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Wide Open Data: NYC taxi dump catches strip club Johns

Open Data zealots rarely give an individual’s privacy a thought – it’s just another obstacle to be driven over in their desire to provoke a data-powered revolution. But a gigantic dump of journeys made by licensed New York City taxis gives a vivid reminder of the dangers of careless data drops. Earlier this year a Freedom of …

That PERSONAL DATA you give away for free to Facebook 'n' pals? It's worth at least £140

“Who would have predicted, 20 years ago, that you’d get free stock quotes, free maps and a free encyclopaedia?” WiReD magazine’s “Senior Disruptor” Kevin Kelly* told a London conference last week. But new consumer research for telecoms multinational Orange indicates that even at a price of free, the punter is being ripped off. …

Anti-Facebook Ello: Here's why we're still in beta. SPAMGASM!

+Comment Humblebrag site Ello, which has positioned itself as a worthy Web2.0rhea antiserum to the ad-poisoned Facebook, has come under attack from spammers. Just days earlier, the social network was temporarily forced to wave goodbye to its users late on Sunday night, after it claimed to have suffered an apparent distributed denial-of- …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2014
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'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'

QuoTW This was the week when the depths of the internet proved even darker and more twisty than usual when Emma Watson, actor and UN ambassador, gave a speech at the United Nations about feminism. The well-received oration pointed out that men also suffered from the restraints of gendered societal pressures and that feminism was about …
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Ordnance Survey intern plonks houses, trees, rivers and roads on GB Minecraft map

Youtube Video Blighty’s Ordnance Survey organisation has updated the country’s map in Minecraft, adding roads, national rail networks and houses to the digital overview. A plucky intern at the mapping org stuck Britain into the vastly popular game this time last year. Now that he’s bagged himself a full-time position on the …
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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

Supermarket, virtual mobile network and bank that is very bad at accounting Tesco has new way for you to pay for your box of Celebrations: a digital wallet called PayQwiq. The service, which uses QR codes, is being trialled in Farringdon, the nearest branch to Vulture Central and 15 other Express stores in London as well as 26 …
Simon Rockman, 24 Sep 2014
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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

Looking up from your smartphone to avoid being splattered by a taxi – Google now owns the patent on that. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has rubber-stamped a filing that described using location tracking, ambient noise detection, and public record information to warn users when they could be in danger. According to …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Sep 2014
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Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone

Software guru Ray Ozzie, once billed as Microsoft’s “next Bill Gates” before he left Redmond, has risen once more – in startup mode. Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie, who left Microsoft in 2010 after four years as the giant's chief software visionary, took his new startup Talko public today. Ozzie has been working on Talko since 2012 …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Sep 2014
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Facebook's self-destruct status update beta test will self-destruct

Facebook has confirmed it is running a limited trial of a new feature that allows people to craft self-deleting posts. Some users spotted the social network including a new option on posts allowing them to be automatically removed after one hour to seven days. The feature allows a post to be visible for a set period of time and …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2014
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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

To help bridge the gap between its two mobile platforms, Google has released a beta version of a technology that allows Chrome OS users to run Android apps on their desktops. Google OS boss Sundar Pichai first previewed the tech in March, during one of the less buzzed-about segments of his I/O conference keynote. Dubbed the App …
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2014
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Profitless Twitter: We're looking to raise $1.5... yes, billion

Twitter is planning to raise up to $1.5bn in its first debt offering since the company went public in November last year. Twitter said that some of the cash from the debt offering would go towards paying for these hedge transactions and the rest would be used for very vague “general corporate purposes”. The microblogging …
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Google extends app refund window to two hours

Google has extended the period during which it will permit you to “return” apps to its Play store and receive a refund. As this archive.org link shows, as recently as September 3rd the “Return paid apps & apps” page offered a 15 minute refund window. Today's version of the page says you now have two hours before the transaction …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2014

It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

Like most of you reading this article, I neglect good patching hygiene. There are very good reasons why we should all of us obsessively test every patch and patch our systems immediately, but patching is a pain in the ASCII. The tools suck, rebooting sucks, and most damning of all, something usually breaks. Each PC, and most …
Trevor Pott, 10 Sep 2014
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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

The NHS has ripped the Oracle backbone from a national patient database system and inserted NoSQL running on an open-source stack. Spine2 has gone live following successful redevelopment including redeployment on new, x86 hardware. The project to replace Spine1 had been running for three years with Spine2 now undergoing a 45-day …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Sep 2014
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SAP chaps cook up Glass Glass style apps for ...WHERE are you off to with that FORKLIFT?

SAP is set to preview apps for ocular computing platforms such as Google Glass. The world’s largest software maker said it will this week preview the SAP AR Warehouse Picker mobile app and the SAP AR Service Technician mobile app. Warehouse Picker combines hands-free working with visualisation and voice recognition for data …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Sep 2014
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Do you accept Bitcoin? That'll do nicely, says Apache

Open-source project shop the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is now funding its projects with Bitcoins. The US-based non-profit says it’s received 5.35915909 in BTC – just over $2,600 – in just 48 hours after saying it would accept the virtual currency. ASF says it decided to accept the e-coinage in response to an email …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Sep 2014

Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

Wikipedia’s maximum leader Jimbo Wales has declared a new era at the online encyclopaedia. Rather than the unpaid volunteer community voting on what software it uses, it will have to use what the wealthy WMF Foundation tells it to use. The community responded with what one veteran contributor described as an “unprecedented” …
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'Enterprise' ends ten-year mission: Choc Factory's biz services now Google for Work

Google has celebrated ten years of selling services to businesses by dumping the name Google Enterprise in favor of the touchier, feelier Google for Work. "We never set out to create a traditional 'enterprise' business – we wanted to create a new way of doing work," said Google chairman Eric Schmidt in a blog post. "So the …
Iain Thomson, 2 Sep 2014
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Vodafone pay-by-bonk launch may signal iPhone 6 NFC plans

Vodafone has announced that its SmartPass technology will work with TfL’s systems when the London Underground starts accepting mobile pay-by-bonk on 16 September – but bigger things are planned. The existing SmartPass platform uses a system where a phone apes a contactless credit card. It’s tied to the customers’ card and doesn’ …
Simon Rockman, 2 Sep 2014
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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

Apple has finally confessed to the reasons why developers' iOS apps are failing to appear in its vaunted App Store. On a new site, Common App Rejections here, Apple has begun listing on a week-by-week basis the reasons behind the rejections being issued from Cupertino. It has also provided a list of tips and advice that …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Sep 2014

It's official: Brit parents want their kids to be just like Steve Bong

Steve Bong is a role model for British parents, who – according to a back-of-the-beermat poll – think a career as a tech entrepreneur would be much more beneficial to their offspring than becoming a vet or a banker, or joining the police. A survey of 2,000 mums and dads with kids under the age of 18, which was commissioned by …
Team Register, 2 Sep 2014

Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has threatened to introduce legislation if Google doesn’t stop promoting pirate sites above legitimate sites in its organic search results. “Search engines also have to play their part. They must step up and show willing,” Sajid Javid told the BPI at their AGM yesterday. “That’s why Vince Cable and …
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SHARE 'N' SINK: OneDrive corrupting Office 2013 files

OneDrive users are complaining that Microsoft's sync 'n' share service corrupts Office 2013 files when they attempt to open them. Answers.microsoft.com threads like this one explain that it is impossible to open some files stored in OneDrive – Excel files seem especially susceptible – from machines other than the one that …

Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

The Raspberry Pi now has its very own web browser. The Pi foundation has been working on the app since December 2013, when it announced its intention to create a browser that offers “a good multi-tab experience,” ARMv6-optimized 2d rendering and accelerated image and HTML5 video decoding and bake it into future versions of …
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Apple tells devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers

Apple is expected to unveil new products that will use the latest version of its iOS operating system, including new iPhones, on 9 September. But app developerswill be prevented from making sensitive user data available to third parties using the "HealthKit" platform. This is according to the latest version of the firm's licence …
OUT-LAW.COM, 1 Sep 2014
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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite as part of its probe into the firm’s alleged monopoly activities. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said in a statement (translated by …

Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

Google is attempting to shunt users away from old browsers by intentionally serving up a stale version of the ad giant's search homepage to those holdouts. The tactic appears to be falling in line with Mountain View's policy on its other Google properties, such as Gmail, which the company declines to fully support on aged …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Aug 2014
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RIP MSN Messenger, kthxbai. Microsoft finally flicks on KILL SWITCH in China

Microsoft's users in China have been told that the firm's MSN Messenger product will be axed at the end of October - spelling the end of the road for the 15-year-old IM service. The software giant already confirmed it was retiring the product - latterly known as Windows Live Messenger - in other regions of the world back in late …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Aug 2014
Taxi Driver

Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

Analysis More allegations have emerged of dodgy tactics on the part of car ride app Uber and rival Lyft – this time relating to so-called "brand ambassadors". Glossy gadget blog The Verge obtained and published the handbook Uber contractors allegedly follow to woo Lyft drivers, under something called Operation SLOG. Whether this is legal …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Aug 2014
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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

The Mozilla Foundation's controversial plan to bring ads into the Firefox browser has commenced, with new nightlies of the Firefox browser now including the Directory Tiles feature that users hated in its last implementation. Directory Tiles have now morphed into “Sponsored Tiles”, the distinction being that the former are …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2014

Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

Smoother video is on the way for fans of Google's Chrome browser on Windows 7 and 8. The Chromium development team has claimed delivery of a stable release of 64-bit Chrome for Microsoft’s platform. The news, announced on the Chromium blog, marks the successful of testing started in the Chrome dev and canary channels in June …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Aug 2014
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Twitter gives ANALYTICS to the unwashed masses

Twitter has announced that it is making its full analytics platform available to everyone. The company had made the service available in July to advertisers and verified accounts in a limited rollout. Now everyone can check out their stats. The news was broken by Twitter engineer Ian Chan via, characteristically, a Tweet: …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2014
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Not so Instagram now: Time-shifting Hyperlapse iPhone tool unveiled

Filtered snap app Instagram has unleashed a new tool that will allow users to shoot and post "time lapse" style videos. The company said that its Hyperlapse application would allow mobile users to record extended movies which can then be sped up and shared as fast moving time lapse clips. The app, which operates as a stand- …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2014

Google kicks PowerPoint in the fondleslab

Google has launched a new iOS app for Apple's iThings that takes aim at Microsoft's Office for the iPad and a swipe at Apple's productivity software. The Chocolate Factory has made the new mobile Slides app available via iTunes. The files are then synced across Android gadgets and Apple iPhones and iPads. You can also …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Aug 2014
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Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery

Apple has started a free battery replacement scheme for fanbois whose iPhone 5s were cursed with premature power drainage. All concerned customers need do is log onto this page, where they can enter the serial number of their mobe. Cupertino insisted that only a few unlucky folk were affected. "Apple has determined that a very …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Aug 2014
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Microsoft parts Azure cloud, reveals NoSQL doc database

Microsoft has slipped out DocumentDB for Windows Azure, the company’s first-ever non-relational database – and its first new database product since SQL Server. DocumentDB is a complete departure from Microsoft’s relational roots, being a schema-free, NoSQL offering built entirely for consumption as a service on its cloud. …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2014
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Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android

Microsoft has announced improvements to the mobile versions of its OneNote note-taking software, aimed particularly at those who prefer to do their jotting with a pen, rather than a keyboard. Most significant among the updates, the company has released a new version of OneNote for Android tablets that supports handwriting input …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2014

Google straps on Jetpac: An app to find hipsters, women in foreign cities

Google has bought Jetpac, an image-recognition app that uses Instagram photos to help travelers find what they’re looking for in cities – women or hipster moustaches, for example. The software's website declared that it was joining the internet behemoth and would be taking its apps off the App Store and ending support for them …

Twitter displays our 'Favorites'. That is, like, PRIVATE, huff naive users

Twitter has begun messing with its design by showing "Favorited" tweets in its timeline, much to the annoyance of some of the micro-blogging site's users. It's already the case that naive types who think that they are secretly liking a tweet by avoiding the re-tweet option and instead selecting the "Favorite" button are mistaken …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Aug 2014
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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

Internet Explorer could be getting a new name as Microsoft tries to escape the browser’s troubled past. One of Redmond’s IE engineers copped to the news during an AMA on Reddit late last week. Asked whether Microsoft had ever considered rebranding IE, browser engineer Jonathan Sampson 'fessed up that, after nearly 20 years, …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Aug 2014
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Reg man grills HP Software big cheese

Traditionally HP Software was seen by many of its business partners on the hardware side of the house – and by default some of their customers – as a fragmented portfolio of specialist applications amassed via acquisition. Evidence of this was on display at Global Partner knees-ups in recent years when the auditorium filled up …
Paul Kunert, 18 Aug 2014

HANA has SAP cuddling up to 'smaller partners'

Think "SAP and partners" and the mind goes to mega names – giants like Microsoft, Oracle and Fujitsu, Accenture and Deliotte. SAP generally looks to giants who wish to make their hardware and software better at storing and serving the software titan's systems or customising and installing SAP’s suite to run whole operations. …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Aug 2014