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Screenshot of the Office 2013 installer for Office 365

Office 365 and Dynamics go live in Australia

Office 365 files may load just a little faster in Australia today, after Microsoft announced it has flicked the switch for the local version of the service. Redmond's outpost has also decided the time is right to serve Dynamics CRM from its Australian bit barns in Sydney and Melbourne. Like the local version of Azure, the two …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Mar 2015
Sony Xperia Go rugged Android smartphone

Google cloud addicts: Now you can juggle your web apps from your Android smartie

Google developers looking to keep an eye on their cloud processes now have an app for Android, dubbed Cloud Console, that will allow remote monitoring of the Chocolate Factory's Cloud Platform. Google Cloud Console "Imagine being away from your desk and receiving automatic alerts when an issue occurs in your Google App Engine …
Iain Thomson, 30 Mar 2015

Microsoft: Office 365 IT admins get free device-wrangling controls

Microsoft has begun bundling basic mobile device management (MDM) capabilities with all commercial Office 365 subscriptions, as it said it would at last year's TechEd Europe conference. Beginning on Monday, companies with Office 365 Business, Enterprise, EDU, or Government subscriptions can manage Android, iOS, and Windows Phone …
Neil McAllister, 30 Mar 2015
Galaxy S6 Edge Smart Manager

Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

FIRST LOOK Samsung's gone for beauty and brains with its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but hasn't fallen into the trap of style over substance. Last year's S5 packed all sorts of features into a tired-looking package and while the phone was a technological marvel, it wasn't easy on the eye and didn't set the pulse racing. Both S6 models take …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Mar 2015
NASA 'Blue Marble' image of Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft

AWS flicks switch for cloud storage replication

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has done something rather useful to its simple storage service (S3), namely making it possible to replicate data across regions. For the uninitiated, S3 is a cloud storage service that allows users to stuff stuff into the cloud, and even pick a “region” where it will land. AWS operates nine S3 regions* …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2015
Still from the movie Zoolander: Derek and a fellow model try to get the 'files' out of the Mac by smashing it to pieces. copyright Paramount Pictures

'If people can encrypt their cell phones, what's stopping them encrypting their PCs?'

QuoTW This week NASA showed off its plans to lasso an asteroid, researchers mourned over a bug-riddled Chrome browser, and RSA banned buxom booth babes. Here are some, er, titillating quotes from the week: Fadi Chehade, president and CEO of ICANN, did not mince his words when discussing the committee behind the IANA body. He had this …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Mar 2015
Pac-Man Google game (taken from Google home page on anniversary of Pac-Man )

Google whacks CREEPY predictive search up to 11 in cheap Chrome OS beta

Google's Chromebooks are about to undergo an overhaul that puts the Chocolate Factory's creepy, predictive search tech – Google Now – at the heart of the firm's OS. François Beaufort, who describes himself as Mountain View's "Happiness Evangelist", said that Chrome OS fans would soon be able to access a beta version of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Mar 2015
Elop and Nadella, photo: Microsoft

Microsoft's Windows 10 build list snowballs for Lumia mobes

Microsoft has tentatively opened up its Windows 10 Technical Preview to more phones, after its initial list back in February had been extremely limited. The software giant's Gabe Aul said in a blog post on Friday that its builds-for-mobes list was merely preliminary. "[A]s Windows Insiders I wanted to give you the visibility …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Mar 2015

$23m to a WordPress biz? Why top-end hosting is big money

Analysis Website hosting may not be the first thing you consider when looking at tech industry growth, but venture capitalists North Bridge are betting different. This week, the investment biz sank $23m (£15.4m) in WP Engine, a hosting company in Austin, Texas, that specializes in the WordPress open-source online publishing software. …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2015
Slack

Flak for Slack chaps in yak app hack flap: User database whacked

Workplace chat app Slack, popular among West Coast startup hipsters and others, has been hacked, its makers said on Friday. Slack policy and compliance strategy veep Anne Toth – who previously worked at Google and Yahoo! – has explained how over a four-day period in February, attackers were able to access a database containing …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Mar 2015

Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

Apple Safari-using Brits, who claim they were tracked by Google's adbots without permission, can sue Google in the UK, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has ruled. "This is a David and Goliath victory," said Marc Bradshaw, one of three people taking Google, a powerful advertising giant based in Mountain View, California, …
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2015
Great Wall of China

GitHub jammed by injected JavaScript, servers whacked by DDoS

GitHub's servers are being hammered by web traffic from an army of unwitting cyber-foot-soldiers. It appears when thousands of people visit websites that serve ads and tracking code from Baidu – China's answer to Google – from outside the Middle Kingdom, network gateways on the Chinese border silently inject a JavaScript …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Mar 2015

Euro THERMONUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECT is in TROUBLE

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project is in hot water with the European Parliament for failing to manage EU funds properly. The Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee MEPs this week advised against approving 2013 spending by ITER personnel due to delayed disbursements and growing budget costs. Although …
Jennifer Baker, 27 Mar 2015
Google logo

Google dangles $70m before new CFO to lure her from Wall Street

It took a $70m golden hello to entice Ruth Porat – Google's new chief financial officer – away from her role at Morgan Stanley. According to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the material terms of Ruth Porat's offer letter included not only an annual base salary of $650,000, but also a set of three grants …
Tim Cook as Mr T

Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year

Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed he is to hand over his relatively measly fortune to charity for the betterment of the planet – once he’s paid off his nephew’s college bill. This is not some sort of publicity stunt to reinforce Apple’s image as a benevolent tech designer. Scurrilous hacks at lesser publications might suggest …
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2015
Diving Board from Seattle Municipal archives

Microsoft performs reverse full-hybrid with an on-premises twist

Microsoft has made a few changes to its Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup services. The headline item is the ability to "enable protection and disaster recovery for VMware virtual machines and physical servers to Azure." That's a shot across VMware's bow, as it does the same in its own vCloud Air cloud and preaches on- …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2015

Google botches another cloud patch, this time messing up App Engine

Google's botched another cloud patch. The Chocolate Factory's cloud operations have had a tough time of things this year, suffering a network mess in February and then a brownout in early March. Over the last couple of days the company's App Engine experienced “elevated 503 errors on <1% of applications for a typical duration …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2015
Booth babe banhammer

Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

The organizers of this year's RSA security conference have made at least one thing clear to exhibitors: no booth babes. The industry shindig has sent out a new dress code banning scantily clad models, regardless of gender, from wandering the show floor. The rules dictate that exhibitors cannot wear shorts, tank tops and halter …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2015
Anthony Hopkins as Odin in Marvel's Thor

By Odin, Parallels thinks cloud service providers should buy Odin

Parallels is changing its branding again – partly – this time to help customers better distinguish between its virtualization software and service provider businesses. The desktop virtualization and management side of the company will be keeping the Parallels brand. But the service provider side – which offers automation, …
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015

Silicon Valley powers: Let mass spying die in May 2015 – it's bad for privacy (and business)

Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Yahoo! – and many, many others – have appealed to American politicians and g-men to rein in mass digital surveillance this May, and bring the intelligence community under some kind of effective oversight. "It has been nearly two years since the first news stories revealed the scope of the …
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2015
Node.js 'hello world' webserver

Want a full-blown IDE for Node.js? You'll need a Windows machine...

Microsoft has doubled down on its support for the Node.js server-side JavaScript framework with a new set of tools that turn Visual Studio into a full-fledged Node.js IDE. The Node.js Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS) have been in development as an open source project for around a year, but Wednesday's 1.0 release marks them ready …
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015

Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

Amazon hopes to knacker its competitors in the cloud world by offering endless online storage space for a flat yearly fee. For $12 a year netizens can store an "infinite" number of photos on Amazon's servers under the new Unlimited Photos Plan, along with 5GB of storage for other types of files. The $60 per annum Unlimited …
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2015
FacebookPDU

Facebook sued: Data center designs 'nicked' for Open Compute

Facebook is being sued in the US by a UK biz, which claims Zuckerberg & Co stole its blueprints for data centers. BladeRoom Group alleges the social networking giant swiped trade secrets and intellectual property on ways to install pre-fabricated, modular warehouses of servers. Specifically, BladeRoom claims Facebook took its …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2015
Terminators

When will ROBOTS start chatting on WhatsApp? Don't hold your breath, says co-founder

F8 2015 As much as developers might want WhatsApp to publish APIs to allow other software to access its popular chat service, the Facebook subsidiary has no plans to do so. That's the word from WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton, who took the stage at the Facebook F8 developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday to participate in a …
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015

Facebook hopes devs will 'Like' how mobile SDKs, Graph API have scrubbed up

F8 2015 Facebook has used the occasion of its F8 developer conference in San Francisco this year to roll out a major update to its software development kits for Android and iOS, in addition to a new version of the API for accessing its social graph data. "This is our first major update to the iOS and Android SDKs in more than two years …
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015
Red Hat

Wall Street tips fedora to Red Hat: Sales up, profit flat, everybody dance

Red Hat's shares are on the up after the Linux distro maker beat Wall Street's expectations in its fourth financial quarter, ended February 28. The North Carolina biz reported revenues up 16 per cent during the three-month period, compared to the same period the year before, and up 17 per cent for the whole year, even accounting …
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2015

Google-gate: 'Toothless' watchdog FTC nibbles furiously on journalists

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has responded to critics in the media who claim the regulator dropped an investigation into Google after buckling under pressure from the White House and the powerful advertising giant. Back in 2012, staff at the US watchdog accused Google of unfairly burying rivals in its search results, among …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Mar 2015

EXPOSED: Google, Obama caught doing it once a week

Google and the White House manage to hook up more than the majority of married couples, having met up once a week for the past five years. That's the latest indicator of the powerful internet giant's worrying cosy relationship with the Obama administration, pulled from logs requested by the Wall Street Journal. The disclosure …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Mar 2015
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the 2015 F8 conference

Facebook's phone KILLER: Messenger will replace TALKING, says Zuck

F8 2015 Facebook is giving businesses a boost in its Messenger chat app, by making companies and brands first-class citizens on the social network. Developers will soon be able to integrate their own apps with Messenger via a new facility called Messenger Platform, while businesses will be able to enhance online shopping via an offering …
Neil McAllister, 25 Mar 2015
Windows 10 Universal Apps

Metro app meets Windows 10. A Microsoft win? Maybe after a little improvement

First Look Microsoft has released preview tools for the Windows 10 Universal App Platform (UAP), giving developers their first opportunity to try and build new-style Windows apps. The tools, which you can find here, require the latest tech preview of Visual Studio 2015, as well as the preview of Windows 10 itself, so it is preview on …
Tim Anderson, 25 Mar 2015
NSA parody T-shirt

PATRIOT Act axed, NSA spying halted ... wake up, Neo, it's just a dream in the US House of Reps

A law bill introduced in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday seeks to abolish the Patriot Act, ban Uncle Sam from forcing backdoors into technology, and safeguard whistleblowers like Edward Snowden. Ever since Snowden leaked top-secret files detailing the NSA and GCHQ's global surveillance of innocent people, there have …
Iain Thomson, 25 Mar 2015
A kite

Document Foundation pledges Office 365 and Google Docs challenger

A hosted edition of LibreOffice is planned as a free and open alternative to Office 365 and Google Docs by year's end. The suite would provide online editing and sharing of documents written using the free, open-source suite. The Document Foundation said on Wednesday that LibreOffice contributor Collabora is working with …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Mar 2015
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad receives news of the successful 'Omid' launch

Spookception: US spied on Israel spying on US-Iran nuke talks

Israel spied on the recent US-Iran nuclear talks, alleges America. And the US knows enough about it to say it publicly because the NSA is spying on Israel, along with everyone else. The Wall Street Journal reports that Israel handed over confidential information from the negotiations to friendly members of the US Congress in a …
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2015

Speaking in Tech: Big Data and the ‘Everything In The Cloud’ obsession

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week's show is hosted by Ed Saipetch, with able support from Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela. We're celebrating our 3rd anniversary with some of our favorite guests, including EMC's Mark Twomey (aka "Storagezilla"), Amy Lewis from SolidFire and Geek Whisperers and Marc …
Team Register, 25 Mar 2015

Twitter slips into the world of venture capital with barely a chirrup

Twitter has quietly extended its venture-capital appendage for the first time to invest in Cyanogen, a start-up challenging Google's Android. The creatively named "Twitter Ventures" was announced as party to Cyanogen's recent $80m pass around of the collection plate, and is listed alongside Rupert Murdoch, Vivi Nevo and a …
Github octodex

GitHub ordered to hand over access logs to Uber

GitHub has been ordered to hand over records on some of its users to taxi-booking app Uber after unsuccessfully challenging a subpoena. Last month, Uber announced its driver database had been hacked in May 2014, but it had only noticed in September of that year. Uber discovered that a supposedly secret database access key had …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Mar 2015
Data storage everywhere - CD, DVD, DAT, DCC, HDD, MiniDisc, SSD, SD card, floppy, magnetic stripe, barcode

This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

Analysis A New York court has tried to knock DVD ripping software biz Fengtao offline by issuing an injunction against its domain names, social networking accounts and online payment systems. Judge Vernon Broderick ordered [PDF] that dozens of domain names including DVDFab.com, DVDFab.net, DVDFab.jp, DVDFab.de, Ray-ripper.us, Boooya.org …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Mar 2015

Joyent's Triton ships Docker containers on cloudy bare metal

Cloud outfit Joyent has launched Triton, a new software and service offering that provides what Joyent describes as "container native infrastructure," where the Linux container – not a server or a VM – is the atomic unit of hosting. "In a sentence (albeit a wordy one), Triton lets you run secure Linux containers directly on bare …
Neil McAllister, 24 Mar 2015
Unlocked padlock

Hawk like an Egyptian: Google is HOPPING MAD over fake SSL certs

Updated Google says security biz MCS Holdings has created unauthorized SSL certificates for some Google-owned websites. Anyone with these dodgy certificates could, in theory, set up a web server that masquerades as a legit Google site, and redirect people to the fake site by hijacking their DNS. Chrome and the latest Firefox web …
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2015

Greedy web borg Facebook to SLURP news websites' golden nuggets

Facebook's assimilation of the web shows no signs of stopping: Mark Zuckerberg's social network is persuading media giants to host their coverage within Facebook.com. With well over a billion users a month, and its quarterly revenue increasing beyond expectations again in Q4 2014, FB will have been able to enter conversations …
Azure App Service

Microsoft's three-way only goes one way: Backends merge into Azure App Service

Microsoft is merging its Azure Websites, Mobile Services, and BizTalk Services into a single service: Azure App Service. The Windows giant hopes the embiggened beast will woo developers to craft applications for all manner of things from smartphones and fondleslabs to desktop web browsers, all deployed from Redmond's cloud. " …
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2015

US watchdog seeks techies, interns to sink gums into Google et al

The US Federal Trade Commission has put up the "help wanted" sign for a new office tasked with investigating American technology giants. El Reg hopes the new team has more backbone that the officials unwilling to pick a fight with Silicon Valley's out-of-control goliaths. The FTC said its Office of Technology Research and …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2015