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Prices for DRAM and NAND flash are set to fall, sharply, in the second half of 2022 according to analyst firm Gartner.
In a memo published last week and obtained by The Register, the firm predicts “oversupply” of memory chips will develop as demand eases and supply increases. A “significant price reduction” is therefore likely, the firm states, without offering a more precise estimate of how far prices will fall.
The memo appears to be is directed at hardware manufacturers and advises them to start designing products that use more memory or keep memory and price the same but add other components – better CPUs, batteries or screens are suggested - to keep overall bill of material costs the same while also making devices more attractive.
Amazon Web Services has announced it will build a Region in New Zealand and light it up by the year 2024.
The forthcoming Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region will feature three availability zones - a configuration AWS rarely exceeds.
The cloud colossus has said it will spend US$5.3 billion in New Zealand over the next 15 years, some of which will be capital expenditure on its new bit barns.
Microsoft has introduced the Surface Laptop Studio, and if you mistook it for a tablet with a trackpad stand, you'd be forgiven.
The device was the last to be announced during a launch that was live-streamed on Wednesday. The event hyped up Windows 11 Surface PCs that are set to ship from October 5.
At first, the Surface Studio Laptop looks like a normal notebook, though the touchscreen can be pulled out to form a tent that covers the keyboard and leaves just the trackpad visible. The display can then be flattened over the keyboard and trackpad to put it into full tablet mode.
Square's payment system malfunctioned over the weekend for several hours, a glitch that cost workers at affected businesses a meaningful portion of their earnings during the most lucrative day of the week.
The company's status page at IsSquareUp.com tells the clinical part of the story. There were multiple service issues on Saturday, September 18 that were resolved after a few hours. No technical details are provided.
The messier version played out in small businesses around the US as workers at coffee shops, nail salons, and other service-oriented ventures found their payment screens unable to accept tips – which amount to more than half of the earnings of waitstaff and bartenders, according to the National Employment Law project.
Zoom’s ties to China are at the center of a US government investigation into the video-conferencing giant's $15bn plan to take over Five9, a California call-center-in-the-cloud.
The snappily titled Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Service Sector – known as Team Telecom under a previous president – is right now probing the planned acquisition. This interagency panel is chaired by Attorney General Merrick Garland, and has reps from the Pentagon and Homeland Security.
The FCC was reviewing an application [PDF] by Zoom and Five9 as part of the takeover bid until the regulator was asked by Justice Department official David Plotinsky to hold off until the committee had finished scrutinizing the overall deal.
Apple's macOS Finder application is currently vulnerable to a remote code execution bug, despite an apparent attempt to fix the problem.
A security advisory published Tuesday by the SSD Secure Disclosure program, on behalf of researcher Park Minchan, explains that macOS Finder – which provides a visual interface for interacting with files – is vulnerable to documents with the
"[T]hese files can be embedded inside emails which if the user clicks on them will execute the commands embedded inside them without providing a prompt or warning to the user," the advisory says.
Comment Salesforce execs get so bowled over by Dreamforce, the SaaS org's annual gabfest, that they seem to lose all perception of time and space.
Take Bret Taylor, chief operating officer, who after an hour of jovial to-and-fro with his billionaire boss, Marc Benioff, at the conference this week seemingly experienced a temporal spasm, interjecting: "Is this the beginning of Dreamforce? Or is this the end? This is the beginning!"
"This is the beginning," Benioff helpfully confirmed.
The UK government has published its much-awaited National AI Strategy in pursuit of "global science superpower" status.
The document talks of plans for a "new national programme and approach to support research and development" plus a government white paper on the governance and regulation of AI [PDF].
Details of the strategy were trailed back in January when the AI Council published its "AI Roadmap" including 16 recommendations to the government.
Lithuania's National Cyber Security Centre has told its citizens to get rid of Xiaomi-made mobile devices amid fears that the Chinese company could remotely enable censorship tools.
In an audit it published yesterday [PDF] the agency called out Xiaomi's Mi 10T 5G phone handset firmware for being able to censor terms such as "Free Tibet", "Long live Taiwan independence" or "democracy movement".
Defence Deputy Minister Margiris Abukevicius told reporters at the audit's release: "Our recommendation is to not buy new Chinese phones, and to get rid of those already purchased as fast as reasonably possible."
More than three years after X.Org Server 1.20, released in May 2018, a release candidate for 21.1.0 has been posted.
The Linux display server remains widely used despite the introduction of Wayland, first released in 2012 and intended to replace X.
The future of the software, in terms of significant new releases, was in doubt when project owner Adam Jackson declared the project "abandoned" last year, but Lithuanian developer Povilas Kanapickas (who formerly worked on the Unity game engine) stepped up and said:
Two Catholic monks from the Rhône region in southern France have been charged with setting fire to 5G phone masts amid concerns the mobile technology could pose a health risk to humans.
The monks were arrested by gendarmes last week as they attempted to set fire to a second phone mast following a similar attack the night before.
Although the two men, aged 39 and 40 from a Capuchin monastery, did minimal harm to the masts, they were charged with "damage and attempted damage with an incendiary device."
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