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Updated 2018-09-25 01:18
Amid Trump-China tariff tiff, Cisco kit prices to resellers soar up to 25%
The price rises Chuck Robbins warned us about are coming In September, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins warned that America's trade war with China would drive up price tags on technology. Now, The Register has learned those fears have seemingly manifested: Switchzilla has unexpectedly increased its prices.…
Apple's dark-horse macOS Mojave is out (and it's already pwned)
Wardle claims to topple privacy protections in new OS – which comes with security fixes Apple has posted the annual full overhaul of the Mac operating system, this time focusing on a redesign of the look and feel of the interface.…
Microsoft 'kills' passwords, throws up threat manager, and APIs Graph Security
Cloud lineup gets security overhaul with 2FA and new monitoring tools Ignite Microsoft is beefing up the security in its cloud services lineup with a handful of unveilings today at this year's Ignite conference.…
Whoa – oh no, Zoho: Domain name no-show deals biz a big blow
Customers locked out of accounts after registrar switches off dot-com CRM biz Zoho left customers fuming on Monday when it briefly lost control of its critical Zoho.com domain name, bringing all its services to a grinding halt.…
UK emits first GDPR notice… against Canuck Brexit campaigner
AggregateIQ faces massive fine for allegedly exploiting people's private info from Facebook The first ever violation notice of Europe's new data privacy laws has been issued – and has landed on a Canadian data analytics firm that campaigned for Brexit.…
Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook
Endless series of beheadings and horrible images take mental toll, US lawsuit claims Updated A Facebook contractor hired to keep the social network free of beheadings, rape, torture and the like has sued the tech giant and its contracting firm, Pro Unlimited – for allegedly failing to protect workers from the psychological trauma arising from exposure to disturbing content.…
Still holding out on Windows 10? Microsoft tempts upgrade with virtual desktop to Azure
Still great pals with Citrix, but users will find the Windows 7 offer enticing Ignite With Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft is offering corporate Window 7 users yet another migration path to Windows 10; this time via Azure.…
Open-source alt-droid wants to know if it's still leaking data to Google
Challenge accepted? You can download /e/ now /e/, a Google-free fork of Android, reached a milestone this month with its initial ROM release. It's available for download, so you can kick the tires, with nightly builds delivered via OTA (over the air) updates.…
Microsoft adds delayed gratification to the Surface Hub 2 line
S version set for Q2 '19 debut, but full tiling pleasure on the X delayed Ignite Microsoft has lifted a page from its gaming playbook and split its Surface Hub 2 product into two lines: the 2S and 2X.…
Baddies just need one email account with clout to unleash phishing hell
Outsiders realised uni was hacked before uni did A single account compromise at an unnamed "major university" in the UK led to a large-scale phishing attack against third parties, according to data protection outfit Barracuda Networks.…
Microsoft's globally distributed data shack Cosmos DB shoots for sky. Or at least 5 nines
Lower latency, better availability and Cassandra. What's not to like? Maybe the price Ignite Microsoft today launched a wave of new features to lure punters onto its globally distributed database service, Cosmos DB.…
Dell's hokey cokey IPO takes new turn – VMware in, VMware out....
Investor roadshow delayed as Mick D considers alternative plan Dell Technologies is reportedly pondering whether to hold a bog standard IPO to get the group back onto the stock markets, instead of a previous convoluted plan involving shenanigans with shares in VMware.…
HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder
CEST tool gets it wrong – for its own creators A self-employed contractor has scooped thousands of pounds from HM Revenue and Customs after the British tax body used its controversial CEST online tool to wrongly determine her tax status.…
That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought
Chrome gets a bit less shiny with auto sign-in Google's Chrome lost more of its shine over the weekend as the normally calm and reasoned world of Twitter erupted in indignation after users realised the search giant was automatically signing them into its browser.…
Vodafone and EE ship Apple's Watch 4, but not without LTE teething issues
Which gets you the best deal? We did the arithmetic By popular opinion, Apple's most accomplished product of 2018 – and maybe even in years – has been its Watch Series 4. But wait, if you live in the UK, there are some things you should know about well before you pull out your wallet.…
Barclays and RBS on naughty step: Banks told to explain service meltdown to UK politicos
Treasury Committee infuriated at latest TITSUPs* The influential Treasury Committee has demanded that banking execs at RBS Group and Barclays must explain why customers were again unable to access online services at the tail end of last week.…
UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference
Give the punters what they want until they can hardly stand or afford it UKIP screwed its members at the weekend by doubling the price of branded condoms for sale at the party's conference as supplies started to run dry.…
As one Microsoft Windows product hauls itself out of the grave, others tumble in
'Twas the night before Ignite and the October 2018 Update is stirring As much of the Microsoft world packed up and headed for Ignite, new builds and a surprising resurrection filled a busy week in Redmond.…
UK.gov won't Airwave bye for another 3 years, plans to phase in ESN services
Hello Moto: Cops, ambulance, fire to get data services next year, voice to follow The Home Office has overhauled its plans to replace the UK's emergency services radio infrastructure with a 4G network, extending the lifespan of the existing network by three years and offering users early access to some services.…
Some credential-stuffing botnets don't care about being noticed any more
They just take a battering ram to the gates The bots spewing out malicious login attempts by the bucketload appear to have cranked it up a notch.…
Juniper's Contrail gets edgy, Cloudflare joins BGP club, and an $Important announcement
Listen up, it's the weekly network roundup Juniper Networks this week pulled the covers off the latest in its Contrail range, a carrier edge product called Contrail Edge Cloud.…
How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank
A minute's malfunction? Mere millions Who, Me? Good Monday morning, Reg readers, and welcome once more to Who, Me? – our regular trip down memory lane for those with something to get off their chest.…
Alibaba crafts AI chips, Facebook uses Bayesian magic to tweak code performance, and more
Your dose of machine-learning medicine Roundup Good morning – here's some machine-learning bits and bytes to kick start your week. If this sort of tech is right up your street, then perhaps check out our AI conference, M, in London, England. OK, on with the show...…
The curious sudden rise of free US election 'net security guardians
There is no such thing as a gratis lunch, after all Analysis Nothing super-fuels a security sales pitch like the sort of threat it’s hard to ignore.…
Virus screener goes down, Intel patches more chips, Pegasus government spying code spreads across globe
Plus: Gov pay sites take a dive, and more Roundup When we weren't dealing with malware bricked-breweries, poorly-wiped servers or litigious vendors, we had a number of other security headaches to keep busy with.…
US cities react in fury to FCC's $2bn break for 5G telcos: We'll be picking up the tab, say officials
Federal price cap will undercut existing agreements, says just about every big city in America A plan to impose a federal price cap and one-size-fits-all model for the rollout of next-generation mobile networks has been met with fury by US cities.…
Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old
We've all got a little, er, Richardinsonia in our animal family tree, it appears Video A fossil of the earliest known animal on Earth has been discovered in cliffs along the White Sea on the northwest coast of Russia.…
Twitter: Don't panic, but we may have leaked your DMs to rando devs
Internet outrage mobile insists year-long API bug would have been super-hard to exploit Twitter is in full damage control mode after disclosing that it may have inappropriately exposed some unlucky twits' private tweets and direct messages to strangers.…
Couldn't give a fsck about patching? Well, that's your WordPress website pwned, then
Fiends use vulns to lure victims into tech support scams Website admins are urged to update their WordPress installations as soon as possible to the latest version following a rash of attacks exploiting known vulnerabilities in the web publishing software.…
Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market
But then again, it doesn't actually exist, so... Analysis Amid the enormous bundle of digital-assistant devices and technology Amazon super-hyped this week, one particular component has the potential to change the future of the smart home market.…
Windows Admin Center gets an update, just in time for Server 2019
Who wouldn't like a Honolulu holiday? Legacy Windows admins, that's who Microsoft has released Windows Admin Center 1809 and its SDK, with a variety of tweaks and enhancements to Redmond’s latest take on managing a Windows environment.…
HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit
Stung punters seek compo for 'security feature' update HP Inc customers in the US have asked a California court to sign off on a $1.5m settlement over a firmware update that bricked printers using third-party ink cartridges.…
iFixit engineers have an L of a time pulling apart Apple's iPhone XS
Battery has a weird shape, power is down but hey, it has a hidden Notch! The screwdriver fiddlers at iFixit have inflicted their usual brand of affection upon Apple’s pricey new phones and found a battery of a most unusual shape.…
HPE UK shunts cloud biz into London hipster shack amid rebrand
Slices, dices and merges people, ops into Shoreditch enclave Hewlett Packard Enterprise UK is grouping its disparate cloud businesses, scrapping the brands of services outfits it has bought and moving the whole thing to a hipster village in East London.…
Enigma message crack honours pioneering Polish codebreakers
Plus: The Reg chats to wartime Bombe operator Ruth Bourne The Bombe team at The National Museum Of Computing (TNMOC) has succeeded in breaking an Enigma-encrypted message in a live Poland-to-England demo.…
Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack
Trouble ferments after hackers lock system and Arran with it Staff at Arran Brewery were locked out of its computer systems this week following a ransomware attack.…
Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active
Plus: New passive aggressive 'Quiet Mode' Microsoft has tweaked the presence model of its chat platform, Skype, in an effort to calm users still shrieking about lost features in the version 8 "upgrade".…
UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit
Safety first, folks. *Go on. Insert your joke about defending our borders below* The UK Independence Party is flogging multi-packs of rubber johnnies bearing the mug of former leader Nigel Farage. It is also unloading single packs for those more realistic about their chances of bedding someone this weekend or beyond.…
Adobe forks out $4.75bn for Marketo in massive marketing mashup move
Deal puts pressure on competitors Adobe has forked out $4.75bn for cloudy software-as-a-service biz Marketo, in one of the largest marketing tech buys to date.…
You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?
Worst Crystal Maze Challenge ever Imagine you’ve just returned to work from a lengthy sabbatical and found, among the thousands of increasingly shrill and unanswered emails in your mailbox, one telling you that you are now the proud product owner of a bunch of Windows OS apps. What would you do?…
UK cops run machine learning trials on live police operations. Unregulated. What could go wrong? – report
RUSI: How about some codes of practice, transparency, for starters? The use of machine learning algorithms by UK police forces is unregulated, with little research or evidence that new systems work, a report has said.…
I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?
Mindlessly self-indulgent app developers have a laugh at our expense Something for the Weekend, Sir? I can't get it up. Give me a few moments and I'll try again. Yes, I have tried rubbing it but thanks for the suggestion. What's that? I'm grasping it too firmly? Or I'm flashing in the wrong direction? Tell you what, I'll keep fiddling with it while you satisfy one of your other customers.…
Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins
Robot is 'responsive' but for some reason it can't transmit science data Since last weekend, an as-yet-undiagnosed glitch in the Mars Curiosity Rover has baffled boffins at NASA.…
Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm
Biz decides it's cheaper to bring in minimum wage jockey than fix database On-Call Friday has rolled around, regular as clockwork, and we celebrate the end of the week in the time-honoured way: On-Call, our regular column for techies to vent about frustrations from days gone by.…
Fallover Friday: NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank go TITSUP*
British banking public biffed again just a day after Barclays blunder Online and mobile banking services from NatWest and its subsidiaries Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank crashed at around 5am this morning and remain down.…
Never mind Brexit. UK must fling more £billions at nuke subs, say MPs
New boats, decommissioning old ones, skills shortage... The Ministry of Defence has too many bigshots and not enough grunts – or cash – to reliably keep Britain’s nuclear deterrent hiding beneath the ocean waves, according to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.…
Head for sunny Nice to catch up with the fast-moving world of software development
DevOps World | Jenkins World makes its European debut Promo A survey by analyst firm Forrester found last year that half of its developer respondents had already rolled out DevOps practices, and a further 27 percent plan to do so.…
Got any ecsta-sea? Boffins get octopuses high on MDMA – for science, duh
Reach for the lasers, with all eight arms! Humans and octopuses may have drastically different brains, but both react in a surprisingly similar way when under the effects of the drug MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy.…
Bouncing robots land on asteroid 180m miles away amid mission to fetch sample for Earth
Second time lucky for Japan after first try proved a bust The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has landed a pair of tiny drum-like hopping robots on the surface of asteroid Ryugu.…
Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale
Infosec bod claims he glimpsed sensitive personal info left on unwiped servers Servers that once belonged to defunct Canadian gadget retailer NCIX turned up on the second-hand market without being wiped – and their customer data sold overseas – it is claimed.…
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