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DropEverything! DropBox DropsDocs to DropStocks

Cloud file system upstart files for IPO

DropBox today formally filed for its IPO – its initial public offering, its stock-market debut, whatever you want to call it.…

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 12:10 pm

We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?

Stand up would you, please, Mr Paul Manafort

They are potentially the two most popular file formats in the world – Microsoft Word's .DOC and Adobe's .PDF. And it's fair to say they have caused millions of people billions of hours of frustration.…

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 11:09 am

Billionaire's Babylon beach ban battle barrels toward Supreme Court

Sun cofounder Khosla continues fight to keep citizens off public surfing spot

Analysis  Billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla is taking his legal battle to control access to a piece of California coastline to the US Supreme Court.…

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 10:18 am

Cali cops' Clue caper: Apple technicans, in an iPhone repair lab, with the 1,600 silent 911 calls

Mystery solved... behind closed doors

For more than three months now, cops in Sacramento, California, have been baffled by a rash of false-alarm 911 emergency calls.…

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 9:11 am

The Great Bulgarian Streaming Scam may well have been scummy, but Spotify got paid

Bot farming today

An unknown Bulgarian has become the talk of the music industry after a sophisticated and apparently successful attempt to game Spotify.…

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 5:58 am

Does my boom look big in this? New universe measurements bewilder boffins

But don't throw away those physics books just yet, m'kay?

Astronomers at the Space Telescope Institute and John Hopkins University have used NASA’s Hubble Telescope to show that the universe is expanding a little bit faster than expected.…

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 5:01 am

Google gives mobile operators a reason to love it, and opens rich chat up for business

Spam and adverts? You bet

Google has opened up a major new communications channel for businesses – sending multimedia messages to mobiles using interoperable standards.…

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 3:24 am

Vatican sets up dedicated exorcism training course

Church supports priests' professional development plans

The Vatican cannot be accused of lack of interest in the continued professional development of its staff. Just look at the dedicated exorcism training course it set out this week for clergy interested in advancing their skills.…

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 2:31 am

UK's BT: Ofcom's wholesale superfast broadband price slash will hurt bottom line

Part of plans to boost country's woeful full-fibre investment

Ofcom has slashed the price BT’s Openreach can charge operators for superfast broadband, in a package of measures BT said will hit its bottom line to the tune of £120m next year.…

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 1:34 am

Perusing pr0nz at work? Here's a protip: Save it in a file marked 'private'

No, your snooping boss did not breach your human rights, Euro court tells sacked Frenchman

A Frenchman who was fired after his bosses discovered porn stored on his work computer has been told his human rights were not violated by his employers' snooping.…

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 12:58 am

Veritas insiders: Job cuts? There will be blood

Drafts in corp restructuring biz Alix Partners to cut costs, improve margins

Veritas Technologies has hired a corporate restructuring specialist in the face of business difficulties.…

Posted on 24 February 2018 | 12:23 am

A bit of intel on AMD's embedded Epyc and Ryzen processors

Dips Zen toes into embedded world with hot new SoCs

The "other" X86 mill-maker, AMD, has unveiled its efforts to position its Zen architecture kit as an embedded solution for networking, storage, edge and industrial devices: a brace of Epyc and Ryzen processors.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 11:59 pm

Flappy Friday for Stack Overflow as outage woes run on

Well, guess it's nearly the weekend

Updated  The keys Control, C and V are gathering dust around the world as Stack Overflow went for an uscheduled nap last night before going into full blown TITSUP* mode today.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 11:32 pm

Why isn't digital fixing the productivity puzzle?

Paying people better matters just as much. Maybe more so

Analysis  Oh dear. If all this new technology is so amazing, why isn’t it translating into productivity gains?…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 11:01 pm

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit

Rolling out (and scraping) the barrel of computing history

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  Telephone operator, please put me through to… What's that? You want me to address you by your first name? Well, that's jolly friendly. I'm (thinks quickly, decides to use Starbucks name) "Alex". And how should I call you? Right.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 10:34 pm

Software shortcuts: Pay down your tech debt. It's time to fix a price

Rushing to ship won't get you to the other side

Technical debt: we probably create it every day. It happens when you do things that might get you closer to goal now, but which create problems that you’ll have to pay for later.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 10:12 pm

Intel didn't tell CERTS, govs, about Meltdown and Spectre because they couldn't help fix it

Letters to Congress detail the plan to keep CPU flaws secret

Letters sent to the United States Congress by Intel and the other six companies in the Meltdown/Spectre disclosure cabal have revealed how and why they didn't inform the wider world about the dangerous chip design flaws.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 9:30 pm

Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron

Everyone's using this framework – now you can, too. Source is open

Code corner  Keeping up with the endless torrent of stuff happening online is a losing battle. In the absence of omniscience, there's just no way to catch every bug, cockup, blowup, and scandal as it breaks.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 9:04 pm

Intel's announced PCs packing 5G, and that's just plain wrong

Chipzilla needs more than its old PC-making pals to win 5G

Intel's breathlessly announced that Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft will deploy its 5G modems in their portable PCs sometime in the second half of 2019, and that it will show off prototypes of said laptops at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 8:28 pm

Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

Flip phones - and their users - were both evolutionary dead ends (but the phones had awesome ads)

On-Call+VID  Welcome again to On-Call, The Register's support group for tech support pros, in which we share readers' tales of being asked to do unreasonable things for inexcusable people.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 8:00 pm

He's cheesed it! French flick pirate on the lam to swerve €80m fine, two-year stretch in the clink

A Frenchman? Running away? Gawd, you don't say

A 41-year-old Frenchman is on the run after a court in his home country sentenced him to two years behind bars, and fined him €83.6m (£73m, $103m), for running a pirate movie website.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 7:28 pm

Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped

Devs stumble into pre-release beta by using command they didn't understand

NPM – the biz behind the Node.js package management software used to wrangle JavaScript code and various related frameworks – on Thursday undid a code update less than 24 hours after it was issued because the software was messing with Linux file permissions.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 7:09 pm

OpenBSD releases Meltdown patch

And now to see it's an unwelcome imposition or a mere inconvenience

OpenBSD's Meltdown patch has landed, in the form of a Version 11 code update that separates user memory pages from the kernel's – pretty much the same approach as was taken in the Linux kernel.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 6:30 pm

Bros, in these taxing times, PC culture has had a major effect on HP

In a good way – Xmas personal computer and printers sales up, tax windfall swells profit

Stronger than expected PC and printer sales, plus a tax windfall, gave HP Inc one of its best quarters in recent history, according to its latest financial figures.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 5:50 pm

802.11ax Wi-Fi standard isn't ready, Qualcomm bakes chips anyway

Future Access points will tell clients when to sleep, then make a wake up call

In November 2017, the next version of Wi-Fi, 802.11ax, stalled in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers's (IEEE's) standards process, but vendors want to push ahead with at least some of its features, according to Qualcomm Wi-Fi product marketing lead Prakash Sangam.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 5:02 pm

Juniper sharpens knife for the carrier network and boxes white boxes

Suddenly, everyone's using automation to beat back open networks

MWC  Juniper's following Cisco's lead into carrier network automation.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 3:45 pm

Who wants to play monopoly with no get-out-of-jail-free card, Qualcomm asks its shareholders

Get ready for antitrust hell if Broadcom buys us, warns biz

Qualcomm is hoping to scare its shareholders away from considering Broadcom's takeover offer – by predicting regulatory doom and gloom for the combined company.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 2:35 pm

As HPE trousers soaring profit, new CEO looks at cost-cutting Next plan and thinks: More of that!

Neri vows to double down on reorg campaign

Hewlett Packard Enterprise took everyone by surprise Thursday by turning in better-than-expected quarterly financial numbers.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 2:04 pm

Fun fact: US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear

Officials are overcharging us, complains comms slinger as it heads into court to scrap fees

An American telecoms hardware shifter is fed up with US Customs officials slapping extra tariffs on its fiber-optic tech imports – all because the agents are classifying the IT gear as eyeglasses.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 12:05 pm

That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it

Despite demanding world+dog gets one, Uncle Sam lacks tools to check crypto-signatures

Two Democratic US senators have formally asked Uncle Sam's Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency to get its act together on electronic passports.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 10:54 am

America's broadband speed map is back! And it doesn't totally suck!

Now all we need is accurate info and prices

After four years in purgatory the US government's internet broadband map is back - and it's pretty good.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 9:28 am

SpaceX's internet satellites to beam down 'Hello world' from orbit

Birds launched today... but ship-borne catcher's mitt misses payload fairing catch

Video  The first two internet-relaying satellites in SpaceX's Starlink constellation have been launched into Earth's orbit – and will begin broadcasting to the world this week.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 9:16 am

Amateur astronomer strikes it lucky with first glimpse of a Supernova

What are the chances of that El Reg? 1 in 10 MEEELLION

Published today in the journal Nature is a description of a rare and difficult to capture event – the birth of a supernova (and the death of a star).…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 6:35 am

A dog DNA database? You must be barking

Thousands of livestock attacks give police paws for thought

Police have revealed plans to take the lead on tracking down hounds that attack livestock - a dog DNA database.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 5:55 am

Nobody expects the social media inquisition! OK, everybody did, UK politicos

MPs want to know what the kids are up to

The UK Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology has begun taking submissions for an inquiry into the "Impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health".…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 5:19 am

Mobile network O2 UK leaps into 5G test bed with Greenwich trial

First taste of 5G for consumers, but will it make any cash?

O2 UK is the latest operator to jump on the "5G test bed" bandwagon, with plans to trial the tech at the iconic former Millennium Dome in North Greenwich later this year.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 4:37 am

Arm emits designs to add iSIM tech to Internet of Stuff

I SIM, you SIM, we all SIM for iSIM

Arm has made public the designs to shove SIM technology into ever more connected gizmos by building an iSIM, along with a cellular modem and microcontroller, onto a single chip.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 3:19 am

Worldwide smartphone shipments DOWN for first time ever

Chinese phone giants grow, Apple and Samsung hit

The global smartphone market is shrinking for the first time as choosey buyers in emerging markets hang on to their mobiles for longer.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 2:23 am

Lloyds Banking Group to splash £3bn on tech

IT spend will 'reduce overheads'. You mean branch closures?

Lloyds Banking Group is to splash £3bn on IT investment, amid a major outsourcing and cost-cutting programme.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 1:54 am

Putting the urgency in emergency: UK's delayed emergency services network review... delayed

These 'resets take time' says ex IBM head

A review of the UK government's delayed emergency services network intended to replace the national radio infrastructure with a 4G network has itself been delayed by more than half a year.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 1:06 am

RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting

Pioneering gesture keyboard killed off by owner Nuance

One of the best-loved mobile apps of the past decade, Swype, has been given the bullet. Parent company Nuance confirmed it will no longer develop the letter-tracing keyboard, which will disappear from the Apple and Google app stores.…

Posted on 23 February 2018 | 12:27 am

SAP HANA: Concerns remain over tech skills, complexity, licensing - survey

Most deployments now complete on time and on budget… It only took 7 years

Customer confusion and a lack of technical skills are still dogging migration to SAP HANA, but the days of deployment horror stories are fading, according to a report penned by an integrator.…

Posted on 22 February 2018 | 11:59 pm

Blockchain nears peak hype: UK politicos to probe crypto-coin

Digi currencies falling under glare of Treasury committee

Hot on the heels of Bitcoin’s dramatic rise and fall - and rise, British parliamentarians have decided to launch an inquiry into digital currencies.…

Posted on 22 February 2018 | 11:12 pm

Don't worry, Eugene Kaspersky. Acronis is just busting a security move...

Oh and a touch of HCI, says data protector as it waltzes into adjacent markets

Analysis  Data protector Acronis is building hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) kit for release in 2019 and developing a security product slated for 2020 – markets in little danger of being under-served.…

Posted on 22 February 2018 | 10:31 pm

Contain yourself – literally. You can't avoid Docker, K8s for long

Death reports of containerization biz somewhat exaggerated

Comment  Do you remember those guys that invented virtualization, founded a company, got rich and lived happily ever after, remembered fondly by all? Well, that’s almost the story of VMware. But we might see a different story with some of the people behind Docker.…

Posted on 22 February 2018 | 10:01 pm

Samsung left off Google's new official Androids-for-biz list

Five carriers make the cut, plus 32 mobile management apps - and four Chinese phone-makers

Google has launched an Android Enterprise Recommended program it says "makes it simple for businesses to confidently select, deploy and manage Android devices and services that meet elevated enterprise requirements validated by Google" and has left Samsung off the list.…

Posted on 22 February 2018 | 9:29 pm

Who wanted a future in which AI can copy your voice and say things you never uttered? Who?!

Don't worry, this technology isn't very convincing... er, yet

Artificially intelligent software can listen to someone's voice only a few times, and then speak just like them, like some kind of creepy cybernetic myna bird... according to a paper published by researchers from Baidu.…

Posted on 22 February 2018 | 9:03 pm

uTorrent file-swappers urged to upgrade after PC hijack flaws fixed

Don't say we didn't warn you

Users of uTorrent should grab the latest versions of the popular torrenting tools: serious security bugs, which malicious websites can exploit to commandeer PCs, were squashed this week in the software.…

Posted on 22 February 2018 | 8:33 pm

Europe's Unified Patent Court fate in the balance amid German probing (yes, Brexit is in the mix)

Hör auf damit!

The German Constitutional Court has agreed to hear a case about the legitimacy of the European Unified Patent Court (UPC), raising doubts over the future of a single patent court for Europe.…

Posted on 22 February 2018 | 8:08 pm

Venezuela floats its own oily cryptocurrency to save the world economy

Perhaps it should start at home, where people are fleeing due to lack of food?

Venezuela has launched what it claims is "the first State-issued cryptoasset" and asserts it will fix long-standing problems caused by the USA's 1933 abandonment of the gold standard and restore order to the world economy.…

Posted on 22 February 2018 | 7:05 pm