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Copyright: Copyright 2016, Situation Publishing

Cloudera tells bright Sparks: Go teach yourselves Hadoop

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:01:10 GMT

Online DIY courses gotta be less tedious than teaching GCHQ's finest, right?

Cloudera, presumably sick of paying its staff to train spies and their ilk, has decided to launch online courses for those wanting to familiarise themselves with Hadoop and Spark.…

BT Yahoo! customers: Why! can't! we! grrr! delete! our! webmail! accounts!?

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 11:19:09 GMT

No delete until 'end of Sept'... Not the 2016 Sept, then

BT customers are unable to delete BT Yahoo email services - despite an exodus of users seeking to leave the security-challenged webmail biz.…

Microsoft boasts its cloudy Hadoop big data mill's faster than yours

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:36:06 GMT

Open-sourcier Redmond talks up speed, security gains for Azure HDInsight

Microsoft has overhauled its cloud-hosted Azure HDInsight Hadoop big data mill with extra security in the shape of enhanced authentication and identity management features plus a claimed 25 times performance boost in crunching big data queries.…

Exchange down for Android and iOS users

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:17:10 GMT

Mobile access receives the Office 364.5 treatment

Microsoft Exchange mobile users on Android and iOS users have been unable to access the service on their mobile devices due to a planned shift away from its Exchange Active Sync (EAS) protocol.…

Sendspace shrugs at phishers exploiting free service

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:37:04 GMT

To: Whomever, From: Whomever, Attached: Whatever

File delivery site Sendspace has said it isn't worried about a huge email spoofing issue with its free service – because legitimate businesses don't use it.…

But is it safe? Uncork a bottle of vintage open-source FUD

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:07:04 GMT

FOSS's hidden marathon to big-ticket respectability

“Yeah, but is open source a safe choice?” Surprisingly, I’ve been asked that frequently of late. Larger organisations in particular are giving me the old squinty eye. The folks in these conference rooms and tentacular email threads are often looking to replace decades old stacks of IT and get their “digital transformation” on, so perhaps they can be forgiven asking such a dated question.…

Raspberry Pi adds PIXEL eye candy to desktop

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:29:35 GMT

Raspbian gets user interface makeover and Chromium browser

Fruity low-cost computer the Raspberry Pi is constantly getting enhancements, and the latest is an update to its Raspbian Linux build, which has been given a makeover with a new desktop shell called PIXEL and a version of the Chromium browser.…

The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:57:06 GMT

As Steve Jobs might say: You misunderstand 'design'

Open Source Insider In all the years I have been using FOSS software, the most common complaint I've seen about FOSS software is that the "design" is "terrible", "laughable" or some witticism about forks and eyes.…

Argos tech team updates iOS app with helpful info on 'eleventy-billion toilet seats'

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:04:09 GMT

Sky hooks, tartan paint ... U wot m8?

Strange things are afoot among the developer team at Argos, it’s just not clear if an ill-judged lunchtime trip to the boozer, hijincks related to the recent £1.4bn takeover by Sainsbury’s or a rogue staffer are to blame.…

Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:58:06 GMT

Beta keeps your Unity 8, er, hoodlum friend waiting outside

Before I dive into what's new in Ubuntu 16.10, called Yakkety Yak, let's just get this sentence out of the way: Ubuntu 16.10 will not feature Unity 8 or the new Mir display server.…

Pull the plug! PowerPoint may kill my conference audience

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:03:22 GMT

If you could all just gather round my laptop...

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The man on stage is baffled. It was his big moment, a chance to show off his company’s proficiency and expertise, but now he’s being made to look useless.…

My God, I've got nothing on! Microsoft's $200m Wunderlist is down

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:05:11 GMT

Not so Wunder-ful, eh?

Mobile to-do list Wunderlist, bought by Microsoft for a reported $100m-$200m, is down with no immediate prospect of recovery.…

Dell stages SAP HANA love-in, squeezes out engineered system

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:36:06 GMT

World, meet the Dell EMC Validated System

Dell is all about engineered systems, or so its CEO Mickey D said recently, but actions speak louder than words and today the Texan infrastructure baron rolled out a box targeting firms running SAP HANA.…

Ubuntu tees up OpenStack on IBM's iron

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:05:09 GMT

Server union for open source floaters

Canonical’s OpenStack spin has landed on IBM’s Power hardware as part of zSystems' Linux stack.…

Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:17:05 GMT

Plus Adblocker in the webreader

Opera went live today with a VPN embedded into its desktop browser. Described as “free, no-log and easy to use,” the VPN uses 256-bit AES encryption to connect to one of Opera’s five data centres.…

Oracle: Delayed Java Enterprise Edition 8 to land 'within the year'

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:37:09 GMT

Ladies and gents, warm up your wishlists

Oracle has committed to deliver the delayed Java Enterprise Edition 8 “within a year.”…

In Red Hat, Veritas: Firm backs OpenStack convergence play

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:02:11 GMT

Voice through your Linux server? You might want this

Red Hat is working with information management firm Veritas on data backup and storage in OpenStack clouds.…

Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:15:07 GMT

Location, location, location (data)

Comment Google isn’t just interested in tracking you, or even very interested. Google tracks you with the defiant zeal of an obsessive stalker.…

Hitsniffer customers hit by outage over former colleagues' ownership spat

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:00:08 GMT

Money, servers, power, control ... a sad tale

Customers of analytics business Hitsniffer have been left in the lurch following its collapse after arguments over ownership of the service.…

Speaking in Tech: Windows is coming to smart refrigerators

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:00:10 GMT

Podcast This week on Podcast Idol: a UK IT architect

Childcare app bods wipe users' data – then discover backups had been borked for a year

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:34:07 GMT

All this the weekend before kids go back to school

It was with "great regret" that Orbit, makers of an app for professional childcare services, informed its customers that it lost all of their data during a weekend site upgrade – before discovering their backups hadn't been working for a year.…

Brave idea: Ex Mozilla man punts Bitcoin adblocking browser

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:03:29 GMT

Pay direct, avoid the advertising

Browser upstart Brave is now letting you contribute Bitcoin to websites in return for ad-blocking.…

Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:58:12 GMT

Peer-to-peer Delivery Optimisation goes global

Microsoft has slipped out an update to Windows 10 to early testers letting you slurp software updates from others across the internet.…

Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:33:02 GMT

Autonomous automobiles? Not on the NTSB chairman's watch

Fully autonomous cars may never reach public roads, according to the chairman of the US National Transportation Safety Board.…

Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:27:10 GMT

Australian boffins say the problem is between users' ears and in the spreadsheet's formatting genes

Scientific literature often mis-names genes and boffins say Microsoft Excel is partly to blame.…

Microsoft, Lenovo cross-licensing love-in: Android mobes knocked up with... Office apps

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:24:12 GMT

Locked and loaded baby

Lenovo’s signed a second patent licensing agreement with Microsoft, loading Redmond’s productivity software on its Android devices.…

Microsoft buys Genee's lamp, tips it into Office 365, smashes lamp

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:39:27 GMT

Email AI assistant will close by next month

Microsoft has bought aspiring digital assistant start-up Genee and will roll it into Office 365.…

Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:18:46 GMT

It's all fun and games till a little wizard appears

The collaboration wars are back, only – for now – they're more like a bush battle, where the hindmost are picked off first.…

Microsoft: Why we had to tie Azure Stack to boxen we picked for you

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:02:04 GMT

Verification, certainty and stable doors

Microsoft has explained the rationale behind last month’s announcement that you won’t be allowed to simply download Azure Stack and get going.…

Microsoft’s stealth scripting engine arrives on Android

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:30:05 GMT

With health warnings all over it

m Flow, Microsoft’s stealth-mode scripting engine, has arrived on Android, six weeks after seeping onto iOS. The Flow app is similar to conditional workflow tools like IF (formerly IFTTT) and Tasker, which are far more mature.…

Vivaldi's tweaky grinders fire out another release: Add themes, security

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:47:08 GMT

The power browser that China doesn't own

The Vivaldi browser continues its rapid progress its third release in four months. The new binary largely contains bug fixes, with theme support the biggest new feature. In addition to the eight default themes you can add your own.…

Oracle to shutter License Services division – source

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:50:09 GMT

No COLS, just LMS... it was the cloud wot done it, says insider

Oracle’s cloud sales drive may have claimed the giant’s Compliance and Optimisation License Services (COLS) unit.…

Yahoo! is! not! killing! Messenger! today!, just! the! desktop! client!

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:30:57 GMT

Service is still running, but you need an app for it now

Yahoo! is to kill off the desktop client for its once-popular instant messaging service Messenger today.…

Calling all Droids: BlackBerry’s giving away the Hub

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:30:42 GMT

Productivity crown jewels escape Waterloo

Any modern Android device running Marshmallow will soon be able to run BlackBerry’s Hub, launcher and its other PIM software previously restricted to BlackBerry devices. The Canadian company will sell them through the Google Play Store for non-BlackBerry devices for free, or a 99 cent per month subscription.…

Firefox 'Electrolysis' reaches the one per cent

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:56:04 GMT

Content-UI split slowly sliding out of beta

Mozilla has moved ahead with its cunning plan to split the browser window from the underlying content processing.…

Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:01:10 GMT

Group Policy changes require Enterprise or Education edition

Group Policy changes in Windows 10 Anniversary Update, set for release shortly, mean that users of the Pro edition can no longer disable some of the more intrusive aspects of the operating system.…

Microsoft adds useful feature to PowerPoint. Seriously

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:34:14 GMT

New non-linear view poses threat to cosmic order

Some crazy and terrible things have happened in 2016, but none can be more shocking than Microsoft PowerPoint adding a quite useful new feature for presenters. The ubiquitous slide presentation software has finally made a break with linearity.…

We ain't in 1996 anymore, Dorothy: SQL Server 2016 proves it

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:13:04 GMT

Enterprise engine? Check. Cloud database? TBC

Microsoft has had a database since 1989, initially working with Ashton-Tate and Sybase to create a variant of Sybase SQL Server for IBM’s OS/2.…

Cryptocat dev reckons WhatsApp is blocking calls to Saudi numbers

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:30:08 GMT

Decompiled code suggests blocks are embedded in the app

Lebanese-Canadian developer Nadim Kobeissi has taken aim at WhatsApp, accusing it of fudging about why calls to Saudi numbers don't work.…

Salesforce bins all Android phones bar Nexii and Galaxies

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 01:21:41 GMT

Also cancels support for Nexus Tabs, old iOS devices in future apps

Cloud darling Salesforce is upsetting end users by giving its Salesforce1 supported devices list a number-one haircut.…

London's contactless ticket payment system for sale in £15m deal

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:28:10 GMT

TfL turns software maker

A contactless payment system built for London’s massive public transport network is to be made available commercially under a £15m deal.…

Speaking in Tech: Pokemon – the internet spills over into real life

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:38:06 GMT

Podcast Ashley Madison rebrands. #FindYourMoment. For realz

Next month's Firefox 48 is looking Rusty – and that's a very good thing

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:45:05 GMT

Mozilla's safer-C programming language used to shore up media wrangling code

Mozilla says it will next month ship the first official Firefox build that sports code written in its more-secure-than-C Rust programming language.…

Trial to store benefits claimants' personal data on blockchain slammed

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:59:29 GMT

Could expose highly sensitive info, says Open Data Institute

A government experiment to store the information of benefits claimants using blockchain tech has been slammed by experts, who have warned it could expose highly sensitive personal data.…

Android Mew-ware, I choose you: Code nasty poses as Pokemon GO

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 22:11:52 GMT

DroidJack wants to peek-at-you

Mind those downloads from non-official app stores: Android malware has been spotted posing as knockoff copies of the popular Pokemon GO game.…

Got the Brexit fear? Keep calm and keep using AWS – Amazon UK boss

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 13:07:47 GMT

UK region still on way despite Gartner warnings

AWS Summit 2016 Amazon has urged customers to keep investing in cloud in the wake of British voters’ decision to leave the European Union.…

Sysadmins: Use these scripts to fully check out of your conference calls

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 04:03:10 GMT

'Sorry, can you repeat that?'

Rejoice, system admins; Splunk developer Josh Newlan has created a series of scripts that will with the right tools get you out of time-wasting teleconference meetings.…

Honey, why are porno apps on your Android?! Er, um, malware did it!

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:54:34 GMT

Mobes face Hummer summer bummer

Security researchers are warning about the continuing spread of Hummer, a powerful trojan that roots handsets, downloads pornographic applications, and displays pop-up ads at random intervals.…

Those Xbox Fitness vids you 'bought'? Look up the meaning of the word 'rent'

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 02:56:12 GMT

Redmond takes service behind shed, shot heard

Napster had it right, all those years ago: in the new world, you might “own nothing, have everything”. Except for “have everything”: in the second “death of free” today, Microsoft has put Xbox Fitness on the end-of-life list.…

Evernote riles freetards with two-device limit

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:56:10 GMT

Out of sync with customers, or financial reality?

Evernote has unveiled the switch that followed the bait, in the form of a new pricing structure that stops users of its free note-making application from synching more than two devices.…