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Europe considers making it law that your boss can’t bug you outside of office hours

1 hour 42 min ago
I’d love to sort out that issue for you, Steve, but it’s Saturday and I'd rather not commit a crime

Europe has had enough of the blurring between work and personal time – where your boss calls you in the evening or colleagues email at the weekend – and is mulling introducing legislation that would provide a “right to disconnect.”…

Intel reveals US$475m investment in Vietnam as Communist Party says it loves high-tech industry

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 23:58
What a co-incidence this news has emerged in the same week as a five-yearly party congress!

Intel has revealed that it pumped an extra US$475m into its facilities in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.…

Soon, no more blood tests or probing for prostate cancer? AI claims 99% success rate using more relaxing methods

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 23:34
Small-scale test involving biosensor and trained algorithms shows early promise

Scientists say they have devised a way to screen for prostate cancer using a drop of urine, a sensor, and AI algorithms. And the test takes just twenty minutes, and is 99 per cent accurate, according to results from a small-scale test.…

Firefox 85 crumbles cache-abusing supercookies with potent partitioning powers

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 23:01
Scorches Flash for the very last time, too

The Mozilla Foundation has scorched a pair of monstrosities in the new version 85 of its Firefox browser.…

The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software goes offline for good

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 22:02
You probably remember it as, an essential source of shareware downloads for the early Web

One of the web’s early software download bazaars,, has closed.…

AMD's Lisa Su: Our processor sales are Ryzen faster than the PC market is growing

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 20:06
Chip designer records bumper final quarter and full year, predicts more of the same to come, says supply flow will increase

Sometimes, things just go right. AMD on Tuesday reported record full-year and fourth-quarter financial figures, all due to interest in its chips across the board, from microprocessors in PCs and servers to GPUs in games consoles, and all during a pandemic.…

Dear team: Please work hard in 2021. I’d help, but I’m in jail. Yours, the boss of Samsung

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 19:02
Management masterclass as locked-up Lee Jae-Yong apologises for his absence

Samsung’s vice chairman and de facto boss Lee Jae-Yong has reportedly sent staff motivational messages from inside prison.…

Microsoft smashes Wall Street's expectations with $43bn sales bonanza

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 17:32
FY21 Q2 results buoyed by cloud demand, pandemic-driven IT focus

Microsoft far exceeded expectations for its second-quarter fiscal 2021 financial results, posting $43.1bn in revenue, an increase of 17 per cent.…

US cyber intelligence officer given 11 years for kidnapping her kid, trying to hawk top secrets to Russia in Mexico

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 15:59
How's your year going?

A US Air Force intelligence officer who kidnapped her daughter to Mexico and attempted to defect to Russia with information labelled top secret has been jailed for 11 years.…

Google, Apple sued for failing to give Telegram chat app the Parler put-down treatment

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 15:21
Messaging wunderkind said to be haven for extremists – and Silicon Valley gave it a pass, ex-ambassador complains

Marc Ginsberg, a former US ambassador who oversees a non-profit called Coalition for a Safer Web (CSW), sued Alphabet's Google subsidiary on Monday for failing to remove the Telegram Messenger app from its Google Play store.…

Decade-old bug in Linux world's sudo can be abused by any logged-in user to gain root privileges

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 14:12
Sudo, make me a heap overflow! Done, this system is now yours

Security researchers from Qualys have identified a critical heap buffer overflow vulnerability in sudo that can be exploited by rogue users to take over the host system.…

Apple emits emergency iOS security updates while warning holes may have been exploited in wild by hackers

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 13:45
Plus fixes for iPadOS, tvOS, watchOS, XCode, iCloud for Windows – and a day after Google disclosed Nork op

Apple today released software updates to patch vulnerabilities in iPhones and iPads that may have been exploited by miscreants to silently snoop on victims from afar.…

Dynamic Data do-over denied: Judge upholds $7m patent infringement claim against Microsoft

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 13:09
Shenanigans called on ASP.NET scaffolding tech

A New York judge has denied Microsoft a new trial after the software giant attempted to overturn a 2020 judgement over its infringement of a database interface patent.…

A Twitter world-improvement plan that doesn't involve deleting Twitter? Unleash the boffins, says microblogging biz

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 12:19
Academics can apply for free access to historic Twitter data, so there is a use for the well of human misery after all

Twitter is making public tweet data freely available to academic researchers in the hope the boffins can use it to make the world a better place.…

Google's Git commits point to project on pared-back Android for virtualized environments

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 11:31
Meet MicroDroid, a base image for on-device VMs that might never see light of day

Google is working on a stripped-down version of Android for virtualized environments, judging by source code commits made to the AOSP repository.…

Got Surface Hubs? Better get cracking: Windows 10 for Whiteboards to resume rolling out in February

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 10:17
Windows 10 Team Creators Update due for support axe in March - yes, two months from now

Microsoft is set to resume rolling out the Windows 10 Team 2020 Update, although some administrators will have only a few short weeks before the previous version drops out of support.…

Drone smashes through helicopter's windscreen and injures passenger

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 09:22
Two feet sideways and it could have been the pilot: report

A drone crashed into the windscreen of a helicopter being flown at low altitude and injured a passenger aboard the aircraft.…

Huawei has been Biden its time, but there's no sign new US president will reverse American sanctions

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 08:45
Press secretary won't say nay or yea on Entity List, but prez says 'we need to play a better defense'

It has been six days since Joe Biden became president of the United States. Since then, he has wasted no time in reversing policy decisions made by his predecessor with a series of executive actions on LGBT rights, the environment, and race relations.…

A new take on programming trends: You know what's not a bunch of JS? Devs learning Python and Java ahead of JavaScript

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 08:07
O'Reilly's opinionated survey says low-code on the up and modern web dev is 'chilling'

A report from an online learning platform presents a different take on programming language and devops trends, showing Python and Java ahead of the usual survey winner JavaScript.…

No cards, thanks, we're contactless-less: UK supermarket giants hit by card payment TITSUP*

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 07:15
Money talks in Morrisons and Co-Op

Shoppers keen to avoid that personal touch have been faced with multi-day card payment problems at UK grocery giants Morrisons and the Co-Op.…