31st > January > 2018 Archive


Beat Wall St estimates, share price falls 5%. Who else but... AMD?

AMD says it managed to boost revenues by 34 per cent as its Ryzen and Radeon chip lines rack up sales.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jan 2018
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Red Hat tries CoreOS on for size – and buys

Enterprise Linux biz Red Hat on Tuesday said it has reached an agreement to acquire CoreOS, a maker of open source container software, for $250 million.
Thomas Claburn, 31 Jan 2018
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Suspicion of villainy leads Facebook to ban cryptocoin ads

Facebook has banned ads for cryptocurrencies from its platform, on suspicion that plenty of them will be placed by scammers.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2018

Azure Event Grid goes live, gives world cloudy publish-subscribe model

Microsoft's Azure Event Grid, a service launched as preview last August, has attracted enough fans for Redmond to push it into general availability.
Richard Chirgwin, 31 Jan 2018
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To hack Australia and learn its secrets, buy second-hand furniture

The Australian government has suffered what must be one of the most ridiculously embarrassing security breach in its history: Cabinet records from five successive governments were sent to a second-hand furniture store... in filing cabinets.
Richard Chirgwin, 31 Jan 2018
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Pour yourself a tall one, Juniper investors. It's lost money again

Juniper Networks has announced a drop in revenue for Q4 2017 and predicted Q1 2018 will disappoint.
Richard Chirgwin, 31 Jan 2018
Cisco MDS 9132T fabric switch with dinosaur

Cisco gives intent-based networking a third leg to stand on

Cisco’s delivered the missing piece of its intent-based networking (IBN) vision and is therefore ready to stand its ground as software-defined networking upstarts try to paint it as a dinosaur.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2018

In America, tech support conmen get a mild slap. In Blighty, scammers get the book thrown at them

Two bogus technical support operations have been shut down over the past two days – but the punishment dished out highlights eyebrow-raising differences between the US and UK in how they deal with these scumbags.
Iain Thomson, 31 Jan 2018
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On yer bike! Boffins teach AI drone to fly itself using cams on bicycles, self-driving car

VidResearchers have taught a drone to fly autonomously through the streets of Zürich, Switzerland, by using a simple neural network.
Katyanna Quach, 31 Jan 2018

1,900 rotten apps bounced out of Google Play every day in 2017

Google has revealed that it booted “more than 700,000 apps” and 100,000 developers out of its Play digital tat bazaar during 2017.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2018
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Cisco throws everything it has at containers, hybrid cloud

Cisco has decided to throw everything it has at containers by releasing its very own “Container Platform”.
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2018

Been bugging the boss for a raise? Now's the time to go into infosec

Cybersecurity specialists will enjoy the highest salary increases among IT professionals with rises of 7 per cent – compared to 2 per cent for devs and 3 per cent for infrastructure experts – according to a survey by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters.
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2018
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Tensorflow Lite: Neat, but an ordeal to get running on your mobe

Late last year, Google announced a new mobile library for Tensorflow on mobile devices: Lite.
Andrew Cobley, 31 Jan 2018
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Should ISPs pay to block pirate websites? Supreme Court to decide

BT and EE have appealed to the Supreme Court of the UK against an earlier ruling that made ISPs liable for the costs of blocking copyright infringement websites.
Gareth Corfield, 31 Jan 2018

Forget cyber crims, it's time to start worrying about GPS jammers – UK.gov report

The UK must reduce the dependency of its critical infrastructure and emergency services on GPS technology to mitigate against the potentially disastrous impact of signal jamming, a government report has warned.
Kat Hall, 31 Jan 2018

Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

Capita's stock plunged more than 40 per cent today after the firm issued another profit warning, suspended dividends and issued £700m in new shares.
Kat Hall, 31 Jan 2018
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Oracle point-of-sale system vulnerabilities get Big Red cross

A vulnerability has been unearthed in Oracle MICROS point-of-sale (POS) terminals that allowed hackers to read sensitive data from devices.
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2018
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Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird

An artist was left spitting feathers after United Airlines told her she couldn't board a plane with her "emotional support" peacock.
Rebecca Hill, 31 Jan 2018
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Govt 'comprehensively ignored' advice over NHS data-sharing deal

NHS Digital must put an immediate stop to patient data-sharing deal with the UK Home Office for immigration enforcement, MPs have said.
Rebecca Hill, 31 Jan 2018
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Bring the people 'beautiful' electric car charging points, calls former transport minister

AEV BillBritain's new network of charging points for battery operated cars should be "iconic and beautiful" just like the telephone box, according the ex-minister in charge of working out their place in the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill.
Richard Priday, 31 Jan 2018
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Crowdfunding small print binned as Retro Computers Ltd loses court refund action

A crowdfunding backer of Retro Computers Ltd has won his court claim for a refund against the Brit company for failing to deliver its promised product.
Gareth Corfield, 31 Jan 2018

DRAM, Samsung, these profits are on fire, NAND ain't that the truth

Korean tech titan Samsung has posted bumper annual results on the back of high memory chip demand, with yearly operating profit up 83 per cent to 53.7 trillion won (£35.4bn).
Kat Hall, 31 Jan 2018

Heart Internet outage... three days and counting

A number of Heart Internet customers remain unable to get online for three days thanks to a hosting failure.
Kat Hall, 31 Jan 2018
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Johnny Hacker hauls out NSA-crafted Server Message Block exploits, revamps 'em

Hackers* have improved the reliability and potency of Server Message Block (SMB) exploits used to carry out the hard-hitting NotPetya ransomware attack last year.
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2018
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Terror law expert to UK.gov: Why backdoors when there's so much other data to slurp?

Secure end-to-end encrypted comms is a desirable technology that governments should stop trying to break, especially as there's other information to slurp up on crims, UK politicians were told this week.
Rebecca Hill, 31 Jan 2018

New click-to-hack tool: One script to exploit them all and in the darkness TCP bind them

Python code has emerged that automatically searches for vulnerable devices online using Shodan.io – and then uses Metasploit's database of exploits to potentially hijack the computers and gadgets.
Thomas Claburn, 31 Jan 2018

FBI slams secret Nunes memo alleging Feds spied on Team Trump for political reasons

AnalysisThe FBI has slammed a still-secret memo that claims the bureau was politically motivated when it requested a wiretap on a key advisor of Donald Trump during his presidential campaign.
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Jan 2018

Windows Defender will strap pushy scareware to its ass-kicker machine

Microsoft will tighten the screws on scummy developers who use scare tactics to frighten people – particularly non-tech savvy folks – into paying for unnecessary software.
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jan 2018

So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...

AnalysisIt's a common enough scenario: you are in charge of a critical piece of your company's computing infrastructure, and you make a simple mistake with far-reaching implications.
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Jan 2018

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