Articles about China

Facebook scales back AI flagship after chatbots hit 70% f-AI-lure rate

So it begins. Facebook has scaled back its ambitions and refocussed its application of "artificial intelligence" after its AI bots hit a 70 per cent failure rate. Facebook unveiled a bot API for its Messenger IM service at its developer conference last April. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had high hopes. TenCent's WeChat was …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Feb 2017
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Lenovo to build and run SAP's cloud in China

What China wants, China gets – in this case an exception to SAP's usual practice of running its own cloud. Behind the great firewall that job's just gone to Lenovo, which “will deliver a new enterprise cloud solution created exclusively for customers holding licenses for the SAP HANA platform in China.” Lenovo will also run …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Feb 2017

Tosh in deeper financial doo-doo as banks crank up the pressure

Toshiba is looking to raise almost $9bn (‎¥1 trillion) by selling off a majority stake in its memory chip business, according to Reuters, and so repair its finances, which have been devastated by cost overruns in its US nuclear power business. That is costing it around $6.3bn but Toshiba's banks want it to raise more to cover …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2017
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NZ firm tucks into $27m on the back of VR 'hologram' promise

Analysis 8i, a New Zealand based company, last week landed a large B funding round that reads like a who’s who in the Virtual reality world. Its aim is to bring holograms to the masses. This doesn’t actually mean what it says, but it’s still pretty cool. To most of us, a hologram is something that stands in front of us, created in the …
Faultline, 20 Feb 2017

Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

With the exciting news that Apple is going to hold a conference in June where it will announce new products – only the 15th time it has done so since 2003 – we felt it was time to write down some wild speculation because, like lemmings, you will click on it and we make money when you do. Of course the big news is that June …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Feb 2017
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Knock knock. Who's there? A Lenovo server salesperson, because revenue dip's no joke

Expect Lenovo server and storage sales people to knock on your door, soon and often, because the company's identified the lack of its own direct sales force as the reason for poor performance in its Data Center Group for the third quarter of its 2016/17 financial year. The company has plenty of pleasing numbers to report, …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Feb 2017

Sigfox leads with its chin on security for internet-connected things

Comment French Internet of Things bods Sigfox have published a “Universal Declaration of IoT Rights”, which, as well as being a bit awful, sheds light on a wider boredom with proper security. Hopefully published tongue-in-cheek, the declaration was written by Sigfox’s “vice president imagineering” (not a typo), opening: “We have a …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Feb 2017

Apple nabs smartphone top spot from Samsung, but for how long?

Christmas sales helped Apple steal top spot in global phone shipments from Samsung, but Gartner, who compiled the numbers, are confident that the chaebol will wrestle it back. Gartner estimated the gap between the two had narrowed to 256,000 units, with Apple a shade in front, by 77,0380,000 to 76,782,600 shipments in the …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Feb 2017
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A spanner in the works: Google's cloud database hits beta, gets prices

Google's close to plugging a long-standing gap in its public cloud, with its Cloud Spanner distributed relational database hitting public beta. In January, we noted that Cloud Spanner, first detailed in a 2012 white paper, had landed as alpha in 2014 but was yet to become a commercial offering. The beta announced February 14 …
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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

Getting into America can be tricky at the moment if you have the wrong skin color or the wrong surname. Even though President Donald Trump's crackdown on refugees and Muslim immigrants has been put on hold by the courts, US border officials have got the message: now's the time to make life difficult for some people entering …
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2017
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Russia and China bombard Blighty with 188 cyberattacks in 3 months

Britain has been hit by 188 "high-level attacks" in the last three months. Some of these attempts include Russian state-sponsored hackers trying to steal defence and foreign policy secrets, according to the UK's newly appointed National Cyber Security Centre chief Ciaran Martin. Russian and Chinese attacks on defence and …
John Leyden, 13 Feb 2017
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Interview: AARNet's Peter Elford on Australia's national research infrastructure

Australia is re-crafting the roadmap that guides its national research infrastructure, a task that covers everything from the network to the nation's high performance computing systems. The roadmap from the Office of the Chief Scientist was offered for public comment late last year. Guided by the hand of chief scientist Alan …
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USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

The head of US Marine Corps aviation wants to buy more F-35Bs per year than the UK will receive in the next five. At a press conference yesterday, Lieutenant General Jon Davis, USMC deputy commandant for aviation, said he wants the service to increase its purchase rate to 37 F-35Bs per year. Under current plans, the USMC …
Gareth Corfield, 09 Feb 2017

Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

The factory tasked with producing and later recycling the batteries for the self-detonating Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has itself fallen victim to a fire. Defective batteries and other faulty hardware stored in a recycling center went up in smoke at the Samsung SDI facility in Wuqing, Tianjin, in China. No injuries were reported, …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Feb 2017

Trump's cybersecurity strategy kinda makes sense, so why delay?

Analysis President Trump can't read, can't accept reality, and can't take a joke. Worrying and puzzling, indeed. But here's what's got computer security experts scratching their heads: why did Donald postpone signing a new cybersecurity executive order. According to a leaked draft, the order will hold US government department chiefs …
John Leyden, 07 Feb 2017
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China announces it wants more immigrants, better diplomats and science-led industry

While the United States wrestles with president Donald J Trump's attempt to suspend refugee intakes and ban visits from citizens of seven nations, China's decided it's time to make it easier to become a permanent resident, beef up its diplomatic corps, elevate the role science and technology plays in its economy and even improve …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2017
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Slammer worm slithers back online to attack ancient SQL servers

One of the world's most famous net menaces, SQL Slammer, has resumed attacking servers some 13 years after it set records by infecting 75,000 servers in 10 minutes, researchers say. The in-memory worm exploits an ancient flaw in Microsoft SQL server and Desktop Engine triggering denial of service, and at the time of its …
Darren Pauli, 05 Feb 2017
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USA! USa! Udia! India! India! Apple nudges iPhone production base

Apple has agreed to open a new iPhone assembly factory in India. Officials in the nation say Apple will spin up factories in the Karnataka province. "We have an understanding with Apple and we expect them to start manufacturing in Karnataka by the end of April," information technology and biotechnology minister Priyank Kharge …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Feb 2017
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Chinese hackers switch tactics for spying on Russian jet makers

Chinese state-sponsored hackers are targeting military and aerospace interests in Russia and Belarus. Since the summer of 2016, a group began using a new downloader known as ZeroT, spear-phishing emails to install the PlugX remote access Trojan (RAT), according to security researchers at Proofpoint. In previous campaigns, the …
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2017

Chinese pirates are facing lifelong 'social credit' downgrade

Copyright infringement and use of counterfeit goods in China could downgrade a citizen's "social credit" with lifelong consequences as the country gears up to overhaul its IP laws and institutions. Following the evolution that the United States made in the late 19th century*, Chinese businesses are growing away from their …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Feb 2017

UK.gov slammed by Parliamentary types for 'dysfunctional' infosec

A scathing parliamentary report into UK.gov’s infosec practices has called for the government to step up its efforts to protect Britain from cyber attacks in the face of today’s “chaotic” practices. The criticism is published today in the Public Accounts Committee’s report on Protecting Information Across Government, which …

Brexit White Paper published: Broad strokes, light on detail

The UK government has published its long-awaited white paper on negotiating a withdrawal from the European Union. Number 10's 77-page paper [PDF] mixes a list of desired outcomes in business and technology with the government's existing statements on national plans. The paper is light on detail but big on statements and broad …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Feb 2017

Cisco rounds out Tetration analytics with security enforcement

Cisco's Tetration telemetry analytics has had six months since launch to bed down so Switchzilla has decided it's time for a refresh. As part of that process, the company is trying to build a third-party developer ecosystem around the product. However, more importantly for users, it has taken the original discovery and …
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In China, Apple's gegenpress doesn't scare the locals

Analysis Apple’s main job in earnings conferences is to remind us that there’s more to the world’s most valuable company than the iPhone – while persuading us that the iPhone is doing really jolly well. The iPhone generates almost two-thirds of Apple’s wealth. The latter task was easily accomplished yesterday, as this was the first …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Feb 2017
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Cyber-spying, leaking to meddle in foreign politics is the New Normal

Feature The allegations that computer hackers affected the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election have cast a long shadow and might appear to be unprecedented. But in fact they are not. Computer hacking has also featured as an issue in previous elections, in the US and elsewhere, albeit in much more peripheral roles. China, …
John Leyden, 01 Feb 2017

Apple CEO: 'Best ever' numbers would be better if we'd not fscked up our iPhone supply

Apple recorded its best quarterly numbers ever despite an admitted shortage of iPhone 7 Plus phablets. CEO Tim Cook said that the Cupertino Newton builder underestimated the holiday demand for the iPhone 7 Plus, and as a result they were unable to get enough handsets onto shelves and into the hands of customers. "We did not …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Feb 2017
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Facebook ad biz comes under scrutiny in MPs ‘Fake News’ probe

Zeitgeist-hungry MPs at the UK Parliament will conduct an inquiry into “Fake News”. The Culture Media and Sport select committee will look at trying to define modern propaganda, its impact, and also asks whether “changes in the selling and placing of advertising encouraged the growth of fake news, for example by making it …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jan 2017
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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

The phrase "Peak Apple" has been used many times, only for the fruity firm to bounce back. Cupertino has amassed a vast fortune by ignoring the carping experts. However, the latest bout of iPhone fatigue might be more than a passing bout of flu. It's prompted one Wall Street watcher to downgrade Apple stock. The specific …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2017
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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

The Doomsday Clock, maintained for the past 70 years by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has been moved to two and a half minutes from midnight following the election of Donald Trump. The clock was originally set at seven minutes to midnight in 1947, but this was cut to two minutes in 1953 after the US and USSR tested …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jan 2017
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Chinese bloke cycles 500km to get home... in the wrong direction

A migrant worker in China, hoping to cycle back home for Chinese New Year, realised a month into his 2,000km trip that he had been going the wrong way. Originally from Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province in China's extreme northwest, the bloke had been working in Rizhao, a coastal city between Beijing and Shanghai. Not only had he …
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Apple goes global in Qualcomm license war: Patent spat hits China

Apple has taken its legal battle against Qualcomm international with a pair of lawsuits in China. The suits, filed with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, accuse the chip designer of breaking China's anti-monopoly law and challenge the patent-licensing contract between Apple and Qualcomm in China. The filings seek …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jan 2017
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HP Inc recalls 101,000 laptop batteries before they halt and catch fire

HP Inc is warning that over 101,000 laptop batteries sold in the US, Canada, and Mexico are at risk of catching fire, and it would like them back please. The new recall is an extension of an earlier announcement in June, which covered more than 40,000 batteries. The US Consumer Product Safety Division advisory states that the …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2017
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Oracle grasses up Google to Brussels over user 'super profiles'

The European Commission has confirmed that it will probe competition concerns over Google's decision to allow personal user data in its silos to co-mingle, to create "super profiles". Until last June, Google explicitly stated that behavioural data from its giant DoubleClick ad network would not be merged with a user's Google …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jan 2017

We're not quitting the UK: Microsoft quashes Brexit fake news

Microsoft has committed itself to the UK after comments by a manager were ripped out of context. In a Channel 9 webinar last week explaining Brexit to Microsoft customers not familiar with the details, Owen Larter, government affairs manager at Microsoft UK, expressed optimism for post-Brexit UK's digital economy. Asked …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jan 2017
Cloud moving at a snail's pace

Boffins explain why it takes your Wi-Fi so long to connect

You'd think by now that Wi-Fi has been around so long, nobody could get it wrong, right? Wrong, according to Changhua Pei of Tsinghua University and collaborators from Tencent and the Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology: Wi-Fi implementations vary so much that 45 per cent of attempted …
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China's Great Firewall to crack down on unofficial VPNs – state-approved net connections only

The Chinese government has started an 18-month crackdown that will require all VPN providers to seek government approval for their activities if they want to stay in business. The news, announced by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Sunday, says that the market for services that bypass the content filters …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2017

Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

Making America great again may require foreign-made weapon systems, a possibility that would contravene the Trump administration's stated goal to "buy American and hire American." A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report published last week, "Selected Foreign Counterparts of U.S. Army Ground Combat Systems and …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Jan 2017

Plump Trump dumps TPP trade pump

US President Donald Trump has made good on a campaign promise and signed an executive order backing the United States out of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. "We've been talking about this for a long time," he said at the signing in the Oval Office Monday morning, arguing that it was a "great thing …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2017

Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce

Storage Blockhead Say hello to Wilbur Ross, "King of Bankruptcy" and the likely next US Secretary of State for Commerce – the man charged with implementing President Trump's promise to bring home the jobs stolen by cheap labour countries using free trade policies. Suppose he has his minions look over the storage industry, what will they see? …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2017
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It's 2017 and 200,000 services still have unpatched Heartbleeds

Some 200,000 systems are still susceptible to Heartbleed more than two years and 9 months after the huge vulnerability was disclosed. Patching efforts spiked after news dropped in April 2014 of the world's most well-known and at the time then most catastrophic bug. The vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160) that established the …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jan 2017
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Samsung set a fire under battery-makers to make the Galaxy Note 7 flaming brilliant

Samsung has blamed two un-named battery-makers for setting fire to its reputation by sending Galaxy Note 7 phablets up in flames, but has also admitted it may have pushed those suppliers too hard. The company today staged a press conference, witnessed online by The Register, during which it detailed how two battery …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2017
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Mozilla wants infosec activism to be the next green movement

Mozilla has issued a prototype of its first internet health report in a bid to make humans give security and privacy the same level of attention they devote to climate change. The prototype report details rising breaches affecting healthcare and medical industries but largely serves as a pulpit from which the browser baron and …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jan 2017
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Chinese investors gobble up owner of PCWorld, Macworld etc

Two Chinese investors are buying the owner of PCWorld magazine and the IDC market research outfit International Data Group (IDG) – but IDC’s high-performance computing research businesses are not included in the sale. The two Chinese investors are China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co, Ltd and the confusingly named IDG Capital. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2017
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Chinese chip shop looks hot to trot as Tsinghua drops $30bn on factory

China’s flash-fancying Tsinghua Unigroup is going to build a $30bn-plus flash fab. This comes just two-and-a-half weeks after we learned that China's Yangtze River Storage Technology (YMTC) has started building a $24bn 3D NAND flash plant in Wuhan. As Tsinghua Unigroup owns 51.04 per cent of YMTC, its flash enthusiasm is …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2017
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IBM, Microsoft, US Govt all to blame for globalisation backlash: Jack Ma

Silicon Valley’s tech plutocrats have kept a relatively low profile at Davos, the WEF’s schmoozefest for corporate, government and NGO elites. But into the void stepped Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba. Alibaba is the gigantic, tat bazaar that has eclipsed the company it copied: eBay. Ma used to encourage new hires to perform …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jan 2017
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Insecure Hadoop installs next in 'net scum crosshairs

Rinse-and-repeat ransomware attacks on data services left unsecured by dozy sysadmins are now hitting Hadoop instances. Fidelis Cybersecurity reckons it's started observing the attacks, which seek out default installations of the big data darling, copy and then wipe Hadoop instances and then demand a ransom for return of …

Is Qualcomm price gouging phone makers? Not everyone thinks so

Analysis America’s competition commissioners didn’t want to prosecute Google, which operates a monopoly in over a dozen markets, so why are they complaining about Qualcomm? Yesterday, the FTC filed a complaint against the San Diego chip giant following a South Korean indictment, and two EU probes into Qualcomm’s practices. Qualcomm …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jan 2017

Inspur inspires DDN to be its HPC reseller

DDN has signed a deal for Inspur to sell tested and configured systems to worldwide HPC customers, using DDN storage alongside Inspur servers, networking, software and services. Inspur is the third of three main Chinese server and systems suppliers, the others being Huawei and Lenovo. It quotes Gartner stats to say it was the …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jan 2017
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Solaris 12 disappears from Oracle's roadmap

In late 2016, The Register received credible-but-ultimately-unverifiable reports that Oracle was scaling back Solaris development, perhaps with significant sackings. We chose not to publish because Oracle denied the specific allegations we'd received. We’re aware of rumours about the demise of Solaris. Our best efforts have …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jan 2017

Well, that sucks: China's Tencent so sorry after vid emerges of faux blowjob office game

Video China's biggest internet biz Tencent has apologized after women employees were filmed on their knees in front of male coworkers in a raunchy end-of-year party game. Youtube Video The video shows two executives standing with water bottles between their legs, while two young female staff members attempt to unscrew the caps with …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jan 2017