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Neat-looking convertible - not spectacular but does the business Review  What happens when you lock a group of product engineers from a major PC manufacturer and a team software developers from a separate company together in a room? HP's Spectre x360 does. It's the result of some serious conversations between the lads and lasses at Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft; put simply, if Microsoft made a Surface laptop, it would be a lot like this.…

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When is a door not a door? When slapdash coding turns it into a glorified 'off' switch Internet Igors have stitched together a new Linux backdoor. Fortunately for internet hygiene the botnet agent – which packs a variety of powerful features – is faulty and only partially functional.…

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Password reset hole patched, but company stays mum Over the weekend, game publisher Valve patched a vulnerability that let user accounts have their passwords reset without proper validation.…

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Open-sourcery tries to take down commercial AV frameworks Security researcher Robert Simmons has released a tool that offers a new level of stealth to the malware cat-and-mouse skirmish by shrouding binary analysis.…

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Yule bee … you'll bee … you'll be butter off … better off without it, says ad giant Google has decided the autocomplete API it informally offers will no longer be available for “unauthorised” users as of August 10th.…

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It's just simple mathematics, apparently A new study into causes of the scarcity of women in technical and scientific fields says that it is not discrimination by men in the field keeping the ladies away. Nor is it a repugnance felt by women for possibly dishevelled or unhygienic male nerds.…

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The cold winds of disruption start to whistle through telco-tin-land In news that will chill purveyors of big networking iron, AT&T last week told its earnings call it reckons its software-defined network (SDN) rollout will cut its capital expenditure.…

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Borg betting big that some networks can't be white-boxed any time soon Cisco's taking up arms against a sea of white-box vendors, touting US$150 million worth of silicon in the form of an ASIC.…

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Big Red warns of 'unresponsive' ZFS boxen when you delve too greedily and too deep Oracle has warned that the analytics features of its ZFS storage appliances can result in “unresponsive” systems.…

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Boffins say ad industry to be fleeced ONE BEELLION DOLLARS this year. Invisible rogue mobile apps are wasting petabytes of data a day through an advertising hijacking technique researchers say could inflict US$1 billion in damages this year.…

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Telcos told to switch off BES-as-a-service in December Pakistan has reportedly ordered the nation's carriers to cease offering services that route email through BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), a product that among other things encrypts email.…

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You want me to do what? And remember it? On how many apps? Fuggedaboutit At the end of 2012, working hard on my own connected lighting startup, MooresCloud, I got very excited to find out that Philips planned to launch Hue, the company's own full-spectrum connected lights. I bought a ‘starter pack’ of three soon after release, and played with them for weeks.…

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Jeff Bezos, will you please collect the tax for us? We've got our hands full of metadata Australia's treasurer Joe Hockey has hinted that the mooted changes to the way the country's Goods and Services Tax (GST) is collected may apply to anything purchased from overseas, regardless of value.…

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Utopic Unicorn gets another gallop to leap security rainbow Ubuntu has changed its mind on an end-of-life announcement, giving Version 14.10 one last kernel patch to cover off some big vulns.…

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Might review policy, can't change anything The Australian Labor Party, which first conceived what ultimately became Australia's telecommunications data retention legislation and then, from opposition, waved the laws through, is having second third forth thoughts a pang of regret.…

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While mobile carriers join telco security smackdown The relationship between the Australian government and the telco sector continues to deteriorate, with more carriers pushing back against Canberra's micro-management of their operations, with both industry regulation and security reforms as ongoing battlegrounds.…

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YOU SHALL NOT PARK, say wizardly auto-updating Kindle-tatic screens The Australian city of Sydney has adopted e-ink-equipped parking signs.…

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Man-on-Moon exhibit is go for blast off An appeal for half a million dollars to pay for an exhibition to display the spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong on the Moon surpassed its target today.…

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That is to say, their explosive experiments worked Forsaken planes have been used in a series of boffinry experiments this week to test whether a bag lined with bomb-proof material could withstand an explosive blast.…

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Crazy hack-my-brakes software flaw faces separate probe Fiat Chrysler reportedly faces being slapped with a record fine from regulators after a litany of recalls.…

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Plus: 'Whopper Earth 2.0 would feel a lot like home' QuoTW  This week brought some embarassed philanderers, Amiga celebrated its 30th birthday and we were given a look at the inner workings of GCHQ.…

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Johnny Speight's Till Death Us Do Part is 50 years old Feature  It’s 50 years ago this week that writer Johnny Speight leapt to fame with his creation of the bigoted conservative Cockney known as Alf Garnett, the loudmouth star of Speight’s sitcom Till Death Us Do Part.…

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The head of Iran's OpenStack community can now meet without fear The eXpat Files  Usually for the eXpat Files we talk to folk who have moved to another country. But this week, Vulture Weekend has varied things a little to chat to 28 year-old Roozbeh Shafiee from Tehran, Iran.…

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Is it simply that inflation creates Nazis? REALLY? Worstall @ the Weekend  A while ago, one of The Register's anonymous cowards posted a question about inflation.…

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Rules were relaxed in 2014, now it's open season for vendors Videogame giants will soon be able to manufacture and sell consoles in China, after Beijing said it was lifting a ban first instituted in 2000.…

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