20th > July > 2017 Archive

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A cat stuck in a tree

'We hold the high ground' says Qualcomm boss as profits crater

Qualcomm is remaining optimistic despite another miserable financial quarter, worsened by the ongoing legal war with Apple.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2017
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$30 million below Parity: Ethereum wallet bug fingered in mass heist

A vulnerability in Parity's Ethereum wallet software has been exploited by thieves to rob victims on a massive scale.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Jul 2017
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Dahua IP cameras stung by Web interface bug

Chinese camera-maker Dahua has flicked out a patch to fix a possible remote code execution vulnerability in its Web admin interface.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Jul 2017
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His master's voice

Mozilla hoping to open source voice samples for future AI devs

Mozilla has decided speech recognition should be open source, and has launched a project to achieve just that, Project Common Voice.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Jul 2017
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Drag racer wheelspin

Deutsche Telekom G.fast demo pushes G.Fast faster, further

Deutsche Telekom and ADTRAN have showed off an emerging G.Fast technology called cDTA which, along with 212 MHz carrier spectrum, ramps system performance well into the gigabit range.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Jul 2017
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Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you

Microsoft has blamed Intel for the sad trail of low-end PCs left out of the Windows 10 Creators Update rollouts.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2017
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hands through the jail bars. Photo by shutterstock

Remember that Citadel bank-slurping malware? Its main man was just jailed for five years

Russian programmer Mark Vartanyan has been sentenced to five years in US federal prison for developing and spreading the Citadel malware that stole $500m (£383m) from bank accounts around the world.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2017
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Europe's 'one patent court to rule them all' vision may be destroyed by EPO shenanigans

The freeze on long-held plans to approve a single patent court for Europe is a result of the actions of the president of the European Patent Office, according to German media reports.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jul 2017
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Bug

Crazy bug of the week: Gnome Files' .MSI parser runs evil VBScripts

Gnome developers, take a bow: a bug in your image thumbnailer has opened up a (not too scary, thankfully) hole for script injection.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 Jul 2017
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Policeman number 10, photo by pcruciatti via Shutterstock

UK.gov watchdog didn't red flag any IT projects. And that alone should be a red flag to everyone

AnalysisThe BBC’s release of its top earners’ salaries this week stirred up both long-time detractors of Auntie and dyed-in-the-wool supporters.
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2017
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HAL

We're all saved. From the killer AI. We can live. Thanks to the IEEE

Amid renewed calls to regulate AI before it wipes humanity from the planet, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has rolled out a standards project to guide how AI agents handle data, part of a broader effort to ensure AI will act ethically.
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jul 2017
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Robot on road photo via Shutterstock

House of Lords to probe AI data slurping

How technology giants own and use your data will be a focus for our noble and learned friends on the new House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jul 2017
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The first RAF F-35B Lightning II to land in the UK. Crown copyright

Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

The oxygen deprivation problems that choked F-35 pilots will be fixed through a software update, according to US reports – with the UK's handful of F-35B jets also in line for the fix.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Jul 2017
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Computer worm photo via Shutterstock

Yeah, WannaCry hit Windows, but what about the WannaCry of apps?

WannaCrypt crippled 230,000 Windows PCs internationally, hitting unpatched Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and computers still running Microsoft's seriously old Windows XP, though the latter wasn't responsible for its spread.
Dave Cartwright, 20 Jul 2017
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Roy Batty Blade Runner

Oracle's FS1 storage array fades into cloud like tears in rain

+CommentOracle is refocusing its FS1 storage array into its own public cloud away from on-premises sales.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017
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The Type 26 Global Combat Ship. Image: BAE Systems

HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

The first of the Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigates has been named HMS Glasgow, recycling the name for the fourth time in the last 100 years.
Gareth Corfield, 20 Jul 2017
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No one still thinks iOS is invulnerable to malware, right? Well, knock it off

The comforting notion that iOS devices are immune to malicious code attacks has taken a knock following the release of a new study by mobile security firm Skycure.
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2017
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couple with two mobile phones - porting numbers.

UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

CommentProblems with the way the UK has implemented mobile phone call routing are emerging as an architecture designed for a small volume of calls struggles under the weight of usage.
Simon Rockman, 20 Jul 2017
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Feature snatcher Microsoft tweaks OneDrive

Neither Apple nor Microsoft has a great history with their cloud graveyards consumer cloud file systems, tripping up users with frequent strategy lurches and abandoning features over the years.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jul 2017
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shocked looking policeman

'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

A man called the cops to report that cash and a bag of Colombian marching powder stashed in his car had been nicked, police arrest documents have revealed.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2017
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A tortoise catches an orange frisbee. Photo by Shutterstock

This is why old Windows Phones won't run PC apps

Thanks to Qualcomm, x86 support is coming to Windows 10 ARM phones and tablets - but not to older Lumia devices. In a webcast, Joe Belfiore, these days the corporate VP in the OS Group at Microsoft, has explained why.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jul 2017
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NHS hosptial photo, by Marbury via Shutterstock

NHS trusts splashed £260m on PCs in last four years

In the last four years, NHS Trusts have spent £260m on 401,084 new PCs, at an average cost of £650.54 a box, according to Freedom of Information responses.
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2017
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Hacker

UK households hit by 1.8m computer misuse offences in a year

The number of incidents of computer misuse in England and Wales reached 1.8 million in the year up to March 2015, according to official crime statistics released today.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Jul 2017
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Uber delivery person

Uber, Twitter's legal eagles gather to wring claws about bro culture

Lawyers from Uber and Twitter spoke about ways to curb "bro culture" in the male-dominated world of Silicon Valley at an annual judicial conference this week.
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2017
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Human iris. Photo by SHutterstock

The eyes have IT: TSB to roll out iris-scanning tech for mobile banking

TSB has announced plans to roll out iris-scanning technology for its mobile banking app from September.
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2017
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Money cloud

Just look at our cloud sales, beams profit-sapped SAP

SAP has reported revenues of €5.8bn in the quarter ending June 30, up 10 per cent on the previous year’s figure.
Rebecca Hill, 20 Jul 2017
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police

Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

Two of the largest dark net marketplaces - AlphaBay and Hansa - have been shut down following an international police operation.
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2017
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Rolling_Stones

White boxer is a white racker: Supermicro touts Rack Scale Design

Building servers, switches and storage are a good racket for ODM Supermicro but building Vblock-like rack scale systems is an even better one.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017
HBO: Game of Thrones

Toshiba's spat with WDC over chip biz is now a song of strife and ire

Toshiba regained a right to lock WDC (SanDisk) employees from their joint-venture fab in Yokkaichi, Japan, reversing WDC's court-obtained Temporary Restraining Order, which was won earlier this month.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017
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Huawei reckons it can strong ARM its way into AI world with new chips

Chinese systems colossus Huawei claims it is developing chips optimized for artificial-intelligence tasks.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017
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phishing

UK uni warns students of phishers trying to nick their tuition fees

Foreign students looking to experience the stochastic joys of a year at Newcastle University in England are being warned that phishers are after their cash – using an unusually well-crafted attack.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2017
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Second one this month: Another code bootcamp decamps to graveyard

The Iron Yard, a four-year-old coding bootcamp based in South Carolina, USA, said on Thursday that it is shutting its doors.
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jul 2017
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Death to strap-ons, says Intel, yet thrusts its little AI stick into us all

Intel, having accepted the inevitable, has dropped out of the wearables and fitness band game, and canned the teams working on that strap-on tech.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2017
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Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...

AnalysisThe alleged owner of dark-web marketplace AlphaBay was tracked down by FBI because he was stupid enough to include his real Hotmail address in the content management system used to run the site.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jul 2017
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Secretary Kelly

US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called

Flying into America? Don't worry about that crackdown on laptops and similar gear in your carry-on luggage. It's no longer happening. No, instead, the US has something else up its sleeve.
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2017
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Ajit Pai

So, FCC, how about that massive DDoS? Hello? Hello...? You still there?

UpdatedAmerica's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has declined to share any more details on the cyber-assault that apparently downed its website shortly after it announced its intent to kill net neutrality.
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2017

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