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Drought

Low-end notebook, rocking horse shit or hen's teeth

A low-end notebook drought is likely coming to a town near you, multiple analysts and tech distributors have told The Reg. NAND flash is one component that has been in short supply in recent months, and glass panel manufacturers are shifting priority to higher margin areas including TVs, sources told us. Tim Coulling, senior …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2016

Got a cold flannel? Acer Q3 profits were bigger than cost of your lunch

2016 will forever be remembered for the Brexit vote, the Donald's presidential victory and maybe, just maybe, the year that Acer's bottom line recovery started in earnest. OK, the last one is a long shot. The Taiwanese notebook business has reported calendar Q3 results, and while the top line continued to slide on the prior …
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 2016
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CIOs: VDI? Maybe, just maybe, it really will be different this time...

Register Roundtable Sometimes technology visions bubble along under the radar, quite often scorned then, following a change of name or emphasis, ubiquitous. Utility computing became the cloud, and we know how that’s taken off. Groupware became collaboration. Thin clients have morphed into VDI, and… Well, seems like a good time to get a bunch of …
Joe Fay, 11 Nov 2016
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Android's Hover feature is a data HOOVER

That took a while: Android's had Hover since Ice Cream, but boffins have taken until now to work out how to attack it. Hover is a set of interface calls that let application designers imitate mouse-over behaviours people know from PCs, and it only needs to be implemented on a phone or tablet to be vulnerable - whether or not a …

Microsoft puts Windows Updates on a diet with 'differential downloads'

Microsoft will begin public trials of a new update system it says will dramatically reduce the size of Windows updates. The Unified Update Platform (UUP) will be available to Windows Insider users with the Windows 10 14959 build, and will eventually be offered to all supported versions of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Nov 2016

England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows

Brits are getting better at patching Windows on their personal computers but worse at updating their applications, according to a new study. Stats from vulnerability management outfit Secunia Research reveal that 6.4 per cent of UK users had unpatched Windows operating systems in Q3 of 2016, up from 5.4 per cent in Q2 but down …
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2016
HP's forthcoming Elite X3 Windows Phone

Everything you need to know about HP's three-in-one x3 deals

Is HP’s ambitious 3-in-one phablet replacement for PCs for you? Probably not for most of you, you may gather, but it does make for a fascinating proposition, and obvious sense for some workers wrestling with cumbersome old kit. HP explained to us how this week – with more details of how much all this will cost. The idea is to …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Oct 2016

Let's praise Surface, not bury it

Comment Yes, I know the new Surface kit unveiled by Microsoft (hands-on and roundup) is both lavishly over-engineered and ludicrously expensive. You know that. We all know that. But that's not the point. The Surface extravaganza is a good thing. Faced with a mortal threat, Microsoft is doing something it should have done years ago – …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Oct 2016
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Fujitsu seeks PC exit, finds willing buyer in Lenovo

Fujitsu is in talks with Lenovo to offload its PC arm to its Chinese rival. If the talks are successful, Fujitsu will continue to sell and support own-brand PCs, designed and made by Lenovo. The two companies are looking to the Development Bank of Japan to bankroll the deal. Fujitsu is currently the 10th biggest PC …
Drew Cullen, 27 Oct 2016

Adobe emits emergency patch for Flash hole malware is exploiting right this minute

Adobe is advising folks to update Flash Player – as malware is right now exploiting a newly discovered hole in the internet's screen door to hijack Windows PCs. The emergency patch addresses a single vulnerability, CVE-2016-7855. The use-after-free() programming blunder allows an attacker to achieve remote code execution when …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Oct 2016
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Microsoft: Watch out millennials for evil Security Essentials

Microsoft is warning of fake copies of its Security Essentials that if executed will throw a fake blue screen of death, pwn machines, and lead users to technical support scams. Redmond regards the threat dubbed Hicurdismos as a severe threat which compromises PCs typically through bundled software installers and drive-by- …
Darren Pauli, 25 Oct 2016

App proves Rowhammer can be exploited to root Android phones – and there's little Google can do to fully kill it

Security researchers have demonstrated how to gain root privileges from a normal Android app without relying on any software bug. The unprivileged application is able to gain full administrative permissions by exploiting the Rowhammer vulnerability present in modern RAM chips. Essentially, malicious code can change the content …
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2016
DDOS

Thanks, IoT vendors: your slack attitude will get regulators moving

Last Friday's Mirai botnet attack against Dyn must force everybody's hands – vendors, regulators, and Internet infrastructure operators. It's going to be a while before research gets as far as attribution to an attacker, but in the meantime, there's plenty of culpability to go around. Two things are clear, however: the …
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Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary

Updated Today a vast army of hijacked internet-connected devices – from security cameras and video recorders to home routers – turned on their owners and broke a big chunk of the web. Compromised machines, following orders from as-yet unknown masterminds, threw massive amounts of junk traffic at servers operated by US-based Dyn, which …
Chris Williams, 21 Oct 2016
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AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all

On Tuesday, Intel said it expects to bank in the final quarter of the year $15.7bn in sales, plus or minus $500m. That's a billion-dollar swing. Two days later, on Thursday, AMD proudly revealed that its entire revenue for the three months to September 24 was $1.3bn. Just over a billion dollars. AMD is little more than …
Chris Williams, 21 Oct 2016

Dirty COW explained: Get a moooo-ve on and patch Linux root hole

Code dive Patch your Linux-powered systems, phones and gadgets as soon as possible, if you can, to kill off a kernel-level flaw affecting nearly every distro of the open-source operating system. Dubbed Dirty COW, the privilege-escalation vulnerability potentially allows any installed application, or malicious code smuggled onto a box, …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2016
Satya Nadella

Microsoft kinda did OK this quarter – but whatever, Wall Street loves Satya Nadella

Microsoft's first-quarter results for its 2017 fiscal year reveal a four per cent year-on-year fall in profit and 10 per cent dive in operating income. Just before the quarterly results were announced, Microsoft's stock was down about half a per cent to $57.25 a share. Then when the figures landed, and despite the fall in …
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2016

EU legal eagle: Euro court should review Intel's €1.6bn fine

An EU High Court Advocate General has recommended a review of the case that saw Intel slapped with a record fine after it was found to have coerced OEMs to avoid using rival companies' x86 CPUs. Back in 2009, the EC imposed a €1.06bn penalty - 4.15 per cent of Intel's turnover - following a multi-year legal battle but …
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HP Inc to blast more humans from employment cannon

HP Inc - not wanting to be entirely out done by the other half of the business that it split from - is to toss up to another 4,000 workers onto the employment bonfire, and the ailing PC and printer market is to blame. Confirmation of the “approved restructuring plan” was outlined last night in an SEC filing, it will be …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016
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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

Marmite-aggeddon? Blame Brexit. The implosion of the UK’s Labour Party? Blame Brexit (more so leader Jeremy Corbyn). Now it seems analysts want to put the sickly British PC market onto the list of things gone awry. The crystal ball-strokers at Gartner have forecast weak demand for traditional client devices for 2016 - …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016
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Email security: We CAN fix the tech, but what about the humans?

Last month’s Mr Chow ransomware attacks serve as a timely reminder that security should be at the top of any business IT strategy. Ransomware is on the increase, at least according to the FBI and while it is not all email borne, it is an example of how sophisticated hackers and criminals are getting with technology. Certainly …
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WD flashes first SanDisk drives: Blue and Green

WD has produced Blue and Green branded SATA SSDs, based on SanDisk technology, with these brands having been used for WD disk drives previously. The Green brand is for secondary storage, being reliable, cool and eco-friendly whilst Blue products are built for PC primary storage use. Other WD brand colours include Black for …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2016
Falling profits

PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

New data from analyst outfits IDC and Gartner suggest the PC market continues to crater. The latter firm's 3Q2016 data records an eighth consecutive quarter of shipment decreases, to 68.9 million units or a 5.7 per cent decline from the third quarter of 2015. IDC found “nearly 68 million units in the third quarter of 2016 ( …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2016
Microsoft monopoly

Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

Interview At Microsoft's recent Ignite event in Atlanta, The Reg sat down with Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of Enterprise Client and Mobility. Brad Anderson is a Microsoft veteran who oversees how Windows and mobile devices are managed in business. A decade ago it was simple: firewall-protected network, Windows PCs, and …
Tim Anderson, 07 Oct 2016

Device-as-a-Service to make life simple? Nope

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 There isn’t much mystery in PCs these days - and not much margin either - but that could all be about to change if HP Inc’s prophecy on the bewildering range of payment options for device services proves right. The firm rolled out out a “from birth to burial” device-as-a-service package for customers in the summer and it is …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2016

Fujitsu in talks to bail from PC market, Lenovo one of the suitors

Fujitsu has become the latest sub-scale PC maker to consider exiting the client market amid ongoing talks with potential buyers including Lenovo. The Japanese giant reacted to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review this morning that put Lenovo, the world’s biggest shifter of PC tin, as the leading candidate to gobble the business …
Paul Kunert, 06 Oct 2016

Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

Google today announced new phones, VR kit and home gadgetry. But it didn't announce a tablet. And nobody cared. We've known for ages that tablet sales are declining. The most recent tablet sales data we've covered has the market at about 150m units a year. Apple has a quarter of the market and Samsung has about 15 per cent. …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2016
EARTHQUAKE!

'Too big to fail' cloud giants like AWS threaten civilization as we know it

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 The world’s largest cloud players are in danger of becoming too big to fail, the boss of Canalys warned today. This is a problem because the list of potential trip hazards for the likes of Azure, AWS and Google is growing ever longer – and at least one of them is going to stumble and fall, taking customers' off-premises …
Joe Fay, 04 Oct 2016

Lenovo exec: Nope, not building Windows Phones

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 Lenovo will not build smartmobes running on Microsoft’s Windows operating system because it doubts the software giant’s long term commitment to the market. This is the view from Lenovo’s chief operations officer Gianfranco Lanci, who told attendees at the Canalys Channel Forum 2016 that Windows 10 was generating interest in …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2016

No surprise: Microsoft seeks Windows Update boss with 'ability to reduce chaos, stress'

Microsoft wants to hire a particularly thick-skinned person to help run its Windows Updates team. The Windows Servicing and Delivery team Senior Program Manager will be tasked with overseeing the release of features, fixes and security patches Microsoft delivers for Windows. That means the person who fills this role will be …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2016

Researchers crack Oz Govt medical data in 'easy' attack with PCs

Australian researchers have laid waste to the Federal Government's plan to criminalise the decryption of anonymised state data sets, just a day after it was announced, by 'easily' cracking government-held medical data. Federal attorney-general George Brandis yesterday announced that it would accept recommendations from the …
Darren Pauli, 29 Sep 2016

HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

HP Inc is trying to spin its way out of the mess it created when it decided it would be a fantastic idea to brick unofficial and refilled printer cartridges. Jon Flaxman, COO of the printers'n'PCs chunk of the former Hewlett Packard, confirmed on Wednesday his company really did in fact issue a firmware update in March that …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2016
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Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

Microsoft’s self-installing Windows 10 operating system has reached the 400 million mark, the firm announced at its Ignite conference in Atlanta this week, up from the previous high of 350 million in August. This adoption rate means the firm’s self-imposed target of a billion devices by mid-2018 looks increasingly unlikely, …
Dan Robinson, 27 Sep 2016

Intel, Lenovo officially gone to the dogs – with FIDO fingerprint logins

Lenovo, Intel and others are aiming to make online payments more secure by bringing the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) biometric authentication standard to PCs. The fingerprint scanning technology is implemented in Lenovo’s latest Yoga 910 laptop, which is one of those consumer 2-in-1 convertible gizmos with a fold-back screen …
Dan Robinson, 26 Sep 2016
Office Space

Windows printer bug fixed

Microsoft has this week quietly admitted on its website that one of its security updates broke printing on pre-Windows 10 PCs. The MS16-098 patch, issued in August, fixes privilege escalation bugs in kernel-level drivers on Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service …
Iain Thomson, 23 Sep 2016

Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

A fresh update for Capcom's Street Fighter V for PCs includes a knock-out move: a secret rootkit that gives any installed application kernel-level privileges. This means any malicious software on the system can poke a dodgy driver installed by SFV to completely take over the Windows machine. Capcom claims it uses the driver to …
Chris Williams, 23 Sep 2016

Korean cargo line bailout saves Christmas for tech companies

Bankers have loaned US$100m to Korean shipping line Hanjin, likley saving Christmas for tech companies, distributors and retailers. Hanjin's finances ran aground in late August, when it filed for bankruptcy. That filing meant that the company's 97 container ships and the half a million or so containers they carried entered …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Sep 2016

Malware figures out it's running on VMs and refuses to execute

Malware writers are looking for the absence of documents to figure out which PCs are potential victims and which are virtual machines being used by white hats. SentinelOne senior researcher Caleb Fenton found the novel technique while attempting to coax the malware into activating so it could be analysed. The worm he was …
Darren Pauli, 23 Sep 2016

Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

Microsoft has been given a roasting by consumer group Which? over Windows 10 woes reported by users, with the organisation calling for compensation for those who found their PCs bricked after auto-updates. Which? said that it had surveyed its members for their experiences with the latest version of Windows, which was released …
Dan Robinson, 22 Sep 2016
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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

Microsoft has quietly excised Windows 10 free upgrade offers from Windows 7 and 8, aka the GWX.exe . PCs running Windows 7 or 8.x and Windows Update will silently delete the nagware, thanks to a new update dubbed KB3184143. “This update removes the Get Windows 10 app and other software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2016

Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

Lenovo has denied locking its Signature Edition PCs exclusively to Windows 10 under orders from Microsoft. A Reddit thread this morning accuses Microsoft and Lenovo of conspiring to prevent the installation of non-Windows operating systems on the Chinese goliath's PCs at the firmware level. Linux fans vented on the message …

It's OK for the FBI's fake hacks to hack suspects' PCs, says DoJ watchdog

No rules were broken when an FBI agent posed as a journalist to infect a criminal suspect's PC with spyware, says a US watchdog. And the Feds can do it again, provided they get the undercover operation signed off by their higher-ups. Way back in June 2007, 15-year-old Charles Jenkins used a Gmail account to send a bomb threat …
Chris Williams, 15 Sep 2016

Double-dipping malware steals iOS creds and roots Android

A newly-outed trojan is exploiting iOS and Android devices, ripping iCloud credentials abusing the trusted link between phones and PCs, says Palo Alto security researcher Claud Xiao. The attack appears to have failed in most circumstances, thanks to iOS' sandboxing security controls, hardened modern Android operating systems, …
Darren Pauli, 15 Sep 2016
The Windows 10 Store

Microsoft Desktop Bridge opens, Win32 apps can now cross into Windows Store

Microsoft has revealed that its Desktop Bridge is open, meaning Win32 apps can now be packaged for consumption on the Windows Store and on anything that runs Windows 10. At present, only code that conforms to the strictures of the Universal Windows Platform are permitted into the Store. The significance of the Bridge's opening …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2016
Rotten apple

HP doorsteps Apple shoppers at the altar of dreams

HP Inc GPC '16 HP Inc has launched a new sales tactic to take on Apple - hijacking worshippers of expensive iThings as soon as they step outside the altar of dreams to compare Macs with its slim and light PCs. Taking to the stage of the Global Partner Conference in Boston, Ron Coughlin, HP president of the Personal Systems division, did what …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2016

VMware eases Windows Mobile 10's turn-your-phone-into-a-PC pain

Bleeding-edge early adopters of Windows Mobile 10 have some more balm for their Continuum pains. Microsoft's Continuum lets you connect monitors, keyboards and mice to Windows Mobile phones to convert them into PCs. It fits in with Microsoft's universal app concept: software should just work wherever you're using Windows 10, …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2016
Dell EMC Frankenstein's Monster

Dell considers Franken-products once it gets around to consolidation

A running gag in the the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley points out that every other technology company has “making the world a better place” as its mission statement. Add Dell to that list: the leaders of the company's Asia-Pacific limb yesterday used more or less that mantra as to explain the company's next moves. In a conference …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2016
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Little boxes made of ticky-tacky: What Dell's record-busting $67bn EMC deal means

Dell’s acquisition of EMC is large by several measures: a $67bn purchase price – the most ever paid in tech. The claimed joint revenue for Dell and EMC is $74bn and the current joint workforce is 140,000 – with 40,000 being sales staff. Even the statements as to “why” Dell is buying EMC are big – yuuuge - with Michael Dell at …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2016
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What's Dell brewing the day before its EMC mega-slurp? A latte money? Oh, a flat white

Dell has reported near-flat revenues for its second quarter of the year, up just 1 per cent from its position 12 months ago. The company pulled in revenues of $13.1bn in the three months to July 29, compared to just under $13bn this time last year. This generated an operating income of $63m, up from a loss of $103m 12 months …
Iain Thomson, 06 Sep 2016
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Nougat for x86 lands

Developer-level code to run Android Nougat on x86 machines has landed. It's still a little don't-try-this-at-home affair, but the RemixOS devs needed a few days of Nougat (Android 7.0) for to get their branch ready. Nougat features like multi-window mode and split screen are supported, but the Nougat file manage is still …