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World turns to Twitter for reasoned discussion and cat memes Pit of the internet Reddit is TITSUP* just in time to ruin the lunchtime surfing of Europeans and the morning smoothie-quaffing of Americans. For those who have never encountered the discussion site, it covers a variety of topics (or “subreddits”) into which text posts, images
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A comfortable, pleasant non-mechanical keyboard Review Keyboards are essential so it’s no surprise people are particular about the ones they use. And though mechanical keyboards command the majority of the mouth-foaming geek lust, there’s still a home for the humble scissor-switch, as demonstrated by the delightfully functional Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless. Functional but unattractive,
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To be fair, all UK cities could benefit from such a scheme… Sheffield authorities have enlisted four companies to help improve rubbish collection and road maintenance in the northern English city through a network of sensors. Road contractor Amey is working on the project alongside Hull-based connected cities firm Connexin, as well as the usual
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Are we doing panic about software updates again? Really? OK Some of the biggest names in the technology world still ship hardware that can be possibly hijacked by well-placed miscreants, thanks to poor or non-existent checks for firmware updates. Eclypsium said on Monday that, despite years of warnings from experts – and examples of rare
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Would-be buyer Ethos attempts closed-room meeting to push deal through The Internet Society’s own members are now opposing its sale of the .org internet registry to an unknown private equity firm. The Chapters Advisory Council, the official voice of Internet Society (ISOC) members, will vote this month on whether to approve a formal recommendation that
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Smart-home kit slinger does the right thing… under commercial duress Ring will make two-factor authentication mandatory for all its customers, forcing them to enter a six-digit code before they can access their accounts, the Amazon-owned outfit announced on Tuesday. The move comes after miscreants discovered they could force their way into people’s Ring smart-home devices
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There’s always a tech angle The former CEO of education software business Symplicity was pardoned by President Donald Trump this week, almost six years after the suit admitted hacking into two rivals’ computer systems. In May 2014, Ariel Friedler ‘fessed up to the FBI that he, and two coworkers, had decrypted the account passwords of
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President slams his administration’s ‘ridiculous’ China crackdown President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he wants America’s semiconductor industry to be able to do business around the globe, calling into question a reported trade rule change targeting Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei. The Wall Street Journal on Monday claimed the US Commerce Department is drafting changes
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Meanwhile: Chip fabs still running just fine in China, FYI, says analyst Google has added rentable virtual machines powered by AMD’s second-generation Epyc Rome server processors to its cloud platform line-up – as a beta, we note. The N2D family is available in the web giant’s us-central1, asia-southeast1, and europe-west4 regions, and if successful, Google
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Japanese supplier’s biz model, like its products, were straight as a spring Two former sales executives at NHK Spring Ltd, Hitoshi Hashimoto and Hiroyuki Tamura, were indicted in America last week for alleged participation in a worldwide conspiracy to fix the prices of hard disk components. “This charge demonstrates that antitrust violations are not just
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Look over here! Mmmmm, tax breaks In an effort to counter the influence and spread of Chinese-built kit, the Japanese government has approved a draft bill that will offer low-cost finance to firms looking to develop 5G and drone technologies. The bill will give qualifying businesses cut-rate loans from state-owned banks, provided their products meet
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ElectionGuard guards real-life election Microsoft is in Fulton, Wisconsin, today to try its ElectionGuard electronic vote system in the primary election for the US state’s Supreme Court candidates. Tom Burt, Microsoft corporate veep for Customer Security and Trust, unleashed the news overnight, hopefully giving locals time to roll out the bunting before Microsoft turned up
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Microsoft previews its efforts to bring complexity of on-prem IT to the cloud Microsoft has slung out a limited sneak peek at Azure Shared Disks, which enable on-premises applications that run on clustered storage to be migrated cloudwards. According to Azure Storage corporate veep Ted Brockway, Azure Shared Disks will support enterprise applications currently running
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Ah Larry, you’re all heart. Virtually While the faithful were gathered for Oracle’s OpenWorld Europe (OOW) knees-up at London’s Excel centre, boffins using the company’s cloud have been busy creating a virtual human. Far be it from us to suggest the company’s emissions regarding the potential of its cloud business might have been perhaps a
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Move over, there’s plenty of room on Putin’s naughty step Fresh from last week’s controversy with a US telco, German secure email biz Tutanota has declared today that the Russian authorities have pulled the plug on its services. Russia’s move appears to be a continuation of domestic policy aimed at shutting out foreign-owned services that
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As in, it’s easy to damage despite spiel Early adopters of Samsung’s foldable Galaxy Z Flip have shed doubt on the phone’s hardiness despite claims from the tech giant about its flexible glass display. One video by popular YouTuber Zack Nelson, which has since racked up over four million views, shows the Galaxy Z Flip
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Also: No HoloLens 2 at Barcelona Roundup While Windows wobbled under the weight of patches, the Microsoft gang updated development tools and buffed up a lure for startups among other shenanigans in this past week. Small Basic Online turns 1.0 Microsoft’s introduction to programming, Small Basic Online, has reached version 1.0 with a bucketload of
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