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Snowden leaks lack context says security studies professor

With the wash-up from December's Snowden leaks still sloshing around the 'net, The Register decided to discuss how to interpret the leaked documents with Thomas Rid of King's College London. In November, Rid (Professor of Security Studies) and colleague Robert Lee (currently undertaking his PhD at King's) published a piece …
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Windows 10 lags 7, 8 … and even Vista in the channel race

Windows 10 is not proving as popular as Microsoft’s earlier clients – even the hated ones – among the channel. The number of PCs pre-installed with Windows 10 moving through western Europe’s distribution channel in the four months since launch is lower than for Windows 7, and the hated Windows Vista and Windows 8 over the same …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2015
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Stop everything! PC sales did increase in the UK over Christmas

Finally some PC shipments have arrived on our desk that reveal the products customers are actually buying – and the real picture is far less negative than most other analysts’ stats state. Both IDC and Gartner track shipments into distributors and retailers, not actual sales to punters, and after a sustained period of channel …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2016

At last, UK customers are buying PCs again

The Brit PC market showed signs of life in Q3, according to official stats from distributors – but the same could not be said for much of the rest of Western Europe. Sales-out data tracked by Context showed a little over one million (1.056m) notebooks, desktops and workstations found their way into the loving arms of a …
Paul Kunert, 20 Oct 2015

'Hopelessly insecure’ Motorola CCTV cameras belatedly patched

Security researchers have successfully hacked the Motorola Focus 73 outdoor security camera, using exploits that allowed them to gain access to the associated home network’s Wi-Fi password as a result.   White hats at Context Information Security were able to obtain full control of the camera’s pan-tilt-zoom controls as well …
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2016

EU privacy watchdog calls for new controls on surveillance tech export

EU controls on the export of technologies that can be used for communications surveillance and interception should be enhanced, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said. EDPS Giovanni Buttarelli highlighted the risks of surveillance and interception technologies being misused (16-page / 1.12MB PDF) in a recently …
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Dec 2015

Brit infosec bod finds Kaseya 'master admin' remote code exec holes

Three remote code execution and privilege escalation flaws have been reported in the Kaseya IT management software which when chained enable unauthenticated attackers to gain 'master admin' status. The remote upload holes reported by British Agile Information Security bod Pedro Ribeiro and since patched allow attackers to …
Darren Pauli, 24 Sep 2015
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How many Win 10 PCs were in distribution the week before launch?

In the week leading up to the launch of Windows 10 there were zero PCs pre-installed with the new operating system sat in a warehouse awaiting a new home. Not one. For past releases of Microsoft OSs at least 20 per cent of computers at wholesalers came loaded with the software, but times have changed. Context Research – which …
Paul Kunert, 06 Aug 2015
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Notebooks drag PC sales out the toilet, fondleslabs still falling

The PC market bounced back in the first quarter of 2015, mainly thanks to a big uplift in notebook sales. According to research from tech distribution sales data compiled by Context, the market rose by seven per cent on the year. Notebook sales were up 26 per cent to 644,304, while desktop sales remained flat at 237,700, and …
Kat Hall, 01 Apr 2015
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Fujitsu channel boss Simon Worsfold steps down

Simon Worsfold, channel and enterprise director at Fujitsu, has left his role after half a decade at the Japanese enterprise biz. The company confirmed Worsfold has "stepped down" but refused to reveal who will be filling in until a permanent successor is found. A spokeswoman said it will make public Worsfold's replacement in …
Kat Hall, 23 Oct 2015

How many pre-loaded Win 10 PCs did disties have 7 days after release?

No PCs pre-loaded with Windows 10 made their way into distributors’ warehouses in the week before launch of the OS – but by golly, they did in seven days after the 'big event'. Venerable number cruncher Context reckons a whopping 150 machines were in distribution a week after launch. The firm gets its data direct from European …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2015
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Visual Studio Code: How to integrate Git

Visual Studio Code is a new, lightweight, cross-platform and open source code editor that you can download for free at http://visualstudio.com. In the second of this short series of articles, published in association with Microsoft, Tech Evangelist Sergii Baidachnyi, will dive into the editor's Git-related features. (In case …

If a picture tells a 1000 words about latency, Google won't load it

Google's tweaked the Data Saver in the mobile version of its Chrome browser, making images an opt-in luxury for those on slow connections. “After the page has loaded, you can tap to show all images or just the individual ones you want, making the web faster and cheaper to access on slow connections,” Google says, claiming “up …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2015

If you're one of millions using Magento – stop whatever you're doing and patch now

A huge security hole has been found in popular ecommerce platform Magento, requiring an immediate update. Critical cross-site scripting vulnerabilities have been found in both versions 1 and 2 of the platform. They can be exploited just by registering with a spiked username or email address – making it an obvious target for …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jan 2016

Short weekend break: Skegness or exoplanet HD 189733b?

Our recent piece examining the extreme weather on exoplanet HD 189733b prompted some readers to suggest that conditions on the distant hot Jupiter are in fact more benign than those enjoyed by visitors to British seaside resort Skegness. Well, for those of you thinking of taking a short weekend break over Xmas, the better to …
Lester Haines, 20 Nov 2015
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Blighty tablet sales plunge 31 per cent in saturated market

The free fall descent of the tablet distribution market accelerated for the second quarter of 2015, with channel fondleslab sales plunging by 22 per cent to 2.3 million across Western Europe. Sales in the UK nosedived by 31 per cent to 410,100 units, according to the quarterly research on distribution sales compiled by analyst …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015

Work has started on VMware's secret security disruptor

Late in 2014, VMware's network virtualisation guru Martin Casado suggested that his next move after getting network virtualisation up and running as a business might be to try a new approach to enterprise security. Casado, who is credited with inventing OpenFlow and led Nicira, the company that morphed into VMware's NSX …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2015
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Hey Cortana, how about you hide my app from the user?

MS Ignite AU It's a way off yet, but one of the endpoints for Cortana, Microsoft's take on the digital assistant you can fall in love with, is to be a primary interface between multiple applications. The idea is that instead of opening an Excel spreadsheet to find a datum you need, copying it, switching to e-mail, and sending it to the …

UN privacy head slams 'worse than scary' UK surveillance bill

The United Nations' new privacy head has slammed the UK's draft surveillance bill, calling it "worse than scary." Speaking at the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Brazil, special rapporteur on privacy Joe Cannataci referred to the Investigatory Powers Bill as the "Snooper's Charter" and accused the UK government of an …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Nov 2015
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HPE finds new Azure czar lurking in channel biz

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is rejigging the management team to power up Microsoft Azure sales after shuttering its own public cloud service at the start of this month, El Chan can reveal. The firm has cuddled up to Microsoft and its cloudy service, rather than competing with public cloud players on price, as seems to be the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2016

UK citizens will have to pay government to spy on them

IPB If having the UK government trawl through your internet history and phone calls wasn't enough, it turns out that people will have to pay for the pleasure. Speaking at a Commons Select Committee hearing this week, internet service providers (ISPs) warned that the costs of implementing the system outlined in the government's …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Nov 2015
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Big hybrid iron swinger Infinidat bigs up its own growth

Infinidat, Moshe Yanai’s attempt to re-invent monolithic arrays in hybrid array, super-reliable form, had a good final 2015 quarter and wants everyone to know it's growing while competitors are lagging. To put this in context, in the third quarter of 2015 Infinidat had 61 per cent quarter-over-quarter growth and a 255 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2016
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Visual Studio Code: The top five features

Visual Studio Code is a new, lightweight, and open-source code editor that can be installed on Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. The first of this short series of articles, published in association with Microsoft, SSergii Baidachnyi, a Tech Evangelist at Microsoft Canada, will take us through the following features of Visual Studio …

Can't get a break: Pwned Linux ransomware pwned again, infects 3000

Pwned ransomware Linux Encoder has infected 3000 machines in a month, Russian security firm Dr Web says, despite the fact both versions of the software have been neutered. The first version of the ransomware was decrypted by security boffins at BitDefender days after it was first revealed by Dr Web. Linux.Encoder.1 encrypts …
Darren Pauli, 01 Dec 2015

Yahoo dumps 13.5TB of users' news interaction data for machine eating

Yahoo! has publicly dumped a sample dataset for machine learning enthusiasts based on "anonymised" user interactions with the news feeds of several of its properties, ostensibly extending the research bridge between industry and academia. The dataset contains ~110bn lines, coming in at 1.5TB bzipped, which decompresses to a …
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Google plugs Android vulns

Five "critical," four "high" severity and one merely "moderate" bug make up the menu of Android security patches, which are now available for Nexus devices and will flow through to myriad other devices when it rains up instead of down. The critical bugs relate to Broadcom and Qualcomm WiFi drivers, Android's Mediaserver, …
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Sigh ... c'est la vie: France mulls mandatory encryption backdoors

The French Parliament is considering adding a requirement that tech companies must be able to break encryption on products used within its borders. In September, the French government asked citizens for feedback on an omnibus "Digital Republic" bill that would update its laws for the online age, including rules on open source …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2016
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Microsoft shows off South Korean PC-on-a-stick

What's 11 centimeters long, packs an Intel processor, weighs 46g, runs Windows 10 or 8.1, and is sticky? Come May, the answer to that question is the Lucoms PC-on-a-stick, at least in South Korea. Microsoft's outpost in Nice Korea yesterday threw a bash of some sort to talk up the Windows device ecosystem. And among the …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2015
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ABC storage project adrift in 'brown ocean'

A project to replace storage underpinning edit suites and video storage at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is not going smoothly, with newly-acquired storage systems shelved before user acceptability testing. The Register understands that Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is the main player in a four-company consortium …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Feb 2016

Met Police wants to keep billions of number plate scans after cutoff date

The Met Police has said it must retain billions of Automatic Number Plate Recognition scans on a colossal database beyond the agreed period of two years. Last year the legality of the ANPR database was called into question by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner. The National ANPR data centre now holds information on 22 …
Kat Hall, 10 Feb 2016

Barracuda kills CudaDrive and Copy cloud storage services

Barracuda Networks' financial woes look to be biting, as the company has announced it is killing its cloud storage services, CudaDrive and Copy.com, and focussing resources on stuff that really matters. The company has blogged the news, with Rod Mathews - veep and general manager of the company's storage business – saying …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Feb 2016
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Intel sprinkles Saffron on its chips, to satisfy its Big Data appetite

Intel's slung some spare silver at Saffron, a cognitive computing business with customers in aerospace, healthcare, insurance and manufacturing. It's yet another Big Data play, with Intel new technology senior veep Josh Walden blogging that the company offers a “fresh look” at big data anlytics. It's almost a copy of today's …

Bluetooth privacy is mostly ignored, so you're beaming yourself to the world

The popular Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon protocol isn't just a privacy risk up close – it can spaff your phone's or wearable's movements and information from a decent distance, and make you trackable. BLE best practice is to provide at last a minimal amount of user ID masking – not too much or iBeacons would be useless to …

Update Firefox NOW to foil FILE-STEALING vulnerability exploit, warns Mozilla

Firefox users have been urged to update to browser version 39.0.3, following the discovery of a vuln that allows an attacker to read and steal sensitive local files on the victim's computer via the browser's PDF reader. The Firefox exploit, discovered by security researcher Cody Crews, allows an attacker to violate the same …

Google ninjas go public with security holes in Malwarebytes antivirus

Malwarebytes is rushing to plug security flaws in its software that allow miscreants to sling malware at its customers. The antivirus firm says it has addressed server-side vulnerabilities that were reported by Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy in November. However, security holes remain in the client-side software …
John Leyden, 02 Feb 2016
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Comet halo theory for flickering 'alien megastructure' star fails

It's still not an alien megastructure, but the strangely-dimming sun known as Tabby's Star isn't being occasionally occluded by comets. KIC 8462852, to use its formal designation, gave UFO-spotters a veritable hypegasm last year, because the odd fluctuations in its brightness were hard to explain. When Penn State University …

Australian health records fed into big data maw ... because insight

While it continues to battle public indifference to personally-controlled electronic health records (PCEHRs), the Australian government is quietly looking for bright sparks to put forward ideas on how to use the records for analysis. The Australian Privacy Foundation has pointed to this tender from the government. In it, …
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Cartoon brings proper tech-talk to telly

Technology on the telly is often made-up rubbish: every CCTV camera in the world is online, progress bars never pause, passwords can be brute-forced in moments and mobile phones never drop out unless faults enhance the dramatic effect. The language used to describe it is worse: the likes of CSI:Cyber routinely make stuff up. And …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2015
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Arctic summer ice cover is 31st HIGHEST EVER RECORDED

It's that time of year when the sea ice in the Arctic shrinks to its annual minimum, and it appears that this year's figure is most probably in. It's the 31st largest minimum extent on record, as it happens, which isn't especially newsworthy as reliable records only go back 35 years. It's a lot more fashionable to report this …
Lewis Page, 16 Sep 2015

Aussie spy agency gets first bug bounty credit

Australia's national spy agency has been credited with its first public vulnerability disclosure after reporting a remote code execution vulnerability in an HP Autonomy component. The Australian Signals Directorate had previously reported vulnerabilities in a variety of software but it is the first time its work has been …
Darren Pauli, 23 Sep 2015

Hey devs! Confused by EU privacy law? Pull out the FLASH CARDS

Microsoft and University of Nottingham researchers say developers should be taught to design privacy and security using flash cards if they find wordy regulation documents onerous. The team including Redmond's Ewa Luger and the University's Lachlan Urquhart, Tom Rodden, and Michael Golembewski say regulation is out-of-touch and …
Darren Pauli, 06 May 2015
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About that IBM hardware revenues dive: Blame storage, says CFO

IBM's storage hardware revenues declined by 19 per cent year-on-year in its third 2015 quarter, continuing a four-and-a-half year fall. IBM_Storage_HW_revs_to_Q3fy2015 IBM Storage hardware revenues to Q3 2015. IBM CFO Martin Schroeter put IBM's revenue declines in the context of IBM switching from declining businesses to …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015
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Thin Client Devices Revisited

Survey Results With conversations around end user computing dominated by highly desirable mobile technology, it’s easy to overlook the potential of thin client hardware. Deployed in the right way to the right types of user, however, far from being the compromise option, thin client devices can enhance the user’s overall experience. While the …
Dale Vile, 13 Nov 2015

FCA paves way for cloud computing in UK financial services

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has paved the way for banks, insurers and other financial services companies to take advantage of cloud computing services, so long as "appropriate safeguards" are in place, said one commentator. In proposed new guidance on cloud and other IT outsourcing (PDF), the regulator said there is …
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Nov 2015

Google proffers plugs in Android MMS pwnfest

Google has slung a new set of patches at the vulnerability hub that is Android media processing, fixing four critical flaws and 10 high-severity bugs. The vulnerabilities could allow user phones to be compromised through a variety of means including MMS, email, and following web links. Nexus users get the fixes first along …
Darren Pauli, 08 Dec 2015

Court to Wikimedia: Your NSA spying evidence is inadmissable, so you can't prove NSA spying

The Wikimedia Foundation's attempt to stop the National Security Agency (NSA) from spying on its users has foundered because it's impossible to offer court-acceptable evidence of the NSA's activities. Wikimedia and its co-plaintiffs, a who's-who of human rights organisations, announced their lawsuit back in March. However, …

Euro privacy warriors: You've got until January to fix safe harbor mess – or we unleash hell

Europe's privacy guardians, the Article 29 Working Party, has given the European Commission and US government until the new year to sort out the safe harbor shambles – or Silicon Valley faces a legal showdown. In a letter published Friday, the working party noted that this month's decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Oct 2015
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Labels to artists: You'll get a penny, so go away

Two of the three major record labels last week promised to share some of the money from the windfall they may receive from a Spotify IPO with artists. Neither said how much will land in the busker's hat. But the implication was that this was an act of munificence, and whatever the amount is, they should be jolly grateful. …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Feb 2016
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Intel laptop boss to make Ultrabooks context savvy

IDF 2011 Pundits have been talking about building GPS and other sensors into notebooks for some years. Now it may actually happen. Optional for the moment, Intel is planning to mandate the addition of a variety of sensors into its Ultrabook spec. Speaking after his IDF keynote today, Intel's PC Group chief, Mooly Eden, said he wants …
Tony Smith, 14 Sep 2011
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Jenkins issues code of conduct to keep rowdy automation fans in line

Jenkins has warned its more boisterous contributors that they face banishment from the automation server community if they fall foul of the code of conduct it finally got round to publishing this week. The project's board has consciously followed in the “footsteps of other projects like the Apache Software Foundation...and …
Joe Fay, 08 Jan 2016