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BT, Ericsson square up to Arqiva, Samsung over 5G arms race

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 11:06am
Let the hype wars commence

Hot on the heels of Arqiva revealing plans for a 5G trial with Samsung this morning, Ericsson and BT have also announced a partnership to develop 5G projects.…

Red Hat’s Jen Krieger joins Continuous Lifecycle lineup as keynoter

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 10:28am
Clock is ticking on early bird tickets

Events  We’re very happy to reveal that Red Hat’s Jen Krieger will be delivering a keynote at Continuous Lifecycle London, our three-day DevOps, Agile, CD and Containers conference this May.…

I want it hot and wet – preferably with Wi-Fi

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 10:16am
Put the bamboo down and step back

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  I came too soon. Normally this is not a problem. Coming early allows me to regather my strength so that I can then go at it, full-on, for the next eight hours.…

Can you fly with the Vultures? <i>The Reg</i> news desk is hiring

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 9:32am
Experienced reporter wanted

The Register is looking for an experienced reporter to join its lively London news desk.…

Omg, that is, like, sooo 2007... Retromania set to grip this year's MWC

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 9:00am
Can Nokia and BlackBerry save us from this 'turgid sea of sameness'?

Analysis  Hold the front page! Nokia's launching a bunch of new phones this weekend, and everyone is very excited.…

Is your AI being handed to you by Google? Try Apache open source – Amazon's AWS did

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 8:35am
'Community' can buy what money can't

Open Source Insider  Surprisingly, the MXNet Machine Learning project was this month accepted by the Apache Software Foundation as an open-source project.…

Your future boss? An employee-interrogating bot – it's an open-source gift from Dropbox

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 8:01am
Did you mean to type "rm -rf /" or should we be concerned?

Dropbox has released the code for the chatbot it uses to question employees about interactions with corporate systems, in the hope that it can help other organizations automate security processes and improve employee awareness of security concerns.…

Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 7:27am
It all ends in beers after marital bliss and commercial reality collide

On-Call  Welcome again to On-Call, our weekly look at readers' memories of hibs gone bad.…

Google to annihilate online trolling with ... tra-la-la! Machine! Learning!

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 7:01am
God, is there nothing artificial intelligence can't master? We all know you love it so much

Google and Jigsaw, an Alphabet incubator, hope to tackle online trolling with the launch of Perspective: a new piece of software that uses machine learning to highlight “toxic comments.”…

The final 5G technical performance specs have been set

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 6:34am
This ain't over yet by a long shot - ratification roadmap stretches to 2020

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has published a draft of what it expected to become the final 5G specification.…

For telcos and enterprise vendors, MWC 2017 will be an Edge/Fog/SDN/NFV-fest

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 5:58am
Compute and storage is coming out of the core and into the light

Mobile World Congress kicks off next week in Barcelona and, as ever, is two shows in one. Gadget-lovers get to go “squee!” about new handsets and the fun they'll have with them. And in the fun and important part of the conference, telco wonks discuss the plumbing that makes the “squee!” possible.…

Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 4:58am
Workers told to get on the job while on the job, to boost local population

A Swedish municipality may allow its workers to get on the job while on the clock, for an hour each week.…

Motorola's modular Moto Z: A fine phone for a weekend away

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 3:58am
And grand for everyday use, but the modules just don't excite

Hands-on  Motorola's modular Android, the Moto Z, offers something genuinely new in the increasingly dull world of smartphones.…

South Korea targeted by cyberspies (again). Kim, got something to say?

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 3:06am
Vulnerabilities in Hangul word processing program exploited

The South Korean public sector is once again in the firing line of a sophisticated – and likely government-backed – cyberattack.…

FCC lops off red tape around small US ISPs, y'know, things like having to own up about connection speeds

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 2:05am
And hidden fees and pricing

The FCC has granted pricing and speed reporting exemptions long sought by small US broadband providers.…

Cloudbleed: Big web brands leaked crypto keys, personal secrets thanks to Cloudflare bug

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 1:47am
Heartbleed-style classic buffer overrun blunder strikes in 2017

Big-name websites leaked people's private session keys and personal information into strangers' browsers, due to a Cloudflare bug uncovered by Google researchers.…

We want Waymo money from you! Uber sued for 'stealing self-driving car' blueprints from Alphabet

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:41am
How could app maker's week get any worse? Glad you asked

Alphabet's self-driving car outfit and Google stablemate Waymo is suing Uber, alleging theft of trade secrets and patent infringement.…

HPE CEO Whitman says everything's 'on the right track' as sales are literally decimated

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 11:59pm
And more than half the biz working overseas on the cheap

HPE's financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal 2017 are in, and they don't look good. Profits are flat and the servers, storage and networking divisions have shown double-digit declines in revenue.…

How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 11:35pm
Copyright allegations wreck search rankings

Analysis  Big corporations are abusing the system for taking down files and links to copyright-infringing content by sending millions of fake links, according to Google.…

Amazon goes to court to stop US murder cops turning Echoes into Big Brother house spies

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 10:59pm
'Alexa, am I being murdered?'

Police in the US believe an Amazon Echo overheard the murder of a bloke found dead floating in a hot tub. All the cops want is a copy of any audio recorded by the personal assistant, conveniently stored in Amazon's cloud.…