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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 7:31am
It's stylish, but the stylus doesn't add a lot

First fondle  Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is everything you'd expect in a premium handset, but the stylus doesn't appear to add huge value.…

Google, Bing, Yahoo<i>!</i> data hoarding is like homeopathy. It doesn't work – new study claims

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 7:02am
Boffins find search quality unaffected

Data, it has been argued, is the new oil – the fuel for the information economy – but its importance to search engines may be overstated.…

IBM packs 120TB into a carry-on bag, for snow-balling cloud uploads

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 6:26am
Whither the rapid file transfer app Aspera that Big Blue acquired in 2014?

IBM has decided to join AWS and Google in the appliances-to-haul-data-into-the-cloud market, by launching an appliance called “IBM Cloud Mass Data Migration”.…

Pirate Bay digs itself a new hole: Mining alt-coin in slurper browsers

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 6:02am
Would you trade your CPU time and electricity bill for pirated content?

Bittorrent search engine and mortal enemy of intellectual property lawyers, The Pirate Bay, has upset the one group of people that actually likes it: its users.…

Google India launches payment service that sends money as SOUND

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 5:44am
'Tez' targets India, where cash is now a dirty word, will soon hit other emerging economies

Google's launched a payments service called “Tez” for India and plans to take it to other nations soon.…

Oracle softly increments SPARC M7 to M8, then whispers: We'll still love you, Solaris, to 2034

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 2:18am
And possibly beyond

With little fanfare, Oracle formally tore the wraps off its SPARC M8 data-center-class processors and servers on Monday.…

What do you call an all-in-one PC that isn't? 'Upgradeable', says HP

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 2:15am
Screens-on-a-stalk and replaceable HDD and RAM may not a revolution make

All-in-one PCs look pretty and make for tidy desks but don't often feature in business settings because bonding a monitor and a computer reduces maintenance options.…

AWS can now bill us if you read this far. This bit will cost us, too

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 12:42am
Servers-by-the-second is now a thing, but you pay for the whole first minute!

Amazon Web Services has switched on per-second billing for EC2 Instances and elastic block store volumes.…

Sexploitation gang thrown in clink for 171 years after 'hunting' kids online and luring them in front of webcams

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 12:16am
Youngsters tricked into performing sex acts for pervs

Four men have joined their two accomplices behind bars for tricking young girls into performing sex acts online so they could film them.…

Someone checked and, yup, you can still hijack Gmail, Bitcoin wallets etc via dirty SS7 tricks

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 11:37pm
Two-factor authentication by SMS? More like SOS

Once again, it's been demonstrated that vulnerabilities in cellphone networks can be exploited to intercept one-time two-factor authentication tokens in text messages.…

NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 9:26pm
'Hang on, Trump has done what??!?'

Video  Six would-be Mars colonists have emerged from eight months of isolation on top of a Hawaiian volcano as part of preparations for an eventual manned mission to the Red Planet.…

Bloke fesses up: I forged judge's signature to strip stuff from Google search

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 8:53pm
Jewelry exec faces up to five years in the clink for SEO backfire

It may have seemed like a good idea at the time – treating a judge's takedown order as a Photoshop template that could be modified as needed to demand that Google remove any unwanted information.…

Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 8:09pm
Does someone need to take the handbrake off this thing?

Microsoft on Sunday bragged its artificial intelligence technology is behind the, er, success of the massively underperforming Renault Formula One team.…

RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 7:24pm
Quiet hero dies at 77

Obit  Stanislav Petrov, one of the unsung heroes of the Cold War without whose guts and intelligence you wouldn't be reading this, has died at the age of 77, his son has confirmed.…

DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 6:51pm
W3C lays out the case for anti-piracy, anti-copying defenses

Anti-piracy and anti-copying protections are now formally part of the World Wide Web after an effort to vote down content controls at the WWW's standards body failed.…

Bank for central banks admits decentralised cryptocurrencies are a pretty good idea

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 6:26pm
'Fact that they're even talking about it is quite significant'

The Swiss-based bank for the world's central banks has argued that there's a lot to gain if they offer decentralised cryptocurrency to consumers.…

Grab your popcorn: The first annual Privacy Shield review is go

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 4:57pm
Trump administration’s views on privacy to come under scrutiny

Transatlantic data-transfer agreement Privacy Shield is facing its first major political hurdle as the inaugural joint review kicks off this week.…

Cisco's John Chambers to quit as exec chair

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 4:24pm
Southern drawler to fly off into sunset on back of a drone

Cisco's exec chair and former CEO of ten years, John Chambers, will not stand for re-election to the board of directors in December.…

Outlook.com looking more like an outage outbreak for Europe

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 4:03pm
Soothe your boobs, Microsoft is, er, on the case

Microsoft's email services got hit with not one but two bugs today: in addition to an earlier blip with Exchange Online, Microsoft confirmed it is now probing "issues" with "some" Outlook.com users in Europe.…

Jon Hamm of <i>Mad Men</i> to lend his lungs to bounty hunter Boba Fett

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 3:33pm
In audiobook form at least

Square-jawed chunk of hunk Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame is to play everyone's favourite bounty botherer from a galaxy far, far away – Boba Fett.…