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India approves 5G trials - if they don't use Chinese 5G kit

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 22:44
Government department wants SPs to facilitate testing of homegrown tech for India-specific use cases

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) finally granted approval for service providers to start 5G trials.…

Norwegian telco Telenor writes off its Myanmar operation

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 20:04
Military coup creates such a nasty environment it’s hung up on $780 million of assets

Norwegian telco Telenor has written off its entire mobile business in Myanmar, citing the “deteriorating security and human rights situation,” after the military seized control of the nation’s government in February and imposed rolling internet blackouts.…

Belgian parliament halts China Uyghur 'genocide' debate after DDoS smashes ISP offline

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 18:11
Plus: Register.com, Network Solutions DNS down and Cloudflare has a wobble

Government and academic websites and IT services in Belgium were down for hours on Tuesday after their internet provider Belnet was hit by a significant distributed denial-of-service tsunami.…

Chipmaker TSMC to build 'up to five' more factories in Arizona

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 16:24
Copper State turns silicon?

TSMC is said to be considering building up to five additional chip plants in Arizona as well as the one it announced last year.…

American schools' phone apps send children's info to ad networks, analytics firms

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 15:09
Get used to it, kid

The majority of Android and iOS apps created for US public and private schools send student data to assorted third parties, researchers have found, calling into question privacy commitments from Apple and Google as app store stewards.…

'Millions' of Dell PCs will grant malware, rogue users admin-level access if asked nicely

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 13:56
Five vulnerabilities lay undetected for almost a dozen years in Windows driver code

Dell desktops, laptops, and tablets built since 2009 and running Windows can be exploited to grant rogue users and malware system-administrator-level access to the computers. We're told this amounts of hundreds of millions of machines that can be completely hijacked.…

Red Hat open-sources StackRox Kubernetes security product

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 12:24
More goodies for OpenShift, plus Konveyor to Kubernetes in association with IBM

Kubecon Europe  As Kubecon Europe gets under way, Red Hat has pushed out StackRox, the Kubernetes security product it acquired earlier this year, as an open-source project which will be the upstream for its Advanced Cluster Security for OpenShift.…

Pega set to launch 'context-aware' APIs that let users tweak back-end processes without breaking front end

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 11:30
Updates designed to ease 'expensive and challenging' software, analyst says

Low-code, automation and workflow company Pega is releasing tools it says will help users tweak back-end processes without developers having to worry too much about breaking front-end UIs.…

Samsung stops providing security updates to the Galaxy S8 at grand old age of four years

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 10:47
Goodnight, sweet prince: Awesome life expectancy for an Android, but now it's time to move on

Four years after it first hit shelves, Samsung has finally stopped issuing security patches for the venerable Galaxy S8. The phone, first released in early 2017, no longer features on the company's list of supported devices, signifying its end of life.…

Spent Chinese rocket stage set to make an uncontrolled return to Earth

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 09:53
Friends don't drop rocket remnants on friends, m'kay?

The spent booster stage responsible for placing the first module of China's next space station into orbit is set to make an uncontrolled rendezvous with Earth.…

HPE debuts storage-as-a-service platform based on a new storage array: Alletra

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 09:00
The race to keep up with AWSs and Microsoft of this world.

HPE is trying to up its Greenlake public cloud-like game by launching a storage-as-a-service (SaaS) platform with data service software abstraction layers operating on new Alletra storage arrays.…

Apple vs Epic Games trial kicks off featuring the same old arguments, hundreds of angry Zoombombing tweens

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 08:03
'Hello? I would please like Fortnite Mobile back...'

Apple and Epic Games met in California federal court on Monday, kicking off a bench trial with potentially radical consequences for how software is distributed and monetised on closed mobile ecosystems like iOS.…

RHEL, RHEL, RHEL, fancy that: Rocky Linux would-be CentOS replacement hits RC1 milestone

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:44
For testing only - but new distro compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux getting close to release

The Rocky Linux project, kicked off by original CentOS founder Gregory Kurtzer, has released RC1 of its distribution, which aims to be 100 per cent compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.…

File this next to Mars bars under 'things that should not be deep-fried': Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 06:42
How was this allowed to happen? Ah right, food delivery app publicity stunt

Scotland is brimming with valuable cultural exports. Among them, whacking wee baws doon a field, offal stuffed in offal, men's skirts, and deep-frying things that have no business being deep-fried.…

Audacity 'scared and excited' to be bought and brought under Muse Group's roof, but promises to stay free and open source

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 05:37
Which is good because that's why the audio editing software is so popular

Veteran audio editor Audacity has been purchased by Muse Group, although its new management has pledged to keep the platform free and open source.…

WTH are NFTs? Here is the token, there is the Beeple....

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 04:02
76.23kWh per-transaction footprint... WTF, people?

In the art world this spring, there's just one phrase on everyone's facemasks: the non-fungible token (NFT). When artist Mike Winkelman sold a JPG embedded into a cryptocurrency token for $69m in Ether (he pocketed $53m of it) jaws hit floors. But what is an NFT, exactly, and should you care, or just roll your eyes and go about your business?…

House of pain: If YAML makes you swear, shout louder – the agony is there for a reason

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 03:15
Non-quoted string vest? Don't mind if we do

Column  Enterprise IT is about solving problems, but for those who work in the field there's an index of irony in that statement. The further you go towards sales and marketing, the more problems are solved; the further towards the engine room of making this stuff work, the more problems appear.…

Stuck in R/3verse: East Sussex County Council struggles to move forward with £25m SAP replacement

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 02:30
Hardware supporting ageing system is mired in performance issues

East Sussex County Council is set to be at least six months late in appointing a vendor to replace its ageing R/3 SAP system, which is showing its age and struggling with performance issues.…

How are you supposed to secure your workers when they could be anywhere?

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 01:30
Find out at the Anywhere Workspace Event

Promo  The last year has blown apart any pretence of having a perimeter behind which you can corral your users, keeping them both focused on the job and secure.…

Vietnam thanks Samsung for all its help, asks for more to go beyond mere manufacturing

The Register - Tue, 05/04/2021 - 00:57
Samsung in turn asks for access to clean 'leccy at high-level love-in

A high-level meeting between the Vietnamese government and Samsung has seen each party make a mutually beneficial request of the other, highlighting the success of the relationship - and the fact that both see room for improvement.…

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