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Strip Capita of defence IT contract unless things improve – Brit MPs

The Register - June 18, 2018 - 3:49pm
Committee calls for more public spending – but not with outsourcer

A Parliamentary committee has called for Capita to be stripped of its military recruiting IT contract unless its performance improves, as part of a wider call for UK defence spending to increase.…

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested in diesel scandal investigation - Roadshow - News - June 18, 2018 - 3:48pm
The automaker will likely name an interim CEO while this gets sorted out.

Get a refurbished Apple HomePod for $260 - CNET - News - June 18, 2018 - 3:46pm
My first HomePod deal ever saves you a solid $89. Plus: Amazon's Kindle Voyage has never been this cheap.

HPE pulls sheets off largest Arm-based supercomputer Astra

The Register - June 18, 2018 - 3:15pm
Will run national security, energy workloads

HPE is building the world's largest Arm-based supercomputer, Astra – 2.5 petaFLOPS from 2,592 HPE Apollo 70s – for Sandia National Labs in the US, where it will run advanced modeling and simulation workloads in areas including national security and energy.…

You can't book an Uber in Google Maps for Android anymore - CNET - News - June 18, 2018 - 3:11pm
The feature quietly slipped away.

As mega-constellations loom, US seeks to manage space debris problem

Ars Technica - June 18, 2018 - 2:43pm

Enlarge / Artist's impression depicting a wide variety of existing and future satellites for communication, surveying Earth resources, and mapping them, circa 1978. (credit: Space Frontiers/Getty Images)

Space is getting ever more crowded. The US Strategic Command’s Space Surveillance Network tracks more than 19,000 objects in orbit around the Earth, and there are estimated to be hundreds of thousands of more objects 1cm or larger in space near the planet. Because they are traveling at tens of thousands of kilometers per hour relative to Earth, even small objects pose a significant danger.

The National Space Council thinks we could do a better job of tracking and mitigating this debris. On Monday morning, the executive secretary of the space council, Scott Pace, outlined some of the space traffic management changes in a call with a handful of space reporters. “This is a new national policy to address the challenges of a congested space environment,” he said. “Unfettered access to space is a vital US interest.”

President Trump is expected to sign this Space Policy Directive-3 later on Monday. The policy directs the US Department of Defense to modernize its approach to tracking space debris and to increasingly rely on commercial debris-detection services to enhance the country’s “space situational awareness.” The Department of Commerce will provide a basic level of space situational awareness for public and private use, based upon the DOD catalog.

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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mark the life of Slack for Windows Phone

The Register - June 18, 2018 - 2:36pm
Farewell, dear app, we hardly knew ye (which might have been the problem)

Users of the Windows Phone incarnation of the popular collaborative messaging platform Slack have been advised to look elsewhere.…

Hortonworks Data Platform update flicks on containerisation

The Register - June 18, 2018 - 2:04pm
Extends cloudy deals with IBM, Microsoft and Google

Data management firm Hortonworks has enabled containerisation in the latest release of its Data Platform, while announcing a set of extended cloud deals with Microsoft, Google and IBM.…

What happened last time it was as warm as it’s going to get later this century?

Ars Technica - June 18, 2018 - 2:00pm

Enlarge / Map of Antarctica today showing rates of retreat (2010-2016) of the “grounding line” where glaciers lose contact with bedrock underwater, along with ocean temperatures. The lone red arrow in East Antarctica is the Totten Glacier, which alone holds ice equivalent to ~3m (10ft) of sea level rise. (credit: Hannes Konrad et al, University of Leeds UK.)

"What's past is prologue"- Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The year 2100 stands like a line of checkered flags at the climate change finish line, as if all our goals expire then. But like the warning etched on a car mirror: it’s closer than it appears. Kids born today will be grandparents when most climate projections end.

And yet, the climate won’t stop changing in 2100. Even if we succeed in limiting warming this century to 2ºC, we’ll have CO2 at around 500 parts per million. That’s a level not seen on this planet since the Middle Miocene, 16 million years ago, when our ancestors were apes. Temperatures then were about 5 to 8ºC warmer not 2º, and sea levels were some 40 meters (130 feet) or more higher, not the 1.5 feet (half a meter) anticipated at the end of this century by the 2013 IPCC report.

Why is there a yawning gap between end-century projections and what happened in Earth’s past? Are past climates telling us we’re missing something?

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Huawei rejects Australia security concerns

BBC Technology News - June 18, 2018 - 1:26pm
The Chinese telecoms company says worries about who controls it are "ill informed".

Google says Pixel 2's narcoleptic display is being fixed in June update

The Register - June 18, 2018 - 1:16pm
Wake up, little snoozy

Some Pixel 2 owners are still waiting for a fix for dead screens six months after the issue was first reported.…

The Polestar 1 has a chassis made from carbon and inspired by bugs - Roadshow - News - June 18, 2018 - 1:00pm
The new hybrid grand tourer from Volvo's speed merchants promises to be real stiff and light-ish.

Pixel 2 vs. OnePlus 6: Which Android phone is best? - CNET - News - June 18, 2018 - 1:00pm
We pit two of our favorite Android phones against each other to see which one's the better buy.

'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

The Register - June 18, 2018 - 12:46pm
The week's good, bad and weird from Redmond

E3 aside, the team at Redmond were busy last week with a smattering of the good, the bad and the frankly odd.…

Elijah Wood reveals techno-horror VR game at E3

BBC Technology News - June 18, 2018 - 12:31pm
Virtual reality game Transference presents the memories of a "traumatised mental patient"."

'90s hacker collective man turned infosec VIP: Internet security hasn't improved in 20 years

The Register - June 18, 2018 - 12:13pm
L0pht luminary Chris Wysopal talks to The Reg

Interview It has been 20 years since Chris Wysopal (AKA Weld Pond) and his colleagues at the Boston-based L0pht* hacker collective famously testified before the US Senate that the internet was hopelessly insecure.…

Garmin brings music, NFC payments, onboard mapping to Fenix 5 Plus watches

Ars Technica - June 18, 2018 - 12:00pm


On the heels of announcing thoughtful updates to its Vivoactive 3 device, Garmin is bringing some of the same new wearable features to the Fenix line. The new Fenix 5S Plus, Fenix 5 Plus, and Fenix 5X Plus devices finally have Garmin Pay and music storage now, and they include advanced biometric and routing features that serious athletes will appreciate.

The Fenix family represents the upper echelon of Garmin smartwatches, but that doesn't mean they've been the most wearable devices. Over the past couple of years, Garmin has worked hard to keep the integrity of the Fenix design while also slimming it down and making it easier to wear all day long. The Fenix 5 Plus family consists of the most streamlined Fenix devices yet—while some are bigger and bulkier than Vivo devices, they're much lighter and less cumbersome than previous Fenix devices.

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Audi chief exec arrested over Dieselgate car emissions scandal

The Register - June 18, 2018 - 11:53am
Evidence sought on software 'defeat device'

Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler has been arrested in Germany over the software-enabled Dieselgate emissions scandal, according to reports.…

Facebook cuts out gun-accessory ads for children

BBC Technology News - June 18, 2018 - 11:51am
The change means children will no longer see ads for scopes, holsters and other gun accessories.

Brit mobile phone users want the Moon on a stick but then stay on same networks for aeons

The Register - June 18, 2018 - 11:19am
How does that work?

Chinese brands have been eyeing Western markets for some time, but in the UK customer inertia means many punters stick with what they know.…

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