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Finnish court slaps Peter Sunde with €350k fine

Pirate Bay cofounder Peter Sunde has been hit with a fine worth nearly US$400,000 by a court in Helsinki. The Helsinki District Court issued the fine, with local outlet Digitoday reporting (in Finnish) the €350,000 fine is for his role in facilitating copyright infringement. The fine includes €55,000 in costs. The court case …
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Ericsson set to lay off thousands of workers over summer – report

Swedish telecommunications business Ericsson is reportedly set to rid itself of up to 4,000 employees this summer, and potentially thousands more thereafter. Citing anonymous sources, Svenska Dagbladet (SVD) reported that 3,000-4,000 Ericsson workers were going to go this summer, with thousands more following them as the …
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Microsoft splashes Virtual Reality-slinging 'Scorpio' Xbox

Microsoft has unveiled its entry into the VR gaming space with a souped-up Xbox One console dubbed "Project Scorpio." Set for release in late 2017, Redmond says that the VR-ready model will be on shelves in time for the holiday shopping season. Though Microsoft is not providing many details on the new Xbox, the company says …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jun 2016
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Hackers targeting SWIFT banks also targeted US moneymen: Hedge funds at risk

The Lazarus Group of hackers, blamed for a recent run of attacks against mainly Asian banks linked through the SWIFT network, is now suspected of targeting a mid-market US bank. Evidence uncovered by threat detection firm eSentire suggests that the Lazarus crew (which is also the chief suspect in the 2014 Sony Pictures hack) …
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2016
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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

Analysis Google could use defeat in the Oracle case to take Android proprietary, reckons analyst Richard Windsor, who thinks development for this watershed event is already well underway, as we reported last week. Google would then be able to bring the ecosystem up to date much more quickly than it does today. Last year’s Marshmallow …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jun 2016
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Broadcom sues Sony over MPEG, wireless etc patents in PlayStation 4

Chip designer Broadcom is suing Sony over allegations the PlayStation 4 has been using patents without a license. Filing suit [PDF] in the Central California District Court, Broadcom claims that the latest Sony gaming box infringes on ten of its patents covering basic activities performed by a home console, such as decoding …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jun 2016

Recycled malware code 'links' SWIFT bank heist to Sony ransackers

Five additional pieces of malware suggest there is a stronger tie between North Korea's Lazarus Group of hackers and last month's run of cyber-attacks on banks. A study by Anomali Labs' senior security researcher Aaron Shelmire expands upon Symantec's earlier findings. According to Symantec, two pieces of malware were used to …
John Leyden, 02 Jun 2016

Foxconn to slurp loss-making Smart Technologies for $200m

Loss-making interactive display vendor Smart Technologies has agreed to sell up to Foxconn for $200m. Under the terms of the deal, the Chinese contract manufacturer will fork out $4.50 per Smart Tech share, equating to a 21 per cent premium on the average trading price in the last 90 days. The buy gives Smart access to a “ …
Paul Kunert, 27 May 2016
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FOURTH bank hit by SWIFT hackers

A fourth bank, this time in the Philippines, has been attacked by hackers targeting the SWIFT inter-bank transfer system. Security researchers at Symantec reckon the same group blamed for the infamous $81m Bangladesh central bank mega-heist back in February also mounted an earlier assault in the Philippines last year, itself …
John Leyden, 27 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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The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors

The PC market is doomed. We know this. You know this. Gartner knows this, but it reckons vendors can bleed out a few more pennies if they start selling high-end rigs for gamers. "PCs are no longer the first or only devices users are choosing for internet access," said Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner. …

Kobayashi Maru gets real: VR and AR in meatspace today

Three years ago few people other than hardcore gamers and those working in specialist industrial fields were still talking about VR. It was a gimmicky technology cursed by the “P” word (“potential”) and huge, ungainly headsets that generated a flurry of interest in the late 1990s that quickly evaporated. Today, it’s big news …
Alistair Dabbs, 13 May 2016
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South Korea fingers North for defence contractor hack

South Korea is fingering its northern neighbours for an attack last month against a navy defence contractor. North Korea's regime says the attribution is political and dubbed the attacks fabricated. Details of the hack of Hanjin Heavy Industries have not been disclosed but local broadcaster Yonhap reports the government has …
Darren Pauli, 11 May 2016

Jaku botnet runs targeted attack behind sandstorm of routine malfeasance

Security researchers have spotted an on-going global botnet campaign seemingly linked to North Korea. The Jaku botnet has an unusual split personality. On the surface it’s spreading en masse through pirated software (warez) or poisoned BitTorrent trackers to notch up around 17,000 victims at any one time. However, a six month …
John Leyden, 05 May 2016

ICANN in a strop that Intel, Netflix, Lego, Nike and others aren't using their dot-brand domains

Some of the world's biggest brands, including Intel, Nike, Target, Netflix, Lego, UPS and the NFL have been told to put their namesake dot-word domains live in the next three months or risk losing them altogether. Domain name overseer ICANN has warned 200-plus companies in a blog post that there is a 12-month deadline from …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Apr 2016
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Q. What's the difference between smartphones and that fad diet you all got bored of? A. Nothing

For those wondering if we've reached Peak Smartphone: global smartphone shipments saw their first ever quarterly drop, say analysts. Research house Strategy Analytics says that shipments in the first quarter of 2016 declined by three per cent over the same period in 2015. This marks the first time analysts have recorded …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2016
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VR sales to 'skyrocket'

Virtual reality headset sales will explode this year, according to IDC. Applying its trademark number-of-units-sold forecaster to the VR market for the first time, IDC reckoned 9.6 million VR hardware units will be sold in 2016, worth a total of $2.3bn – an increase of 183.8 per cent on last year. Samsung, Sony, HTC and …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2016
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Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

About a year ago, we asked you to pray for AMD. It's working. AMD has announced a joint venture with a Chinese manufacturer that will churn out server processors using mini-Chipzilla's technologies in the Middle Kingdom. It also said it will bank about $1.5bn from three new games console chips over the next three or four years …
Chris Williams, 22 Apr 2016
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Virtual reality, actual $$

IDC says virtual reality will be a US$2.3bn market this year. The analyst firm says about 9.6 million sets of goggles will ship this year, with Samsung, Sony, HTC, and Oculus the market leaders. Gamers will be the main buyers. Augmented reality remains a far smaller market, with predicted shipments to reach 400,000. …
Darren Pauli, 22 Apr 2016

HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?

Review It’s only two years since HTC was the darling of the fanDroids. Distinctive, thoughtfully made and a cut above the rest in style, the HTC One M8 gathered the kind of plaudits an obscure band gets. A few things have changed since then – and I don’t realise how much until I opened the box. Erstwhile market leader Samsung, which …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2016
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Big Content seeks to ban Kickass Torrents from Australia

Australia's music industry wants Kickass Torrents blocked by local internet service providers. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has announced legal action in the Federal Court against the site, under last year's amendments to the Copyright Act. Those amendments, in Section 115A of the Act, allow a right to …
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Killer Japan quake jolts Sony factories to a halt

Sony says that it will be resuming production at several of its largest Japan manufacturing facilities following a series of devastating earthquakes in the region, though some other factories remain offline. The Japanese electronics giant said that its Kumamoto Technology Center semiconductor manufacturing plant has been …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2016

You Leica? P9 certainly is a Great Leap Forward in imaging... for Huawei

Review Huawei has grabbed the headlines with its audacious partnership with Leica – but does it measure up? Here’s the verdict on the P9: that is, the regular 5.2 inch model, not the larger P9 Plus, which has a few tricks of its own. Once you leave the hype behind – the P9’s dual-camera imaging is good, but not that good. I had hours …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 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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Sony settles Interview breach suit

Sony Pictures has agreed to settle a class action suit brought by employees exposed in a 2014 data breach related to the movie The Interview. The deal, approved Wednesday by the US District Court in Los Angeles, requires that Sony pay for unreimbursed expenses and losses, and cover in the future the costs of identity …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Apr 2016

Huawei's P9 flagship: There's a lot to Leica

Hands On "Samsung should be very concerned at what Huawei might be demonstrating in two to three years' time," I wrote in 2014, prompting some derision. Fair enough: Huawei didn't even have a 4G phone at that time. The consumer division hasn't even turned five. But who's laughing now? Huawei has cracked it with the P9, a phone strong …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2016
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Full Linux-on-PS4 hits Github

Ever since fail0verflow first told Chaos Computer Club Sony PS4 machines could be persuaded to run Linux, a fair amount of work has gone into replicating his demonstration. The problem for other PS4 hackers: to avoid take-downs and other sueballs from Sony, fail0verflow published only a Linux-to-PS4 port, leaving the rest of …

Lost in the obits: Intel's Andy Grove's great warning to Silicon Valley

Analysis A few years ago, Andy Grove took the Davos crowd to task. The received wisdom at the time – and it still is – was that America's future was as a "knowledge economy." It was 2010, and the former Intel CEO lamented that Foxconn employed more people – 800,000 in total – than Sony, Intel, Apple, Dell, Microsoft and HP combined. …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2016

Apple mulled gobbling its Brit GPU designers – but didn't like the taste

Apple was considering buying Imagination Technologies – designers of the PowerVR graphics processors in its iPhones and iPads – but walked away from the deal. In a statement today via Imagination and the London Stock Exchange, the Cupertino giant said: "From time to time, Apple talks with companies about potential acquisitions …
Chris Williams, 22 Mar 2016
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Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ

Review If only all reviews were as easy to write as this one. Take last year's product, make small but important refinements, and this year's is much better. The Galaxy S7 is the Android flagship to beat, and everyone who gets one will be really happy with it. That's basically all there is to it, really. Can I go home now? Samsung …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Mar 2016

Apple iPhone GPU designers Imagination axes 20 per cent of staff

Brit chip design house Imagination Technologies will shed a fifth of its workforce in a £27.5m ($40m) cost-cutting spree. The Hertfordshire-based biz said on Thursday it will lay off about 200 people in addition to the 150 it said in February it would make redundant. That adds up to 350 or 20 per cent of its 1,700 headcount …
Chris Williams, 17 Mar 2016

The Pirate Party finds a friend: A-G backs member against Sony

The Attorney General advising the European Court on a case that pits a Pirate Party member who operated a public, password-free Wi-Fi network in Munich, has sided with the Pirate. Professor Maciej Szpunar’s opinion isn’t the law, but is often influential in advising the Court’s ultimate decision. Sony discovered the Wi-Fi …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2016

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
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Your unpatchable, insecure Android mobe will feel right at home in the Internet of Stuff era

If you've got a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in your Android phone and tablet, make sure you grab its latest security updates – if you can. And if you can't, well, get used to it: the Internet of Things is going to bring more and more un-patchable and insecure electronics onto the market, it's feared. Researchers at Trend Micro …
Iain Thomson, 16 Mar 2016
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Big-screen Skype gets small farewell note

One of the big splashes of CES 2010, Skype for televisions, will start going gently into that good night in June. Via Skype's support FAQs comes the announcement that the talk-to-your-friends-on-the-telly app is getting sunsetted. "Starting in June 2016, the Skype for TV application will no longer be supported; there will be …

Snowden is a hero to the security biz – but not for the reason you'd expect

RSA 2016 This year's RSA conference was the busiest on record, with over 40,000 people cramming the halls (and later, bars) of San Francisco, and more than a few of them were raising glasses to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. "The Snowden effect has had an undeniable effect on the business," Pravin Kothari, CEO of cloud encryption …
Iain Thomson, 04 Mar 2016
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NSA boss reveals top 3 security nightmares that keep him awake at night

RSA 2016 Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the NSA and the US Cyber Command, has told delegates during his keynote address at RSA 2016 the three things that keep him awake at night. His first fear is an online attack against US critical infrastructure, which he said was a matter of when it will happen, not if. Citing the recent Ukrainian …
Iain Thomson, 01 Mar 2016
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Microsoft's Hololens is up for pre-order, here's hoping you can expense it

Microsoft has opened up its Hololens augmented reality hardware for pre-order with a shipping date of March 30. The Redmond giant said it would begin sending invitations to developers who pre-applied for the preview edition of the hardware. Those who get invites from Microsoft will now be able to fork over the $3,000 price tag …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Feb 2016
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Microsoft scraps Android Windows 10 bridge, but says yes to Objective-C compiler

Microsoft has officially scrapped its Android to Windows 10 bridge, codenamed Astoria, but is forging ahead with its Objective C Windows compiler and tools for porting iOS applications. The Android announcement was expected, as the project was apparently abandoned some months back, but the new post from Windows Developer …
Tim Anderson, 26 Feb 2016
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Operation Blockbuster security biz: We'll get you, Sony hackers

A newly created cross-industry initiative aims to pool resources in order to bring down – or, at least, disrupt – the hackers behind the infamous attack against Sony Pictures back in 2014. The Lazarus Group, which may in reality consist of several associated groups of attackers or hacking crews, started around seven years …
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2016

Meet Barra's baby: Xiaomi arrives with a splash

MWC16 Xiaomi is heading West, and its new Mi 5 flagship brings Galaxy quality for £250 to Western markets this Spring. The Mi 5 shows a major investment in design - as the company told us at tedious length in Barcelona today. “Ceramic is up to 8H on the Mohs scale,” Xiaomi phone chief Hugo Barra told us, extolling the virtues of …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Feb 2016

Mobile World Congress 2016: Rolling updates

MWC16 Refresh this page for breaking news from Mobile World Congress 2016. This is LTE Broadcasting... Wouldn’t it be nice if mobile networks did proper one-to-many multicasting? And even nicer if they were handed chunks of plump, juicy spectrum to do it in? Ericsson thinks so too, and promoted http://www.ericsson.com/news/1988292 …
Team Register, 22 Feb 2016
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PrimaryIO first flash cacher with VAIO support

PrimaryIO, once known as CacheBox, has the first VAIO-integrated caching software to the market to speed database apps in vSphere 6. VAIO is VMware’s vSphere APIs for IO filtering – not the Sony notebook brand – and offers a way for third parties to offer caching and replication to virtual machines (VMs) by filtering the …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2016
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Big Content picks first download-block target: THE SUN!

Australia might be set to join the UK and Singapore in bringing down the boom on an unlicensed Philippines-registered movie-streaming website. SolarMovie – here, for those who want to see how long it takes to get blocked from ordinary Australian web users – has attracted the ire of Hollywood for freely streaming movies and TV …
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Toshiba denies it will exit the PC market

Toshiba is denying Japanese reports that it will exit the PC business. The company is restructuring in the wake of an accounting scandal in which it overstated profit by $2bn over seven years. To any outsider, the cutthroat PC market would seem a good place to start, The company is the world’s seventh biggest PC maker, …
Drew Cullen, 16 Feb 2016

Haptic developer fires patent suits at Apple

Haptic outfit Immersion, once rumoured to be in talks with Apple, has fired off a lawsuit against Cupertino, AT&T and AT&T Mobility over alleged patent infringements. Immersion's sueballs have landed in the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US District Court in Delaware. The 2008 talks between Apple and …
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Amazon launches Lumberyard beta, a free gaming engine, but there is a catch

Amazon has released a beta of Lumberyard, a free game engine and development tool – but with the condition that your game may not read or write data to competing cloud services. Lumberyard is a gaming SDK (Software Development Kit) with visual technology based on CryEngine, a commercial package used by studios including 2K, …
Tim Anderson, 10 Feb 2016

Stylish Vaio biz mobe is flying this way – ah, it's got Windows 10 inside

Last year Sony offloaded its Vaio PC division and brand, and it was snapped up by a private equity outfit. The new owner promised to make luxury tech hardware that was irresistibly attractive. It's now unveiled its first Vaio phone, a stylish aluminium design, aimed at business people. What can go wrong? Well, nothing. Apart …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Feb 2016

Chip chomped after debug backdoor found in Android phones

Budget smartphones from Lenovo, Huawei, and other largely Chinese brands contain an accidental backdoor that grants intruders root access. The confirmed affected smartphones run Chinese company MediaTek's MT6582 chipset and are exposed to unauthorised root access thanks to a debugging feature left over from development. The …
Darren Pauli, 02 Feb 2016
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Toshiba, Fujitsu and Vaio may be about to merge laptop ops

From Taiwan, an advance on a tantalising rumour: Toshiba, Fujitsu and Vaio look to be seriously considering a merger of their laptop-making operations. Vaio, the laptop spin-off from Sony, publicly floated the idea in late 2015. At that time it was thought that Toshiba would probably like the idea, as relieving itself of its …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Feb 2016