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Cloud giants demand overhaul of America's privacy rules on overseas servers

Technology trade organizations have urged the US Congress to replace the country's antique privacy protection laws – after a New York court stopped American prosectors from seizing emails from servers offshore in Ireland. A Second Circuit Court in the so-called "Irish Warrant" case, brought by Microsoft against the US …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jul 2016
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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

Comment I like this tweet: History of Europe: War War War War War War War Arguments about bananas. To be honest, I'll probably go with banana arguments. #remain — Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) 29 April 2016 Never mind any arguments about the UK being sucked into a superstate and whether that's a good thing or the …

Tech titans demand free speech law to head off President Trump

Donald Trump has already started bringing America together by forging an unlikely alliance between Republicans in Congress and Silicon Valley. Both groups are working on pushing through a bill aimed at protecting free speech online before the end of the Obama Administration, because neither believe a President Trump would …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Jun 2016
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A Logic Named Joe: The 1946 sci-fi short that nailed modern tech

Analysis Buried deep in the pages of the March 1946 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine sits a short story by Murray Leinster that, 70 years on, has proven a remarkably sharp prediction of both 21st century consumer technology and culture. One of two pieces contributed by Leinster, a pen name used by author William Fitzgerald …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2016

DARPA to geeks: Weaponize your toasters … for America!

The US Military Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is asking the American public to put on its collective black hat and find new ways to turn everyday technology into weapons of online destruction. Uncle Sam's hacker hut said that its new project, dubbed Improv, would seek to uncover new ways in which everyday …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Mar 2016
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We know this isn't about PRISM, Matt Warman MP. But do you?

IPB +Comment Former consumer technology editor at The Telegraph and current Conservative MP Matt Warman derailed an NSA whistleblower's attempt to deliver evidence on GCHQ spying, raising questions about the committee's competence to scrutinise the government's draft surveillance bill. The MP offered distracting and irrelevant counter- …
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We're all really excited about new smartphones, laptops, tablets – said no one ever

We are all perfectly happy with our existing high-end technologies and aren't planning to upgrade any time soon. That's according to Accenture, which carried out a survey of 28,000 people across 28 countries, and found "sluggish demand" for the most popular consumer electronics. Not that we've stopped buying them: "just" 48 …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Jan 2016
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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

Opinion A funny thing happened while I was reinstalling Windows 8 over Windows 10 yesterday morning. There in front of me, halfway through the installation process, were two full, clear pages of privacy toggles. Every toggle was set to not send private information to Microsoft, or anyone else. In addition, Windows 8 created a local …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Aug 2015
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Gamers zap brain-to-computer kit market to US$200m by 2020

Brain-to-Machine Interface (BMI) products will become a US$200m market by 2020, and the action will kick off this Christmas season according to analyst outfit ABI research. The firm reckons “tapping into brain activity as a means of understanding human behavior, or controlling an external activity are now possible” and that …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2015
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Cloud Security Temperature Check

Survey Results It is increasingly common for users and business groups to drive their own adoption of cloud services. But even where IT is involved, as organisations ramp up their use of cloud, activity is often uncoordinated. Pulling the threads together across service silos to manage risks effectively can be a challenge. The right strategy …
Dale Vile, 20 May 2015
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Cisco boss Chambers: It's our fault H-1B visa shakeup is struggling

Cisco CEO John Chambers says the tech world has to win over the American public if it wants the US government to issue thousands more H-1B work visas to foreign nerds. H-1B visas are like Willy Wonka's golden tickets: about 85,000 a year are granted to skilled foreigners – such as software engineers and other techies – allowing …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2015
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iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA

The belated Chinese launch of the iPhone 6 appears to have been a total flop after just 100 people queued outside a flagship store to buy the new mobe. In most parts of the world, the launch of a new Apple iPhone causes a level of fanboi hysteria that is more like a One Direction concert than a consumer technology launch. But …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Oct 2014
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Google's Eric Schmidt's shock confession: Steve Jobs is.... MY HERO

Google supremo Eric Schmidt has claimed that Steve Jobs was his "hero" and said that we should all endeavour to "be a small percentage" of the Apple godhead. This might sound like he's encouraging time-travel cannibalism, but it's really just a call for everyone to do their bit to change the world. He doesn't mean properly …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Oct 2014
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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

Comment It isn't just Apple that looks a little less miraculous today – the entire consumer electronics industry is looking a bit tragic and battered. Ever since the iPod became a hit, the media has looked to Apple for divine miracles, for revolutionary market-making products that "restore a sense of childlike wonder", as Fake Steve …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Sep 2014
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TV transport tech, part 2: From sofa to server at the touch of a button

Feature These days telly addicts are spoilt for choice with a wealth of services on offer, but what’s behind it all? To find out, The Register was given exclusive access to Virgin Media’s Central Headend – the mothership of its TV services across the UK. Part one covered receiving and redistributing content from disparate sources to …
Bob Dormon, 22 Aug 2014
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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

Microsoft has promised to crack down on rogue apps in its Windows Store following criticisms that the marketplace is littered with "scam" software. Windows Store – which debuted with Windows 8 – is littered with misleading apps. Typical problems include knock-off "unofficial" packages of free apps such as the VLC media player. …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2014
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Why do Reg readers deserve the big bucks? Here's why...

Reg Roundtable The Register recently gathered together some of the great and good in an attempt to work out what is going on in corporate IT. Here's what happened next... In the aptly named Sandra Blow Room of London's Soho Hotel, my role was to provoke conversation on the subject of IT governance and the structures by which large scale IT …
Dominic Connor, 07 Aug 2014
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Apple: REIGN OF FIRE coming to Europe courtesy of old iPhone chargers

Apple has recalled an iPhone charger over fears it could burn down fanbois' houses. Although the fruity firm stopped short of warning of imminent conflagrations, it euphemistically said that certain models of the Apple 5W European USB power adapters "may overheat and pose a safety risk" Anyone concerned about their charger …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2014
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VROOM! Intel revs Devil's Canyon monster 4x4 at 4GHz

Computex Intel has take the wraps off its rumoured “Devil's Canyon” CPU and revealed it is a brutal four by four monster. Each of the CPU's four cores run at 4 GHz, for starters. Overclockers can push the CPU beyond that to 4.3 or 4.4 GHz. Either way, the CPU means Intel's gone back to emphasising grunt, after a decade or so of …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jun 2014
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Taipei's tech malls are less than sum of their parts

Computex Preview Taiwan has a thoroughly deserved reputation as one of the world's technology dragons, as shown by the fact its annual Computex show is probably behind only Las Vegas' CES in terms of significance to consumer technology. Computex is why I've come to town. Trying to get a feeling for host city Taipei is why I arrived two days …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2014

Systemax CEO: Can't get consumer biz out of the crapper

It is a new calendar and financial year for shape-shifting box-shuffler Systemax but the same problem remains: it is hamstrung by a "weak" consumer division that is a burden on the relatively fit B2B operation. The New York-listed reseller last night reported Q1 results ended March with sales declining one per cent to $873.4m, …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2014
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Baby's got the bends: LG's D958 G Flex Android smartie

Review Ask any consumer technology pundit and they will tell you the future of communications gadgets is all about physical flexibility and wearability. With its new G Flex tablette, LG has embraced the former and produced a device with a flexible screen and a flexible battery. It's a handset that trumpets its form just as loudly as …
Alun Taylor, 07 Feb 2014
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Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man

CES2014 Intel has announced plans to phase out the infamous McAfee anti-virus brand over the next year in favour of a new Intel Security brand. The re-branding will begin immediately, but the transition will take up to a year before it is complete with the introduction of new versions of security software products from the technology …
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2014

Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

Microsoft's hardware chief has given the strongest indication yet that Microsoft has too many operating systems. "We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We're not going to have three," Julie Larson-Green told the audience at a UBS investor event. Larson-Green looks after the "Devices and …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Nov 2013
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Peak Apple: First 'profit slip' in a decade - and, boy, it's gonna be BIG

Apple will reveal its first profit fall in a decade when it unveils its quarterly earnings later today, analysts say. According to Bloomberg, Apple's fiscal second-quarter income will probably have declined by 18 percent, year on year, to $9.53 billion. And even though revenue may be up 8 percent to $42.4 billion, this is the …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Apr 2013

PC floggers scavenge for crumbs as Apple hoovers up profits

Apple's idiot tax helped it generate five times more profits from operations than the five biggest PC players combined in Q4, according to beancounter Asymco. Collectively HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and Asus flogged 52.8 million boxes equating to 58.6 per cent worldwide unit share, casting a shadow on Apple's 4.6 million Macs - …
Paul Kunert, 17 Apr 2013
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Kovio gets help convincing world to buy into printed NFC

Symphony Teleca will be helping NFC-specialist Kovio realise its dream of dropping printed NFC tags into just about everything, bringing its analytical and technical skills to bear on Kovio's product line. Symphony Teleca, a product development strategist and analyst, describes itself as a "partner for captivating connected …
Bill Ray, 08 Mar 2013
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Apple accounts for 20% of all US consumer electronics cash

The latest research data on US consumer electronics spending from analyst house NPD shows that Apple has a commanding market position, taking 19.9 per cent of all sales in 2012. The top five companies by spending last year were Apple, Samsung, HP, Sony, and Dell, but of those only Apple and Samsung actually saw their market …
Iain Thomson, 20 Feb 2013
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BYOD: A bigger headache for IT bosses than Windows Metro?

Nothing elicits passionate debate quite like the suggestion that consumer technology is dictating workplace IT - with the exception of arguments over the Windows 8 Metro desktop, perhaps. The debate on the consumerisation of IT is packed with business, legal and human resources headaches. Individual prejudices and experience …
Trevor Pott, 27 Nov 2012
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iPhones now 'safe' for Restricted UK.gov info, but not Secret

UK government departments have a green light to use iPhones and other iOS 6 devices for handling sensitive emails. The move may encourage civil servants and ministers to toss their BlackBerries to the wind, provided they don't have to read anything that's more than mildly important. For years RIM's BlackBerry handsets were the …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2012
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TLC NAND could penetrate biz with flash-to-flash backup

VMworld Barcelona Violin co-founder and CTO Jon Bennett identified a potential enterprise role for three-level cell (TLC) flash at VMworld Barcelona today: flash-to-flash backup. TLC is currently seen as pure consumer technology. The first TLC NAND SSD has been announced by Samsung. But TLC NAND has a short working life, with 500 - 750 phase/ …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2012
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CIOs urged to take BYOD pleas with pinch of salt

When it comes to implementing mobile technologies inside and outside of the company, plan, plan and then plan some more, but don’t listen too hard to your customers or users, a panel of top IT leaders has advised. Speaking at the CIO Executive Summit 2012 in Hong Kong this week, CIOs from a variety of industries explained that …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Sep 2012
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Windows Phone 8: What Nokia and Microsoft MUST do

Analysis Next week, we're expected to get a sneak preview of Nokia devices based on Windows Phone 8 at a special publicity event in New York. Here's a view on what Microsoft and Nokia need to deliver - based on something a bit unusual: the user experience. I find there's a yawning empty chasm in consumer technology coverage. You can …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2012
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Unstoppable JBoss 'mafia' has big biz tech in its crosshairs

Open ... and Shut PayPal was the first Silicon Valley titan to get its own self-styled "mafia": a cadre of successful executives who left to create a range of great businesses like LinkedIn, Tesla and YouTube. Google now has its own "mafia", albeit one stronger in management expertise than product prowess, and no doubt Facebook, Twitter, Square, …
Matt Asay, 10 Aug 2012
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Linux lessons for Hadoop doubters

Open ... and Shut While Hadoop is all the rage in the technology media today, it has barely scratched the surface of enterprise adoption. In fact, if anything, we are still only on the first few steps of the Big Data marathon, a race that Hadoop seems set to win despite its many shortcomings. The big question will be whether the market will keep …
Matt Asay, 01 Aug 2012
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Python wraps its coils around the enterprise

Open... and Shut The enterprise, long the stodgy bastion of mainframes, Oracle databases, and Windows servers, is starting to look a lot more like the consumer technology companies that eschew it. As enterprises embrace the web as a way to conduct business and manage employees, they're embracing the very technology stacks originally made popular …
Matt Asay, 18 Jun 2012

CIO says Telstra becoming 'best IT shop in APAC'

Telstra’s CIO has boldly claimed that the carrier’s ongoing Agile IT transformation will soon be one of the most successful stories of enterprise Agile at scale in the world. Speaking at the Agile Australia 2012 conference in Melbourne, Telstra CIO Patrick Eltridge said that his team was also “busy building the best IT shop in …
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Microsoft's dumpster-diver partner strategy is rubbish

Open ... and Shut Microsoft is not the worst corporate investor on the planet. But it's clearly not the best either, and threatens to undermine its own attempts to be relevant in growth markets like mobile and internet by continuing to buy buy stakes in or partner with also-rans like Barnes & Noble, Yahoo! and Nokia. Of course, it may be that …
Matt Asay, 04 May 2012
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Yahoo! board! probes! CEO's! CompSci! CV! blunder!

Yahoo! has decided to take the revelation that its CEO Scott Thompson padded his CV a tad more seriously, The Register understands, promising that the board would look into the situation. The web firm's initial response to accusations yesterday from activist investor Third Point that Thompson did not in fact possess a degree …
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Yahoo! investor! accuses! CEO! of! embellishing! resume!

A major investor in troubled internet portal Yahoo! has accused the CEO Scott Thompson of padding his resume by falsely claiming a degree in computer science. Daniel Loeb, of investment group Third Point, issued a public letter to Yahoo! calling foul on Thompson's claim to have a degree in accounting and computer science. …
Iain Thomson, 04 May 2012
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Tech sector X Factor: The customer isn't always right

Open ... and Shut Curing cancer is probably worth a few billion dollars to whoever figures it out. But so is helping enterprises search machine data to find patterns and problems, as Splunk has learned in its 1999-style IPO last week. Splunk, which now bills itself as "Google search for the data centre," originally intended to cure cancer. It's …
Matt Asay, 24 Apr 2012
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Rare! Yahoo! revenue! growth! spotted! in! Q1!

Yahoo! has reported a slight uptick in revenue and income in the first quarter of this year - the first time it's had any sales growth in the last three years. Revenue lifted from $1.214bn (£759m) in the first quarter of 2011 to $1.221bn (£766m) in the same period this year, while net income grew from $225m (£140m) to $287m (£ …
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Xbox 360 credit card slurp alert under fire

Doubts have arisen over claims that credit card numbers and other personal information can be recovered from used Xbox 360 consoles - even after users take the precaution of restoring their kit to its factory settings. Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia bought a refurbished Xbox 360 from a Microsoft-authorised …
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2012
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iPad app that lets mute kids speak menaced by patent lawsuit

A company that makes specialist talking tablet computers for speech-disabled children has mounted a patent lawsuit which seems set to kill off an iPad app that does the same thing for a tenth of the price. The firm is making no commitment to provide replacement affordable software for consumer devices. Prentke Romich's …
Anna Leach, 03 Apr 2012
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Gov asks disabled users how it can make web easier

The government has asked for views on what problems disabled people face when using the web and other technologies and whether laws and regulations should be changed to improve accessibility. A web-based forum has been established to ask users how laws and guidance could be improved to enable wider access to information …
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Return of native: HTML5's enterprise battle

Open ... And Shut Consumer smartphone apps may get all the press, not to mention $15bn in market size by 2013, but enterprise smartphone apps may well prove to be the bigger market. This may be particularly true of HTML5 apps, which have been all the rage at Facebook, the Financial Times, and other consumer-facing app developers. The reason? …
Matt Asay, 26 Oct 2011
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Hadoop: A Linux even Microsoft likes

Open... and Shut There was a time when Microsoft despised open source, because open source essentially meant "Linux," and Linux was a serious threat to Microsoft's operating system business. While that threat remains, open source has become such a big tent that Microsoft increasingly feels at home with a broad array of open-source projects. …
Matt Asay, 14 Oct 2011

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

Steve Jobs, Apple's cofounder and former CEO, has died. He was 56 years old. His death was reported late Wednesday in a brief statement on Apple's website. Apple's homepage featured a black-and-white photo of Jobs with a closely trimmed beard bearing his name and the years 1955-2011. "Apple has lost a visionary and creative …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Oct 2011
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Virgin Media goes cloudy for biz punters

Virgin Media plans to launch a range of cloud-based services for its business customers. The telco characteristically had a dig at its rivals, such as BT, by saying it wanted to directly "challenge" those outfits which, Virgin Media claimed, had "brought unnecessary confusion to the cloud, complicating what can be a simple and …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2011
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TomTom fights falling satnav sales with iPad app

TomTom has released an app for Apple's iPad as sales of its flagship personal navigation devices (PNDs) continue to fall. The Dutch firm already has an app on iPhone but said the new version, to be released in Autumn this year, would also be optimised for iPads. "Now customers have one App for all iOS devices," Corinne …