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Microsoft enlists web security pariah Adobe to help build Internet Explorer-killer Spartan

Microsoft has revealed it's working with Adobe on some aspects of project Spartan, its replacement browser that will confine Internet Explorer to the Antique Code Show. When one contemplates Adobe's contribution to browsers, it's hard not to think of the carnage its Flash plugin has wrought with a seemingly never-ending …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Mar 2015
IE for Win 10 preview

Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

Microsoft has changed direction slightly with regard to how Windows 10 will handle web browsing, in a move that suggests development of Internet Explorer has finally come to an end – as has been rumored. We've long known that Redmond has a new, standards-compliant web rendering engine in the works called Project Spartan, which …
Neil McAllister, 24 Mar 2015
firing range - target in cross hairs

Apple is picking off iOS antivirus apps one by one: Who'll be spared?

Confusion reigns over whether or not Apple is really pulling all iOS antivirus apps from its online software store. One leading developer says yes, another says no, and Apple is keeping schtum. Security specialist Intego claims the Cupertino idiot-tax operation has yanked anti-malware tools from the iOS App Store, leaving just …
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2015

Joyent's Triton ships Docker containers on cloudy bare metal

Cloud outfit Joyent has launched Triton, a new software and service offering that provides what Joyent describes as "container native infrastructure," where the Linux container – not a server or a VM – is the atomic unit of hosting. "In a sentence (albeit a wordy one), Triton lets you run secure Linux containers directly on bare …
Neil McAllister, 24 Mar 2015
Steve Wozniak

Hey, Woz. You've got $150m. You're kicking back in Australia. What's on your mind? Killer AI

Old-school computer whiz Steve Wozniak is afraid an emergence of an artificial super-intelligence will be very bad news for the human race. The former HP engineer, who today lives in Australia and works as adjunct professor in Sydney, agrees with SpaceX supremo Elon Musk and physics ace Prof Stephen Hawking that computers in the …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2015
Obama at the White House science fair

Prez Obama cares about STEM so much he just threw $240m of other people's money at it

Some $240m from the private sector will be spent on boosting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in America, President Obama said on Monday. The President said the spending will hopefully increase diversity in STEM fields and improve educational programs in underrepresented communities. Of that nine-figure …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2015
Imagination Technologies' MIPS tablet reference design

Imagination touts cheap Firefox OS MIPS slab to Chinese kitmakers

No longer content to cede the mobile processor market to ARM, British chip firm Imagination Technologies has unveiled a new reference tablet design powered by a CPU based on its MIPS architecture. Although designed to cost less than $100, the 9.7-inch device is more demo than actual product. Built by Chinese ODM Ingenic, its …
Neil McAllister, 24 Mar 2015
Pair of pliers with other tools

Windows 10 apps to rule them all – phones, slabs and PCs: Microsoft pulls out 'universal' tool

Microsoft has released technology previews of new developer tools and an SDK for Windows 10, giving coders their first taste of what it's like to build Windows Universal Apps that run across PCs, phones, and tablets. The tools are available now at no charge to members of Microsoft's Windows Insider program. Like Windows 10 …
Neil McAllister, 23 Mar 2015
Microsoft on Android

WinPhone? PAH! If you want Microsoft's mobe apps, grab an Android

Microsoft, still struggling to gain a foothold in the smartphone market, is pressing to have its software bundled on Android devices from major manufacturers, with Samsung as its first partner. We first heard murmurings about Sammy's deal with Microsoft at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, earlier this month. "We'll have …
Neil McAllister, 23 Mar 2015
GEC PABX 3 switchboard and operator

NZ used XKEYSCORE to spy on World Trade Org election emails

New Zealand used the National Security Agency's XKEYSCORE to spy on World Trade Organisation elections targeting candidates from Indonesia, Brazil, and South Korea as its Trade Minister vied for the top job, according to reports. Secret documents obtained by the New Zealand Herald and Snowden spout The Intercept reveal …
Darren Pauli, 23 Mar 2015
Office Space

Facebook to fling open Messenger to third party apps – report

Facebook is reportedly set to announce plans to allow third-party apps to access the company's stand-alone Messenger service. The free content ad network, which released its Messenger app in 2011, is apparently poised to unveil deals with 20 different outfits. Mashable reported that Facebook will announce the tie-ins during its …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Mar 2015
Windows 10 for phone

Microsoft sniffs around Xiaomi Mi 4 smarties with Windows 10

Chinese mobe giant Xiaomi confirmed it is helping Microsoft port Windows 10 to its Mi 4 smartphones. Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra said Redmond has managed to build its OS for phones that normally run Android as part of a test program, but people shouldn't get their hopes up for a larger partnership or dual-boot devices any …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Mar 2015
Visual Studio

Microsoft open sources MSBuild, aims for cross-platform dev tools

Microsoft’s build engine, MSBuild, has been published as open source on GitHub and will be ported to Linux and the Mac. A build engine is used by developers to compile libraries and applications from source code. Using MSBuild, developers can define the build process in XML files, including pre-processing, compilation and post- …
Tim Anderson, 19 Mar 2015

Opera buys mobe friendly VPN app bods SurfEasy

Norway-based Opera Software has set sail across the North Atlantic to acquire Toronto-based VPN-men SurfEasy, for an undisclosed sum. Opera is now producing a suite of applications through which you can "securely" read The Reg on desktop and mobile, and is set to expand its product line to include privacy-management services …
Windows 10 lock screen

Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

Pics Microsoft has released build 10041 of Windows 10, the first major update since January’s build 9926 went public. The test version is part of the US giant's “Windows Insider” program which lets enthusiasts install preview builds as they are ready. The Insider program offers “Fast” and “Slow” versions, with Fast builds more …
Tim Anderson, 19 Mar 2015

PIRATES and THIEVES to get Windows 10 as BOOTY

Pirates running stolen Windows operating systems will get a free copy of Windows 10, according to reports. Microsoft told reporters the next Windows will be made free to whet appetites for legitimate software, particularly in China. "We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10," Microsoft's …
Darren Pauli, 19 Mar 2015

Let's get patchin' now, everybody's watchin' how, baby fix Safari with me

Apple has pushed out an largish update for security flaws in its Safari browser. The Cupertino giant said that the Safari 8.0.4, 7.1.4 and 6.2.4 patch would address 17 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in the browser. The collective update, which patches the newest version of Safari along with older copies on legacy OS X versions, …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Mar 2015
Sir Terry Pratchett

Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

The death of Sir Terry Pratchett last week left many fans bereft, but some canny geeks have devised a system to ensure his name lives on in everyday web traffic. In Pratchett's 2004 book Going Postal, the deceased inventor of the "clacks," a form of communications system for sending data over large distances, is immortalized by …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2015
Icons for Office Universal and Desktop side by side

Delving into Office 2016: Microsoft goes public with new preview

First Look Microsoft’s Office team is in overdrive, delivering new versions this year for Android, Mac (in preview), Windows 10 Universal App Platform (in preview), and now Windows desktop, also in preview. The public preview was announced at Microsoft’s Convergence event under way in Atlanta. According to VP Kirk Koenigsbauer, the …
Tim Anderson, 18 Mar 2015
Picard Facepalm

Apple Safari update BORKED private browsing

At some point between Version 6.2.2 and Version 8.0.3, Apple has accidentally jettisoned private browsing in Safari. As described by Macissues, users of recent Safari versions on the newest flavours of OSX are finding that so-called “private” URLs are turning up in the SQLite database that stores Favicons. In other words, if …
Monty Python death peasant collector

Internet Explorer LIVES ON, cackle sneaky Microsoft engineers

Microsoft is rumoured to have killed off its nearly 20-year-old Internet Explorer browser – but the firm has told The Register there's life in the old code yet. At the Microsoft Convergence conference in Atlanta, US, on Monday, Microsoft's marketing chief Chris Capossela appeared to suggest the recently announced Project Spartan …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2015
Percentage of mobile malware on Android

Google adds evil-code scanning to Play Store

Google is cleaning up its app store to limit the amount of malware and age-inappropriate content. For the past two months the advertising giant has been quietly running a new scan of all applications for code that breaks its terms of service. Today it announced the program's existence, noting that the scanning is both automatic …
Iain Thomson, 17 Mar 2015

Nvidia tears wraps off GeForce Titan X (again) and $10,000 GPU brain for DIY self-driving cars

GTC 2015 Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed the arrival of the GeForce Titan X just a few minutes ago today, dubbing it Nvi's fastest single-chip GPU to date. He also showed off two development kits: a $15,000 deep-learning system, and a $10,000 DIY self-driving car brain. The US chip maker's boss was speaking at this year's GPU …
Chris Williams, 17 Mar 2015
One Windows: Windows 10 will be delivered on multiple device types

Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

One of the challenges Microsoft has given itself with its goal of making Windows 10 run on almost anything is that lots of devices have rather less storage than PCs, which means Redmond can't assume users will have hard disk space to burn. If Windows takes up most of a cheaposlab's 32GB solid state disk, that's not going to make …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2015

Redmond boffins' infosec trick will ship better code, faster

Security boffins from Microsoft and North Carolina State University have developed a method to help software developers better identify attack surfaces and therefore ship code more quickly. The work is effective enough for Microsoft's own security teams to consider adopting it in its internal review processes. The technique is …
Darren Pauli, 17 Mar 2015
Mulder in The X-Files

SAP admits - shock! - it sells to governments, denies that means backdoors

SAP is wrapped up in possibly the silliest conspiracy theorising The Register has seen yet, issuing an angry denial that having sold software to government agencies means it built backdoors into its products. Well – it's probably an angry denial, but it's phrased with the good manners of corporate PR. The kerfuffle began with …

AMD, ARM, Imagination, Samsung alliance publish official shared GPU-CPU blueprints

An effort to tightly knit together graphics chips, processors and other hardware to boost things like video search on your desktop has taken a step forward. The HSA Foundation today officially published version 1.0 of its Heterogeneous System Architecture specification, which (if we were being flippant) describes how GPUs, DSPs …
Chris Williams, 16 Mar 2015
Terminator head

Microsoft announces Windows 10 and Azure for humanity's implacable IoT foes

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 for the Internet of Things and an Azure IoT suite. The software giant said on Monday that Windows 10 would be delivered for a “diverse set of IoT devices" under the new moniker. Microsoft announced the Windows branch at the Convergence 2015 conference in Atlanta, Georgia. According to …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Mar 2015
The existing, human crewed Caterpillar 797B

Health & Safety is the responsibility of Connor's long-suffering girlfriend

Stob Much discussion of health and safety concentrates on the opportunities the discipline affords our little Hitlers to little-Hitle. But when I did some work on an industrial site recently – this is the most relaxing environment to get your head around a mischievous lump of functional JavaScript, by the way, you absolutely must try …
Verity Stob, 16 Mar 2015
Brute Force

Brute force box lets researchers, Cops, pop iDevice locks

Apple fans have more reason to update to iOS 8.2 with the discovery of a device used in the computer repair industry that automates password exploitation. The IP-Box tool exploits CVE-2014-4451 to conduct unlimited password guesses against iOS devices on 8.1 and below for iPhones and iPads. A barrage of PINs are entered by …
Darren Pauli, 16 Mar 2015

Authy 2FA app popped by simple, secret, code

Attackers could bypass the Authy two factor authentication (2FA) system by typing a phrase in a token field. Authy's apps make it possible for punters to log in to services like Gmail, Dropbox and Facebook, or even Amazon Web Services, with a one-time password sourced from an app. But prior to the advent of a patch issued 8 …
Darren Pauli, 16 Mar 2015
Oracle frankenstein

Oracle adds secure-ish boot support to its Linux distro

Oracle has released a new secure-boot version of its Linux, but the new issuance is attracting criticism that it's not actually secure. The issue, according to a series of Tweets by Linux engineer Matthew Garrett, is that Oracle's Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel supports kexec_load() and carries the same signature as the kernel …
One Windows: Windows 10 will be delivered on multiple device types

Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

A new build of Windows 10, number 10036, appears to have somehow found its way beyond Redmond's firewalls, and folks running it report it has all manner of interesting additions. The main eyebrow-raiser is a new dialog titled “Choose how you download updates” that offers an option to “Download apps and OS updates from multiple …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2015
Overcharging? That'll be because electric cars are expenisive

Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

Billionaire biz baron Elon Musk has promised Tesla's Model S customers that the electric cars will shortly receive a software update "to end range anxiety". The Register has previously reported that 'leccy motor fans fear being stranded in the middle of nowhere without juice. As our own Vulture at the Wheel Simon Rockman …
Team Register, 15 Mar 2015
Cyanogen

Cyanogen said to be hoovering up cash, but NOT from Microsoft

Sources say Android alt-firmware outfit Cyanogen is close to closing a new round of funding, but Microsoft reportedly won't be among the investors. Bloomberg reported on Friday that Cyanogen is close to an agreement that would see it raise $110m from a group of financiers including PremjiInvest, the investment firm of Wipro …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2015

Studying humans for science? Wrap your eyeballs around our fine print, says Apple

Apple has updated its App Store developer guidelines to include new restrictions on apps that gather health data for purposes of medical research. The revised guidelines include a new paragraph aimed specifically at developers who want to take advantage of ResearchKit, Cupertino's new framework for health research. "Apps …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2015
Peekabooty - censorship bears

Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

Comment The internet is gradually gaining a whole lot of new top-level domain names, from the useful (.app, .dev) to the more whimsical (.ninja, .lol), thanks to ICANN's dot-word gold rush. Most of these dot-words are available to world + dog to register fresh domains, such as theregister.science. However, some owners are keeping their …
iOS 8

Want to check out iOS 8.3? Apple just might let you (but make a backup)

Just days after releasing iOS 8.2 to the masses, Apple is allowing some users to check out the early builds of iOS 8.3. The Cupertino idiot-tax operation has begun a limited public beta rollout for iOS 8.3 beta 3. Availability appears to be happening in phases, as some users report being able to access the beta and others ( …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Mar 2015

Microsoft hints at faster release cadence for Windows 10 previews

After admitting that it hasn't been seeding new builds of Windows 10 as often as many testers had hoped, Microsoft is gearing up to increase its release cadence. Redmond man Gabe Aul tweeted on Thursday that the software giant will have new builds of Windows 10 available soon, and even went as far as to suggest that risk-averse …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2015
Sorry we're closed

Google MURDERS Google Code, orders everyone out to GitHub and co

Google killing off its own software projects is nothing new, but the Mountain View goliath will soon kill your software projects, too, if you host them on Google Code. The online ad titan said on Thursday that it was shutting down its code collaboration service, which was launched in 2006, effective immediately. The service …
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 2015
A kite

Docker snacks on Mac app chaps: Kitematic to put UI on container tools

Linux container outfit Docker has expanded its staff yet again, this time by gobbling up the creators of a GUI Docker management tool for OS X. Kitematic, which became an official Docker product on Thursday, wraps Docker's command-line container wrangling tools in a point-and-click interface that simplifies the process of …
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 2015
Sad Mac

iTunes snafu: DNS fail borked Apple's app & iTunes stores for 10 HOURS

Updated Apple has blamed a server configuration blunder for a 10-hour-long outage of its highly lucrative App Store, Mac App Store, iBooks Store, and iTunes Store yesterday. The iPhone giant said in a statement to the media that today's downtime was caused by problems with its DNS setup. Apple's system status page confirms various …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Mar 2015