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Cloud moving at a snail's pace

Microsoft rolls out red carpet to hybrid Azure SQL databases

On Wednesday, Microsoft showed off a series of new tools and services aimed at helping companies bridge gap between their on-premise SQL databases and its Azure cloud database offerings.
Shaun Nichols, 02 Nov 2017
Kidney stones and a ruler

Hyperconverged infrastructure gets a Hyperbenchmark

The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) has released a benchmark for hyperconverged infrastructure.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2017
VMware VR data centre experience

VMware open sources VR overlay for vSphere

VIDEOSVMware has open-sourced a “VR Data Center Experience” that puts a virtual reality overlay over its vSphere product, to give you a virtual view of virtual machines.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2017
Tin can phone from Shutterstock

Woeful NBN services attract ACCC's attention

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has opened an inquiry into whether it needs to intervene in the National Broadband Network's (NBN's) service standards.
Richard Chirgwin, 02 Nov 2017

Subscription disappointments keep FireEye in the red

FireEye won't reach profitability this calendar year: it posted a US$72.9 third-quarter net loss on revenue that grew 1.7 per cent to $189.6 million.
Richard Chirgwin, 02 Nov 2017

Tesla hits Model 3 production speed bumps, slides to loss

Tesla has recorded a US$671 million third-quarter loss that it has blamed on supply chain and production problems plaguing its forthcoming Model 3 sedan.
Richard Chirgwin, 02 Nov 2017

39 episodes of 'CSI' used to build AI's natural language model

A group of University of Edinburgh boffins have turned CSI:Crime Scene Investigation scripts into a natural language training dataset.
Richard Chirgwin, 02 Nov 2017
IBM cloud logo

IBM kills Bluemix, a year after killing SoftLayer

LogowatchIBM has re-named its cloud. Again.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2017

Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt

Physicists have whittled down the world’s shortest laser pulse to just 43 attoseconds (4.3 x 10-17 seconds), fast enough to observe electrons moving during chemical reactions in slow motion for the first time.
Katyanna Quach, 02 Nov 2017
Resident Evil

Osama Bin Laden had copy of Resident Evil, smut, in compound

The United States Central Intelligence Agency has released a new trove of documents from computers found in the Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound at which Osama Bin Laden was killed in May 2011.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2017

Cupboard of matrices looking a little... sparse? Have this delicious Taco

A bunch of clever folks have created an open-source compiler, dubbed Taco, that generates code optimized for performing calculations on sparse matrices – a useful but tricky concept in computer science.
Katyanna Quach, 02 Nov 2017
Angry Judge

SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again

The seemingly endless legal battle between SCO and IBM battle over who owns UNIX, and perhaps bits of Linux, too has re-emerged. And this time SCO has had a win.
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2017
A stomach feeling bloated

Hardware has never been better, but it isn't a licence for code bloat

My iPhone 6 recently upgraded itself to iOS 11. And guess what – it's become noticeably slower. This is no surprise, of course, as it's the same on every platform known to man. The new version is slower than the old.
Dave Cartwright, 02 Nov 2017
japanese yen. pic by shutterstock

Lenovo buys majority stake in Fujitsu's sickly PC biz

Japanese tech pusher Fujitsu has finally - as expected - found a solution for its ailing PC business: it will sell a majority stake to Lenovo for up to JPY28bn (£187m) that will be used to form a joint venture.
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2017
BT Tower photo via Shutterstock

Flagging outsourcing biz and sports rights weigh down BT profits by 4%

BT reported a 4 per cent drop in net income to £1.8bn for its second quarter as sports TV rights costs and its underperforming outsourcing biz hit the bottom line.
Kat Hall, 02 Nov 2017
An RAF Chinook Mk.3 over RAF Odiham, Hampshire, in 2013. Crown copyright

Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash

British military helicopters are at risk of crashing while wheels are literally falling off Army Land Rovers thanks to poor maintenance and funding cuts, according to a damning report by the Defence Safety Authority.
Gareth Corfield, 02 Nov 2017

HTC U11: U-hoo. Look over here! Two new phones! We're Not Actually Dead

Hands OnHTC will have two new devices in the stores this month, and insists it has held onto a sizeable phone division, even after the reassignment of 2,000 HTC staff to the Chocolate Factory.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Nov 2017
Lloyd's Horse logo on building

Black Horse Down: Lloyds Banking Group goes TITSUP*

Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland’s online and mobile banking services have all gone down this morning, leaving a trail of angry customers in their wake.
Rebecca Hill, 02 Nov 2017
Fitbit Ionic smartwatch

Fitbit health alert: You appear to be bleeding

Fitbit's year-on-year losses grew fivefold to $113.4m compared to a year ago, with sales of 3.6 million devices in the quarter, 7 per cent up from the previous quarter. The firm admitted it had been a "difficult year" as the fitness band craze diminished, with sales down considerably compared to the same period of 2016.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Nov 2017

Virgin's Project Lightning's very, very frightening: ISP will not hit connection target

Virgin Media will fall significantly short of connecting 800,000 new customers to its ultrafast Project Lightning broadband in the UK this year – a target set prior to the firm's mis-selling scandal – according to its third-quarter preliminary results.
Kat Hall, 02 Nov 2017

TalkTalk glitch causing mobiles and landlines to go off at the same time

Beleaguered TalkTalk customers are complaining that their landline and mobile phones ring at the same time, an issue that appears to be due to a glitch in the telco's Talk2Go app.
Kat Hall, 02 Nov 2017
The speedboat abandoned on a Doncaster road

Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

One landlocked council's battle with fly-tipping has taken a nautical twist this week after it had to deal with a speedboat... left in a road.
Rebecca Hill, 02 Nov 2017

Hackers tiptoe out, launch Silence trojan, quietly raid banks of meeelllions

Cybercrooks are directly attacking banks in multiple countries using a trojan dubbed Silence.
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2017

KFC turns Japanese bath tubs into party buckets

A campaign launched in Japan has meant anyone partial to diving into a tub of finger lickin' good chicken now has the chance to literally do just that, thanks to the arrival of the KFC Bath Bomb.
Kat Hall, 02 Nov 2017
Red satin cloth obscuring object underneath

Mangstor drapes itself in NVMe fabric and 'presto, change-o', brand new name-o

NVMe over Fabrics storage pioneer Mangstor seems to be vanishing before our eyes and being replaced by EXTEN Technologies.
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2017

Data dealer slapped with £80k fine after flogging info for nuisance calls

Data-broker Verso has been ordered to cough up £80,000 after failing to tell people exactly what their info would be used for.
Rebecca Hill, 02 Nov 2017

IBM FlashSystem chief architect Andy Walls is a two-pools kind of guy

AnalysisThe latest FlashSystem from IBM uses InfiniBand to hook up the 900 flash box to the SA9000 and A9000R servers running the SVC software. Where does that leave NVMe over Fabrics?
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2017
Russian hacking

US says it's identified six Russian officials as DNC hack suspects

The US government has identified "more than six members of the Russian government" involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee's computers and leaking information during last year's presidential election.
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2017

Picture this if you will: Facebook trousers $77,794. Every. Minute.

Facebook is one of the most ruthlessly efficient money-making machines in history, and has exceeded $10bn revenue in a quarter for the first time. Gross revenue of $10.3bn means the company earns some $4.67m every hour, $77,794 per minute, or $1,296 every second.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Nov 2017

Oh, Google. You really are spoiling us: Docs block cockup chalks up yet another apology

Eager to avoid the perception that it has been leafing through netizens' files – a fear it has contended with at least since it began scanning Gmail messages to inform its ad biz – Google on Thursday issued a second statement to explain why it erroneously flagged files for a small percentage of Docs and Drive users as violating its Terms of Service two days ago.
Thomas Claburn, 02 Nov 2017
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future

Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

Tesla's share price took a dive Thursday morning as Republicans in Congress revealed they were planning to kill off a US federal tax credit for electric vehicles.
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Nov 2017

Giza geezers' muon-geyser visor reveals Great Pyramid's hidden void surpriser

Scientists have uncovered a hidden void in the largest pyramid in Giza, Egypt, using muons – a particle typically produced by cosmic rays, according to new research published today.
Katyanna Quach, 02 Nov 2017

ICANN gives domain souks permission to tell it the answer to Whois privacy law debacle

Internet overlord ICANN has hit on an ingenious solution to the impending collision of the domain name system's Whois service and incoming European privacy legislation: let everyone else figure it out.
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Nov 2017

Qualcomm sues Apple for allegedly blabbing smartphone chip secrets in emails CC'd to Intel

In its 10-K financial filing on Monday, a day before Apple's fiscal Q4 earnings, chipmaker Qualcomm revealed it has sued Apple yet again, this time for breach of contract.
Thomas Claburn, 02 Nov 2017

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