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Stingray

Hey, cop! You need a warrant to stalk a phone with a Stingray – judge

AnalysisA New York judge has this month told cops that they need to get a warrant before they can use a controversial Stingray phone-tracking gadget to hunt down suspects.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Nov 2017
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Robocall crackdown, choked Lifelines, and pole-climbing: Your new FCC rules roundup

US broadband watchdog the FCC signed off on a pile of new rules Thursday – including laws that will dictate how telcos handle robocalls, cut access for poor Americans to subsidized phone service, add controversial changes to TV station ownership rules, and regulations for fiber cable installation.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2017
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Internet of things in the cloud

Hitachi Vantara plans refresh of mid-range and top-end storage in 2018

Hitachi Vantara, the mash-up of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Pentaho and the Lumada IoT assets from the Hitachi Insight Group, is working on new scale-out storage products to support its ambition to become a system integrator for analytical workloads and the myriad data sources that feed them.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2017
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Wordpress logo

WordPress 4.9: This one's for you, developers!

WordPress 4.9 has debuted, and this time the world's most popular content management system has given developers plenty to like.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2017
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Cloud lock in

Azure turns on reserved cloudy VMs, without Hotel California clause

Microsoft's added reserved instances to Azure, with an out-clause for cloudy quitters.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2017
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Teacher

Microsoft can't give away beta cert exams, so starts charging

Microsoft can't give away enough of its beta exams, so it will start charging for them.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2017
Dorado2

All Flash Arrays and latency

SponsoredThere is no doubt it can be difficult to navigate the various claims made by storage vendors when it comes to performance of their products.
David Gordon, 17 Nov 2017
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tesla truck

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

Elon Musk has launched the “Tesla Semi”, complete with a guarantee that it will not break down for one million miles of driving.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2017
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printer

Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

UpdatedMicrosoft's latest batch of software updates for Windows has been blamed for a mysterious ailment befalling some poor old Epson dot-matrix printers.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2017
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Typing icon

Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

On-CallWhy hello there Friday and hello there, also, this week's instalment of On-Call, The Register's weekly column that recounts readers' tales of tech support terror.
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2017
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Apple whispers how its face-fingering AI works

Apple has let us all in on a little secret: how its deep-learning-based face detection software works in iOS 10 and later.
Team Register, 17 Nov 2017
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Donald trump reading fake news

Fake news ‘as a service’ booming among cybercrooks

Criminals are exploiting “fake news” for commercial gain, according to new research.
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2017
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Anonymized location-tracking data proves anything but: Apps squeal on you like crazy

Anonymized location data won't necessarily preserve your anonymity.
Thomas Claburn, 17 Nov 2017
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Office workers in meeting seem frustrated.

'Do the DevOps?' No thanks! Not until a 'blameless post-mortem' really is one

What drives organisations to change their ways? What's the match that lights the powder keg of actually doing something new and different in IT? That's the question I usually get from organisations that want their approach to software to be more "agile", who want to go through "digital transformation", and, yes, "do DevOps".
Michael Cote, 17 Nov 2017
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American Express

American Express inks blockchain deal: Will use tech to pay UK folk who bank with Santander

Blockchain tech found another friend in American Express and UK customers of Santander. Well, sort of.
Andrew Silver, 17 Nov 2017
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NetApp's back, baby, flaunting new tech and Azure cloud swagger

AnalysisThere's a new energy at NetApp. The Microsoft Azure NFS deal was a great confidence booster, and the two recent acquisitions of Greenqloud and Plexistor provide stepping stones to a high-performance, on-premises storage future and a stronger hybrid cloud play.
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2017
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Una chooses the special offer

It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

Something for the Weekend, Sir?I have awoken to the sounds of electronic growling. Making my way downstairs, I discover teethmarks in the bannister, a pool of oil by the back door and the remains of a torn-open jumbo box of AA longlifes in the kitchen.
Alistair Dabbs, 17 Nov 2017
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bars broken in jail cell

UK private sector joins public in... Escape from DXC Max

UpdatedInsurer Aviva and energy supplier Centrica are the latest big customers to indicate plans to ditch outsourcing giant DXC Technologies, The Register can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2017
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A challenger appears: Specs for Samsung's potential Optane killer

AnalysisHow does Korean flash and DRAM chipper Samsung's Z-NAND compare to Intel and Micron's 3D XPoint?
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2017
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Burning 5G against dark background

So what does EE's 5G test really signal?

Brit mobile operator EE has proudly announced the success of a "breakthrough test" for 5G, but what do these tests signal for future 5G usage?
Richard Priday, 17 Nov 2017
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The Reg parts ways with imagineer and thought pathfinder Steve Bong

The Register has severed ties with columnist and Shoreditch entrepreneur Mr Steve Bong MBE after Mr Bong admitted to having a close working relationship with the Kremlin this week, in a piece titled Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story
Team Register, 17 Nov 2017
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OnePlus 5 x T + five short months = Some p*ssed off fanboys

BBK Electronics' OnePlus venture rolled out its second flagship of 2017 yesterday, the OnePlus 5T going on sale just five months after its predecessor, the OnePlus 5 in June.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Nov 2017
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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

The abolition of the paper tax disc is costing the UK government £107m due to an increase in car tax evasion.
Kat Hall, 17 Nov 2017
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True Telecom busted by Ofcom for 'slamming', misselling and more

Ofcom handed down a £300,000 fine to business phone and broadband company True Telecom after concluding a year-long investigation yesterday.
Richard Priday, 17 Nov 2017
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Stanford's MARTY car

Connected and self-driving cars are being sent to Coventry

The UK Autodrive connected car consortium will start practical trials of its connected and autonomous cars on the streets of Coventry, it has declared.
Gareth Corfield, 17 Nov 2017
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Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you

It's alive, it's terrifying, and it does perfect backflips! Boston Dynamics' gymnastic research robot Atlas has caused a minor panic on social media. With skills like this, surely humans are doomed?
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Nov 2017
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LLOYDS BANK BUILDING opposite royal courts of justice

Lloyds' Avios Reward credit cardholders report fraudulent activity

Thousands of Lloyds Avios Rewards American Express credit card customers have been targeted by fraudsters, the bank has admitted.
Kat Hall, 17 Nov 2017
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ASV C-Worker 7 robot boat

Crewless dinghy signs to UK Ship Register for Middle East mission

The UK Ship Register signed up its first unmanned vessel on earlier this week.
Richard Priday, 17 Nov 2017
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Metropolitan police image via Shutterstock

For goodness sake, stop the plod using facial recog, London mayor told

London's Metropolitan Police force's use of "intrusive" technologies "without proper regulation" could put a fundamental principle of policing at risk, the London mayor has been told.
Rebecca Hill, 17 Nov 2017
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HMS Queen Elizabeth approaching Portsmouth for the first time. Crown copyright

New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

Her Majesty the Queen will commission the new British aircraft carrier named after her into Royal Navy service in three weeks – on the anniversary of an infamous naval battle where numerous warships were sunk.
Gareth Corfield, 17 Nov 2017
Sportscar/race car rendering illustration

Speedy roadster for filers hits the road. Don't worry Elon, it's a storage vehicle

Infinite IO has enabled clustering of its metadata accelerators to scale performance.
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2017
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closed

Shamed TLS/SSL cert authority StartCom to shut up shop

Controversial certificate authority StartCom is going out of business.
Andrew Silver, 17 Nov 2017
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Sky-drawing of a phallus

Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

A US navy pilot in an EA-18G GROWLER is facing stiff action – after crafting a novel flight pattern that left much of central Washington state staring up at an anatomy lesson.
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2017
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army

Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing "dozens of terabytes" of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest.
Iain Thomson, 17 Nov 2017
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Big Cable's pillow talk with FCC to forbid US states from writing own net neutrality rules

The stomach-churning love-fest between the American cable industry and FCC Ajit Pai continues apace with Big Cable now pillow talking the federal regulator into how to prevent individual US states forming their own net neutrality protections.
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Nov 2017

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