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Microsoft emits Office 2016 for Apple Macs (you'll need Office 365)

Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Mac, which will include new versions of Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, and PowerPoint for Apple computers. To get the suite right now, you'll need an Office 365 subscription. The Windows goliath is touting the applications' revamped high-resolution user interface, which is designed to …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jul 2015
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple: Factory minions, need another 90 million iPhones over here, stat

Apple is expecting to sell up to 90 million of the next iPhone, apparently. People whispering to the Wall Street Journal claim that the Cupertino giant expects to shift 80 to 90 million handsets when the new models go on sale later this year. Accordingly, the biz has told its factories to crank out enough handsets to meet that …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jul 2015

Hacking Team: Oh great, good job, guys ... now the TERRORISTS have our zero-day exploits

Spyware peddler Hacking Team is moaning that, since its internal source code was leaked online, its tools for infecting PCs with malware are now in the hands of "terrorists and extortionists." The Italian biz is not wrong ... in a way: the leaked code, which exploits vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and the Windows operating …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jul 2015

Apple spared from paying a day's revenue in patent damages bout

Apple will not have to cough up the $533m (£347.61m) in damages it was on the hook for after losing a patent infringement battle. Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Texas US Eastern District Court said the jury in an iTunes software patent trial was wrong to come up with the nine-digit sum. He said the figure should be reconsidered …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jul 2015

Decision time: Uninstall Adobe Flash or install yet another critical patch

Adobe has issued yet another update for Flash Player to patch a critical vulnerability revealed in documents leaked from spyware maker Hacking Team. The update patches 36 CVE-listed flaws, including the hacking Team's CVE-2015-5119 bug – which can be exploited by a malicious Flash file to run malware on a victim's system. Some …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jul 2015
Chemist at work

Black and Latina boffins regularly mistaken for janitors, study finds

A survey of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers has found that black and Latina boffins are being mistaken for janitors. The study [PDF], conducted by California's Hastings College of Law, found that women in STEM careers continue to face sexism and discrimination, with women of color …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jul 2015
Apple Watch Sport

Apple Watch sales in death dive after mega launch, claims study

Sales of the Apple Watch have plummeted since its launch, according to shopping-receipt-counting researchers. Slice Intelligence claims Apple Watch sales have fallen from 1.3 million units shipped on launch day to fewer than 2,500 watches sold on July 1. You may well need a large pinch of salt with these numbers. Slice uses …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Jul 2015
Samsung 2TB SSD

Samsung stuffs 2 TERABYTES into flash drive for ordinary folk

Samsung has brought out a pair of mighty 2TB solid-state drive (SSD) internal drives aimed at the consumer market. The South Korean electronics giant said its 850 SSD PRO and EVO hard drives pack 2TB of capacity in a 2.5in hard-drive enclosure. Each drive contains 128 32-layer 128Gbit Samsung 3D V-NAND chips as well as four …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Jul 2015
Hololens

Microsoft dangles $500k cash wad over boffins: Please, pleeease write some HoloLens apps

Microsoft is promising $500,000 to researchers and developers who will build apps for its Hololens headset. Redmond has put out a call for academic research proposals on projects that would make use of its virtual reality specs. "The primary goal of this request for proposals is to better understand the role and possible …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jul 2015
St Louis Cardinals

Houston Astros 'hack' row: St Louis Cardinals fire their chief scout

The St Louis Cardinals baseball team has sacked its director of scouting over the alleged unauthorized access of a rival team's computer database. The Major League Baseball team said on Thursday that Chris Correa was booted out of the team after he apparently admitted to logging into systems owned by the Houston Astros. The FBI …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jul 2015
DirecTV

Uncle Sam poised to OK AT&T DirecTV gobble

AT&T's $48.5bn acquisition of DirecTV looks to be heading toward approval by the US government. Both the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are expected to sign off on the deal as soon as next week. Bloomberg cited a DOJ source familiar with the matter in reporting that approval for …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Jul 2015

'I am so TIRED of your bullsh*t...' Sprint boss flips lid at T-Mobile US CEO

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has had enough of T-Mobile US chief John Legere, and he's told the world about it. The Sprint boss took to Twitter last night and fired off a testy rant calling T-Mobile US "bullshit" and accusing the telco of being "cheap" and "misleading" its customers. The rant came after Legere posted a tweet …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Jul 2015
apple music

Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

Quick look Apple Music is finally here. The bit-of-everything music service was debuted last month at WWDC as the headliner in CEO Tim Cook's keynote address. Now, provided you own an iOS device or have the latest version of iTunes, you can take advantage of the free three-month trial period before paying about $10 a month for the jukebox …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Jul 2015
Donald Trump

Trump carded: Wannabe prez's hotels 'ground zero' in banking breach

Payment systems used by Trump Hotels might have been compromised, allowing copies of credit cards to fall into the hands of fraudsters, it is feared. Investigative journo Brian Krebs said that officials at several banks have told him they have spotted a pattern in fraudulent charges appearing on people's cards: all the victims …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Jul 2015

Sprint: Forget all we said about strangling your web video streams

US telco Sprint has killed off its attempt to strangle internet video streaming on its so-called "unlimited" phone plan. The carrier said its "All-In" $80 monthly plan will no longer impose a 600Kbps cap on streaming video speeds. "At Sprint, we strive to provide customers a great experience when using our network. We heard you …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jul 2015
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Sprint: Our 'unlimited' mobe plan has one tiny limit: High-quality video

US phone carrier Sprint is offering an unlimited data plan that carries one important caveat: throttled data rates for video. The carrier's All-In smartphone plan charges users $80 per month with no limit on voice or data usage. Streaming video, however, will be slowed to a crawl, thanks to a limit holding video to "3G" data …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jul 2015
Rotten Apple

Apple gets around to fixing those 77 security holes in OS X Yosemite

Apple has released a series of security updates to address 77 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in OS X Yosemite. The Yosemite 10.10.4 update includes fixes for QuickTime, OpenSSL and ImageIO, along with remote code execution flaws and other exploits that could allow an attacker to obtain elevated privileges or crash …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2015
Apple iBooks

'This ruling does nothing to change the facts' thunders Apple in latest price-fix appeal blow

Apple has lost its appeal of a federal court decision that found it broke antitrust law by colluding with publishers to fix the prices of ebooks. The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2013 ruling by the US District Court of the Southern District of New York that found Apple had sought to artificially inflate ebook …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2015
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Redmond Uber-alles: 100 Bing staffers driven to dial-a-car developer

Microsoft has agreed to sell off part of its Bing search operation to Uber. Redmond said on Monday that it would be moving its Bing mapping division to Uber, along with approximately 100 MS employees. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. For Microsoft, the agreement represents part of an effort within the software …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2015
Dogecoin

Chap slapped in Dogecoin crap app flap

The FTC settled with an app developer accused of hijacking smartphones for digital currency mining. The Commission filed a complaint last week against an app developer who was said to have surreptitiously embedded an application with malware that used victim's handsets to perform virtual currency mining without their knowledge …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2015
CarPlay

Apple's mystery auto project siphoning staff from other divisions

Apple is investing significant resources into a car-related project, so much so that it's been reassigning employees from other divisions, insiders claim. Sources familiar with the matter told El Reg that Apple has shifted so much staff towards its auto division that senior managers in other divisions are complaining about the …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2015
Fiber optics

Boffins set networking record with marathon 12,000 km fiber data run

A group of university researchers claim to have developed a method to increase the data bandwidth of fiber optic cables by eliminating a barrier that has limited the maximum power at which optical signals can be sent. The team from University of California, San Diego said its method of adjusting the frequency of light signals …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jun 2015

Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

A man called Rod has an unfortunately apt name, having now been struck by lightning twice. Rod Wolfe, 58, lives in Chebanse, a small town outside of Chicago in the United States. Last Saturday, he was standing just outside his house when lightning hit a nearby tree and jumped to his body. He was treated for broken ribs and heart …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jun 2015
Herbie

Google takes latest self-driving buggies to the streets

Google has begun public road tests for a line of self-driving cars designed to be free of such fripperies as a steering wheel or pedals. The Chocolate Factory kicked off the tests in its hometown of Mountain View, where it has been running them on private tracks up until now. The cars will be driving on the local roads away from …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jun 2015
Tom Wheeler, Chair of FCC. Image by DonkeyHotey

FCC boss Wheeler: Shove off, big dogs – let the small telcos play

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chief Tom Wheeler has proposed new rules for upcoming wireless spectrum auctions which will limit large telcos' ability to snap up space meant for small carriers. By entering smaller subsidiaries into the small business spectrum auctions, larger carriers are able to bid for more of the …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jun 2015
Sad iPhone

Apple apes Microsoft with iPhone BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH

T-Mobile users with iPhones are being beset by a mysterious issue that causes their handsets to randomly flash a blue screen and then reset itself. Multiple users are reporting that their Apple handsets have been flashing the blue screen before going black and restarting without warning. T-Mobile has yet to respond to a request …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jun 2015
A re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg

Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

Apple is removing games that feature the Confederate flag in their titles or gameplay from its App Store. A number of titles previously available on the App Store, mainly combat and strategy games set in the US Civil War, have been taken down, along with some wallpapers featuring the flag. Though Apple has yet to return a …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jun 2015
hands waving dollar bills in the air

GoFundMe shows users how it's done, cashes in with $600m valuation

Online hat-passer GoFundMe has sold off a controlling stake of its business to investors who value it at roughly $600m. The Wall Street Journal cited sources familiar with the matter in reporting the donations broker had completed a round of venture capital funding that culminated with investors taking over the majority control …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jun 2015

Man in India claims his new iPhone 6 combusted in his car

A man in India says his iPhone 6 burst into flames just two days after he purchased the handset. The Times of India reports that restaurant owner Kishan Yadav was making a hands-free call while driving through the city of when he noticed his new iPhone 6 emitting sparks. He tossed the overheating handset out of the window and …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jun 2015

Second agent takes plea deal in Silk Road misconduct case

The agent accused of extorting Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht out of his Bitcoins while investigating the case has agreed to a plea deal. In a filing (PDF) to the San Francisco District Court, prosecutors said they had agreed to a plea deal with former DEA agent Carl Force on charges of obstruction of justice and "money laundering …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2015
Apple Watch running MacOS 7.5.5

Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

An Apple Watch tinkerer has managed to get his wristslab running an operating system that hasn't been updated in nearly two decades. New Yorker Nick Lee said he used an emulator to get his Apple watch running a disk image of the MacOS 7.5.5 operating system. Why run watchOS 2 when you can run Mac OS 7.5.5? https://t.co/ …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2015
Flash patch

Hackers exploit fresh PC hijack bug in Adobe Flash Player, the internet's screen door

Adobe is advising users and administrators to patch its Flash Player after yet another remote-code execution vulnerability was discovered in the plugin. The patch fixes bug CVE-2015-3113, which allows attackers to take control of a system if it opens a malicious Flash file. Miscreants are exploiting the flaw in the wild to …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2015

This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

Pics A bloke in Cambridge, UK, is building a computer processor using 14,000 individual transistors and 3,500 LEDs – all by hand, piece by piece. James Newman said his Mega Processor relies almost entirely on the hand-soldered components, and will ultimately demonstrate how data travels through and is processed in a simple CPU core. …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2015

Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

A regulator in Germany says websites must only offer downloads of sexually explicit ebooks between 10pm and 6am. Essentially, the Youth Protection Authority in Bavaria says 2002-era rules that protect kids from blue movies on TV also cover digital books, publishing trade mag Boersenblatt reports. Telly stations in Germany can …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2015

Google: Help us! Our search engine is STUFFED FULL of your 'revenge smut' pics

Google has promised it will yank from its web search results links to "revenge porn" pics – which are typically sexy snaps leaked online by jilted exes – if the subjects of the images ask nicely. The ad giant said people whose nude photos have been published without their consent will be able to file requests via an online form …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2015
Nokia Lumias. 830 on the left, 930 on the right

Brace yourself, planet Earth, says Nokia CEO – our phones ARE coming back from mid-2016

Nokia's chief exec says he wants to resurrect the Nokia smartmobe brand by licensing the name to cellphone hardware makers next year. CEO Rajeev Suri told Germany's Manager Magazin that Nokia Networks will seek out manufacturers to build Nokia phones from mid-2016, when Microsoft gives up control of the brand name. "We are …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2015
Photo of Mark Shuttleworth at CeBIT 2014

Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth loses fight to cancel $20m bank fee

Mark Shuttleworth has lost his long-running fight to reverse a US$20m (£12.8m) bank charge levied after he transferred a fortune out of South Africa. In 2001, Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu Linux maker Canonical, emigrated from his home nation of South Africa to the Isle of Man. In 2008, he tried to withdraw R2.5bn (US$204m …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2015
Scrooge McDuck

Open-source Linux doesn't pay, said no one ever at Red Hat

Red Hat's sales jumped 14 per cent, year-on-year, in the quarter that ended May 31, thanks to contracts with government and cloud providers. The GNU/Linux distro maker recorded US$481m in sales in its first quarter of its fiscal 2016 year, and a net income of US$48m, up 26 per cent on the year-ago period. The 44 cents per share …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2015
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Sprint: Net neutrality means we can't stamp out download hogs

Sprint says America's new net neutrality rules – which kicked in last week – have forced it to stop throttling download hogs' mobile broadband connections. Everything's fine, though, the US telco insists: it turns out this traffic strangling wasn't really needed in the first place. Sprint, the third-largest carrier in America, …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jun 2015
Fitbit

Strapping strap-on chaps strap in to tap that vat of greenbacks

Health-monitoring wearables maker Fitbit has set the price for its initial public offering (IPO) at US$20 per share. Fitbit said that, on Thursday, it will put 36,575,000 shares of class-A stock on the market with that twenty buck starting price. That would add up to approximately US$731.5m (£461m) in total sales, though that …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jun 2015

git commit -m 'Add $200m to GitHub, tweak valuation to $2bn'

Code-sharing website GitHub is pursuing a new round of venture capital based on a US$2bn (£1.26bn) valuation. Bloomberg cited sources familiar with the matter in reporting that GitHub is in the middle of a series-b funding push to raise US$200m in capital. That dosh would give investors a 10 per cent stake in the company under …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jun 2015

AT&T fined about 3 days of profit ($100m) for limiting 'unlimited' plans

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined AT&T $100m (£63m) after accusing it of unfairly limiting "unlimited" mobile data plans. The telco insists it has done nothing wrong. The regulator said AT&T broke its Open Internet rules by deliberately slowing subscribers' download speeds when they went over their 3GB to …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2015
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Super Cali goes ballistic – Uber says it's bogus (even though its contract is something quite atrocious)

A California labor commission has ruled that an Uber driver has won the right to be treated as an employee of the taxi app upstart, rather than as a contractor. The decision threatens to disrupt the disruptive tech biz: moneybags Uber keeps its costs fantastically low by treating its drivers as freelancers, meaning they have to …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2015

How to hijack MILLIONS of Samsung mobes with man-in-the-middle diddle

Samsung smartphones can be hijacked, infected with malware, and remotely controlled by malicious Wi-Fi hotspots in cafes, hotels, and so on, security researchers claim. According to the bods at NowSecure, millions of handsets have a remote-code execution vulnerability that is a software design flaw. One workaround is to avoid …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2015
SHUT UP!

'Get your ass to Market Street!' Arnold Schwarzenegger to give drive-by directions

Action film star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is offering his voice to Google's Waze navigation app. The new voice option, part of a promotion for the film Terminator: Genisys, will have Waze offering driving directions with Schwarzenegger's voice in place of its normal navigation voice. "From the first …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jun 2015

How swearing at your coworker via WhatsApp could cost you $68,000

A bloke in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is facing hefty fines and possibly deportation after he swore at a colleague on WhatsApp, it is reported. He was ordered to cough up DHS 3,000 (£521, US$816) by the Mid-East nation's lower courts after he was found guilty of breaking cyber-crime laws by sending the insulting message. …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jun 2015
Xbox One

Microsoft finally finishes its PowerPC emulator

E3 2015 Microsoft kicked off this year's E3 gaming conference by announcing that its x86-powered Xbox One console can now play games built for the PowerPC-based Xbox 360. The Windows giant took center stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center to announce that its latest console will run games that are available for its predecessor. The …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2015

Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

The Sunday Times has apparently sent a copyright complaint to critics of its article that claimed British and American overseas spies have had their covers blown by Edward Snowden. The London-based newspaper unquestioningly parroted the UK government's spin at the weekend, claiming that classified files obtained by the NSA …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2015
Angela Merkel. Pic: Christliches Medienmagazin

Chancellor Merkel 'was patient zero' in German govt network hack

The recent cyberattack on the German government began with the compromise of Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal computer, it is alleged. German newspaper Bild claims Merkel's computer was one of the first systems to be infected with malware linked to miscreants in Russia. Hackers reportedly used Merkel's computer to send …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2015
A Chinese laundry on the back streets of Shanghai

4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

The data breach that recently hit the US government's Office of Personnel Management, in which personnel records for millions of federal workers were swiped, is worse than first feared, sources claim. According to new reports that emerged on Thursday, the attack was active for more than a year and the pilfered information …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jun 2015