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Microsoft mandates browser-extension defence to malvertising

Microsoft is placing the onus on browser-based security architectures to shield users from malware-laden ads. From March 2016, programs that create ads in browsers and that are served from the Microsoft network will have to use the browsers’ supported extensions to operate. Those building ads must therefore be sure their …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Dec 2015

New HTTP error code 451 to signal censorship

After a three-year campaign, the IETF has cleared the way for a new HTTP status code to reflect online censorship. The new code – 451 – is in honor of Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451 in which books are banned and any found are burned. The idea is that rather than a web server, proxy or some other system returning …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Dec 2015
Box and Salesforce have announced integration features

Box announces Salesforce integration, SDK for developers

Salesforce and Box have announced new integration features, including an SDK for developers. Salesforce Files Connect for Box enables access to files stored in Box for users on the Salesforce platform. Box content can be connected to Salesforce records, users or groups. The Box SDK for Salesforce, available on GitHub, is a …
Tim Anderson, 17 Dec 2015
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Enter our competition to win prizes like the Samsung S6 Edge+

Promo There are but a few hours remaining for those of you who'd like to bag some mighty fine goodies, including a Samsung S6 Edge+ and a Gear S2 Smartwatch, from our developer competition. The Register and Samsung have teamed up to create a competition shaped in two perfect parts: the Knowledge Test and the Creativity Challenge. …
David Gordon, 17 Dec 2015
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How to feed and raise a Wikipedia robo-editor

Wikipedia is to put artificial intelligence to the enormous task of keeping the free, editable online encyclopaedia up-to-date, spam-free and legal. The Objective Revision Evaluation Service uses text-processing AI algorithms to scan recent edits for signs that they may be spam, an effort at trolling, part of a revert war ( …
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Visual Studio Code: Let's talk about Extensions

Visual Studio Code is a lightweight, cross-platform and open source code editor that you can download for free at In the third of this short series of articles, published in association with Microsoft, Sergii Baidachnyi, a Tech Evangelist at Microsoft Canada, will dive into the editor's extensibility …
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Rebels defeat the Empire (again) by giving BB-8 an API

When I was fourteen, the Personal Computer didn’t exist. Even the famed ‘microcomputer’ only existed in the hands of a few hobbyists who laboriously soldered chips onto boards communicating over an S-100 bus. But a friend’s father ran a data centre and when he went in on Saturdays to run the backups he brought us along. We spent …
Mark Pesce, 16 Dec 2015
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Citrix reveals containerised version of NetScaler ADCs

Citrix has decided the time is right to containerise its NetScaler application delivery controllers. NetScaler is Citrix's effort at going beyond WAN optimisation and load balancing with products that try to deliver the performance applications need to deliver a fine users experience wherever – and on whatever networks - users …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2015
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Android developers: Enter our competition to win great prizes

Promo The Register and Samsung have teamed up to make your Christmas that little bit more exciting with a developer competition aimed in particular at all you lovely Android developers. Enter now to get the chance to win some lovely prizes, including a Samsung S6 Edge +, a Gear S2 Smartwatch, and the chance of being featured in the …
David Gordon, 11 Dec 2015
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Google tries to spread the SQL cloud love

Google has unveiled the next gen of its Cloud SQL service, a hosted version of the MySQL database. The second generation Beta Cloud SQL is more than seven times faster than the first generation of Cloud SQL. And it scales to 10TB of data, 15,000 IOPS and 104GB of RAM per instance. The first generation of Cloud SQL was …
Kat Hall, 11 Dec 2015
Open Live Writer is released as open source

Microsoft releases Windows Live Writer as open source

Microsoft has released Windows Live Writer, a popular blog authoring tool, as an open source project on GitHub, under the MIT licence. The original Live Writer was developed by a company called Onfolio, founded by JJ Allaire when he left Allaire Corporation, the business he founded with his brother Jeremy to create web …
Tim Anderson, 11 Dec 2015

Typo in case-sensitive variable name cooked Google's cloud

Google has admitted that incorrectly typing the name of a case-sensitive variable cooked its cloud. Users of the Alphabet subsidiary's Google Container Engine customers “could not create external load balancers for their services for a duration of 21 hours and 38 min” on December 8th and 9th. The mess started when Google …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2015
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Like a version? JDK 9 will point out its own flaws the very first time

Version 9 of the Java JDK will adopt a new numbering scheme that tells you which patches you can ignore and which will demand your attention, stat. Oracle describes the new scheme as a “MAJOR.MINOR.SECURITY” regime. Java 9 will therefore be Java 9. If the next update addresses a security issue, it'll be Java 9.0.1. If the …
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Visual Studio Code: How to integrate Git

Visual Studio Code is a new, lightweight, cross-platform and open source code editor that you can download for free at In the second of this short series of articles, published in association with Microsoft, Tech Evangelist Sergii Baidachnyi, will dive into the editor's Git-related features. (In case …

Android developers, enter our competition for chance at prizes

The Register and Samsung SEAP have teamed up to create a splendid developer competition that should be perfect for the Android developers among you. The competition is broken into two parts: the Knowledge Test and the Creativity Challenge. The Knowledge Test comprises four questions on app development and gives you the chance …
David Gordon, 4 Dec 2015

Now you can tailor Swift – Apple open-sources the whole shebang

Apple has open-sourced its Swift programming language, used to write apps for its ecosystem of products. The full package, including compilers and package managers, Swift software libraries, documentation, and tutorials, has been released under an Apache 2.0 open-source license. The code has been uploaded to GitHub and …

Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

How-to The Let's Encrypt project has opened to the public, allowing anyone to obtain free TLS certificates and set up HTTPS websites in a few simple steps. It's a major leap forward in encrypting the world's web traffic, keeping people's information and browser histories out of the hands of eavesdroppers and and other miscreants. …
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PHP 7.0 arrives, so go forth and upgrade if you dare

PHP 7.0 was launched today, so we've asked @sydphp organiser and #phunconf convener Jack Skinner to explain its significance. Over to you, Jack ... PHP is the language we love to hate and often hate to love. After celebrating it’s 20th birthday earlier this year, it's clearly here to stay, not least because version 7 arrived …
Jack Skinner, 3 Dec 2015

Speaking in Tech: Is the whole of Silicon Valley on LSD?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's favourite techcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Sarah returns to join Eddie and Greg to talk SDI (not the Reagan thing), that Rolling Stone report on San Fran techies and LSD (in really small doses), …
Team Register, 2 Dec 2015

Entropy drought hits Raspberry Pi harvests, weakens SSH security

Raspberry Pis running Raspbian – a flavor of Debian GNU/Linux tuned for the tiny computers – potentially generate weak SSH host keys. This gives man-in-the-middle attackers a sporting chance of decrypting people's secure connections to the devices. The November 2015 release of Raspbian does not use a hardware random number …
John Leyden, 2 Dec 2015
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Mega Microsoft dev tools update includes Clang codegen for Windows

Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 with a ton of new features, including an option to build Windows dynamic libraries with the open source Clang compiler. The developer team at Microsoft has been in overdrive these last few years, coping with the challenge of keeping up with the company's ever-changing platform …
Tim Anderson, 1 Dec 2015
PowerApps - as easy as Excel, says Microsoft

Microsoft whips out PowerApps – now your Pointy Haired Boss can write software, too!

Microsoft has announced PowerApps, a new way to create and host applications for its Azure cloud service. PowerApps is an "enterprise service for innovators everywhere to connect, create and share business apps," says Application Platform VP Bill Staples. Sure, but what is this really? Microsoft, it turns out, is still …
Tim Anderson, 30 Nov 2015
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Visual Studio Code: The top five features

Visual Studio Code is a new, lightweight, and open-source code editor that can be installed on Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. The first of this short series of articles, published in association with Microsoft, SSergii Baidachnyi, a Tech Evangelist at Microsoft Canada, will take us through the following features of Visual Studio …

Win a Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Tab S2, Gear S2 Smartwatch and more

The Register and Samsung have teamed up to create a developer competition where you can scoop great prizes, including a Samsung S6 Edge + or a Galaxy Tab S2. The competition comes in two parts: the Knowledge Test and the Creativity Challenge. The Knowledge Test comprises four questions on app development and gives you the …
David Gordon, 30 Nov 2015
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All hail Firefox Dev Edition 44 – animations, memory and all

Review When Mozilla released the first Firefox Developer Edition there wasn't much difference from the regular Firefox release, but all that changed recently. Firefox DE 44, delivered in early November, packs in a wealth of new features and improvements, particularly for anyone working with HTML5 and CSS3 animation. The Developer …

Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

Pics Chip geeks have produced an interactive blueprint of the ARM1 – the granddaddy of the processor cores powering billions of gadgets today, from Apple iPhones to Raspberry Pis, cameras, routers and Android tablets. The peeps behind the fascinating blog normally reverse-engineer chips by pulling the silicon out of …
Chris Williams, 28 Nov 2015

Android on Windows is disruptive because neither Microsoft nor Google can stop it

Welcome to the DMZ where the world’s two most ubiquitous operating systems meet and eye each other warily. It’s a place where the future platform battles are being shaped. Microsoft may have sidelined its effort to allow Android apps to run unmodified on Windows 10. But Windows users have been able to do this on PCs for over a …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Nov 2015

Finding security bugs on the road to creating a verifiably secure TLS lib

Microsoft and French research organization Inria have jointly published the source code for a more secure implementation of TLS – a first step in hopefully increasing the security of millions online. The software library emerged from a project called MiTLS, whose website is curiously missing in action at time of …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2015

Android Studio 2.0 preview gives developers instant preview of code changes

Google has released Android Studio 2.0 Preview, a major update to its IDE for developing Android applications. The feature was announced on Monday at the Android Developer Summit in Mountain View, Google's home town. Developers can download the new IDE here. Android Studio is based on IntelliJ IDEA, a popular Java IDE. Google …
Tim Anderson, 25 Nov 2015
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Google launches virtual plastic pal who's fun to be with

Google has launched a preview of version 2.0 of Android Studio, the Alphabet subsidiary's development tool for Android apps. Google's aims for this release were to create a faster, prettier-and-therefore-more-pleasant-to-use tool. The revised development tool's headline features therefore include something called “instant run …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2015
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Why Microsoft's .NET Core is the future of its development platform

Analysis It is just over a year since Microsoft announced the open sourcing of .NET Core, a cross-platform fork of the Windows-only .NET Framework. The .NET Framework is not going away, but it is now apparent that the company's focus is on .NET Core as the future of its development platform. Microsoft's .NET Framework goes back a long …
Tim Anderson, 20 Nov 2015

How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

Earlier this week the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) warned that an Indian firm called SilverPush has technology that allows adverts to ping inaudible commands to smartphones and tablets. Now someone has reverse-engineered the code and published it for everyone to check. SilverPush's software kit can be baked into …
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2015

Enter our developer competition to win fabulous prizes

The Register and Samsung SEAP have teamed up to create our developer competition, where you can win some great prizes, including the Samsung S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Tab S2. The competition is broken into two parts: the Knowledge Test and the Creativity Challenge. The Knowledge Test comprises four questions on app development and …
David Gordon, 19 Nov 2015
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Microsoft makes Raspberry Pi its preferred IoT dev board

A little over a year after Intel's Galileo development board got its first taste of Microsoft Windows, Redmond has decided to pull the project. Chipzilla's Raspberry Pi-like Galileo was anointed as able-to-run-Windows in August 2014, courtesy of the 1.0.2 firmware update for the Gen1 device. In the same month Intel launched …
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Microsoft working hard to unify its code base, all the way down to the IoT

MS Ignite AU Windows CE might seem like a bad dream from this distance, but a IoT developer speaking at Microsoft's Ignite gabfest in Australia have told The Register it represents a starting point that now positions Redmond well to respond to the Internet of Things. Mitch Denny, CTO of Readify and a .NET developer for several years, is …
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Cray hoists Docker containers into supercomputers

SC15 Everyone loves Docker, including Cray, which today announced the addition of container-based virtualization to its official software stack. The supercomputer builder is rolling the technology first to Cray XC customers and in 2016 to Cray S400, CrayXE and Cray XK systems. The inclusion will aid wider productivity, chief …
Drew Cullen, 18 Nov 2015
Xamarin Test Cloud lets you deploy apps to multiple cloud-hosted devices for testing

Xamarin releases version 4.0 of its cross-platform mobile developer suite

Xamarin has released version 4.0 of its cross-platform mobile suite for iOS, Android and Windows. Xamarin was founded in 2011 by Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman, with the goal of enabling developers to build apps for Apple iOS and Google Android using Microsoft's C# language. The technology used is based on Mono, the open …
Tim Anderson, 17 Nov 2015
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Netflix and skill: Web vid giant open sources Spinnaker cloud tool

Netflix has released Spinnaker, an open-source tool for testing and rolling out software updates in the cloud. The Apache 2.0-licensed code provides continuous delivery of applications, including managing and monitoring their deployment. Netflix said Spinnaker will replace its Asgard project. The streaming video giant said …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2015
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Badware in the firmware all over the place

This is really no surprise: embedded system vendors aren't good at carrying out quality assurance on their firmware images, and their embedded Web server software is what you'd expect from something written in the last 20 minutes of Friday afternoon. And it'll be no surprise to The Register's readers that the bugs land in all …
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NoSQL: Injection vaccination for a new generation

We are becoming more and more accustomed to reading about losses of online data through malicious hack attacks, accidents, and downright carelessness – it’s almost as if we don’t know how to secure data against the most common forms of attack. Of course, that isn’t really true as best practice, legislation, and education on …
Andrew Cobley, 13 Nov 2015
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PostgreSQL learns to walk and chew gum

The open source PostgreSQL database is about to get query parallelisation, starting with just a few processes, and is looking for crash-test dummies to give it a whirl. Developer Robert Haas blogs that he worked with Amit Kapila over “several years” to get the feature working, and if things go well, he hopes to see the feature …

Here are the graphics processors cloud giants will use to crunch your voices, videos and data

If you think you can build the next Youtube, Facebook or Google, you'll need to invest heavily in artificial intelligence and GPU-accelerated engineering to get any kind of edge over rivals. And Nvidia just so happens to have some hardware for you, or so it says. The graphics chip giant has revealed a Tesla M40 GPU …
Chris Williams, 10 Nov 2015