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Outlook Mobile heads to the White House, passes infosec clearance for federal sector

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 05:42
Need to email an order for a s*$tload of hamburgers from your smartphone? Microsoft has an app for that

The US government may be enduring its longest shutdown in history, but federal workers can at least console themselves with Microsoft’s Outlook mobile app that has been given security clearance for use.…

Cray will realise 'substantial' loss. But Shasta minute, folks, big iron market will pick up

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:47
And... stock-botherers seem happy with that

Supercomputing remains a tough place to do business, with Cray warning investors that it expects to report a siginifican net loss for both 2018 and this financial year.…

McKinsey’s blockchain warning irks crypto hipsters

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 03:52
Reverse ferret by reassuringly expensive consultant

Blockchain companies are upset with management consultant McKinsey for pointing out the technology is stubbornly stuck at base camp after years of hype.…

The DevOps Salary Report is in, and is great news for American men

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 03:15
Want some more cash? Get some more skills. And perhaps a moving truck

DevOps darlings Puppet has emitted some juicy salary data from its annual DevOps survey, showing that the US is still the place to go for an impressive IT paycheck.…

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 01:54
Future Circular Collider hopes to rack up 100 tera electron Volts to probe physics

CERN, the European research hub in Geneva, is already home to the world’s largest particle accelerator – and it’s hungry for another one that’s bigger and better.…

China's really cotton'd on to this whole Moon exploration thing: First seed sprouts in lunar lander biosphere

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 01:04
Living in a box, living in a faraway box, I'm living in a box

Pic A tiny cotton seed brought to the Moon's surface by a Chinese spacecraft has apparently just sprouted, quite possibly making it the first Earth-based plant to start growing on our rocky satellite.…

Bipartisan Kumbaya: President Trump turns Obama's open govt data policy into law

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:58
Evidence-based policy? What a novel idea...

Analysis President Trump on Monday signed legislation that attempts to make US government data more accessible for people and machines, though his predecessor deserves much of the credit.…

US prosecutors: Hey, you know how we said 'net gambling was OK? LMAO, we were wrong

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 19:55
2011 ban on interstate, foreign sports betting extended to online lotteries, poker, casinos

Last November, US Justice Department officials, having reviewed the nation's laws, quietly concluded that, oops, interstate and international internet gambling is actually illegal. For some reason, that view was only made public on Monday. And for now, this hot take is not being enforced across the country.…

EDGAR Wrong: Ukrainians hacked SEC, stole docs for inside trading, says Uncle Sam

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 17:55
Crooks banked $270,000 in just one move, it is claimed

A pair of Ukranian hackers broke into America's financial watchdog to swipe insider info for stock traders, it is claimed.…

If at first, second, third... fourth time you don't succeed, you're Apple: Another appeal lost in $440m net patent war

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 17:27
Yes, it plans to appeal again

Apple has, for the fourth time now, lost an appeal against a $440m patent-infringement damages award, payable to VirnetX – and pledged to appeal the decision.…

'It's like they took a rug and covered it up': Flight booking web app used by scores of airlines still vuln to attack – claim

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:26
Security hole can still be exploited to tamper with journeys, warn infosec bods

Exclusive A security hole in a widely used airline reservation system remains open to exploit, allowing miscreants to edit strangers' travel details online, The Register has learned. A fix to close the vulnerability was incomplete, and thus ineffective, it is claimed.…

Ahem, Amazon, Google, Microsoft... Selling face-snooping tech to the Feds is bad, mmm'kay?

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:51
Government facial surveillance harms civil liberties, advocacy groups warn

The campaign against Uncle Sam's use of facial recognition stepped up a notch this week: scores of rights-warriors have urged Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to cease selling the panopticon tech to the US government.…

Google to yoink apps with an unauthorized Call Log or SMS habit from Android Play Store

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:25
'We take access to sensitive data and permissions very seriously...' No giggling, please

Paul Bankhead, director of product management at Google, has told programmers that apps in the Play Store that want access to SMS or Call Logs will start being removed unless the ad-slinger has OK'd the given developer's justification.…

FCC's answer to scandal of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US selling people's location data: Burying its head in the ground

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:42
Congressman warns telco regulator: Must Pai harder

America's comms watchdog, the FCC, is under fire for refusing to brief Congressional staffers on what exactly it is doing about cellular networks selling citizens' location data to dodgy characters.…

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:00
'You're fired'

Rise of the Machines™ The world’s first hotel “staffed by robots” has culled half of its steely eyed employees, because they’re rubbish and annoy the guests.…

Start trek, the next generation: PCie 4 flash controller demo flaunts speedy peripheral vision

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:16
Controller tech precedes NAND-tastic summer

An SSD controller company has demonstrated faster SSD access with a gen 4 PCIe controller that was twice as fast as gen 3 PCIe.…

Rimini and Oracle's legal eagles return to the ring in front of Supreme Court

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:44
Top US justices hear oral arguments in copyright battle

Rimini Street and Oracle were once again at odds in the courtroom yesterday, as the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the pair's long-running copyright battle.…

Google hands out roses to preferred Android MDM vendors

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:00
Lucky few get Chocolate Factory's endorsement as Enterprise Mobility Management

Google is extending its Android Enterprise Recommended program to mobile device management.…

Yes, you can remotely hack factory, building site cranes. Wait, what?

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:36
Authentication is simply AWOL for remote RF control equipment, says Trend Micro

Did you know that the manufacturing and construction industries use radio-frequency remote controllers to operate cranes, drilling rigs, and other heavy machinery? Doesn't matter: they're alarmingly vulnerable to being hacked, according to Trend Micro.…

Brit comms regulator Ofcom: Disabled left behind by tech

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:55
Have fewer phones, less internet access, says report

Disabled people are being left behind by the technology industry - both in terms of services and an understanding of what technology can do, a new Ofcom study has claimed.…