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After Microsoft calls out HP Inc over stalled Windows 10 logins, HP bounces back with a fix

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:38:34 GMT

Shove this tool into your PC if it's getting stuck during startup

After enduring roughly two weeks of complaints, HP Inc has today produced a fix for folks struggling with blank screens on their computers.…

Hortonworks aims to entice enterprise with simple data management service

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:09:13 GMT

Hadoop-flinger promises one service to manage multiple platforms and use cases

Hortonworks has launched an enterprise-scale data management service for multiple platforms and environments that will capture data-in-motion or at rest.…

Red Hat pledges patent protection for 99 per cent of FOSS-ware

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:29:06 GMT

Company has trove of 2,000 patents and won't enforce any of them if you licence right

Red Hat says it has amassed over 2,000 patents and won't enforce them if the technologies they describe are used in properly-licensed open-source software.…

Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:16:05 GMT

Intel and Microsoft have been working together to ease the pain

Sponsored Windows 10 means a major shift in how IT operations should perceive and manage Windows and their hardware estate. The most significant is the move away from Big Bang version launches in favour of a subscription model with much more frequent updates.…

Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:29:07 GMT

It's a massive and ambitious upgrade for iPads, but older hardware can't cut it

Review After years of complacency – and falling sales – Apple has transformed the iPad into something it should have been from the start: a proper computer.…

More are paying to stream music, but YouTube still holds the value gap

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:23:04 GMT

Demand's there; compensating artists is another issue

With Google's user-generated content loophole firmly in lawmaker's sights, global music trade body IFPI has published new research looking at demand for music streaming.…

Google Cloud's API knows the sort of thing you like to look at

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:50:12 GMT

And now has creepy 'entity' sentiment analysis too

Google Cloud's Natural Language API has become a bit more, er, insightful: it can now sort content into 700 different categories, such as Health, Hobbies & Leisure and Law & Government.…

Chap tames Slack by piping it into Emacs

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:44:26 GMT

And then filtering out all the stuff he doesn't need to read

Emacs enthusiast Artur Malabarba has put the text editor to work taming Slack.…

macOS High Sierra more like 'Cry Sierra' for Mac-wielding beta testers

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:03:16 GMT

Early issues arise with new version of OS X 10.13

Apple's next version of the macOS, High Sierra, aka 10.13, is due for general release next week, and users running the beta have already noticed a pair of issues that could cloud the rollout.…

Black screen of death after Win10 update? Microsoft blames HP

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:14:39 GMT

OEM factory images create 'incorrect registry keys'

Microsoft is pointing the finger of blame at HP Inc's factory image for black screens of death appearing after a Windows Update.…

Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:04:27 GMT

Expect problems and delays

Updated Microsoft customers across Europe are reporting problems connecting to Exchange Online, including an inability to connect as well as time lags.…

Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:25:08 GMT

Memory management wonks, this release is for you. And also you Hyper-V admins

Linus Torvalds has unsentimentally loosed release candidate one of Linux 4.14 a day before the 26th anniversary of the Linux-0.01 release, and told penguinistas to expect a few big changes this time around.…

Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:17:08 GMT

Sorta, kinda, well not really

Google has promised to end the infuriating autoplay of videos in its Chrome browser – but with a heap of exceptions that may actually make the problem worse.…

HP users moaning over 10-minute login lag during 'Win 10 update'

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:21:00 GMT

Like watching a black screen dry (literally)

A number of HP Inc device owners are complaining of seeing black screens for around five to 10 minutes after entering their Windows login information.…

Python explosion blamed on pandas

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:02:47 GMT

Data science fad just won't die

Not content to bait developers by declaring that Python is the fastest-growing major programming language, coding community site Stack Overflow has revealed the reason for its metastasis.…

Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:26:08 GMT

We saw what you did there, Windows 10 web browser bods

Microsoft held its Edge Web Summit on 13 September, announcing that the web browser now has “330 million active devices”, just over two years since its launch with Windows 10 in July 2015. The stat was explained as devices where someone actively uses Edge during the course of a month.…

Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 01:16:07 GMT

Enterprises can lock down Telemetry a little more

Microsoft's taken another small step towards addressing those worried about Windows 10's impact on their privacy by adding more controls over what apps can do in the Creators Update of the OS.…

Get out your specs: Java EE's headed to the Eclipse Foundation

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:01:07 GMT

Yes, we meant specifications... and think up a name, would you?

Oracle has named the Eclipse Foundation as the new host for Java Enterprise Edition, but said the platform won’t get to keep its name.…

Slack re-invents the extranet and shared Notes databases with cross-company teams

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 01:55:05 GMT

Everything hip is new again

Slack has re-invented some stuff Lotus Notes did 20 years ago and declared it will make you more productive.…

Government lab that gives a crap pushes open source

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:26:26 GMT

Boffins reveal code for turning cow pies into cash

The US government wants you to use its software, and if you're into manure, so much the better.…

Linus Torvalds' lifestyle tips for hackers: Be like me, work in a bathrobe, no showers before noon

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:28:10 GMT

Also be curious and constructive by working on Linux instead of breaking it

Linux Lord Linus Torvalds has offered some lifestyle advice for hackers, suggesting they adopt his admittedly-unglamorous lifestyle but also his ethos of working on things that matter.…

Microsoft fixing Windows 10 'stuttering' bugs in Creators Update

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:53:11 GMT

Insider build aims to address glitch spotted by gamers

Microsoft says it is working to address a bug that had caused some Windows 10 applications to experience momentary "stuttering" performance problems.…

BlackBerry admits: We could do better at patching

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:12:12 GMT

Still the most secure Android? It won't get last year's update

BlackBerry has confirmed that its first Android device, the Priv, will be stuck on Google's 2015 operating system forevermore, which Google itself will cease supporting next year.…

Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 01:03:08 GMT

It's a grower not a, er, yeah...

Python, which ranks consistently as one of the most popular programming languages, is the fastest growing major programming language, according to coding community site Stack Overflow.…

F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:32:14 GMT

'I see you're trying to land. Please reboot the flight control system to continue'

Initial software development for the F-35 fighter jet is coming to an end, while future tweaks to the aircraft’s onboard systems will be rolled out like smartphone app updates, according to reports.…

Atlassian releases 'Stride', because HipChat isn't hip enough to whack Slack

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 02:58:13 GMT

New collaboration tool is 'recommended upgrade' to HipChat, beats it on price

Atlassian has decided HipChat is terminally un-hip and created a new product with which to take on Slack in the messaging-with-benefits market.…

You are the one per cent if you read Firefox's privacy spiels

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 04:02:05 GMT

So Mozilla's going to give them their very own Tab, perhaps ahead of opt-out slurping

Fewer than one per cent of users installing the Firefox browser bother to read the fine print regarding privacy, so the browser's makers at the Mozilla Foundation are going to put it in your face.…

Google puts the last coat of polish on Chrome 61

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 01:57:15 GMT

WebUSB, WebShare, JavaScript Modules and more due any day now

Google has wrapped up coding the desktop version of Chrome 61, and will be rolling it out for Windows, Mac and Linux “over the coming days/weeks”.…

Must go faster, must go faster! Oracle lobs Java EE into GitHub, vows rapid Java SE releases

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:05:19 GMT

Plenty of life left in this dinosaur

Oracle plans to accelerate the pace of Java SE releases – and has moved Java EE's code repository to GitHub in keeping with its avowed desire to step back from managing the beast.…

What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:03:09 GMT

The options when 17.10 drops

The Canonical project is gearing up for one of its biggest releases yet. Ubuntu 17.10, due to arrive October 19, will be the company's first release since it abandoned its Unity desktop, Mir display server and the dream of "convergence". Instead Ubuntu users will get the GNOME desktop with a few tweaks that promise to make it a little bit more Unity-like. But Unity-like does not mean it will be at all familiar for long-time Unity users. Make no mistake, Ubuntu 17.10 will be a stock GNOME desktop with a couple of add-ons to improve the overall experience.…

WhatsApp irons a shirt, dons a suit, prepares business services

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 01:58:08 GMT

Slackers beware, Facebook-owned messaging platform thinks it can charge for chat

WhatsApp thinks the time is right for a service that will formally connect its billion daily users to businesses.…

Facebook promised to open up its log storage system

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 04:17:53 GMT

LogDevice: how to make sense of 10 hyperscale data centres

Sysadmins struggling to manage lots of logs may want to Like a new "friend", after Facebook last week decided to share its distributed log management system.…

Linus Torvalds passed a kidney stone and then squeezed out Linux 4.13

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 02:44:29 GMT

SMB 1.0 also deemed better out than in, as TLS makes it into the kernel

Linus Torvalds has released Linux 4.13 to a waiting world and in so doing detailed a tricky work week in which he endured “seven hours of pure agony due to a kidney stone”.…

HPE wraps up $8.8bn Micro Focus software dump spin-off

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:28:24 GMT

Newly minted software giant formally begins operations

HPE says it has closed the $8.8bn deal to spin off much of its software business with Micro Focus.…

Microsoft sets the date for Fall Creators Update

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:35:59 GMT

After Lenovo leaks the details

Microsoft has used the IFA conference in Berlin to announce the next big update for Windows 10 users – the Fall Creators Update will be released on October 17.…

OpenStack Pike release bites hard on microservices and scale

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 07:33:10 GMT

Project tries to move on to lifecycle management rather than initial setup

With the release of OpenStack Pike, the OpenStack Foundation has focussed on making the foundational software-defined networking environment look more digestible and better-suited to the world of microservices that's grown up around it.…

Privacy-focused search engine DeepSearch slinks out of hiding

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:32:06 GMT

New web crawler from TSignal doesn't care who you are

Developers are working on a privacy-focused search engine that goes beyond the likes of DuckDuckGo.…

Google ARCore brings augmented reality to relatively small audience

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:08:05 GMT

At least it doesn't require a bleeding-edge PC and costly goggles

Google on Tuesday released a preview of its augmented reality toolkit, although the company acknowledged that only a small portion of Android's installed base will be able to use the software.…

Microsoft's fix for web graphics going AWOL? Disable your antivirus

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:14:16 GMT

Or stop using Internet Explorer 11, of course

If Internet Explorer 11 users exist, they may have noticed missing graphics in web apps. Now Microsoft has some free, helpful advice that might restore them: disable your antivirus.…

MongoDB quits Solaris, wants to work on an OS people actually use

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:53:12 GMT

Says users are migrating away, criticizes Oracle's roadmap and ends builds and support, effective ASAP

MongoDB has killed off its Solaris development efforts. The company's director of platform engineering Andrew Morrow calls the decision “bittersweet,” but says “lack of adoption among our user base” made the decision easy and necessary.…

Well, debugger me. Microsoft's BSOD fixer is getting a makeover

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:45:10 GMT

Grey screen gets ribbonised

One of Microsoft's tools for debugging blue screens of death and other exciting Windows problems will be getting a bit easier to use.…

Chrome wants to remember which Websites to silence

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 01:58:13 GMT

Permanently mute those annoying autoplay videos? We're listening

Chrome's developers are testing a permanent mute for Websites that insist on running autoplay videos the instant they load.…

VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:44:40 GMT

James Liang gets 40 months on the cooler and $200,000 fine

The engineer responsible for designing the software that enabled Volkswagen diesel cars to cheat on US emissions tests has been sentenced to 40 months in prison and fined $200,000.…

Node forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 20:00:37 GMT

Ayo emerges from split as board demands action

Updated The Node community has again turned against itself, this time over a failed vote to oust a controversial member of the project's technical steering committee (TSC) over alleged code-of-conduct violations.…

If at first you don't succeed, you're Microsoft trying to fix broken Excel 2016

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 18:40:12 GMT

Second patch arrives to address knackered hyperlinks

Some Excel users have been struggling to add hyperlinks to spreadsheets, so Microsoft now has a patch for that – or rather a second one.…

So what's in the new Windows Insider build? Bug fixes, an AR goof-around, and a font

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:57:05 GMT

Skip Aheaders get to play

Windows Insiders can now drag and drop 3D models into the "real world", as well as enjoy a healthy dose of bug fixes ahead of the fall Creator's Update release.…

Fancy talking to SAP about your indirect licensing concerns? Straw poll says no

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:04:14 GMT

Users fear fees and audits despite firm's promise not to pursue back-payments

SAP has been told that customers are too afraid to strike up a conversation about indirect access, as a survey indicated most users had concerns that opening up to the firm could backfire.…

Apple actually opens up about something – the R&D behind Siri's voices

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:02:09 GMT

But you'd have to start working for them to find out any more

At an academic speech tech conference today (Thursday), Apple researchers will present some of the classic building blocks behind the voice generation of the Siri assistant.…

Mozilla ponders making telemetry opt-out, 'cos hardly anyone opted in

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:31:11 GMT

Browser-maker wants to compile global top 100 sites list, promises to protect privacy

Mozilla may require users to opt-out of sending telemetry from its Firefox browser because so few have opted in that it's hard for developers to get a good sample of what causes problems.…

Germans force Microsoft to scrap future pushy Windows 10 upgrades

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:35:08 GMT

Redmond's cramming of OS on machines provokes sour krauts

Microsoft sparked fury when it aggressively pushed its Windows 10 operating system onto people's PCs – from unexpected downloads to surprise installations.…