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Mobile app analytics company Flurry is measuring how many users of iOS 14.5 are opting in to allow apps to request to track them - and so far only 15 per cent worldwide have done so.
iOS 14.5 was released on April 26 and is gradually rolling out to users with compatible iOS devices. One of its new features is enforcement of what Apple calls AppTrackingTransparency, which means that apps must request permission from the user before tracking them or accessing the Apple device identifier (IDFA).
The day ends with "y" so Apple is facing fresh legal scrutiny of its App Store policies. This time the battleground is the UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal, where a potential collective action is being launched on behalf of circa 20 million users over claims Apple's 30 per cent "tax" is excessive and unjustified.
The claim, brought by King's College academic Dr Rachel Kent, aims to pry up to £1.5bn from Apple's coffers and includes anyone who purchased paid apps, content, or subscriptions using an iPhone or iPad after 1 October 2015.
Kent alleges Apple has abused its control over the iOS platform by preventing the entrance of other app marketplaces, and forcing developers to pay onerous fees to distribute software and in-app content through the App Store.
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has published a preliminary report into last month's fatal crash involving a 2019 Tesla Model S in Texas.
The crash happened at approximately 21:07 local time on 17 April this year. Two men entered the car, one in the driver's seat and the other in the front passenger seat (according to home security camera footage).
The Tesla then drove off, travelled about 167 metres before leaving the road on a curve, driving over a curb, hitting a drainage culvert, a raised manhole and a tree, the report found.
Intel is talking up a new generation of laptop and mobile workstation CPUs that it says will deliver modest performance gains and lighten laptops for power users.
The new "Tiger Lake" range – officially the 11th-generation Core H – is built on a 10nm process and employs Willow Cove [cores] and SuperFin 10nm transistors. PCIe4 and Wi-Fi 6 are omnipresent. Some models offer per-core voltage control and the kind of overclocking opportunities previously found only on CPUs destined for desktops.
Chipzilla pitched most of the new models at "enthusiasts" – a word describing folks who like gaming on their portable PCs, feel confident enough to twiddle a few nerd knobs, but aren't going to get into water cooling any time soon.
Bork!Bork!Bork! It's a blessed respite for Microsoft's wares today as it appears that it is Java's turn to disgrace itself on platform 1 of Newcastle upon Tyne's Central Station.
In this case it is the Java Platform SE binary that has fallen over. The version of Windows on which it is running looks decidedly old hat to us, and eagle-eyed Reg reader Dan who sent us the snaps said fans of obsolescence will be delighted to learn that Windows XP splash screen can also occasionally be seen on the screens of some ticket gates.
Be that as it may, the Windows shell on display looks decidedly out of date. We can only hope that the same does not apply to the Java licence, otherwise the next train might be stuffed full of lawyers of the big and red variety.
Nearly nine years after leaving the solar system, and decades beyond its original mission, Voyager 1 is still gathering valuable data, providing plasma readings to continuously sample the density of the interstellar medium.
Scientists at Cornell University have used data from the spacecraft, first launched in 1977, to uncover a weak signal that details interstellar plasma density over about 10 au (astronomical unit, roughly the distance from Earth to the Sun) with an average sampling distance of 0.03 au, according to a paper in Nature Astronomy.
Voyager 1, whose original mission was supposed to finish in 1980, crossed the heliopause in 2012, making it the first human-made object to do so. This gave researchers an opportunity to directly measure activity outside the solar system, or at least as much as the spacecraft's ageing arsenal of instruments would allow.
A computer science professor from Sweden has discovered an arbitrary code execution vuln in the Universal Turing Machine, one of the earliest computer designs in history – though he admits it has "no real-world implications".
In a paper published on academic repository ArXiv, Pontus Johnson, a professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, cheerfully explained that his findings wouldn't be exploitable in a real-world scenario because it pertained specifically to the 1967 implementation [PDF] of the simulated Universal Turing Machine (UTM) designed by the late Marvin Minsky, who co-founded the academic discipline of artificial intelligence.
Yet what the amusing little caper really brings to the world is a philosophical point: if one of the simplest concepts of a computer is vulnerable to user meddling, where in the design process should we start trying to implement security features?
Northern Ireland Libraries is launching a formal procurement of a £60m IT contract to replace incumbent supplier Fujitsu following a two-year delay costing taxpayers some £12m.
According to a tender notice, the public-sector organisation responsible for libraries in the UK territory wants to "secure a strategic partner who will deliver modern and innovative IT services."
"Initially the requirement is to manage the legacy services for a period of time whilst planning and implementing new systems and services," the notice said. "It is envisaged this will entail a combined transition and transformation phase and it is essential that continuity of day to day library services is maintained throughout."
UK rail operator West Midlands Trains sent an email to 2,500 employees to thank them for hard work during COVID and promised a one-time bonus as a reward, but that lovely news turned out to be phishing training. Needless to say, it did not go over well.
The deliberately inauthentic email first thanked staff for their hard work, then added: "We realise that a huge strain was placed upon a large number of our workforce as a result of COVID-19 ... and we would like to offer you a one-off payment to say thank you for all of your hard work over the past 12 months or so."
Readers were told to click on a link to register for their bonus, but those who followed instructions were sent news of their infosec failings and offered handy tips for the future like "be vigilant with all links and attachments" and "never click on a link that looks suspicious."
Microsoft on Monday launched an open source project to make a Linux kernel tool known as eBPF, short for Extended Berkeley Packet Filter, work on Windows.
Inspired by network packet filtering and capture software dubbed Berkeley Packet Filter, eBPF is a register-based virtual machine designed to run custom 64-bit RISC-like architecture via just-in-time compilation inside the Linux kernel. As such, eBPF programs are particularly well-situated for debugging and system analysis, such as tracing file system and registry calls.
Samsung has shown off a picture of what it says is the first DDR5 DRAM-based memory module that can talk the language of Compute Express Link (CXL).
As we noted when CXL 2.0 debuted in late 2020, the tech is all about moving data more quickly between processors and devices such as GPUs, SmartNICs and pools of memory.
By building memory that’s CXL-ready, Samsung reckons it's brought us all a step closer to servers with wider memory channels, and therefore the ability to handle perhaps a terabyte of memory and move data into and out of it at speed. That all adds up to servers that are better-equipped to handle memory-loving applications like – you guessed it – artificial intelligence.
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