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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

Soylent, the startup dedicated to conquering the universally hated ritual of eating food, now offers a version of its protein-rich nutrient gloop in ready-to-drink bottles. Previous versions of Soylent arrived as powders that you mix with water. That takes time, much like it does to sear a cut of filet mignon lightly on both …
Neil McAllister, 03 Aug 2015
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Uber holds out hand, hails another $1bn – mostly from Microsoft

Unlicensed taxi service Uber has plumped up its war chest with another $1bn, with much of the latest funding round reportedly coming from Microsoft. Citing anonymous sources, The New York Times reports that Redmond contributed "a substantial amount" of the $1bn, which brings the car app firm's total valuation close to $51bn. …
Neil McAllister, 31 Jul 2015
Star Trek: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"

Google, Oracle's endless Java copyright battle extended to ... 2016

The long-running copyright dispute between Oracle and Google over the latter's use of the Java language APIs in its Android operating system will likely drag on for another year or more, based on the latest developments in the case in a US federal court. Reuters reports that US District Judge William Alsup, who has been …
Neil McAllister, 31 Jul 2015
Microsoft monopoly

Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

Mozilla chief Chris Beard has fired off a tetchy open letter to Microsoft supremo Satya Nadella – because Windows 10 shunts Firefox users onto Redmond's new Edge web browser. Internet Explorer users were warned that Edge, Microsoft's Chrome-chasing new browser, would be the default in Windows 10. But as it turns out, users of …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2015
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Oracle: Docker container tech will be in the Zone on Solaris

Oracle is the latest company to get on the Docker bandwagon, having announced support for the application container technology to come in a future version of Solaris Unix. Docker arose out of the Linux world, and its original implementation takes advantage of a number of Linux kernel features, including LXC, cgroups, and …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2015

US to rethink hacker tool export rules after mass freakout in security land

Proposed changes to the US government's export controls on hacking tools will likely be scaled back following widespread criticism from the infosec community, a government spokesman has said. "A second iteration of this regulation will be promulgated," a spokesman for the US Department of Commerce told Reuters, "and you can …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2015
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Facebook is raking in so much filthy lucre, it can't spend it fast enough

Facebook beat estimates on both revenue and earnings for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, but investors seemed taken aback by the social network's soaring spending. The firm reported revenue of $4.04bn for the three months ending on June 30, which was up 38.9 per cent from the same period a year ago. Its earnings were …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2015

Oh look – Office Mobile apps to go with your shiny Windows 10

Now that Windows 10 has begun shipping to customers who reserved their free upgrades, Microsoft has also announced general availability of the touch-centric Office Mobile apps for the new OS. This isn't the next version of the full Office productivity suite for desktop PCs. That version, dubbed Office 2016, won't ship until …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2015

Citrix CEO retires as activist investor Elliott snatches the wheel

Citrix chief exec Mark Templeton has said he will retire, as activist investor Elliott Management takes a larger role in the company. Templeton joined Citrix in 1995 and has served as its CEO since 2001. But hedge fund Elliott has been among the most vocal in calling for change following what it describes as years of …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2015

Record-breaking $502m in sales, BIG LOSSES – OF COURSE IT'S TWITTER

Twitter has managed to collect over half a billion dollars - and somehow throw it all away and more even though it does nothing but run a microblabber portal. But the markets are impressed anyway. The company brought in $502m for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, which ended on June 30. The figure represented a 60.9 per …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jul 2015

Slashdot, SourceForge looking for new owners after parent dumps them on the web's doorstep

DHI Group, the company formerly known as Dice Holdings, has announced that it's selling off its Slashdot Media division following two successive quarters of declining revenue. DHI's main business is running job-listing and recruitment sites, including Dice.com. But in 2012 it acquired Slashdot Media – which includes source …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jul 2015
Whack-a-mole

BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

Microsoft is still trying to crush the remaining bugs in its latest and supposedly greatest operating system. Build 10240, which was released to the Windows Insider program two weeks ago, is widely considered to be the "release to manufacturing" (RTM) build, even though Redmond itself says the RTM concept doesn't apply in its …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jul 2015
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Debian Project holds Sparc port's hand, switches off life support

Following years of waning popularity, the Debian GNU/Linux Project has dropped support for the Sparc architecture, effective immediately. "As Sparc isn't exactly the most alive architecture anymore," Debian maintainer Joerg Jaspert wrote in a mailing list post last week, "not in [Debian 8.x] jessie and unlikely to be in [ …
Neil McAllister, 27 Jul 2015
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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

Analysis Less than two years into Satya Nadella's tenure as CEO of Microsoft, he's already had to report a lossmaking quarter. It's only the second time that's happened in the software giant's three decades as a public company, and the $8.44bn write-off Redmond posted earlier this week is the largest in its history. Don't blame Nadella …
Neil McAllister, 27 Jul 2015
Green light

EU rubber-stamps Nokia's proposed Alcatel-Lucent gobble

The proposed mega-merger between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent cleared a major hurdle on Friday, with the European Commission having given the deal its blessing. "The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, in particular because the parties are not close competitors and since a number of …
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2015

Embarrassed Amazon admits to actually MAKING MONEY as cloud biz blooms

Wall Street got a nasty Q2 shock today from Amazon, which announced an unexpected profit driven largely by its cloudy AWS business. Total net sales for the three months ending on June 30 were $23.19bn, a 19.9 per cent year-on-year gain that ran right past financial analysts' estimates. But the real surprise was that the …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2015
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future

Intelsat to FCC: For the love of satellites, STOP ELON MUSK!

Elon Musk wants to use his commercial SpaceX rockets to put satellites into orbit that will bring broadband to the next billion, but one of SpaceX's own customers has thrown a wrench into the works. Musk's plan involves encircling the globe with a few thousand high-capacity, low-latency satellites that the Tesla Motors boss …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2015

Dear diary. Gotta axe 15% of staff, it's like I'm cracking up – Qualcomm

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm says it's putting its business under the microscope with an eye to restructuring after posting lackluster third-quarter results, including revenue that missed estimates. "We are making fundamental changes to position Qualcomm for improved execution, financial and operating performance," Qualcomm CEO …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2015
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Open Container Project renames, says standard is just weeks away

One month after launching an industry-wide consortium aimed at creating a common runtime and image format for application containers, Docker and the Linux Foundation say the effort is making rapid progress. One big(ish) change is in the name. The group launched in June as the Open Container Project. Henceforth it will be known …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2015
Satya Nadella

Microsoft has RECORD quarter, in a BAD way - Sad Nad slashes phone biz

Brobdingnagian software biz Microsoft wrote down the biggest quarterly loss of its corporate history on Tuesday, reluctantly gulping down another $8.44bn of red ink - mostly associated with its train-wreck acquisition of Nokia. The latest writedown left Redmond with a net loss of $3.20bn for the three months ending on June 30 …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2015
Orchestration

Linux Foundation wrangles app container wranglers into new org

The Linux Foundation has announced the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), a new collaborative project aimed at making it easier for businesses to build and deploy containerized cloud applications oriented around microservices. "This new organization aims to advance the state-of-the-art for building cloud native …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2015
Containers

Kubernetes claque bursts into SPONTANEOUS APPLAUSE for v1.0

There's tumultous applause for the Kubernetes open-sauce app container system today - though it should be borne in mind that much of this is from those who've put substantial investments in time and/or money towards developing it. Version 1.0 of Kubernetes will be formally unveiled at OSCON in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, and …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2015
The Incredible Shrinking Man

What's dying on the vine and rhymes with IBM?

It was business as usual for IBM in the second quarter of its fiscal 2015 – which in Big Blue's case means it once again posted revenues that were lower than the same period a year ago. It was the thirteenth quarter in a row of which that could be said. Of course, to hear CEO Ginny Rometti tell it, it's still all part and …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jul 2015
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The US taxman thinks Microsoft owes billions. Prove it, says Microsoft

The ongoing squabble between Microsoft and the US Internal Revenue Service is heading to court, beginning with a hearing to take place in a Seattle federal court on Tuesday. The case is gearing up to become one of the largest-ever legal battles between tax authorities and a US corporation over the practice of shifting assets …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jul 2015

Microsoft hurls out Visual Studio 2015, .Net 4.6 ahead of Windows 10

Microsoft has pushed Visual Studio 2015 and .Net 4.6 out of the door ahead of the imminent launch of Windows 10. The giant of Redmond will be hoping that developers of the next few years spend an awful lot of time in the environment it has just thrown open. The new tools shouldn't surprise anyone, as Microsoft has been testing …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jul 2015

GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

Linux kernel supremo Linus Torvalds has published a scathing open letter to Google's Gmail team after discovering that the service had incorrectly marked hundreds of his incoming email threads as spam – including ones containing kernel patches. "Something you did recently has been an unmitigated disaster," Torvalds wrote in …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jul 2015

Sky still blue, above the ocean: Google still raking it in

Gigantic automated advertising machine Google has logged yet another quarter of sound results, showing that if you can get punters in the door to buy magic digital beans without ever having a paid staff member interact with them, you'll do well indeed. The Mountain View Chocolate Factory reported revenue of $17.73bn for the …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jul 2015

Pray for AMD

We were warned, but AMD's second-quarter results were still a shocking bloodbath, with revenue that missed analysts' estimates and came in even lower than the chipmaker's own revised guidance. Last week, we were cautioned to expect AMD's revenue for the period ending on June 27 to be down 8 per cent sequentially, contrary to …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jul 2015
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Windows RT on life support: Microsoft vows it won't pull the plug

Fear not, you unlucky owners of Windows RT tablets: Microsoft hasn't abandoned you yet. Not entirely, anyway. According to Microsoft spokesman Gabe Aul, Windows RT, the feature-limited version of Windows 8 for ARM-powered fondleslabs, will in fact be getting another significant update soon. That's the good news. The bad news …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jul 2015
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It's official – HP really will get you a Windows 10 PC on July 29 (barely)

HP got on the phone with The Register on Wednesday to shed light on how it plans to roll out PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled. The IT giant said you can expect at least some of its hardware to be available with the new OS on the day that it launches – July 29. There's been some confusion on the matter. Earlier this week, HP …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2015

Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

Microsoft has released yet another preview build of Windows 10, this time to both the Fast and Slow rings of the Windows Insider program, and it looks suspiciously like it could be a release candidate. "Over the past few days we've been preparing our release pipelines and processes, and this build is one step closer to what …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2015
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Intel beats earnings estimates (because nobody expected it to earn much)

Punch-drunk Intel staggered along in the second quarter of its fiscal 2015 and somehow managed to outperform analysts' estimates, even though its results looked even worse than the previous quarter's. Total revenue for the three months that ended on June 27 was $13.2bn. And while that was better than Wall Street hoped for, it …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2015

Free software fans land crucial punch in Ubuntu row – but it's not over

Canonical has updated the intellectual property rights policy for Ubuntu Linux to address a brouhaha over how the software is licensed, but free software advocates still aren't satisfied. The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) have been bickering with Canonical since 2013 over concerns …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2015
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Suse preps for ARM-ageddon: Piles up cans of 64-bit Linux code to feed server world

Suse has made a version of its eponymous enterprise Linux distro available for hardware vendors who want to deliver products to market based on 64-bit ARM processors, in a new expansion of its partner program. Suse Linux Enterprise 12 shipped for the x86-64, Power8, and IBM System z architectures in October 2014, and Tuesday …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jul 2015

Google joins Bluetooth snoop pals with iBeacon rival tech Eddystone

Google has jumped on the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon bandwagon with a set of open standards and software interfaces to give Apple's iBeacon a run for its money. Apple rolled out iBeacon in 2013, and has been pushing it as a way for companies to do things like tracking potential customers' movements as they wander around …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jul 2015
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HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

The big picture of how Microsoft plans to debut Windows 10 for its customers remains murky, but more details are starting to emerge, courtesy of the software giant's hardware partners. Redmond certainly isn't giving PC makers much time to test their kit with the new OS. It's due to ship on July 29, which is just over two weeks …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jul 2015
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Judge says some top Dell shareholders are plum out of luck in share buyout beef

Dell has successfully whittled away at a lawsuit brought against it by major shareholders who think Michael Dell's 2013 buyout of the firm came with too small a price tag. In a Monday ruling, the Delaware Chancery Court found that five large institutional investors were ineligible to participate in the suit because the way in …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jul 2015
Microsoft's Surface Hub

Microsoft's Surface Hub mega-slab DELAYED 'cause you demanded it

Microsoft has run into a few hurdles in its manufacturing process for its Surface Hub wall-mounted touchscreen and as a result, it now says it won't be able to ship them when it initially thought it could. Redmond started taking preorders for the digital whiteboards on July 1, and in June it said it expected to start shipping …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jul 2015
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Geeksphone closes up shop as founders turn their eyes to wearables

Spanish smartphone startup Geeksphone is winding down operations and will not pursue any future mobile phone projects. "Geeksphone has always worked for its users, trying to listen to their needs, in order to bring innovation, freshness, quality, style and to differentiate their mobile devices," the company said in a statement …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jul 2015
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KERR-PAO! Reddit interim CEO Ellen quits amid Redditor revolt

Ellen Pao has resigned as CEO of Reddit following a week of turmoil and controversy over her recent management decisions. "We are thankful for Ellen's many contributions to reddit and the technology industry generally. She brought focus to chaos, recruited a world-class team of executives, and drove growth," wrote reddit board …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2015
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Microsoft giving up on phones? Naaahh ... Windows 10 Mobile lumbers toward release

Microsoft has released a new preview build of Windows 10 Mobile, the version of the new OS for phones, and it has the same build number as the current version for desktop PCs. That doesn't mean it's equally close to release, though. While Microsoft has committed to a July 29 release date for the PC version, it has made no …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2015

Microsoft starts switching on paid Wi-Fi service with latest Windows 10 preview

Microsoft has shipped another preview build of Windows 10 to the Windows Insider program's Fast release ring – the fourth in two weeks – but the single new feature is access to a paid Wi-Fi service that is only available to a small fraction of testers. "We're getting close to release now," Windows 10 ambassador Gabe Aul said …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2015

US govt now says 21.5 million people exposed by OPM hack – here's what you need to know

The US Office of Personnel Management has come clean on the full extent of the massive data breach that it first disclosed in June, and it's far worse than what was initially thought. On Thursday, OPM announced that records including data from background checks of some 21.5 million people – including present, former, and …
Neil McAllister, 09 Jul 2015

IBM GATE-CRASHES chip world, boldly exclaims: 'We've cracked the 7nm barrier'

IBM has reached a major milestone in its computer chip R&D efforts – by shrinking transistor gates down to 7nm, far below today's proportions. On Thursday, Big Blue announced that it has successfully produced test chips with functional transistors using a 7nm (nanometer) process technology, and claim an industry first. …
Neil McAllister, 09 Jul 2015
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LOGITECH - TECH = 'LOGI' ... that's non-Logitech tech, is it?

Venerable desk-rodent maker Logitech says it will move into new categories of products. To mark the occasion it's introducing a new brand based on chopping the end off its old one. Get ready for "Logi." The company's name isn't changing, a Logitech spokesperson told El Reg via email. But it will use the Logi label for …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jul 2015

Microsoft rains cash on OpenBSD Foundation, becomes top 2015 donor

Microsoft has handed a pile of money to the OpenBSD Foundation, becoming its first-ever Gold level contributor in the process. "This donation is in recognition of the role of the Foundation in supporting the OpenSSH project," the Foundation said via a post to the OpenBSD Journal website on Tuesday. The exact amount of the …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jul 2015

Cheaper-than-Oracle Rimini defiant as Oracle drags 'em back to court

Oracle's long-running copyright case against independent support vendor Rimini Street is set to be heard before a jury in September, the database giant said on Tuesday. "There are no active settlement discussions between the parties," Larry Ellison & Co said in a statement. "Oracle seeks more than $200 million in damages and …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jul 2015

Google hits TurboFan button on Chrome's JavaScript engine

Google says its new optimizing compiler tech is gradually speeding up JavaScript execution in its Chrome browser – and it one day hopes it can rip out all the old compiler code and replace it with something better. The new optimizing compiler is known as TurboFan, and it has been shipping as a component of the V8 JavaScript …
Neil McAllister, 07 Jul 2015

Firefox to speed up dev cycle, go multi-process, rip and replace UI – soon

Mozilla is planning big changes in how it builds its Firefox web browser, including speeding up its release schedule and – in the long term – getting rid of some of the Mozilla-specific technologies that have traditionally been used to build the browser's UI and add-ons. The decisions were discussed at Moz's "Coincidental Work …
Neil McAllister, 07 Jul 2015
AMD underwater

AMD looks at sinking sales, gulps: It's worse than we thought

Struggling chipmaker AMD warned investors on Monday that its second-quarter results, which are due to be announced on July 16, will be lower than previously expected. During a conference call with financial analysts at the end of the company's previous quarter in April, AMD chief financial officer Devinder Kumar said he …
Neil McAllister, 06 Jul 2015