Russia's election blockchain hacked
Published in News
Thursday, 22 August 2019 10:06

Russia's election blockchain hacked


It is not as if you didn't know who would be elected 

A French security researcher has found a critical vulnerability in the blockchain-based voting system which Russian officials plan to use next month for the 2019 Moscow City Duma election.

RubyGems maintainers pull packages
Published in News
Thursday, 22 August 2019 09:57

RubyGems maintainers pull packages


11 Ruby libraries had a backdoor

Maintainers of the RubyGems package repository have pulled 18 malicious versions of 11 Ruby libraries that contained a backdoor mechanism and were caught inserting code that launched hidden cryptocurrency mining operations inside other people's Ruby projects.

Qualcomm signs five year deal with LG
Published in Mobiles
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 11:14

Qualcomm signs five year deal with LG


Hatchet buried for now

Qualcomm has entered into a new five-year patent license agreement with LG Electronics to develop, manufacture and sell 3G, 4G and 5G smartphones.

Intel releases its first AI chip
Published in AI
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 11:09

Intel releases its first AI chip


Never mind that Nervana smells like a 10 nanometer Ice Lake processor 

Intel unveiled its latest processor that will be its first using artificial intelligence (AI) and is designed for large computing centres.

Big tech being investigated for antitrust
Published in PC Hardware
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 11:00

Big tech being investigated for antitrust


The US suddenly realises that Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple are not that nice

State attorneys in more than a dozen states are preparing to begin an antitrust investigation of the tech giants.

IBM moves OpenPower Foundation to Linux Foundation
Published in PC Hardware


Open sources power instruction set

IBM has moved its OpenPower Foundation so that it is under the Linux Foundation, and while it was at it, announced it was open-sourcing several other essential parts of its PowerChips.

Solar hits parity with coal in China
Published in News
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 10:44

Solar hits parity with coal in China


Cheaper than coal

Solar power now costs the same as or less than, electricity from the grid in many of China's cities, a new study finds.

Apple's former boss leaves in search of intelligence
Published in AI


Joins Microsoft's AI unit

Bill Stasior, the former head of Apple's Siri division, is leaving the company after nearly a decade to join Microsoft's artificial intelligence division.

Big tech moans about paying tax
Published in News
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 11:08

Big tech moans about paying tax


Calls on the US government for protection

After refusing to pay tax in Europe for ages, Big Tech is so upset by the French demanding a piddling three percent on profits that it is asking for the US government to help.

Developers revolt against the Apple cult
Published in News
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 11:00

Developers revolt against the Apple cult


Does not treat its own Apps in the same way

A group of developers has fired off a stiffly worded missive to the Cult Leader Tim Cook saying that Apple's changes to its iOS 13 operating system will hurt their business.