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Microsoft springs for new undersea cables to link US, UK, Asia

Microsoft has invested in two new cables to connect its North American data centers with facilities in Ireland, and it says it will soon help build similar data networking links to Asia. "Over the past 9 months, Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber …
Neil McAllister, 11 May 2015
Qualcomm

EU to Qualcomm competitors: So how's that competition going?

Qualcomm may have settled its antitrust issues in China but EU regulators are still scrutinizing the chipmaker closely, a new report claims. The European Commission has sent questionnaires to Qualcomm competitors in Europe, Reuters reports, asking them to weigh in on the US firm's business practices. Among the roughly 40 items …
Neil McAllister, 09 May 2015
Nvidia GeForce

Struggling Nvidia says it may pay up to $125m to shutter Icera modem biz

Nvidia posted mixed results for the first quarter of its fiscal 2016, even as it looks forward to exiting the mobile chip business in favor of new markets. Total revenue for the quarter was $1.15bn, which narrowly missed analysts' estimates. It also represented disappointing year-on-year growth of just 4.4 per cent, compared to …
Neil McAllister, 07 May 2015
Web browsers 2015

Microsoft's secret weapon in browser wars: Mozilla's supercharged Asm.js

Microsoft has included a surprise feature in its new Edge web browser for Windows 10, in the form of support for the ultra-optimizable Asm.js JavaScript dialect. First developed by Mozilla and championed by the nonprofit's former CTO Brendan Eich, Asm.js is a strict subset of JavaScript that aims to be the "assembly language of …
Neil McAllister, 07 May 2015
Web browsers 2015

Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

You won't have to worry about dodgy toolbars, rogue ActiveX controls, or buggy plugins when you use Microsoft Edge (née Project Spartan), Redmond's new web browser for Windows 10. But you can also forget about extending the browser in any way, at least at first. Microsoft gave a sneak peek at its new, HTML/JavaScript-based …
Neil McAllister, 06 May 2015
AMD CEO Lisa Su speaking at the firm's 2015 financial analyst day

Rip up your AMD obits: Gaming, VR, embedded chips to lift biz out of the red by 2016, allegedly

Struggling chipmaker AMD hosted an all-day meeting in New York City on Wednesday to reassure financial analysts that its product portfolio is strong and it plans to return to growth this year. During the meeting – AMD's first in three years – CEO Lisa Su said she plans to return the company to profitability in the second half of …
Neil McAllister, 06 May 2015
HP

HP lifts lid on Autonomy lawsuit claims, but Lynch cries BOLLOCKS

On Tuesday, HP made public the details of the lawsuit it has filed against former Autonomy executives Mike Lynch and Sushovan Hussain in the UK, in what is just the latest round in litigation that is only likely to get uglier as the suit progresses. "HP confirmed today that Particulars of Claim against Lynch and Hussain were …
Neil McAllister, 06 May 2015

Nvidia ices Icera modem division, says it's leaving mobile chips biz

Nvidia has said it will wind down its Icera wireless modem business as it looks to exit the mobile computing market, where it has struggled to compete against the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung. The move comes ahead of the chipmaker's earnings report for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, which is due to arrive on Thursday. …
Neil McAllister, 05 May 2015
Container meltdown

Docker vs the container world: Techies rally around CoreOS-led spec

CoreOS Fest There was an elephant in the room at the inaugural CoreOS Fest in San Francisco this week, although like most such purported pachyderms it took a while before anyone would mention it. It was only when Twitter engineer Charles Aylward began fumbling over a tortuous description of "this other, well-known container system" that …
Neil McAllister, 05 May 2015
Windows Server

Try to contain your joy: Microsoft emits Windows Server 2016 with nano-services

Ignite 2015 Microsoft has shipped the second Technical Preview of what it's now officially calling Windows Server 2016 and has announced Azure Stack, a new offering that bundles up Redmond's public cloud infrastructure into a version that can run in customers' own data centers. The new Windows Server build was released to coincide with …
Neil McAllister, 04 May 2015
Red rocket toy

Kubernetes gobbles rkt for instant-on containers – no Docker required

CoreOS Fest Cloudy Linux startup CoreOS kicked off its inaugural CoreOS Fest event in San Francisco on Monday with word that its homegrown rkt (pronounced "rocket") container runtime software will be integrated into the Google-derived Kubernetes container orchestration software. What that means is that Kubernetes will be able to fire up …
Neil McAllister, 04 May 2015
OpenStack

OpenStack Kilo arrives with an Ironic twist (no, really)

The eleventh version of OpenStack appeared on the project's official download servers on Thursday, arriving on time and bringing with it hundreds of new features for cloud-builders. "As core of platform matures, focus turns to interoperability in the market, raising the bar for driver compatibility, and extending the platform to …
Neil McAllister, 01 May 2015
Simulated views of the world as seen through HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens or Hollow Lens? El Reg stares down cyber-specs' code

Build 2015 The first rule of Microsoft's HoloLens is you do not talk about HoloLens. When you're given a demo, you may not take photos, you may not shoot video, and you may not record audio. Given a moment to think about it, this is a strange requirement. After all, everything you see through HoloLens itself is an optical illusion. You …
Neil McAllister, 01 May 2015
Microsoft Build conference

Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

Build 2015 Engineers from Microsoft's Windows Server team took the stage at the Build developer conference in San Francisco this week to share more details on Nano Server, the upcoming micro-sized version of the OS aimed at cloud deployments. "Nano Server is by far the most important, most significant change we've made in Server since …
Neil McAllister, 01 May 2015
Hololens

PICTURE-TASTIC: Microsoft woos devs to HoloLens virtuo-goggs

Build 2015 Microsoft is serious about HoloLens, and devoted some stage time during Wednesday morning's keynote at the Build conference in San Francisco to explain how its futuristic headset will be more than just a fancy toy. Game developers are reportedly already exploring the possibilities inherent in a headset that can superimpose …
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2015
Microsoft's Terry Myerson, speaking at Build 2015

Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

Build 2015 Microsoft will get Android code working with Windows 10, confirming the rumors are true, sort of. But what the software giant actually has planned is more nuanced than just borrowing apps from the Google Play store, and it involves courting iOS developers, too. At the Build developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, …
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2015
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, speaking at Build 2015

This is Sparta? No - it's Microsoft Edge, Son of Internet Explorer

Build 2015 Microsoft has announced the official name for its new, modern web browser for Windows 10, hitherto known as Project Spartan: Microsoft Edge. Microsoft operating systems veep Joe Belfiore announced the new branding during his keynote presentation at Redmond's Build developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. "The 'E' …
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2015
Microsoft Visual Studio Code running on Ubuntu

Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

Build 2015 Microsoft has expanded its Visual Studio line of software development tools to platforms other than Windows for the first time. No, Redmond hasn't ported its full Visual Studio IDE. But it has launched a new product in the VS line called Visual Studio Code, which offers some of the tools that Windows platform developers have …
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2015
Man in an orange jumpsuit clutches prison bars. Image by Shutterstock

Judge denies retrial for 'Dread Pirate' Ulbricht in Silk Road drugs case

A US federal judge has rejected convicted Silk Road kingpin Ross Ulbricht's request for a new trial, despite his attorneys' claims of misdeeds on the part of government agents and prosecutors. "The evidence of Ulbricht's guilt was, in all respects, overwhelming," an unsympathetic District Judge Katherine Forrest wrote in a …
Neil McAllister, 28 Apr 2015
Satya Nadella and Stephen Elop

Microsoft's cash-leaking Nokia phones rip off patents, face import ban

A judge with the US International Trade Commission has ruled that Microsoft's Nokia handsets violate patents held by trolling outfit "non-practicing entity" InterDigital, adding to the software giant's ongoing woes in the mobile phone arena. Reuters reports that ITC Administrative Judge Andrew Essex found on Monday that Nokia- …
Neil McAllister, 27 Apr 2015
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

REVEALED: The 19 firms whose complaints form EU's antitrust case against Google

A new report says the companies whose complaints have been included in the European Union's formal antitrust charges against Google have been revealed, even though the European Commission is still keeping the official list of complainants under wraps. According to the report by Reuters, at least 30 companies filed complaints …
Neil McAllister, 27 Apr 2015
Mark Hurd

Oracle's Hurd says 95% of its software will be cloud services this year

Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd has said the database giant plans to make substantially all of its software products available as cloud services, and that it will be ready to start signing up subscriptions come this October. Hurd made his comments in an interview with Bloomberg on Thursday, saying that 95 per cent of Oracle's products …
Neil McAllister, 24 Apr 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

Microsoft has weathered a difficult three months: despite signs of growth in cloud computing, overall sales were dragged down by dwindling demand from consumers. Revenues of $21.73bn in Microsoft's third quarter of fiscal 2015, ended March 31, met analysts' expectations. However, sustainable growth still eludes the software …
Neil McAllister, 24 Apr 2015
Google UK office logos

>Ring, ring< Hey Wall St. Yeah, it's Google. Yeah, bad news again, fellas

Google missed analysts' earnings estimates for the sixth quarter in a row on Thursday, despite the fact that its actual performance for the three months ending on March 31 was more than respectable. As usual, one has to wonder whether Wall Street isn't being just a bit over-optimistic about the online ad-slinger's prospects. …
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2015
Amazon Web Services

Amazon lifts lid on AWS money factory, says it's a $5 BEEEELLION biz

Amazon lifted the veil from the financials of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing business for the first time on Thursday, and it looks to be off to a fine start for the first quarter of the company's fiscal 2015. While Amazon's total revenue of $22.72bn for the quarter represented 15 per cent year-on-year growth – a …
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2015

Your essential guide: What to look for in today's Amazon, Google, and Microsoft earnings

Analysis It's probably not entirely a coincidence that Amazon, Google, and Microsoft will all file their quarterly earnings reports on Thursday. But while these tech titans wage a tug-of-war for your public compute workloads, each is relying on other sources of revenue to bankroll its cloud land grab – and the three companies have very …
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2015
Human cannonball

What's broken in this week's Windows 10 build? Try the Start Menu, for one

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 for PCs to the Windows Insider program, but the software giant is only recommending it for particularly eager testers for now. Redmond never promoted the last Technical Preview release, Build 10049, to the Slow release ring of its testing program, owing to a bug that caused the OS …
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2015
Qualcomm

Qualcomm profits sink as it hands over nearly a BEEELLION dollars in fines to China

Qualcomm showed encouraging signs of growth in the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, even as a hefty payout to China bit deeply into its bottom line. The mobile chipmaker's revenue for the quarter was $6.89bn, which was down slightly from the previous sequential quarter but up by 8.3 per cent from the year-ago period, beating …
Neil McAllister, 22 Apr 2015
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

Hi, Fi: Google JOWL-SLAPS mobile bigguns with $20/mo wireless service

Google has confirmed it will square up to the mobile carrier world with its own service – "Project Fi" – although for the time being this will be a limited pilot program. Fi, which was murmured about by the Wall Street Journal and others this year, is the Chocolate Factory's attempt to shake up the world of mobile data, much as …
Neil McAllister, 22 Apr 2015
Ubuntu 15.04 screenshot

Ubuntu 15.04 to bring 'Vivid' updates for cloud, devices this week

Canonical says Ubuntu 15.04 "Vivid Vervet," the latest version of its popular Linux distro, will ship this week, following a two-month beta period. Along with the desktop version – which Canonical says is "the favorite environment for Linux developers" – the release will also deliver a range of variants, including special …
Neil McAllister, 22 Apr 2015
Pulling the plug

Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

Some aging smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, iPhones and iPads are headed for early dotage, thanks to a decision by Google to shut down the older version of its YouTube API. According to a revised product support page, the YouTube apps built into certain devices manufactured in 2012 or earlier will soon stop functioning, beginning …
Neil McAllister, 21 Apr 2015

IBM feathers pillow with System z cash – but still losing sleep after 12 quarters of decline

IBM weathered a tough first three months of its fiscal 2015, reporting its twelfth successive quarter of year-on-year revenue declines. As has become a common refrain among tech execs, Big Blue CFO Martin Schroeter blamed some of the company's woes on unfavorable foreign exchange rates. But even correcting for currency …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015

Nokia will be the mobile comeback kid in 2016 – wishful-thinking sources

Nokia is gearing up for a bombastic return to the smartphone world in 2016, according to new whispers. The Finnish firm's Nokia Technologies division has been quietly hiring staff, and already has products under development, with an eye to reenter the market next year, we're told. The second half of 2016, not coincidentally, is …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015

Windows 10 MURDERED your Lumia? Microsoft says it may have a fix

Microsoft has made some changes to the Windows Phone Recovery Tool that should keep it from accidentally disabling users' phones, but Lumia owners whose devices have already been trashed by the tool aren't necessarily out of the woods yet. Complaints began surfacing last week that customers who tried to roll their devices back …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015
AMD CEO Lisa Su

Loose lips slip when Windows 10 ships: 'End of July' says AMD CEO

AMD's chief exec Lisa Su may have inadvertently narrowed down the shipping date of Microsoft's Windows 10 in a conference call with financial analysts. During a chat to discuss her firm's first-quarter earnings, Su was asked to discuss the chipmaker's business outlook for its next fiscal quarter. Her comments appeared to include …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015
management research

Azure Fabric Service is Microsoft's answer to 'microservices' app dev

Microsoft has taken another step into the world of modern web app development with a new service aimed at making it easier to compose complex applications out of multiple interconnected components. Azure Service Fabric is Redmond's stab at a platform-as-a-service PaaS offering that lets developers compose apps from what have …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015
Racecar

Google has tested its speedy QUIC internet protocol on YOU – and the early results are in

Google says its homegrown QUIC networking protocol can speed up web browsing – enough so that it's planning to propose it to the IETF standards body to make it part of the next-generation internet. The online advertising giant has been quietly working on QUIC since 2013, after successfully having its work on the SPDY protocol …
Neil McAllister, 17 Apr 2015
Scrooge McDuck

While AMD, Apple et al thrash around, chippery fat-cat TSMC is grinning all the way to the bank

Chip-baking industry heavyweight Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) emerged from another quarter of gangbusters year-on-year growth on Thursday, even as it reported flat revenue from the previous sequential quarter and it warned that the next quarter might be somewhat less spectacular. The firm – which fabs chips …
Neil McAllister, 17 Apr 2015

Remember SeaMicro? Red-ink-soaked AMD dumps it overboard

Tattered AMD says it's done with its SeaMicro server division, following a grim quarter that saw the ailing chipmaker weather losses beyond the expectations of even the gloomiest of Wall Street analysts. In guidance issued alongside AMD's earnings report for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, CFO Devinder Kumar said the …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015

Google: Go ahead, XP stalwarts, keep on using Chrome safely all YEAR

Even though Microsoft quit supporting the wildly popular Windows XP last year, Google has decided to give XP users a break by promising to ship updates and security fixes for its Chrome browser on the aging operating system for a few more months. Wayyyyy back in 2013, the Chocolate Factory told Chrome users that they had better …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015

What's that THUD sound? It's your Lumia's best feature after unflashing Windows 10

Microsoft has temporarily pulled builds of Windows 10 for certain Lumia phones from the Windows Insider program, after some customers reported that trying to roll back to Windows Phone 8.1 killed their mobes. "We are seeing some reports of failures on Lumia 520/525/526 devices when trying to roll back to Windows Phone 8.1 using …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015
troll

Cram my freebies into Android phones and get a royalty discount, says Microsoft (allegedly)

A new report claims Microsoft hasn't been offering Android device vendors any money to bundle its mobile apps on their phones and slabs; rather, it has offered to reduce the tolls it collects from the mobe-makers. Citing sources among supply chain players in China and Taiwan, DigiTimes Research says Redmond has offered to cut …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015
Photo of HP Enterprise office

What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

Pic Meg Whitman, who will take the reins as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise later this year, has unveiled the branding system for the soon-to-be-created company, and it's just as bland and lifeless as anyone could have anticipated. Hewlett Packard Enterprise logo The new Hewlett Packard Enterprise logo is short on razzle-dazzle …
Neil McAllister, 15 Apr 2015
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

The Linux community's on-again, off-again relationship with Nvidia appears to have soured once more, amid reports that the GPU maker is back to its old tricks – and worse – when it comes to open source hardware drivers. Nvidia does release Linux drivers for its graphics cards, but they are proprietary and ship in binary-only …
Neil McAllister, 15 Apr 2015
HP&#39;s Bill Hilf

COME BACK – I never said we were quitting public cloud, says HP bigwig Bill Hilf

Analysis HP doesn't plan to abandon its public cloud business after all, a top company exec has said, but that still doesn't mean it intends to go head to head with the likes of Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft. Last week, HP cloud honcho Bill Hilf put his foot in it when he said in an interview with The New York Times that …
Neil McAllister, 15 Apr 2015
Microsoft on Android

Microsoft cramming free stuff into Galaxy S6es? Not so fast – US telcos

Microsoft has been working with smartphone makers to get its mobile apps onto more customers' phones, but as long as carriers have a say in it, Redmond might not be able to obtain the broad reach it's hoping for. Samsung announced in March that its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge flagship phones would ship with Microsoft's …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015

What just went down on Intel for three months? Er, PC and mobile chips

Intel announced its earnings based on its new financial reporting structure for the first time on Tuesday, but despite having lumped its ailing Mobile & Communications unit in with its PC Client business, there was no hiding that the three months ended on March 28 were a tough quarter for Chipzilla. Total revenue for the first …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015
Handshake

MySQL maestro Percona makes NoSQL play with Tokutek gobble

MySQL consulting and services outfit Percona has acquired Tokutek, makers of a commercial, transaction-safe distribution of the open source MongoDB NoSQL database. "TokuMX, a fully functional transactional, document (row) level locking NoSQL derivative of MongoDB, will now be serviced, supported and remotely managed by Percona's …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015

Docker preps on-prem container store, hungry investors give it the D

Linux container-wrangling outfit Docker, flush with cash from a fresh round of funding, says it will release its first commercial product to general availability this quarter. The software, an on-premises version of the firm's hosted container repository called Docker Hub Enterprise (DHE), was launched as a private beta program …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015
Google HQ logo. Pic: Bob Dormon

Cloud DNS, VPN, HTTPS load balancing ... Google looks at rivals, thinks: Yeah, we'll do all that

Google has expanded its portfolio of network services, with the aim of ensuring that customers of its cloud infrastructure have responsive, low-latency websites. On Monday, the online ad-slinger announced general availability of Cloud DNS, its managed DNS service. For a monthly fee, Google will handle DNS requests for as many as …
Neil McAllister, 13 Apr 2015