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Crypto chat app Signal's disappearing messages found hiding on macOS

Encrypted chat app Signal's disappearing messages may not actually vanish on Apple Macs, thanks to the way the encrypted messaging software interacts with the macOS Notification Center. On Tuesday, security researcher Alec Muffett noted: "If you are using the @signalapp desktop app for Mac, check your notifications bar; …
Thomas Claburn, 09 May 2018
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Let's kick the tyres on Google's Android P... It's not an overheating wreck, but UX is tappy

Hands On Early developer builds traditionally require donning a hazmat suit, but as Android enters its middle age, Google wants everyone to come in, wearing Bermuda shorts, and kick the tyres like tourists. In a significant change from previous years, the teaser builds of Android P are proving stable and friendly, and are available on …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 May 2018
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Qualcomm, Microsoft drag apps for Win-10-on-Arm into 64-bit world

Qualcomm and Microsoft will finally let developers start building native 64-bit Windows applications for Snapdragon-based PCs. The 64-bit support is in Visual Studio 15.8 Preview 1, unveiled by Microsoft at its Build conference on Tuesday. As the two companies explained in their joint announcement, the Qualcomm-powered “ …
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ServiceNow goes for more Now, a bit less Service

LOGOWATCH ServiceNow’s ramped up its efforts to excite buyers and users beyond the IT department, with a new logo and a pledge to deliver consumer-style experiences in the workplace to change the very nature of the mucky business of exchanging your labour for currency. Speaking at the company’s Knowledge18 conference in Las Vegas, CEO …
Simon Sharwood, 09 May 2018
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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

Windows Notepad users, rejoice! Microsoft's text editing app, which has been shipping with Windows since version 1.0 in 1985, has finally been taught how to handle line endings in text files created on Linux, Unix, Mac OS, and macOS devices. "This has been a major annoyance for developers, IT Pros, administrators, and end …
Thomas Claburn, 08 May 2018

Microsoft reckons devs would like an AI Clippy to help them write code

Build Microsoft has used its Build developer shindig in Seattle to rip the wrapping off IntelliCode, an AI-assisted development for Visual Studio. IntelliCode, which Microsoft described as a "first experimental preview", is the name for a range of AI-enabled enhancements planned for its venerable but bloated development environment …
Tim Anderson, 08 May 2018
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Microsoft vows to bridge phones to PCs, and this time it means it. Honest.

Build Losing the smartphone war means Microsoft is taking PC-phone integration seriously again – including the never-quite-solved problem of getting desktops and mobiles to work nicely together. Quite why the worlds remain unbridged is a mystery to some. Or not such a mystery, if you consider the incentives involved. No single …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 May 2018
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Apple to devs: Give us notch support or … you don't wanna know

iOS developers have a busy two months ahead of them after Apple announced a July deadline to build with the iOS 11 SDK and support the Super Retina display of iPhone X. The rule applies to “all iOS app updates submitted to the App Store”. Apple has not said exactly when in July it will stop accepting app updates built with …
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2018
The forthcoming .NET Core 3 will support desktop applications on Windows

Fork it! Microsoft adds .NET Core 3.0 including Windows Desktop apps

Build At its Build developer event under way in Seattle, Microsoft announced .NET Core 3.0, coming in 2019, with support for Windows desktop applications. .NET Core is the open source, cross-platform version of Microsoft’s .NET technology, allowing developers to use languages including C#, F# and Visual Basic on Windows, Mac and …
Tim Anderson, 07 May 2018
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Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Please pass on my regards to Mrs Cromwell for selling me her fig. What's that? You can't? Your email isn't working? Maybe that's because you are trying to log into Gmail with your Yahoo ID. That's right, they are different. They are supposed to be different. Yes, really. No, the computer isn't broken. You're broken, perhaps …
Alistair Dabbs, 04 May 2018
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If you're a Fedora fanboi, this latest release might break your heart a little

The Fedora Project has released Fedora 28, a significant update that supports something it shunned for years: third-party repositories of non-free apps. These third-party repositories allow you to easily install Chrome and Steam on Fedora 28, but for some they may come at the sacrifice of Fedora's long-standing ideals. Fedora …
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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

Microsoft says it's looking into reports that apps including "Hey Cortana" and Google Chrome hang or freeze for those who have installed the recent Windows 10 April 2018 Update. The company suggests trying the Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + B to wake the screen or, for laptop users, opening and closing device lid, in an …
Thomas Claburn, 04 May 2018
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LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

Rafael Avila de Espindola, one of the top contributors to the LLVM compiler toolset, has cut ties with the open source project over what he perceives as code of conduct hypocrisy and support for ethnic favoritism. In a message posted to the LLVM mailing list, de Espindola said he was leaving immediately and cited changes in …
Thomas Claburn, 03 May 2018
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TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

The boss of British bank TSB has insisted it carried out rigorous testing ahead of a systems migration that saw thousands without access to their accounts for over a week – but revealed he won't be getting a chunk of his bonus. In a heated evidence session in front of Parliament's influential Treasury Committee, …
Rebecca Hill, 03 May 2018

'Computer algo' blamed for 450k UK women failing to receive breast screening invite

Up to 270 women in the UK could have died of cancer due to a "computer algorithm failure" dating back to 2009 under the NHS' breast screening programme - British health secretary Jeremy Hunt said today. In a Parliamentary statement, Hunt said nearly half a million women between the age of 68 and 71 were not invited to their …
Kat Hall, 02 May 2018
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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

The Windows 10 April Update has begun seeping out from beneath the Redmond bathroom door. As an antidote to the excitement of the new, let us take a moment to mourn the passing of the old. First on Microsoft's roll of honour was Groove Music Pass. The music service, which was loved by a niche of users, got a Spotify-shaped …
Richard Speed, 01 May 2018
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Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week

The Mozilla Foundation has revealed that links to sponsored posts have started to appear in its Firefox browser and pledged to deliver them without invading users' privacy. Mozilla flagged it would add sponsored links to its browser in January 2018, after the 2017 acquisition of web-clipping service Pocket brought with it the …
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2018

Autonomy ex-CFO Hussain guilty of fraud: He cooked the books amid $11bn HP gobble

The former chief financial officer of British software shop Autonomy was today found guilty of fraud – after helping convince HP to splash out $11bn for the upstart back in 2011. HP later had to write down $8.8bn when it realized what it had acquired was worth nowhere near the large pile of dosh it had stumped up. Sushovan …
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2018
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if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders

Code Q&A site Stack Overflow has admitted its community can be hostile to women, people of color, and marginalized groups, and has promised to do better. It's an acknowledgement of charges leveled against the programming community repeatedly over the years. Enumerating various barriers to participation, a 2016 research paper …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Apr 2018

Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish

Unless something goes very badly wrong, the April 2018 Update to Windows 10 lands today, April 30, 2018*, complete with a new way to handle updates called delivery optimization. The idea behind delivery optimization is to let you download updates to one PC, once only, then have other PCs on your network grab those updates over …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2018
NetHack 3.6

NetHack to drop support for floppy disks, Amiga, 16-bit DOS and OS/2

Roguelike ASCII adventure game NetHack has just received its second upgrade in 12 years. NetHack 3.6.1 follows 2015’s version 3.6, which was the game’s first update in a decade. The new update allows knives and stilettos to be used as can-openers, ends the pernicious practice of diagonal jumping through open doorways and …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2018
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Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

Canonical has released Ubuntu 18.04, Bionic Beaver, as this one is nicknamed. The Beaver is a long-term support (LTS) release, which means it'll be supported until 2023. For those who only upgrade from LTS to LTS releases, this will be a major update, one you may not like. Ubuntu 18.04 will be your first without the Unity …

Can't log into your TSB account? Well, it's your own fault for trying

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I am a time-waster. And I hate people who waste my time. This means I know what I'm hating – have fun, all you amateur psychologists out there. I don't want to dither about but at least it's my own time I'm wasting. I am a procrastinator. That's not really the same as a time-waster, is it? Perhaps you could spend a few minutes …
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Apr 2018

Programmers! Close the StackOverflow tabs. This AI robot will write your source code for you

Code boffins at Rice University in Texas have developed a system called Bayou to partially automate the writing of Java code with the help of deep-learning algorithms and training data sampled from GitHub. Much of modern programming is already automated in one way or another. Anyone including a code library or copying-and- …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Apr 2018
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Springwatch: Windows 10 spotters May have to wait a few more weeks

Updated Windows 10 Springwatch is headed for a fourth week, with the troubled update rumoured to have a name and possibly a release date. Having been pulled at the last minute due to "reliability issues" causing an unusually high number of Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) errors, the update has gone missing in action. A week after Windows …
Richard Speed, 26 Apr 2018

When tyrants pull on their jackboots to stamp out free speech online, they reach for... er, a Canadian software biz?

Netsweeper, a maker of online-content-filtering software in Canada, has been called out for allowing its tools to aid internet censorship. Citizen Lab, a security and human rights research group run out of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, on Wednesday published a report on the use of Netsweeper …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Apr 2018

Patch Drupal now: Yet another critical website bug found – a sequel to 'Drupalgeddon2'

After scrambling to patch a critical vulnerability late last month, Drupal is at it again. The open source content management project has issued an unscheduled security update to augment its previous patch for Drupalgeddon2. There was also a cross-site scripting bug advisory in mid-April. Running Drupal? You need to patch, …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Apr 2018

PC recycler gets 15 months in the clink for whipping up 28,000 bootleg Windows 7, XP recovery discs

PC reseller Eric Lundgren will spend up to 15 months behind bars after a US Court of Appeals upheld his sentence on charges of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and criminal copyright infringement. A three-judge panel with the Eleventh Circuit this month ruled in favor of a southern Florida district court's 15-month …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2018
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Microsoft Lean's in: Slimmed-down Windows 10 OS option spotted

Pics Microsoft's Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17650 (Redstone 5), released last week via the Windows Insider program, includes a stripped-down version of the operating system called Windows 10 Lean. Redstone 5 is the Windows update that intended to follow the impending Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, recently redesignated …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Apr 2018

Cocky SAP struts stuff after cloud sales pass €1 BEEELLION

Top brass at SAP are finally walking with some swagger after recording the firm's first ever €1bn-plus revenue cloud quarter, so much so that they even felt compelled to fire some warning shots at rival Salesforce. The German ERP biz didn't have it all its own way during calendar Q1: revenue was flat on the prior year period …
Rebecca Hill, 24 Apr 2018
Oracle's Java is 20 years old

Eclipse Foundation pushes faster, cloudier Jakarta EE

The Eclipse Foundation has today released the new governance model for Jakarta EE, with an emphasis on creating a cloud native, code-first and community-led project that is faster and more innovative. Oracle decided to hand over full control of Java EE to the open-source foundation last year – a move that was welcomed as a …
Rebecca Hill, 24 Apr 2018
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Windows 10 Springwatch: See the majestic Microsoft in its natural habitat, fixing stuff the last patch broke

Windows 10 Springwatch participants got a treat last night in the form of a bumper update to Windows 10 1709 (aka the Fall Creators Update). The patch (KB4093105) landed a week after older versions of Windows 10 (1703 and 1609) got their own variety of Microsoft's secret sauce. The patch included a truckload of what Redmond …
Richard Speed, 24 Apr 2018

Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed

Microsoft’s given users of its collaboration apps on Windows Phone under a month’s warning of their demise. A support note from late last week advises that “Windows phone apps for Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer are retiring on May 20, 2018.” “Retiring” means all three will vanish from the Microsoft store on …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2018

SAP 404s blog post that said it's fallen behind on SaaS subs

Well this is awkward: SAP appears to have canned a blog post that appeared on that said the company is struggling to win subscription revenue and is not yet the natural choice to house cloudy ERP. The post popped up in the RSS feed of SAP’s blogs on Monday April 23rd, but the link to the article now returns a message …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2018

It's not you, it's Big G: Sneaky spammers slip strangers spoofed spam, swamp Gmail sent files

Updated Google has confirmed spammers can not only send out spoofed emails that appear to have been sent by Gmail users, but said messages also appear in those users' sent mail folders. The Chocolate Factory on Monday told The Register that someone has indeed created and sent spam with forged email headers. These not only override the …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Apr 2018
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'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

Microsoft has released stats showing that tech support scams are on the increase, with 153,000 complaints received and 15 per cent of complainants losing cold, hard cash. For those who have been fortunate enough not to be subject to one, a tech support scam is typically where a ne'er-do-well will call up a user, usually …
Richard Speed, 23 Apr 2018

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