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Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

We never meant to make that widely public which is why we made a public FAQ for it

Microsoft was, and maybe still is, considering injecting targeted adverts into the Windows 10 Mail app.…

Posted on 17 November 2018 | 1:03 am

We asked the US military for its 'do not buy' list of Russian, Chinese gear. Surprise: It doesn't exist

El Reg drills into banned technology with Freedom-of-Info request

The US Department of Defense's "do not buy" list of foreign software and equipment turns out to be about as long as the list of bug-free Windows releases or privacy-focused Facebook apps.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 11:47 pm

Amazon tries to ruin infosec world's fastest-growing cottage industry (finding data-spaffing S3 storage buckets)

AWS comes up with blanket policies to smother public-facing cloud silos

Amazon Web Services is taking steps to halt the epidemic of data leaks caused by the S3 cloud buckets it hosts from being accidentally left wide open to the internet by customers.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 10:12 pm

Pick three people you think will replace Google Cloud CEO Greene, then forget them – because it's Thomas Kurian

Ex-Oracle man gets top job as another experienced woman exec quits web ads titan

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene has quit the online ads giant, and will be replaced by ex-Oracle executive Thomas Kurian.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 8:35 pm

Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

Telemetry data slurp broke the law, Dutch govt eggheads say

Microsoft broke Euro privacy rules by carrying out the "large scale and covert" gathering of private data through its Office apps.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 8:17 pm

Visual Studio 2017 15.9 is here! Fire up your Windows on Arm laptops. All four of you

Final update of beloved development adding ARM64

Microsoft devs rejoice! A new version of Visual Studio 2017 has arrived replete with fixes, tweaks and ARM64 support.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 7:23 pm

The week in networking? It's SD-WAN all the way down

Also: Huawei cloud lands in Africa, Nokia OpenStack, Cisco Nexus BIOS bugs

Riverbed made two announcements covering its SteelHead SD-WAN solution this week – a bunch of enhancements, and subscription pricing options.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 7:00 pm

The Quantum of car lists: Storage firm drives into autonomous vehicle data logging

Sells 'intelligent' chassis, removable drive magazine, StorNext base station

Quantum has stepped sideways into the autonomous vehicle testing market with a data logging system integrated with its StorNext multi-tiered workflow file management product.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:00 pm

Microsoft Surface kicks dust in face of Apple iPad Pro in Q3

Hold on Redmond, don't light those fireworks yet, the dominance will be shortlived

Microsoft's Surface line leapfrogged Apple's iPad Pro as the detachable tablet of choice for tech distributors in Western Europe but that top spot definitely won't be sustained, or so IDC says.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:00 pm

Oracle snaffles up a chunk of SD-WAN market with Talari Networks buyout

As shareholders sign off on Big Red's big pay packet for first time in seven years

Oracle is to slurp up software-defined WAN provider Talari Networks for an undisclosed sum.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 4:00 pm

Alphabet gives bipedal robots the Schaft 'cos no one wants to buy its creepy machine maker

Even Softbank balked at these tethered terrors

Google's parent company Alphabet has closed down its biped robot maker Schaft after failing to find a buyer.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 2:58 pm

Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

Routine file about accused crim suddenly mentions WikiLeaker's name

An apparent cut-and-paste error has revealed that American prosecutors may have already filed criminal charges against cupboard-dwelling WikiLeaks fugitive Julian Assange.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 2:20 pm

BlackBerry absorbs Operation Cleaver beaver Cylance into threat detection unit

$1.4bn match made in heaven

BlackBerry has made its biggest acquisition ever, spending over half of its cash pile to bolster its threat detection unit.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 1:47 pm

'Unjustifiably excessive': Not even London cops can follow law with their rubbish gang database

Gangs Matrix led to 'multiple and serious' breaches of data protection rules, says watchdog

London cops have broken data protection rules by using a controversial database that ranks people's likelihood of gang-related violence but fails to distinguish between victims and perps, and low and high-risk people.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 1:14 pm

Dell melts in face of investor dissent, ups offer for Class V stock

Guess what happens? Stockholders thaw to idea of cashing in

Dell Technologies has upped the buy price for Class V stock to win support from shareholders that threatened to block the proposed transaction and hinder the company’s return to the US stock market.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 12:35 pm

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

First UK conviction for reckless UAV flying

A Russian-speaking man from Cambridgeshire has become the first person in the UK to be convicted of illegally flying a drone beneath a police helicopter during a search operation.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 12:04 pm

EE, Virgin Media hit with £13.3m fine: Squeezing users for fees for early contract termination not OK

EE: We're sorry, Ofcom. Virgin: Why, that's... unjustified and disproportionate!

The UK's comms watchdog claims to have slapped a £13.3m penalty on EE and Virgin Media for fleecing customers who wanted to exit their broadband or mobile phone contracts before they were due to expire.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 11:20 am

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

Not the best at anything, but a solid, great value performer

Review  What if Huawei used OnePlus's Oxygen UI, I found myself musing recently. Wouldn't it be the perfect package? Huawei's amazing RF performance, and bleeding-edge tech, with a UI that didn't actually suck?…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 10:50 am

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

Swipe – open toilet door – and swipe again

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  "Work out loud," my prospective new employer tells me, adding that "we are a team, not a family". Sister Sledge need not apply.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 10:20 am

128-layer flash flood to come roaring down the Yangtze in 2020 – report

Chinese fabber YMTC has cunning tech catch-up plan

China's Yangtze Memory Technology (YMTC) aims to leapfrog 96-layer NAND and move straight to the production of 128-layer flash in 2020, according to a report.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 9:50 am

Brits shun country life over phone not-spot fears

Says company that sells switching services

Millions of Britons unwilling to be parted from their urban broadband and not-too-shabby mobile phone reception are shunning rural living, according to a survey.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 9:19 am

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

Dusts off unused 'paperweights' to save data entry program

On Call  Dust yourselves off, dear readers, it’s Friday once more and time for On Call, our weekly column of reader’s technical triumphs.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 8:01 am

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

Six weeks after first release of build 1809, and Redmond still can't get it right

The 1809 build of Windows 10 and Windows Server is fast becoming infamous. Microsoft pulled it shortly after release when it started deleting people's files, and stumbling in other ways. Redmond reissued the software on Tuesday, and today it's clear you shouldn't rush into deploying it, if installing it at all, in its present state.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:56 am

Sorry, but NASA says Mars signal wasn't Opportunity knocking

Mislabelled signal raised rover fans' hopes, just for a while

Space-fans pricked up their Twitter-ears today, when just for a few minutes it looked like the little lost rover Opportunity had woken up.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:26 am

MIT to Oz: Crypto-busting laws risk banning security tests

I see the red team and I want it painted black

Australia's government's crypto-busting legislation risks blocking security research, a leading Internet policy boffin has warned.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 2:17 am

Nvidia just can't grab a break. Revenues up, profit nearly doubles... and stock down 20%

Ongoing Bitcoin woes left the channel holding all the cards, and that's not a good thing

Nvidia has turned in growth in revenue and profit, but has been punished for missing its guidance in the third quarter of its fiscal 2019, all amid a continuing sharp drop in demand from crypto-currency miners.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 2:14 am

Trump in Spaaaaaaace: Washington DC battles over who gets to decide the rules of trillion-dollar new industry

Sudden changes to FCC document raise eyebrows

Analysis  There's a new battle brewing in Washington DC and for once it's not between Democrats and Republicans, but over who gets to decide the policies for a new trillion-dollar market: The internet in space.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 1:14 am

Super Micro chief bean counter: Bloomberg's 'unwarranted hardware hacking article' has slowed our server sales

CEO insists Chinese spy chip bombshell 'impossible'

Super Micro Computer on Thursday reported net sales in the range of $952m to $962m for the first quarter of its fiscal 2019, which ended September 30, 2018. That's higher than company guidance of $810m to $870m, and up roughly 40 per cent on the year-ago period.…

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 12:15 am

Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know

Mark promises independent oversight and AI as Sheryl leans far, far away

Analysis  Facebook on Thursday (again) reiterated its commitment to fighting misinformation, following a report that the data gathering biz hired a public relations firm, Definers Public Affairs, to promote content that undermine company critics.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 10:25 pm

Up to three million kids' GPS watches can be tracked by parents... and any miscreant: Flaws spill pick-and-choose catalog for perverts

Gadgets can be hacked to spy on, find youngsters – claim

Parents could be unwittingly putting their children's safety and privacy at risk, thanks to security vulnerabilities in potentially millions of kids' GPS-tracker watches.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 9:43 pm

5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1... Runty-birds are go: 12,000+ internet-beaming mini-satellites OK'd by USA

FCC signs off on broadband-in-space plans, plus connections to Europe's GPS

America's broadband and telly regulator, the FCC, today approved a vast expansion in satellite networks around Earth.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 8:47 pm

Don't cross the Application Streams! Actually, maybe you can now in RHEL 8 beta

Allows updating user space without breaking everything

Hot on the heels of its OpenStack Platform 14, Red Hat has announced the beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 8:26 pm

John McAfee is 'liable' for 2012 death of Belize neighbour, rules court

Default judgement for one-time antivirus bad boy

Infosec personality John McAfee has been found legally "liable" via a default judgment for the death of his neighbour, who was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in his Belize home in 2012.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 7:24 pm

Red Hat talks upgrades and bare metal with its new OpenStack Platform

Just don't mention those three Big Blue letters, OK?

Red Hat used this week's OpenStack Summit to announce the impending arrival of its OpenStack Platform 14. We had a chat with Red Hat's Nick Barcet about cadence, Kubernetes, and most definitely not IBM.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 6:33 pm

Sorry, Mr Zuckerberg isn't in London that day. Or that one. Nope. I'd give up if I were you

Facebook boss delays, denies and deflects more invitations to international committee

"Delay, deny and deflect." Turns out Facebook's strategy for dealing with major threats works pretty well for small fry too because Mark Zuckerberg has once again turned down MPs' advances.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 6:18 pm

HPE Aruba's 510 line of campus hotspots do 802.11ax. Which in plain English is Wi-Fi 6, duh

Of course they've crammed some AI in there too

HPE Aruba today released a line of wireless hotspots supporting next year's 802.11ax/Wi-Fi 6 standard – and then immediately sullied them by applying the AI marketing buzzword.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 5:30 pm

NetApp flashes plump figures. China trade worries? Let's manage 'variables within our control'

It's all about hyperconverged – no we're not breaking out those numbers

With one eye on uncertain currency movements and the developing US/ China trade war, NetApp reported a solid set of Q2 numbers, albeit figures that highlighted a slowdown in its monumental all-flash array sales growth.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 4:49 pm

Google: Our DeepMind health slurp is completely kosher

Now go away, we’re saving the world

Analysis  Google’s DeepMind operation insists UK patients have nothing to worry about now that Google has absorbed the subsidiary - but lawyers and privacy campaigners have raised doubts.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 4:10 pm

Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

Commission will 'endeavour' to make an adequacy decision during transition period

The UK will be locked out of European Union databases once the Brexit transition period ends – but the UK is hoping a data adequacy decision will be adopted by the end of 2020.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 3:38 pm

Oz lad 'fell in love with' baby meerkat, nicked it from zoo, took it out for a romantic Big Mac

23-year-old fined $4,000, volunteers services for Perth Zoo, zoo says thanks but nah

Ever found yourself overcome by cuteness while gawping at sad, caged animals that you just had to take one home with you? Us neither, but that's exactly what 23-year-old Jesse Hooker did on a trip to Perth Zoo in Australia.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 2:59 pm

OpenStack: We've seen the future, and it's metal (and infrastructure, natch)

No need to learn Mandarin, we collaborate in English

OpenStack Summit  The OpenStack Foundation took to the stage in Berlin this week to talk infrastructure because, heck, everyone loves infrastructure, right? Especially open infrastructure.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 2:20 pm

Mi 8 Pro: Xiaomi early buyers wait for modern firmware

Xiaomi your underpants: When will the UK market get its branded undies?

Prospective phone buyers may want to wait before plumping for a new Xiaomi. The newcomer’s flagship ships with MUIU 9 firmware, which is stuck on 2017’s Android Oreo.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 1:18 pm

Japanese cyber security minister 'doesn't know what a USB stick is'

Never uses computers because his peons do everything for him

In Blighty, we have former home secretary Amber "Necessary Hashtags" Rudd, but shockingly politicians' failure to grasp basic aspects of their brief is not limited to the UK.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 12:35 pm

Creepy or super creepy? That is the question Mozilla's throwing at IoT Christmas pressies

'Tis the season to be tracked by your connected water bottle

The FREDI baby monitor has been ranked creepiest connected home gadget on offer this festive season in a survey by Mozilla.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 12:03 pm

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

Did we mention the worse battery?

Real world review  While the XR may be the best value notched iPhone that Apple is making today, some of its compromises may be too much for the target market of customers hanging on to their dated but perfectly functional hardware.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 10:53 am

The threat to your org's data lies betwixt chair and keyboard. Join us live on the internet for expert advice on tackling issue

Beware the trusted insider

Webcast  If you like true crime stories, you already know that at the end the criminal is usually revealed to be someone the victim knew well.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 10:43 am

Nice one, former Cisco staff: Switchzilla is absolutely coining it

'Trump tariff' question hangs over immediate future

A week after announcing hundreds of layoffs, Cisco has turned in a set of financials for Q1 of fiscal 2019 that are ahead of analyst expectations.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 10:12 am

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

A $10 saving cuts ports and memory from the Pi 3 Model A+ but keeps that quad core CPU

Like the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ but feel that the RAM is just a bit too big, the price too high or the ports too numerous? Fear not, for the spiritual successor to the original Model A+ is here.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 9:30 am

Openreach v Ofcom dark fibre legal bill bounced back to Competition Appeal Tribunal

Court of Appeal rules it's wrong to assume regulator should pony up for cases it loses

The Court of Appeal has ruled that legal costs from BT Openreach's dark fibre bunfight against UK telcos will be reconsidered by the Competition Appeal Tribunal.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 9:15 am

US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

5G, IoT, and tech supply chains should go under spotlight

Another US government panel has warned of the dangers of over-reliance on Chinese tech vendors: the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.…

Posted on 15 November 2018 | 8:01 am