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Australian digital-radio-for-railways Huawei project derailed by US trade sanctions against Chinese tech giant

One of Huawei’s flagship projects in Australia has been called off because, as the state government put it, “trade restrictions imposed by the US government create a force majeure event that cannot be overcome.” The Public Transport Authority of Western Australia, which wants to spend AU$136m (US$82m, £66.5m) to replace its analogue radio systems with a shiny new digital network, has therefore pulled out of the deal on the…

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NASA’s classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?

NASA has brought back its sleek iconic logo, lovingly named the worm for its curvy red font, in time for its first crewed spaceflight using American rockets in almost a decade. Jim Bridenstine, the US space agency’s administrator, announced the resurrection of the graphic this week. It has been splashed across one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets that should carry astronauts Bob Behnjen and Dough Hurley, aboard a SpaceX…

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If you use Twitter with Firefox in a shared computer account, you may have slightly spilled some private data on that PC

Twitter on Thursday warned of an esoteric bug that, in limited circumstances, allowed users’ non-public profile information to potentially fall into the hands of other users. If you used Firefox on a shared PC to, for example, send or receive media in private Twitter messages, or download an archive of your profile that contained non-public information, be aware this data was inadvertently cached on the computer. Picture this scenario,…

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Why is ransomware still a thing? One-in-three polled netizens say they would cave to extortion demands

Want to know why ransomware is still rampant? One in three surveyed folks in North Americans said they would be willing to pay up to unscramble their files once their personal systems were infected. This is according to a customer survey by Kaspersky Lab. The Russian security house polled more than 2,000 business workers in the US, and 1,000 in Canada, in an online study, and found that…

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Google changes course, proposes proprietary in-app purchase API as web standard

Google has decided to try to openly standardize one of its own APIs for handling in-app purchases in web apps rather than pursuing a previously proposed proprietary plan. In January, Google Chrome developer Jay Harris announced the internet giant’s intent to prototype a proprietary API in the Chromium project’s Blink browser engine to allow web apps running in Chrome to query the product identifiers (SKUs) assigned to digital goods…

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US prez Trump’s administration reportedly nears new rules banning ‘dual-use’ tech sales to China

The US government is reportedly close to introducing stringent new rules that would stop Chinese companies from buying certain high-technology components, including semiconductors and optical materials. As reported by Reuters, these new rules, which have been in development for over a year, would have drastic implications on Sino-American trade. One measure would prohibit US firms from licensing or exporting so called “dual-use” technology to Chinese firms or nationals. Items…

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Tech tracker Tile testifies in Congress: Apple’s geolocation nagging is so not fair

Channeling their inner Kevin Patterson, Tile this week bemoaned Apple’s unfairness to a US congressional panel in Colorado investigating the iPhone maker’s stewardship of its app ecosystem. Using some pretty stark language, the tech-tracking startup’s general counsel, Kirsten Daru, accused Apple of anti-competitive behaviours that “have gotten worse, not better,” in statements reported by Reuters. Tile is one of four companies that have appeared before the House Judiciary Committee…

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Maintain business continuity in these challenging times with the Akamai Edge Live Virtual Summit 2020

Promo Business continuity is another of those aspects of IT that, before, was always pitched on a rather “what if” basis. What if your global cloud comms provider goes down? What if a squirrel chews through one of your server room’s insulation cables? Right now, we’re in a position where businesses have, for many people, stopped or stumbled. As such, we’re appreciative of people with the skills, insight, and…

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Huawei P40 pricing is in step with previous P-series efforts – but flagship lacks the apps punters have come to expect

There are few surprises around UK pricing and availability for Huawei’s latest P40 handsets, which are more or less consistent with previous P-series models – but they are missing a few things punters may not be too, er, appy about. Huawei’s entry-level P40 retails at £699 and sits in limbo between the mid-level and flagship brackets. That’s arguably justified since it packs Huawei’s new RYYB sensor and the same…

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Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent ‘misleading data’ being shown to pilots

The US Federal Aviation Administration has ordered Boeing 787 operators to switch their aircraft off and on every 51 days to prevent what it called “several potentially catastrophic failure scenarios” – including the crashing of onboard network switches. The airworthiness directive, due to be enforced from later this month, orders airlines to power-cycle their B787s before the aircraft reaches the specified days of continuous power-on operation. The power cycling…

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