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Sex disease surge in US state partly blamed on hook-up apps

SFW ‪Tinder, Grindr and other mobile "hook-up" apps have been blamed for a spike in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the US state of Rhode Island.‬ From 2013 to 2014, infections of syphilis increased by 79 per cent, gonorrhea cases rose 30 per cent and new HIV diagnosis increased by about a third, according to data from the …
John Leyden, 28 May 2015
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Password reset sites expose crackable PeopleSoft creds

SAP hackers Alexander Polyakov and Alexey Tyurin say Oracle PeopleSoft contains unpatched vulnerabilities and weaknesses that allow attackers to easily obtain admin passwords. The hackers say the PeopleSofts credential can be yanked from the TokenID contained within password recovery sites and cracked using a cheap graphical …
Darren Pauli, 28 May 2015
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SourceForge accused of shackling GIMP in kinky adware

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) has accused SourceForge of violating its open-sourcery by wrapping the popular graphics program in adware. GIMP's Google+ page says “It appears that SourceForge took over the control of the 'GIMP for Windows' account and is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP. They also …
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2015
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Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

Ahead of the Windows 10 launch this summer, Microsoft has decided it's time for a little spring cleaning in the Windows Store, and it's tightening up its submission policies to make sure its store doesn't get into the same sorry state again. "We will identify apps that are not following the policies, informing developers of …
Neil McAllister, 28 May 2015
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Microsoft tosses Office, Skype portball to 20 Android makers

LG and Sony have joined 18 other device makers in the latest phase of Microsoft’s strategy to get Office and Skype as portable as possible. The global and regional Android device makers will inject Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on forthcoming fondle pads. A new LG tablet and Sony Xperia Z4 will debut with …
Gavin Clarke, 27 May 2015

Mozilla: We don't give a damn about cheap smartphones

Browser-turned-OS-institution Mozilla has acknowledged that its $25 phone has failed. Firefox OS was launched with a strategy of not being Google or Apple, into the warm bosom of Telefonica and seventeen other operators at Mobile World Congress in 2013. At the time, we predicted that it would go the way of Symbian, SavaJe and …
Simon Rockman, 27 May 2015
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Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

A storm of accusations, claims, and furious counterclaims has hit the Ubuntu penguins, with a community cleaved of its head following allegations of unsavory behavior. Long-time Kubuntu dev Jonathan Riddell has been dismissed as head of Kubuntu and removed from all positions of responsibility within the Ubuntu community. The …
Gavin Clarke, 27 May 2015
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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

Update The Obama administration is backing Oracle in its long-running legal battle against Google over the Chocolate Factory's alleged infringement of Java copyrights. Oracle brought the case against Google in 2012, claiming it had breached copyright in its Java software when creating its Android mobile operating system. Google …
Kat Hall, 27 May 2015

Oculus adds Surreal Vision to its virty portfolio

Oculus Rift, the big dog in virtual reality headsets, has snapped up British startup Surreal Vision for an undisclosed sum. "We’re thrilled to announce that the Surreal Vision team has joined Oculus Research!" the Facebook-owned firm said in a blog post. "Surreal Vision is one of the top computer vision teams in the world …
Iain Thomson, 27 May 2015
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Finally! It's the year of Linux on the desktop TITSUP

Mandriva, a French purveyor of desktop Linux, is being wound up, after becoming totally incapable of supporting usual performance (TITSUP), financially at least. The liquidation notice suggests the company's revenue in 2013 was around €600,000 and that the biz has between 10 and 19 staff. The company's wobbled for years and has …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2015
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First production car powered by Android Auto rolls out – and it's a Hyundai

Nearly a year after Google announced it was adapting Android to act as a car operating system, the first vehicle using the software has gone on sale from South Korean carmaker Hyundai. Google demoed its Android Auto operating system at last year's I/O developer conference, and said then it had 40 car companies lined up to use …
Iain Thomson, 26 May 2015

Microsoft: Cortana not exclusive to Windows – it loves Android, iOS too

Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant that will be built into Windows 10, will also be available on Android and iOS devices, the software giant confirmed on Tuesday following rumors that have been swirling around since March. In a blog post, Microsoft operating systems veep Joe Belfiore said that most – but not all – …
Neil McAllister, 26 May 2015
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Live web vid spaff app Periscope shoved up Android mobes

Popular live video-broadcasting app Periscope has been released as an Android app via the Google Play store. A trio of Periscope engineers announced the release on a Medium post Tuesday morning. Periscope, Twitter's answer to fellow mobile broadcasting app Meerkat, allows users to record and broadcast live video streams from …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2015
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UK.gov confirms it's binned extended Windows XP support

The UK government has decided, as foreshadowed by The Reg, that it can do without extended support for Windows XP. The nation signed up for Microsoft's super-special zombie OS support service – aka a Custom Support Agreement - last year, but a recent meeting of government Technology Leaders decided enough is enough. A post on …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2015
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Torvalds: decisions, decisions, top up sun tan or release Linux 4.1?

Work/life balance is important. But important enough to slow development of a tool on which a fair slab of the world relies every day? The tool we're talking about is the Linux kernel and we mention it because its benevolent overlord Linus Torvalds posted over the weekend that version 4.1-rc5 looks like it's well and truly on …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2015

Unicode wonks are bringing home the BACON, as an emoji

Want a bacon, avocado and cucumber salad? Next year, you'll be able to order it with emoji. In among the po-faced work of setting standards, the Unicode Consortium is considering adding those three emoji to the character set – along with pregnancy, crossed fingers, a nauseated face, a clown and a cowboy, and a bunch of others. …

Amazon sighs, may slip hands into trousers to pay some UK corp tax

The economy of Luxembourg is about to shrink by a few billion pounds, with Amazon bowing to UK pressure and announcing it'll book UK sales through its British branch. The Wall Street Journal reports the change began on May 1. The Guardian says Amazon is moving in response to the UK government's diverted profits tax, which slaps …
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Mozilla finds a way to tunnel Firefox into iOS

The Mozilla Foundation reckons it has found a way to sneak its Firefox browser into Apple's walled garden. In a brief post the outfit acknowledges “we can’t bring the full Firefox experience and rendering engine to iOS due to the restrictions”. “The restrictions” probably means Apple's insistence that only browsers using the …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2015

Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

Furious Formula One fans are fed up with the glitzy motor racing contest's official mobile app, which spews out inaccurate driver information and regularly buckles on customers. Worse still, petrolheads who downloaded the app on to their Android and iOS devices were charged a one-off £26 subscription fee for unlimited access. …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 May 2015

Nokia getting there with HERE as rivals talk up price

Nokia HERE, its mapping and location businesses, might be worth more than the former handset giant thought, as rival companies talk up the value, and a consortium of car companies square up to an alliance of Uber and China’s Baidu. Nokia bought Navteq for $8.1bn and renamed it HERE, and then fell on hard times and sold its phone …
Simon Rockman, 22 May 2015
Oracle's Java is 20 years old

Celebrating 20 years of juicy Java. Just don’t mention Android

Oracle is celebrating 20 years of Java, which was officially announced at the SunWorld conference in San Francisco on May 23 1995. Java 1.0a2 was made available to download. In addition, Netscape’s Marc Andreessen came on stage to announce that Java would be integrated into the Navigator web browser. The origins of Java go back …
Tim Anderson, 22 May 2015

Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

Half a billion Android phones could have data recovered and Google accounts compromised thanks to flaws in the default wiping feature, University of Cambridge scientists Laurent Simon and Ross Anderson have claimed. The gaffe apparently allows tokens for Google and Facebook, among others, to be recovered in 80 per cent of cases …
Darren Pauli, 22 May 2015
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School's in for Chromebooks, Google's the top swot in class

Chromebooks will be shipping to the tune of 7.3 million units this year, thanks mostly to educational sales. Research house Gartner estimates that the 2015 calendar year will bring banner sales for the operating system as more schools and home users seek out Chromebooks. Should Chromebook reach the 7.3 million unit mark, the …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2015
Windows 10 Build 10122 is smoother with an improved Edge browser

New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10, named 10122, which includes an effort to fix file association hijacking, where a newly installed application becomes the default for opening documents with a particular extension, such as PDF, docx, jpg or MP3. In Windows 10, neither desktop nor Universal (UAP) apps will be able …
Tim Anderson, 21 May 2015

Apple announces 'Home' iOS 9 app to run the Internet of Stuff

As humanity lumbers towards its techno-utopian future, Apple's clever-clogs have put together an iOS 9 app called "Home". Despite some cries regarding delays in the reveal of Apple's HomeKit domestic automation platform, the company has affirmed that it is "looking forward to the first [HomeKit accessories] coming [to market] …

Salesforce: Profit pah! We’ll be back in the red before you know it

Software service slinger Salesforce.com banked its first operating profit in 18 quarters — yes, you read that correctly — but reassuringly confirmed it will be back in the red again in the next trading period. The cloudy-based CRM and marketing apps maker reported sales of $1.51bn for the three months ended 30 April, up 23 per …
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2015

A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

First Look Microsoft has released a preview of Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi 2, the £30 ARMv7 computer board produced by the Cambridge-based Raspberry Pi Foundation. The version of Windows 10 for the Pi (which is also available for the Intel Atom MinnowBoard Max) is called Windows IoT Core, one of three Windows 10 IoT editions. The other two …
Tim Anderson, 21 May 2015
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Delphix offers a mask for your data

Data virtualisation outfit Delphix is looking to the acquisition of Axis Technology Software to let enterprise developers work with real data, while protecting the personal information that data represents. Announcing the acquisition, the data-as-a-service (DaaS) outfit notes that the “data masking” technology it'll get from …

Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

Google has released an experimental plug-in for Chrome that does something odd: sending URLs around the room using sound. The Tone plugin puts a button in Google's browser that, when clicked, makes a sound that other Tone-using Chrome browsers within earshot will interpret as an instruction to open the URL in the Chrome tab you …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2015

Google, Twitter search deal: Did micro-blabbing site gag racy tweets to satisfy ad giant?

Comment Google will start displaying real-time tweets on its search pages after a deal was struck with Twitter. The change is currently only in the US and, at the moment at least, only on mobile devices. But in order to have access to its real-time feed Google is seemingly paying Twitter a standard flat licensing fee. If you search on …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 May 2015
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Google Maps gets hit with racist White House listing

Google is once again scrambling to clean up bad behavior by Maps users after a couple of mortifying pieces of online graffiti were found. An unknown user has tagged the listing for The White House with a racial slur, causing the presidential residence to show up when the phrase "N****** House" is searched. A second remark tagged …
Shaun Nichols, 20 May 2015
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IaaS is OVER, ladies. Time for OpenStack to jump clear

Data. Was ever such a single word filled with such promise – and heartbreak – for IT firms? In the cloud, succeeding in getting hold of people’s data means these people are incentivized through inertia to stay with you. That’s the promise, at least. The rub? Actually making a successful business from people’s data. The act of …
Gavin Clarke, 20 May 2015
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Russia will fork Sailfish OS to shut out pesky Western spooks

Russia's Minister of Communications and Mass Media, Nikolai Nikiforov, has taken part in talks to form a consortium that will aid Russia in developing a custom mobile OS, reportedly a forked version of Jolla's Sailfish OS, to lessen its dependence on Western technology. Nikiforov held a working meeting last week with the …
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Microsoft's certification exams: So easy, a child of six could pass them. Literally

A six year-old Brit has become one of the youngest people ever to pass a Microsoft exam. Humza Shahzad from Croydon, South London, has earned himself a Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Humza's parents – IT consultant dad Asim and a trained teacher mum – encouraged him to get interested in technology at the earliest …
John Leyden, 19 May 2015
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You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

Inkscape recently released version 0.91 of their eponymous open source vector graphics application. As version numbers go this sub version 1.0 milestone is underwhelming, but – and it’s a big ”but” – it is the result of four plus years hard work that’s paid of by delivering a major leap forward for the would-be Adobe Illustrator …
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Microsoft celebrates 25 years' SOLITARY SELF-PLEASURE with GROUP SESSION

May 18th marked the 25th anniversary of Microsoft giving the world its timewasting Solitaire app, so Redmond has come up with a fine way to celebrate – a card-clicking deathmatch for its staff. Redmond says “an internal competition among Microsoft employees kicks off today to determine who leads the leaderboards here”. That …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2015
Revenant in Doom reboot

Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

It's been nearly 11 years but Doom is back. Bethesda Software has released a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it teaser for the reboot of the famous first-person shooter and confirmed the game will be “unveiled” on June 14 at the E3 2015 games show in Los Angeles. It's been a long time since we've seen a truly new version of the 22-year …
Iain Thomson, 18 May 2015
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It's the end of life as we know it for Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 will pass out of Microsoft support on July 14, 2015. Different organisations report different numbers, but all agree that there are millions of Server 2003 servers still running in the wild. Microsoft says there are 11 million Server 2003 servers still running. Gartner says eight million. Several internet …
Trevor Pott, 18 May 2015
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Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it

Review The Xubuntu project recent unveiled a stripped-down build of its Xfce-based Ubuntu: Xubuntu core. Core offers a very basic version of the Xfce desktop, along with the basic look and feel of Xubuntu, but any extras like an office suite, media player, Xfce add-ons or even a web browser will have to be installed separately. The " …
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Apple GOBBLE: GPS startup Coherent may make Maps somewhat more so

Apple is making efforts to improve its locationware by acquiring Coherent Navigation, a startup developing a "high-precision navigation service" using GPS. Founded in 2008, Coherent Navigation had been developing commercial navigation services, based on partnerships with companies such as Boeing and Iridium, which it intended …
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MS Azure Stack. It's like Azure Pack but with even more cloudiness

Microsoft announced the Azure Stack at its Ignite event earlier this month, for running something like Azure on-premises, but how does it differ from the existing Azure Pack, which kind-of does the same thing? The answer goes to the heart of how Microsoft is changing to become a cloud-first company, at least within its own …
Tim Anderson, 18 May 2015
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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

Think you'll be getting a free upgrade to Windows 10 from your pirated copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1? Not so fast. For months, rumors have been swirling that suggested Microsoft was so eager to get its entire customer base onto Windows 10 that it will extend its free upgrade offer even to those who obtained their copies of …
Neil McAllister, 15 May 2015