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Mobile network Three inks Cisco Jasper deal, eyes the IoT market

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 10:01am
It's a connected land grab of things

Mobile operator Three has announced a deal with Cisco Jasper, the switchzilla's newly acquired IoT arm.…

Making business value the object of the exercise

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 9:44am
Beyond Big Data

Promo  On 27 April at 11am we're broadcasting live with a studio full of experts focused on the challenges of data-enabled workflow - that is the notion of integrating data into business workflows to improve performance and increase competitive advantage.…

Brit telcos will waive early termination fees for military personnel

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 9:32am
Good news for those posted to Benbecula or Mount Pleasant?

British military personnel will no longer face swingeing cancellation fees on broadband packages if they are posted abroad.…

Miss Misery on hacking Mr Robot and the Missing Sense of Fun

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 9:00am
He's both the sharpest tool AND two spanners short

Stob  Are you lolling dolefully? Then I'll continue. The TV show Mr. Robot deals with the life and adventures of Elliot Alderson, a twenty-something New York devop and cyber-vigilante. He and his circle of chums, seeking to inflict revenge on a mega-corporation for a hushed-up industrial accident, stumble towards bringing e-civilisation to a sticky end.…

Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 8:34am
What Mozilla's browser rewrite means to... Mozilla

Open source insider  Mozilla has been rolling out a major change to Firefox during the last year, the results of what the company calls its Electrolysis project. Electrolysis gives Firefox something Chrome has had for years now – multiple processes (in the best case scenario that's per tab). The change is a boon for speed – somewhere Firefox has been lagging lately – and it improves stability and security.…

Community vid reveals demos of vSphere-on-AWS cloud concoction

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 7:27am
Right-click to vMotion VMs between on-prem and AWS

VMware's revealed some demos of its planned hybrid cloud service running inside Amazon Web Services.…

As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 7:02am
iOS 10.3 lands, complete with heavily encrypted Apple File System

Apple today released iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2 (14W265), the first two of all of which bring some pleasing extra functionality to iThings, But the main attraction in the new release is Apple File System, because it adds comprehensive encryption to the iPhone and Apple Watch.…

If you can't beat AI, join it: Boffinry biz baron Elon Musk backs brain-machine interface biz

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 6:01am
Computers wired into our minds. What could go wrong?

Three years ago, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, mused that artificial intelligence represented humanity's biggest existential threat.…

CompSci boffins propose scheme to protect privacy in database searches

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 5:02am
Queries indicate your intentions, so they're worth hiding

From stock searches to map directions, any time a user queries a database, they tell the database owner something valuable.…

AWS emits EnginFrame 2017 for cloudy HPC

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 4:04am
Simpler cluster config

Amazon Web Services' 2016 acquisition of NICE Systems is bearing fruit, with AWS lifting the lid on the next iteration of a high performance computing service called EnginFrame.…

Redmond takes a small step towards opening Service Fabric

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 2:43am
No runtime yet, but two developer repos have landed

Last year, Microsoft offered up its first public beta of Azure Service Fabric for Linux. This month, it quietly took another step with the fabric by partly open-sourcing it.…

nbn™ builder prioritises easy premises, because it must work like that

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 2:09am
Don't criticise CEO Morrow for keeping the build moving

Stop me if you've heard this one: nbn™, builder and operator of Australia's national broadband network (NBN), is being accused of polishing its rollout figures by fast-tracking areas that are easy to service.…

Green software blacked out Australian State

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 1:27am
Wind-turbine-ware defaults didn't handle exceptional weather events

Something good is going to come out of last year's “Black System” in the Australian State of South Australia: the global wind power industry has learned how to do better modelling for systems under attack from repeated failures.…

Samsung plans Galaxy Note 7 fire sale

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 12:33am
Flaming phablet stockpile to be refurbished, resold, rented and/or broken up for parts

Samsung's revealed it will soon start selling the Galaxy Note 7 again.…

Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 12:02am
First step, smart bulbs and sensors

Analysis  Ikea has just announced the entry of smart home technology into the mainstream with a new range of lights that can be activated by motion or smartphone app.…

FYI users: You may have leaked passwords, personal info – thousands have

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 9:56pm
Just call it

Thousands of netizens inadvertently shared passwords and other highly private information with the rest of the planet – via Microsoft's publicly searchable service.…

Angular framework's grand ambition: Not breaking anything

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 9:28pm
Google's web app scaffolding seeks recognition as platform

Angular, the popular web application framework, reached version 4.0.0 last week, having skipped version 3 entirely.…

Astroboffins clock thriving stellar nursery nestled in violent supermassive black hole

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 8:20pm
First time star formation seen in such extreme conditions

Astronomers have for the first time found stars forming within the violent outflows of material ejected from a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy.…

LastPass scrambles to fix another major flaw – once again spotted by Google's bugfinders

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 7:42pm
Ormandy sets snowflakes off over disclosure

For most of us, Saturday morning is a time for a lie in, a leisurely brunch, or maybe taking the kids to the park. But for some it's bug-hunting time.…

Ex-military and security firms oppose Home Sec in WhatsApp crypto row

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 4:30pm
'We are in real trouble if we apply blunt weapons to this'

UK government ministers calling for increased surveillance abilities in the wake of last Wednesday's terrorist attack have encountered opposition from a somewhat unexpected quarter.…