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Updated 2017-08-24 08:32
Apple actually opens up about something – the R&D behind Siri's voices
But you'd have to start working for them to find out any more At an academic speech tech conference today (Thursday), Apple researchers will present some of the classic building blocks behind the voice generation of the Siri assistant.…
Mozilla ponders making telemetry opt-out, 'cos hardly anyone opted in
Browser-maker wants to compile global top 100 sites list, promises to protect privacy Mozilla may require users to opt-out of sending telemetry from its Firefox browser because so few have opted in that it's hard for developers to get a good sample of what causes problems.…
Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life
I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't drive like that Much of the hype surrounding self-driving cars arises from the fact that people are terrible drivers. Automated systems, we're told, can help save lives.…
ThoughtWorks acquired by British private equiteers Apax
DevOps and digital transformation expertise seen as desirable investments Software development consultancy ThoughtWorks has been acquired by “funds advised by Apax Partners”, a British venture capital and private equity outfit.…
British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey
See, it's not just Grant Shapps who gets it mixed up Four in five Britons has experienced broadband molasses in the past year and most of us are also "bamboozled" by the terms that telcos use to peddle their wares at us, according to a survey.…
Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars
New auto rules approaching in the land of Das Auto Germany’s government has answered the car ethics question once and for all: driverless cars should prioritize the protection of human life over the destruction of animals or property.…
ASUS smoking hashes with 19-GPU, 24,000-core motherboard
Someone sling this at scientists, please, instead of just mining magic internet money The Register doesn't really cover motherboards, but when one comes along with 19 PCIe slots – yup, nineteen, ten plus nine – so it can run 19 GPUs, it's hard not to want to share the news.…
Cybersecurity world faces 'chronic shortage' of qualified staff
It's the number one problem, according to analyst The number one issue facing cybersecurity firms is a "chronic shortage" of qualified staff.…
Google will let cloud customers use plain-old-Internet links
'Just like other public clouds, believe us!' It would be mischievous, perhaps, to suggest Google needs some network back for its own purposes – but the Chocolate Factory wants at least some of its cloud customers to shift their data around on the Internet instead of its private network.…
Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight
Built in 1969, it ended its days as a testbed for engines VIDEO The oldest Boeing 747 capable of flight has been shelved.…
DMARC anti-phishing standard adoption is lagging even in big firms
We could cut down on e-mail spoofing, but we don't Big-name companies are still leaving themselves and their customers open to phishing because they haven't implemented the DMARC message validation standard.…
Accused! Yahoo! hacker! pleads! not! guilty! in! US! court!
It wasn't me nor the FSB, claims Karim Baratov One of four men accused of carrying out the megahack of 500 million Yahoo! email accounts has pleaded not guilty in a San Francisco district court.…
Despite being totally Megless, HP Inc stands on its own two feet
Still some money to be had in desktops and printers, it seems HP Inc continues to thrive in the PC and printer markets to the tune of double-digit revenue growth.…
Google's $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers' alma maters, web giant's pals
Basically: Not you, just 'the usual suspects' The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has narrowly approved an $8.5m Google payout for privacy violations following a lengthy argument over who should receive the money.…
Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified
Torso matches Kim Wall's DNA Danish cops have identified the headless torso found in Copenhagen bay as that of Kim Wall – the journalist who went missing after taking a ride in a homemade submarine.…
Germans force Microsoft to scrap future pushy Windows 10 upgrades
Redmond's cramming of OS on machines provokes sour krauts Microsoft sparked fury when it aggressively pushed its Windows 10 operating system onto people's PCs – from unexpected downloads to surprise installations.…
WikiLeaks a 'hostile intelligence service', SS7 spying, Russian money laundering – all now on US Congress todo list
Ron Wyden tacks measures onto snoop funding bill Every year, US Congress must pass a new Intelligence Authorization Act to continue funding Uncle Sam's spies for the next 12 months. This year, the act passed, as expected, the committee stage smoothly with only one minor bump in the road: Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).…
AccuWeather: Our app slurped your phone's location via Wi-Fi but we like totally didn't use it
Totally didn't use that info while totally rewriting its code A day after a security researcher criticized AccuWeather for collecting people's location data – even if its users refused to grant permission to do – the weather forecasting company and its ad tech partner Reveal Mobile denied violating permission settings while also revising the app's info-grabbing code.…
Hate it when your apartment block is locked to Comcast etc? Small ISPs fight back
FCC urged to end Big Cable's exclusive deals with flats A group of small ISPs is asking America's broadband watchdog to ban exclusivity deals that lock apartment buildings to a single broadband provider.…
VoIP bods Fuze defuse triple whammy of portal security vulnerabilities
Security researchers using the service found a bunch of flaws Messaging provider Fuze has resolved a trio of vulnerabilities in its TPN Handset Portal.…
US prosecutors drop demand for 1.3m IP addresses of folks who visited anti-Trump site
But DreamHost's fight is not over: information still demanded The US Department of Justice has eased up in its legal fight against hosting company DreamHost, saying it no longer wants all IP logs associated with a Trump protest site.…
Calm down, internet. Elon's Musk-see SpaceX spacesuit is a bit generic
Not that the people wearing it will complain – as long as it keeps 'em alive, right? Pic Elon Musk revealed the first official photo of the SpaceX "spacesuit" today on Instagram.…
Did ROPEMAKER just unravel email security? Nah, it's likely a feature
Exploit that changes content of messages after delivery found A new attack, dubbed ROPEMAKER, changes the content of emails after their delivery to add malicious URLs and corrupt records.…
Banking trojan-slingers slip past Google Play's malware defences
BankBot nestled within allegedly 'fun' mobile game Security researchers have uncovered an Android banking malware hiding on Google Play using stealthy new tactics.…
Western Digital hauls out weighty tome with 20TB external storage
Sluggish Red drives pumped with RAID to get speed up Western Digital has bundled a pair of slow Red drives into a My Book Duo external storage product, using RAID to get the speed up.…
Bad data and new IT system bugs help knock 66% off Provident Financial share price
Sub-prime loan firm goes titsup, CEO resigns in disgrace Software bugs and bad data in a new one-platform-to-rule-them-all IT system contributed heavily to British sub-prime loan firm Provident Financial going into near meltdown.…
Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed
Pervy 2-for-1 deal condemned by Wanderlust management Bar staff at a nightclub in Paris have hit upon a two-for-one idea to boost custom by promising female patrons that dare to bare their boobs a small, free drink.…
Toshiba, Western Digital talking again but they'd better agree lickety-split
Pair chase deal on flash stakes sale before month's out Toshiba has restarted talks with Western Digital Corporation about buying its flash joint-venture interests after their CEOs met in Tokyo.…
Identity fraud in the UK at 'epidemic' levels as cases rise 5% – report
Crooks now operate 'almost exclusively' online There were almost 90,000 cases of identify fraud recorded in the first six months of 2017 – 5 per cent higher than the first half of last year, according to data released today.…
Speaking in Tech: I am Wink, Wink.i.am, do you dig my smart home jam?
This week we go hard on IoT with special guest Splunk's Hal Rottenberg
Pssst... wanna participate in a Google DeepMind AI pilot? Be careful
Lessons from the NHS's 1.6 million data-records shovel Imagine you’re in charge of technology and data for part of the UK’s chronically cash-squeezed National Health Service. A world-famous technology firm offers you a cool new service, either free or for very little money. All it wants in return is access to the patient data that will make the service work. What are you going to do?…
Spotify cleared of exposing kids to self-love innuendo in TV spot
Ad regulator says kids unlikely to watch Britain's Got Talent Spotify has been cleared of exposing children to sexual and masturbatory innuendos because the Advertising Standards Authority thinks Britain's Got Talent is unlikely to be watched by kids.…
So you're planning on outsourcing some enterprise security
Should you keep your in-house crew? What's your plan... It makes sense to have a solid collection of security expertise within your organisation. And in fact most of us do: security is so core to most of what we do in IT that it’s a standard part of the syllabus for all the courses we do on, say, router configuration or Windows administration.…
UK taxman forks out to parents after glitch smacks child benefits site
HMRC: But we got less than 1,500 complaints about the tech… The UK government has resorted to manually issuing childcare payments, and has paid out £45,000 in compensation, after technical glitches meant parents couldn’t access their accounts on a new childcare benefits website.…
CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper
You've got until October 2018 to bail, or pay business rates Code42 Software, operator of the Crashplan cloud backup service, has decided it's had enough of providing its services to consumers.…
Adware API sends smartmobe data home to Chinese company
Google pulls 500 apps that used the Igexin SDK Mobile developers, listen up: when you pick up that easy-to-use advertising API, make sure it's not snoopware.…
IBM likely to close Australian data centre
Clients being advised of migration plans from vintage Cumberland Forest bit barn IBM's Australian tentacle is considering the closure of a data centre in 2019, The Register has learned.…
Microsoft, Red Hat in cross-platform container and .Net cuddle
Redmond Hat will run each other's containers in each other's clouds Red Hat and Microsoft have extended their partnership with a containerised cross-cloud cuddle.…
D-Link in Pluribus-powered white box play to target enterprise sales
Netvisor gets a crack at the consumer and SME channel in new 54-port switch D-Link has decided that white-box open networking might just be its ticket out of the consumer and small business ghettos, and into the rich enterprise market.…
VMware's desktop plan: On your command line, unleash hell!
Refreshed Workstation, Fusion, add network simulators, Win 10 fun, container-friendly APIs VMware's refreshed its Workstation and Fusion desktop hypervisors, which are now in version 14 and 10 respectively.…
Lottery-hacking sysadmin's unlucky number comes up: 25 years in the slammer
Rigged a random number generator and tried to cash in The lottery sysadmin who fooled around with random numbers has a new variable to consider: how much up to 25 years he'll have to serve of his latest sentence.…
Microsoft spikes GigJam collaboration tool before it leaves Preview
Tool to 'spontaneously and ephemerally involve others in your work' hits existential crisis Microsoft has spontaneously and ephemerally killed GigJam, a collaboration tool it billed as empowering “people with a co-working mindset” to “spontaneously and ephemerally involve others in your work.”…
Microsoft, Apple cough up MEEELLIONS after Australian tax audits
Google still enjoying its Irish sandwich Nice work if you can get it: Microsoft has told Australia's Senate committee into Corporate Tax Avoidance that it's negotiated how much of its hard-earned cash it'll fork over to the Australian Taxation Office.…
Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America
Astronomers Without Borders asks you to think of the children On Monday, millions of Americans watched nature's ballet play out across the Sun (excluding those of us in San Francisco, where we were fogged in). Now an appeal is going out for used glasses to be donated to charity.…
Salesforce CEO: We're doing great because everyone else in CRM sucks
Loafing competitors are 'horrible,' says Benioff Chalk up another big quarter for SaaS icon Salesforce.com, as the cloud CRM provider saw revenues jump by 26 per cent year-over-year.…
Australian telcos promise to be better NBN helpers
Just like they always promise to stop having rubbish customer service Faced with an escalating crisis of consumer dissatisfaction over the National Broadband Network rollout, the federal government called an all-hands meeting in Canberra at which everybody promised to do better.…
Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules
Attempt to undo arbitration award gets nixed by judge Oracle's effort to avoid paying star sales rep Felicia Wilson an arbitration award of more than $250,000 has been rejected [PDF] by a judge in New York.…
Sonos will deny updates to those who snub rewritten privacy terms
Your data, or we cut you off Sonos, the maker of networked speakers, plans to revise its privacy policy next week, and customers who decline to accept the changes will no longer be able to download future software updates.…
Codename Brainwave: Microsoft reveals tricks and tips for whipping cloud FPGAs into shape
Pipelining, on-die memories exploited in Azure Hot Chips Microsoft today teased chip designers with Brainwave, its cloud-hosted pool of FPGAs designed to perform AI stuff in real time.…
Google slaps a suit on beefed up Chrome OS, offers Enterprise version for business
Getting a bit crowded in here, isn't it, Microsoft? Google is making a push for its Chrome OS in the business space with a new Enterprise edition of the cloud-centric operating system.…
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