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Yesterday β€” July 11th 2020The Register

Continuous Lifecycle Online is this Thursday: Get your ticket while you can, and tune into these fantastic sessions

We've brought together experts across the DevOps field to bring you practical advice and answer your Qs

Event Our annual Continuous Lifecycle London conference is online for 2020 – but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking whatsoever, and will be packed with the high-quality content you’ve come to expect.…

  • July 11th 2020 at 12:00

The world's nonsense keeping you awake in middle of the night? Good news. Go outside and see this two-tail comet

At 65 million miles away, that's what we call social distancing

A two-pronged comet with billowing tails of gas and dust will streak across the sky this month.…

  • July 11th 2020 at 10:26

An email banning our staff from using TikTok? Haha, funny story about that, we didn't mean it – Amazon

Shock TikTok block clocked, unblocked as poppycock amid media aftershock

Amazon today said an internal email banning its staff from using TikTok on smartphones connected to their corporate inboxes was sent in "error." The admission – or climb down, depending on how skeptical you are – came after the memo was obtained and leaked by journalists.…

  • July 11th 2020 at 02:20
Before yesterdayThe Register

If at first you don't succeed... Rackspace files IPO papers to go public once again, hopefully with better timing

Private equity looks to cash in on managed cloud services biz

Almost six years after going private, Rackspace is once again dipping its toes into the public market by filing for an IPO in the US.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 22:30

Spotted the ISS in the sky yet? How about pulling out some spare kit and giving it a listen?

ESA emits a guide to picking up Slow Scan TV from the orbiting outpost

Got plans for the weekend? No? How about pulling that Pi out of the drawer or dusting off an old laptop and getting ready to grab some images from the ISS, courtesy of locked-down European Space Agency (ESA) boffins.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 20:10

Android 11 will let users stop device-makers from killing background apps, says Google

Users will be able to 'override ... restrictions' on phones and other kit, says engineering team

Android 11 Beta 2, out this week, is a fairly modest update, focusing primarily on stability and bug fixes. But behind the scenes there are strong indications that a broader shift is afoot, with Google trying to address overall ecosystem inconsistencies that have formed since its initial release.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 19:22

Rip and replace is such a long Huawei to go, UK telcos plead, citing 'blackouts' and 'billion pound' costs: Are Vodafone and BT playing 'Project Fear'?

Not sure they spent that much on 'high risk' kit from ZTE and Huawei, coughs analyst

Analysis The caution couldn't be more stark. In a meeting with the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee yesterday, execs from BT and Vodafone warned UK lawmakers that a deadline of 2023 to remove Huawei-made equipment from their networks will result in multi-day mobile signal losses for some customers.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 18:20

Tony Blair tells Russian infosec conference that cross-border infosec policies need more gov intervention

Just what Vladimir Putin's favourite bank wanted to hear, no doubt

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has declared that governments can't "take 10 years to catch up” with cyber crims – while speaking at an infosec conference organised by Vladimir Putin’s favourite Russian bank.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 17:30

So Darned Kind of you, Facebook: SDK bug sends popular iOS apps crashing earthwards

You're unlikely to hear someone inflicting their iOS Spotify playlist on the bus today

Those using Facebook to log into services such as Spotify on their iOS devices are having a bad Friday, as something has gone awry with Zuckerberg's ad-slinging platform.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 16:54

Soft press keys for locked-down devs: Three new models of old school 60-key Happy Hacking 'board out next month

Good news if you're a fan of Topre switches

Fujitsu has refreshed its line of iconic developer-oriented Happy Hacking mechanical keyboards.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 15:56

Microsoft to pull support for PHP: Version 8? Exterminate, more like...

No support 'in any capacity' for PHP for Windows for v8 and beyond, but Windows users not to worry, says release manager

Born-again open-source fan Microsoft is celebrating 25 years of PHP by, er, pulling its support for the scripting language that is beloved (or dreaded) by server operators the world over.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 14:42

Software biz Advanced set to lay off 6% of its workforce, blames that virus

The artist formerly known as Advanced Computer Software Group confirms redundancies

Brit-based software biz Advanced has confirmed to The Register it is trimming the workforce in response to the commercial impact of COVID-19, with 150 people understood to be leaving the organisation.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 13:28

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

Mazda shrugs off ex-owner's bizarre involuntary data retention story

A UK man who woke up one morning to discover his bank account being charged for satnav services linked to a car he'd sold months previously has expressed his frustration at Mazda and TomTom over the strange affair.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 12:25

Smile? Not bloody likely: Day 6 of wobbly services and still no hint to UK online bank's customers about what's actually wrong

Tech team still 'investigating,' no ETA of fix

If a digital bank is unable to regularly provide online banking services, at what point does it cease to be a digital bank? Some disgruntled customers of Smile, a trading division of the Co-Operative Bank, may be posing this very question after five full days of woe.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 11:29

We've paused Sigfox roof aerial payments, says WND-UK, but we'll make you whole after COVID

Nationwide network operator gets into tizzy with chimney owners

IoT biz Sigfox’s British network operator WND-UK has stopped paying people who host its network aerials on their roofs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, WND-UK has pledged to make its near 2,000 base station hosts whole once the economy stabilises.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 10:30

South Korea joins the β€˜we’re going to be self-sufficient in more tech and then export bucketloads’ club

President chooses chip factory to expands program aimed at reducing dependence on Japan

South Korea has become the latest nation to decide that it should become more self-sufficient in key technologies and by doing so turn itself into an exporter.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 10:02

Pandemic proves just the tonic for PC sales as shipments shoot upwards

Supply chains are working again

Global PC shipments climbed back into recovery mode for the second quarter thanks to increased demand from the surge of home working.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 09:32

The reluctant log trawler: The buck stops with the back-end

Hope for web success, but plan for every possible (and impossible) failure

On Call Everyone's favourite day of the week, Friday, has waddled into view. Grab a steaming mug of schadenfreude and settle down with another tale from those Register readers saddled with the On Call phone.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 09:03

Tata Consultancy Services says pandemic's most powerful punches landed in Q1 - and it's still dancing

Revenue fell eight percent but company thinks it can win on new virus-scoured terrain

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has become the first of the big Indian technology services companies to report a quarter’s results and while revenue was down the company found many bright spots that suggest better times lie ahead.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 08:37

Where do you stand on self-service and automation? Tell us the pros and cons from your viewpoint

The us-versus-them mentality between dev and ops is still alive and well, we see

Reader survey In an online survey, we asked Register readers for their thoughts on workplace automation and self-service within on-prem environments. That survey is still open, though we took a sneak peek at the data collected so far, and whoa, there are some strong feelings out there.…

  • July 10th 2020 at 08:00