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Huawei's new Mate X2 foldable phone costs almost $2,800

The Register - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 11:37
Bit derivative, though

Talent borrows, genius steals. With that in mind, here's Huawei's first new pholdable in almost two years*: the Huawei Mate X2.…

NurseryCam hacked, company shuts down IoT camera service

The Register - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 10:30
Real names, usernames, and what appears to be SHA-1 hashed passwords exposed

Daycare camera product NurseryCam was hacked late last week with the person behind the digital break-in coming forward to tip us off.…

Slow your roll: LG reportedly puts new smartphone on ice as it mulls future in market

The Register - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 09:26
Display-tastic firm's work on flashy CES kit said to have been paused

LG has reportedly put its novel rollable phone on ice, telling suppliers to pause work on the project as it re-examines the long-term viability of its loss-making mobile business.…

Microsoft plugs Active Directory authentication into AKS on Azure Stack HCI

The Register - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 08:30
Begone foul stash for the secret hash

Microsoft has issued an update for its Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI software that adds integration with Active Directory.…

Doctor, I think I have an HDMI: Apple starts investigating M1 Mac Mini graphics issues

The Register - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 07:31
Time to do a test for clear media after world+dog starts seeing pink squares

Apple is investigating a weird graphical glitch in the latest M1 Mac Mini, which sees intrusive pink squares spontaneously appear on the display.…

UK taxman is supposed to know how IR35 reforms work but still lost appeal against TV presenter Kaye Adams

The Register - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 06:46
Observers say having multiple clients works in favour of techie contractors

The UK's tax collector has lost its appeal against TV presenter Kaye Adams in a £124,000 IR35 case which, according to tax experts, could have implications for IT contractors.…

Planespotters’ weekends turn traumatic as engine pieces fall from the sky in the Netherlands and the US

The Register - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 06:03
It’s a bird, it’s a plane… holy crap there’s a nacelle in my kitchen

In what can only be described as a bad day for Boeing, not one but two of its planes suffered engine fire and began shedding parts along their respective flight paths.…

I'm fired: Google AI in meltdown as ethics unit co-lead forced out just weeks after coworker ousted

The Register - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 05:21
Plus: IBM reportedly trying to sell Watson AI Health, and more

In brief  Google has finished its probe into the controversial ousting of Timnit Gebru, co-leader of its Ethical AI unit. The ad giant promised to implement new procedures around “potentially sensitive employee exits,” though it did not make its findings public.…

Facebook and Apple are toying with us, and it's scarcely believable

The Register - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 04:26
What to do when companies think they own their customers

Column  Towards the turn of the century, my girlfriend revealed what she wanted more than anything else: a Tamagotchi. She added, in terms that revealed a good working knowledge of the Lysistrata, that it was my job to get her one.…

Cloud Direct stung for £80k in constructive dismissal lawsuit after director's 'insincere' evidence to tribunal

The Register - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 03:28
'Shambolic', 'unfair', 'wholly incorrect'... all because they wanted rid of their sales manager

A UK cloud reseller that tried to fend off an unfair dismissal lawsuit by giving “knowingly untruthful” evidence to a judge has been ordered to pay more than £80,000 by the Employment Tribunal.…

The iPhone 12 captured our attention and wallets, says new report from Gartner

The Register - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 02:30
Latest and greatest put Samsung in second, while Huawei risks irrelevancy

The launch of the iPhone 12 massively distorted the smartphone market in Q4 2020 with the new 5G-capable mobes sucking oxygen from rival Samsung.…

Forget GameStop: Keyboard warriors and electronic trading have never mixed well

The Register - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 01:15
Big Bang? More like Big Bork thanks to a warning shouted too late

Who, Me?  This week's Who, Me? is dedicated to that moment when you realise you're about to do something silly but are unable to stop yourself.…

Brave browser leaks visited Tor .onion addresses in DNS traffic, fix released after bug hunter raises alarm

The Register - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 00:14
Plus: IBM's lawyers hacked, Kia denies ransomware hit, France declares war on hackers, and more

In brief  Brave has patched up its privacy-focused web browser after it was spotted leaking its Tor users' dark-web habits.…

China sets new rules for Ant Group to play by if it wants to think again about a float

The Register - Sun, 02/21/2021 - 23:33
Banks given limits to their involvement with web giants’ online lending operations

China has set out new rules for lenders that operate online, and they’ll probably make life harder for Alibaba’s financial services limb, the Ant Group, should it consider another attempt at a stock market listing.…

China's semiconductor self-sufficiency drive slid backwards in 2020

The Register - Sun, 02/21/2021 - 21:58
5.9 percent of silicon made at home now, goal is 70 percent in 2025 and the USA's sanctions seem to be biting

China-owned silicon manufacturers' domestic market share has slipped below six percent, according to analyst firm IC Insights, suggesting the nation's goal of silicon semi-self-sufficiency in just four years time is in strife.…

Australian government fights Facebook news ban by threatening 0.01% of Zuck's ad revenue

The Register - Sun, 02/21/2021 - 20:53
Talks continue but pay-for-news law won’t be amended

Australia’s finance minister says it is his “expectation” that the nation “will pull back from advertising on Facebook” while The Social Network continues to prevent the sharing of links to news stories in the nation.…

Malware monsters target Apple’s M1 silicon with ‘Silver Sparrow’

The Register - Sun, 02/21/2021 - 17:00
Behaves like a legit software installer and phones home for instructions, but lacks a payload

US security consultancy Red Canary says it’s found MacOS malware written specifically for the shiny new M1 silicon that Apple created to power its post-Intel Macs.…

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