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No Google Play, no problem: Huawei pinches global phone sales crown off Samsung

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 14:30
Despite America but because of China, vendor came out on top

It almost seemed like a mission impossible but Huawei has defied all expectations – including its own – by outshipping rival handset maker Samsung to become the world's biggest shifter of smartphones.…

And it's off! NASA launches nuke-powered, laser-shooting, tank Perseverance to Mars to search for signs of life

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 14:03
23 cameras, microphones and a helicopter on the rover to see and hear the Red Planet in living technicolor

Perseverance, the heaviest and most complex Martian rover yet, is on its way to the Red Planet aboard an Atlas V rocket that blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday.…

IBM talks up open cloud, downplays vendor lock-in as it signs public cloud framework with

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 13:15
Now just AWS waiting in the wings under One Government Cloud policy

As predicted by El Reg, IBM has joined the growing band of mostly American vendors to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK government that defines discounts for public cloud sales to public sector buyers.…

If you own one of these 45 Netgear devices, replace it: Firm won't patch vulnerable gear despite live proof-of-concept code

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 12:28
That's one way of speeding up the tech refresh cycle

Netgear has quietly decided not to patch more than 40 home routers to plug a remote code execution vulnerability – despite security researchers having published proof-of-concept exploit code.…

Congratulations Peebles. Felicitations Queenzieburn. Openreach is bringing you FTTP (yes, they're real places)

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 10:25
Full-fibre connections coming to (some of) the UK's 'final third' by 2026

Openreach has confirmed an intent to bring FTTP "full-fibre" connectivity to part of the so-called "final third" of the UK – representing rural and isolated areas typically underserved by network providers.…

Firefighters to UK Home Office: Yeah, maybe don't turn off emergency comms network before replacement is ready

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 09:30
Prospects of cursed ESN project still murky for customers-to-be

As if the UK's emergency services didn't have enough on their plate, the troubled plan to replace their communication network appears to be hitting choppy waters once more.…

Samsung cops COVID crunch and gets run over by Huawei in handsets for first time

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 08:58
Between football, new gaming consoles, Indian low-end-handsets and cloud computing, life is complex for Korean giant right now

Samsung Electronics has reported droopy results for its second quarter and has been beaten out by Huawei in the global handset shipments stakes for the first time.…

DXC says ransomware attack disrupted customer operations at insurance services arm but barely left a scratch

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 08:29
No data loss or evidence of extended intrusions, but standalone limb Xchanging did suffer

DXC has recovered from a ransomware attack that hit its independent services-for-insurers operation Xchanging.…

Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 07:57
A neural net takes to heart the old, silly saying: 'On the internet, men are men, women are men, and children are FBI agents'

The creators of a controversial tool that attempted to use AI to predict people's gender from their internet handle or email address have shut down their service after a huge backlash.…

Community Fibre to splash £400m on FTTP connections as it races to cover a million London properties by 2023

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 07:29
10Gbps upgrade from challenger ISP backed by private equity

London-based ISP Community Fibre has said it will invest £400m to extend its 10Gbps FTTP connections to more premises in the English capital, aiming to reach one million households and businesses by 2023.…

Boeing confirms it will finish building 747s in 2022, when last freighter flies off the production line

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 07:02
Commercial business slumps but troubled 737 MAX could be back in the skies late this year

Boeing has announced it will stop making 747s, probably in the year 2022.…

Qualcomm signs new IP licencing deal with Huawei despite US-China trade tensions

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 06:02
The cash will come in handy after COVID kicked a colossal hole in Q3 revenue

Huawei has agreed to pay US chipmaker Qualcomm $1.8bn to settle a long-standing dispute over infringement of the American firm’s patents.…

Microsoft delivers CouchOps capability with Android TV upgrade to Remote Desktop app

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 05:06
Also adds Windows Virtual Desktop support and 2FA

Microsoft’s upgraded its Remote Desktop app for Android with features that mean sysadmins can now control desktops that run just about anywhere from just about anything.…

At historic Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google CEOs hearing, congressmen ramble, congresswomen home in on tech market abuse

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 02:20
We watched six hours of congressional hearings so you didn’t have to

Analysis  For six hours on Wednesday, the Western world’s most powerful tech CEOs – whose businesses have become household names and touch every part of our daily digital lives – were grilled by US lawmakers regarding their market dominance.…

HPE's Azure Stack Hub future 'in doubt' as US staff canned, SimpliVity team cut, India picks up the pieces

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 00:40
Current and former bods fear cloud work is doomed, IT titan disagrees

Over the past two weeks, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has axed roughly 150 positions in the US, including Azure Stack Hub engineering roles and at least part of its SimpliVity team.…

911, I wanna report a robbery. Hundreds of thousands of stars stolen from a cluster. I think it was the Milky Way

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 23:23
Ancient ball of suns smeared across space by our galaxy two billion years ago

The Milky Way galaxy ripped apart an ancient star cluster born in the early universe and stole its suns two billion years ago, according to a study published in Nature on Wednesday.…

YOU... SHA-1 NOT PASS! Microsoft magics away demonic hash algorithm from Windows updates, apps

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 21:37
Because no one likes to install spoof system files

Microsoft is preparing to once and for all drop support for the SHA-1 hash algorithm.…

This investor blew nearly $300,000 on Intel shares the day before 7nm disaster reveal. Yup, she's suing

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 20:30
Chipzilla faces potential class-action headache after stock price plunge

On Tuesday this week, five days after Intel acknowledged that its plan to produce 7nm processors had gone off the rails, a shareholder lawsuit was filed against the chip maker.…

GRUB2, you're getting too bug for your boots: Config file buffer overflow is a boon for malware seeking to drill deeper into a system

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 18:00
We're gonna keeping punning this until someone pays us $5m

An annoying vulnerability in the widely used GRUB2 bootloader can be potentially exploited by malware or a rogue insider already on a machine to thoroughly compromise the operating system or hypervisor while evading detection by users and security tools.…

From a trickle to an Application Stream: Red Hat opens barriers for RHEL 8.3 beta

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 17:08
System Roles another key ingredient in six-monthly update

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.3 has hit beta, with security and production stability pointed to as key goals for the update.…