It's 2018 and your Macs, iPhones can be pwned by playing evil music
Apple has released security patches for iOS and macOS that include, among other things, Meltdown and Spectre fixes. The new versions should be installed as soon as possible.
It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs
Mozilla's Firefox has been patched to address more than 30 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities.
Samba 4.8 to squish scaling bug that Tridge himself coded in 2009
File and print services project Samba will fix a slew of bugs that have made it hard for the project to scale in version 4.8, due in March.
Just in the NIC of time, Dell and Netronome enter NFV pact
NIC vendor Netronome and Dell have inked a deal targeting the network function virtualization market.
Skype, Slack, other apps inherit Electron vuln
UpdatedIf you've built a Windows application on Electron, check to see if it's subject to a just-announced remote code execution vulnerability.
Fresh botnet recruiting routers with weak credentials
Security researchers believe the author of the Satori botnet is at it again, this time attacking routers to craft a botnet dubbed "Masuta".
Mass limit proposed so boffins can tell when they've fingered a brown dwarf or a fat planet
The official definition of a planet should be updated to include an upper mass limit, so scientists can agree on whether a large newly found celestial body is either a huge planet – or a tiny failed star.
2018's first spacewalk bugged by software
Apart from a slightly irritating software bug, it seems NASA's first spacewalk for 2018 went smoothly.
Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge
At today's adoption levels, electric vehicles' impact on overall household energy consumption is negligible, but grid planners probably need to look to the future sooner rather than later.
NASA rethinking InSight probe mission after dust storm predicted for Mars
It's highly likely that Mars is going to suffer one of its periodical planet-wide dust storms this year – and NASA is concerned the event could disrupt its operations on the Red Planet.
Elon Musk offered no salary, $55bn bonus to run Tesla for a decade
“Vertically integrated sustainable energy" company Tesla – more on that description later – has revealed a new compensation plan for CEO and founder Elon Musk that will see him work for nothing but could see him earn US$55 billion over the next decade.
Maverick internet cop Chrome 64 breaks rules to thwart malvert scum
The largest malvertising campaign in 2017 involved 28 fake ad agencies, which were used to generate about one billion ad views across 62 per cent of ad-supported websites, according to publishing security biz Confiant.
Linux Foundation puts all its networking eggs in one basket
The Linux Foundation has decided the time is right for one administrative structure to cover all of its networking efforts, so has created the “LF Networking Fund ” to oversee them all.
PACK YOUR BAGS! Two Trappist-1 planets have watery oceans, most likely to be inhabitable
A team of scientists have identified two out of the seven planets in the Trappist-1 system as the most likely to be habitable, according to a new study.
Thorn leaves CGI UK's side: Prez exit 'to pursue other interests'
The UK president of Canadian outsourcing biz CGI, Steve Thorn, has stepped down to "to pursue different career opportunities" after 25 years with the firm.
Facebook AI guru alt-tabs out, Nvidia EULA audits, Baidu changes, chip tricks, and more
RoundupWelcome to El Reg's January roundup of AI-related news beyond all the wonderful and terrible things we've covered separately. Drop us a line if you have any machine-learning news or gossip to share.
£60m, five years late... Tag criminal tagging as a 'catastrophic waste' of taxpayers' cash
The UK's Ministry of Justice's system of monitoring criminals with electronic tags has been blasted as a "catastrophic waste of public money" in a damning report by MPs..
TalkTalk starts offering punters choice to shift-shift to O2
TalkTalk has started offering customers the option of moving onto O2 when their contracts expire, as the beleaguered Brit telco plans to ditch mobile.
Europe slaps €997m antitrust fine on Qualcomm
UpdatedThe European Commission today slapped a €997m (£872m) fine on Qualcomm for abusing its dominant market position - finding it paid billions to Apple to exclusively use its chips.
Pro Evo-lution shocker: Samsung SSDs focus on endurance over capacity
Samsung's new 860 Pro and Evo SSDs have virtually the same capacity and performance as the 850 line, but with much higher endurance.
Cold calling director struck off for ‘flagrant’ breach of duties
The cash-splashing director of a nuisance call biz has been struck off for 12 years after breaking telemarketing rules and trading while insolvent.
Google yanks cash firehose from Lunar X Moonshot comp. The actual Moon shot one
Google has pulled its financial backing from the Lunar X wheeze to get a privately funded spacecraft to the Moon after finally conceding that none of the five entrants were likely to make it there.
Camels disqualified from Saudi beauty contest for Botox-enhanced pouts
Twelve cheating camels have been disqualified from a Saudi beauty pageant for having Botox injections to enhance their pouts.
The Register, Heise launch Serverless Computing London Conference
EventsSituation Publishing and Heise Medien are launching Serverless Computing London 2018, a three day conference that will bring together together experts and practitioners in one of the tech world’s hottest new areas.
H-1B visa hopefuls, green card holders are feeling the wrath of 'America first' Trump
Following President Donald Trump's demands for a crackdown on H-1B visas, there has been a radical shift in how US immigration officials handle applications for the program.
White box, anyone? Big Switch pumps Big Cloud Fabric updates as pretty Big Deal
Big Switch Networks has updated its Big Cloud Fabric to support hyperconverged (HCI) and software-defined storage (SDS) products so they don't need to use shonky old proprietary networking hardware.
What's GDPR? Survey suggests smaller firms living under rocks as EU privacy regs loom
The European Union's incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has still not registered with more than half of small companies and a third of medium-sized firms, according to a UK government survey.
France gives les citoyens the right to cock up official paperwork
France has reportedly passed a law to allow hapless citizens the right to make admin screwups in their dealings with the state – and not have those mistakes held against them.
Hawaii governor: I wanted to tell everyone nuke alert was fake – I just forgot my password
Red faces over Hawaii’s false nuke alert got even redder this week, as the governor admitted he knew it was a mistake – but couldn’t alert citizens because he didn't know his Twitter password.
NHS deploys Microsoft threat detection service on just 30,000 devices
UpdatedNHS Digital has yet to explain why it has taken months to roll out Microsoft's Enterprise Threat Detection Service (ETDS) to only about two per cent of the UK health service's targeted installed base.
Commvault's record revenues walloped by US tax law tweaks
Commvault has reported record quarterly revenues but took a dramatic GAAP thrashing due to US tax law changes.
NHS outages KO Welsh GP services and Manchester A&E
A data centre glitch has left doctors in Wales unable to access their patients’ details – while a similar outage in Manchester, England, has placed severe strain on hospitals’ accident and emergency departments.
You want wires with that? Burger King backs, er, net neutrality
VidIt is possible for a policy issue to jump the shark?
Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM
A motorcyclist is suing General Motors in the US after he was knocked off his motorbike by one of the automaker's self-driving cars.
Pope wants journalism like the Catholic church wants child sex abuse probes: Slow, aimless...
Take it easy with those hard-hitting exclusives and investigations, said the Pope this week, lumping inconvenient quality journalism with fake news and clickbait.
Biggest Washington DC lobbyist is now a tech giant (yes, it's Google)
For the first time, an internet company has become the largest lobbyist in Washington DC.
Look on the bright side, Pebble fans. At least your gizmo will work long enough for you to get beach body ready
Fitbit says it will formally end support for Pebble hardware this summer.