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Send mixed messages: Mozilla wants you to try its encrypted file sharing

Sat, 05/08/2017 - 12:21pm
Though easy to use, the service's privacy protection isn't fully baked

Mozilla has just rolled out an experimental service called Send that allows users to make an encrypted copy of a local file, store it on a remote server, and share it with a single recipient.…

Forget Iran and North Korea. Now there's another uranium source

Sat, 05/08/2017 - 10:03am
Yeah, try slapping some sanctions on black holes

Astronomers have proposed that heavy elements in the universe may have been forged when small, primordial black holes swallowed neutron stars.…

Our day with Larry Page: Embedded with one of the world's richest men

Sat, 05/08/2017 - 7:34am
Larry: I don't know about that

Earlier this week, El Reg received an unexpected phone call from Google HQ inquiring as to whether we'd be interested in a "color piece" about Google cofounder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page.…

Parents claim Disney gobbled up kids' info through mobile games

Sat, 05/08/2017 - 1:07am
Who's the guy that just got sued for invading privacy? M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

Disney has been sued in America for allegedly collecting children's personal information without getting parents' approvals.…

WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to malware claims

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 11:23pm
He admitted writing software nasty code, Feds allege. Brit's lawyers say he's innocent

Marcus Hutchins, the WannaCry ransomware killer and now suspected malware developer, was told by a Las Vegas court on Friday he can be released on bail. He also denied any wrongdoing.…

WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins released on bail after Feds accused him of crafting malware

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 11:23pm
He admitted writing software nasty code, prosecutors claim

Marcus Hutchins, the WannaCry killer and now suspected malware seller, has had his initial court hearing and won't be getting out of jail free, after a Las Vegas court set his bail at $30,000. Handing $3,000 to a bail bondsman will see him able to leave jail.…

Apple pulls massive HomeKit chip U-turn to keep up with Amazon Echo and Google Home

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 9:34pm
Blink and you'd have missed surprise news

Analysis  Apple has made a huge reversal in its HomeKit smart-home technology, in an effort to keep up with Amazon and Google.…

Mid-flight jumbo font smartphone text shock sparks kid abuse arrests

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 9:14pm
Quick-thinking preschool teacher clocks, reports fellow passenger's 'vile' messages

Two people have been charged with child molestation after their texts allegedly discussing sexually abusing kids were spotted and reported by a preschool teacher. Who was sitting behind one of them. On an airplane. And the messages were in a huge font.…

Apple signals it's willing to let next-gen web apps compete with iOS apps

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 8:26pm
Service Workers land in WebKit, clearing way for better in-browser applications

Analysis  About a week after Philadelphia-based web developer Greg Blass pilloried Apple in a widely discussed online post for hindering web development by refusing to embrace Service Workers, the WebKit team, stewards of the open-source layout engine powering Apple's Safari browser, began doing just that.…

Forget sexy zero-days. Siemens medical scanners can be pwned by two-year-old-days

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 7:53pm
Take 'em off the network, docs told, until 2015 patches arrive

Hackers can exploit trivial flaws in network-connected Siemens' medical scanners to run arbitrary malicious code on the equipment.…

It's once again time for your enterprise storage salmagundi of the week

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 7:25pm
Bits and bytes from across the industry rounded up in one handy spot

Dive into this smorgasbord of lite bites, or light bytes even, of IT storage happenings this first week of August.…

Hortonworks still burning cash, still aiming to become billion-dollar biz

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 3:58pm
Which is it then? Revenues up but operating losses hit $56m

Hadoop-flinger Hortonworks continues to burn through cash, but boss Rob Bearden has said that the biz is on target to cut spending by the end of the year.…

UK taxmen slammed for tech glitches rampant on child benefits website

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 2:52pm
Putting the fault in digital by default

The UK government's new website intended to provide financial support for parents has been slammed for experiencing ongoing "technical" problems and outages, leaving parents unable to apply for tax-free support.…

Snopes lawsuit latest: Judge orders disputed cash can flow to fact-checking site

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 1:47pm
Founders and admen continue their legal fight

Snopes creator David Mikkelson has secured half a million dollars to keep the iconic fact-checking website Snopes afloat, thanks to a judge’s ruling in an ongoing court battle.…

DJI drones: 'Cyber vulnerabilities' prompt blanket US Army ban

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 12:58pm
Thou shalt not use Chinese flying machines, orders general

The US Army has issued a global order banning its units from using drones made by Chinese firm DJI, citing “cyber vulnerabilities”.…

Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 11:41am
She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid

Durham University has built itself a secondhand supercomputer from recycled parts and beefed up its contribution to DiRAC (distributed research utilising advanced computing), the integrated facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology.…

Particle boffins show off 'cheap', cute little C<sup>o</sup>sI, world's smallest neutrino detector

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 11:15am
It actually works – and could foster faster, cheaper science

Boffins have built what could be one of the world's smallest working detectors of elusive neutrino particles.…

Google drops poker face, allows gambling apps on Play Store

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 10:51am
Ban lifted in UK, France and Ireland as an 'experiment'

Google has agreed to let Play Store customers court cruel mistress Lady Luck.…

UK IBMers lose crucial battle in pension row

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 10:07am
Win for Big Blue in court showdown over final salaries

The Court of Appeal in London, England, has upheld IBM's appeal over the closure of its defined benefit schemes, which guaranteed retired employees a predefined portion of their final salary.…

Got that syncing feeling? Cloud's client-side email problem

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 9:01am
Come, swim with the sharks

Despite predictions of its demise, we've been happily using email in business since it first became widespread more than two decades ago. In many ways it's defined the way we compose, reply or send digital messages. A number of technologies have consolidated and extended it to something that became called "collaboration".…