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Is it possible to control Amazon Alexa, Google Now using inaudible commands? Absolutely

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 8:17pm
Gizmo whisperers reveal their secrets

Eavesdropping appliances like Amazon Echo and software assistants like Google Now can be attacked using mangled words that get interpreted as commands, but humans hear as nonsense.…

VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 7:44pm
James Liang gets 40 months on the cooler and $200,000 fine

The engineer responsible for designing the software that enabled Volkswagen diesel cars to cheat on US emissions tests has been sentenced to 40 months in prison and fined $200,000.…

A LANnister always pays his subnets: Cisco hires Game of Thrones' Tyrion

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 7:29pm
Peter Dinklage takes Switchzilla's coin

Tech firms hiring famous folks to push their products are depressingly common – who can forget Lady Gaga promoting cables for Monster at CES? Now Cisco is going to hook onto the popularity of Game of Thrones to push its new grand plan.…

Judge orders handover of Trump protest website records – DreamHost claims victory

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 6:44pm
Court will oversee use of data as web biz plans appeal

A US judge has ordered that all user details of a Trump protest website be handed over to the US Department of Justice following several weeks of argument over the demand.…

Brazilians waxed: Uni's Tor relay node booted after harvesting .onions

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 6:18pm
Researchers kicked off network for slurping hidden services en masse

A university research project in Brazil has had its Tor relay node banned after it was caught harvesting the .onion addresses of visitors.…

London Mayor hires former PR man as Chief Digi Officer

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 4:29pm
Theo Blackwell asked to make capital the 'smartest' city on the planet

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has slotted former PR man and public sector tech policy specialist Theo Blackwell into the chief digital officer slot that opened up months ago.…

Enterprises gooey for Windows 10 as OS helps Computacenter rake it in

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 3:56pm
Brit, German, French markets buoyed by upgrade demands

Computacenter is paying £100m in dividends to shareholders after reporting a double-digit rise in profits on the back of a sales spike that was in part boosted by Windows 10 implementations.…

Hitachi rack servers get VMware Cloud treatment

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 3:02pm
Plus Xeon SPification for their hyperconverged systems

There's some new wine in Hitachi's Unified Compute Platform of converged and hyperconverged server bottles – specifically VMware Cloud Foundation software added to its converged rack-scale (RS) product and Xeon SP processors to its hyperconverged systems.…

Hash of the Titan: How Google bakes security all the way into silicon

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 2:02pm
Locking down servers and cloud with this itty-bitty chip

Google has unveiled more details about how security built into its custom silicon chips underpins the integrity of its servers and cloud-based services.…

Get your ML freak on with Tensorflow and R

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 1:33pm
Practical workshop sessions added to Minds Mastering Machines line-up

Events  We've added two new workshops to the Minds Mastering Machines roster, October 9-11:…

Nokia trademark filing reveals name of upcoming drone brand

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 12:46pm
Quiet Finnish firm starts rolling, like a pebble in the night

Nokia is naming its upcoming consumer drones brand Ovni, according to reports.…

San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 12:03pm
'Free speech' demo faces faeces counter-protest

A shit storm awaits a bunch of far-right protestors when they convene in San Francisco this weekend – locals are storing up their doggy do-do and plan to distribute it in the area the protestors are holding the rally.…

Oracle’s cloudy cash dash could fall flat, insiders warn

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 11:35am
Staff say they’re in the (Big) Red after sales teams push customers into the fluffy stuff

Boardroom high-fives at Oracle over bumper cloud sales haven’t spread across the entire business, with staff lower down the food chain telling The Register that their bonuses have tanked.…

Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 11:12am
Travelling far and wide in the UK? Feed yourself out of your own pocket, says telco

Tight-fisted Vodafone rejects expenses claims for food and snacks for hard-worked people pulling 12-hour days, hacked-off sources have told The Register.…

Pats on the back all round as Pure Storage announces new CEO and growing revenues

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 10:40am
Scott Dietzen chairman now, Charles Giancarlo takes reins

As Pure Storage boasted strong second-quarter sales yesterday, the company also revealed that CEO Scott Dietzen would be stepping down to become chairman of the board.…

Samsung heir does not pass Go, does not collect $200

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 10:19am
Court sentences Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison for bribery

Samsung vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong has been sentenced to five years in the clink for corruption after a six-month trial.…

'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 9:52am
UK.gov pours £8.1m into fresh series of trials

The Transport Research Laboratory will be starting trials of semi-autonomous "platooning" technology, using lorries on UK roads.…

GTFO of there! Security researchers turn against HTTP public key pinning

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 8:50am
Sure, theoretically it offers a lot of protection, but get it wrong...

Security researchers have endorsed industry guru Scott Helme's vote of no confidence in a next-generation web crypto technology.…

Gather round, kids, and let's try to understand the science of 3D NAND

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 8:02am
Part 1: Start with the flat 2D planar stuff

Backgrounder  The world of flash is moving to 3D NAND, chips with 36, 48, 72 or 64 layers of flash cells, and 96-layer chips being prototyped. How has it developed from 2D NAND?…

PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years

Fri, 25/08/2017 - 7:31am
Surfaces, iPad Pro and their ilk will do okay, bad news for all other form factors

Analyst firm IDC has issued a forecast for PC sales from 2016 to 2021, and the news is bad: shipments slipping from 2016's 435.1 million units to 398.3 million in 2021, for five-year compound annual growth rate of -1.7 per cent.…