Xiaomi anarchy in the UK: Chinese tat-flinger wants to slip its cheapo flagships in Brit pockets

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 11:19
They're heeeeeeeeeeeeere

The most disruptive – if you pardon the cliché – newcomer to the UK phone market in years has finally launched. Xiaomi's first three devices will be sold by Argos, Currys, John Lewis, operator Three, Carphone and Amazon from tomorrow, the firm said.…

Docker invites elderly Windows Server apps to spend remaining days in supervised care

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:41
Version 2.1 of Docker Enterprise brings Windows App Migration Program

Docker on Thursday plans to introduce a Windows Server Application Migration program with the release of Docker Enterprise 2.1.…

Brit tech buys on ice, but CGI can't wait to get integrating all those post-Brexit systems

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:10
Oh, and Gartner publishes spending prognosis for life after EU inclusion

Systems integrator CGI has warned that British customers are starting to put their tech purchases on ice as the Brexit looms into view, but that doesn't mean it won't be able to exploit the situation.…

VMware and Lenovo are about to hit go-go on Project Dimension beta

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 09:35
Software-defined, hybrid cloud components, sold as-a-service that's delivered on-prem? WTF?

VMware and Lenovo intend to run beta tests of Project Dimension from next month – think of it as VMware's infrastructure-as-a-service cloud that runs on a customer's data centre on-premises and at edge locations.…

Here's a search engine for all you boffins and eggheads that makes it easier to learn science

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 09:00
Microsoft co-founder's gift from beyond the grave

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has added new features to its academic search engine, Semantic Scholar, to make it easier for professionals and plebs to understand and advance research.…

Oops: Cisco accidentally leaked in-house Dirty COW exploit code with biz conf call software

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 08:23
Critical bugs patched in switches, messaging, analytics

Cisco this week patched critical vulnerabilities in its switches, Stealthwatch, and Unity voice messaging system.…

Oops: Cisco accidentally released in-house Dirty COW exploit attack code with software installer

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 08:23
Critical bugs patched in switches, messaging, analytics

Cisco this week patched critical vulnerabilities in its switches, Stealthwatch, and Unity voice messaging system. Oh, and 'fessed up that it accidentally shipped software that included in-house-developed exploit code for attacking Linux systems via the Dirty COW flaw.…

Data flows post-Brexit: 'Leave it to government to make sure you've got a smooth run in.' Er, OK

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 07:48
Brexitary Dominic Raab bullish about adequacy – because everything's going sooo well

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has claimed businesses need to do "very little" to ensure data flows after March – despite official advice that they should start drafting new contracts in case of no deal Brexit.…

Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 07:17
*squints* Well, it's flexible. It's a, er, thing. It's...

New products are traditionally developed in darkness – but rarely launched in darkness too. Samsung yesterday turned the auditorium lights way down before "revealing" its first Foldable Thing. This Foldable Thing was brandished in a Samsung executive's hand – some distance from spectators. And you couldn't get any nearer.…

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 06:50
It's all so unProfessional

Microsoft's activation servers appear to be on the blink this morning – some Windows 10 users woke up to find their Pro systems have, er, gone Home.…

4G slowcoach Three plans network and IT overhaul to get foot in the door with 5G

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 06:20
The future's... made of ... virtual insanity

Hutchison's Three UK has detailed an ambitious network and IT overhaul as it paves the ground for 5G.…

'DerpTroll' derps into plea deal, admits DDoS attacks on EA, Steam, Sony game servers

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 05:52
Austin Thompson, 23, cops to $95,000 worth of damage

The man accused over DDoS-bombing several online games hosts in 2013 and 2014 has entered a guilty plea under a deal with US authorities.…

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 05:20
It looks like you're trying to run a rail service. Do you want some help with that?

Window admins rejoice! It isn’t just you that can’t get Office 2010 to uninstall silently. The mighty brains behind the UK railways have had just as much trouble.…

If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 04:50
MP falls for PC support scam

While fraudsters traditionally prey on the gullible and feeble-minded, their wicked ways have ensnared British Labour MP Diane Abbott.…

Civil rights group says Oracles, Tapads and Experians get let off for wanton info-sucking

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 04:15
'Lesser-known' names escape public scrutiny, claims Privacy International

Privacy International (PI) has filed complaints of "systematic infringements" of data protection law by seven info-sucking companies that it says find it too easy to fly under the radar.…

Spammer scum hack 100,000 home routers via UPnP vulns to craft email-flinging botnet

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 02:58
Look out for traffic to and from these IP addresses and ports

Once again, a hundred thousand or more home routers have been press-ganged into a spam-spewing botnet, this time via Universal Plug and Play (UPnP).…

FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface

The Register - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 01:51
FAB, Lady Penelope

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has kept its cool, successfully surviving sweltering temperatures to reach its first close encounter with the Sun, coming within 15 million miles of the solar surface.…

StatCounter fingers cache-poisoning caper for Bitcoin-slurping JavaScript hijack

The Register - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 23:52
The good news? Nobody appears to have lost any Bitcoin, says

This week's hijacking of StatCounter's JavaScript to swipe Bitcoins from a crypto-coin exchange was the result of a web cache poisoning attack, apparently.…

Qualcomm: Welp, there's a $5bn-ish Apple-shaped hole in the books, but at least we have other chip buyers

The Register - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 21:39
Chinese mid-tier phone-makers, 5G hype to the rescue

Breaking up is expensive: losing Apple as a customer meant Qualcomm missed out on 50 million cellular modem chipset sales for the latest batch of iPhones, and slipped into a net loss for its fiscal 2018. However, the chip designer insisted the worst is over.…

Upset fat iOS gobbles up so much storage? Too bad, so sad, says judge: Apple lawsuit axed

The Register - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 20:13
But at what point do advertised capacity specs become misleading?

Analysis A California judge has dismissed a false advertising lawsuit against Apple that tried to take the iGiant to task for its bloated mobile operating system.…