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NHS trusts ‘complacent’ on cloud app security risks

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 12:36pm
Do we block unsanctioned ones? Well half of us think we do...

Almost half of NHS Trusts make no attempt to monitor cloud app usage, according to the results of a Freedom of Information request.…

EU's YouTube filter plan was revised '37 times'

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 12:17pm
How Brussels made its copyright sausage

The European Union's plan to get YouTube clean up its act – the proposed updates to copyright for the Digital Single Market – went through 37 revisions before emerging earlier this month: and the movie chiefs were nervous.…

Portsmouth bomb about to be detonated

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 12:05pm
Watch out on the Isle of Wight

Dredgers clearing Portsmouth harbour in the UK have found yet another unexploded Second World War bomb.…

Dublin shopkeeper catches forecourt fouler with his pants down

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 11:41am
Breathless reporter probes curbside crapper

An after midnight muckspreader who has been terrorising a Dublin* neighbourhood has been caught in the act by the very shopkeeper whose forecourt he’d been befouling.…

One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 11:17am
Return trip, ya say? Sure, in another two years

Admit it. You were tempted to fulfil your sci-fi fantasy – no, not that one – and apply to Mars One Foundation to become a Red Planet pioneer three years back.…

Got a great IOT story to tell? You have a week to let us know

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 11:04am
Building IOT CFP deadline looms

Reg Events  The deadline to get your proposals in Building IOT London is just a week away, so if you want to tell an audience of real world tech pros about your real world experiences developing and implementing the internet of things, don't delay.…

What’s that Sooty? You want a girlfriend?

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 11:00am
BBC DG intervened in sexy puppet row

The BBC Director-General was forced to intervene in a row over providing children’s puppet Sooty with a lady friend.…

Business to be given more scope to quit crap broadband contracts

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 10:49am
Providing ISPs have signed 'up to' the voluntary code, that is

UK businesses are to receive more accurate data on broadband speeds before signing up to a contract, under a voluntary code coming into force from Ofcom today.…

Rosetta spacecraft set for smash landing

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 10:29am
Slow drop finale

Update  The European Space Agency was set to crash its Rosetta space probe into comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as the final stage of its 12-year research mission at 12.18pm BST today (7:18am EDT).…

Amazon: Students, we'll give you $2.5m for a chat-up, AI?

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 10:12am
Chatbot interaction needs to be 'natural', though

Amazon is offering teams of university students the chance to claim their share of a $2.5m prize for developing the best “socialbot” capable of holding a natural language conversation.…

Invasion of the Brandsnatchers: How Nokia and BlackBerry inhabit the afterlife

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 9:03am
Ghosts in the Machine

Analysis  Early next year you should able to buy Nokia phones and BlackBerry phones, two of the giant names of the Noughties. None of these phones will be made by Nokia or BlackBerry, and all of them will be Android phones. The famous brands will inhabit new bodies, with the licensees hoping to rekindle some nostalgia both giants once enjoyed.…

My moment face-to-face with Google's AI: It feels your pain, sometimes

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 8:38am
Sentiment analysis might just be useful

Comment  At Google's Horizon cloud event in San Francisco on Tuesday, the ad giant demonstrated its Cloud Vision API through what it called the GCP Emotobooth. Less of a booth than a corner of a room covered by a connected camera, the experience combined all the forced fun of making faces on demand with the dubious pleasure of having one's mind read by a machine.…

Big data and the cloud: It's not even that scary

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 8:19am
Don't believe the marketeers

Sysadmin blog  Once all the marketing is cleared away, just what is big data, and how does it help real businesses of all sizes? Marketing would have us believe that big data is new, huge, terrifying, complicated, impossible without their help and yet will deliver unmatched benefits. Like many things in tech, however, big data is really just an iterative evolution of things most businesses already do.…

Robo-boat biz ASV inks UK.gov licence for auto-speedboat tech

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 8:08am
That's the one a human drove during its public launch

The Ministry of Defence has licensed its Advanced Unmanned Surface Vehicle robot boat tech to roboat biz ASV Global.…

Panasonic wants you to <i>wear</i> Li-Ion batteries. The ones that explode

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 7:39am
Claims bendy battery won't burn, is ideal for credit-card-sized gadgets

Panasonic says it's built a bendy Lithium-Ion battery safe enough to be built into “Card devices, devices attached to the human body, smart clothing [and] wristband wearable devices.”…

Google finds its G Suite spot: Renames apps, talks up AI and BigQuery

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 7:19am
'We really are serious about the enterprise,' insists enterprise head Greene

Analysis  The invitation for Google's latest cloud sales pitch, dubbed "Horizon" because the company has already had its way with "Atmosphere", on Thursday directed attendees to The Mint.…

Top interview: Dr Patrick McCarthy – boss of the world's future largest optical telescope

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 7:01am
From the Giant Magellan 'scope to science and what the nightlife is like in Chile

Pics + vids  Construction has now started on the Giant Magellan Telescope – which will be the world's largest optical viewing device mankind has ever built – using record-breaking mirrors and advanced electronics.…

Curiosity sniffs Mars' odd atmosphere wafting out of its soil

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 6:42am
Nuclear-powered laser space tank loves the smell of exotic xenon isotopes in the morning

Mars' atmosphere is wafting up from its cold, dead soil, according to new findings from the Curiosity Rover.…

Security analyst says Yahoo<i>!</i>, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Tumblr all popped by same gang

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 6:17am
Says five-strong 'Group E' may have lifted a billion Yahoo! records, sells to states

Five hackers are said to be behind breaches totalling up to a staggering three billion credentials from some of the world's biggest tech companies including the Yahoo! breach that led to the loss of 500 million credentials.…

Termination fees for terminated people now against the law

Fri, 30/09/2016 - 6:05am
New rules in New York to stop American ISPs and power companies charging dead folks

The US state of New York has had to pass a law to stop telcos and utility companies from charging fees to the deceased.…