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DARPA gamifies open-source software testing

Secret-squirrel military tech bureau DARPA has designed a series of computer games which can help to verify open source software. It is working on the games under the auspices of its Crowd Sourced Formal Verification programme. The idea is to perform the soft of software verification which is generally conducted by technical …
Jasper Hamill, 9 Jun 2014
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Watch this: Using Foundation for responsive design

Video Youtube Video Mobile Ready and responsive development are the must know skills for anyone involved with web development, Juggling the HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript is a challenging ask but Foundation is here to help! A rapid prototyping and industrial scalable framework it makes responsive design a simpler and more straightforward …
David Gordon, 6 Jun 2014
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Devs get first look at next Visual Studio

Microsoft is letting devs download the preview version of Visual Studio “14”, due for 2015 release, for feedback. The CTP – community technology preview – download is available here. It will work with Roslyn – more formally, the .NET Compiler Platform – that Redmond open sourced at its April Build conference. Roslyn exposes the …

The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

WWDC Apple has used its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, held this week in San Francisco, to play internet giants against each other. On Monday, the iPhone maker revealed a pact with Microsoft to make Bing the default web search engine for its desktops and devices – swapping out Google. The change will affect Spotlight in the …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Jun 2014

iOS 8 to PROBE your GUTS and your HOME

WWDC Apple's iOS 8, introduced on Monday and due to reach the masses this fall, has a raft of upgrades, but perhaps two of the most interesting items announced at the company's developers shindig are APIs that involve monitoring your vital signs and controlling your home. The HealthKit API and the Health app – united to keep an eye …
Rik Myslewski, 3 Jun 2014
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New iOS 8 SDK: Come in, apps. Get cozy, sip wine, swap numbers

WWDC For its latest software development kit (SDK) for the forthcoming iOS 8, Apple has adjusted the platform's sandbox security model to allow apps to provide services to other apps running on the same device for the first time. "This release is the biggest release since the launch of the App Store," Apple CEO Tim Cook said during …

Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

WWDC Apple stunned the audience at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday with a tool few expected: a new programming language for iOS and OS X software called Swift. There already is a programming language called Swift that was developed by the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory for use in …

Watch this: Application lifecycle management using Visual Studio 2013

Video Youtube Video By using the suite of client-server tools in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 (TFS), proven practices can be applied to manage an application's life-cycle. This QA training session shows how to plan projects, develop, build and test an application, track work and report progress using the version control, …
David Gordon, 2 Jun 2014
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Xamarin: Design an app for Windows, iOS and Android ... from one codebase?

Perhaps the most striking feature of Microsoft's Build developer conference in April was the crowd that gathered to hear Xamarin's Mac-toting Miguel de Icaza talk about mobile apps – meaning, of course, his company's tools for targeting iOS and Android with C#, the premier language of Microsoft .NET. The session was so popular …
Tim Anderson, 30 May 2014
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Developers: Microsoft has a cloud camp on 2 June just for you

Promo Join Microsoft in Victoria, London for Developer Cloud Camp on 2 June. During this all-day training course, you will learn how to: Build, Deploy, Scale! Learn how to use ASP.NET to deploy Microsoft Azure Websites and Cloud Services in a multi-tier application using Microsoft Visual Studio 2013. Build mobile applications using …
David Gordon, 30 May 2014
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Developers: Your chance to get hands on with Microsoft Azure

Promo Microsoft’s Cloud Camp, an all-day event, is taking place in Victoria, central London on 2 June. Event and registration details for this free of charge training day are here. Here’s the drill: You’ve probably heard of Microsoft Azure but not done anything with it. Maybe you’ve seen a few demos at an event or an online video. …
David Gordon, 29 May 2014
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Watch this: A webinar about classic GUI design patterns

Video Youtube Video In this training session, QA's Paul Besley takes you through the common GUI patterns of MVC, MVP and MVVM. This includes: The benefits of applying a pattern; Patterns and Unit Test; How they work; Going beyond basic Unit Test. The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week …
David Gordon, 29 May 2014

It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

Vid Google is building a driverless car that comes sans steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedal, because - it claims - the vehicles don't need those controls. Mountain View said it is currently creating prototypes that will work "safely and autonomously without requiring human intervention". It is so confident about the …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 May 2014
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What can The Simpsons teach us about stats algorithms? Glad you asked...

Big Data's Big 5 When his class is asked to give an example of a paradox in The Simpsons, Bart offers: "You're damned if ya' do, and you're damned if ya' don't." The dictionary defines a paradox as an absurd or seemingly absurd or contradictory statement that might prove to be true and when it comes to data a seemingly contradictory situation …
Mark Whitehorn, 28 May 2014
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Mozilla launches Flame reference handset for Firefox OS

Mozilla has begun taking preorders for the Firefox OS Flame, a new developer handset that's a reference design for what the not-for-profit browser maker calls "mid-tier hardware" for its open source mobile OS. "Until now, there has been no 'reference device' and the options for getting something through retail were limited," …
Neil McAllister, 27 May 2014
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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

Blighty’s train companies are finally opening up their live database of running services to programmers – giving third-party developers up-to-date info for free after years of criticism of the closed system. The UK’s National Rail Enquiries (NRE) Darwin database will be available to anyone who wants to use the real-time …
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Siri, what do you make of IBM's Cognea gobble? Oh, we can't print THAT

IBM's Watson supercomputer team has acquired virtual-assistant maker Cognea. We're told the upstart developer will slot into the “Watson Platform” to help sharpen the Jeopardy!-winning machine's chitchat with humanity. Now that the celebrity super has won a gameshow, thanks to its banks of POWER7 processors and a copy of …

Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

Big Data's Big 5 You've employed Benford's Law to out fraudsters hidden in seemingly random numbers. Now what do you do if you need answers but some of your data is missing? Welcome to the German tank problem, the second in The Reg's guide to crafty techniques from the world of mathematics that can help you quickly solve niggling data problems. …
Mark Whitehorn, 20 May 2014
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Big data? Internet of things? Sport of Kings inches into high tech

In Clare Balding’s autobiography My Animals and Other Family she relates the story of her father, a renowned horse trainer, telling an owner after Mrs Thatcher’s 1979 election victory that “it’s going to take a while to get used to a woman running the country”. The horse owner was the queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II. …
SA Mathieson, 20 May 2014
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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

Matt Godbolt, a developer whose day job sees him work at a securities trading outfit, has used his personal time to rebuild the Acorn BBC Micro in JavaScript. JSBeeb, running here and downloadable from Github is the product of about two months' work. The emulator reproduces a 32K BBC Micro and when loaded into your browser …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2014

Salesforce.com connects Heroku and Force.com

Salesforce.com's decision to acquire Heroku has looked an oddity for a while: why does a SaaS juggernaut with its own perfectly good Force.com development platform need a PaaS play like Heroku? The eternally-enthusiastic company has just spelled out why, and how, it thinks the two will work together. The scheme is simple: …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2014

NO, Microsoft hasn't given up on .Net, and YES it's all about cloud

TechEd 2014 Developers who were worried that Microsoft was retreating from .Net can breathe easier, as the software giant had a host of .Net-related announcements to make at its annual TechEd North America conference this week. Recent Build developer conferences have been light on .Net content, between Microsoft pushing JavaScript and web …
Neil McAllister, 13 May 2014

Microsoft enlists Apache to help Windows devs build hybrid mobile apps

TechEd 2014 At its annual TechEd North America conference in Houston, Texas on Monday, Microsoft doubled down on its promise to help developers build cross-platform mobile apps by announcing preliminary support for creating HTML-based hybrid apps within Visual Studio. The preview tools have been given the lofty-sounding name "Multi-Device …
Neil McAllister, 12 May 2014
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Microsoft TechEd 2014 keynote, Q&A liveblog: What went down in TX

Reg correspondent Adam Fowler has flown from Adelaide, Australia, to Houston, Texas, US, to bring you up-to-the-minute information from the TechEd 2014 North America keynote and Q&A. TechEd is Redmond's annual conference for programmers and other IT pros. Join us for the latest developments as they happen – the feed below should …
Team Register, 12 May 2014
A U-2 "Dragon Lady" takes off from the Osan Air Base, South Korea, flightline Oct. 21, 2009, during the base Air Power Day air show. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

A computer crash that caused the collapse of a $2.4bn air traffic control system may have been caused by a simple lack of memory, insiders close to the cock-up alleged today. Hundreds of flights were delayed two weeks ago after the air traffic control system that manages the airspace around Los Angeles' LAX airport went titsup …
Jasper Hamill, 12 May 2014

Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

Hey, Linux fans: a high-profile, colossal, global outfit is about to dump a proprietary operating system and replace it with Linux in a very, very, demanding application that literally involves life and death situations. We've known this for a while actually, since 2012 to be precise, as that is when the Naval Air Station at …
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Atom, GitHub's code editor based on web tech, goes open source

Code-sharing site GitHub has announced that Atom, its highly customizable code editor, has left beta and its full source code is now available to world+dog under the MIT open source license. Why another text editor? In an interview, GitHub developer Nathan Sobo told The Reg that he and the other developers wanted a powerful …
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Facebook-backed spec lets apps link to other apps on mobes

Facebook and a handful of partners have lent their support to App Links, a new, cross-platform, open source system for linking content from mobile apps directly to other mobile apps. Deep linking is easy on the desktop, because every link is handled by the browser. But on mobile platforms, people often prefer to use platform- …
Neil McAllister, 30 Apr 2014
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Facebook UNVEILS VEIL for 'anonymous' logins

If you've ever been hesitant to login to an app or website using your Facebook ID because you don't know what consequences clicking that blue button will actually have, Mark Zuckerberg says he feels your pain. Speaking at the Facebook F8 developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday – the first such event the social network …
Neil McAllister, 30 Apr 2014
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OpenBSD founder wants to bin buggy OpenSSL library, launches fork

In the wake of the Heartbleed bug fiasco, members of the OpenBSD project have forked the popular OpenSSL library with the aim of creating a new version that they say will be more trustworthy. Even though OpenSSL is open source software, for a full two years its entire development community managed to overlook the crucial bug …
Neil McAllister, 22 Apr 2014
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Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

As your body staggers down the winding road to death, user interfaces that require fighter pilot-grade eyesight, the dexterity of a neurosurgeon, and the mental agility of Derren Brown, are going to screw with you at some point. Don't kid yourself otherwise – disability, in one form or another, can strike at any moment. Given …
Dominic Connor, 17 Apr 2014

Nvidia's new CUDA 6 has the 'most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA'

Nvidia has released CUDA 6, an upgrade to its proprietary GPU programming language that it says "includes some of the most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA." For our money, the most important aspect of CUDA 6 is its unified memory scheme, which The Reg described in some detail when the CUDA Toolkit 6.0 was …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2014

Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

IT automation-tool supplier Chef has sponsored a study that it says shows software developers are "emerging as a new power class" who believe their jobs are recession-proof, and that money will flow to them like honey. "Traditionally considered a disenfranchised group that was underappreciated and not well understood in business …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Apr 2014
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Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not

When Microsoft introduced ”universal apps” for all its platforms at the recent Build conference, one of the things it promised was alignment between the prices it is possible to charge for software in its app stores. It makes little sense, after all, for Irritated Avians to have different prices on different platforms when users …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2014

OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

Updated Robin Seggelmann, the man who accidentally introduced the password-leaking Heartbleed bug into OpenSSL, says not enough people are scrutinizing the crucial cryptographic library. The Heartbleed flaw, which was revealed on Monday and sent shockwaves through the IT world all week, allows attackers to reach across the internet and …
Chris Williams, 11 Apr 2014

Wanna build a module for Google's Project Ara mix-and-match phone? Here are your specs

Just days before its first Project Ara Developer Conference is scheduled to begin, Google has released the device's Module Developers Kit (MDK), a set of plans and documentation designed to get hardware hackers started building modules for the componentized, mix-and-match experimental smartphone. Google first unveiled Project …
Neil McAllister, 11 Apr 2014
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Which sweaty exec dreamt up Office for iOS? Ballmer, Ballmer, Ballmer

You wouldn't expect Steve Ballmer to shout "iPad, iPad, iPad" at his staff, but that's exactly what the perspiring madman might have yelled ahead of the release of Office for iOS. Youtube Video According to members of Microsoft's iPad development team, Bill Gates' excitable protégé personally pushed through the release of …
Jasper Hamill, 9 Apr 2014
Reg man wears Google Glass

Google woos enterprise developers with 'Glass at Work' program

Google is making a push to get its Glass headsets into the workplace with a new program, "Glass at Work", to entice coders to build enterprise applications for companies wanting to get into the wearable computing platform. "Today, there are thousands of consumers out there enjoying Glass in ways that are both practical and …
Iain Thomson, 8 Apr 2014

The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

Cobol is the language most associated with mainframes, especially the IBM System 360 whose 50th anniversary is being celebrated or at least commemorated this week. But when COBOL was first spawned in the mid-1950s, it wasn’t intended for programmers. It was aimed instead at “accountants and business managers” – basically a Stone …
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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

Never one to mince words, Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds has once again handed a verbal smackdown to a Linux developer, this time for failing to address a serious bug that could prevent systems from booting. The target of Torvald's latest tirade was Kay Sievers, one of the key developers of systemd, a system-management daemon …
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One Win 8 to rule them all: Microsoft talks up 'universal apps' for PCs, slabs and mobes

Build 2014 Eight months after launching its pushbutton App Studio GUI development kit for Windows Phone, Microsoft has extended the tool to include support for building apps for Windows 8, too. The latest beta version of the web-based tool formerly known as Windows Phone App Studio, announced at Microsoft's Build developer conference on …
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SQL giant Oracle plans NoSQL standards body – top Reg sources

Exclusive Database giant Oracle is attempting to create a NoSQL standards body, The Register has learned. The puzzling move was disclosed to El Reg on Friday by multiple well-placed sources at multiple database companies, who were each familiar with the matter. The insiders, speaking on condition of anonymity, say relational database …
Jack Clark, 4 Apr 2014