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IBM gets green light to sell off chips biz to GlobalFoundries

IBM looks to be in the clear to sell off its ailing chippery division to GlobalFoundries after US regulators gave the deal the nod on Tuesday. GlobalFoundries was spun off from AMD in 2009 with substantial funding from the Advanced Technology Investment Company, a wholly owned investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi, …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jun 2015
Exit sign. Pic:  Lukas Kästner

HP's split surgeon Bill Veghte splits from HP

Bill Veghte, the HP exec who since October has led the company's effort to split into two separate businesses, is parting ways with the firm. "The decision to leave a company and people you are passionate about is never an easy one," Veghte said in a statement. "It has been a privilege working with Meg [Whitman, HP CEO] and a …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jun 2015
Don Draper is Sad

Microsoft to offload display ads biz to ... hang on, AOL?

Microsoft has retreated from its online display ads business having struck a deal with AOL. Under the plans, announced on Monday, Redmond will hand off ads sales and management on several of its prime online properties to AOL. Fnancial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. AOL will take over ads for such sites as MSN …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jun 2015
US Supreme Court

Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear Google's appeal of Oracle's case against it in the matter of the Java API copyrights, leaving it up to a lower court to decide what - if any - damages Google owes. Google was hoping the Supremes would weigh in on the issue of whether software APIs are copyrightable under current US …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jun 2015
Harry Potter

Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

Satya Nadella, the man who succeeded Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's CEO and only the third chief exec in the company's history, believes the software giant is poised to achieve "magical things" in the coming years. So began an internal, company-wide memo Nadella sent on Thursday morning, in which he rallies the staff in Redmond …
Neil McAllister, 26 Jun 2015
Docker Red Hat

Red Hat: PaaS or IaaS, everything's about CONTAINERS now

Red Hat Summit Docker wasn't the only firm blabbing away about containers this week. On Wednesday, top Linux vendor Red Hat unveiled two new offerings at its Red Hat Summit conference in Boston, and both had containers at their cores. The first of these was OpenShift Enterprise 3, the latest version of Shadowman's locally deployable platform- …
Neil McAllister, 25 Jun 2015

Docker shocker: It's got a commercial product, and is ready to SELL IT

DockerCon 2015 The themes of Docker's past conferences has been increasing adoption of the container tech, but the theme of this year's DockerCon was moving beyond experimentation and into production deployment. By extension, it was also about how Docker plans to make money. The startup is well-heeled, having received enough venture cash in …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jun 2015
Scott Johnson and Mark Russinovich at DockerCon 2015

Docker and Microsoft unite Windows and Linux in the cloud

DockerCon 2015 Microsoft has doubled down on its support for Docker, further integrating the software container tech with Azure and Visual Studio Online and demoing the first-ever containerized application spanning both Windows and Linux systems. The software giant first showed off its support for Docker on its Azure cloud at the DockerCon …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jun 2015
Docker CTO Solomon Hykes

Inside the Open Container Project: Docker sings kumbaya

DockerCon 2015 For a while, it looked as though software containers were heading for the kind of standards squabble that has plagued the tech industry too often in its history. On the one hand, Docker – the plucky startup that's almost singlehandedly responsible for the recent explosion of interest in containers in the Linux world – had argued …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jun 2015

Docker unfurls software-defined networking, plugin blueprints

DockerCon 2015 As its DockerCon conference kicks off today in San Francisco, Docker has announced new features for its software container technology, including software-defined networking (SDN) and a swappable plugin architecture. The SDN features are a direct result of Docker's acquisition of SocketPlane in March but were developed with …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jun 2015
Containers

Docker and chums unveil standards org for software containers

DockerCon 2015 Docker has joined forces with the Linux Foundation to create a new organization that will oversee and manage open standards for application containers. Announced at the DockerCon conference in San Francisco on Monday, the Open Container Project (OCP) will maintain and develop a common container runtime and image format based in …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jun 2015

JavaScript creator Eich's latest project: KILL JAVASCRIPT

Brendan Eich, the former CEO of Mozilla, has announced a new project that could not only speed up web applications but could eventually see the end of JavaScript as the lingua franca of web development. Dubbed WebAssembly, the new effort is a kind of successor to Asm.js, the stripped-down JavaScript dialect that backers describe …
Neil McAllister, 18 Jun 2015
Mark Hurd and Safra Catz

'Oracle, why are your sales f-' CLOUD CLOUD CLOUD, blasts Larry

Investors had their knives out for Oracle once again on Wednesday after the database giant's fourth-quarter results missed analysts' estimates on both earnings and revenue. The report capped off a disappointing year for Oracle, one in which its total revenue for the twelve months was flat from the previous year, at $38.23bn. It …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jun 2015

Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

The Debian Project thinks it's fixed an issue where Google's Chromium web browser snuck proprietary code into the fiercely Free Software oriented Debian Linux distro. That hasn't stopped Debian users from wondering how the issue got past project maintainers in the first place. Debian user Yoshihito Yoshino first raised the red …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jun 2015
Facepalming statue

There's a new build of Windows 10 Mobile, but you can't upgrade to it

Microsoft is back with another build of the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview, but only the most eager testers will be able to get their hands on it. For starters, Redmond is only making Build 10136 available to Windows Insiders who opt for the Fast release ring. As with Windows 10 for desktop PCs, Redmond is being conservative …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jun 2015
A lamb

Devs to pour Java into Amazon's cloud after AWS Lambda update

Amazon Web Services has expanded its AWS Lambda programming model to support functions written in Java, the cloud kingpin said on Monday. Lambda, which allows developers to run event-driven code directly on Amazon's cloud without managing any application infrastructure, launched in November 2014 and initially only supported code …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jun 2015
Node Knockout code

It's about forking time: Node.js, io.js to mend differences, remerge

The Node.js open source project and its fork, io.js, have decided to kiss and make up, with the aid and support of the Linux Foundation. Node.js is an open-source, OS-agnostic runtime environment that allows developers to write server-side web applications using JavaScript. Several prominent Node.js developers forked its code …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jun 2015

LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

Password-storing cloud biz LastPass is urging its users to change their master passwords after hackers broke into its network at the end of last week. The intrusion reportedly happened on Friday afternoon, but many LastPass users are only learning about it now. LastPass last had a security scare in 2011. "In our investigation, …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jun 2015
Hyperloop car

POD RACING: SpaceX will build the Hyperloop railgun tube-way – you bring the ride

Elon Musk's private space transport company SpaceX is throwing its weight behind Musk's concept of the Hyperloop ground transport system, although it says it's not doing it to make money. "Neither SpaceX nor Elon Musk is affiliated with any Hyperloop companies," the firm said in an online post on Monday. "While we are not …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jun 2015

How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

Analysis If the latest reports are true and Chinese hackers have managed to pilfer as much data about US government employees in sensitive positions as is thought, the Obama administration may be headed for a serious intelligence crisis. According to an Associated Press report on Friday, hackers linked to China may have compromised …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jun 2015

Dossiers on US spies, military snatched in 'SECOND govt data leak'

A second data breach at the US Office of Personnel Management has compromised even more sensitive information about government employees than the first breach that was revealed earlier this week, sources claim. It's possible at least 14 million Americans have chapter and verse on their lives leaked, we're told. The Associated …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jun 2015
Human cannonball

Microsoft says its latest, dodgy Windows 10 build is good for (almost) everyone

Microsoft has released Build 10130 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview to the Windows Insider program's Slow release ring, despite a few lingering issues – particularly with Redmond's latest hardware. The build was initially only released to the Fast release ring – the one that gets rapid updates of the pre-release OS, even when …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jun 2015
BBC Micro coding session

Facebook: Your code sucks, and we don't even have to run it to tell

Facebook has released the source code to Infer, its static analysis tool, under the open source BSD license. Static analysis tools like Infer are used as a complement to traditional dynamic software testing by scanning the source code of software to spot trouble spots without actually executing the code. In a Thursday blog post …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2015
Christopher Lee as Dracula

In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

Obit Christopher Lee, the iconic British actor best known for his portrayal of Count Dracula in a series of films from Hammer Studios and for roles in the recent Lord of the Rings and Star Wars film trilogies, has died at age 93. The deep-voiced Lee made his film debut in Corridor of Mirrors in 1948 for future James Bond director …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2015
Microsoft's Surface Hub

Gonna RUB MYSELF against the WALL: Microsoft's Surface Hub 84" monster-slab

Pics Microsoft will take orders for its ridiculo-sized Surface Hub, a huge wall-mounted touchscreen, from July 1, albeit at hefty prices - but it won't be shipping direct to punters. The smaller of the two debut Surface Hub models is a 55-inch, 1080p-resolution version that Microsoft says is designed for offices, small conference …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2015
Facebook privacy image

Windows 8-Facebook sync blown away in API bombing raid

Microsoft will soon drop Facebook integration from Windows and a number of its online products, following a change to Facebook's APIs. It appears Facebook has changed parts of its Graph API that Microsoft's code uses. That change has broken compatibility between Redmond's software and the social network, so now several of …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2015
Space: 1999's nuclear explosion on the Moon

TERROR in ORBIT: Dodgy rocket burp biffs International Space Station off track

A malfunction on a docked Russian spacecraft caused the International Space Station to shift from its normal orbital orientation, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday. NASA confirmed that the engines of Soyuz TMA-15M – one of two Soyuz spacecraft currently docked at the ISS – unexpectedly fired at 10:27am Central …
Neil McAllister, 09 Jun 2015
Data center

Mesosphere's 'data center OS' now free for world+dog (almost)

VC-backed Mesosphere says its Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) is now generally available in a free Community Edition. Mesosphere DCOS is a platform for running and managing clustered data center workloads that combines Apache Mesos with a mix of open source and proprietary components. Essentially, it's cloud infrastructure …
Neil McAllister, 09 Jun 2015
Web browsers 2015

Microsoft: FINE, we'll help your web sessions be secure, SHEESH

Microsoft has updated both Internet Explorer and its new Edge web browser to make it easier for sites to encourage visitors to use secure HTTPS encryption. As part of this month's Patch Tuesday batch of security updates, the software giant has added support for HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) to its browsers. Sites can use …
Neil McAllister, 09 Jun 2015
Syrian Electronic Army

Armchair cyber-army vandalizes Uncle Sam's Army.mil website

The elusive hacking group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has claimed it is behind the defacement of US military websites on Monday. Among the messages injected into the US Army homepage was one stating, "Your commanders admit they are training the people they have sent you to die fighting." True to form, the …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jun 2015
Taylor Swift

Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

WWDC 2015 Apple will release version 2.0 of its Swift programming language as open source, with the aim of getting it everywhere. "We think Swift is the next big programming language," Apple software engineering veep Craig Federighi said during Monday's keynote address at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jun 2015
Facepalm

What's broken in this week's build of Windows 10? Installing it, for one

Microsoft has released ISO disc images of the latest Technical Preview build of Windows 10, but not because they think every tester should install it. Rather, it's because a bug is preventing even some of the more aggressive testers from receiving it through Windows Update. The release, known as Build 10130, was released to the …
Neil McAllister, 06 Jun 2015
Smartphones

HTC execs: Oh dear, did we say we'd sell lots of smartphones? Our bad

The bottom appears to have dropped out of HTC smartphone sales, leaving the Taiwanese firm forced to revise its second-quarter earnings guidance downward by nearly 30 per cent. Just over a month ago, HTC said it expected to see revenue of between NT$46bn and NT$51bn New Taiwanese dollars ($1.49bn to $1.66bn in US dollars) in the …
Neil McAllister, 05 Jun 2015
Prison

Life in prison not appealing to Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht – appeal filed

Silk Road boss and armchair drug lord Ross Ulbricht has appealed both his conviction on narcotics trafficking and other charges and the life term in prison to which he was sentenced. Ulbricht's attorney Joshua Dratel notified the court of the appeal via the standard form, which reveals little about his strategy other than that …
Neil McAllister, 05 Jun 2015
Dunce

Google blames Flash for hobbling Chrome, says it sucks (too much power)

If you reckon Chrome is eating up your laptop's battery, you're not alone. Google is concerned, too, but it says it's not all its fault – Adobe's to blame. Specifically, the culprit is the Adobe Flash plugin that comes built into Chrome and which automatically displays any Flash content it finds on web pages, according to Google …
Neil McAllister, 05 Jun 2015
Orchestration

Quiet, please – HP waves baton for 'composable' IT

HP Discover HP has a grand plan for when it morphs into Hewlett Packard Enterprise later this year, and the key to it is a concept it's calling "composable infrastructure." In his keynote at the HP Discover conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, HP CTO Martin Fink said that to understand composability, you should think about a composer …
Neil McAllister, 04 Jun 2015
HP's Martin Fink talks up the Machine

HP haters: Get ready to rage against THE MACHINE 'next year'

HP Discover HP is still hard at work at the futuristic computing platform it has dubbed the Machine, and staffers from HP Labs were on hand at the HP Discover conference in Las Vegas this week to give an update on its progress. There was even sample hardware on display, which HP Labs' Jaap Suermondt said was "evidence that we're actually …
Neil McAllister, 03 Jun 2015
HP execs Mike Nefkens, Antonio Neri, and Robert Youngjohns

Life after HP cracks off into two: Execs spill the beans – tiny little beans

HP Discover The theme of the opening keynote at the HP Discover conference on Tuesday was "Winning in the New Style of Business," but what the audience in Las Vegas really wanted to know was whether HP can really win by splitting into two companies. That transition is expected to complete by the beginning of HP's fiscal 2016, which starts …
Neil McAllister, 03 Jun 2015
The new Pirate Bay logo

Third Pirate Bay founder freed from clink, vows to fight domain seizure

Pirate Bay cofounder Fredrik Neij has reportedly been released from a Swedish prison after serving the mandatory two-thirds of his ten-month sentence for copyright violation. BitTorrent news site TorrentFreak reports that Neij, 37, was released on Monday and has already rejoined family and friends. Neij, who fled Sweden to …
Neil McAllister, 01 Jun 2015

Georgens out at NetApp – new chairman, interim CEO named

Longtime NetApp executive Tom Georgens has parted ways with the storage outfit, vacating his dual roles as the firm's chairman and chief executive, effective immediately. Stepping up to the CEO chair – at least temporarily – is George Kurian, who most recently had served as the firm's executive veep of product operations. …
Neil McAllister, 01 Jun 2015
windows 10 microsoft one windows

Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year

Most Windows users will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it ships on July 29, but they'll only have a year to claim it. After that, they'll need to pay – and Microsoft has now revealed how much. Essentially, full retail copies of Windows 10 will be priced the same as Windows 8, the software giant confirmed to El …
Neil McAllister, 01 Jun 2015
Man in an orange jumpsuit clutches prison bars. Image by Shutterstock

Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

Convicted Silk Road kingpin Ross Ulbricht has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. The 31-year-old was found guilty in February of all charges brought against him, including drugs trafficking, trafficking in fraudulent identity documents, money laundering, computer crime, and the more serious charge of "engaging in a …
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2015
Google I/O 2015

Thar she blows! Actual DEV TOOLS spotted at Google's dev event

Google I/O For a developer event, this year's Google I/O conference in San Francisco sure spent a lot of time focusing on such consumer-oriented toys as personal assistants, photo apps, and budget VR. But there were actually a few legitimate developer tools on display, too. Google senior director Jason Titus was given just a few minutes to …
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2015
Clay Bavor at Google I/O 2015

Google's Cardboard 2.0 virtual reality device is a triumph for humanity, said no one sane, ever

Google I/O To many, Google's Cardboard VR headset is just a novel paper-and-plastic toy, but the Chocolate Factory is taking it seriously enough that it has given it a revamp and is pushing to have it more widely adopted. Cardboard product manager Clay Bavor unveiled Version 2 of Google's cheapo goggles at the company's annual I/O …
Neil McAllister, 28 May 2015
Sundar Pichai talks Brillo and Weave and Google I/O 2015

Google puts Android on a diet, names it after the first thing it sees under the sink ... yes, Brillo

Google I/O Google is going after the Internet of Things with Android-based software aimed at powering a broad range of connected gizmos. We've heard rumors that the Chocolate Factory was planning a move into the IoT market, but Google platforms senior veep Sundar Pichai formally announced the effort at the Google I/O conference in San …
Neil McAllister, 28 May 2015
Wristbands at Google I/O 2015

Google I/O FORTRESS: Sold-out dev conference is in LOCKDOWN

Google I/O This year's Google I/O conference hasn't even formally kicked off, but attendees who arrived early to pick up their badges on Wednesday got their first look at the peculiarly formidable security at this year's event. For reasons unknown, security at I/O 2015 is tighter than at any other conference this Reg hack has seen at San …
Neil McAllister, 28 May 2015
Landfill. Pic: Bill McChesney

Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

Ahead of the Windows 10 launch this summer, Microsoft has decided it's time for a little spring cleaning in the Windows Store, and it's tightening up its submission policies to make sure its store doesn't get into the same sorry state again. "We will identify apps that are not following the policies, informing developers of …
Neil McAllister, 28 May 2015

Yahoo! must! face! class-action! suit! over! email! snooping! – judge

A US judge has given the green light to a class-action lawsuit that accuses Yahoo! of illegally violating email users' privacy by scanning the contents of their messages to deliver targeted advertising. The nationwide suit alleges that the Purple Palace intercepted and parsed the content of emails sent to Yahoo! Mail accounts …
Neil McAllister, 27 May 2015
Intel sign by StockMonkeys.com

Intel's new chips are from 'Purley' – know what I mean? Know what I mean? Say no more

A presentation given at a conference on high-performance computing (HPC) in Poland earlier this month appears to have yielded new insight into Intel's Xeon server chip roadmap. A set of slides spotted by our sister site The Platform indicates that Chipzilla is moving toward a new server platform called "Purley" that will debut …
Neil McAllister, 27 May 2015

Microsoft: Cortana not exclusive to Windows – it loves Android, iOS too

Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant that will be built into Windows 10, will also be available on Android and iOS devices, the software giant confirmed on Tuesday following rumors that have been swirling around since March. In a blog post, Microsoft operating systems veep Joe Belfiore said that most – but not all – …
Neil McAllister, 26 May 2015