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03/08/2021 00:29:41  

Hit us up next time you're free, though

SpaceX is clear to build a lander with NASA to put the first American woman and next American man on the Moon – after Uncle Sam dismissed complaints that the $2.94bn contract was awarded unfairly.…

02/08/2021 22:30:15  

For now, tedious Apple-grade teasing

Google says the latest iteration of its Android smartphones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, are coming this fall.…

02/08/2021 20:29:45  

Plus: SolarWinds cyber-spies hit US prosecutors' email systems, and more

In brief Malicious libraries capable of lifting credit card numbers and opening backdoors on infected machines have been found in PyPI, the official third-party software repository for Python.…

02/08/2021 19:30:21  

Cast off your chains with this webcast

Promo Even the smallest organisation knows its data is precious. Unlocking the value of your data is crucial to future growth, while protecting it is central to your very survival.…

02/08/2021 17:30:15  

Also: Why new OS looks this way, and easier install for Linux subsystem

Microsoft has added Windows 11 to the Beta channel of its Insider preview scheme and issued a new build which replaces flashing taskbar icons - indicating attention is required - with what it calls a "red pill."…

02/08/2021 16:30:20  

Irony, thy name is Yes Consumer Solutions Ltd

A firm that sells nuisance call-blocking systems is itself nursing a £170,000 fine from the UK's data watchdog, ironically for cold calling almost 200,000 people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).…

02/08/2021 15:29:56  

Colour us surprised

PC makers are starting to prioritise production lines in favour of more profitable Windows PCs at the expense of Chromebooks, or so warns IDC.…

02/08/2021 14:30:08  

Also: 5.14 rc4 is out, with Linus saying 'nothing to see here'

Paragon Software, in response to a nudge from Linux Torvalds, said it will submit a pull request for its NTFS driver for Linux.…

02/08/2021 13:29:53  

Hardcoded passwords, unencrypted connections and unauthenticated firmware updates... patches released

Security specialist Armis has discovered vulnerabilities, collectively dubbed PwnedPiper, in pneumatic tube control systems used in thousands of hospitals worldwide – including 80 per cent of the major hospitals found in the US.…

02/08/2021 12:30:15  

Delivery of project to manage £110bn spending 'appears to be unachievable' says UK government's own watchdog

NHS England has missed the latest deadline in the procurement of a £200m replacement ERP system responsible for managing the UK's annual health spending of £110bn and is now more than two years late.…

02/08/2021 10:30:15  

Two little letters is all it takes

Who, Me? Welcome to another edition of Who, Me? where this week a typo manages to send a hub of rampant capitalism into meltdown.…

02/08/2021 10:30:15  

Gatekeeper capitalism at its most odious

Column There is much that people of breeding and taste can and should despise in gaming. Some of it comes from the angry undertow of sullen boyish aggression that pervades the over-muscled, over-weaponised first-person-shooter end of the market, where it is impossible to pick up the controller without hearing your mother tell you to tidy your room. Then there's the regrettable aesthetics of the custom gaming PC sector, a curious amalgam of macho metal vibe and sugar-rush amphetamine-acid LED colour cycling.…

02/08/2021 09:29:59  

Claims it's the first algorithmic bias bounty competition

Twitter's saliency algorithm – otherwise known as its automated image cropping tool – has a problem with gender and race bias. The micro-blogging service is hoping to fix it by offering what it reckons is the industry's first algorithmic bias bounty competition.…

02/08/2021 08:29:48  

IP lawyer says decision is bad because the last thing we need is robot patent trolls

An Australian Court has decided that an artificial intelligence can be recognised as an inventor in a patent submission.…

02/08/2021 07:30:02  

Zoombombing class action offers US$85m in payments, meaning even free accounts get a few bucks

US-based Zoom users may have a little cash coming their way after the video meeting outfit lodged a preliminary settlement in a class action related to some of its less-than-brilliant security and data protection practices.…

02/08/2021 07:30:01  

Slams Biden's Executive Order on improving infosec, calls for multilateral trust framework

Huawei has decided to school America on cyber-security, and its lesson is to co-operate with China so its vendors – including Huawei – can be trusted around the world.…

02/08/2021 06:29:53  

Plus: Software-detected gunshot withdrawn as evidence from trial

In brief If you’ve always wanted to program your Nvidia GPU to accelerate machine learning, image processing, and other workloads, but find Nv's CUDA too daunting or too much of a faff to learn, you’re in luck.…

02/08/2021 06:29:52  

Microsoft's Windows 365 will do much the same when it launches

Amazon Web Services has stolen a march on Microsoft's cloud desktop plans by adding browser access to its WorkSpaces desktop-as-a-service offering.…

02/08/2021 02:29:56  

Plans to make partial payments for almost anything the new normal

Square, the credit card processing company run by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, has announced plans to acquire Australian buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) outfit Afterpay for $29 billion.…

31/07/2021 14:29:06  

Open letter drafted against what's seen as unjustified profiteering

Many of the almost 24,000 technical standards maintained by the International Standards Organization (ISO) are subject to copyright restrictions and are not freely available.…

31/07/2021 08:29:00  

Just 'validate third-party code before using it', says Euro body

Half of publicly reported supply chain attacks were carried out by "well known APT groups", according to an analysis by EU infosec agency ENISA, which warned such digital assaults need to drive "new protective methods."…

31/07/2021 00:29:46  

You miss every shot you don't take, we guess

Amazon says a European Union privacy watchdog has mustered the temerity to demand a $885m fine for failing to comply with data privacy rules.…

30/07/2021 21:28:58  

You call this a glitch?

Russia said a "software failure" caused its Nauka module to suddenly and unexpectedly fire its thrusters after docking with the International Space Station this week.…

30/07/2021 19:29:29  

Apparently quite a few people haven't been in the office as much lately

HP Inc has acquired remote PC specialist Teradici.…

30/07/2021 18:29:35  

Fewer and fewer orgs want to run their own data centre

Spending on cloud infrastructure services shot up by more than a third again as workload migration and cloud native applications development sped up, according to the latest research from Canalys.…