Articles about Laptops

ICO slapped data blabbers with £2m in fines last year

The Information Commissioner's Office doubled the amount of fines it dished out to organisations in breach of data protection rules last year, issuing £2m in penalties, according to its annual report. The hike in fines was mainly due to changes in the rules on nuisance marketing. For the previous year 2014/15, the commission …
Kat Hall, 28 Jun 2016

Surveillance, interrogation and threats: Behind the Nest witch-hunt

Managers at Google-owned Nest threatened their employees, asked co-workers to report on each other, carried out unlawful surveillance of phones and laptops, and unlawfully interrogated staff. That's according to the complaint filed by a former employee at the smart thermostat company with the National Labor Relations Board ( …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jun 2016
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Microsoft joins battery-saving browser bandwagon with Edge claims

Microsoft has published new research in which it claims that its Edge browser, bundled with Windows 10, can outperform the competition when it comes to battery life. The lab rats at Redmond set up four identical charged laptops, each using a different browser to stream an identical video. The Laptop running Google Chrome ran …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2016
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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

USB-C and Thunderbolt are the last mainstream connections devices will need to the outside world, according to analyst firm ABI Research. The company's new Device Connectivity Report predicts that by the year 2020 “Almost half of the smartphones and 93% of laptops will include USB Type-C connectivity.” In coming years we'll …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jun 2016
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On her microphone's secret service: How spies, anyone can grab crypto keys from the air

Discerning secret crypto keys in computers and gadgets by spying on how they function isn't new, although the techniques used are often considered impractical. A new paper demonstrates this surveillance can be pretty easy – well, easier than you might imagine – to pull off, even over the air from a few metres away. We all …
Iain Thomson, 04 Jun 2016

Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

When you're stuck in the middle of the Central African Republic (CAR) trying to protect the wildlife from armed poachers and the Lord's Resistance Army, then life's pretty tough. And now Microsoft has made it tougher with Windows 10 upgrades. The Chinko Project manages roughly 17,600 square kilometres (6,795 square miles) of …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jun 2016
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Home Office staff: Over 100 of our work mobiles lost or pinched last year

The UK Home Office has revealed that its ICT losses for 2015 amounted to 125 devices. In a publication today, notably pushed out shortly after The Register's expose of the department's mega database project, the Home Office has published information about its annual ICT losses for 2015. These losses may provoke concern as the …
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Anti-phishing most critical defence against rife CEO email fraud

AusCERT Internal anti-phishing programs are essential to prevent chief executive officers wiring money to fraudsters, threat man Donald McCarthy says. The programs are an underrated yet proven method for clamping down on what is perhaps the world's most successful and widely-used avenue to attack businesses and individuals. Business …
Darren Pauli, 02 Jun 2016
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Lenovo cries 'dump our support app' after 'critical' hole found

Lenovo is warning users to uninstall its Accelerator support application after it was revealed to have what it says are serious interception vulnerabilities. The company is one of five vendors caught pre-installing dangerously-vulnerable OEM software. Duo Security researcher Mikhail Davidov reported the holes that would allow …
Darren Pauli, 02 Jun 2016
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AMD emits gen-7 laptop chips

AMD has officially torn the wraps off its seventh-generation processors for laptops and notebooks. These are, we're told, shipping in volume in gear from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. As warned in April, and announced today at Computex 2016 in Taipei, the CPUs use AMD's Excavator architecture as found in Carrizo. AMD's …
Chris Williams, 01 Jun 2016
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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

Computers from many of the biggest PC makers are riddled with easy-to-exploit vulnerabilities in pre-loaded software, security researchers warn. The research from Duo Security shows that bloatware is not just a nuisance that causes a lag in system boot-up, but a security risk. Laptops from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo all …
John Leyden, 31 May 2016
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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

Updated Samsung is advising customers against succumbing to Microsoft’s nagging and installing Windows 10. The consumer electronics giant's support staff have admitted drivers for its PCs still don’t work with Microsoft's newest operating system and told customers they should simply not make the upgrade. That’s nearly a year after …
Gavin Clarke, 31 May 2016

FCC swivels to online privacy, gets bitten in the ass by net neutrality

Analysis When America's comms watchdog the FCC passed its net neutrality rules despite an onslaught of criticism from telcos, the world rejoiced. But, as many of us noted at the time, the Open Internet Order was achieved through an imperfect approach: equating internet providers with phone companies by deciding they are Title II …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 May 2016

We see what you're up to, Intel, with your eye-o-tee vision

Intel reduced to a component supplier to auto-makers? Don't rule it out, readers, or rate it a cut-rate fate for Chipzilla, because the company has just made a bet in just that field. The bet is the acquisition of a company called Itseez Inc, “an expert in Computer Vision (CV) algorithms and implementations for embedded and …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2016

Ukraine clamps carders

Ukraine police have arrested fraudsters found infecting ATMs with malware. The crims are said to have stolen US$200,000 after deploying malware into ATMs across the Lviv and Luhansk regions, and face up to 12 years imprisonment, the Ministry of Internal Affairs says. Police seized some 20 desktops, laptops, and other …
Team Register, 23 May 2016
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Chrome OS to get Android apps via the magic of containers

Google I/O 2016 Google has pulled the move the software market has been waiting ages for, and built a system to run Android apps on its desktop operating system. The system works by setting up a Linux container in the Chrome operating system that runs a complete version of Android in a locked-down environment to minimize security issues. It's …
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2016
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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

Linus Torvalds has loosed version 4.6 of the Linux kernel on the waiting world. “It's just as well I didn't cut the rc cycle short, since the last week ended up getting a few more fixes than expected,” wrote the Linux overlord. “Since rc7, there's been small noise all over, with driver fixes being the bulk of it, but there is …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2016
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Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

Students who have access to computer devices in the classroom do significantly worse than colleagues without them, a study has found. In a study by MIT's School Effectiveness & Inequality Initiative, titled The Impact of Computer Usage on Academic Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Trial at the United States Military …

DARPA wants god-mode attribution platform to pin and predict crime

The US Military skunkworks Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is hoping to build a platform to help bolster the treacherous world of attack attribution that would generate, anonymise, and share threat data. The agency is seeking proposals for an "Enhanced Attribution" program which would bring high quality " …
Darren Pauli, 09 May 2016
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Sneaky Lenovo patches hole

Lenovo has quietly patched a hole in the software it bundles with its laptops and desktop PCs that can be exploited by malicious code to hijack the hardware. The Lenovo Solution Center can elevate malware and other nasties on machines a leg up to system-level privileges. It has been fixed in version 3.3.002, according to this …
Team Register, 06 May 2016
Connected Data Transporters

Nexsan in transports over added sync and share

Nexsan has added acquired Connected Data’s Transporter file sync’ and share technology to its NST file storage array, called the combined product UNITY. Nexsan is the renamed Imation, and it acquired Connected Data and its Transporter product in October last year. Transporter provides private cloud file synchronisation and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2016
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There's more to life than Windows

When you run a corporate IT infrastructure, the chances are you run Active Directory underpinning a predominantly Windows-based array of servers, desktops and laptops. And that's fine: it probably serves 90 per cent of the kit you have and is a secure, easy-to-use way of authenticating user logins. But it's very unusual to …
Dave Cartwright, 28 Apr 2016
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SwiftStack adds load balancing and goes further up the Amazon

SwiftStack is adding load-balancing to its open source object storage, deepening its S3 integration and adding native file access support. The latest version of SwiftStack, v4.0, has four new capabilities and three future ones coming: It has load-balancing across its nodes which, SwiftStack claims, reduces a need for …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2016
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Dropbox desktop blur

At Tuesday's Dropbox Open London conference, the cloudy storage company took the wraps off Project Infinite – which displays cloud and local storage files alongside each other. When users check their file lists on Windows or OS X, they can see locally stored files marked with a green tick mark, but also items stored in the …
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2016
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Brainwave-controlled drone racing is here

Video Florida has hosted the world's first drone race where the participants eschew joysticks and instead direct the quadrocopters using the power of their brainwaves. Youtube Video "We're starting a new trend in society," said Juan Gilbert, Chair of the University of Florida's department of computer and information science. "There …
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2016
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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

Intel will axe 12,000 employees globally – more than one in ten of its workforce – as it moves further away from being a PC chip company. The layoffs are among the biggest into the company's history, and come as PC industry continues to tank harder than Intel expected. The Santa Clara-based biz sees a lot of growth in the …
Chris Williams, 19 Apr 2016

Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

More than one in five 18-24 year olds (21 per cent) store PINs for credit or debit cards on their smartphones, tablets or laptops, according to research conducted by Equifax in conjunction with Gorkana. In the same survey of 500 people across all ages more than a third of young adults (38 per cent) said they also use their …
John Leyden, 18 Apr 2016

Mac hinge may change

In news that might change the arc of mankind, reports have emerged that Apple may change the hinge on one of the laptops it sells later this year. Even though the existence of a new hinge design made from metal injection molding is only a rumor, scientists are looking into whether the Earth may stop spinning on its axis. …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Apr 2016

Bumbling execs leave tenders on hotel business centre PCs

ACSC2016 Blundering Australian executives have left sensitive financial documents and tenders in the business centre of prominent luxury Canberra hotel, security man Wayne Ronaldson says. Wayne Ronaldson. Photo: Darren Pauli, The Register The documents were left unprotected in the folders of the Windows desktops and contained …
Darren Pauli, 13 Apr 2016

Grab your Hammer pants – it's the '90s again: Facebook brings Virtual Reality back

Judging by the hype around Facebook VR, you'd think the '90s never happened. Back then, the Social Network™ didn’t exist and it was the era’s video game giants – Sega and Nintendo – rolling out virtual reality with great fanfare. However, both of the Japanese games giants cancelled their efforts before launch: Sega’s Virtual …
Mark Pesce, 13 Apr 2016
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Half of Facebook's Free Basics users ditch the freebie web-lite service for the paid-for real deal

Internet.org aka Free Basics – Facebook's slice of the web for the developing world – has been controversial, but that isn't stopping the social network. The internet service requires a SIM card from a participating mobile operator, and grants free access to Facebook, BBC News, Dictionary.com, er, ESPN and a few other sites. …
Iain Thomson, 13 Apr 2016
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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

IT is perceived in mixed ways by users. Some look on the amazing stuff it does and think there must be witchcraft going on in there somewhere. Others think that because they configured their Wi-Fi printer and Sky box at home, they're a genius of computing. If you're to preserve order, security and governance in the use of your …
Dave Cartwright, 06 Apr 2016

Google reveals own security regime policy trusts no network, anywhere, ever

Google sees little distinction between board rooms and bars, cubicles and coffee shops; all are untrusted under its perimeter-less security model detailed in a paper published this week. The "BeyondCorp model" under development for more than five years is a zero-trust network model where the user is king and log in location …
Darren Pauli, 06 Apr 2016
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AMD Bristol Ridge finds first home in HP ENVY x360

AMD's “Bristol Ridge” series processors are landing in laptops at last, with HP the first cab off the rank. The chip maker has pre-announced the processor here, promising more detail about its “seventh generation” accelerated processing units (APUs) will arrive at Computex 2016 in Taipei, in May and June. As well as HP's …
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Samsung kind of cracks the 10nm barrier with new 8GB DDR4 slabs

Samsung Electronics has announced it's started baking RAM using a “10-nanometer (nm) class*” process and says the 8GB chips it's emitting are the first in the world to be manufactured in this way. Don't start trying to figure out how 10nm compares to the width of a human hair or the head of a really small pin, because that …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2016

OK, so the users want corporate apps on the move. Don't Panic

People want to be able to do their job from wherever they happen to be. It's understandable – if you don't need to be in an office chained to your desk then why not work somewhere more convenient? Let's look at five ways to make this achievable. Remote access to local apps At the most basic level you have the traditional …
Dave Cartwright, 30 Mar 2016
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Wobbly Acer goes two-legged to steady itself

Acer is to split into two in an effort to stabilize an uncertain recovery. The company will move its "core business" of PCs, servers, tablets and monitors under one umbrella and its "new business" of cloud services, smartphones and wearable devices under another. The restructuring is the same as we outlined earlier this week …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Mar 2016
Bristol's massive MIMO testbed

Bristol boffins blast 1.59 Gbps down ONE 20 MHz channel

VIDEO In what's being touted as a “5G breakthrough”, University of Bristol researchers have demonstrated that MIMO (multi-in, multi-out) antenna arrangements can be scaled up to more than 100 transmitters. The demonstration, as described in a canned statement, used 128 antennas transmitting to as many as 12 single-antenna clients …

Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

Review I've always wondered what people who pay more than £2,000 for a Windows laptop are thinking when they boot the machine. It's a bit like paying a fortune to gain admission to a secret and exclusive members club, only to discover once you're in, that it's run by the bloke who does the pub quiz on a Tuesday night at your local …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2016

Turkish hacker pleads guilty to $55m maniac global ATM heist

The hacker behind an attack on the US banking sector that caused $55m in damages has pleaded guilty – and faces more than 57 years in prison. Turkish citizen Ercan Findikoglu, 34, admitted his role in an international syndicate including charges of computer intrusion conspiracy, bank fraud, and effecting transactions using …
Darren Pauli, 03 Mar 2016

Hijack wireless mice, keyboards, with $15 of kit and 15 lines of code

Fake wireless computer mice and keyboards can be used to compromise laptops from up to 100 metres away using the portable peripherals from at least seven big vendors including Logitech, Microsoft, and Amazon, software engineer Marc Newlin says. The attacks target the typically cleartext and insecure communications between a …
Darren Pauli, 24 Feb 2016

US boffins propose yet another low-low power Wi-Fi for Things

University of Washington boffins are touting extremely low-power Wi-Fi transmissions – if your application can put up with a maximum 11 Mbps capacity. The students and boffins, Bryce Kellogg, Vamsi Talla, Shyamnath Gollakota and Joshua Smith of the University of Washington, have in mind the kind of low-power devices that will …
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Freeze, CaaShole! Docker Datacenter's Container-as-a-Service opens to world + dog

San Francisco tech darling Docker will today push its Docker Datacenter (DDC) subscription service into general availability. DDC basically lets developers within an enterprise build and test apps inside containers, and deploy them into production using on-premises systems or virtual machines in the cloud. From laptop to …
Chris Williams, 23 Feb 2016

ARM Cortex-R8 aka 'Now your hard drive will have a quad-core CPU in it'

Brit processor designer ARM has drawn up a quad-core Cortex-R8 CPU so storage drives can cope with the demands of increasing capacities – and phones can download stuff faster. The Cortex-R family is aimed at real-time applications: code running on the cores must react to interrupts and other events within tight deadlines and …
Chris Williams, 18 Feb 2016

US Dept of Defense to shift 4 million devices onto Windows 10

The US Secretary of Defense has ordered all Department of Defense (DoD) agencies to shift four million Microsoft-based devices onto Windows 10 over the next year. The department said it will install Windows 10 on millions of computers, tablets and handsets by February 2017, according to a blog post by Yusuf Mehdi, corporate …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2016
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Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016

The personal computer market has been in the doldrums for years, with global sales falling under 300 million a year, slipping nine per cent in 2015 alone. But there are also some rays of light in the market, as Intel's predictions of a sales rebound were confirmed by a nice little bump in sales over Christmas, due in part to …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2016
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Dell PowerEdge R730: Reg rack monkeys crack smiles over kindness of engineers

Review Dell is a company with many arms: it does servers, laptops, desktops and like its competitors, tries to have those arms positioned in as many different areas of IT as possible. The server arm has extended us a Poweredge R730 2U server to review and it has served as a good reminder of why Dell servers are so popular. The …
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Fleet of 4.77MHz LCD laptops with 8088 CPUs still alive after 30 years

The can of worms we opened when we learned of the server switched off after eighteen years and ten months' service is still wriggling, as a reader has contacted us to tell of nearly 30-year-old laptops still in service. Reader “Holrum” says he has “a couple dozen Toshiba T1000 laptops from the mid 1980's still fully functional …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Feb 2016
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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Among the many bizarre and stupid mistakes Microsoft made with Windows 8.x was the decision to require screens to have resolution of at least 1024 x 768. That decision meant that hordes of Netbooks, the very small laptops popular in the late noughties, had no obvious upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 8.x. Back in …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2016
Eurocom Sky X9W mobile workstation

Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

When Eurocom releases new laptops – or 'mobile workstations' as it prefers to call them – it can be hard to keep one's jaw from the floor. This time around the company's released the Sky X9W complete with a quad-core, eight-thread, Intel Core i7 6700K capable of operating at 4.2GHz and nestled amidst an Intel Z170 Express ( …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2016