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Help your fellow IT pals spruce up their virtual meetings: Design a winning background, win Register-branded gear
Assuming we ever get into the office again and into the merch cupboard Contest We wanted paperless offices, and instead we got people-less – with in-person chats replaced with the warmth and nuance of video meetings featuring people wearing big ugly headphones while trying to get their children to stop building forts out of pizza boxes.…
Pre-authentication, remote root hole in call-center software? Thanks, Cisco. Just what a long weekend needs
This and more bits and bytes from infosec world Roundup It's once again time to catch up on the latest happenings from the world of infosec.…
Dude, where's my laser?
In the wonderful world of the US military, anything is plausible Who, Me? Monday is upon us, and while the UK is basking in a bank holiday that seems much the same as any other day, your hardworking vultures have another story to tell via our regular Who, Me? column.…
SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon cleared to hoist real live American astronauts into space
Rocket taxi to fly on Wednesday in first all-American launch since 2011 SpaceX has been given final approval to get into the space taxi business after NASA signed off on “Launch America”, a launch that will see the company’s Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule used to transport a pair of American astronauts into space.…
Alibaba Cloud revenue grows 62 percent – but it's still just a sixth the size of AWS
But company reckons things are just getting started in China Alibaba has revealed that its cloudy revenue grew 62 percent in the year to March 30th, 2020, for an annual run rate of US$5.6 billion.…
Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC
‘My 'allmodconfig' test builds are now three times faster than they used to be’ says Linux overlord Linux overseer Linus Torvalds has binned Intel on his personal PC and hinted that he hopes to one day run an ARM-powered desktop.…
BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam
Whoa, no Huawei?! UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly agreed to a plan that will entirely cut Huawei equipment from the nation's 5G networks within the next three years.…
Lawsuit klaxon: HP, HPE accused of coordinated plan to oust older staff in favor of cheaper, compliant youngsters
IBM isn't the only IT giant said to be unfairly binning elders HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have been sued for age discrimination by former employee Daniel Cochran, who spent 26 years at HP, and at HPE after 2015 when the biz split in two.…
Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip
Tech is perhaps five years away from actual deployment, we're told Australian scientists say they have broken data communications speed records by shifting 44.2 terabits per second over 75km of glass fiber from a single optical chip.…
Home working is here to stay, says Lenovo boss, and will grow the total addressable PC market by up to 30%
Hang on, didn't analyst just pooh-pooh demand? Yep It could wishful thinking or bravado on a conference call with analysts but Lenovo is betting the current home working trend and consumers' reliance on online services will run on past the crisis and be a boon for PC makers.…
Facebook in a tizzy about 5 million paying users of its suits collab platform Workplace
Zuck has been so good at looking after your data, why not give him more? Born too late to play the role of Star Trek's Commander Data, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg took to the streams last night as the company confirmed a jump in users of its Workplace platform.…
It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims
Unsurpisingly budget airline goes cheap: No payout or credit monitoring Victims of the Easyjet hack are now being told their entire travel itineraries were accessed by hackers who helped themselves to nine million people’s personal details stored by the budget airline.…
Microsoft drops a little surprise thank-you gift for sitting through Build: The source for GW-BASIC
Take a trip down memory lane back to when every byte mattered Build Microsoft delighted retro fans by closing its Build conference with an open-sourcing of 1983's GW-BASIC.…
Forget BYOD, this is BYOVM: Ransomware tries to evade antivirus by hiding in a virtual machine on infected systems
Like Inception, but expensive and disappointing. So... just like Inception With antivirus tools increasingly wise to common infection tricks, one group of extortionists has taken the unusual step of stashing their ransomware inside its own virtual machine.…
World moves its desk to the living room, collectively rains $1bn on Nvidia's data centre biz
Automotive driven down, though As many in the broader IT sector walk around with a fire extinguisher, Nvidia is oiling its fiddle, reporting that revenue hit $3.08bn [PDF] for Q1 2021 ended 26 April, up 39 per cent from last year.…
Virgin Orbit at last ready to live up to its name: Branson's other space adventure set for maiden flight this weekend
If all goes to plan, firm plans to begin commercial operations within months Virgin Orbit is set to fling a first payload to orbit with its Boeing 747-mounted LauncherOne.…
Unlucky for some, GitLab 13.0 is DevSecOps in a box, but will it play nicely with others?
We're trying, says senior dev evangelist GitLab version 13.0, the company's major release of 2020, is out today.…
The longest card game in the world: Microsoft Solitaire is 30
And that means Windows 3.0 is too It's a double anniversary today as we take a moment to ponder 30 years since Windows 3.0 set Microsoft on the road to desktop GUI dominance and celebrate three decades of Microsoft Solitaire.…
Runaway Latvian drone found meditating in tree after shutting down nation's skies
It crashed the same day it went missing despite 3-day closedown and hunt The runaway experimental drone that closed Latvia's skies to international flights after it went missing has been found lodged in a tree.…
Competition? We've heard of it. MoD snubs cloud rivals to hand Microsoft £17.7m Azure hosted services gig
Only the beast of Redmond could meet 'data sovereignty and reliability' needs, says UK.gov department The UK's Ministry of Defence has handed Microsoft a £17.75m contract to run hosted services in the Azure Cloud – and rivals won't even get a chance to compete due to requisite "data sovereignty and reliability".…
Chicago: Why I just grin like a dork... It's my kind of Bork
Even the bus shelters of the windy city cannot escape the borkage Bork!Bork!Bork! Welcome to another entry in the digital signage corridor of despair, where cock-ups that would normally only trouble a user's screen are on public display for all to marvel at.…
For the price tag, this iPad Pro keyboard better damn well be Magic: It isn't... but it's not completely useless either
Fondleslab feels like a real laptop, though transition is far from seamless Apple has long toiled to position the iPad Pro as a legitimate computing device like the iMac and MacBook Pro. Earlier this year it tried to take a step closer to achieving that goal with the release of the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro.…
Mind your language: Microsoft set to swing the axe on 27 languages in iOS Outlook
Moenie die hoender ruk nie Word has reached Vulture Central that Microsoft is to retire support for 27 languages in iOS Outlook from the end of June 2020.…
China to slice internet connection costs for locals as part of plan to rebound from recent unpleasantness
More 5G. More e-commerce. More IoT. But no growth target for the first time in ages China will move to cut the cost of internet connections for local companies as part of its post-pandemic push to restore its economy.…
Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes
German efficiency was no match for user stupidity On Call Welcome to Friday the 82nd of March. Or is it only us for whom the days are blurring? Luckily The Register is here to bookend your week with our regular On Call feature.…
One in five Office 365 licenses aren’t being used. How do you keep better track of that?
Tune in next month for tips on better use of licenses, and how you can save $$$,$$$ Webcast The problem with Microsoft Office 365 licenses is that while most businesses never quite seem to know how many they’ve got, paying for more of them, or more expensive tiers with existing ones, seems like the easiest thing in the world.…
India makes contact-tracing app mandatory for passengers as domestic flights resume
By the time you get the status check the app needs, and get through the new check-in process, you'll wish you stayed home The Indian government has made its Aarogya Setu COVID-19 tracing app mandatory for all air passengers on domestic flights.…
Well, that's something boffins haven't seen before: A strange alien streaks around Jupiter
We know this sounds like a tall tail but... Pic Astronomers scanning the sky for potentially hazardous space rocks have discovered a first – a presumed trojan asteroid around Jupiter that is looking increasingly like a comet.…
Guess who’s laughing most of the way to the Splunk, despite revenue miss and nervous customers?
Oops, spoiler! Suffice to say data-crunching demand remains robust as buyers seek plague-time insight Splunk has reported mixed results for its first quarter, while suggesting that the novel coronavirus won’t kill its ambitions for the full FY 2020.…
Wanna force granny to take down that family photo from the internet? No problem. Europe's GDPR to the rescue
Grandchild Digital Picture Removal A court in the Netherlands ruled this month that a grandmother must remove pictures of her grandchildren from her social media accounts after her daughter filed a privacy complaint.…
IBM cuts deep into workforce – even its Watson and AI teams – as it ‘pivots’ to cloud
Services groups bear the brunt as thousands of workers given, in US at least, 30 days' notice, 90 days' pay IBM is swinging the axe on its staff, with significant numbers of employees not attached to the cloud being told their time at Big Blue is up.…
HPE's Black Thursday: Staff face pay cuts or the ax, office closures to save $1bn+ after coronavirus slams IT titan
Biz says it'll be a proper as-a-service outfit by 2022, which means changes to support, supplies, locations HPE has vowed to slash its spending by at least $1bn after it suffered a disastrous financial quarter, primarily blaming its downfall on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on its supply chain and customers.…
To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it
Welp, at least that's better than industry averages, says code-hosting biz Code hosting biz GitLab recently concluded a security exercise to test the susceptibility of its all-remote workforce to phishing – and a fifth of the participants submitted their credentials to the fake login page.…
The Register calls for aid, and Microsoft's Rohan Kumar will answer... our questions about SQL Edge and Azure Synapse
Slimming down SQL and living on the Edge Build There was SQL Edge and Azure Synapse news at Microsoft's reimagined Build gathering this week, so The Register had a chat with corporate vice president Rohan Kumar about the company's database ambitions.…
SAP shareholders not happy about chopping and changing CEO model
We 'cannot afford a construction site in top management while in crisis mode' moans savings bank rep A boardroom saga that has involved two rapid changes in the leadership at SAP in the last year is beginning to unsettle shareholders.…
Linux desktop org GNOME Foundation settles lawsuit with patent troll
Shotwell case ends with Rothschild Patent Imaging backing off for good Updated The GNOME Foundation has settled a US lawsuit brought against it by Rothschild Patent Imaging, complete with an undertaking by the patent assertion entity that it will not sue GNOME for IP infringment again.…
Capture the horrors of war in razor-sharp quality with this ruggedised Samsung phone – or just lob it at enemy forces
Yes, it's the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition Samsung is aiming a new version of the Galaxy S20 flagship phone at military customers. Dubbed the "Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition", the chaebol describes its latest blower as "mission ready". And it certainly looks the part.…
Dell, VMware, Intel invite you to Make AI Real: A two-day virtual event next month
48 hours of conversations to get you thinking more intelligently about intelligent software Promo Artificial intelligence is still one of those areas of IT that feels like everyone’s talking it, but not many people are actually doing it.…
Campaign groups warn GCHQ can re-identify UK's phones from COVID-19 contact-tracing app data
Yes, the app that's not quite working yet Campaign groups have written to the UK Prime Minister warning GCHQ and its digital arm, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), will have the capacity to re-identify the phones of people who have installed the nation's coronavirus contact-tracing app.…
Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much
International Tea. The world isn't about to suddenly start appreciating you "It's International Tea Day!" I joyously proclaimed as I bounded into the kitchen, trying my best to sound like I had been counting the days rather than learning of it a couple of hours ago.…
Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police
British border search law strikes again The leader of far-right political group Britain First has been handed a judicial slap on the wrist after refusing to give his phone PIN to police at Heathrow Airport.…
Bionic eyes to be a thing in the next decade? Possibly. Boffins mark sensor-density breakthrough
Paper released on proof-of-concept of 100 pixels, each with three nanowires Scientists at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology claim to have developed a robotic eye they say mimics the equivalent human organism and even out-performs it on some measures.…
UK.gov splashes out on 40,000 new devices amid COVID-19-fuelled homeworking boom
And guess which department bought 10,000 O365 licences? Key British government departments have bought thousands of new devices to cope with the COVID-19-fuelled homeworking boom – as well as signing up for unprecedented numbers of accounts with videoconferencing services.…
Document? Library? A new kind of component? Microsoft had a hard time explaining what its Fluid Framework is
Real-time collaboration in Office 365 but .NET developers sidelined in favour of JavaScript Build An intriguing technology preview at Microsoft's just-finished Build event is Fluid Framework – but the company has not done a great job of communicating what exactly it is.…
DNS this week stands for Drowning Needed Services: Design flaw in name server system can be exploited to flood machines offline
Microsoft, BIND, Google, Cloudflare, Amazon, others fix up software A new vulnerability has been found in the design of the world's domain-name system that potentially can be exploited to flood websites off the internet.…
Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma
25kV + lots of wiggly amps = big local magnetic field A commercial drone fell from the sky after a flight across a railway line threw its internal compass into confusion.…
Vodafone woes far from over for Xiaomi Mi 9 owners amid complaints of leaky batteries and voicemails in Romanian
Dupa ton va rugam sa lasati un mesaj Efforts to rectify Xiaomi Mi 9 users losing the ability to connect to the cellular network after a Vodafone-issued patch have had mixed results, with some punters able to use their phones as normal but others suffering weird side effects.…
Internet of Tardiness: Microsoft puts on a brave face as IoT boat prepares to set sail
Lots of previews and coming-soons, but is it too little, too late? Build Microsoft's scattergun approach to IoT continued at the company's virtual Build shindig with Azure IoT Central gaining new toys, updates for Digital Twins, and Azure RTOS reaching General Availability.…
COVID-19 sparks new wearables to push the pandemic away
Don’t stand so close to me as-a-service, with added blockchain COVID-19 is spurring new types of wearable hardware.…
Meet ScrAPIr, MIT's Swiss army-knife for non-coders to shake data out of APIs (It's useful for pro devs, too)
A simpler alternative to site slurping Boffins at MIT's Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a tool called ScrAPIr to help simplify access to online data available through application programming interfaces, or APIs.…
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