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Cheap Chinese handsets ready to be rooted. Budget smartphones from Lenovo, Huawei, and other largely Chinese brands contain an accidental backdoor that grants intruders root access.…

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Europe's ExaNeSt HPC pilot will start with a mere 1000 cores that Intel won't be making Europe's ExaNeSt project is looking behind the lounge for ten million ARM processors, to support its exascale supercomputing project.…

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Alphabet subsidiary’s scaling its cloud, but won't say if sales are up, down, or sideways Google's a laggard in infrastructure-as-a-service: Amazon Web Services moved first and set agendas, then along came Microsoft with an unusually strong version 1.0 product that's just kept growing and adding features. IBM bought SoftLayer and is building cloud products at speed.…

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Aeronautical agency will offer its small, speedy LCRD tech to industry NASA's preparing the next step of its lasers-in-space optical communications strategy, announcing the development of a silicon photonic modem for space applications.…

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Happy days if you own a Nexus Five "critical," four "high" severity and one merely "moderate" bug make up the menu of Android security patches, which are now available for Nexus devices and will flow through to myriad other devices when it rains up instead of down.…

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You. Will. Upgrade. You Will. Upgrade Microsoft said it would push Windows 10 upgrades onto people's PCs much harder this year – and Redmond has been true to its word.…

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Harvard's internet arm frets about security Analysis  The increasingly noisy debate over encryption is nothing to worry about, eggheads at Harvard have announced today: it's your toothbrush you need to worry about.…

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Proposed Australian telecommunications security laws are a mess Australia's telcos are still, by and large, unhappy with the idea that Attorney-General Senator George Brandis wants to play uber-sysadmin.…

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More than covers the $3.6bn lost in 'other bets' Alphabet, Google's new holding company, has reported stellar end-of-year results, with revenues up 18 per cent at $21.3bn and a GAAP profit of $4.9bn.…

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NVMe fabric flash and deduping VSAN lead Analysis  EMC has new storage products coming in both external shared array form and in its converged and hyper-converged systems lines of products, using new VSAN capabilities.…

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Shaun Bridges arrested while allegedly getting ready to flee the US Shaun Bridges, the ex-US Secret Service agent who fleeced Silk Road drug dealers during a probe into the cyber-souk, has managed to find a fire hotter than the frying pan he was already inhabiting.…

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They say intrusion was all about chemtrails conspiracy Hackers have released a 250GB data dump they purloined from NASA and claim to have diverted a multi-million-dollar drone the agency uses to run high-altitude sampling missions.…

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Einstein not so smart, wide open to old-days as well as zero-days The US government's firewall, named Einstein, is not as smart as its name would suggest.…

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US, Euro officials still wrangling over security services' access to your personal data US and EC (European Commission) officials have until the end of the day today to reach a new Safe Harbor agreement or risk a breakdown of transatlantic e-commerce.…

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def.json feature caused 'unexpected' behavior CFEngine has pumped out its latest update, v3.8.1, which should sort out some ongoing irritations with the def.json feature it introduced a couple of versions ago.…

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Organizational changes wrecked last quarter's results A champagne bottle's crack, a splash, and cheers rang out as the good ship Veritas was launched on the banks of Symantec's river – sent off to steam the data storage seas own with a new owner: the Carlyle Group.…

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The effects of high-speed broadband on radio electronics Analysis  The vast cost of keeping up with demand for mobile data is intensifying the pressure on mobile operators’ capex budgets and accelerating their moves to improve their infrastructure cost base. Major agreements to share passive and active cell site equipment are becoming commonplace as regulators ease up on previous restrictions, accepting that, in the age of the MVNO, a common network need not reduce consumer choice at the services and pricing level.…

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... says a vendor flogging kit to plug those holes, anyway Widely used WirelessHART-type industrial control products are wide open to exploitation, a security tools firm has warned.…

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Former Co-op Bank man leaves on his own terms – unlike many of his staff The University of Manchester's director of IT, Gerry Pennell, has resigned after three years in the role – with no explanation as to why.…

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They are 'cumbersome, confusing' admits software titan Microsoft has confirmed it is to gradually kill off Enterprise Agreements - volume licensing contracts so complex that a whole profit-making asset management eco-system sprang up off the back of them.…

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March of the persuaders Oracle is expanding its platform-as-a-service cloud team in Europe, but denied it is a move to revive renewals.…

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Talons out in the war against UAVs Dutch cops are mulling the idea of a drone-busting eagle squadron - one of a range of possible methods under consideration to wrest back control of the skies from UAV hordes.…

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BSF contract run down, exiting PC building, flaky schools budgets blamed Ditching PC production, the running down of the old Building Schools for the Future contracts, and relatively “subdued” government spending on education ate into RM’s lunch money in 2015.…

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Mystery 'fizzy drink bottles' at 1,500ft The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) last week called for action to control the use of drones, citing several examples from the the latest UK Airprox Board report (PDF) of UAVs menacing airliners.…

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What are you going to do about it, Alphabet? Samsung has added built-in ad-blocking capabilities to its Android browser in its latest OTA (over-the-air) update to its Lollipop 5.0 devices, which include the Galaxy S6.…

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