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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

Vid Facebook is pushing the idea that it is offering tighter ad controls to its users just as it prepares to start targeting the web and app browsing habits of netizens in the US. Judging by Facebook's campaign, its users are super-pumped about ads on the Mark Zuckerberg-run network, but would be even happier if all that …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jun 2014

We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

Worstall on Weds The latest thing we've all got to worry about in this brave new world of ours is that the young, not having read Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, are simply too eager to give up their information and privacy to the tech giants. Those richer in years have been forewarned by the novel and are thus less likely to get sucked into this …
Tim Worstall, 11 Jun 2014
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Evernote taken out by DDoS attack

Popular mobile and online note app Evernote is recovering from a distributed denial of service attack that took its service offline for hours last night. The firm was hit by the DDoS attack from around 10.45 BST last night, leaving folks unable to access their notes in the cloud or sync their files from one device to another. …

Facebook's new self-destructing pic app SELF-DESTRUCTS

Facebook mistakenly hit the button to unleash a new app called Slingshot that's similar to Snapchat – clumsily releasing it early on Apple's iTunes store yesterday. The Menlo Park biz has yanked the software, which allows you to send self-destructing sexts photos to tease friends. Gizmodo noted Slingshot requires a little more …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2014

DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

Sysadmin blog What do you do when a critical Word document won’t open? Even in today’s world of versioned documents, it is entirely possible for corruption to squeak in and go unnoticed, wrecking your entire version history. But all is not lost. My wife had this happen to her; here’s how we solved it. Real world example In my case, Word …
Trevor Pott, 9 Jun 2014
Tools in Office Touch

First iOS, now Android to get fondleslab Office ahead of Windows

Microsoft is reportedly developing a tablet-optimized version of Office for Android devices, and it is scheduled to arrive before the Windows version. Veteran Redmond beat writer Mary Jo Foley cited company sources in reporting that Microsoft was planning to release a Windows tablet-optimized version of Office in the Spring of …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jun 2014
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Pixar frees its production-grade RenderMan software

Pixar Animation Studios has decided to give away RenderMan, its flagship animation software used to create the likes of Toy Story, Wall-E and – less happily – Cars 2. The company decided on the freebie, which will apply only to non-commercial use, after last week releasing a new version of the software said to offer “ an …

The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

WWDC Apple has used its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, held this week in San Francisco, to play internet giants against each other. On Monday, the iPhone maker revealed a pact with Microsoft to make Bing the default web search engine for its desktops and devices – swapping out Google. The change will affect Spotlight in the …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Jun 2014

Watch this: Creating custom workflows for SharePoint 2013

Video Youtube Video In this training session, QA's Jon Venables shows you how to create custom workflows for SharePoint 2013 using SharePoint Designer. The session demonstrates how to create workflows using both the SharePoint 2010 and 2010 workflow templates. It will also demonstrate the use of Visio Professional 2013 which enables a …
David Gordon, 3 Jun 2014
Screenshot of Windows Phone 8.1 Files app

Microsoft lobs Files app at WinPhone users with lots of ... uh ... files

Microsoft on Friday shipped Files, its on-device file management app for Windows Phone, addressing a long-standing gripe some users have had with Redmond's smartphone OS. Windows Phone chief Joe Belfiore first teased the app during a Reddit AMA on May 2, saying his team hoped to get it into the Windows Store "by the end of May …
Neil McAllister, 31 May 2014

Office website HACKED: Passwords, addresses, phone numbers slurped

British shoe shop chain Office is the latest corp to cop to a computer security breach – one that's leaked names, addresses, phone numbers, emails and passwords of its customers. The high-street name is refusing to say whether those web account passwords were stored in plaintext, or in a hashed or encrypted form. The firm would …
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Google: Grab our TOOL if you want your search query quashed

Google is now offering European Union netizens a hastily thrown together online form they can fill in to submit requests for certain types of links to be removed from the ad giant's search index. It comes after the EU's highest court ruled earlier this month that Google can be held responsible for the type of personal data that …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 May 2014

'Hello? Hello? Yes, I'm calling you on my WEB BROWSER'

Mozilla says it will soon begin experimenting with a new streaming video communications system that users can access using only their web browsers. "And that's all you will need," Mozilla's Chad Weiner said in a blog post on Thursday. "No plug-ins, no downloads. If you have a browser, a camera and a mic, you'll be able to make …
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft's 'CEO of no' on Xbox: NO SALE

Microsoft’s new chief executive has told us what he’s not going to do - sell Bing or Xbox - but not what is he going to do. So far, all we’re hearing is a lot of "no". Speaking at a technology event in California, Nadella has been reported and quoted on Twitter to have ruled out the sale of both Xbox and Bing. On Xbox, Nadella …
Gavin Clarke, 28 May 2014
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Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'

Amazon has admitted that it’s restricting the sales of books from publisher Hachette over a contract dispute and defended the restrictions as a legitimate negotiating tactic. The online marketplace has been facing criticism from users, authors and publishing houses as it became apparent it was changing how it sold Hachette books …

Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

Updated Google is tightening security on its Chrome web browser by making it harder to install plugins and extensions that could contain malicious code. The web ad-slinger said in a blog post on Tuesday that it has begun strictly enforcing a policy, first announced in November, that Chrome extensions can only be installed from Google's …
Neil McAllister, 27 May 2014

Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

Nobody ever reads click-through licences. Especially not on phones, where the legalese can run to hundreds of pages. But oh, what gems can be found in there. We found this by accident in the click-through licence to use the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview. It refers to the new "intelligent assistant", Cortana. We think you' …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 May 2014
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Watch this! A webinar about Mobile BI

Video Youtube Video In this 90 minutes training session, QA's Mark Fitzgerald, examines business intelligence software from Microsoft and the opportunities that are available for self-built and packages mobile BI applications.® The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No …
David Gordon, 26 May 2014

Google tells indie labels to take its YouTube deal or face OBLIVION

Google has threatened to "censor" YouTube music videos from the world's independent labels if the indies don't agree to its terms for the forthcoming YouTube subscription music streaming service. Indie label association WIN says YouTube has threatened to remove the videos it already hosts. WIN called foul last night after the …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 May 2014
TX4 Black Cab

NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

The London-based taxi app Hailo, which formerly worked only with black licensed cabs, has found itself at the eye of the storm after black cabbies launched a series of attacks against its vehicles and premises following its move to work with private hire minicabs. Hailo's vehicle office in Bermondsey was at the centre of an …
Jasper Hamill, 23 May 2014
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Microsoft boffins: Now even LAWYERS can grok Bing code's privacy compliance

Boffins at Microsoft Research have devised a way to automatically check code for compliance with privacy laws – and, according to Redmond, it's so simple that even non-techies can use it successfully. Microsoft Research (MSR) has developed a programming language called Legalease, to be used together with its data inventory …
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2014

Creepy Facebook urges users to pester friends about their SEX LIVES

Facebook users are now encouraged to ask fellow Facebookers to reveal details about their relationships if they haven't already dished the dirt on their love lives. In other words, by clearing the way for stalker types to ask acquaintances creepy questions, Facebook's data mining just got lazier. Yes, please do ask me about my …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 May 2014
Tools in Office Touch

'Microsoft Research slides' show touch-enabled Office - report

Leaked screenshots have been posted online purportedly showing the UI for Office Touch for Windows 8. The slides are part of a presentation posted by Microsoft Research that is now no longer available. Versions of slides were still on mirror sites at time of writing. The presentation was caught by Winsupersite’s Paul Thurrott. …
Gavin Clarke, 20 May 2014

OpenStreetMap declared ready for paid use after satnav app debut

Back in 2012, location-based social network Foursquare decided spatial data from the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project was better than the comparable data from Google. Now the crowdsourced mapping project can point to another success: its first inclusion in a commercial satellite navigation app. That app is Telenav's Scout for iOS, a …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2014

Google Maps can now tell cyclists how HIGH they will get

Google has added elevation information for cyclists into its online Google Maps offering, a boon for those biking in unfamiliar areas, as well as for those who – like your humble Reg reporter – are well past their prime. The feature is accessed simply by clicking on the bicycle icon in the map's info box after you input two …
Rik Myslewski, 16 May 2014
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In-app redemption codes spotted in iOS App Store

Apple is now allowing some developers to offer redemption codes for in-app purchases on its iOS platform. Editor Jeff Scott spotted the offer in a promotion from Electronic Arts for its Real Racing 3 title. The company is allowing users the opportunity to receive free in-game currency by way of a code delivered via email. Here …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2014
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FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

The Free Software Foundation says it is "deeply disappointed" in Mozilla's decision to support digital rights management (DRM) software in future versions of its Firefox browser and has published an open letter condemning the move. Mozilla announced on Wednesday that it will work with Adobe to ensure that Firefox supports …
Neil McAllister, 16 May 2014
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Honey, the satnav app says you're to leave at 6am... Yup. I'll have that coffee off you

For all the cleverness of location-based services, which will tell you the best places to eat and sleep when you arrive somewhere strange, most people just do the same job and complete the same journey every day. The bread-and-butter for navigation app maker CoPilot GPS is providing routes to people who go to a lot of different …
Simon Rockman, 15 May 2014

Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

Mozilla has announced that it will add Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) for digital rights management into a future build of Firefox, even if the organization disagrees with the technology on principle. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is to add EME into the specifications for HTML5 at the behest of Microsoft, Google, and …
Iain Thomson, 14 May 2014

How to catch a fraudster – using 'top cop' Benford and the power of maths

Big Data's Big 5 Yes, we've been hit over the head enough times with the phrase "big data" to be aware of its presence, even though we've been up to our armpits in streams of huge unstructured datasets for years. Those of you who are analysts or data scientists will have already picked up a set of tools that help you find hidden information …
Mark Whitehorn, 14 May 2014

Botched SAP billing system helps Npower reach No 1 on gripes list

Failure to fix problems with an SAP-based customer billing system has seen UK energy giant Npower earn the most complaints for a power supplier during 2013. One in every 326 customers lodged a complaint against Npower, putting it top of a UK energy supplier league table released today by Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2014
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Virtually yours: Microsoft unveils Windows-as-a-service

Microsoft has uncanned its desktop-a-service, giving mobile users a preview edition of Windows apps on the go. The software giant yesterday announced the pilot of Azure RemoteApp, previously codenamed Mohoro. It was announced in a slew of news from at the company's TechEd North America conference in Houston, Texas. The Azure …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2014

Twitter muffles loudmouth users with mute option

Twitter has introduced a "Mute" option that allows users to turn off tweets from contacts without the need to unfollow or block those users. The company said that the option to mute users has been enabled for Twitter's iOS and Android clients, and that support for the option on the Twitter.com site itself is set to be introduced …
Shaun Nichols, 12 May 2014
Google Chocolate Factory

Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

Google is working on a radical new redesign of the desktop version of its webmail service Gmail, it has been speculated. This comes after screenshots surfaced detailing various features Google is allegedly testing out. When quizzed about the gossip, Google declined to confirm or deny that a makeover was planned. A spokesperson …
Team Register, 12 May 2014
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Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again

Mozilla has scrapped its plan to show in-browser adverts to new users of Firefox. Back in February, Moz talked up “Directory Tiles” that “suggest pre-packaged content for first-time users” of the open-source web browser. Some of the suggestions would be paid-for – ads in other words. The organisation now says the idea “didn’t …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2014

Goodbye HANA daddy, assorted cloud bods: SAP gets corporate

Analysis The cloud “talent” is leaving SAP and the suits are taking over. Is it time to panic for SAP? The mastermind of SAP’s Hana in-memory architecture has gone and so has yet another cloud hire. Vishal Sikka, executive board member of products and innovation, has left the giant immediately for "personal reasons". Sikka’s legacy is …
Gavin Clarke, 9 May 2014
TX4 Black Cab

London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

As if London didn't have enough traffic on its streets, the capital's cabbies have vowed to bring the city to a standstill in a protest against the taxi-booking phone app Uber. The big smoke's grumpiest drivers are furious that minicabs are now using Uber to calculate fares and tout for business. Union bosses claimed the use of …
Jasper Hamill, 9 May 2014

Speaking in Tech: 'I get told to wear makeup by other women'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch are away, leaving podcast co-host Sarah Vela with a "hostile takeover" on her hands. Rocking the mic this week with Sarah are special guests Sarah Novotny, program chairwoman for OSCON and technical evangelist and community leader at NGINX; …
Team Register, 7 May 2014
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Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

Google has issued a major update to its Maps app for iOS and Android, including integration with the Uber private taxi app and an improved local business search that spells bad news for Yelp. The Chocolate Factory has put a lot of work into using Maps offline. You've been able to save maps for offline use for a while, but it's …
Iain Thomson, 7 May 2014
Badger, badger, badger

Watch out, Yahoo! EFF looses BADGER on sites that ignore Do Not Track

In the wake of Yahoo!'s decision to stop honoring browsers' Do Not Track signals, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a new blacklisting tool that will automatically block tracking cookies from sites that refuse to support DNT. Dubbed Privacy Badger, the tool is available as a browser plugin for Chrome and Firefox …
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Early! Do! Not! Track! Adopter! Yahoo! Says! It's! Rubbish, Bins! It!

Yahoo! has done an about-face on its stance toward the controversial Do Not Track browser privacy standard, announcing that it will no longer recognize users' DNT settings across any of its online properties. "As the first major tech company to implement Do Not Track, we’ve been at the heart of conversations surrounding how to …
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Snapchat updates fap-snap sharing app ... now with more Chat

Self-destructing photo sharing service Snapchat has added real-time messaging and video chat to the latest versions of its mobile apps, in a move seemingly designed to make it more competitive with the likes of BBM and WhatsApp. Snapchat began life as a way for smartphone users to send each other saucy selfies that automatically …