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Who should be responsible for devices, apps and services?

Are you a user or business manager fed up with IT constantly telling you "No" when it comes to the devices and apps you need to get your job done? Are you an IT pro tired of having to deal with users wanting their latest bling connected to the network? If you fall into either of these categories, or are just trying work through …
Dale Vile, 20 Dec 2013
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Phantom apps appear in Chinese fanbois' iTunes accounts

Chinese fanbois are reporting that mobile apps they didn’t buy have started appearing in their iTunes accounts, leading to speculation an app promotion company may be illegally accessing accounts. The scale of the problem is unclear at this stage but it’s been enough to persuade staff at popular local app forum iApps to …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Jul 2013
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Google 'fesses up: Yup, we're KILLING OFF IE9 support for Gmail, Apps

Google has finally revealed its plans for Gmail and Google Apps to stop working with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9. The internet ads and search giant said it has stopped all testing and engineering work to make Gmail and Apps work with IE9. Microsoft’s customers will start receiving notifications in the next few weeks that …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2013
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DON'T BOTHER migrating legacy apps to the cloud, says CTO

The president of the Open Data Centre Alliance has given sage advice to CIOs contemplating how they migrate their legacy platforms into the cloud: forget it and just dump your old code. But Correy Voo, whose day job is as infrastructure CTO at UBS, added this was likely a temporary dilemma as the coming wave of tech bosses, who’ …
Joe Fay, 27 Jun 2014
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Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

Google has pulled multiple Android apps that relied on a popular mobile app library that posed a severe security risk. The ad library, codenamed “Vulna” (or Ap Vulna") by FireEye, the net society firm that uncovered the threat, aggressively collects sensitive data as well as being able to perform dangerous operations such as …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2013
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Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

A set of screenshots leaked to the web purports to show how Microsoft is working to better integrate Metro-style apps with the classic desktop in a forthcoming update to Windows 8.1. The screenshots, which were posted online by Russian serial leaker "WZor," were allegedly taken from a prerelease testing build of Windows 8.1 …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jan 2014

A single company is responsible for 1 out of 4 BlackBerry apps

It's no secret that sales of the latest BlackBerry handsets haven't been as strong as the Canadian mobile maker had hoped. But if the real strength of an OS platform is in its developer ecosystem, BlackBerry could be on even shakier ground than previously thought. At the BlackBerry Live event in Orlando, Florida in May, CEO …
Neil McAllister, 21 Aug 2013
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The Register iPhone and Android apps: Maintenance update

We are prepping new Register apps for iPhone and Android. Unfortunately, this has taken us a little longer than anticipated, and the current apps are no longer working. The new versions will include comment functionality, among many improvements. And we aim to go live this week. In the meantime, we apologise for any …
David Gordon, 01 Oct 2012
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Google adds its Chrome extensions and apps to cash-for-cracks bounties

Google is so happy with its bug bounty program that it has increased the rewards given for flaw-finding and has added all of its home-grown apps and extensions for Chrome to the prize pot. "We will broaden the scope of our vulnerability reward program to also include all Chrome apps and extensions developed and branded as 'by …
Iain Thomson, 05 Feb 2014
Evil Android

Android antivirus apps CAN'T kill nasties on sight like normal AV - and that's Google's fault

Android users expecting Windows levels of performance from Android-specific antivirus packages are likely to be disappointed because only Google can automatically delete dodgy apps on Android devices, say malware experts. Anti-malware bods agree that antivirus programs on Android can’t remove viruses automatically, meaning that …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2013

Oi, Android devs! Facebook wants your apps to be more secure

Facebook has released the source code of a software library that's designed to make it easier for developers to implement fast, secure cryptography in their Android apps. Dubbed Conceal, the library was developed for a limited range of tasks with the specific needs of Android developers in mind, allowing app makers to include …
Neil McAllister, 04 Feb 2014
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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

While Microsoft is happy with the “appification” of Windows, and prepares to go-live with Windows 8.1 on October 18, it's created a gap between present and future that could be a stumbling block for a bunch of small ISVs. The kind of company that lives between the consumer and the enterprise will still be able to create and ship …

Amazon seeds cloud with apps that flow to streams

Amazon Web Services (AWS') big day it ats re:Invent cloud shindig in fabulous Las Vegas may have been headlined by its disruptive entry into the desktop virtualisation market, but the company also announced a new tributary to its cloudy river in the form of the new AppStream service. Here's how it works. You build and app and …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013

Asigra's Google Apps backup calms paranoid CIOs

Backup specialist Asigra has added support for Google Apps so it can provide detailed backup and recovery services for cloudy, risk-averse organizations. The upgrade was announced at the Asigra Summit in Toronto on Tuesday as a key component of Asigra Cloud Backup 12.2. We always thought the point of outsourcing services such …
Jack Clark, 09 Jul 2013
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No luck at all for BlackBerry as Messenger apps launch stalls

For BlackBerry, it seems, it never rains but it pours. On Wednesday, the woebegone smartphone vendor announced that its long-awaited BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) apps for Android and iOS would be made available over the weekend – but logistical problems have halted that launch for now. "Prior to launching BBM for Android, an …
Neil McAllister, 22 Sep 2013
Evil Android

Android's defences against malicious apps dissed by security bods

Google's bold claims that Android doesn't have a malware problem and is more secure than Apple's iOS have singularly failed to convince security researchers. No less a figure than Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, declared Android to be “more secure” than the iPhone, during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2013
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Google Apps goes TITSUP for millions - users REJOICE on Twitter

Google's customers are currently complaining about an outage affecting a number of the ad giant's products - including Gmail and storage service Drive. The company said it was investigating reports of disruption to its service and claimed that only 0.007 per cent of its users - which would amount to millions of people - were …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2013

IBM's megabrain Watson to make mobe, slab apps smarter? Not so fast

IBM wants developers to build smartphone apps that use Big Blue's clever Jeopardy!-beating Watson software. But harnessing the TV star's silicon brain will require more than just invoking a few API calls with JSON: the app programmers will have to do a lot heavy lifting themselves to train Watson. The Watson Mobile Developer …
Jack Clark, 27 Feb 2014
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One more try: Metro apps are now 'Windows Store' apps

Another week, another chapter in what must be one of the worst branding and marketing disasters in the history of computing: what to call the blocky, touch-centric apps designed for the new Windows 8 Start Screen, formerly known as Metro-style apps. What we are meant to call them from now on, it seems, are "Windows Store" apps. …
Neil McAllister, 13 Sep 2012
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Jolla Sailfish OS to support Android hardware, apps

Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has announced that its Linux-based Sailfish OS mobile platform will be both software and hardware compatible with Android. Sailfish OS will be able to run unmodified Android apps alongside native Sailfish ones, the company said in a press release on Monday. In addition, Sailfish will be …
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2013
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Evernote hobbles third-party apps... but is it pulling a Twitter?

Mobile archiving service Evernote is throttling access to third-party applications which use its application programming interface (API) - and admits that apps that sync Evernote data will fall foul of the new rules. The restriction takes the form of a ceiling on the number of API calls an hour, rather than a bandwidth cap. It …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Aug 2013

Apple scrambles to fix buggy Mavericks apps

Apple is readying a spate of updates to a number of apps that shipped with its latest version of OS X, Mavericks, which launched on October 22 at the low, low price of gratis. According to sources speaking with 9to5Mac, the updates will be to iBooks, Safari, and the Remote Desktop client, and were seeded to Apple employees on …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Nov 2013

The REAL JUICE behind leaked BlackBerry OS: Android apps to slip in without protection

BlackBerry may have “solved” its app problem - but at the expense of the health of its native BB10 app market. Android apps can now be installed without conversion, and run at near-native speed on BlackBerry devices, after the latest leaks of BlackBerry OS 10.2.1. Of course, BlackBerry would prefer developers to write native …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2013
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What Microsoft means by mobile first, cloud first: Build Android, iOS apps with Azure cloud

Microsoft has blurred the division between the desktop systems programmers use to develop software and remotely provisioned compute and storage gear so much that you have to squint to detect a difference. In a wide-ranging presentation at its Build 2014 conference in San Francisco on Thursday, multiple executives showed tools …
Jack Clark, 03 Apr 2014

Google stays tight-lipped on IE9 Gmail, Apps death sentence

Google seems to have U-turned on providing Gmail and Google Apps support for Microsoft customers glued to an increasingly outdated version of the ever-unpopular Internet Explorer browser. Gmail, Apps, Apps for Business and Education, and Analytics currently look set to continue supporting three versions of IE: IE11, IE10 and IE9 …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2013

Australian Bureau of Meteorology apps to map future rain

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) will this month start to place third-party advertising on its websites and is also on track to produce its own apps later in 2013 and appears set to equip them with technology that maps future rainfall. The BoM last year won Budget funding to enhance its website to take ads, a measure that …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Feb 2013
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Google kills free version of Apps for business

Google has killed off the free version of its Apps for business product. Google Apps offers gmail, Google Drive and a calendaring service, plus Google’s in-browser word processor, spreadsheet and presentation graphics app. All the apps work in a browser. At launch, the service was free to organisations with fewer than 20 users …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2012
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ISIS: Iraq KILLS the INTERNET: VPNs, social media and chat apps blocked by government

Iraq has widened its internet ban to include virtual private networks and mobile data in a bid to halt the progress of brutal offensives in the country led by the extremist militant group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis). Described as "fascist" and "criminal" by Jon Snow of Channel 4 News, Isis has …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jun 2014
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Devs tease early screenshots of Ubuntu Touch Core Apps

Ubuntu developer Michael Hall has posted screenshots of early versions of what Canonical is calling the "Core Apps" for Ubuntu Touch, the new flavor of the popular Linux distribution that's being rewritten to run on mobile devices as well as PCs. There wasn't much you could actually do with Ubuntu Touch when Canonical released …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2013
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Pah! Social, file-sharing apps are SAFE compared to biz apps

Threats from social networking, video and filesharing pale in comparison to malicious content in business critical apps, according to a survey by network security firm Palo Alto Networks. While 339 social networking, video, and file-sharing applications represent 20 per cent of network bandwidth use, they account for less than 1 …
John Leyden, 22 Feb 2013
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Now your iPhone apps can be FAT losers: Apple gobbles data diet upstart

Apple has picked up AlgoTrim, a Swedish upstart that knocks together tools for quickly decompressing apps, photos, videos and other stuff on mobile phones. As well as image squeezing, AlgoTrim touts a code compression library that crams software into the flash memory of ARM-powered devices, possibly reducing the size of programs …
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Smartphone users prefer LOVELY apps to fiddly mobe websites

A whopping 85 per cent of smartphone users reckon local apps are better than websites, but they're an impatient bunch and expect a gentle touch to be rewarded within seconds or they'll go elsewhere. The numbers come from Compuware APM, which hired Equation Research to quiz three-and-a-half thousand global smartphone users and …
Bill Ray, 12 Mar 2013

Mainstream Chrome spits ARM, Intel apps on the fly from cross-platform code

Google has shipped the stable release of version 31 of its Chrome web browser, and with it the first generally available version of its Portable Native Client (PNaCl) compiled-code technology for the web. First unveiled at the Google I/O developer conference earlier this year, PNaCl is an updated version of the Native Client ( …
Neil McAllister, 12 Nov 2013

STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft

Microsoft has unveiled two mice that for the first time pack a button that sends users straight to the Windows 8 Start screen, the unloved abode of The interface Formerly Known As Metro (TIFKAM). The Sculpt Comfort Mouse and Sculpt Mobile Mouse are both unremarkable rodents, unless you get excited about wireless connections and …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2013
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Android apps get SSL wrong, expose personal data

More than 1,000 out of a sample of 13,000 Android applications analysed by German researchers contained serious flaws in their SSL implementations. In this paper (PDF), the researchers from Leibniz University in Hannover and Philipps University of Marburg found that 17 percent of the SSL-using apps in their sample suffered from …
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Microsoft splashes big bucks to blast Google Apps

Microsoft is spending big bucks to convince computer users that Google Apps are a risky bet with a new series of ads featuring Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo star Rob Schneider and disgraced athlete and former jailbird Pete Rose – neither of whom presumably come cheap. Both adverts push Microsoft's contention that Google Apps can' …
Iain Thomson, 13 May 2013
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Intel ships high-powered C++ compiler for native Android apps

Intel has released the Intel C++ Compiler v13.0 for Android OS, its first attempt at delivering an optimizing C/C++ compiler designed specifically for Google's mobile platform. The release is notable for a number of reasons. First, the overwhelming majority of Android devices are currently built around chips based on the ARM …
Neil McAllister, 28 Aug 2013
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Redmond to skip Patch Tuesday for Windows Store apps

Microsoft has announced that it will ship fixes and updates for the Windows Store apps that come bundled with Windows 8 and Windows RT as soon as they are available, rather than issuing them in batches as it does for the rest of Windows. "We are committed to adapting our policies as the world evolves and with the new Windows …
Neil McAllister, 14 Mar 2013

Startup bags cash to float analytics over apps

Analytics startup Numerify has been pelted with VC cash for its data-slurping technology. Lightspeed Venture Partners chucked $8m in filthy valley lucre towards the 50-person company after hearing about its analytics technology, it announced on Wednesday. Numerify's technology makes it possible to combine data inputs from …
Jack Clark, 02 Oct 2013

Apple flushes poker apps after prod from Australia

In 2001 Australia passed the Interactive Gambling Act 2001, a law the then-conservative government created in a “won't somebody think of the children” knee-jerk reaction to worries about the possible effects of the early-ish internet. The law banned online gambling services in Australia and, in what was seen at the time as a …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2013
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Oracle promises 'skin editor' for Fusion apps

No, Oracle hasn't developed an application for tattoo parlours. But Big Red has hinted it will soon bring the world a 'skin editor' for its Fusion applications. That's 'skin' as in the look and feel for the applications, because as Oracle admits here the previous version of Fusion's interface was a little too dependent on …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2014
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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

Organisations should get their antivirus products security tested before deployment because the technology across the board dangerously elevates attack surfaces, COSEINC researcher Joxean Koret says. COSEINC is a Singapore security outfit that has run a critical eye about 17 major antivirus engines and products and found 14 …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jul 2014

Google preps wave of machine learning apps

Google is preparing to unleash a wave of apps that get intelligence from its mammoth machine learning models. The apps will all rely on the neural networks Google has been developing internally to allow its systems to automatically classify information that has traditionally been tough for computers to parse. This includes human …
Jack Clark, 19 Jun 2013
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Chrome turns five, gains new 'desktop apps'

Google's Chrome browser has turned five, and the Chocolate Factory has given it and us the mutant offspring of site-specific browsers as a present. Chrome's 2008 launch was marked by the publication of a comic book penned by comics deconstructor extraordinaire Scott McCloud. At the time of launch world+dog was fascinated by the …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Sep 2013

DJANGO UNCHAINED: Don't let 'preview' apps put you off Fedora 20

If you're a fan of GNOME 3 and the GNOME Shell, Fedora 20 will be a welcome update. This release sees an upgrade for Fedora's default GNOME spin, bringing the desktop to GNOME 3.10. Fedora's live desktop CD has used GNOME by default for many years now. Once upon a time that was completely unremarkable. However, since Ubuntu now …
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Google shifts more of Postini into Apps platform

The days of there being such a thing as a Postini reseller are numbered, as Google has announced yet more integration of the email and archiving group into the Chocolate Factory's Apps package. In a blog posting, Google said that Postini Google Message Security (GMS) and Google Message Discovery (GMD) customers will "gradually …
Iain Thomson, 15 Aug 2012
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Microsoft splashes coat of paint on Windows 8 comms apps

Microsoft has announced that it will make updates to Windows 8's built-in Mail, Calendar, and People apps available via the Windows Store beginning on Tuesday, March 26. "This update will bring improvements to your Windows experience across your whole life – your personal communication and your work," Brandon LeBlanc of the …
Neil McAllister, 25 Mar 2013
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'Kids' apps STILL siphoning too much info from mobes' - FTC boss

Mobile apps are still collecting children's personal details from their phones without their consent, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned today in a report on privacy intrusions. The watchdog analysed 400 popular children's apps available for Google Android and Apple iOS devices, and found that the applications continue to …
Anna Leach, 11 Dec 2012

'Thousands of iPhone, iPad apps' vulnerable to simple redirect joyriders

An Israeli security firm will expose a flaw common to thousands of iPhone and iPad applications, which allows miscreants to hijack software using persistent man-in-the-middle attacks. "We identified a very large number of applications that are vulnerable to this problem," Skycure's CTO Yair Amit told The Register. The …
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2013
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IT box'n'services floggers to learn coding as biz want apps

Companies in the IT hardware and services channel are having to bone up on programming or outsource development as big biz takes a growing interest in mobile versions of enterprise software. At the Canalys Channel Forum, the analyst said, thanks to the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), services customers want are …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jan 2013