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Baddies' brilliant plan to get mobile malware whitelisted: Bribery

Criminals have resorted to bribes in order to smuggle malware into the source code of mobile gaming apps. The scam, in which malware authors bribed the employees of a legitimate mobile games company in China to embed malware into mobile apps, was uncovered by security researchers from Check Point. The bribe ensured that …
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2016
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Tor bakes links into apps

The Tor Project's new API will make it easier to embed secure links in apps. "GetTor" is Tor's effort to help people get around censorship in the world's more oppressive regimes. Described here, enhancements to GetTor's API include improved code, new channels and providers, and a new API. The RESTful API allows other …

Vivaldi Jon: Mobile – yes. Feeds and an ad blocker… probably not

Interview Hats off to any woman or man who is fighting the dumbing down of software. Twenty years ago our pocket computers were as sophisticated as any desktop, only more reliable. Now they’re vastly more powerful, always connected, but the apps are sub-Fisher Price. No, scrub that: today’s apps would insult a toddler. Opera founder …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Apr 2016

How Remix's Android will eat the world

Interview Which platform will the next billion people on the internet use? Is it more likely to be Microsoft’s Windows squeezed onto low-cost mobile hardware, or a mobile OS given some steroids? Three former Google executives are betting it's the latter. And based on Jide’s early showing, a revved-up Android called Remix OS is a serious …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Apr 2016
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Academics claim Google Android two-factor authentication is breakable

Computer security researchers warn security shortcomings in Android/Playstore undermine the security offered by all SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA). The issue - first reported to Google more than a year ago - revolves around an alleged security weakness rather than a straightforward software vulnerability. The …
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2016
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Reddit debuts official apps

Social bookmarking madhouse Reddit has finally launched official apps. The site says it's “improved” its inbox so that direct messages, comments and stories all appear in one place. The site's promo page for the apps offers an explanation for what Reddit's all about: at a guess this is an attempt at reaching new users, not …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2016
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Google adds Cloud Test Lab integration to new Android Studio 2.0

VIDEO Google has updated its key Android development tool, Android Studio, to version 2.0 and added cloud test integration, a GPU debugger, and faster emulation and resource allocation. Mountain view touts the instant run feature as just about the most important new feature in the upgrade, as it analyses Android app code as it runs …
Team Register, 08 Apr 2016
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Atlassian plans 'mobile companions' for key apps

Atlassian has revealed why it's hung out the 'Help Wanted' sign for iOS and Android developers. The company's mobile recruiter tells us it has “a team of approximately 20 sitting in Sydney now working on mobile.” “Their aim is to build world class mobile companions for two of our largest products.” Which products? We're told …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2016
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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

Build 2016 "There are 16 million Win32 or .NET apps in the world. When we built the Universal Windows Platform, we left them behind. And that was dumb," said Microsoft Distinguished Engineer John Sheehan, speaking at the Build conference last week in San Francisco. Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is based on the Windows …
Tim Anderson, 07 Apr 2016
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Managing infrastructure, a newbie's guide: Simple stuff you need to know

We all have IT and telco infrastructure equipment that's getting older. Time marches on and few of us have the funds or resources to renew everything when it reaches its official point of being written off by the bean-counters. We all, then, have some kind of legacy kit clinging onto its existence – even if it doesn't quite …
Dave Cartwright, 07 Apr 2016
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Microsoft hopes to shine light on shadow IT

The first fruits of Microsoft's 2015 acquisition of Adallom are ripening with Redmond announcing its Cloud App Security offering is now generally available. The idea of Cloud App Security is to cover off the data loss danger in “shadow IT” – the use of cloud apps that people have contracted using the departmental credit card, …

Huawei's P9 flagship: There's a lot to Leica

Hands On "Samsung should be very concerned at what Huawei might be demonstrating in two to three years' time," I wrote in 2014, prompting some derision. Fair enough: Huawei didn't even have a 4G phone at that time. The consumer division hasn't even turned five. But who's laughing now? Huawei has cracked it with the P9, a phone strong …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2016

Kik opens bot shop, promises world+dog access to teen market

Kik, the company behind the eponymous teen messaging platform, has kicked open its doors for bot developers. The Canadian company has launched its bot shop, which has three categories – entertainment, lifestyle, and games – and 16 bots currently available. Developers are encouraged to submit more bots for the messenger app, …

Call the doctor... no, call security. Docs' mobiles are hopelessly insecure – study

One in five doctors’ mobile devices might be at risk of leaking sensitive data due to either malware or poor password security practices, according to a new study. Mobile threat device firm Skycure reports that 14 per cent of smartmobes and tablets containing patient data likely have no passcode to protect them. And 11 per …
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2016

Feature-rich Vivaldi rolls out, offering power users a choice

Opera founder Jon von Tetzchner’s plan to recreate Opera reaches a major milestone today. The Vivaldi browser is out of beta after more than a year. Wrapped around the Chromium engine, Vivaldi offers power users classic Opera browser features such as tab stacks and shortcuts, and even throws in an IMAP mail client (coming soon …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2016

Inside Nvidia's Pascal-powered Tesla P100: What's the big deal?

GTC16 So there it is: the long-awaited Nvidia Pascal architecture GPU. It's the GP100, and it will debut in the Tesla P100, which is aimed at high-performance computing (think supercomputers simulating the weather and nuke fuel) and deep-learning artificial intelligence systems. The P100, revealed today at Nvidia's GPU Tech …
Chris Williams, 06 Apr 2016

EU pushes probe up Google's ad alley

The European Union (EU) is pushing forward with its probe into Google/Alphabet's dominance of the online ad market, with the commissioner in charge suggesting formal charges are on the way. Margrethe Vestager spoke to The Wall Street Journal the day before getting on a plane to visit the US, and said her team was "advancing" …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Apr 2016

Nvidia's Tesla P100 has 15 billion transistors, 21TFLOPS

Nvidia has revealed its Pascal Tesla P100 GPU, described as the largest FinFET chip on the market. It is in volume production today. It features 16nm FinFETs and 15 billion transistors on a 600mm2 die, 16GB of HBM2 memory, and the NVLink interconnect. If you include the memories, the 15 billion figure balloons to 150 billion …
Chris Williams, 05 Apr 2016

WhatsApp straps on full end-to-end crypto for 1bn peeps

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is switching on full end-to-end encryption for texts and voice calls used by a billion people. Updates to the chat apps are said to be rolling out from today. The software uses Open Whisper Systems' Signal Protocol. Technical details of the encryption can be found through here. "Over the past year, we' …
Chris Williams, 05 Apr 2016

Mobe and Wi-Fi firms flog your location data to commercial firms, claim reports

Two reports by privacy campaigners into mobile and Wi-Fi services' location tracking activities have revealed practices of questionable legality and security. The studies found that “at best, companies are fulfilling the minimal legal requirements, and at worst could breaking the law and breaching our right to privacy.” The …
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AI, VR, bots and YOU? A survivor's guide to The Future™

We’re at an inflection point, or – rather – the point before that inflection point. We are in the pre-countdown-phase for virtual reality or augmented reality or perhaps machine learning or bots, say onlookers. But which is it? Or will it be none of these? For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the future is definitely virtual …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2016
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Hybrid cloud is a neat concept – but we need to be able to move data

I remember going to an HP(E) event back in 2011 (Discover Vegas, I think) when the idea of hybrid cloud and converged infrastructure was just getting going. HPE talked about the idea of “cloud bursting” – moving data and/or applications on demand into cloud infrastructure to cope with increased demand. At the time I was …
Chris Evans, 05 Apr 2016
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Automic lets big firms play with DevOps in private sandbox

Automation vendor Automic has sought to counter the DevOps “whatevs” folk by offering a try-as-you-buy taste of its technology, as part of a slew of initiatives to entice companies to tuck into its full fat product line. The vendor is offering a try before you buy sandbox service for customers, operated on its own cloud, so …
Joe Fay, 04 Apr 2016
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Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain

App developers in the UK banking sector are lagging behind their European and US counterparts in tools and methodologies, according to a new study based on code reviews. According to the survey, most British banking apps are developed using three old-school technology stacks including COBOL and Oracle Server. European apps, by …
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2016

Top Firefox extensions can hide silent malware using easy pre-fab tool

Black Hat Asia The most popular Firefox extensions with millions of active users are open to attacks that can quietly compromise machines and pass Mozilla's automated and human security tests. The extension reuse attacks exploit weaknesses in the structure of Firefox extensions such that malicious activity can be hidden behind legitimate …
Darren Pauli, 04 Apr 2016
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Microsoft announces Azure Functions, encrypted cloud storage

BUILD 2016 Day two of Microsoft's Build conference was focused on Azure, the company's cloud platform, with new features announced and preview features moving to general availability. Top of the list is Azure Functions, a new service which lets you write code that runs in response to various triggers, such as an HTTP request, a file …
Tim Anderson, 01 Apr 2016
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PayPal plugs phishing-enabling vulnerability, stumps up $500

PayPal has patched a flaw which created a means for miscreants to abuse its platform to lend authenticity to fraudulent or otherwise malicious emails. The input validation and mail encoding web vulnerability in the official PayPal online web app was discovered by Vulnerability Laboratory researcher Benjamin Kunz Mejri. The …
John Leyden, 01 Apr 2016
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Bring on the goats! Apple's cloud failure demands further sacrifice

Apple at 40 In four decades, Apple has done more than most companies to seamlessly blend software and hardware, creating beautifully functional products. However, software (and hardware) no longer live exclusively on our devices, and the one thing that continues to frustrate Apple is the cloud. Way back in 2011, Apple chief executive Tim …
Matt Asay, 01 Apr 2016

Is Microsoft's chatty bot platform just Clippy Mark 2?

Analysis At last, Microsoft’s visionary CEO has found a “vision thing” that doesn’t need a Hegelian philosopher to decode. And it looks like a very old thing. CEO Satya Nadella calls it "Conversations as a Platform", and it’s all about chatty bots. “Bots are the new apps,” Nadella told Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Apr 2016
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Holding out for a Jobs: Tim Cook still auditioning for position of Apple god

Apple at 40 Apple is 40 years old. The leader was Steve Jobs, but he's gone and many still don't understand his core idea. The idea was Apple's control over "the user experience". That control is at risk today, and the company's future hangs in the balance as a result under the new leader. How people use things was Jobs' lifelong …
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Intel invokes the ghost of Andy Grove to standardize cloud market

It has been a busy day for Intel; first new processors, then solid state drives, and now it has announced plans to set global standards for data center deployments. At a special event in San Francisco, Jason Waxman, general manager of Intel's cloud platforms group, said that the cloud industry is poised for big growth, with …
Iain Thomson, 31 Mar 2016
Xamarin will now be free for Visual Studio users

Microsoft to make Xamarin tools and code free and open source

BUILD2016 Microsoft will make Xamarin tools and code, which enable compilation of Mac, Android and iOS applications using C#, free and open source, said corporate VP Scott Guthrie at the company's Build conference under way in San Francisco. Xamarin's origins are with Mono, a project created by Miguel de Icaza as an open source and …
Tim Anderson, 31 Mar 2016

Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

Intel today officially pulls the wraps off its mildly delayed Xeon E5 v4 server processors. These chips follow up 2014’s Xeon E5 v3 parts, which used a 22nm process size and the Haswell micro-architecture. Intel shrunk Haswell to 14nm, and after some tinkering, codenamed the resulting design Broadwell. Server and workstation …
Chris Williams, 31 Mar 2016
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Facebook throws BlackBerry an HTML bone

Facebook isn't abandoning BlackBerry after all, throwing the ailing mobility outfit a bone in the form of a web application. The Social NetworkT recently gave up on native app support for BlackBerry, a fair enough decision given its handset market share is now hidden somewhere in market-watchers' “Other” column. The symbolism …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2016

Android's unpatched dead device jungle is good for security

Black Hat Asia Android's diverse and oft un-patched ecosystem is a strength, not a weakness. So says says Dino Dai Zovi, security lead at mobile payments outfit Square, because he feels diversity makes criminal hackers work harder. Android variants are a dime a dozen, thanks to customisations used to get the OS running on myriad phones and …
Darren Pauli, 31 Mar 2016
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Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming this summer

BUILD2016 Microsoft has announced an "anniversary update" to Windows 10, set for release this summer. The first release appeared in July 2015. Windows boss Terry Myerson, presenting the update at Microsoft's Build event in San Francisco, said that it is not only for PCs and tablets, but also for phones, Xbox, HoloLens (for which …
Tim Anderson, 30 Mar 2016

OK, so the users want corporate apps on the move. Don't Panic

People want to be able to do their job from wherever they happen to be. It's understandable – if you don't need to be in an office chained to your desk then why not work somewhere more convenient? Let's look at five ways to make this achievable. Remote access to local apps At the most basic level you have the traditional …
Dave Cartwright, 30 Mar 2016

Apple's fruitless rootless security broken by code that fits in a tweet

Code dive Apple's much-hyped rootless security mechanism in OS X can be evaded even in the latest version of the operating system, according to a top researcher. The Cupertino goliath fixed an exploitable bug in its rootless code in the latest round of patches for Macs and iThings. But that's the not the end of the story, we're told. …
Chris Williams, 30 Mar 2016

Samsung unblocks ad-block plugins from its Android browser

Creating its own ad-blockable browser for Android is a step too far for Samsung, but it has decided to let third-party blockers into the tent. It's part of an update posted to its Samsung Developer site on March 21, that's mostly flown under the radar until it was spotted by Android Authority among others. As the developer …

Surface Hub: A Howard Hughes folly, or a cunning Post It Note killer?

Analysis Microsoft's Surface Hub is finally shipping, almost eight months after Microsoft began to take orders for the kit. To call Microsoft’s a electronic whiteboard Surface Hub a “boutique” product doesn’t really do the ambitious project justice. It’s hard not to think of the first fruit of the Perceptive Pixel acquisition as a …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Mar 2016
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Go nuts, brother: Ubuntu 16.04 beta – no more auto data-spaffing

Review Ubuntu 16.04, named after a type of African ground squirrel, Xenial Xerus, is here – in beta. And with it come welcome upgrades, quite a few new applications and upgraded features to Ubuntu. Some other, noteworthy aspects, meanwhile, have gone missing. Xenial Xerus is the first significant update to the Ubuntu desktop in two …
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Speedier Splunk-ing: NetApp SANtricity eases your analytics flow

NetApp says the latest version of its E-Series all-flash and disk arrays, along with its SANTricity operating software, makes data analytics apps such as Splunk run faster. Hadoop and NoSQL database apps are accelerated, quite dramatically under certain circumstances, in the new release as well. The E-Series disk drive and EF …
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2016
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We wrap our claws around latest pre-Build Windows 10 preview

Microsoft is releasing preview versions of Windows 10 at a rapid rate, perhaps in preparation for its Build developer conference later this week in San Francisco. Build 14295, released late last week, followed just 8 days after Build 14291, which introduced Extensions for the Edge browser as well as an updated Maps app. There …
Tim Anderson, 29 Mar 2016
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Docker goes native with Windows, Mac beta

Docker has decided the time is right for native desktop versions of its eponymous wares. The idea is to simplify what Docker's developer relations director Mano Marks says (video below) is a “dependency hell” created by the multi-layer installation currently required – installing Docker Toolbox, then installing Docker Machine …
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Is iOS 9.3 Apple's worst ever update? First it bricks iThings, now Safari is busted

Apple gave unlucky loyal fans more headaches this weekend when the latest version of iOS caused the Safari browser to crash. Lots of people say their iPhones are no longer able to open links in Safari or Mail without the browser freezing. "Never had any problems with my iPhone 6S. Just upgraded to iOS 9.3 without any issues …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Mar 2016
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Amazon WorkSpaces two years on: Are we ready for cloud-hosted Windows desktops?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) released WorkSpaces, Windows desktop-as-a-service, towards the end of March 2014. We took an early look, but encountered several niggling problems. "Don't dive in: it will get better," was my conclusion. It is time for another hands-on, but first a quick recap. WorkSpaces provides a Windows desktop …
Tim Anderson, 28 Mar 2016

Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

Remember when soccer's governing body FIFA spent $30m making a film about itself starring Tim Roth and Gérard Depardieu? Well, the tech world's most egomaniacal company is going to bring its version to the small screen. That's right, Apple has decided to join Netflix and Amazon and get in on the content commissioning game by …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Mar 2016
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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “You know what they say about people with small hands?” Yes I do: according to the Museum of Carry On Jokes, they are favoured by women with small breasts. Or men with a tiny schmeckel. It must be frustrating to be excluded from high society for having smaller-than-average hands. For example, did you notice the glaring paucity …
Alistair Dabbs, 25 Mar 2016
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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

Comment So, Windows 10 isn't the saviour of the PC industry after all – and is beginning to look more like a Windows Vista than a Windows XP. PC growth predictions have been revised down by IDC. A range of companies including HP Ink and Northamber blame Windows 10 for flagging sales. "We have not yet seen the anticipated Win10 …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Mar 2016
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iPad bricked by iOS 9.3? Don't worry, we'll get through this together

Updated Earlier this week, word broke of a bug in Apple's iOS 9.3 update that was leaving some iPad 2 tablets unable to function. We asked Reg readers if they had experienced this problem, and the responses came pouring in, along with tips for workarounds that at least let you use your iPad until Apple can come up with a fix. So, we' …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2016