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If you're on invite-only tech-testing scheme, take care with Amazon's Alexa-powered answer to Google's Glass

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 18:00
iFixit reveals repair won't be trivial

At $179.99 (£140), Amazon's Echo Frames smart glasses aren't cheap. So, if they break, can they be easily fixed? According to the veteran tech torturers at iFixit, the answer is... not really.…

Alarming news: ADT to flog Nest smart home kit after Google ploughs $450m into corporate security dinosaur

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 17:15
Resell agreement set up amid plans to build next gen of home automation and security gear

Google is partnering with ancient alarm and automation vendor ADT to push its Nest smart home kit to more consumers and small businesses.…

Linux Foundation rolls bunch of overlapping groups into one to tackle growing number of open-source security vulns

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 16:44
OpenSSF to take projects from CII and OSSC under its umbrella

The Linux Foundation has formed the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) with founding board members representing companies including IBM, GitHub, Google, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, NCC Group, and Red Hat.…

Psst, free advice: You need a hybrid multi-cloud – and here are three reasons why

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 16:00
We'll show you how to build that one platform to rule them all

Webcast  You’ll often hear arguments from IT pros over whether to embrace a hybrid cloud or multi-cloud for your next bold enterprise technology move. In case you’ve been living under a large rock formed of legacy server stacks and bundles upon bundles of Cat 5 cables for the last few years, yes, there’s a stark difference between hybrid cloud and multi-cloud.…

'We stopped ransomware' boasts Blackbaud CEO. And by 'stopped' he means 'got insurance to pay off crooks'

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 15:02
CRM biz doesn't 'anticipate any kind of material financial impact' but can't say same for those whose data was nicked

"We discovered and stopped a sophisticated attempted ransomware attack," Blackbaud CEO Michael Gianoni has told financial analysts – failing to mention the company simply paid off criminal extortionists to end the attack.…

Virgin Galactic pals up with Rolls-Royce to work on Mach 3 Concorde-style private jet that can carry up to 19 people

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 13:59
Same height, bit faster, same wing layout as iconic 1960s airliner

Virgin Galactic, Beardy Branson's ongoing spaceflight wheeze, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Rolls-Royce to develop "engine propulsion technology" for its "high speed commercial aircraft".…

In the halcyon days before Brexit, takeover attempts, and COVID-19, HP made 1.3% pre-tax profit on sales at UK limb

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 13:40
PC giant blames restructure costs

HP made a 1.3 per cent pre-tax profit margin on total sales at its British trading outpost in 2019, according to a filing at Companies House.…

Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 12:08
Yes, the one with a $193.8bn cash pile

Apple is reportedly trying to negotiate a 50 per cent rent cut with its UK retail landlords as it wrestles with the high-street turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G: So light, you might even forget about its terrible keyboard

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 10:24
But otherwise a capable machine for the road warrior

Review  What makes a good business laptop? Historically, corporate IT buyers have had to choose between portability, versatility, and sheer power. You might get one or two, but the likelihood of finding a device smack-bang in the middle of that Venn diagram was vanishingly small.…

Brit local authority appoints a systems integrator in leap to Oracle cloud, but support time-bomb is already ticking

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 09:30
This should have been started a year ago, Solihull council docs say

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, responsible for administering the sleepy suburban cul-de-sac just south of Birmingham, England, has awarded a £1.6m contract to an ERP systems integrator.…

Microsoft to Cortana: you’re not going out dressed in iOS or Android, young lady!

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 09:02
Third-party skills and smart speaker incarnations also discontinued

Microsoft’s decided to restrict the roles its AI assistant Cortana is permitted to fill.…

Co-inventor of the computer mouse, William English, dies

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 08:33
Doug Engelbart had the idea. Bill English did the engineering and made the first ever mouse

William English, who helped build the first computer mouse in 1963, died last week at the age of 91.…

A tale of mainframes and students being too clever by far

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 08:02
Behold, the Move of Certain Doom

Who, Me?  Take a trip back to the 1980s with a Monday morning cautionary tale of cleverness, COBOL and mainframe programming in today's Who, Me?

Architect of tech contractor tax fraud scheme jailed for at least five years

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 07:32
Payroll company kept over $70m of tax and founders spent it lavishly

The co-founder of a company that left IT contractors unpaid has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.…

Oh cool, more Cisco patches to apply. Happy Monday

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 07:03
Meanwhile, Linux KDE desktops can be pwned by evil archives

In Brief  Cisco customers once again find themselves needing to patch critical vulnerabilities in Switchzilla's gear.…

AWS adds database on-ramp to its Arm-powered instances

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 06:01
Automation tool RDS can now push MySQL and PostgreSQL onto Arm, MariaDB coming soon

Amazon Web Services has made instances powered by its home-baked Arm servers more approachable by starting a preview of its Relational Database Service (RDS) service on the hardware.…

World takes tablets during COVID lockdowns, with shipments spiking 18 percent

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 03:56
Apple leads in shipments, but also records the slowest growth among branded fondleslab-flingers

Tablet computer shipments have grown by 18.6 percent thanks to the COVID-19 crisis.…

Linus Torvalds pines for header file fix but releases Linux 5.8 anyway

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 02:24
Lots of love for AMD and POWER 10 and a hint of some Google's operational code making it into future releases

Linus Torvalds has released a new version of the Linux kernel.…

Microsoft confirms pursuit of TikTok after Satya Nadella chats to Donald Trump

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 01:38
‘Appreciates President Trump’s personal involvement’ and promises so much security, you’ll be tired of securing

Microsoft has confirmed it is considering the purchase of made-in-China social network TikTok and that its CEO Satya Nadella has spoken with US president Donald Trump to re-assure him about the security and taxation implications of the putative purchase.…

US drugstore chain installed anti-shoplifter facial-recognition cameras in 200 locations – for eight years

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 14:15
Plus: Latest hardware results from MLPerf and why so-called text deepfakes are dangerous

In brief  Rite Aid, an American drugstore chain, secretly deployed facial recognition cameras to spy on its shoppers across 200 stores for eight years.…