Articles about Speculation

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Samsung set a fire under battery-makers to make the Galaxy Note 7 flaming brilliant

Samsung has blamed two un-named battery-makers for setting fire to its reputation by sending Galaxy Note 7 phablets up in flames, but has also admitted it may have pushed those suppliers too hard. The company today staged a press conference, witnessed online by The Register, during which it detailed how two battery …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2017
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Toshiba may sell silicon biz to contain fallout of nuke plant problems

A troubled nuclear power station strategy in the USA has Toshiba considering the partial sale of its Japanese semiconductor business. Nikkei (in Japanese) names Western Digital as a potential buyer, along with several investment funds. The company hopes to get between $1.77bn and $2.65bn for a 20 per cent stake in the …
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Qualcomm/NXP, Nvidia and Intel: The race to define the car platform

CES 2017 So the stakes are high, and many companies are already playing hard. There were important announcements from two of the most established chip suppliers in the auto sector, NXP and Nvidia – the former particularly closely watched because it will soon be part of Qualcomm. Its launches reminded the industry how strategic an …
Wireless Watch, 12 Jan 2017
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FBI takes gag out of Cloudflare's mouth after three-year legal battle

Cloudflare successfully fended off an FBI demand for people's private information, we can report this week now that a gagging order has been ripped away. In February 2013, the Feds slapped a National Security Letter (NSL) on the San Francisco-based web delivery biz, requiring it to hand over some customer account records and …

St Jude patching Merlin@home heart kit

Months after steadfastly denying its heart implants have serious security vulnerabilities, St Jude – now owned by Abbott Laboratories – has issued a patch. The company's press release is here. Last year, a pentester and an investor pulled a now-notorious double act on St Jude, shorting its stock before publishing the …

Australia telcos warn: Opening metadata access will create a 'honeypot' for lawyers

Australia's telecoms industry advocacy body the Communications Alliance is renewing its push for the federal government to revise its data retention regime, amid fears that a review will see stored data sucked into civil lawsuits. The take-out-the-trash timing of the review, announced in the afternoon of Friday December 23, …
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Cancel! that! yacht! order! Marissa! – Verizon's! still! cold! on! Yahoo! gobble!

A Verizon executive is once again casting doubt on the telco giant's $4.8bn bid to acquire Yahoo! Speaking at an investor conference in Las Vegas today, executive vice president Marni Walden said of the deal, "Unfortunately, I can't sit here today and say with confidence one way or the other because we still don't know." The …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jan 2017
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NAND, fab-ulous NAND, price rises make DRAM a cash cow

Happy days for Micron, it seems. Its first fiscal 2017 quarter results were lifted by high demand and price rises driven by supply constraints. The market wanted more DRAM and NAND bits than the firm's fabs could ship and DRAM prices went up. Revenues of $3.97bn were 18.5 per cent higher than a year ago and 23 per cent upon …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2016

HPE says 3PAR problem that broke Australia was a one-off. Probably

Hewlett Packard Enterprise says the 3PAR Storage SNAFU that took the Australian Taxation Office offline for a week does not appear to be a systemic problem. The ATO went down hard last week, with many online services that citizens, businesses and the bean-counting industry rely on disappearing from the internet as a result. …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2016
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FYI! – Your! hacked! Yahoo! account! is! worth! $0.0003!

The hacked database containing the account details of more than one billion Yahoo! users is reportedly being sold for a meager $300,000. This according to a report by the New York Times, which spoke with researchers at US computer security biz InforArmor. Those eggheads claim to have knowledge of at least three groups – two …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2016
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US voting machine certification agency probes potential hack

The US agency charged with ensuring that voting machines meet security standards may have been compromised, according to evidence uncovered by cyber security firm Recorded Future. In a statement, the EAC confirmed it was investigating a potential breach. EAC has become aware of a potential intrusion into an EAC web-facing …
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2016

Cloud-happy Oracle dodges rumors it is axing its traditional hardware ... as sales of traditional hardware fall

Oracle is once more waving around its cloud revenue figures in response to another quarter of falling hardware sales. This ongoing drop in traditional hardware revenue comes as Oracle tries to shake off rumors that it will be winding down its on-premises system divisions from January. Speculation is rife on anonymous internet …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Dec 2016

FCC chairman confirms he will step down, make way for Trump choice

Analysis Following weeks of speculation and a refusal to state his plans, on Thursday chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Tom Wheeler, announced he would step down from the role on January 20, allowing president-elect Donald Trump to select a new head of the US comms watchdog. "Sitting in this chair has been the …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2016

Expedia support tech raided his CFO to rack up insider trades

Former Expedia worker Jonathan Ly has admitted to hacking his own chief financial officer and investor relations head to commit US$331,000 in insider stock-trading. Ly, 28, of San Francisco, pleaded guilty to securities fraud in a Seattle District Court and faces up to 25 years prison and a US$375,907 settlement including some …
Team Register, 09 Dec 2016
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No, Andy, AWS and Oracle aren't in a database death match

AWS re:Invent Speaking at his opening keynote for the 2016 re:Invent conference, AWS chief Andy Jassy made a point of going after Oracle. The repeated jabs at the Redwood City goliath and its iconic boss Larry Ellison came fast as Jassy showed off new AWS database offerings, and raised speculation that perhaps AWS and Oracle would be going …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Dec 2016
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Double-DIMMed XPoint wastes sockets

Analysis A Xitore white paper compares coming XPoint DIMMs and Xitore's own flash DIMMs, and claims each XPoint DIMM needs a companion DRAM cache DIMM, obviously halving XPoint DIMM density. The startup has its own tech to push – NVDIMM-X – but, even so, is revealing about XPoint DIMMery. Doug Finke, director of product marketing at …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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Three CEO confirms hack, 133,827 customers were exposed

The CEO of UK carrier Three Mobile has confirmed that a customer database was compromised by hackers and more than 130,000 customers have had their account data exposed. David Dyson says that the hackers, believed to be two men from Kent and Manchester, had indeed accessed the customer directory and used the information – …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Nov 2016

AWS shines light on Virginia solar scheme

Amazon is planning to open five new solar power farms to help run its AWS cloud data centers. The five latest facilities will be located in Virginia and will feed electricity to the US East regional cloud centers in Virginia and Ohio. Amazon said the new panels will be set up in New Kent, Buckingham, Sussex, Powhatan, and …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Nov 2016
NBN CEO Bill Morrow

Australian government lends nbn™ AU$19.5bn to finish the job

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network, has secured a AU$19.5bn loan from Australia's government and will use it to complete project. “nbn™has been advised the government will loan the remaining $19.5 billion required for the total $49 billion base case peak funding forecast,” said CEO …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2016
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UK NHS 850k Reply-all email fail: State health service blames Accenture

The UK National Health Service Digital has blamed IT outsourcer Accenture for its ongoing email Reply-all woes. The cause of the cockup is almost certainly a combination of user error and a trouble-inviting system config update, though. On Monday morning, the NHS' internal email system was brought down by a test message sent …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Nov 2016
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Australia teases binning x86 for Power CPUs in new supercomputer

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has issued a (regwalled) tender for a new petaflop-class supercomputer that can run either x86 or Power systems silicon. But those keen to declare Intel's high-end reign is coming to an end should not get too excited: the tender may mention Power …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2016
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Sony: Get out Comedy Central, MTV – we've built a wall around Vue, the greatest wall ever

Sony is set to axe a handful of popular TV networks from the PlayStation Vue streaming service. The console maker slipped out the announcement on Tuesday as most of its customers were otherwise occupied, notifying them that, as of 12:01am Eastern time Friday, all channels on the service owned by broadcasting giant Viacom will …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Nov 2016

Mac administrators brace for big changes to Apple-powered fleets

Special report A looming set of changes to the macOS has some administrators worried that the way they manage and configure Apple systems will need switching up. Those changes, which have only been partly revealed by Apple, will see a new file system implemented in the OS and, in the process, a lockdown of key components of the operating …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Nov 2016
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Build your Type 26 warships next year? Sure, MoD – now, about that contract...

BAE Systems hopes it will start cutting steel on Britain's new Type 26 warships next year – but the contract has not yet been signed, despite lots of positive spin from the Ministry of Defence this morning. So far, £1.9bn has been spent on the Type 26 programme according to BAE Systems, which included the killer line in its …
Gareth Corfield, 04 Nov 2016
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

Want to use 3D XPoint DIMMs with Intel Purley Xeons? Wait a couple of years for second-gen

Intel will fab Xeon processors that support 3D XPoint DIMMs in two years, its CEO signaled to analysts on a conference call this month. 3D XPoint is Micron and Intel's post-NAND, non-volatile memory technology that is claimed to be faster than NAND, with near-DRAM speed, and denser and longer endurance. It is intended to fill …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2016
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Yahoo! begs! US! spymaster! Clapper!: Spill! the! beans! on! secret! email! snooping!

Yahoo! has asked the US government to break its silence on the secret court order that forced the Purple Palace to scan its webmail users' messages for specific keywords. In a letter [PDF] to US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Yahoo! general counsel Ron Bell says that national security laws prevent the online …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2016

Democralypse Now? US election first battle in new age of cyberwarfare

Hacking attempts against more than 10 US state election databases have increased fears about Russian efforts to disrupt or influence the 2016 presidential election. Cyberattacks against voting databases in Arizona, Illinois and at least eight other states have only heightened concerns in the wake of the hack and subsequent …
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2016
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FYI: Amazon's corner stores scan your plates

Amazon is reportedly looking to launch a series of small convenience stores that will offer onsite pickups of merchandise ordered online, and will scan the license plates of approaching drivers. A report from The Wall Street Journal cites sources familiar in claiming that the online retail giant is not only planning to expand …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Oct 2016
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Oz infosec spooks: ease back on the “cybers”, this is serious

Sensationalist language is making it hard to educate businesses and the public about infosec risks*, according to the Australian Cyber Security Centre's 2016 threat report. While every ICMP ping is treated as an attack by some, the report says unequivocally: “Australia still has not been subjected to malicious cyber activity …
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Fujitsu to staff: Toe the party line over this PC sale talks story

Fujitsu might well be talking to interested parties, including Lenovo, about offloading its withering PC business but has asked staff to maintain the party line on its “absolute commitment” to customers. The Japanese HQ’d organisation yesterday issued a statement following reports in the Nikkei Asian Review that it was locked …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2016
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Cloud will NOT eat the tech industry, Michael Dell declares

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 Michael Dell shrugged off the threat from the public cloud this morning, suggesting that many users will eventually realise running a server on Amazon is a lot more expensive than actually owning one. The Dell Technologies chairman, speaking on stage at the opening of the Canalys Channels Forum EMEA, said the current hype …
Joe Fay, 04 Oct 2016

Cisco preps the P45s for 500 unlucky UK staffers

Cisco's UK staffers are beginning to feel the cold, sharp edge of the networking borg's axe, with up to 500 souls put at risk of redundancy across its entire local operation, multiple sources have confirmed to The Register. Switchzilla had said in August that a total of 5,500 global employees would be chopped this year, …
Kat Hall, 23 Sep 2016
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Nutanix's $209m, $13-a-share IPO revealed in homework to watchdog

Hyperconverged upstart Nutanix has submitted more details about its forthcoming IPO to the US financial watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The San Jose-based biz will seek to raise up to $209,300,000 in the offering by selling 14,000,000 shares of Class A voting stock at a starting price of $11 to $13. An …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2016

iPhone 7's Qualcomm, Intel soap opera dumps a carrier lock-out on us

Analysis Love rat Apple two-times its long-suffering squeeze Qualcomm with dishy Intel – and it's going to keep the baby but only let some of us see it. Over a cheap bottle of chardonnay one dark night in Cupertino, Intel wooed Apple with flimsy promises. The pair felt a connection (around the 1.9GHz mark) after the iPhone maker opened …
Chris Williams, 18 Sep 2016
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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

Article 50, the process for Britain’s formal withdrawal from the European Union, is looming. Upon the conclusion of Article 50, data centres resident in Britain will no longer be subject to EU data protection rules. Today, UK data centres are bound by the EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/C), which was in turn based on the …
Danny Bradbury, 16 Sep 2016
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Kneel before Zod! OpenText claims mighty Documentum from Dell

Dell has finally sold Documentum, one of the oldest and best-known names in storing and retrieving corporate information. Documentum is going to the relatively small OpenText for $1.62bn, as part of Dell’s Enterprise Content Management (ECM) division. That price compares to $1.7bn EMC paid for Documentum in 2003. Dell …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Sep 2016
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Double-negative tweet could be Microsoft Surface Phone hint

Microsoft may have just confirmed a Surface Phone via a cryptic tweet. Laura Janet Baker appeared to confirm the long-rumoured flagship via a double negative. It could be the end of the silly season; judge for yourself. Rumours abound that Microsoft will kill off production of its current Lumia range by the end of the year. …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Sep 2016

Boffins ID bug behind London's Great Plague of 1665

Scientists have revealed Yersinia pestis as the bacteria that caused London's 1665 Great Plague. The findings were made from studies of DNA from some of the 3,500 bodies in a mass grave burial pit uncovered at an excavation site at the Liverpool Street Crossrail site. Testing at labs in Germany revealed DNA of Yersinia pestis …
Darren Pauli, 09 Sep 2016

Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

It's been a number of years since an Apple PR staffer secretly admitted to one of our reporters that The Register was on a blacklist. We also learned that they were under strict instructions never to admit to the blacklist – presumably because it would make one of the world's largest companies look, you know, pathetically …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Sep 2016

My Dell merger wish list

Sysadmin Blog It's merger day, it's merger day! Everyone please crank out a pile of speculation, research, facts, and innuendo about Dell, EMC, VMware and the ever important "what it all means". We will watch and participate as the entire internet completely overloads everyone's signal-to-noise filters by bombarding them with unprecedented …
Trevor Pott, 07 Sep 2016
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Nutanix to kick off its IPO extravaganza on ... go on, take a guess

Nutanix, the darling of the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance industry, is, we're hearing, going to kick its IPO process into gear from September 6. Closely following on from its acquisition of Calm.io and its gobbling of PernixData, the market-leading head HCIA honcho will start the ball rolling from September 6, with …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2016

SETI Institute damps down 'wow!' signal report from Russia

The killjoys at the SETI Institute -- killjoys all over the world, really -- are damping down wild speculation that a Russian instrument has seen a “possible” alien transmission. Right now, as it happens, nobody knows what was spotted by the RATAN-600 telescope in Russia, partly because its operators kept the observation under …

Google had Obama's ear during antitrust probe

Updated According to emails released under the US Freedom of Information Act, Google briefed the White House amid an antitrust investigation into itself, breaking a 40-year precedent of the President's office staying well away from competition issues. Google lobbyist Johanna Shelton and the web giant's antitrust lawyer Matthew Bye met …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Aug 2016
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Demise of Angler, the world's worst exploit kit, still shrouded in mystery

The Angler exploit kit has all-but vanished and whoever knows why isn't talking. Angler was the most powerful and sought-after exploit kit on the market boasting rapid integration of new vulnerabilities that made it able to employ zero day attacks on Flash, Java, and Silverlight. It also employed a battery of complex …
Darren Pauli, 16 Aug 2016
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Samsung Electronics reportedly ponders buying Fiat parts

Samsung Electronics is considering an acquisition of Magneti Marelli, the Fiat-Chrysler-owned automotive parts supplier. Magneti Marelli makes exhausts, suspensions, power trains, internal plastics and other in-car essentials and sells them to auto-makers other than its parent companies. Samsung is probably more interest in …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Aug 2016

China cuffs ten white-hats, nobody knows why

China is apparently cracking down on white-hats, with local reports saying the founder of a 5,000-strong ethical hacker community has been arrested. The reports first emerged on Chinese-language site Caixinwang and were picked up by the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP). The latter outlet report names Fang Xaiodun, founder of a …

Someone (cough, cough VeriSign) just gave ICANN $135m for the rights to .web

An unnamed organization just paid $135m for the rights to sell ".web" domain names. This is three times the previous record of $45m for .shop, and seven times the average auction price for top-level domains. The massive price tag has raised eyebrows in the domain name industry, not least because one of the companies taking …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jul 2016

Apple Watch exec Bob Mansfield 'gets into secret Apple car'

A former senior executive at Apple has returned to the company to oversee its secretive but long-rumoured car project, according to reports. Bob Mansfield stepped back from Apple's executive team in 2013, despite earning $85.5m a year, but remained around Cupertino as an adviser on special projects, including the Apple Watch …
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Washed out summer? Fear ye not: DVDs for DevOps droogs

Stob Hurrah! Summer is at last well under way, so how better to pass the weekends than pulling the curtains on the rainscape, lolling on the sofa and inhaling a few dozen hours of downloaded TV? I am aware that such an introduction sets up certain expectations. However, rather than treat you to ill-informed speculation regarding …
Verity Stob, 26 Jul 2016
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Micron sets a canary to watch over its stock in case of takeover

A filing in the Securities Exchange Commission has set the hounds running on speculation that Micron Technology is the latest takeover target in the ongoing consolidation of the chip business. The filing, in the arcane language of SEC documents, gets to the point in this statement: “[N]o person will become an Acquiring …