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Three-quarters of IoT projects are failing, says Cisco

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 11:15am
But don't let poor proof of concept and insecurity put you off...

As many as three-quarters of IoT projects are a flop, according to Cisco. But rather than having fewer crappy connected devices, Switchzilla reckons what's needed is a better IoT architecture. If only someone could help...…

.Science and .study: Domains of the bookish? More like domains of the JERKS!

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 10:34am
Only few bad apples at internet badness hotspots, though

The .science domain has become a “hotspots” of malicious or abusive activity on the internet, according to a new study out Tuesday.…

Nokia, Apple lawyers make peace over nasty IP wrangle

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 9:56am
Unspecified lump sum heading for Finland

Nokia and Apple have made peace after a brief but vituperative legal stand-off. The two settled all their outstanding issues over intellectual property rights, with an unspecified lump sum heading from California to Finland, as well as royalties.…

IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 9:01am
That's rich, coming from an audio-branded-call-handling biz

Self-serving research published with the sole aim of flogging wares is a fairly standard PR tactic. But every now and then something so artfully shameless pops up it transcends the genre. Step forward, PHMG.…

China's phone quartet is shouldering its way into Western markets

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 8:30am
Huawei breathing creepily down Apple's neck

Huawei is breathing over Apple's shoulder as Chinese brands make inroads into Western smartphone markets.…

'The internet is slow'... How to keep users happy, get more work done

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 8:02am
Get the basics right

IT services are rubbish. It’s a fact of life – or at least it is in the eyes of the average user. Of course the nature of IT is that you get far more negative feedback than you do positive: you seldom get people calling the IT service desk to say: “Hey, my webmail is superb today”. But people wouldn’t be phoning if everything was working as the users want it to.…

Euro Patent Office staff warns board of internal rule changes

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 7:30am
King Battistelli is at it again

The central staff committee of the European Patent Office has sent a letter to the organization's board warning it of proposed changes that would further undermine their rights.…

IBM's ShinyHappy™ SAP Ariba deal papers over SaaS fail

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 7:02am
Emptoris procurement product is being taken behind the shed just five years after acquisition

IBM and SAP Ariba last week shared a stage and delivered the ShinyHappy™ news that the two are throwing their respective Watson and Leonardo artificial intelligences at “cognitive procurement solutions that redefine the source-to-settle process.”…

Mouse sperm kept frozen in SPAAAAACE yields healthy pups

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 6:30am
Astronaut reproduction could be possible one day, boffins reckon

Japanese scientists say reproducing in space could be possible one day, after preserved mouse spermatozoa kept on the International Space Station resulted in healthy offspring.…

Go ahead, stage a hackathon. But pray it doesn't work too well

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 6:01am
Are you ready for an idea from the playground to challenge your organisation?

OPINION  Fidget spinners may be the biggest thing since the yo-yo, but they can’t hold a candle to the latest fad to sweep the business world: hackathons.…

AppDynamics pondering 'business-aware infrastructure'

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 5:32am
Customers fleeing your e-store before buying? Your data centre should know how to respond

AppDynamics is considering the wonderful world of policy-driven infrastructure automation, so that your data centre can respond when your applications deliver a less-than-stellar customer experience.…

EU security think tank ENISA looks for IoT security, can't find any

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 5:02am
Proposes baseline security spec, plus stickers to prove thing-makers have complied

European network and infosec agency ENISA has taken a look at Internet of Things security, and doesn't much like what it sees.…

Russian raids sweep up 20 malware scum

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 3:37am
Cron job aborted after crims scoop ₽50m and share it to 6,000 bank accounts

The Russian Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of 20 people following raids related to a malware campaign dubbed “Cron” which had been emptying victims' bank accounts.…

'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 2:15am
Is it comets? Or aliens? Astronomers want your help to figure out this cosmic riddle

Astronomers worldwide are scrambling a worldwide effort to capture as many images of the famous “Tabby's Star” (also known as Boyajian's Star), which has abruptly entered a dimming phase.…

PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 1:25am
PayPal says Pandora can't make cash without cashing in on its fame

LOGOWATCH LEGAL  PayPal has filed a lawsuit against streaming music service Pandora, alleging that the latter's stylised single “P” logo is so similar to the payment company's “PP” logo that it's designed to get punters confusing the two.…

Amazon Drive bans rclone storage client

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 12:38am
Presence of encrypted keys in source code runs afoul of rules

Last week, Amazon Web Services banned rclone, an open source cloud storage client application, from accessing Amazon Drive, inconveniencing hundreds or possibly thousands of people using the software.…

Chinese e-tailer beats Amazon to the skies with one-ton delivery drones

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 12:12am
Bezos fumes as US bureaucracy holds his drone fleet back

JD.com, China's largest online retailer, has announced it is beginning trials of a new delivery drone capable of carrying a ton of cargo to rural Chinese customers.…

Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 11:35pm
Define irony: For-profit school wants unpaid bill forgiven

The estate of bankrupt US trade school ITT Technical Institutes is today asking a court to stop Microsoft from erasing its cloud data.…

House GOP takes crack at ISP privacy bill

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 10:47pm
US lawmakers try to clear up FTC control over data collection

The US Representatives who just weeks ago repealed privacy rules for ISPs now want to enact a new set of restrictions.…

Emissions cheating detection shines light on black box code

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 9:36pm
But boffins say better tools are needed to nab scofflaws

Researchers analyzing the emissions defeat devices found in automobiles made by the Volkswagen Group and Chrysler Fiat Automobiles have developed a way to test software for misbehavior, but they caution that lack of visibility into programming code could pose a challenge for regulators.…