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Toaster oven-sized boffin box bound for Mars to search for life

51 min ago
NASA hitches a ride on ESA's red planet trundle wagon

A team from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center gathered last week to bid farewell to a mass spectrometer as it began its journey to the red planet via an assembly plant in Italy.…

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The great wearables myth busted: Apps never, ever mattered

1 hour 22 min ago
Garmin grabs No.2 smartwatch spot

Analysis Whoever predicted that fitness bling-flingers would struggle to survive should take note of the latest numbers on the wearable market from Canalys.…

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Unclip your pager and bag from your belt: We need to make room for a battery-powered 1TB HD

2 hours 2 min ago
Only works with HTC's VR headsets and mobes, sadly

VR folk who feel they haven't got enough gear strapped to their bodies will be please to know Seagate has developed a strap-on portable drive and battery combo for HTC's Vive Focus virtual reality headset.…

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Schrems is back: Facebook, Google get served GDPR complaint

3 hours 44 min ago
'Forced consent' is no consent, say legal challenges

Max Schrems, the thorn in Facebook’s side, has returned to launch the first challenges under the EU’s new data protection laws.…

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You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same

4 hours 21 min ago
Can u dig it? If you want to launch a single cubesat, you most certainly will

Scottish boffins, along with colleagues in Ukraine, have developed a "self-eating" rocket engine that could affordably fling a cubesat into orbit.…

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Android daddy Andy Rubin's Essential axes handset, is 'actively shopping itself' – report

4 hours 55 min ago
Going cheap: smartphone startup with big ambitions

Andy Rubin's quixotic smartphone startup, Essential Products, has cancelled a handset and is looking for buyers, according to a Bloomberg report – just a month after opening its doors in the UK.…

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MPs slam's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images

5 hours 46 min ago
Keeping innocent mugs on file is unethical – tech committee

The UK government's approach to deleting custody images of innocent people – in that it only scraps them on request – is unacceptable and possibly illegal, MPs have said.…

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Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

6 hours 18 min ago
Don't trust consumers with their own data

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Hooded eyes are following my keystrokes. Hidden ears are analysing every shuffle.…

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UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi project: A 'masterclass in incompetence'

6 hours 47 min ago
Watchdog not happy with Emergency Services Network either

Efforts by the UK Home Office to digitise the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) amount to "a masterclass in incompetence," according to a damning report by the government's spending watchdog.…

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Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR. US sites block users in Europe

7 hours 13 min ago
Because two years wasn't enough time to prepare

Users trying to read the NY Daily News, say, or the Chicago Tribune – the third-biggest US daily newspaper – from a location within the EU have been blocked from visiting their websites due to new data protection laws.…

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Can't pay Information Commissioner's fine? No problem! Just liquidate your firm

7 hours 45 min ago
UK data protection watchdog has a 54% cash recovery rate

The UK's data protection watchdog has recovered only about half the value of fines doled out to dodgy data controllers, and those handed to spam marketing firms are the most likely to remain unpaid.…

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It's hip to be Square: Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's other firm targets White Van Man

8 hours 15 min ago
We speak to the ex-Apple hardware guru taking on banks and PayPal

Profile Ever wandered into a bank on weekday morning and marvelled at length of the queue? In a supposedly cashless era, it's the sight of a nation of shopkeepers depositing its cash.…

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

9 hours 18 min ago
Sirens blared, roads were blocked, and sheepish grins were eventually grinned

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register's Friday reader-contributed tales of tech support jobs gone wrong.…

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Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

10 hours 16 min ago
Ultrasonic packets of data to and from your handheld killed

Boffins in Austria have developed a defense against acoustic cookies, a form of ad tracking by which smartphones can send and receive data using sounds people can't hear.…

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Cisco admins: hold that IOS XR update while you get new firmware

10 hours 24 min ago
Old components brick NCS 6000 cards after OS upgrade

Eight Cisco NCS 6000 line cards need firmware upgrades, after Switchzilla learned they could be bricked by an IOS XR upgrade.…

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Tufts boffins track device location without GPS or towers

12 hours 23 min ago
Because everybody wants better tracking, right?

Tufts University boffins believe the combination of 5G and the Internet of Things will make it impossible for networks to track the expected tens of billions of connected devices.…

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Electron patched the patch after researcher broke the patch

13 hours 24 min ago
January's fix had blacklist flaw, now fixed

In an update last week, the developers of the Electron shipped a patch to their January patch, and now, an infosec researcher has explained why.…

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Zimmerman and friends: 'Are you listening? PGP is not broken'

14 hours 22 min ago
EFAIL furore not over yet, even though it's easy to fix

ProtonMail has weighed into 2018's worst branded-bug PR disaster, EFAIL with a simple statement: “PGP is not broken”.…

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Waiting for 100 Mbps NBN on wireless? Errr, umm, sorry about that

15 hours 14 min ago
nbn™'s Norwegian Blue was dead after all

Households hoping to one day access 100 Mbps fixed wireless services on the National Broadband Network got a hard let-down last night, when CEO Bill Morrow said the rollout would not proceed.…

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Uber fatal crash report shows car had emergency braking switched off by design

Thu, 2018-05-24 23:57
It's to avoid "erratic vehicle behaviour" says Uber

Uber’s self-driving car fatally crashed into a pedestrian because its emergency braking system was turned off, according to an investigation by the US National Transport Safety Board.…

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