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Time to get your babble on: Microsoft opens Skype Translator Preview to all comers

Microsoft's Skype Translator, which automatically converts some voice calls and IMs between languages, has been available to beta testers for some time, but Redmond has now opened it up as a Preview to the general public – provided they have the right operating system. The Translator Preview software has been in circulation …
Iain Thomson, 12 May 2015

Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

From Tuesday, Google is cutting user edits from its Maps after admitting that it simply can't prevent online tricksters from abusing the system. A much less creative attempt, although more to the point Last month, the firm was forced to make some quick edits after a user noticed that someone had created a mythical park in …
Iain Thomson, 11 May 2015
sap security vulnerabilities

Almost EVERY SAP install hackable, researchers say

A staggering 95 percent of enterprise SAP installations contain high-severity vulnerabilities that could allow systems to be hijacked, researchers say. Researchers from SAP security tools vendor Onapsis say attackers can target the SAP installs to pivot from low to high integrity systems, execute admin privilege commands, and …
Darren Pauli, 8 May 2015
Web browsers 2015

Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

You won't have to worry about dodgy toolbars, rogue ActiveX controls, or buggy plugins when you use Microsoft Edge (née Project Spartan), Redmond's new web browser for Windows 10. But you can also forget about extending the browser in any way, at least at first. Microsoft gave a sneak peek at its new, HTML/JavaScript-based …
Google PageSpeed Service is worm food

Running Google PageSpeed Service? Come August 3rd your site is knackered

Google has announced the impending retirement of its PageSpeed Service web optimization tool, and potentially causing headaches for sites that don't account for the move. The Mountain View advertising firm said that effective August 3rd, PageSpeed Service will be given the axe, though plugins and third-party implementations will …
Shaun Nichols, 6 May 2015
Windows 10 PC

How Project Centennial brings potentially millions of desktop apps to the Windows 10 Store

The Windows 10 Store will include traditional Windows desktop applications, thanks to Microsoft's Project Centennial (Project C). It was iOS and Android support in Windows 10 that grabbed attention when announced at Microsoft's Build developer event last week, but Project C may be more significant. The thinking behind it goes to …
Tim Anderson, 6 May 2015

Sage boosts profit but that means NOTHING without the CLOUD

Sales rose 6.5 per cent to £699m during accounts-ware biz Sage's half-year results, despite the company's poor cloudy progress. Pre-tax profits increased 4.9 per cent to £173m, compared with the first half of its previous financial year. Stephen Kelly, chief executive officer, said the company is in the process of overhauling …
Kat Hall, 6 May 2015
Microsoft Ignite 2015

Word to your mother: Office 2016 preview flung at world + dog

Ignite 2015 If you want to get your hands on Office 2016, Microsoft has made it available now for download – but be warned, you'll have to take Office 2013 off before you do. Microsoft has marked the opening day of its Ignite conference (think TechEd and a bunch of other sysadmin shindigs rolled into one economical bundle) in Chicago by …
Iain Thomson, 4 May 2015
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, speaking at Build 2015

Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

Microsoft relaunched Internet Explorer this week as "Edge" – and the software behemoth appears already prepared to accept that its super new browser may absolutely suck. At the same time as the new name was announced at its Build conference in San Francisco, the Redmond biz instructed brand protection company MarkMonitor to …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Apr 2015
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, speaking at Build 2015

This is Sparta? No - it's Microsoft Edge, Son of Internet Explorer

Build 2015 Microsoft has announced the official name for its new, modern web browser for Windows 10, hitherto known as Project Spartan: Microsoft Edge. Microsoft operating systems veep Joe Belfiore announced the new branding during his keynote presentation at Redmond's Build developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. "The 'E' …
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2015

TWO-FACED Facebook: Vid calls slapped into blabber app

Ad platform Facebook has added vidcalls to its Messenger smartmobe chat app – bringing it in line with Apple's Facetime and Microsoft's Skype. A little video camcorder icon should appear in the application; tapping that should start the vid session between you and your friend. It works between iOS and Android phones, and is free …
Team Register, 27 Apr 2015
Cher pointing, Cher point, Sharepoint

SharePoint's next release delayed until deep into 2016

It's becoming apparent that Microsoft's “cloud first” mantra needs some balance, because by making software-as-a-service its priority Redmond is relegating on-premises software to second-class citizenship. Exhibit A for that assertion is last week's announcement that Exchange Server 2016 will be not much more than a rollup of …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2015
Dog's backside and tail

Amazon AXES try-before-you-buy AppStore TestDrive facility from shopfront

Amazon customers can no longer preview apps via the online retail giant's TestDrive service before making a purchase, after the firm quietly killed the function on Wednesday. The try-before-you-buy feature was introduced by Amazon in March 2011 and was considered at the time to be a clever way to drum up more sales of apps. …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Apr 2015
CLion logo

JetBrains releases CLion - new cross-platform IDE for C/C++ users

Developer tools company JetBrains has released CLion, a new cross-platform IDE for C and C++. JetBrains is a survivor in a product area dominated either by vendor-specific tools (such as Microsoft’s Visual Studio and Apple's Xcode) or free open source projects (Eclipse and NetBeans). The core JetBrains product, IntelliJ IDEA, …
Tim Anderson, 17 Apr 2015

Google: Go ahead, XP stalwarts, keep on using Chrome safely all YEAR

Even though Microsoft quit supporting the wildly popular Windows XP last year, Google has decided to give XP users a break by promising to ship updates and security fixes for its Chrome browser on the aging operating system for a few more months. Wayyyyy back in 2013, the Chocolate Factory told Chrome users that they had better …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015
Cyanogen

Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

Perverse as it might seem for mighty Microsoft to be courting geek-niche Android developer Cyanogen, the inclusion of Microsoft Apps on future distributions of the Cyanogen flavour of Android is an important win for Microsoft. The deal has been a while coming. We reported in March that it was pending despite Microsoft having …
Simon Rockman, 16 Apr 2015
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Boost your attachment size with this one weird trick

Microsoft has increased the maximum attachment size accessible to users of Outlook Web Access (OWA) under Office 365, with 150MB of digital baggage now able to hop aboard emails. Admins worried about blowing storage allowances and congested networks needn't worry: Microsoft makes it possible to dial permitted total attachment …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2015
Microsoft on Android

Microsoft cramming free stuff into Galaxy S6es? Not so fast – US telcos

Microsoft has been working with smartphone makers to get its mobile apps onto more customers' phones, but as long as carriers have a say in it, Redmond might not be able to obtain the broad reach it's hoping for. Samsung announced in March that its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge flagship phones would ship with Microsoft's …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015
Brando wooden cross Flash drive

Aussie priest BLESSES an APP – and the sacred iPad it runs on

The Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide has claimed a world first by blessing an app and the iPad it runs on. The app is no mere piece of code, but instead serves as a heavenly guide to the life of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia's first saint. The app guides users along a righteous path through Adelaide, retracing the …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2015
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Got iOS 8.3 installed? Pssh, you are SO last week… version 8.4 is out

Apple has released beta builds of the iOS 8.4, now the latest version available for registered developers. The Cupertino idiot-tax operation announced the release of the build on Monday. Among the reported features being previewed in the iOS beta is an overhaul to the Music app. Early screenshots of the player suggest Apple is …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2015
Snake oil salesman

Seriously, stop claiming your two-buck photo app can detect cancer

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a final settlement with an app developer accused of misleading people into believing its software could detect skin cancer. The commission said Health Discovery Corporation, the makers of the $1.99 MelApp application for iPhones, will no longer be able to claim that it can either …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Apr 2015

Nokia may tell struggling HERE Maps division to get lost – report

Nokia may not be done selling itself off in pieces, with sources claiming the Finnish firm may be looking to unload its HERE Maps division. Bloomberg reports that Nokia has been shopping the unit to a number of potential buyers, among them some private equity firms, a group of German automakers, and even unlicensed taxi app …
Neil McAllister, 11 Apr 2015
Percentage of mobile malware on Android

Got an Android mobe with a virus? Congrats, you're The One Per Cent

Android has been known to be the mobile malware industry's operating system of choice. Now Google has published a report claiming infection rates on Android devices are much lower than you might expect. While the overwhelming majority of mobile malware is written for Google-powered gadgets, the report claims that in 2014 less …
Iain Thomson, 3 Apr 2015
Google Chrome logo

Google takes ARC Welder to Android, grafts on Windows, OS X

Google has released a tool that runs Android apps on Windows, OS X, and Linux computers via its Chrome browser. The beta-grade utility is called ARC Welder – ARC standing for App Runtime for Chrome, which works as a wrapper around Android software. Google released a beta version of ARC last year to allow Chrome OS users to run …
Kat Hall, 2 Apr 2015
Project Spartan in Wndows 10

Project Spartan: We get our claws on Microsoft's browser for Windows 10

First look Microsoft has released the first public preview build of Windows 10 to include Project Spartan, its new web browser. Is Project Spartan really new? The browser engine, called EdgeHTML, is a fork of the Internet Explorer (IE) web engine, called Trident, though with a key difference: EdgeHTML has no compatibility modes and will …
Tim Anderson, 1 Apr 2015

Locally Integrated Menus back on Vivid Vervet’s menu

Review Ubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet, just might be one of the biggest Ubuntu releases in several years. It might be more remarkable, though, for what you don’t see. The beta is now here, ahead of this month’s scheduled release. Anyone paying any amount of attention to the Linux world over the past couple of years has likely at least …

Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

Version 37 of Firefox is upon us, for ye olde PCs and Android. It's not the Mozilla Foundation's most revolutionary release by a long shot, with the headline feature being the inclusion of a new “Heartbeat” user feedback feature that “provides real-time understanding of our existing Desktop user population” and “ties user …
Don Box, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer

Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

Diagasm You can forget about Universal Apps, we're not supposed to use that term from now on. When Windows 10 arrives, what Microsoft has so far been calling Universal Apps will be known as "Windows apps." That bombshell comes from Microsoft distinguished engineer Don Box, who spoke about the past and present of Windows at the WinHEC ( …
Tim Anderson, 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
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
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
IE for Win 10 preview

Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

Microsoft has changed direction slightly with regard to how Windows 10 will handle web browsing, in a move that suggests development of Internet Explorer has finally come to an end – as has been rumored. We've long known that Redmond has a new, standards-compliant web rendering engine in the works called Project Spartan, which …
Neil McAllister, 24 Mar 2015
firing range - target in cross hairs

Apple is picking off iOS antivirus apps one by one: Who'll be spared?

Confusion reigns over whether or not Apple is really pulling all iOS antivirus apps from its online software store. One leading developer says yes, another says no, and Apple is keeping schtum. Security specialist Intego claims the Cupertino idiot-tax operation has yanked anti-malware tools from the iOS App Store, leaving just …
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2015
Microsoft on Android

WinPhone? PAH! If you want Microsoft's mobe apps, grab an Android

Microsoft, still struggling to gain a foothold in the smartphone market, is pressing to have its software bundled on Android devices from major manufacturers, with Samsung as its first partner. We first heard murmurings about Sammy's deal with Microsoft at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, earlier this month. "We'll have …
Neil McAllister, 23 Mar 2015

Let's get patchin' now, everybody's watchin' how, baby fix Safari with me

Apple has pushed out an largish update for security flaws in its Safari browser. The Cupertino giant said that the Safari 8.0.4, 7.1.4 and 6.2.4 patch would address 17 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in the browser. The collective update, which patches the newest version of Safari along with older copies on legacy OS X versions, …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Mar 2015
Icons for Office Universal and Desktop side by side

Delving into Office 2016: Microsoft goes public with new preview

First Look Microsoft’s Office team is in overdrive, delivering new versions this year for Android, Mac (in preview), Windows 10 Universal App Platform (in preview), and now Windows desktop, also in preview. The public preview was announced at Microsoft’s Convergence event under way in Atlanta. According to VP Kirk Koenigsbauer, the …
Tim Anderson, 18 Mar 2015
Monty Python death peasant collector

Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

Microsoft is rumoured to have killed off its nearly 20-year-old Internet Explorer browser – but the firm has told The Register there's life in the old code yet. At the Microsoft Convergence conference in Atlanta, US, on Monday, Microsoft's marketing chief Chris Capossela appeared to suggest the recently announced Project Spartan …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2015
Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac

What’s new in Office 2016 for Mac (and why it doesn't totally suck)

First look Microsoft has released a self-destructing preview of Office 2016 for Mac – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote – but it still is not the equal of its PC counterpart. Should Office work as well on OS X as on Windows? You can imagine the question being debated on Microsoft's Redmond campus. Is it better to keep users …
Tim Anderson, 6 Mar 2015

Office for Mac 2016 Preview: This letter will self-destruct in 60 days

Microsoft has released the first preview build of Office for Mac 2016, its next edition of the software for Apple PCs. The Word, Excel et al suite can now be downloaded and tested out by the anyone with an OS X Yosemite or later machine. "Office 2016 for Mac shares an unmistakably Office experience – but it is also thoughtfully …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Mar 2015
Vivaldi

Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

Browsers have been making a comeback. There have been three brand new browsers released and even Firefox, which seems to be sliding further into irrelevancy every day, has released a new version aimed at developers and claims to be working on a WebKit-based version for iOS devices. It’s a refreshing moment. After an initial …
Prototype Vulkan debugger from Valve and LunarG

Here comes Vulkan: The next generation of the OpenGL graphics API

GDC 2015 The Khronos Group, non-profit custodian of the OpenGL cross-platform graphics API, has announced its replacement, called Vulkan. Vulkan, previously known as glNext, is being presented in detail at The Game Developers Conference (GDC) currently under way in San Francisco. Khronos has also announced OpenCL 2.1, an updated version …
Tim Anderson, 3 Mar 2015
Screen capture of iTunes on Mac

$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

Apple has been ordered to pay nearly half a billion dollars to Texas-based patent licensing company Smartflash after a jury found that Cupertino's iTunes music service had violated three patents. Late on Tuesday, a jury at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas – when asked if Smartflash had proved "by clear …
Team Register, 25 Feb 2015