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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

Comment Ever since Satya Nadella took the helm at Microsoft in 2014, his PR people have been grooming him to be an Inspiration Thought Leader, preaching Transformation to the TED Talk classes. This took another step with the global launch of his book Hit Refresh, a "masterpiece" of how to scale up the "growth mindset”. [must-read] …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Oct 2017

Introducing EE4J – Java EE's fling with the Eclipse Foundation

It's been a few weeks since it was announced that Oracle would move Java EE to the Eclipse Foundation and we're already starting to see indications of how it's shaping up. It was clear that something had to happen. Oracle was struggling to make the best of Java EE, which was reflected in the usage stats. The technology wasn't …
Maxwell Cooter, 03 Oct 2017
Oracle

Blockchain, AI, chatbots, cloud … Oracle bingo!

OpenWorld 2017 Oracle has launched an enterprise-grade blockchain cloud service, as part of a flurry of announcements at its annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. Amit Zavery, senior veep for Oracle Cloud Platform, said that the service would “accelerate innovation for on-premises ERP and cloud-based SaaS and PaaS customers”. The …
Rebecca Hill, 03 Oct 2017
Linux long term support roadmap

Linux kernel long term support extended from two to six years

Long-term-support (LTS) editions of the Linux Kernel will henceforth be supported for six years, up from the current two. News of the extension emerged at the “Linaro Connect” conference at which Googler Ilyan Malchev announced it, saying he had Linux royalty Greg Kroah-Hartman's permission to break the news. Malchev works on …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Oct 2017
Oracle OpenWorld/JavaOne

Java EE 8 takes final bow under Oracle's wing: Here's what's new

OpenWorld Java EE 8 arrived last month rather later than expected – but it landed in time for Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne, which are taking place this week in San Francisco, California. Enterprise-flavored Java hasn't seen an update since June 2013. Linda DeMichiel, Java EE 8 specification lead at Oracle, recounted the long road to …
Thomas Claburn, 02 Oct 2017
Larry Ellison on stage at Oracle's cloud pricing announcement

Oracle promises ‘highly automated’ security in self-driving database

OpenWorld 2017 Oracle has kicked off its annual OpenWorld conference with a pledge to automate in the company's “autonomous” database, plus plenty of snark directed at Amazon Web Services. Jeans-toting CTO Larry Ellison kicked off Big Red’s four-day San Franciscan extravaganza with a not-so-slick presentation that had no real big surprises …
Rebecca Hill, 02 Oct 2017
3D selfies

3D selfies? What could possibly go wrong?

With the Internet already groaning under the weight of d!ck pics and facial scanning increasingly used instead of passwords, do we really want AI to turn flat images into accurate 3D renderings of their content? A group of boffins from the University of Nottingham and Kingston University think so, and alarmingly so do 400,000 …
Surgery

MapR to do real-time analytics on your operational data

StrataConf Hadoop-flinger MapR has added a host of new capabilities to its database in a bid to offer developers more powerful real-time analytics. The overhaul, announced at the Strata Data Conference in New York City, brings together operational, analytical and real-time applications. The latest version of MapR-DB – which is built …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Sep 2017
SQL Server 2017 runs on Windows and Linux

SQL Server 2017: What's new, what's missing on Linux, and what's next?

Ignite “It’s a big milestone for us as a company,” general manager Rohan Kumar told us, referring to the release of SQL Server on Linux, “the biggest server product from Microsoft”, announced here at the Ignite event in Orlando. SQL Server 2017 is being released simultaneously for Windows and various flavours of Linux: Red Hat …
Tim Anderson, 27 Sep 2017
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SPARC will fly: Your cheat sheet for cocktail banter at Oracle's upcoming shindig

OpenWorld When reports emerged early in September that Oracle was shedding hundreds of workers, it might have been dismissed as just the latest in a series of such moves. What caught the attention of industry watchers was where the axe was falling. Sources indicated those being laid off included many of the engineers responsible for its …
Dan Robinson, 27 Sep 2017
A Firefox Quantum screenshot

Mozilla whips out Rusty new Firefox Quantum (and that's a good thing)

Mozilla has pushed its much-hyped "Firefox Quantum" browser build into public beta. The build, also known as Firefox 57, is being hailed by Mozilla as the most significant overhaul of Firefox in years, boasting a rewritten browser engine and the integration of multiple new components. Nearly a year in development, Firefox …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Sep 2017

Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

Microsoft has shed light on next year's preview of Office 2019, talking up the new productivity suite as a boon for those who may prefer to work outside of the cloud. The Redmond giant says the first builds of Office 2019 will arrive in the back half of 2018. It will be considered the first major "perpetual release" version ( …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Sep 2017
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So. Should I upgrade to macOS High Sierra?

Analysis Apple releases a systems nerd nirvana today, a new OS that’s packed with more profound and interesting under-the-hood technology features than Apple has released for years. But should you rush out and upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra? Well, certainly not, if you want to maintain a set of working peripherals. And emphatically …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2017

DataCore tech cranks wheezing SQL Servers to ridiculous speeds

DataCore has crafted a driver for SQL Server that runs IO requests simultaneously and increases throughput. The company's parallel IO technology has been shown to be effective in a series of SPC-1 benchmark tests where it is the highest-performing and lowest price-performance shared storage resource tested. Where a database …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2017

SAP flings out one-hub-to-rule-and-crunch all the data. Yes, a hub

Enterprise giant SAP is taking on silos with its latest offering that aims to centralise data processing and governance - but not storage. SAP’s Data Hub, launched on Monday at an event in New York, looks to capitalise on the vast amounts of data companies collect, especially when they are from an increasing variety of sources …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Sep 2017
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The power JavaScript: 'Gandalf of JS' Wirfs-Brock on ECMAscript 2017

JavaScript has become the interface to the web thanks to browsers, it's leaked onto servers with Node.js, and is now carving out a small niche in Machine Learning – but JavaScript just wouldn’t be without ECMAScript. ECMAScript is the standard language definition on which JavaScript is based and this summer saw an important …
Danny Bradbury, 26 Sep 2017
Apple iPhone X detail

Web devs griping about iPhone X notch: You're rendering it wrong

WebKit, the open source project behind the rendering engine that powers Apple's Safari browser on macOS and iOS, has urged web designers to embrace "the notch," though not everyone is happy about doing so. Apple's forthcoming iPhone X has a notch because a portion at the top of its screen has been given over to what the tech …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Sep 2017
Foot stuck in chewing gum

Latest Linux kernel release candidate was a sticky mess

Linus Torvalds is not noted as having the most even of tempers, but after a weekend spent scuba diving a glitch in the latest Linux kernel release candidate saw the Linux overlord merely label the mess "nasty". The release cycle was following its usual cadence when Torvalds announced Linux 4.14 release candidate 2, just after …
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After Microsoft calls out HP Inc over stalled Windows 10 logins, HP bounces back with a fix

After enduring roughly two weeks of complaints, HP Inc has today produced a fix for folks struggling with blank screens on their computers. A Windows 10 update, released by Microsoft on September 12, caused HP PCs to get stuck showing black displays after users attempt to log in. Machine owners reported seeing nothing but …
Andrew Silver, 25 Sep 2017

Hortonworks aims to entice enterprise with simple data management service

Hortonworks has launched an enterprise-scale data management service for multiple platforms and environments that will capture data-in-motion or at rest. The cloud-based DataPlane Service, launched today, will manage workloads across any data assets and let companies apply consistent security and governance across all their …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Sep 2017
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Red Hat pledges patent protection for 99 per cent of FOSS-ware

Red Hat says it has amassed over 2,000 patents and won't enforce them if the technologies they describe are used in properly-licensed open-source software. The company has made more or less the same offer since 2002, when it first made a "Patent Promise" in order to "discourage patent aggression in free and open source …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2017
Smashed computer

Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

Sponsored Windows 10 means a major shift in how IT operations should perceive and manage Windows and their hardware estate. The most significant is the move away from Big Bang version launches in favour of a subscription model with much more frequent updates. This has an interesting knock-on effect on hardware requirements. Many …
David Gordon, 21 Sep 2017

Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

Review After years of complacency – and falling sales – Apple has transformed the iPad into something it should have been from the start: a proper computer. iOS 11, which dropped Tuesday evening, only does a little bit for the iPhone, but a great deal for the iPad. It isn't too much of an exaggeration to say that a mature computer …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Sep 2017

More are paying to stream music, but YouTube still holds the value gap

With Google's user-generated content loophole firmly in lawmaker's sights, global music trade body IFPI has published new research looking at demand for music streaming. The research confirms YouTube's pre-eminence as the world's de facto jukebox. 46 per cent of on-demand music streaming is from Google's video website. 75 per …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Sep 2017

Google Cloud's API knows the sort of thing you like to look at

Google Cloud's Natural Language API has become a bit more, er, insightful: it can now sort content into 700 different categories, such as Health, Hobbies & Leisure and Law & Government. This clustering allows businesses to tailor the info they deliver to customers to match those customers' preferences. Google also added the …
Andrew Silver, 20 Sep 2017

Chap tames Slack by piping it into Emacs

Emacs enthusiast Artur Malabarba has put the text editor to work taming Slack. Malabarba likes Slack and feels it's a fine tool for intra-office chat, but also feels that “it’s also a powerful source of distractions.” But he can't turn it off all day, so decided to “keep the spam in check.” Doing so proved quite simple. …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2017

macOS High Sierra more like 'Cry Sierra' for Mac-wielding beta testers

Apple's next version of the macOS, High Sierra, aka 10.13, is due for general release next week, and users running the beta have already noticed a pair of issues that could cloud the rollout. The Cupertino phone flinger says that the Apple File System (APFS), a technology unveiled last year for the Mac, is going to cause some …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Sep 2017

Black screen of death after Win10 update? Microsoft blames HP

Microsoft is pointing the finger of blame at HP Inc's factory image for black screens of death appearing after a Windows Update. Scores of PC owners took to the HP forums last week to report that Windows 10 updates released September 12 were slowing down the login process. Users stated that once they downloaded the updates and …
Andrew Silver, 19 Sep 2017

Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

Updated Microsoft customers across Europe are reporting problems connecting to Exchange Online, including an inability to connect as well as time lags. "We are investigating connectivity issues to Exchange Online for some customers in Europe," Microsoft admitted this morning. Meanwhile, users took to Twitter to gripe. Office 365 …
Andrew Silver, 18 Sep 2017
Golden Linux penguin

Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds has unsentimentally loosed release candidate one of Linux 4.14 a day before the 26th anniversary of the Linux-0.01 release, and told penguinistas to expect a few big changes this time around. “This has been an 'interesting' merge window,” Torvalds wrote on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. “It's not actually all …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2017

Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

Google has promised to end the infuriating autoplay of videos in its Chrome browser – but with a heap of exceptions that may actually make the problem worse. Most internet users have suffered from having sound blaring out from one browser tab while looking at a different one. Although Google made it easier to find the …
Iain Thomson, 15 Sep 2017
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HP users moaning over 10-minute login lag during 'Win 10 update'

A number of HP Inc device owners are complaining of seeing black screens for around five to 10 minutes after entering their Windows login information. They appear to be pointing the finger of blame at Windows 10 updates released September 12 for x64-based systems. One, a quality update called KB4038788, offered a whopping 27 …
Andrew Silver, 15 Sep 2017

Python explosion blamed on pandas

Not content to bait developers by declaring that Python is the fastest-growing major programming language, coding community site Stack Overflow has revealed the reason for its metastasis. Coming a day after Programmer Day, which falls on the 256th day of the year – except January 7: – the explanatory post by data scientist …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Sep 2017

Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

Microsoft held its Edge Web Summit on 13 September, announcing that the web browser now has “330 million active devices”, just over two years since its launch with Windows 10 in July 2015. The stat was explained as devices where someone actively uses Edge during the course of a month. Edge Web Summit: Microsoft's Nolan Lawson …
Tim Anderson, 14 Sep 2017
Privacy

Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

Microsoft's taken another small step towards addressing those worried about Windows 10's impact on their privacy by adding more controls over what apps can do in the Creators Update of the OS. Users currently have a veto over apps sharing location data; in the Fall Creator's Update, that's going to be expanded to the camera, …

Get out your specs: Java EE's headed to the Eclipse Foundation

Oracle has named the Eclipse Foundation as the new host for Java Enterprise Edition, but said the platform won’t get to keep its name. The decision to make Java EE - which is already developed in open source - fully open was announced last month, with Oracle’s David Delabassee saying it was in a bid to make it “more agile and …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Sep 2017

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