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Today β€” April 7th 2020The Register

Revenues up, taxes down: Google UK reports its slice of the Chocolate Factory pie

Blighty's wage bill tops £1bn as more staffers are added

Google's UK tentacle booked a jump in revenues for the year ended 30 June 2019 while still managing to cut its tax bill by more than £21m.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 15:01

Want to stay under the radar for a decade or more? This Chinese hacking crew did it... by aiming for Linux servers

BlackBerry says Winnti-derived group is playing it quiet with rootkit attacks

A group of hackers operating as an offshoot of China's Winnti group managed to stay undetected for more than a decade by going open source.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 14:00

If at first you don't succeed, fly, fly again: Boeing to repeat CST-100 test, Russia preps another ISS taxi

A reflight beckons for Starliner as rival SpaceX admits: 'Rockets are hard'

Roundup Boeing is to repeat December's CST-100 test while Russia prepares for what might be the last launch of its space station taxi monopoly in this week's wrangling of rocket news.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 13:15

Capita inks deal with NHS to 'bring back staff': Workers get an hour of training to recruit and vet retired doctors, nurses

Asked to verify the identity of medics using video chat apps Zoom and Facetime

Exclusive The Register can reveal Capita gave 60 minutes of training to staff it tasked with screening recently retired doctors and nurses that were urged by the NHS to return to active duty during the crisis.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 12:30

Honor 9X Pro: Better specs can't save this smartphone from a barren app store

But hey, maybe a Google-free experience is a selling point for you

Hands On Smartphone manufacturers love to use the word "pro" in their branding. Perhaps at one point it meant something, conveying a level of power you wouldn't get with cheaper kit. That isn't the case in 2020, with the term awkwardly slapped on sub-£250 devices, like the subject of this review: the Honor 9X Pro.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 11:45

QAD goals: ERP minnow waggles upgrades in bid to keep pace with bigger players

$310.8m revenue? That's adorable

Enterprise software is known for its grand global players with multibillion-dollar revenues – namely SAP and Oracle. But not all vendors are like that.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 11:00

'Anything' related to remote working is a winner for Euro disties, but classic enterprise tech? That's another story

Official stats reach Vulture Towers

Tech distributors' sales jumped 9.5 per cent to €5.9bn in Western Europe for the four weeks ended 22 March with a raft of lines including virtualization and database software helping to swell their coffers, as well as kit needed to help employers switch their workforce to homeworking.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 10:16

Reg fashion special: Top designer says 'video chat accessories' are in for spring!

For women, anyway. Guys can get away with boxer shorts and socks under the desk

The fashion industry has carved itself a new niche – outfits and accessories for video chats – but kept all its old double standards about what different people need to look their best.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 09:37

Atlassian issues advice on how to keep your IT service desk secure... after hundreds of portals found facing the internet amid virus lockdown

Alarm sounded after orgs open up internal platforms for work-from-home staff

As companies move their staff to remote working amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, some IT teams have made internal platforms, such as tech support desks, face the public internet.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 09:07

Time to brush up on current affairs. Because we're predicting Li-ion batt lifetimes using impedance and AI

Well, when we say we, we mean... we read a paper some others wrote

Machine-learning software can predict the remaining useful lifetime of a lithium-ion battery by seeing how it reacts when a rapidly oscillating voltage is briefly applied across it, according to a study published in Nature Communications.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 08:40

New IBM CEO Arvind Krishna says hybrid cloud will be bigger than mainframes, services, middleware

First day letter to staff calls for ‘maniacal focus’, OpenShift dominance and client love

IBM’s new CEO Arvind Krishna has revealed the letter he sent to staff on his first day in the job, and it’s big on hybrid cloud as a new platform for IBM’s future.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 08:05

Ethernet standards group leaves its name in the dust as it details new 800Gbps spec

Farewell, 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium. Arise, Ethernet Technology Consortium

The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium has decided to ditch its name as it heads off in search of serious speed.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 06:58

Antarctic science put on ice by coronavirus – next summer's expeditions restricted to essentials and robots

Australia just wants to get supplies in and keep people moving safely

The novel coronavirus is yet to reach Antarctica’s small human population, but will impact science on the frozen continent next southern summer.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 06:01

Infosys, Accenture take leadership positions at India’s tech lobby NASSCOM... as on-premises call centers wither

Over 90 percent of nation’s IT services sector now works from home

Senior execs from Infosys and Accenture India have taken the reins of India’s influential National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), just as the industry is reconfiguring itself in light of the country's coronavirus stay-at-home shutdown.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 04:59

Google tests hiding Chrome extension icons by default, developers definitely not amused by the change

Tightening privacy and security may cause pain for add-on makers

Google is testing a user-interface change that will hide Chrome extensions by default, which is not going down well with developers.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 03:09

Come to GoDaddy: 12 million domains – from .biz to .nyc – acquired from Neustar amid promises of lower prices

Could takeover actually not shaft internet web address holders?

The world’s largest seller of domain names, GoDaddy, is making a bid for market domination with the purchase of hundreds of registries, including .biz, .co, .nyc, and .us, from Neustar.…

  • April 7th 2020 at 00:39

Remember Tapplock, the 'unbreakable' smart lock that was allergic to screwdrivers? The FTC just slapped it down for 'deceiving' folks

And you can still open its improved version with a strong magnet

The manufacturer that claimed its Bluetooth-connected fingerprint-reading smart lock was “unbreakable,” only to find it being opened in seconds by someone armed with nothing more than a mount and a screwdriver, has been slapped down by a US watchdog.…

  • April 6th 2020 at 23:39
Yesterday β€” April 6th 2020The Register

Mozilla plugs two Firefox browser holes exploited in the wild by hackers to hijack victims' computers

Update now before it's too late

Mozilla has released security updates for its Firefox browser in conjunction with a US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) advisory warning that critical vulnerabilities in the browser are being actively exploited.…

  • April 6th 2020 at 22:23

Four new bugs? You shouldn't have: Microsoft celebrates 45 years with dollop of borkage on Windows Insider Fast Ring

Also: Skype goes attention-seeking and Edge shares its scrolling smarts with Chromium

Roundup Got time on your hands and an enterprise running on Microsoft 365? The Windows giant wants to hear from you in this week's quick 'n' dirty rundown of Redmond news.…

  • April 6th 2020 at 21:01

Roaring trade in zero-days means more vulns are falling into the hands of state spies, warn security researchers

Flaw variety hipper with snoops than cash-hungry crooks right now

Zero-day vulns are increasingly likely to be bought and sold by malware vendors targeting the Middle East with their dodgy wares, according to FireEye.…

  • April 6th 2020 at 20:15