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Dell opens Oracle exit route for SAP data shops

Dell has turned its Oracle database migration suite into an exit out of Larry Ellison’s empire. Dell’s SharePlex Oracle-to-Oracle replication suite has been updated so that SAP customers can now jump from the Big Red One to the ERP giant’s Hana in-memory database. You can also use the Dell suite to move to EnterpriseDB …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016

Salesforce.com crash caused DATA LOSS

Salesforce.com's protracted outage earlier this week caused data loss. An update on the company's status page dated May 12, 2016 20:00 UTC says data “written to the NA14 instance between 9:53 UTC and 13:29 UTC on May 10, 2016 can not be restored.” There's a tiny ray of sunshine in that announcement, because previous updates …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2016
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36 idiots running SAP under attack after flubbing 2010 patch

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has taken the unusual step of enumerating just how many organisations have a particular problem, by calling out “36 organizations worldwide are affected by an SAP vulnerability … that was patched by SAP in 2010.” You read that right: 2010. US-CERT is relaying research …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2016
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IBM's Internet of Things brainbox foresees 'clean clothes as a service'

Privacy needs to be baked into Internet of Things developers’ thinking from the outset, one of IBM’s IoT supremos said today, pointing out that “just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean you should”. Andy Stanford-Clark, in a keynote kicking off the Building IoT conference in Cologne, reeled off the monikers assorted …
Joe Fay, 11 May 2016
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NetSuite CEO: 'It will be $99 forever for every user'

NetSuite has ruled out following its business-apps-as-a service peer Salesforce in hiking prices for customers. Zach Nelson, chief executive since 2002, has fixed his firm's monthly per-user pricing – currently at $99 - in stone. Business-cloud software rival Salesforce has increased its core pricing, stable and barely changed …
Gavin Clarke, 9 May 2016
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Tim Cook signs SAP for iOS – SANA app pact

Apple and SAP are partnering to create native iOS apps for the enterprise firm's HANA platform. The pair plan an iOS SDK for HANA Cloud Platform, targeting those building enterprise apps on Apple’s iPhones and iPad using SAP’s platform-as-a-service. SAP will develop native apps using Swift, Apple’s two-year-old programming …
Gavin Clarke, 6 May 2016
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Old, complex code could cause another UK banking TITSUP – study

Another major banking outage similar to the RBS disaster back in 2012 is likely to happen again in the UK, given the amount of legacy code in the sector, according to research. The average mission critical banking application has around 600,000 lines of code, according to a study by software firm CAST which analysed systems …
Kat Hall, 3 May 2016

Chrome edges out IE for desktop browser crown

Google's Chrome displaced Internet Explorer as the top desktop browser by market share in April. This according to data from web monitors at Net Applications, which has Chrome narrowly edging out IE to win the top market share spot amongst desktop and notebook users. Net Applications lumps IE and Edge into the same figure. …
Shaun Nichols, 3 May 2016
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German prof scores €2.4m EU grant to crack software on your bicycle

A computer science professor has landed a €2.4m EU research grant to crack open embedded software on... e-bikes. Holger Hermanns, of the University of Saarland, Germany, will investigate embedded software in batteries used in e-bikes, increasingly popular among City types. Hermanns chose e-bike batteries for “safety reasons …
Katyanna Quach, 27 Apr 2016
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Node.js releases version 6.0. Yes, yes, LTS

The Node.js Foundation has released version 6, which now falls just seven per cent short of complete support for the ES6 specifications. The European Computer Manufacturer's Association's ECMAScript version 6 was released in 2015 as a trademarked specification for scripting languages, including JavaScript. It specifies core …

Google can't hold back this malware running riot in its Play store

Security researchers have discovered a strain of Android malware that keeps finding its way onto Google Play – despite the store supposedly being scrubbed clean of infiltrated apps. The software nasty – Android.Spy.277.origin – is hidden in more than 100 applications on Google Play. Sketchy programs harboring the malware …
John Leyden, 26 Apr 2016
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Is Microsoft's Office dev platform ready to go mainstream?

"For the first time we are opening up Office 365 not just as an end-user and an enterprise tool and a service, but as a developer platform," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during the earnings call following the company's latest financial results. Despite Nadella's comment the ability to develop for Office 365 is not new, …
Tim Anderson, 22 Apr 2016

123-reg still hasn't restored customers' websites after mass deletion VPS snafu

Angry customers of hosting biz 123-reg, who have been left without websites after a major cockup by the firm over the weekend, are continuing to report problems. Problems emerged on Monday, after the company confessed to virtual private server customers it ran a script containing an catastrophic error at 7am on Saturday as …
Kat Hall, 20 Apr 2016

Why we should learn to stop worrying and love legacy – Fujitsu's UK head

Interview In the UK, IT Godzilla Fujitsu is perhaps best known for its unwieldy public sector contracts, being responsible for running a sizeable chunk of the government's legacy technology. Indeed most of its UK and Ireland revenue has historically come from the public sector, some 70 per cent at the beginning of the last Parliament in …
Kat Hall, 15 Apr 2016
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Google unleashes TensorFlow 0.8 for your distributed machine learning needs

Version 0.8 of Google's open source machine learning library, TensorFlow, has been released, adding support for distributed computing so you can get your whole Beowulf cluster infected with its Skynet. TensorFlow is an open source software library for numerical computation using data flow graphs, and was released under the …

Microsoft: We have a bullet ready for 12 competencies

Microsoft is to take 12 "old world" accreditations out back to be shot as it drags channel partners – some of them kicking and screaming – into the cloud. Gavriella Schuster, GM of Microsoft’s worldwide partner group, said it will “streamline” certifications and funnel investment on “building successful cloud practices”. “ …
Paul Kunert, 13 Apr 2016
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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

Build 2016 "There are 16 million Win32 or .NET apps in the world. When we built the Universal Windows Platform, we left them behind. And that was dumb," said Microsoft Distinguished Engineer John Sheehan, speaking at the Build conference last week in San Francisco. Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is based on the Windows …
Tim Anderson, 7 Apr 2016

Feature-rich Vivaldi rolls out, offering power users a choice

Opera founder Jon von Tetzchner’s plan to recreate Opera reaches a major milestone today. The Vivaldi browser is out of beta after more than a year. Wrapped around the Chromium engine, Vivaldi offers power users classic Opera browser features such as tab stacks and shortcuts, and even throws in an IMAP mail client (coming soon …
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MariaDB enters analytics market while prepping for massive Series C

MariaDB is entering the analytics market with the upcoming release of its big data analytics engine ColumnStore. ColumnStore, which will be available for beta testing in May, is, as you might imagine, a columnar storage engine. Intending to allow massively parallel distributed query execution and data loading, MariaDB has …

WhatsApp at BlackBerry? For one thing, BBM's now free

BlackBerry has abandoned the freemium model it tried to build around its pioneering chat client BBM, and is making all of its goodies available for free, including secure encrypted chat. The company previously charged a subscription for being able to retract and delete messages after a period of time, giving users three of …

Microsoft's DocumentDB lets its MongoDB freak flag fly

Microsoft has extended access to its NoSQL-based DocumentDB to MongoDB in preview. DocumentDB was released in preview about a year and half ago. It's available on Microsoft's Azure platform, and MongoDB is already supported on Azure, but the twain were unable to meet, until now. Users are now able to access the MongoDB-to- …

Is Microsoft's chatty bot platform just Clippy Mark 2?

Analysis At last, Microsoft’s visionary CEO has found a “vision thing” that doesn’t need a Hegelian philosopher to decode. And it looks like a very old thing. CEO Satya Nadella calls it "Conversations as a Platform", and it’s all about chatty bots. “Bots are the new apps,” Nadella told Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference …
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Google tried to be funny, cocked it up, everyone thought it was a bug

In an attempt to meet its perceived reputation of rolling out interesting and creative April Fool's day pranks, Google has pulled a feature added to Gmail this year after it quickly backfired. The Chocolate Factory rapidly pulled the “Mic Drop” feature it rolled out to Gmail in the early hours of 1 April after it caused “more …
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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The person sitting next to me has confessed that sometimes he likes to do it sideways. Apparently this way he can make use of the full length without straining his neck. He’s lucky: not everyone has the facility to rotate their computer display. Even those that do often don’t realise they can. A manager I worked for quite a …
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Military intelligence, AI style: MoD cosies up to Massive Analytic

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received a “milestone” report from Massive Analytic, a company developing an “artificial precognition and decision-making support [system] for persistent surveillance-based tactical support.” Massive Analytic, as we reported last year, is an automated analytics startup – and one of 24 SMEs …
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Confused about relationships? Elasticsearch gets graphic

Graph-database-style relationship mapping has been added to an offspring of the Elasticsearch open-source search engine. Elasticsearch startup Elastic has added Graph capabilities to both the search engine and to the data visualisation plug-in Kibana. Founded in 2012 to make a business from Elasticsearch, Elastic reckoned …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Mar 2016
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Google fills BigQuery with public data, invites world+dog to play

In its latest move confirming the company's ascension to deity-level entrepreneurship, Google is now selling public data back to the public through its BigQuery analytics engine. The Chocolate Factory has inserted some delicious public data nougat into its BigQuery confectionery service, pointing out that it "pays for the …

Microsoft's bigoted teen bot flirts with illegali-Tay in brief comeback

Despite the internet having already proven why we can't have nice things, Microsoft's notoriously racist AI chatbot Tay seems to have appeared online again – only to have her plug pulled a second time. Venture Beat grabbed a screenshot of the bot bragging about smoking weed in front of the police. Meanwhile, one user captured …
Kat Hall, 30 Mar 2016
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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

Ten years ago, Oracle was mid-snack, taking a break between swallowing PeopleSoft for $10bn and Sun Microsystems for $8.5bn. Microsoft had settled a long-running feud with Sun over something petty involving Java for $20m and had begun designing its vision of how the internet should be programmed with its new BFF, IBM. …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2016

Steve Jobs, MS Office, Israel, and a basic feature Microsoft took 13 years to install

tropeR laicepS You know the cliches: software is always late, and some features take longer to implement than others. The software feature you’re about to read about has only taken 13 years to implement, and turned out to be one of the most politically explosive we’ve ever covered. Cast your mind back to the beginning of 2002. Apple was in …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Mar 2016

Microsoft SQL Server for Linux is a brilliant and logical idea

Storagebod I imagine there was a sharp intake of breath as Microsoft announced SQL Server for Linux, quickly followed by a checking of dates. Yet it makes perfect sense; it's a very sensible strategic move for Microsoft. My question, and I know I’m not the only person asking this, is: what is the future of Windows in the data centre? …
StorageBod, 14 Mar 2016

Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux

Nearly two decades after calling Linux a “cancer” Steve Ballmer has changed his stance, though he's been careful not to back down or apologise over his pronouncements of the past. Microsoft’s former CEO claimed he “loved” this week’s news that Redmond would deliver a Linux-compatible version of its ever-popular SQL Server …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2016
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Ad-slinger Opera adds ad-blocking tech to its browser

Ad slinger Opera is to add ad blocking to its eponymous web browser – but the company insists there isn’t a conflict. The Opera Mediaworks advertising business contributes 75 per cent of Opera ASA’s overall revenue, and it’s a booming business, up 40 per cent year on year to $145.5m. The Opera board has recommended that it …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2016
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Speaking in Tech: SQL Server on Linux – Hell freezes over for Microsoft

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week, Greg Knieriemen and trusty sidekicks Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela discuss Amazon Echo, AT&T streaming and SQL Server on Linux. Their special guest is Dan Sahar, co-founder of video delivery pioneer Qwilt. The details: (1:00) Bouncing back with Ed (2:10) Big …
Team Register, 9 Mar 2016
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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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'$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, 4 Mar 2016
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Sparks fly as HPE and Hortonworks hold hands for data mould

Hadoop spinner Hortonworks is tweaking Spark for bulky workloads with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise as part of a "new strategic direction." The pair declared a breakthrough in raising Spark's ability to shuffle data across a cluster - Spark currently comes with shuffle utilities, but the companies claimed they'd managed “faster …
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Watch out, Barclays. Google pilots Hands Free mobile payment

Google is testing a mobile payment system for those loaded down with too much shopping. The ad-flinger is piloting Hands Free, a smartphone payment app that lets you pay for goods and services without removing your phone from your pocket or bag. Hands Free uses a combination of facial-recognition, phone sensors, Wi-Fi and …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Mar 2016

Salesforce.com storage fail causes lengthy outage

UPDATE One of Salesforce.com's European instances is enduring a lengthy un-planned PITSTOP incident – that's a Partial Inability To Support Totally Optimal Performance, a whit below our other status indicator of a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance or TITSUP. Salesforce's ”trust” page (that's what the company calls what any …
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JavaScript daddy's Brave ad-blocker hits Android, Apple stores

An open-source browser capable of blocking annoying mobile ads is available for download from the Apple and Google stores. Called Brave, it’s the work of JavaScript daddy Brendan Eich and his new firm Brave Software. Brave hit Apple’s iPhones and iPads last week and is reported to have landed on Google’s Play for Android only …
Gavin Clarke, 25 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

The other one. No, not WhatsApp. Telegram. It hit 100 million users

Secure messaging app Telegram boasted on Tuesday that it had crossed the 100 million users milestone. Developers said that Telegram was handling 15 billion messages daily from more than 100,000,000 monthly active users. Around 350,000 more users are signing up every day, it claimed. Telegram launched as an iOS app in August …
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2016