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Docker hires'n'acquires to cure its security, networking headaches

Application container firm Docker is staffing up, having brought on new talent to further its security and networking development efforts. On Tuesday, Diogo Mónica and Nathan McCauley, two former engineers for mobile payments outfit Square, jointly blogged that they had joined Docker to lead its security engineering. "We've …
Samsung pre-announces Office 365 deal with Microsoft

Samsung-Microsoft deal will bundle Office 365 with Android Knox

MWC 2015 The man behind Samsung Knox, Dr Injong Rhee, says a deal with Microsoft will see Office 365 bundled with the Knox secure enterprise workspace. Rhee was speaking at Samsung’s Enterprise Mobility Showcase, part of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Knox is a secure container built into Samsung’s Android devices. It includes both …
Tim Anderson, 4 Mar 2015
Good riddance to bad Java

Oracle's piping hot new pot of Java takes out the trash (faster)

Oracle's latest update to the Java Development Kit doesn't add any new language features or change any APIs, but it still includes a number of enhancements that should please Java developers and users. Released on Tuesday – a couple of weeks ahead of Java SE 8's first birthday – Java Development Kit 8 Update 40 (JDK 8u40) …
Icefield

Bringing Hadoop in from the cold: MapR is throwing adoption barriers on the fire

Comment The pace of Hadoop development is relentless. Hortonworks recently has had its IPO. Distribution owners strive to get their version deployed faster. Alliances are forming fast. MapR is extending its own reach by adding features so the software can be adopted more easily. MapR was founded in 2009 to produce an enterprise-grade …
Chris Mellor, 4 Mar 2015
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CONFIRMED: Tiny Windows Server is on the way

Microsoft's plans to decompose Windows Server into a far lighter and leaner beast are real. On Monday we reported on the emergence of a Microsoft slide deck outlining a “Nano” version of Windows Server aimed at the cloud. Microsoft's now pointed to an earlier statement about just what it plans. The pointer came in a Tweet from …
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ARM, Geomerics: Don't go to the dark side. Use the Forge, Luke

GDC 2015 Brit processor designer ARM and its gobbled subsidiary Geomerics want to shed some more light on gaming graphics – literally, with an update to Enlighten. The pair's Enlighten software is a development kit for programmers, and is designed to render photorealistic lighting effects in games for consoles, smartphones, and tablets. …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Mar 2015
Unity-based game running in a browser via WebGL

Unity, Mozilla team up to bring PEW! PEW! PEW! to browsers, too

GDC 2015 The latest version of the Unity cross-platform game development toolkit is helping to bring advanced 3D graphics and gaming to the web, albeit in baby steps. Unity 5, released to coincide with the Game Developers Conference taking place in San Francisco this week, includes a preview version of an exporter for WebGL, an evolving …

Microsoft to Android OEMs: 'Show me the money'

Exclusive Microsoft has reserved the right to nail firms making Android devices running its Office suit for possible Windows patent infringements. The giant has decided against signing a licence with Open Invention Network (OIN), a group of 1,300 companies dedicated to defending Linux against patent suits. Signing an OIN licence could …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Mar 2015
First look at Windows 10 Universal App Platform

Microsoft opens kimono on Windows 10 Universal App Platform

MWC 2015 Microsoft's Windows 10 Universal App Platform has been explained in detail for the first time, at a developer event in Barcelona as part of Mobile World Congress. The project is "the culmination of our platform convergence journey with Windows", according to Microsoft's Kevin Gallo, who gave the keynote at the event. The term “ …
Tim Anderson, 3 Mar 2015
Vivaldi

Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

Browsers have been making a comeback. There have been three brand new browsers released and even Firefox, which seems to be sliding further into irrelevancy every day, has released a new version aimed at developers and claims to be working on a WebKit-based version for iOS devices. It’s a refreshing moment. After an initial …
Prototype Vulkan debugger from Valve and LunarG

Here comes Vulkan: The next generation of the OpenGL graphics API

GDC 2015 The Khronos Group, non-profit custodian of the OpenGL cross-platform graphics API, has announced its replacement, called Vulkan. Vulkan, previously known as glNext, is being presented in detail at The Game Developers Conference (GDC) currently under way in San Francisco. Khronos has also announced OpenCL 2.1, an updated version …
Tim Anderson, 3 Mar 2015
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Tinder Plus charges oldies MORE to ogle young hotties' pics

Hookup app Tinder has launched a premium service charging older users more dosh to mingle with potential mates still in their prime. The new Tinder Plus app will allow users new features including looking up previously-rejected matches and checking out potential partners in other cities. Dubbed "Passport", the location feature …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Mar 2015
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IBM continues fanboi courtship with fresh crop of iOS apps

IBM has released a trio of enterprise applications for iOS devices, as part of its Businesslab partnership with Apple. Big Blue's three new iOS apps offer tools for customer service tasks and remote working, two areas that IBM and Apple cited as keys last year when they announced their joint effort to put IBM business software …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Mar 2015
Android 5.0 "Lollipop"

Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

Updated Last year, Google said Android 5, codenamed Lollipop, will encrypt the contents of smartphones and tablets by default. Now it's had to do some backtracking. In short, despite Google's boasts that Lollipop will encrypt handhelds' data by default "out of the box," that simply isn't being enforced on all devices running Android 5. …
Iain Thomson, 2 Mar 2015
Groovy programming language

Groovy Java guy off for Restlet

Guillaume Laforge, leader of the Groovy project, is joining Restlet, a small company which supports the open source Restlet framework. The Restlet framework is used by Java developers to create web APIs, such as those which provide cloud services to mobile and web applications. It takes its name from REST (Representational State …
Tim Anderson, 2 Mar 2015
Sailfish OS

Jolla launches Sailfish 2.0, now with added security

MWC 2015 Jolla, the smouldering platform which was born out of Nokia’s decision to go Microsoft, has announced its new version of the Sailfish OS. The special ingredient in version 2.0 is security, achieved via a deal with Finland's SSH Communications Security, the company which provides internet-based secure end-to-end communications, …
Simon Rockman, 2 Mar 2015

First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

Ubuntu 15.04 is here – almost. The first beta of Vivid Vervet has been delivered, and with it have come images of the penguin flock that nestles on this OS. I looked at Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and Ubuntu MATE but there’s also Lubuntu and the China-centric Ubuntu Kylin, which I didn’t test. These are beta releases and …
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Bradley Horowitz on ailing Google+: Islands in the stream, that is what we are ...

Google product veep Bradley Horowitz is now heading up the ad giant's fading fast Google+ service, but its name appears to have put the willies up Mountain View's execs lately – to the point where they simply don't mention it any more. Horowitz confirmed in a short statement that he had, in effect, taken over from the "network …
Kelly Fiveash, 2 Mar 2015
Zombie rising from the grave

Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

It's the first Monday of the month, so time for us to have a look at desktop operating system market share again! Keen Reg readers may recall that last month it looked like peak Windows 7 was behind us. This month's data supports that hypothesis: Statcounter has Windows 7 dipping a little to 54.13 per cent and Netmarketshare …
One Windows: Windows 10 will be delivered on multiple device types

Microsoft working on 'Nano' version of Windows Server for web-scale ops

Microsoft appears to be working on a new version of Windows Server aimed at web-scale operations. News of the product comes via Neowin, which noticed a deck of slides titled “Nano Server: The Future of Windows Starts Now” posted to a Russian blog. The name on the title slide is “Refaat Issa” whose biography at Microsoft's …
Hadoop_elephant

Hadoop gets native C/C++ injection

Like Hadoop but it’s just a bit too Javary? There’s now an answer for that: MapReduce for C (MR4C). MR4C is an open source framework letting you run your native C and C++ code on the big-data crunching framework. Released quietly earlier this month and picked up here, MR4C lets you run C/C++ apps on Hadoop without needing to …
Gavin Clarke, 1 Mar 2015
Infosec

Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

Barely a week after the breaking of the Superfish scandal, Lenovo has done a complete reverse ferret on bloatware - promising that by the time Windows 10 comes out its systems will be as pure as they can be. “The events of last week reinforce the principle that customer experience, security and privacy must be our top priorities …
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2015
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Google open-sources HTTP/2-based RPC framework

Google has open-sourced something called “gRPC” that it says represents “a brand new framework for handling remote procedure calls” using HTTP/2. The Chocolate Factory says it has dogfooded gRPC on its own microservices and that it “enables easy creation of highly performant, scalable APIs and microservices” and offers “ …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2015
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Assemblers were once people: My aunt did it for NASA

The IT runs strong in my family. One day -- this is more than thirty years ago -- when I pulled myself out of the code mines, I found my Aunt Anna visiting. I mentioned (proudly) that I was mastering the arcana of assembly language programming on the TRS-80, using Microsoft’s MASM macro-assembler. “Really?” she replied. “A …
Mark Pesce, 26 Feb 2015
Gerard Butler in 300

Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

Microsoft says it decided to start from scratch with a new web rendering engine for Windows 10 because keeping up with web standards while maintaining compatibility with older, noncompliant versions of Internet Explorer had simply become too much of a burden. "Fixing long standing interoperability bugs with other modern browsers …
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2015
Android icon desktop toys

Google to tame Android's Wild Wild West to please suits

Google is recruiting Android app authors to help tame Mountain View’s Wild, Wild West mobile platform for businesses. Mountain View has opened Android for Work to build secure and sandboxed apps running on Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Android for Work apps will use dedicated work profiles on Android-powered devices …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Feb 2015
Vision Mobile Report

Money from apps? It's all about Apple iOS, says survey

A new survey of mobile app developers shows that Apple iOS is where the money is, despite Android's higher market share among mobile devices. VisionMobile surveyed more than 8,000 developers across 143 countries, and the ensuing report presents a detailed snapshot of the state of the mobile app economy. The consistent theme is …
Tim Anderson, 26 Feb 2015

Firefox 36 swats bugs, adds HTTP2 and gets certifiably serious

Mozilla has outfoxed three critical and six high severity flaws in its latest round of patches for its flagship browser. It stomps out memory safety bugs, exploitable use-after-free crashes, and a buffer overflow. Of the critical crashes, bad guys could potentially craft attacks targeting MP4 video playback through a buffer …
Darren Pauli, 26 Feb 2015

And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

Apple's operating systems and Linux racked up more vulnerability reports than Windows during 2014, according to research from security outfit GFI. Cupertino's OS X and iOS platforms topped the 2014 bug charts with 147 and 127 holes disclosed in each, nudging out the Linux Kernel with 119 flagged flaws, the National Vulnerability …
Darren Pauli, 26 Feb 2015
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Arista, Puppet Labs share the DevOps love

Puppet Labs has added support for Arista kit to its automation suite. The native Arista Extensible Operating System – EOS – module and Forge Module means Puppet Enterprise can now reach into data centres built on Arista's switches, the company says. It also means that changes to networking kit can happen automatically and …

W3C recommends Pointer Events standard – but it's a touchy subject. Right, Apple?

Comment The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the Pointer Events standard as a recommendation, but its future is in doubt as Apple and Google are refusing to implement it. The purpose of Pointer Events is to handle input from pointers – which might be touch or pen rather than mouse – which is increasingly important in a …
Tim Anderson, 25 Feb 2015
Screen capture of iTunes on Mac

$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

Apple has been ordered to pay nearly half a billion dollars to Texas-based patent licensing company Smartflash after a jury found that Cupertino's iTunes music service had violated three patents. Late on Tuesday, a jury at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas – when asked if Smartflash had proved "by clear …
Team Register, 25 Feb 2015

Elementary, my dear penguin: It's the second beta of Freya

Review Elementary Linux has released the second beta of the imminent Freya release of its OS. Elementary follows a somewhat unusual release schedule of major updates every 18 or so months, with two betas at the six- and 12-month marks. That's not the only way Elementary differs in relation to other distros. Almost everything on the …
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Snowden's favourite Linux - Tails - rushes sec-fix version to market

Tails, the secure live-boot Linux made famous by Edward Snowden, has had a major revision release to Version 1.3. The new version, released after testing since February 12, combines various security fixes with new apps and simplified install, the developers say. The developers want to kill off the previous version, Tails 1.2.3 …

Now with Grunt and Gulp: Cross-platform ASP.NET in new Visual Studio 2015 preview

Microsoft has released a new preview of Visual Studio 2015, which is shaping up to be a major release. Community Tech Preview 6 includes cross-platform tools for its ASP.NET web application framework. On the Windows side, this is the tool which supports Microsoft’s “universal app” strategy, allowing developers to build a single …
Tim Anderson, 24 Feb 2015
Screenshot of the Word 2013 startup screen, which doesn't show the year

'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

British SciFi author Charles Stross once had the protagonist of his Laundry Files series, sysadmin/demon-hunter Bob Howard, narrate his day by saying “I'm sitting in my office, shivering over a cooling cup of coffee and reading The Register when my door opens without warning ...”*. Stross is welcome in these pages for that …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015

Porn on Blogger – Google takes stiff action

Google has let it be known that as of 23 March, access to raunchy and pornographic blogs hosted on Blogger will be restricted. As of that date "... you won't be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity", Google said. All data will be retained, but come 23 March any Blogger blogs …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015
The new Gmail inbox interface

Google opens 'Inbox' heir-to-email trial to biz users

The last time Google tried to “reinvent the way you get things done”, the term it uses to describe its heir-to-email app "Inbox", it wiped out with the solving-a-problem-people-didn't-know-they-had "Wave" service. But there's still clearly some demand for something other than email, as The Chocolate Factory says demand among …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015

I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

Pics ARM and IBM today hope to lure a few more engineers, tinkerers and the like into their Internet of Things (IoT) world with a cloud-connected development kit bundle. The new Ethernet IoT Starter Kit combines the gizmo-laden mbed Application Shield with a Cortex-M4-powered board from Freescale. You plug the two together, hook the …
Chris Williams, 24 Feb 2015

Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10

Some BlackBerry users have enjoyed an unexpectedly peaceful weekend for once. Late last week, the Canadian company rolled out its biggest update for a year, but the otherwise technically impressive upgrade left some sleeping through alarms and missing phone calls. The volume for the device's alerts and alarms is now so low, you …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2015
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Apple: 100,000 lucky people can test our flaky iOS 8.3 code – report

In a shock falling-in-line-with-industry-practice move, Apple is to conduct a public beta test for iOS 8.3. It’s the first time Apple has run a public beta for iOS, although there is precedent in that Apple ran a scheme for a million users with desktop operating system OS X Yosemite last year. Rumours from 9to5Mac have it that …
Simon Rockman, 23 Feb 2015

Debian on track to prove binaries' origins

Debian is on its way to becoming what could be the first operating system to prove the origin of its binaries, technologist Micah Lee says. The feat will allow anyone to independently confirm that Debian binaries were built from a reported source package. So far a project team devoted to confirming the reproducibility of builds …
Darren Pauli, 23 Feb 2015