2nd > February > 2018 Archive
Amazon manages to find a mere sliver of profit – just $2bn – out of $61bn in end-of-year sales
Amazon.com said its Q4 2017 net sales reached $60.5bn, an increase of 38 per cent from the $43.7bn reported by the tech giant during the same period a year earlier.
Google prints money for Alphabet to stuff into Uncle Sam's pockets: $10bn blow from Donald Trump's tax shakeup
Google-parent Alphabet suffered a $3bn loss of the final quarter of 2017 after handing over $9.9bn to Uncle Sam due changes in the US tax system.
Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)
Apple on Thursday touted its highest-grossing quarter ever, even as iPhone and Mac shipments were down.
India signals ban on cryptocurrencies, embraces blockchain
UpdatedIndia has vowed to ban the use of cryptocurrencies within its borders, it appears.
SAP made a mistake on its own blog - mobile platform to survive
UPDATESAP has decided to kill off its Mobile Platform.
Supermassive black holes scoff just one star per year, say space weight watchers
Supermassive black holes in merger galaxies snack on one star every year, according to a paper published on Thursday.
Hey, you know what the internet needs? Yup, more industrial control systems for kids to hack
The number of industrial control systems (ICS) connected to the internet has increased year on year – meaning more and more infrastructure is sitting on the 'net potentially open to attack.
As Facebook pushes yet more fake articles, one news editor tells Mark to get a grip – or Zuck off
AnalysisIf ever there was an argument for why journalism is not only important but a profession requiring a broad set of specific skills, then Facebook's seeming inability to do news is it.
No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft
Microsoft has revealed that Office 2019’s desktop applications will only run on Windows 10 – and shortened support for the forthcoming release of the suite.
Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial
On-CallWelcome yet again to On-Call, The Register’s weekly reader-contributed story of the brutal business that is tech support.
Lenovo stops the worst of the bleeding in data centre and mobile
Lenovo’s announced its third quarter results for 2017/18 and said its mobile and data centre businesses are responding well to turnaround efforts.
Web searching died the day they invented SEO
Something for the Weekend, Sir?You can find anything on the internet apart from the specific thing you're looking for.
Tall, slim models are coming to take over dumpy SSD territory
InterviewIntel and Samsung have introduced "ruler" format SSDs, longer than the standard 2.5-inch drive format, and with higher capacities. However, adoption has been slow. Supermicro is bringing in ruler SSD-using servers, but few others.
DevOps: Bloody hell, we've got to think about security too! Sigh. Who wants coffee?
Imagine you're an organisation that is looking to implement a DevOps approach to applications and services, or perhaps you’ve already started, but you’re worried about security.
Capita contract probed after thousands of clinical letters stuffed in a drawer somewhere
The UK's National Audit Office is investigating a backlog of 162,000 undelivered items of clinical correspondence on the watch of Capita's £700m Primary Care Services contract.
Disengage, disengage! Cali DMV reports show how often human drivers override robot cars
Mercedes' driverless cars need human intervention approximately every 2.08km (1.3 miles), and other makes are totally reliant on frequent switching to manual, according to figures out this month from the Californian Department for Motor Vehicles.
You can find me in da club, database full of faces… but this ain't privacy watchers' jam
Five clubs in Bournemouth are now accepting ID in the form of an app that verifies who you are through facial recognition – to the disdain of privacy activists.
This is why we can't have nice things, BT tells Global Services after 3% sales droop
BT's problem child Global Services once again dragged sales down, this time by three per cent in the third quarter of its financial year to £5.97bn.
On the NHS tech team? Weep at ugly WannaCry post-mortem, smile as Health dept outlines plan
The WannaCry outbreak has forced the UK's national health service to overhaul its crisis planning to put new measures in place to avoid further crippling cyber attacks.
Besides the XPoint: Persistent memory tech is cool, but the price tag... OUCH
AnalysisThe prospects of XPoint and other persistent memory technologies becoming a standard part of servers' design is being held up because the darn stuff costs too much, an analyst has said.
Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing
GiveawayBrit supermarket chain Morrisons has sacked 1,500 middle managers – but fear not, they’ve also vomited out an unholy creation that is part pizza, part Yorkshire pudding.
Bluetooth 'Panty Buster' 'smart' sex toy fails penetration test
Security researchers have found multiple vulnerabilities in smart sex toys that open up the potential for all sorts of mischief by hackers.
Gartner casts runes to find object storage hero and 3 emerge: IBM
IBM's on-premises Cloud Object Storage has come out on top in Gartner's latest industry rankings.
AWS looks to tech old guard, hires EMEA boss
ExclusiveAmazon Web Services has turned to an old-world IT exec, former Hewlett Packard Enterprise bigwig Andy Isherwood, to run its ops in Europe, the Middle East and Africa – and inject some enterprise tech experience into the cloud biz.
Dell confirms: We're either going public – or VMware's gobbling us (or nothing will happen)
Tech titan Dell has confirmed in paperwork submitted to America's financial watchdog that it is mulling returning to the stock market as a public company, combining with its subsidiary VMware, or, er, doing nothing.
Facebook-basher Schrems raises enough dosh to get his Noyb out
EU-based campaigner Max Schrems – famous for taking Silicon Valley to task over citizens' privacy rights – has set up a non-profit outfit called Noyb, having exceeded a crowdfunding target.
Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined
AnalysisFriday morning, as expected, the US House Intelligence Committee released a four-page memo outlining what it claims is evidence that the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the FBI illegally requested that a former advisor to President Trump be put under surveillance.
A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines
A tiny village in America has been ordered to pay back more than $3m in speeding fines it collected from motorists – after its claims of "sovereign immunity" were laughed out of court.