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Venerable text editor GNU Nano reaches version 5.0 and adds the modern frippery that is scrollbars

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 08:28
Three big upgrades since 2018 suggests it's far from terminal

Cult text editor GNU Nano has released a major update, taking the terminal-based program to its fifth version in twenty years.…

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 08:02
Careless autoreplies cripple email at the heart of local government

On Call  The week is drawing to a close and the weekend awaits. Is there a better way to kick things off than with an episode of Register reader experiences in our regular On Call feature? Probably, yes...…

Voyager 1 cracks yet another barrier: Now 150 Astronomical Units from Sol

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 07:36
20 light hours from Earth and still sending home data

Voyager 1, the first human-created object to leave our Solar System, has quietly knocked off another milestone: it’s now more than 150 Astronomical Units from our Sun.…

Fun fact: If you noticed a while ago Zoom's web client going AWOL for a week, it's because someone found a passcode-cracking hole

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 07:25
Story behind a hasty teardown, fixing of a brute-force vulnerability

Zoom has confirmed it fixed a vulnerability that could have been exploited by miscreants to crack the passcodes needed to access strangers' private chin-wagging.…

Twitter says spear-phishing attack hooked its staff and led to celebrity account hijack

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 06:27
Attack came in waves that probed for staff with access to the creds crims craved

Twitter has offered further explanation of the celebrity account hijack hack that saw 130 users’ timelines polluted with a Bitcoin scam.…

Legendary Li-ion battery boffin John Goodenough to develop gel power packs with South Korea's SK Innovation

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 06:03
Won't degrade. Won't catch fire. Will be a fine fit for electric vehicles

South Korean battery-maker SK Innovation will team up with 2019 Nobel Prize-winner John Goodenough to develop a new solid-state gel battery.…

Australia to force Google and Facebook to pay for news and reveal algorithm changes before they whack web traffic

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 05:06
And is willing to fine them hundreds of millions if they don't play nice

Australian regulators have proposed to compel web giants to divulge forthcoming changes to the algorithms they use choose the content their users see, and to submit to binding arbitration when publisher seek payment for their content.…

Glum Alphabet execs look up from red-ink ad figures. What will we do, they ask. Ahem, coughs Google Cloud

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 03:57
Chocolate Factory's as-a-service stuff grows as advertising, profit takes a tumble

Google-parent Alphabet saw its bottom line take a tumble this past quarter as the coronavirus pandemic cut into its lucrative advertising business.…

When you're stuck at home in a pandemic, what do you do? Watch TV, play music, use apps, buy laptops, gadgets... Stuff that Apple touts

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 03:11
And stuff that Cupertino just banked billions from

Apple is weathering the COVID-19 storm well so far: on Thursday, it reported a surge in sales from its online souks, and maintained iPhone revenues despite temporarily shuttering stores during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.…

Amazon's coronavirus symptoms: Swelling of the profit, large sales deposits, insatiable demand

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 01:56
When the economy's tanking, who ya gonna call? Jeff Bezos!

Amazon on Thursday reported $88.9bn in revenue for its second quarter of 2020, a 40 per cent increase year-on-year that exceeded expectations and lifted the web goliath's already buoyant stock in after-hours trading.…

Intel, boffins invent an AI Clippy for code: Hi, I see you're writing another lock-free bloom filter. Can I help?

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 01:07
Proof-of-concept algorithm-matching system paves way for more complex recommendation engine

Intel engineers, and academics from MIT and Georgia Tech, have built a neural network that predicts whether two snippets of code intend to achieve the same aim even if they're written differently.…

Are your homegrown business apps as secure, fast and usable as they could be?

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 00:02
Brush up on your RESTful, gRPC, container development skills with us online

Webcast  Building an application from the ground up for your business has never been quicker or easier. With REST for web services leading to the RESTful architectural style, and containers proving the perfect delivery model, the combination of DevOps, microservices, and automation means an organization can create almost anything, instantly.…

Infosec bod: I've found zero-day flaws in Tor's bridge relay defenses. Tor Project: Only the zero part is right

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 23:08
Warnings either not new or need more study, reckons open-source dev team

Neal Krawetz, a computer forensics expert, has published details on how to detect Tor bridge network traffic that he characterizes as "zero-day exploits"... which the Tor Project insists are nothing of the sort.…

Dell trims workforce, says it's taking 'proactive steps to prepare for uncertainties' mid-pandemic

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 21:48
Some argument over exact numbers affected

Dell is laying off staff though there is some dispute over the numbers involved.…

New Relic streamlines app monitoring tools, shifts to per-user, pay-as-you-go pricing, adds free tier to lure you in

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 20:28
'The concept of paying for monitoring per host has not aged well'

Application Performance monitoring (APM) biz New Relic has trimmed its offerings to three core products and is moving away from host-based pricing to a per-user-per-month subscription and pay-as-you-go for data ingested and events processed.…

Humble-bragging ServiceNow CEO tell anyone who listens: 'Our destiny is to become the defining enterprise software biz of 21st century'

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 19:23
Larry, stop giving Bill ideas

Bill McDermott – the former SAP CEO right now plying his trade at the top of workflow whizkid ServiceNow – has competed hard against Oracle for so long that he seems to have borrowed more than a few lines from Larry Ellison’s playbook.…

Firefox 79: A thin release for regular users, but plenty for developers to devour

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 17:53
Reverse tabnapping is no more

Mozilla's Firefox 79 is here, but general users shouldn't get too excited – almost all the new features are aimed at developers.…

Microsoft finally spills the beans on everything you need to know about its low-code platform, Dataflex for Teams

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 16:26
Or maybe you want a List. Or a Task. Or a Planner. Just bung it into Teams

Microsoft has shared more details about Dataflex, its low-code/no-code app platform that will be embedded into Teams - something it should have done much earlier to help demystify things.…

AI assistants work perfectly in the UK – unless you're from Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Belfast...

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 15:45
Folk outside London cry: Why doesn't Alexa understand me?

To those of us born here, Britain is a wondrous cornucopia of accents and dialects. To visitors, like US-bred AI assistants, people outside of London may as well not speak English.…

Xen and the art of hypervisor introspection: Bitdefender donates meditative tech to open-source virty outfit

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 15:01
And its lightweight virtualized RAM and CPU project, Napoca, too

Security vendor Bitdefender has open-sourced its hypervisor introspection technology, which the Xen Project will adopt as a sub-project.…