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Q: Why did the Cisco cross the network? A: To automate what's on the other side

Wed, 21/02/2018 - 3:31am
Switchzilla wants telcos to let it drive all their kit, regardless of who made it

Cisco's extended its Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) and WAN Automation Engine in the hope that service providers will see them as a way to achieve automated management of all the kit in their networks, regardless of who made it.…

Ayyy-EYE! Google code 'predicts heart disease' by eyeballing retinas

Wed, 21/02/2018 - 2:34am
Eye see what you did, there, machine-learning boffins

AI researchers at Google have developed algorithms that can assess the risk of heart attacks by analyzing retinal scans.…

Microsoft Australia changes App Store T&Cs to pay GST

Wed, 21/02/2018 - 1:34am
When Australians buy apps on the Store, punters' sales taxes will come on shore

Microsoft Australia's taken further steps to ensure that Australia's goods and services tax (GST) is collected on apps sold at the Microsoft Store.…

We sent a vulture to IBM's new developer conference to find an answer to the burning question: Why Big Blue?

Wed, 21/02/2018 - 1:08am
'We're Java experts'

Index  At the first IBM Index developer conference in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, I spent the morning at a Kubernetes workshop learning that when apps on the IBM Cloud Container Service fail to deploy, the reason may not be obvious.…

The e-waste warrior, 28,000 copied Windows restore discs, and a fight to stay out of jail

Wed, 21/02/2018 - 12:08am
Tech recycler fights prison term for handing out recovery CDs

A California electronics recycler is fighting to stay out of jail after he admitted copying thousands of Windows reinstallation discs for use with refurbished PCs.…

Test crash dummies: Pearson VUE broke half-way into all-day exam

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 11:20pm
Trainees spent months prepping for web assessment... that fell over hours in

Imagine you'd just spent 18 months of your life working towards a big certification exam that could make or break your career and, come the big day, the web-hosted test fell over.…

Coinbase, Worldpay, Visa play blame game after dosh vanishes from crypto-fans' pockets

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 10:37pm
Refunds for missing bank account cash trickle through

Customers of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase are still virtually in the dark regarding mysterious withdrawals made from their bank accounts that, in some cases, have apparently left some unlucky punters broke and facing overdraft fees.…

Is HCI and ops automation really threatening your job?

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 9:41pm
Let's do a quick reality check

Reg reader survey  The march of automation is unavoidable. This is as true in IT as it is in any other profession. From a jobs perspective, some people will win and some will lose. Either way, things will often get shaken up and the status quo threatened.…

US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 8:59pm
Hold it right there, Charter

Charter still has to answer for selling New Yorkers short on their internet packages, a judge has decided, rejecting the cable giant's argument that the repeal of net neutrality rules in the US means the case is moot.…

Talk about a MINER offense! Crypto-cash crafter clashes with T-Mob US in hipster haven

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 8:21pm
Watchdog steps in after box found fuzzing up signals

America's comms watchdog, the FCC, has ordered a bloke in Brooklyn, New York, to turn off his cryptocurrency miner – after the box interfered with nearby T-Mobile US cellphone towers.…

Big Blue plumps up storage line with filer and fabrics

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 5:31pm
Spectrum goes all NASty, FlashSystem base box getting NVMe fabric access

IBM is adding filer software to its storage offerings, NVMe fabric access to its base all-flash array, and other features across its storage portfolio in a bumper Big Blue storage news day.…

We've built a 4G drone tracking system, beams Vodafone

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 4:47pm
And how is sir implementing that geofencing idea?

Vodafone is working on an airborne drone detection system based on 4G M2M mobile phone technology, the Brit-based network operator said this morning.…

Qualcomm opens maw, prepares to swallow Dutch chipmaker NXP

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 3:59pm
Increased offer gives shareholders food for thought

While fending off unwanted advances from a determined suitor, chip-maker Qualcomm has had an increased bid for NXP Semiconductors accepted.…

iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 2:37pm
There are now 30 million X-shaped holes in Apple's estimates. Ouch

Samsung has provided confirmation that iPhone X sales are way below Apple's estimates for the much-hyped, tenth anniversary special. The miscalculation could end up benefitting Android owners.…

UK local gov: 37 cyber attacks a minute but little mandatory training

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 1:27pm
Campaigners blame gov bods' growing hunger for big data

Britain's local governments were hit by almost 100 million cyber attacks in the last five years, while one in four councils’ systems were successfully breached, according to research.…

Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 1:02pm
Tired travellers floored by perfectly poured pints

Not content with wowing the world with the posterior polishing wizardry of their electronic toilet seats, the Japanese have turned their attention to that other first world problem: pouring of the perfect pint.…

Hot NAND: Samsung wheels out 30TB SSD monster

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 12:35pm
It's another whopper: Fabulous capacity or blast radius nightmare

Samsung has finally got its 31TB SSD into manufacturing, catching up with Toshiba's similarly well-endowed SAS flash package.…

Flight Simulator's DRM fighter nosedives into Chrome's cache

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 12:06pm
Flight Sim Labs tips a bucket of fresh aviation fuel onto malware flames

A Chrome password dump tool found in the latest update from Microsoft's Flight Simulator Add-On wrangler, Flight Sim Labs, has virtual pilots up in arms.…

Scality CEO: About that C-suite throttling...

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 11:26am
'We didn't strictly need a marketing chief or a president or a COO...'

More details have emerged of C-suite axe swinging at Scality with chief marketing officer Paul Turner getting the chop - still he lasted longer than his predecessor.…

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 10:53am
Pre-pack administration looms if retailer can't find a new parent

Ailing gadget souk Maplin is locked in eleventh-hour talks with a potential buyer of the chain but the company may be placed into the hands of an administrator if an agreement cannot be reached.…