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Icahn't get right Xerox Fuji merger spoils, cries activist investor Carl

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 1:28pm
Me? Single biggest shareholder? Kneel before my portfolio

Activist investor Carl Icahn is ranting that Fujifilm's zero-sum acquisition of photocopier biz Xerox leaves him as a "passive minority owner of a Fuji subsidiary".…

Data scientist wanted: Must have Python, spontaneity not required

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 12:47pm
Review of job ads pins average salary at £47k

The average salary offered to data scientists in the past year was £47,000, with Python being the most desirable programming language, according to an analysis of job ads.…

Let's get to know each other first: Joe Public won't share their data with just anyone

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 12:12pm
NHS most trusted with our info, survey says, social media isn't

The British public are much more likely to hand over personal data to an organisation they know than one they don't, and are willing to accept a trade-off if it will help science – or themselves.…

World+dog ignores Rubin's Wonderdroid

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 11:40am
(In)Essential device shipped just 88,000 units last year

Essential's much-hyped debut phone failed to reach six-figure sales last year, despite heavy discounts.…

UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 10:48am
Brought to you by those who 'understand necessary hashtags'

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced a tool that purports to detect and block jihadist content online, and tech companies may end up being legally required to use it.…

Face, face, face! Apple, TrueDepth and a nose-driven iPhone X game

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 10:16am
Selfie-satisfied to augment reality with their mugs

On the November 3, 2017, Brad Dwyer set to work unearthing the mysteries of Apple’s released-that-day iPhone X and its strange new TrueDepth camera. The engineer and entrepreneur wanted to create an app to leverage that new forward-facing face-scanning camera - to build one of the in a first generation of "face-driven games - but how?…

National Museum of Computing rattles the bucket: Help shift war-winning proto-puter

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 9:36am
Campaign to move a Bombe into historic Block H

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) has organised a whip-round to move a historic code-breaking computer into a new location at Bletchley Park, England.…

What if I told you that flash drives could do their own processing?

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 9:03am
ScaleFlux and NGD aim to wrangle data at drive-level

Part 2  Bringing compute to data aims to knock stored data access latency on its head by not moving masses of data across networks to host servers. Bringing compute to disk drives is facing an uphill struggle, but flash drives, with their much faster access, might have an easier time of it.…

The strange case of the data breach that stayed online for a month

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 8:25am
Your security is only as good as your partners' ability to fix messes and flush caches

A couple of weeks ago Jeff* quit his job at the Singaporean branch of a major enterprise technology vendor that is, if not quite a household name, certainly known to most IT professionals.…

The strange case of the data breach that stayed online for a month

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 8:25am
Your security is only as good as your partners' ability to fix messes and flush caches

A couple of weeks ago Jeff* quit his job at the Singaporean branch of a major enterprise technology vendor that is, if not quite a household name, certainly known to most IT professionals.…

Creep learning: How to tamper with neural nets to turn them against us

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 8:04am
Don't touch that AI – model fiddling can skew algorithm output, study shows

Bit boffins from universities in China and the US have devised a way to tamper with deep learning models so they produce misleading results.…

Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 7:31am
Even with a decent dataset to learn from, software gets worse the darker your skin

Updated  Commercial AI is great at recognising the gender of white men, but not so good at doing the same job for black women.…

Apple's HomePod beams you up into new audio dimensions

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 7:02am
Welcome to Planet Frustration, which sounds lovely but won't play nice with others

A teardown of Apple's HomePod, the company's answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google's Home devices, confirms suggestions that Cupertino was working on advanced audio technology before semi-sentient speakers took off.…

This Valentine's day Oracle's given you 12 big red data centres

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 6:02am
Flowering fleet will still trail Azure and AWS

Oracle has announced plans to build a dozen new cloud data centres.…

Foxconn spins out a slice of itself to fund cloud, IoT and 5G push

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 5:01am
Seeks $4bn to build glorious workers palaces and diversify beyond boring old iPhones

Foxconn wants to spin out part of itself, perhaps including a facilities used to build either iPhones or chips for smartmobes, so it can diversify into cloudy and 5G products.…

IBM's chief diversity officer knows too much and must be stopped!

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 3:58am
Microsoft hired her, but Big Blue sues to stop her exporting its succession planning secrets

Microsoft has named Lindsay-Rae McIntyre as its chief diversity officer – and IBM has sued the Windows giant in the US to stop it happening.…

Equifax hack worse than previously thought: Biz kissed goodbye to card expiry dates, tax IDs etc

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 2:13am
Pwned credit-score biz quietly admits more info lost

Last year, Equifax admitted hackers stole sensitive personal records on 145 million Americans and hundreds of thousands in the UK and Canada.…

From Amazon to Ama-gone: Bezos swings the axe on hundreds at HQ

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 1:20am
Sleepless in Seattle after shakeup

Amazon has confirmed a round of job cuts are taking place at its headquarters in Seattle, USA.…

nbn™ scoreboard: our new way to look at Australia's national broadband network

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 1:12am
The numbers, not the spin, from nbn™'s half-year presentation and corporate plan

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network, is the subject of endless controversy.…

Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 12:26am
Demands blanket rather than specific repo shutdowns

Apple's fruitless attempts to remove its leaked iBoot source code from the internet have escalated into requests to have community code site GitHub disable all downstream forks made from identified infringing repositories.…