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Nest reveals the first truly connected home

9 hours 41 min ago
Begun, the battle of the home eco-systems has

Comment After years of hype, the connected home is finally here thanks to a range of new products available this week from Google-owned Nest.…

Machines making music, translating Chinese, self-driving trucks, and more

12 hours 54 min ago
Developments for our future overlords

Roundup Welcome to this week's AI roundup. We have news on a machine learning model used by Google to make music that doesn't sound completely bad, improved translation between English and Chinese from Microsoft, and a new test bed for Waymo's self-driving trucks.…

AMD security flaw saga, browsers broken, Lamo dead at 37, and more

14 hours 37 min ago
It's the week in security

Roundup The lingering fallout of security flaws in AMD processor chipsets has dominated the news this week, and it ain't over yet.…

Nip/Tug: Plastic surgeon accused of mid-surgery 'hardcore' smut binge

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 20:52
Come for the nose job, stay for the... denials of any wrongdoing

A Los Angeles plastic surgeon has been accused of watching porn videos on a screen while performing surgery.…

Oracle botherer Rimini Street brags of swelling fortunes – but hands tied on reinvesting cash

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 19:44
Biz left with fewer reps after limit on sales, marketing spend

Rimini Street, the third-party support thorn in Oracle's side, has reported increased revenue and operating profit in 2017 – but complained unspecified covenants have prevented it from investing in sales staff or marketing.…

Android Oreo mic drop fury: Google ups tempo for Pixel mobe audio fix

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 19:08
Hardware flaws may be amplified by slapdash software, tuning out bug now a priority

Google has escalated the priority and severity rating of a bug that has been silencing microphones on its Pixel smartphones running Android 8.1, aka Oreo.…

FYI: AI tools can unmask anonymous coders from their binary executables

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:24
To maintain privacy, stay offline, don't maintain public repos that trace back to you

Programmers can be potentially identified from the low-level machine-code instructions in their software executables by AI-powered tools.…

Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:36
New commercial alt-cash crafters turned away from slurping cheap electricity

A city in upstate New York has become the first in America to effectively ban any new commercial-grade cryptocurrency miners from powering up.…

Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:58
Governments refuse to get sucked into policy shambles, kibosh DNS GDPR plans

An effort to resolve conflicts between upcoming European privacy legislation and the global Whois service for domain names has, predictably, failed, raising fears that cybercriminals will take advantage of the impasse.…

Konichiw-aaaaargh! Amazon's Japanese HQ raided in antitrust probe

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:27
Bezos Bunch under the microscope of anti-monopoly cops

Amazon has had its Japanese headquarters raided by police as the web giant finds itself the focus of an antitrust probe.… told: Draw up code of practice for cops bulk-slurping car plates

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:40
CCTV commish welcomes amendment 3 years after first suggested

UK government will be forced to debate a code of practice for cops' use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems after Labour MPs tabled an amendment to the Data Protection Bill.…

Crooks opt for Monero as crypto of choice to launder ill-gotten gains

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:09
Study examines the cutting edge of cybercrime

Crooks are increasingly turning to Monero over Bitcoin, according to a new study on the economics of cybercrime.…

Neural networks whip fleshbag butt at identifying craters

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:35
Yeah, well... can they do it on a cold rainy night in Stoke?

A neural network can wipe the floor with fleshy researchers at that most tedious of cosmic tasks – spotting craters.…

To Infinity Storage... and beyond! Cloudian gobbles Italian minnow

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:11
Slurps HyperFile chum for file, cloud storage gateway chops

Object storage supplier Cloudian is buying Italian firm Infinity Storage to add file access and cloud storage gateway functionality to its services.…

Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:17
App biz's Nice Guy makeover yet to convince all regulators

Birmingham authorities have asked for more information on Uber's business model and operations before granting it a new licence.…

UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:48
Oh, and billionaire owner Li Ka-shing retires

Mobile operator Three UK reported a fall in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)* of 2 per cent to £437m for its full-year results – largely due to an IT and network upgrade.…

Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:17
It's your body Notch your mind

"The Notch"* is either the curse of 2018 phone designs – or the only interesting thing about boring phone designs in 2018, depending on how you look at it. Now details of a Microsoft phone patent have emerged that could make future phones less Notchy.…

Brexit in spaaaace! At T-1 year and counting: UK politicos ponder impact

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:46
'Entrepreneurs!' 'Elon Musk!' 'Smartphones!' chirps Lord as UK space stares into abyss

Countries are pouncing on space work originally destined for the UK like a “feeding frenzy of hyenas” according to a selection of representatives from the UK industry and education sectors.…

Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:17
Citizens not keen on having habits tracked are watching closely

A spec for online age verification is due to be published on Monday, a decision backers hope will pacify opponents of the smut checks.…

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:29
Forced punters to cough extra £40 for pre-configured laptops

Currys PC World today apologised for forcing customers to pay an extra £40 for pre-configuration on their laptops that they didn't request – a dodgy practice brought to light by consumer charity Which?…