30th > November > 2017 Archive
Hey girl, what's that behind your Windows task bar? Looks like a hidden crypto-miner...
Nokia 'not currently' talking about nor arranging Juniper buy
Nokia Networks has denied a rumour that it's planning to make an offer for Juniper Networks.
Microsoft to rebuild Redmond campus, including cricket pitch
PollApple built a spaceship, Amazon's tendered for a town and now Microsoft's announced a “multi-year campus refresh project” that will see it splash US$150m to renovate 6.7 million square feet of its offices, add eight new buildings and lay a cricket pitch.
Mozilla releases voice dataset and transcription engine
Mozilla has revealed an open speech dataset and a TensorFlow-based transcription engine.
Today in non-depressing news: Boffins build biggest quantum sims
Two teams of researchers have created the world's largest publicly known quantum simulators – a type of quantum computer – each containing more than 50 qubits to model complex interactions between matter that cannot be performed with a conventional supercomputer.
Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones
Analyst outfit IDC has predicted the smartphone era will soon end, with 2019 to see the dawn of the phablet age.
What do Tensor Flow, Caffe and Torch have in common? Open CVEs
Dabblers with prominent artificial intelligence tools have been warned and/or reminded to check their dependencies because some have open vulnerabilities.
From DevOps to No-Ops: El Reg chats serverless computing with NYT's CTO
DevOps, a combination of development and operations, may have to be rethought because ops is on the outs.
Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1
The HDMI forum has released the HDMI 2.1 spec, and promised it can deliver 48Gbps if you buy new cables that support the jump from HDMI 2.0s 18Gbps.
Win 10 creators update offers new reality opportunity
Microsoft’s recent release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, with virtual and augmented reality built in, is a big moment. Microsoft was one-half of the duo with Intel – nicknamed Wintel - that during the 1990s made business computing a mass movement. Windows headsets paired with x86 PCs also promises this mass-market for augmented reality. Only this time, the field is substantially different.
The plucky local Mom 'n’ Pop phone maker faces death
People are spending a little more on their phones, squeezing local and niche phone manufacturers.
Ad-filtering fiend Eyeo: Morning has broken, like the first morning
InterviewWhen I last interviewed Eyeo comms chief Ben Williams a year ago, the smell of gun smoke and scorched flesh hung in the air. Our piece was headlined: Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender.
Today is your last chance to pick up a piece of channel history
The old saying "a fool and his money are soon parted" clearly doesn't spring to mind as bidding starts to simmer on the Misco car registration plate that went under the hammer last week.
Used iPhone Safari in 2011-12? You might qualify for Google bucks
Consumer rights advocates have launched a class action lawsuit against Google, claiming the biz took millions of iPhone users' personal information illegally.
A day will come when Azure Active Directory 'classic' portal is killed. But it is not this day
UpdatedFor reasons unknown, Microsoft has decided at the last minute not to pull the plug on the old Azure Active Directory portal just yet.
Uber hack: EU data protection bods launch taskforce
The European Union’s group of data protection watchdogs has launched a taskforce into the Uber data breach that affected 57 million users worldwide.
Crown Prosecution Service is coming for crooks' cryptocurrency
"If criminals believe they can hide their ill-gotten assets online they are very much mistaken."
Core blimey: Dell dunks hyperconverged server lines in Skylake
AnalysisDell is increasing the performance of its hyperconverged product lines by adding 14G PowerEdge servers amid triple-digit VxRail revenue growth. Is this just a short-term spurt or something deeper?
Oops: LinkedIn country subdomains SSL cert just expired
UpdatedLinkedIn's country subdomain SSL certificate has expired – apparently as of about noon GMT today.
Lauri Love's US extradition appeal judges reserve decision
London's High Court has reserved judgment on the extradition of accused hacker Lauri Love after hearing this morning that his appeal should be granted because conditions in the US prisons he may be sent to are "unconscionable".
UK.gov admits Investigatory Powers Act illegal under EU law
Police forces will no longer be able to grant themselves access to surveillance data if new government proposals to the Snooper's Charter are accepted.
That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features
Microsoft isn't short of good ideas – but getting good ideas into Microsoft products, which then stay alive for a long time, is another thing.
Crypto-cash souk Coinbase forced to rat out its high rollers to probing US taxmen
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase will be turning over information on 14,000 of its users to the IRS – Uncle Sam's tax collectors – thanks to an order from a US court.
Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools
By mid-2018 Google Chrome will no longer allow outside applications – cough, cough, antivirus packages – to run code within the browser on Windows.
Protecting your data from ransomware
SupportedWell, there’s a surprise. The National Audit Office’s report into the WannaCry ransomware and its effect on the NHS came out in late October. It points the blame at – wait for it – the NHS. Despite warnings, trusts had not prepared themselves with the basic patches necessary to avoid what ended up being an unsophisticated attack.