OnePlus Android mobes' clipboard app caught phoning home to China
UPDATEOnePlus has admitted that the clipboard app in a beta build of its Android OS was beaming back mystery data to a cloud service in China.
Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss
The outgoing head of the Defense Information Systems Agency, which handles computer security for the US Department of Defense, has warned a massive cyber-attack is "looming" at the American military's door.
Funnily enough, small-town broadband cheaper than big cable packages, say Harvard eggheads
A study in the US has found that, where they're still allowed, municipally-owned broadband networks are likely to deliver customers a better value than what the cable giants offer.
Ecuador tried to make Julian Assange a diplomat
Ecuador granted citizenship to Julian Assange and tried to register him as a diplomat in order to secure his release from the nation’s London embassy.
Intel’s Meltdown fix freaked out some Broadwells, Haswells
Intel has warned that the fix for its Meltdown and Spectre woes might have made PCs and servers less stable.
PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too
Microsoft has given the world new versions of PowerShell that bring the popular automation and scripting tool to MacOS and Linux.
PC lab in remote leper colony had wrong cables, no licences, and not much hope
On-CallWelcome back to On-Call, The Register’s weekly tale of – ahem – challenging support jobs that readers have encountered around the world.
NASA is pretty pleased with its pulsar-sniffing intergalactic GPS tech
PicsAfter years of research and testing, NASA has demonstrated spacecraft positioning equipment that relies on measuring X-ray bursts. The hardware will help future spacefarers navigate the galaxy and beyond.
Europe to spend €1bn on supercomputers and big data infrastructure
The European Commission’s decided to throw €486 million at high performance computers.
Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts
Mars boffins have spotted lots of almost-pure water ice on Mars.
Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times
2018 has barely begun, and it already feels like we'll be nibbling techwar milquetoast all year long. If 2018 ends up being at all like 2017, that is.
Worcestershire's airborne electronics warfare wonderland
Geek's Guide to BritainWhen you first see the view from Croome's church, it looks like an English utopia. The landscape, designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown during the 1750s, features a lake pretending to be river, winding lazily through fields dotted by scenic trees. To the left is Croome Court, a grand Palladian country house built over the red bricks of an earlier one. The Malvern Hills rise in the distance.
Self-driving cars still do not exist even if we think they do
Something for the Weekend, Sir?Before I take off my Sonic The Hedgehog socks, I want to be sure there is mutual consent. I don't mind being extradited to Sweden but there's no way I want to spend the next five years conducting my daily ablutions under a cold dripping tap in the faux-marble tiled toilet in the Ecuadorian embassy.
Should SANs be patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Er ... yes and no
AnalysisIs the performance sapping spectre of the X86 Spectre/Meltdown bug fixes hanging over SAN storage arrays? The general assumption is "yes" but five suppliers say not.
BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service
Episode 1The PFY is feeling a little unappreciated. APPARENTLY I’m not supporting him in his role very well and he feels a bit like a scapegoat.
UK taxman told to go easy on transformation with Brexit in headlights
The UK government's spending watchdog has warned HMRC is biting off more than it can chew by undergoing major transformational projects while simultaneously coping with the fallout of Brexit.
EU court to rule whether Facebook should seek and destroy hate speech
The European Court of Justice has been asked to decide whether Facebook should actively search for hate speech posted by users.
US shoppers abandon PC makers in hour of need
America’s PC market sneezed in Q4 calendar and the rest of the world caught a cold: global sales declined in the final three months of last year, stats from Gartner indicated – although rival IDC did not concur.
Shhh! DropBox 'quietly files' for IPO
DropBox has reportedly filed for an IPO, giving it fresh capital to fund a significant expansion.
'Mummy, what's felching?' Tot gets smut served by Android app
Researchers have found a batch of over 60 malware-carrying apps in Google's Play Store designed to rob mobile users or show them pornography, all with a kid-friendly theme.
Veeam's reverse-IBM, the rebrands, the new hires, and... DRAM, what's that, Samsung?
After multiple, multiple quarters of doing a reverse IBM and growing revenues quarter after quarter after quarter, Veeam has been beaming about having grown revenues some more.
Intel AMT security locks bypassed on corp laptops – fresh research
UpdatedSecurity shortcomings in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) can be exploited by miscreants to bypass login prompts on notebook computers.
Boffins split on whether Spectre fix needs tweaked hardware
AnalysisProcessor security experts – including one cited in the Meltdown paper – are split on whether the resolution of the Spectre vulnerability may need to involve hardware modifications or the software defences being rolled out are adequate.
VMware: New year, new job – you're fired
UpdatedVirtualization kingpin VMware is this month laying off staff again.
Celebgate latest: Fourth dirtbag 'fesses up to pillaging iCloud for stars' X-rated selfies
A fourth man has admitted stealing Hollywood stars' private nude photos that eventually leaked online in what became known as Celebgate.
Dear US taxpayers, 4.5 BEEELLION of your dollars were blown on unapproved IT projects
American government agencies are spending billions of tax dollars on IT projects without getting the proper approval or oversight.
Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' exactly as exciting as it sounds
CommentThis week, the tech world has been consumed with intrigue over the details of alleged "sex parties" hosted by Silicon Valley's power brokers.