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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

Before I dive into what's new in Ubuntu 16.04, it's worth pausing to reflect on what's missing: Scopes online search, now off by default. That means no more potentially socially awkward search results when all you really wanted was to open Brasero (speaking of which, Brasero is gone too). Scopes, introduced four years ago, …

Ironic: CCTV systems slide open a backdoor into your biz network

Closed circuit TV systems, designed to protect organisations' physical assets, commonly create holes for hackers to exploit and tunnel their way into enterprise systems. Research carried out by independent consultant Andrew Tierney on behalf of Cloudview – a video surveillance company based in Hampshire, England – found major …
John Leyden, 14 Mar 2016
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New Relic launches autism at work programme, signs up interns

New Relic has become the latest software company to take a good look at its recruitment and training programmes and see how it might help people on the autism spectrum into tech jobs. The analytics vendor launches an Autism at Work internship programme last week, which it said was designed “to help individuals on the autism …
Joe Fay, 08 Feb 2016
The Black Hole's Maximilliam. Source: Disney

Blackhole's back: Hated exploit kit returns from the dead

The seemingly long-defunct Blackhole Exploit Kit has resurfaced in a fresh run of drive-by download attacks, according to research carried out by security firm Malwarebytes. The cybercrime tool was widely used by hackers to push malware from compromised websites onto the Windows machines of visiting surfers for years up to …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2015
CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi speaking in May 2015

CoreOS open sources Clair, the vulnerability scanner for your containers

Container-friendly Linux vendor CoreOS has spent the last six months developing a scanning tool that checks for vulnerabilities in containers, and it's open sourcing the code for the whole community. "Our mission is to fundamentally improve the security of the internet," Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS, told The Register. "The more …
Iain Thomson, 13 Nov 2015

'I promise you I will win', says completely sane presidential candidate John McAfee

QuoTW This week new iStuffs were showcased, a scary luggage hack popped up and a gaming icon turned 30. Now for some of the best quotes from the past seven days. America's favourite gun-toting anti-virus tycoon John McAfee has thrown his hat in to the 2016 presidential race. McAfee has made himself the official cyber party …
Team Register, 13 Sep 2015
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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

Microsoft would really, really, really like you to upgrade to Windows 10. So much so that even if you've opted not to request the upgrade, you'll get it anyway, even if you never intend to install it. The software giant confirmed to The Register on Thursday that it's been pushing out the necessary files for the upgrade to …
Neil McAllister, 10 Sep 2015
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Fiat Chrysler recalls THOUSANDS more cars to swerve hack-my-brakes roadkill

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recalled nearly 8,000 SUVs, with the hope of halting hackers from mounting remote attacks on the vehicles. The manufacturer said it needed to apply software updates to 7,810 Jeep Renegades that were sold in the US market. It added that 2015 models of the SUV, which comes loaded with certain …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Sep 2015

Win10 PCs still stuck on slow boat from China, warehouses empty

Windows 10 consumer PCs will not show up in big numbers at Brit retailers’ stores until the middle of next month, multiple sources have told us. The reason for the scarcity is that Microsoft didn’t allow the OS to be pre-loaded on to PCs until launch day on 27 July, and lead times including sea shipment were eight weeks from …
Paul Kunert, 27 Aug 2015

GET PATCHED: Adobe plugs Hacking Team Flash holes and more

Adobe has released patches for its Flash software to fix a pair of critical security vulnerabilities exposed by the Hacking Team megabreach. The bugs can be exploited to hijack PCs and infect them with malware – and crooks are already doing just that, so apply the updates now. The security bulletin for Adobe Flash Player ( …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2015

Nest rival: Smartmobes will decide who survives the Internet of Stuff war

Interview It's almost impossible to talk to anyone about the internet of things right now without them drawing some kind of connection to the Nest smart thermostat. When we spoke to the CEO of August Smart Lock, he talked about integrating with Nest. The general manager of Sengled USA – a company making smart lightbulbs – likewise. The …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 May 2015
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Low price, big power: Virtual Private Server picks for power nerds

Running your own virtual private server (VPS) was once limited to either profitable side projects or those with money to burn. The relatively high monthly costs (often $40-$60 per month) made it too expensive for personal projects that didn't generate income and more serious endeavors often used dedicated hardware, leaving VPS …

Hedvig all set to Google-ise that enterprise storage

Start-up Hedvig aims to bring Google/Amazon cloud-style storage to enterprises, with a virtualised pool of storage aggregated from distributed silos. It’s just won seed and A-round funding to the tune of $12.5m and has a Distributed Storage Platform technology that early customers – like Intuit, Dovilo, Van Dijk and Paul …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2015

Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

Upgraded your Windows Server 2003 yet? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Gartner reckons there are eight million Windows Server 2003 OS instances in operation, and SI Avanade reckons that of those instances, a full 20 per cent – 1.6 million – will blow past the 14 July end-of-support date. What happens six months from now, on 14 …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2015

A year with Canada's Volvo-esque smartphone – The BlackBerry Z30

Comment Why return to the Blackberry Z30, a phone that's over a year old? Well, the smartphone has matured impressively since its launch in 2013, and BlackBerry is about to introduce a major revision to its software: BlackBerry OS 10.3.1. The Z30 remains the most up-to-date all-touchscreen BlackBerry to run this operating system. …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2015
Nest founder Tony Fadell at Web Summit

Google's Nest partners up with utility company – on smart thermostats

Web Summit Google’s internet-of-the-home subsidiary Nest has announced a partnership with a utility firm, offering its thermostats for free to customers of Electric Ireland. Announcing the deal at Web Summit in Dublin, Tony Faddell said that the partnership was the kind of thing he’d dreamed about when he started the company four years …

Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

Apple fanbois have erupted in rage after an update bricked their Macbook Airs. On the official Apple support forum, dozens of angry customers claimed that the latest software update for the 2011 Macbook Air had gone horribly wrong. Some posters said their Airs had been totally borked by the update, while others reported …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Jul 2014
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New iOS 8 SDK: Come in, apps. Get cozy, sip wine, swap numbers

WWDC For its latest software development kit (SDK) for the forthcoming iOS 8, Apple has adjusted the platform's sandbox security model to allow apps to provide services to other apps running on the same device for the first time. "This release is the biggest release since the launch of the App Store," Apple CEO Tim Cook said during …
Neil McAllister, 02 Jun 2014
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Microsoft tarts up software licensing to fend off 'a few clicks and a credit card' rivals

Microsoft is trying to make the dark art of software licensing less complicated and more relevant to a cloudier world – but, as always, the devil will be in the detail. The first signs of a Redmond overhaul came at the end of September when it canned Select Plus Agreement rebates for channel partners in favour of the Next …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2013
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Google grants cloud servers IMMORTALITY (during maintenance)

Google has taken a lead on cloud rivals by granting its virtual machines immortality via a new live migration feature. This means that when Google shuts down cloud data centers for scheduled maintenance in the future, client VMs will stay up while being migrated to another online bit barn. The announcement was made in a post to …
Jack Clark, 14 Nov 2013

'200 million' fanbois using iOS 7 just a week after release - study

Half of all American iOS users have now updated to the latest operating system, analysts have claimed, while Apple itself reckons 200 million devices worldwide are now running iOS 7. Just a week after the release of iOS 7, eggheads from Chitika Insights found that 52 per cent of web traffic generated by Apple mobile devices came …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Sep 2013

Nokia Lumia 925: The best Windows Phone yet

Review According to Nokia, the new Lumia 925 is its "third flagship" phone at the moment. It hasn’t retired the other two Lumias (the 920 and the 928) which continue to sail proudly alongside the 925, with all their flags fluttering. However there are times when one must wave a pedantic arm from the back of the class where the …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jun 2013
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Backup bods Veeam quietly gobbling up ever-greater market share

Backup software supplier Veeam is quietly doing extraordinary things; it's growing its backup business while touting their latest software as a means to continue growing its market share. Veeam is privately-owned and focusses on virtual machine backup. It has no venture capital funding as far as we can tell. Despite that, it's …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2013
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Interview: Dave Berstein on the NBN, construction and VDSL

Dave Berstein of DSL Prime and Fastnet News visited Australia during April for the CommsDay Summit. The Register interviewed him to get his take on the ongoing NBN debate. The Register: Let's look at what you've seen of the two-headed broadband debate in Australia – how well do you think the shift from an FTTP to an FTTN model …
Larry Ellison

Oracle's hardware wing keeps on bleeding

Oracle's shares dropped 7 per cent in after-hours trading in response to an quarterly earnings report that showed muted adoption for its latest software offerings and a continued shrinkage in its troubled hardware division. The database giant reported on Wednesday third quarter earnings of $2.504bn on revenues of $8.958bn – down …
Jack Clark, 20 Mar 2013
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Whatever happened to telepresence? From $2.5m deals to free iPad apps

Feature Cast your mind back nearly 10 years and high-end videoconferencing with its eye-watering price was being touted as the substitute for the corporate jet. At the time, having remote video streams to view your conference room was a big deal that involved an awful lot of looking after and a continuous investment each month for the …
Bob Dormon, 20 Mar 2013
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How to build a perfect private cloud with Windows Server 2012

So you want to build a Microsoft-based private cloud. While using the latest software is not always the best move (never use version 1.0 of anything) Microsoft's 2012 stack of products is mature, stable and capable of meeting all your cloudy needs. Let's take a look at what's required for a private cloud in Microsoft's world. …
Trevor Pott, 14 Jan 2013
The Register breaking news

US military nails 'best ever' Microsoft deal, brags size does matter

US Department of Defense personnel will get their hands on Microsoft’s latest software in a deal officials claim is their best yet from Redmond. The government department has signed a three-year enterprise licence agreement with Microsoft worth $617m, giving its two-million-plus civilian and military staff access to Windows 8, …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jan 2013
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MS plugs 'highly exploitable' IE 9 hole in November Patch Tuesday

November's Patch Tuesday brought six updates, four of them critical, starring fixes for Windows 8 and a patch that addresses a highly exploitable vulnerability in IE 9. Vulnerability management firm Qualys rates the Internet Explorer update (MS12-071) as easily the most urgent. Left unpatched, the set of four flaws easily lend …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2012
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I can't wait for Pano to thrust some hard 3D love into size-zero models

Sysadmin Blog Around this time last year I reviewed Pano Logic's Zero Client Solution, a sort of super-thin-client set of kit. I was test-driving the company's first-generation hardware and a software suite two versions behind the latest release. I've now had a chance to review the second-generation hardware with its latest software, and I …
Trevor Pott, 08 Oct 2012
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Samsung plonks universal search BACK into Galaxy S IIIs

Samsung today conceded it was wrong to remove the universal search function from Galaxy S III phones in its latest software update - and has promised punters in the UK another firmware patch will restore the functionality. “The most recent software upgrade for the Galaxy S III in the UK included the inadvertent removal of the …
Caleb Cox, 27 Jul 2012

New tech revolution: Small biz begins to lock out industry giants

Sysadmin blog Software as a Service (SaaS) combined with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)-style technologies promise to free us from vendor lock-in once and for all. The consumerisation of IT, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and hybrid cloud-based applications are additional marketing buzzwords relevant to this discussion. Each concept is ( …
Trevor Pott, 20 Apr 2012
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Microsoft opens trenchcoat, reveals 'in-memory' Big Data column

If there’s one thing scarier than the big data tsunami, tech vendors tell us, then it’s tech vendors getting left out of the big-data conversation. Microsoft is the latest software maker to crowbar itself into the debate on big data, this time claiming a place at the table on in-memory databases. According to a blog here and …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2012
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Ubuntu hammers out Metal-as-a-Service tool for microservers

Canonical has unveiled a Metal-as-a-Service (MaaS) offering to provision and manage high-density Ubuntu microservers running hyper-scale computing centres and clouds. The Linux shop claimed MaaS would allow administrators to set up and allocate thousands of tightly packed racks to different groups of users, adding the latest …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

New openSUSE heads for cloud, virtual markets

The openSUSE Project has shipped its 12.1 build, with enhanced cloud and virtualization integration tools. It's also the first distro to ship with support for Google’s Go language. From the look of the new build, Attachmate has kept its promise to carry on supporting openSUSE after its $2.2bn deal to buy Novell. The new code, in …
Iain Thomson, 17 Nov 2011
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HP dubs Oracle 'bitter antagonist' in Itanic spat

HP vs Oracle Hindsight is always at least 20/20. But sometimes it is 20/15 or even 20/10. Maybe Hewlett-Packard should have bought the server and storage business from Sun Microsystems and argued to keep Solaris and let Oracle eat Java, which is what the company really wanted to get ahold of once it became clear that IBM was not going to buy …
The Register breaking news

So many users, so many devices, so many problems

Mobile users are different to the home worker and they're all different to a branch worker, so how do you find out what they need and give it to them effectively. Finding out what end users want from their desktop and comparing it to what you think they need can be a sobering experience. Performance, fast access to data and the …
Manek Dubash, 17 May 2011
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Microsoft pushes back cut 'n' paste update

Microsoft is promising to get cut and paste into Windows Phones later this month, a delay brought on by the problems experienced by Samsung users with the last update. The news comes in what is supposed to be an open and honest blog posting from Eric Hautala – Microsoft's general manager of customer experience engineering. The …
Bill Ray, 11 Mar 2011
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New desktop, new DV strategy

Desktop virtualisation With the economy looking a little rosier, companies are coming round to upgrades that have been on hold for longer than usual. As they refresh the corporate desktop, should they be looking at desktop virtualisation too? Mark Bowker, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, thinks IT decision-makers can minimise headaches and …
Danny Bradbury, 08 Feb 2011
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BlueArc puts replication on a diet

Hardware-accelerated filer supplier BlueArc has stopped replicating useless data with its latest software release. Replication involves sending copied storage data to a nearby or remote storage array for disaster-recovery protection. The JetMirror feature of version 8 of BlueArc's System Software is claimed to replicate large …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2011
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Quantum and NEC claim dedupe speed records

For sheer high-end deduplication grunt, no one comes close to NEC and its HYDRAstore, but Quantum is claiming the entry-level and mid-range dedupe speed laurels with its revamped DXi software. Version two of this software, with a revamped inline data flow, is available for the DXi 4500 entry-level and 6500 mid-range systems. …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2011
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Android's Gingerbread finagled onto iPhone

Time-rich hackers have got Android 2.3, Gingerbread booting on an iPhone 3G, for the fanboy of divided loyalties who must have the latest of everything. Honeycomb isn't completely functional yet, but being based on the iDroid project it offers dual-boot capability for those who want to keep iOS around for the more mundane …
Bill Ray, 10 Jan 2011
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iPhone customers lay into Apple after iOS 4.0.1 update fails to install

iPhone customers are struggling to install Apple’s latest software patch and have been grumbling about the problems on Cupertino’s support forums. The company released its iOS 4.0.1 update yesterday, and immediately some users began complaining that they couldn’t successfully install it on their iPhones. “On a Win7 PC. …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jul 2010
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Sepaton's virtualisation surge

With its latest software release Sepaton is providing virtual ES2 arrays to departments in private clouds and customers in public clouds. It also has a roadmap to turn its grid-architecture high-end ES2 deduplicating secondary storage array engines into virtual machine appliances. The ES2 is a secondary storage system based on a …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2010
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Discounts damage for Microsoft Windows 7 PC boost?

Things are looking up for PC manufacturers. The last three months of 2009 saw shipments of computers grow 22 per cent, while all - except Dell - enjoyed robust double-digit growth in the US and internationally according to Gartner. It was the strongest quarter of growth in seven years for sales of PCs, and it indicated a …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2010
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Intel turns software barrow boy

Intel may be busy shaking its piggybank to stump up cash for the record EU fine it was handed this week, but that hasn't stopped it launching a new online software shop for SMBs. The company's latest software project in Europe has been dubbed the Intel Business Exchange Software Download Store, or Intel BX for short. It …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 May 2009
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Microsoft promises, fails to keep things simple for partners

Microsoft today tried to convince UK channel partners that it’s working hard to simplify its licensing terms, but many resellers have grumbled that the firm hasn’t gone far enough yet. MS director of emerging technology, Gurprit Singh, who was speaking at the company’s partner event in London this morning, told the gathered …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Oct 2008
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Visual Studio update dents Silverlight development

Developers building applications for Microsoft's much-ballyhooed Silverlight media player won't be able to use Visual Studio 2008 running the company's latest software update. Microsoft's Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 beta - launched Monday - cannot be used with its tools for coding applications for the second, beta …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2008
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Violin tunes SSD memory appliance

Violin Memory sells a solid state disk (SSD) appliance, using DRAM and not flash memory, and FalconStor is supporting this to make its latest software perform very much faster. Blocks and Files was able to talk with Morgan Littlewood, VP of Marketing at Violin Memory, and ask him some questions about solid state disks. B&F: How …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2008
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Nokia plays strong Linux hand withTrolltech buy

Analysis Nokia may be strengthening its ties with major internet brands to boost its Ovi web services portal, but for a company of this scale, there must also be an agenda to set its own standards in the evolving mobile internet market on which it has staked its future. The Finnish giant's latest software acquisition, of Norwegian Linux …
Wireless Watch, 29 Jan 2008