Articles about Mobile

One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

Mobile operator Three is pushing ahead with plans to block ads on its network in the UK during a one-day trial next month. Sam Barker, an analyst at Juniper Research, said other operators are likely to follow suit. "Although the operators are likely to push this as a consumer-focused benefit, the reality is that the operators …
Kat Hall, 26 May 2016
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Florida man, Chinese biz fined $48k, $35m on mobe signal jam raps

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined a Florida chap and a Chinese business over cellphone jamming boxes. The watchdog said it will try to extract [PDF] $34.9m from Shenzhen-based retailer CTS Technologies for marketing illegal jammers and, in a separate case, will fine [PDF] a bloke $48,000 for using a …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2016
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Android security 'shame list'

Google may name and shame makers of Android phones, slabs and gizmos that do not push out security patches fast enough to people, it's reported. The ad giant is a bit cheesed-off that some manufacturers are being rather tardy in signing off and distributing patches for the lowest levels of its mobile operating system Its …
Chris Williams, 26 May 2016
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German boffins smash records with 37km wireless spurt at 6Gbps

A team of German scientists has managed to establish a 6Gbps wireless link over a distance of 37 kilometers using newly developed antennas and receivers. The Advanced E Band Satellite Link Studies team established a connection between a base station and the town of Wachtberg using hardware with monolithically integrated …
Iain Thomson, 25 May 2016
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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

The cost of Microsoft’s white elephant entry into smartphone manufacturing has gone up by another $1bn. Microsoft is restructuring its smartphone hardware business in a move that will cost 1,850 jobs and $950m. Severance pay will claim $200m of that figure, with 1,350 staff losing their jobs at Microsoft Mobile Oy in Finland …
Gavin Clarke, 25 May 2016

Wire offers secure video chat

Messaging app Wire has added fully private video messaging to its platform. The new feature is integrated with the existing chat app, adding secure, non-tracked and advertising-free video messaging. Wire, the privacy-focused communications app backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis, boasts that it is the first messaging …
John Leyden, 25 May 2016
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Apple hires crypto-wizard Jon Callas to beef up security

Apple has added a security star to its firmament with the hire of Jon Callas to its security team. Callas, who you may remember from cofounding such firms as PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) and Silent Circle, has already been an Apple employee twice before. He worked at Apple in the 1990s and rejoined for a couple of years from 2009 …
Iain Thomson, 24 May 2016

Pepper robot acts like real teenager, gets job at Pizza Hut

SoftBank Robotic's "Pepper" humanoid robot will soon be put to work selling pizzas in Asia. The robotics division of the Japanese business giant has struck a deal with MasterCard and Pizza Hut to place Pepper units in select pizza parlors in the region. The Pepper bots will be used in the pilot program to both greet customers …
Shaun Nichols, 24 May 2016

SWIFT CEO promises security improvements

The head of the SWIFT financial network has put forward a five-part plan to improve security after its systems were the focus of several cyberattacks. Gottfried Leibbrandt gave a keynote on Tuesday at a financial services conference in Brussels and promised the organization would work harder to ensure that incidents like last …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 May 2016
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Twilio woos developers with add-on marketplace and SIM as a service

On day one of its SIGNAL Developer Conference in San Francisco, cloudy comms firm Twilio has announced a new marketplace for add-ons to its API and a new SIM-card-as-a-service offering to let IoT devices communicate via T‑Mobile. The add-ons marketplace, currently in beta, hosts 20 pieces of code that can be integrated by the …
Iain Thomson, 24 May 2016
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Atlassian cuts Bamboo from the cloud, lays pipelines into Bitbucket

Atlassian has further cut off developers’ hopes of some peace and quiet by announcing full mobile apps that will plug them into its key platforms. The announcement came as it kicked off its Atlassian Camp even in Barcelona, where it also announced it was adding pipelining to its cloud-based Bitbucket code repository product, …
Joe Fay, 24 May 2016
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Atlassian goes mobile

As revealed by El Reg, Atlassian has created mobile apps for its JIRA and Confluence products. The new apps are aimed at users beyond the development team. Also new is a beta for Bitbucket Pipelines, said to be “a continuous delivery service built right within Bitbucket Cloud.” Better visibility of development efforts across …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2016
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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

Microsoft has trumpeted the fact that 300 million devices now run Windows 10, but the scale of its failure to extend its operating system dominance into mobile can be seen in the fact that of the 349 million smartphones sold in 2016's first quarter, 293.7m ran Android. And just 2.4m ran Windows Phone. Those numbers come from …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2016

Goracle case goes to jury

The copyright battle between Oracle and Google is now in the hands of the jury. Both sides delivered closing arguments Monday and deliberations in the case formally began. Oracle is accusing Google of stealing code Oracle acquired in the Sun deal, and using it to build the Android mobile platform. Google claims its use of the …
Shaun Nichols, 23 May 2016
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US Telecom beats up FCC over investment

Analysis Telco lobbying group US Telecom has fired another broadside at their erstwhile friendly regulator, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), saying the billions telcos make each month isn't enough. This time, in a blog post from its vice president of law and policy, Diane Holland, Big Telco is complaining that the FCC – and …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 May 2016
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UK plastic beats cash in 2021

Never mind mobile payments with a phone, debit cards are set to dominate the UK’s near future of shopping. Cash will finally be surpassed by debit cards as the most popular method of payment in 2021, according to a report from Payments UK. An estimated £14.5bn in debit card payments are expected in 2021 versus £13bn in cash …
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2016

Cock fight? Not half. Microsoft beats down Apple in Q1

Microsoft won bragging rights over Apple in Britain’s biz slab sales stakes following the first full quarter the two rivals went head to head with their Pro devices. The iPad Pro, released in last October, sold 107,000 units in the UK in Q1 versus 275,000 Surface Pro devices, which was up on the 83,000 units Microsoft flogged …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2016
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Facebook's turbo-charged Instant Articles: Another brick in the wall

Facebook recently opened up its Instant Articles platform to all publishers after an early test run with an anointed few publishers. In a nutshell, it strips out everything a publisher has festooned across their site. In its current form, it uses a specially crafted RSS feed to reformat articles for Facebook. The result is a …
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Telstra's horror run continues with TITSUPs on three networks

Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, is enduring more customer fury after extended outages stretched across its ADSL, NBN, and mobile networks. The carrier has blamed network hardware for the TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance), issuing a statement saying a Friday outage resulted from “a fault with the …
Team Register, 23 May 2016
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Google releases v4 Safe Browsing API

Developers using Google's Safe Browsing API: get ready for an upgrade. The Chocolate Factory's announced v4 of the API, and is deprecating prior versions. Announced here, the update pays more attention to mobile users. As Googlers Emily Schechter and Alex Wozniak write, that means the API had to be optimised to reduce power …
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Three UK: Our MMS prices are up. Get around us with WhatsApp or Skype

From next month Three customers are advised to be more selective when sending pics of their food, cats or drunken escapades - as the mobile operator is more than doubling its pricing. Or, you know, you could just use an OTT app. Yes, like the ones that are eating mobile operators' breakfasts with internet voicecalls over Wi-Fi …
Kat Hall, 20 May 2016

A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

Security vendors have welcomed plans to trial digital versions of the UK’s driving licence. The DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) is working on a digital version of its driving license for smartphones, to serve as an "add-on" to the existing plastic card. DVLA chief Oliver Morley tweeted a snapshot of the prototype …
John Leyden, 20 May 2016
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Great, IBM has had a PCM breakthrough. Who exactly is going to manufacture?

Analysis IBM has demonstrated a 3-bit Phase-Change Memory chip with IBM Zurich researcher Dr. Haris Pozidis talking about it in a YouTube video and not mentioning 3D XPoint once. The idea is to counter the relatively high cost of PCM chips by giving them 3 bits per cell, TLC or triple-level cells, instead of just one - clever. This …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2016

The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey

Stob Editor's Note: Verity Stob's Chronicles of Delphi [King James ed.] began in 1996. The most recent translations can be found here: The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet, here: The Sons of Kahn and the Pascal spring and here: Sons of Kahn: The Apocrypha. Now it came to pass the Sons of Kahn, who did dwell …
Verity Stob, 20 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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Forget high-powered PCs, mobile is the future of VR, says Google

Google I/O 2016 Google has been outlining plans for kickstarting its virtual reality portfolio this year, including new hardware, software tools, and developer support. Unlike Facebook's Oculus platform, which requires a high-end PC to crunch the code, Google thinks that you can get a perfectly decent VR experience just using a smartphone, …
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2016

Adobe launches Spark: Amateur graphical fun!

Adobe has launched Spark in a hope that its graphics software can be tooled for the mobile age. Launched as part of the backup-gobbling service Creative Cloud, Spark is intended to embiggen the San Jose-based business's animation suite, although it's still only available on iOS. It rebrands some of the company's apps from …
Vodafone adds payment cards to mobile wallet

Android Pay may, er, pay... providing it gets over security hurdle

Android Pay's UK launch is promising but could be held back by malware concerns, security and payment experts warn. The Google-backed technology launched in the UK on Wednesday, adding to the options smartphone users can employ when paying for goods and services using their mobile rather than a card. Smartphone payment systems …
John Leyden, 19 May 2016
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Extreme Networks Forum lands in London

Promo Want to know more about Extreme Networks? You have a great opportunity on May 26 to meet key executives, researchers and customers in London, at the software-driven networking solutions vendor’s latest Extreme Forum. Extreme Networks has devised a meaty agenda and has enlisted the eminent tech analyst R "Ray" Wang to deliver …
David Gordon, 19 May 2016
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Sync 'n' share Scality's RING

Enterprise file sync and share has come to Scality courtesy of Storage Made Easy's EFSS Gateway. Scality RING object storage provides a massive, petabyte-scale repository with file and object access and the gateway layers file sharing and synchronisation onto it. EFSS supports desktop clients, with a Cloud Drive for Windows, …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2016

UK digital minister denies legal right to 10Mbps is 'damp squib'

UK digital minister Ed Vaizey has denied government plans for a universal service obligation of 10Mps are a "damp squib" but admitted the government will keep the target "under review". Plans to give everyone in Blighty the legal right to 10Mbps were formalised in the unveiling of the Digital Economy Bill yesterday. They were …
Kat Hall, 19 May 2016
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SAP rolls Cloud Foundry HANA Platform beta

SAP has released a beta version of its Hana Cloud Platform for Cloud Foundry. The software giant yesterday released a Cloud Foundry beta service that works on the Pivotal-inspired open-source cloud. Coming with the beta is support for Java, Node.js, HTML5, MongoDB, Redis, PostgresSQL and RabbitMQ. SAP said this would let …
Andrew Cobley, 19 May 2016
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World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

One-third of phones worldwide are now sold SIM-free, Gartner reports today in its latest quarterly smartphone market numbers. The move to SIM-free online sales has benefited Chinese upstarts and left former favourites like Sony and HTC in the dust, analyst Anshul Gupta told us. “They haven’t changed at all, while the market …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 May 2016
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Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell on the future of C#

Exclusive interview At Xamarin's Evolve conference in Orlando, at the end of April 2016, I had a rare opportunity to sit down with Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell to discuss the future of the C# programming language. Torgersen is the Program Manager for the C# Language. He maintains the language specification and runs the language design …
Tim Anderson, 19 May 2016

What's holding up Canada's internet?

Sysadmin Blog Canadian internet providers are frequently bemoaned as terrible. Americans get lots of media play about getting the sharp end of the stick from their providers, but many Canadians look longingly at the internet packages south of the border and wonder: what's the holdup in Canada? While Canadians usually like to fool ourselves …
Trevor Pott, 19 May 2016
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Electric Babel Fish swims into crowdfunding

A company called Waverly Labs claims to have developed a real-time-in-ear translation unit. Just how the “Pilot” pulls off the trick hasn't been fully explained on the company's site or the saccharine video that purports to show the device in action. What we can say is that the material released so far depicts two wireless …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2016
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Android Lollipop sucks at security, says researcher

Skycure security researcher Yair Amit has revealed a chained Android attack path that will greatly enhance attackers' ability to compromise 1.34 billion devices, or 95 percent of those in use. The Accessibility Clickjacking attack exploits flaws in protections for Android's accessibility and draw-over-apps features to allow …
Darren Pauli, 19 May 2016
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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

Google I/O 2016 Google has been using its developers conference to show off forthcoming improvements in Android N and is taking the unusual move of asking the public to name it. Traditionally Android builds have been named after foodstuffs, like Jellybean or KitKat – the later picked not for marketing dollars but as an attempt to show how " …
Iain Thomson, 18 May 2016
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Google slaps Siri with Assistant and Amazon with Home device

Google I/O 2016 Google is getting into the digital helper game with the launch of Assistant, a Siri-style online helper, and promised Google Home – an Echo-like listening station that can be used to house the helper. CEO Sundar Pichai explained that Assistant was the result of ten years of language processing by the Chocolate Factory. Over …
Iain Thomson, 18 May 2016
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Hold the DRAM phone: IBM claims phase-change breakthrough

IBM has claimed a significant break through in phase-change memory which could potentially replace DRAM. Researchers at IBM say they have successfully managed to store 2 bits per cell in a chip employing a strip of 64,000 cells at some toasty temperatures and while under quite a bit of stress "for the first time ever". Multi- …
Katyanna Quach, 18 May 2016
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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

Analysis We have a new phone company today, and it’s European. And the badge says Nokia. So is Nokia back in the phone biz? Yes and no. It won’t spend a penny on either making or marketing phones - even at arm’s length. All that is going to be the job of a new entity, HMD Global Oy, run by present and past Nokians. From HMD we can …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2016
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Nokia back in phone biz

It’s official: Nokia is returning to the phone business. Sort of. Nokia will license its brand and IP to a new manufacturing entity, HMD Global Oy, as well as Foxconn-owned FIH Mobile Ltd. HMD and FIH will "collaborate" on a global business for Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets. The deal allows Microsoft to shed its …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2016
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Pandora investor: Sell this company sooner rather than later

A major investor in Pandora wants the company to sell out while it can. Hedge fund Corvex Partners has revealed that it owns 10 per cent of the veteran streaming music company – and that selling out to a larger company is preferable to pursuing a "costly and uncertain business plan." In a US Securities and Exchange Commission …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2016

Kids these days can't even write a decent virus

The crusty headless Conficker worm is the web's most prolific web threat, says security Check Point. The net menace was the one-time world's biggest bot worming its way since 2008 through millions of machines across every country in the world, smashing through social networks including Facebook, Skype, and popular email …
Darren Pauli, 18 May 2016

Iraq shuts down internet to prevent exam cheating. The country's entire internet

The Iraqi government is repeatedly shutting down the country's entire internet to prevent students from cheating in their exams. That is the extraordinary conclusion reached by infrastructure experts delving into why the country has experienced a series of three-hour blackouts at the same time each day for three days in a row …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2016
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Microsoft and SAP renew business vows in cloud

Microsoft and SAP are renewing their decades-old business intelligence and data partnership for cloud. SAP’s HANA elastic middleware will run on Microsoft’s Azure cloud with certified support. The agreement covers development, test and production workloads on SAP’s HANA and SAP S/4 HANA – the version of SAP’s enterprise suite …
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2016

It's all very well hacking ISIS, Barry, but what about your ISA?

Credit card fraud is in decline while ad fraud is poised for growth, according to a new study on the business of cybercrime out Tuesday. Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) study provides a detailed look into the inner workings of cybercriminal organisations, their business functions, motivations, and more. The IT giant posits …
John Leyden, 17 May 2016
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Malicious Android apps slip into Google Play, top third party charts

Malicious Android applications have bypassed Google's Play store security checks to enslave infected devices into distributed denial of service attack, advertising fraud, and spam botnets. The apps are legitimate games that in some stores outside of Google Play have made it to highly-contested top free games charts. …
Darren Pauli, 17 May 2016
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Cloudy desktops are as mature as cloudy servers … from 2008!

Desktop-as-a-service in 2016 is about as mature as infrastructure-as-a-service was in 2008, so waiting until it matures is more sensible than diving in now. So says Garter for Technical Professionals' analyst Mark Lockwood, who The Register's virtualisation desk beheld yesterday at the firm's Infrastructure Operations & Data …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2016
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NSA newsletters published

An archive of internal newsletters from US spying agency, the National Security Agency (NSA), have been published online. The copies of SIDtoday - produced by the NSA's Signals Intelligence Directorate and placed on the organization's intranet - date back to 2003 and were part of the huge trove of documents supplied to …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2016