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HP Ink: No way, Xerox. We're not accepting your takeover. Well, we'd never say never. Maybe even maybe? Hello, you still there? Please?

1 hour 32 min ago
Absolutely not entertaining an offer that could you just repeat one more time?

HP on Monday delivered better quarterly financial results than expected.…

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RIP Katherine Johnson: The extraordinary NASA mathematician astronauts trusted over computers

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 22:45
'She was an American hero and her pioneering legacy will never be forgotten'

Obit  Katherine Johnson, the pioneering African-American mathematician whose calculations ensured NASA's astronauts safely set foot on the Moon in 1969, died today. She was 101.…

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World Wide Web's Sir Tim swells his let's-remake-the-internet startup with Bruce Schneier, fellow tech experts

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 21:05
Inrupt promises a pro-privacy solution to managing, protecting personal data

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has staffed up his startup, dubbed Inrupt, with a handful of notable hires that make its internet salvation mission a bit more plausible.…

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Afrinic's new CEO promises change of culture at org laid low by allegations of corruption and dysfunction

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 20:11
Eddy Kayihura hopes to fix troubled regional internet registry

Interview  In November, Rwandan IT expert Eddy Kayihura took over as CEO of Afrinic – Africa’s troubled regional internet registry, which is responsible for allocating the continent's IP addresses among other resources. This month he spoke to The Register about his plans for the future, including the overhaul of the registry.…

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Huawei unfolds latest shot at the phone-tablet hybrid with reinforced hinge and reassuringly Xs-sive price

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 19:14
At least it didn't head back to the drawing board like Samsung

Huawei has lifted the lid on its latest pholdable – the Mate Xs. This is the follow-up to last year's coveted tablet hybrid, which was released in China late last year.…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 meets watery end, and NASA needs someone to go to Mars and whack its mole

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 18:18
Also: Musical Soyuz seats ahead of next ISS mission

Roundup  SpaceX gets its feet wet, digging for victory with Mars InSight and a changing of the ISS guard await rocket fanciers in this week's summary of space news.…

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Hey, remember Microsoft's IoT Linux gear? After two years, Azure Sphere is finally here

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 17:11
Internet of Security is the name of the game, instead of that other 'S' word

Arriving fashionably late, Azure Sphere, Microsoft's take on turning the Internet of Sh*t into the Internet of Updates, has finally reached General Availability.…

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Huawei claims its Google Play replacement is in 'top 3' app stores after Trump turns off tap to the Chocolate Factory

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 16:49
The re-badged progressive web apps should help fill it out a bit

Huawei is boasting of some encouraging stats for its Google Play replacement after the Trump administration stopped the Mountain View giant doing business with the Chinese comms bogeyman.…

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Realme's 5G handset is a bargain at €599 – but it's only for cool young people. Sorry

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 16:13
Moss green? Rust red? Is this Pokémon?

Unfazed by the cancellation of Mobile World Congress, Realme has pulled the sheets off its latest blower – the Realme X50 Pro 5G.…

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Red Hat slips through Platform 16 to OpenStack wizarding world, says customers still want to run their own cloud

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 15:29
With public cloud vendors now offering on-prem, why OpenStack? Cost and avoiding lock-in – Red Hat

Interview  OpenStack allows you to say "I am the Jeff Bezos of my cloud," Red Hat's Sean Cohen, senior manager product management, told The Reg at the launch of OpenStack's Platform 16, its enterprise cloud platform, which has just become generally available.…

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All your base station are belong to us: Intel joins spec race with new 5G chips

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 15:07
Plus: Looking for a 'deep learning boost'? Chipzilla's your man

Intel will sling out fresh silicon aimed at hardware across the nascent 5G market: including new second-generation Xeon processors and a low-latency Atom P5900 for next-gen mobile base stations.…

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Don't worry, IT contractors. New UK chancellor says HMRC will be gentle pushing IR35 rules

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 14:31
But critics advise to take that with a 'pinch of salt'

The UK's new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has promised that HMRC will not be "heavy-handed" in pushing its IR35 tax reforms.…

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I'll never let go, Jack. I'll never let go: Yes, Sony's Xperia 1 II has a 3.5mm headphone port

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 13:34
And it does 5G, but who cares?

Undeterred by the coronavirus derailing Sony's MWC launch plans, the Japanese firm launched three new devices in a virtual press conference early this morning. Predictably, the most exciting handset is also the newest flagship phone – the 5G Sony Xperia 1 II.…

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Samsung cops to data breach after unsolicited '1/1' Find my Mobile push notification

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 13:20
Tight-lipped chaebol still won't talk about the dodgy app, though

Samsung has admitted that what it calls a "small number" of users could indeed read other people's personal data following last week's unexplained Find my Mobile notification.…

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Microsoft polishes Sphere, carts backups off to Azure – and mystery mobile claims to run Windows 10 and Android

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 12:25
Also: Beware the disconnected car

Roundup  Between fanboys swooning over new Windows icons and a cracking time being had by Surface Laptop 3 owners, over the past week, Microsoft tinkered with backups and nudged Azure Sphere closer to release.…

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Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 11:57
RIP 'Mad' Mike Hughes

The sad news that steam-rocket fan "Mad" Mike Hughes has taken his final flight reached Vulture Central over the weekend.…

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Google gets woke on gender in Vision API, Amazon happy to sell its facial recognition code to foreigners, and more

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 11:28
Elon Musk roasts OpenAI, says should be more open

Roundup  Hello readers. If you're struggling to keep up with all the AI-related news spewed out and have already read what we've covered this week, then here's more.…

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Windows 7: Still looking after business (except when it isn't)

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 10:45
The operating system that will not die lingers on in NatWest's ATMs

Bork!Bork!Bork!  In a welcome change from burger-based BSODing, here's Windows 7 tugging at the purse strings in a NatWest ATM in the East Midlands.…

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BAE Systems tosses its contractors a blanket... ban on off-payroll working under upcoming IR35 tax reforms

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 10:00
'As soon as I got the note saying I'm inside, I started chasing another role'

Ahead of IR35 private sector rules, defence firm BAE Systems has issued a blanket assessment on all its contractors and freelancers that forces them into PAYE terms regardless of their individual circumstances.…

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The Wristwatch of the Long Now: When your MTBF is two centuries

Mon, 24/02/2020 - 09:15
Face it: In 2220, your great-great-great-great-great-great grandkid will not find a compatible SoC for your tat

Column  If you've got a grand-and-a-half to splurge on rose-gold pocket tech, here are two contenders. One is a 512GB Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, which can tell the time and make phone calls. The other is an 1820 Garcerand French repeating pocket watch (see below) with verge escapement and quarter repeater, which tells the time. No phone calls, but otherwise in good condition and working well.…

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