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Lizards for lunch? Crazy tech? Aliens?! <i>Dana Dash: First Girl on the Moon</i> is perfect for the little boffin-to-be in your life

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 11:01
Book tries to sell science to girls, so our nine year-old Reg reviewer gives her opinion

Book review  In Dana Dash: First Girl on the Moon, it shouldn't be surprising that Dana Dash, a 10-year-old science-obsessed girl, makes it to and walks on the Moon – but that doesn't make it any less exciting.…

So many stars, so little time: Machine learning helps astroboffins spot the most oxygen-starved galaxy yet

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 02:58
Don't bother packing your bags for HSC J1631+4426 just yet, it's 430 million light years away

Astronomers have spied a tiny galaxy with the lowest oxygen levels yet observed, a discovery made possible thanks to a machine-learning algorithm.…

Amazon gets green-light to blow $10bn on 3,000+ internet satellites. All so Americans can shop more on Amazon

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 02:43
Jeff knows you've gotta spend money to make money

Amazon got the stamp of approval this week from America's communications watchdog to operate thousands of internet-relaying satellites into low Earth orbit.…

IT giant CSC coughs up $2m after helping New York City bill Medicaid for child therapy rather than insurance cos

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 01:13
Biz and city officials 'frequently ignored' invoice rules, prosecutors said

An IT provider has settled with the US government regarding a row over medical billing in New York City.…

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 23:28
Alleged 17-year-old mastermind among trio charged over account mass hijackings

Three individuals were charged on Friday for allegedly hijacking a string of high-profile Twitter accounts after hoodwinking the social network's staff.…

We give up, Progressive Web Apps can track you, says W3C: After 5 years, it decides privacy is too much bother

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 21:02
You lot sort it out

In 2015, as part of a privacy review conducted under the auspices of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Nick Doty flagged a potential problem with web applications.…

<i>The Last of Us Part II</i>: Never mind the Metacritic nonsense, Naughty Dog's ultra-violent odyssey is a must-play*

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 18:30
*If you have a PlayStation 4

The RPG  Greetings, traveller, and welcome to The Register Plays Games, our monthly gaming column back for the first time with an exclusive PlayStation 4 title. This was a big release surrounded by needless controversy and immense expectations that needed some time sunk into it. Does it stand up now the dust has settled? Absolutely.

How to democratise IT: Tech big four hoover 63% of global cloudy infrastructure spending

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 17:12
No, we have not used the term 'digital transformation'... oh bugger

Continuing to democratise IT, the big four scooped up 63 per cent of the whopping $34.6bn that customers spent globally on cloudy infrastructure services in Q2.…

All the way to Reno: Oppo's latest mid-ranger going global but lacks 5G compared to similarly specced models

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 16:00
It'll be a tough sell against the OnePluses and Motorolas around

Another day, another middle-of-the-road phone. This time it's the turn of Oppo, which just announced the international release of the Reno 4 Pro after an early debut in China. The latest handset from the BKK-owned firm comes with a price tag of (roughly) £355/ $470.…

An irritating itch down the back of your neck? Searing midsummer heat? Of course, it can only be SysAdmin Day

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 15:15
Don't worry if one's loitering in your garden, it'll buzz off in a while

It is the balmy midsummer day when they grow wings, fly about in the hot sun, and get stuck to every kind of food and beverage. Yes, today is SysAdmin Day.…

For Apple's latest trick, the iCockroach – allowing it to survive while the smartphone sector faces a nuclear winter

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 14:30
Total vendor shipments down 88.5 million year-on-year in first half of 2020

Apple was the sole top five smartphone brand to report any growth in calendar Q2 – for everyone else, sales were in free fall as shipments plummeted across the sector by an astonishing 14 per cent.…

First rule of Ransomware Club is do not pay the ransom, but it looks like Carlson Wagonlit Travel didn't get the memo

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 13:50
$4.5m may have gone into crims' pockets after bookings biz hit by Ragnar Locker nasty

Exclusive  US corporate travel management firm Carlson Wagonlit Travel has suffered an intrusion and it is believed the company paid a $4.5m ransom to get its data back.…

Seeking that perfect role? Come inside and peruse vacancies for developers, testers and DataOps Leaders

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 13:08
Get 'em while they're hot

Job Alert  As the month draws to a close and with the pandemic still biting, we're back again with our free list of job opportunities in the big and beautiful world of tech.…

<i>Elite</i> name on Brit scene sponsors retro video games preservation project at the Centre for Computer History

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 12:30
Couldn't come at a better time as Cambridge museum remains closed

Spotify is to music what Steam is to video games – sometimes you just want to spin some classic vinyl while picking through the liner notes, feel the gatefold between your fingers.…

13 – lucky for some, but not BT because that's how hard pre-tax profits crashed in Q1

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 11:59
COVID-19 ravages former state monopoly as nearly all divisions shrink

While the cloud businesses at Google and AWS are shovelling cash under their mattress and Apple is making bank, back in Britain BT has been left to count the cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Burn baby burn, plastic inferno! Infosec researchers turn 3D printers into self-immolating suicide machines

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 11:15
Inflammatory findings from deadly serious investigation

Some 3D printers can be flashed with firmware updates downloaded directly from the internet – and an infosec research firm says it has discovered a way to spoof those updates and potentially make the printer catch fire.…

The future of work is digital-first – but how do you make the very best of that?

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 10:49
Join us and find out more with Box in this German-language online broadcast

Webcast  As the coronavirus crisis has gripped the world for the past few months, it’s become increasingly obvious that remote working can work extremely well with a good many advantages. Collaboration can, in fact, be boosted, with a greater number of remote workers able to work together digitally on projects that may have been, in the past, executed only in an office environment.…

Dutch Gateway store was kept udder wraps for centuries until refit dug up computing history

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 10:15
Cow about that?

A bit of computing history has been inadvertently unearthed in the Netherlands after a refit of a shop revealed signage for long-forgotten computer brand Gateway.…

In the market for a second-hand phone? Check it's still supported by the vendor – almost a third sold are not

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 09:30
That means no security updates, which puts users at risk of compromise

An investigation by consumer watchdog Which? has found that nearly a third of all phones sold on second-hand sites are no longer supported by the vendor, leaving punters at risk of being hacked.…

EU tries to get serious on cybercrime with first sanctions against Wannacry, NotPetya, CloudHopper crews

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 08:55
Russian, Chinese, Nork groups named in bank asset freeze

The European Union has, for the first time ever, slapped sanctions on hacking crews.…