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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

Vid+Pics Microsoft has shown off Windows 10, and described it as a blend of Windows 7 and 8. Redmond thinks the new operating system is so revolutionary, it skipped over version 9 and went straight to double digits. "We will carry forward all that is good in Windows," Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the operating systems …
Iain Thomson, 30 Sep 2014

Anti-Facebook Ello: Here's why we're still in beta. SPAMGASM!

+Comment Humblebrag site Ello, which has positioned itself as a worthy Web2.0rhea antiserum to the ad-poisoned Facebook, has come under attack from spammers. Just days earlier, the social network was temporarily forced to wave goodbye to its users late on Sunday night, after it claimed to have suffered an apparent distributed denial-of- …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2014
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What's a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP?

Chromebooks are great for browsing the web, but they're not much good for running applications like Photoshop – not yet, at any rate. But they may become much more versatile devices soon, thanks to a new experiment cooked up by Adobe and Google. On Monday, the companies jointly unveiled "Project Photoshop Streaming," an effort …
Neil McAllister, 30 Sep 2014

Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

There’s nothing tech companies like more than creating buzz. The more buzz, the less substance – as a rash of me-too tablet events a few years back proved. Tomorrow, Microsoft is scheduled to host an event on the West Coast that many believe will be the scene of the unveiling of the next version of Windows. Upping the …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2014
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Microsoft boss Nadella makes fleeting visit to China for conciliatory competition talks

Microsoft's boss Satya Nadella reportedly visited Chinese antitrust officials in Beijing on Friday. At the start of this month, the software giant was given 20 days to submit written details to China's competition authorities explaining how the company's Windows operating system works together with its bundled Office suite. …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2014
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SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches

A fresh dump of Shellshock patches were released on Friday night in the latest move to stamp out the Bash shell security vuln that has the potential to blight millions of Linux, Unix and Mac OS X machines. Red Hat said in a blog post that the threat from Shellshock was receding now that patches had been issued for most operating …
Team Register, 28 Sep 2014

'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

eXpat Files Welcome back to The eXpat Files, a new Weekend Reg regular in which we chat to an IT professional who's decided to seek his or her fortune in another land, so you can learn how to follow in their footsteps. This week, meet 33 year-old James Hudson who hails from Australia, now lives in Berlin, Germany, and has also spent time in …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Sep 2014
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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

Microsoft is expected to reveal a new moniker for its Windows operating system at an invite-only event next Tuesday. In recent years, under the stewardship of Steve Ballmer, we've seen Windows 7 and Windows 8 names appear on Redmond's flagship product, after the launch of the disastrous Vista brand. But now, with new boss Satya …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2014
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'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'

QuoTW This was the week when the depths of the internet proved even darker and more twisty than usual when Emma Watson, actor and UN ambassador, gave a speech at the United Nations about feminism. The well-received oration pointed out that men also suffered from the restraints of gendered societal pressures and that feminism was about …

What the HEC? Microsoft resurrects its hardware engineering event – in CHINA

Microsoft is bringing back WinHEC – its erstwhile Windows Hardware Engineering Conference – and this time it's holding the event closer to where the action is. Redmond exec Matt Perry said on Friday that WinHEC 2015 will be held on March 18 and 19 in Shenzhen, China's booming tech capital, with a subsequent event to follow in …
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2014
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Apple nurses HealthKit apps back to life, discharges iOS 8.0.2

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 to iPhones, iPads and iPods a couple of days after its botched 8.0.1 deployment. The iGiant said the .2 update addresses a high-profile bug that broke apps using the operating system's new HealthKit feature – those applications were removed by Apple from the App Store when 8.0.0 was rolled out, but …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Sep 2014

Unchanging Unicorn: Don't be disappointed with Ubuntu 14.10, be happy

Review A number of Ubuntu flavours – Kubuntu, Ubuntu Gnome, Xubuntu and the brand new Ubuntu Mate (yes, it's official now) – this month participated in the first beta release of the next Ubuntu – 14.10, or Utopic Unicorn. The main Unity Desktop was absent, meaning what's called the second beta (and is now available) is the first and …
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Twitter's Mesos brainbox joins data centre OS venture

The academic brainbox who got his data centre operating system adopted as a piece of critical infrastructure at Twitter has now gone into business. Benjamin Hindman, the co-founder of open-source cluster manager Mesos – which runs at large web properties including Twitter and Airbnb – has joined VC-backed Mesosphere. The startup …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Sep 2014
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Developers: Hands-on course to find out what Azure can do for you

Promo Microsoft UK's month of free Azure training is well under way with an all day Web Dev Camp in Reading on 17 October. Bring your laptops and take part in live labs showing you how to use the latest cloud technologies and tools to quickly develop and deploy secure and scalable web apps. Martin Beeby and Martin Kearn, Microsoft …
David Gordon, 26 Sep 2014
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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

Review First things first: the name. The next Elementary OS was codenamed Isis – as in the Egyptian goddess of magic and life. That was until Islamic State became a thing and the distro’s team decided such associations were unwanted. Now it’s Freya, as in the Norse goddess of love and, er, war. Conflict aside, what a nice update to …
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Xamarin sics army of 1,000 test devices on hapless mobile apps

Mobile app-dev specialists Xamarin have launched the Xamarin Test Cloud, an automated, internet-based service that lets developers test their code on more than 1,000 devices. "With Xamarin Test Cloud, you can create your own test scripts using our powerful testing framework, run them locally against emulators or devices, and …
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2014
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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

Apple on Wednesday released iOS 8.0.1 and then quickly recalled it – after people complained the "update" had broken cellular connections and Touch ID. The bungled release was supposed to fix bugs in version 8 of the operating system, which was released this month, including problems that delayed the rollout of its broken …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Sep 2014
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Ordnance Survey intern plonks houses, trees, rivers and roads on GB Minecraft map

Youtube Video Blighty’s Ordnance Survey organisation has updated the country’s map in Minecraft, adding roads, national rail networks and houses to the digital overview. A plucky intern at the mapping org stuck Britain into the vastly popular game this time last year. Now that he’s bagged himself a full-time position on the …
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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

Supermarket, virtual mobile network and bank that is very bad at accounting Tesco has new way for you to pay for your box of Celebrations: a digital wallet called PayQwiq. The service, which uses QR codes, is being trialled in Farringdon, the nearest branch to Vulture Central and 15 other Express stores in London as well as 26 …
Simon Rockman, 24 Sep 2014

ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7

ARM has had a look at the fridges, speakers and robots that use its Cortex-M series processor cores and decided they need a few maths lessons. The Cortex-M7's block diagram The Brit CPU designer has today revealed its new 32-bit Cortex-M7, which will sit at the top of its its microcontroller-grade family of cores in terms of …
Chris Williams, 24 Sep 2014
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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

Looking up from your smartphone to avoid being splattered by a taxi – Google now owns the patent on that. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has rubber-stamped a filing that described using location tracking, ambient noise detection, and public record information to warn users when they could be in danger. According to …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Sep 2014
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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

When Microsoft sent out invitations to a secret press event for September 30 in San Francisco, rumors spread that it would mark the next major release of Windows. Now the president of Microsoft France has blown apart Microsoft's attempt at Applesque PR – by letting slip that "Windows 9" is indeed coming. "Last year we had …
Iain Thomson, 23 Sep 2014

Puppet-wearing devs: There's now an app (or two) for that

PuppetConf 2014 Puppet Labs has taken wraps off new updates to its open-source DevOps-friendly Puppet IT automation software, along with a set of new company initiatives designed to grow the ecosystem around the tools. Puppet Labs CEO Luke Kanies made the announcements Tuesday morning at PuppetConf, the company's annual event that kicked off in …
Neil McAllister, 23 Sep 2014
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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

Members of the Apple faithful have so far updated less than half of their iPhones, iPads and iPods with the newest refresh of the firm's mobile operating system, iOS 8. Five days after the new mobile OS was released, Cupertino reckons 46 per cent of iThings have been given software updates, where possible – iOS 8 isn't …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Sep 2014
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Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone

Software guru Ray Ozzie, once billed as Microsoft’s “next Bill Gates” before he left Redmond, has risen once more – in startup mode. Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie, who left Microsoft in 2010 after four years as the giant's chief software visionary, took his new startup Talko public today. Ozzie has been working on Talko since 2012 …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Sep 2014
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MediaTek takes aim at Arduino with IoT wearables project

MediaTek is dipping its toe in the murky waters of the Internet of Things, announcing a lab initiative with software and hardware development kits targeting the wearables market. The MediaTek Labs program is based on the Linkit Developer Platform, which puts the Aster MT2502 system-on-chip together with an operating system ( …

Apple pours a cup of JavaScript for its Automator robot

Apple has quietly started toying with the idea of using JavaScript as a task automator in the Yosemite version of OS X. In this pre-release API document, Cupertino outlines JavaScript for Automation. It's an OSA component that the document says “can be used from Script Editor, the global Script Menu, in the Run JavaScript …
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'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'

QuoTW This was the week when IBM told a bunch of staffers that their skills weren’t up to scratch. To sort the problem out, Big Blue says it’s going to force them into mandatory training and make them give up ten per cent of their salaries for the privilege. In an email to workers, IBM said: A recent assessment revealed that some …
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Open source and the NHS: Two huge disorganised entities without central control

To outsiders, Britain’s National Health Service must look like a monolith, with more than a million staff marching under one three letter acronym to provide healthcare free at the point of delivery, paid for by the taxes. But the NHS is actually an assortment of several hundred organisations. Each UK nation runs its own health …
SA Mathieson, 19 Sep 2014

Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

Mozilla has quietly shuttered its Labs, folding people and projects into the main organisation. The closure came to light through a blog post by former Labs staffer Ian Bicking, here. Labs was a separate organisation from Mozilla Reseach, as made clear here. The browser maker confirmed the change to The Register, saying the …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Sep 2014
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Former VMware CTO Steve Herrod is now mobile API 'appy

Your marketing department wants to build mobile apps to expose your business processes to world+dog, but if you do it their way you'll fail and set back future mobile development efforts. So says Steve Herrod, former VMware chief technology officer and now venture capitalist with General Catalyst. Speaking to The Reg today, …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014
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Mathematica hits the Web

Wolfram wants to broaden the appeal of its Mathematica product, adding a fully-online version to the existing standalone software applications. Announcing the online version in this blog post, Stephen Wolfram says it's a zero-configuration browse-and-login version of the product that replicates most of the features of the …
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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

Updated Software using the super-hyped HealthKit API in iOS 8.0 has been pulled by Apple from the App Store due to a bug in the technology. Healthkit, new in iOS 8.0, is designed to allow applications to share and analyze information about a user's exercise routine, heart rate, weight, and so on, now that gadgets nagging about fitness …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2014

'Broken code' costs Yelp half a mil in child privacy dust-up with FTC

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined Yelp after accusing the reviews website of inappropriately gathering personal data on children. The FTC said Yelp and games maker TinyCo each allowed under-13s to register accounts without the explicit permission from their parents. The watchdog accused the pair of violating the US …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2014

What TODO with open source: Google, Facebook and Twitter launch collab project

Some of the web’s biggest users of open-source gear have thrown their weight behind a project to make open-source “easier.” Facebook, Google and Twitter, cloud collaboration services Dropbox and Box and code site GitHub have joined payment providers Square and Stripe, US retailer’s WalMart Labs and a body called the Khan Academy …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Sep 2014
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POW! Digia straps Qt into ejector seat, gleefully pulls handle

From Trolltech to Nokia and Nokia to Digia, the application framework Qt has had a challenging corporate life even though it retained fans among developers. Now, the language's next phase of life has begun in earnest, spun out of Digia into a separate subsidiary tasked with bringing the commercial and open source Qts back into …
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iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!

Today, Apple drops iOS 8, and whilst most of Cupertino’s fanbois will be quantifying themselves with HealthKit, flashing their lights with HomeKit, or configuring their greatly expanded notifications capabilities, one of the most significant changes in its mobile operating system has mostly been ignored by Apple. Big companies …
Mark Pesce, 17 Sep 2014
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iPhone 6 will make you fork over with Apple Pay if you want to BONK

NFC has struggled to get off the ground as a major smartphone feature. And despite Apple finally deciding to include it in the upcoming Apple Watch and iPhone 6, it doesn't sound like Cupertino will be doing the tech any real favor – because third-party app developers won't be able to access it. Citing an Apple spokesperson, …
Neil McAllister, 16 Sep 2014
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Is your data boring? MapR wants you to bore it back with Apache Drill

MapR has given its customers a new way to use SQL to query their Big Data stores, with the addition of Apache Drill to MapR's eponymous Hadoop distribution. Drill is an open source project developed largely by MapR that aims to create a work-alike to Google's proprietary Dremel data analytics tool, which the Chocolate Factory …
Neil McAllister, 16 Sep 2014
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SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn

Attachmate, the software shop that headhunted Novell and SUSE Linux, is itself being bought out by Micro Focus International. The mainframe and COBOL specialist is acquiring Attachmate Group from its parent company Wizard in a deal calculated at $2.3bn before costs. Micro Focus is taking Attachmate Group in exchange for 86.60 …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2014

'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

New videos of a "Windows 9" variant have emerged, and to this hack's eyes they look to have brought Windows up to speed with tricks that various desktop flavours of Unix have had for a decade or more. The feature in question is being described as “multiple desktops” and looks an awful lot like the “workspaces” that have been …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2014
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New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone

A project that's just landed on github aims to let users in the developing world access Web pages over text messages alone. It's not as absurd an idea as it might first seem, to those of us whose first-world-problems include “how do I delete the U2 album from my iTunes library?” While the number of mobile phones in the world …