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Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron

Everyone's using this framework – now you can, too. Source is open

Code corner  Keeping up with the endless torrent of stuff happening online is a losing battle. In the absence of omniscience, there's just no way to catch every bug, cockup, blowup, and scandal as it breaks.…

Intel's announced PCs packing 5G, and that's just plain wrong

Chipzilla needs more than its old PC-making pals to win 5G

Intel's breathlessly announced that Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft will deploy its 5G modems in their portable PCs sometime in the second half of 2019, and that it will show off prototypes of said laptops at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week.…

Batteries make things so heavy, said user. Why won't this thing turn on?

Flip phones - and their users - were both evolutionary dead ends (but the phones had awesome ads)

On-Call+VID  Welcome again to On-Call, The Register's support group for tech support pros, in which we share readers' tales of being asked to do unreasonable things for inexcusable people.…

Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped

Devs stumble into pre-release beta by using command they didn't understand

NPM – the biz behind the Node.js package management software used to wrangle JavaScript code and various related frameworks – on Thursday undid a code update less than 24 hours after it was issued because the software was messing with Linux file permissions.…

OpenBSD releases Meltdown patch

And now to see it's an unwelcome imposition or a mere inconvenience

OpenBSD's Meltdown patch has landed, in the form of a Version 11 code update that separates user memory pages from the kernel's – pretty much the same approach as was taken in the Linux kernel.…

Bros, in these taxing times, PC culture has had a major effect on HP

In a good way – Xmas personal computer and printers sales up, tax windfall swells profit

Stronger than expected PC and printer sales, plus a tax windfall, gave HP Inc one of its best quarters in recent history, according to its latest financial figures.…

802.11ax Wi-Fi standard isn't ready, Qualcomm bakes chips anyway

Future Access points will tell clients when to sleep, then make a wake up call

In November 2017, the next version of Wi-Fi, 802.11ax, stalled in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers's (IEEE's) standards process, but vendors want to push ahead with at least some of its features, according to Qualcomm Wi-Fi product marketing lead Prakash Sangam.…

Fun fact: US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear

Officials are overcharging tech world, says comms slinger as it heads into court to scrap fees

An American telecoms hardware shifter is fed up with US Customs officials slapping extra tariffs on its fiber-optic tech imports – all because the agents are classifying the IT gear as eyeglasses.…

A dog DNA database? You must be barking

Thousands of livestock attacks give police paws for thought

Police have revealed plans to take the lead on tracking down hounds that attack livestock - a dog DNA database.…

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