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Yahoo! Gits! Web! Security! Scanner!

Yahoo! has opened the kimono on a project it hopes will make the Web that little bit safer for everyone, Project Gryffin. The project's so new, its to-do list includes “Link to news/finance scan video” – and, El Reg would add, someone might go over the project's GitHub page with an editor's pencil in hand. The company …

Microsoft puts a bullet in blundering D-Link's leaked key that made malware VIPs on PCs

Microsoft has finally revoked D-Link's leaked code-signing key, which gave malware the red carpet treatment on millions of Windows PCs. Last week, it emerged that, for six months between February and September, D-Link exposed its private code-signing key to the world in a firmware download. Anyone who stumbled upon this key …
Chris Williams, 24 Sep 2015
Curiosity selfie as it drills for water

NASA rover coders at Intel's Wind River biz axed – sources

Exclusive Intel-owned Wind River – the maker of the VxWorks software used in NASA rovers, spacecraft, military computer systems, and industry – has laid off a number of its most experienced staff, sources tell The Register. We've learned that some of the engineers hit by this quiet "reduction in force" have been with the Alameda, …
Chris Williams, 24 Sep 2015
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Apple slings bug-fixed iOS 9.0.1 at fanbois, PIN bypass hole still open

Apple has released an update to address several bugs spotted in its iOS 9 mobile operating system. iOS version 9.0.1 aims to fix, among other things, an installation problem that stopped fans from upgrading from iOS 7: their devices froze on the "slide to upgrade" screen. Other fixes in the update correct a problem that was …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Sep 2015
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MemSQL makes it easier to hook up to Apache Spark

Apache Spark may be the fastest data processing engine around for big data, but unless you are conversant in Scala or Java, this cluster computing framework can be a pain to set up and manage. So here is some help from MemSQL, the in-memory database start-up: a way of letting organisations use Spark without writing code, the …
Drew Cullen, 24 Sep 2015
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Reg readers: We want to integrate you into our Continuous Lifecycle

Reg Events We’re doing a major conference on DevOps next year and we don’t just want Reg readers to attend. We want some of you to be the speakers too. Continuous Lifecycle will cover the full range of DevOps tools and methodologies, with three tracks over two days next May, and a day of workshops. We’ve got leading thinkers, such as …
Joe Fay, 24 Sep 2015

Revealed: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline

Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and other big names were crippled or thrown offline for millions of people when Amazon suffered what's now revealed to be a cascade of cock-ups. On Sunday, Amazon Web Services (AWS), which powers a good chunk of the internet, broke down and cut off websites from people eager to stream TV, or hookup with …
Chris Williams, 23 Sep 2015

Would you trust Intel, Vodafone, Siemens et al with Internet of Things security? You'll have to

A new non-profit foundation dedicated to improving security in the "internet of things" launched on Wednesday. More than 30 companies including Intel, Vodafone, Siemens, and BT are the founding members of the foundation, whose mission is to "make the Internet of Things secure, to aid its adoption, and maximize its benefits." …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Sep 2015
Prototype Vulkan debugger from Valve and LunarG

Nintendo joins Khronos vid API standards body

Nintendo has become the latest big name to join the Khronos Group, the standards group that manages graphics APIs like WebGL, OpenGL, and Vulkan. It quietly got its name added to the list of Khronos Group sponsors at the beginning of September, without either Nintendo nor the standards club making a formal announcement. …

Google's new squeeze: Brotli compression open-sourced

Google wants to bring to life the HBO series Silicon Valley: it's pitching a new open source compression algorithm into the world, with the hope that it can eventually end-of-life the venerable Deflate. Brotli (“small bread” in Swiss German, apparently) follows on from Zopfli (“little braid,” also bread-themed), but with …
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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

Volkswagen is getting hammered on world stock exchanges after it was revealed the number of VW cars using software to cheat on pollution tests is far greater than first thought. On Friday, the US Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the German car firm had been using engine management software that detected when …
Iain Thomson, 22 Sep 2015

Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

First Look Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Windows, over two and half years after the launch of Office 2013 in January of that year. The Office team has been busy in the intervening period – and not just with Office 2016. March 2014 saw the release of Office for iPad, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in touch- …
Tim Anderson, 22 Sep 2015
Two dollars

Apple rains refunds on Peace'd off axed ad-blocker netizens

The bloke who created and then withdrew the Peace ad-blocking tool for iOS 9 said Apple has now decided to refund all purchases of the app. Marco Arment said Monday that Apple was now issuing refunds for all users who downloaded his ad-blocking tool. Normally, if you download an app that is later pulled from the store, you …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Sep 2015
Monster virtual machine

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

India to cripple its tech sector with proposed encryption crackdown

The Indian government has published a draft of its latest plans for encryption. The proposals spell bad news for domestic software developers and will make other companies looking to do business in the subcontinent very nervous indeed. The new National Encryption Policy [PDF] proposed by the nation's Department of Electronics …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2015

Wanted alive: $1m for an iOS 9 bug to hijack, er, jailbreak iThings

Exploit traders Zerodium will pay a million dollars to anyone who finds an unpatched bug in iOS 9 that can be exploited to jailbreak iThings – or compromise them. The $1m (£640,000) bounty will be awarded to an individual or team that provides a working exploit to achieve remote code execution on an iOS device via the Safari …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2015

CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

Volkswagen's CEO has admitted that the German car manufacturer used software to cheat emissions testing for certain air pollutants on nearly half a million of its cars. Martin Winterkorn's confession led to the company suffering a bloody trading day – with shares nosediving more than 21 per cent to €128.15 this morning. "I …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Sep 2015
A fix for the troubled Windows 10 Start menu

Microsoft starts to fix Start Menu in new Windows 10 preview

Microsoft has rolled out Build 10547 of Windows 10 to its "Insider" public preview testers, offering a fix to the Start menu bug that saw some shortcuts missing. Windows Insider builds are not intended for production use, but represent the first phase in deploying updates across the various editions of Windows 10. The most …
Tim Anderson, 21 Sep 2015
Screenshots of the Samsung Z smartphone running Tizen

New Tizen version drops, World+Dog yawns

The developers of the Linux-based device operating system Tizen have announced the latest iteration of their TV and mobile offerings. The two device profiles released over the weekend abandon the X-server in favour of the newer and simpler Wayland windowing system, and Webkit2 has been replaced with the Chromium-efl Chromium/ …
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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
Google Chrome 64-bit does not work in the latest WIndows 10 build

Crash Google Chrome with one tiny URL: We cram a probe in this bug

You can crash the latest version of Google Chrome with a simple tiny URL. Just rolling your mouse over it in a page, launching it from another app such as an email client, or pasting it into the address bar, will kill either that tab or the whole browser. It's perfect for pranking friends by sending it to them in emails and …
Chris Williams, 20 Sep 2015
Sad iPhone

Apple iPhones, iPads BRICKED by iOS 9's 'slide-to-upgrade' bug

Apple has published a workaround after some iPhone and iPad users were left stranded in the middle of the iOS 9 update process. The Cupertino giant has acknowledged multiple complaints that devices were unable to progress past the "Slide to Upgrade" screen when moving to the latest version of iOS. Apple's remedy: wipe your …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2015

JetBrains refuses to U-turn on subscriptions (but sweetens the deal)

Developer tools company JetBrains displeased many of its customers when it announced a move to subscription-only licensing from later this year. "We sincerely apologize for this," says co-CEO Maxim Shafirov, while also insisting that the company is "moving forward with subscription." The scheme, which allows for individual …
Tim Anderson, 18 Sep 2015

D-Link spilled its private key onto the web – letting malware dress up as Windows apps

Updated Taiwanese networking kit maker D-Link leaked a private code-signing key onto the internet for anyone to download. This is rather embarrassing because this key can be used to trick Windows computers into trusting and running malware. An eagle-eyed netizen told on Thursday that the code-signing key appeared in a …
Chris Williams, 18 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

We are the Knights who code Ni!

A Venn diagram describing the overlapping populations of Monty Python admirers and software developers would probably show a very large intersection between the two groups. But that's not the only reason software development and motor boat enthusiast Göran Krampe has announced a new programming language called “Ni”. The …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2015
Snake oil salesman

Smartmobe app claimed it will improve your eyesight. Now its maker is coughing up $150k

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined a developer $150,000 who claimed its mobile apps could improve a user's eyesight. The watchdog on Thursday said it struck a settlement with Carrot Neurotechnology Inc that also included provisions barring the company from claiming its "Ultimeyes" app was scientifically proven to …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2015

Patch Bugzilla! Anyone can access your private bugs – including your security vulns

If you or your organization is running Bugzilla, and you're using email-based permissions, make sure you've updated to the latest version – namely 5.0.1, 4.4.10, or 4.2.15. That's because someone's found a way to easily access private bugs in your codebase – such as critical security holes you're still working on to fix. An …
Chris Williams, 17 Sep 2015
Couple holding hands. Pic: Marina Aguiar

Microsoft puts arm round Salesforce, pair skip gaily into the cloud

Microsoft and Salesforce are extending their strategic partnership with a further integration of their software and CRM clouds. Salesforce is to be pushed together with Microsoft’s Skype for Business, OneNote, Delve and Windows 10, the companies said late on Wednesday. Skype for Business and OneNote are being integrated with …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Sep 2015
The Start Menu is back on Windows RT, but is it only a minor update

Windows RT gets new Start menu – but no Cortana or Win 10 apps

Microsoft has delivered a minor update to Windows RT, the ARM-based version of Windows 8 which runs on Surface 1 and 2 and on tablets from Lenovo, Nokia and others. Windows RT is a locked-down version of Windows which includes the Windows desktop and Microsoft Office, but allows only Store apps to be installed. The OS failed …
Tim Anderson, 17 Sep 2015
Acer's PC Phone, the Jade Primo

Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 Mobile preview update

First look Microsoft has rolled out Windows 10 Mobile build 10536 as part of its Insider Program Preview. It is likely that this build is close to the first full release, since the company has also sent out invitations to an event in New York on October 6, at which we are promised "exciting news about Windows 10 devices." Plausible …
Tim Anderson, 16 Sep 2015
Apple Watch lineup

Bug forces Apple to halt watchOS 2 update – still emits iOS 9 on time

Apple has delayed its planned September 16 rollout of watchOS 2, blaming a bug in the firmware update. "We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected," Apple has told the press. "We will not release watchOS 2 today, but will shortly." Apple has not let slip anything …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2015
Spy on the pope with your Jesus phone

CHRIST ALMIGHTY: 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

Microsoft's 'anti-malware Device Guard' in Windows 10: How it works, what you need

Microsoft has published a technical guide to its new Device Guard features in Windows 10 – including how to configure the anti-malware technology, and what hardware you'll need to use it. We first learned of Device Guard in April at the RSA 2015 conference in San Francisco, and then a month later a little more info was teased …
Chris Williams, 16 Sep 2015

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

Fed-up sysadmins beg Microsoft to improve pisspoor Windows 10 update notes

Microsoft has been criticised for dumbing down the information on updates to Windows 10 it provides to IT pros. Thousands of corporate tech admins have vented their frustration at a lack of communication from Redmond on Windows 10 updates in an online peition. A growing lack of clarity means pros must rely on word of mouth to …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2015

SAP pitches Cloud Foundry real-time customer service

SAP has become the latest enterprise giant to promise real-time “insight” into customers, via the cloud. Europe’s tech giant is re-serving the Hybris e-commerce platform it bought in 2013 with a shot of Cloud Foundry, the open-source project it joined in 2014. Hybris has been updated with the addition of two modules, SAP …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2015

CODING PEEP SHOW offers chance to hire devs as they program

Software development streaming outfit has just done something rather interesting to the profession of software development by turning it into a just-in-time resource. bills itself as an "educational livestreaming platform where people code products live." The site's founded on the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2015
VirtualBox 5

Hey, Oracle, what's in that VirtualBox security update? *crickets*

It's not just Microsoft keeping schtum on exactly what's inside its software updates. Oracle is keeping details of security patches for its VirtualBox hypervisor software a secret, members of the Debian team pointed out this week. Back in July, Oracle emitted a big batch of updates for its products, including new features in …
Chris Williams, 15 Sep 2015
German Aerospace Center depiction of Philae on Comet 67/P

ESA tries UPLOADING PATCH to Philae lander to fix radios

The Philae lander may well be alive and mostly well upon Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but the European Space Agency (ESA) is trying to patch its radio transmitters to overcome communications problems. That's the gist, as your correspondent sees it, of a lengthy “behind the scenes” post from ESA boffins explaining their …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2015
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The Register and heise Launch Continuous Lifecycle Conference in the UK

Reg Events The Register has joined forces with heise to bring the Continuous Lifecycle Conference to the UK, taking over 30 Euston Square from May 3 to 5, 2016. Continuous Lifecycle London brings together the DevOps community’s leading thinkers and most switched on users to discuss the tools, techniques and strategies driving software …
Team Register, 14 Sep 2015
OS/2 Warp

World finally ready for USB-bootable OS/2

eComStation, the Dutch-owned company that offers a PC operating system based on IBM's OS/2, has floated the idea of a USB-bootable version of the OS. The firm keeps the OS/2 torch burning by offering a PC OS that lets users run OS/2 apps. The outfit claims the likes of Boeing, Whirlpool Corporation and VMware use its software …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2015