Articles about Apps

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ClusterHQ? More like Clusterfscked: Cluster bombs, says it came to market too early

Preempting cheap shots at his company's failure, CEO Mark Davis on Thursday announced that ClusterHQ is shutting down with a single, unassailably apt headline: "ClusterF***ed." We couldn't have said it better ourselves at The Register. Our job is done, or nearly. Given how rare it is that a technology company commits the …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Dec 2016
Apple

Apple drops requirement for apps to use HTTPS by 2017

One of the initiatives Apple trumpeted at its 2016 WorldWide Developer Conference was a requirement for all iOS and OS X apps in its Store to use adopt App Transport Security as of December 31st 2016. App Transport Security (ATS) arrived in 2015 iOS and OS X in 2015, in Apple's own words, “improves privacy and data integrity …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2016
Uber moving its self-driving cars via self-driving truck

Uber's self-driving cars get kicked out of SF, seek refuge in Arizona

Analysis The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Wednesday revoked the registration of 16 self-driving Uber vehicles, sending a signal to the regulation-averse startup that the agency is not to be publicly defied. Privately, it appears to be a different matter. Uber's subsidiary Otto has been, by its own admission, testing …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Dec 2016

Smartphones crashed, Samsung burned: Mobile in 2016

End-of-Year Round Up The mobile landscape this year was dominated by an air war of far greater importance taking place over the players’ heads. Giant telcos went shopping for giant media companies, while Silicon Valley continued to work to destroy the value of both pipes and content, mostly by trying to queer the regulatory pitch. Down below, back …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Dec 2016

Turns out there's a market for marijuana... plants' video surveillance

Analysis Pot plant surveillance cameras in a Colorado marijuana farm feeding Quantum’s StorNext multi-tiered and scale-out, file virtualisation and data services software with video footage show the substantial market changes to which Quantum is having to adapt. CEO Jon Gacek told a visiting press crew in December: “I feel like the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2016
Cookie Monster

Ad-slinger Turn caught with its hand in Verizon's 'supercookie' jar

Ad tech biz Turn Inc, which allegedly illegally tracked people online, has settled with US trade watchdog the FTC. The regulator said Redwood City-based ad-server Turn stalked Verizon mobile subscribers from website to website so it could build up profiles on each of them. That allowed the company to target people with ads …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Dec 2016

Bad news, fandroids: Mobile banking malware now encrypts files

Cybercrooks have outfitted ransomware functionality onto an already dangerous mobile banking Trojan. The modified Faketoken can steal credentials from more than 2,000 Android financial applications, security researchers at Kaspersky Lab warn. Based on telemetry, Kaspersky Lab estimates that Faketoken has claimed over 16,000 …
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2016
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Startup grind is over: Now Primary Data must compete with storage giants

Analysis Startups arrive with fanfares of new tech and product surprise and then face the long grind to grow their business to newsworthy market status while adding bells and whistles to the basic product. Getting the first product out of the door is a validation of all the technology trend analysis and development struggle involved in …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2016

TCL snags global deal to build n'flog BlackBerrys

Chinese giant TCL has snagged the global contract to design, make and sell BlackBerry-branded phones. The deal applies to all but four countries: India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Licensing isn’t a major departure for the company formally known as TCT (TCL Communication Holdings Ltd) – it’s been doing it for a …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Dec 2016
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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

Oracle is massively ramping up audits of Java customers it claims are in breach of its licences – six years after it bought Sun Microsystems. A growing number of Oracle customers and partners have been approached by Larry Ellison’s firm, which claims they are out of compliance on Java. Oracle bought Java with Sun Microsystems …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Dec 2016
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Fox's meal Sky ready to smother Europe with foreign language OTT content

The OnPrime service – which emerged this week from Sky in the UK and Germany, offering a number of foreign language packages for visitors - seems to be built around the end to end over-the-top* (OTT) service which Sky has been investing in for years from US firm 1Mainstream. It put $2m into the company in 2013 and another $5m …
Faultline, 16 Dec 2016
Amazon Prime Video

Brace yourself, network admins, Amazon Video just hit 200 nations

Amazon's flicked the switch on the global rollout of its Prime Video service, making it available in 200 nations around the world.. The streaming service will cost nothing if you live in a nation where Amazon Prime is available and you have already signed up for that service. Elsewhere in the world it will cost either US$5.99 …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2016

Security! experts! slam! Yahoo! management! for! using! old! crypto!

Analysis Fallen web giant Yahoo! has been branded negligent for failing to tackle the prodigious challenge of upgrading its MD5 password hashing before some one billion accounts were stolen. The security-battered organisation revealed today that attackers had stolen more than a billion accounts in August 2013 in history's biggest …
Darren Pauli, 15 Dec 2016
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MacBook Pro owners complain of short batt life – so Apple kills batt life clock in macOS

Apple once again finds itself drawing the ire of customers after its decision to remove part of the battery-monitoring tools on macOS. The latest version of the Macintosh operating system, macOS Sierra 10.12.2, no longer displays the estimated amount of time left, instead showing only the percentage of battery charge remaining …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Dec 2016

Infosec bods: This is a backdoor in Skype for Macs. Microsoft: No.

A security hole in Skype for OS X allowed installed apps to silently delve into the user's chat logs, record their calls, and leaf through their contacts. The authentication bypass vulnerability was discovered by security researchers at Trustwave SpiderLabs, which described the flaw as a backdoor that allowed access to all …
John Leyden, 14 Dec 2016
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OpenStreetView? You are no longer hostage to Google's car-driven vision

Open Source Insider One of the great bright lights of open-source software and user-driven community projects is OpenStreetMap, which offers an open-source mapping platform similar to, but also very philosophically different than, Google Maps. It manages to duplicate most of Google Maps using primarily the contributions of enthusiastic users, too …

Persistent ad and dialler trojans found on 28 Android phones

More than two dozen cheap Androids have been found to host pre-installed malicious apps capable of downloading persistent adware and making phone calls. The phones, which include Lenovo's A6000 and A319, were discovered bearing the pre-installed malicious apps by security researchers with antivirus firm Dr Web. Dr Web reckons …
Darren Pauli, 14 Dec 2016

Pre-rolled stripped, hardened Copperhead Androids hit Oz, NZ

Antipodeans can now buy secure, if pricey, Nexus 5x and 6P phones running the lauded hardened Android operating system dubbed "Copperhead". The stripped-down and fortified Copperhead operating system is an open source effort led by the developer duo James Donaldson and Daniel Micay. Launched in April last year, Copperhead …
Darren Pauli, 13 Dec 2016

Samsung SmartCam: Yes, those eyes really are following you around the room

Review It's still not clear to this reviewer why people would want cameras in their home. Or even outside their home. There is an outside chance that you might be lucky enough to catch someone trying to break into your house and be in a position to call the cops. There is an even smaller likelihood that if you manage to get footage …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Dec 2016

Meet Hyper.is – the terminal written in HTML, JS and CSS

Zeit, a San Francisco-based software startup, has released the 1.0 version of Hyper, a terminal emulator written in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. Why? Well, why not? Hyper is based on Electron, an open source framework for creating cross-platform desktop applications using HTML and JS. Developed by GitHub for its Atom text …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Dec 2016

Sights of the Realm: Mobile app DB hooks up with IBM Watson for image, text, face recog

Realm, which makes an object-based database for mobile applications, on Monday plans to introduce a version of its software for businesses with mobile apps that want to integrate application data with other services. Realm Mobile Platform Professional Edition, said chief marketing officer Paul Kopacki in a phone briefing with …
Thomas Claburn, 12 Dec 2016

IBM has an on-prem cloud it thinks can go big in Asia

IBM has found a new way to spread its Bluemix cloud around the world: have partners blaze a trail with its on-premises cloud. "Bluemix Local" is that on-prem cloud and is a collection of software that, when thrown at a pool of x86 that conforms to a reference architecture, turns out a cloud with most of the features of Bluemix …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2016

VMware releases 'not cool, but very useful' integrated containers

VMware has released its long-touted vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC), the company's way of making vSphere a fine place to run containers. Plenty of pundits have suggested that containers stand a good chance of killing virtual machines, citing the former as lighter, faster and better-suited to building the kind of apps that …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2016
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The Dread Server BlackBerry Enterprise is no more

BES, the TLA that has struck trepidation into BOFHs for a decade, is no more. The brand name has been discarded in the biggest rationalisation of the company’s product lines in the company’s history. BlackBerry's product reorganisation leaves almost no part of its enterprise portfolio untouched. Practically every product that …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Dec 2016
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Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

Comment We just didn’t know it at the time, but Pebble’s fate was sealed in May 2013 when it surrendered control to outsiders who saddled it with debt. Yesterday Pebble’s new owner Fitbit lost no time in closing down the operation, not merely snuffing out any prospect of new products, but warning Pebble owners that they’re not going …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2016
My Friend Cayla and i-Que robot

Playtime's over: Internet-connected kids toys 'fail miserably' at privacy

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the European Consumer Organization (BEUC) are calling for US and EU data protection authorities to take action against insecure networked toys. Declaring that "My Friend Cayla," a Bluetooth-enabled doll released in 2014, and "i-Que," a connected robot released last year, " …
Thomas Claburn, 08 Dec 2016
Microsoft flagship store, New York

Qualcomm, Microsoft plot ARM Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs, tablets, phones

First, it fired shots at Intel's data center margins. Now Qualcomm is gunning for its rival's notebook processor cash cow. Qualcomm and Microsoft are hooking up to port full-fat Windows 10 to smartphones, tablets, PCs and virtual reality goggles powered by Qualcomm's 64-bit ARMv8-compatible Snapdragon system-on-chips. These …
Chris Williams, 08 Dec 2016

Don't have a Dirty COW, man: Android gets full kernel hijack patch

Google has posted an update for Android that, among other fixes, officially closes the Dirty COW vulnerability. The December 2016 update covers a total of 74 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in Android devices. These fixes should be landing on Nexus handsets devices very soon, if not already, and installed as soon as …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Dec 2016

What can we use to hit Intel between the eyes, thinks Qualcomm – a 10nm ARM server chip

Qualcomm says it has started shipping to customers samples of the Centriq 2400, its 10nm 64-bit ARMv8-A general-purpose server-grade system-on-chip. The mobile chip designer, based in San Diego, California, has recruited engineers from AMD, Intel and Broadcom, as well as tapped its internal pool of techies, to work on the …
Chris Williams, 07 Dec 2016

Russia's bid for mobile self-sufficiency may be the saviour of Sailfish

Comment The quest for freedom from US technologies and patent fees has been a persistent theme in China and has helped shape the new mobile landscape, in which Baidu and Alibaba, not Google and Amazon, dominate the user experience. Less is heard about another massive market, Russia, but here too, the push for technology self-sufficiency …
Wireless Watch, 07 Dec 2016
Migrating birds in the cloud

Cloud Velox sends advance parties to make the cloud feel like home

The vendor formerly know as CloudVelocity, since contracted to CloudVelox, has emitted code to lift and shift networks from your bit barn to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The thinking here is that when you migrate an application to the cloud it's best if the network it's set up to use comes along for the ride, because otherwise …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2016

cat Infinit.tgz | docker import - Infinit:acquired

Docker, creator of easy-to-use software containers for applications and all-round DevOps darling, is adding a storage option to its software. On Tuesday, in a blog post, Docker founder and CTO Solomon Hykes announced the acquisition of Infinit, a Paris-based distributed storage startup. No price was disclosed. Infinit makes …
Thomas Claburn, 06 Dec 2016
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Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze

Geek's Guide to Britain For the last 13 years, a tiny train tunnel running through the centre of London has remained empty and unused, maintained by just four engineers. But these engineers don’t work for Transport for London or Network Rail – they work for the Royal Mail. The small gauge tunnel, running for 10.46km (6.5 miles) from Paddington to …
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Stung by Dynamics 365 hike? Microsoft has a deal for you... just don't expect much

Microsoft is cutting deals for CRM Online customers in the UK stunned by the price hike when moving on to Dynamics 365. CRM Online users will be offered transitional deals as their existing contracts come to an end. But don't expect something off the shelf or clear to understand – what you pay will be determined by what you' …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Dec 2016
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NASA's hyperwall wonderwall uses virtual flash SAN

Case study How do get fast parallel data access to 128 compute nodes doing simulation processing off a slow, although massively parallel access data set? You could employ flash cache burst buffering, as DDN might propose, or try out an NVMe flash drive-based virtual SAN, which is what NASA Ames did in a visualisation situation. NASA's …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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Don't cut yourself on that Edge: Nexenta containerises DevOps

Software-only storage supplier Nexenta Systems has embraced more containerisation with its NexentaEdge DevOps Edition. The NextentaEdge block and object storage software product appeared in May 2015. It became containerised in September last year, and now it has a DevOps Edition as Nexenta extends its micro-services' …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016

Amazon tries again with AppStream because customers didn't like it

Acknowledging that the initial version of application streaming service AppStream failed to appeal to customers, Amazon Web Services is ready to try again. Introduced in 2013, AppStream offered companies a way to stream Windows desktop apps to users via browser across a variety of devices. It was intended as an alternative to …
Thomas Claburn, 02 Dec 2016
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Exclusive: Team Trump's net neutrality guru talks to El Reg

Interview The newest member of the Trump's Transition Team sounded bemused by the tech blog headlines when we caught up with her today. As the academic who has conducted more empirical work into net neutrality than anyone else, Dr Roslyn Layton finds herself in demand from telecoms regulators all over the world. This week she faced the …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Dec 2016

Dell EMC kills off VxRack Neutrino

EMC is end-of-lifing its hyper-converged, rack-scale, scale-out, turnkey VxRack Neutrino product. VxRack Neutrino was announced in February this year as a product on which to run cloud-native apps and Big Data analytics workloads in large data centres. The component storage pieces in the VxRack 1000-based product were ScaleIO …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
Poker all in

Pure Storage is betting its FlashArray farm on NVMe

+Comment At a high level, Pure believes NVMe is poised to unlock the next generation of performance and density gains, and any modern all-flash array needs to be ready to take advantage. It plans to enable NVMe with tier 1 resiliency and enterprise data services for everyone, refusing to see it as expensive, exotic, high-performance …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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HyperGrid's ex-ice hockey player evangelist wants to slot the puck

Analysis It’s said that hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body from dental records, or that someone went to a fight and a hockey game broke out. Kelly Murphy is a hard man, a Regina, Saskatchewan-born ex-professional ice hockey player, forced by injury to follow the puck off the hockey field and into an …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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LeEco Le Pro 3: Low-cost, high-spec Droid takes on the big boys with a big fat batt

Review In October, the Chinese firm LeEco announced bold plans to storm the American market with a range of consumer electronic devices, ranging from smartphones to a futuristic electric car. The firm's CEO Jia Yueting has since said he's scaling back his plans as a little too ambitious, but some LeEco products are available online …
Iain Thomson, 02 Dec 2016

AWS CTO: 'I truly hated the relationship with software tool vendors'

AWS re:Invent Amazon Web Services turned its focus to developers in day two of its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, kicking out a handful of new features designed to make life easier for those who develop and maintain cloud applications. CTO Werner Vogels said that the features, ranging from new analysis utilities to storage management …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Dec 2016

Wearable eats wearable: Fitbit 'to buy Pebble' with a steal of a deal

Crowdfunding hero and smart bling pioneer Pebble is about to be acquired by Fitbit. The Information was first with the story, and subsequent reports suggest the price is modest: around $35 to $40m. The company launched its first smartwatch under the Pebble name on Kickstarter in 2012 after Vancouver engineering student Eric …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2016

What you need to know from re:Invent – FPGAs-as-a-service and more

AWS re:Invent At its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas today, Amazon Web Services tipped its hand to reveal its battle plan for invading new markets. The Jeff Bezos cash machine has kicked out a laundry list of new services and virtual machine instances for AI applications, databases, and software that requires specialized hardware …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Nov 2016
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Qubes goes commercial to keep its secure VM-focused OS dream alive

Financial necessity is forcing the security research group behind Qubes OS to begin establishing commercial funding to support its continued development. Warsaw-based Invisible Things Labs was founded in 2007 by low-level security researcher Joanna Rutkowska, who spoke at the Chaos Communications Congress last year about the …
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Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

A new strain of Android malware is infecting an estimated 13,000 devices per day. The Gooligan malware roots Android devices before stealing email addresses and authentication tokens stored on them. The tokens create a means for hackers to access users' sensitive data from Gmail accounts, security researchers at Check Point …
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2016

PayPal proffers patch for OAuth app hack hole

Paypal has patched a phishing vulnerability that could allow attackers to steal any OAuth token for its payment apps and gain access to accounts. Adobe software engineer and OAuth wonk Antonio Sanso discovered the token request flaw after messing with redirect URLs. He found PayPal's authorisation server setup to handle OAuth …
Team Register, 30 Nov 2016
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Need to tailor Swift for servers? Software upstart claims to have 'perfect' assistant

Deploying server-side Swift applications isn't necessarily as fast as the programming language's name suggests. To hasten the process, Toronto-based PerfectlySoft has released a beta of Perfect Assistant, which isn't as perfect as its name suggests but nonetheless can make life a bit easier for those writing Swift code. " …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Nov 2016

Ommm... devs, align your Chakra, whispers Microsoft, you don't need Google's V8...

Microsoft has released an early version of Node-ChakraCore for macOS, following a similar release for Linux at Node Summit in July. Why is this important? Well, Node-ChakraCore is Microsoft's open-source glue that plugs Node.js into ChakraCore, the MIT-licensed JavaScript engine within its Edge web browser. It's all part of …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2016