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Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript

Facebook has ruled out a return to platform-neutral HTML5 for mobile, dedicating itself to a future of React Native – its own JavaScript framework. The social networking giant told journalists in London this week that it won’t be writing future mobile apps in HTML and vanilla JS. Asked about whether it might reexamine HTML5, …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jun 2015
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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

Yahoo! is killing off several services to focus on "search, communications and digital content", it's said. Wait, Yahoo! has a search engine? Who knew? What Yahoo! won't have in the very near future is a developer favorite by the name of Yahoo! Pipes. Yahoo! Pipes has always been something of an odd duck, not just within the …
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Teaching kids to code is self-defence, not a vocational skill

At a glittering reception overlooking Sydney’s Opera House, chatting with the local MD of one of the world’s biggest tech companies, the conversation turned to education. “At least we’re all talking about the importance of teaching coding,” this exec pronounced. “Better than a year ago.” Around the world, there’s a growing …
Mark Pesce, 11 Jun 2015
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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

A dodgy software installation that deleted vital files caused last month's Airbus 400M transport plane crash in which four people died, it is claimed. On May 9, a test flight of the A400M, intended to replace the aging Hercules as a mainstay of NATO's air mobility fleet, crashed in Spain, killing four of the six crew. According …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jun 2015
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All right, who guessed 'street mapping' for those mystery Apple vans? Congratulations

Apple has revealed that its weird camera-mounted vans, seen roaming the California, are being used to gather images for a street mapping app. The Cupertino giant wrote on its website that it will be taking vehicles mounted with cameras around Europe and the US to gather street-level snaps for Apple Maps for iOS and OS X – pretty …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2015
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A 16 Petaflop Cray: The key to fantastic summer barbecues

Successful BBQ at the weekend, or did a cloudburst stop play, leaving your fridge groaning beneath a mountain of uncooked ribs and sausages? If only the weather forecast had been more reliable. By 2017 that might be possible, as the Met Office – responsible for generating more than 3,000 tailored forecasts and briefings each …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jun 2015
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VMware unleashes Linux on the (virtual) desktop

VMware's released Horizon 6 for Linux, thereby making it possible to deliver virtual Linux desktops. And there the story ends because, as we all know, there's so much Linux on the desktop that it occasionally manages to get a whole 1.91 per cent of the market and desktop virtualisation is generally figured to be about five to …
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Mesosphere's 'data center OS' now free for world+dog (almost)

VC-backed Mesosphere says its Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) is now generally available in a free Community Edition. Mesosphere DCOS is a platform for running and managing clustered data center workloads that combines Apache Mesos with a mix of open source and proprietary components. Essentially, it's cloud infrastructure …

It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video

Microsoft has released the June edition of its Update (neé Patch) Tuesday security update dump. This month's bundle includes eight security bulletins, two rated "critical" and six rated "important." Users and administrators are advised to test (if necessary) and install the updates as soon as possible to prevent attacks. MS15- …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jun 2015
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Microsoft: FINE, we'll help your web sessions be secure, SHEESH

Microsoft has updated both Internet Explorer and its new Edge web browser to make it easier for sites to encourage visitors to use secure HTTPS encryption. As part of this month's Patch Tuesday batch of security updates, the software giant has added support for HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) to its browsers. Sites can use …
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Solidfire joins the rush to Cisco-flavoured Open Stackery

Solidfire has joined the million other suppliers partnering with Cisco and its UCS servers with a converged OpenStack system reference architecture. Its AI for OpenStack – with AI standing for Agile Infrastructure and not Artificial Intelligence – joins another AI for OpenStack using Dell servers and networking and an AI …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jun 2015
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Uber app expands in France despite govt opposition ... and laws

Taxi drivers in Nantes, Strasbourg and Marseille have been protesting after Uber announced on Monday that it would expand its Uberpop service to those cities. Alexandre Molla, Uber France’s director of expansion, told Le Monde that this was just the beginning and that “a VTC offer (voitures de transport avec chauffeur) would …
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Nutanix did build 'Acropolis' hypervisor, wants you to bury it

As predicted by The Register, Nutanix has built a hypervisor called Acropolis, but is using it for more than scale-out compute and an assault on VMware. Instead, the company wants to abstract all the stuff that makes up modern applications and make managing infrastructure idiot-proof. We'll explain that in a moment. The …
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Facebook Disconnect: MS apps thrown under a bus in Graph update

Facebook Connect – a feature which Microsoft used to integrate Facebook data with Outlook and Windows phone 7 and 8 calendar and contacts – is no longer available. According to a recently posted support note: Facebook has made an update to its Graph API that will impact Microsoft apps and services. Facebook’s Graph API is the …
Tim Anderson, 9 Jun 2015

Apple's HomeKit: So, you know, it exists and all that. Oookay ...

WWDC 2015 Apple didn't so much launch as absent-mindedly punt its HomeKit smart home tech this week at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). In a near two-hour keynote presentation, the Internet of Things hub that Apple hopes will put it in the forefront of the smart house got less than 30 seconds – and a pretty uninteresting …
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The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

WWDC 2015 Apple CEO Tim Cook closed out the WWDC keynote today with a typical "one more thing" non-surprise: a Spotify clone that just about everyone in the entire world knew was coming. Dubbed Apple Music, the service will combine music-streamed-over-the-internet with a round-the-clock live radio station and media-sharing service for …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Jun 2015
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Everything Apple touted at WWDC – step inside our no-hype-zone™

WWDC 2015 Apple kicked off the 2015 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco on Monday by revealing three new OS releases due out by the end of 2015. Here are some of the key points from the introductions of OS X El Capitan, iOS 9 and WatchOS 2 – without all the usual dreadful hype that surrounds these sorts of PR events. …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Jun 2015

Apple brews new News news to peruse - screws news dudes

WWDC 2015 Apple has burned its Newsstand app to the ground, and tried again with a new News application – one that tries to work with all publishers rather than a chosen few. Speaking today at the iOS giant's annual developers conference in San Francisco, Susan Prescott, app product development veep, said News will be added to people's …
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Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

WWDC 2015 Apple will release version 2.0 of its Swift programming language as open source, with the aim of getting it everywhere. "We think Swift is the next big programming language," Apple software engineering veep Craig Federighi said during Monday's keynote address at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco …
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Amazon game dev brain slurp bid revealed in industry back-page ad

A job advert posted on Gamasutra has led to speculation about Amazon's plans to branch out in the PC game market. The Kindle king is looking for 26 staff members for its gaming development team in Seattle. "Amazon is committed to gamers, and building great teams who are excited to use Twitch, the AWS cloud, and technical …
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What's broken in this week's build of Windows 10? Installing it, for one

Microsoft has released ISO disc images of the latest Technical Preview build of Windows 10, but not because they think every tester should install it. Rather, it's because a bug is preventing even some of the more aggressive testers from receiving it through Windows Update. The release, known as Build 10130, was released to the …
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Windows 8.1 market share grows, Windows 7 slips, Windows 10 lurks

If it's the first week of the month (and it is) that makes it time to have a look at desktop OS market share as calculated by Netmarketshare and Statcounter. This month, both outfits recorded a small dip in Windows 7 usage. Netmarketshare has it dropping from 58.39 per cent to 57.76 per cent of observed traffic hitting the web …
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Facebook Lite: Website strips off to lure in another billion users

Facebook has built Facebook Lite for folks in bandwidth-challenged nations – a stripped down version of The Social NetworkTM that won't wipe out anyone's monthly download allowances. The Silicon Valley giant says the new app weighs in at under one megabyte, offers “core experiences like News Feed, status updates, photos, …
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Google blames Flash for hobbling Chrome, says it sucks (too much power)

If you reckon Chrome is eating up your laptop's battery, you're not alone. Google is concerned, too, but it says it's not all its fault – Adobe's to blame. Specifically, the culprit is the Adobe Flash plugin that comes built into Chrome and which automatically displays any Flash content it finds on web pages, according to Google …
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Open source? HP Enterprise will be all-in, post split, says CTO

HP Discover What's the latest enterprise IT company to proclaim its love of open source? HP, that's who – or, more specifically, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, one of two companies that will emerge once HP splits this November. Speaking at the HP Discover conference in Las Vegas this week, CTO Martin Fink said open source will be central to …
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Microsoft spunks $500m to reinvent the wheel. Why?

Comment As strange shopping expeditions go, this has to rank alongside London Bridge being bought, dismantled, and then rebuilt in Arizona. The world’s biggest software company, Microsoft, has now spent half a billion dollars on mobile apps that are poor cousins of its own Exchange and Outlook software. Apps that, in some cases, don’t …
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HP haters: Get ready to rage against THE MACHINE 'next year'

HP Discover HP is still hard at work at the futuristic computing platform it has dubbed the Machine, and staffers from HP Labs were on hand at the HP Discover conference in Las Vegas this week to give an update on its progress. There was even sample hardware on display, which HP Labs' Jaap Suermondt said was "evidence that we're actually …
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Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise

The makers of the Pebble smartwatch are moaning that Apple is taking its sweet time to approve the latest bug-fixed version of the Pebble Time iOS app. Completely coincidentally, Apple just recently launched its own smartwatch. Team Pebble claims the official Apple App Store is stalling its approval of the Pebble Time software …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Jun 2015

Dodgy colon bug is a total pain in the butt for Skype users today

Adding a single colon to a web link is enough to kill Skype on your PC, Android and iOS device. Sending the characters http://: in a chat conversation via the software will cause the application to crash, and bomb all over again when restarted as the application will process the chat characters again before you get a chance to …
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Busy BlackBerry wheels out BB10 and QNX updates

BlackBerry has updated its mature IoT platform based on real-time OS QNX – which can be found in everything from cars to Cisco routers to nuclear power stations – and announced a new partnership with Intel. The world isn’t exactly short of IoT platforms: a couple come out every week. Huawei’s lightweight open source OS LiteOS, …
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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

Microsoft is taking heat from sysadmins for removing the installation option for a desktop GUI (Graphical User Interface) in the current Technical Preview of Windows Server 2016. "A gui as one of the default options is absolutely required for the SMB Space", says one user in the comments here. We "definitely need third option …
Tim Anderson, 3 Jun 2015
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Facebook farewells flaky SHA-1

Facebook has set the date: on September 30, the ancient and creaking SHA-1 hashing algorithm will make its tumbril trip and get the chop. SHA-1, designed by the NSA in 1995, is a one-way algorithm: a block of data is turned into a message digest. The digest can't be turned back into the original message, but serves as a digital …
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VirtualBox 5.0 beta four graduates to become first release candidate

Snoracle's new version of desktop hypervisor VirtualBox has progressed sufficiently well that it's decided the revised tool is out of beta and into release candidate status. VirtualBox is a developer favourite because, unlike rival desktop hypervisors from VMware and Parallels, it is free. Oracle's kept the tool alive and well- …

Holy SSH-it! Microsoft promises secure logins for Windows PowerShell

Microsoft has finally decided to add support for SSH to PowerShell, allowing people to log into Windows systems and use software remotely over an encrypted connection. Users of Linux, the BSDs, and other operating systems, will know all about OpenSSH and its usefulness in connecting machines in a secure way to execute commands …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Jun 2015
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Disconnect app maker runs to EU to moan about Android

Privacy app maker Disconnect has filed a formal complaint against Google with the European Commission, adding to the Chocolate Factory’s EU competition woes. “Disconnect charges Google with abusing its dominant market position by banning Disconnect’s app, a revolutionary technology that protects users from invisible tracking and …
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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

Opinion What happens when your data sample isn’t representative of the public? We already know, for 2015 is turning out to be the year of the dodgy opinion poll. And it isn’t just politicians who are being stung. In Windows 10, Microsoft says it will hide running apps from the task bar, breaking a twenty-year-old convention which …
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Intel imagines chips in nappies to create the Internet of sh*t things

Computex 2015 If you think the Internet of Things (IoT) is a steaming pile of you-know-what, Intel's kind-of confirmed your suspicions by backing a team that's imagined an internet-connected nappy (diaper for North American readers). Computex 2015 is full of folks spruiking the internet of stuff. On the show floor you can hardly move for …

Microsoft doubles down on productivity with Wunderlist buy

The reinvention of Microsoft under chief executive Satya Nadella continues with reports the software giant has bought German-based iOS app Wunderlist. The purchase, originally reported behind the Wall Street Journal paywall, is in the ballpark of $US100 - $US200 million, making it roughly the same size deal as the company paid …
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Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year

Most Windows users will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it ships on July 29, but they'll only have a year to claim it. After that, they'll need to pay – and Microsoft has now revealed how much. Essentially, full retail copies of Windows 10 will be priced the same as Windows 8, the software giant confirmed to El …

Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft's Get Windows 10 app has started appearing on Windows 7 and 8 boxes, with a one-click option to upgrade free to the new OS from July 29. The company is keen to persuade users to upgrade, particularly following the lacklustre response to Windows 8. At Microsoft’s Build conference, Windows boss Terry Myerson predicted …
Tim Anderson, 1 Jun 2015
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Bank: Without software mojo, Android OEMs are doomed to 'implode'

Analysis You’ve heard that “when Wall Street sneezes, the world catches cold"*, and there are dozens of variations. But perhaps the line needs to be brought up to date. When a large technology platform company dozes off, companies that rely on it for innovation feel the chill – and the chill can be fatal. Ten days ago, investment bank …
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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

Windows 10 will be coughed up by Microsoft on July 29, the company said on Monday morning – and Windows 7 and 8.1 users can reserve their free upgrade right now. Gratis upgrades to Windows 10 are pegged to last for 12 months, as previously announced by Microsoft. That gives you until the end of July 2016 to claim them. Also, on …
Gavin Clarke, 1 Jun 2015