6th > December > 2017 Archive
Netflix mulls using AI to craft personalized movie trailers for viewers
Researchers at Netflix are experimenting with creating software-edited trailers personalized for individual subscribers to get more peeps to watch its films, according to a well-placed source familiar with the matter.
Boffins foresee most software written by machines in 2040
Boffins at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory speculate that by 2040 advances in AI disciplines like machine learning and natural language processing will shift most software code creation from people to machines.
Lap-slabtop-mobes with Snapdragon Arm CPUs running Windows 10: We had a quick gander
PicsQualcomm, Microsoft, Asus, HP Inc and Lenovo today talked up their upcoming Arm-compatible, Snapdragon-powered three-in-one Windows 10 PCs.
OpenStack Foundation backs 'virtualized containers', for security's sake
The OpenStack Foundation has made good on its promise to start helping complementary projects by adopting every-container-gets-its-own-kernel projects run by Intel and hyper.sh.
Beware the IDEs of Android: three biggies have vulnerabilities
Developers using the Android Studio, Eclipse, and IntelliJ IDEA have been advised to update their IDEs against serious and easily-exploitable vulnerabilities.
Google learns to smile, because AI's bad at it
Google's taken a small step towards addressing the persistent problem of bias in artificial intelligence, setting its boffins to work on equal-opportunity smile detection.
Mailsploit: It's 2017, and you can spoof the 'from' in email to fool filters
Penetration tester Sabri Haddouche has reintroduced the world to email source spoofing, bypassing spam filters and protections like Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), thereby posing a risk to anyone running a vulnerable and unpatched mail client.
Mozilla and Yahoo! trade sueballs over Firefox-Google search deal
The Mozilla Foundation and Yahoo! have flung sueballs at each other, after the former ended its deal to have the latter provide search results in the Firefox browser amid claims it hadn't been paid.
Google pushed update that broke managed Chromebooks' Wi-Fi
A Google slip-up left educators scratching their heads after schools' Chromebooks developed mass wireless network SSID amnesia.
Microsoft adds nothing to new Semi-Annual Windows Server preview
Microsoft's released something odd: a new tech preview of Windows Server's semi-annual release channel with no new features but a few known issues with the potential to mess things up.
Staff at Steria gov shared services centre offered voluntary redundo
Workers at the Sopra Steria-run UK government shared services centre received an early Christmas present this week: the opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy.
Sucks to be a... chief data officer, when they're being told: Boost revenues
Chief data officers are increasingly asked to help monetise the data companies hold, rather than purely managing and protecting that data, according to Gartner.
What on Earth is Terraform: Life support for explorers of terrifying alien worlds
Terraform is taking over as one of the critical new technologies for managing composable infrastructure both in and out of the cloud. Where does it fit in a world with Docker, Kubernetes, Puppet and other tools that all seem to be important elements in this space?
Car rental firms told: Tell your customers about in-car data slurps
Car rental companies should offer customers explicit information on what happens to data that has been sucked up by connected cars, a civil rights group has said.
Google and pals rush to repair Android dev tools, block backdoor risks
Security researchers have found several flaws in the developer tools and environments used by Android programmers.
The ultimate vendor lock-in: High school opens on Oracle campus
As Facebook is being slapped down for trying to get ‘em young with its under-13s messenger service, Oracle has gone one step further towards life-time lock-in: by opening a high school on its campus.
Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return
ReviewHMD's efforts to put the Nokia brand over what we call the "Shenzhen generics" formula haven't exactly set the world on fire yet. But in all honesty, you'll struggle to find anything better for £399, the revised price of the Nokia 8.
Capita appoints back bencher baroness as non exec director
Public sector outsourcing favourite Capita has appointed House of Lords backbencher Lucy Neville-Rolfe as independent non-executive director.
No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'
BMW claims that its electric i3 car has “zero emissions” and is a “really clean car [that] helps to give back to the environment”. Ad regulators have ordered it never to say that again – pointing to the Beemer’s petrol-fuelled auxiliary engine.
Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit
Home security company Y-Cam has enraged its users after pulling its free lifetime cloud storage for its internet-connected cameras.
O Christmas wreath, O Christmas wreath, thy potent skunk's in bunches
Nothing says Christmas like a wreath. Except of course a reefer wreath. But why stop at Jesus and Mary, when you can add a full ounce of Mary Jane, dressed with eucalyptus, wheat and rosemary that stoners can use to decorate their knockers this festivus.
Facebook Messenger ... for who now? Zuck points his digital crack at ever younger kids
Comment"Won't somebody think of the children!" Hur hur.
Former US State Department cyber man: We didn’t see the Russian threat coming
Black HatCyber threats have evolved from been a solely technical issues to core issues of government policy, according to a senior US lawyer and former cyber diplomat.
UK.gov failing to prevent £10bn of annual online fraud, say MPs
The government is not doing enough to prevent Brits being defrauded by £10bn per year, according to a spending watchdog report.
Intel Management Engine pwned by buffer overflow
On Wednesday, in a presentation at Black Hat Europe, Positive Technologies security researchers Mark Ermolov and Maxim Goryachy plan to explain the firmware flaws they found in Intel Management Engine 11, along with a warning that vendor patches for the vulnerability may not be enough.
Apple looks forward to wiping $47bn off its overseas profit tax bill – thanks to US shakeup
While Apple may have to fork out €13bn (£11.4bn) to the Irish government in back taxes, on the other side of the Pond it could gain $47.2bn (£35.2bn) in tax breaks.
EU data protection groups: Fix Privacy Shield or face lawsuit
European data protection agencies have told authorities to address their “significant concerns” about Privacy Shield, or risk having the deal tested in court.
OpenAI uses cunning code to speed up GPU machine learning
Researchers at OpenAI have launched a library of tools that can help researchers build faster, more efficient neural networks that take up less memory on GPUs.
Merger-hungry AT&T sued for price gouging by Texas ISP
AT&T has been hit with a particularly badly-timed antitrust lawsuit accusing it of price gouging.
Top supercomputing biz boss cuffed amid allegations of fraud
The CEO of Pezy Computing, known for developing one of the world's fastest supercomputers, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.
Something weird to deck the Xmas tree with: 3D-printed Wi-Fi baubles
In an effort to make objects more chatty, boffins at the University of Washington have developed a way to create 3D-printed plastic baubles that can communicate over Wi-Fi with other devices, without batteries or electronics.
New Jersey lawmakers propose ban on folks drunk droning
The State of New Jersey is considering a law to criminalize flying drones while drunk or stoned.
NiceHash diced up by hackers, thousands of Bitcoin pilfered
Cryptocurrency mining market NiceHash says it has fallen victim to a hacking attack that may have resulted in the loss of its entire Bitcoin wallet.