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Don't use a VPN in United Arab Emirates – unless you wanna risk jail and a $545,000 fine

A royal edict from the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may have effectively made it illegal for anyone in the country to use a VPN or secure proxy service. Those caught could face jail time and fines of between 500,000 and 2,000,000 UAE dirham (US$136,130 and $544,521). The change was announced this week by the UAE …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jul 2016
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Tinder porn scam: Swipe right for NOOOOOO I paid for what?

Crooks on Tinder are using online safety as a lure to trick users into unwittingly paying for adult content. Automated spam bots masquerading as Tinder users are supposedly tricking other users of the mobile dating app into visiting a malicious third-party website to “verify their profiles”. “The spam bots instruct the user …
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2016

GOP delegates suckered into connecting to insecure Wi-Fi hotspots

A Wi-Fi hack experiment conducted at various locations at or near the Republican National Convention site in Cleveland, US, underlines how risky it can be to connect to public Wi-Fi without protection from a VPN. The exercise, carried out by security researchers at Avast, an anti-virus firm, revealed that more than 1,000 …
John Leyden, 21 Jul 2016

Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

In the same month Microsoft announced its alpha WebRTC-based Skype for Linux client, Redmond has put that native app and the native OS X Skype client on an end-of-life list. This is because Skype is being rebuilt to replace its peer-to-peer architecture with cloud-centric code that supports Windows, iOS, Android and web …
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Really Scary Telecoms Stuff? Nah – telephony's just an app

In 2009, I moved to Jersey to become the network and telecoms manager for a multinational company. It was tremendous fun, as I had a variety of kit to play with. I tended to favour the Mitel 3300 ICP range (still do, actually) that supported about half of our offices, and I did the various engineer courses and exams for the …
Dave Cartwright, 20 Jul 2016

Correction: There was no hangman's noose, claims Hyperloop countersuit ... it was a cowboy's lasso

An extraordinary fight at tube-travel company Hyperloop One has hit warp speed with a court filing filled with more wild claims. Faced with accusations of physical threats, financial mismanagement and nepotism in a lawsuit from its former CTO Brogan BamBrogan, the company's management has fired back with a 46-page cross- …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Jul 2016

Congrats, Linux users – you're finally officially alpha males... on Skype

Microsoft-owned Skype today released a new Linux client that hopes to address some of the complaints users have had with the chat app for months. The VoIP giant says the new alpha build of the Skype-for-Linux software can make and receive Skype calls from people running the latest OS X and Windows Skype clients and the alpha …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2016
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Win 10 Anniversary: 'We're beginning to check in final code' says Microsoft

Microsoft has released build 14383 of Windows 10 Anniversary, for both PC and mobile, in preparation for its public launch on August 2nd 2016. Most "Insider" builds feature a watermark on the desktop, showing the version and build number, but that has gone in this build. "This is because we’re beginning to check in final code …
Tim Anderson, 08 Jul 2016
Partnership

Microsoft boutiques club together for E5 licensing assault

A handful of Microsoft boutiques are linking arms in a bid to win E5 licensing deals against the bulky resellers and global integrators. E5, sold on a subscription, covers Azure, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Exchange, Office 365 and Office Delve, One Drive, Power BI, Project, SharePoint, Skype for Business, SQL Server and Yammer …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2016
Windows 10 final alert

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

Pic As the Windows 10 free upgrade period draws to a close, Microsoft is stepping up its operating system's nagware to full-screen takeovers. The Redmond software giant confirmed today it will start showing dark blue screens urging people to install the latest version of Windows. The full-screen ads will pop up on Windows 7 and 8. …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jul 2016

700,000 Muslim Match dating site private messages leaked online

Hackers have leaked the personal details of 150,000 users of the Muslim Match website after breaking into the niche dating portal. Almost 150,000 user credentials and profiles, as well as more than 700,000 private messages between users, were posted online. "These private messages cover a range of subjects from religious …
John Leyden, 01 Jul 2016
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Microsoft and Salesforce strike up Lightning-Outlook love

Microsoft’s Outlook email client has had a Lightning makeover for Salesforce’s CRM. The companies on Tuesday announced Lightning for Outlook, integrating Microsoft’s popular email client with Salesforce’s new-ish CRM. Lightning is the HTML5-edition of Salesforce’s as-a-service platform and UI announced in October 2014. …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jun 2016
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Google enlists Microsoft VoIP partner to unseat Office 365+Skype

Google's going after Office 365 and Skype users in a cloud telephony partnership with Microsoft VoIP ally RingCentral. The search giant and RingCentral on Wednesday announced RingCentral Office Google Edition, a package letting you make online calls from within Google's Apps. Apps are integrated using WebRTC, the real-time …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jun 2016

Outsourcery sold after Dragon runs out of puff

Something positive was salvaged from the crash at cloud biz Outsourcery - 100 employees have transferred with the business in a pre-pack sale to new owners GCI Network Solutions. The loss-making company ran into cash flow shortages on multiple occasions, most recently in April when principal secured lender Vodafone stepped in …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2016
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Outsourcery to perform ULTIMATE outsource as it enters administration

Manchester-based failing cloud biz Outsourcery is to undertake a pre-pack administration with Vodafone partner GCI Network Solutions waiting in the wings to buy the company’s assets. The move, exclusively revealed by The Register last week, was confirmed by AIM-listed Outsourcery to the London Stock Exchange this morning. “ …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2016

Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

"Remember that dystopian view of the future in which technology displaces millions of people from their jobs? It's happening." So begins the less-than-cheery explanation of the huge $26.2bn acquisition of LinkedIn to staff by its CEO Jeff Weiner. Weiner appears to recognize that for many of his employees, being acquired by …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jun 2016

Slack vs. Skype

Unicorn-grade group messaging tool Slack has turned on a voice calling feature in its titular client. The addition means members of Slack groups can now click a phone icon to initiate an actual conversation with colleagues. The cross-platform features lets conversations start and end on any device for which Slack offers a …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jun 2016
Mars Attacks!

Mars One puts 100 Red Planet corpses colonists through fresh tests

The Mars One project – which plans to make a reality TV show out of an attempt to settle on the Red Planet – will now put 100 space colonist hopefuls through selection tests. In 2012, the Netherlands-based non-profit group announced it would send cargo ships to Mars in 2016, with the goal of setting up a permanent colony there …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2016
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Microsoft sells 1,500 patents to Chinese mega-phone biz Xiaomi

Xiaomi has agreed to buy 1,500 patents from Microsoft in a move that has been framed as an "expansion of their global partnership". Under the deal, Xiaomi will ship Microsoft Office and Skype on its Android smartphones and tablets. Yes, you read that right. The terms of the deal remain undisclosed and it is unclear to what …
Kat Hall, 01 Jun 2016

Are EU having a laugh? Europe passes hopeless cyber-commerce rules

Analysis The European Commission (EC) has approved a series of ecommerce rules designed to make Europe more competitive online. In true European fashion however, the proposals contain a lengthy series of inconsistent compromises and avoid altogether the most complex policy issues, making them largely worthless. Vice-President for the …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 May 2016

Wire offers secure video chat

Messaging app Wire has added fully private video messaging to its platform. The new feature is integrated with the existing chat app, adding secure, non-tracked and advertising-free video messaging. Wire, the privacy-focused communications app backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis, boasts that it is the first messaging …
John Leyden, 25 May 2016
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Three UK: Our MMS prices are up. Get around us with WhatsApp or Skype

From next month Three customers are advised to be more selective when sending pics of their food, cats or drunken escapades - as the mobile operator is more than doubling its pricing. Or, you know, you could just use an OTT app. Yes, like the ones that are eating mobile operators' breakfasts with internet voicecalls over Wi-Fi …
Kat Hall, 20 May 2016
Waverly Labs Pilot translator

Electric Babel Fish swims into crowdfunding

A company called Waverly Labs claims to have developed a real-time-in-ear translation unit. Just how the “Pilot” pulls off the trick hasn't been fully explained on the company's site or the saccharine video that purports to show the device in action. What we can say is that the material released so far depicts two wireless …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2016

Kids these days can't even write a decent virus

The crusty headless Conficker worm is the web's most prolific web threat, says security Check Point. The net menace was the one-time world's biggest bot worming its way since 2008 through millions of machines across every country in the world, smashing through social networks including Facebook, Skype, and popular email …
Darren Pauli, 18 May 2016

Home Office declares: Detained immigrants shall have internet

The Home Office has issued guidance demanding that immigration detainees are provided with internet access so they can maintain “links with friends, families and legal representatives and to prepare for removal.” Publishing Detention Services Order 04/2016 (PDF) the Home Office has responded to an independent review into the …

Roll your own Office Online

You can now host your own browser-based Microsoft Office. Redmond's made this possible by releaseing "Office Online Server" (OOS), which lets you deliver your very own browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, complete with real-time co-authoring. "Microsoft recognizes that many organizations still value …
Simon Sharwood, 06 May 2016

Microsoft completes its Skype bot invasion with Web, OS X versions

Mac users have been wrapped up in the warm embrace of Microsoft's Skype Bot strategy. The Skype bots first hit at the Build conference at the end of March, with Redmond pitching them as bringing “expertise, products, services and entertainment” to Skype (really, truly nothing like Tay, okay?). It's part of Satya Nadella's " …

Mitel nabs Polycom in $1.96bn deal

Elliott Management has struck again: Mitel has agreed to cough $1.96bn for bigger unified comms rival Polycom some months after the activist investor took a stake in both businesses and started the match-making. The $23bn hedge fund took a 6.6 per cent stake in Polycom and 9.6 per cent in Mitel in October and was calling for …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2016

How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...

Patch Tuesday Microsoft has posted the April edition of its monthly security update, which kills a bug that allows guests to escape to hosts on Hyper-V. A malicious app running in a virtual machine can exploit this flaw to drill down to the host server, execute code on the machine, and interfere with the system and other VMs. Which is bad …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Apr 2016
Ubuntu on Windows, complete with Vi editor

Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

Microsoft's latest "Insider" Windows 10 preview Build 14316, includes the Windows Subsystem for Linux along with a flurry of other new features. The addition of a Linux command-line to Windows was announced at Microsoft's Build conference last week. The feature is aimed at developers, allowing them to use Linux utilities …
Tim Anderson, 07 Apr 2016
Microsoft's Scott Guthrie announces new Azure features at Build 2016

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
Microsoft 'Tay' on Twitter

Microsoft GitHubs BotBuilder framework behind Tay chatbot

So this is what @TayAndYou was supposed to be about: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has used his keynote at the Build conference to launch an open source chatbot framework. Instead of setting the buzz before the big reveal, Microsoft's shot at a public Twitter-bot was derailed when 4chan users worked out how to game “Tay”, …

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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Top! tip! for! Yahoo! – 'Fire! your! board! of! directors!'

The activist investor firm who first pushed for the sale of Yahoo!'s core search business now wants to oust its board of directors. Starboard Value says that it wants to replace all nine directors at the Purple Palace with its own group of nine execs, who will make a "significant change" at the ailing search and advertising …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2016
A preview of the new Skype UWP app

Microsoft introduces yet another Skype for Windows 10

Microsoft has announced a new Universal Windows Platform Skype app for Windows 10, alongside the three existing Skype apps – one for video, one for messaging and the long-standing desktop app. A preview of the new Skype UWP app A preview of the new Skype UWP app The Skype story on Microsoft's reinvented Windows platform is …
Tim Anderson, 24 Mar 2016
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Slack smackback: There's no IRC in team (software), say open-sourcers

Open-source software is not possible without collaboration and collaboration is not possible without communication. Collaborative communication in open source projects typically means some form of distributed chat. In the past, and indeed the present for most projects, that has meant IRC. IRC has some disadvantages, though, …

HTTPS is not enough: Boffins fingerprint user environments without cracking crypto

Encryption might hide important content from prying eyes, but a group of Israeli researchers has found that HTTPS traffic alone can fingerprint a user's operating system, browser, and application. With a big enough learning set, they write, they were able to identify users' environments with 96.06 per cent accuracy. In their …
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Big-screen Skype gets small farewell note

One of the big splashes of CES 2010, Skype for televisions, will start going gently into that good night in June. Via Skype's support FAQs comes the announcement that the talk-to-your-friends-on-the-telly app is getting sunsetted. "Starting in June 2016, the Skype for TV application will no longer be supported; there will be …
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Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux

Microsoft has ported its SQL Server software to Linux and has promised to release it in full by next year. From today, the Windows giant, which once likened Linux to cancer, will show off to a lucky few a preview of its SQL database's core engine for the open-source operating system. The full SQL Server 2016 for Linux will be …
Chris Williams, 07 Mar 2016
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'$5bn for Slack?! I refuse to pay!' You don't pay – and that's its biggest problem

Comment That thing you love so much – no, not pizza, or reruns of Game of Thrones on Netflix – wants more money from you. Workplace collaboration tool Slack is reported to be once more casting about for funding, somewhere between $150m and $300m. Unnamed sources, presumably either Slack or those same titans from Sand Hill Road lubing …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2016

Feel old? You will now: Blighty's mobile network Three is a teenager

Hutchison Whampoa’s Three network turns 13 today. The fifth mobile network to launch in the UK went live on … the March 3, 2003. Or 3-3-03. (Geddit? The date was no accident: 3 is a lucky number in Chinese culture.) Car crash Even with Hutch’s billions behind it, 3 had a rotten launch. The entire industry was suffering a …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Mar 2016

You're a cybercrime kingpin. You need a new evil lackey. How much do you tell them?

RSA 2016 Cybercrooks, much like ethical security defenders, are facing a skills crisis and difficulties in recruiting qualified staff. Their attempts to bring workers into criminal organisations leave it possible for experts to learn more about their strategies and tactics, according to new research from threat intelligence firm Digital …
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2016
Hololens

Microsoft's Hololens is up for pre-order, here's hoping you can expense it

Microsoft has opened up its Hololens augmented reality hardware for pre-order with a shipping date of March 30. The Redmond giant said it would begin sending invitations to developers who pre-applied for the preview edition of the hardware. Those who get invites from Microsoft will now be able to fork over the $3,000 price tag …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Feb 2016
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Microsoft sneaks onto Android while Android sneaks onto Windows

MWC16 +Analysis Two parallel trends bubbled away at MWC this year – but without getting much attention. When Android and Microsoft converge, it’s going to be the next big platform battle, and one Microsoft can’t afford to lose. Firstly, without anyone really noticing, Microsoft has an Android platform play. A Microsoft-friendly Android OS is …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Feb 2016
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Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

Linux users are piling on Microsoft after the long-neglected Skype client on the open-source OS suddenly lost the ability to join calls from other versions of the software. Since Monday, users running the latest Linux build of Skype have been unable to chat to friends who are using Skype for OS X and Windows, it appears. Fed …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2016

Let's talk over Wi-Fi, says Oracle to folks who don't know Skype exists

MWC16 Oracle's parked its yacht near Barcelona and fired off the usual broadsides of product announcements that accompanies a major conference like Mobile World Congress. Mobile operators in need of a Wi-Fi gateway can throw their hats into the air with the launch of the Oracle Communications Mobile Security Gateway. The gateway's …

Google goes over the top with RCS

Google has run into a privacy furore with its acquisition last September of carrier messaging company Jibe. Jibe is a messaging platform based on the GSMA's Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard, which kicked off back in 2007 as the telco sector's answer to the looming threat of over-the-top (OTT) services. That threat …

Mobile World Congress 2016: Rolling updates

MWC16 Refresh this page for breaking news from Mobile World Congress 2016. This is LTE Broadcasting... Wouldn’t it be nice if mobile networks did proper one-to-many multicasting? And even nicer if they were handed chunks of plump, juicy spectrum to do it in? Ericsson thinks so too, and promoted http://www.ericsson.com/news/1988292 …
Team Register, 22 Feb 2016
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Microsoft Office 365: You don't need 27 floppies, but there is desktop friction

Microsoft would like us to think of Office 365, its hosted email and collaboration service, as “cloud”. And it is in many ways; you can even get all your email and OneDrive-stored documents direct from a web browser. The truth though is that Microsoft has been careful not to disrupt its desktop Office software too much. Most …
Tim Anderson, 17 Feb 2016

Good news ... and bad news for Skype-using Apple fans and small biz

Microsoft is pulling Apple-leaning Skype users deeper into its lair. Well, some of them. There's good news for iPhone and iPad owners, and bad news for some Mac users. The good news: Office docs via Skype on iThings The free voice and chat service now includes native support for Microsoft Office products in its iOS apps. In …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Feb 2016