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Azure adds programmatic pricing API to help you sniff out global deals

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 08:05
Seventeen currencies - not just the Greenback - are now just an API call away

Microsoft has tweaked its Retail Rates API to offer retail pricing information for all Azure services in currencies other than the US dollar.…

Vote to turf out remainder of Nominet board looks inevitable after .uk registry ignores reform demands

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 07:32
PublicBenefit.uk campaign reports 97 per cent of its supporters behind effort

A second extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to fire the remainder of the board of directors of Nominet and replace them with people willing to make long-sought-after reforms now looks like a certainty.…

OMG! New free speech social network won’t allow members to take the Lord’s name in vain

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 07:17
‘Frank’ reckons it won’t follow Parler’s path to plug-pulling because it has its own servers and ‘the best security’ . But it also uses Cloudflare …

A new social media network that promises its users untrammeled free speech won’t allow “The N-word, the C-word, the F-word or God’s name in vain.”…

Windows comes to Apple M1 silicon as Parallels delivers native desktop hypervisor

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 05:04
Meanwhile, ESXi on Arm spotted booting Windows

Two new Windows-on-Arm options have come into view.…

Blue Origin sends Mannequin Skywalker aloft again, testing out comfier capsule for future space tourists

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 03:31
One day you too can experience a few minutes of free fall with great visuals... if you can afford it

Video  Blue Origin has successfully completed a test launch and landing of its reuseable New Shepard rocket with an advanced capsule design, bringing the outfit one step closer to eventually sending up paying passengers.…

Dell to spin out remaining VMware stake, cements Friends With Benefits status for at least five years

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 02:28
‘Market does not appreciate hardware/software combo’ says Big Mike. So virty giant gets freedom, customers are promised no change

+Analysis  Dell will spin out its stake in VMware, and the two companies will continue to operate without major changes for at least five years. Indeed, they said they plan to deepen their collaboration.…

Is it still possible to run malware in a browser using JavaScript and Rowhammer? Yes, yes it is (slowly)

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 01:18
Firefox 'fully compromised' in 15 minutes via SMASH attack

Boffins from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and ETH in Zurich have bypassed memory chip defenses to execute a successful browser-based Rowhammer side-channel attack dubbed SMASH.…

Nigerian email scammer sent down for 40 months in the US, ordered to pay back $2.7m to victims

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 23:32
Among the victims: the United Nations

A Nigerian email scammer based in New York was on Tuesday sentenced to 40 months in prison, and ordered to pay back $2.7m in stolen money.…

Report: Aussie biz Azimuth cracked San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, ending Apple-FBI privacy standoff

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 22:37
Mozilla-authored code in iOS exploited, since patched, it is claimed

Australian security firm Azimuth has been identified as the experts who managed to crack a mass shooter's iPhone that was at the center of an encryption standoff between the FBI and Apple.…

Ice, ice maybe? Astrobotic will ride SpaceX's Falcon Heavy to the Moon in 2023 and drop off NASA's water-hunting rover

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 21:34
Firm's Griffin lander to do the honours

Astrobotic has provided an explanation for another of SpaceX boss Elon Musk's tweets with news that its Griffin lander lander will be riding a Falcon Heavy to the Moon in 2023.…

What the FLoC? Browser makers queue up to decry Google's latest ad-targeting initiative as invasive tracking

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 20:33
'Federated Learning of Cohorts' groups users together and is already being tested in Chrome

Google's FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts) mechanism for ad personalisation, currently being trialled in the Chrome browser, has been rejected as privacy-invasive tracking by other browser makers including Vivaldi and Brave.…

Huawei tells the FCC it can't force US carriers to scrap its gear – that's Congress's job

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 19:45
We're sure the comms watchdog will take that on board

Huawei has argued that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cannot force US carriers to remove its equipment from their networks, and can only reimburse those that voluntarily choose to do so.…

Chrome and Chromium updated after yet another exploit is found in browser's V8 JavaScript engine

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 18:02
JS component seems to be focus of researchers and miscreants alike

Google has announced new updates to Chrome 89 following the discovery of yet another live exploit for a vulnerability in the V8 JavaScript engine.…

SAP's operating profits might be down but cloud-fixated ERP biz thinks things are looking up enough to hike full-year guidance

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 17:01
Shrugs off 21% slump – that's just infra shift, share awards

SAP says cloud sales jumped 7 per cent in its Q1 and has upped full-year forecasts on renewed hopes for higher growth, indicating senior execs reckon customers will begin spending in greater numbers this year after projects slowed in pandemic-struck 2020.…

A keyboard? How quaint: Logitech and Baidu link arms to make an AI-enabled, voice-transcribing mouse

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 15:56
Dictates 3 languages, translates into 6, available only in China

Swiss computer peripherals manufacturer Logitech has teamed with Chinese AI and internet company Baidu to make a voice-dictation mouse.…

UK watchdog blesses Virgin Media and O2's union, says there's no risk of market distortion or competition loss

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 14:55
Hard luck, BT

The UK's competition watchdog has provisionally cleared the proposed merger of Virgin Media and O2 after concluding it would not materially impact competition (and thus the price and availability of services) in the telecoms wholesale market.…

There's no place like GNOME: System 76 introduces COSMIC desktop GUI for its Pop!_OS Linux

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 14:03
Private preview for now, Windows and macOS users sought for testing

System76, a US company which markets laptops, PCs and servers running Linux, is developing a new GNOME-based desktop GUI called COSMIC for its Pop!_OS distribution.…

US Homeland Security sued for 'stonewalling' over use of Clearview facial recognition

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 13:15
Potential surveillance nightmare could be unfolding in secret, civil-rights warriors fear

The US Department of Homeland Security and its law enforcement agencies – Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection – have been sued for failing to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests about their use of Clearview AI’s facial-recognition technology.…

Element rolls out bridge: Microsoft Teams crosses into Matrix's encrypted comms land

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 12:30
For a small fee, of course - and no video or voice yet

Exclusive  Element Matrix Services (EMS) is asking users tied into Microsoft's Teams platform but who "actually want [end-to-ed] encrypted secure comms" to take a stroll over a newly built bridge to its own message network.…

State of Maine says Workday has shown 'no accountability' for farcical $56.4m HR upgrade

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 11:49
It takes two to tango, says SaaS vendor

Maine has accused Workday of showing "no accountability" for its part in a flawed process to replace the US state's HR system.…

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