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Today โ€” April 20th 2018The Register

Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

Plenty of laser research already going on – but there's more than one way to melt a drone

The EU is planning to build a laser cannon with double the power of Britain's under-construction Dragonfire zapper, according to reports – but the general state of the tech doesn't automatically mean Europe will be trying to snaffle Brit raygun smarts.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 17:06

Samsung-backed boffins may soon juice up your smartphone over the air

What a time to be alive

Wireless charging is becoming an ever more popular way to juice up consumer gadgets, but an international team of scientists may have figured out how to scrap the mat too.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 16:26

Dell cloudy software limb Pivotal IPOs today

Still firmly in Dell Technologies' clutches

Pivotal has set its initial public offering share price at $15, with hopes of raising $555m and an anticipated $14-$16 price band. The shares are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange from today.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 15:52

Creaky NHS digital infrastructure risks holding back gene boffinry, say MPs

Ask for clear budgets, better training and yup, public engagement

The state of the NHS's digital infrastructure and a lack of clear budgets risk holding back the UK’s efforts in genomic medicine and research, MPs have said.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 15:21

UK mobile operator Three: MMS? Oh no you don't

Ups charges for picture-takers, just in time for your parents' hols

Mobile operator Three UK is celebrating the approach of British summer by, er, hiking its charges for some of its services.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 14:08

And so it begins: Veritas lays off UK workers

At least 100 out, R&D hit hardest – sources

Troubled private-equity-owned Veritas started making layoffs in the UK yesterday as its parent continues to implement cost-cutting measures.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 13:41

Government requests for Microsoft data reach all-time low

Just 23k requests in first half of 2017

Government requests for user data from Microsoft fell to the all-time low of 23,000 in the last half of 2017, as Redmond's rate of rejecting the requests rose to a high of 17 per cent.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 12:59

EU under pressure to slap non-compliance notice on Google over pay-to-play 'remedy'

Comparison shopping websites won't use Chocolate Factory fix

Calls are mounting for the European Commission to issue a non-compliance notice against Google over attempts to address complaints about its market dominance.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 12:13

LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

And garners industry attention

Buoyed by the usual high quality feedback from readers, the office automated beer delivery service has taken a step towards reality with a suitable moniker.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 11:44

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

Bros gig, smellies, branded socks... Here are our tales. Tell us yours

Some tickets to a Bros reunion gig in return for a favourable article? £1,500 to do a straight rewrite of a press release? Or some "free" man perfume from Kaspersky called Eau d'Eugene. Just what would you accept as a gift bribe to do someone's corporate bidding?…

  • April 20th 2018 at 10:41

BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

Nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and Auntie's Capita deals

Capita's fortunes of late may be in general decline but the UK's much loved IT outsourcing biz can always rely on the British Broadcasting Corporation – propped up by license fee payers – to dish out cheques.…

  • April 19th 2018 at 17:31

OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

Now for the last time, will you all please shift to IPv6?!

You may have heard this one before, but we have now really run out of public IPv4 address blocks.…

  • April 19th 2018 at 00:10

There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

Grumble grumble where's me suet pudding in Bovril etc

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Blank faces abound. No, not all are blank: some are horrified, revolted even. What did I say?…

  • April 20th 2018 at 10:05

Apple unleashes FoundationDB as an open source project

Secretive company talks up the need for open community

Apple has open-sourced FoundationDB, a distributed ACID-compliant NoSQL datastore, three years after acquiring the company that developed the technology.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 09:27

CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

When the dotcom bubble burst, the surviving techies learned the true meaning of just-in-time training

ON-CALL Welcome again to On-Call, The Register’s Friday column in which readers share tales of tricky tech support tasks.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 08:57

ZTE to USA: Sure, ban us, but you cannot afford such victories

We’ve done everything you asked - even implemented SAP - pleads Chinese vendor

ZTE has hit back at the United States’ newly-imposed ban on American companies selling to the Chinese networking vendor.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 08:32

Here's another headline where NASA is dragged through the mud for cheap Mars wise cracks

Oh no, wait, that is the news. Except the cheap part

Pic Water that once flowed across the surface of Mars caused the formation of mud cracks that were spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover, scientists have confirmed.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 08:02

Oracle pledges annual Solaris updates for you to install each summer

And a plan to have users of Sun hardware upgrade if they want Solaris 11.4 and proper patches

Oracle will deliver “update releases” of Solaris every northern Summer, under a new plan it revealed this week along with news of the Solaris 11.4 beta and a hurry-along for users of old Sun hardware.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 05:08

Will Dell eat VMware? Or will Carl Icahn snack on Dell? And where does Uber fit in? Yes, Uber!

Let’s get up to date on the crazy world of reverse mergers

The “what will Dell do to/with/for/about VMware” rumour mill has started spinning again.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 04:16

Qual-gone: 1,200+ axed from Snapdragon, Centriq giant Qualcomm

Chip designer pushes hundreds out the door in cost-cutting drive

Qualcomm says it is planning to eliminate more than 1,200 positions in an attempt to cut overhead costs.…

  • April 20th 2018 at 02:25
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