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India’s massive COVID-19 wave slows VMware desktop hypervisor development

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 22:07
Virtzilla also admits to essentially merging Apple silicon efforts with ESXi on Arm

VMware has revealed that surging second wave of COVID-19 infections in India has impacted at least one of its products.…

Australia proposes teaching cyber-security to five-year-old kids

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 20:33
By eight they should be telling you not to upload geo-tagged photos of them in school uniform

Australia has decided that six-year-old children need education on cyber-security, even as it removes other material from the national curriculum.…

China hauls in 13 web giants for ‘supervision interviews’

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 19:06
Tencent, ByteDance, pals invited to meeting without coffee over ‘disorderly expansion of capital’

China has again moved to ensure its web giants don’t prove too disruptive to its economy, hauling 13 of them in for “supervision interviews” with a panel of regulators.…

Stealthy Linux backdoor malware spotted after three years of minding your business

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 17:40
'RotaJakiro' now on infosec world's radar, its impact has yet to be determined

Chinese security outfit Qihoo 360 Netlab on Wednesday said it has identified Linux backdoor malware that has remained undetected for a number of years.…

BadAlloc: Microsoft looked at memory allocation code in tons of devices and found this one common security flaw

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 16:03
Integer overflows leave IoT, OT, medical gear vulnerable to heap-seeking missiles

Microsoft has taken a look at memory management code used in a wide range of equipment, from industrial control systems to healthcare gear, and found it can be potentially exploited to hijack devices.…

US appeals court nixes ban on 3D printed 'ghost guns'

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 14:33
Biden administration rules expected in the next week or so

A federal appeals court has overturned a district court order preventing plans for 3D-printed guns from being shared online.…

Richer each day, home and Huawei: Apple's hunger for Snapdragon modems, smartphone recovery pays off for Qualcomm

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 13:05
A certain Chinese juggernaut's woes helped a bit, too

San Diego HQ'd chipmaker Qualcomm has reported [PDF] quarterly financials that impressed even the worthless stock traders, courtesy of a recovery in phone sales and a strong output in China.…

Your company’s workspace is anywhere and everywhere. Here’s how to tie it all together

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 12:00
Dive into the Anywhere Workspace Event

Promo  After more than a year of working from home, is it time for some normalcy to return to IT? Unlikely, as the existing demands of digital transformation are now intertwined with what seems like an permanent shift in how organisations organise themselves.…

Flatcar Linux takes the 520, drives up to Redmond: Microsoft acquires Kinvolk

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 10:58
It's safe with us, says Microsoft - but wasn't that what Red Hat said about CoreOS Container Linux?

Microsoft has acquired Kinvolk, a German open source company whose best known project is Flatcar Container Linux, a distribution designed for container workloads.…

JetBrains shoves TeamCity into the cloud, pitches Kotlin for build pipelines because YAML is 'really a pain'

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 09:50
No free plan: That's one way to avoid crypto-mining abuse of build minutes

JetBrains has released TeamCity Cloud, a hosted version of its Continuous Integration (CI) tool, with support for Kotlin DSL (Domain Specific Language) for configuring build pipelines.…

Not as many $1m customers as last quarter? Sorry, we're out: ServiceNow shares fall despite soaring revenues

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 08:30
Not a good look for company 'at the epicentre of the workflow revolution'

ServiceNow has spooked investors by adding fewer high-value contracts in the first calendar quarter of 2021 than it did the previous quarter.…

Apple won't be sharing revenue guidance for rest of the year, but we can always guess what it'll look like

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 07:49
Cupertino brought in more for Q2 than HPE did for all of 2020 so go figure

Apple is having one helluva pandemic. The world's most valuable tech brand last night reported stellar numbers for its Q2 of fiscal 2021 [PDF] ended 27 March, with revenue up 53 per cent to $89.584bn and profit more than doubling.…

Mayday! Mayday! Microsoft has settled on a build and Windows 10 21H1 is inbound

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 07:04
Makes good on its promise to inflict News and Interests on older versions

Buckle up, it's that time again. Microsoft is set to unleash Windows 10 21H1 upon an expectant world, as well as inflict its weird obsession with News and Interests on existing users.…

Vivaldi update unleashes the 'Cookie Crumbler' to simply block any services asking for consent (sites may break)

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 06:26
Plus: Browser sends Google's FLoC straight to the blacklist

The latest release of Chromium-based browser Vivaldi has extended ad blocking to handle cookie warning dialogs and sent a shot across the bows of Google's ad technology, FLoC.…

Billions in data protection lawsuits rides on Google's last-ditch UK Supreme Court defence for Safari Workaround sueball

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 05:30
Biggest data protection case for years teeters on brink

Google has urged the UK's Supreme Court to throw out a £3bn lawsuit brought by an ex-Which director over secretly planted tracking cookies on devices running Safari, on the grounds that local law doesn’t allow for opt-out class action lawsuits.…

Major shift in smartphone market sees Chinese kit win the middle while Apple and Samsung skim the cream

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 04:45
Many owe thanks to Huawei ducking out under what IDC calls 'increased weight of US sanctions’

People are buying smartphones again, according to figures from analyst IDC which show the market grew 25 per cent year-on-year in Q1 2021.…

48 ways you can avoid file-scrambling, data-stealing miscreants – or so says the Ransomware Task Force

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 04:00
No, not the US government's task force ... the other one

The Institute for Security and Technology's Ransomware Task Force (RTF) on Thursday published an 81-page report presenting policy makers with 48 recommendations to disrupt the ransomware business and mitigate the effect of such attacks.…

Big Tech bankrolling AI ethics research and events seems very familiar. Ah, yes, Big Tobacco all over again

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 03:15
Who knows whether algorithms really harm society?

Analysis  Big tech's approach to avoiding AI regulation looks a lot like Big Tobacco's campaign to shape smoking rules, according to academics who say machine-learning ethics standards need to be developed outside of the influence of corporate sponsors.…

Microsoft demotes Calibri from default typeface gig, starts fling with five other fonts

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 02:28
None of them are Comic Sans, or likely to provoke similar passion

Microsoft has decided that Calibri’s days as its default font are numbered.…

When you’re building a cybersecurity pro, you need to get the foundations right

The Register - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 02:00
New starter or mid-career switcher? Here’s where to start

Promo  Cyber attackers are a diverse lot. They can strike from anywhere in the world, and may be motivated by greed, politics, status, or pure malevolence. And their techniques range from the dazzlingly sophisticated to the frankly crude, technically speaking.…

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