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Virgin Media CEO says Brit broadband biz 'performed well' in Q2, which is a weird way to say losses almost tripled

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 16:00
More customers, more coverage, but profit proves elusive

It was up, up and up some more for Virgin Media in its latest full quarterly numbers: UK internet customers increased, network coverage swelled and losses almost tripled.…

Uncle Sam blames best pal China as Taidoor crew's dirty RAT takes aim at Western orgs, but others are less sure

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 15:06
Hello, 2009 called, they said they've got an email for you

A Chinese state-backed hacking crew named Taidoor is deploying a custom remote access trojan (RAT) against Western organisations, according to US authorities.…

You think the UK coronavirus outbreak was bad? Just wait till winter: Study shows test-and-trace system is failing

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 14:00
Modelling suggests massive second wave without major improvements

Data modelling from UK universities shows that the nation could be heading for a massive second wave of COVID-19 cases unless the government ramps up its controversial test-and-trace system.…

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Fondleslab sales shoot up to festive season levels as folk work from home

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 13:17
Sorry, it's a bit early for Crimbo singalongs, isn't it?

All of the tablet vendors' Christmases have come at once: sales into the channel went through the roof in Q2 at levels only typically seen during the winter holiday quarter amid a coronavirus-induced buying frenzy.…

University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 12:48
Institute says the knowledge needed to run it is fading, but the move wasn't without opposition

The University of Cambridge has said that it will decommission its on-premises Hermes email service in favour of Microsoft's Exchange Online. Currently both systems are in use.…

Workplace Technology latest division to be jettisoned from Capita – back into the hands of its original owner

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 12:19
Outsourcing giant's boss Jon Lewis continues to swing the axe

Capita has hit the eject button on its managed print services (MPS) wing – the loss-making Workplace Technology division is back in the hands of its original founder, Paul Gillett.…

Maker of SonarQube defends DevOps product's security after source code leaks blamed on bad configurations

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:26
'Most companies' want to make code 'completely transparent' SonarSource claims – but not outside the firewall

SonarQube, an open-source product by SonarSource that claims to be "your teammate for Code Quality and Security", was the focus of adverse publicity recently when a computer consultant chose to publish proprietary source code from well-known companies on the internet – alleging it was largely obtained via badly configured SonarQube installations.…

Bored binge-watchers bork beleaguered broadband by blasting bandwidth: Global average speeds down 6.31%

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 09:30
You can guess why – but in some places internet actually got faster

Video-streaming binges as a result of the coronavirus lockdown have flooded broadband networks and led to a reduction in connection speeds.…

Aviation regulator outlines fixes that will get the 737 MAX flying again

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 08:56
Software upgrade to deliver less lethally-stubborn automation

The United States' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revealed the conditions under which it will permit Boeing's beleaguered 737 MAX to resume commercial flights.…

China requires gamers to reveal real names and map them to frag-tastic IDs

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 08:32
Gotta catch 'em all

China will force gamers to use their real names when playing online in an ongoing effort to make gaming in the country more "tasteful".…

Doctor, doctor, got some sad news, there's been a bad case of hacking you: UK govt investigates email fail

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 08:01
Former trade minister Dr. Liam Fox named as source of leaked trade docs

Former UK trade minister and current Conservative MP Dr. Liam Fox has been named as the source of hacked trade documents released during last year's British elections.…

Is securing Office 365 still a future project for your business? Better act now – the future is already here

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 07:00
No excuses left – we'll help you on the fast road to compliance

Webcast  "Things are never going to be the same." That’s the kind of phrase still being thrown around as we rub our eyes and try to wake from the rather bad dream we’ve been sharing for the past few months.…

Google reveals washable phone case, plus the new midrange Pixel 4a that goes inside it

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 06:04
Also teases 5G handsets, but says they won't reach India or Singapore

Google has revealed its new mid-range smartphone - the Pixel 4a – and an on-sale date of sometime in October.…

Singapore to give all incoming travelers wearable tracking device

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 04:57
Bluetooth and GPS widget will be used to enforce home COVID quarantine

Singapore will fit all incoming travelers with a wearable tracking device to prevent them from breaching their mandatory quarantine.…

Trump bans Feds from contracting H-1B workers and makes telehealth the new normal

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 03:59
Also touts scheme to have USA to pocket finder’s fee for allowing TikTok sale

US president Donald Trump spent much of his Monday on matters impacting the technology industry.…

Leaky S3 buckets have gotten so common that they're being found by the thousands now, with lots of buried secrets

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 00:47
When will this madness end?

The massive amounts of exposed data on misconfigured AWS S3 storage buckets is a catastrophic network breach just waiting to happen, say experts.…

Assimilation completed! HPE says it has finished the merger with Cray and unveils combo supercomputing lineup

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 00:23
All aboard the exascale express

Having acquired supercomputer biz Cray last year for $1.3bn, HPE on Monday said it has fully integrated the two businesses. The enterprise-oriented IT firm will offer high-performance computing under the HPE Cray supercomputing brand to address what it calls the Exascale Era.…

Days after Trump suggests pausing election over security, US House passes $500m for states to do just that

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 21:51
Chances of it getting enacted in time for the election - slim to almost nil

The US House of Representatives has passed a spending bill which includes a $500m election security provision.…

Apple's big trouble in not-so-little China - culls 30,000 apps from its Middle Kingdom App Store in legal crackdown

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 20:39
Game developers face local license law that could 'devastate' iOS revenues

Apple removed over 30,000 apps from its iOS App Store in China on August 1st, according to China-based analytics biz Qimi Data.…

UK Defence Committee chair muses treating TikTok like Huawei: So eyeball its code then ban it from the country?

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 18:36
Chinese-owned vid app reportedly moving HQ to London

The chairman of UK Parliament's Defence Committee has suggested making popular app TikTok subject to Huawei-style code reviews by GCHQ, if its reported move to a new London HQ comes true.…