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As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

10 hours 39 min ago
iOS 10.3 lands, complete with heavily encrypted Apple File System

Apple today released iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2 (14W265), the first two of all of which bring some pleasing extra functionality to iThings, But the main attraction in the new release is Apple File System, because it adds comprehensive encryption to the iPhone and Apple Watch.…

If you can't beat AI, join it: Boffinry biz baron Elon Musk backs brain-machine interface biz

11 hours 40 min ago
Computers wired into our minds. What could go wrong?

Three years ago, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, mused that artificial intelligence represented humanity's biggest existential threat.…

CompSci boffins propose scheme to protect privacy in database searches

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 5:02am
Queries indicate your intentions, so they're worth hiding

From stock searches to map directions, any time a user queries a database, they tell the database owner something valuable.…

AWS emits EnginFrame 2017 for cloudy HPC

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 4:04am
Simpler cluster config

Amazon Web Services' 2016 acquisition of NICE Systems is bearing fruit, with AWS lifting the lid on the next iteration of a high performance computing service called EnginFrame.…

Redmond takes a small step towards opening Service Fabric

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 2:43am
No runtime yet, but two developer repos have landed

Last year, Microsoft offered up its first public beta of Azure Service Fabric for Linux. This month, it quietly took another step with the fabric by partly open-sourcing it.…

nbn™ builder prioritises easy premises, because it must work like that

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 2:09am
Don't criticise CEO Morrow for keeping the build moving

Stop me if you've heard this one: nbn™, builder and operator of Australia's national broadband network (NBN), is being accused of polishing its rollout figures by fast-tracking areas that are easy to service.…

Green software blacked out Australian State

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 1:27am
Wind-turbine-ware defaults didn't handle exceptional weather events

Something good is going to come out of last year's “Black System” in the Australian State of South Australia: the global wind power industry has learned how to do better modelling for systems under attack from repeated failures.…

Samsung plans Galaxy Note 7 fire sale

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 12:33am
Flaming phablet stockpile to be refurbished, resold, rented and/or broken up for parts

Samsung's revealed it will soon start selling the Galaxy Note 7 again.…

Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 12:02am
First step, smart bulbs and sensors

Analysis  Ikea has just announced the entry of smart home technology into the mainstream with a new range of lights that can be activated by motion or smartphone app.…

FYI users: You may have leaked passwords, personal info – thousands have

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 9:56pm
Just call it

Thousands of netizens inadvertently shared passwords and other highly private information with the rest of the planet – via Microsoft's publicly searchable service.…

Angular framework's grand ambition: Not breaking anything

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 9:28pm
Google's web app scaffolding seeks recognition as platform

Angular, the popular web application framework, reached version 4.0.0 last week, having skipped version 3 entirely.…

Astroboffins clock thriving stellar nursery nestled in violent supermassive black hole

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 8:20pm
First time star formation seen in such extreme conditions

Astronomers have for the first time found stars forming within the violent outflows of material ejected from a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy.…

LastPass scrambles to fix another major flaw – once again spotted by Google's bugfinders

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 7:42pm
Ormandy sets snowflakes off over disclosure

For most of us, Saturday morning is a time for a lie in, a leisurely brunch, or maybe taking the kids to the park. But for some it's bug-hunting time.…

Ex-military and security firms oppose Home Sec in WhatsApp crypto row

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 4:30pm
'We are in real trouble if we apply blunt weapons to this'

UK government ministers calling for increased surveillance abilities in the wake of last Wednesday's terrorist attack have encountered opposition from a somewhat unexpected quarter.…

Happy Motherboards day: Here's some (Optane) memory

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 4:00pm
No benchmarks available from 2D launch of 3D XPoint memory

Hot on the heels of the Optane DC P4800X data centre SSD announcement, Intel makes a move on PC motherboard memory.…

Northamber's Phillips ponders non-exec role after nearly four decades

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 2:50pm
Profitability? Not just yet...

Northamber chairman David Phillip signalled his intention to take more of a backseat as he announced interim results that suggested profitability remains just tantalisingly out of reach for the veteran distie for now.…

DevOps brings your teams to delivery faster and with better quality

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 2:42pm
Start with DevOps today across all platforms, tools, and methodologies used

Promo  DevOps is a fast-growing market trend, but one that is still not universally understood. Specialist software vendor Clarive has produced an essential eBook guide for organisations interested in DevOps projects but unsure of how to approach them.…

Micron making mucho memory moolah

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 2:01pm
Quarterly results show a boomtown rat raking in dollars

DRAM and flash fabber Micron had a damn good second fiscal 2017 quarter, raking in increased revenues and a $0.9bn profit on the back of strengthened DRAM and NAND prices.…

UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 1:00pm
Rudd's message to Hancock must've been intercepted...

Digital minister Matt Hancock has praised the "crucial role" of encryption in today's society, just a day after Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for an encryption ban on applications such as WhatsApp.…

HPE starts 'SimpliVity-fying' products, eyes hyperconverged buyers

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 12:42pm
Pumps out SimpliVity 380 in little, medium and big all-flash versions

HPE is looking to grab a much bigger share of the hyperconverged systems market now it has SimpliVity in its mitts and the SimpliVity 380 is the first product makeover resulting from that acquisition.…