Facebook's democracy salvage effort tilts scale in Mississippi primary
In its effort to prevent election meddling, Facebook has ended up meddling in an election.
IBM's Watson Health wing left looking poorly after 'massive' layoffs
IBM has laid off approximately 50 and 70 per cent of staff this week in its Watson Health division, according to inside sources.
Epyc fail? We can defeat AMD's virtual machine encryption, say boffins
German researchers reckon they have devised a method to thwart the security mechanisms AMD's Epyc server chips use to automatically encrypt virtual machines in memory.
Remember that $5,000 you spent on Tesla's Autopilot and then sued when it didn't deliver? We have good news...
Tesla has reached a court settlement over its alleged "essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous" Autopilot system.
International Maritime Organisation turns salty gaze on regulating robotic shipping
The International Maritime Organisation has woken up to the notion of robot boats – and is now pondering whether to regulate them.
GDPRmageddon: They think it's all over! Protip, it has only just begun
The big day has finally arrived, Europe's General Data Protection Regulation is now in force – but as the calendar flicked over last night, those breathing a sigh of relief will be sorely disappointed.
Toaster oven-sized boffin box bound for Mars to search for life
A team from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center gathered last week to bid farewell to a mass spectrometer as it began its journey to the red planet via an assembly plant in Italy.
The great wearables myth busted: Apps never, ever mattered
Analysis Whoever predicted that fitness bling-flingers would struggle to survive should take note of the latest numbers on the wearable market from Canalys.
Unclip your pager and bag from your belt: We need to make room for a battery-powered 1TB HD
VR folk who feel they haven't got enough gear strapped to their bodies will be please to know Seagate has developed a strap-on portable drive and battery combo for HTC's Vive Focus virtual reality headset.
Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint
Max Schrems, the thorn in Facebook’s side, has returned to launch the first challenges under the EU’s new data protection laws.
You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same
Scottish boffins, along with colleagues in Ukraine, have developed a "self-eating" rocket engine that could affordably fling a cubesat into orbit.
Android daddy Andy Rubin's Essential axes handset, is 'actively shopping itself' – report
Andy Rubin's quixotic smartphone startup, Essential Products, has cancelled a handset and is looking for buyers, according to a Bloomberg report – just a month after opening its doors in the UK.
BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'
Episode 9 I'm already in a bit of a foul mood when the Boss calls me into his office for "a quick word". The office Health and Safety enthusiast is there too so I know the meeting will be neither quick nor a single word.
MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images
The UK government's approach to deleting custody images of innocent people – in that it only scraps them on request – is unacceptable and possibly illegal, MPs have said.
Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse
Something for the Weekend, Sir? Hooded eyes are following my keystrokes. Hidden ears are analysing every shuffle.
UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi effort: A 'masterclass in incompetence'
The UK government's digitization of its Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – a system for checking criminal records – is "a masterclass in incompetence," according to a damning report by the government's spending watchdog.
US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR
Folks trying to read the NY Daily News, say, or the Chicago Tribune – the third-biggest US daily newspaper – online from a location within the EU have been blocked from visiting the websites due to new data protection laws.
Can't pay Information Commissioner's fine? No problem! Just liquidate your firm
The UK's data protection watchdog has recovered only about half the value of fines doled out to dodgy data controllers, and those handed to spam marketing firms are the most likely to remain unpaid.
It's hip to be Square: Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's other firm targets White Van Man
Profile Ever wandered into a bank on weekday morning and marvelled at length of the queue? In a supposedly cashless era, it's the sight of a nation of shopkeepers depositing its cash.
Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'
On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register's Friday reader-contributed tales of tech support jobs gone wrong.
Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies
Boffins in Austria have developed a defense against acoustic cookies, a form of ad tracking by which smartphones can send and receive data using sounds people can't hear.
Cisco admins: Hold that IOS XR update while you get new firmware
Eight Cisco NCS 6000 line cards need firmware upgrades, after Switchzilla learned they could be bricked by an IOS XR upgrade.
Tufts boffins track device location without GPS or towers
Tufts University boffins believe the combination of 5G and the Internet of Things will make it impossible for networks to track the expected tens of billions of connected devices.
Electron patches patch after security researcher bypassed said patch
In an update last week, the developers of Electron – the toolkit used to craft widely used apps from Skype and Slack to Atom – shipped a patch to their January patch, and now, an infosec researcher has explained why.
Zimmerman and friends: 'Are you listening? PGP is not broken'
ProtonMail has weighed into 2018's worst branded-bug PR disaster, EFAIL with a simple statement: “PGP is not broken”.
Waiting for 100 Mbps NBN on wireless? Errr, umm, sorry about that
Households hoping to one day access 100 Mbps fixed wireless services on the National Broadband Network got a hard let-down last night, when CEO Bill Morrow said the rollout would not proceed.
Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design
One of Uber’s self-driving cars killed a pedestrian crossing the road at night because its emergency braking systems were turned off, according to an investigation by the US government's National Transport Safety Board.
Samsung loses (again) to Apple in patent battle (again). This time to the tune of a mere $539m
A US court has yet again ruled that Samsung copied Apple's smartphone design patents, and this time the Korean electronics giant is on the hook for $539m.
As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant
Elon Musk is having a bad week.
Comet 67P's cute rubber duck shape perfect for causing eruptions
Scientists have found that the jets of ice and dust wafting from comet 67P are down to the way sunlight beams hits its unique rubber ducky shaped surface.
Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke
Three men were this week indicted for their alleged roles in a fatal police "swatting" of a home in Kansas, USA.
New Facebook political ad rules: Now you must prove your ID before undermining democracy
Facebook has rolled out its promised disclosure regime for political and issue advertising, heralding a new age of transparency and civic responsibility. Or so Facebook folks suggest.
FBI agents take aim at VPNFilter botnet, point finger at Russia, yell 'national security threat'
The FBI says it is taking steps to stop the spread of the VPNFilter malware and botnet, warning that it's a national security issue.
You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened
Updated It's time to break out your "Alexa, I Told You So" banners – because a Portland, Oregon, couple received a phone call from one of the husband's employees earlier this month, telling them she had just received a recording of them talking privately in their home.
Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds
The Galileo "Yo Momma"-style war of words got angrier today with the UK threatening to recover its investment in the EU's space satellite project if the nation is booted out post-Brexit.
Brit doctors surgery fined £35k over medical data fumble
Bayswater Medical Centre (BMC) in London is licking its wounds after taking a not insignificant punch to the wallet for discarding highly sensitive medical information in an empty building for a year and a half.
Mobile app devs have, oh, about 9 hours left to decide whether to stay on Google's ad platform
Android app developers have hours left to decide whether to change their business models or leave Google's ad ecosystem because of its stubborn stance on the EU's new Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations, due to come into effect tomorrow.
AI and robotics legend Joanna Bryson to kick off MCubed
Events We’re are very excited to announce that Dr Joanna Bryson will be one of our keynote speakers at MCubed.
Microsoft patches problematic OS to deal with SSD woes
A chink of light has appeared in the wall of Windows 10 update woes in the form of a patch that should address the SSD problems plaguing the OS.
UK's spy auditor: What should we ask when reviewing super-slurp warrants?
The body formed to audit Britain's spies has asked non-government bods what its team of judicial commissioners should consider when handing out warrants for bulk data-slurping.
Dell EMC 'years behind' in everything from flash to cloud, hoots NetApp CEO
NetApp has reported full-year revenues for 2018 of $5.91bn, an increase of 7 per cent over fiscal 2017 and the first annual growth it has seen since 2015.
UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather
A Royal Navy frigate is to sail to the Far East while carrying the newly accepted Sea Ceptor anti-missile missile system.
Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo
Technology worship has ascended to a higher spiritual plane with the Church of England now offering the faithful daily voice-activated prayers from Amazon's smart home kit, Echo.
TalkTalk plans to sell family B2B jewel to Daisy Group for £175m
Beleaguered telco TalkTalk has swung to a net loss of £79m in preliminary results for fiscal '18 ended 31 March, and is preparing to saw off its B2B division in a planned £175m sale to Daisy Group.
Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?
Comment Ubuntu 18.04, launched last month, included a new Welcome application that runs the first time you boot into your new install. The Welcome app does several things, including offering to opt you out of Canonical's new data collection tool.
London's Met Police: We won't use facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival
London cops will not use controversial and inaccurate facial recognition technology at this year's Notting Hill Carnival – in a departure from the trend over the previous two years.
Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full
Microsoft is rolling out an update to Office products to introduce Windows 10-style telemetry data slurping. Or rather the software business has made it very clear to users it is doing so and they cannot opt out.
Oracle nemesis MariaDB tries to lure enterprise folk with TX 3.0
Open-source database biz MariaDB has upped the ante in its war against Oracle, promising enterprise customers better compatibility with – and easier migration from – Big Red.
Microsoft and boffins cook up hardware-secured database
At the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in San Francisco, Calif., this week, researchers from Imperial College London and Microsoft presented an experimental database engine called EnclaveDB that aims to keep data and database queries secure even when the host system has been compromised.
Doc 'Cluetrain' Searls' privacy engine project is just the ticket for IEEE
David “Doc” Searls, coauthor of 1999's cyber-utopian Cluetrain Manifesto, has persuaded the IEEE to launch one of two new projects seeking to inject a dose of ethics and privacy awareness into the world of technology.
OpenStack had a summit, so everyone's talking about it
Juniper Networks announced a tie-up with Red Hat integrating Red Hats OpenShift Container Platform and OpenStack Platform into Juniper's Contrail Enterprise Multicloud.
Open Source MANO Release FOUR lands
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has dropped the latest iteration of its open source management and orchestration (OS MANO, or OSM) environment.
US Senator Ron Wyden to Pentagon: Encrypt your websites
As if trying to buy a flying fleet of F-35s wasn't enough, now the Department of Defense is being asked to secure its Websites.
Servers crashed and burned. So, Qualcomm's back to Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V'ing Arm cores into phones
Following its Centriq server processor implosion, Qualcomm has dusted itself off, and today presented to the world another smartphone processor: the Snapdragon 710.
Oz sports’ pee-samplers outed buying Cellebrite phone-crack kit
Australia is ramping up its use of phone-cracking technology to crack serious criminals: its peak sports anti-doping body has taken a Cellbrite licence.
Hold on. Here's an idea. Let's force AI bots to identify themselves as automatons, says Cali
A law bill that would require AI bots pretending to be humans to identify themselves as such is progressing through California's Congress – but has hit opposition from the Electronic Freedom Foundation.
Uber jams Arizona robo-car project into reverse gear after deadly smash
Uber has confirmed that it's shutting down its self-driving car operation in Arizona – without waiting for the conclusion of the official investigation into the death of a pedestrian in the US state in March.
Kids and the web latest: 'Won't somebody please think of the children!' US Congresscritters plead
US Congress is pondering a bipartisan measure to expand the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) – the law that, well, protects children's privacy online.
Lawyer warned FCC of Securus phone-tracking risks 10 months ago
Some ten months before Sen. Ron Wyden would request the FCC examine legal concerns over the service, a US lawyer had alerted the agency to potential problems with the Securus THREADS database.
EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out
The "impossible" EmDrive may be just that, though don't count it out just yet.
Intel's latest promise: Our first AI ASIC chips will arrive in 2019
AI Dev Con Intel announced a range of machine learning software tools and hinted at new chips on Wednesday, including its first commercial AI ASIC, the NNP-L1000, launching in 2019.
Advanced VPNFilter malware menacing routers worldwide
A newly-disclosed malware infection has compromised more than 500,000 home and small office routers and NAS boxes.
President Trump broke US Constitution with Twitter bans – judge
Donald Trump has broken the United States Constitution, a New York district court ruled Wednesday, putting the US president in legal hot water.
Brit Attorney General: Nation state cyber attack is an act of war
Hostile states targeting essential infrastructure and services in Britain should be dealt with in the same way as any other attack against the nation, the UK Attorney General said today.
Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour
With a bank holiday looming (in the UK and US at least) thoughts are turning to barbecues and the traditional burning-of-the-meat.
Forward-slash flash: OG upstart Pure Storage shows off fresh models
Nine-year-old flash firm Pure Storage flung out a slew of products to ward off legacy and newbie rivals at its Accelerate event in San Francisco, including – as you'd expect – faster, denser and cheaper arrays.
Top UK court to rule whether 4.5m Brit iPhone fanbois can sue Google over cookies
A former director of consumer rights group Which is trying to extract “somewhere between £1bn and £3bn” from Google on behalf of 4.38 million Brits over the naughty placement of advertising cookies.
UK.gov's use of black box algorithms to decide stuff needs watching
Increased use of algorithms in decision-making risks disproportionately affecting certain groups, MPs have said, urging the government to boost transparency and tackle bias - but not forget the value of public data.
Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source
The source code to the Eudora email client is being released by the Computer History Museum, after five years of discussion with the IP owner, Qualcomm.
AI servers will need much more memory. And you know who's going to be there? Yep, big daddy Micron
Analysis Micron has started to separate from Intel in NAND production, just days after whipping the veil off its 7.68TB QLC SSD, and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra and pals are keen to chat up analysts about their vision of the coming "New Micron".
UK chancellor puts finger in air, promises 15 MEELLION full fibre connections by 2025
The UK's chief purse-strings-puller Philip Hammond has pledged 15 million premises will receive full-fibre broadband by 2025, in an apparent bid to boost Britain's fortunes post-Brexit.
Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick
New research from India into Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal tilt has concluded that, yes, it is physically impossible and dancers should really stop trying to recreate it because Achilles tendon and spinal injuries are not fun.
'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers
Customers of Retro Computers ltd, the ZX Spectrum themed reboot firm, have now set up a website asking Sir Clive Sinclair to intervene in the non-delivery debacle.
Machine learning for dummies: You needn't go back to uni to use it
Artificial intelligence and its sub-domains look set to be the next major growth area for software developers, programmers, hackers and just about anyone who has anything to do with software.
DXC UK chops more customer-facing service staff
Frankenfirm DXC Technologies is again looking for front-end customer support staff who are willing to leave with a redundancy cheque, according to an internal document.
HTC U12+: Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag
Hands on It may be news to you that HTC is still with us, but the fact it's here is good news for phone buyers.
Astroboffins, get in here and explain Saturn's odd-shaped balls
A trio of physicists reckoned they’ve figured out why some of Saturn’s moons are so oddly shaped, with some looking like giant floating ravioli and others imitating stubby baguettes.
Zuckerberg gets a night off: Much-hyped Euro grilling was all smoke, absolutely no heat
Analysis The European stop on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook apology tour on Tuesday amounted to little more than a live read-out of Facebook’s well-rehearsed platitudes and tired PR lines.
FBI's flawed phone tally blamed on programming error. 7,800 unbreakable mobes? Er, um...
The FBI apparently gilded the lily in its long campaign against consumer cryptography, telling the world it held more locked phones than it did.
Big bimmer bummer: Bavaria's BMW buggies battered by bad bugs
A security audit conducted by Tencent's Keen Security Lab on BMW cars has given the luxury automaker a handy crop of bugs to fix – including a backdoor in infotainment units fitted since 2012.
Google listens to New Zealand just long enough to ignore it
New Zealand courts are asking Google to take down content associated with current criminal proceedings, to the usual and resounding “No” from the Chocolate Factory.
Grilled over failed DoE project, Turnbull's Transformers turn turtle
Australia's Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) appears unable to explain its involvement in a failed AU$20m Department of Education IT project that was cancelled last week.
ACCC grabs pliers, extracts AU$1.5 million from Optus
Already out-of-pocket by way of customer compensation, Optus has been hit with an AU$1.5 million fine from the Federal Court over its National Broadband Network transition processes.
HPE: Hell yeah, those job cuts worked out great… for our investors
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is crediting the success of its Next corporate remake – as in, who should we fire Next – in helping it top expectations in its latest financial quarter.
VM-container chimera Kata Containers emerges from lab
The open source Kata Containers project, an effort to combine the security advantages of virtual machines with the deployment and management advantages of software-based containers, hit its 1.0 milestone on Tuesday.
Can you handle the tooth? AI helps dentists design fake gnashers
Artificially intelligent software has found the next industry to potentially, as the kids say, disrupt – dentistry.
Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops
Analysis The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday expressed dismay that Amazon Web Services has been urging US government agencies to use its Rekognition API for state-sponsored facial recognition.
One year late, US senators act on fake net neutrality comments that drowned the FCC
Two US senators say they were among those whose identities were forged to file bogus comments on the FCC's net neutrality process.
GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We'll extend Europe's privacy rights worldwide
Microsoft has said it will extend new privacy rights that become law in Europe this week to all its users worldwide.
ISP TalkTalk's Wi-Fi passwords Walk Walk thanks to Awks Awks router security hole
A years-old vulnerability continues to menace the security of some home Wi-Fi networks in the UK.
Senator Kennedy: Why I cast my Senate-busting vote for net neutrality
The shocking lack of choice and competition in America's ISP market is why Senator John Kennedy crossed the aisle and voted for a repeal of the FCC's efforts to end net neutrality rules last week.
Tintri shares reformatted by investors: 85 per cent plunge in mere weeks
Troubled Tintri admitted it may run out of cash within the next six weeks and go broke – and its shareholders are bailing out fast.
Through many dangers, toils and snares.... SpaceX to send amazing GRACE to spaaaaace
Because ride-sharing is caring, SpaceX will send the next batch of Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit along with a pair of NASA gravity monitoring orbiters, GRACE-FO.
Braking news: Tesla preps firmware fling to 'fix' Model 3's inability to stop in time
Tesla is to issue a firmware update before the weekend for its Model 3 to deal with a critical brake weakness that was highlighted by US website Consumer Reports.
About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer
Updated The troubled Windows 10 April 2018 update is facing another issue, with some users losing access to their desktop after installing the new code.
Within Arm's reach: Chip brains that'll make your 'smart' TV a bit smarter
Processor design house Arm has emitted a few more details about the AI brain it's trying to persuade chip makers to pack into their silicon.
It could be you: National Lottery hands £16m to England's Jodrell Bank
Jodrell Bank is to receive £16.1m in UK lottery and government funding for a gallery dedicated to astronomy.
UK digital committee fumes: You didn't answer our questions, Facebook. (Psst. EU. Pass 'em on)
The latest missive in an increasingly tense written battle between the British Parliament's digital committee and Facebook has seen MPs accuse the data-slurping giant of dodging questions and skipping the specifics.
Brit water firms, power plants with crap cyber security will pay up to £17m, peers told
Plans to fine Britain's national utilities and infrastructure providers £17m for shoddy cyber security will be at the forefront of industry's mind once everyone "gets over" GDPR, peers heard at a House of Lords committee.
Presto chango, crypto buyo: You're travelling like El Reg's gang of nerds
You were with us when we chucked our backpacks in the boot and drove up the M6 to Jodrell Bank in 2013 and five years on, you're still reading our travel series on UK locations that are covered in scientific or engineering glory.
Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers
A groundbreaking study of toothbrush-tashed Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's teeth has confirmed that the late, unlamented Fuehrer is still dead – and, more to the point, definitely died in Berlin in April 1945.
Pure: Let's be direct about attached storage. Hyperconvergence is not for us
Pure Storage posed widened losses of $64.3m in its Q1 ended April 30, up 12.5 per cent from $57.2m at the same time last year, while it saw an upswing in all-flash array sales.
You've got to be kitten: Vet recruiter told to pay £1k after pinching info from ex-employer
A vet recruitment consultant who squirrelled away the personal details of almost 300 people from his former employer was today slapped on the wrists by the UK's information watchdog.
Military brainboxes ponder 'UK needs you' list of AI boffins
Rise of the Machines The Ministry of Defence wants to compile a list of AI boffins with UK security clearance that can be hired to help build Britain's inevitable robotic military future.
The great Dell EMC storage slimdown: Giant to trim off product bloat
Dell EMC is hitting refresh on its bloated storage portfolio to simplify the number of lines on sale, and one of the early examples, say sources close to the matter, will be the merger of ScaleIO and XtremIO.
The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB
Radio in the UK passed a significant milestone on 17 May. For the first time, more than half of Brits now access radio digitally.
Primary Data says stop, Hammerspace, Innodisk cooks some SSDs, and Fujitsu goes blockchain
As ever, it has been a heavy storage week. Here's our curated collection of goodies, goings-on and glitches.
OVH prepares not-discounts to not-match AWS, Azure, et al
OVH’s wave of global expansion is nearly done and the company will soon follow other public cloud operators’ leads by cost-cutting for customers.
'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'
Anyone who uses the Facebook phone app knows what a toll it can take both on your mobile data and free time to be plugged into the social network through your device.
Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card
An International Space Station astronaut took a GoPro camera for a space walk last week, but forgot to bring any memory.
Router admin? Bored? Let's play Battleships using BGP!
Playing Battleships over the Border Gateway Protocol probably wasn't a scenario considered by the standard's authors, but UK blogger Ben "Jojo" Cox has explained how to do it.
EU considers baking new norms of cyber-war into security policies
The European Parliament has been asked to adopt a new set of “norms” about online conflict.
Summoners of web tsunamis have moved to layer 7, says Cloudflare
Attackers have noticed that the world is getting better at fending off massive distributed denial-of-service attacks, and are trying to overwhelm application processes instead.
OpenStack makes Zuul continuous delivery tool its second indie project
The OpenStack Foundation has launched its Zuul continuous delivery and integration tool as a discrete project.
Adobe acquires Magento to go B2B2C and beyond
Adobe has announced it will acquire Magento Commerce, and fold the gobbled business's platform into its Experience Cloud.
Qualcomm readies 60GHz goodies for Facebook's Terragraph
Qualcomm has backed Facebook's plan to take over the mobile network with its Terragraph project: the chip-designer has revealed it's prepping silicon for backhaul systems using today's 802.11ad and 11.ay in the future.
Victoria's educational apps-for-students let creeps contact kids
Updated Google and the Victorian Department of Education have set parents, students, teachers, and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner a poser: at what point does a feature become a vulnerability? Or just too creepy to put in front of kids?
Undocumented alien caught stealing orbits in our Solar System
Scientists have discovered the first “interstellar immigrant” living among our Solar System's matter.
Good news: It's still legal for Apple to keep its MacBook, iPhone batteries from melting
Apple has had a lawsuit, filed by notorious patent holder Uniloc over safety electronics in notebook and phone batteries, thrown out.
Apple tells app makers to strip VoIP toolkit from iOS software in China
Developers of iOS apps distributed in China have started to receive notifications from Apple that they are required to remove CallKit, a software UI framework for integrating VoIP calling services, from their apps.
Boffins detect antimatter thundering down from Hurricane Patricia
A team of scientists today reported observing beams of antimatter firing from a ferocious hurricane on Earth for the first time.
IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on
Analysis Stop us if you've heard this one before: the rollout of IPv6 is going slower than expected.
Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole
A fourth variant of the data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre security flaws in modern processors has been found by Microsoft and Google researchers.
Fella gets 2.5 years in the clink for coughing up cell numbers in $50m junk text message scam
A bloke armed with a fistful of cellphone numbers has been sent down for 30 months for his role in a scam that fleeced folks out of $50m in bogus monthly charges.
NAND I... will always love you, says Micron as it emits 7.68TB QLC SSD
Micron has whipped out the 64-layer 5210 ION SSD – apparently the industry's first QLC NAND flash drive – opening a new front in the SSD-HDD marketing war.
Tesla inches toward GPL compliance in low gear: Source code forcibly ejected into public
Following five years of hectoring, Tesla has released a portion of the open-source code it's obligated to provide under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
On 20th anniversary of Microsoft antitrust, US Treasury Sec calls for Google monopoly probe
US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has added his voice to a growing number of government officials calling for large tech companies to be investigated for potential antitrust violations.
Penetration tester pokes six holes in Dell EMC's RecoverPoint products
Infosec outfit Foregenix has uncovered six vulnerabilities in Dell EMC's data protection platform RecoverPoint, three of which have been fixed.
Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling
Computer parts reseller Aria Technology, which trades as Aria PC, is appealing against a ruling that it defrauded the UK taxman out of £750,000 of VAT.
High-end router flinger DrayTek admits to zero day in bunch of Vigor kit
Taiwanese network kit maker DrayTek has 'fessed up to a vulnerability in a large number of its routers which could allow miscreants to hijack internet traffic or steal personal data.
Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM
The UK prime minister has been wooed by the promises made by proponents of artificial intelligence, today pledging more use of algorithms and data-crunching in the health service.
RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is to take on command and control of UK military space operations, including a possible UK-based alternative to the EU's Galileo satellite constellation.
Greenwich uni fined £120k: Hole in computing school site leaked 20k people's data
The UK's Information Commissioner has slapped a £120,000 fine on the University of Greenwich after a security cockup by its computing and maths school compromised the data of almost 20,000 individuals.
Reduxio gets head transplant as co-founder and other execs hit highway
The board at storage startup Reduxio has hired a shiny new CEO amid a wave of senior exec changes, sources have told El Reg.
Orbital ATK launches another Cygnus without anything blowing up
Orbital ATK's Cygnus freighter launched from Wallops Island, Virginia, this morning carrying supplies, spares and science to the International Space Station.
You know me, I don't know you: Hospital reportedly raps staff for peeking at Ed Sheeran data
Two UK hospital workers have reportedly been disciplined for accessing Ed Sheeran's personal details after he was admitted following a bicycle accident.
Xiaomi the way: Hyped Chinese giant begins its battle for Britain
Analysis Xiaomi's entry into Europe is as feared as it is anticipated. With its vow to keep profit margins on hardware below 5 per cent and make the rest up on services, er, somehow, the Chinese firm threatens a consumer electronics price war that goes way beyond phones. But it might be harder than pundits think.
The harbingers of Doomwatch: Quist is quite the quasi-Quatermass
Stob "Plastic-eating bugs [...] could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis," was the Guardian's rather chirpy take on this story, triggering the recollection of a childhood nightmare. I inhaled my mouthful of coffee. The office youngsters couldn't understand my panic. "It's the Doomwatch scenario!", I coughed. "The skies will soon be falling!"
Now that's old-school cool: Microsoft techies slap Azure Sphere IoT chip in an Altair 8800
Hidden away among the interminably long keynote speeches at Microsoft's recent Build event was a project to delight the retro enthusiast.
Your parents love you, Cortana. That's why we bought you an upgrade
Microsoft's decided its Cortana speech assistant needs a bit of buffing to survive in a world where Google AI can book restaurants and a parrot can turn the lights off with Alexa*, so the company has acquired a conversational-AI startup called Semantic Machines.
Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive
Who, me? If the thought of another week at work has you down, worry not: The Register has another instalment of “Who, me?” for you to read, so you can enjoy another tale of errors made by someone other than yourself!
10 social networks ignored UK government consultations
Just four of 14 social networks asked to consult with the UK government on regulation of social media attended the talks, so ministers have revealed plans to require rapid removal of abusive and objectionable material and substantial fines for not doing so.
Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11
Always wanted a PDP-11, but don't have space for the iron? Good news: an obsolete computer enthusiast s offering beta tests of a kit designed to recreate the famous Digital Equipment Corporation box on a Raspberry Pi.
NASA’s new exoplanet-spotter survives sling past the Moon
NASA’s exoplanet-spotting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has successfully manoeuvred around Earth’s moon.
Telstra's mobile networks go TOESUP* in national outage
Updated Telstra's mobile network experienced a nationwide outage on Monday morning, May 21st, 2018.
Signal bugs, car hack antics, the Adobe flaw you may have missed, and much more
Roundup Here's your guide to this week's infosec news beyond what we've already covered.
How Google's Smart Compose for Gmail works – and did it fake its robo-caller demo?
Roundup Hello, here's our weekly AI roundup. We have more information on how Google's sentence prediction in Smart Compose for Gmail works, as well as some questions about its Duplex robo-caller system. Also, decision trees to classify the mating calls of frogs and toads to study climate change.