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Of course they've crammed some AI in there too

HPE Aruba today released a line of wireless routers supporting next year's 802.11ax/Wi-Fi 6 standard – and then immediately sullied them by applying the AI marketing buzzword.…


It's all about hyperconverged – no we're not breaking out those numbers

With one eye on uncertain currency movements and the developing US/ China trade war, NetApp reported a solid set of Q2 numbers, albeit figures that highlighted a slowdown in its monumental all-flash array sales growth.…


Now go away, we’re saving the world

Analysis  Google’s DeepMind operation insists UK patients have nothing to worry about now that Google has absorbed the subsidiary - but lawyers and privacy campaigners have raised doubts.…


Commission will 'endeavour' to make an adequacy decision during transition period

The UK will be locked out of European Union databases once the Brexit transition period ends – but the UK is hoping a data adequacy decision will be adopted by the end of 2020.…


23-year-old fined $4,000, volunteers services for Perth Zoo, zoo says thanks but nah

Ever found yourself overcome by cuteness while gawping at sad, caged animals that you just had to take one home with you? Us neither, but that's exactly what 23-year-old Jesse Hooker did on a trip to Perth Zoo in Australia.…


No need to learn Mandarin, we collaborate in English

OpenStack Summit  The OpenStack Foundation took to the stage in Berlin this week to talk infrastructure because, heck, everyone loves infrastructure, right? Especially open infrastructure.…


Xiaomi your underpants: When will the UK market get its branded undies?

Prospective phone buyers may want to wait before plumping for a new Xiaomi. The newcomer’s flagship ships with MUIU 9 firmware, which is stuck on 2017’s Android Oreo.…


Never uses computers because his peons do everything for him

In Blighty, we have former home secretary Amber "Necessary Hashtags" Rudd, but shockingly politicians' failure to grasp basic aspects of their brief is not limited to the UK.…


'Tis the season to be tracked by your connected water bottle

The FREDI baby monitor has been ranked creepiest connected home gadget on offer this festive season in a survey by Mozilla.…


Did we mention the worse battery?

Real world review  While the XR may be the best value notched iPhone that Apple is making today, some of its compromises may be too much for the target market of customers hanging on to their dated but perfectly functional hardware.…


Beware the trusted insider

Webcast  If you like true crime stories, you already know that at the end the criminal is usually revealed to be someone the victim knew well.…


'Trump tariff' question hangs over immediate future

A week after announcing hundreds of layoffs, Cisco has turned in a set of financials for Q1 of fiscal 2019 that are ahead of analyst expectations.…


A $10 saving cuts ports and memory from the Pi 3 Model A+ but keeps that quad core CPU

Like the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ but feel that the RAM is just a bit too big, the price too high or the ports too numerous? Fear not, for the spiritual successor to the original Model A+ is here.…


Court of Appeal rules it's wrong to assume regulator should pony up for cases it loses

The Court of Appeal has ruled that legal costs from BT Openreach's dark fibre bunfight against UK telcos will be reconsidered by the Competition Appeal Tribunal.…


5G, IoT, and tech supply chains should go under spotlight

Another US government panel has warned of the dangers of over-reliance on Chinese tech vendors: the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.…


Post boasts cloud host's utmost roast

Amazon may be working to rid itself of Oracle database software, but the box-and-bit shifting biz can't get enough of Oracle's coffee-themed programming technology, Java.…


Icy planet within cosmic spitting distance of humanity

A planet three times the size of Earth has been spotted orbiting Barnard's Star, one of the closest suns to our Solar System.…


CISA heads off for Trump's signature – no, not that CISA, the good one

The US House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would create a new agency to lead the federal government's cybersecurity efforts.…


Federation snubs Larry Ellison's bid to break up $10bn winner-takes-all contract

Oracle's bid to halt the Pentagon's JEDI $10bn winner-takes-all cloud IT contract has been turned down.…


Ok, we have Amazon. Anyone else?

Analysis  If regulators ever do get around to reining in the ecommerce steamroller that is Amazon, this week's announcement of his new headquarters may be the spark.…


CPU slingers insist existing defenses will stop attacks – but eggheads disagree

Computer security researchers have uncovered yet another set of transient execution attacks on modern CPUs that allow a local attacker to gain access to privileged data, fulfilling predictions made when the Spectre and Meltdown flaws were reported at the beginning of the year.…


This is a Shinning example of an enterprise IT pun

Rubrik has expanded its database, unstructured data, and in-cloud protection.…


Government audit finds office still hasn't cleaned up from Obama-era megabreach

More than three years after suffering one of the largest cyber-attacks in US government history, the Office of Personnel Management has yet to adopt dozens of the security measures investigators ordered – including basic stuff like changing passwords.…


Amazon gizmo may be key witness in slaying

A US judge has ordered Amazon to hand over any recordings made by its Echo digital assistant at a house where two women were murdered last year.…


All-flash, Arista top-of-rack switching and... single tier

HPE has finally coughed some details on those all-flash server configs it said it would provide for its Azure Stack rack last week.…


Defra concedes end-to-end testing can throw up challenges as MPs shout into the void

The UK's food and farming department has yet to test six critical IT systems ahead of Brexit and may have to rely on manual workarounds or "unsophisticated" tech, MPs have warned.…


Black Hat survey on infosec's darkest fears

The number one thing worrying infosec bods right now is… yup, you guessed it, a giant targeted attack that KOs their employers' systems.…


It's pop-AI but tailored, fans

Samsung has unveiled the next-gen chips that will power its smartphones and tablets (and crypto-miners). And it hopes others will use them too.…


Bank ATM pen testing reveals alarming results

ATM machines are vulnerable to an array of basic attack techniques that would allow hackers to lift thousands in cash.…


Great hulk of a system not working after 'emergency works'...

Biz broadband comms provider – in name at least today – Gamma is suffering from web wobbles this morning, reportedly across the UK, as customers can't access its Horizon service.…


All your Health Data are belong to us

Google has placed itself at the heart of Britain’s National Health Service by absorbing its wholly owned DeepMind Health unit into the Chocolate Factory - data and all. It has also scrapped the unit’s "independent review panel".…


Landmark lit up in orange, New Yorkers underwhelmed

New York's finest building* has turned orange to welcome Amazon to town.…


Tells gov.au: There's your scope creep

When Australia implemented its telecommunications data retention regime, privacy wonks worried about the potential for scope creep. The same warnings have been made about the government's proposed encryption-busting legislation.…


It's sing-along-a-Stob time

Stob  It's that time of year, in the northern hemisphere, when IT specialists reluctantly abandon their rugged, outdoor lifestyle, and gather around Mama's upright piano to sing some favourite old songs... with updated, satirical lyrics. Like these.…


RPC over TLS: You know it makes sense

An Internet Engineering Task Force group has turned its attention to how Remote Procedure Calls (RPC) travel over the internet, and decided a bit of (easy) encryption is in order.…


HPC pusher bats eyelids at OEM flingers after biggest product refresh in a while

HPC supplier Panasas has introduced a faster file system and non-proprietary hardware design in its biggest product refresh for a decade or more.…


Carmaker's unpredictable 'super cruise control' tech blamed for ton of close calls

Tesla CEO Elon Musk asked the Tesla owners among his millions of Twitter followers last week what aspect of their electric cars they'd most like to see improved or fixed.…


Well, if anyone knows if he fudged it, it would be him

The inventor of two patents that covers Ethernet switching products has been given permission to question the validity of his own invention.…


Another pair awaiting trial over slaying of Andrew Finch

One of three people charged over the December 2017 "swatting" death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch in the US has pleaded guilty.…


Sub cable biz raises hand, 'fesses up to causing BGP hijack drama

Monday's prolonged Google cloud and websites outage was triggered by a botched network update by a West Africa telco, it is claimed.…


Look, we're tired of doing these headlines too, but there's patching to do

Microsoft and Adobe have delivered the November edition of Patch Tuesday with another sizable bundle of security fixes to install as soon as you're able to.…


Xilinx Alveo cards added to platform list

Liqid has added FPGAs to the list of compute resources its customers can use to compose workload-specific computing systems.…


Bio-boffins bet beastly bad bits bash bronchi

Analysis  Scientists are calling for more research into the effect, negative or otherwise, of 3D printers on indoor air quality.…


Hackers are lethal weapons, as in diplomatic... oh forget it

The Russian government has denied having anything to do with hacking the US Democratic party in 2016, although in a court filing this week stressed that even if it did break into the DNC's servers, it is immune from prosecution.…


Autumnwatchers, what a novel concept: 'Extensive internal validation'

Is the Windows October 2018 update here again? Did it ever exist previously? Are we all in a feverish dream where the latest version, build 1809, is stable and fit for purpose, and Patch Tuesday was totally uneventful? Our finger hovers over the "no" button, but we live in hope of someone one day fitted a "yes" key.…


Brit user group presses for info and tools amid licensing fudge

SAP has used its annual British user shindig to big up reforms to internal structures and licensing – but customers wary over indirect access won't be won over easily.…


Steady as she goes with 5G

Vodafone's new group CEO has vowed to keep shareholders happy by continuing to pay out dividends in his first earnings conference, despite reporting a €7.8bn loss and falling revenue.…


2001: A Space Odyssey's villain raised bar for killer robot trope

Canadian actor Douglas Rain has died at the age of 90.…


Data Protection Act isn't our only legal weapon, beams ICO

+Comment  A UK car industry worker who abused his customer database access to send data to telephone scammers has been sentenced to six months in prison.…


Rival AWS fluffs US govt cloud, pops up in Italy

Playing catch-up with AWS and Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud has pulled the EU dust covers off its cloud onboarding appliance.…