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Don't Watch This New 'Blade Runner 2049' Trailer - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:47:50 +0000
Seriously. Skip it. You can thank us later for this dynamite piece of advice.

Verizon's New 'Unlimited' Data Plan Compared to Other Carriers - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:31:00 +0000
Now that Verizon has changed its unlimited data plan, it's time to see how everyone's all-you-can-eat plan stacks up.

Follow Eclipse Hunters on the Pilgrimage to Totality - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:54:54 +0000
Rachel Bujalski documents the people who drove hundreds of miles and countless hours to see the eclipse.

Bizarre Sea Creature Could Teach Humans to Do the Locomotion - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:38:50 +0000
The gelatinous salp pulses at its own frequency, but they live together as a long chain—somehow, moving efficiently as a whole.

The Defenders Could Punch Better if They Learned Some Physics - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:30:00 +0000
What's the best way to punch someone if you possess superhuman strength?

Alec Baldwin’s Trump Impression Is a Technical Marvel - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000
The actor's impersonation isn't just funny, it's very technically proficient.

Sorry, Banning ‘Killer Robots’ Just Isn’t Practical - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:46:00 +0000
Elon Musk and others seek restrictions on use of autonomous weapons

Stormfront Nazis Think the Alt-Right Is Full of Idiots - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:27:08 +0000
White supremacist message board users has taken issue with the alt-right, in an echo of past divisions.

Fujifilm's Instax SQ10 Instant Camera Review: It Mixes Analog and Digital, With Mixed Results - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000
Fujifilm's latest instant camera shoots square film, but is it worth tolerating a quirky camera?

Netflix Is Using 'The Defenders' to Understand Its Audience - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000
The crossover show lets the streaming service see how their shows' fans overlap.

Watch Hackers Hijack Three Robots for Spying and Sabotage - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000
An early taste of the hacked robot uprising.

How to Get Free Kindle Books With Your Library Card - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:00:00 +0000
All you need is an internet connection, a library card, and a good e-reader to dive into your next page-turner.

Why It’s So Hard to Define What Online Hate Speech Is - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:00:00 +0000
Why did YouTube remove a World War II video? Because algorithms, and humans, are flawed

We Can’t Stop Checking the News Either. Welcome to the New FOMO - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000
Who cares about my friends? I'm missing the news!

Self-Driving Cars. Rogue Nuke Launches. Evil AI. What Tech Threats You Should (and Shouldn't) Worry About - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000
Technology is changing all our lives so profoundly, so quickly, that it can be scary. We asked experts to weigh in on how stressed we should be.

Virginia Heffernan on Learning to Read the Internet, Not Live in It - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000
Virginia Heffernan on why we all need to learn to read the Internet, not live in it.

Your Handy Guide to the Many Tech Anxieties of Our Time - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000
Will you Slack the wrong gossip to the wrong person? Probably, but who cares. Will Skynet become self-aware and kill us all? Nah. At least, not yet.

The Confessions: What If All Your Secrets Became Public? A Story by Joshua Cohen - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000

The Web’s Most Toxic Trolls Live in … Vermont? - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000
Never read the comments. ­We worked with Disqus to quantify the online troll problem, from the trolliest time of day to the nastiest state in the union.

Your Kids Will Look at Internet Porn. Deal With It. A Conversation with Peggy Orenstein. - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000
It is inevitable. Peggy Orenstein explains how to cope with it.

How to Survive the Great Tech Panic of 2017 - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000
Every generation regards its reckoning with new technology as a turning point for the species. You just have to learn to stop worrying and love the future.

California Proves That Environmental Regulations Don't Kill Profits - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0000
Will California's long-term green ambitions turn its economy as chilly as a San Francisco summer?

Two Minutes of Total Solar Eclipse in John Day, Oregon - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:24:15 +0000
Some 600 people watched the eclipse in a field in eastern Oregon. And photographer Brian Guido watched them.

Charlottesville's Turmoil in Two Powerful Photos - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:08:32 +0000
Images taken days apart capture the emotions polarizing the country.

Enigma ICO Heist Robs Nearly $500,000 in Ethereum From Investors - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:37:06 +0000
Crypto's fine and good, but make sure you're looking after the basics.

Google is About to Make Your Browser More Paranoid - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:35:11 +0000
Forthcoming version of Chrome will display more warnings for unencrypted sites.

The USS John S. McCain Crash Isn't Exactly Like the USS Fitzgerald's - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:14:31 +0000
The collision with a tanker happened in one of the world's most congested waterways.

Android Oreo: Features and Release Date - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:47:35 +0000
You’ll want it, even if you can't get it yet.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Follow Live from Coast to Coast - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:30:00 +0000
Monday, August 21 marks the first total solar eclipse to hit the mainland United States in nearly 40 years.

How to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse Without Glasses - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:07:00 +0000
Sure, you can buy solar glasses. Or you can save your money an make a DIY pinhole. It's a lot more fun.

Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America - Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:04:38 GMT
Astronomers Without Borders asks you to think of the childrenOn Monday, millions of Americans watched nature's ballet play out across the Sun (excluding those of us in San Francisco, where we were fogged in). Now an appeal is going out for used glasses to be donated to charity.…

Salesforce CEO: We're doing great because everyone else in CRM sucks - Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:02:01 GMT
Loafing competitors are 'horrible,' says BenioffChalk up another big quarter for SaaS icon, as the cloud CRM provider saw revenues jump by 26 per cent year-over-year.…

Australian telcos promise to be better NBN helpers - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:45:54 GMT
Just like they always promise to stop having rubbish customer serviceFaced with an escalating crisis of consumer dissatisfaction over the National Broadband Network rollout, the federal government called an all-hands meeting in Canberra at which everybody promised to do better.…

Oracle has to pay stiffed sales rep, court rules - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:25:31 GMT
Attempt to undo arbitration award gets nixed by judgeOracle's effort to avoid paying star sales rep Felicia Wilson an arbitration award of more than $250,000 has been rejected [PDF] by a judge in New York.…

Sonos will deny updates to those who refuse revised privacy terms - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:54:45 GMT
Your data, or we cut you offSonos, the maker of networked speakers, plans to revise its privacy policy next week, and customers who decline to accept the changes will no longer be able to download future software updates.…

Codename Brainwave: Microsoft reveals tricks and tips for whipping cloud FPGAs into shape - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:17:31 GMT
Pipelining, on-die memories exploited in AzureHot Chips Microsoft today teased chip designers with Brainwave, its cloud-hosted pool of FPGAs designed to perform AI stuff in real time.…

Google slaps a suit on beefed up Chrome OS, offers Enterprise version for business - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:53:42 GMT
Getting a bit crowded in here, isn't it, Microsoft?Google is making a push for its Chrome OS in the business space with a new Enterprise edition of the cloud-centric operating system.…

Sysadmins told to update their software or risk killing the internet - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:46:07 GMT
The DNS signing keys are changing for the first timeThe world's internet providers and sysadmins need to make sure they are running up-to-date software or they risk cutting their customers off from the internet in October, DNS overseer ICANN has warned.…

Smart robots prove stupidly easy to hack for spying and murder - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:50:08 GMT
Your plastic pal who's psychoticRobots are increasingly common in the 21st Century, both on the factory floor and in the home, however it appears their security systems are anything but modern and high tech.…

Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:08:38 GMT
*By 'unlimited' they mean 'significantly limited'US telecom goliath Verizon has replaced its single unlimited phone plan with four new options that all throttle video and bandwidth.…

Apple iCloud Keychain easily slurped, ElcomSoft says - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:06:21 GMT
Credentials stored in the cloud succumb to forensic softwareElcomSoft, the Russia-based maker of forensic software, has managed to find a way to access the data stored in Apple's iCloud Keychain, if Apple ID account credentials are available.…

Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible' - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:03:07 GMT
El Reg talks to experts on Kim's capabilitiesFeature When they said a week is a lifetime in politics, they weren't kidding.…

Micron's new storage division lead is third former SanDisk recruit - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:39:10 GMT
Anand Jayapalan replaces Darren ThomasMicron has replaced its storage business unit VP, Darren Thomas, with a former SanDisk exec, Anand Jayapalan.…

DJI's Spark drones to be bricked by September 1 unless firmware updated - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:55:04 GMT
There is no 'my way or the highway', just my wayHackers have boasted that DJI's latest Spark drone firmware update was bypassed in mere hours – including downtime to enjoy the recent solar eclipse.…

Kraut coppers seize 5,000 Donald Trump-shaped dance biscuits - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:23:09 GMT
Making raves great again, like, the best you've ever been toCops in northwestern Germany have seized 5,000 ecstasy tabs fashioned in the image of Donald J Trump's head, indicating the prez continues to inspire people to seek out an alternative reality.…

End-point backupper Druva stuffs sack with another $80m in VC cash - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:58:13 GMT
Funding round lifts startup's profile and firepowerEnd-point backup and data governance starup Druva has just raked in an $80m funding round less than a year after it pulled in $52m.…

US Navy suffers third ship collision this year - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:02:06 GMT
Deaths of sailors prompt admirals to halt all warship opsThe accident-prone US Navy has suspended all of its warship operations around the world following its third collision at sea this year.…

If there's a hole in your S3 bucket, data thieves will be sprayed by Macie - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:04:05 GMT
Data loss prevention bot patrols Amazon's cloud storage solutionAnalysis Data loss prevention is about to get a whole lot smarter.…

Canadian outsourcer CGI to Nordic BI biz: Fancy €98m cold ones, eh? - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:12:08 GMT
Affecto's 1k staff to merge with CGI if all-cash deal goes throughCanadian outsourcer CGI has made an all-cash offer for the Northern European data analytics firm Affecto.…

Fujitsu looking to flog its smartphones biz – report - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:41:40 GMT
How's that 'digital transformation' going?For its latest "digital transformation", Fujitsu is trying to sell off its mobile phone business, according to reports.…

Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:52:05 GMT
Not looking good for cheesed off customersUpdated Virgin Media is seemingly suffering a series of outages accross the country, with aggrieved customers using alternate methods to air their ire at the telco.…

Continuous integration platforms are broken – here's what needs fixing - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:32:11 GMT
New survey polls developers' 'unmet needs'About half of 3,880 participants in the 2016 "State of Agile" industry survey reported using continuous integration. Now new research from Oregon State University and University of Illinois suggests that the platforms still leave a lot to be desired.…

Biz sends apps to public cloud, waves 'bye to on-premises server folk. NO! WAIT! - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:41:06 GMT
Cloud cost rises, growth pushes staff demand up againResearch has found businesses need to hire more server staff – but they're in limited supply.…

Cognitive Services, Clippy? AI's silent infiltration of Microsoft's Office stack - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:01:12 GMT
Facial and voice recognition – just beware translationsIn just over a year, Microsoft has launched and expanded a set of APIs called Cognitive Services, which handle everything from face and emotion recognition, to a Language Understanding Intelligence Service (yes, LUIS for short) and a Custom Decision Service.…

Sofa-jockeys given crack at virtual Formula 1 world championship - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:27:05 GMT
This whole 'Esport' thing looks serious – for games developers looking to boost salesFormula 1 has announced it's getting into “e-sports”, the preferred phrase for competitive computer gaming, with a new “Formula 1 Esports Series” that will see a virtual F1 champion crowned later this year.…

Want a medal? Microsoft 7.2% less bad at speech recognition than IBM - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:02:05 GMT
Clash of the machine-learning titansIn a machine learning tug-of-war, Microsoft may have just barely slipped ahead of IBM for speech transcription accuracy.…

Samsung gains ground on smartphones - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:31:09 GMT
Emerging markets are where it's atFollowing a rocky year of recalls and other exciting events, Gartner has found that phone-slinger Samsung could be doing quite well.…

Disbanding your security team may not be an entirely dumb idea - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:58:09 GMT
Plenty of other teams have some security responsibility, so why not end the overlap?Disbanding your security team may not be an entirely dumb idea, because plenty of other people in your organisation already overlap with their responsibilities, or could usefully do their jobs.…

Security outfit Root9B on the brink after default, may de-list - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:28:12 GMT
Listed company's creditors are circling so it's auctioning assetsColorado security startup Root9B is teetering on the edge, with its creditors sending over a foreclosure nastygram after it defaulted last week.…

German court reveals reason for Europe-wide patent system freeze - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:00:09 GMT
Was it the EPO? Brexit? Insufficient support? YesThe German federal court has finally revealed why it ordered a halt to the ratification of the Europe-wide Unitary Patent Court.…

Microsoft rolls its own hyperconverged appliance program - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:30:08 GMT
'Windows Server Software-Defined' program signs HPE, Lenovo, Fujitsu and SupermicroMicrosoft's revealed it's signed up several server vendors to make hyperconverged appliances running Windows Server natively.…

Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your 'smart' home - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:02:13 GMT
Your Amazon Echo could live a double life as an echo-location deviceResearchers at the University of Washington have devised a way of conducting surreptitious sonar surveillance using home devices equipped with microphones and speakers.…

Open AWS S3 bucket leaked hotel booking service data - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:57:04 GMT
Groupize denies report by researchers at Kromtech, but locks down repo anywayAnother day, another misconfigured AWS storage bucket leaking corporate data, this time from hotel booking service Groupize.…

Phisherfolk dangle bait at dot-fish domain - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:51:08 GMT
Gill us nowNetcraft 'net watchers have cast a fly over the lake of generic TLDs, and turned up the first .fish domain dedicated to – wait for it – phishing.…

Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found - Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:10:34 GMT
Crowdfunded submersible story somehow gets weirderThe story of a Danish inventor and a missing Swedish journalist has taken a bizarre turn, as Peter Madsen now claims he buried Kim Wall at sea.…

Groundhog Day! ACCC again calls for truth in broadband advertising - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:20:55 GMT
100 Mbps? Call it the 60 Mbps customers might actually experience at peak hourThe Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has fired off its latest salvo in its decades-long argument with the telco industry about internet speed claims in Australia, telling them to advertise typical speeds rather than theoretical maxima.…

Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:34:34 GMT
The Chocolate Factory's mobile operating system comes with saccharine emoji fillingGoogle on Monday released Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest update to the world's most widely used operating system, as measured by internet usage.…

Who needs 5G? Qualcomm, Ericsson and Verizon hit 1Gbps with LTE gear - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:14:20 GMT
Trio squeezes a bit more life out of current-gen broadband standardA group of researchers working for Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm say they have hit a record 1.07Gbps download rate with LTE hardware.…

Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone! - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:47:08 GMT
Stanford researchers figure out how icy outer planets make it rain gemstonesResearchers from Stanford have shown how the frigid, high-pressure atmospheres of the planets Uranus and Neptune can create a "rain" of diamonds.…

Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:20:10 GMT
Super SF writers don't last all summer longObit Brian Aldiss OBE, one of the most popular and prolific science fiction writers of his generation, has passed way at his home one day after his 92nd birthday.…

China's cyber court opens for business; a gavel-free zone? - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:39:47 GMT
Focus is to be specifically on online casesChina has just opened a new court that will solely deal with internet-related cases.…

Hackers scam half a million from Enigma digital currency investors - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:53:26 GMT
Sucky security leaves MIT cryptoboffins red-facedCunning hackers have successfully duped investors out of almost $500,000 after compromising the servers of the online currency platform Enigma.…

10% of UK's top firms would be screwed in a cyber attack – survey - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:04:50 GMT
And just 6% say they're fully prepared for GDPRMost of the UK's top businesses are underprepared for new data protection rules, while 10 per cent have no response plan for a cyber attack, according to a government survey.…

Bizzby balls-up: Handyman app spams customer's details to world+dog - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:02:12 GMT
Reuben from Hartlepool, today's your unlucky dayHandyman-finding UK app Bizzby appears to have sent a number of people an unsolicited email containing the full name and address of one of its subscribers.…

IT reseller Misco UK shutters warehouse and distie centre - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:34:00 GMT
Clawing its way out of the redMisco is shuttering its UK warehouse and distribution centre in Greenock, Scotland, in a bid to drag the P&L accounts out of the red.…

Tegile arrays tire of SAS backplane, cosy up to hunky newcomer NVMe - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:02:11 GMT
It's all NVMe-me-me nowadaysTegile is moving on from SAS backplanes and has developed an N-Series array product line with NVMe flash drives.…

Get hyped: Cisco makes $320m intentions known to startup Springpath - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:34:12 GMT
Will supply the software for Netzilla's HyperFlex HCIA lineCisco is buying Springpath for $320m and will have the startup supply the software for its HyperFlex hyperconverged products.…

Intel stuffs extra cores into latest mobile Series U Core i5 and i7 chips - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:01:09 GMT
Hello? Yes, I want a fondleslab that does things like a workstation, pleaseIntel has wheeled out its 8th Generation Core processors, a refresh of its Core i5 and i7 chips, and their base specs wouldn’t look out of place in a desktop PC circa 2012.…

How offsite solutions can complement NAS setups - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:42:07 GMT
Match made in The CloudSponsored Storage is a growth area in IT, as the volume of data generated by users and applications keeps on expanding at an increasing rate, while legislation dictates that organisations must retain some types of data for regulatory purposes and cannot just delete it all to free up capacity.…

British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins - Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:00:06 GMT
WannaCry killer had been working with the spy agencySecretive electronic spy agency GCHQ was aware that accused malware author Marcus Hutchins, aka MalwareTechBlog, was due to be arrested by US authorities when he travelled to United States for the DEF CON hacker conference, according to reports.…


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