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Nothing to see here, folks, literally... Citrix mysteriously pulls NetScaler downloads

Builds yanked offline for a week in bug riddle

Citrix has temporarily suspended its NetScaler downloads due to an unspecified, and possibly security-related, issue.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 6:44 am

Slain: Unions' US OPM mega-hack lawsuit against Uncle Sam

You have to get shafted before you can sue, says court

A lawsuit brought against the hacker-ransacked Office of Personnel Management on behalf of US federal employees has been killed.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 6:09 am

SEC 'fesses to security breach, says swiped info likely used for dodgy stock-market trading

EDGAR database a veritable goldmine of financial tips

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has admitted that hackers broke into its corporate filling system last year.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 5:34 am

Chatbots: A load of hype or fancy lifehack for the lazy IT person?

Some of these buggers are adept at handling the mundane

It's the age of the chatbot. The chatbot revolution is coming. Unless it isn't.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 5:06 am

Data-wranglers Trifacta go public with Google Cloud collaboration

Pair takes aim at $20bn analytics market

California-based self-service data biz Trifacta has today launched its Google-friendly data preparation service into public beta.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 4:32 am

Android slingers tout mobes with customized baked-in big-biz configs

Chocolate Factory pushing enterprises' corporate settings right out of the box

Google has said it will begin allowing its enterprise customers to purchase pre-configured Android smartphones and other devices that will ship with corporate policies and settings already in place.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 4:01 am

Researchers claim ISPs are 'complicit' in latest FinSpy snooping rounds

Dictators' favourite spyware is working at the top, says report

A surveillance campaign utilising a new variant of FinFisher, the infamous spyware also known as FinSpy, has been tracked by security researchers.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:31 am

Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

Intel and Microsoft have been working together to ease the pain

Sponsored  Windows 10 means a major shift in how IT operations should perceive and manage Windows and their hardware estate. The most significant is the move away from Big Bang version launches in favour of a subscription model with much more frequent updates.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:16 am

Outgoing Cisco exec chair John Chambers joins Sprinklr board

There is life after the Borg... in social media management platforms apparently

Outgoing Cisco executive chairman John Chambers is to join the board of directors on social media management outfit Sprinklr, no doubt the first of many non-exec roles the former Switchzilla boss will hold.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 2:59 am

Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

It's for the grater good

After Caerphilly considering its position, Quebec's French-language watchdog has decided it doesn't give edam about its linguistic ban on using "anglicisms" such as "grilled cheese", a move that has been welcomed as gouda news.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 2:41 am

Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site

Tim on the social media team will need a new job

You'd have thought that Equifax staff would be on their toes ever since the megahack that exposed the private data of over 143 million Americans but the corporation's social media certainly haven't got the message.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 2:15 am

Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

You're an algorithms company, Larry!

Analysis  Google is placing a "Big Bet" on consumer hardware, the company screams in a new blog post. Presumably this time it really means it.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 1:53 am

Something good about Brexit? Errr, more teeth for Ofcom! – report

But elsewhere fear and uncertainty reigns. Ahhh!

Brexit could hand UK watchdog Ofcom more powers to intervene in the retail telecoms markets while simultaneously creating uncertainty over mobile roaming charges, according to a wide-ranging discussion paper.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 1:14 am

Baidu-backed fund has a BEEELLION quid for 100 self-driving projects

China's Google also updated its open-source autonomous vehicle software

A joint investment venture backed by China's Baidu is offering 10 billion yuan (£1.1bn) for 100 autonomous driving projects anywhere in the world.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 12:41 am

How's that 'turnaround' year going, Capita? Sheesh, sorry I asked

Things still gloomy after profit warning and restructure

At the halfway point of a turnaround year for listing tech outsourcing ship Capita, the vital statistics are still moving in the wrong direction with top and bottom line slipping and major contract challenges noted.…

Posted on 22 September 2017 | 12:03 am

Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

Kludge takes shine off ever-improving Watch

Analysis  Just as the Apple Watch was set to go mainstream, bugs and poor design choices have taken the shine off the latest version of the hardware.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 11:32 pm

Register Lectures tackle war and power... in the digital world at least

Mists? Mellowness? Not at these talks...

Lectures  If mists and mellow fruitfulness aren't your thing, celebrate Autumn by joining us for a pair of hard-hitting Register lectures which examine some of the pricklier issues dogging the digital world.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 10:57 pm

Puppet plays puppet master, gobbles up automation firm Distelli

Twisting minds, smashing dreams

Puppet has rolled out the corporate playbook and turned puppet master for another automation company.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 10:36 pm

UK data watchdog swots automated marketing call pest with £260k fine

Easyleads applies to be struck off after investigation

Blighty's Information Commissioner's Office is claiming another big win after fining marketing firm Easyleads Ltd £260,000 for being a royal pain in the ass – or, more specifically, for making 16.7 million automated marketing calls.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 9:56 pm

You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

No digital signature on hipster collab app means it's easy to make dangerous fakes

Slack is distributing versions of its chatroom app for Linux machines that are not digitally signed, contrary to industry best practice.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 9:04 pm

Chief digital officer and sales director leave O2 amid ongoing shake-up

Roles yet to be filled

Two senior top brass at UK telecoms outfit O2 have stepped down amid a period of major transition for the mobile operator.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 8:02 pm

GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

Librem 5 will run only open-source code, PureOS and feature radio kill switch

The GNOME Foundation has backed efforts to create a "freedom-oriented" smartphone that protects users' privacy and runs only open-source software.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 7:27 pm

From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head

Research suggests maybe the heavy ones should spend less time over people

Being hit in the head by a drone won't necessarily end in decapitation. Thanks to aeronautical boffins, we know now that there is a range of possible outcomes.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 7:06 pm

BlackBerry's QNX to run autonomous car software

Parts-maker Delphi wants BlackBerry-mobiles on the road in 2019

As BlackBerry's handset business died an increasingly rapid death, execs told The Register that the company had a fabulous operating system and secure messaging to fall back on.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 6:32 pm

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

Gives two-fingered salute to IBM designers for forcing us to use three-fingered salute

Bill Gates has said that if he had his time again, he would not have chosen CTRL-ALT-DEL as the keypress to interrupt a PC's operations.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 6:02 pm

Toshiba sells memory biz for $18bn, becomes the Bain of Western Digital's existence

Japanese company sells memory biz to private equity and WD flings sueballs to stop it

Toshiba has picked a Japanese-American consortium assembled by Bain Capital Private Equity as the buyer of its memory business. Jilted suitor Western Digital has immediately tried to stop the transaction happening.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 5:39 pm

Ducks ding dongs in face of stiff competition

Alternative title for this science paper: Seven-inch bullies humiliate unsuspecting birds

Waterfowl situation... Some alpha ducks bully smaller ducks so much when competing for mates that the beta birds' undercarriages barely take off, so to speak, a new study has found.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 5:04 pm

CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

Infected Avast tool's payload went after the likes of Microsoft, Intel and Cisco, hit 20 targets

Cisco's security limb Talos has probed the malware-laden CCleaner utility that Avast so kindly gave to the world and has concluded its purpose was to create secondary attacks that attempted to penetrate top technology companies. Talos also thinks the malware may have succeeded in delivering a payload to some of those firms targeted.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 4:04 pm

Google blows $1.1bn to hire HTC's Pixel people, forming one big happy handset team

HTC insists ad giant didn't scoop all its clever people and it can still make nice things

As rumoured since early September, Google has decided to splash out over a billion dollars and hire the HTC team that designs and builds its Pixel phones.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 2:52 pm

Top video game dev nerve-center Unity can now be used to train AI

Hot graphics and complex worlds provide a good testbed for algorithms

Unity, the most popular cross-platform game engine favored by video game developers, on Tuesday opened up its platform for machine learning researchers to test their algorithms.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 10:58 am

GitLab freezes GraphQL project amid looming Facebook patent fears

Promising query language garbled by legal lingo

Using GraphQL, an increasingly popular query language for grabbing data, may someday infringe upon pending Facebook patents, making the technology inherently problematic for corporate usage.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 10:30 am

Orland-whoa! Chap cops to masterminding $100m Microsoft piracy racket

Chinese national pleads guilty to running a massive counterfeiting ring

A Chinese national has admitted he coordinated a massive piracy ring that shifted more than $100m in bootleg Microsoft gear.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 10:02 am

You've been baffled by its smart thermostat. Now strap in for Nest's IoT doorbell, alarm gear

Our vulture gets his claws into new hardware

First fondle  Nest unveiled a new outdoor camera, doorbell and security system this morning in San Francisco.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 9:08 am

Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch

Plus: You can't switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on iOS 11

The new LTE-enabled Apple Watch 3 appears to suffer from a bug that can keep the touch-screen wearable from connecting to cellular data networks.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 8:23 am

FedEx: TNT NotPetya infection blew a $300m hole in our numbers

File-scrambling malware put a bomb under shipping giant's sales growth

FedEx has estimated this year's NotPetya ransomware outbreak cost it $300m in lost business and cleanup costs.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 7:25 am

Say Hello to my little friend: Nest blasts IoT world with doorbell, home security gear

Hope it doesn't freeze out folks like its thermostat

Smart home poster child Nest on Wednesday launched two new products: a video doorbell and a security system.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 6:40 am

IT fraudster facing four years' bird time for $10k blackmail

Blackmailed former employer, redirected company website for porn portal

An IT contractor who sabotaged a client's website and demanded $10,000 to restore it was this week convicted of wire fraud and sentenced to four years behind bars.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 5:47 am

Amazon wants to be king of the nerd goggles

Glasshole Bezos sees no shame

Something to quicken the pulses of middle-aged men in the shower, whose surname rhymes with "Noble"*.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 5:01 am

Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

It's a massive and ambitious upgrade for iPads, but older hardware can't cut it

Review  After years of complacency – and falling sales – Apple has transformed the iPad into something it should have been from the start: a proper computer.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 4:29 am

Ethereum just checked that part of a Zcash transaction was legit

Someone sent somebody else some money – that's all we know, and that's a good thing

The testnet for Ethereum's next big update has successfully verified an important part of a transaction with the virtual cryptocurrency Zcash, bringing the dream of making the blockchain network more privacy-focused just a tiny bit closer to reality.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 4:02 am

UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

And you thought 24 hours would be tough…

The UK's Prime Minister has once again raised the tech stakes in the fight against online terror, with her latest, er, bright idea being for internet giants to stop extremist content before it's even online.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 3:29 am

More are paying to stream music, but YouTube still holds the value gap

Demand's there; compensating artists is another issue

With Google's user-generated content loophole firmly in lawmaker's sights, global music trade body IFPI has published new research looking at demand for music streaming.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 2:23 am

EU watchdog: Govt bods are seeking 'legal knockouts' to dodge transparency

Increasingly 'legalistic' approach goes against intentions for openness, says ombudsman

Public bodies are taking an increasingly “legalistic” approach to disclosing information that doesn’t always support transparency, the European Union’s dodgy management watchdog has said.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 1:29 am

Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

Issue 'endemic' across public sector, shriek experts

Cops in Manchester, England, have 1,518 PCs running on Microsoft's dusty operating system Windows XP, according to a Freedom of Information response.…

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 12:48 am

Lloyds Bank payments glitch frustrates merchants

C'mon, you POS... >:(

Lloyds Bank has admitted that unspecified technical problems affected the operation of its Cardnet payment system on Tuesday. The UK bank denied suggestions that it had suffered a cyber attack.…

Posted on 20 September 2017 | 11:48 pm

Google Cloud's API knows the sort of thing you like to look at

And now has creepy 'entity' sentiment analysis too

Google Cloud's Natural Language API has become a bit more, er, insightful: it can now sort content into 700 different categories, such as Health, Hobbies & Leisure and Law & Government.…

Posted on 20 September 2017 | 10:50 pm

More data lost or stolen in first half of 2017 than the whole of last year

That's 1.9 BEEELLION records – and just you wait till GDPR

More data records were leaked or stolen by miscreants during the first half of 2017 (1.9 billion) than all of 2016 (1.37 billion).…

Posted on 20 September 2017 | 9:58 pm

Toshiba said yes to the Bain-Capital-backed bunch – reports

The question is... will Western Dig give the OK?

Struggling Toshiba has picked a group led by the investment firm Bain Capital to buy its memory chip business, Reuters reports.…

Posted on 20 September 2017 | 9:27 pm

Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

Spend £50k to get just £3k per year more than non-grads

University in the UK has never been more expensive. But at least doing a computer science degree guarantees a nice fat, well-paid job at the end, right? Wrong.…

Posted on 20 September 2017 | 9:02 pm

UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

Vendors Brexploited GBP fall, but components dearth played part too

The average trade price of computers in Britain shot up by almost a third in the past year since the EU referendum, though a weakened pound might not tell the whole story.…

Posted on 20 September 2017 | 8:32 pm