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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

It's a job that involves long hours sitting in front of a computer, bashing characters into a computer while ignoring the happy people who are outside, frolicking in the sunshine. What hip young woman wouldn't want to be a computer programmer? With this in mind, Google has embarked upon a $50m drive to encourage women to get …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jun 2014

Frenchies' rash cache clash dashed: US courts trash Android patent bid

A US Appeals Court has rejected a patent case brought by French digital security biz Gemalto against Google's Android operating system. The court upheld [PDF] the decision of the lower courts that the Android platform did not infringe three Gemalto patents that cover technology in the firm's smartcards. The three patents in …
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Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version

The next version of Google's Android smartphone OS may ship with a new code execution engine that improves performance and battery life, if a new report is to be believed. The current engine, Dalvik, is getting long in the tooth, and developers have long grumbled that it doesn't run their code as efficiently as it could. Google …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jun 2014

Microsoft to let customers know where Office 365 is going

Microsoft has launched two new initiatives designed to help its Office 365 business customers more easily anticipate forthcoming changes to the online service, including a public roadmap and a voluntary program that allows customers to receive some updates early. One benefit of using cloudy services such as Office 365 is that …
Neil McAllister, 19 Jun 2014

Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

How much would you pay for an app that only allows users to send one word? A couple of quid? Well, investors have forked out a good deal more to fund an app called Yo, which allows users to transmit just the word "yo" and nothing else. The team has already raised $1m in funding and boasts 50,000 users who have sent a total of 4 …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Jun 2014
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Facebook goes TITSUP across WORLD! Who will look at your cousin's baby NOW?

Images of Britain's breakfasts failed to make their way onto the internet this morning after Facebook collapsed, sending the interwebs into social media withdrawal. Anyone visiting Zuck's site was shown the following message: Distraught Facebookers resorted to social media methadone - or Twitter, as it's otherwise known - to …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Jun 2014
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Adobe Creative Cloud 2014: Progress and pain in the usual places

Comment Remember when software product upgrades were a big thing? Balloons, keyrings, parties? Today, they’re slipped under the door furtively like a pizza takeaway price list. And so it is with Adobe’s announcement today of what’s new in Creative Cloud: lots of PR singing by email, but no actual dancing seems to be taking place. When …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Jun 2014
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Victorian Police say Redmond's wrong! XP doesn't 'heighten risk'

Victoria Police has defended its continued use of Windows XP until the dying days of 2014, claiming it does not elevate risk. The use of the almost 13 year-old now defunct operating system was revealed in a blue paper which found many officers could not open files in new applications and resorted to printing documents to take …
Darren Pauli, 19 Jun 2014

ABANDON CLOUD! Docker Linux containers spring a security leak

A security exploit has surfaced that can allow rogue programs to break out of Docker containers and access files on their host OS, but the flaw has been sealed in the latest version of the tech. Unlike virtualization, which launches a separate operating system instance for every virtual machine, Linux containerization sticks …
Jack Clark, 19 Jun 2014
BlackBerry and Android, together at last

BlackBerry inks deal with Amazon to get Android apps on its mobes

BlackBerry is shaking up its code store options in a bid to win new apps and content for its widely shunned BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Most notably, the Canadian firm announced on Wednesday that it has reached a licensing agreement with Amazon to allow BlackBerry users access to the Amazon Appstore. Amazon's store won't replace …
Neil McAllister, 18 Jun 2014
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EXPLICIT PICS: We take you inside Adobe's Creative Cloud update

Adobe has announced a revamp of its Creative Cloud suite, updating 14 core apps and adding new mobile apps and hardware too. Adobe Ink and Slide Adobe Ink and Slide hardware for iPad made in collaboration with Adonit Despite bringing many a creative business to its knees last month with its Adobe ID authentication snafu, the …
Bob Dormon, 18 Jun 2014
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Adobe all smiles as beret bods spaff cash on non-cloud Creative Suite

A late rally from Adobe customers wanting to buy software on a perpetual license before that option closed this month, coupled with a swelling base of cloudy converts, helped boost the developer's coffers in its fiscal second quarter. Adobe turned over $1.07bn in revenues in the three-month period ended 30 May, up from $1.01bn a …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2014
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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

The mobile games sector will swell in value by more than a third over the next two years, a new report from Juniper Research has claimed. According to its figure, the sector will be worth a mammoth $28.9 billion, up almost 38 percent on the $20.9bn it is apparently worth now. The report, titled Mobile & Handheld Games: Discover …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jun 2014
Evil Android

Researchers warn of preloaded spyware in Android handsets

Security firm G-Data is warning users about their discovery of malware shipping preinstalled on some Chinese mobile phones. The German researchers said that they followed up on customer tips to study the Star N9500 mobile phone. The handsets, sold on eBay and many other online retail sites, are said to primarily be shipped out …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2014

Sneak peek: Microsoft's next browser (thanks, IE Developer Channel)

Taking a page from rival web-browser makers, Microsoft has launched a developer channel to give programmers an early taste of upcoming Internet Explorer features. The Internet Explorer Developer Channel comes in the form of a special edition of the IE browser that receives new features and updates before they become available in …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jun 2014
Screenshots of Facebook's Slingshot app

Slingshot: Facebook unwraps chat app to splat Snapchat brats

Facebook has officially announced Slingshot, its Snapchat-like phone app for sharing self-destructing photo messages, one week after accidentally releasing an early version on Apple's App Store. As everyone already knew because of Facebook's blunder, the standalone Slingshot app allows you to share photos and videos that delete …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jun 2014

Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

“Pushing that button was one of the more impactful clicks of my career,” says Microsoft’s C# lead architect Anders Hejlsberg. The click in question was made on stage at Microsoft’s Build conference in April, and its effect was to publish the .NET Compiler platform, codenamed Roslyn, as open source under the Apache 2.0 licence. …
Tim Anderson, 16 Jun 2014

Twitter for iOS embraces Bing Translate in time for World Cup 2014

Just in time for the multilingual, global sportsgasm that is World Cup 2014, Twitter has added Bing Translate to its iOS apps for Apple's iPad and iPhone. Twitter with Bing Translate Spanish? No problema. Turkish? Büyük sorun. (click to enlarge) It's another iOS win for Microsoft's Bing. Last week, Apple SVP for internet …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2014
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Angelina Jolie 2.0 NOT an inspiration for Huawei phones, says exec

Huawei’s head of mobile phone design reassured journalists last week that its future phones and tablets will look nothing like Angelina Jolie. Or, at least, nothing like the current incarnation of the stick-thin, slightly scary actress-turned-humanitarian crusader. Joon Kim, who oversaw the design of the P7 (which El Reg has …
Joe Fay, 13 Jun 2014
Elite: Dangerous

Live Chat: Elite brains David Braben OBE answers YOUR Qs

Live Chat On 17 June at 2:30pm BST, legendary gaming dev David Braben – who just this weekend was made an OBE for the work he has done for Blighty's video game and computer industries – answered your questions on Elite, the Raspberry Pi and how software development has changed. Youtube Video Braben is famous as the co-author of Elite, …
Simon Rockman, 13 Jun 2014

Torvalds on patents: 'Sane people know it's bullsh*t but making real change is difficult'

Quotw This was the week when a piece of software (supposedly) passed the Turing Test, giving the world all the “robot overlord” headlines they could possibly need in a slow, sunny news week. Facts were hard to come by in the tale of Eugene Goostman, the 13-year-old-boy-simulating software that apparently hit the controversial …
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Dell exec: HP's 'Machine OS' is a 'laughable' idea

Updated Dell thinks HP's bet-the-company approach on an entirely new open source operating system built around systems based on memristors and photonics is "laughable". When asked at a meeting in San Francisco on Thursday about their thoughts on HP's just-announced, memristor-based "Machine OS", Dell software chief John Swainson and …
Jack Clark, 12 Jun 2014

Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

Vid Facebook is pushing the idea that it is offering tighter ad controls to its users just as it prepares to start targeting the web and app browsing habits of netizens in the US. Judging by Facebook's campaign, its users are super-pumped about ads on the Mark Zuckerberg-run network, but would be even happier if all that …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jun 2014

Swiftkey: We just want to be free - Apple didn't bump us

The British creators of a smart-typing app called SwiftKey have denied the decision to give it away for free was inspired by Apple's announcement of its own keyboard software. London-based SwiftKey has cut the cost of its app from £1.49 to nothing, relying on a freemium model to help bring home the bacon. Apple recently threw …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2014

We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

Worstall on Weds The latest thing we've all got to worry about in this brave new world of ours is that the young, not having read Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, are simply too eager to give up their information and privacy to the tech giants. Those richer in years have been forewarned by the novel and are thus less likely to get sucked into this …
Tim Worstall, 11 Jun 2014
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Watch this: The .NET ASync story

Video Youtube Video Laptops already routinely have four CPUs and in a few years' time they will probably have a couple of dozen. However, Software doesn't automatically make use of more than 1 CPU, it takes programmers to do that. This training session will briefly show the async solutions that .NET has embraced and then take you …
David Gordon, 11 Jun 2014
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Evernote taken out by DDoS attack

Popular mobile and online note app Evernote is recovering from a distributed denial of service attack that took its service offline for hours last night. The firm was hit by the DDoS attack from around 10.45 BST last night, leaving folks unable to access their notes in the cloud or sync their files from one device to another. …

Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache

Brace yourself for an almighty burst of self-congratulation from Microsoft, which is poised to take the crown for the world's most-used Web server. So says Netcraft's new monthly report on the state of the web, which offers the following data: Developer May 2014 Percent June 2014 Percent Change Apache 366,262,346 37.56% …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2014
Marc Benioff

Salesforce slings software for … sigh … wearables

Salesforce chief Marc Benioff runs his business from his phone and is annoyed that his favorite hotels don't recognize him when he walks in the door. With Salesforce Wear, a developer software scheme to link Salesforce's customer relationship management systems to data generated from wearable technologies, Benioff may finally be …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014
Oracle frankenstein

Oracle rewrites 'the brain' of its database to take on SAP

Oracle's future is its rival's past, but the database giant isn't worried because the changes it has made to let its database store data in speedy consumer memory afford far more backwards compatibility than does SAP HANA. With the launch of the Oracle Database In-Memory tech on Tuesday, the world's most influential data- …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014

Container-friendly Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 hits general availability

On Tuesday, Red Hat announced general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, a version that it immodestly claims will "redefine the enterprise operating system." Following the typical six-month beta cycle and a release candidate that shipped in April, RHEL 7 delivers an enterprise-grade distribution of many of the latest …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2014

Facebook's new self-destructing pic app SELF-DESTRUCTS

Facebook mistakenly hit the button to unleash a new app called Slingshot that's similar to Snapchat – clumsily releasing it early on Apple's iTunes store yesterday. The Menlo Park biz has yanked the software, which allows you to send self-destructing sexts photos to tease friends. Gizmodo noted Slingshot requires a little more …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2014

Torvalds hits 'Go' button for Linux 3.15

Linus Torvalds has pressed the “Go” button on version 3.15 of the Linux kernel. The new release will be welcomed by gamers and laptop owners, as the operating system is now said to suspend and resume operations rather more quickly. There's also support for Sony's DualShock 4 controller and improved drivers for some graphics …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2014

Docker blasts into 1.0, throwing dust onto traditional hypervisors

DockerCon "Some of you guys I've never met in person but we've spent entire nights fixing bugs together," said Docker creator Solomon Sykes on Monday, moments before the open source technology went into its 1.0 release. It's been a strange journey for the Linux containerization technology, whose rise has been distinguished by both the …
Jack Clark, 9 Jun 2014
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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

Outspoken Linux creator Linus Torvalds has taken issue with the oft-repeated assertion that in today's world everybody should learn computer programming, saying he just doesn't believe in it. In an interview with Business Insider over the weekend, the Linux kernel king said that even though he grew up with computers and he …

Docker opens online port for packaging and shipping Linux containers

DockerCon Linux container specialist Docker has launched two initiatives to provide services and quality assurance around its eponymous packaged software tech. The schemes were announced at the company's inaugural DockerCon conference in San Francisco on Monday and aim to make Docker not only the chief code contributor to the Linux …
Jack Clark, 9 Jun 2014

DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

Sysadmin blog What do you do when a critical Word document won’t open? Even in today’s world of versioned documents, it is entirely possible for corruption to squeak in and go unnoticed, wrecking your entire version history. But all is not lost. My wife had this happen to her; here’s how we solved it. Real world example In my case, Word …
Trevor Pott, 9 Jun 2014
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DARPA gamifies open-source software testing

Secret-squirrel military tech bureau DARPA has designed a series of computer games which can help to verify open source software. It is working on the games under the auspices of its Crowd Sourced Formal Verification programme. The idea is to perform the soft of software verification which is generally conducted by technical …
Jasper Hamill, 9 Jun 2014
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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

Microsoft has left Windows 7 exposed by only applying patches to its newest operating systems. Researchers found the gaps after they scanned 900 Windows libraries and uncovered a variety of security functions that were updated in Windows 8 but not in 7. They said the shortcoming could lead to the discovery of zero day …
Darren Pauli, 6 Jun 2014
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Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

The KitKat edition of Android now accounts for 13.6 per cent of all devices hitting Google’s Play store, the colossal advertising firm has disclosed. KitKat is the fourth most popular edition of Android, eight months after it was released by Mountain View. The data comes courtesy of Google’s Dashboard. Jellybean, released July …
Gavin Clarke, 6 Jun 2014
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Watch this: Using Foundation for responsive design

Video Youtube Video Mobile Ready and responsive development are the must know skills for anyone involved with web development, Juggling the HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript is a challenging ask but Foundation is here to help! A rapid prototyping and industrial scalable framework it makes responsive design a simpler and more straightforward …
David Gordon, 6 Jun 2014
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First iOS, now Android to get fondleslab Office ahead of Windows

Microsoft is reportedly developing a tablet-optimized version of Office for Android devices, and it is scheduled to arrive before the Windows version. Veteran Redmond beat writer Mary Jo Foley cited company sources in reporting that Microsoft was planning to release a Windows tablet-optimized version of Office in the Spring of …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jun 2014