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NetApp channel chief Bill Lipsin leaves firm

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:02am
No word where he's headed yet

Bill Lipsin, NetApp's VP for global channels, is leaving the company.…

In the red corner: Malware-breeding AI. And in the blue corner: The AI trying to stop it

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:29am
Behind the scenes of infosec's cat-and-mouse game

Feature  The magic AI wand has been waved over language translation, and voice and image recognition, and now: computer security.…

Another day, another British Airways systems screwup causes chaos

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:13am
Flying from London? Add a few hours on for good measure

British Airways is getting its grovelling in early after a systems crash caused chaos at Heathrow and Gatwick airports earlier this morning.…

Grab a fork! Unravelling the Internet of Things' standards spaghetti

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 9:36am
'Just switch it on and watch it connect.' Yeah, right

The great thing about standards is that there are always so many to choose from. We've seen the standards forest grow countless times before. The Internet of Things is a vast digital petri dish for them, and they just keep growing.…

Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 8:36am
Yes, again. Sony – thank you for the tape you gave to me

IBM has claimed its fifth-in-succession world tape density record with a 330TB raw capacity technology using Sony tape media tech.…

Brit voucher biz's signup page blabbed families' details via URL tweak

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 8:02am
Kids Pass tries to explain why it gave folks reporting the security hole the virtual middle finger

A UK web biz has been slammed for blocking people on Twitter just for reporting a security vulnerability that potentially leaked people's contact details.…

Browser trust test: Would you let Chrome block ads? Or Firefox share and encrypt files?

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 7:27am
Mozilla spins share 'n' synch as Google spins its own virtues

Google and Mozilla have each revealed significant new features in their respective browsers.…

Sorry, psycho bosses, it's not OK to keylog your employees

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 7:01am
In Germany, at least, you're gonna have to get your jollies some other way

Installing keylogging software on your employees' computers and using what you find to fire them is not OK, a German court has decided.…

Cancel your summer trip to nearby Proxima b. No chance of life, room service, say boffins

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 6:16am
It's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere ... I'm all alone

NASA scientists have dashed hopes that Proxima Centauri b, an Earth-ish-like planet orbiting the closest star to the Sun, could be habitable.…

Don't make Aug 21 a blind date: Beware crap solar eclipse specs

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 6:02am
You'll be blinded by science, literally, if you put on fake glasses, boffins warn

The American Astronomical Society has warned that knockoff viewing glasses for this month's total solar eclipse will blind people if they wear them while looking up at the spectacle.…

'Invisible Man' malware runs keylogger on your Android banking apps

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 5:29am
Top tip: Don't fetch and install dodgy Flash updates from random websites

A new breed of Android malware is picking off mobile banking customers, particularly those in the UK and Germany, we're told.…

IBM adds Optane to its cloud, only as storage and without GPUs

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 4:42am
Optane's great as memory, says Big Blue, but we can't do that yet

IBM's made good on its promise to fire up a cloud packing Intel's Optane non-volatile memory “in the second half of 2017.” But Big Blue has fallen short of the “broad services suite” it foreshadowed and can't even put Optane to work as memory.…

Apple, Google pull options trading apps after Australian regulator shows scams

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 2:46am
'Earn up to 90% in less than an hour' apps binned, Apple vows they won't return

Apple and Google have pulled options trading programs from their respective app stores after being asked to do so by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).…

'Would you like fries with that?' The cloud wants to know

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 1:24am
If you fancy something more profitable, Oracle's cloudy cross-seller predicts your tastes

Oracle's fired up a cloud service that it says can automate and refine the question of whether you'd like fries with that when ordering food at a restaurant.…

Apple celebrates soaring iPad sales: Put it on my tab, says CEO Tim Cook

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:29am
Get it? Put the drinks on my tab? Haha, ah. What a wild ride life is

Apple is crediting a resurgence in its education programs and school sales in helping to drive up iPad sales to its first gains since 2014.…

No vulns. No hardwired passwords. Patchable. Congress dreams of IoT: Impossible Online Tech

Tue, 01/08/2017 - 11:47pm
We all want totally secure gear. And flying cars. And $1m. And...

After years of warnings about the parlous state of Internet of Sh!t security, the US Senate has finally introduced legislation on the matter.…

One.Tel to finally die in November, 16 years after collapse

Tue, 01/08/2017 - 11:12pm
Final liquidators' meeting to wrap up billionaire boys fun phone adventure

Infamous Australian telco One.Tel is finally being read its last rites. The Register understands that the the final meeting of members and creditors will take place in August and it is expected that regulators will erase the company from their registers three months later.…

Facebook pulls plug on language-inventing chatbots? THE TRUTH

Tue, 01/08/2017 - 11:02pm
Far be it from us to lecture journos on overreacting but cripes – calm down

If you thought artificial intelligence was already overhyped to death, this week will have given you a heart attack.…

Fox News fabricated faux news with Donald Trump, lawsuit claims

Tue, 01/08/2017 - 9:57pm
Fake quotes linked DNC staffer to Wikileaks to divert attention from Russia, it is claimed

To obscure Russia's role in the 2016 election, the Trump administration collaborated with Fox News to fabricate news about the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, according to a defamation and discrimination lawsuit filed on Tuesday.…

Charter sprints from rinky-dink Sprint hints

Tue, 01/08/2017 - 9:44pm
US comms giant denies buyout rumors, says it prefers Verizon for the time being

US cable monster Charter Communications says it has no interest in acquiring mobile carrier Sprint – at least for the time being.…