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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

Hands-on In its most recent quarterly earnings report, Microsoft highlighted its increasingly popular Surface line as the growth leader in its More Personal Computing line of business. Surface led the category with 61 per cent growth in constant currency, a rise driven by the top products in the line, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and the …
Addison Snell, 27 May 2016

The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

Special Report We stroll down Memory Lane and ask: was this The Ultimate Curse of Fry? Spring cleaning the other day, my wife found a Windows wristband. It was in a box where ten year old 4MB MMC cards went to die, along with paperclips, odd screws and a lot of dust. Keep or chuck? Chuck, I said, before looking closer, and realising that it …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 May 2016
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Booming sales of flippy detachables offers hope to glum PC market

Booming sales of computers and tablets with detachable and rotating keyboards brought some cheer to the ailing PC market in the first quarter of 2016, according to research. Sales of detachables and convertibles rose 40 per cent to 3.6 million units in the first quarter of the year, offering a boon to the shrinking computer …
Kat Hall, 24 May 2016
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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

Google I/O 2016 Google has been using its developers conference to show off forthcoming improvements in Android N and is taking the unusual move of asking the public to name it. Traditionally Android builds have been named after foodstuffs, like Jellybean or KitKat – the later picked not for marketing dollars but as an attempt to show how " …
Iain Thomson, 18 May 2016
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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

Analysis We have a new phone company today, and it’s European. And the badge says Nokia. So is Nokia back in the phone biz? Yes and no. It won’t spend a penny on either making or marketing phones - even at arm’s length. All that is going to be the job of a new entity, HMD Global Oy, run by present and past Nokians. From HMD we can …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2016
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Mega UK distributor DCC Tech: 2016 was our annus horribilis

The once seemingly unstoppable distribution juggernaut DCC Technology hit some unmovable barriers in fiscal ’16 caused by slumping tab and smartphone sales and the loss of a retail gig. The parent of UK trading arm Exertis admitted today it had endured a "very difficult year". The LSE listed firm still managed to bump up …
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2016
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Warren Buffett picks Apple

Apple’s Wall St fortunes have received a boost from veteran investor Warren Buffett. His Berkshire Hathaway took a 9.8-million-share stake in the firm at the start of the year, news that boosted Apple's stock two per cent before trading on Monday. Buffett traditionally limited his exposure to tech stocks – he holds an 8.59 per …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016
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Bots half all web traffic

Just under half of all web traffic is bots and crawlers, according to a new report. DeviceAtlas analyzed all the data received from its customers (the company provides analytics on website visitors) and concluded that 48 per cent of the "people" landing on websites were in fact search engine crawlers, content scrapers and …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 May 2016

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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Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

Students who have access to computer devices in the classroom do significantly worse than colleagues without them, a study has found. In a study by MIT's School Effectiveness & Inequality Initiative, titled The Impact of Computer Usage on Academic Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Trial at the United States Military …
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Dragon splashes down

After a month in orbit the SpaceX dragon capsule splashed down safely in the Pacific. The capsule hit the water at 1151 PT (1851 UTC) around 261 miles southwest of Long Beach, California, after successfully detaching from the International Space Station. It was successfully recovered and is now on its way back to the mainland …
Iain Thomson, 11 May 2016
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ImageMagick hexed again

A security researcher has found yet more security problems on ImageMagick. Hanno Böck discovered a heap overflow and an out-of-bounds read bug on the site, which is used by many web firms to process images submitted by users. Both flaws have been fixed, allowing Böck to go public with his find, which he uncovered using fuzzing …
John Leyden, 11 May 2016
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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

Analyst firm Juniper Research has stared into its crystal ball and predicted that digital publishers stand to lose over $27bn (£18bn) by 2020 due to ad-blocking. Developer activity is set to increase over the next five years making ad-blockers more sophisticated and difficult to overcome, according to the research. The …
Kat Hall, 11 May 2016

Italians rattle little tin for smartmobe mini lenses

An Italian "microscopy, consumer electronics and micro-optics" outfit is offering smartphone and tablet owners the chance to get up-close and personal with the world via "an ultra portable and very affordable set of 2 mini lenses which turns your smartphone or tablet into a digital microscope". Working with the Istituto …
Lester Haines, 11 May 2016
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Lenovo's European prez quits over 'serious strategic disagreements'

Lenovo's European president Eric Cador is today stepping down from the firm after just 12 months in post, citing "strategic disagreements". Luca Rossi, currently president of Lenovo’s biz in Latin America, will succeed Cador. Prior to joining Lenovo in 2015, Rossi was EMEA president for Acer. Cador will return to his …
Kat Hall, 10 May 2016
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Malware scan stalled misconfigured med software, mid-procedure

A user or reseller who couldn't be bothered configuring their antivirus properly has hit the headlines for interrupting doctors trying to insert a vascular catheter into a patient. As the FDA's Adverse Event Report says, an hourly malware scan stalled a Merge Healthcare Hemo unit, which collects patient vital signs, displays …
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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

Mobile carriers and gadget makers will be investigated over how slow they push important software security patches to people. The probe will be carried out by US trade watchdog the FTC and America's internet mall cop the FCC. The two agencies will work together to scrutinize manufacturers of phones, tablets and other gear, …
Shaun Nichols, 09 May 2016
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Twitter block Oz Greens talk

Trying to end a case of hashtag spam, Twitter instead briefly censored political discussion in Australia. Political enthusiasts had started using the #Greens16 hashtag to discuss the Australian Greens in the context of Australia's 2016 election campaign. The trouble started when some idiot in charge of herding porn-bots …
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Tim Cook signs SAP for iOS – SANA app pact

Apple and SAP are partnering to create native iOS apps for the enterprise firm's HANA platform. The pair plan an iOS SDK for HANA Cloud Platform, targeting those building enterprise apps on Apple’s iPhones and iPad using SAP’s platform-as-a-service. SAP will develop native apps using Swift, Apple’s two-year-old programming …
Gavin Clarke, 06 May 2016
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Clixta: A copyright-friendly way to share your family photos

“Imagine if a Facebook rival emerged that didn’t require users to surrender their rights, and that rewarded them for their creativity with real dosh. Who’d want to stick around with the old Facebook that doesn’t do either?” we mused last year. Well, although it isn’t pretending to be a Facebook rival, or pay you, something …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 May 2016

IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

In a troubling development today, IBM demonstrates it still hasn't quite grasped this cloud computing thing at all. Big Blue's boffins have built a quantum-computing processor featuring five superconducting qubits, and installed it in the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York. IBM is now inviting people to request access …
Chris Williams, 04 May 2016
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Microsoft wants devs to take notes on their families

Microsoft has GitHubbed a framework that could finally make an Internet-connected refrigerator useful: an application for family members to leave notes for each other. Well, actually FamilyNotes is a developer demonstrator with two aims: to give developers more examples of putting code together in the Universal Windows …
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WAKE UP, candy ass

Dwayne, "The Rock", Johnson, has released an alarm clock app. The Rock Clock features 25 wake-up calls recorded by Johnson. One exhorts you to "get your candy ass out of bed." The clock has no "Snooze" button, as apparently The Rock gets out of bed before the sun is up in order to have enough time maintain his muscles. ® …
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2016
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PowerShell for Docker

Contain yourselves, Windows admins. Microsoft's cooking up a Docker module for PowerShell. Redmond's Ben Armstrong describes the code you can get here as an "early phase." Just when production code will land is anyone's guess. ® Bearded man sitting at desk reading from his tablet by hi laptop
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2016
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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Things are getting steamy. My valet is trying to pull down the back of my trousers. “We’ll have these off you in a jiffy, sir,” he sings. This is his job, after all. I mean its job: my valet is a robot. An autonomous descendant of the ubiquitous hotel trouser press, it is designed to collect my garments as I disrobe, clean …
Alistair Dabbs, 29 Apr 2016
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ICO scolds Scots council

West Dunbartonshire Council has been issued with an ICO enforcement notice. It was told to implement training and guidance or face court action following a data breach that led to a child's medical reports being stolen. The council just west of Glasgow has been audited twice in 2013 and advised to improve its data-handling. …

Samsung chuckles, swerves around Apple's Q1 phone sales crash

Samsung delivered what Apple couldn’t in the first three months of 2016 - increased smart phone sales. The chaebol today reported overall group net profit of 5.25 trillion won ($4.5bn), up 5.6 per cent for calendar Q1 on sales that grew 5.6 per cent to 49.7 trillion won ($43bn). The giant’s mobile unit reported eight per cent …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2016
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Sales up for UK infoseccer

UK-based infosec consultancy NCC Group is growing its bottom line. In a trading update, the group reported revenues rose 60 per cent to £166.1m for the 10 months from 1 June 2015 to 31 March 2016, compared to £104.1m for the same period last year. NCC attributes 21 per cent of the rise to organic growth. Full year results, …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2016
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Seagate releases helium

Volume ship has started for Seagate's top helium-filled drive. Seagate is shipping its 10TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD in volume, having finally caught up with WDC’s HGST brand capacity-wise. It says it has the industry’s lowest power and weight numbers for 10TB drives. The drive is shipping to Ciara and Supermicro. Huawei …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016

Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

Microsoft has released Windows 10 build 14328 to "Windows Insider" previewers. The build is available for both PC and mobile, and is described by VP Gabe Aul as a "MAJOR build, packed with lots of new features and improvements". The new features will be part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update which is set for release in …
Tim Anderson, 25 Apr 2016
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What the world needs now is... not disk drives

Analysis Flash goes the PC and notebook disk drive. Dramatic and persistent disk drive sales declines heralds changes at WD and Seagate as their disk drive job engine slows down. With PC sales falling and notebook/tablet flash use climbing the outlook for disk drive manufacturers on the desktop, sofa and kitchen table is looking bleak …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2016
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Stiffer piracy spankings

UK.gov may support heavier penalties for mass copyright infringement. A consultation asked whether the penalties for serious online infringement should be brought in line with those for offline infringement, which carry a potential 10 year sentence. The exercise was notable for generating many robo responses from people who …
Team Register, 22 Apr 2016
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Tesco data thief in court

A Tesco worker who pilfered customer data will be sentenced in May. Thomas Wengierow, who is 47 and originally from Lithuania – from whence he returned to attend court today – has admitted to emailing himself copies of customer's personal details from Tesco's database while working at Tesco's Baird Avenue centre in Dundee. …
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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

Intel will axe 12,000 employees globally – more than one in ten of its workforce – as it moves further away from being a PC chip company. The layoffs are among the biggest into the company's history, and come as PC industry continues to tank harder than Intel expected. The Santa Clara-based biz sees a lot of growth in the …
Chris Williams, 19 Apr 2016
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Sainsbury's hires devs

Sainsbury’s is recruiting 150 devs, engineers and DevOps people. The UK’s second largest retailer, which is increasingly competing online against Amazon and more digital-savvy retail peers and buying Home Retail Group for £1.3bn, will hire software developers, software development managers, DevOps engineers and Agile coaches …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2016
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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

Analysis Google structures its entire organisation to avoid privacy laws, minimise taxes and de-risk itself from competition oversight*. Today Google’s European supremo hinted that being in China might be less of a hassle, and that losing Google would serve us Europeans right for being so backward. Of course, it’s a sheer coincidence …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Apr 2016
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AMD 32GB GPU

AMD announced Friday a 32GB FirePro W9100 workstation graphics card. The card, says AMD, has been built to help with “large-asset” workflows and will be ready later this quarter. Also, the chip firm has introduced the FireRender plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max, which it said supports Ultra HD workflows and photorealistic rendering …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2016

EU Android probe looms

Europe's monopoly watchdogs could be on the verge of publishing a formal complaint against Google over Android's dominance on the continent. Google's critics have been given just 24 hours to strip any sensitive business information from their submitted gripes about the mobile operating system, according to Bloomberg. These …
Chris Williams, 14 Apr 2016
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Opera Software bid

Chinese bidders are holding out for more shareholders to accept their offer. The Middle Kingdom web firms, which bid $1.23bn for Norwegian mobile phone browser biz Opera, have extended the offer in order to get acceptance from shareholders who own 90 per cent of the stock. Currently the group has approval from 72.19 per cent …
Paul Kunert, 14 Apr 2016
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Apple design guru exits

Veteran Apple designer Daniel Coster has moved. Coster is named on almost 900 patents and over 20 years at Apple. The Information reports that Coster joined action camera company GoPro as VP of design. Man in a suit drinking tea out doors reading from his tablet
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Apr 2016
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HPE backs Let's Encrypt

Let's Encrypt says it has ended its beta period and gained a new sponsor. The free HTTPS certificate service says that not much will change, other than shedding the "beta" label. "Since our beta began in September 2015 we've issued more than 1.7 million certificates for more than 3.8 million websites," the team said on …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Apr 2016
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Privacy Shield in doubt

Privacy Shield – the new US-EU agreement on sharing people's personal information – may be in doubt after the German privacy agency said the pact does not include sufficient protections. A document was posted on the agency's website noting that it was "not yet in a position to confirm that the current draft adequacy decision …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Apr 2016
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Juniper kills weak crypto

ScreenOS has been cleansed of weak crypto components found last year. The December 2015 discovery of “unauthorised code” in the software, the operating system for the firewalls it acquired when it bought Netscreen, left the company red-faced and scrambling to work out what happened. Along the way, Juniper kicked off a code …
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IBM closes Truven deal

IBM Watson Health has closed its $2.6bn acquisition of Truven Health Analytics. The deal is set to bring medical data into Big Blue's health-data business arm, specifically covering "cost, claims, quality and outcomes information." El Reg has provided more information on the acquisition here. ® Bearded man sitting at desk …

How Remix's Android will eat the world

Interview Which platform will the next billion people on the internet use? Is it more likely to be Microsoft’s Windows squeezed onto low-cost mobile hardware, or a mobile OS given some steroids? Three former Google executives are betting it's the latter. And based on Jide’s early showing, a revved-up Android called Remix OS is a serious …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Apr 2016
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Samsung in S7 boost brag

Samsung Electronics looks to be back in growth mode. The company today offered guidance for its first quarter, predicting sales of about 49 trillion Korean won and profits of around 6.6 trillion won ($5.6bn; £3.9bn). The well-received Galaxy S7 is suspected as the engine of the company's growth, with the new handset helping …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2016
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Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

Australian political commentator Waleed Aly has made a spectacularly non-useful intervention into the debate about the technologies used to build Australia's national broadband network (NBN), setting the ridiculous expectation that streaming video must always load in under a second and must never pause. Aly's piece on The …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2016
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Cisco slots in Xeon v4s

Cisco has decided to adopt Intel's new Xeon E5-2600 v4 CPUs. The Borg has blogged that it plans to slip the v4 into UCS-mini and UCS-M, just one of many announcements from server-makers that always follow the release of new Intel silicon. The interesting bit is that Cisco has found a way to put the v4 into a cartridge so it …
Simon Sharwood, 06 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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Call the Cable Guy: Wireless just won't cut it

Wireless networking is regarded by many as the way to go for corporate networking. No need for expensive structured cabling, no need to re-patch stuff when someone moves desk, and sufficiently secure to make it suitable for corporate use. I am inclined to agree with that last point: rank up the encryption to WPA2-AES and use …
Dave Cartwright, 01 Apr 2016