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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

Microsoft surprised us by upping its Windows product numbering from 8.1 straight to 10, and now it appears it's planning to make an even greater leap in the version numbering of the Windows kernel itself. While Windows releases use familiar marketing brands – such as XP, Vista, 7, 8 and now 10 – the underlying operating system …
Neil McAllister, 22 Nov 2014
Firefox ad 2nd St SF 2011

Mozilla remembers 2013. Y'know, back when it still gobbled at the Google money-trough

The Mozilla Foundation has released its annual financial statement for 2013, and the numbers raise important questions about Mozilla's future, now that it has ended its longstanding funding relationship with Google. Royalties paid by Google for queries from the Firefox browser's built-in search box have been the major source of …
Neil McAllister, 21 Nov 2014

First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you

Motorola has issued a recall for an early batch of its hotly anticipated new Nexus 6 smartphones that were sold through US mobile carrier AT&T, owing to a software glitch that can reportedly causes the devices to boot to a black screen. It seems customers who ordered a Nexus 6 before it hit the shelves received devices with the …
Neil McAllister, 21 Nov 2014
Assange

Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned

Ensconced WikiLeaker Julian Assange™ doesn't look to be leaving his hideout in Ecuador's London embassy anytime soon – a Swedish appeals court has rejected his request to set aside the detention order filed against him in that country. Assange's lawyers had argued that the order should be vacated because there is no way to …
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2014

Google, Rockstar to bury zombie Nortel patent lawsuit

Google has reportedly laid to rest its long-running squabble with zombie patent supertroll Rockstar, although terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Rockstar is the puerile moniker given to the consortium formed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony, which pooled their resources in 2011 to buy the patent …
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2014
Mozilla Firefox

Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search

Mozilla will make Yahoo! the default search engine for Firefox in the US, ending its decade-long pact with Google. The new deal affects the open-source browser on the desktop and on mobile devices. Lest we forget, Yahoo! Search is powered by ... Microsoft Bing. Terms of the new search deal were not disclosed, but the …
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2014

Smartphone chip champ Qualcomm says it's ARMed for server wars

Mobile chip heavyweight Qualcomm has confirmed that it plans to make a run at the server market, although details remain scant. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf revealed that the firm is working on chips for the data center during a meeting with financial analysts in New York City on Wednesday, without giving away any specific …
Neil McAllister, 19 Nov 2014
Glamor shot of proposed Jolla Tablet

Sailfish OS tablet is GO: Fans stuff cash into Jolla's cap in hand

Upstart gadget maker Jolla announced plans to produce a tablet via a crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday – and within mere hours, its fans had pledged well over the asked-for amount. The Finnish firm launched its campaign on Indiegogo with a goal of raising $380,000, and as we go to push the big, red "publish" button on this …
Neil McAllister, 19 Nov 2014
Chameleon

Ceph-starter Suse to enter software-defined storage market

Linux vendor Suse has kicked off this year's SuseCon in Orlando, Florida by announcing that it's getting into the software-defined storage business, starting early next year. The company made a new offering, known simply as Suse Storage, available in private beta beginning on Tuesday, with general availability expected for the …
Neil McAllister, 19 Nov 2014
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command

Microsoft has taken its first baby steps toward integrating Windows with the Docker application containerization tech that's caught fire in the Linux world, with the release of Docker client software that runs on Windows desktops. The client doesn't let you run Windows applications in containers. Microsoft is still working with …
Neil McAllister, 18 Nov 2014

Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW

Intel will combine its money-printing PC and loss-making mobile processor groups. Chipzilla is under mounting pressure from shareholders to deliver results in the mobile computing market, where the biz is a minnow compared to Brit rival ARM. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich let slip the news in an email to employees on Monday, according …
Neil McAllister, 18 Nov 2014

Big shadowy orgs should stop scooping up everyone's personal info – say Google, Facebook

A pressure group backed by some of the largest internet companies has urged the US Senate to pass the USA FREEDOM Act, which would curb some forms of online spying by the government. Reform Government Surveillance (RGS) voiced its support for the proposed law in an open letter published to it Tumblr site on Sunday, which was …
Neil McAllister, 18 Nov 2014
Screenshot of Windows 10 Preview's OneDrive UI

Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

Some members of Microsoft's Windows Insider program received yet another build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview this week, one that foreshadows more changes to the OS that should come as welcome news to those who cheered the return of the Start Menu. The release, marked as Build 9879, is only available to those who have …
Neil McAllister, 15 Nov 2014

EXPOSED: Amazon's cloudy Docker-friendly EC2 Container Service

Amazon stoked the fires of Linux container fever on Thursday with the introduction of its new EC2 Container Service for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. But what's the real benefit of ECS and how does it work? There's no need to ask who ECS's intended audience is. At the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week, …
Neil McAllister, 15 Nov 2014
A lamb

The Lambda that ROARED: Amazon unveils event-driven AWS compute service

Amazon upped the ante for application development on Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Thursday, with the launch of a new service that lets developers write event-driven code without having to manage any infrastructure. Dubbed AWS Lambda, the new offering allows developers to compose applications by writing functions that are …
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2014

Amazon cloud apps LIVE! Bezos' boys spin up 'lifecycle management' services

Amazon thinks it knows a thing or two about deploying applications in the cloud, and to prove it, it's rolling out a collection of new tools to help developers improve the build and deployment lifecycles of their cloudy apps. The first of the three tools unveiled on Wednesday at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas is …
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2014
Aurora over Whitehorse, Yukon, on September 3, 2012

Amazon: DROP DATABASE Oracle; INSERT our new fast cheap MySQL clone

Amazon fired a volley at Oracle and other relational database vendors on Wednesday, with the launch of a new, cloud-hosted database service that it says can deliver better performance than on-premises installations at a fraction of the cost. Amazon Web Services senior VP Andy Jassy unveiled the new service, dubbed Amazon Aurora …
Neil McAllister, 12 Nov 2014
Pair of pliers with other tools

Redmond aims to outshine Eclipse with FREE Visual Studio

Microsoft showered application developers with new tools on Wednesday, including a preview of the next release of Visual Studio and an all new version of the IDE that offers the full flexibility and extensibility of the flagship Visual Studio product, free of charge. The developer download bonanza was timed to coincide with …
Neil McAllister, 12 Nov 2014

Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

Microsoft, aiming to broaden the appeal of its .Net software development platform, has aggressively committed to delivering a new version of the toolset that is not only language agnostic but also cross-platform and entirely open source. The software giant announced the move at its Connect(); virtual developer event, which is …
Neil McAllister, 12 Nov 2014

Red Hat goes nuclear in Linux container wars with Atomic Host beta

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host 7 has entered beta, giving Red Hat customers a lean, lightweight OS host for container-oriented cloudy IT. The enterprise Linux giant first announced "Project Atomic" at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco in April, with the goal of paring down Shadowman's enterprise Linux OS to give it a …
Neil McAllister, 11 Nov 2014
Original "Airplane" image from Paramount Pictures

AT&T drops plans for LTE data networking on commercial flights

US mobile carrier AT&T is scrapping its plans to roll out high-speed data connectivity for commercial airline flights, a mere six months after announcing the effort. The wireless provider said in April that it had formed a partnership with Honeywell to develop an in-flight internet network based on 4G LTE technology. Under that …
Neil McAllister, 11 Nov 2014
Hortonworks logo

Yahoo!-backed Hadoop biz Hortonworks flings itself at the stock market

Big data analytics firm Hortonworks filed paperwork with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday announcing its intent to go public, making it the first of the Hadoop startups to float an initial public offering. The filing didn't say how many shares Hortonworks plans to offer or at what price, but it estimated the …
Neil McAllister, 10 Nov 2014
Rotten apple

Apple on the art of the deal: 'Put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement'

GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), the materials company that was once tapped to produce scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, has filed new papers in bankruptcy court describing the circumstances of its business's collapse – and it places the blame squarely at Apple's doorstep. In a jaw-dropping …
Neil McAllister, 08 Nov 2014
Leaked images showing a Microsoft-branded smartphone

Farewell Nokia: First ever 'Microsoft Lumia' set for Tuesday reveal

For several months we've known the era of Nokia-branded smartphones was coming to a close, but on Friday, Microsoft gave us the date it ends: November 11. Screenshot of Microsoft Mobile's website Microsoft's next Lumia device likely won't carry the Nokia brand That's when the software giant plans to announce details for its …
Neil McAllister, 07 Nov 2014
Windows 7

Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

It's getting close to security update time in Redmond yet again, and Microsoft has given notice that Windows and Office users can expect another nice, big pile of fixes on November's Patch Tuesday. The software giant gave advance notice of no less than 16 security bulletins to be addressed on November 11, five of which have been …
Neil McAllister, 07 Nov 2014

Internet of ... cars? Auto infotainment systems boost Nvidia's Tegra biz

Another storming quarter for Nvidia saw the chipmaker surpass Wall Street's expectations for both revenue and earnings for the third quarter of its fiscal 2015. Nvidia posted revenues of $1.23bn for the three months ending on October 26, 2014, a 16 per cent increase over the same period a year ago and an 11 per cent increase …
Neil McAllister, 07 Nov 2014

Canonical pushes LXD, its new mysterious drug for Linux containers

Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, says it's working on a new "virtualization experience" based on container technologies – but just how it will operate remains something of a mystery. Canonical founder and erstwhile space tourist Mark Shuttleworth announced the new effort, dubbed LXD and …
Neil McAllister, 06 Nov 2014
Qualcomm

Qualcomm: Chinese patent licensees still aren't playing fair

Qualcomm finished its 2014 fiscal year showing strong profit growth, but it cautioned investors that its ongoing disputes with Chinese customers and regulators could affect its results in the coming year. The mobile chipmaker's revenues for the fourth quarter were $6.69bn, up 3 per cent from the year-ago period. Unfortunately, …
Neil McAllister, 06 Nov 2014

Google offers cheap and easy network hookups with Cloud Interconnect

Google has unveiled Google Cloud Interconnect, a new set of networking options designed to make cloud customers' connections to Google's data centers more reliable and secure. At the Google Cloud Platform Live event in San Francisco, Google cloud product director Greg DeMichille said the Chocolate Factory will offer three …
Neil McAllister, 05 Nov 2014

Google revs up Container Engine to drive Docker in its cloud

Google has gone public with its love for containers and Docker in recent months, and to help its cloud customers get in on the action, on Tuesday it announced a hosted version of its Kubernetes container orchestration software for use with Google Compute Engine (GCE). Speaking at the Google Cloud Platform Live event in San …
Neil McAllister, 05 Nov 2014

Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

Microsoft has unveiled a new tool to allow web developers to test their apps against the very latest version of Internet Explorer – even if they don't have any Windows clients running in-house. Web devs use a variety of tools to get their work done, and it should come as no surprise that a great many prefer OS X to Windows. But …
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2014
HTC Nexus 9

Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

Google and HTC's new Nexus 9 tablet is most notable for being the first device to ship with Android 5.0 "Lollipop," making it attractive to Android fans. But it also delivers a bright hi-res screen and impressive performance that could win more than a few converts to the Nexus camp, provided they can stomach the mid-tier price …
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2014
gavel_judgment_channel

Samsung says teaming up with mobe-maker Microsoft could violate antitrust law

Samsung has taken a new tack in its ongoing patent royalty spat with Microsoft, claiming that its former partnership with Redmond should be considered null and void as it could violate US antitrust law. Microsoft is suing Samsung for $6.9m in interest on royalties that it says it's owed under the terms of a 2011 business …
Neil McAllister, 01 Nov 2014
CoreOS

CoreOS offers private Docker container registries for world+dog

Container-loving Linux vendor CoreOS has made its on-premises Docker container registry software available as a standalone product. Previously, CoreOS Enterprise Registry was only available as part of the company's Premium Managed Linux offering, which it describes as "OS as a service." As of Thursday, it is now available for …
Neil McAllister, 30 Oct 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

More Microsoft staffers shown the door in Round 3 of job cuts

Microsoft sent another 3,000 staffers packing on Wednesday, after the third round of layoffs in CEO Satya Nadella's multi-phase restructuring program. The Seattle Times reports that 638 employees in and around Microsoft's Puget Sound headquarters lost their jobs, with the remainder coming from various sites around the globe. By …
Neil McAllister, 29 Oct 2014

Bad dog: Redmond's new IE tool KILLS POODLE with one shot

Microsoft has issued new guidance on the POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) SSL vulnerability, including a one-click utility that can automatically disable SSL 3.0 in Internet Explorer. The Fix It utility, which was released on Wednesday, is a reversible workaround for all versions of Redmond's browser from …
Neil McAllister, 29 Oct 2014
The HTML5 logo

Yes, Virginia, there IS a W3C HTML5 standard – as of now, that is

After nearly 10 years of development, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has promoted the HTML5 specification to Recommendation status, its highest level of maturation, effectively making the markup language a formal web standard. "For application developers and industry, HTML5 represents a set of features that people will be …
Neil McAllister, 28 Oct 2014
Chameleon

Was ist das? Eine neue Suse Linux Enterprise? Ausgezeichnet!

Suse has kicked out a new version of its enterprise-grade commercial Linux distribution, Suse Linux Enterprise 12, more than five years after the last major-version release. Not that the German firm has been resting on its laurels in the meantime. Countless patches and updates for the platform have been released for version 11 …
Neil McAllister, 28 Oct 2014
TwitterIPO

Feathers fly as Twitter squawks of record sales but slow user growth

Twitter outperformed analysts' revenue estimates again this quarter, but investors, dismayed by another quarter of deep losses and slowing user growth, battered the company's stock anyway following its third-quarter 2014 earnings report. The microblogging service posted a record $361.27m in revenue for the three months ending on …
Neil McAllister, 27 Oct 2014

Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER

With cloud storage rapidly becoming a commodity, Microsoft has taken the next logical step in the file-syncing bunfight, doing away with storage quotas altogether for paying customers of its subscription Office 365 offerings. Redmond began opening up the data-hosting sluices in June, when it gave every Office 365 subscriber 1TB …
Neil McAllister, 27 Oct 2014
LG Nuclun mobile SoC

LG taps TSMC to bake its first-ever mobile chip

South Korea's LG Electronics has announced its first self-made mobile system-on-chip (SoC), along with plans to debut the chip in a new smartphone to be released within the week. Nuclun (LG says it's pronounced "NOO-klun," somewhat like how Americans pronounce "nuclear") is an eight-core application processor based on ARM's big. …
Neil McAllister, 25 Oct 2014
Admiral Ackbar

Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T

If you're pumped about using the new iPads' multi-carrier Apple SIM in the US, don't pick AT&T as your first choice – or you'll lose the ability to switch to another operator altogether. Cupertino's marketing claims the new, flashable Apple SIM that comes in the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 allows customers to "choose the plan …
Neil McAllister, 24 Oct 2014
Counterfeit FTDI USB-to-serial adapter chips

FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

Chipmaker FTDI has pulled a driver from Windows Update that could brick devices containing knockoff versions of its USB-to-serial bridge chips, but says it won't back down on its aggressive anti-counterfeiting stance. Earlier this week, hackers from various hardware forums began noticing that FTDI's latest driver would set a USB …
Neil McAllister, 24 Oct 2014
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

It's not black magic that Amazon works on its financial results each quarter but red magic – because however massive a haul of cash the company pulls in, it just can't seem to turn a profit. Odd, that. The e-tailer's net sales were up 20 per cent for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014, year-over-year, bringing in a whopping $ …
Neil McAllister, 24 Oct 2014
Satya Nadella

Microsoft: Cloud-o-bile still only small slice of softening revenue pie

Microsoft reported revenues that beat estimates for Q1 of fiscal 2015, boosted by strong growth in cloud and mobility. But its solid-looking numbers belied ongoing softness in its traditional core markets. Total revenues for the three months ending on September 30 were $23.20bn, a 25 per cent year-on-year increase but flat from …
Neil McAllister, 23 Oct 2014
Tim Cook

Apple: We're still GREAT pals with GT and we'd LOVE to team up again

Apple hasn't given up on scratch-resistant sapphire glass for future products and it might even continue to work with GT Advanced Technologies on the material despite its past difficulties with the company, according to documents released on Thursday. In papers [PDF] filed as part of GT's bankruptcy proceedings, GT agreed to " …
Neil McAllister, 23 Oct 2014
Glorious future of China

Smartphone giant _____ puts citizens' private data beyond reach of oppressive regime _____

Chinese Apple wannabe Xiaomi says it's spent much of the past year migrating its online services out of its Beijing data centers so that it can better serve customers in international markets. The Middle Kingdom's smartphone upstart is virtually unknown in the West but is already outselling Samsung in China and has lately moved …
Neil McAllister, 22 Oct 2014
Un Frog

Nokia France leak: Windows Phone DUMPED in Microsoft Lumia revamp

The French wing of Microsoft's Nokia mobile device division appears to have confirmed some Windows Phone rebranding efforts that have been rumored for the past few months. Earlier this year, leaked legal documents related to Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business revealed that Redmond was only given 18 …
Neil McAllister, 22 Oct 2014
Windows 10 start menu

Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes

Less than three weeks after it debuted the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has shipped a comprehensive update to the pre-release OS that brings substantial changes, including some new features borrowed from Windows Phone. The new build, number 9860, replaces the 9841 build that was included in the original Technical …
Neil McAllister, 22 Oct 2014

Apple, GT in SECRET SAPPHIRE peaceable parting PACT

Apple and GT Advanced Technologies, the materials company that was once slated to provide scratchproof sapphire glass for iPhones and other Apple products, have agreed to an "amicable parting of the ways," according to sources with knowledge of GT's bankruptcy litigation. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple and GT will …
Neil McAllister, 22 Oct 2014