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Bump and grind is Mozilla's plan for future Firefox OS releases

The Mozilla Foundation has formalised Firefox OS development, pledging that henceforth new versions will emerge every six months. “To deliver upon this vision we are immediately moving to a development model where we will drive a single open source core of Firefox OS, with major releases every six months, based upon weekly …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2015
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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

Truly these are magical days: Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 will indeed be sold on USB thumb drives rather than just on optical discs, confirming internet mumblings that have been current for some time. Over on Amazon.com, pre-order pages show that the operating system will be available on media other than DVDs. A …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jul 2015
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SourceForge staggers to feet after lengthy STORAGE FAIL outage

Popular open source code-hosting repository SoureForge has been battling a significant outage for days and is slugglishly recovering from a lengthy Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) drama. On Thursday, the site slipped into "disaster recovery mode" and since then it has been a torrid time for sysadmins …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jul 2015

Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

Microsoft, determined to do all it can to get and keep people on its newest operating system (Windows 10, in case you've been buried alive for the past year or so) has turned on Xbox streaming for its users. The company said late on Friday that game streaming was being switched on for all Xbox One owners with a Windows 10 PC …
Team Register, 18 Jul 2015

GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

Linux kernel supremo Linus Torvalds has published a scathing open letter to Google's Gmail team after discovering that the service had incorrectly marked hundreds of his incoming email threads as spam – including ones containing kernel patches. "Something you did recently has been an unmitigated disaster," Torvalds wrote in …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jul 2015
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Facebook's React Native is exciting devs. Or is it, really?

Facebook's React Native framework is hot. The question is, for how long? After all, while Facebook-born React is smoking, it wasn’t very long ago that Google-spawned AngularJS had the web world all a’flutter. Before that, it was Backbone, SproutCore, and a variety of other hot-until-not JavaScript frameworks. On the one hand …
Matt Asay, 17 Jul 2015

Running SAP? Checked for patches lately? Now's a good time

SAP has released its July pack of security fixes, including critical patches one researcher says demand your urgent attention. Alexander Polyakov of ERPScan noted a handful of security vulnerabilities patched by the release that could potentially be targeted for attacks. Among the patches is a fix for an authorization bypass …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2015
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Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

Comment Roll up, roll up for Windows 10, the greatest show on Earth! Forget everything you think you know or might have heard. THIS changes everything. Windows 7 and Windows 8? Pah. THIS is the one you want. Yes, the bandwagon on the Windows 10 hype machine is trundling along, and its online followers are hailing its game-changing …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2015
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Windows RT on life support: Microsoft vows it won't pull the plug

Fear not, you unlucky owners of Windows RT tablets: Microsoft hasn't abandoned you yet. Not entirely, anyway. According to Microsoft spokesman Gabe Aul, Windows RT, the feature-limited version of Windows 8 for ARM-powered fondleslabs, will in fact be getting another significant update soon. That's the good news. The bad news …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jul 2015
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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

Microsoft's licensing on the upcoming Windows 10 OS means that most users will find their systems updating on command from Redmond without any option to stop this. The Licensing Agreement for Windows 10, as found in the latest release candidate build 10240 of Windows 10 Professional, stated: The software periodically checks …
Tim Anderson, 16 Jul 2015

Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

Microsoft has released yet another preview build of Windows 10, this time to both the Fast and Slow rings of the Windows Insider program, and it looks suspiciously like it could be a release candidate. "Over the past few days we've been preparing our release pipelines and processes, and this build is one step closer to what …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2015

Free software fans land crucial punch in Ubuntu row – but it's not over

Canonical has updated the intellectual property rights policy for Ubuntu Linux to address a brouhaha over how the software is licensed, but free software advocates still aren't satisfied. The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) have been bickering with Canonical since 2013 over concerns …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2015
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Everything I see is Windows 10, says Microsoft's SatNad

Satya Nadella has been hitting the road to undo the damage to perceptions of Microsoft's mobile strategy caused last week by, um… Satya Nadella. When the Great Communicator "clarified" Microsoft's plans last week, he was so effective that many reporters and analysts assumed Microsoft was giving up on its own mobile platforms, …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jul 2015

Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

For some time now Firefox, the once mighty web browser, has been bleeding market share and – perhaps more importantly – developer mind share. Between bundling unwanted features such as Pocket, proffering popcorn-worthy CEO dramas atop Mozilla, being led by a seemingly clueless management, and the fact that that Chrome feels …
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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

Throughout my career I have seen many Windows releases with minimum requirements that were a little bit deceiving. Sure, the machines would boot, but you would sometimes have enough time to brew a fresh pot of coffee before the computer was in a usable state. That usable state excluded any applications you wanted to run on top …
Stuart Burns, 15 Jul 2015
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New Google APIs: Point your phone at a telly like a streaming hose of vid

Google has mashed the Processing graphics language into its Cast software, letting visual artists and others with a bent for graphics point their creations at the nearest big-screen TV. The project even seems to hint at a possible games angle: an Android device like a mobile phone can be used as a controller of the displayed …

Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

Windows XP holdouts are even more danger than ever after Microsoft abandoned anti-malware support for the ancient platform. Redmond overnight stopped providing XP support for new and existing installs of its Security Essentials package. The run-as-needed Malicious Software Removal Tool has also been axed, while support for …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jul 2015
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Suse preps for ARM-ageddon: Piles up cans of 64-bit Linux code to feed server world

Suse has made a version of its eponymous enterprise Linux distro available for hardware vendors who want to deliver products to market based on 64-bit ARM processors, in a new expansion of its partner program. Suse Linux Enterprise 12 shipped for the x86-64, Power8, and IBM System z architectures in October 2014, and Tuesday …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jul 2015

Google joins Bluetooth snoop pals with iBeacon rival tech Eddystone

Google has jumped on the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon bandwagon with a set of open standards and software interfaces to give Apple's iBeacon a run for its money. Apple rolled out iBeacon in 2013, and has been pushing it as a way for companies to do things like tracking potential customers' movements as they wander around …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jul 2015

Mozilla loses patience with Flash over Hacking Team, BLOCKS it

Mozilla has temporarily blocked Flash in Firefox while waiting for Adobe to release patches to fix yet more serious security holes in the Swiss-cheese-like plugin. These holes can be exploited by criminals to hijack PCs and infect them with malware; details of the bugs emerged from leaked Hacking Team files. Firefox began …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2015
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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

Microsoft’s closed the tap on fresh builds of Windows 10 in preparation for final launch. Windows 10 preview builds 10162 and 10166 are no longer being rolled out through the Windows Update service. Also, if you look for anything new the current build you’re on will be shown as “up to date". ISOs for build 10162 are also …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jul 2015
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Police, firefighters, ambulances, hospitals: 20 per cent still rely on Win Server 2003

Exclusive One in every five public-sector health and emergency services organisations in the UK will still be running Windows Server 2003 after Microsoft ends extended support today. A Reg investigation of 33 hospitals, ambulance trusts, police and fire and rescue services found that many are still running Windows Server 2003 on a lot …
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HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

The big picture of how Microsoft plans to debut Windows 10 for its customers remains murky, but more details are starting to emerge, courtesy of the software giant's hardware partners. Redmond certainly isn't giving PC makers much time to test their kit with the new OS. It's due to ship on July 29, which is just over two weeks …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jul 2015

FLASH MUST DIE, says Facebook security chief

Newly-minted Facebook security chief Alex Stamos has called for Adobe Flash to be taken out behind the shed by a shotgun-wielding world. The former Yahoo! security head joined Menlo Park this year and over the weekend said in two Tweets that it is time the death knell chimed for the Adobe's much-hacked tool. "It is time for …
Darren Pauli, 14 Jul 2015
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Linux Foundation serves up a tasty dish of BUGS

The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative has completed its first-pass survey of the Linux toolset, and is highlighting which tools are most at risk. While there's lots of attention on high-profile packages like crypto tools, web servers and mail agents, there's also a lot of packages that everyone uses and nobody …
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Q. Why did Nintendo force GitHub to take down an emulator? A. It was stuffed with ROMs

Nintendo has demanded GitHub take down a JavaScript-powered Game Boy Advance emulator. An outrage against perfectly legal software? No. The emulator was apparently bundled with more than three dozen copies of copyright-protected game titles. Code-hosting site GitHub has posted a copy of the DMCA takedown request it received …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2015

Apple's chip'n'firmware security demands behind HomeKit delays

Wondering where all the Apple HomeKit products are? Well, here's an explanation: Apple is forcing internet-of-things companies to fit Apple-certified chips and firmware in their gadgets if they are to work with the HomeKit platform. That means, in a lot of cases, engineers must effectively redesign their products to …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jul 2015

Windows Server 2003 support deadline is TOMORROW – but thousands don't care

Tomorrow marks the end of support for Windows Server 2003 but plenty of customers, of all shapes and sizes, weighed up the cost versus the risk factors and will continue to make do with their dusty old boxes. From 14 July, Microsoft will not issue any further security patches or firmware upgrades, and buying custom support is …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2015
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BZZZT! NHS e-Referral system flatlines again

After finally staggering to its feet the woes surrounding the NHS's £131m gaffe-tastic e-Referrals system have continued, sources have told the Register, with more outages and a growing list of unresolved problems appearing in the past week. In an email seen by The Reg, users have been told that "unexpected" issues have …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2015
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Drop-stitch: Microsoft's 3D Photosynth app sinks into oblivion

Seeing as Microsoft's axe has been sharpened in recent days, the company has now decided to swing it at some unpopular apps including its cloudy, pic-stitching Photosynth product. Redmond couldn't quite bring itself to admit it had fallen out of love with Photosynth by posting this statement on Friday: Today we are …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jul 2015

Twitter's Vine creeps into HD-quality vid – but it's not really for YOU, chump

Twitter has updated its snappy video-sharing app Vine with an HD-quality option for Apple iOS users. The company said in a short blog post that fanbois could now view the vids in HD simply by adjusting a setting via the "Your Content" menu on a user's profile page. Undoubtedly, the latest tweak to the six-second video service …
Team Register, 11 Jul 2015

Install OS X El Capitan update – or your apps may do an Ellen Pao

If you're running the first public beta of OS X El Capitan (version 10.11), well, open the App Store application, check for updates, and install the supplemental update. That's because there's a bug in the Apple Mac operating system that "may cause some 32-bit apps to quit unexpectedly." And by quit unexpectedly, we think …
Chris Williams, 10 Jul 2015
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Microsoft giving up on phones? Naaahh ... Windows 10 Mobile lumbers toward release

Microsoft has released a new preview build of Windows 10 Mobile, the version of the new OS for phones, and it has the same build number as the current version for desktop PCs. That doesn't mean it's equally close to release, though. While Microsoft has committed to a July 29 release date for the PC version, it has made no …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2015
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AWS opens gate to fondleslabs-as-a-service farm

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened a farm in which it hopes developer's will loose their code to graze on lush fields of myriad devices. Enough with the rural metaphor: the “Device Farm” is a smartphones-and-tablets-as-a-service offering. The idea is that developers today have to run emulators galore, or buy an awful lot of …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2015
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Apple's iOS 9 public beta lands: El Reg pops it on a slab, strokes it up

First look The Register has slipped the first iOS 9 public beta onto an Apple 'slab to have a bit of a go with the software. It's a solid, if not monumental, update for Apple's mobile operating system. There's nothing too earth-shattering for most users, but since it's going to be a free update for anyone running iOS 8, you're going to …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2015

Microsoft starts switching on paid Wi-Fi service with latest Windows 10 preview

Microsoft has shipped another preview build of Windows 10 to the Windows Insider program's Fast release ring – the fourth in two weeks – but the single new feature is access to a paid Wi-Fi service that is only available to a small fraction of testers. "We're getting close to release now," Windows 10 ambassador Gabe Aul said …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2015

Want to be an unpaid SLAVE for Tim Cook? How to get the iOS 9, El Capitan public betas

Apple has - out of the goodness of its heart - allowed everyone, not just developers, to help it get its new El Capitan and iOS 9 betas debugged. For no money. Users will now be able to try out the upcoming version of Apple's mobile operating system prior to its general release in the fall. Getting the new version of iOS will …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jul 2015
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Wow, another NSA leak: Network security code appears on GitHub

The NSA today revealed it has uploaded source code to GitHub to help IT admins lock down their networks of Linux machines. The open-source software is called the System Integrity Management Platform (SIMP). It is designed to make sure networks comply with US Department of Defense security standards, but the spy agency says it …
Iain Thomson, 9 Jul 2015
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Microsoft emits Office 2016 for Apple Macs (you'll need Office 365)

Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Mac, which will include new versions of Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, and PowerPoint for Apple computers. To get the suite right now, you'll need an Office 365 subscription. The Windows goliath is touting the applications' revamped high-resolution user interface, which is designed to …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jul 2015
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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

Screenshots Linux long ago reached parity with Windows and OS X. That's great for the average user looking to make the switch from either platform to Linux. Indeed distros like Ubuntu, with its Unity desktop, make switching relatively painless. All of the common tools most users want in Windows are also available in Unity, GNOME and other …
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The END of WINDOWS EVERYWHERE! Is that really what Nadella wants?

Comment So it's happened. Microsoft will adjust its books and its staff roster to largely erase its purchase of Nokia. Yesterday, CEO Satya Nadella announced an "impairment charge" of $7.6bn related to the acquisition, along with a reduction of 7,800 employees, primarily from "the phone business". The announcement makes sense to the …
Tim Anderson, 9 Jul 2015

SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!

Microsoft's CEO has attempted to explain the future of its mobile platform in a latest public statement addressed to staff. But, this being Satya Nadella, such is the verbal haze that it's hard to make out what on Earth's going on. Nadella's language is becoming a real problem for Microsoft, creating uncertainty where clarity …