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Battery-hungry cars roll over Lenovo's FY 16/17 bottom line

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 4:09am
Data centre unit 'still under transformation' and losing money, as is mobile business

Lenovo has returned to growth, posting a pleasing set of fourth quarter numbers, but apparently has plenty of work to do in the mobile and data centre markets.…

IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 2:08am
Big Blue is 'shifting service delivery model to dedicated employee workforce' but clients aren't happy

Exclusive  IBM is not just banning the hire of new contractors and telling existing contractors they won't get new gigs: now it is telling some current contractors they will have to take a pay cut.…

Init freedom declared as <code>systemd</code>-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 1:02am
Devuan 'Jessie' is done and will get long term support beyond the life of Debian Jessie

POLL  The self-described “Veteran Unix Admin collective” that in 2014 promised to give the world a cut of Debian without systemd has delivered: Devuan 1.0.0 LTS hit the web today.…

Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 12:15am
Study shows energy readings off over 90%

Your fitness tracker might measure a heart rate accurately, but not the amount of calories burned, according to a study published in the Journal of Personalised Medicine.…

Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the text books on Jupiter

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 11:45pm
Sadly no black monolith found

Scientists were expecting a lot of new data from the Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter, and they haven't been disappointed. The most massive planet in the Solar System is turning out to have a lot of surprises.…

T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 11:30pm
'Digits' marks a shift for the phone industry

T-Mobile is taking a leaf out of the tech industry book and separating phones from their numbers.…

Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 11:09pm
Bill would let contractors get unemployment and paid leave

Two US legislators are drafting bills to provide "gig" contract workers many of the same benefits afforded to those who work full time.…

Apple has finally found someone to support HomeKit

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 10:56pm
But Belkin's new bridge only reinforces the problem of a locked-down ecosystem

It's been a year since Apple officially launched its internet-of-things smart-home service – an event that we noted at the time was somewhat undermined by the fact that there were virtually no products that worked with it.…

Three Nigerians sentenced to 235 years in prison for online scamming

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 10:11pm
Don't expect princely borrowing emails to stop any time soon

A court in Mississippi has sentenced three Nigerian men to 235 years in prison for running online scams that duped people out of tens of millions of dollars.…

US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 9:47pm
Allegedly astroturfed Americans speak out over net neutrality filings

Fourteen Americans (with the help of an advocacy group) are complaining to the FCC that their names were used without permission to file fake comments on the proposed net neutrality overhaul.…

Microsoft court victory prompts call for data-grabbing regime

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 8:52pm
Legislators mull over modernizing legal process for seizing cloud data

The Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism on Wednesday held a hearing to explore the government's inability to have its cake and eat it too.…

Astroboffins spot a new type of galaxy bursting with stars

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 8:12pm
Star formation rate is a hundred times faster than our Milky Way

A team of astronomers has stumbled across a new kind of galaxy that may be the missing piece of the puzzle regarding how ancient galaxies grew to such massive sizes.…

Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 7:12pm
Latin American country going the China route

Venezuela is increasingly censoring its internet and expanding online surveillance of citizens.…

Cloudflare doubles down on its troll-hunting crusade

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 6:32pm
Bounty for invalidating Blackbird Tech patents increases

Cloudflare has today stepped up its efforts to run patent litigator Blackbird Technologies into the ground.…

Capita payments service Pay360 goes TITSUP

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 5:16pm
'Major incident' in data centre

Capita Pay360 service, which allows small businesses and councils to accept online transactions such as paying parking fines, has gone down in the UK and Ireland due to a "major incident" in its data centre.…

Domains tainted by RoughTed malvertising reap half a billion hits

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 4:38pm
Some of which comes from Alexa top 500 websites

A strain of adblocker-aware malvertising is responsible for a range of scams, exploits and general skulduggery.…

Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 4:21pm
Pranksters game promo to feature sex crims, murderers, terrorists....

Walkers' Crisps is desperately scrabbling to clean up a Twitter promo campaign after miscreants gamed it to broadcast videos of Gary Lineker holding up photos of paedophiles, murderers, terrorists and other such scum of the earth.…

Pure's punchy first fiscal 2017 quarter opens door to billion-dollar year

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 4:04pm
Moving into co-processing with the big 3 public cloud players

All-flasher Pure Storage has a feeling this could be its first billion-dollar year and is moving into tightly coupled co-processing between Pure and big 3 public cloud players.…

HP Inc CEO reports 'breakthrough' quarter as PC sales shoot up

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 3:34pm
Look at me go, Mum!

For the first time in more than half a decade HP Inc has managed to report quarterly growth in both its PC and printer businesses, a point CEO Dion Weisler described as a watershed moment in the company's recent history.…

Captain Kurian steers good ship NetApp back on course after $8m loss

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 3:02pm
Final quarter is third in a row to show revenue and profit growth

No drama, no worries, just the slick sounds of a well-oiled machine doing its stuff. That's NetApp with its latest quarterly results.…