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Oracle pledges annual Solaris updates for you to install each summer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:08:11 GMT

And a plan to have users of Sun hardware upgrade if they want Solaris 11.4 and proper patches

Oracle will deliver “update releases” of Solaris every northern Summer, under a new plan it revealed this week along with news of the Solaris 11.4 beta and a hurry-along for users of old Sun hardware.…

Oracle demands dev tear down iOS app that has 'JavaScript' in its name

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:40:32 GMT

Ordinary folk may be confused by title, takedown demand suggests

Oracle, claims developer Zhongmin Steven Guo, has demanded that Apple remove an app he created because it contains the trademarked term "JavaScript."…

Chrome 66: Get into the bin, auto-playing vids and Symantec certs!

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:28:12 GMT

Lucky 66 lands, complete with Spectre mitigations

Chrome the 66th is upon us and has added some features that Google previewed in months past.…

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:54:00 GMT

Microsoft Windows Insider chief 'fesses up to potential blue-screen inducing glitch

Windows 10 Springwatch – as it shall henceforth be known – has entered its second week and Microsoft has dropped the first clue as to what caused the delay: bugs.…

SAP okays Java EE being Eclipsed, six months after Oracle's announcement

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:03:04 GMT

But warns it will bail if something better comes along

SAP has revealed its attitude to Oracle’s decision to let go of Java EE and have it tended by the Eclipse Foundation.…

Windows Admin Center: Vulture gets claws on browser-based server admin

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:49:07 GMT

... but finds some glitches

Hands On Microsoft has released Windows Admin Center (formerly known as Project Honolulu) to general availability.…

Linus Torvalds schedules Linux Kernel 5.0, then maybe delays 'meaningless' release

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:25:10 GMT

Definitely hails amazing shrinking kernel in 4.17 rc1

Linus Torvalds has suggested that the next Linux kernel could earn the number “5.0”.…

Go away, kid, you bother me: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla kick W3C nerds to the curb

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 20:09:47 GMT

Web standards body dressed down in spec spat

The organization that tries to advance web technology standards – the World Wide Web Consortium or W3C – has run into a roadblock: Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla.…

Former DXC UK chief Wilson lands at Micro Focus

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:38:13 GMT

From one burning deck to another

Recently departed DXC Tech UK boss Nick Wilson has swapped one troubled employer for another - he is the new global veep of professional services at the retirement home for legacy software, Micro Focus.…

British government to ink deal for yet another immigration database

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:56:04 GMT

Only £347m wasted in last overhaul

Exclusive The UK Home Office will sign a deal with Accenture to replace its clunky 1990s-era immigration and asylum applications system – having previously written off £347m in its last attempted overhaul.…

Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 06:33:21 GMT

'The Book', a first-draft programmer's Fuchsia how-to

Google has publicly revealed more files documenting its Fuchsia operating system.…

It's April 2018, and we've had to sit on this Windows 10 Spring Creators Update headline for days

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:28:10 GMT

Bug gives Microsoft cold feet

Microsoft has yet to release the Spring Creators Update to Windows 10. We've been sitting here waiting with a story about the launch ready to go, and nothing. Now people are starting to talk.…

Aw, all grown up: Mozilla moves WebAssembly into sparsely furnished Studio apartment

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 21:10:08 GMT

Invites devs for tour amid ongoing construction

Mozilla has released a preview version of WebAssembly Studio, its browser-based integrated development environment (IDE) for creating code touted to be the future of internet software.…

Skype for Business has nasty habit of closing down… for business

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:33:42 GMT

It's not just you, VoIP app is prone to failures

Microsoft has confirmed that some versions of its Skype for Business app are prone to crashes, and the issue won't be easy to resolve.…

Cisco shrinks Tetration for ESX and SaaS

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:39:07 GMT

See? We really are a software company now!

Just in case you doubt Cisco’s intention to become a software company, it’s now shrunk its Tetration analytics software and spawned a SaaS version.…

Get the FTP outta here, says Firefox

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 02:58:10 GMT

Apparently someone still uses src to suck content into web pages from FTP servers

Mozilla developers have decided to block requests for File Transfer Protocol (FTP) subresources inside web pages.…

JPEG XS pre-standard implementations emerging

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 01:58:07 GMT

Image boffins readying streaming codec for VR, cars, drones

The Joint Photographic Experts Group's image compression standard, JPEG XS, has started to turn up in implementations ahead of its slated April 2019 completion.…

Are you SAP-py now?! ERP giant overhauls pricing model following indirect access drama

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:29:01 GMT

Audit and sales departments to be split up too

SAP has changed its pricing model following mass confusion among customers and fears of litigation over indirect access.…

Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:46:10 GMT

Open-source party like it's 1990... Nein?

First released as part of Windows 3.0 in 1990 before shuffling into the digital deadzone following the end of support for Windows NT 4.0, the venerable File Manager application has made a surprising comeback on Windows 10 following a release of the source code on GitHub.…

Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte creating app to register 3m EU nationals living in Brexit Britain

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:09:04 GMT

Great, now we just need to agree the policy

The Home Office has inked a deal with a coterie of consultancies and system integrators to create a digital app intended to register the three million EU citizens in the UK post-Brexit.…

Twitter API overhaul threatens to seriously shaft apps... again

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 20:14:31 GMT

Devs get nervous as streams interface sunset approaches with no replacement ready

Updated Twitter's planned discontinuation of its streaming APIs in June has third-party developers worried that a replacement service won't be available in time to prevent their Twitter apps from breaking.…

Facebook dynamites its own APIs amid data slurp scandals, wrecks data slurp applications

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:27:31 GMT

And quietly cancels plan to gobble hospital patient info

In response to widespread concern about the misuse of Facebook user data, the social ad network on Wednesday hobbled its Graph API and Instagram API, breaking apps sustained by that data in the process.…

iOS 11.3 update throws Jamf-managed iStuffs into a loop.. into a loop.. into a loop... into a...

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 19:03:14 GMT

In Cupertino, MDM stands for 'Managed Device Misery'

Mobile device management (MDM) vendor Jamf is warning admins to hold off on installing the iOS 11.3 update on iPhones and iPads until it can fix a bug in its software that was causing devices to become unresponsive.…

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 08:36:05 GMT

It's hard to see where Microsoft will take the standard if third parties won't go near it

Windows has sported different looks across the decades – transparency in XP and 7, and flat design in 8 and 10 – each driven by different guidelines and ideas about pixel placement.…

Tor ‘sunsets’ secure Messenger that never exited beta

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 05:05:02 GMT

Cross-platform chat client crueled by death of code underpinnings

The Tor project will “sunset” its Messenger, a project launched in 2015 in the hope of improving security for social networks’ messaging services.…

Linux 4.16 arrives, keeps melting Meltdown, preps to axe eight CPUs

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 04:01:57 GMT

Kernel team mulls ditching chip architectures nobody used

Linus Torvalds has pulled the trigger and released version 4.16 of the Linux kernel, thereby killing off his own suggestion this release might need an extra week to mature.…

Microsoft's Windows supremo Terry Myerson is now Terry BYE-rson

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 18:38:35 GMT

Top Redmond exec defenestrates self amid biz reshuffle

Windows supremo Terry Myerson is departing Microsoft after decades of service, according to a memo sent to all employees today by CEO Satya Nadella.…

BlackBerry calls out between two worlds: Microsoft, Dynamics sandboxes walk with me

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:46:10 GMT

When container realms collide

BlackBerry is introducing a way to bridge two worlds: Microsoft's InTune container and the BlackBerry Dynamics sandbox.…

Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:43:05 GMT

Get a licence or build something new. It's really that simple

Comment One piece of paper. Just one lousy piece of paper. That's the difference between success and a potential $8.8bn payout.…

Microsoft Store adds ‘private audience’ apps to its Store

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:32:07 GMT

A velvet rope for digital tat, to help with betas, promos and maybe Windows 10 S

Microsoft has tweaked its Store to allow distribution of apps to a “private audience” of named users.…

Six months on, and let's check in on those 'stuttering' Windows 10 PCs. Yep, still stuttering

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 05:01:05 GMT

Gamers say performance woes haven't been addressed as Spring Creators Update looms

A long-running glitch affecting some Windows 10 PCs continues to annoy gamers more than half a year after it was supposedly fixed.…

Java-aaaargh! Google faces $9bn copyright bill after Oracle scores 'fair use' court appeal win

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 20:01:10 GMT

You thought this was over? You thought wrong, laughs Larry

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC has revived Oracle's bid to bill Google for billions over its use of copyrighted Java APIs in its Android mobile operating system.…

Microsoft loves Linux so much it wants someone else to build distros for its Windows Store

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:45:27 GMT

WSL blueprint open-sourced to tempt distro makers

Microsoft quietly open-sourced a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) sample last night in an effort to persuade Linux distribution maintainers to add their distros to the Windows Store.…

Mac fans' eyes mist over: Someone's re-created HyperCard

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 06:27:05 GMT

ViperCard takes a bite out of old-style programming

Video Apple fans with a bent for nostalgia have some to wallow in after a HyperCard clone debuted on Monday.…

Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:26:46 GMT

Talk about being in the pits: Hamilton, Mercedes gutted after weekend timing glitch

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was left fuming after a software glitch denied him an easy win in the first race of the 2018 season on Sunday.…

Linus Torvalds says new Linux lands next week and he’s sticking to that … for now

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:01:13 GMT

Bloated rc7 may or not be a sign of delays

Linus Torvalds is pretty sure he’ll release version 4.16 of the Linux kernel next week.…

More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 01:21:34 GMT

Deteriorating web prompts browser maker to take a stand

Mozilla intends to add basic ad filtering capabilities to its Firefox browser later this year, according to its recently updated roadmap.…

UK Court of Appeal settles reseller's question: Is software a good?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:47:11 GMT

The answer may dismay and confuse you

Software is not a good, the Court of Appeal in London, England, has ruled.…

Zucker for history: What I learnt about Facebook 600 years ago

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:05:06 GMT

Zuckerberg, Gutenberg, let's call the whole thing off

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Sudden infant wails finally brightened the delivery room late that night, a relief to everyone, not least the mother. After a quick wipe-down and weigh, the baby was swaddled and handed back to the parents to be comforted.…

Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:07:13 GMT

Yeah, it's an El Reg listicle. What of it?

Poll At some point next month, just in time for Spring, Microsoft will start to emit the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update to everyone's PC.…

SAP: Psst. Use our predictive analytics in your apps – you won't even know we're there

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:32:13 GMT

No-name brand software to help push Leonardo toolkit

German ERP giant SAP has launched an Application Edition of its Predictive Analytics software – part of its Leonardo toolkit.…

Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:02:16 GMT

Project hopes to bring dev skills to developing nation

A Filipino developer is hoping his handmade Ruby port will help bring coding skills to some of the Philippines's poorest communities.…

Mozilla's opt-out Firefox DNS privacy test sparks, er, privacy outcry

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:38:33 GMT

Nightly build fans' hostname lookups piped to Cloudflare in limited security feature trial

Mozilla's plan to test a more secure method for resolving internet domain names – known as Trusted Recursive Resolver (TRR) via DNS over HTTPs (DoH) – in Firefox Nightly builds has met with objections from its user community due to privacy concerns.…

Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:35:07 GMT

Telly software goes open source (again)

The mighty little OS that could is open source again. LG has revealed webOS OSE (Open Source Edition) under an Apache licence and ported it to the Raspberry Pi hardware.…

Private Internet Access VPN opens code-y sarong, starting with Chrome extension

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:08:16 GMT

All client-side app code to be released over next six months

VPN tunneller Private Internet Access (PIA) has begun open sourcing its software.…

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 22:52:15 GMT

Grab some popcorn: Redmond has asked for feedback

Microsoft’s about to test a new feature of Windows 10 that will force users to employ its Edge browser under some circumstances.…

Mulled EU copyright shakeup will turn us into robo-censors – GitHub

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:43:24 GMT

Code-sharing websites may be forced to install automatic infringement filters

Code-repository GitHub has raised the alarm about a pending European copyright proposal THAT could force it to implement automated filtering systems – referred to by detractors as "censorship machines" – that would hinder developers working with free and open source software.…

Uber hopes to butter up Brit transport chiefs with lots of lovely data

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:51:21 GMT

App biz flings travel info at capital's transport regulator ahead of licensing decision

Much maligned not-a-taxi biz Uber has pledged to hand over travel data to Transport for London.…

Developers dread Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2, SharePoint - survey

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:50:44 GMT

Poll says devs wouldn’t write unethical code - probably

Stack Overflow’s annual survey has revealed the tools and tech that developers love to hate: Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2 and SharePoint.…

Patch LOSE-day: Microsoft secures servers of the world. By disconnecting them

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:30:14 GMT

Users complain of static IP issues, world of admin pain

Microsoft’s Tuesday patch-fest may have reacted quite negatively with Windows Server 2008 R2 running VMware, leaving servers offline and administrators scrambling to recover IP addresses.…