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Virus tracing systems start in England and Scotland
Thousands of contact tracers are tracking down close contacts of people with coronavirus.
Coronavirus: EasyJet plans up to 4,500 job cuts
The airline says up to 30% of its workforce will go as it struggles with the slump in demand for air travel.
Coronavirus: How a hospital and its community copes with death
How one of London’s Asian communities and its hospital copes with death during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hong Kong security bill backed by China's parliament
Beijing says the bill will rein in "terrorism" but many feel it will end Hong Kong's unique status.
Charity shops fear deluge of donations when they reopen in June
Lockdown has inspired mass clear outs but charities ask customers to be selective with donation.
Nissan backs UK plant as it unveils survival plan
Almost 3,000 jobs will be lost in Spain, but the carmaker says its Sunderland factory will stay open.
Travel firms say quarantine plan must be scrapped
More than 70 industry bosses say a 14-day quarantine will put visitors off coming to the UK.
Trump to 'sign executive order about social media'
The latest dispute comes after Twitter added fact-check links to the president's tweets for the first time.
Emily Maitlis: I asked for night off from BBC's Newsnight
Presenter Emily Maitlis took leave after the BBC said her Dominic Cummings remarks 'breached guidelines'.
Larry Kramer: Elton John leads tributes to playwright and Aids activist
Julia Roberts and Lin-Manuel Miranda also thank the late playwright and aids activist.
Commonwealth Army veteran forced to crowdfund vital surgery
Despite serving in the Army for more than a decade, Taitusi Ratucaucau is ineligible for NHS treatment.
The Papers: Test-and-trace 'revolution' and MPs 'fume' on Zoom
Thursday's newspapers look at a new NHS tracing scheme and share the latest on the Dominic Cummings row.
Coronavirus: Professional athletes train in lockdown
Professional and Olympic athletes have had to devise ways to continue their rigorous training.
Ministry of Silly Walks comes to Sonning during lockdown
Residents of a Berkshire village have been taking advantage of quiet streets to perform their own silly walks.
Trump and Biden trade barbs over wearing a mask
President Trump and his likely presidential challenger Joe Biden clash over the humble face covering.
Coronavirus lockdown: Trauma therapy for London's homeless
Even though she can't meet them face-to-face, Katherine is still supporting her homeless clients.
Coronavirus: Vending machine mum's perfect money lesson
Nurse Sarah Balsdon bought a vending machine, filled it with snacks, then paid her children for chores.
Birmingham woman in BAME donor campaign has liver transplant
The family of Sunaina Paul, 31, had appealed for more black, Asian and minority ethnic organ donors.
The blind teen who's a favourite to win Britain's Got Talent
Sirine Jahangir, who lost her sight at the age of 10, impressed the celebrity judges at her audition.
Coronavirus: Rugby league returns to Australia despite Covid-19 fears
The 2020 National Rugby League season is resuming, with post-lockdown safety measures.
Rebecca Parker is playing the piano for 100 days
98-year-old Rebecca Parker is playing the piano for 100 days to raise money for the NHS
Letter from Dunkirk soldier arrives 80 years later
Pte Harry Cole wrote the letter to his mother just before he was killed but it never made it back.
Coronavirus: How the pandemic in US compares with rest of world
More than 100,000 people have died and the country is now slowly reopening amid fears of new spikes.
Coronavirus: What attacks on Asians reveal about American identity
Covid-inspired attacks on East Asian people in the US reveal uncomfortable truths about American identity.
Coronavirus: How the advertising industry is changing
A large decline in advertising expenditure is hurting the sector, plus TV channels and newspapers.
Coronavirus: Nightmare spreads through Russia's care homes
Carers reveal the hidden spread of Covid-19 and official numbers appear not to tell the whole story.
The High Note: Why Tracee Ellis Ross 'only got better with age'
Tracee Ellis Ross says it's "absurd" that women over 50 have ever been "counted out".
Coronavirus: Inside the pro-China network targeting the US, Hong Kong and an exiled tycoon
A coordinated network of accounts on three social networks has been targeting the Chinese government's critics.
Crossing Divides: The bomb maker turned peacemaker
Once part of the group behind the Bali bombing, now Ali Fauzi is on a mission to end terror.
Cocaine and Guinea-Bissau: How Africa's 'narco-state' is trying to kick its habit
Concern mounts about Guinea-Bissau's commitment to curbing drug trafficking, writes Ricci Shyrock.
Reducing scrums and speeding up rucks among 10 optional law trials approved by World Rugby
World Rugby approve optional law trials to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission in the sport.
Championship: Two Fulham players among three coronavirus positive tests
Two Fulham players are among three individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus in the latest round of Championship testing.
Premier League clubs agree to resume contact training; four more positive coronavirus tests
Premier League clubs agree to resume contact training as four more individuals across three teams test positive for coronavirus.
2020 Dutch Grand Prix cancelled because of coronavirus pandemic
The 2020 Dutch Grand Prix is cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
'I hope your son gets coronavirus' - Deeney reveals hurtful comments
Watford captain Troy Deeney says people told him they wished his baby son would contract coronavirus after he chose not to return to training.
Coronavirus: What are social distancing and self-isolation rules?
Changes have been announced to guidelines in England on exercise and social distancing.
Coronavirus: What tests are being done in the UK?
What are the tests for coronavirus, who are they for and how do they work?
Coronavirus: How will contact tracing work in England?
Millions in the UK will soon be asked to monitor who they have been near to combat coronavirus.
Coronavirus: When are schools reopening?
Which pupils can expect to be back in classrooms shortly - and what about the rest?
Coronavirus: When will shops open and what will the rules be?
Non-essential shops can reopen in England next month, but will I be able to buy a book or have a haircut?
Coronavirus UK map: How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
Key graphics explaining how coronavirus has spread in the UK and the government's response.
Lockdown update: All you need to know about new measures
How will social and work life be different after the easing of some restrictions in England?
Dominic Cummings: Did he break lockdown rules?
The UK PM's most senior adviser has responded to accusations that he broke lockdown rules - what did he say?
How to keep safe while shopping in a coronavirus pandemic
From one way systems to not touching everything on the shelves - shopping will look very different.
Coronavirus: Can it affect eyesight?
The prime minister's chief adviser says his vision was affected by coronavirus.
Coronavirus pandemic: Tracking the global outbreak
Key maps and charts explaining how the respiratory virus has spread around the world and how it is being dealt with.
Coronavirus: What are the rules on caring for children during lockdown?
A look at the guidance as Downing Street backs Dominic Cummings over his 260-mile lockdown trip.
Dominic Cummings row: The families who stayed away in lockdown
Members of the public have expressed anger after the PM's chief adviser travelled to Durham in lockdown.
Dominic Cummings: Full statement on lockdown row
The PM's chief adviser told a press conference he wanted to "clear up confusion" amid calls for him to resign.
Could you have to pay your bank to save money?
As countries take extreme measures keep the economy afloat, could we see negative interest rates?
Coronavirus: How safe are takeaways and supermarket deliveries?
If coronavirus can be transferred on to surfaces, what are the risks of buying food?
What's the risk on public transport?
Bus and train operators are reducing services and increasing cleaning.
Coronavirus: What are the UK travel quarantine rules?
What do you need to know if you're planning to fly during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Coronavirus: Can children catch and pass on coronavirus?
BBC's Health Correspondent Laura Foster explains what we know currently about how children are affected by the virus.
Coronavirus: Where do governments borrow money?
How does it work when a government wants to borrow money, and when does it have to pay it back?
Amazon under threat: Fires, loggers and now virus
How the loss of the Amazon goes beyond deforestation - and what the nine countries that share this natural resource are doing to protect it.
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Broadcom sends its England-based staff back into office as UK lockdown eases – though Welsh workers get a free pass
<h4>'Split-shift model' to safely help 'critical infrastructure workforce' do its thing</h4> <p>Broadcom has sent staff back into corporate offices in England – though workers elsewhere in the UK can continue working remotely, a letter seen by <i>The Register</i> reveals.…</p>
IBM Sametime could rise again as HCL makes shortlist for India's home-grown Zoom clone
<h4>A dozen daring firms will duke it out for the right to get India talking and take on the world!</h4> <p>HCL and Zoho are among the companies shortlisted in the Indian government's competition to develop a locally-made video conferencing platform for its own use.…</p>
Ardour goes harder: v6.0 brings 'huge engineering changes' to open-source digital audio workstation
<h4>Dev sticks with elderly GTK+2 GUI toolkit because 'we would gain nothing' by upgrading</h4> <p>The sound-tinkerers among you will be pleased to learn that Ardour 6.0 is out, representing a major upgrade of the open-source digital audio workstation for Linux, macOS and Windows.…</p>
Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands
<h4>And still no sign of safe software or approval to fly</h4> <p>Boeing has resumed production of the 737 Max, its passenger plane with software so flawed that its certification was yanked after being found to have caused two fatal accidents.…</p>
The time of annealing has come upon us, says Nutanix after beating revenue guidance
<h4>Losses deepened, optimism increased</h4> <p>Nutanix has beaten the <a href="">interim guidance</a> it offered investors as the COVID-19-induced economic slowdown impacted its operations.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
FYI: There are thousands of Chrome extensions with so, so many fake installations to trick you into using them
<h4>Unethical developers drum up bogus user counts to gain trust</h4> <p>Efforts to manipulate installation counts in Chrome Web Store extension listings appear to be alive and well, despite a developer's personal crusade to call attention to the problem.…</p>
Switzerland 'first' country to roll out contact-tracing app using Apple-Google APIs to track coronavirus spread
<h4>Launch comes ahead of UK rolling out its controversial version</h4> <p>Switzerland says it is the first country to roll out a contact-tracing app for the COVID-19 coronavirus using technology and a set of APIs produced jointly by Apple and Google.…</p>
Vietnam accelerates – dare we say it? – digital transformation for a fourth industrial revolution
<h4>Prime Minister gives e-cash and e-government a hurry-up as Apple tunes in to its manufacturing smarts</h4> <p>Vietnam has accelerated its adoption of all things digital.…</p>
Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?
<h4>Trump's throwing everything at the social wall to see what will stick</h4> <p><strong>Opinion</strong> “In their natural habitat, when chimpanzees become angry, they often stand up, wave their arms, and throw branches or rocks – anything nearby that they can get their hands on. When chimps are removed from the wild and kept in captivity, they experience stress and agitation, which can cause them to react in the same way – by throwing things,” <a target="_blank" href="">explains</a> the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Before IBM started axing staff, it told them Q3 2020 would be super-busy with post-lockdown catch-up jobs
<h4>Workers told to take five days of compulsory leave ‘so we can better care for each other’</h4> <p>In the halcyon days of April, before IBM initiated its <a target="_blank" href="">latest</a> round of mass redundancies, the IT giant told staff in its Australian and New Zealand operations to take a break – and brace for a deluge of post-lockdown work in the third quarter of 2020.…</p>
HP Ink sales are in the red: Total revenue down 11 per cent as CEO says coronavirus knackered supply chain
<h4>Demand high, components MIA</h4> <p>The three months to April 30 were "complicated," HP Inc said on Wednesday while trying to explain why its sales dropped by double digits in its fiscal second quarter of 2020.…</p>
Turns out Elon can't control the weather – what a scrub: Rain, clouds delay historic manned SpaceX-NASA launch
<h4>Lightning strike threat postpones lift-off to Saturday</h4> <p>NASA's attempt to launch American astronauts to the International Space Station aboard an American-made rocket from American soil for the first time in nearly a decade was aborted today due to bad weather.…</p>
Apple promises third, no, fourth, er, fifth time's a charm when it comes to macOS Catalina: 10.15.5 now out
<h4>Just don't expect a full battery</h4> <p>Apple has released the fifth version of macOS Catalina, and fixed yet another stability issue that saw machines crash during large file transfers; the latest in a long series of problems with version 10.15 of the operating system.…</p>
Gone in 9 seconds: Virgin Orbit's maiden rocket flight went perfectly until it didn't
<h4>'Something malfunctioned' as timer was about to hit double digits</h4> <p>Wannabe satellite flinger Virgin Orbit has shared more detail on <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="">what went wrong</a> and right in the very brief maiden flight of LauncherOne.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
26 million logins believed to be stolen from LiveJournal in 2017 pop up on hacker forum
<h4>Best change any recycled credentials from your blogging days</h4> <p>Russian-owned blogging service LiveJournal has reportedly suffered a hack affecting 26 million user accounts.…</p>
Watch live: Backup and restore on AWS can be a challenge – is there a way to make it better, faster, cheaper?
<h4>You’ve come to the right place: We’re running a webcast to show you how</h4> <p><strong>Webcast</strong> “The journey to cloud” echoes through all organisations. It’s a Bildungsroman – a story of empowerment and betterment. A shiny, towering cityscape of gleaming edifices and elegant spires. It’s like an ascension into the actual clouds. Like dying and waking up in heaven.…</p>
Motorola sticks a suit on Moto G Stylus mobe, pushes it towards European corporate types
<h4>Same specs, but now it's a Pro</h4> <p>Almost four months after it was first unveiled, Motorola has finally announced a European release for its Moto G Stylus phablet.…</p>
Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh?
<h4>More than dozen services down, customers left unable to work</h4> <p>Adobe technicians scrambled on Wednesday to restore multiple cloud services after a severe outage left customers stranded.…</p>
5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane
<h4>You know sick people call ambulances using mobile phones, right?</h4> <p>Another 5G mast has gone up in flames in Liverpool in the UK, in this case mere days after it was erected.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Google brews up a fresh pot of Java for its serverless Cloud Functions service
<h4>Still on Java 8? You'll need to upgrade to 11 to use it</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> Google Cloud Platform has added Java 11 support to its serverless Cloud Functions service.…</p>
Not going Huawei just yet: UK ministers reportedly rethinking pledge to kick Chinese firm out of telco networks by 2023
<h4>Reality intrudes into politics and tech once again</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> Cleansing Britain's phone networks of Huawei equipment by 2023 might not be possible, ministers are said to have realised after UK policy changes on the Chinese company in the last few weeks.…</p>
Highways England plumps up contract for National Traffic Information Service by £12m after brief chat with vendors
<h4>If you're anything like us, you dream of reorganising your country's highways. This is a new system they want to tighten up data streams, but still</h4> <p>Highways England is shopping for a new £62m National Traffic Information Service to help collect, process and disseminate real-time data and information about traffic on 4,300 miles (6,920km) of road.…</p>
Surf's up: Microsoft emits new security baseline for Edge 83 with way to shut off access to built-in browser game
<h4>How may I secure thee, let me count the ways...</h4> <p>There was good news for enterprises keen to inflict Microsoft's Edge browser on their users with the arrival of a <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="">new security baseline</a> and a way to turn off the Surf game that arrived in version 83.0.478.37.…</p>
Nope, still can't find them. Skullcandy slips Tile's gadget-tracking hardware into individual earbuds
<h4>Although perhaps your lockdown digs are tidier than ours</h4> <p>Audio kit flinger Skullcandy has embedded Tile's gadget-tracking tech to help you skin your knuckles fishing out its latest all-wireless earbuds from under the well beneath your handbrake.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
cmd.exe is dead, long live PowerShell: Microsoft leads aged command-line interpreter out into 'maintenance mode'
<h4>'It should not be used for interactive shell work' – Windows Terminal chief</h4> <p>Microsoft senior program manager Rich Turner took to Twitter in recent days to remind everyone that it really is time to move on from Windows' ancient command processor, cmd.exe.…</p>
Oh cool, tech service prices are plummeting. And by tech services, we mean botnet rentals and stolen credit cards
<h4>Supply and demand in action</h4> <p>Crime has never been cheaper to pull off, so long as you're not particular about quality.…</p>
Rich Communication Services: Nobody uses it, nobody wants it, but analysts reckon it's on the verge of a breakthrough
<h4>A viable alternative to the platforms with billions of active users between them? There's still work to be done</h4> <p><strong>Analysis</strong> Rich Communication Services (RCS) was initially pitched as the <a target="_blank" href="">inevitable successor to SMS</a>, offering enhanced multimedia functionality and other fun stuff, like read receipts.…</p>
IBM resurrects Netezza data warehousing kit in the cloud, which will delight clients midway through migrating
<h4>Surprise!</h4> <p>IBM has brought Netezza back from the dead in a move likely to sow further confusion among customers of Big Blue's enterprise data products.…</p>
Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets
<h4>Tweeter-in-chief responds by alleging bias and electoral skulduggery</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> Twitter has for the first time acted on inaccurate tweets made by US president Donald Trump.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
While waiting for the Linux train, Bork pays a visit to Geordieland with Windows 10
<h4>Behold, the three error dialogs of the borkpocalypse</h4> <p><strong>Bork!Bork!Bork!</strong> As the UK tentatively returns to work and those who must venture back onto public transport, we were happy to learn that even in these changed times, Windows remains as wobbly as ever.…</p>
Uber plans to ride out of stable Singapore, move APAC HQ to high-tension Hong Kong
<h4>Ride-sharing monster doesn't operate in current home, is illegal in special administrative region</h4> <p>Uber has proposed moving its Asia-Pacific headquarters from Singapore to Hong Kong.…</p>
Microsoft blocks Trend Micro code at center of driver 'cheatware' storm from Windows 10, rootkit detector product pulled from site
<h4>Twist in drivergate scandal</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> Microsoft has blocked a Trend Micro driver from running on Windows 10 – and Trend has withdrawn downloads of its rootkit detector that uses the driver – after the code appeared to game Redmond's QA tests.…</p>
China to test digital version of its currency at 2022 Winter Olympics
<h4>Peer-to-peer currency exchange without an institution in the middle but with 'controllable anonymity' for central bank</h4> <p>China will test a digital version of its currency at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.…</p>
Work unleashed: How to work smoothly and securely, wherever you are
<h4>You're working at home, but who’s got the remote control?</h4> <p><strong>Promo</strong> The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has propelled the trend for flexible and remote working into the stratosphere. Millions of people worldwide are cocooned at home and bent over all manner of devices and apps as they carry on working. But remote working on a giant scale also means the threat attack surface just got much, much bigger.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Mulled Chrome API shines light on long-neglected privacy gap: Sites can snoop on your find-in-page searches
<h4>Naughty JS can watch you hit control+F, start typing, see what's on your mind</h4> <p><strong>Analysis</strong> A browser feature being developed for the open-source Chromium platform has raised data-leakage privacy concerns – though the Google engineers working on the project contend the potential benefits outweigh the risks.…</p>
IBM's sacking spree reaches Australia – and as staff wait to exit, they're offered AU$4k to find new workers
<h4>Axed employees given chance to write almost-certainly futile letters to defend their jobs after the pink slip arrives</h4> <p>IBM's <a target="_blank" href="">new round of "resource actions"</a> – Big Blue speak for sackings – has reached Australia, <i>The Register</i> has learned, and will result in the creation of new cross-disciplinary teams to serve clients.…</p>
India said its coronavirus contact-tracing app is perfect... adds bug bounty and open-sources it anyway
<h4>As the legalese changes to extend data retention period</h4> <p>India has open-sourced its Aarogya Setu contact-tracing app and announced a bug bounty programme to detect any security issues.…</p>
US cable subscribers are still being 'ripped off' by creeping price increases – and this lot has had enough
<h4>Lawsuit claims Charter's 'fixed' monthly fees are anything but</h4> <p><strong>Analysis</strong> In many ways it’s a rite of passage in America: being ripped off by your cable company and trying to figure out how they did it. Now a lawsuit against Charter Communications is seeking to uncover just that.…</p>
Frontier: Yes, yes, we've filed for bankruptcy protection, but that's not stopping us giving key staff $38m in bonuses
<h4>Judge tells US ISP: OK, seems fair</h4> <p>Despite filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, US ISP Frontier Communications has insisted on giving key staff $38m in bonuses and other incentives – and an American judge has agreed.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
US lawmakers get a second shot at forcing FBI agents to obtain a warrant before they leaf through web histories
<h4>Bi-partisan amendment aims to take away easy access to your online life</h4> <p>US lawmakers will get another vote on whether the FBI must get a warrant before agents can search Americans’ search and web-browsing histories.…</p>
You E-diot! Formula E driver booted off Audi team after getting video game ace to take his place in online race
<h4>Daniel Abt's career stalls after he struggled to shift from physical to virtual courses mid-pandemic</h4> <p>With motor sports going virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic, it appears not everyone is coping well with the change in gear to online.…</p>
If someone could stop hackers pwning medical systems right now, that would be cool, say Red Cross and friends
<h4>The rules of war that protect hospitals should extend into cyberspace</h4> <p>Following the surge of cyber attacks on medical facilities, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and more than 40 other international leaders asked the governments of the world to do more to safeguard critical medical organizations amid the coronavirus pandemic.…</p>
Consumer hardware shipments forecast to drop 14% for 2020, but hey, it could be worse, says Gartner
<h4>Thank heavens everyone had to start working from home, right?</h4> <p>IT number-cruncher-in-chief Gartner has predicted a sharp fall in the sales of personal hardware during 2020.…</p>
'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans
<h4>'There should be nothing that TaskMgr can't kill' – sadly no longer the case</h4> <p>The Microsoft developer who wrote Task Manager, along with other utilities and games, has popped up to "write this stuff down before I forget it all".…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Airline-chasing lawyers leap on Easyjet for £18bn after 9m folks' data, itineraries nicked
<h4>No win, no fee. But if they win it's an up to £5.4bn fee</h4> <p>A law firm that is already chasing British Airways now claims it is suing Easyjet for up to £18bn, intending to take a modest £5.4bn cut for itself, after <a target="_blank" href="">nine million people's data was stolen</a> from the airline's servers.…</p>
The Last J-Freighter: HTV-9 arrives at the ISS as ESA inks a deal for a third Moon-bound service module
<h4>Meanwhile: the UK government is going to clear everything up. Or at least keep an eye on it</h4> <p><strong>Roundup</strong> Musk may be about to fire off a crewed missile and Virgin Orbit's first attempt to reach space might have <a target="_blank" href="">fallen flat</a>, but there was plenty of other fun to be had in the rocket-bothering world last week.…</p>
Unmanned drones to slash NHS delivery times to one-fifth of road 'n' rail transport
<h4>Scottish trial will courier PPE and COVID-19 tests to remote hospital</h4> <p>Remote-control drones are to be used to deliver coronavirus testing kits to a remote Scottish hospital – and they're being flown outside of the operators' direct line of sight.…</p>
HTC co-founder Peter Chou's new startup picks great time to tease super-social VR headset
<h4>But you'll have to convince your mates to part with $599 for 5G-enabled Mova</h4> <p>XRSpace, a startup founded by one-time HTC chief Peter Chou, has announced plans to introduce a new 5G-enabled virtual-reality headset in Q3 of this year.…</p>
Arm goes off road... map: 5nm Cortex-X1 touted for phone, tablet, laptop processors needing Apple-level oomph
<h4>Meanwhile, A78, Mali-G78 and Ethos-N78 announced, too</h4> <p>Arm today will unveil its Cortex-A78 CPU core, lined up for next-gen phones, tablets, and laptops, and go off roadmap with its Cortex-X1, both using a 5nm process node.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?
<h4>Fraud is a big issue for etailer, but there are privacy and consent concerns too</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> Users visiting eBay have spotted that the website runs port scans against their computer, using the localhost address to inspect what may be running on your machine.…</p>

Wired News

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Google Chrome Is Getting a Bunch of New Privacy Features
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Trump’s New Space Force Missile Might Be Too ‘Super-Duper’
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Virgin Orbit’s Air-Launched Rocket Fails Its First Test
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7 Best Gaming Headsets for PS4, Xbox, PC, and Switch
We picked the best gaming headsets for every budget and gaming system—PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC, Mac, and mobile.
How an Immunology Blog Became a Covid-19 Guide to Going Out
With lockdowns ending, people have a lot of questions about how to calculate the risks of returning to everyday activities. Erin Bromage has answers.
Covid-19 Flares Up in America's Polluted ‘Sacrifice Zones’
Researchers find that areas with high levels of airborne dust or toxic chemicals also have more deaths from the coronavirus.
Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble
John Ratcliffe is the least-qualified director of national intelligence in history—and a staunch partisan as well.
How to Watch SpaceX Launch Astronauts to the ISS
The occasion will mark the first time a private company blasts NASA astronauts into space. Here's everything you need to know.
33 Best Memorial Day Sales of 2020: Tech, Headphones, TVs, and More
Today, you can save on everything from headphones to an iPad. These are our favorite outdoors, gaming, and tech deals.
11 Best Mattress Deals and Sales for Memorial Day (2020)
Just about all of our WIRED Recommended bed-in-a-box mattresses are on sale right now.
4 Best Cocktail Subscription Kits: 4 Top Kits Reviewed (2020)
If you're craving a craft cocktail, these services deliver all the necessary components to your door. We reviewed Shaker & Spoon, SaloonBox, EastBevCo, and Sourced Craft Cocktails.
Meet This Museum's All-Star Arachnids and Insects
Camel spiders and giant hornets and shimmering butterflies, oh my. An arachnologist gives a behind-the-scenes tour at the California Academy of Sciences.
If You Can't Vote by Mail This Year, Don't Panic
With the right precautions in place, going to the polls isn’t so dangerous.
What It’s Like to Be First to Fly a Brand New Spacecraft
Robert Crippen is the only living NASA astronaut to have flown on a new spacecraft for the first time. The Crew Dragon flyers will join his elite club this week.
Don't Be Fooled by Covid-19 Contact-Tracing Scams
Fraudsters have found yet another way to take advantage of the pandemic.
The New 'Tenet' Trailer Dropped in 'Fortnite'
Christopher Nolan's latest movie will screen in Epic Games' online universe this summer.
Covid-19 Makes the Case for More Meatpacking Robots
The coronavirus has hit meat processing plants hard. But not in Denmark, where automation makes for safer slaughterhouses.
The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories
The claim that 5G can spread the coronavirus has led to dozens of cell-tower burnings in Europe. Now, the US telecom industry is on alert as well.
7 Best Portable Grills (2020): Charcoal, Propane, Electric, Infrared
We barbecued for weeks to find the right charcoal and propane gas grills you can lug to the beach, park, or campsite.
The Eerily Dark Willis Tower Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup
Last week, a flood knocked out power to the building formerly known as Sears Tower, creating an apt visual metaphor for 2020.
Razer Opus Review: Magnum Opus for Gaming Audio
A challenger has appeared: the company's newest gaming headset takes aim at high-end headphones.
Informal Transit Is Crucial for Some. Can It Weather Covid-19?
The pandemic highlights the vulnerability of workers for private transportation services, which are essential to mobility in global south cities.
A Grad Student Solved the Epic Conway Knot Problem—in a Week
Lisa Piccirillo encountered the more than 50-year-old question by chance at a conference. Her solution relies on a classical tool called the knot trace.
Now's The Perfect Time to Start Using a Password Manager
Time has no meaning, and we're all stuck in front of screens. You may as well secure your life while you're always online.
Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network
Edward Snowden revealed the agency’s phone-record tracking program. But thanks to “precomputed contact chaining,” that database was much more powerful than anyone knew.
Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane
If you haven't used your account in two years, the streaming giant will stop charging you. Imagine that.
There's a Jailbreak Out for the Current Version of iOS
The Unc0ver tool works on all versions of iOS from 11 to 13.5, the current release.
Look Out for This Covid-19 Excel Phishing Scam
Plus: An iOS leak, an EasyJet breach, and more of the week's top security news.
Space Photos of the Week: Keeping an Eye on Jupiter's Storms
NASA's Juno orbiter, along with its Hubble and Gemini telescopes, will help scientists better understand the planet's atmosphere.
6 Best Cheap Smartphones for 2020 (iPhone, Android)
There's little reason to pay top dollar for a phone these days. These are our favorite Android devices and iPhones for $300 to $600.
Videogame Movies Are Finally Getting Halfway Decent
Recent hits like Sonic the Hedgehog and the new Tomb Raider prove there is hope for the genre.

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