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VMware SMASH! Bad ESXi 6.0 bork-bug getting 'aggressive' fix

VMware has found, and is trying hard to fix, a nasty bug in ESXi 6.0. Issue 2124669, causes “ESXi 6.0 host network connectivity' to be “lost randomly.” Once the connectivity is lost, “ESXi enters into a non-responding state and becomes unmanageable until reboot.” Forget about re-connecting to networks until you reboot, but …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2015
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Microsoft Edges bets on browser-only Skype

Microsoft has added Object RTC to the latest insider preview of Windows 10. The move paves the way for Skype users using Microsoft’s Edge browser to make voice or video calls without faffing around with browser plug-ins. Object Real-Time Communications uses components built into the Microsoft Edge browser to control audio and …
Bill Bennet, 21 Sep 2015

Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

The developer behind the wildly popular Peace ad blocker for Apple's iOS has pulled it from the App Store after claiming it was too effective. Indie dev Marco Arment said in a blog post that his creation had been blocking more ads than he had anticipated, to the point where he worried he was harming publishers. "Achieving …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2015
Spy on the pope with your Jesus phone

US Catholic Church launches app for Jesus-phone

Devout followers of the non-holy trinity of Cook, Ive and the holy ghost of Jobs will be delighted to learn that the US branch of the global franchise known as the Catholic Church has introduced its first mobile app ... and also available on Android devices. USA Catholic Church gives latest news on where the Pope is, what he’s …
Simon Rockman, 16 Sep 2015
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Angry devs hit out at JetBrains over shift to subscription pricing

Developer tools vendor JetBrains has run into a storm of protest over its announcement of subscription pricing from 2 November 2015. JetBrains sells a number of popular IDEs, including IntelliJ IDEA for Java, PHPStorm for web development, AppCode for Objective-C and Swift, and CLion for cross-platform C/C++. Currently …
Tim Anderson, 15 Sep 2015
Amstrad PCW 8256 running locoscrip

'A word processor so simple my PA could use it': Joyce turns 30

Archaeologic The Amstrad PCW8256 turns 30 this month. In eighteen months it did for the typewriter what the car took thirty years to do for the pony and trap. Alan Sugar’s specification was simple – “A word processor so simple Joyce could use it”. Joyce Caley was his formidable PA and "Joyce" became the codename for the project – and the …
Simon Rockman, 9 Sep 2015

Oracle plugs socket numbers on DIY Standard Edition

Oracle is clamping down on uses of its entry-level Standard Edition database by throttling threads. Larry Ellison's giant has cut by half the number of sockets users are allowed to run with Database 12.1.0.2 Standard Edition (SE2), released at the start of this month. SE2 users are now restricted to just two sockets, down …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Sep 2015
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OFFICIAL: Zuck's BIG in-your-face Facebook Messenger SHOVE finally pays off

Facebook's Messenger – which readers may recall was ingloriously shoved down the throats of the free content ad network's users – has been crowned the second most popular app, slinking past Google's YouTube. That's according to the latest comScore numbers, which ranked the top 15 smartphone apps based on Stateside market share …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Sep 2015
Serif Affinity Photo

Photoshop for 40 quid: Affinity Photo pushes pixels further than most

Review When El Reg tested the leading alternatives to Photoshop we told you to keep an eye out for Affinity Photo, a Mac-only rival from Serif that looked like being the best yet. It’s now out of beta and available for £40, which would buy you a Photoshop subscription for less than five months. Serif Affinity Photo This is an app …
Adam Banks, 5 Sep 2015

Fruity Firefox: Mozilla caves to Apple, unveils iOS-friendly browser

Two years after dramatically challenging Apple to open up iOS for its browser, Mozilla has slipped out a fruity-friendly Firefox. It was briefly serving ex-Moz chief Gary Kovacs who in April 2013 said there’d be no Firefox for iPhones and iPads unless Apple relented on its WebKit-first policy. “iOS has a policy, generally …
Gavin Clarke, 4 Sep 2015
Android Wear for iPhone

Human sacrifice. Android Wear syncing with iPhones. Cats and dogs living together. Mass hysteria!

Google has released an app to allow Android Wear smartwatches to sync with Apple iPhones. The Android Wear for iOS app will allow users to pair up their Apple handsets with Android watches. Previously, wearing an Android smartwatch also required owning an Android phone to sync with. Google said that all future Android Wear …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2015
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Microsoft issues first SharePoint 2016 preview

Microsoft has released the first preview of SharePoint Server 2016 and outlined a buzzword-list of new features. Microsoft says its made “deep investment in HTML5” to give you “capabilities that enable device-specific targeting of content. This helps ensure that users have access to the information they need, regardless of the …
OpenOffice and LibreOffice share a common ancestry

OpenOffice project 'all but dead upstream' argues prominent user

A prominent LibreOffice user has called for the Apache Foundation to retire OpenOffice. Christian Schaller, a Red Hat Software Engineering Manager and GNOME developer, wrote an open letter to Apache saying that “the OpenOffice project is all but dead upstream since IBM pulled their developers off the project almost a year ago …
Tim Anderson, 19 Aug 2015

Red-stained Opera wants someone to hug it and whisper: 'No more pain, no more tears'

Opera Software has announced a 45 per cent revenue boost for its second quarter of financial year 2015 while hinting at a possible buyout, but didn't draw much attention to its $3m losses. Chairman Sverre Munck said on Wednesday that “the board has seen an interest in different alliances and cooperations with Opera over the …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Aug 2015

Spanish developers strike gold with ‘Mr Mayor’ dodgy dealings gaming app

A bunch of young Spanish app developers have stumbled onto an unlikely hit after taking a pop at shady political shenanigans. With more than 100,000 downloads, the "Corrupt Mayor" game from MeigaLabs (with the aim to collect as much money as possible through illegal activities) has become a minor sensation. Founded last year …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Aug 2015

EFF's Privacy Badger will block snooping ads and invisible trackers

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has launched a browser add-on to impede snooping efforts of advertisers and other third-party web trackers. The EFF has released the stable version of its browser add-on, branded Privacy Badger for some unknown reason, in order to “put an end to non-consensual browser tracking.” “Although we …
The Gnu-look LibreOffice 5

LibreOffice 5.0 debuts, complete with fewer German code comments

The tenth version of open-source productivity suite Libre Office, Libre Office 5.0, has arrived. If that numbering is a little confusing, prepare for more brow-furrowing as this release is considered the fruit of the suite's third development cycle. The first started in 2010, when OpenOffice forked and work on LibreOffice 3.0 …
Outlook for the web's new calendar

Microsoft changes 'Outlook Web Access' to 'Outlook on the web'

Fresh from showing glimpses of the next-generation Outlook Web Access client in a preview of Exchange Server 2016, Microsoft has now detailed just how the new version of the browser-bound Outlook will work. There's a new name for starters: “Outlook Web Access” is now “Outlook on the web”. Those marketers sure are earning their …
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Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

Mozilla chief Chris Beard has fired off a tetchy open letter to Microsoft supremo Satya Nadella – because Windows 10 shunts Firefox users onto Redmond's new Edge web browser. Internet Explorer users were warned that Edge, Microsoft's Chrome-chasing new browser, would be the default in Windows 10. But as it turns out, users of …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2015
Edge first run

Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

Review Edge, the new web browser in Windows 10 that was released on Wednesday isn't just a browser: it's an atonement. Microsoft, it seems, wants to apologize not just for its recent Windows 8, but for the entirety of Internet Explorer. And, surprisingly, Edge turns out to be a great apology. Perhaps the most surprising and welcome …
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Microsoft delivers Exchange 2016 Preview

Microsoft has revealed the first Preview of Exchange Server 2016. As is always the case these days, Microsoft says the new version of Exchange is a distillation of all the cooler stuff it does to make cloudy Exchange work at scale. There's a big architectural change in the form of the demise of Client Access servers (CAS). …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2015
Microsoft's new "Send" email client

Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

Microsoft has admitted that its Outlook email and calendar app is too weighty and slow, releasing a new version, essentially a lighter and faster email client for the times you want to send snappy messages. Dubbed “Send”, Microsoft suggests the new app is for use when “... you just need to send a quick, short note to your co- …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2015

AI finally understands primitive sketches – aka marketing presentations

Artificial intelligence scientists have developed a neural-network that understands incomprehensible scrawled drawings of the sort created by children, marketing departments, architects, design creatives, and so on. The academic developers of the "Sketch-a-Net" software proudly boast that their brainchild is actually better at …
Lewis Page, 22 Jul 2015

Running SAP? Checked for patches lately? Now's a good time

SAP has released its July pack of security fixes, including critical patches one researcher says demand your urgent attention. Alexander Polyakov of ERPScan noted a handful of security vulnerabilities patched by the release that could potentially be targeted for attacks. Among the patches is a fix for an authorization bypass …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2015

Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

For some time now Firefox, the once mighty web browser, has been bleeding market share and – perhaps more importantly – developer mind share. Between bundling unwanted features such as Pocket, proffering popcorn-worthy CEO dramas atop Mozilla, being led by a seemingly clueless management, and the fact that that Chrome feels …

Mozilla loses patience with Flash over Hacking Team, BLOCKS it

Mozilla has temporarily blocked Flash in Firefox while waiting for Adobe to release patches to fix yet more serious security holes in the Swiss-cheese-like plugin. These holes can be exploited by criminals to hijack PCs and infect them with malware; details of the bugs emerged from leaked Hacking Team files. Firefox began …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2015
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BZZZT! NHS e-Referral system flatlines again

After finally staggering to its feet the woes surrounding the NHS's £131m gaffe-tastic e-Referrals system have continued, sources have told the Register, with more outages and a growing list of unresolved problems appearing in the past week. In an email seen by The Reg, users have been told that "unexpected" issues have …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2015

Twitter's Vine creeps into HD-quality vid – but it's not really for YOU, chump

Twitter has updated its snappy video-sharing app Vine with an HD-quality option for Apple iOS users. The company said in a short blog post that fanbois could now view the vids in HD simply by adjusting a setting via the "Your Content" menu on a user's profile page. Undoubtedly, the latest tweak to the six-second video service …
Team Register, 11 Jul 2015
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The END of WINDOWS EVERYWHERE! Is that really what Nadella wants?

Comment So it's happened. Microsoft will adjust its books and its staff roster to largely erase its purchase of Nokia. Yesterday, CEO Satya Nadella announced an "impairment charge" of $7.6bn related to the acquisition, along with a reduction of 7,800 employees, primarily from "the phone business". The announcement makes sense to the …
Tim Anderson, 9 Jul 2015
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Samsung, Oppo collared in smartphone bloatware probe

Smartphone makers Samsung and Oppo face legal action in China over handsets apparently stuffed with bloatware. Plenty of folk in the People's Republic have moaned to regulators about pre-installed software on their phones, prompting Shanghai's Consumer Council to act. The country's Consumers' Association said in a statement …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Jul 2015

Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

Google's new Photos software automatically labelled images of black people as "gorillas". The ad giant has since apologised. Mountain View's hugely embarrassing blunder comes just one month after it launched its cloud-hosted photo storage service, and made a big deal out of its machine-learning features. Google also warned …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Jul 2015
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Apple Music available on Sonos by end of this year

Apple’s streaming music service will be available on Sonos’ streaming Wi-Fi speaker set-up by the end of the year. Buzzfeed editor Jon Paczkowski received a message from Apple confirming the move and tweeted the news: Apple_Sonos_Bussfeed Paczkowski Apple Music on Sonos tweet Sonos confirmed this to The Verge. Sonos makes Wi …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2015
Sway on the iPad

Microsoft's curious Sway comes to iPad and iPhone

Microsoft has released Sway for Apple's iPad and iPhone, and will follow up with an app for Windows 10 "later this summer". Sway is part of the Office family and lets users create presentations that format themselves using elements, known as cards, containing text, images, video and charts. These use embedded content from …
Tim Anderson, 26 Jun 2015
Office for Android Phone

Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

Redmond's plan to get its code running everywhere took another step forward on Wednesday when it released free versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android phones. Ever since Satya Nadella took the top job at Microsoft he's been banging on about getting its software on every platform. iOS got it first, then …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jun 2015

Google presses 'send' on 'undo send' – AT LAST

Google has decreed that the “Undo Send” feature in Gmail, which it first unveiled in Gmail Labs in 2009, is ready to go mainstream. Gmail Labs' original Undo Send option gave hot-heads five seconds for the transition from fury to regret. That's been changed in the general availability version, which lets +Inbox users give …
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Firefox preps processor revamp under Project Electrolysis

Mozilla looks ready to revamp its Firefox web browser so tabs and user interfaces can run in separate processes. The feature has appeared in a nightly testing version of the browser and has been in lengthy development under Project Electrolysis. Developer Dan Mircea says the feature is activated by default in nightly builds and …
Darren Pauli, 18 Jun 2015
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Australian biz will have MERE DAYS to patch for FY15/16 tax changes

It looks like the conveyor belt's broken at the Australian Taxation Office, because vendors of accounting and HR software are releasing their new financial year compliance patches rather late. Oracle's just released its FY 15/16 compliance patch, which will ensure Australian users of Oracle's Payroll wares are up to date with …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2015

Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

Microsoft looks to have decided that the “modern” apps it gave the world with Windows 8 were a confusing mess, at least in the case of Skype, and will replace it with normal, boring, desktop Skype. “With the upcoming release of Windows 10 for PCs, it makes sense to use the Skype application optimized for mouse and keyboards use …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jun 2015
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Uber app expands in France despite govt opposition ... and laws

Taxi drivers in Nantes, Strasbourg and Marseille have been protesting after Uber announced on Monday that it would expand its Uberpop service to those cities. Alexandre Molla, Uber France’s director of expansion, told Le Monde that this was just the beginning and that “a VTC offer (voitures de transport avec chauffeur) would …
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Nutanix did build 'Acropolis' hypervisor, wants you to bury it

As predicted by The Register, Nutanix has built a hypervisor called Acropolis, but is using it for more than scale-out compute and an assault on VMware. Instead, the company wants to abstract all the stuff that makes up modern applications and make managing infrastructure idiot-proof. We'll explain that in a moment. The …

Apple brews new News news to peruse - screws news dudes

WWDC 2015 Apple has burned its Newsstand app to the ground, and tried again with a new News application – one that tries to work with all publishers rather than a chosen few. Speaking today at the iOS giant's annual developers conference in San Francisco, Susan Prescott, app product development veep, said News will be added to people's …
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Google blames Flash for hobbling Chrome, says it sucks (too much power)

If you reckon Chrome is eating up your laptop's battery, you're not alone. Google is concerned, too, but it says it's not all its fault – Adobe's to blame. Specifically, the culprit is the Adobe Flash plugin that comes built into Chrome and which automatically displays any Flash content it finds on web pages, according to …