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Silicon Valley's contribution to the US Republican Convention: Gayness

Analysis If ever there was any doubt that billionaire Peter Thiel was a contrarian, he put it to bed last night in a short speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, US. The Paypal cofounder and early investor in Facebook already stood out as a supporter of Donald Trump in Silicon Valley – an industry that despises the …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jul 2016

Google snubs 'dark money' questions at AGM. Shareholder power? Yeah, right

Alphabet shareholders demanding greater shareholder scrutiny and more transparency over its lobbying network were snubbed by Google executives at its AGM yesterday. To drive the point home, Google amended its incorporation documents so that Alphabet, its sole owner, doesn’t need to convene a vote of Alphabet shareholders for …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jun 2016
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Ansible adds .1 to Ansible 2.0, de-betas networking

Ansible has pushed out version 2.1 of its eponymous automation platform, with a large part of the update consisting of peeling off beta stickers on features it announced earlier this year. The vendor unveiled a foray into networking back in February at its London AnsibleFest. That technical preview has now been formalised as a …
Joe Fay, 27 May 2016
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What's Zuck planning with his Facebook bots? Maximum $ilo revenue

Analysis Facebook smashed through expectations for its first quarter of the year. A surge in mobile ads saw revenue up 52 per cent to $5.38bn while the user base grew to 1.65 billion – 22 per cent of the world’s population, and extracting every byte of data (and every penny from those bytes) from that existing user base is the company' …

Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

Analysis "You can't deprive a gangster of his gun" – Noel Coward Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sees things differently from his predecessor Steve Ballmer. And one of the first thing Nadella saw differently is Microsoft’s relationship to Google. On assuming the hot seat, he couldn’t understand why Microsoft was obviously at war with …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2016
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NASA saves Kepler space 'scope by turning it off and on again

The Kepler space telescope is back in action after a tense couple of weeks for NASA engineers. On April 8 the space agency reported that Kepler was stuck in emergency mode, which not only made stellar observations impossible but also burns through the telescope's limited fuel reserves at a prodigious rate. In a couple of days …
Iain Thomson, 22 Apr 2016
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Qualcomm channels Star Trek's Scotty as it faces a mobe chip wreck

Analysis Mobile chip designer Qualcomm typically channels Star Trek's Montgomery Scott, the chief engineer who under-promises to appear a miracle worker when he eventually delivers. The California-based biz follows the Scotty playbook by the letter. Just like the Enterprise's engineering guru would suck his teeth, cock his head, say it …
Chris Williams, 21 Apr 2016
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AI, VR, bots and YOU? A survivor's guide to The Future™

We’re at an inflection point, or – rather – the point before that inflection point. We are in the pre-countdown-phase for virtual reality or augmented reality or perhaps machine learning or bots, say onlookers. But which is it? Or will it be none of these? For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the future is definitely virtual …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2016
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Cyberthreat: How to respond...and when

Spotting threats in cyberspace is like star gazing. There are lots of them out there, but telling them apart and working out which ones are about to go supernova takes experience and skill. You don’t want to pour the same resource into protecting yourself against every single perceived threat, because no budget can support …
Danny Bradbury, 23 Mar 2016
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Microsoft: We think your Office files should see other people

Users of Microsoft Office now have more choice where they keep and work on their documents, and with whom they co-create them. "Since 2013, we’ve offered real-time co-authoring with Office Online documents stored in Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint Online," said Microsoft's Office VP Kirk Koenigsbauer in a blog post. "Today …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jan 2016
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Stop the music! Booby-trapped song carjacked vehicles – security prof

Usenix Enigma The modern car's operating system is such a mess that researchers were once able to get complete control of a vehicle by playing a song laced with malicious code. Malware encoded in the track was executed after the file was loaded from a CD and processed by a buggy parser. "A car is a big distributed system with wheels …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jan 2016
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Forget the drones, Amazon preps its own cargo container ship operation out of China

Amazon may well launch a maritime shipping operation that will allow the retail giant to ferry tons of cargo. Ryan Peterson, CEO of freight forwarding company Flexport, dug up a filing with the US Federal Maritime Commission listing Amazon, through its China subsidiary, as a registered freight provider. The registration, says …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jan 2016

No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

Microsoft's relentless campaign to push Windows 10 onto every PC on the planet knows no bounds: now business desktops will be nagged to upgrade. When Redmond started quietly installing Windows 10 on computers via Windows Update, it was aimed at getting home users off Windows 7 and 8. If you were using Windows Pro or Enterprise …
Chris Williams, 14 Jan 2016
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Ansible dumps Van Halen product names for Led Zeppelin references

Ansible has released version 2.0 of its eponymous automation platform, marking what it claims is its “most ambitious” release to date by switching its code name conventions from Van Halen songs to Led Zeppelin tracks. Thus the new release is dubbed “Over the Hills and Far Away”. Which at least is less ominous perhaps than …
Joe Fay, 12 Jan 2016
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IBM cloud chief joins top-brass exit

Two more senior executives – one with veteran status - have exited IBM’s $16bn software business. Cloud chief technology officer and staffer of 18 years Danny Sabbah has retired. He goes, however, with just a single year as IBM’s cloud chief under his belt. Also gone is general manager of IBM Security Brendan Hannigan, who …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2016
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2015 wasn't about AWS. It was about everybody getting ready to try to beat AWS

2015 Year Review One star eclipsed all others in the enterprise in 2015: Amazon. Or, rather, its cloud division, AWS. It somehow became a given that AWS leads in Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), with the one-time ebook shop now a major IT infrastructure provider. That ebook flogger has become an IT infrastructure provider for the likes of …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Dec 2015
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2015: The year storage was rocked to its foundations

Storage year in review, part 1 The storage market in 2015 went through strategic foundation-shaking turmoil as the external shared disk array storage playbook was torn to shreds. It was a bewildering year, with rampaging and revolutionary activity at all levels of the industry. It’s best looked at from the ground up, starting with the technology vision, …
Wireless Watch, 25 Dec 2015
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Who would win a fight between Cortana and Android?

Microsoft's removed the “Hey Cortana” voice activation feature from its Cortana Android app. Cortana is Microsoft's digital assistant, a cloudy entity to which one can pose spoken questions in order to search the 'net instead of going through the unpleasant business of typing or poking a touch screen. Microsoft, Google and …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2015

Microsoft shelves 'suicidal' Android-on-Windows plan

Analysis Microsoft has sidelined its plan to allow Windows 10 devices to run Android apps before it could do any serious damage, according to a report. Daniel Rubino at the Windows Central blog gathered some convincing evidence that Microsoft's Project Astoria has been wound down, while the runtime allowing the Android-on-Win10 magic …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Nov 2015
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New Relic goes old school, wooing enterprises, partners at FutureStack

New Relic joined the race to embed the words "enterprise" and "partners" in its product offering and marketing materials as it kicked off its FutureStack conference in San Francisco, with the software analytics vendor unveiling a slew of new capabilities in its Software Analytics Cloud. Its Open Cloud Platform gets MongoDB …
Joe Fay, 12 Nov 2015

Microsoft re-writes the cloud service playbook

Microsoft has extended the time it will support some of Azure's early cloud storage APIs. Explained here by Azure principal program manager Dinesh Murthy, Redmond seems to have a couple of motivations for the changes. One is to give users more time to switch to newer APIs, suggesting users feel they're being rushed. But some …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2015

Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10

Listicle Clickbait Special BlackBerry wants you to know that the BlackBerry 10 (BB10) isn't dead. But beyond receiving essential maintenance, it simply isn't a priority for BlackBerry, which boasts that it now has over 50 per cent of its staff in software and sales jobs. "We have two confirmed new releases, 10.3.3 and 10.3.4, on the roadmap. These …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Oct 2015
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Managing DevOps in the hybrid cloud

Here’s the big challenge for companies wanting to excel at software delivery: how can you foster fast development and rollouts of software tools, while supporting new deployment platforms, such as hybrid cloud environments? There’s a lot to juggle, and it won’t be easy. DevOps can help. DevWhat? DevOps isn’t so much a product …
Robin Birtstone, 28 Sep 2015
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Bucks bringer-inner Box beats street, brings home bacon, makes loss

Cloud storage provider Box easily beat its estimated revenue target for its second quarter, with double-digit growth over the year, and lifted its estimated full-year revenue number. Losses also deepened however, but at a lower annual rate of 33.6 per cent, and shares rose 2.66 per cent to $14.27 as investors patted CEO Aaron …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2015
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SOHOpeless: Security stains on Honeywell's Tuxedo home automator

Honeywell has issued an urgent firmware update for its three-year-old Tuxedo Touch home automation controller to patch vulnerabilities that could, among other things, let an attacker unlock users' deadlocks. This CERT advisory explains that without the firmware upgrade, all users are vulnerable to authentication bypass and …
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Cut-throat cloud pricing not as cut-throat as you'd think

Cloud providers have taken a leaf out of the budget airlines playbook, with what looks like a suicidal price war masking static pricing on the added value services that customers actually need to run real businesses. But while overall cloud costs are not plunging anywhere near as precipitously as headlines might have you …
Joe Fay, 22 Jul 2015
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FBI to 'aggressively' probe St Louis Cardinals in baseball 'hack' storm

The St Louis Cardinals – the perennial good guys of pro baseball – are being investigated by the FBI after someone allegedly gatecrashed computer systems belonging to the Cardinals' former rivals, the Houston Astros. Office staff at the Cardinals may have gained unauthorized access to the Astros' internal databases using nothing …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jun 2015
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IT service management as an enterprise-wide service

When it comes to providing efficient services, can the IT department teach the rest of the business a thing or two? IT has come a long way in the last few years. Traditionally, the IT department lived in an ivory tower, but commercial pressures forced it to change its stance. IT service management (ITSM) tools and techniques …
Danny Bradbury, 29 May 2015
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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

Apple has banned Watch apps that tell the time from the App Store, thus forbidding them from fanbois' wrists. The terms and conditions of the store explicitly state that timepiece software is a no-go. You'll just have to use the watch faces provided by the Cupertino idiot-tax operation. It's not the first time Apple has clamped …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2015

Think server vulns are the IT department's problem? Think again

Regardless of the type or size of business you're part of, the way we approach security has changed forever. Gone are the days that a business can feel safe with its security design model. Attacks have become more sophisticated. Your organization should no longer be thinking about “if” an attack will happen, but be planning for …
Theresa Miller, 31 Mar 2015

Jailed Brit con phishes prison, gets bail

A convicted British fraudster used a fake website and fake identities to trick prison officers into releasing him. Neil Moore — jailed for fraud worth £1,819,000 — used a smuggled mobile to post a website mirroring that of the Southwark Crown Court. He then emailed prison officers with instructions for his release, according to …
Darren Pauli, 30 Mar 2015

IBM's OpenPower gang touts first proper non-Big Blue-badged server

GTC 2015 The OpenPower Foundation unveiled new hardware – including its first commercially available server – at its first OpenPower Summit on Wednesday, a mini-event nestled within Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference in California. The foundation has also forged a relationship with the Facebook-led Open Compute Project, which operates …
Chris Williams, 19 Mar 2015
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Jolla launches Sailfish 2.0, now with added security

MWC 2015 Jolla, the smouldering platform which was born out of Nokia’s decision to go Microsoft, has announced its new version of the Sailfish OS. The special ingredient in version 2.0 is security, achieved via a deal with Finland's SSH Communications Security, the company which provides internet-based secure end-to-end communications …
Simon Rockman, 02 Mar 2015
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Cluster-grappling kids clash: Battle of the Big Iron in the Big Easy

HPC Blog Two hundred years after the first Battle of New Orleans*, we saw the third, and perhaps most important, tussle the city has ever seen. I am, of course, referring to the SC14 Student Cluster Competition (here's a quick guide on how the youngsters' HPC battles work). This is the seventh time that university students have battled …

Win Sun, lose Sun: How Larry's bet on old-world systems hurt Oracle

Oracle-Sun anniversary Feeling calm and relaxed? Join the Reg on a journey to an alternate reality where Oracle’s cloud business is the envy of all of its competitors. It holds two trillion objects and is growing faster now than at any time in its history. What began as something for developers is becoming an enterprise IT staple – a platform for …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2015
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Evernote says goodbye to Hello, shuts lid on Peek

Evernote, which makes a useful free form database with over 100 million users, has taken an axe to some little used services and platforms, while extending its new chat service to iDevices. The contact manager Evernote Hello is getting the chop – the company explains its functions, which include business-card scanning, have …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2015
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BlackBerry Enterprise chief: Yes, we did leave users behind

Interview BlackBerry's previous management left its users behind and underused a vital asset, its enterprise chief told El Reg in a wide-ranging interview. John Sims is part of the rescue team brought in a year ago, when the Canadian giant was at rock bottom – and was seemingly on the wrong end of every trend in the business. The …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jan 2015
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UK retailers in TABLET PRICE SLASH BONANZA

Bad news for the big man in red - if Santa left a tablet under your tree he probably paid too much, as a massive glut of fondlesome devices has seen prices tumbling. You can buy tablets for under £30, but for just over that (including shipping) you can get a 7” Quad Core device, and Amazon is now chock-a-block with cheap …
Simon Rockman, 30 Dec 2014
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Snowden files show NSA's AURORAGOLD pwned 70% of world's mobe networks

The NSA, and its British counterpart GCHQ, snooped on innocent telco employees and standards bodies to tap into mobile phone networks worldwide, according to the latest leak from the Edward Snowden archive. The mobile tapping system, dubbed AURORAGOLD, successfully cracked 701 of an estimated 985 cellular networks worldwide, …
Iain Thomson, 04 Dec 2014
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Hungry Advanced Computer Software gets swallowed for £725m

Acquisition-hungry Advanced Computer Software (ACS) has itself been acquired by private equity firm Vista for £725m. Vin Murria, chief executive of the healthcare and biz management software and services firm, said the deal would help ACS move to its "next stage of its growth". She said: "ACS' value has grown from £32m to £ …
Kat Hall, 25 Nov 2014
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Someone has broken into your systems. Now what?

So, you've been hacked. Compromised. Breached and violated. Some criminal Goldilocks has been inside your network and found that your data was neither too hot nor too cold but just right. What are you going to do about it? This could happen to any organisation and what you do to mitigate the problem could define your public …
Danny Bradbury, 10 Nov 2014

Steve Jobs makes world a better place FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

Apple chief Tim Cook sent an email to staffers on Friday, in which he reminded them all of the greatness of Steve Jobs – who has been dead three years today. It comes after Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt took a swipe at the Apple boss on Thursday for supposedly getting it wrong about the ad and search giant's security …
Team Register, 05 Oct 2014

Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

There’s nothing tech companies like more than creating buzz. The more buzz, the less substance – as a rash of me-too tablet events a few years back proved. Tomorrow, Microsoft is scheduled to host an event on the West Coast that many believe will be the scene of the unveiling of the next version of Windows. Upping the …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2014
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Hollywood's made an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film?!

Film Review There’s nothing like the power of love to screw up a good movie about science. Whether it’s miracle medical cures for the mentally ill who just needed to find “the one” (Silver Linings Playbook) or the old chestnut that feelings about people and nature are just better than science and progress (Avatar), there’s nothing Hollywood …
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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

When Microsoft sent out invitations to a secret press event for September 30 in San Francisco, rumors spread that it would mark the next major release of Windows. Now the president of Microsoft France has blown apart Microsoft's attempt at Applesque PR – by letting slip that "Windows 9" is indeed coming. "Last year we had …
Iain Thomson, 23 Sep 2014
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Sellouts! Fans snap up iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders to avoid store queues

Apple's online shop fell over at midnight, Pacific Time, when it opened for iPhone 6 "pre-orders" – what Apple calls orders for its first shipment of new things. Also as expected by anyone sane, the first batch of iPhone 6 Plus devices sold out quickly, so any further orders of the larger model are delayed, conveniently …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2014
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Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

Russian security software vendor Kaspersky has yanked an article from its website arguing that netizens shouldn't fear state surveillance unless they had done something wrong in the first place. "Remember if you’re doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide," the cached version of the unsigned article states. "There is …
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2014
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New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first

The new CEO of US mobile operator Sprint says he's planning aggressive moves to regain market share starting next week, but the big changes he has in mind will make job cuts unavoidable. According to a report by telecoms industry news site Light Reading, Marcelo Claure, Sprint's newly minted chief exec, told employees at a …
Neil McAllister, 15 Aug 2014

Merger-hungry Comcast and Time Warner withdraw from FCC commissioner's dinner event

Executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable are stepping back from plans to fund a gala dinner for Mignon Clyburn, a member of the US Federal Communications Commission(FCC). The two firms had been among the companies set to sponsor a Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner event honoring commsissioner Clyburn. The foundation, …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Aug 2014

Oculus seeks partners in drive to get a billion people into virtual reality

Oculus, the company behind the ski-google Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, is borrowing a page from Google's Android business-model playbook, and will seek partners to help it blanket the real world with virtual ones. "If we do want to get a billion people on virtual reality, which is our goal, we're not going to sell 1 …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Jun 2014