systems …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016
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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer runs out this Friday, 29 July 2016, one year after the initial release, and a few days before the Anniversary Update. "This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – …
Tim Anderson, 22 Jul 2016
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Oracle tools up for cloud wars with sales re-org

Oracle has shaken up its sales force to drive cloud business, multiple sources have told The Register. The task of pushing Oracle cloud services, flagship database and middleware was handed exclusively to Oracle’s field sales operation. On-premise apps - eBusiness Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel - have gone to the phone-based direct …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2016

GOP delegates suckered into connecting to insecure Wi-Fi hotspots

A Wi-Fi hack experiment conducted at various locations at or near the Republican National Convention site in Cleveland, US, underlines how risky it can be to connect to public Wi-Fi without protection from a VPN. The exercise, carried out by security researchers at Avast, an anti-virus firm, revealed that more than 1,000 …
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2016

Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

In the same month Microsoft announced its alpha WebRTC-based Skype for Linux client, Redmond has put that native app and the native OS X Skype client on an end-of-life list. This is because Skype is being rebuilt to replace its peer-to-peer architecture with cloud-centric code that supports Windows, iOS, Android and web …

Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

Updated A French regulator has issued Microsoft a formal warning over Windows 10, saying the operating system collects excessive amounts of personal data, ships that information illegally out of the EU, and has lousy security. The warning comes from the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), an independent data …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016
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Really Scary Telecoms Stuff? Nah – telephony's just an app

In 2009, I moved to Jersey to become the network and telecoms manager for a multinational company. It was tremendous fun, as I had a variety of kit to play with. I tended to favour the Mitel 3300 ICP range (still do, actually) that supported about half of our offices, and I did the various engineer courses and exams for the …
Dave Cartwright, 20 Jul 2016
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VMware executive shuffle

VMware has made a couple of executive changes. Cloud native applications general manager Kit Colbert has become CTO of the company's Cloud Platform Business Unit. The new gig, we're told by a VMware spokesperson, will mean Colbert “will be able to focus on his passion for technology, strategy and customers, while extending …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
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Opera sells open-source Chromium browser for $600m to Chinese bods

Opera will sell its web browser technology to Chinese investors for $600m after a larger sale worth $1.2bn fell apart. The Norwegian company said in a filing to the Oslo Børs stock exchange that it had agreed to an arrangement that will see the Chinese-backed Golden Brick Capital Management private equity fund take control of …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2016

15-year-old security hole HTTPoxy returns to menace websites – it has a name, logo too

A dangerous easy-to-exploit vulnerability discovered 15 years ago has reared its head again, leaving server-side website software potentially open to hijackers. The Apache Software Foundation, Red Hat, Ngnix and others have rushed to warn programmers of the so-called httpoxy flaw, specifically: CVE-2016-5385 in PHP; CVE-2016- …
Darren Pauli, 18 Jul 2016
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Lock up yer cargo: Commvault wants to be your container bouncer

Data-protection slinger Commvault has plans to deliver stateful container protection by the end of the year. Although we understood Commvault had an intent to protect containerised servers we didn't know there was a plan to to so. There is. Chief communications officer Bill Wohl said: "We are working to support containers …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2016
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Facebook and Google show how the world really will be blanketed in 5G

Facebook has outdone even Google recently, in its efforts to shake up the mobile industry and accelerate the delivery of broadband services (and its revenue generators) to the entire planet. This is no longer just about using balloons and new spectrum to push affordable wireless access to underserved communities. It is about …
Wireless Watch, 18 Jul 2016

Euro IP study finds 25 Tor-and-Bitcoin-loving pirate business models

Knock us over with a feather: a study by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has found that those who infringe intellectual property for a living are quite fond of anonymity technologies that cover their tracks. The Office last week emitted a Deloitte-penned study titled Research on Online Business Models …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016

Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

When Windows 10 launched, Microsoft claimed it would have the new operating system on a billion devices by mid-2018. That isn't going to happen, however, Redmond has now admitted. For the past year, Microsoft has offered the new OS as a free upgrade for both desktop and mobile users (provided the phone can handle it in the …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jul 2016
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Silently clicking on porn ads you can't even see – this could be you...

Security firms have repeated warnings that unofficial versions of Pokemon Go are likely tainted with spyware or trojans. RiskIQ has found more than 215 unofficial versions of the app in more than 21 app stores. Separately security researchers at security software firm ESET warn that the first ever fake lockscreen app on the …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2016
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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Back in the 1970s, cockney actor Mike Reid’s catchphrase on children’s TV was “Runaround – GO!!!” For the benefit of American readers... oh look, it’s too difficult to explain. However I would love to hear him shout “Pokémon – GO!!!” if only to alleviate the relentless publicity over what counts as children’s entertainment …
Alistair Dabbs, 15 Jul 2016

VMware gives away 2FA

VMware has announced a free two-factor authentication (2FA) app for its Identity Manager product. “Verify” means that Virtzilla now has its own 2FA, having previously relied on integration with others' tools. Tokens are delivered as notifications, or as TXT messages. If users are offline, an app can generate a token. The iOS …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2016
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Containers rated more secure than conventional apps

Containers are more secure than apps running on a bare OS and organisations that like not being hacked therefore need to seriously consider a move, according to analyst firm Gartner. Analyst Jeorg Fritsch, in a new document titled How to Secure Docker Containers in Operation says “Gartner asserts that applications deployed in …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2016
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Lloyds personal banking hit with 'intermittent' outage

Customers of Lloyds personal banking have been furiously hitting refresh this morning due to "intermittent" issues accessing their accounts. According to web-monitoring site Down Detector, the problem first began around 9am. Lloyds told customers on Twitter that it was aware of "an intermittent issue affecting some customers …
Kat Hall, 14 Jul 2016

Google's Android Pay hits Australia

Android Pay has launched in Australia, with ANZ Bank being the first of the Big Four able to use the phone-only facility. The technology allows mobile payments to be made directly from mobile phones in what payment security types say is a boon to anti-fraud initiatives. It is live for Australia's ANZ Bank, Macquarie, MyState …
Darren Pauli, 14 Jul 2016
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Cryptocat dev reckons WhatsApp is blocking calls to Saudi numbers

Lebanese-Canadian developer Nadim Kobeissi has taken aim at WhatsApp, accusing it of fudging about why calls to Saudi numbers don't work. In a long post at GitHub Gist, Kobeissi (best known for his work on secure chat app Cryptocat) says the blocks seem to be in WhatsApp, even though the company claims Saudi networks are …
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Salesforce bins all Android phones bar Nexii and Galaxies

Cloud darling Salesforce is upsetting end users by giving its Salesforce1 supported devices list a number-one haircut. While it doesn't bite until 2017, the end-of-life list hacks out all Android devices except a handful of Samsung and Nexus machines. Salesforces' announcement says: “Salesforce will no longer provide …
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Blocks appear in DigitalOcean's Droplets

Web compute server hoster DigitalOcean is adding block storage to its cloud-based Droplet servers. Digital Ocean offers Droplet virtual servers in the cloud for $5/month to $80/month depending on their configuration. The entry-level is 512MB RAM, 1 CPU, 20GB SSD and1TB transfer. At the $80 level you get 8GB, 4 CPUs, an 80GB …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2016
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Trainline.com dumps Oracle and Microsoft, gulps AWS Kool-Aid

Interview Mark Holt, CTO at TheTrainline.com, is an unashamed AWS believer. He is dumping all of its legacy tech in a complete migration to the cloud, with the US cloud firm now being its sole supplier. "Now we have an Oracle Exadata Database Machine that we are about to throw in the river,” he says. That move has had tangible results …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2016
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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

On a recent trip to Shanghai, I saw a person in front of me in a supermarket queue present their mobile phone when asked for payment. The clerk quickly pointed the laser scanner at the phone - blip!- the sale completed. But not thanks to NFC. I’d just seen AliPay, a mobile payments system backed by Alibaba (the world’s largest …
Mark Pesce, 13 Jul 2016
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VPN provider claims Russia seized its servers

VPN provider Private Internet Access (PIA) says its servers have been seized by the Russian government, so has quit the country in protest at its privacy laws. The company has sent an e-mail to users claiming some of its servers have been seized, even though the enforcement regime – in which all Internet traffic has to be …
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Webpages, Word files, print servers menacing Windows PCs – yup, it's Patch Tuesday

Microsoft will fix critical holes in Internet Explorer, Edge, Office and Windows with this month's Patch Tuesday security bundle. Meanwhile, Adobe has patched dozens of exploitable vulnerabilities in its Flash player. Redmond's July release includes 11 sets of patches, six rated as "critical" and five classified as "important …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jul 2016
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IBM caps '20 years' of deep MS love with Surface deal

IBM has become the latest sometime hardware giant to agree to push software giant Microsoft’s client hardware - years after selling off its own client devices business. MS device marketing general manager Brian Hall said in a blog post that IBM had joined the Surface Enterprise Initiative along with consultancy and contracting …
Joe Fay, 12 Jul 2016
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Hands On with Project Centennial: A better app installer for Windows

Hands On Even those who do not care about Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) might have some interest in Project Centennial, also known as the Desktop App Converter, which lets you convert desktop applications to the Appx format used by Windows Store apps. The ability to have Appx packages install desktop applications is a …
Tim Anderson, 12 Jul 2016
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Android Nougat may contain traces of NOT for users of custom CAs

Google will sweeten the forthcoming Nougat release of Android by changing the way apps work with certificate authorities (CAs) and simplifying APIs. The changes will affect only some apps and users, Android security team software engineer Chad Brubaker says . The changes mean Google will not automatically trust user-selected …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jul 2016
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Google aims to train two million Indian Android devs by 2018

Google will train two million Android developers across India over the next three years. Mountain View will provide complete training in its Android operating system under a new program that is paired with the Modi Government's "Skill India" program. The course kicks off with Android Developer Fundamentals available in …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jul 2016

Google slammed over its 'free' school service

Two Swedish researchers have torn into Google's free school service, accusing the online giant of purposefully misleading users in order to continue profiting from the sale of children's data. Maria Lindh and Jan Nolin from the University of Borås have published a research paper [note: paid access] that digs into the policies …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jul 2016
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NetApp CEO Kurian: Buying SolidFire was a long-term strategic bet

Interview Chief executives of multi-billion dollar corporations have to have several characteristics, including steel, the ability to see things as they are, and possession of a personal value system that meshes with their corporation’s culture. Some CEOs, when promoted to the top chair after long employment in a corporation, sometimes …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2016
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Drowning Dalek commands Siri in voice-rec hack attack

University boffins have brewed one of the most complex mechanisms for loading malware onto phones by way of surreptitious Google Now and Siri voice commands hidden in YouTube videos. For the attack to work, phones need to be in a state where they can receive voice commands - a feature often left unlocked - and close enough to …
Darren Pauli, 11 Jul 2016
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Facebook offers end-to-end encrypted chat – if you find the right setting

Facebook is rolling out end-to-end encryption for its messaging service to bring it in line with competitors, including its own WhatsApp. But as ever with Facebook, there's a catch: you'll have to actively select the encrypted version each time, and the service will be limited to a single device. You also won't be able to use …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Jul 2016
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Win 10 Anniversary: 'We're beginning to check in final code' says Microsoft

Microsoft has released build 14383 of Windows 10 Anniversary, for both PC and mobile, in preparation for its public launch on August 2nd 2016. Most "Insider" builds feature a watermark on the desktop, showing the version and build number, but that has gone in this build. "This is because we’re beginning to check in final code …
Tim Anderson, 08 Jul 2016

CloudFlare pros pen paranoid phone plan for pwn-free peregrination

Travelling executives should use modern iPhones with burner SIMs, no PINs, and minimal apps, CloudFlare security boffin Filippo Valsorda says. Valsorda of the anti- distributed denial of service attack firm's London office says his 'paranoid' guide focuses on iOS because he considers it the most secure operating system …
Darren Pauli, 08 Jul 2016
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Jared Leto takes Shape in San Francisco

Promo Shape, a jam-packed Tech Expo, takes over AT&T Park in San Francisco on July 15 and 16. The event is organized by AT&T and features a starry line up of speakers, including Jared Leto. The Hollywood actor who doubles up as a tech entrepreneur joins a panel that discusses how tech is rapidly changing the landscape of digital …
David Gordon, 07 Jul 2016