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Visual Designer in Android Studio

A first look at Google’s Android Studio 1.0: Climbing out of the Eclipse kitchen sink

Google has released version 1.0 of Android Studio, now the official IDE for Android. The development tool has been in preview since its announcement at the Google I/O conference in May 2013, and in beta since June this year. There are a variety of Android development tools available, but until now the official bundle has been …
Tim Anderson, 9 Dec 2014
Kirk and Spock contemplate castles built in the air

Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

A smartphone-inspired version of Ubuntu Server for Docker minimalists has been revealed with initial backing from Microsoft. Canonical is today expected to unveil the "Snappy" version of Ubuntu Core, a stripped-down server image of just 110MB built for thousands of servers in the cloud. It is available as an Alpha preview. The …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Dec 2014

Facebook injects CREEPY search engine into mobile app

Facebook has finally deployed its creepy search engine on the US version of its app for iOS users. One of the free content ad network's product managers announced that Facebook's so-called Graph Search tech would be slowly rolled out to Stateside fanbois over the next few weeks. This comes nearly two years after Facebook boss …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Dec 2014

This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

A few months back I spied a rare, spare week in my schedule and decided to turn it into a fortnight’s ‘staycation’. I’d stick around the house, but do no work whatsoever. I had no idea that would make people so angry. I didn’t simply disappear. After ensuring everything would keep ticking over in my absence, I activated the …
Mark Pesce, 9 Dec 2014
Barack Obama in the Oval Office

Devs: Barack Obama's gunning for your job!

Barack Obama has written what is believed to be the first computer code ever penned by a US President. Obama wrote what programming education body Code.org says was “a few lines of JavaScript”, but just what he coded has not been revealed. President @BarackObama is learning an #HourOfCode! (He's writing a few lines of …
Google Chocolate Factory

Google pushes 'go' on Android Studio

Worried Oompa-Loompas are questioning security guards and combing the wilds of Mountain View after it was discovered that Google has allowed a product, the Android Studio IDE, to escape from the Chocolate Factory's near-impenetrable Beta compound. The production-ready code has been spotted in the wild here after spending 18 …

400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes face SUPPORT DOOM

Businesses of Britain are still running Windows Server 2003 on hundreds of thousands of physical boxes ahead of a certain important deadline on 14 July next year. According to HP, there are 900,000 instances of the eleven year-old software out in the wilds and 400,000 physical boxes, with 218 days to go before Microsoft pulls …
Paul Kunert, 8 Dec 2014

G'Day Australia! Office 365 and Dynamics CRM bounce Down Under

Lots of Australian businesses have already jumped aboard Microsoft's cloudwagon, often after having been told that the latency associated with data centres on foreign soil was no impediment to anything at all. What, then, to make of Microsoft's announcement that Office 365 and Dynamics CRM will be on offer from its Australian …

Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

Review Firefox 34, just released, adds support for Mozilla’s web-based Skype-competitor, Firefox Hello. Firefox 34 also drops Google as the default search engine for US users, gives Mac fans the ability to play native H.264 video and eliminates a major security vulnerability. Phew! But is it any good? This is the first version of …

Silicon Valley high rollers toss $36m at 'data centre OS' Mesosphere

A startup building a "data centre operating system" that owes its existence to a former PHD student has landed $36m in funding from some high-tech high rollers. Mesosphere landed the cash in a round led by Khosla Ventures with backing from others including Andreessen Horowitz. This is second shot from Andreessen Horowitz for …
Gavin Clarke, 8 Dec 2014
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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

Linus Torvalds has pressed the go button for a new release of his eponymous kernel. Linux version 3.18 was loosed on Sunday, US time, after what Torvalds wrote was a “tiny” patch to get release candidate 7 done. The new version's headline features for business users are better sleep and resumption for Linux servers, more …

HP flings big data at cloud, sysadmins' faces

Your log files, the story goes, aren't just a record of every every stray packet that grazes your firewall or every temperature spike inside your servers when someone uses the microwave in the lunch room. They're really a treasure trove of hidden indicators that can tell you not just how to stop IT breaking at the worst possible …
Ray Ozzie

Misty-eyed Ray Ozzie celebrates 25th birthday of Lotus Notes by tweeting about it ...

Software guru Ray Ozzie has been celebrating the upcoming 25th anniversary of Lotus Notes by telling the story of its development in a series of tweets. He first pitched the idea of an email/collaboration app to Mitch Kapor – the founder of Lotus – in 1984. On 7 December 1989, Lotus Notes was released. Here's a selection of …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Dec 2014
Angry Birds for PC

Angry Birds to angry words: Rovio flings 14% of its staff out the door

Troubled Finnish gaming studio Rovio has sacked 110 staff, almost 14 per cent of its workforce, but is claiming success as it had planned to dump 130 people. "Rovio estimates that its workforce will be reduced by approximately 110 employees. As part of its reorganization, several positions have been opened for internal …
Iain Thomson, 5 Dec 2014
Pair of pliers with other tools

Microsoft forks .NET and WHOMP! Here comes .NET Core app dev stack

Microsoft has revealed more details about .NET Core, "the foundation for all future .NET platforms". In a detailed post, Microsoft’s program manager Immo Landwerth explains why the company is forking .NET in order to make sense of shipping .NET for multiple platforms, including Windows desktop, Windows Store (or “Metro”), …
Tim Anderson, 5 Dec 2014
cloud

Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has made getting Windows apps everywhere via the cloud a central theme of his tenure at the top and next week the next stage will begin in this process when RemoteApp rolls out as a commercial service. Redmond announced RemoteApp at TechEd earlier this year and the system has been in preview for …
Iain Thomson, 5 Dec 2014

Crack open more champagne, Satya, XP's snowballing to HELL

It's not often a company would celebrate losing 43 per cent of its users in two months, but Microsoft is probably chuffed that is the fate of Windows XP in October and November. So says Netmarketshare, one of two analysts whose monthly operating system market share data we trakc. The other, Statcounter, found that XP fell behind …
Containers

Docker: Here, take the wheel – now YOU can run your own containers

DockerCon EU Docker is all the rage among hip startups and early adopters, but Docker the company would like to get its tech into enterprises, too – which is why it's working on adapting its hosted Docker Hub service into a product specifically targeting large business customers. The forthcoming offering, unsurprisingly named Docker Hub …
Orchestration

Docker grabs conductor's baton, jumps into cluster orchestration

DockerCon EU Linux container wrangler Docker rounded out the first day of its DockerCon EU conference on Thursday by unveiling three new services that represent the next steps in Docker's transition from toolset to full-fledged platform. "We're incubating a series of projects separately from the core runtime," Docker cofounder and CTO …
The useJack directive invokes the new compilers

Meet Jack and Jill: Google’s new Android compilers

Google has come up with new Android compilers, spotted in the latest preview SDK by Eric Lafortune at Saikoa. The compilers are in the Android SDK 21.1 and are currently called jack.jar and jill.jar. They are not enabled by default, but require the directive “useJack true” in the configuration file for the gradle build tool. …
Tim Anderson, 4 Dec 2014

Microsoft: So sorry for NOT paying Xbox indie game devs on time

Making computer games can be a hard slog for indie developers. Big studios have piles of R&D and marketing cash, and it's easy to see your pride and joy fall into unplayed obscurity. Microsoft sought to help indie developers with the Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) portal on its Live console marketplace, which was set up six years …
Iain Thomson, 4 Dec 2014

Developers offering Mozilla-like experience will work on Firefox-like experience for iThings

A software house offering a Mozilla-like experience has confirmed it will end its years-long standoff with Apple – and bring a Firefox-like browser to iPhones and iPads. "At Mozilla, we put our users first and want to provide an independent choice for them on any platform. We are in the early stages of experimenting with …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Dec 2014
Red rocket toy

CoreOS's Docker-rival Rocket: We drill into new container contender

Analysis CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi certainly got the attention of the Docker community on Monday when he announced Rocket, his company's alternative to the Docker container file format and runtime. But just what is Rocket and what does it offer that Docker doesn't? Simply put, the answer for now is a resounding "not much." In fact, as …
android tongue

Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

Google is pushing out version 5.0.1 of Lollipop, the first update to the latest version of Android. Users of Nexus 7 (2013 model), Nexus 9, and Nexus 10 devices can now download the update from Google. You can also find the source for the Android Open Source Project version here. There is no official list of changes, but users …
Tim Anderson, 3 Dec 2014
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Concerning Microsoft Azure Active Directory

Microsoft's Azure has moved forward in recent months with a clutch of upgrades and new feature releases. Microsoft is also expanding Azure's worldwide presence, and with the Australian Azure data centre launched in October most continents have a local presence now. This is great for IT staff who are either already on Azure or …
Adam Fowler, 3 Dec 2014

Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

Product round-up Much to the dismay of many a sysadmin, Linux is no longer purely the domain of Captain Command-Line and his trusty side-kick Admiral APT. For those looking to make the most of their new-fangled graphics-capable hardware, here’s a selection of freeware to start with, in our case as installed on Ubuntu 14.04: BleachBit RH Numbers …
Shaun Dormon, 3 Dec 2014
Scrooge

Microsoft hikes support charges by NINETY TWO PER CENT

Microsoft has quietly all-but-doubled the cost of ad hoc professional support in the United States. Visit this page, click the “For Business” tab and then select the “Support for Small and Medium Business” option and you'll see that Redmond now charges US$499 for a single professional support incident, or US$1,999 for a five- …
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Evernote aims at corporate market with new chat feature

Note-taking, clip-loving Evernote is hoping to break into the corporate market with the release of a new chat feature. Work Chat will let people share editable notes while working on projects and also offers the chance to quickly drag a document they are working on into the chat window. The idea is that businesses will start to …

Chef and HP cook up partnership for infrastructure as code – even on Windows

HP Discover HP Technology Services has announced a partnership with Chef to include infrastructure automation as part of its Datacenter Care offering, at the HP Discover event today in Barcelona. Chef is open source software (under the Apache 2.0 license) for script-driven configuration of servers. The Seattle-based company of the same name …
Tim Anderson, 2 Dec 2014

One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

The number of PC running Windows 8.1 nudged past Windows XP for the first time in November. Windows 8.1 broke the global 10 per cent market-share barrier a year after general release, and has now hit 10.95 per cent, according to latest data from StatCounter. Windows XP, released in 2001, slipped down 1.26 percentage points to …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Dec 2014
Broke - empty pockets

Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

Windows Phone has never paid off for Microsoft's hardware partners, Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has claimed. "We didn't make any money in Windows Phone," Huawei head of international media affairs Joe Kelly told the Seattle Times in a recent interview. "Nobody made any money in Windows Phone." This isn't the first time …
Clip Art cartoon of smiling sun

RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics

Anyone who has sat through as many biz presentations as the average Reg hack will have come to loathe clip art – as so many PHBs think adding a few duff images to a boring PowerPoint shows how hip they are with technology. Now Microsoft has announced it's binning the clip art collection at the heart of this mediocrity. And the …
Iain Thomson, 1 Dec 2014
Container meltdown

CONTAINER WARS: CoreOS blasts Rocket rival at Docker

CoreOS, the lightweight Linux distro based around Linux containers and Docker, will develop its own application container tech to compete against Docker. On Monday, CoreOS unveiled a prototype version of Rocket, a command-line tool for working with App Container, the company's home-brewed container image format, runtime, and …

Fait Acompli: Microsoft gobbles Android email upstart for $200m

Microsoft has stumped up a reported $200m for San Francisco-based email app-maker Acompli. That Microsoft wanted to gobble Acompli was the worst-kept secret in the industry: a crazy fingered insider had penned a short-lived blog post that had a URL suggesting Microsoft was acquiring the firm, and hit publish before they were …
Paul Kunert, 1 Dec 2014
Hidden Bing developer ad

Yahoo, Bing beg 'right to be forgotten' wipers: Don't FORGET about US

Amid the growing number of demands by netizens for Google to remove their out-of-date information under the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling, it seems other search engines are keen to remind us not to forget them, too. Earlier this year the EU's Court of Justice ruled that individuals have a "right to be forgotten" …
Kat Hall, 1 Dec 2014
Dingo Gap

Get your staff working on the move: Develop that app for mobile

Working on the move has become most people's normal way of operating. We are used to having our world in our pocket and being able to read and write emails, produce simple documents and generally stay in the corporate loop whether we are in the office, in the pub, on a train or (sadly) sitting on a beach trying to be on holiday …
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Docker, Part 2: Whoa! Spontaneous industry standard! How did they do THAT?

Sysadmin Blog Docker is slowly taking over the world. From its humble origins, which we explored on Friday, as an internal project at dotCloud, through to Microsoft's recent announcement that it will support Docker natively in Windows, Docker looks set to become a major component of modern IT infrastructure. Today, Docker is powered by …
Trevor Pott, 1 Dec 2014
Debian 7 desktop

systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

The vivid difference of opinion over Debian's future direction has ended with a new fork of the Linux distribution. The dispute centred on plans to replace the sysvinit init system management toolkit with systemd, a similar but less-Linux-specific set of tools. The “No” camp complainedsystemd is not well-aligned with Unix …
Can you figure out the mystery company?

Some of the week's tech news in VIDEO EGG form!

Youtube Video Want this week's top tech news as read to you by a cynical little egg? Then tune in as our very own Regina Eggbert talks about that M-company's Chinese tax bill, Twitter telling us what we all should have known already and Steelie Neelie sobs as European net neutrality runs into trouble. To find out more about …
The Trax app gives you an 'augumented reality' view to help find the kids

Be your own Big Brother: With the help of Apple, Facebook ... oh, HANG ON

So far in this series, we've looked at ways of monitoring specific things, but this time round, people are the topic. There are, the media would have you believe, dreadful things out there – predators lurking behind every corner, dreadful accidents waiting to befall the unwary. The Trax app gives you an 'augumented reality' …
Nigel Whitfield, 30 Nov 2014
Google Chrome

Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

Google's Chrome browser promises "speed, simplicity and security", but for a significant number of Windows users you can strike "speed" from that list. A thread on Google’s Chrome forum titled: “Chrome has become completely unusable, in almost every imaginable way” has attracted over 375 posts since the problem was raised in …
Tim Anderson, 28 Nov 2014

Docker: Sorry, you're just going to have to learn about it. Today we begin

Sysadmin Blog Docker, meet hype. Hype, meet Docker. Now: Let's have a sit down here and see if we can work through your neuroses. For those of you who don't yet know about Docker, it is a much-hyped Silicon Valley startup productising (what a horrible unword) Linux containers into something that's sort of easy to use. Containers aren't a new …
Trevor Pott, 28 Nov 2014