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Unfortunately for SAP, major ERP upgrade projects are the last thing customers want to think about right now

SAP customers are hanging fire on major migrations and upgrades as the COVID-19 pandemic draws companies’ attention away from their long-term enterprise application strategy, according to the Americas’ SAP User Group (ASUG). During the second week of SAP’s virtual Sapphire Now event and the concurrent user group online conference, ASUG CEO Geoff Scott told The Register that businesses were ploughing ahead with ongoing projects, but upgrade plans in the…

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Brit plod’s use of facial-recognition tech is lawful, no need to question us, cops’ lawyer tells Court of Appeal

South Wales Police and the UK Home Office “fundamentally disagree” that automated facial recognition (AFR) software is as intrusive as collecting fingerprints or DNA, a barrister for the force told the Court of Appeal yesterday. Jason Beer QC, representing the South Wales Police (SWP) also blamed the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for “dragging” the court into the topic of whether the police force’s use of the creepy cameras complied…

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It’s now safe to turn off your computer shop: Microsoft to shutter its bricks-and-mortar retail locations worldwide

Microsoft has a new approach to retail. One, it appears, that does not involve its physical store locations. In a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the company has announced what it calls “a strategic change in its retail operations”. Or, in other words, shutting down its network of physical Microsoft Stores and going digital-only via Microsoft.com and Xbox. The company said it would be taking…

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It’s National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

It’s that time of year again when National Cream Tea Day asks the age-old question: cream then jam or jam then cream? Since we last posed it, momentous events have happened in the world; the UK is on its way out of the European Union, a former reality show host was elected as US President, Australia caught fire, and Brit Prime Minister Boris Johnson has slapped the national flag…

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An unfortunate bit of product placement for Microsoft as Liverpool celebrates winning some silverware

Bork!Bork!Bork! There has been a tinge of Scouse to our bork column this week, which culminates in a football win for Liverpool – it won the English Premier League yesterday – and a pleading for activation from Windows. Spotted by eagled-eyed Register reader Tony G, while a red-shirted football player celebrated a victory, a ghostly pleading for some activation goodness can be seen coming from Windows. While this hack…

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White elephants in the mist: Google’s upcoming Pixel 4A may ship without Soli motion recognition, per FCC filing

A new filing by the US Federal Communications Commission suggests the upcoming Google Pixel 4A phone will ditch the Soli gesture-recognition system that featured on its flagship predecessor. The FCC didn’t explicitly name the Pixel 4A, though it’s likely this was what “G025J” referred to. Approval from the regulatory body is typically made shortly before commercial release, and the Pixel 4A is widely expected to come out soon, having…

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Lockdown team building: Actualise the potentiality of your workforce… through the power of video games

The RPG Greetings, traveller, and welcome back to The Register Plays Games, our monthly gaming column. Since lockdown, a handful of vultures have been trying to fill the social-distancing void by playing video games together, and, hey, if you don’t hate your colleagues’ guts, maybe there’s something here you could introduce to them in lieu of the pub. The Reg‘s enthusiastic approach to after-hours socialising is legendary, and this…

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When one open-source package riddled with vulns pulls in dozens of others, what’s a dev to do?

Open-source security specialist Snyk has released a new survey combining data on vulnerabilities in available packages with responses from developers and DevOps teams about how they handle the challenge this poses. Click to enlarge (via Snyk) The problem is easy to express. Software development today typically makes use of packages from online repositories. A developer sits down to create a web application and starts by installing libraries from npm.js…

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Huawei wins approval to plonk £1bn optical comms R&D facility in UK’s leafy Cambridgeshire

Chinese comms bogeyman Huawei has won approval to build a £1bn optoelectronics R&D facility in South Cambridgeshire, UK, near the leafy village of Sawston. Huawei’s new campus will be situated on 500 acres of land acquired by the company in 2018, and will feature over 50,000 square metres of office space. When operational, the firm claims it’ll directly create over 400 new jobs, and become one of the cornerstones…

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Russia returns to space tourism and offers a first citizen spacewalk

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos has re-entered the space tourism market and this time will offer one person the chance to spacewalk. The agency on Thursday announced a new deal with US outfit Space Adventures to take two people to the International Space Station atop a Soyuz rocket. One of the tourists, according to Space Adventures’ announcement, “will have an opportunity to conduct a spacewalk outside the space station, becoming…

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