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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

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
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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
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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

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
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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
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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
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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

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
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$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
Google Talk shutdown notice

Google Talk is dead, long live, er, Google Talk: Chat will survive app zap, flaps G+ chap

As Google killed off its Windows Google Talk client, it was feared the web giant would soon drop Google Talk support completely – in hope of forcing everyone over to Hangouts. The death of the Windows desktop app was seen was a signal that Google will, in the near future, axe Google Talk for all XMPP-based clients, not just …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Feb 2015

Apple preps to DUMP crappy, sluggish iPhoto FOR GOOD

Apple has pushed out a pre-release version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to developers, ahead of Cupertino's planned Spring arrival of its iPhoto killer – Photos. Coders can now play around with a beta of the Photos app, after Apple confirmed in June 2014 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference that it was abandoning its …
Kelly Fiveash, 7 Feb 2015

Swap your keyless key for keyless key-less key. You'll need: a Tesla S and Apple Watch

An experiment to control a Tesla Model S using an Apple Watch has been documented by UK/Ukrainian global technology company and developer Eleks. With the Eleks app you can mimic the functions of the Tesla keyless key. This effectively allows you to used your Cupertino Watch as a keyless key-less, er, key, with which you may lock …
Simon Rockman, 5 Feb 2015
Twitter for Mac New

Get off Twitter – and onto Google if you want to find TWITS and tweets

Twitter has reportedly inked a deal with Google so its tweets are once again embedded in the advertising giant's search results. Twitter has 284 million active monthly users, apparently, and claims to have 185 billion unique views of tweets outside its website. However, slower user growth has prompted the company to look for …
Kat Hall, 5 Feb 2015

First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

Exclusive The UK's Ordnance Survey is making a bold stab at "disrupting" smartphone and tablet mapping apps with a freemium app that yokes the OS's peerless geographical data to modern app features. We had a sneak preview at OS HQ recently, and can bring you the first screenshots. While the Ordnance Survey already has an iPhone map, it's …

Behold: The touchy-feely future of Office on Windows 10 fondleslabs

Pics An early build of Microsoft Office's universal apps, designed for tablets and smartphones, is now available for those running the Windows 10 technical preview. “In the coming weeks, we’ll open up our preview for the same apps on phones and tablets running Windows 10,” says Office general manager Julia White, implying Windows 8 …
Tim Anderson, 4 Feb 2015
Sad Android

Avast there: MEELLIONS of Androiders scuttled by 'adware' game app

Card-game players are being warned about an Android app in Google's Play Store that reportedly slaps adverts all over your handheld. The accused app recreates Durak, a traditional Russian game, and is rather imaginatively called Durak Card Game. Built by Pocket games Ltd, the application has been downloaded between five and 10 …
Iain Thomson, 3 Feb 2015
Rubber bands

SAP unveils its biggest thing for 20 YEARS: Core suite with HANA

SAP has rolled out a new version of its flagship business suite – and it's married to in-memory database Hana. The software giant announced SAP S/4HANA on Tuesday, with CEO Bill McDermott billing the fourth generation of its suite as the biggest launch in two decades. The core, on-premise Business Suite for running finance, …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Feb 2015

National Lottery website goes TITSUP again

The UK National Lottery website was down and out for the second time in days this morning, indicating further plumbing work was required following last weekend’s network wobble. The site first crashed early on Sunday for roughly 18 hours due to a technical glitch that lotto operator Camelot Business Solutions told us had been …
Paul Kunert, 3 Feb 2015
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Yahoo!'s Firefox search hook-up pays off as it nicks Google's US clicks

Yahoo!’s marriage with Mozilla browser Firefox is winning the search engine clicks, according to one net tracker. Marissa Mayer’s firm in January saw its third-place US search ranging grow to 10.9 per cent, according to StatCounter’s global stats. Yahoo! was still third in market-share volume, but it's now in a slightly …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Feb 2015

Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

+Comment If you patched Adobe's screen door of the internet – its Flash plugin – last week, and thought you were safe, even for a few weeks, you were sadly mistaken. The Photoshop goliath is warning that yet another programming blunder in its code is being exploited in the wild, and says it won't have a patch ready to deploy until later …
Iain Thomson, 2 Feb 2015

Adobe and software pals haul Forever 21 to court over piracy allegations

A trio of software firms is taking a large US-based fashion retailer to court for allegedly pirating their software. Adobe, Autodesk and Corel claim that clothes bazaar Forever 21 infringed their copyright by illegally copying a raft of well-known software tools and not paying license fees. Forever 21 is a $3.8bn retailer with …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Feb 2015
Raspberry Pi 2 mainboard

Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

Microsoft is working on a free version of Windows 10 that runs on Brit-tech hit Raspberry Pi in order to penetrate the Internet of Things (IoT). Microsoft and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have been collaborating for six months on the joint project, which emerged early on Monday. Windows 10 will run on the latest version of the …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Feb 2015
Sad cloud

Hey Amazon, why so expensive for SQL Server in your cloud?

Licensing Microsoft’s SQL Server on Amazon Web Services (AWS) costs much more than it does on other cloud platforms, according to a customer who has researched the options. A SQL Server licence typically costs more than the VM (Virtual Machine) on which it is hosted, so it is significant when evaluating cloud providers ( …
Tim Anderson, 2 Feb 2015