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IBM sales creep up three per cent, share price follows suit • The Register

IBM is touting the growth in its "strategic imperatives" business lineup with helping its revenues once again gain over the year-ago quarter. It wasn't all great news for Big Blue, however, as other favored businesses such as Cognitive Solutions and Technology Services and Cloud were flat or down f...

Telco IT admins on red alert as Cisco flings out patches for security holes in policy toolkit • The Register

Cisco has emitted 25 product security advisories – with four critical bugs flattened in its service provider-oriented Cisco Policy Suite. The suite’s Policy Builder toolkit can be exploited by an unauthenticated remote attacker to gain access to its policy interface, due to an authentication bu...

Want to save more on Serverless Computing? You’ve gotta be FaaS • The Register

If you like simplifying your infrastructure, saving money, and beating deadlines, you’ll want to know that you’ve got just one month to save hundreds of pounds on tickets for Serverless Computing London. We’ve got almost 40 speakers joining us in London in November, including keynote speakers...

Bonkers Azure bookings give Microsoft a record-breaking $110bn year • The Register

Microsoft has closed out a massive fiscal 2018 that saw the Redmond giant lay claim to more than $110bn in total revenue. Azure and its cloud compute operation was singled out in Redmond's financial figures – released on Thursday – as one of Microsoft's top performers both in the full year and ...

Google to build private trans-Atlantic cable from US to France • The Register

Google has announced its first private trans-Atlantic cable, with landings at Virginia Beach in the US and on the French Atlantic coast. Named Dunant (after Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross), the cable will go overland to follow a terrestrial link to the Chocolate Factory's cloud region in Be...

Google Cloud Platform reins in bot-driven account suspensions • The Register

With no mention of Tuesday's Cloud Platform service troubles, Google on Wednesday heralded the arrival of click-to-deploy Kubernetes apps in the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace. "With GCP Marketplace, you can now easily find prepackaged apps and deploy them onto the cluster of your choice," said ...

Google Cloud Platform reins in its trigger-happy account-axing AI cops • The Register

With no mention of Tuesday's Cloud Platform service troubles, Google on Wednesday heralded the arrival of click-to-deploy Kubernetes apps in the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace. "With GCP Marketplace, you can now easily find prepackaged apps and deploy them onto the cluster of your choice," said ...

What’s in a name? For Cambridge Analytica, about a quid apparently • The Register

Administrators dealing with the group of firms affiliated with Cambridge Analytica were offered a pound for the now infamous brand – but didn't accept. Cambridge Analytica was one of five firms placed into administration amid the fallout from the Facebook data harvesting scandal. The firms – C...

Get a good look at Microsoft’s Windows Analytics suite • The Register

Promo Windows Analytics is a cloud-based suite of solutions that provides proactive insights into the current state of a Windows environment. The suite uses telemetry data to monitor an organisation’s devices, detect any problems and keep the devices secure and up to date. It aims to streamline s...

Report claims AWS will make switches to go after Cisco • The Register

Rumours emerged late last week that AWS plans to make and sell white box switches for you to use on-premises. Citing a couple of folk familiar with the plan, The Information framed a story as AWS using white box switches to go after Cisco by undercutting it on price. Causation hasn’t been proven,...

It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming

Quite a few things happened in the land of storage this past week. When it came to hardware, there were a raft of substitutions in the second half, and we also saw the appearance of a new benchmark that hopes to punt real-world workloads past the goalie. There was also, of course, an attempt to win ...

Exec-transcribing AI so you can click Like on their brainfarts. Oh Microsoft, you spoil us • The Register

It’s Monday and Microsoft’s Partners are already winging their way to Las Vegas for Inspire. That means it must be time for a news round-up. Surface a-go-go While the soap opera of the mythical Andromeda device rumbled on, Microsoft finally admitted that yes, a new Surface device was on the wa...

Salesforce slurps up cloudy Israeli AI marketing biz for ‘around $800m’ • The Register

Salesforce has slurped up Israeli cloudy artificial intelligence biz Datorama for a reported $800m. The CRM firm today announced that it will acquire the firm, which offers a cloud-based marketing intelligence and analytics platform. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Reuters said estim...

Juniper makes a meal of Spectre

Roundup Juniper Networks has issued its semi-regular bug-dump, with sixteen advisories arriving late last week. There's a Spectre/Meltdown patch in there, but you need to go looking: it's in the Junos Space management platform, along with various other items. Junos Space also received one fix for B...

Hope for Hutchins, Navy sinks contractor, there’s another Russian hacking scandal, and more • The Register

Roundup This week, when we weren't watching the football and sobbing uncontrollably, we saw security headaches at NPM and Ticketmaster, and a priest in hot water with cybercrime charges. But there's always more in the security world. Here are a few other bits of security news from recent days. Rus...

NFSaaS becomes ‘Azure NetApp Files’ as ONTAP-on-Azure debuts • The Register

Microsoft’s Azure cloud has turned on a preview of “Azure NetApp Files”, which readers may recall was NetApp teased in October 2017. The service is a bit late: NetApp called for pilot users back in November 2017 and said it would “be available for public preview in early 2018”. We’re pr...

Dell drops in ROBO backup appliance • The Register

Dell has added a low-end data protection appliance to infiltrate remote and branch offices and smaller enterprises. The DP4400 comes just over a year after an Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) quartet was announced: the DP5300, 5800, 8300, and 8800. The DP4400 comes in a 2U box and is po...

‘For goodness’ sake people, cut down on the meetings!’ • The Register

Microsoft yesterday squeezed out a couple of technologies aimed at encouraging teams to adopt a healthier approach toward meetings and, you know, maybe think a bit before firing off that midnight email. Helpful hints or management monitoring? You decide The first, Workspace Analytics solution for ...

Vid services and big AI appear in Microsoft’s government cloud • The Register

Azure Government users rejoice! Azure Media Services and Azure Batch AI have made the leap from the public sector to the not-at-all-ominous halls of the US government. Microsoft was chuffed to announce this week that yet more functionality had been deemed fit to make the move into the highly contro...

For God’s sake, people, cut down on the meetings! • The Register

Microsoft yesterday squeezed out a couple of technologies aimed at encouraging teams to adopt a healthier approach toward meetings and, you know, maybe think a bit before firing off that midnight email. Helpful hints or management monitoring? You decide The first, Workspace Analytics solution for ...

Thought two-factor auth completely locks down Office 365? Not quite • The Register

Hackers can potentially obtain access to Microsoft Office 365-hosted emails and calendars even if multi-factor-authentication is thought to be in place, we were warned this week. Cybercrooks are able to force their way into corporate Office 365 accounts, bypassing single sign-on or multi-factor aut...

Salesforce ‘Einstein’ now smart enough for customer service • The Register

Salesforce has unleashed an upgrade to its Einstein AI that equips it to handle customer service chores. Einstein has hitherto been offered as an assistant capable of helping Salesforce users to make predictions based on the data they’ve collected on the SaaS platform, with one variant also capab...

Ticketmaster breach ‘part of massive card-skimming campaign • The Register

The Ticketmaster breach was not a one-off, but part of a massive digital credit card-skimming campaign. Threat intel firm RiskIQ reckons the hacking group Magecart hit Ticketmaster only as part of a massive credit card card hacking campaign affecting more than 800 e-commerce sites. Magecart has ev...

Microsoft adds subscriptions for SQL and Windows Servers • The Register

Microsoft’s revealed a new way to buy Windows Server and SQL Server – a subscription offer tied to Azure. The new offer is tied to Azure Reserved Instances plan that Redmond announced last year, under which you can pay up-front for one or three years of Azure servers. As of July 10th, Reserved ...

Ransomware is so 2017, it’s all cryptomining now among the script kiddies • The Register

The number of organisations affected by cryptomining malware in the first half of 2018 ramped up to 42 per cent, compared to 20.5 per cent in the second half of 2017, according to a new report from Check Point. The top three most common malware variants seen in the first half of 2018 were all crypt...

We shall call him Mini-U – Ubuntu reveals tiny cloudy server • The Register

Canonical has released a new cut of Ubuntu it recommends for use in the cloud and containers. “Minimal Ubuntu” is based on either Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or 18.04 LTS. A Docker image of the latter weighs in at 29 megabytes. Images of the OS for the cloud are said to be “less than 50% the size of the...

‘It’s legacy stuff brute-forced in’: Not everyone is happy with Citrix’s cloud • The Register

Though Citrix may see its future in the cloud, some users of the service have complained that its promises may be a little too vapoury for comfort. Folk have taken to social media to vent their frustration with the platform, which Citrix markets as being fast, adaptable, secure and good for clients...

Brit privacy watchdog reports on political data harvests

Analysis Cambridge Analytica had data ferreted away on disconnected servers, Twitter actually kicked the firm's ads off its platform, and Facebook still has a lot of questions to answer. Also, British political parties used software to guess voters' ethnicities. These were some of the findings of ...

Take a pinch of Intel Skylake silicon, some flash powder, sprinkle into IBM’s FlashSystem • The Register

IBM today added new models to its FlashSystem line to more than double the family's maximum capacity, push performance higher with Intel Skylake processors, and strengthen its NVMe-over-fabrics capabilities. There are two new systems on offer: the 9100 and the 9150. Both come in 2U enclosures with ...

US taxmen want an AI to do the security checks it seemingly can’t do itself • The Register

The US tax authority – the Internal Revenue Service – is looking at how AI can secure and protect taxpayers’ data held on its servers. It recently filed a request for information aimed at experts that can help guide the IRS into possibly developing a platform that uses machine learning to sni...

Hardware rumours, goat-spanking search engines and plenty of Azure. It’s last week in Redmond • The Register

New builds, no outages and a few brokenhearted fanboys. It's the week at Microsoft. While plucky little America celebrated its liberation from the might of the British Empire, Microsoft was busy devising ways of liberating budget-conscious Surface fans from their cash as new hardware was sighted at...

AI bots suck at marking written essays, not too shabby at old Atari games, and more… • The Register

Roundup Hello, here's a quick roundup of some announcements from the world of AI this week. OpenAI researchers reach the highest score yet on the computer game Montezeuma's Revenge through reinforcement learning, DeepMind teaches its bots to play Capture the Flag on Quake III Arena and the US Depar...

IBM Cloud’s elasticity stretches and stretches (Big Blue’s credibility?) • The Register

IBM’s cloud is having a bad day. An incident that kicked off at 19:48 UTC on Thursday, July 5th, saw “long provisioning times [for virtual servers] … observed through monitoring systems,” leading to a warning to the effect that “At this time, customers may experience longer than normal ti...

Hoping for Microsoft’s mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don’t hold your breath • The Register

Finding a new form factor for personal computing is harder than Microsoft thought. Reports suggest Redmond has gone back to the drawing board for its "Andromeda" handheld due to incomplete software. So the mythical device looks like the victim of another Redmond reorg. In March, the Windows and Dev...

Ex-Intel exec Diane Bryant exits Google cloud • The Register

In 2017 Diane Bryant left her post as group president of Intel’s data center group after a 30-year Chipzilla career, then took up a gig as chief operating officer of Google's cloud business. Now, she's left Google after just seven months. Bryant left Intel's Data Center Group in May 2017. The com...

Google releases lite PC-snooper, ‘cos full mobile management is hard • The Register

Google’s released a Chrome extension that lets admins snoop on the state of PCs accessing its cloudy productivity and infrastructure products. The “Endpoint Verification” extension works on Chrome OS, MacOS or Windows devices. The latter two platforms need a “native helper” too. Once ins...

Techies investigate troubling storage underperformance • The Register

Updated Storage systems in several of IBM's European data centres have been down since the small hours, with engineers battling to fix an unspecified "network-related" problem they identified six hours after the outage began. The IBM Cloud Storage wobble struck this morning at 0525 UTC, a disgruntl...

Thrice, in a trice, IBM cloud cuts prices • The Register

IBM has cut the price of cloud services three times in a week. It's far from unusual for clouds to cut prices: AWS and Azure often trade price cuts and say they're duty bound to pass them on as their economies of scale improve. IBM, however, enjoys a lowly position on Gartner's most recent Magic Q...

Juniper pours a shot of its data centre juice into campus networks • The Register

Campus networks will get the same capabilities as data centre networks, after Juniper networks squeezed EVPN-VXLAN fabric functionality into campus-size implementations. The aim, the company said, is to help companies build an enterprise-wide fabric. In particular, the Gin Palace explained, the mov...

Want to know how to save big on AI and machine learning? • The Register

Events If you’re sweating about how to get on top of machine learning and AI, snap up an early bird ticket for MCubed, our three-day delve into how real organisations can exploit these technologies. With two superb keynote speakers, 36 conference sessions, and four optional deep dive workshops, t...

We just love small firms, screams UK.gov after palming AWS UK £4.1m • The Register

UK.gov has trumpeted the addition of almost 650 new small businesses to its G-Cloud marketplace – but SMEs might want to put the Champagne on ice as sales figures reveal that AWS UK is classed in that group. The cloudy supplier framework is part of the government's continued battle to spend less ...

IBM fired me because I’m not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row • The Register

A laid-off IBM cloud sales ace is suing the IT giant for age discrimination, alleging he was forced out for being too old. Jonathan Langley joined Big Blue in 1993, and worked his way up the ranks over the next 24 years. Then, in 2017, as worldwide program director and sales lead of the Bluemix sof...

3 common machine learning mistakes to avoid

I’m a big fan of cloud-based machine learning and deep learning, and AI in general. After all, you can’t be a geek without imagining having a conversation with an artificially intelligent being that can answer questions and carry out your bidding! That’s said, I’m also seeing cloud-based ...

You spin me right round, storage, right round – like a ferrous-based… • The Register

The spinning rust of storage whirls the players around again and again – even the flashy and cloudy sorts who supply kit with no moving parts. When it comes to some of this industry's variables – supply, demand, partnerships and advances in tech – events dear boy, events happen. Cloud Daddy ...

When Google’s robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call? • The Register

A sysadmin given just three days to respond to the threatened deletion of a mission-critical system has prompted a vigorous debate about the quality of cloud support. Writing on Medium, the user describes how the Google Cloud-hosted asset monitoring system for his firm's wind and solar energy plant...

While you were basking in the sun, the relentless march of the Windows-maker continued • The Register

Seven days is a long time in the Microsoft world, although possibly not long enough to complete an April 2018 Update of Windows 10. This week brought both good and bad news from the bowels of Redmond. Windows giveth and taketh away While Microsoft quietly did away with support for older CPUs in Wi...

Oracle, for one, says we’ll welcome our new robot overlords

Nine tenths of us pathetic meatbags are just itching for a benevolent AI to take charge of our affairs and make all the big decisions. This according to enterprise software giant Oracle, who for some reason funded a study polling 1,320 "HR leaders and employees" as to whether they would want to be ...

Amazon’s Snowball snowballs as Google’s clone gets real and IBM’s comes to Europe • The Register

IBM and Google have each announced a competitor for Amazon Web Services’s “Snowball”. Amazon’s Snowball is a rugged box full of disk that it ships to users so they can fill it with tens of terabytes of data. Once full, the Snowball rolls all the way to an AWS bit barn where its contents are...

Ready, get Sets… no? App-grouping whizzery for Windows 10 killed • The Register

Microsoft dropped another Insider build of Windows 10 last night. Hidden away among the long list of tweaks in build 17704 was news that the anticipated Sets function is unlikely to see the light of day. Sets was one of the more visible changes expected in the next version of Windows (currently kno...

Google pushes NASty Cloud Filestore to beta • The Register

Google has opened a beta programme offering managed file storage for apps running in its cloud platform. Instead of users provisioning their own storage and providing/obtaining file interface software for their apps, they can now directly mount Cloud Filestore volumes on GCP Compute Engine VMs. The...

Yeah, we wanted GitHub too. Whatevs • The Register

So it's official – Google was also keen on acquiring GitHub before Microsoft swooped in with its $7.5bn purchase. Speaking at an event in San Francisco, Diane Greene, CEO of Google Cloud, said ruefully: "I wouldn't have minded buying them, but it's OK." There was no word on what offer Google was ...

Press 1 for automagic an K8s cluster. Press 2 or 3 for complex Kubernetes • The Register

VMware’s announced a new container play called “VMware Kubernetes Engine” (VKE) that will be offered as SaaS on AWS and soon on Azure too. The product offers vanilla Kubernetes, but automates provisioning, management and maintenance. It does that because VMware’s concluded that many develop...

Google kills AdWords! • The Register

LOGOWATCH When announcing its first quarter results for 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai focussed on what he called "our three big areas, cloud, YouTube and hardware". As we noted at the time, that left the company’s biggest source of cash – ads – off the front page. Pichai did, however, say th...

Microsoft’s next trick? Kicking things out of the cloud to Azure IoT Edge • The Register

After years of pitching its customers to move their compute onto its Azure cloud, Microsoft is trying to push them out. Or at least nudge them to move some of their work out of data centers to edge devices that can offer better response times. To do this, Redmond has made Azure IoT Edge available ...

MongoDB turns on, tunes in, drops ACID and goes mobile • The Register

Document database biz MongoDB is aiming to be all things to all people as it continues to court the enterprise and move up the stack, offering a mobile product, ACID compliance and global clusters. The latest raft of announcements, made at the 10-year-old firm's annual gabfest in New York, are part...

Playing nice with a host of tech-pushers pushed OpenStack close to edge • The Register

If one thing stood out at OpenStack's Vancouver summit in May, it's that the open-source project isn't just about data centre-based cloud computing any more. When Rackspace and NASA founded OpenStack eight years back, they wanted it to drive more efficient computing in the data centre by delivering...

GitLab’s move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition. Yep • The Register

From the department of "yeah, right" comes news that GitLab is shifting its platform from Azure to Google in order to take advantage of the ad giant's Kubernetes technology. It is, of course, absolutely nothing to do with cosying up to developers still anguished following Microsoft's purchase of Gi...

AT&T offloads a bunch of data centres for a billion bucks • The Register

AT&T has followed the emerging trend of carriers getting out of the data centre infrastructure business by offloading 31 colocation assets to Brookfield Infrastructure for US$1.1 billion. The US carrier announced the deal late last week and said the arrangement means the buyer will maintain the col...

You flash some, lose some, all arrays to me • The Register

If we've played our cards right, you'll be up to date on the storage goings-on of the week. Otherwise you'll be lost in the shuffle. Here's a hand full of aces, kings and queens – and don't forget the joker. CTERA This secure edge to cloud file services supplier has expanded its appliance produc...

Look, Ma! A common code base • The Register

SUSE today announced the impending release of SUSE Linux Enterprise 15, featuring a boatload of new toys and a leap in version numbering. The new release, which is based on version 4.12 of the Linux kernel and allows the use of a wider variety of hardware (such as new AMD and Intel chipsets, Arm SO...

What does it take for an OpenAI bot to best Dota 2 heroes? 128,000 CPU cores, 256 Nvidia GPUs • The Register

OpenAI's video-game-playing bots are getting much better at mastering sci-fi strategy war game Dota 2, seeing off semi pro players with ease. However, they can’t quite master the whole game to beat top professional teams – yet. Last August, researchers at the OpenAI lab headquartered in San Fr...

Nvidia adds nine nifty AI supercomputing containers to the cloud • The Register

Nvidia has added nine new GPU-charged supercomputing containers to its cloud service. It has expanded its Nvidia GPU Cloud (NGC) to now include 35 containers, and has more than tripled the amount on its platform, which launched last year. They’re aimed at hardcore engineers running huge workload...

The week that QoS in networking, aka WAN, RAN, thank you ma’am • The Register

Roundup Nokia has claimed a first by demonstrating a cloud-based radio access network (RAN) running on an operational carrier network. The demonstration was on the Orange network in Poland. The March – May 2018 trial used Nokia's AirScale Cloud RAN, and was designed to help both carrier and vend...

Something to fire up PyTorch fans, Facebook emits code for analyzing human poses, and more • The Register

Roundup Hi, here are a few announcements in the AI world from this week. Read on to find out what's happening with PyTorch, which startup Microsoft just bought, and who won OpenAI's Sonic challenge. Hurrah, more support for PyTorch: Amazon Sagemaker, a platform that deploys machine learning systems...

Don’t panic, but your baby monitor can be hacked into a spycam • The Register

Security researchers say they can back up a mother's claim that her baby monitor had been remotely hacked and used to spy on her family. SEC Consult says it found flaws in the Fredi Wi-Fi baby monitor that would allow an outside attacker to remotely connect to the device and use its built in camera...

In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks’ location data • The Register

In a decision that will define privacy in the digital age, the US Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Friday that the government needs a warrant to access its citizens' mobile phone location data. Written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by the four liberal justices, the majority opinion extended ...

VMware set to reveal blockchain, better app store, new AWS client • The Register

VMware’s published the content catalogues for its VMworld gabfests in Las Vegas (August) and Barcelona (November) and as usual has leaked a few insights into what it’s working on. Attendees at VMworld USA will have a chance to attend a session titled “VMware enterprise blockchain – getting ...

Hot DRAM, we’re still shifting piles of kit, but somebody’s missing our XPoint • The Register

Micron rode strong demand for DRAM and flash to record revenues and profits for its third fiscal 2018 quarter (PDF), but XPoint chip sales to Intel collapsed. Revenues were $7.8bn, up 40 per cent annually, with net profits of $3.8bn, more than twice last year's $1.7bn. Memory ruled the quarter with...

Think our DB sales are great now? Wait until we actually get the new product out… • The Register

Oracle has capped off a solid fiscal year, and, let's be fair, you can forgive it for boasting that big things are coming for its database line in the coming 12 months. On Tuesday, Larry Ellison's enterprise tech giant delivered both the Q4 and full year 2018 numbers reports. It also described its ...

AI-on-demand as Google Cloud TPUs are rentable for a few bucks a hour • The Register

AI developers can now rent Google’s Cloud TPU chips in the US, Asia, and Europe by the hour. The Cloud TPU, also referred to as TPU2, is the second generation of Google’s TPU hardware aimed at optimizing machine learning models written in TensorFlow. The first TPU was more of an internal experi...

Is taking on Amazon’s EFS really such a stretch? • The Register

Analysis Hybrid cloud filer Elastifile's co-founder and CEO Amir Aharoni has stepped aside and the new incumbent of the stretchy hot seat, former Scality man Erwan Menard, has said the firm will offer cloud native product optimised for each public cloud. Menard, who took the helm three weeks ago, a...

You’ve seen the hype. Now you’re curious. Why not have a crack at AI using this online lab… • The Register

Microsoft has thrown open the doors to its AI Lab, a suite of beginner projects to help developers learn machine learning. There are five different experiments that cover computer vision, natural language processing, and drones. “Each lab gives you access to the experimentation playground, source...

♬ Finland, Finland, Finland, the country for new cloud DCs ♬ • The Register

Suomeen sovellusten kehittämistä ... sorry, let's have that in English: Google has opened its sixteenth cloud region, taking the Google Cloud Platform to the Nordic region via a data centre in Finland. The company first promised the Finnish region in January 2018. From a connectivity point of vi...

Splunk acquires VictorOps to take it – and you – into site reliability engineering • The Register

Last week Splunk spent US$120m to acquire VictorOps, a DevOps incident management outfit. And yesterday Splunk’s chief technology advocate Andi Mann told The Register why. Mann told us that for years Splunk’s been all about helping to investigate incidents. The company’s big data heritage sa...

Public, private, hybrid cloud? Take a dip in our GreenLake HPE urges • The Register

At its Discover conference on Tuesday Hewlett Packard Enterprise rolled out a managed service for private, public and hybrid clouds starting with AWS, Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack. The GreenLake Hybrid Cloud includes a set of tools and operational services that are supposed to make workloads acr...

Generally Down, Possibly Recovering • The Register

Updated Microsoft Azure tumbled over in northern Europe – and services have effectively stayed down for unlucky customers for around five hours. The disruption was caused by problems within the cloud platform's storage and networking systems, we're told. Today, from 1744 UTC to now, at time of wr...

Google cuts price of cloudy interconnects from partners • The Register

Google has formally launched its Partner Interconnect product, priced for customers too small to afford 10 Gbps interconnect links. Google Cloud Partner Interconnect connects organisations who don't have access to a Google Cloud Platform peering location, or who have a service provider they want to...

It’s roundup time – like scouring the local paper for pics of your kid, but with storage firms • The Register

Storage companies big and small are always announcing something or other big and small, whether that's sick new tech, astonishing customer numbers or an incremental update to software that is going to totally revolutionise the way you stash data. Yes, storage companies. We see you. We just didn't t...

Hortonworks Data Platform update flicks on containerisation • The Register

Data management firm Hortonworks has enabled containerisation in the latest release of its Data Platform, while announcing a set of extended cloud deals with Microsoft, Google and IBM. CTO Scott Gnau said the overall aim of the announcements, made today at its 11th annual DataWorks Summit in San Jo...

Google cloud VMs given same IP addresses … and down they went • The Register

Google gave some of its cloud customers a rotten weekend by breaking a bunch of virtual machines. Detailed in this incident report, the company first noticed problems at nearly beer o’clock on Friday afternoon, June 15th, Pacific Time – just after midnight on Saturday for European users and ear...

Do NetAdmins like snacks? Asking cos here’s a dish of tasty network news nibbles • The Register

Roundup Be nimble, be QUIC: Google's added secured load balancing support to its QUIC protocol. The Chocolate Factory created QUIC as a way to speed up Web connections by reducing the number of round trips for connection setup and using UDP instead of TCP, but it's seen only limited adoption outsid...

Would you rather health data or finance data in the cloud? • The Register

Healthcare providers are the top users of public clouds, says analyst firm IDC. The outfit’s new “Worldwide Semiannual Industry Cloud Tracker” reports that growth in cloud spend across four industry sectors – finance, healthcare, manufacturing and the public sector – is ratting along at U...

G Suitened with helping of Google’s App Maker • The Register

After a year and a half of gestation in its Early Adopter program, Google's low-code application development environment App Maker has been delivered into the hands of its corporate customers. App Maker allows G Suite Business, Education and Enterprise subscribers to create artisanal apps tied to s...

Docker Hub security dissed, dodgy container image data damned • The Register

At DockerCon in San Francisco on Wednesday, CEO Steve Singh highlighted security as one of Docker's core principles. Only a day earlier, Germany-based security software development shop Kromtech suggested security wasn't a priority for the code containerizer. Over the past twelve months, Kromtech ...

Rackspace starts renting its rack space • The Register

Rackspace has entered the colocation business and invited world+dog to put its kit in the company’s data centres. The company’s pitching its service as a fine way for organisations to get used to cloud-style operations and says it’s a fine place to make such a foray because its data centres w...

The chances of anything really new coming from storage are a million to one, but still they come • The Register

El Reg's radio telescopes are trained on the storage galaxy and use super-advanced AI, machine learning and pattern-recognition techniques to tease information out of the noise. [Ed: Bullsh*t, you read the press releases and get sent a few tweets.] Let's see what the industry has to say this week. ...

Never mind infrastructure, what about the customer? • The Register

Promo Cloud CRM giant Salesforce recently surveyed 1,005 IT leaders in France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK to examine how IT is evolving to meet the needs of an ever more connected customer base. The results of the survey were compiled into a report entitled The State of IT in Europ...

Hybrid cloud’s no fun, can’t get nothing done – will Rubrik make you whole again? • The Register

As enterprises increasingly adopt hybrid multi-cloud IT strategies, they tend to find themselves mired in a multi-silo data management nightmare. Rubrik has stepped up to claim it can make the fractured mess whole again with its Alta software. Broadly speaking, Rubrik's Cloud Data Management Platfo...

IBM’s cloud adds availability zones • The Register

IBM’s added availability zones to its cloud. Big Blue’s definition of an availability zone will be familiar to cloud-using readers: the company says they’re a “logically and physically isolated location within an IBM Cloud Region with independent power, cooling and network infrastructures i...

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins preaches the cloud, but nothing new • The Register

Cisco Live CEO keynotes at big vendors' annual gabfests are evangelical events, and Cisco's Chuck Robbins didn't disappoint on that score as he opened this year's Cisco Live. But if customers expected a big reveal of new products or strategies, they would have come away disappointed. Sure, Robbins ...

VMware’s remote management agent allows remote execution • The Register

VMware’s warned that the agent used by its AirWatch mobile device management product has a vulnerability that could allow remote control of mobile devices running Android or Windows Mobile, so will deprecate the features that allowed the attack. The critical-rated CVE-2018-6968 details a vulnerab...

10 Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Supply Chain Management

Bottom line: Machine learning makes it possible to discover patterns in supply chain data by relying on algorithms that quickly pinpoint the most influential factors to a supply networks’ success, while constantly learning in the process. Discovering new patterns in supply chain data has the po...

Worst. Birthday. Ever. IPv6’s party falls flat • The Register

Roundup Last week saw celebration in the IPv6 community this week – not because adoption is finally really taking off, but because, umm, look, something must have happened, right? Well, yes, kind of: in spite of first being authored in 1999, IPv6 lay fallow for more than a decade, even though we ...

It’s all about cloud. Oh and blockchain, let’s do that too • The Register

SAP has used its annual conference to announce plans to release a private cloud deployment with IBM Cloud, offer up blockchain-as-a-service and bolster its Leonardo tool kit. The gabfest, held in Florida, US, this week, has seen the German ERP giant shift its focus to creating what it terms the "in...

Hitachi Vantara injects Skylaking servers with Optane caching, GPU grunt • The Register

Hitachi Vantara has updated more servers with Skylake processors and added variants with Optane SSD caching and Nvidia GPU support. It makes base Unified Compute Platform (UCP) servers, DS(nnn) models, and then optimises them for VMware environments with V(nnn) models. These V(nnn) models are then ...

AI steals the show at Infosec Europe • The Register

Artificial intelligence and machine learning - rather than Europe's General Data Protection Regulation – emerged as a key theme of the Infosecurity Europe Conference. Many security vendors - particularly in the field of endpoint security - have been talking up the potential for artificial intelli...

Oracle says migrating on-prem ERP to cloud now easier than upgrade • The Register

Oracle’s launched a cloud migration service it says can “reduce the time and cost of cloud migration by up to 30 percent” and “enables customers with applications running on premises to upgrade to Oracle Cloud Applications in as little as 20 weeks.” CTO and chair Larry Ellison said the ...

Still digitally transforming biz. Still losing money • The Register

Open source data software slinger Cloudera dramatically slashed net losses in the first quarter of its fiscal new year but only after hacking away at a string of company expenses from R&D to staff costs. Financials for the three-month period ended 30 April 2018 showed a 29 per cent upward swing in ...

Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit • The Register

Adobe has kicked out an out-of-band update for a security vulnerability in Flash – after learning the bug was being actively exploited in the wild by hackers to hijack PCs. The Photoshop giant said today its Flash Player 30.0.0.113 update should be a top installation priority for Mac, Windows, an...

If you’re NetApp-y and you know it, clap your hands. If you’re app-y and you know it… • The Register

Burger that ... FlexPod is now a multi-layer IT meal with hardware, software, and applications NetApp is adding application layers to its FlexPod stack, and developing a managed service version. Flexpod installations typically integrate Cisco UCS servers, Nexus switches, MDS directors, and NetApp ...

Microsoft doubles Azure Stack’s footprint, embiggens Azure VMs • The Register

Microsoft has doubled the number of countries in which its Azure Stack hybrid cloud kit will operate, effectively extending Azure's reach with minimal capital expenditure . Azure Stack is an in-a-box-and-on-premises Azure subset and was previewed in January 2016 and formally launched in July 2017. ...

Hacked serverless functions are a crypto-gold mine for miscreants • The Register

PureSec, a maker of security software for serverless apps, has been poking about various cloud service providers, and found that hosted functions offer a shortcut to illicit crypto-mining. Crypto-mining attacks that hijack processing power do best with mass distribution. Those who can harness large...

How poisoned archives can hack your computer • The Register

Video Booby-trapped archive files can exploit vulnerabilities in a swath of software to overwrite documents and data elsewhere on a computer's file system – and potentially execute malicious code. Specifically, the flaws, dubbed "Zip Slip" by its discoverers at security outfit Snyk, is a path tra...

Containers run and flash cells bubble • The Register

Exudence of Toshiba, scrapings of Sphere3D and essence of NGD make a foul-smelling storage broth this week. We invite you to dip in a ladle and get a taste of what the storage industry got up to in the past week. We have a new Toshiba portable SSD, NGD announcing SSDs with embedded Arm application ...

UK Foreign Sec BoJo asks tech firms to save endangered species • The Register

UK Foreign Secretary and Beano* character wrought in flesh, Boris Johnson, put tech boffins and conservationists in a room together today and asked them to come up with a way of combating illegal wildlife trade. Representatives from the likes of Google and Amazon were regaled with stories from the ...

Judge us by our actions • The Register

Microsoft putting everybody at ease by showing competing products next to its own. Phew, what a relief. What's that? Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is at pains to reassure developers that its $7.5bn purchase of GitHub won't turn the code repository into an Azure-only space. "We love developers, and w...

There’s no way iOS and macOS will fully merge as one • The Register

Apple held its annual developer prep rally in San Jose, California, on Monday to discuss additions and improvements to its software but not its hardware. "Today is all about software," said CEO Tim Cook in his opening remarks. And about using less of it, as Craig Federighi, SVP of software enginee...

Packet mix cake is yum! And so is this mix of packet-related news • The Register

ROUNDUP FireEye has borrowed from the credit card industry to try and detect malicious logins. The company's reasoning is that someone in Sydney at 9AM can't legitimately log into a system from (say) Hong Kong an hour later. So the company's announced GeoLogonalyzer to try to detect malicious logi...

Google nukes military AI, Amazon happy touting Rekognition to police, and much more • The Register

Roundup Here's a quick roundup of all the important announcements in AI this week. Google has succumbed to pressure and won't be renewing its contract with the US Department of Defense for Project Maven, there's a public massive data dump for useful for training self-driving cars and some hatred fo...

AWS outage killed some cloudy servers, recovery time is uncertain • The Register

Updated Parts of Amazon Web Services' US-East-1 region have experienced about half an hour of downtime, but some customers' instances and data can't be restored because the hardware running them appears to have experienced complete failure. The cloud colossus’ status page reports an investigation...

VMware declares energy-guzzling blockchains ‘immoral’ • The Register

VMware CTO Ray O'Farrell (L) and CEO Pat Gelsinger (R) on stage at the company's Radio conference At VMware's 14th Radio conference in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, CTO Ray O'Farrell presented two possible paths for corporate adaptation in the face of market changes: BlackBerry's exit from t...

Rise of the open source data strategies • The Register

Comment Oracle is industry’s single largest database vandor. That was great during the days before cloud and open source. Now, however, the on-prem RDBMS giant faces a challenge – a challenge compunded by cloud. According to Gartner, Oracle owns a tiny sliver of the cloud infrastructure market ...

USA needs law ‘a lot like GDPR’ says Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff • The Register

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff thinks the USA needs “a national privacy law … that probably looks a lot like GDPR.” “This is going to help our industry,” he said on an earnings call for Salesforces Q1 2019 results. “It's going to set the guardrails around trust, around safety. It's going t...

Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it • The Register

Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has written to Apple with a request to remove messaging app Telegram from its App Store. Or else. The regulator’s notice about the letter also requests that Apple cease “sending its service push notifications to Russian users.” The notice says...

Hitch a ride on Storship Enterprise’s weekly voyage of discovery • The Register

Huawei's flash arrays have done well in a SPEC filer benchmark, Pavilion has brought out an NVMe-oF array with 20, yes 20, controllers, Nutanix is growing, and OEMs are reportedly feeling the DRAM pressure. It's your week in storage. These are just a few of the news nuggets encountered in our weekl...

Dell EMC ‘years behind’ in everything from flash to cloud, hoots NetApp CEO • The Register

NetApp has reported full-year revenues for 2018 of $5.91bn, an increase of 7 per cent over fiscal 2017 and the first annual growth it has seen since 2015. Profits for the 12 months shrank to $76m, down from $509m a year ago – NetApp blamed a one-time $850m charge under the 2017 US Tax Reform Reco...

Forward-slash flash: OG upstart Pure Storage shows off fresh models • The Register

Nine-year-old flash firm Pure Storage flung out a slew of products to ward off legacy and newbie rivals at its Accelerate event in San Francisco, including – as you'd expect – faster, denser and cheaper arrays. It announced new FlashArrays and Purity OS software, a pay-for-use scheme, an entry-...

Adobe acquires Magento to go B2B2C and beyond • The Register

Adobe has announced it will acquire Magento Commerce, and fold the gobbled business's platform into its Experience Cloud. Magento started life as an open-source web platform that melded content management and e-commerce, an approach that simplified matters considerably for small business and attrac...

Primary Data says stop, Hammerspace, Innodisk cooks some SSDs, and Fujitsu goes blockchain • The Register

As ever, it has been a heavy storage week. Here's our curated collection of goodies, goings-on and glitches. Barracuda This now data security-focused and private equity-owned company has pushed out its Web Application Firewall as a service – WAFaaS. WAFaaS is built on Barracuda's web applicatio...

Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops • The Register

Analysis The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday expressed dismay that Amazon Web Services has been urging US government agencies to use its Rekognition API for state-sponsored facial recognition. The advocacy organization published emails obtained over a six-month investigation documenting m...

Micron first to strut its NAND stuff in the enterprise quad • The Register

What's better than three flash meerkats? Four. Micron is introducing a 64-layer QLC flash 5210 ION SSD, opening a new front in the SSD-HDD marketing war. QLC (quad-level cell) flash stores 4 bits/cell, one more than currently shipping TLC (3 bits/cell) product. The drive interface is 6Gbit/s SATA....

Apple tells app makers to strip VoIP toolkit from iOS software in China • The Register

Developers of iOS apps distributed in China have started to receive notifications from Apple that they are required to remove CallKit, a software UI framework for integrating VoIP calling services, from their apps. A post in an Apple developer forum last week recounts having an app rejected by Appl...

SCL, Cambridge Analytica file for US bankruptcy • The Register

The US branches of Cambridge Analytica and its parent firm SCL have filed for bankruptcy as execs inch closer to ridding themselves of the toxic brand. The filings, submitted to the New York Southern Bankruptcy Court late yesterday, are for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy – akin to liquidation in the UK ...

Git push origin undo-my-last-disaster • The Register

"I'm about to make a change that will probably wipe out all of our systems." That was the message a developer employee once delivered to Alexis Richardson, CEO of Weaveworks, just prior to an attempted system update at his company. Richardson, who also serves as the Technical Oversight Committee C...

Serverless continuous deployment for the AWS crowd: Feeding time in Lambda-land • The Register

Continuous Lifecycle "You'll never go hungry if you know AWS," one of the workshop participants at the Continuous Lifecycle conference in London remarked. Mike Roberts, co-founder of consultancy Symphonia Cloud, was behind the lectern yesterday afternoon, preparing to conduct a tour of serverless c...

Containerised HPC, cosmology, and much more Moore’s Law

PROMO The annual ISC High Performance conference always draws speakers, exhibitors and researchers from all over the world, and this year’s event promises to be a bumper edition. Aimed at revealing HPC technological development and its application in both scientific and commercial environments, I...

Software development slow because ‘Most of our ideas suck’ • The Register

If you want a vision of the future of software creation, imagine a boot process spinning up a server, forever. Speaking at Continuous Lifecycle London* on Wednesday, Mike Roberts, co-founder of consultancy Symphonia Cloud, employed less Orwellian terminology for tomorrow: continuous experimentation...

Pentagon on military data-nomming JEDI cloud mind trick: There can be only one (vendor) • The Register

The Pentagon has doubled down on its plan to hand a megabucks cloud contract to a single vendor. In a letter released just as the Department of Defense was due to issue the final call for proposals for the lucrative Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract (JEDI), the Pentagon insisted th...

Boffins urge Google to drop military contract after employees resign over using AI for drones • The Register

Hundreds of academics across the world have signed an open letter urging Google to stop working with the US Department of Defense in analysing drone footage using its AI technology for Project Maven. The open letter, which has nearly reached 300 signatures at the time of writing, was started by the...

Curiouser and curiouser: Quasi NVDIMMs, GDPR-tastic SaaS and more • The Register

"The time has come," the roundup read, "to talk of many things: Of caching tech – and Optane drives – of in-memory computings..." A lot has happened in storage over the past week. Viking Tech introduced an NVDIMM-like 2.5-inch persistent memory drive; Sphere3D sold off Overland; HPE's SimpliVit...

Enterprise backup bods treat kit for ransomware code lurk • The Register

Backup software crew Assigra has put out a new version of its product which disinfects scanned backup files for ransomware to prevent restoration reloading code that screws with your data. V14 of Assigra's backup product, called Cloud Backup Evolved (CBE), has added ransomware scanning to its backu...

How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone • The Register

Adobe has posted security updates for Acrobat, Reader, and Photoshop, many of them critical fixes. The developer says the Acrobat and Reader update will address a total of 47 CVE-listed vulnerabilities, including two dozen remote code execution flaws in the PDF readers. Adobe notes that none of the...

AWS Won Serverless – now all your software are kinda belong to them • The Register

"Serverless" didn't get a single mention in Amazon's quarterly earnings call. Neither did its poster child, AWS Lambda. Apparently it's not the sort of thing investors want to hear about, even if the developers that keep dumping cash into Amazon's pockets do. In the latest quarter, AWS represented ...

IBM’s storage biz wakes up, smells dedupe coffee • The Register

IBM is again playing catch up with rivals by adding a heavy sprinkling of dedupe dust to its near two-year old Storwize arrays and other products. The all-flash array (AFA) line provides data block storage and runs Spectrum Virtualise software, which can be bought for use on-premise or via IBM's cl...

Oracle-botherer Rimini Street cuddles up to Salesforce • The Register

Oracle third-party support slinger Rimini Street has added Salesforce to its portfolio, which isn't going to ease any tension that still exists with Larry Ellison's lot following a protracted court battle. Las Vegas-based Rimini will offer support for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud, addin...

Citrix joins the ‘re-invent the future of work’ chorus with a workspace app and security stuff • The Register

Citrix has used its Synergy conference to pitch itself as a vendor capable of changing the way you and your users work. CEO David Henshall’s spiel is that organisation are using a multitude of on-prem, SaaS and cloud resources and users are therefore “having a hard time finding what they need...

VMware to finally deliver full-function HTML5 vSphere client • The Register

VMware has finally set a date for delivery of a fully-functional HTML5 client for vSphere. Virtzilla revealed the client way back in March 2016. The company needed a new client for two reasons, the first of which was that its old web-based client used Flash. Adobe’s spawn is a byword for dodgy s...

UK government’s cloud spending hits saturation

Growth in spending on cloud by certain sectors of the UK government looks to be coming to a juddering halt, according to information provided under Freedom of Information (FoI) and open data. And contrary to the rest of the world, where Amazon’s AWS is number one, it is Microsoft’s Azure that...

Google borg gobbles Israeli cloud migration startup • The Register

Israeli multi-vendor cloud migration startup Velostrata might not be so agnostic about which data centres it shifts workloads to after agreeing to be gobbled by Google for an undisclosed financial sum. Velostrata was launched in 2014 by CEO Issy Ben-Shaul and chief architect Ady Degany. Its tech de...

Not a yoga class, silly, Nutanix’s move into copy data management • The Register

Nutanix has moved into SaaS-based compliance, Acropolis SDN-based security and PaaS-based automated database operations with its new Beam, Flow and Era products. Beam technology is based on the acquired Minjar Botmetric service, a SaaS multi-cloud governance platform to manage spending, security an...

Top IoT M2M module shipper for 2017 was China’s Simcom. Who’s surprised? • The Register

The biggest shipper of Internet of Things cellular modules last year wasn’t one of the usual suspects such as Gemalto or Telit. It was Chinese-headquartered biz Simcom. IoT module shipments are a useful proxy to assess how much market demand there is for The Next Big Thing™. Consulting house S...

It’s 2018, and a webpage can still pwn your Windows PC – and apps can escape Hyper-V • The Register

Patch Tuesday Microsoft and Adobe have patched a bunch of security bugs in their products that can be exploited by hackers to commandeer vulnerable computers, siphon people's personal information, and so on. Redmond emitted 68 patches alone, 21 rated critical and at least two being actively exploit...

Google teases world with latest math coprocessor for AI • The Register

Google IO The latest iteration of Google’s custom-designed number-crunching chip, version three of its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), will dramatically cut the time needed to train machine learning systems, the Chocolate Factory has claimed. Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed the third version of t...

NetApp goes all in on Fibre Channel-based NVMe-over-Fabrics • The Register

NetApp has announced a real biggie for storage wonks: support for Fibre Channel-based NVMe-over-Fabrics (FC-NVMe) access to all-flash ONTAP arrays using Brocade gear. The firm also released a faster flash array, deeper public-private cloud integration, plus an object storage update. NetApp claimed...

Gone Gartner part II, Flashdance and, er, Hardware Hackers • The Register

It has been an eventful week in storage with the introduction of a "hardware-defined storage" platform, a blast of helium, another Gone Gartner moment and more. So slap on those 3D glasses, get your popcorn ready – and enjoy our rapid-fire shorts and entertaining trailers. Storage newcomer Storby...

Adobe, ‘hyper personalisation’ and your privacy • The Register

Adobe Summit Business success today is about "data required to understand each person's context in every moment", with the intelligence to take the right action, said Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen in the opening keynote of the company's EMEA Summit in London. "People are buying experiences, not produc...

Microsoft sees Red …Hat for OpenShift-on-Azure public cloud offering • The Register

Red Hat Summit Red Hat and Microsoft today tore the wraps off a jointly managed public OpenShift service running on Azure. The deal will let customers run Kubernetes-container-based applications on either on-premises servers or the Azure cloud, and manage them through OpenShift. Both vendors are pl...

Google’s socially awkward geeks craft socially awkward AI bot that calls people for you • The Register

Google IO Google today opened its annual I/O developer bash with details of how it’s going to lob machine-learning software at everything you do online and offline, and it truly means everything. CEO Sundar Pichai took to the stage in Silicon Valley to explain how artificial intelligence will mak...

The world is becoming a computer, says CEO of worldwide computer company Microsoft • The Register

Build At its Build 2018 developer conference in Seattle, Washington, on Monday, Microsoft showered attention on artificial intelligence, as it did last year, leaving Windows chatter for later. When Steve Ballmer still steered the ship, Microsoft's message to developers was as simple as repeating th...

Open a port and get ready to download this week’s networking news • The Register

ROUNDUP What happened in networking this week? One of the more interesting happenings concerns Cisco buying some data. The acquisition looks unusual for Switchzilla: it's a data aggregator called Accompany, which boasts “millions of people and companies” and “real-time profiles for every sing...

If customers’ data should be protected, why hand it over to Zuckerberg? • The Register

Comment Mark Zuckerberg recently endured a grilling from the US Congress over Facebook's inability to stop bleeding user data. A week later, investors rewarded his company with a $50bn increase in its market capitalisation on news that – surprise! – a massive userbase pays big dividends. But it...

Australian government plans to do a Facebook on citizens’ data • The Register

+COMMENT The Australian government has published its formal response to proposals to turn its citizens into Facebook-like data points, promising AU$65 million to spread the Big Data love. The Data Availability and Use inquiry was established in 2016 and delivered its report in 2017. Yesterday, the ...

US techies: We want to see Pentagon’s defence of winner-takes-all cloud contract • The Register

The Pentagon's decision to hand a multibillion-dollar cloud contract to one vendor has come under renewed scrutiny, after an industry group urged Congress to make public the department's reports on the proposals. The IT Alliance for Public Sector wrote to the House Armed Services Committee this wee...

Now that Kubernetes has won, DigitalOcean takes a late dip in K8s • The Register

Now that Kubernetes has become the de facto standard for overseeing software containers, it's all but obligatory for cloud platform vendors to offer the software as a managed service. Google, which created Kubernetes before turning it into a model open-source project, sells its paid service under t...

QED from a storage whizz’s POV • The Register

Interview OK, you think Fibre Channel-based NVMe fabric access is a good idea. How do you implement it? Where is the FC-NVMe cookbook? Consulting technologist Greg Scherer told us about NVMe over Fibre Channel and Ethernet in what has become the first interview of two. He said FC-NVMe was a practic...

Cloudy upstart touts lasso for rustling up Big Tech office spending • The Register

Analysis There are two kinds of technology: the sexy new stuff that creates a new product category and the ho-hum kind for beancounters to help manage things better. VC-cash-chugger CloudHealth has the boring one, but nonetheless claims it has bagged some 3,000 customers over four years of selling....

Dell EMC PowerBricks VMAX… um, yeah, it’s called PowerMax now • The Register

This year's Dell Technologies World, held this week in Las Vegas, has laid boosted VMAX, XtremIO, and HCI offerings at the feet of the EMC faithful, punted two AI-focused, accelerated servers, and prepared its PowerEdge server hordes for composability. Starting at the top, VMAX has been rebranded a...

DRAM makers sued (yet again) for ‘fixing prices’ (yet again) of chips • The Register

Updated The three semiconductor giants responsible for nearly all of the world's DRAM supply are being sued for allegedly working together to keep memory chip prices high. A class-action complaint [PDF] filed to the US Northern California District Court late last week accuses Micron, Samsung, and...

Eat your damn storage news, child! Look, we even chopped it up into little digestible chunks • The Register

Ah, the wide and deep and far-fetched wonders of storage – IBM researchers talking about chemically driven phase transformations, Backblaze looking at a Pelican, HPE setting up an Azure Stack and SQream going off to Thailand. New research, updated products, new deals, new hires and new money are ...

RStor’s network acrobatics helps it wolf $45m from Cisco ‘n’ pals • The Register

Analysis Cloud startup RStor has dropped out of stealth and received $45m of A-round cash, led by Cisco Ventures, to develop its Multicloud Platform compute service. Currently organisations with large data sets that require high-powered processing ship them to public clouds, make deals with superco...

Europe needs more dosh for AI, Google’s TPU2 vs Nvidia’s Tesla V100, and more • The Register

Roundup Here's your roundup of machine-learning news from this week, beyond what we've already covered. Axon AI Ethics board A group of civil rights groups and technology researchers has written a letter to Axon, a company that uses AI to analyze video footage aimed at law enforcement. Axon recent...

Did you guess 2019 for Intel’s 10nm chip ramp up? Congratulations • The Register

Meltdown? What meltdown? Intel's 50th birthday in July should be a hell of a bash as the chipmaker is flush with cash and reckons 2018 might well be a record-breaking year. Just don't mention two very little words: ten and nanometre. In a conference call with Wall St analysts on Thursday, to mark ...

your slice of networking morsels • The Register

It's roundup time again, with ISOC working to protect the routing infrastructure, and announcements from Big Switch, F5, and Juniper. The Internet Society this week decided its MANRS initiative needs extra legs, and has recruited Internet exchanges to test the trusted routing process. As The Regis...

For every dollar of op. profit going into Bezos’ pockets, 73 cents came from AWS • The Register

Amazon.com on Thursday reported $51bn in sales for its Q1 2018, an increase of 43 per cent from $35.7bn in the year-ago quarter. The company's net income reached $1.6bn for the quarter, or $3.27 per diluted share. That's more than double the company's Q1 2017 net income of $724m, or $1.48 per dilut...

Cohesity touts instant gratification for cloud-surfing virtual machines • The Register

Secondary storage hyperconverger Cohesity has extended its on-premises appliance products range with software now running in AWS and Azure, and able to spin up backed-up VMs direct in the two cloudy places. It could already send backup data to the public cloud and manage its on-premises and cloud r...

Oracle snaffles ‘don’t seat us next to that smelly brand’ Brit adtech firm Grapeshot • The Register

Oracle has bought a UK biz that claims to help firms avoid putting their ads next to dodgy images or content – just as the marketing tech industry faces increased scrutiny and uncertainty. The acquisition of Cambridge-based Grapeshot, which in 2016 had a turnover of £9m but operating losses of a...

SAP 404s sap.com blog post that said it’s fallen behind on SaaS subs • The Register

Well this is awkward: SAP appears to have canned a blog post that appeared on SAP.com and said the company is struggling to win subscription revenue and is not yet the natural choice to house cloudy ERP. The post popped up in the RSS feed of SAP’s blogs on Monday April 23rd, but the link to the a...

In not terrifying news at all, Google just keeps on growing

Google's parent company Alphabet has notched up another quarter (PDF) of swollen sales for Q1 2018, revealing the outcome of investments like its stake in Uber. The firm booked sales of $31.15bn for the quarter ended 31 March '18, up 26 per cent year-on-year or by some $6.4bn. Broken down by segme...

Film folk, HDDs, tape and stacks and stacks of dusty data • The Register

The storage enterprise trade is simultaneously hoping what happened in Vegas does and doesn't stay there as the news of new products, tech developments, company changes and people moving jobs flooded out of the NAB conference in Nevada. Azure April is the month of the National Association of Broad...

UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads • The Register

Consumer champion Martin Lewis, Britain’s Money Saving Expert, has declared he is suing Facebook for defamation over fake adverts featuring his face that repeatedly appear on the under-fire social network. In a statement issued last night on the MoneySavingExpert website, of which he is editor-in...

Government requests for Microsoft data reach all-time low • The Register

Government requests for user data from Microsoft fell to the all-time low of 23,000 in the last half of 2017, as Redmond's rate of rejecting the requests rose to a high of 17 per cent. The software behemoth has published transparency data on requests from global law enforcement agencies, US nationa...

Veritas lays off UK workers • The Register

Troubled private-equity-owned Veritas started making layoffs in the UK yesterday as its parent continues to implement cost-cutting measures. Veritas considers 'restructuring' another two offices, with 350+ pink slips possible READ MORE Company insiders across the UK told The Register that at least...

Flash! Ah-ahhh! WebEx pwned for all of us! • The Register

Cisco has patched a serious vulnerability in its WebEx software that lets an attacker remotely execute code on target machines via poisoned Flash files. Switchzilla is today advising all users running WebEx Business Suite or WebEx Meetings (both client and server) to update their software in order ...

Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it’s the same old BS • The Register

Comment Facebook has previewed its new privacy settings, developed to meet new European privacy legislation that comes into force next month. The company is keen to promote the changes as evidence it is listening to concerns – from user and lawmakers – about how it gathers and sells private i...

Everything the light touches is ours • The Register

Cisco has pitched its intent-based networking capabilities as a way to get control over the Internet of Things. There are good reasons to try and automate the network behaviour of IoT devices: as Cisco's enterprise networking marketing vice president Prashan Shenoy told The Register's networking de...

34 vendors join ‘Accord’ to improve security by doing … security stuff • The Register

ANALYSIS On Tuesday 34 technology companies revealed they’ve created and joined a “Cybersecurity Tech Accord” that they say represents “a public commitment … to protect and empower civilians online and to improve the security, stability and resilience of cyberspace.” The 34 vendors incl...

EU wants clouds to cough data from anywhere in six hours • The Register

The European Commission has outlined its desire for a new legal instrument that would require carriers, clouds, email service providers and operators of messaging aps to produce a user’s data in six hours to assist investigations of “criminals or terrorists”. The proposed “European Producti...

Go on, bit of open sourcey hijinx won’t hurt • The Register

Seduced by serverless functions? Lured by Amazon's Lambda? If so, why not build a serverless framework at home? Project riff, an open source serverless platform from EMC/VMware spinoff Pivotal Software, aims to let you do just that. First unveiled at SpringOne Platform in December, riff is still an...

Scality swallows $60m to tame the multi-cloud data management beast • The Register

Analysis Software-defined object storage biz Scality has scored an extra $60m in funding to help along development of its cloudy storage tools. The financing was arranged by Silverpeak, a European investment bank, with cash from new investor Harbert European Growth Capital, and participation from a...

Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip • The Register

Microsoft has designed a family of Arm-based system-on-chips for Internet-of-Things devices that runs its own flavor of Linux – and securely connects to an Azure-hosted backend. Dubbed Azure Sphere, the platform is Microsoft's foray into the trendy edge-computing space, while craftily locking gad...

Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good • The Register

Facebook's apology-and-explanation machine grinds on, with The Social Network™ posting detail on one of its most controversial activities – how it tracks people who don't use Facebook. The company explained that the post is a partial response to questions CEO Mark Zuckerberg was unable to answe...

Forking hell! VMware now has TWO current versions of vSphere • The Register

VMware has given vAdmins a new version of vSphere, numbered 6.7. As predicted and detected by The Register's virtualization desk, it's not a huge release. But it is both a slightly confusing and rather significant one. The significance first: this release is a signal of just how much VMware believe...

Yep, we’re going with a single cloud services provider • The Register

The US Department of Defense (DoD) still intends to choose just one vendor for its multibillion-dollar cloud contract – amid complaints from Oracle's co-CEO that such a plan "makes no sense". The Pentagon made waves last month when it published a draft proposal document calling for just one cloud...

Build up your security credentials at SANS London June 2018 • The Register

Promo Even as IT systems grow and become more complex, so new and ingenious methods for stealing vital data or holding organisations to ransom proliferate at an increasingly rapid pace. More than ever, the world needs security professionals who know how to anticipate these fast-changing attacks and...

Three storage hardware devices, a cash raise and Oracle gets blocked • The Register

It has been a hardware frenzy this week, with a pair of microSD cards for surveillance cams, flash drives for video takers and makers, and good old filers from a NAS baker. These were accompanied by cash-raising from Sphere3D and Oracle adding block support to its cloud-based Linux Storage Applianc...

VMware smooths off vSAN’s rough edges • The Register

Alongside its update of vSphere, VMware has smoothed off a few of the rough edges from its HCI heavy, vSAN. vSAN already dominates the HCI software market, but the firm is looking to its own users for growth. Yanbing Li, SVP and general manager of VMware's Storage and Availability Business Unit, sa...

One of IBM’s latest financial figures was off by four cents today – so down go its shares • The Register

Revenues for IBM have risen for its second successive financial quarter – after over five years of declining sales – however, profits are down and Wall Street hammered Big Blue's stock price in after-hours trading. The venerable tech titan booked $19.1bn in sales in the first quarter of 2018 ...

Boffins try to grok dogs using AI, a cyber-brain charter, a bot running for mayor, and more • The Register

Roundup Here are a few bits and pieces from this week's news in AI. Researchers have collected a dataset to analyze dog behaviour using neural networks, the first AI-assisted medical device for diagnosing diabetic retinopathy has been approved by the FDA, and, finally, an AI is running for mayor in ...

PepsiCo hires robots to interview job candidates

PepsiCo, the food and drinks manufacturer with retail sales of more than $1bn a year, is using artificial intelligence (AI) software to find and interview candidates to fill vacancies in Russia. Download this free guide 6 high profile examples of Big Data improving operations for corporations This ...

Public cloud services could be worth $302 BEEELLION by 2021 • The Register

Public cloud services will be a $302bn-plus global market by 2021 and ten vendors will account for nearly three-quarters of those sales, if the mystics at Gartner have read those tea leaves correctly. All segments are set to expand but the fast growing area is slated to be infrastructure services, ...

Get the FTP outta here, says Firefox • The Register

Mozilla developers have decided to block requests for File Transfer Protocol (FTP) subresources inside web pages. A bug report and Intent to implement notice suggest the change will land in Firefox 61. The browser’s currently at version 59, with 61 due in May 2018. The change will permit access ...

Nervous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes Turing Test in Congress • The Register

A few hours after the introduction of Facebook's newly launched Data Abuse Bounty program – an admission the social ad network has no idea what's become of its illicitly harvested data – CEO Mark Zuckerberg reprised his long-running mea culpa show before America's lawmakers. His appearance in W...

SAP’s Business Client can own entire apps, DDOS them into dust • The Register

SAP has issued its >April security update, which brings a waiting world news of ten patch-worthy problems. The nastiest has a CVSS rating of 9.8 and impacts SAP's Business Client, the desktop tool to access much of its wares. Details of the problem are behind a registration wall, but according to ...

Microsoft’s Pelican brief, MAID in Azure* and femtosecond laser glass storage • The Register

Analysis Following last week's announcement that Microsoft's Azure planned to reinvent MAID disk arrays, The Reg took a deep breath and dove into Azure CTO Mark Russinovich’s presentation. What did we find? Some interesting bits and pieces about IBM tape library use, the aforementioned Pelican MA...

Cisco shrinks Tetration for ESX and SaaS • The Register

Just in case you doubt Cisco’s intention to become a software company, it’s now shrunk its Tetration analytics software and spawned a SaaS version. When Tetration appeared in 2017 the telemetry analytics tool needed 36 servers to go about its business. Cisco later cut the server count to six fo...

Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin’ • The Register

Review Planet Computing’s Gemini is a middling Android phone integrated with a Psion Series 5-style keyboard and clamshell case. Since our exclusive hands-on with a real production device, I’ve spent a few weeks in its rattly, plasticky company. And I’ve also managed to get Linux installed. So...

Google wants to gobble up Nokia’s airborne broadband biz – reports • The Register

Google looks set to expand its horizon according to reports that claim the ad giant is in talks to buy Nokia's airplane broadband biz. Nokia's tech could provide Google with a faster alternative to existing in-flight Wi-Fi. The LTE A2G cellular-based system is intended to forge a direct link betwee...

C’mon, Zuck… don’t make us feel second class. Come talk to us in Europe – EU politicos • The Register

Mark Zuckerberg has been warned not to treat European Facebook users as "second class" as pressure mounts on the CEO to face the music from politicos on the other side of the Pond. As execs from the social media business are lining up meeting after meeting with EU politicians, one name was notably ...

What’s in a spectrum allocation? Aero bods talk drone radio links • The Register

Preparing the ground for remotely flown and autonomous aircraft – drones – of the near future is a challenge. How much effort has gone into clearing radio spectrum for vital command-and-control links? That question was addressed at a recent Royal Aeronautical Society workshop on drone command a...

Angry Aussies argue for ousting of .au execs • The Register

Australia's .au internet registry members have called for the scalps of its CEO and three Board members as part of an ongoing dispute over how the organization is being run. The call comes as the Australian government continues an investigation into the governance structure of auDA following a seri...

Mozilla moves WebAssembly into sparsely furnished Studio apartment • The Register

Mozilla has released a preview version of WebAssembly Studio, its browser-based integrated development environment (IDE) for creating code touted to be the future of internet software. WebAssembly is a low-level assembly language that can be written as text (.wat) and converted to binary (.wasm) or...

Cisco bulks up routers for carriers struggling with CDN traffic • The Register

Cisco might be turning itself into a software company, but that's a slow process, and in the meantime, the router giant still has hardware on the roadmap. This week at YetAnotherConference™ – the MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress in Paris – Cisco announced a suite of routing products targeting the ...

ZFS on Linux data loss sparks small, swift upgrade • The Register

Maintainers of ZFS for Linux have hustled out a new version after the previous release caused data loss. ZFS for Linux 0.7.7 only landed on March 21st, but as this GitHub thread titled “Unlistable and disappearing files”, users experienced “Data loss when copying a directory with large-ish nu...

Server blueprint theft spat with Bladeroom settled, but… • The Register

A busy Monday saw Facebook settle one court case, only to have another pop up. When the social network's attorneys weren't helping their CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepare for a grilling before US Congress this week, the legal eagles struck a settlement in a trade-secret battle involving Open Compute Proj...

Application publishing gets the WebAssembly treatment • The Register

British outfit Droplet Computing thinks it’s found a new way to package and publish applications, by bundling them up to run using WebAssembly so they can run in a browser, online or offline. WebAssembly is a low-level safe binary format designed to allow C/C++ code to run in web browsers. Drople...

Microsoft’s new gov cloud needs extra security, says Australia • The Register

So this is awkward: last week Microsoft trumpeted its new Australian Azure regions for government clients. But three days later Australian authorities said the new regions need extra security controls before they're sufficiently secure. The “can do better” guidance (PDF) from the Australian Sig...

IBM’s swings shrink ray from workforce to mainframes • The Register

IBM has shrunk its z-series mainframes to fit 19-inch racks, the size used by just about every other server in the world. The new z14 range includes the ZR1, a single-rack machine said to improve on the smallest Z13 by improving throughput by 10 per cent while doubling memory to eight terabytes. Th...

Imperfect answers to imperfect problems, but they’re all we have • The Register

I got into an argument with a friend of mine a little while back. This person abhors containers and virtualization, claims not to understand why anybody should need to use them, and refuses to deploy them in production. What I took away from this encounter were some valid gripes about the design of...

Dell software limb Pivotal’s IPO hopes

Dell's cloudy native software production house Pivotal expects its initial public offering to raise up to $592m. This is far more than the initial $100m reported in March. It's offering a total of 42.6 million Class A shares (including an over-allotment option for underwriters) priced between $14 a...

Can’t view memes on London-Southampton train? It’s the worst line for mobile coverage • The Register

The London Waterloo to Southampton train line is today named the worst major commuting route for frustrated wage slaves desperate to get a signal on their way to and from the office. Using data from the major networks' performance last year, a report by analysts IHS Markit's RootMetrics ranked eigh...

Broadcom readies refined fleet of Fibre Channel kit • The Register

In what it has called its Hoth release, Broadcom said it enhanced its gen 6 Fibre Channel products with new NVMe technology, automation technology, and higher density hardware. Starting with the hardware, the G630 is a 128-port Brocade switch and a FC32-64 64-port X6 Director blade has also been an...

Are you SAP-py now?! ERP giant overhauls pricing model following indirect access drama • The Register

SAP has changed its pricing model following mass confusion among customers and fears of litigation over indirect access. As part of the overhaul, the German ERP giant today promised users greater transparency – as well as pledging a "clear separation" between licence sales and audit departments ...

HPE swallows cloud consultancy Red Pixie • The Register

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has gobbled Brit cloud consultancy and app developer Red Pixie for an undisclosed sum. The US titan might have given up on selling its own public cloud but is using the Pointnext division – rebranded from Technology Services – to cuddle up to customers and give advice...

It’s April 2018 – and Patch Tuesday shows Windows security is still foiled by fiendish fonts • The Register

Microsoft has released the April edition of its monthly security update, this time addressing a total of 63 CVE-listed vulnerabilities. This month's update includes critical fixes for the usual suspects: Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Office, as well as one flaw Redmond previously fixed with...

Hey, so Europe’s GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We’re going to miss it … by a year or so • The Register

The internet's domain name system is going to miss a May 25 deadline to become compliant with new European privacy legislation by, um, a year or so. That's according to the companies that register and maintain domain names, who outlined their schedule in a letter [PDF] to DNS oversight body ICANN. ...

VMware vids revealing new vSphere vanish • The Register

VMware appears set to launch a new version of vSphere. Late last week Virtzilla-watchers like Marcel van den Berg spotted some social media posts referring to the new release. Other VMware-watchers spotted posts about “vSphere 6.7”, but they quickly disappeared. A little cache-digging turns u...

Linux Beep bug joke backfires as branded fix falls short • The Register

Retro programmers may need to reconsider using the Linux beep command as an activity or progress alert. One of the silliest bugs on record emerged late last week, when Debian project leader Chris Lamb took to the distro's security to post an advisory that the little utility had a local privilege es...

Facebook suspends, investigates CubeYou, another data-harvester • The Register

Facebook's slow-motion privacy awakening continued over the weekend, with a data analytics outfit called CubeYou suspended from the "platform" pending investigation over T&C violations. For some time, privacy advocates have warned that cute-and-popular quizzes linked from Facebook – “Which Star...

There’s security – then there’s barbed wire-laced pains in the arse • The Register

If IT has a reputation as the gatekeeper, the security department is the one providing the locks and barbed wire. End users think IT security is a hassle: complex passwords, password expiry and multi-factor authentication are tolerated when they are made mandatory, but nobody is thrilled about it. ...

Lib Dems, UKIP’s websites go TITSUP* on UK local election launch day • The Register

Updated Several political websites using the NationBuilder platform have been down for almost 24 hours – perfect timing for the launch of the UK’s local election campaign. The biz, whose marketing bumpf promises “software for leaders”, is used by a range of political parties, including the ...

Flash array floggers jostle for position • The Register

Huawei came out of nowhere in 2017's fourth quarter all-flash array sales race, flogging 10 times as much kit as it did the year before, meanwhile NetApp more than quadrupled its A-Series sales. OK, both jumps are from small bases – $7.3m and $46.8m respectively – but the growth, to $84.1m in H...

Another week, another fistful of storage nouns comin’ at ya like a breeze block to the frontal lobe • The Register

A concentrated storage blast has blown in after the Easter break, with substantial product announcements from Datrium, Nexenta and Rubrik. Other news from Intel, Nantero and Kingston was backed up with Huawei SPC-1 benchmark results, several funding events and exec moves. Grab yourself a cup of you...

Triple Lens Shooter promises the Earth … • The Register

Review Huawei has brought forward the release of its P20 Pro flagship to capitalise on the interest generated by its triple-lens shooter. This is the first Chinese phone that demands – well, screams – to be compared to the market leaders. With a price to match – £799. Although Huawei is pour...

Webinar series just for you • The Register

Promo Amazon Web Services (AWS) has spent years working with thousands of companies across all industries to create the most comprehensive collection of best-practices and guidance known as the Well-Architected Framework. Based on five separate pillars, the Well-Architected Framework is the most co...

T-Mobile Austria stores passwords as plain text, Outlook gets message crypto, and more • The Register

Roundup While Facebook caught most of the security-related flak this week, there were other infosec stories out there. Here's a summary of stuff happening, beyond what we've already covered. Don't get pwned. Word. Dude Microsoft, which used to be a byword for insecure software until Bill Gates' t...

NUC NUC! Who’s there? Intel, warning you to kill a buggy keyboard app • The Register

Intel has made much of its NUC and Compute Stick mini-PCs as a way to place computers to out-of-the-way places like digital signage. Such locations aren’t the kind of spots where keyboards and pointing devices can be found, so Intel sweetened the deal by giving the world an Android and iOS app ca...

Buggy Verge crypto-cash gets hacked, devs go fork themselves, hard • The Register

The Verge cryptocurrency has seen its value drop by 25 per cent after hackers exploiting a bug in the alt-coin's software forced its developers to hit the reset button and hard-fork the currency. Programmers on Wednesday confirmed that the fun-bux had been on the receiving end of a "small hash atta...

Facebook tried to access and match medical data

You’d think recent events might have dulled Facebook’s rapacious lust for data. But now comes news, from CNBC, that The Social Network™ tried to acquire access to patients’ medical records. The network’s report says Facebook approached “several major U.S. hospitals to share anonymized d...

Microsoft’s five-billion-buck IoT R&D plan is just business as usual • The Register

Microsoft’s announced it will spend $US5 billion on internet of things research over the next four years. But don’t get too excited: they are diverted dollars rather than a new cash splash Redmond’s announcement explains the money will go towards “securing IoT, creating development tools an...

An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive • The Register

Since the number of users slurped by third-party data harvesters only seems to rise, the ugly truth for Facebook may be that its growth-at-all-costs culture has led to a dramatic loss in personal privacy. But the even uglier truth is that such data-sharing practices may be the only way the mobile a...

The new Black: Western Dig doubles capacity on slimmed-down flasher • The Register

Just over a year after the first Black M.2 SSD hit the streets, Western Digital has doubled its maximum capacity to 1TB, doubled sequential read bandwidth and more than doubled the random read IOPS. Here are the main numbers of this single-sided drive: 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities, using 3D NAN...

Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory go TITSUP* • The Register

It seems Microsoft's Office 365 is having an unscheduled nap as users across the world report difficulties logging into the administration portal. Office 365 is having issues since 04:51 AM ESThttps://t.co/3GGuh8EZs8 RT if you're also affected #office365down pic.twitter.com/ixHgD7YHv1 — Outage R...

Twitter whacks 270,000 terror accounts, majority flagged by internal tools • The Register

Twitter removed more than 270,000 accounts for terrorism-related violations in the last six months of 2017 – and most of these were detected by internal tools. According to the anger platform's latest transparency report, which covers 1 July to 31 December 2017, this takes the total removed to da...

Facebook back in court fighting claims it nicked British data centre IP • The Register

Mark Zuckerberg won't appear in front of Parliament, but Facebook is in the dock again this week as part of a long-running court case over the alleged theft of British trade secrets. BladeRoom is a Cheltenham-based operation specialising in energy-efficient modular data centres. Founder Paul Rogers...

Terix boss thrown in the cooler for TWO years for peddling pirated Oracle firmware, code patches • The Register

A California bloke who operated an unlicensed Oracle support company has been sentenced to 24 months in prison. Bernd Appleby, former CEO of IT support company Terix, was sent down after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He will also serve two years of supervised rele...

US watchdog reckons blockchain bods Longfin were wrongfin, maybe this is their swansongfin • The Register

US financial watchdog the SEC has frozen $27m in what it believes are ill-gotten gains generated by a shady cryptocurrency deal. The regulator has accused blockchain tech upstart Longfin Corp and four of its officers of awarding and then selling unregistered shares for their own gain. The group is ...

Facebook can’t count says Cambridge Analytica • The Register

Cambridge Analytica has refuted Facebook’s claim that it had access to 87 million records from The Social Network™. “Today Facebook reported that information for up to 87 million people may have been improperly obtained by research company GSR,” reads a In a Cambridge Analytica statement. ...

US spanks EU businesses in race to detect p0wned servers • The Register

European organisations are taking longer to detect breaches than their counterparts in North America, according to a study by FireEye. Organisations in EMEA are taking almost six months (175 days) to detect an intruder in their networks, which is rather more than the 102 days that the firm found wh...

Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed? • The Register

The hype machine has been tuned to 11 for Steven Spielberg's metafest Ready Player One, which opened in time for Easter. Ernest Cline's novel shot to the top of bestseller lists in 2011 so inevitably there would be options on a movie. The only surprise is it took seven years. The book follows a ki...

*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it’s in bypass mode • The Register

This Damn War Whatever can go wrong will go wrong. It's a law most IT people would understand and perhaps even fear. It was my third day as the new network manager for a reasonably sized estate across several sites, most inhabited by weirdy beardies who had jobs like counting bats, frogs and other ...

Pure Storage is to raise HALF a BEEELLLION DOLLARS for mystery corporate slurp • The Register

Pure Storage is trying to raise nearly half a billion dollars to fund its first corporate acquisition. The all-flash array biz is to sell privately-placed convertible notes to institional buyers for $450m and will also grant initial purchasers the option to buy another $67.5m, solely to cover over-...

O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band • The Register

UK mobile operators have collectively forked out £1.3bn on boosting spectrum following regulator Ofcom's latest auction. O2's owner Telefónica splurged the most, shelling out £205m for all 40MHz of 2.3GHz spectrum, which will be immediately available for 4G services; and £317m on 40MHz of 3.4GH...

1.5 BEEELLION sensitive files found exposed online dwarf Panama Papers leak • The Register

Security researchers have uncovered 1.5 billion business and consumer files exposed online – just a month before the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force. During the first three months of 2018, threat intel firm Digital Shadows detected 1,550,447,111 publicly available files across...

Microsoft outlines some ground rules to prevent it from nicking your IP • The Register

Big-hearted Microsoft has tried to make reassuring noises to calm the nerves of others who might be thinking of getting between the Intellectual Property (IP) sheets with the Seattle software giant. Going into a tech tie-up can be a risky business for any IP owner. Fears that key IP and knowledge m...

AWSome, S3 storage literally costs pennies • The Register

AWS is letting punters store objects in S3 for $0.01 per GB per month. The catch? The data will be held in one availability zone, meaning there is less resiliency baked into the service in the event of an outage. Users' object storage data is kept in virtual repositories called S3 buckets. These ar...

HPE shines in IDC Converged Systems tracker, Cisco does not • The Register

Cisco stumbled in the hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) section of IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, for 2017's final quarter as HPE did a Falcon Heavy and took off. The worldwide converged systems market grew 9.1 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to $23.6bn in the fourth quarter ...

Five hours downtime in 17 years is pretty good – but moaning about late planes trumps all • The Register

EUROCONTROL, the organisation that provides air traffic management for Europe, has apologised for an outage that made a mess of air transport across the continent yesterday. The problems with the organisation’s Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System (ETFMS) hit at around 13:00 UTC on Tuesday Ap...

Mozilla rejects your reality and substitutes its own … browser for VR and AR goggles • The Register

Mozilla’s decided the world needs a browser designed for augmented and mixed reality goggles. The browser-baker has named its new effort “Firefox Reality” and said its interest in an AR/VR/MR browser is inspired by the same reasons it makes Firefox: a belief the world needs an open-source bro...

Hard disk drives, optic fiber, PCB making equipment, etc • The Register

The US government on Tuesday revealed the list of Chinese imports it plans to slap extra tariffs on, under orders from President Trump, amid rising trade tensions between America and China. The much-awaited list [PDF] includes metal alloys, electronic parts, and industrial machinery. These extra fe...

CEO Bill Morrow bails • The Register

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia’s national broadband network (NBN), has announced that CEO Bill Morrow will step down “by year end 2018”. Morrow’s canned statement features him saying ““I believe that as the company prepares to confront the new challenges ahead, thi...

Facebook want us to believe banning Putin’s troll army safeguards Russian democracy • The Register

Facebook’s No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Year continues , with The Social Network™ enduring another day of explaining its own errors. The day started with Founder Mark Zuckerberg posting new of “an important step to protect the integrity of elections around the world” that he pitched as among...

Intel sells Wind River after it failed to deliver mobile supremacy • The Register

Intel has offloaded real-time OS-maker Wind River. Chipzilla for acquired the company in 2009 for a cool US$884M and declared “The acquisition will deliver to Intel robust software capabilities in embedded systems and mobile devices, both important growth areas for the company.” We all know ho...

Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot… now what’s this new warrant about? • The Register

The four-year court battle between the US government and Microsoft over the release of emails held in the software giant's data centre in Ireland has come to an end – of sorts. Microsoft HQ in Redmond issued a motion with the Supreme Court late yesterday backing the government's request that the ...

DXC Tech CEO continues to wash away HPE old guard • The Register

DXC Technologies has helped pack the bags of another HPE old-timer with global sales honcho Larry Stack said to be leaving of his own volition, although his role will not be replaced. Stack was previously a chief sales officer at HPE Services for four years until he transferred with the business to...

Trump whines and dines Oracle co-CEO Catz – reports • The Register

Oracle’s co-CEO Safra Catz was reportedly set to enjoy a slap-up meal with US president mop-haired windbag Donald Trump last night, giving the pair a chance to compare Amazon-bashing notes. The evening was, according to Bloomberg, also going to involve Peter Thiel, founder of CIA-backed data anal...

iOS 11.3 update throws Jamf-managed iStuffs into a loop.. into a loop.. into a loop… into a… • The Register

Mobile device management (MDM) vendor Jamf is warning admins to hold off on installing the iOS 11.3 update on iPhones and iPads until it can fix a bug in its software that was causing devices to become unresponsive. The developer says that it is working on an update to Jamf Pro 10.3 that will fix a...

AWS Summit SF, definitely not a sales event

The 2018 AWS Summit in San Francisco began on Wednesday with shock and awe, a chest-thumping bass beat accompanying a fusillade of testimonials from business customers that have cozied up to Amazon's cloud infrastructure. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, introduced by text-to-almost-human-speech service A...

nbn™ CEO pleads with staff to control costs in ‘seeya later’ letter • The Register

The outgoing CEO of nbn™, the company building and operating Australia’s national broadband network (NBN), has implored the company’s staff to “keep our costs down” in the “note to employees” announcing his departure. Posted to LinkedIn, Bill Morrow’s note says “I kindly ask for y...

AWS baits cloud hooks with DeepLens machine learning camera • The Register

At the AWS Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday Amazon Web Services invited a handful of tech typers to see a demonstration of AWS DeepLens, its forthcoming camera tuned for deep learning tasks. Announced late last year and given away in limited quantities to select developers, the image capturing ...

They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender • The Register

A remote-code execution vulnerability in Windows Defender – a flaw that can be exploited by malicious .rar files to run malware on PCs – has been traced back to an open-source archiving tool Microsoft adopted for its own use. The bug, CVE-2018-0986, was patched on Tuesday in the latest version ...

Linux 4.16 arrives, erases eight CPUs and keeps melting Meltdown • The Register

Linus Torvalds has pulled the trigger and released version 4.16 of the Linux kernel, thereby killing off his own suggestion this release might need an extra week to mature. One of the more interesting things this time around is the removal of support for eight CPU architectures. That decision means...

Yeah, we shared your HIV status info with other companies – but we didn’t charge them! • The Register

Hookup fixer Grindr is on the defensive after it shared sensitive information, including HIV status and physical location, of its app's users with outside organizations. The quickie booking facilitator on Monday admitted it passed, via HTTPS, people's public profiles to third-party analytics compan...

Cloudflare touts privacy-friendly 1.1.1.1 public DNS service. Hmm, let’s take a closer look at that • The Register

Analysis Cloudflare has revealed a deal with regional internet registry APNIC to provide a possibly more privacy-conscious DNS resolver at a prestige network address, 1.1.1.1. The biz contends DNS – which translates human-friendly domain names like theregister.com into numeric IP addresses, such ...

Relations between capital and labor don’t matter • The Register

At a riotous final concert at San Francisco’s Winterland auditorium, The Sex Pistols’ frontman Johnny Rotten notoriously trolled the crowd with a final line, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” as the band walked offstage after a fifteen-minute set. That phrase came to mind when s...

Microsoft Australia flicks switch on Protected Azure-for-Gov service • The Register

Microsoft has flicked the switch on two new data centres for Australian and New Zealand government customers. The company announced the “Australia Central” and “Australia Central 2” regions last year, along with the unusual arrangement that they would be housed in third party bit barns run ...

Microsoft reinventing Massive Arrays of Idle Disks for Azure, ‘cos IBM tape ain’t enough • The Register

Microsoft is working on a new class of disk-based storage appliance for its Azure cloud service, because tape is proving too hard and too slow to use in some situations. Azure chief technology officer Mark Russinovich today told an event in Sydney, Australia, that Microsoft has deployed tape librar...

For some reason, you lot love ’em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018 • The Register

For some Reg readers there's only One True Laptop, and it's the ThinkPad. Yes, still. The ThinkPad community may be world's biggest tech grumblers – I know, I am one – and have been complaining about the changes for years. But they keep coming back and paying a premium for the milspec-worthy bu...

Which? leads decrepit email service behind barn, single shot rings out over valley • The Register

Consumer group Which? is to terminate its 20-plus-year-old email service, giving long-standing users two months to switch accounts. Which.net was set up in the mid-90s as a benefit to members between 1997 and 2004, after which it was closed to new signups but remained active. The group has now dec...

Ahh, long weekend. Refreshed? Great, now purge yourself with all the storage you missed • The Register

DDN is chief among this week's round-up of tasty storage nuggets: it has jumped on the GPU bandwagon and fed Nvidia's DGX-1 souped-up server, claiming it's the fastest data source for said super box. DDN has said its EXAscaler DGX system, based on its ES14KX all-flash array, delivers 33GB/sec throu...

Citrix opens its third cloud region, this time in Australia • The Register

Citrix has extended its cloud to Australia, with a new “Asia-Pacific South” region joining its US-based and EMEA efforts as of April 4th, Sydney time. David Nicol, the company’s antipodean director for cloud services and new business, said the company has made the move because some of its top...

Badmins: Magento shops brute-forced to scrape card deets and install cryptominers • The Register

Hackers have compromised hundreds of e-commerce sites running the popular open-source Magento platform to scrape credit card numbers and install crypto-mining malware. The Magento sites are being compromised through brute-force attacks using common and known default Magento credentials, threat inte...

Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails • The Register

The US government has issued Microsoft with a new warrant to get access to emails held on the firm's Irish servers, while asking the Supreme Court to dismiss the existing legal battle. The long-running wrangle began back in 2014, when Microsoft was taken to court by American prosecutors who wanted ...

Linux 4.16 arrives, keeps melting Meltdown, preps to axe eight CPUs • The Register

Linus Torvalds has pulled the trigger and released version 4.16 of the Linux kernel, thereby killing off his own suggestion this release might need an extra week to mature. And here's some fair warning: version 4.17 is set to remove support for eight CPU architectures. That would mean Linux will no...

Google to banish cryptominers from Chrome Web Store • The Register

Google will throw cryptocurrency-mining extensions out of its Chrome Web Store after finding so many were badly behaved. From Monday, no more add-ons that churn out fun bucks will be added to the cyber-store's shelves, and by July, those listed in the code bazaar will be removed. The ads giant all...

Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots • The Register

Job ad The Register seeks full-time developers and data scientists to build software tools to generate headlines and other text. This technology will draw upon the work of top UK academic Professor Warren Rice, who has assembled a database of more than one million news stories, including the entire...

Here is your low down on TensorFlow updates, France’s AI strategy, and a new DeepMind lab • The Register

Roundup Here's your weekly AI roundup. There were new announcements from Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference and Google's TensorFlow Dev Summit while France announced its own national AI strategy in a report and vowed €1.5bn in public funding. TensorFlow conference - Google hosted the TensorFlow D...

$0.75 – about how much Cambridge Analytica paid per voter in bid to micro-target their minds, internal docs reveal • The Register

Cambridge Analytica bought psychological profiles on individual US voters, costing roughly 75 cents to $5 apiece, each crafted using personal information plundered from millions of Facebook accounts, according to revealed internal documents. Over the course of the past two weeks, whistleblower Chri...

Successful launch and FCC satellite approval • The Register

SpaceX successfully launched 10 satellites into space Friday, completing its sixth launch this year. The launch from pad 4E at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California came on the same day as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the company's plan to set up its own broadband netw...

Looking to nab Nvidia’s GeForce chips? You need cash and patience • The Register

Tech companies are suffering setbacks from the shortage of Nvidia’s GPUs, with the GeForce series being hit the hardest. Following his keynote speech at his biz's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose this week, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang explained to journalists that it was down to intense Ethereum...

Boffins laugh in the face of Twitter’s API limits. Now they can slurp info to their hearts’ content • The Register

While politicians and the public demand Facebook dam its indiscriminate dispensation of data, academics want to open the social network info-spigot wider still. In a paper popped onto ArXiv this week, boffins from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional's ESIME Culhuacan in Mexico, and the University o...

Machine learning library TensorFlow can count to potato… I mean, 1.7 • The Register

Open-source machine-learning boffins rejoice! Numerical computation library TensorFlow 1.7.0 made a discreet appearance this morning, just a month after 1.6 dropped. TensorFlow was originally developed by Google Brain for internal use before going open source in November 2015. The processor-intensi...

Brit cloud slinger iomart goes TITSUP*, drags Virgin Trains and Parentpay with it • The Register

Brit cloud provider Iomart is having an outage-ridden day - but its service-outage-hit customers are arguably having a far worse one. Reports first began to surface on Twitter at 12:26 this afternoon with users of Iomart subsidary Melbourne IT noting some problems. @MelbourneHost @iomart Problems?...

Creaking protocols a threat to EU’s telecom infrastructure security • The Register

Legacy technologies pose a threat to the EU's telecommunications infrastructure, a study by cybersecurity agency ENISA warns. 2G/ 3G mobile networks worldwide still depend on SS7 and Diameter for controlling communications (routing voice calls and data) as well as sets of protocols designed "decade...

Microsoft splits up into ‘cloud’ and ‘edge’ • The Register

Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has announced a business reorganization at Redmond to go along with his executive shake-up. In a now-public e-mail to staff on Thursday, Nadella outlined how Microsoft will operate with two major divisions - one focusing on end-users with 'experiences and devices' and a...

Microsoft’s Windows supremo Terry Myerson is now Terry BYE-rson • The Register

Windows supremo Terry Myerson is departing Microsoft after decades of service, according to a memo sent to all employees today by CEO Satya Nadella. Nadella is attempting yet another reorganisation at the software giant, creating two new engineering teams to take the business into the future. Famil...

Plenty leak your IP addresses • The Register

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, turn out to be less private than the name suggests, and not just because service providers may keep more records than they acknowledge. Security researcher Paolo Stagno, also known as VoidSec, has found that 23 per cent (16 out of 70) of VPNs tested leak users' IP...

Stop us if you’ve heard this one

IBM is undertaking another significant round of job cuts, according to multiple sources. The enterprise giant on Thursday is reportedly notifying a number employees they will be made redundant in the coming months, and offering some the chance to move to different positions. This after talk earlie...

Fake news is fake data, ‘which makes it our problem’, world’s info-slurpers told • The Register

Data-hungry organisations have been advised to get a better grip on the data they control and work on building trust. In a week when analytic technologies have had more press than ever, many of the discussions at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit, which ran from 19-22 March, focused on dealing ...

cryptocurrency probably not an identity system • The Register

Too many cryptocurrency people are trying to force-fit blockchain technology into identity solutions, when ID needs its own solutions. That's the opinion of Steve Wilson of Lockstep Consulting, who this month co-authored a paper on identity for the Internet Society: Do Blockchains Have Anything to ...

ESA’s Ariel mission will boldly spot exoplanets not seen before • The Register

The European Space Agency is launching a mission to find out how planets form and how life emerges in space, it announced on Tuesday. Ariel, also known as the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey mission, will narrow down on the search for exoplanets and is expected to launch ...

Creaking Chromebooks getting Meltdown protection soon • The Register

Older Chromebook owners should keep an eye open for Chrome OS updates, bcause Google's announced they'll get Meltdown protection soon. The fix for the now-notorious speculative execution side-channel will arrive in Chrome OS 66. This went to the beta channel for Android last Friday (March 16). Old...

Salesforce saddles itself with MuleSoft for $6.5bn • The Register

Salesforce has decided to buy API-farmer MuleSoft for a cool US$6.5bn – about a billion bucks above the latter company’s market capitalisation. Mulesoft offers a cloudy integration platform that lets you discover APIs, then connect them to other APIs. The platform promises just about any-to-any...

No, Sierra Leone did not just run the world’s first ‘blockchain election’ • The Register

Blockchain enthusiasts may be a little deflated today, after the nation of Sierra Leone took to Twitter to debunk claims it had conducted “the world’s first blockchain election.” But it’s not all bad news for blockheads, because distributed ledgers were used during the poll and performed we...

Toshiba picks its NVMe over Fabrics storage node • The Register

Surprise, surprise – flash chip and SSD manufacturer Toshiba has announced NVMe fabric-access flash array software. What's its game? An NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) array has a bunch of NVMe flash drives inside it which are accessed by applications running in servers. These apps think they are acc...

None of my flash rivals NVMe: Analyst spills tea on who’s who in fabric-access NVMe arrays • The Register

It may be a surprise to some, but a tech consultancy has said that the existing all-flash array market is in no danger of losing market share to NMVe over Fabrics (NVMeoF) types – saying they're not competing in the same areas. It also said mainstream storage array suppliers would soon be snapping...

HPE burns offering to Apollo 6500, unleashes cranked deep learning server on world+dog • The Register

HPE has updated its Apollo 6500 deep learning server with a threefold performance boost over its precursor by stuffing it with eight Tesla V100 GPUs, which speak to each other via Nvidia's NVlink 2.0 interconnect protocol. HPE claimed the Nvidia gear makes it, on average, 3.12 times faster than the...

Seagate’s HAMR to drop in 2020: Multi-actuator disk drives on the way • The Register

In 2020 Seagate will introduce its first multi-actuator disk drives using Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) tech with 20TB capacities. This was revealed at the Open Compute Project summit, which took place yesterday and today at the San Jose Convention Center. Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers...

Facebook opens up Big Basin Volta plans to share the server wealth • The Register

Facebook has revealed its updated GPU-powered server design known as Big Basin v2 as part of the Open Compute Project. The OCP was set up by a community of engineers trying to build efficient servers, storage and data centers by openly sharing intellectual property. Companies such as Nokia, Intel, ...

Cisco’s ‘Hybrid Information-Centric Networking’ gets a workout at Verizon • The Register

Last week, we noted the re-emergence of a sleeper technology, Information-Centric Networking (ICN). we've now learned that Cisco's been hard at work on it: Switchzilla has unveiled a trial implementation with Verizon. ICN associates content with names rather than the IP address of the server hostin...

a devops framework for the network admin • The Register

Interview In February, network automation company Ubiqube released another network management framework into the open source world. The Register spoke to CTO Hervé Guesdon to understand the company's hopes for its OpenMSA tools. OpenMSA is the Open Modelling and Simulation architecture, and Guesdo...

Samsung’s DeX dock clicks the second time around • The Register

FIRST FONDLE When Samsung gave the world its DeX dock last year, we rated the device a solid, thoughtful job for its feat of allowing a smartphone to deliver a decent desktop experience. In case you missed it, DeX is the name for an app, a desktop environment and the dock that boasts HDMI and USB o...

VMware ponders baking backup into VSAN • The Register

VMware has pondered baking backup and disaster recovery into its VSAN software-defined storage tool. Speaking at the Sydney VMware User Group conference in Sydney today, Cormac Hogan, director and chief technologist of VMware’s Storage and Availability Business Unit, said “We are very focussed ...

Cold cuts from Infinidat, Pivot3 and Pavilion Data, plus some dish on ex-Docker boss • The Register

Roundup In this week's roundup of bite-sized storage snacks: Infinidat has added a second data protection partnership, NVMe-oF startup Pavilion Data has lost one of its two co-founders, a peer-to-peer storage startup nabbed a Docker high-flier, and Pivot3 downsized its HCI product to a slim 1U shelf...

Seagate’s gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB • The Register

Seagate has unveiled a 14TB helium-filled disk drive in the Exos line. The range appeared in November when various Enterprise Capacity and Enterprise Performance drives in 3.5 and 2.5-inch form factors were rebranded. The range topped out with the Exos X12, a rebranded Enterprise Capacity 12TB heli...

Gartner’s top tip to data crunchers on the eve of GDPR? Don’t be creepy • The Register

Businesses risk losing millions from the investments they made in data and analytics if they don’t respect their customers’ privacy, according to Gartner research director Bart Willemsen. Speaking at Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in London, UK, yesterday, Willemsen said that organisations ...

Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi • The Register

The mighty little OS that could is open source again. LG has revealed webOS OSE (Open Source Edition) under an Apache licence and ported it to the Raspberry Pi hardware. HP, which acquired webOS from original developers Palm, open-sourced it in 2011 and promised to invest. A community of fans gathe...

Fire up your app dev skills at Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston • The Register

Promo Small to large enterprises around the globe rely on Cloud Foundry to automate and scale cloud applications across multiple clouds, in any language, through their lifecycle. Whether you are new to the platform or have some knowledge but would like to take it to a new level, the Cloud Foundry Su...

Windows Server 2019 coming next year and the price is going up • The Register

Microsoft has released more information about the new version of Windows Server, including a time-frame for release and a warning on prices. "It is highly likely we will increase pricing for Windows Server Client Access Licensing (CAL). We will provide more details when available," Redmond warned. ...

Mozilla’s opt-out Firefox DNS privacy test sparks, er, privacy outcry • The Register

Mozilla's plan to test a more secure method for resolving internet domain names – known as Trusted Recursive Resolver (TRR) via DNS over HTTPs (DoH) – in Firefox Nightly builds has met with objections from its user community due to privacy concerns. The browser maker's intentions appear to be b...

Cluster-f*ck! Etcd DBs spaff passwords, cloud keys to world by default • The Register

Software called etcd, used for storing data across clusters of containers, has a problem – it does not implement authentication by default and so poses a security risk if deployed without further fiddling. It's also rather widely used because it comes with Kubernetes, the popular container orches...

Linux Foundation backs new ‘ACRN’ hypervisor for embedded and IoT • The Register

The Linux Foundation has announced a new hypervisor for use in embedded and internet of things scenarios. Project ACRN (pronounced “acorn”) will offer a “hypervisor, and its device model complete with rich I/O mediators.” There’ll also be “a Linux-based Service OS” and the ability to...

Airbus isn’t entirely dumping Office • The Register

Airbus won't eradicate Microsoft Office from its entire user base after all it seems: the Defence, Space and Helicopters units will retain the on-premises version due to the "legal and national security implications" of storing sensitive data in the cloud. As revealed by The Register on 14 March, A...

Private Internet Access VPN opens code-y kimono, starting with Chrome extension • The Register

VPN tunneller Private Internet Access (PIA) has begun open sourcing its software. Over the next six months, the service promises that all its client-side software will make its way into the hands of the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community, starting with PIA's Chrome extension. The exten...

Xilinx to bust ACAP in the dome of data centres all over with uber FPGA • The Register

Xilinx is developing a monstrous FPGA that can be dynamically changed at the hardware level. The firm's "Everest" project is the development of what Xilinx termed an Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP), an integrated multi-core heterogeneous compute platform that goes way beyond your bog-...

Toshiba Memory Corp woos data centres with a little TLC… SSD trio • The Register

Toshiba is making a play for expanded data centre flash drive sales with a trio of 64-layer 3D NAND products. The soberly named triad of drives – CD5, XD5 and HK6-DC (Toshiba doesn't do catchy when it comes to enterprise drives) – provide PCIe and SATA interfaces, and 2.5-inch and M.2 form fact...

Coverity Scan code checker’s systems crypto-jacked to run cheeky mining op • The Register

The systems of freebie open-source code scanning tool Coverity Scan were hacked and abused to run a cryptocurrency mining operation, its operator has confirmed. Synopsys, the firm behind Coverity Scan, said its corporate systems were not affected by the previously unexplained incident, which result...

Potentially a hazardous waste dump of child abuse, malware, etc • The Register

Bitcoin's blockchain can be loaded with sensitive, unlawful or malicious data, raising potential legal problems in most of the world, according to boffins based in Germany. In a paper [PDF] presented at the Financial Cryptography and Data Security conference on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaça...

Anyone fancy testing the ‘unlimited’ drive writes claim on Nimbus Data’s 100TB whopper SSD? • The Register

Nimbus Data has introduced its 100TB ExaDrive DC series SSD, the highest-capacity flash drive available. It has some unusual characteristics but, first, let's show its size advantage by checking out the competition: Toshiba PM5: 30.72TB, 2.5-inch case, 12 Gbit/s SAS interface, 1, 3, 5 and 10 drive...

What’s going great for Oracle? Cloud. What’s not great? Just about everything else • The Register

Oracle is shaking off falling revenues in hardware and services by pointing to soaring cloud numbers in the three months to March. House Larry says that its Q3 FY2018 figures show its focus on cloud and SaaS paying off: Revenues of $9.8bn were earned in the last three months, up 6 per cent from th...

BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose • The Register

Updated Controversial data analytics firm Cambridge Analytics has been hit with an emergency data seizure order in England following an extraordinary series of events Monday night that revolved around a TV undercover expose. Following a day in which the company became the focus of attention online,...

Google buffs Chrome Enterprise with new tub of PartnerShine™ • The Register

Google’s beefed up Chrome Enterprise, its US$50-a-year management service for Chrome OS devices. Launched in August 2017, the service introduced integrations with Active Directory, VMware’s Workspace One and printer management, among other features designed to make the idea of running a corpora...

Ugh, of course Germany trounces Blighty for cyber security salaries • The Register

Cyber security professionals in Germany earn on average 17 per cent more than their UK counterparts. A survey by recruitment firm Willis Towers Watson found that Germany (£56,485/€64,187) leads cyber security pay1 in Europe, followed closely by Ireland (£55,485/€63,000) and France (£51,197/...

Hate to add to the wanky jargon – but your digital transformation is actually a bolt-on • The Register

It's hard to believe there once was a more innocent time when if somebody used the phrase "digital transformation" you might think they were being pretentious about making the switch from renting films on DVD delivered in the post to Amazon Prime downloads. But there's still a lot of confusion aroun...

2017 set record for infrastructure sales • The Register

Analyst firm Canalys has claimed 2017 saw record shipments of data centre infrastructure. The firm’s totalled sales of all storage, servers and data centre networking kit shipped last year and come up with the figure of US$142 billion, up seven per cent from 2016’s spend. Cisco, Dell EMC and H...

Who knew? Fabric access NVMe arrays can work with Spectrum Scale • The Register

Case study IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS) started out as a parallel access filesystem for disk-based arrays – so some may have expected it to fall over and die in the face of lightning fast access NVMe SSD and NVMe fabric access arrays. But instead it seems to be getting a new lease of life as a data ...

Brace yourselves, netadmins, there’s a new cable on the market • The Register

This week's network-news-in-five minutes has Palo Alto Networks acquiring a startup, a slew of Cisco switches, Juniper's fabric fetish, network monitoring and more. First up: Palo Alto Networks has dropped US$300 million on the table to slurp cloud security company Evident.io. Evident.io focuses o...

UK mobe network Three’s profits hit by IT upgrade costs • The Register

Mobile operator Three UK reported a fall in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)* of 2 per cent to £437m for its full-year results – largely due to an IT and network upgrade. Sales went up 7 per cent to £2.4bn for the 12 months ended 31 December 2017 (PDF). C...

To Infinity Storage… and beyond! Cloudian gobbles Italian minnow • The Register

Object storage supplier Cloudian is buying Italian firm Infinity Storage to add file access and cloud storage gateway functionality to its services. CEO Caterina Falchi started Milan-based Infinity Storage in 1998 and wrote one of the very first software handlers for WORM optical jukebox storage, a...

Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid • The Register

A city in upstate New York has become the first in America to effectively ban any new commercial-grade cryptocurrency miners from powering up. Mayor Colin Read and the city council of Plattsburgh this month signed off on a measure to place an 18-month moratorium on any new industrial-scale crypto-c...

Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy • The Register

An effort to resolve conflicts between upcoming European privacy legislation and the global Whois service for domain names has, predictably, failed, raising fears that cybercriminals will take advantage of the impasse. At the end of a week of meetings hosted by domain-name overseer ICANN, the US-ba...

Oracle botherer Rimini Street brags of swelling fortunes – but hands tied on reinvesting cash • The Register

Rimini Street, the third-party support thorn in Oracle's side, has reported increased revenue and operating profit in 2017 – but complained unspecified covenants have prevented it from investing in sales staff or marketing. The Las Vegas-based biz's financial numbers for the year ended December 3...

Brace yourselves, netadmins, there’s a new type of cable to consider • The Register

Brace yourselves, netadmins, there's a new type of cable to consider Meet our new roundup of networking news, this week feat. Cisco, Juniper and more This week's network-news-in-five minutes has Palo Alto Networks acquiring a startup, a slew of Cisco switches, Juniper's fabric fetish, network monit...

VPN tests reveal privacy-leaking bugs • The Register

A virtual private network recommendation site decided to call in the white hats and test three products for bugs, and the news wasn't good. VPNMentor hired Paulos Yibelo, a Cure53 researcher whose handle is “File Descriptor” and one anonymous researcher to put Pure VPN, Zenmate, and Hotspot Shi...

Blackout at Samsung NAND factory destroys chunk of global supply • The Register

PC-and-server-makers spent most of 2017 complaining about profit erosion due to shortages of key components. Now comes news from Taiwan about further disruption to the supply chain, this time for NAND Flash, thanks to a blackout at a Samsung plant. Taiwan’s DigiTimes has cited reports of a ‘le...

Openreach hiring thousands more engineers • The Register

BT's Openreach is to hire 3,500 trainee engineers in a bid to support its 'full-fibre' proposals for Britain. The former stated-owned telco monopoly claimed its "largest recruitment drive" comes off the back of its plan to connect three million premises to full fibre by 2020, up 50 per cent on its ...

Mulled EU copyright shakeup will turn us into robo-censors – GitHub • The Register

Code-repository GitHub has raised the alarm about a pending European copyright proposal could force it to implement automated filtering systems – referred to by detractors as "censorship machines" – that would hinder developers working with free and open source software. The proposal, part of A...

We dumped Microsoft Office not over cost but because Google G suite looks sweet • The Register

Interview Collaboration rather than cost is the reason Airbus has given Microsoft’s old-world Office app bundle the heave ho and is migrating 130,000 staff – the entire workforce – to Google’s G Suite. As exclusively revealed by The Register on Wednesday, Airbus – yes, the designer, build...

Our next chips won’t have data leak flaws we told you totally not to worry about • The Register

Intel has claimed its future processors – shipping as early as the second half of this year – will be free of the security design flaws it totally told you not to fret about. Over the past couple of months, it has been incredible watching Chipzilla revise its position, in public and behind the ...

All-flash rules while Brexit slows UK storage spend, says IDC

All-flash storage arrays continue to chart staggering growth and total shipments, with sales accounting for 31% of all external disk systems in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea) and a growth rate in shipments of 35.8%. Download this free guide UK IT Priorities 2018 survey results Download...

‘Dead weight’ Dell would destroy VMware’s value, says big investor • The Register

Investment firm Jericho Capital Asset Management L.P has departed from its usual practice of not commenting publicly on deals by publishing a scathing letter addressed to VMware’s independent directors decrying a reverse merger between VMware and Dell. Jericho owns around 1.8 per cent of VMware, ...

Remember information-centric networking? It’s on the way back • The Register

Ten years ago, the world of tech was waking up to three hot new technologies – Software-Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualisation, and Information-Centric Networking. The first two are now sweeping the world, but what happened to the third? You'd be forgiven for thinking the technology ...

Salesforce courts the great un-CRMed with ‘Essentials’ • The Register

Salesforce has flicked the On switch for two new apps in its "Essentials" range, the cut-down and cut-price version of its SaaS platform launched last November. At launch, Salesforce offered only Sales Cloud Lightning, its CRM and marketing automation tool as an "Essential". Now the company has ad...

Dolby sues Adobe for dodging license fees • The Register

UPDATED Audio specialist Dolby Labs is suing Adobe for copyright violation as the two companies sit at odds over licensing payments. A complaint [PDF] filed with the Northern California District Court accuses Adobe of violating its copyright on nine different media encoders and software routines. T...

Cloudflare pushes Workers out the door – without layoffs • The Register

Cloudflare has launched a service that lets its customers run JavaScript at the edge of its cloud. Built on Google's V8 JavaScript engine, "Cloudflare Workers" is pitched as a kind of halfway house between central cloud processing and local execution: in beta since September 2017, it integrated the...

Treat yourself to a storage doughnut • The Register

Veritas is renewing its assault on Data Domain and the disk/cloud archive market, Nutanix has offered $3,000 rebates to resellers of a Dell XC Core product, and flash memory researchers are looking at 128-layer 3D NAND. 96-layer flash isn't even a thing yet, but boffins always have to look ahead. T...

Beware VMware! Nutanix sprays all over Virtzilla’s networking territory • The Register

Nutanix this week teased analysts with a software-defined networking product called FLOW and made no secret of its intent to muscle in on VMware's turf. NSX is VMware's software-defined networking and security platform, based on acquired Nicira technology from 2012. Its latest iteration works with ...

18.04 beta is as good a time as any to see which Ubuntu flavour tickles your Budgie, MATE • The Register

The first beta of Ubuntu 18.04 is here. The finished article, due next month, will be a long-term support release and, for those who stick with LTS, the first time many see the new GNOME-based Ubuntu. This beta, however, does not include the main GNOME-based release. Instead this is more a communit...

Maplin shut down sale prices still HIGHER than rivals • The Register

Closing-down sale posters are being plastered over the shop windows of moribund Brit 'leccy tat emporium Maplin Electronics, but even now the discounted goods can still be bought more cheaply from rivals. The Maplin administration team at PwC, appointed on 28 February, has so far failed to strike a...

Airbus ditches Microsoft, flies off to Google • The Register

Airbus is to shift its entire workforce to Google’s cloudy productivity and collaboration tools, ditching Microsoft Office on-prem wares in the process. The “decision that will shape our company” was confirmed by Airbus CEO Tom Enders in a memo to staff – seen by The Register – who said t...

Beleaguered all-flash flinger Tintri appoints new CEO • The Register

Troubled all-flasher Tintri has found a new CEO, just a week after it revealed it was looking for one. Tom Barton was appointed last night to assume the role from April 2. Chairman and then-CEO Ken Klein confirmed that a search was under way earlier this month and that he would step down when a can...

Supermicro praying for Nasdaq time • The Register

Can I have more time sir, please. Supermicro, under threat of Nasdaq delisting for not filing recent quarterly reports on time, is negotiating fresh loan financing. It asked Nasdaq for another 180-day extension a fortnight ago. Its prior 180-day extension elapsed yesterday. The San Jose-based ser...

WhatsApp agrees not to share user info with the Zuckerborg… for now • The Register

WhatsApp has agreed not to share users' data with parent biz Facebook after failing to demonstrate a legal basis for the ad-fuelling data slurp in the EU. The move comes after a years-long battle between the biz and European data protection agencies, which argued that changes to WhatsApp's small pr...

Developers dread Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2, SharePoint

Stack Overflow’s annual survey has revealed the tools and tech that developers love to hate: Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2 and SharePoint. According to the poll, which took in the views of more than 100,000 devs, Rust is the most loved programming language for the third year running. It is closely foll...

Super Cali neutral traffic bill makes web throttling bogus • The Register

California is doubling down on its efforts to mandate net neutrality, this time with a bill making its way through the state senate. The bill, SB 822 [PDF], would mandate the state only work with ISPs that adhere to policies against blocking and throttling lawful traffic. It has been submitted to t...

Chemical burns, explosive fires, they all come free with Amazon power packs • The Register

The US Consumer Product Safety Division has issued a recall notice for six types of lithium-ion battery packs sold by AmazonBasics. The batteries were sold by Bezos' bunch between December 2014 and July 2017 for prices ranging from $9 to $40 and range from larger 16,100 mAh power bricks with integr...

Transport for NSW scrambles to patch servers missing fixes released in 2007 • The Register

Around a third of servers at Transport for New South Wales, the public transport department in Australia’s largest most populous state, need security patches, some dating back to 2007. But IBM, which provides IT services to the agency, doesn’t have enough people dedicated to the the job to get i...

IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again • The Register

IBM and HCL have outlined their plans for the Notes/Domino portfolio that the former offloaded to the latter last year. Since announcing that HCL would take over development of IBM's collaborationware, the two companies have conducted a long listening tour that saw them stage 22 meatspace meetings ...

VMware-on-AWS coming to Frankfurt, Sydney, Japan, with vMotion between regions too • The Register

VMware has started planning to bring its Amazon Web Services tie-up to Australia and Japan. The company last week made a bunch of cloud announcements about its cloudy future, including a promise that it would get to Western Europe and the Asia Pacific region some time soon. But The Register has sin...

Mellanox says it ships enough ports not to need Starboard • The Register

The spat over activist investor Starboard Value's plan to have Mellanox sell itself or do something else to enhance its value has resumed. Hostility between the two companies dates back to November 2017, when Starboard criticised Mellanox for refusing advances from Marvell Semiconductor. Starboard...

Let’s just pretend you don’t use Kubernetes already • The Register

Container orchestration comes in different flavours, but actual effort must be put into identifying the system most palatable. Yes, features matter, but so too does the long-term viability of the platform. There's been plenty of great technologies in the history of the industry, but what's mattered...

Finland government buys a slice of Nokia • The Register

The Finnish government has snapped up 3.3 per cent of Nokia Corporation in a bid to shore up national ownership. The €844m move by government-owned Solidium Oy will see Finnish hands exerting more influence on the networking specialist, something that unkind observers might suggest should have ha...

UK.gov’s shift to AWS: It’s squeezy-bum time for small cloud pushers • The Register

Analysis UK.gov is investing more and more taxpayer cash on Amazon Web Services, with spend through the G-Cloud digital marketplace growing eight fold year-on-year to £16m in 2017. The government has forked out £19m with AWS over the past five years – and this is the figure from the G-Cloud fra...

Mozilla wants to seduce BOFHs with button-down Firefox • The Register

The Mozilla Foundation has released a Firefox for Enterprise with sysadmin controls to manage deployment. F4E arrives in beta form today. Firefox hooks into Windows Group Policy editor but will also include hooks for Linux and Mac. Organisations interested can apply here and BOFHs find more technic...

There’s more to blockchain than dodgy cryptocurrencies • The Register

Analysis At the Open Source Leadership Summit in Sonoma, California, last week, The Register caught up with Brian Behlendorf, executive director of The Hyperledger Project, and had a chance to chat about the state of open source blockchain technology. Behlendorf took over the organization in May 20...

Uncle Sam slams plans to give govts final say over domain privacy • The Register

A plan by ICANN to let governments collectively decide who is allowed to bypass new European privacy rules over domain names has been blasted by its most powerful member, the United States. At a meeting of DNS oversight organization ICANN, the US government representative told colleagues from acros...

CableLabs backhaul spec gets speed boost • The Register

Late last week, CableLabs launched another bandwidth-boosting project, this time designed to sweat more gigabits-per-second out of the optical leg of cable networks. The US cable industry's research arm launched its Full Duplex Coherent Optics project, designed to double the capacity of the upstrea...

so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him! • The Register

Who, me? Welcome to the eighth edition of "Who, me?", the column in which Reg readers confess to moments at which they messed things up but good. This week meet "Ben" who told us that "On a Friday afternoon about five years ago I was asked to complete some backup scripts before the weekend." Ben t...

Fear the wrath of robots, for their judgement is final and irrevocable • The Register

A colleague recently excused himself from a meeting because he had to go and judge a robotics contest. It quickly struck me this was a very modern inversion, because we're constantly judged by robots. We're observed and recorded everywhere we go online thanks to cookies, certificates and loyalty c...

Get tooled up before grappling with Google’s Spanner database • The Register

When companies started to build applications at web scale and needed services to scale to millions of requests across the globe, it quickly became apparent that relational databases just didn't work well enough. So companies like Amazon and Google built their own that could service these requests b...

We three kings of Dell EMC are; bigging up storage we traverse AFA • The Register

Analysis Three top Dell execs told the earnings call that they were taking the fall in storage results seriously, were doing all they could to fix them, and that early signs were encouraging. The Dell EMC storage business had shining bright spots, with $15.3m for the full year, the hyperconverged p...

Hyperconverger Nutanix gobbles Netsil • The Register

Nutanix is gobbling Netsil, a startup that develops tech for the discovery, mapping and management of microservices in distributed cloudy spaces. San Francisco-based Netsil was founded as Gencore Systems in 2012 by Cam Nguyen, CEO Harjot Gill, COO Shariq Rizvi (ex-Twitter), and chief architect Tanv...

Microsoft’s Teams lights solitary candle, hipsters don’t notice • The Register

Microsoft's Slack competitor Teams hit its first birthday this week, trumpeting some big numbers and a slew of new features. Teams, which began rolling out to Office 365 subscribers last year, is Microsoft's answer to the Slack messaging platform. Unlike Slack, Teams unsurprisingly does not seek t...

UK’s air accident cops are slurping data from pilots’ fondleslabs • The Register

A British government agency has been downloading data from iPads and similar devices used by pilots of crashed aircraft, it has emerged. The Air Accident Investigation Branch routinely recovers data from tablets found in the wreckage of aircraft crashes. Such tablets are normally used by pilots of ...

Russia stares admiringly at itself, flexes internet muscles • The Register

The Russian government has again intimated that it is prepared to cut itself off from the global internet, with a presidential aide telling a Russian news network that it is "ready for anything." Russian presidential aide on the internet, German Klimenko, took an unusual tack: he suggested that Wes...

Tutanota blames Comcast block for March 1 outage • The Register

The creator and co-founder of Tutanota is blaming Comcast after his encrypted mail service was briefly taken offline earlier this month. Mathias Pfau claims his secure email service was mysteriously unavailable to Comcast customers for around 18 hours over a period spanning from the evening of Marc...

Rant launches Eric Raymond’s next project: open-source the UPS • The Register

In February, developer and open source software advocate Eric S Raymond ranted that the Uninterruptible Power Supply market was overdue for open source disruption, and touched so many nerves around the world that the rant has become a project. Last week, ESR opened up the work-in-progress on GitLab...

Auto manufacturers are asleep at the wheel when it comes to security • The Register

Cars are getting smarter every year but their increasing computational power isn’t being backed up by good IT security practices – hacking them is child’s play. That’s the conclusion of a series of speakers at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit. These security researchers have demonstrat...

Mum? Dad? Can I have a 3D XPoint disk for my birthday? • The Register

Intel's new 800P Optane solid state disks and the box they come in Intel's launched new and low-ish end versions of its Optane solid state disks based on 3D XPoint non-volatile memory. The new Optane SSD 800P comes in 58GB and 118GB variants, both in the M.2 2280 form factor and requiring an NVMe ...

The Java release train is moving faster, but will developers be derailed? • The Register

QCON "How you deploy Java, how you get access to updates and patches is all changing. Although Oracle has told people about this, they haven't been shouting about it," Azul Systems CTO Simon Ritter told attendees at QCon, a developer conference under way in London. Java used to evolve with comforta...

Microsoft ‘optimises’ its on-prem tech donation scheme for nonprofits • The Register

Big-hearted Microsoft has confirmed pending changes that will make it easier for charities to use its cloud services but will hike prices for anyone daring to use its on-premises wares. Charities – for their sins – got used to having copies of software donated by the Seattle-based corp. For an...

Want this delicious 5G spectrum? You’ll have to improve 4G coverage • The Register

Ofcom has today proposed placing new coverage obligations on mobile operators for 4G services as part of their winning 5G spectrum bids. All four operators have met the obligation to reach 90 per cent of the country's landmass by the end of 2017. But the UK regulator said: "While the previous obli...

Server sales dead? No sir, not in Q4 • The Register

Gartner's Q4 server sales count has confirmed a shipment boom took place as hyperscalers, cloud buyers and on-premise all dug deep to freshen their infrastructure. The beanies said global server revenue jumped 25.7 per cent year-on-year to $18.56bn and box sales went up 8.8 per cent to 3.19 million...

The Ataribox lives, as a prototype, supposedly • The Register

The reboot of the classic Atari games console is back on, with prototypes to be displayed at the Games Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco later this month. The news follows three months of dead air in the wake of the company's decision to pull out of pre-order plans at the last minute. La...

Sneaky satellite launch raises risk of Gravity-style space collision • The Register

The space-disaster movie Gravity – where an escalating wave of space debris wipes out a space station and shuttle – now looks like a slightly more plausible scenario. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has pulled permission from Silicon Valley startup Swarm Technologies to launch four s...

Sigh. Cisco security kit has Java deserialisation bug and a default password SNAFU • The Register

Switchzilla's security developers have served up a parcel of patches. First up, there's a gem in the company's Secure Access Control System. The ACS (which ceased sale in August 2017) is a hardware-based login gatekeeper, and it's got a remotely-pwnable Java deserialisation bug. Cisco's notice for...

FBI chief asks tech industry to build crytpo-busting not-a-backdoor • The Register

FBI director Christopher Wray has addressed a cyber-security conference and again called for technologists to innovate their way around strong cryptography. Wray spoke at the Boston College / FBI Boston Conference on Cyber Security on march 7th. He told the audience the issue of crypto can be solve...

US authorities call on cryptocoin ‘exchanges’ to sign up for regulation • The Register

The United States' Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has again warned investors to be ever-so-careful when considering cryptocurrencies, because so-called “exchanges” for the assets fit all the definitions of a subject—to-regulation exchange other than having signed up for that regulati...

IBM’s homomorphic encryption accelerated to run 75 times faster • The Register

IBM has rewritten its C++ homomorphic encryption library and claims it now goes up to 75 times faster. Homomorphic encryption is a technique used to operate on encrypted data without decrypting it. This would make sensitive operations much more secure: for example, companies could encrypt their clo...

Help me, cloudy-WAN-Ciscobi, my SaaS needs A New Hope • The Register

Cisco’s decided that wide area networks need more automated attention, so has released two complementary WAN analytics products. The company’s interest in WAN performance comes from its observation that plenty of organisations are more WAN-reliant than ever before, either to connect remote offi...

Ethernet sales growing, but routing’s been routed by software • The Register

If you watch the fortunes of the big names in switching, you probably won't be surprised to hear that the market is only recording modest growth. According to analyst clan IDC's wrap of calendar year 2017's shipments, the switch business added a mere 3.2 per cent year-on-year in Q4 2017 to reach US...

Netflix could pwn 2020s IT security – they need only reach out and take • The Register

The container is doomed, killed by serverless. Containers are killing Virtual Machines (VM). Nobody uses bare metal servers. Oh, and tape is dead. These, and other clichés, are available for a limited time, printed on a coffee mug of your choice alongside a complimentary moon-on-a-stick for $24.99....

China looks set to pip Uncle Sam at the post in exascale computer race • The Register

Analysis China is to take a clear lead in the exascale superdupercomputer race - its Tianhe-3 system looks to be a whole year ahead of the US's best efforts. Aurora, Frontier and El Capitan, the three US exascale supercomputers, are set to be eclipsed by China's Tianhe-3 1 exaFLOPS system which is ...

Why two scale-out NAS, IBM? One’s a pickup, the other’s a juggernaut • The Register

Analysis IBM already had a scale-out NAS (filer) when it announced Spectrum NAS last month: Spectrum Scale, which can grow to 16,000-plus nodes. Why does it need another? The two overlap in the same way as a Dodge pickup and a Mack truck. Sure, they can both carry small loads but using a Mack truck...

Does Parliament or Google decide when your criminal past is forgotten? • The Register

"It's never been suggested that the public have some right to require the press to impart information to them," barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC told the Right To Be Forgotten trial in London's High Court yesterday. Tomlinson, acting on behalf of pseudonymous complainant "NT1", was discussing EU data pr...

Yes, Alexa is all very well…but we want YOU to talk machine learning and AI • The Register

MCubed returns to London in October, and we want to hear how your organisation is using artificial intelligence, machine learning algorithms, deep learning, and predictive analytics to solve real world business and technology problems. We’re looking to put together a conference schedule that show...

Will the stock market drop Dropbox like it’s hot? Numbers say no • The Register

Analysis A look at Dropbox's IPO filing suggests a conservative company controlling costs and heading towards profitability this year. It has passed the 500 million user count, though only 2.2 per cent (11 million) of that base are paying customers – the rest use its free services. The firm had h...

Well done, ice cream for everyone! Er, not you, storage • The Register

Dell had a reasonable fourth 2018 quarter in all areas but one – storage. Yes, EMC let the house down with an 11 per cent drop in revenues year-on-year. Total Dell Technology revenues were $21.94bn in the quarter, a 9 per cent rise on the year. Net income was -$533m, a big improvement on the year...

Microsoft floats feelers for fake worlds • The Register

At least two crucial ingredients are missing from virtual and augmented reality: revenue and a sense of touch. The industry is confident that the revenue is coming as hardware costs fall, awareness rises, and expectations become more realistic. Consultancy Greenlight Insights reckons global VR reve...

FBI chief asks tech industry to build crypto-busting not-a-backdoor • The Register

FBI director Christopher Wray has addressed a cyber-security conference and again called for technologists to innovate their way around strong cryptography. Wray spoke at the Boston College / FBI Boston Conference on Cyber Security on March 7. He told the audience the issue of crypto can be solved ...

Cisco to trial direct online sales • The Register

Cisco's going to have a crack at direct sales online. Cisco's veep for Australia and New Zealand yesterday told the Cisco Live! event in Melbourne that it's currently possible to buy his company's kit online from the company, but that finding out how to do it is not easy. Cisco's online direct sal...

Cisco says you’re bad at business • The Register

VID Cisco will shortly give the world a voice assistant it believes has a shot at making life uncomfortable for Siri, Cortana and Alexa in the office. The company’s effort won’t be a general-purpose bot. Instead the company plans to make it a part of its Spark collaboration portfolio. The assi...

nbn™ gives ISDN, Frame Relay and Ethernet Lite a stay of execution • The Register

Horror stories about poor installation experiences for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) are everywhere, which might be making businesses reluctant to give up old but reliable services. To get those customers over the line, nbn™, the company building and operating the NBN, has announced...

Nokia transceiver bakes years of demos into superfast optical chip • The Register

Two years after it first demonstrated its highest-capacity modulation scheme, Nokia has announced its release as a product. The company will show off its PSE-3 (photonic service engine) in San Diego next week, at the OFC Conference. Nokia claimed even over long-haul submarine cable systems, 200 Gb...

Google assisting the Pentagon in developing AI for its drones • The Register

Google is working with the US Department of Defense to develop AI algorithms to identify objects in videos taken by drones. So far, it’s unclear exactly what technology is being used and how involved Google are. But it’s all part of Project Maven, a programme launched by the Pentagon last year ...

Sacked saleswoman told to pay Intel £45k after losing discrim case • The Register

A former senior saleswoman at Intel who accused the firm of sex discrimination and wrongful dismissal has lost all of her claims and has been ordered to pay the company £45,000 by the middle of this month. Watford Employment Tribunal dismissed all of Mary Guiney's claims and ordered her to pay Chi...

What happened to WD’s SanDisk enterprise flash advantage? • The Register

Analysis Western Digital is letting its acquired market share in enterprise SSDs slip away from a revenue and capacity perspective as rival Micron - now infused with ex-SanDisk execs - keeps on growing like a weed. According to TrendFocus estimates, tweaked by Wells Fargo senior analyst Aaron Raker...

MPs lay into UK.gov’s planned immigration data exemptions • The Register

The UK government's plan to excuse itself from having to hand over information about the data it holds on immigrants has received short shrift from MPs. In the first debate on the Data Protection Bill in the House of Commons on Monday evening – the draft text having been passed by the Lords in Ja...

Ofcom to probe Three and Vodafone over network throttling • The Register

Gummy mouthed watchdog Ofcom has launched a probe into whether Three and Vodafone breached the EU's net neutrality rules by throttling certain services on their networks. The UK regulator is investigating whether some of the 4G mobile plans offered by operators are compliant with Europe's Open Inte...

VMware’s cloud migration play beams down whole data centres • The Register

VMware's delivered an on-premises-capable version of its Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) that can migrate private clouds to public clouds, and software-defined data centres among any VMware-powered cloud. This is a big-ish deal for VMware, because its core strategy is to keep you using its stuff even ...

BlackBerry hopes phone flinger Punkt is feeling lucky to be new licensee • The Register

BlackBerry has found another licensee for its Dolby-like licensing initiative, "Secured by BlackBerry", and expanded the venture way beyond smartphones. From now on, licensees won't need to take BlackBerry's version of OS to earn a "Secured by BlackBerry" accreditation, and potential devices could ...

Broadcom baits hook with promise of $1.5bn investment fund to catch Qualcomm • The Register

Broadcom says it will earmark $1.5bn for funding of 5G wireless broadband networks as part of its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm. The chip designer said Wednesday that, should its $117bn buyout plan for Qualcomm go through, it will set up a $1.5bn fund to "focus on innovation to train and educate...

Tintri finally opens wide, bites restructuring bullet • The Register

Pick one up and bite it - you know it makes sense Beleaguered array vendor Tintri has had to face reality with its latest falling quarterly sales and widening losses prompting drastic refinancing and restructuring action. Revenues of $28.9mn for Tintri's Q4 ended 31 January were down 29 per cent y...

Global race for 5G heats up with latest US Congress bill • The Register

Analysis A global race to roll out next-generation 5G mobile networks has intensified with the approval of new legislation by the US House of Representatives. The peculiarly titled Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act [PDF] – designed to spell out the name of a ...

VMware’s GM for networking and security jumps to Google • The Register

Jeff Jennings, VMware's senior veep and general manager for security and networking has left the company to join Google. Jennings was a 20-year VMware veteran and had been entrusted with VMware's hottest growth business, networking. VMware also sees a great future for its security business, with th...

attack script seeks out and destroys competing currency exploits • The Register

Cryptocurrency-mining malware-scum have started to write code that evicts rivals from compromised computers. The miner in question was first noticed by SANS Internet Storm Center handler Xavier Mertens. Martens spotted the PowerShell script on March 4, and noting that it kills any other CPU-greedy ...

Open source XenServer project is go after crushing crowdcash call • The Register

XCP-ng, the effort to revive an open source version of XenServer, will go ahead after crushing its crowdfunding campaign. The project's Kickstarter sought €6,000 but ended up with €38,531 from crowdfunding contributors. Project founder Olivier Lambert wrote to backers with news that their donat...

Marvell cooks up 400* Gbps Ethernet chips • The Register

Marvell Semiconductor is off and running with 802.3cd-compliant chips, and reckons it's the first sand-baker to ship to the standard. The IEEE's 802.3cd standard defines the physical ports for current and future high-speed Ethernet interfaces – the 50 Gbps, 200 Gbps and 400 Gbps rates expected ov...

Segmentation injection takes Tetration into application protection • The Register

Cisco's updated its Tetration network monitoring software to tackle application security and multi-vendor policy enforcement. Tetration's earlier iterations focussed on giving users visibility of network operations and performance in the data centre, while Cisco's Stealthwatch did the same for camp...

‘Quantum supremacy will soon be ours!’, says Google as it reveals 72-qubit quantum chip • The Register

Google reckons it's on the cusp of demonstrating “quantum supremacy” with the development of a 72-qubit processor. Quantum supremacy refers to the point at which a quantum computer should outperform a classical computer, without incurring the performance costs of error correction (as described ...

‘The mainstream is always under attack’ • The Register

Emil Eifrem, chief exec of Neo4j, has said that graph databases are at a turning point for so long that you'd imagine he's bored of the line by now. But 2018 might just be the year his predictions come true. Speaking at his firm's Graph Connect event in London last week, Eifrem once again asserted ...

Good luck saying ‘Sorry I’m late, I had to update my car’s firmware’ • The Register

The IETF has noticed how badly Internet of Things firmware is managed, and wants it fixed. Whether it's the Mirai botnet's attack on Dyn, smart sex toys with dumb vulns, or easily hackable home routers, the problem is often that firmware fixes are needed but too often aren't installed. The Softwar...

Websites restored from August 2017 backups amid storage meltdown • The Register

The UK's self-proclaimed number one website provider, 123 Reg, is having yet another very bad day, although arguably not as bad as those of its long-suffering customers. We're told 123 Reg has hit upon the ultimate method to protect users' website files from hackers by, er, losing them. The hosting...

The external array party is over • The Register

Despite the storage market growing 13.7 per cent annually in the fourth 2017 quarter, the external array section grew less than 2 per cent and is forecast to decline, according to IDC's worldwide enterprise storage systems tracker. NetApp's position is also weakening as HPE overtakes it in external...

Great, we’re going to get DevOps-ed. So, 15 years of planning processes – for the bin? • The Register

In large organisations, the question is rarely “what are these newfangled practices and technologies,” but more “how could we actually do them here?” DevOps* has been here nigh on 10 years, and in the past three or so of those, large, normal organisations, like Allstate and Duke, have been ...

Open source community crams itself into big tent • The Register

At the Open Source Leadership Summit in Sonoma, California, on Tuesday, members of the open source community gathered under a big tent. It was a tent with carpeting and chandeliers at a stylish wine country inn, but a tent nonetheless, and it served as a clear metaphor for the aspirations of the co...

FCC finally bothers with Puerto Rico as chairman visits • The Register

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally decided to address the months-long lack of telecoms service in Puerto Rico, one day before its chair visits the storm-ravaged island. It has been over five months since the US territory was struck by Hurricane Maria and yet, according to the F...

Alibaba fires up a cloudy quantum computer • The Register

Alibaba reckons the world needs another quantum computer in the cloud, so it's opened up access to an 11-qubit system. The system landed almost exactly a year after IBM announced its five-qubit quantum offering. In November last year, Big Blue embiggened the system to 20 qubits. So as well as bein...

4G LTE pried open to reveal a slew of new protocol-level attacks • The Register

A group of American university researchers have broken key 4G LTE protocols to generate fake messages, snoop on users, and forge user location data. Those working on the coming 5G protocols should take note: the vulnerabilities are most worrying because they're written into the LTE protocols, and c...

WordPress is now 30 per cent of the web, daylight second • The Register

The web-watchers at W3Techs have just noted a milestone: WordPress now accounts for 30 per cent of the world's web sites. W3Techs crawls the top ten million websites as determined by Amazon's Alexa rating service and peers into their innards to figure out what they're running, and sells details rep...

You can survive the migration from Windows vCenter server • The Register

Up until relatively recently, VMware’s vCenter was a Windows-only affair. With version 5 came the VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) based on a hardened Linux installation. It essentially left behind the legacy issues around management and patching (and all manner of other issues) that impact Windows...

Spring break! Critical vuln in Pivotal framework’s Data parts plugged • The Register

Pivotal's Spring Data REST project has a serious security hole that needs patching. Pivotal's Spring Framework is a popular platform for building web apps. Spring Data REST is a collection of additional components for devs to build Java applications that offer RESTful APIs to underlying Spring Data...

Google Flutter hits beta: Another go at cross-platform mobile dev • The Register

MWC2018 Fancy a Flutter? Google is hoping users will take a bet on its new cross-platform mobile development framework, whose first beta was announced at Mobile World Congress last week. Flutter is based on Dart, an object-oriented C-style language developed at Google, where it was designed by Lars...

Ads regulator could face court for playing hard and fast with definitions • The Register

CityFibre has applied to take the Advertising Standards Authority's to court over its decision to approve the continued use of the term "fibre" to describe services delivered over copper-based networks. Last year the ASA found it was "not materially misleading" for ISPs to describe copper hybrid se...

Dell EMC in bid to clap trade secrets injunction on staff now at Rubrik • The Register

Dell EMC has tossed a trade secrets sueball at two ex-sales employees who left for Rubrik, alleging that they solicited other EMC staff to jump ship and approached Dell EMC customers. Rubrik competes with Dell EMC in the data protection business. Complaints were filed against Ryan Baker and Louis ...

Up to 25% of new builds still can’t get superfast broadband – study • The Register

Up to a quarter of new builds still lack access to superfast internet, according to a study by comparison site Thinkbroadband. The research, based on data from the Office for National Statistics, estimates that one in four to one in five new premises don't have provision for 30Mbps. It said: "What...

Supermicro and VMware keep it green with vSAN Hyperconverged Solution • The Register

Promo Launched in August at VMWorld in Las Vegas, Supermicro’s vSAN Hyperconverged Solution promises to optimize performance for specific workload uses and make the world a greener place, thanks to its superior power efficiency. The result of the server giant’s collaboration with VMware and Int...

UK regulator moots data protection sandbox for organisations to play in • The Register

The Information Commissioner's Office has promised organisations a regulatory sandbox to test out the data protection implications of new tech as part of its first technology strategy. The strategy (PDF), which will run from 2018-21, sets out eight goals for the ICO, along with three priority areas...

Scrap immigration exemption from Data Protection Bill or we’ll see you in court • The Register

Campaign groups have increased pressure on the UK government to remove a section of the Data Protection Bill that could effectively prevent people gaining access to immigration data held on them. The bill passed through the House of Lords at the start of the year, and has its second reading in the ...

Emirates dinged for slipshod online data privacy practices • The Register

International airline Emirates leaks customers' sensitive personal information to third-party marketing partners and network adversaries, according to Konark Modi, a data security engineer for Cliqz, a privacy-focused browser based on Firefox. Modi, in an online post on Friday, said that after a cu...

Microsoft builds Uncle Sam custom versions of 365 and Azure Stack • The Register

Courting the lucrative government contract market, Microsoft has unveiled custom versions of Azure Stack and Microsoft 365 for the US government. Redmond says the Government editions of the two cloud platforms would feature special security and management options designed for US government agencies...

Future supers pop up on $636m cash wishlist to get exascale beasts prowling on US soil • The Register

The two new mystery exascale computing systems known only as Frontier and El Capitan popped up on a budget request last week. They are being developed by the US government and have been slated for deployment in 2022 and 2023. If American Congresspeople were to say yes to the budget, the DoE would g...

Cryptocurrency miners go nuclear, RSA blunder, Winner back in court, and plenty more • The Register

Roundup Here's a quick summary of infosec news from this week, beyond what we've already covered. Cloud security shop Cyren surveyed 500,000 websites over the past four months, and said it saw a 725 per cent increase in the use of surreptitious crypto-coin mining code. The bulk of that code has sho...

Java EE renamed ‘Jakarta EE’ after Big Red brand spat • The Register

The open source version of Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) has been renamed Jakarta EE to satisfy Oracle's desire to control the "Java" brand. The renaming became necessary after Oracle moved Java EE to the Eclipse Foundation, a shift it hoped would see developers become more engaged with the pro...

Senate mulls offensive AI, new training tools and now Chinese faceswaps Trump • The Register

Roundup Your weekly dose of tidbits from the AI world, beyond everything we've already covered, begins with a senate committee hearing where a US lieutenant general, currently a nominee for the role of the director of the NSA, speaking about his concerns around the technology. And ends with a CEO of...

It’s begun: ‘First’ IPv6 denial-of-service attack puts IT bods on notice • The Register

Analysis What's claimed to be the first IPv6-based distributed denial-of-service attack has been spotted by internet engineers who warn it is only the beginning of what could become the next wave of online disruption. Network guru Wesley George noticed the strange traffic earlier this week as part ...

Mayors of America demand net neutrality protections… again • The Register

More than 75 mayors and city officials across America this week signed a letter asking that the nation's net neutrality safeguards remain in place. Again. The open letter is addressed to the four main Congressional leaders, and calls the controversial decision by the FCC to dismantle is own rules c...

Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames • The Register

Canada is about ready to pull the plug on its IBM-built error-plagued Phoenix payroll system that has cost the nation nearly CAN$1bn ($790m). According to the latest version of the Canadian government's spending plans, the Trudeau administration will move to dump the ailing platform in the coming y...

VMware might just have cracked the container market with NSX • The Register

VMware might just have found a way to stay relevant as containers threaten virtualization. The biz today announced another strong quarter: a $970 million charge related to the US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act tipped the company into a paper loss, but the numbers were otherwise pleasing. Revenue for Q4 201...

OpenStack ‘Queens’ struts into the spotlight • The Register

The 17th version of OpenStack is upon us. "Queens" landed on March 1st, with virtual GPU support in the Nova virtualization module the headline feature. Virtual GPUs make a lot of sense for OpenStack users in the context of another addition: the "Cyborg" framework for managing hardware and softwar...

Dropbox to let Google reach inside it and rummage about • The Register

Dropbox and Google have announced they will integrate some of their services. As explained by Dropbox, the plan means its users "will be able to create, open, edit, save, and share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly from Dropbox. And when you're working in Dropbox, you'll be able to save Goog...

So the suits swanned off to GDPR events leaving you at the coalface? It’s really more IT’s problem • The Register

I spend a lot of time telling people that information security isn't the IT department's problem. And it's not: everyone in the business is responsible for making his or her contribution to the security of the organisation's information, and for protecting the personal data the organisation uses. I...

5 buzzwords, an homage to Windows XP and a smartphone snorefest • The Register

MWC18 As Mobile World Congress draws to a close in relatively warm Barcelona (13°C - balmy), it's time to tally up on whether it delivered on the hype. The buzz ahead of MWC was that Samsung would launch the Galaxy S9 smartphone, that 5G connectivity would come closer to commercial reality, and th...

Pure now a billion-dollar revenue biz as Dell EMC, HPE take eyes off prize • The Register

Flash array shipper Pure is now officially a billion-dollar turnover organ and appears poised to finally reach profitability as competition from Dell EMC and HPE contines to wane. For Q4 ended 31 January 2018, revenues were up 48 per cent year-on-year to $338.3m, jumping 34 per cent up on the previ...

With IoT you too can turn your home into a giant flashing ‘HORSE BIRTH NOW’ klaxon • The Register

An American company has devised a system that takes over your entire home, makes all your lights start flashing and broadcasts neighing noises through the whole house when your pregnant horse starts giving birth. Custom electronics trade news website CE Pro, reporting on this interesting mashup of ...

Nutanix shrugs off loss, rivals, buys another firm • The Register

Hyperconverged player Nutanix reported second fiscal 2018 quarter revenues of $286.7m, up 44 per cent on a year ago and 4 per cent on the prior quarter. Profits seem as far away as ever, with a net loss of $61.5m, better than the prior quarter's $90.7m loss and the year-ago quarter's $76.4m, but no...

Alexa muted, Twilio taps out, and Bitbucket kicks the, er, bucket amid AWS data center hiccup • The Register

Problems at an Amazon Web Service data center in Virginia today are being blamed for outages affecting some major websites and online services today. Amazon said its highly popular US-East region has been dropping packets all morning, US West Coast time, thanks to unidentified connectivity problem ...

Wi-Fi Alliance allegedly axed army reservist for being called up. Now the Empire strikes back • The Register

The US Department of Justice on Thursday filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the Wi-Fi Alliance – a non-profit based in Austin, Texas, that promotes Wi-Fi technology and standards – for allegedly laying off an employee because of his ongoing military service obligations. The gove...

Knock, knock. Whois there? Get ready for anonymized email addresses after domain privacy shake-up • The Register

You may no longer be able to see the name, email or house address for whoever owns a specific domain name under new rules proposed by DNS overseer ICANN. Such details will be removed from the Whois service that covers hundreds of millions of domain names across the world in order to comply with new...

Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V • The Register

Microsoft's revealed a plan to make Ubuntu 18.04 a "first-class" guest under Hyper-V. Microsoft's definition of first-class may sound a bit ho-hum for users of other desktop hypervisors, as it includes window resizing, a clipboard that goes from host to guest and back again, something Microsoft's c...

$614m on Verizon (that’s about three days of profit for telco giant) • The Register

Verizon's $3.1bn Straight Path gobble got a little more expensive this week, thanks to a $614m fine dished out by America's broadband watchdog, the Federal Communications Commission. The regulator sought to punish Straight Path for breaking its promise to roll out working high-speed cellular networ...

The DNS was designed for diversity, but site admins aren’t buying • The Register

The world's top eight DNS providers now control 59 per cent of name resolution for the biggest Websites - and that puts the Web at risk, according to a group of Harvard University researchers. The group was led by Harvard's Shane Greenstein, and warned that since 2011, the "entropy" of the DNS (ref...

CPU flaws can be exploited to snoop on enclaves • The Register

Vid The Spectre design flaws in modern CPUs can be exploited to punch holes through the walls of Intel's SGX secure environments, researchers claim. SGX – short for Software Guard eXtensions – is a mechanism that normal applications can use to ring-fence sections of memory that not even the ope...

Salesforce cracked $10bn in sales for FY’18, but growth slowed • The Register

Salesforce has reported a cracking quarter and financial year, but also revealed growth is slowing. Fourth quarter revenue exceeded estimates by $30m to total $2.85 billion, up 24 per cent year-over-year. Full-year revenue was $10.48 billion, up 25 per cent. Both numbers are a point or two down on ...

Movements in High Bandwidth Memory • The Register

Analysis Getting data into and out of memory is like getting books into and out of bookshelves. The more books you can hold at once, the faster you can do the job. Someone able to hold only one book at a time is going to be far slower than another person capable of holding a stack of eight at a time...

Ethics? Yeah, that’s great, but do they scale? • The Register

This March I'll be co-running the first ethics track for the tech conference QCon London. We've had so much enthusiasm that QCon New York has added ethics too (Americans are notoriously behind the curve). Why the interest? I suspect because widely available tech is now creating hyperscale software ...

Cloudian and Scality collide as object storage endgame nears • The Register

Analysis Both Scality and Cloudian have received fresh funding as they race towards an IPO, acquisition or startup trash can – the three outcomes of the object storage endgame. The object storage market situation can be viewed as three startups that made it to acquisition, four that haven't, of w...

Server shipments up as huge clumps of white boxes suddenly fly off shelves • The Register

Server shipments boomed in 2017's fourth quarter, with total revenues bouncing 26.4 per cent on the prior year and unit sales stepping up 11 per cent. Hyperscalar and cloud service provider customer buying patterns are causing tectonic shifts in the market. IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker ...

I know Micron didn’t work out – please buy our 3D NAND • The Register

Intel is discussing selling 3D NAND wafers to China's Tsinghua Unigroup, the same company US government barred from buying Intel's flash partner Micron in 2015. Intel and Micron have a flash chip manufacturing partnership, IMTF, and the two announced they were separating their flash interests in Ja...

Want ScaleIO virtual SAN software? You’ll need to buy Dell servers • The Register

Dell will only sell its hugely scalable ScaleIO virtual SAN software product inside its VxRAck FLEX hyperconverged system from now on – the software-only version has been canned. ScaleIO was founded in Israel, 2011, to build hugely scalable virtual SANs, aggregating local storage on server nodes ...

Gits club GitHub code tub with record-breaking 1.35Tbps DDoS drub • The Register

What's purported to be the world's largest distributed denial of service attack to date – measuring 1.35Tbps – knocked GitHub offline for a few minutes yesterday. The massive tsunami hit at 1721 UTC. During the assault, the popular code sharing website's admins noticed thousands of systems and ...

HTTPS cert flingers Trustico, SSL Direct go TITSUP after website security blunder blabbed • The Register

The websites for HTTPS certificate reseller Trustico, and one of its partners, SSL Direct, took a dive on Thursday – after a critical and trivial-to-exploit security flaw in Trustico.com was revealed on Twitter. The vulnerability could be leveraged by miscreants to execute arbitrary commands on t...

We should pass laws to make Google’s life hard! Oh no, sorry, did we say that out loud? asks IBM • The Register

Add IBM to the list of tech companies putting their support behind America's Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). The enterprise IT titan said the controversial US legislation was just peachy as far as it was concerned. Its legal eagles does not share the position of others in Silicon Valley ...

US watchdog just gave up trying to get Google to explain YouTube’s huge financial figures • The Register

In a series of alternatively baffling, amusing and darn-right ridiculous letters, Google-parent Alphabet has told America's financial watchdog to effectively mind its own business when it comes to its income. On Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published six months' worth of cor...

Intel gives Broadwells and Haswells their Meltdown medicine • The Register

Intel slipped out a new Microcode Update Guidance on Monday, revealing that lots of Haswell and Broadwell Xeons can now receive inoculations against the Meltdown and Spectre CPU design flaws. The new document (PDF) says Broadwell processors with CPUIDs 50662, 50663, 50664, 40671, 406F1, 306D4 and 4...

US Supremes take a look at Microsoft’s Irish email slurp battle, and yeah, not a great start • The Register

The battle between the American government and Microsoft over emails on an Irish server has reached the US Supreme Court – and so far, the judges seem wary of Redmond's position. Essentially, back in 2014, the Feds went to a court in New York for a search warrant to demand Microsoft hand over an ...

Microsoft ports its Quantum Development Kit to Linux and macOS • The Register

Microsoft has ported its Quantum Development Kit to Linux and macOS. Redmond first announced its forays into quantum computing at the Ignite conference in September 2017 and in December of the same year gave its efforts a name – Q#. In the absence of genuinely quantum hardware to run on, Q# (wit...

Slack bots have the keys to your processes. What could go wrong? Well… • The Register

It’s almost impossible to talk about Agile software development without mentioning bots. If you think that's a bit of a stretch, maybe try and talk about DevOps without some sort of collaboration tool. Then realise that the two are beautifully linked. The collaborative nature of Agile means solut...

turning something off without turning users off too • The Register

IBM's cloud faces a big test this week: turning something off without botching the job. The "something" in this case is TLS 1.0 and 1.1, the known-to-be-ineffective cryptographic protocols that the world's abandoning just as fast as it can. In 2017 IBM gave its cloudy customers just a few days' no...

Data protection office notes olagoanin’* up 79% • The Register

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner received 79 per cent more complaints last year than in 2016, while data breach notifications rose 26 per cent. The figures, released in the commissioner's annual report for 2017 (PDF), show that the DPC's office received a record 2,642 complaints in 2017. Tha...

Who was the storage dollar daddy in 2017? S. S. D • The Register

Customer spending on SSDs finally ruled the storage roost in 2017 but vendors still shipped more than ten times as much disk capacity as flash. IDC numbers for the fourth 2017 quarter and full year, tweaked by Wells Fargo senior analyst Aaron Rakers, revealed the revenue crossover between the two t...

Washington (no, not that one) to pass hardcore net neutrality law

The US state of Washington is on the verge of passing a sweeping new set of net neutrality safeguards that would apply to all carriers within its borders. The bill, HB 2282, would bar anyone offering broadband services within the state from throttling traffic, offering paid prioritization, or block...

Google powers up latest app it’ll cancel in two years

Google has moved its Slack rival out of beta and into general availability. The Mountain View advertising house this week formally released Hangouts Chat, the chat-and-collaboration platform thing it teased around this time last year. The system was previously limited to organizations enrolled in G...

Ohhhh-klahoma! Where Verizon’s sweeping legacy down the drain • The Register

Verizon's enthusiasm for 5G and virtualization has spawned a virtual radio access network trial in the USA. The network know-how came from Nokia. Intel, always alive to a network architecture that can put once-specialised functions onto lots of generic servers, also took part. Nokia called the “...

IPv6 and 5G will make life hell for spooks and cops say Australia’s spooks and cops • The Register

The Australian government has fingered the next threat in the country's cryptography vs. policing debate: the IPv6 protocol. The nation's Department of Home Affairs (a super-department created last year to bring immigration, border protection, and security services under a single minister) aired it...

On-premises hardware sales about to boom says Morgan Stanley • The Register

Financial Services colossus Morgan Stanley reckons on-premises hardware vendors are about to have their best sales season for a decade. The firm popped out a research note on Monday February 26th in which head of North American Technology Hardware Equity Research Katy L. Huberty said that while "ev...

Take SNAT, says Microsoft, to improve Azure load balancing • The Register

Microsoft has rewritten the operation of its Source Network Address Translation (SNAT) protocol in a bid to improve Azure's load balancing performance. Source Network Address Translation is a special sauce that allocates IP port numbers, making it easy for a router to fling traffic around multiple ...

Ye olde ELAs might do the job • The Register

Pricing and licensing "are central to all data and analytics initiatives" and vendors are using organisations' enthusiasm for the field to coin it at your expense. But controlling costs is more than possible, Gartner principal analyst Etisham Zaidi said yesterday at the firm's Asia-Pacific Data and ...

Work continues on 5G, shame no one’s sure what it’s for yet • The Register

The automotive industry has taken an interest in 5G as cars become ever more connected MWC18 5G is – surprise, surprise – dominating this year's Mobile World Congress as more emphasis is heaped on how non-telco vertical sectors can use the fledgling technology. Unlike 4G or any previous cellul...

US G-men are sniffing around Broadcom bid for Qualcomm – reports • The Register

The tale of the Qualcomm and Broadcom merger has taken a turn for the surreal, with The Men In Black (aka the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States – CFIUS) taking an interest. CFIUS, an inter-agency panel that reviews the national security implications of foreign investments in th...

Trying to improve things is like running in treacle • The Register

Webcast On 14 March at 11am we've got a studio full of experts discussing how you can take your infrastructure to the next level, make it more agile, and help the company deliver on its goals. Obviously, a number of options exist to achieve this, based on public and private cloud, software stacks a...

Ofcom gives six operators green light to bid for spectrum • The Register

Ofcom has given all four mobile operators the go-ahead to bid in the forthcoming 4G and 5G auction, as well as Hull-based fixed wireless ISP Connexin and Airspan Spectrum Holdings, a subsidiary of US outfit Airspan. Spectrum in two bands will be made available through the auction process, which Ofc...

TigerGraph emerges from undergrowth with 2.0 release in its jaws • The Register

Database upstart TigerGraph has launched its latest platform, pitching the ability for enterprise customers to collaborate in real time. The business was founded in 2012 but only came out of stealth in September. Today it is launching its 2.0 platform, which it says offers more collaboration, and f...

Brit MPs knock Nix in Fake News probe • The Register

The daughter of Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt interned at controversial data company Cambridge Analytica, the company’s CEO confirmed today to the UK's Culture Media and Sport select committee. MPs at Westminster, London, were turning Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix upside-down today in t...

Total Inability To Support Upset People • The Register

We knew Virgin Media was going down the toilet – but not quite this way. For several hours on Tuesday, its business broadband has been offline in the UK, leaving folks unable to reach the internet. "Our customers may be experiencing a total loss of service on broadband and data services," the cab...

Amazon pays ONE BEEEEELLION+ dollars for smart home upstart • The Register

Fully squaring up to Google in the smart home world, Amazon has gobbled smart home upstart Ring, apparently paying more than a billion dollars for it. The acquisition is a smart one (geddit?) for the Seattle e-commerce monster, as it tries to build on top of its Alexa digital assistant but risks be...

Facebook recruits Nokia to trial and standardise Terragraph wireless tech • The Register

Facebook hopes to get parts of its Terragraph wireless comms platform standardised by the IEEE, and has recruited Nokia to help. Terragraph is a big part of Facebook's plan to connect the “next four billion” to Facebook the Internet using the 60 GHz band. First announced in April 2016, the Terr...

Cisco, Intel, Red Hat take aim at closed 5G radio systems • The Register

Cisco has used Mobile World Congress 2018 to tout a group of vendors working on open tech for the mobile radio access network. “Virtual RAN” – Radio Access Network – refers to a shift in base station architecture away from proprietary functions running on vendor-specific base station hardwa...

HyperGrid lets you shop at 100 million clouds • The Register

Hyperconverged hopeful HyperGrid has pivoted again and now offers a service that assesses the properties of 100 million possible cloud configurations so you can send a workload to whichever one will suit it best. HyperGrid started life selling converged Hyper-V appliances, then jumped into a hyperc...

Voice assistants are always listening. So why won’t they call Police if they hear a crime? • The Register

If you saw someone being assaulted, you'd probably whip out your phone and dial for help. But when one of our newly ubiquitous devices hears a crime, it does nothing. If Alexa or Google Assistant or Siri hears an assault, or a rape, they sit there waiting for their cues to act. But that's a load o...

The phone OS that muggers wouldn’t touch is back from the dead • The Register

MWC2018 Dead phone platforms are coming back to life at MWC in 2018 – like a zombie feature phone apocalypse. FireFox OS was the talk of Mobile World Congress five years ago as the wealthy Californian nonprofit announced an ambitious licensing initiative... and a $25 handset. I will admit I was s...

Data science before algorithms, declares Bosch’s new top techie • The Register

BCW18 Take risks, be first, launch something as the minimum viable product when it's 80 per cent ready – such is the philosophy of the head of Bosch's new Connected Mobility Services division, Bernd Heinrichs. Bosch announced the newly created division at its Connected World conference in Berlin....

A potential IPO, some upgrades, Overland sold, and ‘Fortify the continuum of..’ whut? • The Register

It's been an eventful week in storage land, with contract wins, possible IPOs, biz unit sales and the inevitable poring over financial results. Let's have a look at the people, the product and the numbers... Excelero and healthcare NVMe-over-Fabrics startup Excelero has won IT consulting practice ...

So, cloud is still totally for nerds, right? • The Register

Comment If Larry Ellison earned a dollar for every cloud-hyped phrase he made, Oracle's market share in cloud infrastructure wouldn't be the miserly 0.3 per cent – by Gartner's calculations – that it is today. Big Red has spent years playing make-believe with cloud, trying to convince the world...

Mobile industry wants less regulation, mooooar radio spectrum • The Register

MWC18 5G could, er, bring an end to populism, said Vittorio Colao, Vodafone’s chief executive during his keynote address at this year’s Mobile World Congress. "We need as an industry to engage to make sure we build a better future for people. "5G combined with IoT really gives us a great oppor...

Smartphones to be inescapable, even at 40,000 feet • The Register

MWC18 Folk soon need not look up from their screens when boarding aircraft and wandering the aisles thanks to an alliance formed by OneWeb and Airbus to bring 5G roaming to the skies. OneWeb, which hopes to launch the first of some 900 satellites into low Earth orbit this year aboard a Russian Soyu...

GitHub Marketplace vendors get a clue • The Register

Community code site GitHub on Monday plans to illuminate its Marketplace, not with lights but with data. The social software development biz opened its online Marketplace last year to provide a central storefront for developer tools that can be integrated with its code repositories. GitHub's bit ba...

Hungry American GTT gobbles Euro network biz Interoute for $2.3bn • The Register

London-based fibre and cloud networks business Interoute has been acquired by US networking business GTT for $2.3bn (£1.65bn). The deal will add 72,000km of fibre optic to GTT Communications and expand its presence to 126 cities across 29 countries. Currently the business provides IP and managed n...

Er, yes. Your iCloud stuff is now on Google’s servers • The Register

If you chose the Apple ecosystem because you don't trust Google – bad news. Apple has confirmed for the first time that it now uses Google servers to store third-party data from iCloud users. Apple has used Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure to host iCloud data since 2011. Spreading the da...

Wanna build an AI robot? Don’t have an actual robot yet? Try this Holodeck for droids • The Register

OpenAI today updated Gym – its system for training intelligent software – so that developers can teach physical robots to hold pens, pick up and move objects, and so on. Gym was launched in 2016, and is a toolkit for teaching programs new tricks, such as playing Atari games and balancing poles,...

VMware user group conferences hit Australia in March • The Register

PROMO Each year VMware's User Groups stage day-long conferences in Sydney and Melbourne and the dates have just been set for this year's gigs: March 20th in the harbour city and March 22nd in Melbourne. This year the theme of both events is security, a timely topic given Australia's data breach rep...

Stunning infosec tips from Uncle Sam, furries exposed, Chase bank web leak, and more • The Register

Roundup Happy weekend, everyone. Here's a roundup of computer security news beyond everything we've already reported this week. Last week a consortium of biz giants got together to set the bar on computer security because governments weren't getting their act together. Sadly, based on Uncle Sam's a...

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

Hewlett Packard Enterprise took everyone by surprise Thursday by turning in better-than-expected quarterly financial numbers. The business end of the HP breakup credited a strong start to the year, a tax windfall, and its ongoing efforts to slash costs and jobs, for a nearly five-fold boost in prof...

Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped • The Register

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. The release of npm 5.7.0 on Wednesda...

802.11ax Wi-Fi standard isn’t ready, Qualcomm bakes chips anyway • The Register

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. Speaking to The...

OpenBSD releases Meltdown patch • The Register

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. A few days after the Meltdown/Spectre bugs emerged in January, OpenBSD's Phillip Guenther responded to ...

Juniper sharpens knife for the carrier network and boxes white boxes • The Register

MWC Juniper's following Cisco's lead into carrier network automation. The Gin Palace's Contrail automation environment will soon grow a Network SlicingBot, which is designed to give operators hands-off provisioning. The aim, according to Juniper, is to let operators build just one network architec...

Here’s how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron • The Register

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. The next best thing is RSS, the aging syndication protocol that provides a convenient mechan...

Intel didn’t tell CERTS, govs, about Meltdown and Spectre because they couldn’t help fix it • The Register

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. Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to ...

Pay down your techie debt. It’s time to fix a price • The Register

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. The concept “technical debt” in software design and development comes from Agile development guru Ward Cunningham....

Job cuts? There will be blood • The Register

Veritas Technologies has hired a corporate restructuring specialist in the face of business difficulties. El Reg was told by Veritas insiders that CEO Greg Hughes has engaged Alix Partners to look at the company structure. He discussed cost pressures, initiatives and possible actions being consider...

Ofcom’s wholesale superfast broadband price slash will hurt bottom line • The Register

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. The proposals are part of broader measures intended to boost broadband investment in the UK, including plans to incre...

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

Google has opened up a major new communications channel for businesses – sending multimedia messages to mobiles using interoperable standards. Any business can now join Google's Jibe programme following a closed beta last year. As well as blast out simple text confirmations, organisations will be...

DropEverything! DropBox DropsDocs to DropStocks • The Register

DropBox today formally filed for its IPO – its initial public offering, its stock-market debut, whatever you want to call it. The cloud storage and collab upstart picked the Friday news dump window to unseal its S-1 paperwork with the US Securities and Exchange Commission: it previously submitted...

Feature Labs launches out of MIT to accelerate the development of machine learning algorithms – TechCrunch

Feature Labs, a startup with roots in research begun at MIT, officially launched today with a set of tools to help data scientists build machine learning algorithms more quickly. Co-founder and CEO Max Kanter says the company has developed a way to automate “feature engineering,” which is oft...

Guys, you’re killing us! LA Times homicide site hacked to mine crypto-coins on netizens’ PCs • The Register

A Los Angeles Times' website has been silently mining crypto-coins using visitors' web browsers and PCs for several days – after hackers snuck mining code onto its webpages. The newspaper's IT staffers left at least one of the publication's Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage buckets wide open t...

Venezuela floats its own oily cryptocurrency to save the world economy • The Register

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. The "Petro" has also been given the job of realising a "vision of turning th...

Devs shouldn’t have to learn Docker, K8s, 30 other things to deploy an app • The Register

Index At IBM's Index developer conference in San Francisco, on Tuesday, The Register sat down with Big Blue's Java CTO John Duimovich to talk about the Java programming language, IBM, the cloud and other developer-oriented concerns. Duimovich made the case for IBM as a cloud platform partner, based...

US state legal supremos show lots of love for proposed CLOUD Act (a law to snoop on citizens’ info stored abroad) • The Register

The attorneys general of 35 US states on Wednesday signed an open letter calling for the quick passage of the Clarify Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act – with some qualifications. The proposed legislation, if passed by Congress, will allow the Feds to demand people's emails and other person...

The End of Virtualization? • The Register

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. For several years, Docker has been a very...

Don’t worry, Eugene Kaspersky. Acronis is just busting a security move… • The Register

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. A slide extract from one of its recent presentation decks illustrates the plan: Acronis will ...

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

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. The ERP giant launched its in-memory data platform SAP HANA in late 2010, but the firm had problems conveyi...

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

Hot on the heels of Bitcoin’s dramatic rise and fall - and rise, British parliamentarians have decided to launch an inquiry into digital currencies. The Treasury Committee, one of the more influential of the House of Commons’ talking shops, today confirmed it will investigate the impact of cryp...

UK’s delayed emergency services network review… delayed • The Register

A review of the 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. The hugely ambitious project, will see the £2.9bn Motorola-owned Airwave contract switched off at the end of 201...

Real talk: Why are you hanging on to that non-performant disk? • The Register

Analysis Generations of change have produced layers of storage that are a challenge to manage. When I was a boy, storage was easy. You had servers with internal hard drives that had capacities of tens of megabytes, and that was it. It was inefficient – unused space on one server couldn’t be use...

Arm emits designs to add iSIM tech to Internet of Stuff • The Register

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. The move, which is likely to heap further pressure on cellular networks, is expected to significantly reduce costs and sh...

Lloyds Banking Group to splash £3bn on tech • The Register

Lloyds Banking Group is to splash £3bn on IT investment, amid a major outsourcing and cost-cutting programme. In a trading update, the Halifax, Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland brands owner revealed its "business transformation" budget had increased 40 per cent on the previous year. It also report...

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

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. Installation of the network will begin in March, with demos scheduled of 5G-enabled virtual reality, augmented reality and live ...

America’s broadband speed map is back! And it doesn’t totally suck! • The Register

After four years in purgatory the US government's internet broadband map is back - and it's pretty good. The map was relaunched at the monthly meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday, presumably as a way to distract from the fact that the regulator finally published its n...

US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear • The Register

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. ADC Telecommunications, which is part of North-Carolina-based CommScope, has urged a US federal appe...

Microsoft Australia changes App Store T&Cs to pay GST • The Register

Microsoft Australia's taken further steps to ensure that Australia's goods and services tax (GST) is collected on apps sold at the Microsoft Store. The company last week quietly updated its App Developer Agreement from version 8.1 to 8.2, with the changelog noting that the new version "Updated tax ...

To automate what’s on the other side • The Register

Cisco's extended its Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) and WAN Automation Engine in the hope that service providers will see them as a way to achieve automated management of all the kit in their networks, regardless of who made it. As explained to El Reg by Cisco's senior veep and general manager...

If AI eggheads could go ahead and try to stop their code being evil, that’d be great • The Register

AI experts have emitted a lengthy report spitballing how intelligent software may be turned against us humans in the near future. Their aim is to put in motion safeguards and policies to crackdown on malevolent uses of machine-learning technology, rather than whip up panic, and to make scientists a...

43% of login attempts ‘malicious’ Good news

An extraordinary 43 per cent of all attempted online account logins are malicious, Akamai claims in its latest internet security report. "Credential abuse" is an increasingly popular line of attack, thanks in large part to the readily availability of huge user/password databases that has been stole...

We sent a vulture to IBM’s new developer conference to find an answer to the burning question

Index At the first IBM Index developer conference in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, I spent the morning at a Kubernetes workshop learning that when apps on the IBM Cloud Container Service fail to deploy, the reason may not be obvious. The presenter, IBM cloud program manager Chris Rosen, fr...

AMD lures Cisco’s server CTO into EPYC new gig • The Register

EXCLUSIVE AMD's push into servers has accelerated just a little after the chip-maker wooed Cisco's chief technology officer for UCS servers to join its ranks. Raghunath Nambiar joined AMD earlier this month in the role of corporate veep in the company's Datacenter Ecosystems and Solutions team. He...

Oh, Bucket! AWS in S3 status-checking tool free-for-all • The Register

Amazon Web Services has signalled it's still worried about poorly configured buckets in its Simple Storage Service (S3) by making one of the tools to manage them free. AWS suffered last year after a rash of data leaks caused by customers who had improperly configured their S3 storage. It's an easy...

Rock-a-byte, baby: IoT tot-monitoring camera lets miscreants watch 10,000s of kids online • The Register

More than 52,000 internet-connected Mi-Cam baby monitors are broadcasting sound and video to whoever comes looking, researchers have claimed. These Wi-Fi gizmos, built by Chinese biz MiSafes, stream 720p video and two-way audio in real-time to apps running on parents' smartphones, via Amazon cloud ...

Gemini is shipping and we’ve got one. This is what it’s like • The Register

Exclusive It's here. They've really gone and done it, made a modern Psion: a brand new computer that fits in your pocket and that you can touch-type on and everything. Planet Computing's Gemini is not just a PDA: it has been called "the only interesting phone in the market", which shouldn't sound s...

Bosch and Daimler jump in together on driverless vehicle tech • The Register

BCW18 Bosch’s Connected World conference opened with a demo of its automated valet technology. Though the firm’s chief exec, Volkmar Denner, drove the car up to its drop-off point, the self-parking mode failed to engage. That hitch aside - clearly the backup plan of cutting to a prepared video ...

UK data controllers to pay ICO up to £2.4k more a year when GDPR kicks in • The Register

The UK government has revealed plans to increase the top tier of annual fees for data controllers from £500 to £2,900 in an attempt to ensure the Brit privacy watchdog has enough cash to function. The new payment regime comes into effect with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulat...

Brexit to better rural broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Michael Gove • The Register

UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove has promised to use the cash we no longer have to give to the EU to subsidise rural connectivity. In a speech heavy on rhetoric but light on detail, Gove told delegates at the National Farmer's Union the government would spend billions of pounds improving rural...

Intel hurls Spectre 2 microcode patch fix at world • The Register

For the second time of asking, Intel has issued microcode updates to OEMs that it prays says will mitigate the Spectre variant two design flaw impacting generations of CPUs spewed out over previous decades. Yep, old Chipzilla has turned up at the scene of the metaphorical IT industry earthquake wit...

Why is the networking business dozing through Meltdown

In the seven weeks since The Register broke the news of the Meltdown/Spectre speculative execution vulnerabilities, nearly every corner of the industry has scrambled to patch, re-patch, and work out how to Spectre-proof the world. Except for Ethernet switch vendors, who with a very few exceptions h...

Veritas loses its Vision, kills global customer knees-up • The Register

Veritas has canned its annual Veritas Vision marketing extravaganza in preference of smaller, regional get togethers for channel and end-user customers. Veritas Vision 2017 – the second time the knees-up took place - was held in Las Vegas in September, and scheduled to run again between 3 to 8 No...

Scality CEO: About that C-suite throttling… • The Register

More details have emerged of C-suite axe swinging at Scality with chief marketing officer Paul Turner getting the chop - still he lasted longer than his predecessor. The latest departure comes weeks after the object storage software start-up split with president and COO Erwan Menard in early Januar...

Pirates’ privates exposed: Flight Simulation add-on nosedives into Chrome’s cache • The Register

Virtual pilots were excited to download the latest update from Microsoft's Flight Simulator Add-On wrangler, Flight Sim Labs, featuring updates to the Airbus A320 model, but it was then tempered with anger. Users found to their displeasure that as well as a plethora of enhancements, such as improve...

Capita data centres hit by buttload of outages • The Register

Exclusive Hard pressed outsourcing titan Capita wrestled with almost sxity separate outages at its data centres in the space of just half a year, The Register can exclusively reveal. An internal log of the problems dating between June and December 2017, seen by us, detailed the extent of the downti...

A print button? Mmkay. Let’s explore WHY you need me to add that • The Register

With all our attention on the Morlocks – down there with the whirring gears of Kubernetes and steaming clouds – it's easy to lose track of the Eloi: those concierges of productivity that smooth out the rough, upper crust of The Stack to make sure your software is actually usable. The trend now ...

Samsung wheels out 30TB SSD monster • The Register

Samsung has finally got its 31TB SSD into manufacturing, catching up with Toshiba's similarly well-endowed SAS flash package. The 30.72TB PM1643 effectively replaces the current PM1633a and its 15.36TB capacity limit, and is positioned as an enterprise SSD, although Samsung does tell us it can stor...

We’ve built a 4G drone tracking system, beams Vodafone • The Register

A 3D Robotics Solo drone. How is Vodafone planning to implement geofencing on items like these? Vodafone is working on an airborne drone detection system based on 4G M2M mobile phone technology, the Brit-based network operator said this morning. The “pioneering technology”, as Voda has dubbed ...

Big Blue plumps up storage line with filer and fabrics • The Register

IBM is adding filer software to its storage offerings, NVMe fabric access to its base all-flash array, and other features across its storage portfolio in a bumper Big Blue storage news day. There are three aspects to the bundle of news: software-defined storage; data protection and storage hardware...

US cable giant tries to wiggle out of ‘crap ISP’ legal battle now that net neutrality is dead • The Register

Charter still has to answer for selling New Yorkers short on their internet packages, a judge has decided, rejecting the cable giant's argument that the repeal of net neutrality rules in the US means the case is moot. Judge O. Peter Sherwood issued 26 pages of No [PDF] in a lawsuit that has been ru...

Is HCI and ops automation really threatening your job? • The Register

Reg reader survey The march of automation is unavoidable. This is as true in IT as it is in any other profession. From a jobs perspective, some people will win and some will lose. Either way, things will often get shaken up and the status quo threatened. A useful proxy for automation in general in ...

Google’s robo-CTRL-ALT-DEL failed, hung networks and Compute Engine for 90 minutes • The Register

Chalk up another one for good old humans: Google's admitted that an automation failure was the root cause of a 93-minute outage of its Compute Engine in the us-central1 and europe-west3 zones of its cloud on January 18th, 2018. Google's classified the outage as a "network programming failure" and s...

Arista almost done with Cisco workarounds as revenue and profit soar • The Register

Customer certification delays resulting from its ongoing patent lawsuit brought by Cisco have delayed some of its revenue, but upstart Arista Networks still turned in a tidy result for Q4 2017 and for the full year. The company last Friday announced US$467.9 million in revenue for Q4 2017, up 42.7 ...

switches, security, and subs • The Register

Juniper Networks has taken the tube labelled 'multicloud' out of the paint-box and applied a liberal coat to the latest updates to its switching products. The two legs the strategy stands on, Juniper reckons, are security and automation - which are where the company wants to take itself anyhow. Sec...

Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL • The Register

Oracle appears to have open-sourced DTrace , the system instrumentation tool that Sun Microsystems created in the early 2000s and which has been beloved of many-a-sysadmin ever since. As noted by developer Mark J. Wielaard, this commit by an Oracle developer shows that something is afoot. Big Red ...

UK.gov calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband • The Register

The governent is looking towards the heavens in its bid to redeem rural broadband speeds, having exhausted all other options. The inspirational idea is an agreement between the Church of England and the government to encourage parishes to use their buildings to boost broadband, mobile and Wi-Fi con...

Thanks Xeon SP, now SPEC benchmarks blurt out hundreds of results • The Register

Comment Ah, the good old days of server benchmarks, when CPU variations were few and clock rates ruled the roost. Now we have four different Xeon SP CPU families, one with two model lines, and each family has its own set of CPUs with differing core counts, threads and clock rates. Vendors put these...

Storage snow big deal? Products vendors hope will sleigh, pole position startups and more • The Register

In this week's roundup we hitch a brief ride on a sledge to the South Pole, and watch the movements in frozen flash, hot HCI, supercooled software and more. Acronis Acronis has added a technology partnership with the Williams Martini Racing Formula One team, alongside its sponsorship of the Toro R...

When Samsung reveals the S9 at MWC, at least try to act surprised • The Register

There's rarely such a thing as a "genuine" phone leak in our experience – glimpses of unreleased models are carefully choreographed by professionals months in advance. Apple is the obvious exception. A stupendous data dump on the eve of the iPhone launch left presenters with nothing new at all to...

UK.gov’s Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws • The Register

British government ministers have been told not to peddle the idea that trade agreements are incompatible with continued compliance with European data protection laws. As the country's ruling Conservative Party continues to grapple with Brexit negotiations and internal frictions, tech industry bodi...

What’s the deal with DX? • The Register

Over the last few months people have stopped saying “digitalization” or “digital transformation” and abbreviating it “DX.” The industry is full of abbreviations and ephemeral jargon, and the most irritating part of this latest addition, for those of us in receiving end of the phrase “D...

nbn™’s HFC fix will see connections tested from March to July 2018 • The Register

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has advised households connected to its hybrid fibre-coax network to expect a visit between March 7th 2018 and July 27th 2018. An "inspection and maintenance notice" sent to your correspondent said a physical i...

Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée’s nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke • The Register

A bloke is suing Verizon Wireless in the US because, he claims, personal pictures from his Verizon phone, including intimate snaps of his fiancée, turned up on the phone of another subscriber – who happened to know her. "On February 8, 2018, the plaintiff discovered for the first time that Veriz...

Global security crackdown, a host of code nasties, Brit cops mocked, and more • The Register

Roundup Here's a summary of this week's security news beyond what we've already reported. At the Munich Security Conference in Germany, major companies, including Siemens, Airbus, Allianz, Daimler Group, IBM, NXP, SGS and Deutsche Telekom, signed a Charter of Trust for cybersecurity. The signatorie...

Reinforcement learning woes, robot doggos, Amazon’s homegrown AI chips, and more • The Register

Roundup Hello! Here's a brief roundup of some interesting news from the AI world from the past two weeks, beyond what we've already reported. Behold a fascinating, honest explanation of why reinforcement learning isn't all that, Amazon developing its own chips, and an AI that colors in comic books....

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs’ vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs • The Register

Poll Desktop computers powered by future versions of Ubuntu GNU/Linux may collect information on the PCs – unless users opt out. "We want to be able to focus our engineering efforts on the things that matter most to our users, and in order to do that we need to get some more data about sort of se...

Say HCI is an enhanced server. If you don’t already sell ’em, it could be game over, man • The Register

Analysis If hyperconverged systems are basically enhanced servers then HCI vendors with no server hardware or channel partnerships for their software are doomed. And HCI vendors with low server sales will not be successful in the HCI market. Now let's look at Cisco, HPE and NetApp through this len...

Microsoft’s System Center successor edges closer to Hawaii 1-0 • The Register

Microsoft has offered Windows admins a second look at Project Honolulu, its web-based System Center successor. A new preview of the app landed earlier this week. Microsoft's positioned Honolulu as a more modern face for Windows Server, a way of surfacing useful PowerShell functions without having ...

Judges dismisses majority of Cisco’s ‘insane’ IP defence against Arista • The Register

A US court has agreed to dismiss most of Cisco's IP defences in its long-running antitrust dispute with rival Arista Networks; the latter had previously described them as "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane". The ruling is the latest in Arista's antitrust case against Cisco, filed in 20...

UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike • The Register

Mobile customers face a mid-contract price rise, with all four operators confirming they will hike fees by 4 per cent, 1 per cent above inflation. That is in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) figure for January 2018. Operators will begin introducing the increase from March. Rob Hilborn, head ...

Cisco surges after pricing switches-plus-subscriptions just below old hardware prices • The Register

The flagship of Cisco's “intent-based networking” push, the Catalyst 9000 switch, is leaping out the door, and Switchzilla delivered other good news on it FY2018 Q2 earnings call. The Catalyst 9000 is also in the vanguard of Cisco's other most important strategy, pivoting its income to software...

Don’t expect HFC NBN sales to resume before July • The Register

Telstra has no inside information on when nbn™ will end its moratorium on new HFC conections. CEO Andy Penn made that observation after presenting Telstra's latest half-year results. The most he was prepared to say was that "we would not expect any recommencement … in the current financial year...

Roses are red, Ajit Pai is tickled. Broadband from SpaceX gets him out of a pickle • The Register

SpaceX's plans to become a global ISP took a big step forward after Ajit Pai – the boss of America's comms watchdog, the FCC – gave his blessing for Elon Musk's biz to pop broadband-beaming satellites into orbit. The rocketry upstart wants to build a network of low-Earth orbit birds named Starl...

FTTP in UK sucks so much it doesn’t even rank in European study • The Register

The UK is performing so poorly in fibre penetration that it isn't even included in a European study. Latvia comes top, with 50.6 per cent household penetration, according to the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) Ultrafast Broadband Country Ranking. Meanwhile, Blighty is estimated to have fibre penetration ...

Zuckerborg, Microsoft, Amazon letting the side down for green energy among hyperscalers • The Register

Data centre operators are going green because renewable energy costs less, receives tax subsidies and customers like the idea, according to a report by analysts at IHS Markit. The research notes that Apple has been using fully renewable energy in its data centres since 2013. Google reached the 100 ...

So… Nokia’s taking a long, hard look at its health unit • The Register

Nokia appears to be revising its ambition to be the data kingpin of the digital health industry. The Finnish telecomms giant has put its Digital Health business up for “strategic review”. This “may or may not result in any transaction or other changes”, it says coyly. Over the past two yea...

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature

Readers with good memories may recall that when Windows NT was launched, it came in Workstation and Advanced Server editions, with the former fulfilling most duties of a server. There were no limits on TCP/IP connections, for example. Just as its developer Dave Cutler intended. When, a little later...

Oracle slurps bot-wrangling security minnow Zenedge • The Register

Oracle is to gobble security outfit Zenedge for likely less than CTO Larry Ellison spends on tanning lotion each year an unspecified sum. Zenedge flogs, er, 'integrated management of businesses' cybersecurity', centred on bot management and protection against malware and Distributed Denial of Servi...

120k FedEx customer files spill from AWS S3 silo • The Register

Another day, another unsecured Amazon Web Services S3 storage bucket spilling secrets onto the public internet. This time it's a misconfigured AWS cloud silo belonging to FedEx, which openly exposed an archive of more than 119,000 scanned documents – including passports and drivers licenses – p...

Roses are red, violets are blue, VMware’s made a new vSphere for you • The Register

VMware's still trying to encourage upgrades to version 6.0 and 6.5 of its vSphere platform, but that hasn't stopped it from working on a new version too. The Register understands that new effort will likely emerge as vSphere 6.7 and probably appear in the second quarter of 2018 now that a beta prog...

Citrix swallows Cedexis to give NetScaler more multi-cloud cred • The Register

Citrix has bought traffic optimisation company Cedexis for an undisclosed sum. Cedexis focuses on traffic mostly outside the enterprise perimeter, “dynamically optimising the flow of traffic across public clouds, data centres, CDNs and ISPs”, the canned announcement says, for better application...

Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches • The Register

A former IT administrator at the Canadian Pacific Railway has been jailed for 366 days for sabotaging the organization's computer network. Christopher Victor Grupe, 46, had a rocky relationship with his employers: in December 2015, he was suspended for 12 days for insubordination and just not makin...

Meltdown-and-Spectre-detector comes to Windows Analytics • The Register

Microsoft's added a Meltdown-and-Spectre detector to Windows Analytics, the company's telemetry analysis tool for sysadmins. The new version of the tool arrived on Tuesday, when Redmond revealed new features to check antivirus status, operating system update level, and firmware status. Sysadmins w...

Microsoft working to scale Blockchain for grand distributed ID scheme • The Register

Microsoft's wanted a really good federated identity scheme ever since the early 2000s, when it gave the world Project Hailstorm, aka ".Net My Services", to let a web of online services know a little about you and the information you are happy to share with others. Hailstorm passed, swept back years...

Pressure mounts on FCC to cough up answers over fake net neutrality comments • The Register

Analysis US lawmakers have weighed in on the FCC's controversial vote to scrap America's net neutrality rules, demanding information on the millions of fake comments submitted to the watchdog's public consultation on the decision – and asking pointed questions about how the federal regulator handl...

We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too? • The Register

Discussions about the future of cars quickly turn to the pros and cons of autonomous vehicles. But the acronym of choice in such discussions is CAVs – connected and autonomous vehicles – and the "connected" part is already with us. While there are only a handful of fully autonomous vehicles trun...

Winter Olympics 5G isn’t real 5G, says Qualcomm, that won’t land until 2019 • The Register

Qualcomm has fleshed out the details of what's going to land in the hands of the 18 carriers who last week signed on for “standards-compliant” 5G trials. The company last week said the 18 carriers will soon start to field-test its Snapdragon X50 modem, and it's working hard to corner the OEM bu...

Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™ • The Register

Real World Test Last year Apple transformed the fortunes of its iPad. In the spring the iconic fondleslab looked so neglected, it was declared "done". Sales were half of what they had been at the iPad's peak. Then in June, the biggest software update in years, iOS 11, transformed the iPad from a gl...

Roses are red, Three’s feeling blue, spectrum appeal rejected, they’ll have to make do • The Register

Ofcom's 5G spectrum auction is to go ahead in April after mobile operator Three lost its final legal challenge to force the regulator to change the bidding rules. Ofcom had planned to hold the auction for the 2.3 and 3.4GHz bands in autumn 2017, but it was delayed by litigation brought by Three UK ...

‘That ban’s unconstitutional!’ Boo hoo hoo • The Register

Kaspersky Lab, the antivirus house, now claims that the US government's ban on its products amounts to punishment without trial. In court filings made late last year Kaspersky said it was intending to use the US Administrative Procedure Act to get the ban declared unconstitutional. Now, according t...

Big Blue levels up server sextet with POWER9 for IBM i, AIX, HANA, Linux • The Register

IBM is bashing out a set of go-faster POWER9 servers in the face of mounting competition from Xeon SP systems. After unveiling its glam AC922 AI server back in December, Big Blue has released six bread-and-butter POWER9 CPU-based 2U and 4U servers with one or two sockets. They have twice the memory...

Violets are violet, roses are… rosey, Dell just got $145.8m for selling Mozy • The Register

Dell Technologies has agreed to offload cloud backup subsidiary Mozy to web-based storage outfit Carbonite for $145.8m. Carbonite president and CEO Mohamad Ali said its data protection platform "serves every scenario, from backing up individual laptops to maintaining uptime for hundreds of business...

How flash is panning out in the enterprise • The Register

Flash storage was once a plaything for moneyed-up, high-performance tech elite. No more. Now, it’s finding its way into Joe Average’s enterprise architecture. Here’s where it came from, where it is today, and where it might be going. Today, you’ll find flash memory in most mobile devices, b...

our new way to look at Australia’s national broadband network • The Register

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network, is the subject of endless controversy. So The Register has decided to try to assess it in a new way, with a scoreboard of the metrics that nbn™ offers in its results presentations, compared to those in its 201...

From Amazon to Ama-gone: Bezos swings the axe on hundreds at HQ • The Register

Amazon has confirmed a round of job cuts are taking place at its headquarters in Seattle, USA. The internet monster on Monday said it was cutting roles, although hopes to reassign sacked people to different positions where possible. "As part of our annual planning process, we are making headcount ...

Foxconn spins out a slice of itself to fund cloud, IoT and 5G push • The Register

Foxconn wants to spin out part of itself, perhaps including a facilities used to build either iPhones or chips for smartmobes, so it can diversify into cloudy and 5G products. The manufacturer-to-the-stars has filed a prospectus with the Chinese securities regulator for a part-IPO of Foxconn Indust...

This Valentine’s day Oracle’s given you 12 big red data centres • The Register

Oracle's announced plans to build a dozen new cloud data centres. The company's not said whether it plans to break ground by itself or co-locate in existing data centres, or how it plans to pay for the expansion. Investors don't seem to object to the likely multi-billion-dollar spend, as Oracle's s...

The strange case of the data breach that stayed online for a month • The Register

A couple of weeks ago Jeff* quit his job at the Singaporean branch of a major enterprise technology vendor that is, if not quite a household name, certainly known to most IT professionals. Not long afterwards he Googled his old work employee ID number and was unpleasantly surprised to see the first...

How to tamper with neural nets to turn them against us • The Register

Bit boffins from universities in China and the US have devised a way to tamper with deep learning models so they produce misleading results. In a paper posted to pre-print service ArXiv, "PoTrojan: powerful neural-level trojan designs in deep learning models," authors Minhui Zou, Yang Shi, Chenglia...

What if I told you that flash drives could do their own processing? • The Register

Part 2 Bringing compute to data aims to knock stored data access latency on its head by not moving masses of data across networks to host servers. Bringing compute to disk drives is facing an uphill struggle, but flash drives, with their much faster access, might have an easier time of it. An oppos...

Hotchilli Internet shutters web-hosting service • The Register

Web-hosting outfit Hotchilli has told punters the best way it can continue to serve their needs is by, er, shutting up shop. The London-based company penned a note to customers to warn them that services will be terminated from next month. In the letter, seen by The Register, services director Step...

Dell EMC’s VxBlock range is now a seriously big iron • The Register

Dell EMC has smushed its three-product VxBlock range into a single, more scalable composable infrastructure – the VxBlock 1000. VxBlocks are rack-scale systems converging separate servers, storage and networking into a single converged infrastructure (CI) system orderable as a single product, and...

Hyperoptic’s overkill 10Gbps fibre trial ‘more than a clever PR stunt’ • The Register

Alternative network provider Hyperoptic today tested speeds of 10Gbps at the former Olympic village in east London. The biz, which targets its full-fibre network in 30 cities across the UK, was able to stream four high-definition 4K videos simultaneously, plus one in 8K to a single access point. T...

Ex-Skyera chaps’ Tachyum startup grabs cloud chip cash • The Register

Silicon design startup Tachyum, founded by ex-Skyera top brass after they sold out to Western Digital, has bagged funding to continue developing cloudy chips. The cash comes from IPM Growth, a division of InfraPartners Management LLP, but the amount handed over was unconfirmed. Adrian Vycital, man...

Lenovo says take this code and stick where the SAN doesn’t shine • The Register

Lenovo has refreshed its line of storage-area-network boxes for small and medium businesses with improved software. This faster firmware code has pushed controller IOPS higher, mades disk rebuilds screaming fast, and added distributed RAID, it is claimed. There are three products in this SAN family...

Blackbird shot down, patent nuked by judge in Cloudflare legal battle • The Register

An US court has trashed a patent at the center of Cloudflare's legal war with patent troll Blackbird Technologies – and thrown out the latter's case against the web biz. In a victory for Cloudflare, Judge Vince Chhabria, sitting in a northern district court of California, ruled on Monday [PDF] th...

Shock horror! Telegram messaging app proves insecure yet again! • The Register

Telegram has fixed a security flaw in its desktop app that hackers spent several months exploiting to install remote-control malware and cryptocurrency miners on vulnerable PCs. The programming cockup was spotted by researchers at Kaspersky in October. It is believed miscreants have been leveraging...

Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google • The Register

Having last year axed its scanning of Gmail messages after years of withering privacy criticism, Google has decided to court controversy again in this area. Now it is extending its much-loved Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology to email inboxes. In a blog post on Tuesday, Gmail product manag...

While Western Union wired customers’ money, hackers transferred their personal deets • The Register

Western Union has confirmed one of its IT suppliers was hacked, and that customer information was exposed to miscreants. A Register reader, who wished to remain anonymous, showed us a copy of a letter dated January 31 that he received from the money-transfer outfit. The missive admitted that a supp...

Meltdown’s Linux patches alone add big load to CPUs, and that’s just one of four fixes • The Register

Netflix engineer, dTrace Daddy and famed shouter at hard disk drives Brendan Gregg has cooked up a "microbenchmark" to assess the Linux kernel page table isolation (KPTI) patch for the Meltdown CPU design flaw and come up with predictions of significant-but-manageable performance degradation. Gregg...

If you haven’t already killed Lotus Notes, IBM just gave you the perfect reason to do it now, fast • The Register

IBM has warned that bugs in its Notes auto-updater mean the service can be tricked into running malicious code. In its advisory, IBM says the Notes Smart Updater service, which sees upgrades of Notes sent to users' desktops, “can be misguided into running malicious code from a DLL masquerading as...

5G won’t just be fast, it’ll do the ML-fuelled self-optimisation thing • The Register

There's a race to apply machine learning to networking applications (especially for 5G), and as so often happens in periods of frenzied development, there's an emerging standardisation gap the International Telecommunications Union hopes to fix. Following the January Machine Learning and 5G worksho...

How do you win at HCI? It’s SimpliVity … or maybe not, right Dell? • The Register

Analysis What a difference a year makes: just 12 little months ago HPE was ruling the integrated systems roost, but fast forward and it has slipped behind as Nutanix and Dell EMC streak ahead - the latter with help from its VSAN gear. In the latest Gartner HCI Magic Quadrant (MQ), hyperconverger Nu...

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners • The Register

A police force in Yorkshire has been kitted out with fingerprint scanners to run identity checks in the street. Some 250 scanners have been handed to West Yorkshire Police officers, who will be able to run fingerprint checks against two criminal and immigration biometric databases. In an announcem...

Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle • The Register

Open Source Insider The Open Source Initiative, a non-profit that advocates for open-source software and coined the term, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. It's difficult to conceive of where the internet, indeed the world, would be today were it not for open-source software and, perhaps m...

Vodafone boasts 200Mbps with 4G mini mast in Cornish trial • The Register

Vodafone has unveiled an eight-metre high "telescopic" 4G mast, intended to boost speeds in rural areas to 200Mpbs, following a trial in Porthcurno, Cornwall, UK. Developed in partnership with infrastructure biz CommScope, the kit is aimed at rural hotels, leisure centres, retail parks and tourist ...

We’ve stuffed automation in ‘pretty much’ all our services • The Register

Oracle has announced plans to roll out its self-described autonomous technology to all of its Platform-as-a-Service products. The company launched its self-driving database, available in the latest version, 18c, at the OpenWorld conference last year. At the time, execs promised customers "a freedo...

How back of server pack rat Inspur has sailed into the top-three slot • The Register

Analysis Behind the numbers in Gartner's third 2017 quarter server tracker are some startling revelations concerning Cisco's server pricing and Inspur's arrival as a top-three supplier. So what can we glean from this table? Inspur-presented Gartner Q3 CY2017 server numbers Inspur Seeing Inspur i...

Until last week, you could pwn KDE Linux desktop with a USB stick • The Register

A recently resolved flaw in the KDE Linux desktop environment meant that files held on a USB stick could be executed as soon as they were plugged into a vulnerable device. The security howler created a means to execute arbitrary code on KDE by simply naming a pendrive VFAT volume $() or similar, as...

Facebook smartmobe app’s pre-ticked privacy settings violate German data protection law • The Register

A German court has ruled that Facebook has not done enough to alert people to the pre-ticked privacy settings on its mobile app. That included an option to share location data when in conversation with another user, and agreement that Google and other search engines could show links to user profile...

Wanna gobble Google’s custom chips? Now you can – its Cloud TPUs at $6.50 an hour • The Register

Google’s Cloud Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) chips are now available to rent on its cloud platform as a beta-grade service. The Cloud TPU – formerly known as the TPU2 – is the second generation of Google’s homegrown math accelerators geared towards AI and machine learning workloads that rely...

Still not on Windows 10? Fine, sighs Microsoft, here are its antivirus tools for Windows 7, 8.1 • The Register

Microsoft has back-ported its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) antivirus tool from Windows 10 to Windows 7 and 8.1. The release will allow those holding out with older versions of the OS to get some of the same exploit and malware-infection prevention and event reporting features i...

Climate studies? GTFO. We’re making the Moon great again, says Trump • The Register

NASA boss Robert Lightfoot stands in front of the green screen they used to film the Apollo Moon landings, am I right? President Trump's administration has handed down a budget for 2019 to NASA – and it effectively kills off key projects in exchange for a vague promise to go back to the Moon. Fo...

It’s official: .corp, .home, .mail will never be top-level domains on the ‘net • The Register

You will never be able to own an official .home, .mail or .corp domain name or email address on the public internet. It means if you have machines called things like storage.home or buildserver.corp on your home or private business network, you can be sure no one will be able to buy domains like st...

NSA code backported, crims cuffed, leaky AWS S3 buckets, and more • The Register

Roundup Here's a roundup of this week's security news, beyond what we've already covered, to kickstart your weekend. You dirty RAT Scumbags could, once upon a time, buy a remote access trojan called Luminosity Link for about $40, and get a piece of malware that, when installed on victims' PCs, wou...

Rook’s hooked to cook bit nooks by the book • The Register

The organization overseeing container juggling system Kubernetes has decided to befriend a storage project. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) on Thursday said its Technical Oversight Committee voted to to bring Rook into its stable of open source projects, a group that includes Kubernete...

Paging all Microsoft System Centre users

Microsoft's delivered the first Semi-Annual Chanel version of System Centre. Redmond's Semi-Annual Channel sees Windows Server and System Centre given upgrades twice a year, but with only 18 months of support. A Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) will publish new versions of the product about every...

Nvidia reports record revenues in latest fiscal quarter • The Register

Nvidia’s grip on the GPU market continues to strengthen as it reported its excellent quarterly and full year revenues compared to last year. CEO Jensen Huang told analysts in an earnings call on Thursday that the results were “a record quarter wrapping up a record year”. Huang also spewed hi...

As GDPR draws close, ICANN suggests 12 conflicting ways to cure domain privacy pains • The Register

Incoming European privacy laws which carry a global impact for anyone doing business in the Union are continuing to cause an epic policy meltdown at internet overseer ICANN. This week the European Commission responded [PDF] to the US-based organization's latest efforts to resolve a stark conflict b...

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost bumpkin broadband • The Register

EE is launching a "shoebox"-sized 4G antenna, which it claims could bring coverage to 580,000 UK homes in rural areas. The 4GEE Home Router contains an external antenna, which can be fixed to the outside of houses and is connected to the 4GEE Home Router in the home via a cable. It is intended for...

How analytics is changing storage • The Register

For all of its advances, the IT sector’s first five decades could be characterised as the electronic storing of systems of record. The move to the electronic era saw paper ledgers, tax returns, bank statements stored and archived safely and legally on machines instead of paper files. Rows of dat...

Paging all Microsoft System Center users

Microsoft has delivered the first Semi-Annual Channel version of System Center. Redmond's Semi-Annual Channel sees Windows Server and System Center given upgrades twice a year, but with only 18 months of support. A Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) will publish new versions of the product about ev...

Got some fancy new flash in the works, huh Micron? Join the QLC • The Register

Later this year Micron plans to release quad-level cell flash drives that encroach on the nearline disk drive market. QLC flash stores 4bits/cell, whereas TLC stores 3, adding a third more capacity. A 6TB TLC SSD could become an 8TB QLC SSD using this technology. QLC flash has a shorter working li...

Woo! We’re breakeven – just don’t focus on the $46m operating losses • The Register

Data biz Hortonworks shaved $50m off its operating losses in 2017, describing the year as "pivotal", as it continues efforts to rebrand itself as more than just Hadoop. In the quarter ended December 31, and four years since going public, Hortonworks pulled in revenue of $75m and had operating losse...

Trump’s tax reforms lift DXC’s profit • The Register

Tax reforms in the US helped shore up the bottom line of cost hurling Frankenfirm DXC Technologies, but the top line continues to slide at the company for third straight quarter since it came into being. At $6.186bn, revenue for DXC’s Q3 ended 31 December was ahead of consensus estimates from ana...

We spill the tea on the firms, the faces, the dough • The Register

What went on in storageland this week, you ask? Keep your saucer level, but we had Cisco saying its kit will be needed because the cloud is spreading, Delphix snuggling up to SAP, Zerto going even more multi-cloud, plus a good few smaller items. Cisco Cloud Index Study By 2021, 94 per cent of work...

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband • The Register

EE is launching a "shoebox"-sized 4G antenna, which it claims could bring coverage to 580,000 UK homes in rural areas. The 4GEE Home Router contains an external antenna, which can be fixed to the outside of houses and is connected to the 4GEE Home Router in the home via a cable. It is intended for...

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won’t be Java McJava Face) • The Register

Unable to convince Oracle to allow the use of its trademarked term "Java" to refer to the open source version of Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE), the Eclipse Foundation is asking those who care about such things to vote on proposed names for the software project. Last summer, Oracle said it had b...

Open NFV kit and software gets verification program • The Register

The community working to develop open network function virtualisation has crafted a solution certification suite and published its associated test software. The OVP – OPNFV Verified Program – is the spawn of the Linux Foundation's Open Platform for NFV group. The program covers the gamut of tec...

ISPs splashed for 38 per cent more bandwidth • The Register

Australia's internet service providers have responded to discounts in the Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) by buying more bandwidth for their users, but the news isn't all good because they're still offering just 1.53 Mbps per user. That last figure comes from the Australian Competition and Consu...

Hyperscale oligarchs to rule the cloud as the big get bigger, and the small … you won’t care • The Register

The latest iteration of Cisco's Global Cloud Index has painted a picture of an even more massively oligarchic future cloud. Switchzilla predicts rough seas ahead for all but the biggest cloud operators, if the index [PDF] is any guide: the company reckons the mere 24 operators that count as “hype...

2 days of bughunting, techie chat and code lockdown • The Register

Promo Are you confident you could defend your IT systems against an unexpected attack? Could you spot the early signs of an incursion coming from any direction, as roving bands of hackers, data thieves and other miscreants grow ever more ingenious and determined? CyberThreat 2018, a new two-day eve...

TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps • The Register

TalkTalk plans to bring full fibre speeds of 1Gbps to three million premises, by creating an independent company with a total investment of around £1.5bn. Under the plans, the entity would be 20 per cent owned by TalkTalk and 80 per cent by infrastructure investor Infracapital. The ISP is also rai...

Winter is coming for AI. Fortunately, non-sci-fi definitions are actually doing worthwhile stuff • The Register

When British Prime Minister Theresa May bigged up AI at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, it was as if she had nothing better to talk about. Name-dropping DeepMind, perhaps the only justification for her claim that the UK can be a "world leader in artificial intelligence", seemed a litt...

Let the compute see the data… to smash storage networking bottlenecks • The Register

Part 1 Bringing compute to data sounds like a great way to bypass storage access bottlenecks but progress is difficult because of software issues, the need to develop special hardware and a non-x86 environment. As data amounts grow from terabyte to petabyte and beyond, the time it takes to bring da...

Micron cranks revenue forecast up by $275m amid flash, DRAM boom • The Register

It's boom time in Micron flash and DRAM land with increased revenue expectations for the current quarter. And it has hired a new CFO. The guidance for Micron's second fiscal 2018 quarter, which ends March 1, is now for revenues between $7.2bn and $7.35bn. The earlier expectation was $6.8bn to $7.2b...

Faster mobile, guys? Really? • The Register

A European commissioner raised concerns in a private letter to mobile operators and the network infrastructure industry – seen by The Register – that the 5G project is not working out according to plan. Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said in the letter – sent earl...

Bruce Perens wants to anti-SLAPP Grsecurity’s Brad Spengler with $670,000 in legal bills • The Register

Having defeated a defamation claim for speculating that using Grsecurity's Linux kernel hardening code may expose you to legal risk under the terms of the GPLv2 license, Bruce Perens is back in court. This time, he's demanding Bradley Spengler – who runs Open Source Security Inc and develops Grse...

US Senate mulls giving Huawei and ZTE the Kaspersky treatment • The Register

Both halves of the US Congress are now mulling draft laws that would ban American government workers from using phones, network switches and other gear built by Chinese communications giants ZTE and Huawei. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Little Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced this week Senate bill 23...

Web analytics outfit Mixpanel slurped surfers’ passwords • The Register

Website analytics outfit Mixpanel has admitted to harvesting passwords. Mixpanel provides a suite of services to help web publishers improve engagement. Among those services is "Autotrack", which promised the chance to track just about every aspect of a user's visit to a website. Including, it has ...

Arlo, can you go? NETGEAR spins out its security cameras biz • The Register

NETGEAR has announced it will spin out its “Arlo” security camera range as a new, listed, company of the same name. The company chose its Q4 2017 earnings presentation to reveal the plan, which CEO and chairman Patrick Lo said has become necessary because “both NETGEAR and Arlo have reached t...

Uber quit GitHub for in-house code after 2016 data breach • The Register

Uber’s confessed that it didn’t use multifactor authentication on its GitHub account, an omission ultimately led to the data breach it revealed in 2017 after keeping it secret for more than a year, after using its bug bounty program to bribe the hacker to stay schtum. It’s now stopped using G...

Mobe network Three’s ‘Make The Air Fair’ ads deemed ‘misleading’ • The Register

Three's campaign for a spectrum cap on mobile operators has been deemed "misleading" by the Advertising Standards Authority for implying it was run by an independent body. Three had wanted regulator Ofcom to impose a 30 per cent cap on spectrum ownership, having waged a strange campaign last year w...

Infinidat techie: Let me tell you a thing or two about ruler-format SSDs • The Register

Interview We spoke to several people about Intel ruler and Samsung mini-ruler SSDs and thought we'd have some fun getting a point of view from Infinidat. Our expectation was that, as INFINIDAT uses disk for capacity storage and says you don't need all-flash arrays for performance, we might not even...

Look at stupid, sexy Kubernetes with all the cloud firms hanging off its musclebound arms • The Register

Red Hat, better known for its Linux distro despite years of work in middleware and Java, last week pushed further into cloud through the purchase of CoreOS for $250m. CoreOS is a 130-strong container startup known for its enterprise-oriented Kubernetes platform Tectonic, the Quay container registry...

Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators • The Register

UK budget smartphone maker Wileyfox has called in the administrative receiver Quantuma, The Register can confirm. The administrator was appointed late on Monday and spent yesterday at Wileyfox's premises. Quantuma told us it had reduced Wileyfox's costs to the "bare minimum", which involved laying...

Intel defector touts Arm server chip. Wednesday

Intel will today add the D-2100 x86-64 system-on-chip to its lineup of Xeon D x86-64 processors, billing it as its "fastest low-power edge processor." The Xeon D CPU family is aimed at powering web servers, high-speed cellular broadband towers, regional and branch office systems, warm file storage ...

CLOUD Act hits Senate to lube up US access to data stored abroad • The Register

Tech giants including Microsoft, Google and Apple have given a proposed US law on overseas data sharing the thumbs-up. The bipartisan Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (PDF), introduced to the Senate yesterday, aims to iron out confusion around which laws apply when governments want access...

Bzzzt! If you’re in one of these four British cities, that was a drone • The Register

A DJI Spark drone in flight. This could become a more common sight across the UK Four British cities have been picked as testbed areas for drone operators hoping to work out new business models for their wares. Tech quango-turned-charity Nesta – formerly known as the National Endowment for Scien...

Austrian privacy chief handed leash to EU’s data protection beast • The Register

The leader of the Austrian data protection authority has been elected chair of the body responsible for helping organisations follow European privacy laws. Andrea Jelinek will take the reins at the Article 29 Working Party from the French authority's president, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, who has le...

I see you’re writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word • The Register

Microsoft has glued LinkedIn and Office 365's Word together so it can automatically help folks write or update their résumés – and find them new jobs at the same time. Given Redmond has owned social-network-for-suits LinkedIn since 2016, we're floored it took this long. Specifically, Microsoft...

2017 tablet market trended towards torpor • The Register

The tablet computer market took a steep dip in 2017 according to analyst firms IDC and Strategy Analytics. The former firm found sales down 6.5 per cent to 163.5 million, compared to 2016’s 174.9m. Strategy Analytics had a higher number for units shipped – 185m – but a sharper annual dip of n...

The many-faced god of operational excellence, DevOps and now ‘site reliability engineering’ • The Register

Someone's been kicking up the "NoOps" ant pile again. There it was, sitting there finally rebuilt after the annual upturning, and The Lord of Cartography, Simon Wardley says: "I think you'll find that the new legacy is going to be DevOps." That said, it is winter, so the ants are moving a bit slower...

UK web grocer Ocado takes £500k hit after robo-warehouse tech splurge • The Register

Middle-class Brit online supermarket nirvana Ocado posted losses of £500,000 for 2017, down from £12m profit the previous year – largely thanks to its "transformation" into a technology provider flogging robot-operated warehouses. The company splashed £42.8m on technology last year, up from £...

Ex-Chipzilla exec Arms firm to SoC it to Intel in the data centre • The Register

Carlyle Group-backed Ampere Computing, run by ex-Intel president Renée James, has launched an Arm system-on-a-chip to take on Chipzilla. The SoC has a 64-bit Armv8 CPU with 32 cores, operating at up to 3.3GHz with turbo mode support. There are L1 caches per core, L2 caches for each pair of cores, ...

About those agreed voluntary redundancies … we were just kidding • The Register

IBM's latest redundancy programme for Global Technology Services staff in the UK and Ireland "descended into near farce" after it reopened the voluntary element and told those it had previously agreed to let leave that they now are not going anywhere. IS Delivery (ISD) and Technical Support Service...

Rubrik swallows Datos IO, shuffles in distributed DB backup • The Register

Extremely well-funded startup Rubrik has bought distributed database backer-up and fellow startup Datos IO. Datos IO's semantic deduplication RecoverX technology has been applied to protecting big data file systems, such as Hadoop, cloud-native data sources and distributed NoSQL databases. It recen...

Two critical Flash security bugs fixed for the price of one • The Register

Adobe has issued an emergency security patch for two bugs in its Flash player – after North Korea's hackers were spotted exploiting one of the flaws to spy on people investigating the creepy hermit nation. At the start of the month, South Korea's Computer Emergency Response Team put the world on ...

OpenWall unveils kernel protection project • The Register

The folk at OpenWall have called for assistance to create a security module to watch Linux kernels for suspicious activity. In the company's explanation, the Linux Kernel Runtime Guard (LKRG) is described as a module that “attempts to post-detect and hopefully promptly respond to unauthorised mod...

No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway • The Register

Web analytics outfit StatCounter last week trumpeted news that Windows 10’s market share overtook Windows 7’s for the first time in January 2017. But other ratings services didn’t find the same result. StatCounter’s assessment of Windows version market share for January 2018 suggested that ...

You’re the IT worker in charge of securing the cloud for your company. Welcome to Hell • The Register

Once upon a time, you’d go into the office, do your work during the day at your desk, then leave everything behind and go home. Well, end users would - IT workers have been lugging home the on-call laptop since the dial-up modem was invented. Back then, securing the information and the IT assets ...

Hortonworks accuses ex-sales bod of stealing customers for new job • The Register

Hortonworks is suing a former sales manager accused of taking contracts for himself and his next employer, according to court documents seen by The Register. The Apache Hadoop vendors allege that ex-enterprise sales account manager Ben Rudall used confidential information about the business and its...

Dell soups up low-end Data Domain deduper • The Register

Down in the Dell there is a new Data Domain box – a smallish, entry-level one – the DD3300. It is a 2U rackmount chassis with 3TB or 4TB SAS disk drives providing up to 32TB of usable capacity, said to be 1.6PB after deduplication (logical capacity) and data can be ingested at 7TB/hour using Da...

You’ve only gone and committed to becoming cloud native • The Register

The IT department's transition from being an on-premises owner and manager of an IT equipment stack which provisions and plans data compute, storage and networking to being a responsive services provider is a 2018 priority for many. Yet it is a bold step to migrate data management to the cloud in a...

Docs! Support! Certificates! • The Register

Analysis Technology platform companies depend on third-party developers to such an extent that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously turned his company's codependence into a mantra, repeating "Developers! Developers! Developers!" as a sign of appreciation. Almost two decades later, Amazon, Ap...

Spectre shenanigans, Nork hackers upgrade, bad WD drives and more • The Register

Roundup Here's a summary of this week's infosec news beyond what we've already covered in detail. Exploits for chip blunders spook antivirus land First up, January's Meltdown and Spectre processor security design flaws continue to haunt the IT world. Fortinet put out an advisory on Tuesday warnin...

Google code reckons it’s smarter than airlines, AI funding, and lots more • The Register

Roundup It has been an interesting week in the AI world. There's a whole treasure trove of research papers to read, fresh AI problems to crack, and a new fund for startups. ICLR 2018 The list of papers accepted for this year’s International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) are out a...

Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people • The Register

Feature Twenty years ago, the Open Source Definition (OSD) was published, providing a framework for the most significant trend in software development since then, and building upon Richard Stallman's prior advocacy for "free software." The Open Source Initiative, a non-profit that advocates open so...

SAP to kill off mobile platform in 2020 • The Register

SAP’s decided to kill off its Mobile Platform. An announcement from January 31st pointed out that support ends for the SAP Mobile Platform on December 31st, 2020, but added news that “we do not plan to offer Extended Maintenance.” SAP will offer “customer-specific maintenance”, an ongoin...

India bans crypto- currency, but embraces the blockchain • The Register

India will effectively ban the use of cryptocurrencies within its borders. News of the clampdown was delivered by finance minister Arun Jaitley in his annual budget speech (PDF) delivered on Thursday. “The Government does not consider crypto-currencies legal tender or coin and will take all meas...

Google prints money for Alphabet to stuff into Uncle Sam’s pockets

Google-parent Alphabet suffered a $3bn loss of the final quarter of 2017 after handing over $9.9bn to Uncle Sam due changes in the US tax system. Despite that hit, Alphabet is still very profitable [PDF] as you'd expect for a biz with near monopolies in ads, search and mobile phone operating system...

Lenovo stops the worst of the bleeding in data centre and mobile • The Register

Lenovo’s announced its third quarter results for 2017/18 and said its mobile and data centre businesses are responding well to turnaround efforts. The company’s top line figures were US$12.9bn of revenue and a $150m pre-tax profit. A $400m payment of deferred taxes, a one-off thing caused by ne...

Bloody hell, we’ve got to think about security too! Sigh. Who wants coffee? • The Register

Imagine you're an organisation that is looking to implement a DevOps approach to applications and services, or perhaps you’ve already started, but you’re worried about security. DevOps is all about rapid iteration and continuous delivery, but your security folks still want to be able to do chec...

Tall, slim models are coming to take over dumpy SSD territory • The Register

Interview Intel and Samsung have introduced "ruler" format SSDs, longer than the standard 2.5-inch drive format, and with higher capacities. However, adoption has been slow. Supermicro is bringing in ruler SSD-using servers, but few others. Why is that? Are the formats unsuitable in some way? We as...

Persistent memory tech is cool, but the price tag… OUCH • The Register

Analysis The prospects of XPoint and other persistent memory technologies becoming a standard part of servers' design is being held up because the darn stuff costs too much, an analyst has said. That's because it is made in small quantities so no economies of scale occur which would make it cheaper...

Gartner casts runes to find object storage hero and 3 emerge

IBM's on-premises Cloud Object Storage has come out on top in Gartner's latest industry rankings. Critical Capabilities for Object Storage rates 13 on-premises object storage products on eight attributes – value, storage efficiency, security and multi-tenancy, capacity, interoperability, manageab...

AWS looks to tech old guard, hires EMEA boss • The Register

Exclusive Amazon Web Services has turned to an old world IT exec, former Hewlett Packard Enterprise bigwig Andy Isherwood, to run EMEA ops and inject some enterprise tech experience into the cloud biz. Well placed sources at AWS told The Register that an internal memo was dispatched to employees in...

We’re either going public – or VMware’s gobbling us (or doing nothing at all) • The Register

Tech titan Dell has confirmed in paperwork submitted to America's financial watchdog that it is mulling returning to the stock market as a public company, combining with its subsidiary VMware, or, er, doing nothing. The schedule 13D SEC filing by VMware, dated January 31 and published today, states...

Facebook-basher Schrems raises enough dosh to get his Noyb out • The Register

EU-based campaigner Max Schrems – famous for taking Silicon Valley to task over citizens' privacy rights – has set up a non-profit outfit called Noyb, having exceeded a crowdfunding target. Noyb stands for “none of your business," and has, we're told, raised at least 300,000 Euros (£264,000,...

Good news, everyone: Ransomware declining. Bad news: Miscreants are turning to crypto-mining on infected PCs • The Register

For the past few years, ransomware has been a bane of computer users. These software nasties infect PCs, scramble files, and demand payment in cryptocurrency to restore the documents. Those cryptocurrencies are a right faff to get hold of and transfer to miscreants at short notice. And there's no g...

Astroboffins spot sneaky signs that the Milky Way devoured smaller galaxies • The Register

Astrophysicists have found evidence that the Milky Way has gobbled up neighbouring massive dwarf galaxies over its 13 billion year lifetime. A team of researchers using a spectroscope analysed the starlight from 28 red giant stars hovering on the outer halo of the Milky Way. They then worked out th...

$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying, but it’s not all good news at Microsoft • The Register

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners are up in arms over what they claim is an ongoing epidemic of screen failures blighting their expensive fondleslabs. Disgruntled punters on the Redmond support forums and the dedicated independent website FlickerGate.com say their tablets are prone to a hardware glitc...

ServiceNow plans non-devs writing non-code for real enterprise apps • The Register

ServiceNow has put up a fine set of quarterly and annual numbers and offered guidance suggesting its best is yet to come as the company moves beyond its IT roots and prepares to let non-developer business professionals start to program its platform. The company’s Q4 2017 saw it bring US$546.4m th...

The blockchain era is here but big biz, like most folk, hasn’t a clue what to do with it • The Register

As far as database giant Oracle is concerned, the October announcement of its Blockchain Cloud Service (BCS) was timed perfectly. After dabbling with blockchain internally for a year before joining the Hyperledger consortium in August, it had reached the point where its customers – and a market i...

Info Commish offers privacy addicts a 12-step GDPR programme • The Register

Data privacy addicts are being urged to take a 12-step programme – by no less than the Information Commissioner's Office. The ICO, which is the government agency responsible for enforcing Britain's rather weak data laws, has issued guidance for companies to seek redemption ahead of the EU GDPR ru...

EU hitches its cart to the blockchain bandwagon • The Register

Not wanting to be too late to the blockchain party, the European Commission has launched a forum to keep an eye on developments and pool ideas on governance. The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum has the lofty aim of being a centre for discussions about the tech and how it can be used, as well as...

Tech bad-boy Uber crafts tool to make staff follow the rules in future (er, coding rules, that is) • The Register

Despite its astonishing reputation for obliterating HR policy, resisting transit regulations and bending other laws, taxi scourge Uber is rather keen to keep its code clean and ensure it follows the rules. Developers working for the ride app biz have created a software analysis tool called NEAL to ...

Nork hackers exploit Flash bug to pwn South Koreans. And Adobe will deal with it next week • The Register

Adobe will next week emit patches to squash a security bug in Flash that can be exploited by malicious webpages and documents, when opened, to hijack and spy on vulnerable computers. The flaw is being abused right now by North Korean hackers to infect victims' PCs. You should update your browser or...

Red Hat tries CoreOS on for size – and buys • The Register

Enterprise Linux biz Red Hat on Tuesday said it has reached an agreement to acquire CoreOS, a maker of open source container software, for $250 million. CoreOS, a 130-person San Francisco company founded in 2013 by CEO Alex Polvi and CTO Brandon Philips, makes Tectonic (an enterprise-oriented Kuber...

Azure Event Grid goes live, gives world cloudy publish-subscribe model • The Register

Microsoft's Azure Event Grid, a service launched as preview last August, has attracted enough fans for Redmond to push it into general availability. The model for Event Grid will look familiar to old-timers: it's a publish-subscribe model for the cloud. The Event Grid service is the chunk that sits...

Pour yourself a tall one, Juniper investors. It’s lost money again • The Register

Juniper Networks has announced a drop in revenue for Q4 2017 and predicted Q1 2018 will disappoint. In the fourth quarter, the company turned in a US$148.1 million loss on revenue of $1,239.5, which was down 11 per cent compared to a year ago. In a CFO commentary [PDF] the company's blamed “arch...

Cisco gives intent-based networking a third leg to stand on • The Register

Cisco’s delivered the missing piece of its intent-based networking (IBN) vision and is therefore ready to stand its ground as software-defined networking upstarts try to paint it as a dinosaur. When Switchzilla introduced the vision in mid-2017 it explained that automation was at its core – the...

On yer bike! Boffins teach AI drone to fly itself using cams on bicycles, self-driving car • The Register

Vid Researchers have taught a drone to fly autonomously through the streets of Zürich, Switzerland, by using a simple neural network. As tech companies toy with the idea of using mini-drones for delivery, monitoring buildings, or surveillance, then figuring out how to fly them without human contro...

Cisco throws everything it has at containers, hybrid cloud • The Register

Cisco has decided to throw everything it has at containers by releasing its very own “Container Platform”. At first blush the Platform isn’t much more than Kubernetes and Cisco doesn’t claim that it can do much more than anyone else’s packaging of the Google-derived container-manager. Th...

DRAM, Samsung, these profits are on fire, NAND ain’t that the truth • The Register

Korean tech titan Samsung has posted bumper annual results on the back of high memory chip demand, with yearly operating profit up 83 per cent to 53.7 trillion won (£35.4bn). Semiconductors were the main driver of growth, accounting for two-thirds of its operating profit of 35.2 trillion won. The ...

New click-to-hack tool: One script to exploit them all and in the darkness TCP bind them • The Register

Python code has emerged that automatically searches for vulnerable devices online using Shodan.io – and then uses Metasploit's database of exploits to potentially hijack the computers and gadgets. You set this script running, it crawls the internet looking for machines that are possibly vulnerabl...

When you play this song backwards, you can hear Satan. Play it forwards, and it hijacks Siri, Alexa • The Register

Computer science boffins affiliated with IBM and universities in China and the United States have devised a way to issue covert commands to voice-based AI software – like Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana – by encoding them in popular songs. They refer to these tw...

A Dell/VMware acqui-merge? Good luck landing that, big MIke • The Register

The Wall Street rumour mill has recently week spun out scenarios in which Dell will either allow itself to be acquired by VMware as a short-cut to its own return to public ownership, or buy back the bits of VMware that are public. Both may be clever financial gymnastics that help the company pay do...

The only philosophy HPE and IBM do these days is with an axe • The Register

Comment The cloud has not been kind to legacy tech vendors like IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. With their enterprise software and hardware businesses ravaged by cloud alternatives, and their efforts to get into cloud stumbling, it's not surprising that these erstwhile bellwethers would shed emp...

Kaminario flings pay-as-you-go storage software suite at cloudy providers • The Register

Kaminario is selling its composable flash array storage software to cloud service providers. It's calling the software Cloud Fabric and this includes the K2 array's VisionOS and Clarity analytics suite. Cloud service providers would buy hardware on which to run Cloud Fabric from Tech Data, with who...

Samsung preps for Z-SSD smackdown on Intel Optane drives • The Register

Samsung is launching its ambitious supercharged NAND Z-SSD in competition with Intel's P4800X Optane drive. Specs for the SZ985 Z-NAND drive were revealed in November, displaying close-to-Optane performance, slightly lower latency, faster read/write bandwidth and random read but lower random write ...

VCs chuck carry-on capital at Igneous Arm-powered backup boxen • The Register

Igneous Systems has been shoved development cash for its Arm-powered petabyte-scale, unstructured data backup, archive and storage box with a public cloud backend. The on-premises box is a collection of nano-servers – disk drives with Arm CPUs strapped to them. The technology provides backup of ...

SAP slurps up CRM biz Callidus for $2.4bn, pants

SAP has reported a boost in cloud bookings in its full-year results and announced a $2.4bn deal to buy cloudy sales tracking biz Callidus Software. The German ERP giant has today released (PDF) its figures for the final quarter of 2017, along with its full-year results. Total revenue for the year ...

Watchdog: Uh, sit down, AriseBank. This crypto-coin looks more like a $600m crypto-con • The Register

America's financial watchdog today suspended an initial coin offering (ICO) from AriseBank, claiming it's a scam. The US Securities and Exchange Commission obtained a court order to halt the investment scheme based on a complaint filed under seal last week. According to the regulator, AriseBank ...

You publish 20,000 clean patches, but one goes wrong and you’re a PC-crippler forever • The Register

Security software vendor Malwarebytes has overwritten two updates to its products and apologised to users who found their machines turned into near-bricks. The problem started with a production update the company pushed out last Friday, which sent users to their keyboards complaining of excessive R...

Exercise app maps military sites, reveals where spies jog • The Register

In November, exercise-tracking app Strava published a “Heatmap” of user activity which it cheerily boasted comprised a billion activities, three trillion lat-long points, 13 trillion rasterized pixels and 10 TB of input data. It took a while, but late last week someone wondered “how many Stra...

Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server • The Register

Apple appears to have all-but-killed macOS Server by deprecating most of what distinguishes it from a desktop OS. The company slipped out news of the software's demise in a nondescriptforum post that details how Cupertino plans to stop supporting DHCP support, DNS, mail, messages, NetInstall, VPN, ...

Microsoft works weekends to kill Intel’s shoddy Spectre patch • The Register

Microsoft has implemented Intel's advice to reverse the Spectre variant 2 microcode patches. Redmond issued a rare weekend out-of-cycle advisory on Saturday here, to make the unwind possible. Intel's first patch was so bad, it made many computers less stable, sending Linus Torvalds into a justifia...

Firefox to show ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test • The Register

Some users who bravely test betas of Mozilla’s Firefox browser will soon also test an “occasional sponsored story” as the browser-maker tries to re-invent web ads. This story starts with Mozilla’s February 2017 acquisition of web-clipping app Pocket. Pocket let users bookmark content they ...

It knows where the gravel pits and power lines are. So, Ordnance Survey, where should UK’s driverless cars go? • The Register

UK cartographer the Ordnance Survey (OS) has been selected by the government to help it create an infrastructure for driverless cars. With £750,000 from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, OS's "E-CAVE" intends to develop an infrastructure with "open standards and architecture" focusing on "po...

You can’t ignore Spectre. Look, it’s pressing its nose against your screen • The Register

The Spectre vulnerability is here to stay. Even if you choose to ignore it, the problem still exists. This is potentially a very bad thing for public cloud vendors. It may end up being great for chip manufacturers. It's fantastic for VMware. Existing patches can fix Meltdown, but only seem to be ab...

Regulation, education, oversaturation • The Register

BlockchainWeek The hype around blockchain is just as frustrating for people trying to legitimise the technology as it is for those watching from the sidelines – but behind the fluff, its proponents argue there's real potential. With Bitcoin prices dominating the news and every Tom, Dick and Harry...

DRAM, it’s good to be in storage… for some • The Register

So after a week of replicating, virtualising, backing up and inhaling and puffing out data to the cloud it is time to check what has been happening in the land of storage. We have news on Portworx and HPE, Pure Storage, SK Hynix, SpectraLogic, StorMagic, plus snippets on Gridgain, Snowflake and Vir...

Intel alerted Chinese cloud giants ‘before US govt’ about CPU bugs • The Register

Intel warned Chinese firms about its infamous Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities before informing the US government, it has emerged. Select big customers – including Lenovo and Alibaba – learned of the design blunders some time before Uncle Sam and smaller cloud computing suppliers,...

Trump White House mulls nationalizing 5G. An idea that went down like ‘a balloon made out of a Ford Pinto’ • The Register

A proposal by the Trump administration to effectively nationalize next-generation 5G networks in America triggered an angry reaction from the mobile industry, former government officials, and federal regulator the FCC. According to a leaked 30-page document [PDF], the White House is considering get...

Timeout everyone. Y’all know that Musk’s $500 ‘flamethrower’ is literally a Boring blowtorch? • The Register

You've got to hand it to Elon Musk – the guy could sell pork pies at a rabbinical convention. Over the weekend, his Boring Company started flogging thousands of "flamethrowers," netting the Tesla and SpaceX billionaire a cool $4.5m in sales as the internet went bananas for the gimmick. The thoug...

I want life to be boring, says Linus Torvalds as Linux 4.15 debuts • The Register

‘This was not a pleasant release cycle’ says Linux overlord, who prefers things boring, ‘Because boring really is good’ Linus Torvalds has hit the Go button for version 4.15 of the Linux kernel, blamed the Meltdown and Spectre CPU design flaws for the delay and warned of more pain to come a...

Ransomware protection! Get yer free ransomware protection! • The Register

Acronis has released a free, standalone version of its Acronis Ransomware Protection with AI-based Active Protection tech. It can be used alongside existing backup and antivirus products on Windows systems. The lightweight (20MB) software runs in the background and is said to monitor system proces...

Prepare for the challenges ahead at CyberThreat18 • The Register

Promo You may think you are ahead of the game when it comes to IT security, but are you ready for the threats fomented by the fertile imagination of cyber-criminals, or the unsuspected dangers lurking in areas you may not even have considered? A new event coming to London aims to bring security pra...

What’ve we got on the table? Sparkling, still, sarnies… and oh, IPO? • The Register

Analysis Four years after Michael Dell took his company private, he is considering whether Dell should make a stock market comeback, or so "familiar sources" have told a slew of newsfolk. "People familiar with the matter" told Bloomberg – and later blabbed to WSJ, Reuters, FT and others – that ...

Newsflash: Car cyber-security still sucks • The Register

In 2015, infosec gurus Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated that they could take over and turn off a jeep from afar as it was being driven, a feat that magnified interest in car hacking. Their wireless attack was conducted on an active vehicle. But it turns out the engine doesn't have to b...

Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10’s data-slurping creepiness • The Register

Microsoft is laying its cards out on the table. The software giant has produced a tool that's claimed to show users how much personal information its Windows 10 operating system collects and sends back to Redmond for diagnostics. The application is dubbed Diagnostic Data Viewer, and is free from th...

SHL just got real-mode: US lawmakers demand answers on Meltdown, Spectre handling from Intel, Microsoft and pals • The Register

Four Republican members of the US House of Representatives sent letters on Wednesday to the leaders of Amazon, AMD, Apple, ARM, Google, Intel and Microsoft seeking answers about how the embargo on the Meltdown and Spectre bugs was handled. The secrecy agreement, put in place by these same companies...

S for Security is Google owner Alphabet’s new favorite letter • The Register

Google’s parent company Alphabet has launched a security company named Chronicle. The business will be the new home of VirusTotal, which Google acquired in 2012. Chronicle’s other story will be “a new cybersecurity intelligence and analytics platform that we hope can help enterprises better m...

STOP! It’s dangerous to upgrade to VMware 6.5 alone. Read this • The Register

At a client site recently, we had to investigate why the upgrade from VMware vSphere 6.0 to 6.5 had gone wrong in that the normally rock-solid environment was a bit ill – to say the least. On-site conversation ran something along the lines of: “It’s up.” “Hang on...” “It’s down....

Google can’t innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments • The Register

Seven years ago, Google software engineer Steve Yegge, having failed to understand the risk that a private social media rant might become public, lambasted Google for its failure to understand software platforms, with Google+ serving as his whipping boy. Despite calling out Google's leaders by name...

Muglia’s monster Snowflake in quarter-of-a-billion-dollar funding blizzard • The Register

Data Warehouser in the cloud Snowflake has just raised $263.5m, eight months after raising $105m, making it a startup monster. Since being founded in 2012 it has raised a total of $473m. Ex-Microsoft senior exec Bob Muglia became CEO in 2014 and the funding history has been meteoric since then. Th...

Ursula K Le Guin, the wizard of Earthsea, has died • The Register

Beloved dragon-tale spinning author Ursula K Le Guin has died. The novelist, probably best known for the thoughtful 1972 "anarcho-utopian" tale The Dispossessed, spent a lifetime exploring themes around revolutionary societies, individualism, anarchism and, of course, dragons. She was 88. She was a...

Dell bleeds converged infrastructure unit into existing divisions • The Register

Dell has split up and distributed the Chad Sakac-led Converged Platforms and Solutions Division (CPSD) across company's existing server, storage and networking units (Infrastructure Solutions Group). CPSD handled the rapidly growing hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and converged infrastructure (...

Threatens legislative laggards with ‘infringement procedure’ • The Register

The European Commission has admitted readiness for incoming data protection rules is very varied across the bloc, with just two countries having adapted their national laws. With just four months to go before the General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect, the Commission has pushed out a ...

Trebles all round! Intel celebrates record sales of insecure processors • The Register

Still dealing with the consequences of security research that demands changes in its processors, Intel on Thursday reported better-than-expected earnings in 2017's final quarter. Chipzilla shrugged off the recently disclosed Meltdown and Spectre design flaws to report record fourth-quarter revenue ...

Skype, Signal, Slack, other apps inherit Electron vuln • The Register

If you've built a Windows application on Electron, check to see if it's subject to a just-announced remote code execution vulnerability. Electron is a node.js and Chromium framework that lets developers use Web technologies (JavaScript, HTML and CSS) to build desktop apps. It's widely-used: Skype, ...

It’s 2018 and… wow, you’re still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs • The Register

Mozilla's Firefox has been patched to address more than 30 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities. The open-source browser has been updated in both its regular (Firefox 58) and extended support (ESR 52.6) flavors. You should install these as soon as possible. The Firefox 58 update includes fixes for ...

Linux Foundation puts all its networking eggs in one basket • The Register

The Linux Foundation has decided the time is right for one administrative structure to cover all of its networking efforts, so has created the “LF Networking Fund ” to oversee them all. While the Fund is mostly a governance effort, the Foundation has decided to implement it because software-def...

Facebook AI guru alt-tabs out, Nvidia EULA audits, Baidu changes, GPU tricks, and more • The Register

Roundup Welcome to El Reg's January roundup of AI-related news beyond all the wonderful and terrible things we've covered separately. Drop us a line if you have any machine-learning news or gossip to share. Facebook AI chief LeCun steps aside – Yann LeCun, considered to be a pioneer of neural net...

What is… jee-dee-pee-argh? Survey suggests smaller firms living under rocks as EU privacy regs loom • The Register

The European Union's incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has still not registered with more than half of small companies and a third of medium-sized firms, according to a UK government survey. The rules, which come into effect on May 25 this year, will affect all companies – not ju...

White box, anyone? Big Switch pumps Big Cloud Fabric updates as pretty Big Deal • The Register

Big Switch Networks has updated its Big Cloud Fabric to support hyperconverged (HCI) and software-defined storage (SDS) products so they don't need to use shonky old proprietary networking hardware. Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) v4 came out a year ago with enhanced VMware support, multi-container networki...

I wanted to tell everyone nuke alert was fake – I just forgot my password • The Register

Red faces over Hawaii’s false nuke alert got even redder this week, as the governor admitted he knew it was a mistake – but couldn’t alert citizens because he didn't know his Twitter password. A state of panic ensued in the state on January 13, after a slip of the finger in the Hawaii Emergen...

NHS deploys Microsoft threat detection service on just 30,000 devices • The Register

NHS Digital has yet to explain why it has taken months to roll out Microsoft's Enterprise Threat Detection Service (ETDS) to only about two per cent of the UK health service's targeted installed base. The ETDS element was included in a custom support agreement that covers all NHS orgs in the UK und...

Blockheads changing company names to surf crypto wave get a warning from the SEC • The Register

The Chair of the United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission has again taken aim at cryptocurrency speculators, this time warning companies thinking of adding “Blockchain” to their names that his agency is watching them. Closely. In remarks delivered at the Securities Regulation Institu...

Microsoft gives backup software vendors 30 days of pain • The Register

Microsoft's OneDrive for Business now offers to recover files deleted a month in the past. As Redmond product marketing bod Stephen Rose explained, the feature doesn't just save your bacon from an accidental delete: there's also the matter of file corruption or, everyone's greatest fear de jour, ma...

NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany • The Register

NASA has started sniffing jet fuel as part of joint experiment with the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt, DLR). The experiment sees DLR fly an Airbus A320 burning newfangled jet fuels. NASA follows along its Armstrong flying lab, a Douglas DC-8. Aviation enthusiast...

IBM UK’s pre-Xmas GTS head-chop: THWACK! Is that it? • The Register

IBM's Global Technology Services says it is finally edging closer to a proposed target to base 60 per cent of the workforce in offshore locations, one fifth in nearshore and another fifth onshore. The 60-20-20 rule, as it is known within the company, replaces the previous model in which Big Blue in...

Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly • The Register

What exactly is "serverless"? Like many popular technology terms, the exact definition of serverless is increasingly fluid. Also like many popular technology terms, the fact that the term means different things to different people doesn't sit well in some quarters. I've taken my own stab at definin...

Security patches done, machines upgraded, the coffee’s hot – just in time for storage roundup • The Register

Acquisition hints at Nutanix, go-to-market changes at Zerto, subscription pricing intro at Violin Systems, new SW release at Delphix – yep, it's another storage roundup. Grab a coffee and take five to check this out. Delphix Database virtualiser Delphix has added a new version of its Dynamic Da...

Facebook open-sources object detection work: Watch out, Google CAPTCHA • The Register

RoTM Facebook has brought us one step closer to a Skynet future made a commitment to computer vision boffinry by open-sourcing its codebase for object detection, Detectron. Written in Python and powered by the Caffe2 deep learning framework, the codebase – which implements object-sniffing algos s...

Multi-cloud Cloudian controllers now run in AWS, Azure and Google • The Register

Cloudian's latest version of its object storage software can run native inside AWS, Google and Azure clouds, enabling a single object store namespace across the on-premises and major public cloud worlds. In its HyperStore 7 release, controllers in these four environments form clusters which can rou...

Info Commish tells UK.gov we shouldn’t let artificial ignorance make all our decisions • The Register

Algorithms should not be solely responsible for criminal sentencing, while a change in law may be required to open up public data sets involving health information. These were just some of the topics Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham touched on today in a wide-ranging Parliamentary hearing ...

Stripe in Bitcoin hype flight while fans blindly gobble up crypto-cash • The Register

Roundup Payment biz Stripe on Tuesday said it plans to phase out support for Bitcoin payments – citing declining interest among merchants and rising transactions times and fees. "[W]e've seen the desire from our customers to accept Bitcoin decrease," said Stripe product manager Tom Karlo. "And of...

Hey, look who’s rushing to weigh in on crypto-coins. Hello, United Nations and European Commission! • The Register

Following a warning from America's financial regulator, the European Commission and the United Nations have weighed in on the issue of crypto currencies. This week, chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission Jay Clayton warned companies thinking of adding “blockchain” to their names ...

Meltdown/Spectre week three: world still knee-deep in something nasty • The Register

It’s now almost three weeks since The Register revealed the chip design flaws that Google later confirmed and the world still awaits certainty about what the mistakes mean and what it will take to fix them. The short version: on balance, it looks like we took one step forward but last week didn't...

Linux 4.15 becomes slowest release since 2011 • The Register

Linus Torvalds has decided that Linux 4.15 needs a ninth release candidate, making it the first kernel release to need that much work since 2011. Torvalds flagged the possibility of an extra release candidate last week, with the caveat that “it obviously requires this upcoming week to not come wi...

Smut site fingered as source of a million US net neutrality comments • The Register

SHMOOCON 2018 A new analysis of the comments made on the United States Federal Communications Commission's consultation on the future of net neutrality has shown the whole process of public comments was fatally flawed. Speaking at the ShmooCon hacking conference in Washington DC, Leah Figueroa, lea...

Take a former NSA head hacker, a Raspberry Pi, weird Kiwi radios and what do you get? • The Register

ShmooCon The news that Rob Joyce, former head of the NSA's hacking squad and now White House cybersecurity coordinator, was giving a talk at the ShmooCon hacking conference raised hopes he would offer up some juicy insights into the surveillance state or Donald Trump's cyber policies. Instead Joyce...

The Reg visits London Met Police’s digital and electronics forensics labs • The Register

It has never been confirmed that the Metropolitan police boxes contain classified Tardis tech More than 90 per cent of crime has "a digital element," we were told as The Reg was welcomed into London Metropolitan Police's Central Communications Command Centre, near Lambeth Bridge on the Thames. Not...

NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside • The Register

The NHS has said that patient data can be stored in the cloud – and has given US data centres party to Privacy Shield the thumbs-up. In a major policy shift, NHS Digital has given care providers the go-ahead to store patient information outside the UK in a bid to hurry them into the cloud to save...

How digitalisation will change your storage culture • The Register

How close to reality is the all-flash enterprise data centre? Depending on infrastructure heritage, appetite and capital available the answer is likely to be: "Closer than you think". Another question is whether running an all-flash infrastructure is the right choice for your organisation. Even u...

Blockchain rebrand sends Stapleton Capital’s shares soaring • The Register

Another company has discovered the secret of how to send shares soaring overnight: simply add "Blockchain" to your name. Telecoms investor Stapleton Capital changed its name to Blockchain Worldwide, more than doubling the value of its shares since yesterday by 130 per cent. Did someone say bubble? ...

‘WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?’ Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature • The Register

Intel's fix for Spectre variant 2 – the branch target injection design flaw affecting most of its processor chips – is not to fix it. Rather than preventing abuse of processor branch prediction by disabling the capability and incurring a performance hit, Chipzilla's future chips – at least fo...

Hey American business, here’s how to use blockch … sorry

ShmooCon 2018 The political maneuvering that has shut much of the US government has delayed the National Institute of Standards and Technology's planned release of guidance about the risks and rewards of blockchain technology. “We have ... a publication that’s coming out on Monday on the fundam...

Goodbye Netscaler, Xen. Hello Citrix SD-WAN, Citrix Desktop, Citrix… • The Register

Exclusive Citrix will try to reinvent itself with integrated cloudy products – and ditch some of its long-standing brands in favor of a naming scheme without the Xen badge it has nurtured for years. An internal staff memo, obtained by The Register and which we understand has been shared with indu...

IBM lifts its 22-quarter shrinking sales curse: Finally, a whole one per cent uptick • The Register

For 22 quarters in a row, IBM's sales have been shrinking. But not any more. In the final three months of 2017, Big Blue's revenues grew 3.5 per cent compared to year-ago quarter, the first such rise in about six years. It's fair to say IBM sure took its time to regain its footing. And yet the corp...

Linux’s Grsecurity dev team takes blog ‘libel’ fight to higher court • The Register

Open Source Security, Inc., the maker of the Grsecurity Linux kernel patches, suffered a setback last month when San Francisco magistrate judge Laurel Beeler granted a motion by defendant Bruce Perens to dismiss the company's defamation claim, with the proviso that the tossed legal challenge could b...

Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed • The Register

Version 3.0 of Wine Is Not an Emulator – aka WINE – has arrived, and offers all sorts of new emulation-on-Android possibilities. WINE lets users run Windows applications on Linux, MacOS, Solaris, and FreeBSD, plus other POSIX-compliant operating system. To do so it “translates Windows API cal...

You may not be a software company, but that isn’t an excuse to lame-out at computering • The Register

I don't begrudge organisations who want us to start calling them "software companies". People are free to do whatever they like with such trivial labels, I guess. But the tick of such labelling has always been an annoyance to me. No, you're a company that uses software effectively Most companies s...

NetApp sets up Cloud Infrastructure biz unit • The Register

NetApp is setting up a Cloud Infrastructure business unit, giving it FlexPod, SolidFire and StorageGRID, and hiring a cloud services hotshot to run it. Brad Anderson is said hotshot, a NetApp outsider, coming in from being President and COO of Gravitant, a cloud services brokerage company, which IB...

There are other, legal ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes • The Register

Allowing Uncle Sam to seize emails stored in Microsoft's Irish data centre would violate foreign data protection laws and risk setting a damaging precedent, the US Supreme Court has been told. In briefs filed in the long-running dispute, IBM and international campaign groups argued that the governm...

IBM turns panto villain as The Reg tells readers

The meltdown in corporate spin at IBM was apparent last week after the flames of publicity were fanned by The Register's report on the firm's proposals to redeploy tens of thousands of Global Technology Services staff. Black & Blue: IBM hires Bain to cut costs, up productivity READ MORE Insiders g...

Tonic for Ginni as IBM actually does OK in storage • The Register

Analysis Diving into IBM's fourth-quarter and full-year results show its storage surge has now run a whole year and possibly pushed Dell EMC into a "Refuse to Lose" channel campaign to regain sales momentum. In the systems business, up 32 per cent year-on-year at $3.3bn, the three brands – mainfr...

WD’s new Ultrastar drives shed platter without hit to capacity • The Register

WDC's HGST unit has brought out 4 and 6TB nearline platter-reduced disk drives with a 8TB drive on the way. The Ultrastar 7K6 has four platters and 4TB and 6TB capacity points. The previous 7K600 had 2, 4, and 6TB capacities with five platters needed for 6TB. By increasing the platter capacity to 1...

Is the writing on the wall for on-premises IT? This survey seems to say so • The Register

Research outfit 451 has run a survey that should get the pulses of on-premises IT suppliers beating faster. The standout finding was that 60 per cent of the surveyed enterprises say they will run the majority of their IT outside the confines of enterprise data centres by the end of 2019. Their IT i...

Crypto-cash exchange BitConnect pulls plug amid Bitcoin bloodbath • The Register

Amid a cryptocurrency price correction that has seen the price of Bitcoin drop by half from its mid-December peak, UK-based cyber-cash lending and exchange biz BitConnect said it is shutting down. The firm, dogged by accusations that it is a Ponzi scheme, cited bad press, regulatory orders, and cyb...

Google’s AutoML launch translated into plain English (where possible) • The Register

Google today tore the covers off something called Cloud AutoML, a new service that's part of its "mission to democratize AI." The technology is touted as artificial intelligence that can design artificial intelligence. In other words, rather than build your own machine-learning software, Google's C...

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers says insects are the new lobsters • The Register

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers has launched his very own venture capital firm. “JC2 Ventures” has the usual aim “to change the world”, this time “through digitization and startups” and by “solving major issues using digital technologies”. He also hopes to address global inequality a...

Red Hat slams into reverse on CPU fix for Spectre design blunder • The Register

Techies are scratching their heads after Red Hat pulled a CPU microcode update that was supposed to mitigate variant two of the Spectre design flaw in Intel and AMD processors. In a note to IT departments, the open-source player confirmed the latest version of its microcode_ctl package will not con...

Thanks for all the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops • The Register

The small team behind an ambitious NHoS Linux project are calling it a day, citing receipt of a trademark infringement warning from the Department of Health's (DoH) "brand police" as the 'final straw'. The initial raison d’être of NHoS was to identify a way to roll out NHSbuntu, a strand of open...

DXC confirms veep level shake-up in new world order • The Register

Exclusive DXC Technologies is splitting with exec veep and general manager Mike Nefkens - previously the boss for HPE Enterprise Services before the spin merger with CSC - amid a massive shake-down of the exec line-up. The move was confirmed in a memo to the troops by CEO Mike Lawrie who said the b...

And Oracle E-biz suite makes 3: Package also vulnerable to exploit used by crytpo-currency miner • The Register

A third Oracle enterprise package has been patched against a crypto-mining exploit. Security outfit Onapsis warns that Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) is vulnerable to the cryptocurrency miner exploit that was recently used to hack Oracle's PeopleSoft and WebLogic servers. Campaigns based on these se...

DigitalOcean cuts cloud server pricing to stop rivals eating its lunch • The Register

Faced with a customer base being lured away by cheaper cloud compute services at its competitors, DigitalOcean has cut prices and increased RAM and SSD storage for its users. The company has around a million customers and is the world's third largest cloud compute hoster, according to Netcraft – ...

Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops • The Register

The small team behind an ambitious NHoS Linux project are calling it a day, citing receipt of a trademark infringement warning from the UK Department of Health's (DoH) "brand police" as the "final straw." The raison d’être of NHoS was to identify a way to roll out NHSbuntu, a remix of the open-s...

how IT is changing the world of neuroscience

Arriving home at her poky London flat after a difficult day, Emma closes the door on the outside world, hangs up her coat and tries to forget the stress she is under. She changes into comfy pyjamas, settles in on the couch under a soft blanket and, plugging in her smartphone, places a small virtual ...

Google’s ‘QUIC’ TCP alternative slow to excite anyone outside Google • The Register

Google's contribution to Internet standards, the fast-than-TCP thanks to multiplexing QUIC protocol, has yet to extend much beyond the Chocolate Factory, according to a German report into its adoption. An experiment from 2012, Google's Quick UDP Internet Connections hit the standards track with thi...

Google sinks cash into more submarine cables, plans more data centres • The Register

Google has made more investments in submarine cables, sinking money into three due to come online in 2019. First up is the Curie Cable System, which will link the United States and Chile. This one's all Google's: the company says it will “control the design and construction process”, so when th...

Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look • The Register

Now that the open source email client Thunderbird is sleeping in a separate bed from Mozilla, the project has called on outside help for a UI redesign. It's working with Polish designers Monterail to help with the redesign, partly because in 2016 that company created a popular custom UI theme for T...

VMware’s NSX world domination plan advances with not-just-point release • The Register

VMware’s made no secret of its ambitions for its NSX network virtualization product, which it thinks has the potential to be bigger than server virtualization as organisations start to spread resources out across multiple clouds and on-premises bit barn. One way the company’s increasing NSX’s...

Biggest vuln bombshell in forever and storage industry still umms and errs over patches • The Register

Analysis A growing consensus among storage hardware appliance vendors is that, since they don't run external software on their hardware, they don't need to stick performance-hindering patches into their operating systems. Software-defined storage (SDS) and hyperconverged systems vendors do, consult...

Destroying the city to save the robocar • The Register

Special Report Behind the mostly fake "battle" about driverless cars (conventional versus autonomous is the one that captures all the headlines), there are several much more important scraps. One is over the future of the city: will a city be built around machines or people? How much will pedestrian...

Kaminario exits the hardware business • The Register

Kaminario has announced it will leave the hardware business, and said Tech Data will build the certified appliance hardware needed to run its software. TechData will provide the K2 and K2.N hardware with Kaminario providing the Vision OS, Clarity analytics software (getting machine learning and AI)...

New Quantum head honcho thrown in at the deep end • The Register

Comment There's a new president and CEO at Quantum, with the board hoping for a dose of Patrick Dennis magic to fire up the company and return it to growth and profits. Dennis was CEO of Guidance Software, which made forensic security software such as EnCase. OpenText bought the company for $222m i...

HTML5 may as well stand for Hey, Track Me Longtime 5. Ads can use it to fingerprint netizens • The Register

Usenix Enigma HTML5 is a boon for unscrupulous web advertising networks, which can use the markup language's features to build up detailed fingerprints of individual netizens without their knowledge or consent. In a presentation at Usenix's Enigma 2018 conference in California this week, Arvind Nar...

Developer plots server virtualization comeback for XenServer • The Register

Moves are afoot to revive Xen Cloud Platform (XCP), the open source version of XenServer that existed independently of Citrix before the company released its code to the Xen Project and made its own efforts open source. In 2017’s dying days developer Olivier Lambert posted news of his plan to rev...

Veeam buys AWS EC2 instance backup and recovery biz • The Register

Veeam has announced the acquisition of N2WS, an IaaS startup, whose board includes Veeam co-founder and President Ratmir Timashev, for $42.5mn cash. It said N2WS was the main provider of cloud-native enterprise backup and disaster recovery for Amazon Web Services (AWS), which makes it the main publ...

New Mirai botnet species ‘Okiru’ hunts for ARC-based kit • The Register

A new variant of the notorious Mirai malware is exploiting kit with ARC processors. The nasty, dubbed Okiru, is the first capable of infecting devices running the ARC CPU, according to independent security researcher Odisseus. RISC-based ARC embedded processors are used in a variety of internet-co...

Hey Europe, your apathetic IT spending is ruining it for everyone • The Register

Listless IT spend in Europe is dragging down the pace of global recovery, according to the latest prediction from entrail-prodders Gartner. During 2018, IT expenditure on the continent is expected to increase 1.5 per cent to €667bn (£593bn). Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.7tn (£...

Causes of software development woes • The Register

Research "Agile development" can mean different things to different people. To some it's about easing up on traditional rigour, and even legitimising a quick-and-dirty approach to getting stuff out of the door. To others it's about implementing a different kind of rigour, in order to bust project ba...

Here’s ANOTHER deadline for skills profiling • The Register

DXC Technologies' employees still reluctant to upload their "skill profile" onto a company database they fear will be used in the next big redundancy rounds yesterday got a ticking off from top brass. The great unwashed at DXC were given a fortnight until 17 November to complete the online forms to...

China’s latest IPO star tastes of bubble tea • The Register

Analysis Xiaomi's rush to go public is as much a sign of a speculative bubble as Bitcoin mania. Will it have a happy ending? Somebody seems to be in a hurry. Xiaomi is only just making a comeback from a crash last year. But for the few years prior to that, though, Xiaomi enjoyed astonishingly unctu...

Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply

Microsoft Equation Editor was sentenced to death on January 9, 2018 at the age of 17, when a software update from Redmond removed five files necessary for the application to function. Only a few months ago, the Windows giant thought its Equation Editor could be saved: its software engineers, lackin...

Oracle says SPARCv9 has Spectre CPU bug, patches coming soon • The Register

Oracle has told users of its SPARC-powered platforms that they have the Spectre processor bug. A support document buried in Oracle’s customers-only portal, but seen by The Register, states: “Oracle believes that certain versions of Oracle Solaris on SPARCv9 are affected by the Spectre vulnerabi...

A flaw like Meltdown or Spectre will probably happen again

Getty Images After acknowledging a major security flaw in modern smartphone chips, the head of one of those chip design companies is delivering more grim news. "The reality is there are probably other things out there like it that have been deemed safe for years," Arm Holdings CEO Simon Segars...

CES 2018: The final word

When people look back at CES 2018 in five or 10 years, it'll be the heavy rain, flash flooding and power cuts that'll stand out more than the tech on display. While 1.33 inches (3.38 cm) of rain may not sound like a lot, it was a record for the desert city of Las Vegas: The first precipitation in...

Hashtag Trending – Facebook’s changing its news feed again, BlackBerry CEO to deliver keynote at Detroit Auto Show

Facebook’s changing its news feed again. The Detroit Auto Show has begun – and today’s keynote is being delivered by BlackBerry CEO John Chen. Trending on – where else? – Facebook is the latest changes to the social network’s signature news feed. In a Jan. 11 post on his public Facebo...

Why GDPR is great for SMEs

When it comes to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), too many of the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have their heads in the sand. Whether through ignorance of the legislation, the idea that Brexit means it will no longer apply (it will), lack of resources, or fear...

Black hole munched galactic leftovers, spewed stars, burped • The Register

The black hole at the centre of galaxy SDSS J1354+1327 sucked in gases, “burped” – and then repeated the display. As NASA explained in a statement: “The two-course meal for the black hole comes from a companion galaxy that collided with J1354 in the past. This collision produced a stream of...

Oracle still silent on Meltdown, but lists patches for x86 servers among 233 new fixes • The Register

Oracle still has nothing to say about whether the Meltdown or Spectre vulnerabilities are a problem for its hardware. Big Red today offered The Register another “no comment”, making it a notable absentee from the Intel’s list of x86 vendors’ advisories on how to handle the twin problems. O...

Spectre fixes made AWS CPUs cry, says SolarWinds • The Register

Log-sniffing vendor SolarWinds has used its own wares to chronicle the application of Meltdown and Spectre patches on its own Amazon Web Services infrastructure, and the results make for ugly viewing. The image below, for example, depicts the performance of what SolarWinds has described as “a Pyt...

Don’t sweat over Spectre, Meltdown SANitation • The Register

Analysis Several SAN suppliers have said their systems don't need patching against the Spectre and Meltdown bugs. We asked Dell and Pure Storage about the impact of fixes and whether their SANs and Dell's hyperconverged (HCI) systems needed patching. El Reg: Do you agree that on-premises external S...

Now Meltdown patches are making industrial control systems lurch • The Register

Patches for the Meltdown vulnerability are causing stability issues in industrial control systems. SCADA vendor Wonderware admitted that Redmond's Meltdown patch made its Historian product wobble. "Microsoft update KB4056896 (or parallel patches for other Operating System) causes instability for Wo...

Microsoft extends patent protection shield on-premises • The Register

Microsoft’s extended its “Azure IP Advantage” litigation protection shield to on-premises technology, by applying it to the Azure Stack hybrid-cloud-in-a-box systems. Microsoft launched Azure IP Advantage in February 2017. The service sees Microsoft indemnify Azure users who spend more than U...

Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC? • The Register

Spare a thought for Jasper Spaans, who hosts the Linux Kernel Mailing List archive from a single PC that lives in his home. And since things always happen this way the home machine died while he was on holiday. The archive was therefore unavailable for much of the weekend, although Linux developers...

Let’s Encrypt plugs hole that let miscreants grab HTTPS web certs for strangers’ domains • The Register

Let's Encrypt – a SSL/TLS certificate authority run by the non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) to programmatically provide websites with free certs for their HTTPS websites – on Thursday said it is discontinuing TLS-SNI validation because it's insecure in the context of many share...

Intel puts security on the todo list, Tavis topples torrent tool, and more • The Register

Roundup The security world is still feeling the aftereffects of last week's CPU design flaw disclosures, which continued to dominate the news this week, even amid the noisy CES jamboree in Las Vegas. The Meltdown-slash-Spectre saga, broken by The Register last week, is still causing major headaches...

PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too • The Register

Microsoft’s given the world new versions of PowerShell that bring the popular automation and scripting tool to MacOS and Linux. PowerShell Core 6.0’s both an upgrade and a replacement for its predecessors. It’s a replacement because Microsoft’s no longer actively developing its predecessor...

PC lab in remote leper colony had wrong cables, no licences, and not much hope • The Register

On-Call Welcome back to On-Call, The Register’s weekly tale of – ahem – challenging support jobs that readers have encountered around the world. This week, meet “Mick” who told us about his visit to New Ireland, a remote province in Papua New Guinea. There’s decent surf out there, nice...

OnePlus Android mobes’ clipboard app caught phoning home to China • The Register

OnePlus has admitted that the clipboard app in a beta build of its Android OS was beaming back mystery data to a cloud service in China. Someone running the latest test version of OnePlus's Oreo-based operating system revealed in its support forums that unusual activity from the builtin clipboard m...

Intel’s Meltdown fix freaked out some Broadwells, Haswells • The Register

Intel’s warned that the fix for its Meltdown and Spectre woes might have made PCs and servers less stable. Chipzilla’s slipped out a statement to the effect that “We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates.” The problems have hit ...

Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times • The Register

2018 has barely begun, and it already feels like we'll be nibbling techwar milquetoast all year long. If 2018 ends up being at all like 2017, that is. We used to get our collective undies in a bunch over whether Linux or Windows was best, until smartphones rendered the debate somewhat moot. Still, ...

Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled; • The Register

In what non-technical people might take as an attempt to outdo the absurdity of the tabs vs. spaces debate that continues to divide programmers, the TC39 technical group that advises the development of ECMAScript – the specification from which JavaScript is implemented – has proposed telling web...

Should SANs be patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Er … yes and no • The Register

Analysis Is the performance sapping spectre of the X86 Spectre/Meltdown bug fixes hanging over SAN storage arrays? The general assumption is "yes" but five suppliers say not. You would expect SANs to need patching; they run their controller software on X86 servers after all. UK storage architect C...

Self-driving cars still do not exist even if we think they do • The Register

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Before I take off my Sonic The Hedgehog socks, I want to be sure there is mutual consent. I don't mind being extradited to Sweden but there's no way I want to spend the next five years conducting my daily ablutions under a cold dripping tap in the faux-marble tiled to...

Veeam’s reverse-IBM, the rebrands, the new hires, and… DRAM, what’s that, Samsung? • The Register

After multiple, multiple quarters of doing a reverse IBM and growing revenues quarter after quarter after quarter, Veeam has been beaming about having grown revenues some more. If you are not totally dazzled by this, then there's still more in our weekly collection of storage treasures, such as Kro...

Shhh! DropBox ‘quietly files’ for IPO • The Register

DropBox has reportedly filed for an IPO, giving it fresh capital to fund a significant expansion. Bloomberg has reported that DropBox has lodged confidential papers registering for a public share offering. "Confidential offerings" were introduced in 2012 in the JOBS Act, allowing companies to perfo...

Data protection is best managed from the centre • The Register

Security people talk of an attack surface to describe exposure to malware and hacking. The bigger the attack surface, the more at risk you are. Data is the fuel of a new industrial revolution, powering business changes such as digitalisation and advances in fields such as machine learning. The grea...

Boffins split on whether Spectre fix needs tweaked hardware • The Register

Analysis Processor security experts – including one cited in the Meltdown paper – are split on whether the resolution of the Spectre vulnerability may need to involve hardware modifications or the software defences being rolled out are adequate. The Meltdown vulnerability, which by contrast is ...

Celebgate latest: Fourth dirtbag ‘fesses up to pillaging iCloud for stars’ X-rated selfies • The Register

A fourth man has admitted stealing Hollywood stars' private nude photos that eventually leaked online in what became known as Celebgate. George Garofano, 26, of Northford, Connecticut, USA, pleaded guilty this week to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. T...

Apple hands Chinese iCloud to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry • The Register

Apple has announced it will hand over iCloud operations in China to government-owned local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry (GBCD) on February 28. Apple's made the move to comply with Chinese government policy, that demands domestic operators own foreign services' data centres so that data o...

Boffins tweak audio by 0.1% to fool speech recognition engines • The Register

The development of AI adversaries continues apace: a paper by Nicholas Carlini and David Wagner of the University of California Berkeley has explained off a technique to trick speech recognition by changing the source waveform by 0.1 per cent. The pair wrote at arXiv that their attack achieved a fi...

AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer • The Register

Two research papers argue that the risk of AI-driven automation isn't so much the destruction of jobs as the amplification of wealth inequality. That is to say workers in our brave new world will still have things to do, but many of them, assisting and assisted by machines, will be paid poorly whil...

Cryptocurrencies to end in tears says famed investor Warren Buffet • The Register

Famed investor Warren Buffet has predicted a nasty landing for cryptocurrencies. "In terms of cryptocurrencies, generally, I can say with almost certainty that they will come to a bad ending," the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway told CNBC in an interview. Later in the interview he added: ...

Cisco can now sniff out malware inside encrypted traffic • The Register

Cisco’s switched on latent features in its recent routers and switches, plus a cloud service, that together make it possible to detect the fingerprints of malware in encrypted traffic. Switchzilla’s not made a dent in transport layer security (TLS) to make this possible. Instead, as we reported...

IBM hires Bain to cut costs, up productivity • The Register

Exclusive IBM has indicated to senior Global Technology Services management that that a third of the global workforce will be “productively redeployed” in 2018 with tens of thousands of personnel “impacted”. Insiders told The Reg that Big Blue had hired consultant Bain & Company to help it ...

UK.gov hitches wagon to cloudy Oracle offering • The Register

Another year, another government shared services strategy. This time Whitehall wants to roll out Oracle Cloud across departments - a move it says will require "substantive negotiations" with the Sopra Steria-run joint venture. No estimated cost savings or timelines were included in the strategy (PD...

Everything running smoothly at the plant? *Whips out mobile phone* Wait. Nooo… • The Register

The security of mobile apps that tie in with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems has deteriorated over the last two-and-a-half years, according to new research. A team of boffins from IOActive and IoT security startup Embedi said they had discovered 147 vulnerabilities in 34 of...

What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain… • The Register

Comment "Don't ruin the moment. Asking to sign a contract to have sex can be awkward." Of course the simple answer here should be, you're right – I won't. I'll have a respectful conversation with my partner, and if at any point they say no, we'll stop. But it's 2018 now, so obviously that's not ...

Microsoft finally injects end-to-end chat crypto into Skype – ish… • The Register

Microsoft has bunged end-to-end encrypted communications into beta versions of Skype using the open-source Signal protocol. Redmond has been a laggard in locking down Skype as a truly end-to-end encrypted comms system – end-to-end meaning only the people talking to each other can decrypt the chat...

Audio tweaked just 0.1% to fool speech recognition engines • The Register

The development of AI adversaries continues apace: a paper by Nicholas Carlini and David Wagner of the University of California Berkeley has explained off a technique to trick speech recognition by changing the source waveform by 0.1 per cent. The pair wrote at arXiv that their attack achieved a fi...

Mine all the data, they said. It will be worth your while, they said • The Register

Good developers instrument their applications. Good ops teams monitor everything. This near-fetishisation of telemetry has been extended to DevOps, where it now risks becoming something of a problem. It's good to collect data on your applications and your infrastructure. An important part of Doing ...

Meltdown, Spectre may slow your servers • The Register

Analysis After spending last week insisting that the performance impact of fixing the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities "should not be significant," Intel on Tuesday tried to maintain that stance even as it acknowledged SYSmark tests assessing post-patch slowdowns ranging from two per cent to...

UK Data Protection Bill tweaked to protect security researchers • The Register

The United Kingdom has revealed amendments to its Data Protection Bill to de-criminalise research into whether anonymised data sets are sufficiently anonymous. The legislation, first floated in August 2017, gave rise to worries that researchers would commit a crime if they broke whatever measures w...

AT&T’s smart city vision: More parking, less traffic jams

CNET AT&T hopes to get you out of gridlock. Managing traffic flow, locating open parking spots and seeing whether bridges are structurally sound are some of the potential benefits from AT&T's latest push to power the smart city. On Tuesday, the company showed off a new structure-monito...

Cyber attacks in 2017 drive Nordic security efforts

Another month, another large-scale cyber attack. That’s what 2017 felt like for many. Notably, the WannaCry ransomware attack in May, followed by NotPetya a month later, paralysed computers – and companies – globally. Download this free guide Jargon-buster guide to GDPR The 10 most importan...

Samsung’s next big thing isn’t something you can buy

James Martin/CNET For anyone who's ever watched a Samsung press conference at CES, this year felt different. To some, that might mean boring. There wasn't quite the wow factor we've seen before. No moving wall dramatically parted to reveal a massive TV, and shiny refrigerators didn't miracu...

Hashtag Trending – Microsoft drops Bitcoin support, Apple pressured to address childhood iPhone addiction

Microsoft is no longer supporting Bitcoin. Two investors with $2 billion USD in Apple stock are pressuring the company to address childhood iPhone addiction. And today’s CES highlights include voice assistant-enabled earphones and “Li-Fi”. From Google Trends: Microsoft employees have told t...

Intel to set up new group to focus on hardware security

Intel is prioritising hardware security in the wake of discoveries that its chips have design flaws that could be exploited by attackers. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich sent an internal memo to employees announcing the creation of a new group called Intel Product Assurance and Quality, according to The...

Yup, Windows 10 ‘as a service’ is incoming • The Register

Another year, another round of Windows 10 updates – most likely 1803 in March, and 1809 in September or thereabouts. The company calls this "Windows as a service", the idea being that users get a constant flow of improvements. The advantage for Microsoft is that it can begin to escape its legacy ...

In 2018, how are the big storage 8 handling the industry’s challenges? • The Register

Analysis All the main storage system players face three large challenges in 2018 – new technologies providing faster data access, data management suppliers aiming to wrap a commoditising abstraction layer around them, and public cloud and public cloud-like vertical stack suppliers aiming to make t...

IBM melts down fixing Meltdown as processes and patches stutter • The Register

IBM has scrambled to fix the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, but has struggled to develop processes, reporting tools or reliable patches to get the job done for itself or its clients. Internal documents seen by The Register reveal that Big Blue has ordered staff not to attempt any Meltdown/Spectre patch...

Seriously, Reg, you care about a software licensing standard? • The Register

Yeah, we know: even the headline probably started you yawning, and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's (ETSI's) quiet December announcement of a Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) Licensing Management effort doesn't seem that arresting. It was, however, important to network ope...

Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it • The Register

Analysis Having shot itself in the foot by prioritizing processor speed over security, the chip industry's fix involves doing the same to customers. The patches being put in place to address the Meltdown and Spectre bugs that affect most modern CPUs were supposed be airy little things of no consequ...

BlackBerry and Baidu buddy up on autonomous autos • The Register

Chinese web search emperor Baidu is to join forces with deposed king of phones BlackBerry, adding its embedded QNX operating system to the Chinese firm's open-source self-driving platform. BB's Unix-like OS will join the cloud services, open software stack, reference hardware and vehicle sets that ...

How are the shares, Bry? Intel chief cops to CPU fix slowdowns • The Register

Intel's boss has finally admitted software fixes to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in most modern CPUs will incur a performance hit. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday, Brian Krzanich stuck to the line the design weaknesses represented an "industry-wide issue ...

Devs see red after not seeing Big Red on Stack Overflow database poll • The Register

The latest Stack Overflow developer survey has invoked ire from Oracle fans after failing to include Big Red in its list of database technologies. The survey, which last year attracted more than 64,000 responses, asks devs about the tools, databases, languages and platforms they use, loathe or want...

Seagate’s CES splash, ClusterStor-like dash and Ripple crypto-cash • The Register

The number-two disk drive supplier is starting 2018 at a gallop with a dense, ClusterStor-like array, a raft of consumer drives at CES and upgraded estimates for its first-quarter results. Seagate's 5U84 drive enclosure and operating system provide up to 1PB of capacity in a 5U chassis (8PB/rack) w...

Good lord, Kodak’s stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin • The Register

That's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see how it works for them. Camera film relic Kodak is trying to reinvent itself in the most 2018 way possible: by launching its own cryptocurrency. The imaging company says its new make-believe money, named KODAKCoin, will be pitched as a way for photographers...

Teach citizens IoT dangers, engineering students cybersecurity, Uncle Sam suggests • The Register

The US Department of Commerce (DoC) and Department of Homeland Security have put out a draft cybersecurity report that recommends, among other things, that the American government fund a public awareness campaign on IoT security, and make cybersecurity a compulsory part of future engineering degrees...

SAP customers won’t touch the fluffy stuff… so here’s another on-prem HR data tool • The Register

SAP has revealed it is working on a new on-premises human capital management system, admitting that many of its customers are still not ready for the cloud. The German ERP giant had previously promised it would continue support for its existing on-premises solution, SAP ERP HCM, until 2025. But to...

Claire House Children’s Hospice opens up about its digital transformation triumphs

The Claire House Children’s Hospice team wants to reach every child and family that needs its support across the north-west of England, and has revamped its digital infrastructure to help it achieve this goal. Download this free guide The maturity of the enterprise public cloud Many IT leaders ...

Nordic banks face digitisation decisions over PSD2

Chatbots, layoffs, closer startup ties and Payment Directive II (PSD2) – these themes coloured the Nordic finance industry in 2017 as banks accelerated their digitisation efforts. Download this free guide No longer a laggard, financial services in the cloud Computer Weekly takes a look at how s...

Databricks is no longer playing David and Goliath

Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery pretty well summarizes the challenges of running an open source software business. Over the past 4 - 5 years, Apache Spark has taken the big data analytics world by storm (for fans of streaming, no pun intended). As the company whose founders created an...

IoT Evolution Top Content of 2017

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Intel, AMD, ARM admit CPU vulnerability; patches could cause large performance hit

Enterprise and cloud provider security team leaders are anxiously awaiting operating system patches to fix a security vulnerability in some processors from Intel, AMD and ARM to see how bad a performance hit their enterprise applications will suffer. Initial reports are the hit may be as high as 30 ...

Micro Focus shares take bath after results report • The Register

Amid a boardroom rejig to pursue more M&A action, shares in London Stock Exchange-listed Micro Focus crashed today after financial results filed for the half-year ended October 31 fell short of analysts' expectations. The infrastructure software slinger reported revenue of $1.234bn, up 80.3 per cen...

A drivers’ guide to upgrading your IT to a hybrid cloud engine • The Register

Supported You’re a business running on traditional IT, using banks of servers with monolithic applications and backed by traditional storage arrays as well. You’ve heard about a more modern way of doing things, using cloud services and hybrid IT to deliver greater flexibility and agility, but wo...

Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux • The Register

Open Source Insider The biggest open source story of 2017 was unquestionably Canonical's decision to stop developing its Unity desktop and move Ubuntu to the GNOME Shell desktop. What made the story that much more entertaining was how well Canonical pulled off the transition. Ubuntu 17.10 was quite...

Deputy lord of the Scality RING parts ways with object storage firm • The Register

Object storage supplier Scality has lost its president and COO, Erwan Menard. CEO Jerome Lecat announced the change at an all-hands meeting last week. We understand from a Scality spokesperson that the parting is amicable and Menard is staying on in an advisory role. Menard joined as COO in Januar...

Come by. Away. Walk on. That’ll do. Oh, um, we’re just rounding up the lambs of storage • The Register

El Reg's storage sheepdog has been out on the hill and gathered a flocklet of storage news. Our tenacious collie has found seven new arrivals; one that's been lurking around for five years and another is an existing woolie promoted. But there are impressive rams as well among these two moving lump...

Feel like a little kid in the container world? Welcome to the club • The Register

Hang around Twitter long enough and you'll need a double helping of antidepressants to cope with the obvious truth that you are WAY BEHIND ON THE CONTAINER REVOLUTION. Microservices? Everyone else is doing them. Kubernetes? Most CTOs are naming their kids after the popular project. And you? Well, yo...

It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer wrecks some AMD PCs • The Register

Microsoft’s fix for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs may be crocking AMD-powered PCs. A lengthy thread on answers.microsoft.com records numerous instances in which Security Update for Windows KB4056892, Redmond’s Meltdown/Spectre patch, leaves some AMD-powered PCs with the Windows 7 or 10 startup ...

Microsoft offloads networking to FPGA-powered NICs • The Register

Microsoft has switched on new network interface cards packing field-programmable gate arrays and announced that doing so has let it hit 30Gbps of throughput for servers in Azure. Redmond’s talked up these “SmartNICs” since late 2016 and even detailed (PDF) their workings to the Open Compute p...

WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor • The Register

If you have a Western Digital My Cloud network attached storage device, it's time to learn how to update its OS because researcher James Bercegay has discovered a dozen models possess a hard-coded backdoor. The backdoor, detailed here, lets anyone log in as user mydlinkBRionyg with the password abc...

LEDE and OpenWRT kiss and make up • The Register

The OpenWRT and LEDE open router projects have merged and promised a major release in the coming months. OpenWRT was, for years, the only serious open source codebase for router firmware, allowing users to overwrite vendor firmware, either for security reasons or to conduct their own low-level deve...

Zero in on your zero-day vulnerabilities

Zero-day exploits do exactly what they say on the tin: they take advantage of a previously unknown vulnerability in software, so it is the attack itself that alerts the world to the security flaw. No advance warning, no fixes immediately available. Download this free guide Cyber security in the M...

Scottish Ambulance Service tests satellite to improve critical care process

The Scottish Ambulance Service, the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Rural Health, NHS Highland and satellite technology supplier ViaSat have embarked on a trial of satellite broadband connectivity as a means to improve the quality of patient care whilst in transit. Download this free guide ...

4 Industries in the Midst of Major Disruptions, Thanks to Data

Research suggests that some 90 percent of the data in the world today was created within the last two years, and our current output is an estimated at 2.5 quintillion bytes per day. Hiding in those virtually endless strings of ones and zeroes, we suppose, are all kinds of insights, ready to help ...

Industrial IoT & Predictive Analytics for Manufacturing – Create a culture of innovation with IIoT World!

These presentations were recorded with live interactive audience November 14, 2017. The virtual conference was focused on how Industrial IoT (IIoT) is impacting the manufacturing landscape. About this Virtual Conference This virtual conference was designed to be a virtual half day conference o...

Don’t expect Intel chip recall after Spectre and Meltdown, CEO says

Stephen Shankland/CNET Hoping the Meltdown and Spectre security problems might mean Intel would be buying you a shiny new computer after a chip recall? Sorry, ain't gonna happen. Intel famously paid hundreds of millions of dollars to recall its Pentium processors after the 1994 discovery of th...

Apple says all iOS devices, Macs affected by processor flaws

Lexy Savvides/CNET Those major chip security flaws, detailed Wednesday, impact all Macs and iOS devices. But Apple said downloading its latest software updates fixes one of the vulnerabilities. Apple on Thursday said all of its computers, iPhones and iPads are affected by the two newly discove...

Most PCs ‘immune’ to Spectre, Meltdown by next week, Intel says

The new Meltdown and Spectre computer security problems won't be a problem much longer for most PC users, Intel said Thursday. "Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years. By the end of next week, Intel expects to have issued upda...

Continental, Bosch help boost HD mapping with Here acquisitions

Today is a day for doubling up. Earlier, both Volkswagen and Hyundai simultaneously announced separate partnerships with Aurora, and now we have something similar from Continental and Bosch. Bosch and Continental, two major automotive suppliers, each announced an acquisition of 5 percent of Here ...

Hashtag Trending – CPU bugs affect virtually every computer, Samsung reveals chip behind the upcoming S9, airport and hotel robots

Two CPU security flaws were discovered this week that affect virtually every modern computer, Samsung unveiled its new chip that is expected to release in the Galaxy S9, and LG plans to fill airports, hotels, and supermarkets around the world with robots. From Twitter, and pretty much all over th...

Samsung SmartThings Link for Nvidia Shield TV review: A cheap smart home hub with one inherent shortcoming

The Nvidia Shield TV streaming box just keeps getting cooler. In addition to doubling as a Plex server, an over-the-air DVR, and a hands-free Google Assistant, the Shield can also now serve as a smart home hub with the addition of a Samsung SmartThings Link. This $40 dongle plugs into one of the ...

The 10 most relevant IoT developments of the year

IoT 2017 in Review: The 10 Most Relevant IoT Developments of the Year As we go into 2018 the IoT Analytics team has again evaluated the main IoT developments of the past year in the global “Internet of Things” arena. This article highlights some general observations as well as our top 10 stor...

IT departments have no idea how much they spend on AWS and Azure

While the majority of organisations have budgeted spending for public cloud, most are unaware of how much they spend monthly on these services. A survey of 200 businesses by Densify reported that most organisations use Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure for their public cloud needs, bu...

Events As First-Class Citizens – Randy Shoup – Medium

Events As First-Class Citizens We’ve all heard of events and event-driven programming, but in my experience, events are not used nearly enough in our (software) lives. We often don’t appreciate how powerful this tool can be in our toolbox, and consequently we don’t take advantage of it when...

Software is eating the world – and Nutanix’s hardware revenues • The Register

Analysis Nutanix wants be seen as a sexy software business and not a hardware appliance biz stuck with crap commodity hardware margins. So it is changing its business mode to position itself as a software-focused company. Senior Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers said the hyper-converged firm "curr...

Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years • The Register

Analysis Intel has borne the brunt of the damage from the revelation of two novel attack techniques, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, that affect the majority of modern CPUs in various ways. The chipmaker's stock price is down, and it's being eyed for possible securities litigation, following reports...

Intel Meltdown patch will slow down your AWS EC2 server • The Register

Amazon AWS customers have complained of noticeable slowdowns on their cloud server instances – following the deployment of a security patch to counter the Intel processor design flaw dubbed Meltdown. Punters said that, since AWS shored up its infrastructure, and began rolling out its Meltdown-p...

Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel’s Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll • The Register

Microsoft has released updates for Windows to block attempts by hackers and malware to exploit the Meltdown vulnerability in Intel x86-64 processors – but you will want to check your antivirus software before applying the fixes. The Redmond giant issued the out-of-band update late yesterday for...

CERT has an expensive suggestion for fixing massive CPU bug

The tech world continues to come to grips with Wednesday's revelation of very serious vulnerabilities associated with central processing units (CPUs) that affect, well, just about everyone with a computer. SEE ALSO: Intel's CEO sold a ton of stock after finding out about chip security flaw Two...

Learn how to invest in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin

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Data centre mergers and acquisitions hit $20bn in 2017 feeding frenzy • The Register

The temperature is rising in the hot aisle for data centre businesses – $20bn was spent on mergers and acquisitions last year. Synergy Research Group data says the 2017 total doubled the figure from the year before, which itself was well up on 2015. There was almost one significant M&A d...

Azure VMs borked following Meltdown patch, er, meltdown • The Register

Microsoft Azure customers are reporting problems with their virtual machines, which are struggling to come back online after being updated with the Meltdown processor patch. The firm told one customer in a direct message on Twitter: "We are currently investigating alerts affecting Virtual Machine...

Hadoop Security Issues and Best Practices

The big data blast has given rise to a host of information technology software and tools and abilities that enable companies to manage, capture, and analyze large data sets of unstructured and structure data for result oriented insights and competitive success . But with this latest technology comes...

Apache Cassandra or Apache Ignite? Thoughts Around Simplified Architecture

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15 Highest Paying Programming Languages in 2017

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40 Predictions for the Internet of Things in 2018

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Digital Trends and Predictions for 2018

Organizations will grapple with a variety of digital technologies and skillsets this year to become more data-driven in order to improve their agility and decision-making capabilities. As always, they’ll be looking for ways to simplify operations and get more done with less. We predict the concept...

‘Kernel memory leaking’ Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign • The Register

A fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug. Programmers are scrambling to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel's virtual memory system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to publicly ...

Hyperledger 3 years later: That’s the sound of the devs… working on the chain ga-a-ang • The Register

The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project was announced in December 2015. When Apache Web server daddy Brian Behlendorf took the helm five months later, the Foundation’s blockchain baby was still embryonic. He called it “day zero.” Driving Hyperledger was the notion of a blockchain, a di...

New fast food rewards programs must-have is apparently cryptocurrency

As the bitcoin and blockchain craze continues to explode, nothing should really surprise us anymore. Yet there's news that a company that owns some smaller burger chains and even a few Hooters locations made some nice cash off of said craze on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: Our favorite blockchain pitches of...

Top Game Changing Data Trends for 2018

These predictions for 2018 are from Infologix. “Metadata management and ensuring data privacy for regulations such as GDPR joins earlier trends like AI and IoT, but the unexpected trend of 2018 will be the convergence of data management technologies,” said Emily Washington, senior vice presid...

12 changes that could shake up the blockchain world in 2018

If there is one thing I have learned in the last two years in the cryptocurrency world, it’s that things change so quickly in this sector, it can humble anybody. Anyone who says he knows what he is talking about, doesn’t! Still, it’s New Year’s Day, so what the heck? I’ll put my neck ou...

Learn a Coding Language in 2018

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By The Digits : The Apache Software Foundation Blog

Sunday December 31, 2017 Apache in 2017 - By The Digits What an exciting and productive year for the Apache community at-large! We owe our continued success to the tireless efforts of our Members, Committers, and contributors, the loyalty from countless users worldwide, and the ongoing financi...

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Reinforcement Learning Bundle

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Architecture and Deployment Master Class Course

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The Apache News Round-up: week ending 29 December 2017 : The Apache Software Foundation Blog

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 29 December 2017 This is our final Round-up of 2017 --let's review what we've been up to over the past week: Support Apache –help us continue serving the Apache community, shepherding more than 300 projects, and incubating Open Source innovations for gen...

Hashtag Trending – FinTech predictions for 2018

OK Google, invest my savings into BitCoin – which could exceed $100,000 in market value next year. And financial institutions will need to step up their cyber security game. First up, Cisco is predicting that financial institutions will incorporate voice-enabled devices such as the Amazon Echo ...

You Need Data Scientists for Predictive Analysis– Myth#6

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5 Writers Who Speak Your Language

Here are 5 excellent Data Scientists who are also very good at explaining concepts and interacting with you. By Julia Cook, iDatalabs. Learn by doing, that’s what they tell us. And last week, Amir Feizpour of the Royal Bank of Canada shared stellar insights from his peers on how to seriously...

Apache Ignite Data Grid and Spring REST Web Service

Posted 21 hours ago Details The project will build an Apache Ignite data grid to cache user data from either web services or databases. The cache will be running in Docker container with a Spring Boot RESTful Web Service. The Spring Boot RESTful Web Service will be used to provide cache inform...

Make data science your new career after taking these classes

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Top 10 information management stories of 2017

As in 2015 and 2016, the maturation and growing sophistication of big data technologies has been a major theme in 2017. More discernible this year, perhaps, is a dual convergence of big data and more traditional data management technologies, and of traditional, report-centric business intelligenc...

Top 10 artificial intelligence stories of 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) has continued to gain prominence in 2017 as one of the biggest upcoming technologies. It is beginning to have more of an influence on companies’ strategies and is predicted to drive significant change for organisations. Download this free guide Watch out – artific...

Here Are the Best Inspirational Quotes for 2018

Want inspirational quotes? Each year for the past several years, I've gathered the best inspiring quotes, one for each of the coming 365 days. Here's our latest installment: the top inspirational quotes for 2018. Monday January 1, 2018 "There's a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone ...

Our favorite blockchain pitches of 2017

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There’s a growing #resistance to cryptocurrency, and is anyone surprised?

There comes a moment in any digital revolution when its most ardent mansplaining soldiers become so insufferably, unapologetically obnoxious, a resistance is born. Currently, there is a growing opposition to cryptocurrency in all its forms. Many, many people are getting very weary of all the Bitc...

What is Bitcoin and how does it work? You need these online classes.

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Introduction to KafkaStreams in Java

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Top 10 stories on state surveillance, technology and the law in 2017

When Edward Snowden released documents showing the extraordinary scale of UK and US surveillance on ordinary people back in 2013, there were many in the intelligence agencies who were rightly worried that their surveillance powers would be challenged in the courts. Download this free guide Comput...

Predictions from experts on 2018 computing and business trends: Nikita Ivanov and Terry Erisman

The predictions look to the horizon of in-memory computing, a computing paradigm that sits atop existing database installments to speed applications and transactions by as much as 1,000x, enabling cost-effective digital transformation for businesses in sectors that have even the most daunting speed ...

LG to unveil ThinQ Speaker with Google Assistant in January

Amazon Echo and Google Home may have the lead in smart home speakers, but that isn't stopping LG from beating Samsung to the punch over announcing a smart speaker of its own. LG On Thursday, LG said it will launch a smart home speaker powered by Google Assistant -- called the LG ThinQ Speaker ...

Top 10 HR and training technology stories in 2017

The HR department was once seen as an after-thought in most companies’ IT strategies. Today it is moving to centre stage, as advances in artificial intelligence, virtual reality and data analytics are promising to change the way companies work – for the better. Download this free guide What t...

Business Networking In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence

Building and managing business network in the digital economy is a challenging task. With multiple communication channels, both conventional (e.g., phones) and new (e.g., social media), your contacts can become a real mess. As a result, both your productivity and your ability to build strong busines...

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Israel is looking to launch a national cryptocurrency

Israel might be launching its own private Bitcoin in a few years. The Bank of Israel is looking to issue a digital currency to create a faster payments system as well as reduce the country's reliance on cash, according to an anonymous source that spoke to Reuters. However, the project has not bee...

The top CDN blogs of 2017

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Making data science accessible – HDFS

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What Amazon Alexa pays the people building its skills

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The Practical Guide to Managing Data Science at Scale

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How Cloud Technology Optimizes Real-Time Customer Experience

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Graph technology rivals take Amazon Neptune database in stride

Amazon Web Services dove into the graph technology waters in late November with its Amazon Neptune database. Like almost anything else from today's undisputed cloud computing leader, Neptune immediately gained wide attention. But existing graph database vendors think that attention could be a good t...

Bridge the digital transformation gap with effective capture of SAP data

This white paper is hosted by SAPinsider and sponsored by OpenText. Digital transformation is not just a buzzword. To effectively compete in a global fast-moving economy, all businesses running SAP software must transform their methods and processes. The promise is better competitiveness, happier...

Learn Everything about Sentiment Analysis using R

Today I will explain you how to create a basic Movie review engine based on the tweets by people using R. The implementation of the Review Engine will be as follows: Gets Tweets from Twitter Clean the data Create a Word Cloud Create a data dictionary Score each tweet. Gets Tweets f...

Bitcoin explained: Here’s everything you need to know

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Bitcoin’s wild 2017 ride continues with a Christmas Day rebound after a record slide

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How to plot accuracy and loss with mxnet

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Edward Snowden’s new app repurposes old Android devices for security

If you happen to have an old Android device lying around and a reason to worry about people messing with your business, Edward Snowden has an app for that. Haven is an open-source project that Snowden developed in conjunction with Freedom of the Press Foundation and Guardian Project. You can find...

SAP’s Timo Elliott on enterprise chatbot AI technology

Advanced, next-generation technologies, like AI and machine learning, are changing the way we work. Technology like chatbot AI, background analytics, image recognition and more are affecting virtually every business process. In this Q&A, Timo Elliott, SAP vice president and global innovation eva...

Quantify the Cost, Risk, and Time for SAP ERP Migrations to the Cloud

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Big Data, Analytics, & AI in Supply Chain Management

Emerging technology is changing the way Chief Supply Chain Officers lead. Big data, analytics, & AI are already being utilized to make business decisions & radically reshaping hundreds, if not thousands, of companies. Unfortunately, few executives use these same tools inside their comp...

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Key Challenges Big Data Shartups are Facing

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How to Get Data Science and Machine Learning/AI Jobs

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53% Of Companies Are Adopting Big Data Analytics

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The AI chip startup explosion is already here

All eyes may have been on Nvidia this year as its stock exploded higher thanks to an enormous amount of demand across all fronts: gaming, an increased interest in data centers, and its major potential applications in AI. But while Nvidia’s stock price and that chart may have been one of the mor...

Asus’ RT-AC86U router just set our home networking standard

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Python Top 10 Articles for the Past Month (v.Dec 2017)

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BE PART OF THE PREMIER BIG DATA EVENT FOR THE APACHE SPARK™ COMMUNITY. Since pioneering the summit in 2013, Spark Summits have become the world’s largest big data event focused entirely on Apache Spark—assembling the best engineers, scientists, analysts, and executives from around the globe...

How to Create a Digital Marketing Predictive Analytics Model

Predictive analytics is the method of using historical and recent data to forecast future events, trends, and behaviors. In the context of marketing, predictive analytics involves the application of statistical analysis, machine learning algorithms, and analytical queries to structured and unstru...

Why Comprehensive Data Management is Key to AI Success

Organizational leaders have widely recognized the promise of AI as the cornerstone of digital transformation and it’s no surprise that many are now attempting to accelerate its deployment and adoption. However, most of these same organizations are still struggling to increase adoption and inter...

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 22 December 2017 : The Apache Software Foundation Blog

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 22 December 2017 One more week to go in 2017! The Apache Community continues to be quite productive, as always, even during the holidays! Here's what happened over the past week: Support Apache –by making a gift to the ASF before 31 December you can help...

Where’s the streaming video you really want to see? Good question

Netflix Even for streaming video, it's true what they say: You can't always get what you want. The top complaint consumers have about streaming-video services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu is lack of content, according to a survey by IBM Cloud Video, which powers streaming for onli...

HyperX’s Cloud Alpha is as comfy as gaming headsets get

Ian Knighton/CNET HyperX's Cloud Alpha is the first gaming headset with dual-chamber drivers -- one dedicated to bass and the other for mids and highs -- designed to deliver a fuller sound. But that's not what you'll first notice about the Cloud Alpha. No, the salient takeaway is comfort. My ears...

Hashtag Trending – Apple’s been slowing down your old iPhone, beverage company pivots to blockchain

Apple admits to slowing down your old iPhone. A beverage company’s stock nearly quadruples after it announces a pivot to blockchain. And in a year with The Emoji Movie, Netflix has apparently produced the worst film of 2017. First, trending on Reddit: Apple has confirmed an observation many Red...

Top 10 financial services IT stories in 2017

Choosing Computer Weekly’s most significant articles about financial services IT in 2017 is no easy task because it has been another year of massive change. The following 10 articles illustrate some of the top IT trends in the financial services sector. Download this free guide AI: Going beyond...

Skills crisis? What skills crisis?

The message from employers is that the skills of their technology workers are not sufficient to meet their digital ambitions. But many might argue the skills gap is a myth - Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman calls it a “zombie idea” that won’t go away despite being routinely debunked....

Storage startup WekaIO punts latency-slashing parallel file system tech • The Register

Analysis Storage startup WekaIO has joined a growing crowd of techies making large performance gains and latency lowering file system tech moves. It has claimed to have developed the highest-performance, lowest-latency file system ever created – which is quite a bold statement – but since thi...

How’s this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini • The Register

Exclusive Production begins in January on the first new computer form factor since the iPad – Planet Computing's "modern Psion", Gemini. It has already picked up an Innovation Award from the organisers of the International Consumer Electronics Show next month, where a formal launch will take pl...

Long Island Iced Tea Corp renamed itself to Long Blockchain – and its shares went bananas • The Register

Logowatch This special edition of El Reg's Logowatch isn't strictly about logos, rather it's a rebrand, but since today is Friday and this news is – and this is a technical term here – batshit mad, we couldn't pass it up. Non-alcoholic beverage slinger Long Island Iced Tea Corp, which is publ...

Royal Mail research reveals UK firms lack data quality for GDPR

Almost one-third of UK organisations lack the data quality enforcement processes required for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to research from Royal Mail Data Services. Download this free guide UKI Salary Survey 2017/2018 Compare your salary and career progression ...

The Birth of Wasabi Hot Storage: First Year in Review

The Birth of Wasabi Hot Storage: First Year in Review Those of you following my blog already know that Jeff Flowers and I founded five companies together, including Wasabi, since 1980—all of them reasonably successful. It’s the dream of every entrepreneur to create something of lasting value ...

Deep Learning Achievements Over the Past Year – Stats and Bots

At Statsbot , we’re constantly reviewing the deep learning achievements to improve our models and product. Around Christmas time, our team decided to take stock of the recent achievements in deep learning over the past year (and a bit longer). We translated the article by a data scientist, Ed Tyan...

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Hackers replace cryptocurrency exchange EtherDelta with a fake site

Popular cryptocurrency exchange EtherDelta got hacked in spectacular fashion Wednesday, with many users unknowingly sending their tokens to the hacker instead of the exchange. At least 308 ETH ($266,789) were stolen, as well as a large number of tokens potentially worth hundreds of thousands of d...

Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver blamed • The Register

Canonical has halted downloads of Ubuntu Linux 17.10, aka Artful Aardvark, from its website after punters complained installing the open-source OS on laptops knackered the machines. Specifically, the desktop flavor of Artful Aardvark, released in October, has been temporarily pulled – the serve...

Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered • The Register

Updated Canonical has halted downloads of Ubuntu Linux 17.10, aka Artful Aardvark, from its website after punters complained installing the open-source OS on laptops knackered the machines. Specifically, the desktop flavor of Artful Aardvark, released in October, has been temporarily pulled – t...

Australia’s future technology headlines … for 2019! • The Register

The technology industry loves to claim that the leaders of its Australian outposts are sages worthy of delivering prognostications from on high, rather than glorified territory managers with a continent to cover. So at this time of year they send El Reg predictions for what will happen on the local ...

Australia’s future technology headlines … for 2019! • The Register

The technology industry loves to claim that the leaders of its Australian outposts are sages worthy of delivering prognostications from on high, rather than glorified territory managers with a continent to cover. So at this time of year they send El Reg predictions for what will happen on the local ...

SAP is integrating blockchain strategy into its core products

When it comes to blockchain strategy, SAP is thinking small. Figuratively speaking. The enterprise software giant is leveraging its massive supply chain customer base and expertise to integrate blockchain technology into its core manufacturing and supply chain products, and help customers bring t...

Web browsing comes to Amazon’s Fire TV ahead of YouTube ban

Enlarge Image Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon has announced that starting today all Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick users will be able to browse the web on their TVs using Firefox or Amazon's Silk browser. As part of the press release Amazon mentions that customers can access the World Wide Web, "inclu...

Just how big is Big Data?

Google Big Data started with algorithms helpfully scouring vast amounts of data to find patterns. These days it feels a bit like Big Brother. Using machine learning and AI to tweak algorithms, companies are now able to deliver profound insights from datasets once considered impossible to compile....

What Skills Does the Typical Data Scientist Have?

Every decade has its hottest job opportunities. During the 1980s and early 1990s people were in a rush to apply for investment banking jobs. Then, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it became clear that the Internet would soon change the world and a lot of tech savvy graduates started specializing i...

Smart transport startups join Intelligent Mobility accelerator programme

Eight startups have become the first members of a new accelerator programme focused on smart transport, with innovation centre the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) beginning the Intelligent Mobility initiative with startup accelerator Wayra UK. Download this free guide Growing with confidence Dis...

What a year it’s been for tech in the UK

Writing a review of 2017 is a bit like trying to fit War and Peace into a single tweet – even with the new 280-character limit. Every week, there has been a new headline, either celebrating the huge value of our industry to modern British society or presenting apocalyptic warnings of the “rise o...

Yoox Net-A-Porter Group appoints first chief data and analytics officer

Yoox Net-A-Porter Group has appointed Alessia Kosagowsky as its chief data and analytics officer, a newly created role. The online fashion retailer developed the position on its senior leadership team to help develop the firm’s use of data to provide a better service for customers. Download ...

Sweden’s Stena Line sets sail for digital transformation

Ferry operator Stena Line has set an ambitious goal to become the world’s first ferry company powered by cognitive computing by 2021. This is a big step for a 55-year-old company in a traditional industry, but one its head of digital transformation, Jari Virtanen, said is essential. Download...

All I want for Christmas is – an “honest” benchmark

After a busy November at Big Data London and working with various clients I’ve had a few days to catch up with some reading as I think about where to focus our analytics research in 2018. I read an interesting blog article by Dan Graham at Teradata pointing out some of the pitfalls of benchmarking...

2018 will be the year of Bitcoin’s rivals

Bitcoin has had an absolutely insane year. At one point, its price was up nearly 2,000%, from about $1,000 in January to $19,922 mid-December. It exploded in the media and it caught the attention of pretty much everyone – from Wall St. billionaires to the average Joe just trying to make a quick bu...

Europe’s new internet regulations should make most Americans jealous

Massive tech companies are watching who you are and what you do on the internet, and there's not much you can do about it. Fortunately, the European Union is here to save at least some of us. The EU is less than six months away from instituting the most aggressive personal data protections eve...

3 Ways Electric Vehicles Are Changing Everything

Part 1 of 3 on the Future of Transportation and the Internet of Things The world is moving away from cars based on the internal combustion engine (ICEs). The future is electric. With Tesla leading the way on what’s possible with electric vehicles, more traditional auto manufacturers are followi...

Ad-blocking Brave browser pays you cryptocurrency to try it

Brave Software has embarked on the next phase of its plan to get you to use its browser -- and to build a privacy-first alternative to today's online ad industry. The Brave browser blocks ads and ad trackers by default, a move that makes pages load faster and eliminates some prying into our lives...

A Gentle Introduction to Apache Spark™

Spark’s ability to speed analytic applications by orders of magnitude, its versatility, and ease of use are quickly winning the market. With Spark’s appeal to developers, end users, and integrators to solve complex data problems at scale, it is now the most active open source project with the bi...

50 TOP ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE EXPERTS & INFLUENCERS TO FOLLOW IN 2018

Here’s a Fine List of 50 Top Global Artificial Intelligence Experts & Influencers to Follow in 2018. Important Note: Because it’s hard to compare enormous structures with other companies or individual influencers, we have excluded, for more visibility, The Biggest AI Companies, like IBM, ...

An IT wakeup call: data is the most important resource

At a time when digital transformation is one of the biggest buzzwords in the business market, a new study by Commvault has found that better managing and utilizing data is the number one priority for Canadian IT departments. Released in conjunction with Quadrant Research, the New Jersey-based dat...

Use of IoT in healthcare can improve patient outcomes

Year after year, IoT continues to prove its value in healthcare. Whether within hospital facilities or patients'... Sign in for existing members Continue Reading This Article Enjoy this article as well as all of our content, including E-Guides, news, tips and more. Step 2 of 2: You forgot to prov...

‘We have to keep the bots under control’

At what point does a factory worker lose capacity because of a co-bot? What if a logistics artificial intelligence (AI) system is fooled by new data and makes a fatal error? What if board executives are duped by hostile chatbots and act on misinformation? None of these instances of bot-gone-bad s...

Support for CDOs growing among businesses

Support for the role of the Chief Data Officer is growing among businesses worldwide. This comes across in a new survey of 287 CDOs, chief analytics officers and other high-level data and analytics leaders from around the world. The 2017 study, conducted by technology researcher Gartner, revealed...

A year in hyperconvergence • The Register

Supported It has been an interesting year in the world of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) with acquisitions and retrenchments and with new products released. Systems giant HPE kicked off 2017 by acquiring sexy startup SimpliVity for $650m Cisco bought its HCI SW supplier Springpath for $320m...

3 Keys to Winning the Great Artificial Intelligence (AI) War! – InFocus Blog

3 Keys to Winning the Great Artificial Intelligence (AI) War! There is a war a-brewin’, but this war will be fought with wits and not brute strength. Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declaration that “the nation that leads in AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be the ruler of th...

AMD scores EPYC gig powering new Azure instances • The Register

AMD's return to the server market has won it a place in a top tier cloud: the company today revealed that it has won Microsoft's business for the next generation of Azure's L-series instances. The chip-maker told The Register its 32-core, 2.2GHz EPYC 7551 will power a new “Lv2” Azure instance...

Google Pixel Buds translations vs. professional interpreters

Google's Pixel Buds may not be as sleek and convenient as AirPods, but they do have one feature Apple's wireless earbuds don't: real-time language translation. But just how good are the Pixel Buds' translations features compared to professional interpreters who have translated for UN conferences?...

♫ Storage falling, all around me… Snowflake, Komprise… Paragon ♬ • The Register

Ho ho ho, blockheads. Winterfest is almost upon us, but you know what is more exciting than four weeks of soulless consumerism? That's right, storage! So here's another roundup of the latest industry titbits. We do spoil you so. IBM It takes a while for AIX and System i to get the newest kit b...

5 Trends to Watch in Banking Technology in 2018 — BizTech

At a time when financial industry analysts are seriously debating whether Amazon will get into banking, it’s clear the banking market is in a state of flux when it comes to technology. Of course, mobile banking is nothing new, but it is now a “table stakes” experience, especially for younge...

10 trends that would shape the future of data analytics

We have heard terms like ‘artificial intelligence’ and ‘machine learning’ bandied about often, but do we really know what they hold for us in the coming days? Data Science may have become hot in this decade, but its existence can be traced back to more than a couple of decades ago. A lot ...

Check out the improved Map of the Internet by Cogeco Peer 1

Have you ever wondered what exactly human use of the Internet looks like? With its Map of the Internet app, Cogeco Peer 1 can provide users with a tangible, 3D visualization of the world’s networks and how they connect to one another. The Toronto-based company announced today the updated versio...

Hashtag Trending – Net neutrality dead?; AWS re:Invent, Cyber Monday

The fight over net neutrality heats up, Amazon is spending the week in Las Vegas, and it’s the biggest online shopping day of the year. Net neutrality was a trending topic last week and the conversation will get even more heated this week. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission introduced a...

GDPR likely to affect internal processes heavily, warns lawyer

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) means that most businesses that deal with the personal data of European Union (EU) citizens will have to change the way they think about data protection, according to Tim Maiorino, a data protection lawyer at Osborne Clarke based in Germany. Download ...

Toward a Functional Programming Analogy for Microservices

Bobby is a Distinguished Engineer at Capital One, where he influences the technical direction of Capital One and engages the broader community via speaking and open-source contributions. In the past, Bobby has worked at Cognitect, helping to build, test, and implement solutions with the Datomic data...

The monitoring capability gap • The Register

Research Against the backdrop of increasingly crucial and complex IT systems, and a relentless pace of change in the business and technology domains, ensuring that systems are running smoothly and with a good level of performance has become a key imperative. This shines a spotlight on systems monito...

Insights Derived from a Year of Data Analytics Conversations: Part 1

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Want to know how Deep Learning works? Here’s a quick guide for everyone

Once you’ve read this article, you will understand the basics of AI and ML. More importantly, you will understand how Deep Learning, the most popular type of ML, works. By Radu Raicea, Concordia University. Image credit: Datanami Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are ...

A Statistical Guide to the “Impossible”

Why are some people struck by lightning multiple times or, more encouragingly, how could anyone possibly win the lottery more than once? The odds against these sorts of things are enormous. By Kevin Gray, Cannon Gray. In summer 1972 Anthony Hopkins was chosen to play a leading role in a film b...

Business Analytics and Intelligence Compared

Business analytics and business intelligence are two different notions, but only few people understand the difference. Interestingly, even people who have worked in the business industry struggle with this particular topic or have various different answers when someone asks the question 'What is the...

Three of life’s sure bets • The Register

DXC Technologies is spreading some festive cheer by dangling voluntary redundancy (VR) terms in front of customer support teams, according to a confidential document seen by The Register. Peter Hands, UK and Ireland veep of the “deliver” division confirmed – for the second time in as many m...

Barracuda gobbled up by private equity sharks • The Register

Private equity biz Thoma Bravo is buying slow-growth Barracuda Networks for $1.6bn in cash. Barracuda is a $400m-run-rate business based in Campbell, California, USA, that sells data protection and security products. It has been making a move to flogging subscriptions as its customers move away f...

How Artificial Intelligence is Making Big Data Better Than Ever

By The concept of Big Data is a relatively new one. It denotes the availability of vast volumes and sources of data, which were not available before. By itself, Big Data is powerful, and when combined with Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, the opportunities presented by this combinati...

Driving Financial Health with Artificial Intelligence

Consumers are stressing over their finances and financial future more than ever: How can they make more? How can they save more? How can they spend less? How can they save for retirement? There are literally thousands of financial service providers that can all help consumers improve their financial...

Getting Started with SAP HANA Cockpit 2.0 – by the SAP HANA Academy

Introduction In the upcoming weeks, we will be posting new tutorial videos to the SAP HANA Academy to help you get started with SAP HANA cockpit 2.0. Topics covered are how to install and update cockpit, how to setup cockpit with cockpit manager, how to secure cockpit and how to use the cockpit t...

2018 Predictions from Ten Big Data Experts

The Future of Big Data: 2018 Predictions From Ten Big Data Experts By Carly Yuk As 2017 is coming to its end, we’re already predicting what could be happening for big data in 2018; both in terms of its impact and its developments. How will big data innovate businesses and control how consume...

Big data in 2018: the experts have their say

Big data in 2018: the experts have their say By Carly Yuk As 2017 is coming to its end, we’re already predicting what could be happening for big data in 2018; both in terms of its impact and its developments. How will big data innovate businesses and control how consumers use their products ...

Let’s have some more straight talking on AI and robotics

The robots are coming – and they’re going to take your jobs. That is a popular mantra, but I really want to let some of the (hot) air out of the inflated robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) hype. Download this free guide AI: Going beyond the hype Check out the latest findings on how the...

Cost optimisation valued as the biggest reason to use multi-cloud

Businesses view cost optimisation as the biggest reason to adopt a multi-cloud strategy, says BMC. The company, which offers services to organisations trying to digitally transform, announced the results from a survey at its London Exchange event on November 14. The findings featured opinions from 1...

Tieto turns to analytics to boost recruitment and retention of IT staff

Finland-based software and technology services company Tieto has rolled out cloud-based human resources (HR) technology across more than 20 countries, in a move that will help it recruit and retain highly sought-after IT specialists. Download this free guide Focus: Application virtualisation Read...

Key choices in Docker container storage deployment

Containers are a hot topic. The technology, which has been most typified by Docker, enables applications to be deployed as a lightweight set of processes rather than an entire virtual machine (VM). Download this free guide Serving the master: Customer application development Feeling the pressure ...

5 Lessons to Become a Really Good Self-Taught Programmer

Programmers are more fun to date. Okay, that may not be completely true, and it shouldn’t be the sole reason to become a programmer, but it’s something to consider. Why do you want to be a programmer? For one, it could be the most important job in the future. Even though crystal gazing comes ...

AI is playing an ‘extremely important’ role in hybrid cloud, says Nutanix

Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing a key role in overcoming the difficulties of managing large amounts of data in a hybrid cloud environment, according to hyper-converged systems supplier Nutanix. Download this free guide Watch out – artificial intelligence (AI) is going to steal your job!...

Microsoft unveils AI-powered platform ‘Azure Databricks’ for developers

Tech Shorts The platform will enable organisations to provide self-service analytics and machine learning over all data with enterprise-grade performance and governance. To help increase developers' productivity and simplify app development, Microsoft has announced new data platform technologi...

Get a crash course in data science with this ebook bundle

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You can think of a data scientist as a modern version of one of those old-fashioned prospectors, sifting through a company's mounds of excess dirt and gravel (big data) to find some gems (trends...

Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets • The Register

Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing "dozens of terabytes" of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest. The archives were found by vetera...

Why Marketers Need to Think Like Data Scientists (And How to Do It)

Your company may not employ data scientists today. And you might be fine with that. Consider, though, that if you’re not working with a data scientist or at least thinking like one, you’re missing something: the ability to say “I know” instead of merely “I think.” That distinction mat...

The evolution of open source in the enterprise

Open source technologies are now an increasingly common sight in enterprise software stacks, with organisations using them to stand up their customer-facing and line-of-business applications, and power their infrastructure. Download this free guide IT Project: DevOps Everything you need to know t...

$232m blockchain startup Tezos faces sueballs for alleged investor fraud • The Register

Tezos, the blockchain startup that raised $232m in July, has been served with at least two US class-action lawsuits for allegedly defrauding fundraisers as well as breaking rules for offering securities. According to court documents filed in the Middle District of Florida on Monday, plaintiff Ale...

Backup Exec juices dedupe offering, flaunts sign-up cloud model • The Register

Backup Exec, Veritas' SME backup product, now sports a subscription-based payment scheme, deduping cloud backends and offering GDPR compliance help. Privately owned Veritas is building up its product portfolio for the modern cloud era, and subscription pricing is part of that. The Backup Exec sub...

Algorithmia now helps businesses manage and deploy their machine learning models

Algorithmia started out as an online marketplace for — can you guess it? — algorithms. Many of these algorithms that developers offered on the service focused on machine learning (think face detection, sentiment analysis, etc.). Today, with the boom in ML/AI, that’s obviously a big draw and Al...

Google’s Chatbase bot analytics platform opens to all

Google’s chatbot analytics platform is now open to everyone, more than six months after its quiet debut during the company’s I/O developer conference. Called Chatbase, it’s intended to help developers better analyze and optimize their bots so they can improve conversion rates and accuracy — ...

He Who Rules The Data, Rules The World

Data rules the world, but who rules the data? The companies that collect it? The servers that store it? The cables and satellites that transmit it? Or the laws that keep it flowing into the right hands—and away from the wrong ones? Welcome to the world of data governance. It’s one of the most...

Splunk prototyping DevOps efficiency measurement tool • The Register

Exclusive Splunk has developed a prototype product to measure productivity in DevOps teams. The “Splunk App for Build Analytics” has been deployed in a closed beta and is now running, live, as a bespoke service at several Splunk customer sites. The tool's existence was revealed to The Regi...

Machine Learning – the new catalyst in higher education

Who would have thought that the stories around self-driven cars could actually come true, so much so that machine learning algorithms can enable computers to communicate with humans, drive cars, play games and do things human cannot do. Machine Learning with its mathematical algorithms and scientifi...

will.i.am believes he’s building the future’s voice-based operating system (yes, really)

Will.i.am was sitting in a tight, grey conference room in San Francisco's Moscone Center when he dropped a bomb on me: Not Amazon, nor Apple, nor Google, nor anyone had developed a real voice assistant... yet. When will.i.am says he's working on an assistant, I say I have one on my iPhone. "No...

SAP Adds 27 Members to Blockchain Innovation Program

SAP, a major German software company, has announced the addition of 27 new members to its collaborative blockchain program. Announced today during the SAP TechEd event in Barcelona, Spain, the latest members of the initiative span a range of industries including telecoms, retail, pharmaceuticals,...

Searching for the Perfect Attribution Model

How does one measure the efficiency of multi-channel advertising campaigns? How should one manage the budgets of overlapping marketing channels in order to increase profits but not to risk spoiling the existing mechanism? If these questions are appearing more often in your business, then it ma...

How to Get Big Returns with Hyper-Personalized Micro-Targeting

After quickly gaining traction in consumer and political marketing, micro-niche targeting is now becoming increasingly popular in B2B settings as well. Experienced professionals understand that the days of mass segmentation are gone. The one-to-many approach is rapidly becoming a thing of the pas...

Businesses failing to understand GDPR compliance status

A recent poll of 900 business decision-makers around the world indicates that 31% believe their organisations are compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Download this free guide Jargon-buster guide to GDPR The 10 most important things you need to know about GDPR, and a j...

10 Predictions For AI, Big Data, And Analytics in 2018

A new Forrester Research report, Predictions 2018: The Honeymoon For AI Is Over, predicts that in 2018 enterprises will finally move beyond the hype to recognize that AI requires hard work—planning, deploying, and governing it correctly. But Forrester also promises improvements: Better human an...

3 Data Architecture Needs for the Consumer Packaged-Goods Industry

3 Data Architecture Needs for the Consumer Packaged-Goods Industry Access, speed, and bidirectionality are key requirements when building a data architecture for the consumer packaged-goods industry. Enterprise digital transformation has been a hot topic with IT and business leaders over the p...

3 Data Architecture Needs for the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry

3 Data Architecture Needs for the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry Access, speed, and bidirectionality are key requirements when building a data architecture for the consumer packaged goods industry. Enterprise digital transformation has been a hot topic with IT and business leaders over the p...

Adopt Data Science and Machine Learning in your Customer Experience/Success Program

A study of 80+ companies showed that analytical leading companies (those who use analytics to gain a competitive advantage), more so than analytical lagging companies, leverage their data differently. Analytical Leaders focus their analytics to improve customer loyalty while Analytical Laggards focu...

NVIDIA and Booz Allen Hamilton Bring Deep Learning to Federal Government

We’re working with Booz Allen Hamilton to help the U.S. federal government apply deep learning techniques to key challenges in healthcare, defense and cybersecurity. Certified Deep Learning Institute instructors from NVIDIA and Booz Allen will provide hands-on training to federal customers acro...

NeuroSeed uses progressive technologies – NEUROSEED – Medium

NeuroSeed uses progressive technologies The implementation of the NeuroSeed platform will lead to the rapid development of the entire set of machine learning technologies. It will help to reduce the costs of development, mass deployment and significant increase in the efficiency of derivative sys...

Google’s eating out of their hand – now CloudEndure 4 want to conquer Europe • The Register

Analysis Add WANdisco active file replication to Bridgeworks parallel TCP/IP and Zerto DR and get something like CloudEndure, an Israeli startup with two products – Disaster Recovery and Live Migration. It was founded in 2012 by four entrepreneurs who built and sold a content delivery networkin...

Former Sparkies at Databricks fling out system to sort out ‘data mess’ • The Register

Databricks, the biz that created Spark, has added a third pillar to its Unified Analytics Platform aimed at unifying data management. The unified data management system, Delta, aims to simplify enterprises’ complex data architecture, which sees data spread across multiple data lakes and data wa...

A New Architecture for Machine Learning Logistics

Having heard the high-level rationale for the rendezvous architecture in the introduction to this series, we will now dig in deeper to talk about how and why the pieces fit together. In terms of components, we will cover why streams work, why they need to be persistent, performant and pervasive in a...

Running Kafka Streams Applications in AWS

This guest blog post is the second in a series about the use of Apache Kafka’s Streams API by Zalando, Europe’s largest online fashion retailer. See Ranking Websites in Real-time with Apache Kafka’s Streams API for the first post in the series. At Zalando, Europe’s largest online fashion ...

‘If every idea on the roadmap is a good idea, that scares me a bit’ • The Register

Businesses' aversion to risk means they miss out on the potential rewards of machine-learning projects – but some still have impractical ideas about what artificial intelligence can really offer them. That's according to Hilary Mason, founder of analytics and algorithm research biz Fast Forward...

The World of Artificial Intelligence – UnfoldLabs – Medium

The World of Artificial Intelligence 8 Trends to Watch in 2018 Computationally analyzing Big Data is not a passing trend. As volumes of data continue to grow, so will the improvements in analyzing big data. When it comes to applications of Predictive Analytics, we have only seen the tip of the ic...

Why do we wish to be a Data Scientist?

Self Assessment | Why do we wish to be a Data Scientist? All of us know and Google Trends have validated the fact that anyone even remotely associated with ‘data’ wants to be a ‘Data Scientist’. Be it professionals or high school students, this is the latest craze of technology world. The...

‘All-screen display’? But surely every display is all-screen… or is a screen not a display? • The Register

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Right. Right. Right. No, left. I said LEFT! Oh for the love of humanity, swipe left now! My eyes! Sorry, no, I mean "My EARS!" Is this what it's like to browse a dating site by voice command? I only ask because I hear that dating apps have been introducing Alexa sk...

Analytics at Amazon Speed: The New Normal – data-ops – Medium

Analytics at Amazon Speed: The New Normal The world changed in February 2005 when Amazon Prime brought flat-rate, unlimited, two-day shipping into a world in which people expected to pay extra to receive packages in 4–6 business days. Since its launch, Amazon Prime has completely transformed th...

Who owns the Machine Generated Data in IoT – Men or Machine?

The other day we were discussing and debating on a solution to be designed to meet the sensing needs for access, temperature and humidity for some devices with form part of a networking infrastructure ecosystem. The idea was to build a IoT based system for monitoring and control. The design discu...

why and how are companies deploying digital ledgers

Blockchain deployments are rapidly becoming mainstream. Nearly 40% of respondents’ companies are deploying blockchain technology, rising to 57% amongst companies with over 20,000 employees, a recent Juniper Research study reported. In part, this is due to increased awareness and understanding of w...

Turning Social Media Into Business Intelligence

Turning Social Media Into Business Intelligence The emergence of social media has created a new reality as well as new tools for understanding human behavior. The applications are varied -- from marketing to crime prevention -- and the phenomenon is still growing. One of the best descriptions of ...

Can retailers be too far ahead of the tech curve?

Ocado’s half-year financial results, announced in July, showed an increase in sales and customer numbers alongside rising debt and a drop in profit, sparking speculation that it is too focused on tech development and not enough on grocery basics. Download this free guide Driving smart cities in...

Descriptive, Predictive & Prescriptive Analytics will fail to Help You Understand Your Business

It has been a practice followed religiously by companies and organizations to analyze how they have performed over a period of time. It is mandatory for them to do so; just that some do it to survive and some do it to thrive in concurrent market dynamics. If we look at the history of big data, it ha...

‘Adversarial DNA’ breeds buffer overflow bugs in PCs • The Register

Scientists from the University of Washington have created synthetic DNA that produced malware of a sort. Detailed in a paper titled “Computer Security, Privacy, and DNA Sequencing: Compromising Computers with Synthesized DNA, Privacy Leaks, and More”, the authors explain that they decided to ...

How immersive technologies will reshape networks

In the late 1990s and early 2000s when it became too difficult for large companies to manage their own WAN footprints, they adopted managed multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) services. These offered a simple connection at every location and offloaded the complexities of building large-scale routed...

SAP Leonardo is All About SAP’s Own Digital Transformation

In order to understand the importance of SAP Leonardo, it vital to realize that it’s a key step in SAP’s own digital transformation. Digital transformation is leading to rapid changes in every industry — and of course this also applies to the technology business and SAP itself. New techn...

Cisco’s server CTO says NVMe will shift from speed to capacity tier • The Register

INTERVIEW NVMe storage is becoming denser, faster, than other forms of storage and will therefore become a capacity tier according to Cisco's chief technology officer for UCS Raghunath Nambiar. “Right now people are looking at NVMe from a performance point of view,” Nambiar told The Register ...

Heavy clouds in IT world make it rain gold for UPS box manufacturers • The Register

The growth in cloud computing services is creating a financial windfall for perhaps an unlikely source: backup battery vendors. As the demand for larger and more reliable cloud data centers has grown, hosting companies are increasingly building up their stock of backup power supplies, and as a re...

It’s a small VMworld after all – life in the shadow of re

VMworld 2017 is nearly upon us. The primary event in Las Vegas taking place August 27-31 will be followed by VMware Europe from September 11-14 in Barcelona. The first thing to note is that the Vegas sun has thinned the herd. The Solutions Exchange exhibition hall will have fewer booths this year...

7 Reasons Non-Analysts Should Understand Data Modeling

For many non-technical individuals in the business world, data modeling can seem like a strange and somewhat terrifying realm. Even those who are data-savvy and regularly consult and analyze data in their day-to-day operations will often view modeling as perplexing under-the-hood stuff that is best ...

Artificial or Augmented Intelligence: Talks with Intel’s Chief Data Scientist, Bob Rogers

Editor’s Note: This blog was originally posted on LinkedIn on July 3, 2017 I recently sat down with Bob Rogers. Bob is Intel’s Chief Data Scientist for Analytics and AI. I sought out answers to the some of the most popular questions related to artificial and augmented intelligence. The entire...

We beat Google, AWS to cloudy GPU VMs in Blighty • The Register

Microsoft has spun up families of virtual machines packed with GPUs and beefy compute muscle for Azure UK customers. The G, H and N series of VMs, which are aimed at applications from heavy realtime data analytics to AI, are now available in Redmond's UK region. Microsoft believes they will save ...

IT outsourcing demand fuels record deal volumes in first half of 2017

Private sector appetites for IT outsourcing deals show no signs of slowing, with contract values up 68% on 2016, according to the latest half-year Arvato Outsourcing Index. Download this free guide Mixing and matching your cloud options Many IT leaders are increasingly coming round to the idea th...

Our Feeble Human Brains are Terrible at Objective Analytics

Our Feeble Human Brains are Terrible at Objective Analytics One problem that scientists run into from time to time is (intentionally or not) leading the data where they want it to go, instead of following the data where it actually leads. This isn’t just due to grifters looking to make a name f...

Six in Ten Manufacturers Will Have Fully Connected Factories by 2022

Zebra Technologies Corporation published the results of the Zebra’s 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study, a body of research analyzing the emerging trends shaping the future of connected factories. The global study revealed manufacturers are adopting the IIoT to enhance visibility and improve quality. ...

IBM adds Optane to its cloud, only as storage and without GPUs • The Register

IBM's made good on its promise to fire up a cloud packing Intel's Optane non-volatile memory “in the second half of 2017.” But Big Blue has fallen short of the “broad services suite” it foreshadowed and can't even put Optane to work as memory. Big Blue announced the availability of server...

Would you let Chrome block ads? Or Firefox share and encrypt files? • The Register

Google and Mozilla have each revealed significant new features in their respective browsers. Chrome has gained its long-foreshadowed ad-blocker that Google swears on a stack of bibles will only excise ads that get in your face in unpleasant ways. Reputable publishers, including El Reg, go to c...

‘Would you like fries with that?’ Oracle’s cloud has the answer • The Register

Oracle's fired up a cloud service that it says can automate and refine the question of whether you'd you'd like fries with that when ordering food at a restaurant. Big Red's Hospitality wing has created new “Data Science Cloud Services” that include the “Oracle Hospitality Menu Recommendati...

Oracle’s systems boss bails amid deafening silence over Solaris fate • The Register

Oracle has revealed that John Fowler, a Sun veteran who stayed to serve as Oracle's executive veep for systems, has left the company. An SEC filing [PDF] dated July 27, 2017 says “John F Fowler resigned his position as Executive Vice President, Systems effective as of August 2, 2017.” No reas...

Demand for data analysts increasing, according to top recruiter

Editor’s note: This is the third article in a weekly series looking at the top jobs in data science and analytics. The first two pieces looked at data engineers and data scientists. This article looks at the demand for and opportunities available to the data analyst. Job title: Data analyst ...

No vulns. No hardwired passwords. Patchable. Congress dreams of IoT

After years of warnings about the parlous state of Internet of Sh!t security, the US Senate has finally introduced legislation on the matter. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act would require that IoT devices purchased by the American government must not have any known security v...

What Programming Language Should a Beginner Learn in 2017?

It’s not news that STEM talents are in great demand and are paid well. Online postings for software jobs across the U.S. grew 31% from 2007 to 2012 - nearly 3x faster than overall job postings. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates software developer jobs to continue to grow at 22% from 2012...

Dark web doesn’t exist, says Tor’s Dingledine. And folks use network for privacy, not crime • The Register

DEF CON A Tor Project grandee sought to correct some misconceptions about the anonymizing network during a presentation at the DEF CON hacking convention in Las Vegas on Friday. Roger Dingledine, one of the three founders of the Tor Project, castigated journos for mischaracterizing the pro-privac...

Q&A with Dr. Christoph Ernst of SAP and Steve Stechschulte of BlackLine on Maximizing Your Move to SAP S

Q: What changes are required in other SAP solutions to move to SAP S/4HANA Finance? Christoph Ernst (CE): In the preparation of a potential move to SAP S/4HANA Finance, many customers have profited from a public document called the “simplification list” (found at http://help.sap.com under SAP...

Top Machine Learning Interview Questions and Answers for 2017

According to a list released by the popular job portal Indeed.com on 30 fastest growing jobs in technology- Data science and machine learning jobs dominated the list of top tech jobs. Data scientist job postings saw an increase of 135% while machine learning engineer job postings saw an increa...

IBM killing off its first go at cloud object storage – 20 months after launch • The Register

We all know cloud is evolving fast, but IBM's just given us the downside of that speed: a service it switched on in December 2015 will be switched off in August 2017. That service is Bluemix's Object Store v1 service, launched in December 2015 and updated not once but twice since its debut. IB...

Gravy Analytics and Qualia Announce Data Processing Partnership

The partnership allows Qualia to create a more holistic view of consumer interests, both online and offline, through the addition of Gravy's location-based behavioral insights. Qualia's cross-device graph gives clients a comprehensive understanding of mobile device, consumer and household relationsh...

Adobe will kill Flash web browser technology in 2020

Enlarge Image Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET The Flash Player has been there for you all along, inside your browser, making it possible for you to play online games, stream radio station music and watch YouTube videos. But after a two-decade run, Adobe is killing it off. Countless nails ...

5 Questions that Define Your Digital Transformation – InFocus Blog

5 Questions that Define Your Digital Transformation I recently had the opportunity to give a 10-minute keynote at DataWorks Summit 2017. I know what most of you are thinking: Schmarzo can barely introduce himself in 10 minutes! What sort of keynote could he give in just 10 minutes? And to be hone...

Why Bitcoin is surging again, in plain English

The price of Bitcoin surged more than 17% in the last 24 hours and now sits at $2744, not too far from its June all-time-high of about $3,000. Here’s what’s happening: Bitcoin is being updated. The update has the chance of causing a serious rift that threatens some of the best things about Bi...

Robust Algorithms for Machine Learning

Hadoop is an open-source software framework for... Hadoop is an open-source software framework for......

Machine learning, Javascript and search? We’ve expanded our agenda • The Register

Events Early bird tickets for MCubed disappear in under two weeks, so you should act now if you want to get up to speed on how to use machine learning and AI in real business, and save hundreds into the bargain. And with two more workshops added to the lineup, there’s even more reason to join u...

Brit neural net pioneer just revolutionised speech recognition all over again • The Register

Profile One of the pioneers of making what's called "machine learning" work in the real world is on the comeback trail. At Cambridge University's Computer Science department in the 1990s, Dr Tony Robinson taught a generation of students who subsequently turned the Fens into the world speech recog...

IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe • The Register

IBM has launched its latest, newest, biggest, baddest mainframe, the z14 system. It features the next generation of IBM's CMOS mainframe technology, with a 10-core CPU chip using 14 nm silicon-on-insulator technology, and running at 5.2GHz, claimed to be the fastest processor in the industry. Eac...

From classic AI techniques to Deep Reinforcement Learning

From classic AI techniques to Deep Reinforcement Learning Building machines that can learn from examples, experience, or even from another machines at human level are the main goal of solving AI. That goal in other words is to create a machine that pass the Turing test: when a human is interactin...

Getting Started with Kafka REST Proxy for MapR Streams

Introduction MapR Ecosystem Package 2.0 (MEP) is coming with some new features related to MapR Streams: Kafka REST Proxy for MapR Streams provides a RESTful interface to MapR Streams and Kafka clusters, making it easy to consume and produce messages as well as perform administrative operations...

Streamline and Simplify Business Processes with SAP Workflow Solutions

With the promise of expanded opportunities, improved operations, and new sources of value, digitization is at the top of almost every organization’s priority list. While converting physical assets into digital services immediately leaps to mind when thinking about a digital transformation, revisit...

Don’t panic, but Linux’s Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query • The Register

Systemd, the Linux world's favorite init monolith, can be potentially crashed or hijacked by malicious DNS servers. Patches are available to address the security flaw, and should be installed ASAP if you're affected. Looking up a hostname from a vulnerable Systemd-powered PC, handheld, gizmo or s...

US army spin-off GPU database bags $50m Series A funding • The Register

Kinetica, the in-memory GPU-accelerated database, has pulled in $50m in its first major venture capital financing round. The figure - large for Series A funding - was revealed by the company today, and takes its total venture funding to $63m. Kinetica started life in 2009 as a US Army research...

Nutanix makes hybrid cloud push with Calm and Xi Cloud

Hyper-converged infrastructure maker Nutanix has announced its Enterprise Cloud OS will go hybrid cloud and span in-house and public cloud deployments via Nutanix Calm while also launching Xi Cloud, a set of hybrid cloud services. Download this free guide IT Project: Migration to Cloud What to mo...

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Data Trove

Companies have been hoarding too much data on consumer demographics. There is an over reliance on demographic data for consumer insights and business decisions. Luckily, a select group of companies are quickly realizing that with the advent of predictive analytics, anonymous and behavioral data can ...

Data analytics startup Sumo Logic raises $75 million as it eyes IPO

Sumo Logic, a company that helps business users analyze log files, announced today that it has raised a $75 million series F funding round to keep driving forward. The raise will help power expansion of the company’s product and platform, as well as allowing it to expand its geographic footprint, ...

4 SQL High-Order and Lambda Functions to Examine Complex and Structured Data in Databricks

A couple of weeks ago, we published a short blog and an accompanying tutorial notebook that demonstrated how to use five Spark SQL utility functions to explore and extract structured and nested data from IoT Devices. Keeping with the same theme, I want to show how you can put to a wide use of the fo...

Deep Learning Vs Machine Learning And Its Affect On Jobs

For quite some time, the term “machine learning” and “deep learning” seeped its way to the business language, especially when it is related to Artificial Intelligence (AI), analytics and Big Data. Frankly, the approach directed to AI which provides a great promise with regard to creating sel...

Stack Flash flaw opens multiple Linux builds to rooting attack • The Register

Linux and Unix operators are about to have a chance to test their emergency bug pathing skills to the test after security researchers at Qualys spotted an old problem that's refused to go away queitly. The "Stack Crash" issue occurs when an application's memory stacks grow too large and allow an ...

Joule’s burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more • The Register

Intel has discontinued three of its offerings for the Internet of Things and embedded device markets. The chipmaker said in a series of low-key product updates that it would be killing off the Edison [PDF], Galileo [PDF] and Joule [PDF] compute modules and boards over the second half of the year....

O’Reilly Media: Delivering Embedded Analytics in Modern Applications

Software and technology vendors must meet their customer's’ demand to make data more useful. By embedding BI directly into the software, it gives users a visual roadmap to uncover insights - data is presented in the right place for the right people to find, with the right visual cues. But it is a ...

AWS and Microsoft are the cloud leaders, by a fair way • The Register

Gartner has published a new magic quadrant for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) that – surprising nobody – has Amazon Web Services and Microsoft alone in the leader's quadrant and a few others thought outside of the box. Here's the Soothsaying Square in all its glory. Gartner's Magic Qua...

What they won’t tell you, what you need to know • The Register

“Move it all to Microsoft’s cloud,” they said. “It’ll be fine,” they said. You’ve done your research and the monthly operational cost has been approved. There’s a glimmer of hope that you’ll be able to hit the power button to turn some ageing servers off, permanently. All that stan...

Business applications embrace IoT, blockchain to face future

Global organisations do not replace enterprise applications often. The pain of re-engineering processes, together with the technical challenges, mean it is common to find systems that have been running a business for 10 to 15 years. Download this free guide 94.4% of cloud apps are not secure enou...

WannaCry shows validity of risk-based security, says RSA head

Recent cyber attacks have provided several proofpoints that security is not simply a technology problem, but a business risk issue, according to RSA president Rohit Ghai. Download this free guide Jargon-buster guide to GDPR The 10 most important things you need to know about GDPR, and a jargon-bu...

CoreOS chief decries cloud lock-in • The Register

CoreOS Fest CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi spent his morning on Wednesday biting the hands that fed attendees at his company's conference, CoreOS Fest 2017. "Every shift in infrastructure that we've seen ... has promised more efficiency, reliability and agility," said Polvi. "But every single one has resu...

Entropy-based Log Redaction for Apache Spark on Databricks

This blog post is part of our series of internal engineering blogs on Databricks platform, infrastructure management, tooling, monitoring, and provisioning. We love logs at Databricks. And we want to provide users the best experience to access Apache Spark logs. On Databricks, Spark logs are avai...

SAP aligns with Saudi Arabia’s IT transformation agenda

Following SAP’s recent announcement that it is investing SAR285m ($76m) to create a public innovation cloud hub in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the company has revealed that it is supporting the nation’s digital transformation through a cloud initiative. Download this free guide Time to take ...

Rackspace demotes a CEO to hire a CEO to replace CEO who quit • The Register

Rackspace has named Joe Eazor as its new CEO, replacing the departing Taylor Rhodes and interim CEO Jeff Cotten. Eazor's LinkedIn CV includes senior sales roles at EMC, time as CEO of EarthLink and seats on the boards of Commvault and Discover Financial Services. But it's probably his stint senio...

Using sparklyr in Databricks

In September 2016, RStudio announced sparklyr, a new R interface to Apache Spark. sparklyr’s interface to Spark follows the popular dplyr syntax. At Databricks, we provide the best place to run Apache Spark and all applications and packages powered by it, from all the languages that Spark supports...

EMC close means the birth of Dell Technologies

The newly named Dell Technologies today announced that the merger with EMC Corp. is complete, effectively establishing “ the world’s largest privately-controlled tech company.” According to the firm, formerly Dell Inc., the combined company is now a US$74 billion market leader with an expan...

Google, Lyft, IBM mix microservices into management mesh • The Register

Microservices architecture, in which monolithic apps get broken down into a set of distinct services, goes well with containers and orchestration. Containers (eg, Docker) provide a way to manage and run microservices so that they're insulated from each other, and orchestration (eg, Kubernetes) pr...

It’s a passion project, not a hobby and not a ‘job’ • The Register

Profile How did Bipul Sinha, a man with neither entrepreneurial nor operation executive-level tech business experience, become the CEO of a startup? In his teens Sinha learnt English in India, studied, gained an electrical engineering degree then emigrated to the USA as a software engineer. Later...

Get thee behind me, Microsoft subscriptions • The Register

Dell EMC will release a four-node Azure stack. This potentially places Microsoft's cloud-in-a-can within reach of the SMB. The subscription model thing could get in the way. Microsoft recently released pricing information for Azure Stack, loudly and proudly championing the subscription model. Thi...

Google Cloud boss to speak at … hang on, Nutanix conference? • The Register

Nutanix has booked Google Cloud supremo Diane Greene to talk at its .NEXT 2017 conference, leading to speculation that a deal – possibly around hybrid cloud – is being cooked up between the two. Nutanix tells us: ".NEXT showcases how innovations in enterprise cloud and datacenter technologies...

How to Become a Data Engineer

The demand for skilled data engineers is projected to rapidly grow. No wonder that’s the case; no matter what your company does, to succeed in today’s competitive environment, you need a robust infrastructure to both store and access your company’s data, and you need it from the very beginning...

HSBC adopts cloud-first strategy to solving big data business problems

HSBC has revealed how the success of five machine learning-related pilot projects is set to pave the way for deeper and faster adoption of cloud technologies across its business. Download this free guide IT Project: Migration to Cloud What to move, where and when. Use this checklist and tips for ...

FCC chairman dishes on plan to rewrite net neutrality rules

Mark Licea/CNET Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai says he wants to fix the agency's net neutrality rules. The FCC is set to vote on a proposal this month that will revisit the rules governing net neutrality, once again opening up the issue for debate. Pai, a Republican appoin...

Space upstart plans public cloud in low Earth orbit • The Register

Last week we talked to a space startup that wants to let satellites run XenServer so they can run virtual machines, which sounded intriguing enough that we decided to learn more. And we’re glad we did, because – without going all gadget-mag OMG! about it – this stuff sounds cool. The com...

Detecting Abuse at Scale: Locality Sensitive Hashing at Uber Engineering

This is a cross blog post effort between Databricks and Uber Engineering. Yun Ni is a software engineer on Uber’s Machine Learning Platform team, Kelvin Chu is technical lead engineer on Uber’s Complex Data Processing/Speak team, and Joseph Bradley is a software engineer on Databricks’ Machine...

Understanding analytics and storage performance

The importance of analytics as a business tool continues to grow, so it is critical to understand the impacts of analytics applications on storage systems. Download this free guide 94.4% of cloud apps are not secure enough for enterprises Access this e-guide with 6 key articles on cloud security ...

Detecting and Solving Crime with Advanced Analytics

Recently, I watched the movie Patriots Day, marveling at how the Boston Police Department and many other governmental agencies were able to quickly identify and apprehend the Boston Marathon bombers using techniques that weren’t even thought of only a few short years ago. The Boston Marathon bombi...

Don’t waste your energy on Docker, it says here – wait, that can’t be right… • The Register

Docker may be the darling of DevOps, but it's something of a minor extravagance when it comes to energy consumption. Computer science boffins affiliated with the University of Alberta in Canada have spent some time comparing the energy used running software applications in Docker containers with ...

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Mahout™ v0.13.0

Monday May 01, 2017 The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Mahout™ v0.13.0 Open Source scalable machine learning and data mining library for Big Data artificial intelligence now more powerful and easier to use. Forest Hill, MD —1 May 2017— The Apache Software Founda...

What’s your IQ on data science techniques and processes?

Finding valuable insights hidden in your company's data can take very deep analysis. That's where data science techniques and tools come in. Especially in a big data environment, instituting an effective data science strategy enables you make the most of the available data to help your organizati...

Cloudflare’s incredible solution for IoT security

Traffic bouncer Cloudflare has outlined what it claims is the solution to the perennial internet-of-things security problem: pay it. The company points out what most security experts have been saying for some time: IoT devices are a security disaster, they are going to grow exponentially, and whe...

Get ready: CDN reveals the Top 100 Solution Providers today

The CDN Top 100 solution providers list will be revealed tonight at the Paramount Conference and Event Venue in North Toronto. In 2016, CDW Canada claimed the No. 1 spot for the 3rd time in a row. Will they again reach the summit this year? Do you want to know where your company ranks on the T...

‘InsideAnalysis’ Editorial Calendar Announced!

Still loading... A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z AA 1 InsideAnalysis - 2017 Editorial Calendar - Submit speaker suggestions with titles and emails to info@insideanalysis.com 2 Broadcast via WFOY, 102.1 FM, 96.5 FM & 1420 AM, St. Augustine, FL - Simulcast around the world... LI...

Enterprise adoption of encryption accelerating, study shows

Enterprises adoption of encryption strategies is accelerating, with 41% of those polled saying their organisations have an encryption strategy applied consistently across the enterprise. Download this free guide Jargon buster guide to GDPR The 10 most important things you need to know about GDPR,...

Yelp deploys Splunk to improve data access

Online business directory Yelp has deployed Splunk Enterprise to help drive new revenue opportunities across its business. The company has used Splunk to enable more employees to gain access to data across the organisation, making it easily accessible to teams outside of IT. Download this free...

EU-backed fund to encourage data-sharing between startups and enterprises launches

European data research groups are encouraging enterprises to form collaborative data-sharing alliances with small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups, as part of the newly launched Data Pitch project. Download this free guide "Business intelligence is very much a priority for corporat...

3 Reasons Why In-Cluster Analytics is the Next Big Deal

Recent technological advancement has seen a lot of sectors improve and the analytics sector has not been left behind. The latest advances in the Apache Hadoop system is a major improvement to the Hadoop’s viability as far as data storage is concerned. With these advances, it is clear that SQ...

3 Reasons Why In-Cluster Analytics is the Next Big Deal

Recent technological advancement has seen a lot of sectors improve and the analytics sector has not been left behind. The latest advances in the Apache Hadoop system is a major improvement to the Hadoop’s viability as far as data storage is concerned. With these advances, it is clear that SQL soft...

Richard Sharp, CTO, Shazam

Richard Sharp recently joined Shazam as chief technology officer (CTO). He previously led the product team responsible for banking comparison products at Google, and more recently he was CTO at Yieldify, a Google Ventures-backed marketing technology startup. Download this free guide A Computer We...

Boffins fabricate the ‘most complex bendy microprocessor yet’ • The Register

A team of engineers from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria has created what they claim is the most complex flat and flexible microprocessor to date – using a molybdenum disulfide semiconductor. In other words, it's a demonstration of a potentially viable alternative to silicon. The...

Graphite core? There are other ways to monitor your operation’s heart • The Register

The BBC and NHS epitomise enterprise: the BBC has 23,000 staff while the NHS is one of the world's largest employers, with 1.4 million. Their IT estate is vast and central to the delivery of their services. The BBC's iPlayer is on the front line in a world of on-demand TV defined by Netflix, and amo...

Canonical sharpens post-Unity axe for 80-plus Ubuntu spinners • The Register

Exclusive More than 80 workers at Ubuntu-maker Canonical are facing the chop as founder Mark Shuttleworth takes back the role of chief executive officer. The number, revealed today by The Reg, comes as Shuttleworth takes the top role from CEO-of-eight-years Jane Silber, who was previously chief o...

Make us some pretty container storage SW • The Register

Software startup Portworx, which is building storage for containers, has scored $20m in B-round funding. Total funding for the startup, which was founded in 2015 when it received an $8.5m A-round, is now $28.5m. The B-round was led by Sapphire Ventures, with contributions from new investor GE Ven...

Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: ‘One Linux’ dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed • The Register

Ubuntu's dream of a single Linux platform across all your devices has died, swiftly, following a single gunshot to the head. Holding the revolver: founder of Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth has shocked and surprised the open source community, even those who were critics of the Unity effor...

Essential Tips for Using Apache Drill with OBIEE 12c

September 02, 2016 | BY Robin Moffatt Apache Drill enables querying with SQL against a multitude of data sources, including JSON files, Parquet and Avro, Hive tables, RDBMS, and more. MapR has released an ODBC driver for it, and I thought it'd be neat to get it to work with OBIEE. It evidently do...

Adventures in Machine Learning

In the neural network tutorial, I introduced the gradient descent algorithm which is used to train the weights in an artificial neural network. In reality, for deep learning and big data tasks standard gradient descent is not often used. Rather, a variant of gradient descent called stochastic gradie...

Minnesota, Illinois rebel over America’s ISP privacy massacre, mull fresh info protections • The Register

President Trump has yet to sign off on congressional legislation that allows American ISPs to sell their subscribers' online habits to advertisers – but US states aren't waiting for his signature and are moving to protect their constituents' privacy. On Tuesday, the Minnesota House of Represent...

‘Artisanal’ Hadoop environment complicates big data system design

More and more mainstream enterprises are starting to employ Hadoop and related technologies, but many run into difficulties navigating the transition to an intricate big data architecture and then making it work to their advantage. That's according to Merv Adrian, a data management analyst at Gar...

Big Data is So 2016. We Need Smart Data.

A few years ago, Red Roof Inn calculated that some 90,000 U.S. passengers get stranded every day because of flight cancellations. Acting on this piece of data, the hotel chain figured out how to track flight delays and then serve ads to passengers stranded in airports. The campaign has resulted in s...

Now in top 10 programming languages • The Register

In March, the Swift programming language rose to became the 10th most popular, at least by the measure of TIOBE Software. Open-sourced by Apple in 2015, Swift has been touted as an appealing alternative to better-established programming languages because of its safety, speed, and approachable syn...

New fund puts $141 million toward digital finance in the developing world

Digital finance could completely reshape the economies of the developing world. Everyone in fintech knows that. But no one funding startups has ever devoted their full attention to serving people outside the traditional financial system — until now. Accion and Quona Capital this week launched t...

If at first open source doesn’t succeed, try, try IBM • The Register

Analysis A partnership between IBM and Salesforce involving the namesakes of two of the most influential people in the worlds of business and science. It must have sounded like genius in the PR brainstorming session. Watson, IBM’s AI, is named after Thomas J Watson – once the chairman and chi...

The Era of Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics and Internet of Things (IoT) is Here.

Machine Learning (ML) has revolutionized the world of computers by allowing them to learn as they progress forward with large datasets, thus mitigating many previous programming pitfalls and impasses. Machine Learning builds algorithms, which when exposed to high volumes of data, can self-teach and ...

Voice from Facebook: Using Apache Spark for Large-Scale Language Model Training

This is a guest post from Facebook. Tejas Patil and Jing Zheng, software engineers in the Facebook engineering team, show how to use Apache Spark for large scale modeling. The blog was originally posted on the Facebook Code blog. Processing large-scale data is at the heart of what the data infras...

What MBA Students Need to Know about Customer Experience, Data Science and Surveys

I was asked to give a two-hour lecture at the University of Washington to an executive MBA class on the topic of measurement and analytics in customer experience. I covered such topics as Big Data, data science and how they can help you improve customer understanding. I’d like to thank the instruc...

What to Expect for Big Data and Apache Spark in 2017

What to Expect for Big Data and Apache Spark in 2017...

Pass on the JSON, and choose binary encoding formats instead

Binary encoding formats promise significant performance improvements for communications-intensive apps. TheServerSide caught up with Martin Thompson, founder of Real Logic, who implemented a new binary protocol format for financial trading that is over 1,000 times faster than JSON. Download this ...

Dell EMC creates channel program for cloud providers

The alliances area of Dell EMC has developed a special channel program specifically for cloud solution providers along with service providers that will fit inside the overall program released earlier this year. Called the Dell EMC Cloud Service Provider and Strategic Outsourcer Program Track, thi...

Uncle Sam needs you… to debug, improve Dept of Defense open-source software at code.mil • The Register

The US Department of Defense wants you to contribute unclassified code to software projects developed in support of national security. Toward that end, it has launched Code.mil, which points to a Github repository intended to offer public access to code financed by public money. But at the moment...

New, old, and reliable machine learning libraries for Python

You don't have to be a data scientist to be fascinated by the world of machine learning, but a few travel guides might help you navigate the vast universe that also includes big data, artificial intelligence, and deep learning, along with a large dose of statistics and analytics. ("Deep learning" an...

At IBM’s Watson lab, customers marry the power of AI with the IoT

At about lunchtime on an unseasonably warm February day, a small commercial drone hovered alongside Highlight Tower; a striking, angular glass block soaring 126m over a suburban Autobahn on the outskirts of Munich, with equally striking views. Download this free guide IT Project: Internet of Thin...

Analytics Innovation, Disruption, And Transformation

I’m presenting a session on Analytics Innovation, Disruption, and Transformation at the BI2017 conference in Orlando next week. This post is an introduction to some of the themes I’ll be covering. Analytics has been around for a long time, and it’s undergoing some major changes, but one thi...

Google Cloud Spanner Enters With a Splash

by Merv Adrian | | Submit a Comment This post was authored by Rick Greenwald, Merv Adrian and Donald Feinberg Last week, Google launched its internal Cloud Spanner DBMS into a public beta. Claiming to be both strongly consistent (like a relational DBMSs) and horizontally scalable (like NoSQL D...

Burning Questions: What is AI’s impact on engagement? strategy

Burning Questions: What is AI’s impact on engagement? SAP Hybris' Jamie Anderson answers how AI is going to change media consumption and how advertisers should prepare. One of the goals of our technology and innovation coverage is to answer the questions our readers have about what is changing ...

6 Videos That Will Get You Up to Speed on Blockchain

I have to admit that I've been late to truly understanding blockchain. Blockchain is making inroads in the financial sector, but will also be an important part of the IoT. I've been wanting to dive deep for a few months now but have never gotten around to it...until today. If you're like me, you hav...

Regulator spanks Microsoft, Amazon, Apple into promising fairer cloud contracts • The Register

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have committed to providing cloud storage users with fairer contracts after a crackdown by the Competition Markets Authority (CMA). The companies are the latest cloud storage providers to improve their terms and conditions following the CMA's review of compliance with ...

Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms

Already have a Gartner account? Sign in to view this research document. SIGN IN Forgot username or password? Not a Gartner Client? Want more research like this? Learn the benefits of becoming a Gartner client. contact us online Summary The business intelligence and analytics platform ...

New model datacentres require hybrid approach

The datacentre vision of just a decade ago was focused on a consolidated infrastructure located in a single datacentre – with a hot backup site – consisting of a small number of highly scalable servers servicing a large application pool. Download this free guide Defining the datacentre needs ...

Kirk Borne on data science and big data analytics, data literacy

Data science and big data analytics issues, as well as data literacy, are addressed in an interview with Kirk Borne, a well-known data scientist. Top 10 Social Media Blogs: The 2017 Winners! : Social Media Examiner Are you looking for some great social media blogs to add to your daily reading?...

building a streaming analytics Java application against a Kafka Topic

1 0 1 0 Share this on .. Kafka Streams is a light weight Java library for creating advanced streaming applications on top of Apache Kafka Topics. Kafka Streams provides easy to use constructs that allow quick and almost declarative composition by Java developers of streaming pipelines that do run...

Intel’s BigDL on Databricks

Intel recently released its BigDL project for distributed deep learning on Apache Spark. BigDL has native Spark integration, allowing it to leverage Spark during model training, prediction, and tuning. This blog post gives highlights of BigDL and a tutorial showing how to get started with BigDL on D...

Deloitte predicts machine intelligence, not mere AI, as a big trend for 2017

Conventional wisdom holds that artificial intelligence is the next great horizontal technology that will unleash future waves of innovation. Yet AI is not a single type of technology. It takes many forms and encompasses many, many uses. And to focus on AI is to miss the forest for the trees. The ...

Following the Data Through a Digital Transformation

As companies progress through the various stages of a digital transformation, their use of data and digital assets changes PHOTO: marco forno Despite what any technology company says, digital transformation is not something you can buy. But it will force you to spend. A digital transformation ...

The Internet of Things and the future of manufacturing

Executives at Robert Bosch and McKinsey experts discuss the technology-driven changes that promise to trigger a new industrial revolution. In what's called the Internet of Things, the physical world is becoming a type of information system—through sensors and actuators embedded in physical obje...

Implementation of Graph Database for OpenCog Artificial General Intelligence Framework using Neo4j

Implementation of Graph Database for OpenCog Artificial General Intelligence Framework using Neo4j Hendy Irawan, Ary Setijadi Prihatmanto (Draft Paper to be submitted to 4th International Conference on Interactive Digital Media (ICIDM) 2015) I. Introduction OpenCog “[aims] to create an open ...

Apache Spark Memory Management

Memory management is at the heart of any data-intensive system. Apache Spark, in particular, must arbitrate memory allocation between two main use cases: buffering intermediate data for processing (execution) and caching user data (storage). This talk will take a deep dive through the memory managem...

19 Enterprise Tech Events You Need to Know About in 2017

By Deciding which technology events to attend this year? We’ve rounded up the best of the best for you, with dates, locations and more. RSA San Francisco RSA Conference 2017 is an opportune event for Information Security and Information Technology professionals at large “to learn about ...

Best job for analytics professionals: Data scientist still topping lists

Data scientist has been a trending title for analytics professionals the last couple of years — and it’s no surprise since a recent Glassdoor report found that the data science field offers not only a good work-life balance, but also hefty pay and lots of opportunities. This has not gone unnotic...

Detecting complex fraud in real time with Graph databases

As more and more businesses move to an increasingly online-focused operating model, they open up new attack vectors for fraudsters – and often struggle to put adequate fraud detection safeguards in place. In industries such as retail and advertising, where fraud has not been a major threat to o...

‘Ancient’ Mac backdoor discovered that targets medical research firms • The Register

Security researchers at Malwarebytes have discovered a Mac backdoor using antiquated code that targets biomedical research facilities. The malware was probably created years ago but has only recently been discovered. Malwarebytes speculates that it wasn't found before because it was only ever use...

We All Need Direction: Hello, Apache NiFi!

Would the real Hadoop ecosystem savior please stand up? In the beginning, there was HDFS. Coupled with MapReduce, this budding file system offered great promise for consuming the Web, then parceling out the many indexes that would form the backbone of Yahoo’s search engine. Then came the dis...

Docker adds continuous integration to DataKit • The Register

Here's a handy tool from Docker's GitHub repository: a continuous integration library to help manage DataKit projects. DataKit went open source in May last year. At the time, Anil Madhavapeddy explained it was part of the strategy to let users run Docker natively on Windows and Mac machines. Data...

Want to learn Ignite more? Help to release 2.0

I’ve aggregated a list of quick tickets that have to be done in approaching huuuuge Apache Ignite 2.0 release: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/IGNITE-4547 <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/IGNITE-4547> Go ahead a pick the one of your interests whether you’re a newbie who w...

50+ Data Science and Machine Learning Cheat Sheets

By Geethika Bhavya Peddibhotla, KDnuggets. There are thousands of packages and hundreds of functions out there in the Data science world! An aspiring data enthusiast need not know all. Here are the most important ones that have been brainstormed and captured in a compact few pages.Mastering Data ...

Why CIOs Should Prioritize People Analytics in 2017

In a world where IT can often be a cost center, IT leaders have an opportunity to provide real value to their lines of business with People Analytics. What is People Analytics? Broadly, it is the use of big data and analytics to better understand your own employees. Over the last 10 years, mar...

Google Cloud unlocks key achievement • The Register

Google on Wednesday introduced its Cloud Key Management Service in beta to help Google Cloud Platform customers deal with their encryption keys. "Cloud KMS offers a cloud-based root of trust that you can monitor and audit," said product manager Maya Kaczorowski in a blog post. "As an alternative ...

Microsoft cans pay-as-you-go Azure for new MPSA licensees • The Register

Come February, Redmond will be ending pay-as-you-go Azure access for new customers on the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, as it turns to channel partners to win small customers who are floating away. Existing customers currently purchasing Azure on a pay-as-you-go basis through the MPS...

For heavy unlimited data customers, life just got harder

Photo by CNET Depending on who you ask, this is either a new age for unlimited data or the end of a really good ride. Verizon and AT&T are playing hardball with legacy unlimited data customers, people who signed up for all-you-can-eat data in the early days when it was cheap, and never gav...

Machine Learning: The Foundation for New-Age Predictive Analytics — Upside

Machine Learning: The Foundation for New-Age Predictive Analytics There used to be a time when relying on reports based on historical data was the norm and considered acceptable for making business decisions. Statistics and forecasting techniques helped augment those decisions but never quite too...

Blendo Now Supports Google BigQuery as a Data Warehouse Destination

It's time to rethink how you load your data into Google BigQuery Here’s why... Let me guess. You want to load your data in Google BigQuery. You write your code, connect with all your data sources. You’re doing everything right… You need it now though! Not in days, not in weeks, not in month...

Why Data Sharing Will Help Advance Genomic Treatment

A professional organization is calling for the open sharing of patients’ laboratory and clinical data to complement the results of their genetic testing. The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics took the position in the most recent edition of its journal, Genetics in Medicine. The ...

PeraHealth Raises $14M for Predictive, Real-Time Clinical Surveillance

Thought you might find this interesting Submit PeraHealth, a Charlotte, NC based provider of predictive, real-time clinical surveillance solutions has raised $14 million in funding from Mainsail Partners, a growth equity firm. As the healthcare industry progresses toward value-based care, high co...

5 Can’t Miss Talks at Spark Summit East 2017

If you haven’t been to a Spark Summit yet, you are missing out on the biggest gathering of Apache Spark experts and enthusiasts in the world. 2017’s first Spark Summit kicks off on February 7th in Boston where more than 1,500 engineers, analysts, scientists, and business professionals will gathe...

A New Development Platform for Native SAP HANA Applications

SAP HANA is the central, powerful data platform for SAP environments, with the ability to process nearly any type or amount of data in real time. There are now many well-established ways to develop applications and business content on SAP HANA to take advantage of its robust features. The ABAP 7.5 s...

The Full Spectrum: How a Visual Analytics Platform Empowers the Business

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing – and that’s especially true in information management. If you only know part of the story, you can easily make a bad decision that takes your company down the wrong path. It’s only by getting the whole story from your data that you can responsibly guide...

Telcos need real-time analytics strategies to capitalise on big data

Millions of terabytes of digital information are flowing every day, and it is the communications service providers (CSPs) that have access to a staggering amount of this data, perhaps more than any business or industry in the world. Download this free guide How to enhance your network for the fut...

Your smart fridge is about to make our IoT security nightmare so much worse

LAS VEGAS — Each year, CES plays host to some of the most compelling innovations in the tech industry: self-driving cars, virtual reality, robots, drones and televisions that get bigger and thinner each year. Not to mention Wi-Fi and bluetooth sensors embedded into just about every previously mund...

HMV changes its IT tune to cut maintenance spend on legacy on-premise systems

HMV has is using hybrid cloud, thin clients and server virtualisation to help cut the amount it spends on supporting legacy IT deployments to support its commercial growth plans. Download this free guide Project review: the current state of Virtualisation Take a look at the most recent virtualisa...

Google’s big Spanner in the works for price war against AWS • The Register

The cloud wars won't be won on price – but customers are waking up to the costs, according to Google. "It's not a zero-sum game," Brian Stevens, Google's vice president for Cloud Platform and former Red Hat chief technology officer, told The Reg in a recent interview. "We don't think you jus...

2016 – the year 3D XPoint came down to earth from Planet Hype • The Register

Storage Review in 2016 Storage in 2016 saw its on-premises SAN/filer array heartland assaulted by the public cloud on the one hand, and hyper-converged and software-defined storage on the other. The now-classic dual-controller disk array went hybrid to keep storing primary data, but all-flash arr...

The ad block apocalypse didn’t arrive and doesn’t look like it’s going to

News from the ad blocking front has given publishers and advertisers little reason to be hopeful over the past few years. Report after report has traced the software’s growth in popularity as internet users lose patience with clunky and intrusive online ads, and the tools to shut them out becom...

Doctors, data, and diseases: How AI is transforming health care

Health care doesn’t have a big data problem. It has a big data opportunity, thanks to artificial intelligence. Think about the number of inefficiencies in your daily life — long lines, traffic jams, a reliance on “snail mail” for certain bills or communications. Those inefficiencies are inco...

Three-quarters of enterprises collecting IoT data, says 451 Research

A total of 71% of global businesses are now gathering internet of things (IoT) data in some form or other, and 90% expect to increase spending over the next 12 months, according to a report produced by analysts at 451 Research. Download this free guide IT Project: Internet of Things Have an in-de...

Top 10 datacentre stories of 2016

As enterprises move to offload the management of their IT infrastructure to cloud and colocation providers, the 2016 news landscape has been largely dominated by the impact this is having on the demand for datacentre capacity around the globe. Download this free guide Hybrid Cloud workloads: The ...

The Year of Big Data: What to Expect In 2017

I see two key themes making an important impact on the growth and transformation of Big Data. First, data in real-time is transforming everything. As consumers, we already experience it everywhere we go. IoT hitting the mainstream only means this trend towards real-time will continue to explode. ...

Introducing Apache Spark 2.1

Spark Summit will be held in Boston on Feb 7-9, 2017. Check out the full agenda and get your ticket before it sells out! Today we are happy to announce the availability of Apache Spark 2.1.0. This release makes measurable strides in the production readiness of Structured Streaming, with added ...

Why I Don t Yet Buy the Russian Hacking Story

(Bloomberg View) -- I'm willing to believe that Russia sought to hack the U.S. election, but I still find the evidence lacking. That skepticism applies to the latest sensation -- a report that Russian proxies in Ukraine are employing the same malicious software used on the U.S. Democratic National C...

Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things • The Register

Silicon Valley’s desire to open up the software that controls heavy vehicles has come under criticism from industry experts. This week the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) renewed its call for the legal protection that manufacturers use to safeguard automotive software to be relaxed. For...

Top 10 software development stories of 2016

In years gone by, CIOs outsourced software development to save money. Apart from software companies, no business saw software development as truly strategic. Download this free guide How businesses can win talent war with mobile apps, HR data analytics and cloud technology Latest articles on HR b...

Most Orgnaizations Will Have a CDO By 2019, Says Gartner

At the end of 2015, research firm Gartner Inc. estimated that 25 percent of large global organizations had already hired a chief data officer (CDO). By 2019, the firm expects that number to reach 90 percent. "This rapid shift is the tip of the iceberg," said Ted Friedman, research vice president ...

Ten Tips for Harnessing the Power of Data Analytics

Carey Moretti Trace3 Carey MorettiTrace3 Carey Moretti is Vice President of Data Intelligence Consulting for Trace3. The explosive growth of business data has created a need for companies to adopt data analytics platforms that can make sense of so much information. By the year 2020, about 1...

How Healthcare Will Keep Pace With The Big Data Revolution

Did Science Fiction predict the future of healthcare in the modern world? Dr. Bertalan Mesko, MD thinks so. He’s actually dedicated his entire career to exploring this notion. From printable human tissue to freezing body parts for gunshot victims… science fiction books and movies have fore...

VA Lays Out Plans For Cloud-based Digital Health Platform

The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a blueprint for a cloud-based technology platform that will integrate veteran data from VA, military and commercial electronic health records, as well as apps, devices and wearables, so that the information is available to providers in real time. W...

Tech Hires See Russia s Sberbank Catching Up on Big Data

(Bloomberg) -- Russia’s biggest bank is paying up to keep the nation’s best tech talent from emigrating to Silicon Valley. To analyze 135 million customers, it needs the power of big data. Sberbank PJSC, which holds 46 percent of Russian retail deposits, says it’s luring experts in the fiel...

Now Primary Data must compete with storage giants • The Register

Analysis Startups arrive with fanfares of new tech and product surprise and then face the long grind to grow their business to newsworthy market status while adding bells and whistles to the basic product. Getting the first product out of the door is a validation of all the technology trend analy...

Scalable Partition Handling for Cloud-Native Architecture in Apache Spark 2.1

Apache Spark 2.1 is just around the corner: the community is going through voting process for the release candidates. This blog post discusses one of the most important features in the upcoming release: scalable partition handling. Spark SQL lets you query terabytes of data with a single job. Oft...

Apple may invest in SoftBank’s $100 billion tech fund

Photo by Chesnot, Getty Images Apple may be considering an investment in a tech fund from Japan's SoftBank Group, which is hoping to raise $100 billion. That would make it one of the world's biggest tech funds. If Apple signs on, the fund would count the world's most valuable company among its...

Preparing for the EU Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The issue of data privacy and sovereignty has dominated the news over the past year, as the member states of the European Union (EU) have individually and collectively taken a more proactive stance regarding the protection of personal information following the revelations made by Edward Snowden and ...

How IoT and analytics are creating today’s hottest tech jobs

How the IoT is creating today's hottest tech job: Edge analytics All of the action is at the edge of the network today, and that edge is increasingly being defined by the Internet of Things, both the consumer and industrial variety. The industrial IoT in particular has become a rallying cry for t...

Losses In Data-Related Jobs Clouds Otherwise Bright Jobs Forecast

The information technology sector had a good month in November, gaining 5,400 new jobs in software and technology services, and 114,000 new jobs across all other industries. But those gains came at the expense of job losses in data processing, which were down 2,100 for the month. Overall, these n...

Quick Recipe for #Kafka Streams in #Clojure

Kafka Streams were introduced in Kafka 0.10.x and act as a way of programatically manipulating the data from Kafka. William Hamilton from Funding Circle introduced the concepts in a lightening talk during ClojureX. As discussed by myself and William, make Java Interop your friend. I’ve based my...

The future of the data centre is within • The Register

Promo Future-proofing your data centre is no longer down to a choice of the right servers and storage, it’s now all about connectivity, location and the neighbours. The advantage – and the problem – with technology is that it’s always improving. Your latest server will always be replaced ...

Forrester stresses link between analytics in HR and business results

In a new report, Forrester Research says that people analytics is critical for running a successful business and that HR needs to become more skilled and creative about using data to make decisions about talent. The report describes four types of analytics in HR and gives examples of more than 30 ve...

Singapore Power deploys IoT platform

Singapore Power will connect an additional 200,000 residential electricity customers by widening the use of its existing wireless mesh network platform. Download this free guide IT Project: Internet of Things Have an in-depth look at the opportunities and challenges presented by the internet of t...

Big Data, Robotics Having a Big Impact On Mining Industry

The growing use of big data analytics, machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies is having a huge impact on many sectors, and mining is one of them. A new report from Technavio Research shows that the global connected mining market was valued at about $6 billion in 2015 a...

A Practical Guide to Machine Learning

MapR Launches Analytics Package Backed by Data Platform and Scientists

Posted 2016-11-22 The core of the MapR Customer 360 QSS is to plan and execute machine learning models to address key digital marketing imperatives for the CMO. Conventional CRM Doesn't Scale as Well Several Use Cases in the Mix Need a data scientist to help solve a marketing or sales an...

One in four Wi-Fi hotspots vulnerable to attack, study finds

More than a quarter of Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide are not secured and pose a risk to users’ personal data, according to Kaspersky Lab. The finding is based on the analysis of information on more than 31 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, which showed that traffic over 28% could be intercept...

I’m not having a VMware moment – there’s just something in my eye • The Register

Analysis SAP VP Renu Raman thinks 2U, 24-drive, NVMe storage boxes could provoke a storage VMware moment. Raman looks after HANA cloud computing at SAP and his interests include high-performance persistence architecture for in-memory databases. What he's clocked is that there is storage hardware ...

Competition authority wants feedback on open banking plan

The government’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has requested feedback on proposals to increase competition in the UK banking sector. The consultation is part of an investigation into retail banking that began in 2013. Many of the suggestions are a reaction to the digital revolution...

Why Our Crazy-Smart AI Still Sucks at Transcribing Speech

In an age when technology companies routinely introduce new forms of everyday magic, one problem that remains seemingly unsolved is that of long-form transcription. Sure, voice dictation for documents has been conquered by Nuance’s Dragon software. Our phones and smart home devices can understand ...

ArangoDB Closes 2.2 Million Euro Investment Led by Target Partners

Funding to accelerate the company’s product development and international expansion Munich/Cologne (Germany), November 24th, 2016: – ArangoDB GmbH (www.arangodb.com), the company behind one of the fastest growing next generation databases, has landed a 2.2 million Euro investment led by Munic...

From automation to autonomy, IoT is powering Industry 4.0

It’s one of the most bandied around terms in today’s internet age. And while the definition may not be clear to the average Joe, it figures in our life hugely. We are talking about the revolutionary Industry 4.0, simply put it is – automation and IoT. A vision of a smart factory where machines...

Donating online and buying cool shoes

Millennials are known for selfies, Snapchat filters, reality television and — charitable donations? Yes, the generation with a reputation for self-centeredness and instant gratification apparently also exhibits philanthropic tendencies. In light of the holiday season — and with Giving Tuesday...

Yahoo admits data breach may affect Verizon acquisition

Yahoo has for the first time admitted that staff knew about the data breach two years before it was confirmed publicly, and that the incident could affect the $4.83bn sale deal with Verizon. Download this free guide Your exclusive guide to CIO trends A collection of our most popular articles for ...

Polling Failures Don t Mean Big Data is Bunk

After Donald Trump scored electoral victories in the states of Wisconsin and Michigan, the recrimination of the massive infrastructure around political polling and aggregation began in earnest. Republican operative Mike Murphy tweeted, for example, that “data died tonight.” And on the morning...

Oracle Widens Cloud Investments to Battle Bigger Amazon Threat

(Bloomberg) -- Eduardo Frias, chief information officer at Beachbody LLC, recently traveled to San Francisco to hear a pitch from Oracle Corp.’s top brass. Beachbody was already a longtime user of Oracle business software for such tasks as finances and supply-chain management. Now Chairman Larr...

From tiny sensors to big data • The Register

The agenda for Building IOT London is taking shape and early-bird tickets are on sale, so if you want to spend three days next March learning about how to connect your enterprise to the internet of things, stick the dates in your diary now. Building IOT London, brought to you by The Register and ...

Rolling out flash in the enterprise? It’s a matter of application • The Register

Flash SSD is changing the way that we store data. Vendors would like you to use it for all of your applications – and you probably will at some point – but which applications does it make most sense for today, and which might you have to work a little harder on to justify its use? Some rarifi...

Red Hat rolls OpenStack Platform double with help • The Register

Red Hat is changing its OpenStack support plan to tap Agile with those craving long-term commitment following a shakeup in its engineering. The Linux flinger's OpenStack Platform 10, due shortly and based on Newton, will see Red Hat introduce one and three-year lifecycle support for two new plann...

Cisco says it’ll make IoT safe because it owns the network

Cisco Systems is making a play for the fundamental process of putting IoT devices online, promising greater ease of use and security as enterprises prepare to deploy potentially millions of connected objects. Thanks to a dominant position in Internet Protocol networks, Cisco can do what no other ...

Microsoft Canada channel chief says partners must innovate

It is up to the channel, in addition to Microsoft, to help drive innovation in Canada, according to Microsoft Canada channel chief Jason Brommet. “The channel in Canada has an incredible role and responsibility to help drive innovation in the country, and I do firmly believe that it is part of ...

Databricks enters deep learning market

Databricks has announced the addition of deep learning support to its Apache Spark platform, enabling developers to integrate deep learning libraries into their models. The new functionality has been developed to help data scientists get more relevant information from their applications, whether ...

predictive analytics what businesses need to know

In an era when data is seen as an increasingly valuable commodity, the tools and techniques used to analyse that data gain extra importance. Historically analysis, even using computers, has been something of a labour intensive task because the raw data needed to be verified and complex models bui...

Recode Daily: Amazon has an earnings miss, and the internet will miss Vine

Amazon surprised the market with a bad miss on earnings, and investors punished the stock with a 5 percent beatdown. Net sales were up 29 percent YoY and the cloud services business is booming, but spending is high and Q4 guidance is weak. — [Jason Del Rey / Recode] Apple rolled out upgraded, t...

Azure brings SQL Server Analysis Services to the cloud

SQL Server Analysis Services, one of the key features of Microsoft's relational database enterprise offering, is going to the cloud. The company announced Tuesday that it's launching the public beta of Azure Analysis Services, which gives users cloud-based access to semantic data modeling tools. ...

Blogging My Way Through Data Science, Big Data, and Analytics

I frequently write blog posts on other sites. You can find those articles here (updated March 21, 2016): Microblogging on Twitter at @KirkDBorne http://rocketdatascience.org/ (the one you are reading now) http://www.datasciencebowl.com/author/kirkborne/ https://www.mapr.com/blog/author/d...

Scalable Emotion Intelligence: From Data Collection and Analytics to Robust Predictive Models Building

At Realeyes, we believe that we can assess the quality and relevance of video content by capturing and analysing an individual’s facial expressions and emotions as they watch it. Every day, we collect terabytes of video recordings across multiple countries, devices and web platforms, to determine ...

Cut to the Chase: How a Data-Driven Culture Fosters Success

Building a business always takes effort, but the challenges can actually increase as the size of an organization grows. As most C-level executives know, corporate power is attenuated. That means senior managers must get creative — and be highly informed — if they want to ensure a positive trajec...

VMware and AWS joint venture to help enterprises manage multi-cloud environments

VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are embarking on a partnership that will allow enterprises to move their vSphere-based, private cloud workloads into the Amazon public cloud with ease. Download this free guide Defining the datacentre needs of 21st century enterprises A collection of our most ...

MapR’s Spyglass Initiative Will Capture Deeper-Dive Analytics, Views for Improving Big Data Operations

This month, MapR Technologies is set to shine a brighter light on big data operations and management by capturing and displaying yet-unseen analytics for MapR Converged Data Platform components for NoSQL, Hadoop, and Spark. IDN looks at how MapR's Spyglass could power the next leg in big data adopti...

University Team Up To Explore Space Through Big Data

Big Science, Big Data: UWC collaborates to tackle 21st century astronomy When the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) comes online, it will be a telescope unlike any other – 50 times more sensitive than any other radio instrument, able to survey the sky thousands of times faster and more accurately th...

Advanced analytics tools extract business value from big data

Thank you for joining! Access your Pro+ Content below. Advanced analytics tools extract business value from big data This chapter is included in the Big data initiatives get huge boost from new technologies E-Book. Big data environments based on technologies such as Hadoop and Spark are bei...

Many Firms Struggle to Access Data Quickly and Efficiently

Despite all the attention focused on data management, many firms find it difficult to access data from different parts of the organization in a quick and efficient manner. Information Management spoke with Josh Klahr, vice president of product management at AtScale, at the recent Strata & Hadoop...

We’ve lost to AWS et al on the public cloud • The Register

Cisco may have conceded defeat to Amazon in the mass market for public cloud consumption, but there are a raft of niche areas that are ripe for the plucking, starting with, er, footwear. The vendor's European, Middle East, Africa and Russia president Edwin Paalvast told an audience of resellers a...

Go teach yourselves Hadoop • The Register

Cloudera, presumably sick of paying its staff to train spies and their ilk, has decided to launch online courses for those wanting to familiarise themselves with Hadoop and Spark. The Palo Alto-based business has long offered training courses, including to Blighty's surveillance agency GCHQ, whos...

Making a game of phishing

Phishing continues to be the most popular route for cyber criminals, and was number one on the Top 10 Common Threat Techniques list in the (ISC)2 Global Information Workforce Study. Download this free guide Your exclusive guide to CIO trends A collection of our most popular articles for IT leader...

Our future is the Rise of the Sensor Machines • The Register

He's not trying to kill you, he's telling you to do more exercise... IPExpo “The majority of SMEs are bamboozled by the Internet of Things and how it will support their business,” Mike van Bunnens, MD of comms tech firm Comms365 told The Register today. Predicting a future where “everyth...

Mossberg: How Google’s bold moves shake up the tech industry

Welcome to Mossberg, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Recode by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, executive editor at The Verge and editor at large of Recode. Google’s decision to become a full-fledged, vertically integrated device maker — controlling and blending ...

Top CIO investments revealed at 2016 Channel Elite Awards

TORONTO – At CDN’s Channel Elite Awards, the results of its 2016 Canadian CIO Census were unveiled showcasing what senior IT professionals believe to be top concerns in the next 12 months and on a day-to-day basis. The CIO Census also pinpointed the investments CIOs plan to make. Data securit...

Cisco Announces IoT Challenge for Entrepreneurs

Kicking off today, the Challenge gives entrepreneurs a chance to win a total of $250,000 in awards, including $150,000 to the first place winner. The Challenge focuses on the Internet of Things and will help startups capitalize on new game-changing trends and develop opportunities for potential coll...

Apache Spark vs. MapReduce #WhiteboardWalkthrough

Published on Jun 17, 2015 http://bit.ly/1P6eUj4 – In this week's Whiteboard Walkthrough, Anoop Dawar, Senior Product Director at MapR, shows you the basics of Apache Spark and how it is different from MapReduce. Find more information on http://mapr.com/spark Don't forget to subscribe and ...

5 Reasons Why You Need an Agile Delivery Model for SAP

The developing digital economy is driving a big