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Trump wants visiting Brits to hand over all their data

The US government wants visitors from Britain to hand over all their electronic details at the border.

The UK is not the only country being targeted by the new rules, but it does show how stupid the new law is going to be.

Trump is considering whether or not to deploy “extreme vetting” practices at airports around the world, which could force tourists from Britain and other countries visiting the US  to reveal their mobile phone contacts, social media passwords and financial data.

Travelers who want to enter the US could also face questioning over their ideology. Which means that if you make one joke about the country having an orange president, you could be on the next plane home.

Trump made the “extreme vetting” of foreign nationals to combat terrorism a major theme of his presidential election campaign. But his executive order imposing a travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries has twice been blocked in court.

His antics have already gutted the tourism industry with most people thinking twice before going to the US.

Already tourists from the UK, France, Australia and Japan participate in the visa waiver program, which requires adherence to strict US standards in data sharing, passport control and other factors.

This could require people to hand over their phones so officials can study their stored contacts and possibly other information.

The aim is to “figure out who you are communicating with,” a senior Department of Homeland Security official was quoted as saying.  “What you can get on the average person’s phone can be invaluable.”

Applicants will be asked to hand over their social media handles and passwords, so that officials could see information posted privately in addition to public posts, the Wall Street Journal said. Which basically means all those TechEye stories mocking the US will keep me from going to US tech conferences.

The Journal report said the DHS official working on the review indicated that questions under consideration included whether visa applicants believe in so-called honour killings, how they view the treatment of women in society, whether they value the “sanctity of human life” and who they view as a legitimate target in a military operation.

Which is a bit unfair. If they asked me who I would see as a legitimate target, I would be thinking in terms of strategy and see it as an intellectual question and say “Apple headquarters”.

 

 

 

Insolvency Service downed by hard drive

Insolvency ServiceA Freedom of Information (FoI) request by TechEye has discovered why the UK’s Insolvency Service web services and emails were out of service between Tuesday the 7th of April and the evening of Thursday the 9th of April.

The Insolvency Service said: “There was a specific hardware failure caused by a storage disk issue. The root cause has been identified and a firmware patch has been issued to prevent any re-occurrence.”

The government department said the contractors for its IT system is Atos IT Services UK Limited.

The response to the FoI request said: “The problem became apparent to users on the morning of Tuesday 7th April and was resolved by the evening of Thursday 9th April. Customers were
able to contact the Insolvency Service throughout via phone.”

IBM takes internet of things to the enterprise

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 10.30.39Space isn’t the final frontier for IBM these days – it got out of storage, printers and even PCs years ago.

But just because it doesn’t do what it used to do it’s difficult to discount its influence and power.

Today it said it will plunge three billion dollars over four years to create an internet of things unit – and guess what – it will be a cloud based unit.

IBM said that it has already pioneered “smarter planets” and “smarter cities”, focusing on water management and making shops easier to walk around.

IBM’s unit will use its experience to help its customers integrate data from what it described as an “unprecedented” number of IoT andother sources.

It will build an open platform.

Bob Picciano, a senior IBM suit, said: “Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensr and device, but too often we are not acting on it.”

He estimates that 90 percent of data generated by tablets, smartphones, cars and appliances is never analysed. This may be a good thing in our view, but Picciano thinks not.

“As much as 60 percent of this data begins to lose value within milliseconds of being generated,” he said.

ChannelEye launches, injects zest into the supply chain

Prakasha Publishing Ltd has launched a title designed to inform, educate and entertain the influential supply chain in the United Kingdom.

ChannelEye, (channeleye.co.uk) is edited by industry veteran Mike Magee. The editorial team that launched another channel title this time last year, will upset the apple cart and provide hard hitting news, interviews and pithy comment that reflect the concerns of distributors, resellers and the rest of the community.

 “It’s high time that stuffy, old fashioned channel magazines whether online or in print are consigned to the dustbin of history,” Magee said.  “The supply chain continues to be essential to deliver vendors’ offerings to end users.  We will break the mould and deliver essential information to the key players in the market.”

 “This is a fantastic development for IDG” suggests Jonny Busse, head of the IDG Tech Network. “Commercially representing this website will now allow IDGUK a strong presence in this important marketplace with ChannelEye offering a clean and unique style coupled with hard hitting content”

In addition to news, ChannelEye will cover wider matters including reviews, interviews with key players, moves in the industry, product information, gossip, and sparky, solid information. Avoiding re-cycled press releases, ChannelEye will avoid business jargon that only marketers understand, and will deliver gritty and realistic depictions of stuff that matters to the channel.

About Prakasha Publishing Ltd.  Prakasha, headed by CEO Mike Magee, already publishes well respected technology title TechEye.  Founder of both the Register and the Inquirer, Magee was listed as the 35th most influential person in UK technology by the Daily Telegraph.  He can be contacted at mike.magee@channeleye.co.uk  He brings on board a team of journalists that has close contacts in the channel and the wider IT community.

A guide to avoiding an Apple lawsuit

A series of court documents has leaked which provides the world with a handy guide about how to avoid a knock on the door from one of Apple’s lawyers.

This is jolly useful if you are just starting out in the tablet or smartphone market and don’t want your product hit by something which has already sprung fully formed from the creative genius of Steve Jobs, peace be upon him.

If Samsung had followed this list, and no we are not making these up, Apple claims that it would not have sued:

  • Thou shalt not have any device which has a front surface that is black or clear.
  • Thou shalt not have any flat rectangular device. Thou shalt not have any device with a rounded corner.
  • Thou shalt not have a device with a display screen which is more square than rectangular.
  • Thou shalt not have display screens which are not centred on the front surface of the phone and that have substantial lateral borders. Apple will give you its definition of substantial.
  • Thou shalt not have speaker openings that are not horizontal slots with rounded ends and that are not centered above the display screen.
  • Thou shalt not have front surfaces that contain substantial adornment.
  • Thou shalt not have phones with bezels, for Satan saw Jobs’ holy and perfect bezel and did corrupt it.

While we would have throught that should have been enough to get around any design problems you might have, according to PC World the court filing was censored and it would appear that Apple is covering up other advice which it is keeping secret and sharing only with the court. These would include:

  • Thou shalt not suffer Android to be placed on your machine.
  • If thou art in doubt about putting Android upon your machine refer to the above point.
  • Thou shalt not maketh thine tablet or smartphone of any plastic or metal. Wood is acceptable.
  • Thou shalt not design thine phones without cords.

BT opens 100 TechEye offices in London

BT has just opened almost 100 TechEye offices around London.

Yes, teaming up with Heineken, BT broadband customers will now get free wi-fi at a range of pubs in London and eventually around 200 up and down the country.

The only way we could be happier is if Sam Smith’s – where you can get a pint for just over £2, a rare London bargain – teamed up with one of these wi-fi providers. Murdoch’s Cloud would do: forget McDonalds, Sam Smith’s and internet is a guaranteed winner.

You’ll be able to connect through that OpenZone thing, which is the annoying service your phone tries to connect to at train stations because it thinks it’s free wi-fi. When logged into Heineken and BT’s joint service, you’ll be able to access location-specific stuff including local news, features, where you can go, and other stuff like that.

Including, we guess, the next nearest BT Openzone pub – opening up a whole new world of possibility for mid-afternoon office pub crawls and copy that lookhs liek thiess.

Of course, plenty of pubs in London offer free wi-fi already. Until we plant our roots full-time, perhaps, at Shoreditch’s TechHub, we salute you BT, but our publisher probably doesn’t.  

TechEye stirs up trouble for Microsoft in Barnes & Noble case

TechEye has managed to get itself mentioned in the latest round of the Barnes & Noble lawsuit.

It seems our story written back in February about Swingin’ Stephen Elop and MSFT / Nokia patent protection has made it into a legal document, in which Barnes & Noble is responding to Microsoft’s claims of patent infringement.

The 50 page lawsuit was drawn up after Microsoft went to war in late March over Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader with regards to its Android functionality.

Microsoft claimed that the Android-based tablets and e-readers breached a range of its patents. These related to interactive functions in the Google OS that the Microsoft IP and licensing team said were “essential to the user experience.”

That’s including the interaction of documents and ebooks, as well as the navigational method of tapping through various screens to find relevant information.

The patents in question are: 5,778,372, 6,339,780, 5,889,522, 6,891,551 and 6,957,233.

In its response, Barnes & Noble has said that the patents didn’t introduce anything and Microsoft was actually “misusing these patents as part of a scheme to try to eliminate or marginalise the competition to its own Windows Phone 7 mobile device operating system posed by the open source Android operating system and other open source operating systems. ”

It continued, throwing down claims that Microsoft’s conduct actually directly harmed both competition for and consumers of eReaders, smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile electronic devices, and rendered Microsoft’s patents unenforceable.

And just to back it up a little bit further it cited an article by TechEye, citing “that Microsoft and Nokia intended to use their combined portfolio both defensively and offensively”. We didn’t say that, but whatever.

Barnes & Noble continued: “Barnes & Noble is without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations of this paragraph and, therefore, denies them.”

When it came to the ’522 patent, the company claims that the patent “on its face, indicates an issue date of March 30, 1999,” but it “denied that the ’522 patent was properly issued.”

It also had a few comback words when it came to Microsoft’s Android claims, saying that Microsoft “did not invent, research, develop, or make available to the public mobile devices employing the Android  Operating System and other open source operating systems.” It pointed out that despite this, the company “seeked to dominate something it did not invent.”

“On information and belief, Microsoft intends to take and has taken definite steps towards making competing operating systems such as the Android Operating System unusable and unattractive to both Consumers and device manufacturers through exorbitant license fees and absurd licensing restrictions that bear no relation to the scope and subject matter of its own patents,” it added.

It continued to point the finger at Microsoft’s plans to dominate the world citing the Shy & Retiring Steve Ballmer as publicly stating that through its patents Microsoft “can dominate, control, and exclude” from the market the Android Operating System, other open source operating systems, and open source applications such as Google Chrome.

From these comments Barnes & Noble derived that Microsoft intended to use its patents to control the activities of designers as well as developers and manufacturers that use the Android OS.

“On information and belief, Microsoft has falsely and without justification asserted that its patents somehow provide it with the right to prohibit device manufacturers from employing new versions of the Android™ Operating System, or third party software,” the documents said.

Barnes & Noble eventually brought up the Nokia and Microsoft partnership, where the pair is accused to have agreed upon a strategy for coordinated offensive use of their patents.

That’s where TechEye‘s story cropped up. Barnes & Noble used our story about Elop at Mobile World Congress, where he admitted to us that the “partnership” was very much about patent protection. Barnes & Noble interpreted this as Microsoft and Nokia intended to use their combined portfolio both defensively and offensively.

“This type of horizontal agreement between holders of significant patent portfolios is per se illegal under the antitrust laws, threatens competition formobile device operating systems and is further evidence of Microsoft’s efforts to dominate and control Android and other open source operating systems”, the papers cited.

Internet is turning everyone into a Satanist

The world wide web is turning people into devil-worshipping Satanists, according to a top catholic priest.

Carlo Climati, Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, who specialises in the dangers posed to young people by Satanism, claims that it has never been easier to sell your soul to the devil. We guess the infernal one has an e-commerce site these days.

According to Climati, the internet makes it a doddle to find information about Satanism. In just a few minutes you can contact Satanist groups and research occultism.  In the good old days the church could stop the flow of such information to the great unwashed by arranging book burnings followed by setting fire to the authors in the public square.  But with the net, and pesky human rights legislation, this is impossible.

Apparently the church is flat out at the moment dealing with shedloads of demons which have come flooding from the gates of hell as a result of people finding out about Satanism and occultism.

Climati is setting up conferences to scrutinise the phenomenon of Satanism with “seriousness and scientific rigour”, avoiding a “superficial or sensational approach”. We are not quite sure how he will manage this given that Satanism was an PR invention of the Church to terrorise peasants into signing up.

However he claims that there is a particular risk for young people who are in difficulties or who are emotionally fragile.

A conference in Rome has brought together more than 60 Catholic clergy as well as doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers and youth workers to discuss how to combat the dangers of devil worship.

The first problem they have is a shortage of actual cases of real devil worship. To get around this they say that the rise of Satanism has been dangerously underestimated in recent years.

Gabriele Nanni, a former exorcist and another speaker at the course claims that there has been a revival of the devil and his works and pomps.

As a result there has been a rise in the workloads of priests who are specialists in exorcism.

These are called in when “the moral certainty has been reached that the person is possessed”.

This is defined by the scientific approach of seeing if there are radical and disturbing changes in the person’s behaviour and voice, or an ability to garble in foreign languages or nonsensical gibberish.

Father Gabriele Amorth told the conference that people who are possessed by Satan” vomit shards of glass and pieces of iron, scream, dribble and slobber, utter blasphemies and have to be physically restrained”. Well, that explains the TechEye Christmas party then.

Nanni admitted that the number of genuine cases of possession by the Devil remained relatively small.

However, the world must be on guard because occult and Satanist practices are spreading thanks to the internet and new technologies that make it easier to access these rituals.

Oh, and you know all those sex-abuse scandals that the Church is suffering from lately?

Apparently they were not caused by the Church at all. The conference has decided that they are proof that the anti-Christ was waging a war against Catholicism. So if you are worried about your local priest fiddling with you kids, you are probably possessed by a demon you got by reading about the subject on Google.

Scotsman gets top job at AMD USA

Reliable sources tell us that John Byrne, who headed up AMD’s global channel, regional OEM, SMB and Taiwan sales for the last two years has been promoted.

He will be corporate vice president and general manager for the American “Mega” region, according to the source.

That job involves developing relationships with multinationals including Acer, Dell and HP, the source added.

Byrne, a charismatic Scot from the West Coast, has had years of experience in the worldwide channel.

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