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Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

Intel has thrown in the towel on smartphone processors after losing round after round against the ARM architecture – the dominant brains of the mobile world. Intel today scrapped the development of its Atom processor codenamed Broxton, which was aimed at powering high-end smartphones and tablets. Broxton was expected to …
Chris Williams, 30 Apr 2016
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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

Two state senators in Michigan, US, have proposed a set of laws that promise life imprisonment for anyone fiddling with a car's software. Security researchers are crying foul because the rules as they stand effectively outlaw not just hacker hijackers but also legitimate tinkering with engine and dashboard electronics. The …
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2016
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FCC 126MHz 5G auction

The FCC says that it will be able to offer 126MHz of spectrum space to US cell networks in its upcoming auction. The American comms regulator set the target with a planned May 31 start date for the auction, in which wireless carriers will bid on spectrum space previously used by TV stations for over-the-air broadcasts. The …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2016
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It's 2016 and now your internet-connected bathroom scales can be hacked

Owners of Fitbit's Aria internet-connected smart scales are being advised to install a firmware patch following the discovery of critical security flaws. Tavis Ormandy of Google's Project Zero was credited with finding the vulnerabilities in the Wi-Fi cyber-scales. While Fitbit isn't providing specific details on the nature of …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2016

PayPal probed over Venmo cash-flinging app

PayPal says it is under investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for alleged "deceptive or unfair practices" involving its Venmo app. In a filing with the SEC, the online payment giant said it has received a "civil investigative demand" from the FTC last month requesting documents and answers to a series of …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Apr 2016
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Japan's Hitomi space 'scope bricked, declared lost after software bug

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has officially declared the ASTRO-H space telescope, renamed Hitomi after its launch, has been lost in space after a series of errors. JAXA lost contact with the $286m x-ray 'scope last month. On Thursday the agency officially declared the instrument dead, saying that it appeared …
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2016

Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

Nobody likes having to deal with cold calls to the office. But when you're manning the IT help desk, you have no choice but to pick up the phone – even when it's a pushy sales pitch. So what to do about those annoying calls from over-enthusiastic sales staff itching to shift their technology wares? One spectacularly …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2016
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Oracle gobbles Textura

Oracle has bought payment company Textura for $663m. Textura is a leading payment management system for the construction industry, and Oracle intends to roll it into its Primavera software suite which has recently been re-architected for the cloud. Textura shareholders will receive $26 in cash per share. Textura processes $3. …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Apr 2016
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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

Interview At Xamarin's Evolve conference in San Francisco, I sat down with Miguel de Icaza, the initiator of both the GNOME desktop for Linux and the Mono open source version of Microsoft's .NET Framework. Miguel de Icaza co-founded Xamarin with Nat Friedman, who became CEO. Xamarin, which provides tools for developing mobile …
Tim Anderson, 29 Apr 2016
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Avnet checks legacy data kit sales stats, panics

Enterprise tech distie Avnet Technology Solutions is back in cost cutting mode amid fears that flakey demand for “legacy” tech will continue. The firm reported an 8.3 per cent decline in sales of $2.13bn for Q3 of fiscal ’16 ended 2 April, this was down 6.9 per cent in constant currency. The top line was at the “low-end of …
Paul Kunert, 29 Apr 2016

The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

Analysis The EU’s enquiry into online plantations platforms will recommend a hands-off approach that will delight Silicon Valley. A draft of the enquiry was leaked this week. The study, part of the EU's Digital Single Market wheeze, also sneaks in one of the EU bureaucrats' top favourite obsessions: national ID cards. You shouldn't be …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2016
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FCC floats new rules for data lines that bind America's networks

The FCC has put forward a new set of rules governing the data network connections that glue our modern lives together. The proposed red-tape sets out a framework for regulations on specialized business data lines that, for example, hook up ATM networks and wired lines between mobile phone towers. The FCC estimates that such …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2016
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Finance bods SWIFT to update after Bangladesh hack

Security vendors are pushing for a more comprehensive revamp of the SWIFT international inter-bank financial transaction messaging system beyond a update prompted by an $81m hack against Bangladesh's central bank. The loss of $81m (part of an attempted $950m heist) in February’s Bangladesh cyber-heist – reckoned to be the …
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2016
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Central gov spent £6.3bn on IT. Nearly half handed to just 3 suppliers

Central government splashed £6.3bn with IT suppliers for the year 2014/15 – with 42 per cent going to just three suppliers, according to government data shared with The Register. Sixty-five per cent of the total figure was hoovered up by 10 suppliers, with HP coming top at £1.2bn, followed by Capgemini at £861m, and BT at £ …
Kat Hall, 29 Apr 2016

India trumpets seventh navigation sat launch

India yesterday celebrated the launch of the seventh and final "Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System" (IRNSS) satellite - IRNSS-G - which rose from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, atop a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). According to the Indian Space Research …
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2016
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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

The Republic of Ireland’s IT industry would be damaged if its second-biggest trading partner Britain left the European Union. Firms are concerned about the impact on exports - particularly if the British economy and sterling hit the skids. Some think Ireland could benefit from international firms wanting an English-speaking …
SA Mathieson, 29 Apr 2016
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IBM goes to WANdisco

IBM is OEM’ing WANdisco’s Fusion data replication product. It will be sold as a standard IBM-branded component of IBM storage and analytics products, covering Hadoop or non-Hadoop, and on-premise or cloud environments. IBM will have access to the Fusion Software Development Kit enabling IBM self-sufficiency in extending the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2016
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WD’s revenue wheels have fallen off. Profits are sinking, too

WD is experiencing global disk drive cooling as the slowing PC jetstream and flash El Nino jointly disrupt the HDD environment. But that's enough in the meteorological metaphor line. WD revenues fell 21 per cent year-on-year to $2.8bn in WD’s third fiscal 2016 quarter, which closed April 1. The quarter-on-quarter compare …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2016
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Food for Deep Thought: 42 is IBM's answer to Life, the Universe and Everything...

Analysis Deep Thought calculated the number 42 to be the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. Over at IBM it was the frequency the word "transform" was used to explain another dire quarter. The supercomputer in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy took 7.5 million years to determine the importance of …
Paul Kunert, 29 Apr 2016
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Telegram Google rumour

Russian media says Telegram rebuffed a Google buyout. The firm denies it. Trade publications in the autocratic state reported1, 2 that Google CEO Sundar Pichai met with the CEO of Telegram, Pavel Durov, to discuss a potential acquisition of the communications startup. The reports, which The Register has been unable to confirm …

Europe's Earth-watching sat beams back icy first pic

Europe's Sentinel-1B Earth-watching satellite has delivered its first image, a tad over two days after soaring aloft from Kourou, French Guiana, and a mere two hours after its Synthetic Aperture Radar was fired up. Norway's Svalbard archipelago - including the Austfonna glacier - was the satellite's inaugural snap (full …
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 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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No objections to object stores: Everyone's going smaller and faster

A couple of weeks ago I published an article about high performance object storage. Reactions have been quite diverse. Some think that object stores can only be huge and slow and then others who think quite the opposite. In fact, they can also be fast and small. In the last year I’ve had a lot of interesting conversations with …

Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

On-Call If it's Friday it must be time for On-Call, our regular reader-written romp through fun times at work. This week, reader “Oswald” shared the story of the time he worked “for the IT company that looked after a well known football club.” Oswald's a Brit, so when he says “football” he means soccer. The club was his employer's …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2016

True security means better response to hacks, not bigger walls to block hackers

PROMO It's not a matter of whether your digital infrastructure will be attacked: it's a matter of when. How you prepare for the inevitable is therefore critical. Earl Matthews, HPE's vice-president of enterprise security solutions, says you've got three choices when planning your security strategy. You can prioritise blocking …
Team Register, 29 Apr 2016

Revealed: The revolving door between Google and the US govt – in pictures

A new project to uncover the symbiotic relationship between Google and the US government has uncovered some mind-boggling details. The Campaign for Accountability (CFA) this week launched the first two of its Google Transparency Projects. One of the projects – a visualisation of the revolving door between Google, the White …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2016

Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

The Language Creation Society is very unhappy about an effort by movie studio Paramount to copyright the language of bumpy-headed Star Trek aliens, the Klingons. In an amicus curiae brief filed with an LA court, the society claims that Klingon is a "living language" and cannot be owned. "The greater whole is a living …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Apr 2016
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Quad-core coffee table trumped by dual-Mac garden furniture

Last week we brought you the story of the Mac Pro put out to pasture as a coffee table and asked readers to share similar stories. Which of course you did, you lovely people. A fellow reader named Mark pointed us in the direction of the works of German designer Klaus Geiger, who will sell you one of the benches below if you …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2016
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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

The effort to create a systemd-free Debian fork has borne fruit, with a beta of “Devuan Jessie” appearing in the wild. Devuan came into being after a rebellion by a self-described “Veteran Unix Admin collective” argued that Debian had betrayed its roots and was becoming too desktop-oriented. The item to which they objected …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2016
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Microsoft joins the 1c/GB/month cloud storage caper

Microsoft's joined the market for cold storage at a cent a gigabyte a month, with something called “Azure Cool Blobs”. “Blob storage” is Redmond's special term for object storage and Azure's offered it for a while now. Now the bright blue cloud that Bill built has added a “cool” tier to the service that reaches the US$0.01/GB/ …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2016
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Neural network on a stick

Californian firm Movidius has released a neural computing USB stick. The firm's Myriad chip powers the likes of Google's Project Tango development kit and version two helps DJI’s flagship Phantom 4 drones helping it to better avoid obstacles. Moviduis also released the Fathom deep learning software framework which complements …
Team Register, 29 Apr 2016

Gumtree 'fesses up to breach and personal information leak

UPDATE eBay's even tattier tat bazaar Gumtree says it's suffered an attack during which users' personal data was encountered by parties unknown and unauthorised. The Register has seen multiple posts in which members of the site report receiving an email with the following text: “We are writing to let you know that some of your …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2016
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US govt quietly tweaks rules to let cops, Feds hack computers anywhere, anytime

On Thursday, the US Supreme Court approved a change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. It sounds innocuous, but the effects will be felt around the world. Under today's rules, US cops and FBI agents need to know where a computer is before they can get a warrant to directly hack the machine – because they …
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2016
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Amazon's AWS cash machine embiggens, breezes past $2bn-a-quarter mark

Amazon has reported bumper first quarter results, with profits of $513m and sales increasing 28 per cent. In its previous quarterly results Amazon's stock took a beating after the company reported a lower than expected sales. After Thursday's results, the company was back in favor and saw its stock price rise over 10 per cent …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2016
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SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

The US military has awarded SpaceX an $82.7m contract to launch a next-generation GPS satellite into orbit. The move is bad news for the United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, that has been the sole provider of military launches for over a decade, and which has charged the US government an …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2016

UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

Linda Katehi, the chancellor of the University of California, Davis, has been suspended pending an investigation into the decision to spent hundreds of thousand of dollars improving Google search results for her name, amid a range of other questionable activities. The decision to put Katehi on paid administrative leave was …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 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

Chomp! Barracuda gets its bite back after turning a profit again

The sum of $83.7m exceeded Barracuda’s revenue estimates for its fourth fiscal 2016 quarter, ended Feb 29, 2016. It was a 16 per cent rise year-on-year and a 4.5 per cent rise quarter-on-quarter. There was a $3.2m net profit, pleasing after five straight loss-making quarters. The full year revenue number was $320.2m, 15.4 per …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016

Batten down the hatches! OpenSSL preps fix for high impact vuln

Sysadmins, brace yourselves: OpenSSL has announced upcoming security fixes will fix a “high” impact flaw. Every OpenSSL release since the infamous Heartbleed vulnerability1 of April 2014 has been met with nervous anticipation, and that applies as much to the upcoming 1.0.2h, 1.0.1t releases as others before it. The last major …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2016
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Reskilling to become a devops dude could net you $105k+

There’s a skills shortage in DevOps and that’s forcing up salaries. A Netenrich survey of 200 CIOs last year found 97 per cent of large and mid-market US firms are moving to cloud – yet the same CIOs reckon their IT teams are lacking the necessary qualifications to make that move. Nearly half (42 per cent) said their IT staff …
Rachel Willcox, 28 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. …

Heathrow Airbus collision 'not a drone incident'

The UK's Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has told Parliament that what was thought to be the Britain's first recorded incident of a collision between a UAV and an airliner was probably "not a drone incident" after all. A British Airways Airbus A320 flying in from Geneva was approaching Heathrow airport on 17 April …
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2016

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

E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

The Royal College of Physicians has issued a report strongly critical of “public health” scolds, such as GPs and EU officials, who want the use of e-cigarettes of restricted. These anti-vaping crusaders are costing lives, the venerable institution warns, as encouraging e-cigarettes is the most effective tobacco control …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2016
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Galileo in spaaace: France's 'equivalence principle' satellite

Earlier this week, France's snappily-named "Micro-Satellite à traînée Compensée pour l'Observation du Principe d'Equivalence", aka Microscope, rode a Soyuz lifter to orbit on a mission to " test the equivalence principle, which postulates the equality between gravitational mass and inertial mass". Legend has it that in around …
Lester Haines, 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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Mobile antivirus sales offset declining search revenues for AVG

The scourge of Android malware is helping to bolster the bottom line of security software firm AVG but the firm still ended up recording a slight decrease in profits. For the first quarter ending 31 March 2016, AVG posted revenues of $107.9m, compared to $102.8m in Q1 2015, a rise of five per cent. Sales from AVG’s emerging …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2016

VMware cloud gros fromage packs his bags and takes a hike

At some point you have to say this is starting to look like a rout. VMware EVP Bill Fathers is taking a hike, no longer content to be general manager of the cloud services business unit. Father's responsibilities will be shared between two cloud co-general managers, Allwyn Sequeira and Laura Ortman, who will report to VMware …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016
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Watch it Apple: time has come for cheaper rivals' strap-ons

Apple Watch started 2016 on a losing streak, ceding market share* to a range of cheaper rivals. Q1 is a hangover quarter across the entire consumer electronics sector, and particularly in wearables, which can be expected to suffer a post-Christmas slump. Strategy Analytics has estimated that Apple shipped 2.2 million in Q1 …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2016
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Pro-ISIS hacking groups are still hooking up

Remember when pro-Daesh/ISIL/ISIS hacking groups banded together to form a unified force? They're still, er, hooking up, according to a recent study. However, while they still operate unofficially, say the authors, they remain poorly organised and are likely underfunded, according to threat intel outfit Flashpoint. The study, …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2016