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How Project Centennial brings potentially millions of desktop apps to the Windows 10 Store

The Windows 10 Store will include traditional Windows desktop applications, thanks to Microsoft's Project Centennial (Project C). It was iOS and Android support in Windows 10 that grabbed attention when announced at Microsoft's Build developer event last week, but Project C may be more significant. The thinking behind it goes to …
Tim Anderson, 6 May 2015

Hey devs! Confused by EU privacy law? Pull out the FLASH CARDS

Microsoft and University of Nottingham researchers say developers should be taught to design privacy and security using flash cards if they find wordy regulation documents onerous. The team including Redmond's Ewa Luger and the University's Lachlan Urquhart, Tom Rodden, and Michael Golembewski say regulation is out-of-touch and …
Darren Pauli, 6 May 2015

Red alert! Google's terrifying Borg machines to assimilate cluster-wrangling Omega code

Google is ready to fold its advanced Omega cluster management software into its monolithic Borg, the technology that schedules workloads across the web giant's data center empire. The California biz has been working on developing the Omega scheduler as an heir to the decade-old Borg for a few years now. Both are designed to turn …
Team Register, 6 May 2015
Snakes on a Plane Sudoku

Singapore's prime minister releases source code for his hand-coded Sudoku-solver

Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong has decided to reveal the source code of the Sudoku-solving app he personally coded. The PM revealed he likes to program in his spare time last month and mentioned the Sudoku-solver. He's since taken to Facebook to announce the source code dump. “The program is pretty basic,' the PM …
Simulated views of the world as seen through HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens or Hollow Lens? El Reg stares down cyber-specs' code

Build 2015 The first rule of Microsoft's HoloLens is you do not talk about HoloLens. When you're given a demo, you may not take photos, you may not shoot video, and you may not record audio. Given a moment to think about it, this is a strange requirement. After all, everything you see through HoloLens itself is an optical illusion. You …
Windows 10 IoT Core

Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

Build 2015 Microsoft has released a preview of Windows 10 Internet of Things Core for the diminutive ARM-Cortex-powered Raspberry Pi 2 and the MinnowBoard Max, a computer driven by an Intel Bay Trail Atom. The operating system image for the Raspberry Pi 2 requires an 8GB micro SD card, though the OS itself is only about 1GB, with the …
Tim Anderson, 30 Apr 2015
Hololens

PICTURE-TASTIC: Microsoft woos devs to HoloLens virtuo-goggs

Build 2015 Microsoft is serious about HoloLens, and devoted some stage time during Wednesday morning's keynote at the Build conference in San Francisco to explain how its futuristic headset will be more than just a fancy toy. Game developers are reportedly already exploring the possibilities inherent in a headset that can superimpose …
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2015
Microsoft's Terry Myerson, speaking at Build 2015

Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

Build 2015 Microsoft will get Android code working with Windows 10, confirming the rumors are true, sort of. But what the software giant actually has planned is more nuanced than just borrowing apps from the Google Play store, and it involves courting iOS developers, too. At the Build developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, …
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2015
Microsoft Visual Studio Code running on Ubuntu

Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

Build 2015 Microsoft has expanded its Visual Studio line of software development tools to platforms other than Windows for the first time. No, Redmond hasn't ported its full Visual Studio IDE. But it has launched a new product in the VS line called Visual Studio Code, which offers some of the tools that Windows platform developers have …
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2015
Apple Watch Sport

Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

Apple has banned Watch apps that tell the time from the App Store, thus forbidding them from fanbois' wrists. The terms and conditions of the store explicitly state that timepiece software is a no-go. You'll just have to use the watch faces provided by the Cupertino idiot-tax operation. It's not the first time Apple has clamped …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2015
MS-DOS 3.2 box

Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

PowerShell is everywhere, it seems. Not just in Windows Server, SharePoint, SQL Server, Exchange, Lync and Azure cloud, but it’s in third-party software, too. Take VMWare PowerCLI – that’s an extension of PowerShell. With many in the Windows world chewing on this fat PowerShell server software sandwich it’s easy to take …
Adam Fowler, 27 Apr 2015
Bjarne Stroustrup

C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17

Calm yourselves, readers. The Spring 2015 C++ Standards Committee Meeting takes place next week in Lenexa, Kansas. And at that meeting much of the discussion is expected to consider C++ 17, a major revision of the programming language due in 2017. C++ is currently in version 14, which was released last year, but last week C++ …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2015

The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

Critics have had half a century to pick apart and predict the end of Moore’s Law, which marked its Big Five Zero birthday this week. It’s unlikely that Gordon Earle Moore, the former electrical engineer who authored the eponymous law for a 1965 article, and who two-years later co-founded Intel, has any doubts over its value. …
Dave Wilby, 23 Apr 2015
Marina Bay hotel singapore. By https://www.flickr.com/photos/leonid_yaitsky/

Singapore's PM personally programmed C++ Suduko-solver

Lots of politicians talk about the importance of wielding technology, but Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong has just put his money where his mouth is by revealing he's upset that he doesn't have time to code stuff any more. The PM did so in a speech outlining the city-state's many and enviable innovation. Along the way …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2015
Steve Ballmer. Pic:  Aanjhan Ranganathan

Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

A former Windows Phone and Office lead designer has shed some valuable insight into Microsoft’s internal processes, design and strategy. Designer Jon Bell* left Microsoft a year ago but his Reddit AMA is still vastly more informative than anything that emerges from the Redmond politburo. Steve Ballmer killed an early version of …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2015
Windows 10 Phone build 10051

Windows Phone 10: Less stuff that does more – plus IE-killer Project Spartan

Hands On Microsoft recently released its Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, build 10051, as part of its Windows Insider series. This is by no means a stable build, especially on a low-end phone like our Lumia 635. The built-in apps crash from time to time and sometimes the entire OS freezes. Another common problem is chopped-off …
Tim Anderson, 17 Apr 2015

Bluetooth SIG launches dev studio to encourage development

A new software tool aimed at promoting Bluetooth development has been launched into Beta by the Bluetooth SIG. It spans a broad range of skill sets, from those people who’ve never used Bluetooth but want to incorporate it into their apps, to experts who want to generate and distribute plug-ins. With The Internet of Things (IoT) …
Simon Rockman, 16 Apr 2015
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

The Linux community's on-again, off-again relationship with Nvidia appears to have soured once more, amid reports that the GPU maker is back to its old tricks – and worse – when it comes to open source hardware drivers. Nvidia does release Linux drivers for its graphics cards, but they are proprietary and ship in binary-only …
Neil McAllister, 15 Apr 2015

NASA to put the stars in your hands with coming-soon-now API portal

NASA has let it be known its working on an API portal so it can put more data into developers' hands. “Data is one of the most important assets at NASA,” writes Dan Hammer, a presidential innovation fellow at the agency. “”We have data on comets, measurements of mars, and real-time imagery of earth. But what good is data if you …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2015
Good riddance to bad Java

Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

The latest release of the Chrome web browser, version 42, will block Oracle's Java plugin by default as well as other extensions that use the deprecated NPAPI. The Chrome 42 – available now – brings about the end of official support for NPAPI, a move that will render various plugins incompatible with the browser. Among those …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2015
Handshake

MySQL maestro Percona makes NoSQL play with Tokutek gobble

MySQL consulting and services outfit Percona has acquired Tokutek, makers of a commercial, transaction-safe distribution of the open source MongoDB NoSQL database. "TokuMX, a fully functional transactional, document (row) level locking NoSQL derivative of MongoDB, will now be serviced, supported and remotely managed by Percona's …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015

Selfie sticks BANNED by Apple: No hipster tools' tools allowed at WWDC

Apple is selling tickets to this year's Worldwide Developers Conference – though if you get hold of one, leave your selfie stick in the hotel room. Those wishing to attend have until Friday to register for Cupertino's lottery system. The confab will be held between June 8 and 12 in San Francisco's Moscone West conference center …
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2015

Docker preps on-prem container store, hungry investors give it the D

Linux container-wrangling outfit Docker, flush with cash from a fresh round of funding, says it will release its first commercial product to general availability this quarter. The software, an on-premises version of the firm's hosted container repository called Docker Hub Enterprise (DHE), was launched as a private beta program …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015

This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

An open-source hardware project aimed at making the internet "a little bit safer" needs an influx of cash to continue its work. The Cryptech effort was created following revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that the US government and its pals are exploiting standards and weak crypto algorithms to gain access to …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Apr 2015

Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

Poll Radio 4 has dipped a toe into Lake Geek with a five part series looking at computer languages. Or more accurately the history and reputation of four computer languages: Fortran, Cobol, Basic and Java. Presented by soi-disant girl geek* Aleks Krotoski Aleks Krotoski, the series ("Codes that Changed the World") emphasises the …
Simon Rockman, 14 Apr 2015
Game of Thrones Season One Blu-ray disc set

Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

Developer Bruno Cauet has offered HBO a series of mathematical equations that could have tracked the Game of Thrones season five leaker, or even killed the leak completely. The massively popular series thought to be HBO's most profitable production was rocked over the weekend when a leaker, thought to be a translator with an …
Darren Pauli, 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
Grand Theft Auto Lindsay Lohan lookalike

Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

Former Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe is reported to be in line to play the co-founder of Rockstar Games, publisher of the violence-fest Grand Theft Auto game series. According to Hollywood Reporter Radcliffe is in negotiations with BBC Films to star in the true-life account of Sam Houser, and his fight with a Miami lawyer …
Kat Hall, 10 Apr 2015
Amazon's Dr. Matt Wood, speaking at AWS SFO Summit 2015

Artificial intelligence, filesystems, containers ... Amazon showers cloud gold on devs

AWS Summit Amazon piled on the new cloud features at its AWS Summit event in San Francisco, including new services for file storage and machine learning and updates to features that debuted last year. Speaking at Thursday morning's keynote, AWS boss Andy Jassy described cloud computing as "the new normal" for businesses of all sizes and …
Terminator head

Oh, hi there, SKYNET: US military wants self-enhancing software that will outlive its creators

The US military's nerve-center of secret-squirrel boffinry DARPA wants to write software capable of running for a full century without becoming obsolete. Dubbed "Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems" (BRASS), the project [PDF] will look into the creation of a new software stack that can automatically make use of hardware …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Apr 2015
Intel headquarters, Santa Clara

Intel woos the Internet of Things with firmware factory for Atom, Quark

Intel has released a new GUI tool that allows developers to generate custom firmware images for Intel-powered gizmos without touching any source code. The Intel Firmware Engine, which debuted on Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum conference in Shenzhen, China, automatically builds firmware binaries for Intel chips based on the …
The MSN Santa (unconfirmed)

Google open-sources Santa Claus

Google has open-sourced Santa Claus. Or at least the code for its online Santa Tracker. For those of you who are more “bah humbug” than “pass the eggnog”, Santa Tracker offers an online method of tracking Santa's fictional progress through the logistical chore of stuffing soon-to-be-ignored amusing plastic tat down the chimneys …
Screenshot of Chrome's "Aw, snap!" error message

Aw, snap! How huge HTML links can crash Chrome tabs in one click

Behind the bug A bug in the most recent version of the Chrome allows miscreants to crash browser tabs simply by embedding a link with a malformed URL in the HTML of a page. The vulnerability, dubbed "AwSnap" by web developer Jason Blatt, affects Chrome version 41 on Windows, OS X, and Chrome OS, though reports vary as to whether it exists in …
South Korean flag. Pic: Republic of Korea

South Korea to NUKE Microsoft ActiveX

South Korea may have the world's best broadband, a vivid gaming culture and, in Samsung and LG, two very influential technology giants. But it also has one the world's weirdest online payment regimes because of its decision to mandate the obscure SEED cipher to secure online transactions. SEED doesn't play nice with SSL, but …
Pair of pliers with other tools

Microsoft to slash price of top-level MSDN subs for Visual Studio 2015

Microsoft is streamlining its service offerings for the forthcoming version of its Visual Studio IDE, cutting the prices of its high-end subscription levels in the process. When Visual Studio 2015 ships later this year, the software giant said on Tuesday, all current active subscribers to Visual Studio Professional 2013 with …
Neil McAllister, 31 Mar 2015
Project Spartan screenshot

Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is)

Microsoft has shipped a new build of Windows 10 that offers a first look at its much-hyped Project Spartan web browser, but the software giant has cautioned that developers may want to hold off upgrading. In a Monday blog post, Redmond man Gabe Aul said Project Spartan is the main feature of Windows 10 Build 10049, which is …
Neil McAllister, 30 Mar 2015
Node.js 'hello world' webserver

Want a full-blown IDE for Node.js? You'll need a Windows machine...

Microsoft has doubled down on its support for the Node.js server-side JavaScript framework with a new set of tools that turn Visual Studio into a full-fledged Node.js IDE. The Node.js Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS) have been in development as an open source project for around a year, but Wednesday's 1.0 release marks them ready …
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015

Google throws a 180 on its plans for Dart language

Back in 2013, Google felt the Dart language deserved a native virtual machine baked into Chrome, because it felt JavaScript couldn't deliver the speed it craves. It therefore started the process of getting Dart turned into a standard to help things along. Fast forward to Wednesday and the Dart team, which Google supports but …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2015
Terminators

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

Facebook hopes devs will 'Like' how mobile SDKs, Graph API have scrubbed up

F8 2015 Facebook has used the occasion of its F8 developer conference in San Francisco this year to roll out a major update to its software development kits for Android and iOS, in addition to a new version of the API for accessing its social graph data. "This is our first major update to the iOS and Android SDKs in more than two years …
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015
Internet of Things

Facebook welcomes THINGS to its network with Parse IoT push

F8 2015 Facebook was founded with the goal of connecting people online, but on Wednesday the company said it is branching out into connecting stuff, too. Speaking at Facebook's F8 developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Ilya Sukhar, CEO of the social network's Parse subsidiary, said his firm has launched a new line of SDKs …
Neil McAllister, 25 Mar 2015
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the 2015 F8 conference

Facebook's phone KILLER: Messenger will replace TALKING, says Zuck

F8 2015 Facebook is giving businesses a boost in its Messenger chat app, by making companies and brands first-class citizens on the social network. Developers will soon be able to integrate their own apps with Messenger via a new facility called Messenger Platform, while businesses will be able to enhance online shopping via an offering …
Neil McAllister, 25 Mar 2015