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Pebble smartwatch finds its voice

Pebble has strayed further away from its hobbyist DIY roots, with the release of a new firmware that supports Nuance's voice SDK. The two Pebble watches released so far this year have both incorporated a microphone, but lacked an API to allow Pebble's thriving developer community to take advantage of it. This has just been …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Oct 2015
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Docker spouts cash, sucks up Tutum

Docker has hoovered up container hosting outfit Tutum, creating what the cash-packed buyer claims will be a complete platform to build, ship and run distributed applications. Both companies are privately held, and financial terms were not disclosed. It seems safe to assume the deal will add nothing to Docker’s bottom line or …
Joe Fay, 22 Oct 2015

Canonical rolls out Ubuntu container management for suits

Canonical has kicked out its container management architecture for the suits with Ubuntu 15.10. The Linux spinner is today expected to drop its latest disro with the server including final code for its Linux Container Hypervisor (LXD). LXD is Canonical’s container management environment which it claims is similar to a …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2015
Dying Light

Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

Updated Some HR person at Atlanta's SunTrust Banks has come up with what they genuinely believe is a clever idea – after dumping 100 of its IT staff, the billion-dollar financial institution is requiring them to remain available to help out for free for two years. You can see how this makes sense; we’ve all had co-workers leave and …
Dominic Connor, 22 Oct 2015
The RoboVM Ahead-of-Time Compiler

C# biz Xamarin fancies a change, sinks fangs into Java upstart RoboVM

Xamarin, the company co-founded by Mono inventor Miguel de Icaza to enable cross-platform mobile development with C#, has acquired RoboVM. RoboVM lets developers target iOS and Android with cross-platform Java code, complementing what Xamarin already offers for C#. "The acquisition means that Xamarin now controls the cross- …
Tim Anderson, 22 Oct 2015
Mac malware

Got an Apple Mac, iThing? Update it right now – there's a shedload of security holes fixed

Apple has posted security updates and feature improvements for its desktop, mobile, and developer gear. The Cupertino giant today issued updates for iOS, OS X, and watchOS, plus iTunes on Windows, Safari on OS X, and Mac firmware. The OS X El Capitan update also "improves compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016," so if you' …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2015
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, speaking at Build 2015

Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's head of operating systems, is going to take a year-long leave of absence from the biz once Windows 10 has rolled out. By November, Microsoft should have finished emitting Windows 10 to smartphones, completing the play Redmond is making for a single operating system to cover all possible computers and …
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2015
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Microsoft promises Clang for Windows in November Visual C++ update

Microsoft will integrate the Clang open source C and C++ compiler with Visual C++ in an update expected in November 2015, according to presentations given at the recent CPPCon 2015 event in Bellevue, near Seattle. Clang is a C, C++ and Objective-C compiler that generates intermediate code for LLVM, a related open source …
Tim Anderson, 21 Oct 2015
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Microsoft enterprise licensing partners heading for extinction

Microsoft is planning to shutter the classic enterprise licensing channel over the next three to four years, as indicated by the swingeing cuts to fees in recent times. This is according to Rune Syversen, CEO at Crayon Group, one of Microsoft’s top-ten biggest selling Licensing Solutions Partners (LSPs) worldwide, who is …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2015

Speaking in Tech: Stephen Hawking, you’re wrong. Tech IS good (generally)

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week, tech podcast host Greg Knieriemen is flying across the globe and Ed Saipetch is absent so Sarah Vela is joined by special guest co-hosts Julia Weatherby and Amy Lewis with our special guest from Down Under, Justin Warren of PivotNine, to discuss IBM, nerd fights, …
Team Register, 21 Oct 2015
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Oh dear, Microsoft: signs deal with LibreOffice

The government has signed a deal for open source Libre Office to be made available across the public sector, in what looks like an attempt to "nudge" mandarins off Microsoft Office. The open source software deal, which is being provided by one of the open sourcer's partners, Collabora GovOffice, is apparently intended to " …
Kat Hall, 21 Oct 2015
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Let's Encrypt announces browser integration

Let's Encrypt has announced that it's received cross-signatures from IdenTrust. The free-certificates-for-all venture, set up by researchers, the EFF, and a bunch of supporting vendors, says the cross-signatures mean the major browsers can now receive Let's Encrypt certificates without throwing an error. The cross-signatures …

Oracle points patching firehose at 154 vulnerabilities

Sysadmins forced by circumstance or folly to support Java can get busy again, with 25 fixes for the product among the Scarlet Letter's regular patch notice. The good news is that Oracle says none of the vulnerabilities in its mammoth bug-splat had been exploited as of 19 October. The fixes to Java SE and Java SE Embedded …

Google swallows your Docs bill from Microsoft, pitches for user familiarity

Google will swallow the cost of its online collaboration apps to harvest business users on Microsoft Office, a global sales bigwig has announced. The search giant will cover the fees of Google Apps until its contract with Microsoft runs out. Google didn’t name Microsoft specifically, but head of global sales for Google Apps …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2015
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Got a DevOps story to tell? Get in touch with us now

If you want to want to tell the world - or just your fellow Reg readers - how you’ve dragged your software development operations into the 21st century, we want to hear from you. The Reg and Heise will be bringing Germany’s Continuous Lifecycle conference to the UK next May, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the …
Joe Fay, 20 Oct 2015
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Microsoft Azure now goes with Google's Go

Microsoft has added “experimental support” for the open-source Go programming language, developed by Google, on the Azure App Service, part of its cloud platform. Go, announced in 2009 and released in 2012, was designed for programming large software systems. In common with languages such as Java and C#, it was born out of the …
Tim Anderson, 20 Oct 2015
Leap desktop

openSUSE Leap: Middle ground between cutting edge and conservative

Linux distributions need to walk a fine line. On the one hand users want rock-solid foundations; this is why conservative distros like Debian have long ruled the server. But on the other hand, you want the most up-to-date apps on your desktop, hence the popularity of Ubuntu (rather than Debian) for laptops and PCs. This can …
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Zombie iOS APIs used to slurp private data

Up to a million iOS users' Apple IDs and device serial numbers were harvested by a software development kit (SDK) that accessed so-called “private APIs”. The information harvested by the Youmi advertising SDK from China was then sent back to Youmi servers, according to SourceDNA. Private APIs are hooks that exist in iOS, but …
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ITU rubber-stamps '3D' audio format

Big-screen TV fans – actually, vendors and media outfits – will be celebrating at the prospect of yet another audio standard. The ITU has given clear-for-takeoff to the new standard, ITU-R BS.2088-0, which glories in the title “Long-form file format for the international exchange of audio programme materials with metadata”. …

Temperature of Hell drops a few degrees – Microsoft emits SSH-for-Windows source code

Microsoft has published early source code for its OpenSSH-for-Windows port for developers to pick apart and improve. In a blog post on Monday, Steve Lee – the PowerShell team's principal software engineer manager – said Redmond has finished early work on a Windows port of OpenSSH 7.1, built in a joint-effort with remote-access …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Oct 2015
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Huawei chucks a round $1bn at developers

Huawei plans to pump $1bn into support for developers over the next five years. It comes after IBM inked a deal with Chinese data centre provider 21Vianet Group last week, touting Big Blue's cloud computing platform Bluemix at developers working in the People's Republic. Huawei products director Ryan Ding said, according to …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Oct 2015

UK biz email slinger Mimecast files for $100m IPO in US

Mimecast filed for an initial public offering on Wall Street on Friday and said it hoped to raise up to $100m (£64m). The London-based email security vendor, which has 14,500 biz customers on its books, said that it planned to list under the symbol "MIME" on the Nasdaq exchange. For its most recent quarter, Mimecast – which …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Oct 2015

OpenBSD source tree turns 20 – version 5.8 of project preps for show time

OpenBSD's source tree just turned 20 years old. Today the project has 322,000 commits and contributions from more than 350 hackers since 1995. Its founder, Theo de Raadt, may be known for his cantankerous outbursts, but he's currently in a reflective and even – dare we say it – celebratory mood. de Raadt gave us a flavour of …
Team Register, 18 Oct 2015

Big Blue lets Chinese government eyeball source code – report

IBM has reportedly granted Beijing controlled looking rights to its proprietary source code to allow government officials to scrutinise the software for spook backdoors. The move comes some 12 years since Microsoft brought in its Government Security Program, to allow nations outside of the US to eyeball its code. According to …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Oct 2015
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Microsoft offers to PAY YOU to trade in your old computer for a Windows 10 device

Microsoft has, for a limited period only, offered to pay up to £100 to convince UK consumers to part with their old computers in exchange for a Windows 10 device. If a customer is willing to shell out at least £499 on a PC running Redmond's latest operating system, then the company said it would stump up £100 to encourage …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2015
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Down and out? Rimini's Oracle slap spells trouble – for Oracle

Comment The odds of paying Oracle top dollar to keep updating your database or business software shortened this week, despite Oracle’s victory over Rimini Street. Larry Ellison’s giant secured $50m in damages from Rimini in a case that has rattled on for five years. $14m of that will be paid by Rimini’s charismatic chief executive, …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2015

Windows Mobile 10 nears point of no return

A fresh version of Windows Mobile 10 has wobbled off Redmond's servers, and landed on devices enrolled in the Windows Insider programme. There are no major surprises in Build 10549, which is an incremental update. It remains a mishmash of UI styles and experiments, and rebuilt apps that fall far short of the functionality of …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Oct 2015
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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

Updated Have you noticed Microsoft being a little too eager in pushing its Windows 10 upgrade lately? You're not alone. The Reg news tip inbox has been awash the past few days with readers reporting that the newest version of Windows has been forcing itself onto computers amid other operating system updates, and sometimes even …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2015
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Microsoft previews cloudy Active Directory Domain Services

Microsoft has announced a public preview of full Active Directory Domain Services running as a service in its Azure cloud. Casual observers may be confused. Has not Microsoft offered Azure Active Directory (AD) forever, and used it for identity management in Office 365? This is true, but until now Azure AD has not offered the …
Tim Anderson, 15 Oct 2015
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UK drivers left idling as Tesla rolls out Autopilot in US

Updated Tesla has offered to make its customers more confident drivers by allowing them to hand over control of their vehicles to software. The manufacturer started pushing its Autopilot technology to its Model S motors with its Tesla Version 7.0 software yesterday - in the US anyway. Autopilot will take advantage of tech built into …
Joe Fay, 15 Oct 2015
Windows 10 build 10565

Fixing Windows 10: New build tweaks Edge, sucks in Skype

Microsoft's latest preview release of Windows 10, build 10565, adds several features and refinements as the company works towards a major update for all users. The new build is available to anyone signed up for the Windows Insider preview scheme. Microsoft is now bundling three communications apps with Windows 10: Skype Video …
Tim Anderson, 15 Oct 2015
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Better hot-patches, more virty in Big Blue's next AIX

As well as the range of Linux servers it released last week, Big Blue also announced version 7.2 of its venerable AIX operating system. Still a heavy-hitter in the world of big enterprise workloads, AIX is part of that declining population of Unix-based rather than Linux-based operating systems. Customers have a fair whack of …
Vint Cerf

Internet daddy Vint Cerf blasts FCC's plan to ban Wi-Fi router code mods

Vinton Cerf has added his name to a campaign begging the FCC to scrap plans to ban custom firmware on Wi-Fi routers and other wireless devices. The internet pioneer is among 260 signatories on an open letter urging the US watchdog not to pass a proposed package of rules [PDF], formally known as Docket 15-170. The suggested …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2015
Microsoft's Universal apps are Windows 10 only

Devs ask Microsoft for real .NET universal apps: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

Microsoft introduced the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) this year: applications that run across many device types, provided that they all run Windows 10. Unfortunately, that proviso means that the UWP is far from universal, targeting only a small minority of Windows PCs out there, and leaving other operating systems …
Tim Anderson, 14 Oct 2015
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How far will Microsoft go with Android?

There is only one destination for companies that fail with their own mobile operating system, and it's called Android. Last month, BlackBerry acknowledged defeat by announcing PRIV, an Android device with a focus on security. What then is Microsoft’s Plan B when it comes to mobile? In the Nadella era we have already seen the …
Tim Anderson, 14 Oct 2015
Fake yellow triangle

Half-secure not good enough for Chrome users says Google

Google has stepped up its effort to make Web site security a little more comprehensible to ordinary users, farewelling the yellow triangle nobody understands. While the decision falls under the “and it's a good thing too” heading for security experts, there's no doubt it will cause some angst among people whose sites include …

New Flash flaw lets you beat White House and NATO security

Don't ignore the next emergency Flash Player update you receive: it might be trying to fix yet another vulnerability in the chronically-insecure plug-in. According to Trend Micro, the vulnerability is already being used by Pawn Storm in phishing attacks against a variety of governments. Trend's analysts reckon the zero-day …

Mm, what's that smell, Microsoft SQL Server 2005? Yes, it's death

Microsoft is once again warning administrators that the end-of-life date for SQL Server 2005 is now just six months away. Redmond on Tuesday sent out a reminder to companies that its 2005 database server edition will officially be considered out of support on April 12, 2016. This means SQL Server 2005 systems will no longer be …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Oct 2015

In 2015, your Windows PC can be owned by opening a spreadsheet

Microsoft and Adobe have pushed out their scheduled monthly security updates, with familiar names like IE and Flash once again getting critical fixes. For Redmond, the October update brings fixes for 33 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities. The updates include a cumulative fix for Internet Explorer and patches to address …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Oct 2015

Windows 10 preview on death row, will be executed on Thursday

Those who downloaded many Windows 10 preview editions will have to upgrade by Thursday or face an unbootable PC. On Thursday, 11 of the past 14 preview builds will time out, Microsoft support engineer RajithR explained in a forum posting. Builds 9926 through to 10166 will go out of service if users haven't upgraded them in the …
Iain Thomson, 13 Oct 2015
Moments of perspiration

Southwest Airlines: 450+ flights delayed as check-ins go TITSUP

Hundreds of Southwest Airlines flights were delayed on Sunday due a technological glitch. Airports from Los Angeles to Washington took on the look of refugee centres as passengers flying with Southwest Airlines were stranded by a "glitch" affecting check-ins. The issue, which was described as "systemwide" in a tweet to one …

Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

In late September, Google released a compression algorithm called Brotli and gave files it makes the extension “.bro”. But last week the extension was changed to “.br”. The reason for the change is threads like this one, in which posters suggest that “'bro' has a gender problem” and “comes of[f] misogynistic and …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Oct 2015