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Last updated: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:35:03 GMT

You've been baffled by its smart thermostat. Now strap in for Nest's IoT doorbell, alarm gear
h4Our vulture gets his claws into new hardware/h4 pFirst fondle Nest a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/09/20/nest_doorbell_and_security_system/"unveiled/a a new outdoor camera, doorbell and security system this morning in San Francisco.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch
h4Plus: You can't switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on iOS 11/h4 pThe new LTE-enabled Apple Watch 3 appears to suffer from a bug that can keep the touch-screen wearable from connecting to cellular data networks.…/p

FedEx: TNT NotPetya infection blew a $300m hole in our numbers
h4File-scrambling malware put a bomb under shipping giant's sales growth/h4 pFedEx has estimated this year's NotPetya ransomware outbreak cost it $300m in lost business and cleanup costs.…/p

Say Hello to my little friend: Nest blasts IoT world with doorbell, home security gear
h4Hope it doesn't freeze out folks like its thermostat/h4 pSmart home poster child Nest on Wednesday launched two new products: a video doorbell and a security system.…/p

IT fraudster facing four years' bird time for $10k blackmail
h4Blackmailed former employer, redirected company website for porn portal/h4 pAn IT contractor who sabotaged a client's website and demanded $10,000 to restore it was this week convicted of wire fraud and sentenced to four years behind bars.…/p

Amazon wants to be king of the nerd goggles
h4Glasshole Bezos sees no shame/h4 pSomething to quicken the pulses of a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://scobleizer.com/"middle-aged men in the shower/a, whose surname rhymes with "Noble"*.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple
h4It's a massive and ambitious upgrade for iPads, but older hardware can't cut it/h4 pReview After years of complacency – and falling sales – Apple has transformed the iPad into something it should have been from the start: a proper computer.…/p

Ethereum just checked that part of a Zcash transaction was legit
h4Someone sent somebody else some money – that's all we know, and that's a good thing/h4 pThe testnet for Ethereum's next big update has a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/ethereum/comments/712idt/ethereum_testnet_just_verified_a_zcash_transaction/"successfully verified/a an important part of a transaction with the virtual cryptocurrency Zcash, bringing the dream of making the blockchain network more privacy-focused just a tiny bit closer to reality.…/p

UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to ‘auto-takedown’ terror pages within 2 HOURS
h4And you thought 24 hours would be tough…/h4 pThe UK’s Prime Minister has once again raised the tech stakes in the fight against online terror, with her latest, er, bright idea being for internet giants to stop extremist content before it’s even online.…/p

More are paying to stream music, but YouTube still holds the value gap
h4Demand's there; compensating artists is another issue/h4 pWith Google's user-generated content loophole firmly in lawmaker's sights, global music trade body IFPI has published new research looking at demand for music streaming.…/p

EU watchdog: Govt bods are seeking ‘legal knockouts’ to dodge transparency
h4Increasingly 'legalistic' approach goes against intentions for openness, says ombudsman/h4 pPublic bodies are taking an increasingly “legalistic” approach to disclosing information that doesn’t always support transparency, the European Union’s dodgy management watchdog has said.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines
h4Issue 'endemic' across public sector, shriek experts/h4 pCops in Manchester, England, have 1,518 PCs running on Microsoft's dusty operating system Windows XP, according to a Freedom of Information response.…/p

Lloyds Bank payments glitch frustrates merchants
h4C'mon, you POS... >:(/h4 pLloyds Bank has admitted that unspecified technical problems affected the operation of its Cardnet payment system on Tuesday. The UK bank denied suggestions that it had suffered a cyber attack.…/p

Google Cloud's API knows the sort of thing you like to look at
h4And now has creepy 'entity' sentiment analysis too/h4 pGoogle Cloud's Natural Language API has become a bit more, er, insightful: a target="_blank" href="https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2017/09/read-between-the-lines-with-Cloud-Natural-Languages-new-recognition-features.html"it can now sort content/a into 700 different categories, such as Health, Hobbies & Leisure and Law & Government.…/p

More data lost or stolen in first half of 2017 than the whole of last year
h4That's 1.9 BEEELLION records – and just you wait till GDPR/h4 pMore data records were leaked or stolen by miscreants during the first half of 2017 (1.9 billion) than all of 2016 (1.37 billion).…/p

Toshiba said yes to the Bain-Capital-backed bunch – reports
h4The question is... will Western Dig give the OK?/h4 pStruggling Toshiba has picked a group led by the investment firm Bain Capital to buy its memory chip business, a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-toshiba-accounting/toshiba-selects-bain-group-as-buyer-of-its-memory-chip-business-sources-idUSKCN1BV0AB"Reuters reports/a.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research
h4Spend £50k to get just £3k per year more than non-grads/h4 pUniversity in the UK has never been more expensive. But at least doing a computer science degree guarantees a nice fat, well-paid job at the end, right? Wrong.…/p

UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum
h4Vendors Brexploited GBP fall, but components dearth played part too/h4 pThe average trade price of computers in Britain shot up by almost a third in the past year since the EU referendum, though a weakened pound might not tell the whole story.…/p

Equifax's disastrous Struts patching blunder: THOUSANDS of other orgs did it too
h4Those are just the ones known to have downloaded outdated versions/h4 pThousands of companies may be susceptible to the same type of hack that recently struck Equifax.…/p

Dell EMC refreshes its entry-level arrays
h4Behold the new SCv3000 arrays, with auto-tiering, all-flash, twin controllers, 1PB raw capacity all in 3U for <$10k/h4 pDell EMC has refreshed its cheapest storage appliance by giving us the SCv3000, a successor to the SCv2000.…/p

AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next
h4Get creative – bringbackfirefly! will no longer cut it, nerds/h4 pEggheads have produced a machine-learning system that has studied millions of passwords used by folks online to work out other passphases people are likely to use.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Hitachi Data Systems is no more! Arise the new 'Hitachi Vantara'
h4HDS, Pentaho and Hitachi Insight Group join forces, promise data-driven IoT fun/h4 pHitachi Data Systems is no more: the venerable storage vendor has been subsumed into a new outfit called “Hitachi Vantara” that says it “helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society.”…/p

Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear
h4Surveillance bots are just 'a very weird data center'/h4 pPics In a modest industrial building in Mountain View, California, on Tuesday, security startup Knightscope unveiled the latest additions to its line of "crime-fighting robots" – the K1, a stationary weapon detector, and the K7, a sensor-laden dune buggy for challenging terrain.…/p

Chap tames Slack by piping it into Emacs
h4And then filtering out all the stuff he doesn't need to read/h4 pEmacs enthusiast Artur Malabarba has put the text editor to work taming Slack.…/p

Boffins discover tightest black hole binary system – and it's supermassive
h4Sitting less than one light year apart in spiral galaxy NGC 7674/h4 pScientists have discovered the closest-ever supermassive black hole binary system. It's in the spiral galaxy NGC 7674, and the pair of voids are separated by a distance of less than one light year.…/p

Oracle promises SLAs that halve Amazon's cloud costs
h4Larry Ellison also pledges 'Autonomous Database' to cut the cost of – gulp – the people who run databases/h4 pOracle chair and chief technology officer has pledged to undercut Amazon Web Services pricing by 50 per cent for infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service, in part by increasing use of automation.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

macOS High Sierra more like 'Cry Sierra' for Mac-wielding beta testers
h4Early issues arise with new version of OS X 10.13/h4 pApple's next version of the macOS, High Sierra, aka 10.13, is due for general release next week, and users running the beta have already noticed a pair of issues that could cloud the rollout.…/p

Inept bloke who tried to sell military sat secrets to Russia gets 5 years
h4Bumbling fool not so much Jason Bourne as Johnny English/h4 pA contractor who tried to sell trade secrets on military communication satellites to the Russians has been sent down for five years. Incredibly, it could have been longer after prosecutors alleged that he was also planning to kill his wife.…/p

Congress battles Silicon Valley over upcoming US sex trafficking law
h4Crunch hearing reveals wide gulf in views, evildoer is Backpage/h4 pThe first Congressional hearing into a proposed law that would make American companies liable for online sex trafficking has lain bare the depths of the disagreement between lawmakers and tech giants.…/p

Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious
h4Advertising firm sued by taxi app maker/h4 pUpdated Uber has filed suit against one of its advertising partners, alleging it bilked the ride-sharing giant out of "tens of millions" of dollars.…/p

Viacom exposes crown jewels to world+dog in AWS S3 bucket blunder
h4Passwords, server schematics and encryption keys up for grabs in open file store/h4 pUpdated Media monster Viacom has been caught with its security trousers down. Researchers found a wide-open, public-facing misconfigured AWS S3 bucket containing pretty much everything a hacker would need to take down the company's IT systems.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit
h4Apps are gonna break. Plus of course, Apple always screws up the first iteration/h4 pApple's latest iOS version is out today – iOS 11 – but before you rush into updating, you'll want to check that it doesn't destroy any of your favorite apps.…/p

Sprint, T-Mobile US reignite mega-merger talks (again)
h4You want more competition, America? Here's another all-powerful telco monolith/h4 pSprint and T‑Mobile US are in talks to create a third major US wireless carrier.…/p

Ofcom to crack down on telcos' handling of nuisance callers
h4Also wants to extend consumer protection to cover more broadband services/h4 pUK telecoms regulator Ofcom is to introduce a series of measures to clamp down on providers' handling of nuisance calls, billing accuracy, general complaints handling and support for vulnerable customers.…/p

DXC squeezes suppliers for extra margin, issues ultimatum
h4That is IT, stationery, toilet rolls, etc 'give us discounts' says outsourcing biz/h4 pThe procurement team at DXC Technologies might consider giving courses on how not to win friends or influence people after sending suppliers an ultimatum: cough better financial terms or else.…/p

Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth
h4In case you were wondering what Git, SQL and JS skills will get you, new online tool measures your value/h4 pDevelopers may be no more curious about salaries than any other set of workers, but their high degree of variation in terms of education, skillset and experience – not to mention the often ill-defined nature of their work – gives them ample reason to be curious about pay among their peers.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Now EE's challenging UK regulator's mobile spectrum proposals
h4Joins Three in telling Ofcom: See you in court/h4 pEE has officially launched its legal challenge against Ofcom's spectrum proposals, a move prompted by Three's judicial review formally submitted earlier this month.…/p

Google parks old pay-to-play auction in front of European Commission – reports
h4You want a remedy? Here's our remedy/h4 pGoogle appears to have revived an "a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/19/how_google_wants_to_stiff_startups_and_turn_punishment_into_profit/#remedy"auction-based fix/a" to vertical search competition complaints, according to a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-google-antitrust-exclusive/exclusive-google-offers-to-treat-rivals-equally-via-auction-sources-idUSKCN1BT13Y"Reuters/a.…/p

Ethereum will have transaction chops of Visa in 'a couple of years', founder claims
h4Starcraft on the blockchain? What a time to be alive/h4 pBlockchains might be a bit slow today, but one of Ethereum's founders predicts that in "a couple of years" the popular network will have the same transaction capacity scale as Visa.…/p

BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled
h4Norgrove was right: post-Brexit gross £350m a week? Nope/h4 pAs we all know, there are "lies, damned lies, and statistics". No doubt that line will be pulled out again to bolster the case for British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson against Sir David Norgrove, head of the UK Statistics Authority, who has made it clear he's unimpressed with Boris's use of the stats.…/p

Black screen of death after Win10 update? Microsoft blames HP
h4OEM factory images create 'incorrect registry keys'/h4 pMicrosoft is pointing the finger of blame at HP Inc's factory image for a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/09/15/windows_updates_take_10_min_for_login/"black screens of death/a appearing after a Windows Update.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

What's that, Equifax? Most people expect to be notified of a breach within hours?
h4Go on, you're the breach expert/h4 pEquifax hasn't found time for a houseclean and is making claims of authority and competence about security breaches that, following its own recent high profile breach, come off as pretty cringeworthy.…/p

Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers
h4Lest we forget/h4 pStob These days we hear a lot about luring the young away from happy, fulfilling careers and into the world of programming. The kids have been freed from the tedious yoke of a target="_blank" href="http://www.academiesshowbirmingham.co.uk/scrapping-gcses-learning-from-mistakes/"the boring and 'Microsoft-heavy' ITC syllabuses/a courtesy of popular hero a target="_blank" href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/jan/11/michael-gove-boring-it-lessons"Michael Gove/a.…/p

Why being 'boring' is a university AI spinout's route to success
h4DeepMind doesn't stoop, you still conquer/h4 pThe world of artificial intelligence changed in early 2014 when Google paid £400m for DeepMind Technologies, a company founded by neuroscientist and polymath Demis Hassabis.…/p

European Commission proposes more powers for EU's infosec agency
h4Cross-border cybersecurity certification scheme planned/h4 pThe European Commission has proposed an expansion in the role of ENISA, the EU's cybersecurity agency.…/p

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+
h4It's stylish, but the stylus doesn't add a lot/h4 pFirst fondle Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is everything you'd expect in a premium handset, but the stylus doesn't appear to add huge value.…/p!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' --

Google, Bing, Yahooi!/i data hoarding is like homeopathy. It doesn't work – new study claims
h4Boffins find search quality unaffected/h4 pData, it has been argued, is the new oil – the fuel for the information economy – but its importance to search engines may be overstated.…/p

IBM packs 120TB into a carry-on bag, for snow-balling cloud uploads
h4Whither the rapid file transfer app Aspera that Big Blue acquired in 2014?/h4 pIBM has decided to join AWS and Google in the appliances-to-haul-data-into-the-cloud market, by launching an appliance called “IBM Cloud Mass Data Migration”.…/p

Pirate Bay digs itself a new hole: Mining alt-coin in slurper browsers
h4Would you trade your CPU time and electricity bill for pirated content?/h4 pBittorrent search engine and mortal enemy of intellectual property lawyers, The Pirate Bay, has upset the one group of people that actually likes it: its users.…/p

Google India launches payment service that sends money as SOUND
h4'Tez' targets India, where cash is now a dirty word, will soon hit other emerging economies/h4 pGoogle's launched a payments service called “Tez” for India and plans to take it to other nations soon.…/p