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Air, sea drones put through their paces on Solent testing range

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 2:17pm
Roboat firms and pals pile in

More roboats and autonomous flying machines will be tested around the Solent after a consortium of companies was handed £1.5m to set up a drone test range.…

UK government's war on e-cigs is over

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 1:22pm
Vape at work? Hey, why not?

Comment  The government has said that the persecution of the users of e-cigarette technology should stop. The Department of Health today outlined a Five Year Tobacco Control plan for England with the goal that the proportion of the population who smoke tobacco products should fall to 12 per cent by 2022, down from 15.5 per cent today.…

Hypervisor kid Scale Computing ups hyperconverged smarts

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 12:29pm
Duals CPUs, triples capacity

Entry-level and mid-market KVM-hypervisor-based Scale Computing has upped its HCIA game with dual CPU systems and a tripled disk capacity product.…

Global Switch suffers uptime blips at London Docklands DC

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 12:02pm
Are you affected? You know who to tell...

Irritated customers of data centre operators Global Switch are complaining about repeated power outages at the firm’s London Docklands data centre.…

UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 11:33am
Vows crackdown on sexist commercials next year

Ads depicting manchildren incapable of carrying out basic household tasks, and women in the role of Stepford Wives clearing up their mess, are to be banned in a crackdown by the Advertising Standards Authority.…

Machine learning, Javascript and search? We’ve expanded our agenda

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 11:20am
Two weeks left to grab MCubed early bird tickets

Events  Early bird tickets for MCubed disappear in under two weeks, so you should act now if you want to get up to speed on how to use machine learning and AI in real business, and save hundreds into the bargain.…

Gartner's Magic Quadrant flashes up pure flash array-pusher prize-plucker. It's Pure

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 11:18am
Is that clear?

Rickety rectangle house Gartner has promoted Pure Storage to the top of the all-flash array pack in its latest Solid-State Array (SSA) Magic Quadrant, and yanked Kaminario into the leaders' quadrant for the first time.…

Insurers claim cyber calamities could cost more than Hurricane Sandy

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 10:52am
But then again they would say that, wouldn't they?

Analysis  A study aiming to raise the profile of cyber insurance claims that cloud outages and ransomware outbreaks on the WannaCry scale could cost companies $81.7bn – more than natural disasters like 2012's Hurricane Sandy. That's an awful lot of money, but wait – before you fish out the wallet – how did the authors arrive at these numbers?…

Android-ocalypse postponed: Jide withdraws Remix OS from consumer frontline

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 10:34am
The All Grown-up Android gets sent back to school

So Remix OS won’t be “eating the world” after all. Parent company Jide, founded by ex-Googlers, is repositioning itself as an enterprise vendor, and says its Android-for-PCs (which also runs on cheap ARM hardware) will no longer be sold to consumers any more.…

5G is not just a radio: Welcome to the fibre-tastic new mobile world

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 10:04am
To succeed, operators need fibre, NFV, legacy kit and radio

Analysis  When an executive from Nokia, of all companies, said 5G was as much about fibre as wireless, it was clear this was going to be different from previous mobile standards generations. 5G will not be driven by mobile broadband speeds as 4G was.…

Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 9:39am
'No prospect of a clean break' on data protection laws – but UK may lose its influence

The UK is risking a security and trade "cliff edge" if it doesn't secure an arrangement that allows data transfer with the European Union to continue after Brexit, a report has said.…

Why the Kubernetes Kids can't hurt Bezos' Amazon beast

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 9:11am
Good luck, Anyone-but-AWS club. You'll need it

Kubernetes may be the hawtest thing in container orchestration, but Redmonk analyst James Governor has a different label for it: the "Anyone but Amazon" club. It's an interesting name for a club that includes, ironically, Amazon, but as AWS continues its march to enterprise IT domination, Kubernetes increasingly looks like a rallying cry for erstwhile enemies to combine against a common foe.…

Thanks for U-turning on biz-killing ban, Ofcom – now cough up, say GSM gateway bods

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 8:37am
Brit regulator urged to fork out tens of millions in compo

A former GSM gateway operator is threatening to reactivate a £20m legal claim against Ofcom after the UK regulator's past policies killed his company, according to documents seen by The Register.…

Openreach asks UK what it thinks about 10 million 'full fibre' connections

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 7:48am
Friendly near-monopoly wants to work with industry, honest

Openreach has launched a consultation seeking input from industry to create "full fibre" broadband in Blighty - part of its new cuddly, collaborative approach post legal separation from BT.…

Vendors rush to call everything AI even if it isn't, or doesn't help

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 7:31am
So says Gartner, which reckons marketers have brainwashed themselves and us with AI hype

Many enterprise software vendors “are focused on the goal of simply building and marketing an AI-based product rather than identifying use cases and the business value to customers.”…

Vendors rush to call everything AI even if it isn't, or doesn't help

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 7:31am
So says Gartner, which reckons marketers have brainwashed themselves and us with AI hype

Many enterprise software vendors “are focused on the goal of simply building and marketing an AI-based product rather than €identifying use cases and the business value to customers.”…

Hot HoloLens models 'shafted by Microsoft'

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 7:03am
Modeling biz owner alleges harassment, retaliation in tech's latest embarrassing lawsuit

Microsoft and Jonathan Plumb, program manager at Microsoft Studios, have been sued by Jennifer Kelly, founder of Seattle modeling agency Genesis Industries.…

Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 6:27am
Add 'rent-a-cop' to the 'jobs safe from AI' list … for now

A security robot tasked with patrolling an office building in Washington DC has instead driven itself into a water feature.…

John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 5:58am
He's got a box called Sentinel to do the job, but in April he said it was 'vulnerable'

Having tilted at the US presidency without success, John McAfee has picked his last next big windmill: Google.…

NASA whistles up electron noise from the Van Allen belt

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 4:57am
Sure, Goddard boffins could just analyse the signals, but why not listen to them too?

NASA boffins in charge of the agency's Van Allen Belt mission have recorded audio-frequency noise made by energetic electrons emitting what's known as “whistler waves”.…