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The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:01:08 GMT

Here's what's in Build 15014

Microsoft has removed the much-anticipated "People Experience" from current beta builds of Windows 10, and will release it later this year instead of this spring.…




Mozillans call for new moz://a logo to actually work in browsers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:00:12 GMT

Logo picked to represent internet roots just confuses the internet

LOGOWATCH Mozilla, sorry Moz://a's new logo is causing problems because it doesn't work when typed into browsers' address bars.…




Deadly Tesla smash probe: No recall needed, says Uncle Sam

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:38:13 GMT

Autopilot update cuts prangs by 40 per cent, we're told

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into a fatal Tesla crash last year has determined that the car manufacturer should face no further action and has improved safety considerably.…




Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:26:06 GMT

Maybe it doesn't need friends? But it should worry about fragmenting Android further

Google’s decision to keep premium Android features for itself attracted surprisingly little comment last year - but the dangers are heaving into view. By declaring war on its most important customers, Google risks losing a degree of control over Android, further fragmenting the platform.…




Microsoft posts death notices for Windows 7 sysadmin certifications

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:30:08 GMT

They'll go in mid-2018. Does that support the 'too insecure for business' message?

In the same week that Microsoft's German tentacle declared Windows 7 a security horror that no business in its right mind would continue to use, the company's also announced it will axe some certification exams for the operating system.…




What's big and red and needs 270 security patches?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:38:47 GMT

Oracle software, that's what

Oracle has revealed its quarterly Critical Patch Update Advisory for January 2017, which offers users a buffet of 270 fixes to apply.…




Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:06:12 GMT

It had to happen sooner or sooner.... price parity with the US dollar

Apple has confirmed to developers it is raising app store prices by up to a third, more than countering any downward currency swing in the British pound since the Brexit vote in June.…




Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:58:09 GMT

FUDalicious post argues ancient security features are just too risky

Microsoft Germany has argued that Windows 7 is no longer "fit" to be used in business.…




Balancing miners borks blockchains, say boffins

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:29:12 GMT

Blockchain consortia are like the early internet: everyone knows and trusts each other. But when you try to scale ...

The financial sector's enthusiasm for blockchain technology might be misplaced, according to a pair of Australian distributed computing experts.…




McDonald's forget hash, browns off security experts

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:02:05 GMT

Golden Arches website's security doesn't pass the sensible surfing taste test

Dutch software engineer Tijme Gommers has revealed a still-active reflected cross-site scripting vulnerability and borked password controls in McDonald's main website that could be fodder for phishing attacks.…




Aaarrgh, zombie! Dead Apple iOS monopoly lawsuit is reanimated

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:23:01 GMT

Appeals court breathes life into App Store legal challenge

A US Court of Appeals has resurrected a class-action lawsuit accusing Apple of monopoly behavior with its iOS App Store.…




Hadoop hurler Hortonworks votes Tibco veteran for president

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:24:13 GMT

Corporate veteran to re-invigorate big-data sales

Hortonworks has named Raj Verma as its new president and chief operating officer in the latest of a string of shakeups designed to reinvigorate the Hadoop business following sliding sales.…




Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:30:54 GMT

The future belongs to bubble tabs; or maybe not

Opera, the Norwegian browser maker acquired last year by a Chinese investment consortium, on Thursday introduced the browser equivalent of a concept car.…




Lloyds Bank customers still flogging the online dead horse

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:12:18 GMT

Banker's PR: Normal service levels resuming... whether that continues, we DON'T KNOW

Day two and old nag Lloyds Banking Group’s online and mobile app services are still up and down like the Grand National, with no sign that customers will be put out of their misery any time soon.…




Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:03:08 GMT

Follows its own destiny – at a price

The Linux Mint project dropped a last-minute gift during the Christmas period – Mint 18.1.…




Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:29:09 GMT

And local sysadmins left to reset ground crews' 'dealer module' Toughbooks

Key software for the troubled F-35 fighter jet has been repeatedly delayed, causing problems for the British armed forces as they wait for Americans to iron out the bugs.…




No more will I tailor Swift: Code lang project lead leaving Apple

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 01:56:07 GMT

Chris Lattner to head up Tesla's Autopilot software team

Chris Lattner, head of Apple's Swift and XCode, is heading for pastures new.…




Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:23:07 GMT

Turn your PC into a green-eyed monster

Redmond has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 – one of the biggest updates to its cloudy operating system – ahead of the release of the Creators Update later this year.…




Renault goes open source with next-gen electric buggy you might generously call 'a car'

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 23:16:07 GMT

While Google pushes its onboard sensor package

Renault is embracing open source with its new car – an electric vehicle named POM.…




Uber's Movement dumps data on city planners

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:06:17 GMT

By providing anonymized data to cities, Uber aims to shape transport policies

Uber, which has been fighting to withhold ride destination data from New York City, on Sunday threw municipal governments a bone with a service called Movement.…




IBM filed another 8,000 patents in 2016

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:50:44 GMT

Hear that? That's the sound of IP lawyers rubbing their hands with glee

IBM’s lawyers were busy little bees last year, getting a shade more than 8,000 patent applications granted for Big Blue’s American brainboxes.…




Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:39:05 GMT

You may have seen this before

Mockups of Microsoft's "Project Neon" redesign have been leaked – we're sure by accident. Neon, as we reported last year, is an attempt to steer Windows away from the "flat" look that has dominated UX design in recent years, and make the system friendly for augmented or mixed-reality users.…




Fedora 25: You've got that Wayland feelin', oh, that Wayland feelin'

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:31:05 GMT

'Hands down the best desktop Linux distro I tested in 2016'

Fedora 25 is the first of the major Linux distros to employ the Wayland graphics stack by default.…




Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:34:56 GMT

Web advertising giant declares plugin is malware

Google has removed ad blocking and privacy extension AdNauseam from its Chrome Web Store, and has taken the unusual step of flagging the extension as malware, thereby preventing AdNauseam from being used by those who have installed the software via Chrome's developer mode.…




How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:13:17 GMT

DNS bug was a matter of time

When the leap second was added just before the arrival of 2017, Cloudflare stumbled. The content delivery network's DNS service suffered a limited service interruption during the first few hours of the new year.…




Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 01:58:12 GMT

Cook & Co had the tech and didn't use it, lawsuit claims

A family is suing Apple after their five-year-old daughter was killed by a driver allegedly distracted at the wheel with a FaceTime call on his iPhone.…




Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 20:36:10 GMT

Cofounder ejects over blacklist for bad reviews

The developer of Ham Radio Deluxe – a popular app used by thousands of hams – has restructured its management following claims it punished users who wrote critical reviews.…




Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:31:51 GMT

Four-hour outage stretches lines, patience

If you were trying to enter the US on Monday, queues were much longer than usual. That's because a Christmas software update borked the main computer systems used by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).…




Ridiculously small Linux build lands with ridiculously few swears

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 01:56:04 GMT

Happy New Year, let's get ranty next time around

The latest Linux 4.10-rc2 build nearly didn't happen because L-triptophaniac developers were Christmassing, but Linus Torvalds decided to set it free as a New Year treat.…




Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:00:12 GMT

If you all ask nicely, maybe they'll restore Program Groups?

Because it’s not complicated enough already, Windows 10’s Start menu will support folders in a forthcoming release.…




A vintage year for snoopers and big state-ists

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:13:07 GMT

What the Brexit PM and Orange POTUS elect meant

Year in Review If 2016 proved anything, it proved the existence of the law of unintended consequences making this a miserable year for lovers of liberty and privacy.…




Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 19:12:32 GMT

Great timing, Chris

Microsoft's marketing boss Chris Capossela has confessed the infamous your-Windows-10-upgrade-is-ready pop-up that tricked so many people into installing the thing was a step "too far."…




MicroServices-friendly Java lands on Eclipse

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 12:01:07 GMT

One licence or two, sir?

A project for a microservices-friendly Java is to be overseen by the Eclipse Foundation.…




Peace comes to troubled embedded-Linux-for-routers community

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 07:02:13 GMT

In the shadow of Christmas, LEDE and OpenWrt look like un-forking

In May 2016, disgruntled developers of the embedded-Linux-for-routers distribution OpenWRT forked the project and headed off to do their own thing.…




'Twas Brillo but then Android Things, which watched as Google Weaved its Nest

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:03:09 GMT

The Internet of Google Things

Comment Google has launched the developer preview of Android Things, updating and rebranding the Brillo IoT operating system which was unveiled over a year ago.…




Eating Brotli will improve Edge's inner health says Microsoft

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:28:09 GMT

Google's compression algo shrinks Edge's page load times without taxing your CPU

Microsoft's announced it will adopt the Brotli compression algorithm that Google open-sourced last year in future versions of its Edge browser.…




Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 05:55:34 GMT

Debian-derived PIXEL brings Pi experience to x86s, as Foundation chases 'best desktop environment, period'

The Raspberry Pi foundation has ported the PIXEL OS it released in September to the PC and Mac.…




Firefox to give all extensions their own process in January

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 01:27:11 GMT

Multi-process plan, for the sake of security and stability, is moving fast

The Mozilla Foundation has outlined plans to add more multi-process features to its Firefox browser.…




Snapchat coding error nearly destroys all of time for the internet

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:56:07 GMT

Also in the spirit of the season, volunteer Time Lords sought...

The current release of the Snapchat app on iOS contains a coding error which is flooding the internet's Network Time Protocol (NTP) pool.…




Amateur radio fans drop the ham-mer on HRD's license key 'blacklist'

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:02:05 GMT

Remotely killing one customer's copy was not an isolated incident, say readers

On Monday, The Register reported on the story of Jim Giercyk, an amateur radio enthusiast who had his copy of the popular Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) software revoked after posting a negative review.…




Gluster techie shows off 'MySQL of object storage' Minio projects

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:50:08 GMT

Github star count has it beating Ceph and Swift

Backgrounder Minio and its µServer were first described by El Reg in December a year ago. Now we have had a closer look, courtesy of a press tour to Silicon Valley earlier this month.…




Storage marketing guru ups and leaves CTERA ... for whom?

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:34:10 GMT

Takes stealthy startup job with ex-XtremIO big data-sorter

A storage marketing guru has left security-focused, file services cloud storage gateway CTERA for a mysterious big data startup led by an ex-XtremIO techie.…




Backup Exec console goes AWOL

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:45:11 GMT

Latest Windows updates borks Backup Exec console

Data security biz Veritas says that some users are unable to log on to its Backup Exec console" after installing the November or December Windows 2016 updates. It has patch removal workarounds to fix this.…




HMRC IT cockup misses nearly 1m Scottish taxpayers for devo PAYE letters

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:57:06 GMT

Just the start of £20m IT separation plans

Plans to raise income tax paid by Scottish earners have got off to a rocky start, after a database scan failed to identify 420,000 people who should be paying tax.…




Oi! Linux users! Want some really insecure closed-source software?

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 02:28:12 GMT

Flash for Linux gets first upgrade in four years

Back in August Adobe reversed its decision to stop offering an NPAPI Flash plugin for Linux and promised that version 23 would come Penguinistas' way real soon now.…




Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:45:40 GMT

Now the developer apologizes for customer support fiasco

A US ham radio software developer has admitted a support staffer disabled a customer's copy of its application after he posted a negative review online.…




'Upset' Linus Torvalds gets sweary and gets results

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 05:58:12 GMT

Devs cringe apologetically at errors Linux Lord dubbed 'piece-of-shit branch'

Linus Torvalds has unleashed a little ripe language on the Linux Kernel Mailing List, and quickly got results for having done so.…




'So sorry' Evernote rips up privacy changes

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:43:10 GMT

And we won't read your notes - promise

Evernote has scrapped changes to its data protection practices after a furious customer backlash.…




London's Winter Wonderland URGENTLY seeks Windows 10 desk support

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:12:13 GMT

Has Hyde Park BSOD crashed Christmas?

The annual Christmas kitsch fest that is Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland in London is desperately seeking two desktop bods to provide IT support for Windows 10.…




Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:58:09 GMT

Thought Java was 'free'? Think again (and you owe us $$$ in 2017)

Oracle is massively ramping up audits of Java customers it claims are in breach of its licences – six years after it bought Sun Microsystems.…