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Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

Comment We just didn’t know it at the time, but Pebble’s fate was sealed in May 2013 when it surrendered control to outsiders who saddled it with debt. Yesterday Pebble’s new owner Fitbit lost no time in closing down the operation, not merely snuffing out any prospect of new products, but warning Pebble owners that they’re not going …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2016

Huawei Nova: A pleasant surprise in a 5in phone

Hands-on Last year, Huawei built a phone for Google called the Nexus 6P, and everyone who had one loved it. Huawei's "nova" (officially lowercase) resembles a slimline version of the Nexus 6P. But while it retains the quite beautiful design, the Nova is not a Nexus 6P at all. The five-inch Nova is the latest in a rapidly proliferating …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2016

Sigh... 'Hundreds of thousands' of... sigh, web CCTV cams still at risk of... sigh, hijacking

Vid Amid ongoing malware infections of IoT gadgets and armies of commandeered gizmos attacking server, glaring security holes in web-connected CCTV cameras are going unpatched. So say researchers with Cybereason, who claim a pair of high-profile vulnerabilities they spotted in surveillance cams two years ago have been completely …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Dec 2016

Don't have a Dirty COW, man: Android gets full kernel hijack patch

Google has posted an update for Android that, among other fixes, officially closes the Dirty COW vulnerability. The December 2016 update covers a total of 74 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in Android devices. These fixes should be landing on Nexus handsets devices very soon, if not already, and installed as soon as …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Dec 2016
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Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

The UK government has insisted it is effectively communicating the benefits of its controversial smart meter programme – despite MPs having identified a "lack of clarity" over the "problem" the scheme is trying to solve. In its response to the committee’s “Evidence Check” report on smart meters in September, the government …
Kat Hall, 07 Dec 2016

China and Russia aren't ready to go it alone on tech, but their threats are worryingly plausible

Feature China and Russia are populous, wealthy nations that the technology industry has long-regarded as exceptional growth prospects. And then along came Edward Snowden, whose suggestions that American vendors were complicit in the United States' surveillance efforts gave governments everywhere a reason to re-think their relationship …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2016
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Microsoft boffins think VR visions will rival drugs by 2027

Search as people presently know it – a dialog box for typed queries – will vanish in a decade, according to Susan Dumais, distinguished scientist and deputy managing director of Microsoft Research Lab. Dumais is one of 17 Microsoft researchers who, in a blog post on Monday, offered predictions about technology developments we …
Thomas Claburn, 06 Dec 2016

If your smart home gear hasn't updated recently, throw it in the trash

When was the last time your smart thermostat, lights, hub, camera, or power socket was updated? If it was a while ago, you may want to think about chucking it in the garbage. That's according to DNS mage and security expert Paul Vixie, who has been using his status in the internet world to increasingly warn about the dangers …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Dec 2016

BlackBerry's final QWERTY floats past the rumour mill

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but what if BlackBerry had produced a smart, secure Android QWERTY in 2011, rather than waiting until 2017? A photo purporting to be BlackBerry’s final phone – which happens to be a smart, secure Android QWERTY expected in Q1 next year, popped up at the weekend, inviting counterfactual histories …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Dec 2016

Wearable eats wearable: Fitbit 'to buy Pebble' with a steal of a deal

Crowdfunding hero and smart bling pioneer Pebble is about to be acquired by Fitbit. The Information was first with the story, and subsequent reports suggest the price is modest: around $35 to $40m. The company launched its first smartwatch under the Pebble name on Kickstarter in 2012 after Vancouver engineering student Eric …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2016
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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

The government was warned of the risks surrounding its controversial smart meter programme four years ago, according to a leaked internal report seen by The Register, but appears to have largely ignored those concerns. A review of the programme from March 2012 highlights the vulnerability of smart meters to cyber-attacks, and …
Kat Hall, 30 Nov 2016
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HPE: Keep cool, cloud peeps. Store hot data in on-premises flash

HPE is pushing its 3PAR Flash Now initiative to customers to buy 3PAR StoreServ all-flash storage array technology starting at $0.03 per usable Gigabyte per month. It claims this is a fraction of the cost of public cloud alternatives. In full market-speak glory, a canned quote from HPE's Bill Philbin, VP and GM for Storage, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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Channel partner programmes: Sure you're getting good deal?

Sponsored Recent history is littered with reseller liquidations and relationship break-ups, the sort that make the Brangelina divorce look like a kids’ party. Resellers have had to adapt to commoditisation, internet-based competition, mixed direct and indirect models, the emergence of cloud-based services and the complex demands of an …
David Gordon, 29 Nov 2016

If you have a problem, if no one else can help – and if you can find them – maybe you can hire DARPA's A-Teams

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the US military, has today announced a new program aimed at using AI to bring together skills from humans and machines to solve problems more effectively. The use of AI is seeping through to all areas of technology, including the military. But don’t …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Nov 2016
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EU puts out prescription for smart hospitals

An EU agency has grappled with thorny issues surrounding the adoption of IoT technology in hospitals to draft a series of best practice guidelines. The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) study engaged information security officers from more than 10 hospitals across the EU, painting a picture of …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2016
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2.1Gbps speeds over LTE? That's not a typo, EE's already done it

MBBF2016 Engineers at EE recently managed to get speeds of 2.1Gbps out of a trial LTE deployment, according to Tom Bennett, the British telco’s director of network services and devices. “Correct me if I’m wrong but that’s the fastest anyone’s got LTE to go anywhere,” Bennett told the world’s tech press at Huawei’s Global Mobile …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Nov 2016
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Microsoft’s ‘Home Hub’ probably isn’t even hardware at all

Microsoft isn’t in a rush to follow Amazon and Google by planting a pair of creepy listening ears in your living room, disguised as a robot buddy. Microsoft’s fabled “Home Hub” may not even be hardware at all. But you can see why tongues are wagging. Given the success of Amazon’s Echo speaker, and with Google launching a me- …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Nov 2016

Don't rush into 5G until you've got a market, warns GTI chief

MBBF2016 Mobile carriers should only adopt 5G "if we're able to create new markets", Craig Ehrlich of the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) has warned the mobile network industry, adding: "If 5G does not focus on that then we're buying a lot of equipment and [just] talking a lot of hype." Huawei, organisers of the Global Mobile Broadband …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Nov 2016
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Fibre pushers get UK budget tax reprieve

Businesses rolling out pure fibre in the UK are to be exempt from paying land rates over the next five years, Chancellor Philip Hammond's announced in a reprieve to providers in his Autumn Statement today. Broadband providers previously hit out against a forthcoming hike in business rates that will dramatically increase the …
Kat Hall, 23 Nov 2016
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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

RotM Dear reader, I am in a state of shock and horror. That’s right - I have attempted to use a Japanese electric toilet in the manner for which it was designed. I fear my rear may never recover. Your correspondent is currently in Tokyo for Huawei’s Mobile Broadband Forum 2016 and is staying in an excellent, if, for the purposes of …
Gareth Corfield, 23 Nov 2016

Talend CEO: Profit? We're a few years off... But we're cash-flow positive

Interview Founded in France in 2005, Talend made its initial public offering on the NASDAQ in July, listing as a French company although it's now headquartered in Redwood City, south of San Francisco. It was only the fifth technology IPO of the year, raising questions as to how fruitful the listing might be. But Talend raised $94m, and …
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Wikibon invokes the old gods to make six tech predictions for 2017

Analysis Wikibon's chief technology guy, David Floyer, has put out his top six disruptive tech tips for 2017, seeing that ARM and Open CAPI will separately grow at Intel's Xeon expense, the cloud at on-premises' Server SAN expense, and flash at disk drive's expense, while XPoint will be a 2017 dud. Here's his list: AWS will …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2016
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Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought

The UK government has been accused of burying a report on its hated £11bn smart meters project by releasing revised spending data just hours after the election of Donald Trump. The scheme will require energy suppliers to offer 53 million meters to homes and small businesses by 2020 and the implementation is to be rolled out in …
Kat Hall, 17 Nov 2016

Nest Cam: A compelling piece of hardware-software

Review It was only a few years ago that everyone was scoffing at futurists who claimed that we would all be streaming our music rather than buying digital or physical copies. But I want to own my music, bellowed many. I want physical CDs, not computer files. When digital files became more useful and usable, there were more reasons …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Nov 2016

Telstra's answers El Reg's Smart Home security questions

Telstra has managed to emit a response to The Register's questions about the soundness of its Smart Home service strategy, which we received at 5:10 PM yesterday. Vendors Telstra has, pleasingly, identified the vendors supplying its kit: The platform is powered by Icontrol; Cameras, smart plugs and door sensors are …

Nokia's great lost smartwatch? #SavedYouALandfill

Footage has emerged of Nokia's never-released smartwatch – suggesting Microsoft was wise to kill the project when it acquired the Finns' mobile division. The Nokia watch prototype in the video dates to the zenith of the smartwatch hype in 2014. Nokia showed the device in private at that year's Mobile World Congress, and it was …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Nov 2016
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Brit smart streetlight bods Telensa named 'global market leader'

British IoT streetlight firm Telensa has been named as a global market leader in, er, LED streetlights with networked cameras on them. Telensa is one of the few IoT-focused firms that has made serious inroads into the smart cities market, with a million IoT streetlights deployed around the world. Its PLANet streetlight system …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Nov 2016

IBM offers Trump its ideas to Make America Great Again

Big Blue's big boss, Ginni Rometty, is hoping to dance on the tightrope that Big Orange has brought to the White House. Trump's unexpected election puts the technology industry in a tight spot, because many associate it with the economic conditions Trump exploited throughout his campaign. Globalisation demonised as a destroyer …
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Nostradamus, what do you see in 2017?

Facebook and Apple will start buying sports and movie rights. The internet startup bubble will burst. And lots of people will buy a Nokia phone. What do you reckon? Yes, it’s that time of the year when CCS Insight goes all Nostradamus on us, picking key technology and telecomms trends for the year (and years) ahead. As ever, …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Nov 2016
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Telstra launches Australian homes onto the Internet of S**t

Telstra's decided that Australian homes aren't insecure enough, launching its very own Internet of S**t Things offering based mostly on generic home-branded kit. The service, offered to Testra and non-Telstra broadband users, currently comes in two starter flavours: a home security offering with window sensors and camera; or …
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Verizon pours cash into city Wi-Fi with LQD buy

US telecom giant Verizon says it will buy the Big Apple startup LQD WiFi with the goal of improving network access in crowded cities. Set up by ex-Microsoftie Randy Ramusack, LQD specializes in developing public "hub" kiosks that combine Wi-Fi base stations with charging stations and digital signage screens. The LQD "Palo" …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2016
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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

Sitting in my desk drawer is a 500GB Hitachi Life Studio Mobile. External drive, pathetic capacity. Seagate has a 5TB Backup Plus Portable external drive in the same physical size, with ten times as much storage space. The Backup Plus is 20mm thick and comes in 4TB or 5TB configurations having, we understand, a 15mm thick …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2016
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Yeah, that '50bn IoT devices by 2020' claim is a load of dog toffee

The Internet of Things is mostly a hype bubble, with real-world spending and deployments being just a fraction of their predicted level, according to a report by analysts IDTechEx. While spending on IoT runs to "billions yearly", the cost of buying and installing actual IoT networks "is much more modest, contrary to heroic …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Nov 2016
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Russian banks floored by withering DDoS attacks

At least five Russian banks weathered days-long DDoS attacks this week. A wave of assaults began on Tuesday afternoon and continued over the next two days. Victims include Sberbank and Alfabank, both of which confirmed DDoS attacks on their online services, RT reports. The attacks were powered by compromised IoT devices, …
John Leyden, 11 Nov 2016
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This week's biggest shock: The race to 200Gbps has been won

Comment As we reported today, Mellanox announced today it has broken through the 200Gb/sec barrier. We're told it will ship an end-to-end 200Gb/s interconnect solution in the first half of 2017. Mellanox will refresh its Quantum smart switches, ConnectX 6 adapters, along with the cables that connect the two together. What does this …

Kotkin: Why Trump won

Interview Why did Donald Trump win? He filled a vacuum that was vacated by both Democratic and Republican parties, says Joel Kotkin. Kotkin is one of a small handful of writers who highlighted the role of Silicon Valley's oligarchs in American society. No fan of The Donald ("a horror" is how he described him back in June when we talked …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Nov 2016
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IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

Researchers have developed a proof-of-concept worm they say can rip through Philips Hue lightbulbs across entire cities – causing the insecure web-connected globes to flick on and off. The software nasty, detailed in a paper titled IoT Goes Nuclear: Creating a ZigBee Chain Reaction [PDF], exploits hardcoded symmetric …
Darren Pauli, 10 Nov 2016
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Just what everyone needs right now – an HPE chat bot wrapped in a Docker container, right?

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has a bot for you. The company has taken GitHub's Hubot code and wrapped it in a Docker container, to promote the conceit of ChatOps, a model for combining communication tools with DevOps automation. At the DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco on Monday, Daniel Perez, software engineer at HPE, …
Thomas Claburn, 09 Nov 2016
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LeEco – the Chinese biz that said it'll topple US tech giants – has already hit the rocks

Less than a month ago, Chinese media and electronics firm LeEco made its glitzy launch into the US market. However, its founder Jia Yueting has just told staff that the firm is in trouble. Back then LeEco (pronounced Le Echo) promised a smartphone better in spec to Google's Pixel or Apple's iPhone but costing half as much; a $ …
Iain Thomson, 08 Nov 2016
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Kaminario's K2 mountain is about to be uplifted

+Comment Kaminario is building its K2 all-flash array mountain higher in scale, performance and price/performance terms and adding dynamic composability. It sees problems with software-defined, hyper-converged systems and traditional array-based products because they can't meet the needs of customers that are getting "SaaSified," in …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2016

Google makes it to third base with Home digital assistant

Review There's really no way to write about Google Home, the search giant's digital assistant, without comparing it to the Amazon Echo. In fact, without the Echo's unexpected and extraordinary success, it's hard to imagine the Home would exist at all. So let's get it out of the way: the Echo just narrowly nudges the Google Home …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Nov 2016
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Living with the Pixel XL – Google's attempt at a high-end phone

Review Earlier this month, Google announced its Pixel range of smartphones – two models intended to replace the Nexus line the Chocolate Factory has carried for the past six years. The Nexus carried a stripped-down version of Android with no bloatware or funny skins. It was beloved by developers for its simplicity, for getting code …
Iain Thomson, 05 Nov 2016
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Power to the (outsourced) people – globalisation starts small

Radbot Pleading poverty, we don't have huge quantities of cash to throw at the necessary elements of a crowdfunding campaign such as the main video and its fleet of videolets for social meeja channels. Yes, we're cheap. Or "efficient": quick, find me a CFO to make it sound better! So one way to get this material made is to have …

Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Toy bears and model aeroplanes. Mini tubs of Pringles. Super-expensive watches that look like rusty bicycle parts adorned with a mashed insects. [sings] These are a few of my faaaavourite thiiiiings. Yes indeed, every modern luxury that Western capitalism can conjure are to be found on board this no-frills flight across the …
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Nov 2016
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Nest turns off oven, vacuum

Smart home gizmo maker Nest has announced a range of household appliances that will now work with its thermostat, smoke alarm and camera ecosystem. A Whirlpool dishwasher, Rheem water heater, Samsung vacuum and Jenn-Air stove, among other things, will now be able to interact intelligently with the smart-home devices in a range …
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Nov 2016
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Ubuntu Core Snaps door shut on Linux's new Dirty COWs

Canonical has released Ubuntu Core 16 for IoT, featuring Linux self-patching for a generation of users against future Bash or Dirty COWs. Ubuntu Core 16 features Snaps, a zip file concept Canonical says will streamline IoT device updates protecting against hackers and data loss. Snaps shipped in Ubuntu 16.10 but Ubuntu Core is …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2016
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Lenovo hires tech 'big brains' to turn around crappy sales

With sales shrinking in every corner of the portfolio and staff losing their jobs, Lenovo said Thursday it has hired some of the industry's "top minds" – presumably to help it figure a way out of its perfect storm. The Chinese giant has reported an 8 per cent year-on-year drop in Q2 revenue to $11.2bn, though this was up 12 …
Paul Kunert, 03 Nov 2016

Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

Facebook has shut down efforts by a car insurance company to use posts on the social network to decide discounts – over privacy concerns. No, honestly. The "firstcarquote" service was launched by UK-based Admiral on Wednesday and is intended to offer new drivers the ability to save money on their insurance by downloading an …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Nov 2016
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Apple fans using Chrome on alert for Mac malware

Security researchers at Cylance have uncovered a malware-spreading campaign that uses Google AdWords to pump out rogue code to macOS users. The malefactors bought the AdWords top ranking for the search term "Google Chrome," which appeared to lead the user to www.google.com/chrome. In fact it redirected them to googlechromelive …
Iain Thomson, 01 Nov 2016
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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

The IT system that was to underpin Blighty's smart meter rollout remains unfinished as another yet another deadline whooshes by. The last time it missed a smart meter deadline, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) promised that “the new infrastructure is planned to go live at the end of …