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Facebook injects CREEPY search engine into mobile app

Facebook has finally deployed its creepy search engine on the US version of its app for iOS users. One of the free content ad network's product managers announced that Facebook's so-called Graph Search tech would be slowly rolled out to Stateside fanbois over the next few weeks. This comes nearly two years after Facebook boss …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Dec 2014

400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes face SUPPORT DOOM

Businesses of Britain are still running Windows Server 2003 on hundreds of thousands of physical boxes ahead of a certain important deadline on 14 July next year. According to HP, there are 900,000 instances of the eleven year-old software out in the wilds and 400,000 physical boxes, with 218 days to go before Microsoft pulls …
Paul Kunert, 8 Dec 2014

Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

Review Firefox 34, just released, adds support for Mozilla’s web-based Skype-competitor, Firefox Hello. Firefox 34 also drops Google as the default search engine for US users, gives Mac fans the ability to play native H.264 video and eliminates a major security vulnerability. Phew! But is it any good? This is the first version of …
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Microsoft forks .NET and WHOMP! Here comes .NET Core app dev stack

Microsoft has revealed more details about .NET Core, "the foundation for all future .NET platforms". In a detailed post, Microsoft’s program manager Immo Landwerth explains why the company is forking .NET in order to make sense of shipping .NET for multiple platforms, including Windows desktop, Windows Store (or “Metro”), …
Tim Anderson, 5 Dec 2014

Developers offering Mozilla-like experience will work on Firefox-like experience for iThings

A software house offering a Mozilla-like experience has confirmed it will end its years-long standoff with Apple – and bring a Firefox-like browser to iPhones and iPads. "At Mozilla, we put our users first and want to provide an independent choice for them on any platform. We are in the early stages of experimenting with …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Dec 2014
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Concerning Microsoft Azure Active Directory

Microsoft's Azure has moved forward in recent months with a clutch of upgrades and new feature releases. Microsoft is also expanding Azure's worldwide presence, and with the Australian Azure data centre launched in October most continents have a local presence now. This is great for IT staff who are either already on Azure or …
Adam Fowler, 3 Dec 2014

Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

Product round-up Much to the dismay of many a sysadmin, Linux is no longer purely the domain of Captain Command-Line and his trusty side-kick Admiral APT. For those looking to make the most of their new-fangled graphics-capable hardware, here’s a selection of freeware to start with, in our case as installed on Ubuntu 14.04: BleachBit RH Numbers …
Shaun Dormon, 3 Dec 2014
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RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics

Anyone who has sat through as many biz presentations as the average Reg hack will have come to loathe clip art – as so many PHBs think adding a few duff images to a boring PowerPoint shows how hip they are with technology. Now Microsoft has announced it's binning the clip art collection at the heart of this mediocrity. And the …
Iain Thomson, 1 Dec 2014

Fait Acompli: Microsoft gobbles Android email upstart for $200m

Microsoft has stumped up a reported $200m for San Francisco-based email app-maker Acompli. That Microsoft wanted to gobble Acompli was the worst-kept secret in the industry: a crazy fingered insider had penned a short-lived blog post that had a URL suggesting Microsoft was acquiring the firm, and hit publish before they were …
Paul Kunert, 1 Dec 2014
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Yahoo, Bing beg 'right to be forgotten' wipers: Don't FORGET about US

Amid the growing number of demands by netizens for Google to remove their out-of-date information under the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling, it seems other search engines are keen to remind us not to forget them, too. Earlier this year the EU's Court of Justice ruled that individuals have a "right to be forgotten" …
Kat Hall, 1 Dec 2014
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Docker, Part 2: Whoa! Spontaneous industry standard! How did they do THAT?

Sysadmin Blog Docker is slowly taking over the world. From its humble origins, which we explored on Friday, as an internal project at dotCloud, through to Microsoft's recent announcement that it will support Docker natively in Windows, Docker looks set to become a major component of modern IT infrastructure. Today, Docker is powered by …
Trevor Pott, 1 Dec 2014
The Trax app gives you an 'augumented reality' view to help find the kids

Be your own Big Brother: With the help of Apple, Facebook ... oh, HANG ON

So far in this series, we've looked at ways of monitoring specific things, but this time round, people are the topic. There are, the media would have you believe, dreadful things out there – predators lurking behind every corner, dreadful accidents waiting to befall the unwary. The Trax app gives you an 'augumented reality' …
Nigel Whitfield, 30 Nov 2014
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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

Google's Chrome browser promises "speed, simplicity and security", but for a significant number of Windows users you can strike "speed" from that list. A thread on Google’s Chrome forum titled: “Chrome has become completely unusable, in almost every imaginable way” has attracted over 375 posts since the problem was raised in …
Tim Anderson, 28 Nov 2014
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Azure has put new life into Active Directory

Active Directory is dead: long live Active Directory. While Microsoft's Windows Server Active Directory (WSAD) is unable to meet the needs of today, its younger sibling Azure Active Directory (AAD) looks set to take the world by storm. I have given it the once over and am impressed with the technology – but also ambivalent about …
Trevor Pott, 28 Nov 2014
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A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

Windows Server 2003 refresh activity has yet to show up in a major way across the UK tech channel amid estimates that eight million physical systems are still out there in the wild - not all of which will be replaced like-for-like. Security updates and fixes for the 11-year-old operating system will no longer be made available …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2014
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Software firms are over-valued, says Huawei

Inflated valuations for software companies are discouraging possible acquirers, says Chinese giant Huawei. The Chinese giant’s global IT chief Yelai Zheng told us the high prices software companies asked made them less attractive to Huawei. “Communications companies are not expensive but IT and software companies are,” said …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Nov 2014
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Candy Crush King king resigns for 'personal reasons'

The chairman of Candy Crush-maker King has quit as the head of the firm and stepped down from the board for “personal reasons”, the company said. Melvyn Morris, who is also the firm’s second-largest shareholder, has taken a leave of absence with immediate effect, leaving fellow board member Gerhard Florin to take over as chair …

Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then

The European Parliament is gunning for Google. In a completely unenforceable symbolic gesture today, it voted to “unbundle search engines from commercial services” (which would, in effect mean the breakup of Google). The so-called "Resolution on the Digital Single Market" – proposed by German MEP Andreas Schwab and his Spanish …
Jennifer Baker, 27 Nov 2014

New Snapchat Snapcash service inspires amateur PORN STARS

The advent of Snapchat's new mobile micropayments system, Snapcash, has spawned a new business sector: users who are keen to get paid in cold hard cash for their amateur porn efforts. The Reg has found several wannabe blue movie stars who have offered to expose their most intimate parts in exchange for donations via Snapcash, …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Nov 2014

We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

Review Linux Mint 17.1 is the first example of what the Mint project team can do when they're focused on their own system rather than on making the latest Ubuntu work with Mint. That’s because Mint 17.1 sticks with the Ubuntu released earlier this year – the first time this desktop Linux has not gone with the more recent Ubuntu. It’s …

Let's vote on breaking up Google, say MEPs with NO power to do any such thing

On Thursday this week, the European Parliament will vote on whether to break up ad and internet giants such as Google ... even though it has no real power to do so. The so-called Resolution on the Digital Single Market, proposed by German MEP Andreas Schwab and his Spanish colleague Ramon Tremosa, seeks to unbundle search …
Jennifer Baker, 24 Nov 2014

Euro digi chief 'H-dot' #twitterfail: 'My favourite app is the weather app'

It took Gunther H-dot Oettinger more than a month to follow his boss Andrus Ansip’s lead and take part in a live Twitter chat, so you might think he would prepare well and walk it. Well, you'd be wrong. He showed up late, left early and said nothing we hadn’t heard before, provoking the ire of the Twitterati. Twitter user Hans …
Jennifer Baker, 20 Nov 2014
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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

Downloading mobile apps from non-official sources has become a lot more dangerous over the last year, with apps now needing more built-in protection, according to a new report. The number of Top 100 iOS apps that have been hacked1 over the past year increased from 56 per cent in 2013 to 87 per cent in 2014. The majority (97 per …
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2014
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Oracle to axe over 450 jobs in Euro support centres – sources

Exclusive Oracle is rumoured to be closing all its European support centres with less than 100 staff - a move that could affect hundreds of employees. The plans would effectively mean all software support centres outside the UK, Romania and the Netherlands will be affected, sources have told El Reg. The firm has up to 40 support centres …
Kat Hall, 20 Nov 2014
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Bittorrent wants to sink Dropbox with Sync 2.0

Bittorrent is taking Sync out of beta with an alpha version of Sync 2.0. (Look, it's not Vulture South's fault. That's what the outfit says, right here.) The premium version it's announced – US$39.99 a year – claims unlimited-size file storage, and is pitching the strong crypto and distributed storage as offering better …

Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

A new certificate authority – backed by big names on the internet including Mozilla, Cisco and Akamai – plans to offer SSL certs at no charge starting next year. The move will make it even more easier for people to run encrypted, secure HTTPS websites. Let’s Encrypt aims to provide an easier way to obtain and use a digital …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2014
Microsoft OneDrive

That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

Microsoft and synchronisation go back a long way. Remember Briefcase, a feature of Windows 95 and later, which syncs files between two folders, one of which can be on a removable drive or on the network? Briefcase was mostly replaced by offline network shares that synchronise local and server copies, a feature which remains in …
Tim Anderson, 18 Nov 2014
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Microsoft .NET released from its Windows chains... but what ABOUT MONO?

Interview Today Microsoft announced that the .NET core framework, which powers web applications using the ASP.NET libraries, will be open source on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. But what are the implications for Mono, the existing open source project which already provides .NET support on Linux and the Mac? The Reg spoke to Miguel de …
Tim Anderson, 12 Nov 2014

Google DoubleClick goes TITSUP. ENJOY your AD-FREE WORLD!

Updated Publishers across the web are seeing a huge surge in site load speeds, after Google's DoubleClick ad tech collapsed within the past hour. At time of writing, Google was yet to respond to The Register's request for comment. But its servers have clearly suffered a major meltdown. Readers who don't use ad-blockers because they …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2014
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Samaritans yanks creepy Twitter-spying Radar app amid privacy fears

A creepy, do-gooder app created by the Samaritans has been moth-balled by the charity, following a deluge of privacy concerns about the stalking tool. In a post on its website late on Friday, the UK organisation – which serves as an anonymous, safe service for crisis-hit Brits who seek advice and support – admitted it had …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Nov 2014

Microsoft's 'loss leader' Office 365 pricing strategy? NO THANKS

Microsoft’s advice to its channel partners to sell Office 365 as a loss leader to lure in small and medium sized customers is not something that sits well with suppliers, at least not in Blighty. Thomas Hansen, worldwide veep for Microsoft's Small and Medium Business organisation told attendees at the Asian Canalys Channels …
Paul Kunert, 7 Nov 2014
Word on the iPad

All but full-fat MS Office to be had on iPads, Droidenslabben for NOWT

Microsoft Office's iPad apps have been well received since their first release in March this year – other than the annoyance of needing a suitable Office 365 subscription to use the apps for more than just viewing documents. Now that bugbear has been banished: the updated versions require only a Microsoft account to enable users …
Tim Anderson, 6 Nov 2014

Microsoft improves Azure SQL Server cloud service, simultaneously makes it worse

Microsoft has announced improvements to its Azure SQL Database service, which offers a managed SQL Server database with patching and operating system maintenance handled automatically by the cloud service. At the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) summit currently under way in Seattle, Microsoft Data Platform VP T.K …
Tim Anderson, 6 Nov 2014
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OpenSUSE 13.2: Have your gecko and eat your rolling distro too

Review The great green gecko-wielding distro has undergone a major update with its latest release, openSUSE 13.2. This edition comes on the heels of some major changes for how openSUSE releases are structured. While the main release, like this week's 13.2, remains unchanged, the openSUSE project has merged its two unstable, semi- …
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Google gives Microsoft office an awkward hug with new plugin

Google's given Microsoft Office an awkward hug by refreshing Drive so it plays nice with desktop applications. Drive is Google's share 'n' sync offering and integrates tightly with its apps: drop a document into Drive and you can read or edit it in the Docs in-browser word processor. That tool's not to everyone's tastes and …
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Speaking in Tech: Biz bods chat LIVE from OpenStack Summit

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of Speaking In Tech, all ready to download to your phone or tablet to make your commute home that much more informative and funny. Join your host, Greg Knieriemen, as he hosts an all-star panel at the OpenStack Summit in Paris to debate the pros and cons …
Team Register, 5 Nov 2014
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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

+Comment Imagine fighting a big UK company for years for the simple right to campaign fairly online against an under-regulated industry. You go on to win a dispute resolution case probed by Nominet to keep your perfectly legitimate gripe website alive. You also successfully defend yourself against the firm's strong-armed appeals. Then …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Nov 2014
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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

The Kremlin is set to ban Apple's iCloud as part of plans to throw up a new iron curtain around Russia's digital communications. Anti-data-offshoring laws will come into force on New Year's Day 2015 that require all data generated within Russia to be stored within its borders. Apple's iCloud service has been in the news …
Jasper Hamill, 5 Nov 2014
Stefan Weitz, director of search at Microsoft

Microsoft's Bing hopes to bag market share with ... search apps

Web Summit Microsoft’s director of search Stefan Weitz has admitted that Bing.com probably can’t compete with Google’s search engine in a head-to-head race, but reckons Redmond's a contender in search applications. Stefan Weitz, director of search at Microsoft “The question is, where is search really going?” he said at the Web Summit …

Amazon is the leering monolith in the cloudy room – OpenStack boss

The COO of the OpenStack Foundation took aim at Amazon as “the monolith in the room” today, before claiming its power to dominate the future of the cloud was already on the wane. However Mark Collier delivered little reassurance to other public cloud vendors in his speech, with Azure and Google not even meriting a mention, …
Joe Fay, 4 Nov 2014
Miško Hevery presents AtScript

Improving JavaScript: Google throws AtScript into the mix

Google’s Miško Hevery, co-inventor of the popular AngularJS framework, has announced a new project to improve JavaScript by adding type annotations and other features. Miško Hevery presents AtScript Miško Hevery presents AtScript at ngEurope The announcement came at the ng-europe Angular conference in Paris at the end of …
Tim Anderson, 4 Nov 2014
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Oracle users open can of whup-ass on licensing policies

Businesses view relations with Oracle as “hostile” and are “filled with deep-rooted mistrust”, according to a six month end-user survey on software compliance conducted by the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL). The not-for-profit organ probed (PDF) 100 hard-pressed IT and software asset managers, licensing specialists and tech …
Paul Kunert, 3 Nov 2014