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You won't believe this: Nokia soars back into phone-flinger top 3

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 07:33
Brand recognition and stock Android. Is the gamble paying off?

HMD's Nokia-branded Androids haven't exactly got reviewers raving – but they are shifting in decent numbers. Counterpoint reckons HMD sold 4.4 million Nokias in the final three months of 2017, with total sales to date topping around 10 million. That's enough to put it in the UK Top 3 again, analyst Neil Shah reckons.…

From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 07:00
Consider it a wakeup call for websites – it's time to end the scourge of awful banners

Starting tomorrow, Google, which makes most of its money from online advertising, will begin blocking egregious ads in its Chrome browser under limited circumstances – though it would really rather not.…

South China waters are red, Brit warships are blue, HMS Sutherland's sailing there

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 06:32
And Queen Lizzie will too

A British warship has set sail for the South China Sea, paving the way for aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to do the same thing in three years’ time.…

Arsenal is red, pundits have 'insights', BT and Sky splurge £4.5bn on footie rights

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 06:01
It's all about the content, guys

BT and Sky have splurged £4.464bn to show 160 Premier League games a season from 2019/20 until 2021/22.…

Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:32
UK.gov schtum on false positives, appeals process and long-term impact

Analysis The Home Office launched its swish new tool to fight online extremist content to much fanfare, leading news bulletins and generating reams of coverage. But it also faced a whole host of criticism and concern.…

Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:32
UK.gov shtum on false positives, appeals process and long-term impact

Analysis The Home Office launched its swish new tool to fight online extremist content to much fanfare, leading news bulletins and generating reams of coverage. But it also faced a whole host of criticism and concern.…

Roses are red, Three's feeling blue, spectrum appeal rejected, they'll have to make do

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:05
5G auction to go ahead in April

Ofcom's 5G spectrum auction is to go ahead in April after mobile operator Three lost its final legal challenge to force the regulator to change the bidding rules.…

Roses are red, Three's feeling blue, spectrum appeal rejected, they'll have to make do

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:05
5G auction to go ahead in April

Ofcom's 5G spectrum auction is to go ahead in April after mobile operator Three lost its final legal challenge to force the regulator to change the bidding rules.…

Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 04:32
Think of it as a Version 1.0...

Real World Test Last year Apple transformed the fortunes of its iPad. In the spring the iconic fondleslab looked so neglected, it was declared "done". Sales were half of what they had been at the iPad's peak.…

We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too?

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 04:01
The future of transport looks like a sensor-riddled computer

Discussions about the future of cars quickly turn to the pros and cons of autonomous vehicles. But the acronym of choice in such discussions is CAVs – connected and autonomous vehicles – and the "connected" part is already with us. While there are only a handful of fully autonomous vehicles trundling about public roads, most cars already gather data and many exchange it with their makers.…

Winter Olympics 5G isn't <i>real</i> 5G, says Qualcomm, that won't land until 2019

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 03:32
Chipmaker names 18 carriers who'll get real with 5G real soon now, promise

Qualcomm has fleshed out the details of what's going to land in the hands of the 18 carriers who last week signed on for “standards-compliant” 5G trials.…

Roses are red, revenge is so sweet. Microsoft extracts a few quid from Corel Office Suite

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 03:04
Jury awards Redmond some pocket change in patent dustup

Microsoft has been awarded just over a quarter of a million dollars in its patent infringement case against Corel.…

Ailing IBM declares it's the 'backbone of the world's economy'

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:32
It's slipped a disk, though, because services supremo admits new services plan is very much a work in progress

IBM believes it is "the backbone of the world's economy" and has told its services staff to hold their heads high and behave accordingly as the company rolls out new services offerings it hopes will let it dodge the implosion of outsourcing.…

Roses are red, are you single, we wonder? 'Cos this moth-brain AI can read your phone number

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:03
Y'think we're stretching this Valentine's date thing too far?

A pair of academics have reproduced part of a moth's brain as an artificial neural network – and taught it to recognize numbers to a fairly high accuracy with just a few training examples.…

Microsoft working to scale Blockchain for grand distributed ID scheme

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:29
Someone's got to get it scaling!

Microsoft's wanted a really good federated identity scheme ever since the early 2000s, when it gave the world Project Hailstorm, aka ".Net My Services", to let a web of online services know a little about you and the information you are happy to share with others.…

OpenSSL alpha adds TLS 1.3 support

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:01
Shambling corpse of ancient, shoddy, buggy, crypto shoved towards the grave

Developers working with OpenSSL can finally start to work with TLS 1.3, thanks to the alpha version of OpenSSL 1.1.1 that landed yesterday.…

Mars is red, Earth is blue. Here's a space laser story for you

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:31
NASA to take Mars meteor from London and use it for target practise ahead of 2020 mission

NASA has decided to use fragments of Martian meteorites for target practice ahead of the Mars 2020 mission, then send one back to Mars.…

Meltdown-and-Spectre-detector comes to Windows Analytics

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:02
After flubbing its early responses, Microsoft's thrown sysadmins a bone

Microsoft's added a Meltdown-and-Spectre detector to Windows Analytics, the company's telemetry analysis tool for sysadmins.…

Meltdown-and-Spectre-detector comes to Windows Analytics

The Register - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:02
After flubbing its early responses, Microsoft's thrown sysadmins a bone

Microsoft's added a Meltdown-and-Spectre detector to Windows Analytics, the company's telemetry analysis tool for sysadmins.…

Citrix swallows Cedexis to give NetScaler more multi-cloud cred

The Register - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:58
Nobody wants slow SaaS or cross-cloud comms, but Citrix wants you to cough up to stop it

Citrix has bought traffic optimisation company Cedexis for an undisclosed sum.…

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