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Time to make up: Realtime collaboration comes to Excel

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:28:08 GMT

Office 365 licence required

Microsoft has announced a "significant" step in Excel for Office 365 users on PCs.…

Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:32:14 GMT

Looking at all the new features and highlighting the best of 'em

HANDS-ON Windows 10 was launched on July 29, 2015, just over 18 months ago, consigning the Windows 8 experiment to history and introducing the idea of "Windows as a service" – or in other words an operating system that (with a few exceptions) updates itself whether you like it or not.…

Samizdat no more: Old Unix source code opened for study

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:02:06 GMT

Nokia Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent pack away the sueball gun

After years of lobbying by computer science luminaries, Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent (both owned by Nokia) have relented and will allow non-commercial study of the source code for Unix Research Editions 8, 9, and 10.…

Web-app devs note: Google wants to banish JavaScript dialogues

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:33:07 GMT

Do you really want to leave this malware-serving page? No/No

Annoying sites that open hard-to-eradicate “Do you want to leave this site? Are you sure?” dialogues are in Chrome's cross-hairs: the Chrome team has decided JavaScript dialogues offer too much scope for abuse, and is laying out a roadmap to get rid of them.…

Windows 10 Creators Update: Clearing the mines with livestock (that's you by the way)

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:42:07 GMT

First look at this iteration's more grown-up aspects

Microsoft's big Windows 10 Creators Update platform release is now available if you want it, but the long-promised UX makeover and People Experience feature will wait for a future update to Windows. Probably this year, but possibly not.…

Microsoft beefs up Skype for Business as Amazon Chimes in

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:31:13 GMT

Corporate comms face-off

Microsoft is rounding out its Skype for Business Cloud PBX.…

Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:34:14 GMT

What Mozilla's browser rewrite means to... Mozilla

Open source insider Mozilla has been rolling out a major change to Firefox during the last year, the results of what the company calls its Electrolysis project. Electrolysis gives Firefox something Chrome has had for years now – multiple processes (in the best case scenario that's per tab). The change is a boon for speed – somewhere Firefox has been lagging lately – and it improves stability and security.…

Redmond takes a small step towards opening Service Fabric

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:43:09 GMT

No runtime yet, but two developer repos have landed

Last year, Microsoft offered up its first public beta of Azure Service Fabric for Linux. This month, it quietly took another step with the fabric by partly open-sourcing it.…

Green software blacked out Australian State

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:27:00 GMT

Wind-turbine-ware defaults didn't handle exceptional weather events

Something good is going to come out of last year's “Black System” in the Australian State of South Australia: the global wind power industry has learned how to do better modelling for systems under attack from repeated failures.…

Angular framework's grand ambition: Not breaking anything

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:28:05 GMT

Google's web app scaffolding seeks recognition as platform

Angular, the popular web application framework, reached version 4.0.0 last week, having skipped version 3 entirely.…

Ubuntu 17.04 inches closer to production

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:59:43 GMT

Zapus jumping in April

Ubuntu's final beta for version 17.04 has landed.…

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:40:34 GMT

'Dodgy' unwanted operating system update sparks potential class-action lawsuit

Updated Three people in Illinois have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that its Windows 10 update destroyed their data and damaged their computers.…

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:01:06 GMT

Ever so lone lone lone lone a-lonely

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “For heaven’s sake, stop waggling it in my face! Kuh-rist, keep still! Right – you’ve asked for it!”…

FedEx will deliver you $5.00 just to install Flash

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:29:12 GMT

Bribes on offer as courier's custom printing service needs Adobe's security sinkhole

FedEx is offering customers US$5 to enable Adobe Flash in their browsers.…

Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:26:42 GMT

Crappy Chromium code is the culprit, we're told

Microsoft describes Visual Studio Code as a source code editor that's "optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications."…

Yahoo!'s big, fat clustered Google Machine Learning wedding

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:02:15 GMT

Yahoo! open-source code fling builds a better Google, again

Analysis Yahoo! last month married clustered compute to Google’s machine learning.…

LinkedIn starts piping sales data to Salesforce and Dynamics

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:27:04 GMT

Remember when Marc Benioff said Microsoft buying LinkedIn was dangerous?

LinkedIn has revealed a new version of its SaaSy Sales Navigator that pipes activities from the network into…

Ubuntu splats TITSUP bug spread in update

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:02:14 GMT

Fat-thumbed DNS patch unpatched, time to re-patch

A simple library update turned into a white-knuckle ride for Ubuntu sysadmins, who have lit up Reddit and StackOverflow to complain that their 'net connections went TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance).…

Microsoft delivers secure China-only cut of Windows 10

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:26:05 GMT

There's Reds under the Windows! And that's the way China's government wants it

Microsoft's supremo for China has told state-owned China Daily that Redmond's ready roll out version of Windows 10 with extra security features demanded by China's government.…

FYI anyone who codes outside work: GitHub has a contract to stop bosses snatching it all

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:50:54 GMT

For better work-life balance, work more outside of work

In contrast to the restrictions many companies place on their workers, GitHub believes it can loosen the reins through the release of its Balanced Employee Intellectual Property Agreement (BEIPA).…

Microsoft IE11 update foxes Telerik dialogue boxes

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:32:05 GMT

'Numerous reports' received

Microsoft’s March Windows 10 Update has claimed a new victim: Windows dialogue boxes built using Telerik objects.…

Adobe buddies up with Microsoft for new ways to mine your data

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:00:12 GMT

Announces product integrations and new language for exchanging customer data

Adobe and Microsoft have announced new product integrations along with the XDM (Experience Data Model) language for interchanging behavioural and marketing data between platforms.…

Google Spanner in the NewSQL works?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:01:07 GMT

Don't decommission that MySQL server – yet

The commercial release by Google of its Spanner database as a public beta last month came as both a pleasant surprise and a wake-up call: perhaps the end of NoSQL databases is in sight.…

Like a BaaS: IBM offers Blockchain as a Service

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:01:12 GMT

Maybe you could pay with Bitcoin. Like at Microsoft. Oh wait*

IBM's fortunes are set to change, we're sure of it. After 20 straight quarters of sales decline, the business has launched Blockchain-as-a-Service.…

BlackBerry admits dying BB10 is in pain

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:57:05 GMT

Official advice: Don’t touch that phone!

BlackBerry has finally acknowledged problems with the much-delayed 10.3.3 update to BlackBerry 10 that users began to receive late last year.…

Big-in-Russia's Yandex launches itself at a Google world

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:09:11 GMT

We slap Google-y eyes on the launcher

First Look The Google-Facebook duopoly has created a Silicon Valley empire that stretches from sea to shining sea. With two exceptions: Russia and China. While we think of Russian and Chinese internet companies as exclusively focused on their home territories, this isn’t totally the case.…

Open wide, Node! NodeSource will certify you now

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:01:06 GMT

Testing and ongoing checkups

NodeSource has offered to clean up Node.JS with a program certifying modules as “safe.”…

Be our Guetzli, says Google, to make beastly JPEGs beautifully small

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:58:09 GMT

Image-shrinker can shrink pics by 45 per cent, but is cursed by heavy compute requirements

Google's revealed details of a new JPEG encoder it calls “Guetzli” and which it says can shrink images by between 29 and 45 per cent without making them appreciably less pretty.…

Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:54:16 GMT

Not even if you've got lots of cash…

One of Microsoft's most hated operating systems (Windows ME is difficult to beat on that front) is destined to die in less than a month.…

Microsoft really wants those MongoDB devs to move to DocumentDB

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:28:08 GMT

Mongo's wire protocol gets support, and there's a new connector for Spark too

Microsoft reeeaally wants MongoDB developers to get onto Azure, and as such has announced support for Mongo's wire protocol for those who've declined offers to migrate to DocumentDB.…

Alexa: How do I get free AWS? Simples: Build more of ME!

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:41:13 GMT

Amazon throws AWS credits at Alexa dev fans

Amazon is throwing free cloud credits at developers building apps for Alexa hosted on AWS.…

This week's top token gesture: Google Chrome chokes energy-hungry background tabs

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:01:06 GMT

But more could be done through better programming

With the recent arrival of a new version of its Chrome browser, Google is celebrating its software's energy saving potential, even as it overlooks its electricity addiction.…

NetBSD adds RPi Zero support with 7.1 release

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:03:07 GMT

And you can now use Google Compute Engine storage as a disk, you lucky people

Raspberry Pi Zero users have another operating system to choose from, with the release of NetBSD 7.1.…

Canonical preps security lifeboat, yells: Ubuntu 12.04 hold-outs, get in

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:38:23 GMT

Window XP moment for penguins

Canonical is extending the deadline for security updates for paying users of its five-year-old Ubuntu 12.04 LTS – a first.…

Microsoft's Slack-slapping 'Teams' slips into Office 365

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:28:09 GMT

It's on by default, right now, with extra love for Outlook and SharePoint

Microsoft's formally launched Teams, its messaging-centric collaboration tool for Office 365.…

SAP pushes 25 patches and two patch patches

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:30:07 GMT

HANA User Self Service isn't meant to give crims self-service, but it can. And you can plug it

Once you stop reeling from Microsoft's monster two-month patch dump, VMware's new patches and news that Dungeons & Dragons is going digital, brace yourself again because SAP has popped out has 25 patches and two patches for patches for you to consider.…

Cloudera blows sawdust off new data science workbench

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:01:11 GMT

Still keeping schtum on IPO, though

Cloudera is adding a data science workbench to its enterprise product, based on the offerings of acquired startup, which the company bought last year.…

Google deploys flamethrower on Android ad-fraud apps

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:45:46 GMT

Stand by for 'targeted marketing'

Google has dumped a class of applications that employed a fraud botnet on its Android Play Store - the apps tapped malware that tried to game Google’s advertising network.…

Scott McNealy: Your data is safer with marketers than governments

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:32:08 GMT

Guess what the former Sun man runs now? Yup. A marketing company

You're better off with your data in the hands of a marketer than a government, says former Sun Microsystems supremo Scott McNealy, because you can change who you buy from, but you can't easily switch countries.…

Google briefly broke 'Droid Pay with last week's Android update

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:04:13 GMT

Which is why lucky Nexus owners have had two OS updates in a week

Last week's Android security update broke Android's Pay for some Nexus 6 users, so it was pulled and re-posted.…

CA forks out $45m to make claims it screwed over US govt go away

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:16:19 GMT

Ex-employee turned whistleblower is $10m richer

CA Inc will cough up $45m to end allegations it overcharged American taxpayers while offering discounts to companies.…

Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:30:10 GMT

Windows as an adspam service?

Microsoft's Department of Annoying The Users has been quiet since the end of the GWX scheme.…

Hold 'em, don't fold 'em: How to bite Bitcoin pools

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:28:07 GMT

Boffins demo withholding attack that could work on one ASIC and make an Evil Genius™ rich

Bitcoin's reward mechanism is based on publishing a solution to the block chain. What if an Evil Genius™ reversed this, and rewarded miners for withholding their solutions?…

'Jarvis' brings AI to the Linux command line, without Iron Man

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:02:09 GMT

Microsoft's also advancing code cleanup tool DevSkim

Repo Roundup Welcome again to Repo Roundup, in which The Reg trawls online code repositories to let you know about the fun, the useful or the inexplicable.…

Linus Torvalds explains how to Pull without jerking his chain

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 02:00:30 GMT

Linux 4.11 rc 2 is out, but not until after a little terse instruction on how to contribute

Linux kernel developers have again given Linus Torvalds cause for complaint.…

Favored Swift hits the charts: Now in top 10 programming languages

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:36:39 GMT

Apple-championed lingo climbs over Perl, Ruby, assembly code

In March, the Swift programming language rose to became the 10th most popular, at least by the measure of TIOBE Software.…

DOOM'd! Quake god John Carmack lobs $22m sueball at ZeniMax

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:23:54 GMT

Oculus CTO asks Judge Boyle to wield her BFG (big f'ing gavel) in contract dispute

Wizard programmer John Carmack is suing his former employer ZeniMax alleging $22.5m in unpaid stock options.…

Google employs super clever rich people to basically rip off Slack

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:13:42 GMT

Discovers IRC, puts a suit on Hangouts, touts $5k whiteboard and more

Google Next '17 Google hopes to further invade the worlds of teleconference and business chat with a set of new offerings.…

Apple empties gas can, strikes match, burns bridge to hot-patch apps

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 01:16:03 GMT

Injecting arbitrary parameters into dynamic methods violates dev rules

Apple has begun informing a limited number of developers using hot patching frameworks that doing so violates its rules.…

Shock report: 92 per cent of US government websites totally suck

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:03:21 GMT

Other news: Windows 10 not that great; Uber a little bit nasty

A new report into nearly 300 websites run by the US government has reached an unsurprising conclusion: they suck.…