Ahem, Amazon, Google, Microsoft... Selling face-snooping tech to the Feds is bad, mmm'kay?

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:51
Government facial surveillance harms civil liberties, advocacy groups warn

The campaign against Uncle Sam's use of facial recognition stepped up a notch this week: scores of rights-warriors have urged Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to cease selling the panopticon tech to the US government.…

Google to yoink apps with an unauthorized Call Log or SMS habit from Android Play Store

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:25
'We take access to sensitive data and permissions very seriously...' No giggling, please

Paul Bankhead, director of product management at Google, has told programmers that apps in the Play Store that want access to SMS or Call Logs will start being removed unless the ad-slinger has OK'd the given developer's justification.…

FCC reacts to location data sale scandal by… burying its head in the ground

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:42
Congressman warns telco regulator: Must Pai harder

Chair of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee has slammed the head of the FCC for "refusing to brief" Congressional staffers on what the regulator is doing about the sale of consumer's location data.…

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:00
'You're fired'

Rise of the Machines™ The world’s first hotel “staffed by robots” has culled half of its steely eyed employees, because they’re rubbish and annoy the guests.…

Start trek, the next generation: PCie 4 flash controller demo flaunts speedy peripheral vision

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:16
Controller tech precedes NAND-tastic summer

An SSD controller company has demonstrated faster SSD access with a gen 4 PCIe controller that was twice as fast as gen 3 PCIe.…

Rimini and Oracle's legal eagles return to the ring in front of Supreme Court

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:44
Top US justices hear oral arguments in copyright battle

Rimini Street and Oracle were once again at odds in the courtroom yesterday, as the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the pair's long-running copyright battle.…

Google hands out roses to preferred Android MDM vendors

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:00
Lucky few get Chocolate Factory's endorsement as Enterprise Mobility Management

Google is extending its Android Enterprise Recommended program to mobile device management.…

Yes, you can remotely hack ... building site cranes. Wait, what?

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:36
Authentication is simply AWOL for remote RF construction plant, says Trend Micro

Did you know that the construction industry uses radio-frequency remote controllers to operate cranes, drilling rigs and other heavy machinery? Doesn't matter: they're alarmingly vulnerable to being hacked, according to Trend Micro.…

Brit comms regulator Ofcom: Disabled left behind by tech

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:55
Have fewer phones, less internet access, says report

Disabled people are being left behind by the technology industry - both in terms of services and an understanding of what technology can do, a new Ofcom study has claimed.…

Niagara Falls of cash: Storage startup Rubrik showers in VC moolah

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:21
Half a billion dollars plus of funding, and counting

Palo Alto storage software startup Rubrik has inhaled $261m in an E-round of funding, taking its total funding to north of $553m and giving it a $3.3bn valuation.…

Army had 'naive' approach to Capita's £1.3bn recruiting IT contract, MPs told

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:49
£26m 'deducted' from payments but Public Accounts Committee remains sceptical

Senior British Army generals have defended Capita's disastrous Recruiting Partnership Project (RPP) IT contract – despite confessing that the military will miss this year's recruiting targets by 40 per cent.…

Biz game in the mainframe: T-Systems buddies up with IBM

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:16
Subject to German competition authority approval, natch

IBM is to buy Deutsche Telekom's ailing maniframe unit, according to multiple sources.…

And so it begins: Micron calls its bank manager... we'll be havin' your bit of our JV, Intel

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:10
Chipzilla says it has 'options' to source Optane 3D XPoint, 3D NAND production elsewhere

Micron has confirmed it will indeed buy Chipzilla’s interest in their IMFT flash foundry joint-venture based in Lehi, Utah.…

HSBC suggests it might have found a... use for blockchain?

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 07:47
Says it used tech to settle 3 million forex transactions, $250k in payments last year

HSBC claims to have settled three million foreign exchange (FX) transactions and made payments worth $250,000 using distributed ledger technology (DLT).…

Googlers to flood social media with tales of harassment in bid to end forced arbitration

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 07:15
Group says search giant hasn't changed its ways – and wants the public to know

Googlers are launching a public campaign in a bid to end forced arbitration as part of the battle over harassment allegations levelled against the corporation.…

No more Windows build strings for you, as BuildFeed turns out the lights

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:50
Blames 'internal pressures' rather than a software giant getting stroppy about foldables

As Windows 7 tipped over into its 12-month march to oblivion, the popular Windows tracking site, BuildFeed, issued its final update.…

Non-profit? Into DevOps, CI/CD, Containers? There’s a CLL ticket with your name on it

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:20
You just need to tell us who you are...

Events If you’re heading down the path of DevOps, Continuous Delivery, Containers and all the rest, we’re guessing part of your plan is to save money, or at least spend it as efficiently as possible. But let’s face it, nothing beats free, does it?…

Huawei's horror show 2019 continues as Taiwanese research institute joins banhammer club

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 05:50
Also: US Commerce Dept blocks export of tech developed by Silicon Valley subsidiary

It's only the third week of January, but 2019 is turning into a horror year for Huawei: the company's phones have now been reportedly banned from a major research institute in Taiwan.…

Spektr-R goes quiet, Dragon splashes down and SpaceX lays off

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 05:15
Unfortunate SpaceX workers start a different sort of countdown

Roundup While China's rover kept on trundling, the news was not so cheery for workers in the US space sector or radio telescope fans over the past week.…

While Windows 7 wobbled, AI continued its relentless march at Microsoft

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 04:15
Plenty of Python news emitted from Redmond in this week's round-up

The gang at Microsoft continued their busy start to 2019, dodging falling masonry, wobbly updates and toppling cloud services.…