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Watch Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launch Its New Shepard Rocket - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:53:00 +0000
On Tuesday, the Amazon founder's space company will send a rocket aloft carrying nine NASA payloads on a suborbital flight.

EU Privacy Law Snares Its First Tech Giant: Google - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:06:01 +0000
The French data regulator fines Google $57 million for not properly gaining user permission to personalize ads.

Travel Back in Time With These Vintage Computers - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 23:43:35 +0000
Today's svelte laptops, smartphones, and tablets may look nothing like the clunky machines of yesterday, but they owe them everything.

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:49:30 +0000
In a new filing, the US Department of Labor says Oracle underpaid women and minorities at its headquarters complex by $400 million over four years.

Google Gives Wikimedia Millions—Plus Machine Learning Tools - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:19:49 +0000
When the tech giant helps Wikipedia, it’s also helping itself.

'Black Panther' and Netflix Just Got Historic Oscar Nominations - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:45:18 +0000
Unprecedented Oscar nods for Netflix and Hulu, 'American Gods' returns, and more of the week's top culture news

Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster: Pricing, Specs, Release Date - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000
Fender's new American Acoustasonic Telecaster has a unique digital system onboard that gives it a tremendously varied sonic palette.

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000
Visually impaired creators are a lifeline for those who share their disability—and they’re educating and making allies of sighted people along the way.

Slack Tips and Tricks: Notifications, Channels, Mute, Do Not Disturb - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
The deluge of notifications. The crowded list of channels. If it's all too much, follow our guide to Slack happiness.

We Can Still Avoid a Repeat of Last Year's Deadly Flu Season - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
It's peak flu season, and almost 10 million people across the US have already been sickened by the virus.

For Women Job Seekers, Networking Like a Man Isn't Enough - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 20:00:00 +0000
A new study finds that male and female job seekers need different kinds of peer networks to get ahead.

Photo Gallery: Think the Rust Belt Is Struggling? Welcome to Romania - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:00:00 +0000
Bucharest-born photographer Ioana Cîrlig documents the decline of former factory towns across the country.

Don't Expect New 'Star Wars' Movies on Disney+ - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000
Those films are made for theaters—and they'll stay that way.

Thank the Old-Timey Telegraph For Your Garage Door Opener - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000
The electric relay makes all kinds of household devices possible, but they don't get much love. Until now!

Do You Need a Digital License Plate? One Startup Thinks So - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000
It can pay your tolls and display Amber Alerts and track your location. But at several hundred bucks a pop, maybe your EZ-Pass will do for now.

Always Too Hot or Cold? The Embr Wave Is Your Personal Thermostat - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000
Press a button on this wrist-worn wearable to raise or lower your body temperature.

The VA Wants to Use DeepMind's AI to Prevent Kidney Disease - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000
Alphabet's DeepMind artificial intelligence unit is mining data from Veterans Administration patient records, looking for clues to acute kidney injury.

Creative iPad Pro Apps: Procreate, SketchBook, Assembly, Comic Draw - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
Whether you’re a casual scribbler or seasoned illustrator, the iPad Pro, paired with its Pencil, can be a serious artistic tool.

DIY Robotics Gear: CNC Router, Arduino, Dremel Tool, Solder Station - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
Whether you’re hacking a Roomba into a home-­security droid or assembling your own robocreation, outfit your workbench with these essentials.

Angry Nerd: Google's Smart Reply Makes Us All Dumber - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
AI has its uses, of course. But Google’s multiple-choice attempt at linguistic outsourcing in our inboxes? That's a real horror.

Shouldn’t We All Have Seamless Micropayments By Now? - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
The web’s founders fully expected some form of digital payment to be integral to its functioning. But nearly three decades later, we're still waiting.

More College Esports Players Are Cashing In Big Scholarships - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
Nearly 200 US colleges are offering around $15 million per year in scholarships, and university teams can earn millions more in tournament prizes.

Airbnb-Hotel Hybrids Offer More Homey Comfort With Less Risk - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
Startups like Domio let you book an apartment hotel: lodging that promises the roominess of a homestay with the consistency and amenities of a hotel. 

One Scientist Hopes to Engineer the Climate With Antacid - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
In the first solar geoengineering experiment in the lower atmosphere, scientists will test a recipe that could provide some temperature control back on Earth.

Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
Body size and food consumption might not be the be-all, end-all of health and well-being. So why are we so obsessed with how we look and what we eat?

With Interactive TV, Netflix Makes Every Viewer a Showrunner - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
Netflix’s choose-your-own-adventure content will find its audience—first through novelty, then because creators will tease ever more fireworks out of the form.

Weedmaps’ Grip on the High-Flying California Pot Market - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
Weedmaps doesn’t sell pot itself. It's just a tech platform that provides visibility for those who do—apparently, whether or not they follow state rules.

Mayku FormBox: Mold Your Next Work of Art With a Vacuum and a little Heat - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
Smaller than a microwave, the Mayku FormBox uses heat and suction to create precise molds out of plastic.

Jargon Watch: Stochastic Terrorism Lets Bullies Operate in Plain Sight - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
It takes a master demagogue to weaponize unstable individuals and aim them at political enemies.

How to Shoot the Best Aerial Footage With Your Drone: DJI, Yuneec - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000
From swooping landscapes to the most dramatic selfie vids ever, a drone can capture it all. These tips will help make your footage extra fly.

Register Lecture: Can big science keep up with discovery? - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 10:20:07 GMT
Lessons from LHC – the world’s largest scientific machineReg Lectures The Higgs Boson particle was first predicted by scientists in 1964 but it wasn't until 2012 that the existence of this fundamental of physics could finally be proven. That was thanks to CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC).…

Oracle's priorities for 2019? Repeat this handy mantra: Applications! Automation! Integration! - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 09:47:07 GMT
Mark Hurd eyes up half the world's app marketAnalysis All too aware database sales alone won't sustain it, Oracle's execs are seeking to push Big Red as a one-stop shop for cloudy apps.…

Everyday doings of a metropolitan techie: Stob's software diary - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 09:14:08 GMT
Stob Chronicles of Delphi scribe podcasts, er, scribbles her musings

White-listing Azure cloud connections to grease your Office 365 wheels? About that... - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 08:53:17 GMT
Dev fears sub-domain abuse – Plus, unofficial patches for trio of Windows zero-daysMicrosoft has been accused of ignoring an IT security risk that could be exploited to create legit-looking malware-laden webpages that sport seemingly trusted Azure and Office 365 domain names. Alternatively, the domains potentially could be used to stealthily leak stolen data from networks.…

Qualcomm: Please don't hate us just 'cause we're so freaking excellent - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 07:13:13 GMT
FTC case continues as chipmaker starts defenseAnalysis Qualcomm has launched its rebuttal of antitrust charges by claiming it's just too damn good at its job.…

Q. China just landed on its far side, the US woz there 50 years ago – now Europe wants to mine it? A. It's the Moon - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 06:46:05 GMT
Plus: Potential meteoroid snapped crashing into surface during total lunar eclipsePic Within the next six years, the European Space Agency hopes to drill into the Moon and extract oxygen and water, paving the way for folks to eventually live on the rocky satellite.…

Oracle robbed just about anyone who wasn't a pasty white male of $400m, says Uncle Sam - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 06:24:49 GMT
Lucrative govt IT contracts at risk in discrim legal battleThe US Department of Labor has doubled-down on Oracle, accusing the IT giant of “stark patterns of discrimination” against women and minorities since 2013.…

Build the wall... around your DNS settings, US govt IT staff urged by Homeland Security amid domain hijackings - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 04:05:41 GMT
Anyone still at their posts, please stop these address takeovers... please, helloo? Anyone there?America's Homeland Security has urged US government departments and federal agencies to shore up their DNS control panels after hackers successfully stormed the barricades.…

The most annoying British export since Piers Morgan: 'Drones' halt US airport flights - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 01:04:39 GMT
Talk about Jersey Whirl... Flying gizmos disrupt ops this eveningIt seems the UK's latest pain-in-the-ass craze has made its way stateside again, as alleged sightings of rogue drones brought Newark Liberty International Airport to a halt Tuesday.…

Ginni, you may have to get out and push: IBM sales, profit stuck in the mud. $13bn is $13bn, tho - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:39:55 GMT
Pay no attention to Watson's lackluster performance – look, the share price is up!IBM on Tuesday delivered its third consecutive quarter of declining revenue, and its shares still surged in after-hours trading.…

Plug in your iPhone, iPad, iPod, fire up the App Store: You have new Apple patches to install - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:11:16 GMT
Open the door, get on the floor – not so fast if you've an iPhone 4Apple has emitted a handful of software patches to address security vulnerabilities in iOS, macOS, and various peripherals.…

You heard the latest Chinese CRISPRs? They are real: Renegade bio-boffin did genetically modify baby twins - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 23:41:35 GMT
Egghead faces criminal rap after Beijing tells of banned experimentBabies were genetically engineered in test tubes using the CRISPR DNA-editing tool as part of an illegal experiment led by disgraced scientist He Jiankui, the Chinese government confirmed this week.…

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 22:27:45 GMT
How many ad blocks could an ad slinger block if an ad slinger could block blocks?Google engineers have proposed changes to the open-source Chromium browser that will break content-blocking extensions, including various ad blockers.…

Heads up: Debian's package manager is APT for root-level malware injection... Fix out now to thwart MITM hijacks - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 22:11:17 GMT
Disable redirects before applying updateThe Debian Project has patched a security flaw in its software manager Apt that can be exploited by network snoops to execute commands as root on victims' boxes as they update or install packages.…

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:12:17 GMT
Chip giant can't shake off US class-action lawsuit over Bulldozer advertisingA class-action lawsuit against AMD claiming false advertising over its "eight core" FX processors has been given the go-ahead by a California judge.…

Veeam: Users are crying out for cloud tiers - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 20:30:11 GMT
At least we hope so – 'cos here are some 'infinite' cloudy backup repositoriesVeeam has added a Cloud element to its Availability Suite, tiering off old data to object storage in AWS and Azure or on-premises.…

En garde! 'Cyber-war has begun' – and France will hack first, its defence sec declares - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 20:12:53 GMT
Parly-vous cyber-security? No plan to surrender, military bug bounty comingFIC2019 France’s defence secretary Florence Parly today declared: “Cyber war has begun.”…

Stage fright or Stage light? Depends how far you dare to open your MacBook Pro's lid - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 19:30:13 GMT
Pursuit of ever skinnier laptops blamed as some post-2016 displays start failingApple's Macbook Pro has yet another "fatal flaw" in the form of a flex cable fingered as being the root of a host of display problems.…

[NSFW] Hardworking Americans keep busy during the government shutdown driving up smut traffic - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 18:30:09 GMT
You can make your own Yank joke hereNSFW links Recent statistics indicate that not is only the US government shutdown lengthening, so too is the amount of time spent in the Washington DC area on, ahem, adult pursuits.…

French diplomat: Spies gonna spy – there aren't any magical cyberspace laws that can prevent it - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 17:30:12 GMT
Pragmatic chap looks at reality of international relationsFIC2019 A French diplomat has suggested that future global regulation of cyberspace could exempt spying from regulation "as long as some specific sectors are preserved".…

We all love bonking to pay, but if you bonk with a Windows Phone then Microsoft has bad news - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:33:41 GMT
Look, the platform is dead. Will you just move on already?Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to honour the memory of yet another Windows mobile technology. The rabidly unpopular Microsoft Wallet for the much beloved Windows Phone is for the chop.…

Looks like Uncle Sam has pulled its finger out and appointed a Privacy Shield ombudsperson - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:30:06 GMT
White House to nominate former DocuSign bossThe US may have finally complied with the European Commission's repeated requests to name a permanent Privacy Shield ombudsperson, The Register understands.…

EasyJet boss says pre-Chrimbo Gatwick drone chaos cost it £15m - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:01:11 GMT
Budget airline cancelled 400 flights, stranding 82,000 customers including a Vulture*The boss of Squeezyjet Easyjet is "disappointed" by the time it took London's Gatwick Airport to overcome the drone crisis that led to multiple flight cancellations and cost the budget airliner £15m.…

NHS England digital boss in hot water over 'puff piece' written about her future employer - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:15:08 GMT
Juliet Bauer's article praised GP app biz Livi – but didn't mention she was joining them in AprilDeparting NHS England digital exec Juliet Bauer has been slammed for writing a "puff piece" that praised her new employer, app biz Livi, without mentioning she would start work there in a matter of months.…

Stalk my pals on social media and you'll know that the next words out of my mouth will be banana hammock - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:30:08 GMT
Boffins reckon they can predict what you'll say based on your friends' activity onlineThe phenomenon of "prescient Facebook advertising", so beloved of conspiracy theorists who think social networks listen to your microphone, might instead simply be evidence of how good Facebook's algorithms have become.…

Canonical brings some bling to the Internet of Things with Snap-happy Ubuntu Core 18 release - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:00:04 GMT
Ubuntu here, there, everywhereCanonical unleashed Ubuntu Core 18 on the public today following a beta of the locked-down Linux in December.…

Surface: Tested to withstand the NFL. Microsoft firmware updates? Not so much - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:11:36 GMT
Windows is updating your play-by-play, this may take a whileMicrosoft's Surface tablet got an unexpected workout during the recent NFL playoff between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs when a frustrated coach flung the fondleslab onto the field.…

Struggling with GDPR compliance? Don't waste money on legal advice: Buy a shredder - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:10:07 GMT
Oh, and this visitor book. How about a £60 cardboard bin?There is, it seems, no deterring the General Data Protection Regulation snake-oil sellers, who will happily stick "GDPR compliant" onto whatever they have to hand – including shredders, bins and visitor books.…

Dixons Carphone still counting cost of miserly mobile phone sales - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 12:40:06 GMT
Things are, er, looking up though: activist investor Elliott Management is reportedly sniffing around retailerDistressed retailer Dixons Carphone – reportedly the object of activist investor Elliot Management's affections – today confirmed a 7 per cent tumble in mobile phone sales over the festive period.…

UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 12:08:12 GMT
Families playing in gardens targeted with new powersFamilies living near airports whose children fly toy helicopters in their gardens could be fined up to £2,500 under new government plans that, er, flew under the radar during the ongoing Brexit chaos.…

France wants in on the No Huawei Club while Canuck infosec bloke pretty insistent on ban - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:38:15 GMT
Founder warns that 'mediocre employees' may have to goFrench parliament is reportedly mulling a ban on Huawei kit being used in next-generation telco networks, potentially heaping further pressure on the Chinese headquartered giant.…

Want to spin up Ubuntu VMs from Windows 10's command line, eh? We'll need to see a Multipass - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:01:12 GMT
Don't need full-fat GUI? WSL doesn't cut it? Canonical has just the ticketWindows 10 developers have been gifted yet another way of running Linux on their desktop in the form of Canonical's Multipass.…

Get in the bin: Let's Encrypt gives admins until February 13 to switch off TLS-SNI-01 - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 10:31:31 GMT
End-of-life followed 2018 fake Website certificate dramaIf you're still using TLS-SNI-01, stop: a year after a slip-up allowed miscreants to claim Let's Encrypt certificates for domains they didn't own, the free certificate authority has announced the final sunset of the protocol involved.…

A Delta IV Heavy heads for space at last while New Horizons' fumes OK for 'future missions' - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:59:11 GMT
Also: Is that an aerospike in your pocket or are bells more your thing?Roundup An expendable Delta IV Heavy finally took off at the weekend while reusability darlings SpaceX and Blue Origin both continued to suffer slippages. Meanwhile, New Horizons still has plenty of gas in the tank.…

Wall St moneymen on IBM Q4 financials: Don't get your hopes up - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:20:04 GMT
Software, Strategic Imperatives found wantingIBM revenues are expected to shrink for its Q4 of calendar '18 and into 2019 amid worries the mainframe refresh wave has crested and strategic bets still aren't yet big enough to offset declines in legacy tech.…

Cisco and Pure shove mini AI in FlashStack converged systems - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 18:00:07 GMT
Entry-level AIRI equivalentPure Storage and Cisco have linked arms to build a converged FlashStack system for AI, a kind of AIRI microMINI but one that will run at half the speed.…

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 17:01:10 GMT
Lot fetched almost £66k before being deletedA cheeky eBay seller sought to cash in on the love Great Britain bears for everyone's favourite dithering racist royal by attempting to auction debris from the crash Prince Philip was involved in last week.…

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 16:15:16 GMT
CNIL brands ad personalisation consent invalid, slams lack of transparencyGoogle has been fined a mammoth €50m by the French data protection watchdog for GDPR violations in a victory for Max Schrems' privacy group NOYB.…

EU will have agreed a tech tax by March, says French finance minister - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:15:14 GMT
Bruno le Maire confident despite 'hesitant' nationsThe French finance minister has said he expects the European Union to agree on a digital services tax by March – a year after the bloc's initial proposal.…

Just forget what Gartner said about AI in June 'cos CIOs are all over it now apparently - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:30:12 GMT
Are these the stats you were looking for? Reverse ferret by tech research giantReverse ferret. Months after Gartner researchers confirmed a pitifully low proportion of CIOs were actually unleashing AI into the wild, the latest survey paints an entirely different picture.…

Fujitsu says UK Foreign Office can't count in lawsuit over loss of £350m comms contract - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:45:04 GMT
Department's response? We might have made a typoFujitsu has accused the Foreign Office of being unable to count after mandarins awarded a £350m IT outsourcing contract to incumbent rival Vodafone.…

Western Digital deploys heatsink on remodelled M.2 to tempt gamers - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:01:05 GMT
Bringing a 'tangible, next-level competitive boost' apparently...Western Digital has remodelled its M.2 SN720 mobile and edge device gumstick SSDs into a faster SN750 gamers' drive with a heatsink option.…

Ever feel like all your prayers go unheard? The Catholic Church has an app for that - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 12:30:05 GMT
Move over One-Click shopping, Click to Pray is herePope Francis of the Catholic Church has launched the "Click to Pray" app, designed to connect the faithful via smartphones and fondleslabs.…

Big Red's big pay gap: $13,000 gulf between male and female Oracle staffers – reports - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:47:38 GMT
Women allegedly paid 13% less in bonuses, 33% less in stock valueOracle is under fire for allegedly paying women staffers $13,000 less on average than their male counterparts.…

Big problems? How could AI and machine learning help? - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:10:12 GMT
Get a deep discount on deep learningEvents If you’ve got a problem and you suspect part of the answer might come in the form of AI, machine learning or data science, you should really join us at MCubed 2019.…

Microsoft's Master Chief calls time on Cortana as a standalone AI platform - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:36:12 GMT
Plus: Retail services win for Azure and 365, new toy for XAML UWP devs, and moreRoundup Culling Cortana, poking Phone users and feeding the UWP XAML developers – it's all in a week's work for Microsoft.…

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:00:07 GMT
The iPhone time machine takes us back 36 years... to the Apple LisaFeature Dearly beloved, please join us in taking a moment to remember the Apple Lisa, a 36-year-old experiment in seeing just how much Apple could charge for hardware.…

The lighter side of HMRC: We want your money, but we also want to make you laugh - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:10:09 GMT
Junior staffers, cold fingers get blamed for missed payments in taxman's annual attempt at humourIt's well known that the UK's taxman would like a bit more dosh to fill its coffers – but it doesn't want to come across as a humourless leech.…

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem... - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:17:12 GMT
Techie's speed test ends up bringing sales reps' work to a screeching haltMonday morning has rolled round once again, which can only mean one thing – Who, Me?…

Looming EU copyright rules – tackling Google news article scraping, installing upload filters – under fire from all sides - Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:58:11 GMT
The question now is: Will it move forward or not?Analysis The future of a critical change in European copyright law is under doubt after negotiations designed to clarify wording have left all sides frustrated.…









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