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HTC phone supremo leaves months after Google guts firm for best and brightest

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 2:32pm
Handset division headless

Chialin Chang, president of smartphones at HTC, has resigned. No successor has been announced.…

Roses are red, Kaspersky is blue: 'That ban's unconstitutional!' Boo hoo hoo

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 2:05pm
New front opens in Russian firm's legal fight with US gov

Kaspersky Lab, the antivirus house, now claims that the US government's ban on its products amounts to punishment without trial.…

Big Blue levels up server sextet with POWER9 for IBM i, AIX, HANA, Linux

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 1:37pm
Fighting the Xeon SP tide

IBM is bashing out a set of go-faster POWER9 servers in the face of mounting competition from Xeon SP systems.…

Roses are red, Facebook is blue. Think private means private? More fool you

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 1:04pm
NY court rules pics can be accessed if relevant to litigation

Privacy settings on Facebook do not protect users from handing over photos, posts or metadata that is relevant to a court case, a New York judge has ruled.…

You won't believe this: Nokia soars back into phone-flinger top 3

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 12:33pm
Brand recognition and stock Android. Is the gamble paying off?

HMD's Nokia-branded Androids haven't exactly got reviewers raving – but they are shifting in decent numbers. Counterpoint reckons HMD sold 4.4 million Nokias in the final three months of 2017, with total sales to date topping around 10 million. That's enough to put it in the UK Top 3 again, analyst Neil Shah reckons.…

From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 12:00pm
Consider it a wakeup call for websites – it's time to end the scourge of awful banners

Starting tomorrow, Google, which makes most of its money from online advertising, will begin blocking egregious ads in its Chrome browser under limited circumstances – though it would really rather not.…

South China waters are red, Brit warships are blue, HMS Sutherland's sailing there

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 11:32am
And Queen Lizzie will too

A British warship has set sail for the South China Sea, paving the way for aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to do the same thing in three years’ time.…

Arsenal are red, pundits have 'insights', BT and Sky splurge £4.5bn on footie rights

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 11:01am
It's all about the content, guys

BT and Sky have splurged £4.464bn to show 160 Premier League games a season from 2019/20 until 2021/22.…

Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:32am
UK.gov schtum on false positives, appeals process and long-term impact

Analysis  The UK government launched its swish new tool to fight online extremist content to much fanfare this week – leading news bulletins and generating reams of coverage. But it also faced a whole host of criticism and concern.…

Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:32am
UK.gov shtum on false positives, appeals process and long-term impact

Analysis  The Home Office launched its swish new tool to fight online extremist content to much fanfare, leading news bulletins and generating reams of coverage. But it also faced a whole host of criticism and concern.…

Roses are red, Three's feeling blue, spectrum appeal rejected, they'll have to make do

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:05am
5G auction to go ahead in April

Ofcom's 5G spectrum auction is to go ahead in April after mobile operator Three lost its final legal challenge to force the UK regulator to change the bidding rules.…

Roses are red, Three's feeling blue, spectrum appeal rejected, they'll have to make do

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:05am
5G auction to go ahead in April

Ofcom's 5G spectrum auction is to go ahead in April after mobile operator Three lost its final legal challenge to force the regulator to change the bidding rules.…

Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 9:32am
Think of it as a Version 1.0...

Real world test  Last year Apple transformed the fortunes of its iPad. In the spring the iconic fondleslab looked so neglected, it was declared "done". Sales were half of what they had been at the iPad's peak.…

We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too?

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 9:01am
The future of transport looks like a sensor-riddled computer

Discussions about the future of cars quickly turn to the pros and cons of autonomous vehicles. But the acronym of choice in such discussions is CAVs – connected and autonomous vehicles – and the "connected" part is already with us. While there are only a handful of fully autonomous vehicles trundling about public roads, most cars already gather data and many exchange it with their makers.…

Winter Olympics 5G isn't <i>real</i> 5G, says Qualcomm, that won't land until 2019

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 8:32am
Chipmaker names 18 carriers who'll get real with 5G real soon now, promise

Qualcomm has fleshed out the details of what's going to land in the hands of the 18 carriers who last week signed on for “standards-compliant” 5G trials.…

Roses are red, revenge is so sweet. Microsoft extracts a few quid from Corel Office Suite

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 8:04am
Jury awards Redmond some pocket change in patent dustup

Microsoft has been awarded just over a quarter of a million dollars in its patent infringement case against Corel.…

IBM declares it's the 'backbone of the world's economy'

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 7:32am
It's slipped a disk, though, because services supremo admits new services plan is very much a work in progress

IBM believes it is "the backbone of the world's economy" and has told its services staff to hold their heads high and behave accordingly as the company rolls out new services offerings it hopes will let it dodge the implosion of outsourcing.…

Roses are red, are you single, we wonder? 'Cos this moth-brain AI can read your phone number

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 7:03am
Y'think we're stretching this Valentine's date thing too far?

A pair of academics have reproduced part of a moth's brain as an artificial neural network – and taught it to recognize numbers to a fairly high accuracy with just a few training examples.…

Microsoft working to scale Blockchain for grand distributed ID scheme

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 6:29am
Someone's got to get it scaling!

Microsoft's wanted a really good federated identity scheme ever since the early 2000s, when it gave the world Project Hailstorm, aka ".Net My Services", to let a web of online services know a little about you and the information you are happy to share with others.…

OpenSSL alpha adds TLS 1.3 support

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 6:01am
Shambling corpse of ancient, shoddy, buggy, crypto shoved towards the grave

Developers working with OpenSSL can finally start to work with TLS 1.3, thanks to the alpha version of OpenSSL 1.1.1 that landed yesterday.…