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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

Microsoft is developing a new approach to splatting bugs in software before they take down production systems. It involves wiring up programmers to sensors that record brain activity, track eye movement, and test how sweaty the engineers are. If the developer is stressed – bingo, they're probably reading some rather hairy code …
Jack Clark, 15 Jul 2014

You don't need a HERO, you need a ZERO. From Google

+Comment Google will expand its computer security research efforts by forming a well-staffed full-time team called Project Zero. The web ad broker wants to hire the best of the best, who can find Heartbleed-grade vulnerabilities, or worse bugs, in software. It's also looking to extend its bounty program for reporting holes. Project Zero …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2014

Oracle: You wanted SQL on Hadoop? How about SQL on Hadoop and SQL ON NOSQL?

Oracle wants all technology to speak the same language as the one found in its eponymous database. Unfortunately for Oracle, the world doesn't work like that, so on Tuesday the company announced new software that lets Oracle aficionados use Oracle SQL commands to probe non-SQL systems, such as Hadoop and NoSQL databases. The " …
Jack Clark, 15 Jul 2014
LibreSSL

LibreSSL crypto library leaps from OpenBSD to Linux, OS X, more

The OpenBSD project has released the first portable version of LibreSSL, the team's OpenSSL fork – meaning it can be built for operating systems other than OpenBSD. The LibreSSL project, which aims to clean up the buggy and inscrutable OpenSSL code, was founded about two months ago by a group of OpenBSD developers, so it only …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jul 2014
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Use apps anonymously? We'll help make that happen – Amazon techie

Mobile is the new cloud! we imagine a swivel-eyed CIO shouting on the street, while clutching 10 phones to his or her chest. But judging by Amazon Web Services' latest major release, there is a truth to this, as the cloud giant announced on Wednesday a set of AWS Mobile Services designed to make it easier for developers to hook …
Jack Clark, 10 Jul 2014

Think Google Glass is creepy? Wait until it READS YOUR MIND

Think you couldn't look any sillier than a Glasshole? Prepare to be proven wrong by a British startup that asks you to add a forehead-dimpling biosensor to the dorky spectacle that is Google headgear. The Shoreditch-based firm This Place unveiled its MindRDR app yesterday. The app connects Glass with an electroencephalogram (EEG …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jul 2014

Victim of Tor-hidden revenge smut site sues Tor Project developers

The Tor Project has found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit that claims the privacy software's developers aided a revenge porn slinger. An attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told The Register the allegations against the Tor team are baseless. In a lawsuit, Shelby Conklin accuses the Tor Project of …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2014

YES, you CAN install paid-for apps on Android Wear – if devs rebuild them

Google has published a workaround that allows paid-for apps to be installed on Android Wear devices, but it's hardly straightforward and it's nothing device owners can do themselves. Early adopters who purchased LG G or Samsung Gear Live smartwatches have been stymied by a glitch in the Google Play store's app encryption scheme …
ABC iView with Doctor Who

WinPhone iView app flap: Microsoft to pull 'unauthorised' app... coded by STAFFER

UPDATE A Microsoft employee has created an "unauthorised" Windows Mobile app to access a catch-up TV service in Australia. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is the country's largest public broadcaster and its official iview player app is only available on iOS and Android. The Windows Phone app, iview FTW!, is the creation …

Qualcomm fires DMCA shotgun at alleged code thieves on GitHub – including itself

A company claiming to represent Qualcomm has shut down a number of repositories on source-code sharing site GitHub under provisions of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) – including at least one repository belonging to Qualcomm itself. In a letter published by GitHub this week, web intelligence outfit Cyveillance …
More flaws found in Java

No, modular Java isn't dead. It'll be in Java 9 – honest

Despite significant delays, Oracle is once again moving forward with Project Jigsaw, a major undertaking that aims to allow Java developers to break their programs down into independent, interoperable modules. Jigsaw was first intended to be a major features of Java 8. By 2012 Big O decided that waiting for Jigsaw to be ready …

'I don't want to go on the cart' ... OpenSSL revived with survival roadmap

The OpenSSL project, having suffered sharp criticism following the revelation of a string of serious security vulnerabilities, has published a roadmap explaining how it plans to address users' concerns. "The OpenSSL project is increasingly perceived as slow-moving and insular," the intro to the document states. "This roadmap …

You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

Software engineer and Arizon Army National Guard member Vivin Paliath has explained how writing some Perl and Excel macros saw him decorated with the Army Commendation Medal, a decoration awarded “to any member of the Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself by heroism, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service.” …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2014
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Couchbase relaxes into golden couch stuffed with 60 meellion dollars

Upstart database firm Couchbase has pulled in $60m in filthy valley lucre to help the company take business away from Oracle and IBM. The funding round was announced on Thursday and led by WestSummit and Accel Growth Fund. It represents a big bet that new database systems are getting popular enough to steal some business away …
Jack Clark, 26 Jun 2014

I/O: New Google design language will RULE OVER 'DROIDS

Google has unveiled a new look for the next version of Android, Android L, dubbed "Material Design". So what, you ask? Well, Android runs on around 70 per cent of the world's smartphones. Material Design specifies the UX (user experience) for all things Google and “smart” - from the outline to the fundamentals. Material Design …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jun 2014

Boffins untangle why your software builds fail

Dependency errors aren't just the bane of Linux users living the configure-make-install life: they also have a significant impact on developer productivity that could be dealt with in the tools developers use. That's one of the conclusions arising out of a new analysis, carried out by researchers from Hong Kong, the University …

Oracle's IP lawsuit foe: We'll fight SAP tooth and nail in Europe

Rimini Street, the fast-growing business software support specialist currently fighting Larry Ellison’s database giant in US courts, appears to have SAP in its sights in Europe. “Look out SAP,” Rimini Street chief executive Seth Ravin warned the giant in a recent interview with The Reg. “We are going to fight them tooth and …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2014
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Aerospike: Thanks for that $20m, VCs ... next we'll OPEN SOURCE our NoSQL database

Startup Aerospike has guzzled $20m in filthy valley lucre. And it'll use the cash to fund its assault on database incumbents, namely making its flash-oriented NoSQL software open source. The company told The Reg on Tuesday that this is not some crazy plan: its decision to publish its database server code under the AGPL license, …
Jack Clark, 24 Jun 2014

Mozilla to cram a full web-dev IDE inside Firefox browser

All of the major web browser vendors now ship developer tools with their products, but Mozilla is planning to go whole hog by building a full integrated development environment (IDE) for web apps right into its Firefox browser. WebIDE in Firefox Nightly - June 2014 Called – naturally enough – WebIDE, the feature is still in its …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jun 2014
forks reforking

Bored yet? Now there's ANOTHER OpenSSL fork – it's from Google

With developers still struggling to plug vulnerabilities in the open source OpenSSL crypto library, Google has spun off a new fork of the project based on its own, internal work with the code, dubbed BoringSSL. "We have used a number of patches on top of OpenSSL for many years," Google dev Adam Langley said in a blog post …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jun 2014
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

It's a job that involves long hours sitting in front of a computer, bashing characters into a computer while ignoring the happy people who are outside, frolicking in the sunshine. What hip young woman wouldn't want to be a computer programmer? With this in mind, Google has embarked upon a $50m drive to encourage women to get …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jun 2014

Frenchies' rash cache clash dashed: US courts trash Android patent bid

A US Appeals Court has rejected a patent case brought by French digital security biz Gemalto against Google's Android operating system. The court upheld [PDF] the decision of the lower courts that the Android platform did not infringe three Gemalto patents that cover technology in the firm's smartcards. The three patents in …
Photo of the KitKat mascot among the Android lawn statues

Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version

The next version of Google's Android smartphone OS may ship with a new code execution engine that improves performance and battery life, if a new report is to be believed. The current engine, Dalvik, is getting long in the tooth, and developers have long grumbled that it doesn't run their code as efficiently as it could. Google …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jun 2014
Angry Birds Valentines

Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

The mobile games sector will swell in value by more than a third over the next two years, a new report from Juniper Research has claimed. According to its figure, the sector will be worth a mammoth $28.9 billion, up almost 38 percent on the $20.9bn it is apparently worth now. The report, titled Mobile & Handheld Games: Discover …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jun 2014

Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

“Pushing that button was one of the more impactful clicks of my career,” says Microsoft’s C# lead architect Anders Hejlsberg. The click in question was made on stage at Microsoft’s Build conference in April, and its effect was to publish the .NET Compiler platform, codenamed Roslyn, as open source under the Apache 2.0 licence. …
Tim Anderson, 16 Jun 2014
Elite: Dangerous

Live Chat: Elite brains David Braben OBE answers YOUR Qs

Live Chat On 17 June at 2:30pm BST, legendary gaming dev David Braben – who just this weekend was made an OBE for the work he has done for Blighty's video game and computer industries – answered your questions on Elite, the Raspberry Pi and how software development has changed. Youtube Video Braben is famous as the co-author of Elite, …
Simon Rockman, 13 Jun 2014

Torvalds on patents: 'Sane people know it's bullsh*t but making real change is difficult'

QuoTW This was the week when a piece of software (supposedly) passed the Turing Test, giving the world all the “robot overlord” headlines they could possibly need in a slow, sunny news week. Facts were hard to come by in the tale of Eugene Goostman, the 13-year-old-boy-simulating software that apparently hit the controversial …

Swiftkey: We just want to be free - Apple didn't bump us

The British creators of a smart-typing app called SwiftKey have denied the decision to give it away for free was inspired by Apple's announcement of its own keyboard software. London-based SwiftKey has cut the cost of its app from £1.49 to nothing, relying on a freemium model to help bring home the bacon. Apple recently threw …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2014
CPU Ward deck

Watch this: The .NET ASync story

Video Youtube Video Laptops already routinely have four CPUs and in a few years' time they will probably have a couple of dozen. However, Software doesn't automatically make use of more than 1 CPU, it takes programmers to do that. This training session will briefly show the async solutions that .NET has embraced and then take you …
David Gordon, 11 Jun 2014
Marc Benioff

Salesforce slings software for … sigh … wearables

Salesforce chief Marc Benioff runs his business from his phone and is annoyed that his favorite hotels don't recognize him when he walks in the door. With Salesforce Wear, a developer software scheme to link Salesforce's customer relationship management systems to data generated from wearable technologies, Benioff may finally be …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014
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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

Outspoken Linux creator Linus Torvalds has taken issue with the oft-repeated assertion that in today's world everybody should learn computer programming, saying he just doesn't believe in it. In an interview with Business Insider over the weekend, the Linux kernel king said that even though he grew up with computers and he …
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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
HTML versions found online in the UK between 1996 and 2010

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
Microsoft campus

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
iOS 8

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
Love

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
Microsoft is using a very broad definition of the Azure cloud

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
Microsoft has a dozen data centers, including one in China run by 21Vianet

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