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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

Peak Microsoft According to two different web-analytics groups – NetMarketShare and StatCounter – Windows' market share has dropped to below 90 per cent for the first time since the mid 1990s and the juggernaut that was Windows 95. As SeekingAlpha reports, NetMarketShare calculates that Windows' market share – that's all versions of Windows …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Mar 2014

Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

Mozilla has bad news for Firefox users who are fans of Windows 8 and its new, touch-centric UI – all 1,000 of you, worldwide. On Friday, Firefox VP Johnathan Nightingale revealed that he had made the decision to "take the Windows Metro version of Firefox off the trains" – Mozilla-speak meaning he's canceled it. "Mozilla builds …
Neil McAllister, 15 Mar 2014
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iOS 8 screencaps leak: Text editor, dictaphone and 'tips' on the way

The first screenshots of iOS 8 have leaked online after being posted on the Chinese microblogging service Weibo. Although Apple have not officially confirmed whether the images are real, web whisperers certainly think they are for real. Apart from Healthbook, which is presumably a health app, the new additions to iOS 8 are …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Mar 2014
Apple Mac Pro

Apple flops out latest OS X Mavericks beta, hopes sound+graphics sorted

Apple has rolled out a brand new beta version of Mavericks to devs in the hope they will test its updated graphics and audio drivers. The new version of Mavericks is numbered 10.9.3 (13D17) . It was first seeded to developers earlier this month, but this latest iteration is a proper pre-release build. Mavericks has proven …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Mar 2014

App.net 'not just a way for nerds to talk to each other', boss tells nerds

Column It has never been quite accurate to describe the social network App.net, founded by developer and entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell a little over a year ago, as simply a Twitter also-ran. True, the similarities between the two are impossible to miss: App.net users have accounts prefixed by “@” from which they post (not tweet) …
Dave Mandl, 14 Mar 2014
Windows XP boot screen

Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

If you're wondering who is still running Windows XP in this day and age, given that support for the OS is ending soon, the answer is it might be YOU! Or at least, so Microsoft suspects. But fear not: Redmond has stepped up its outreach program with a new website that's designed to get to the bottom of this mystery, once and for …
Neil McAllister, 14 Mar 2014
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Microsoft closing in on Apache's web server crown

50 million more of the world's web servers started to run Microsoft's internet information server (IIS) during February, according to Netcraft. The server-counter's data for the month offers the following view of the world's web servers. Developer January 2014 Percent February 2014 Percent Change Apache 358,669,012 41.64 …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2014
Barnes and Noble Microsoft deal, credit: Microsoft

Barnes & Noble's Nook freed from Windows, WinPhone apps pledge

Barnes & Noble's struggling Nook e-book division can breathe a little easier, now that Microsoft has let the bookseller off the hook on its promise to offer e-reader apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Redmond pumped $300m into Nook back in 2012, in a deal that gave it a 17.5 per cent stake in B&N's underperforming e-book …
Neil McAllister, 14 Mar 2014
Nokia Black Lumia Windows Phone Update

Microsoft gives away Windows Phone 8 licences in India – report

Microsoft convinced two Indian mobe-makers to use Windows Phone by letting them install it for free, according to The Times of India. The paper's report says Lava and Karbonn, both of which announced their Windows Phone plans at the Mobile World Congress, only signed up after “... when Microsoft agreed to remove the licence fee …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2014
Huawei Ascend P6

Huawei: We'll sell a dual-boot Android, Windows 8 smartphone because, well, isn't it obvious?

Huawei is planning an assault on the American smartphone market with a dual-boot smartphone running both Google's Android operating system and Redmond's Windows Phone. "With Windows Phone, one direction for us – and one that we are now following – is dual OS. Dual OS as in Android and Windows together," Shao Yang, Huawei's chief …
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2014
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Is Microsoft hinting at a fully fondleslab-friendly future for Office 365?

Microsoft will soon debut a new formulation of its Office 365 subscription service aimed at individual consumers, the company said on Thursday, and in the process it hinted that new, touch-centric Office apps may be coming soon. "We recognize that there are households of all shapes and sizes and we're committed to delivering the …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2014
CarPlay

YOINK! Toyota reveals – then DENIES – Apple CarPlay by 2015

Toyota had a bit of a snafu on its official UK blog today when it appeared to have leaked the release date for Apple's CarPlay in its vehicles as sometime in 2015 in a post that was quickly removed. In the first version of the post, Toyota was talking up the new "iOS in your car", saying the tech would be able to sync with …

FANBOIS' EYES ONLY: United Airlines offers FREE MOVIES on iOS kit

High-flying fanbois will soon be able to use their iPhone, fondleslab or laptop to watch free video content on United Airlines flights. Apple and United have struck a deal which will allow users of iStuff – running iOS 7 – to watch 50 movies and almost 200 TV shows free of charge. However, fandroids shouldn't get any ideas just …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Mar 2014
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Will Yelp help 'Yahoo!' compete with Google? Search us...

Yahoo! has hooked up with Yelp in a deal that will see the world's third favourite rummage engine add local listings to its search results. The purple palace described the hook-up as a "five star partnership" and said it was "thrilled" to be working with Yelp. "At Yahoo, we’re always looking to build great partnerships to …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Mar 2014

Fanbois SQUEAL as DNS snafu knocks out iTunes website

Apple suffered a rare outage last night which knocked iCloud, iTunes and several other fruity websites off the internet. What do we check when the Apple System Status site is down?? pic.twitter.com/WShUJmPS7P — Nicolas Melo (@quackyduck) March 12, 2014 The problem has been put down to a DNS snafu, first noticed on Google and …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Mar 2014

Enterprise adolescent: Salesforce.com's struggles at 15

It’s no way to celebrate a milestone birthday. Salesforce.com may claim to help 100,000 companies understand their businesses and make money, but in the week Salesforce turned 15, it emerged that the firm needs to get its own house in order. Chief financial officer Graham Smith revealed in a correspondence with the US Securities …
Oracle Fusion 8

Oracle promises 'skin editor' for Fusion apps

No, Oracle hasn't developed an application for tattoo parlours. But Big Red has hinted it will soon bring the world a 'skin editor' for its Fusion applications. That's 'skin' as in the look and feel for the applications, because as Oracle admits here the previous version of Fusion's interface was a little too dependent on …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2014
Blade Runner screenshot

Backdoor snoops can access files on your Samsung phone via the cell network – claim

Updated The developers of Replicant, a pure free-software version of Android, claim to have discovered a security hole in certain Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets – one so serious that it could potentially grant an attacker remote access to the device's file system. Among the devices said to be vulnerable are the Nexus S, Galaxy S, …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2014

Delphix: Hey now, we're the database hostess with the Postgres

Database virtualization startup Delphix has added support for Postgres as the company hopes to broaden the appeal of its snapshot-on-steroids software. The company released version 4 of its technology on Tuesday with ambitions to become the main tool enterprises use to provision, manage, snapshot and administer multiple …
Jack Clark, 12 Mar 2014
The Four Horsemen Apocalypse ride up the grassy mound that adorns the WinXP desktop

UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

Tens of thousands of ATMs will be running Windows XP long after Microsoft’s deadline to abandon the operating system ahead of a potential hacker storm. Just a third of the UK’s 60,000 ATMs will be upgraded from Windows XP before the end of this year, according to the biggest supplier of those machines - NCR. But it will be 8 …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Mar 2014

Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

Newspapers and blogs are quite rightly back-slapping Brit inventor Tim Berners-Lee today – the man who brought the world wide web to the, er, world 25 years ago today. It's a pity, then, that mainstream publications continue to stumble over the concept by lazily and wrongly saying that Berners-Lee birthed the internet. Sub- …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Mar 2014
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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

The Web @ 25 "We should work toward a universal linked information system, in which generality and portability are more important than fancy graphics techniques and complex extra facilities." So wrote Tim Berners-Lee in a document 25 years ago on Wednesday that’s being celebrated as marking the birth date of the web. Berners-Lee never …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Mar 2014
Tools

Google opens Docs and Sheets to tinkerers with new add-on APIs

In a bid to make its online productivity software more competitive with Microsoft Office, Google has announced that Google Docs and Sheets users can now install add-ons that bring new capabilities to their documents and spreadsheets. The online ad-giant launched the experimental new feature alongside a handful of preview add-ons …
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 2014
Docker Red Hat

Red Hat: We've got a corker for Docker Linux locker app hawkers

Red Hat has woken up to the growth of Linux containers – cough, cough, Docker – and has begun certifying applications running in the sandboxing tech. The Red Hat Container Certification program was announced on Tuesday, and essentially checks that a piece of software can be executed safely and securely in a container on Red Hat' …
Jack Clark, 11 Mar 2014
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YES, new Office for OS X is COMING, says German Microsoft bod

A Microsoft manager has said that Redmond plans to release a new version of Office for Mac this year, giving new hope to Apple loyalists stuck using the aging OS X version of Microsoft Office. In a brief interview with German tech pub Computerwoche at the CeBIT conference in Hanover, Germany, Microsoft's new German Office boss …
Neil McAllister, 11 Mar 2014
Asus' P5E-VM HDMI - Crysis on X1900

Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

Crytek is adding native Linux support to its powerful computer game engine. The company, best known for PC thumper Crysis and Xbox One launch title Ryse, announced the development on Tuesday. Gamers will be able to see CryENGINE running natively on GNU/Linux-powered systems at the upcoming Game Developer's Conference (GDC) in …
Jack Clark, 11 Mar 2014
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Apple iOS 8 'will put end' to crap map app rap flap misery

Apple is set to fix its crap map app this year with an update featuring public transport information. According to a report on 9to5Mac, the fruity firm is keen to leave the Maps debacle behind and chart a new direction. Cupertino's Maps app became infamous after it steered drivers onto one of the runways of Fairbanks Airport in …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Mar 2014
Julie Larson-Green Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience

Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Hands on Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 Update 1 – with pain relief for those suffering from “customer satisfaction issues” – is widely expected to be released in early April. It'll probably coincide with the Build developer conference starting on 2 April. This spring update has already gone to computer manufacturers to install on their new …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Mar 2014

NASA to programmers: Save the Earth and fatten your wallet

NASA is teaming up with the asteroid-mining wannabes at Planetary Resources to offer $35,000 in prizes in a contest to develop algorithms to detect Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) – asteroids – with the goal of spotting those that might threaten the Earth. Actually, saving our planet from destruction is but one goal of the Asteroid …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Mar 2014
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Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

Video Irony meters exploded when NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, addressing the SXSW conference via video link today, urged programmers to encrypt their data to protect it from, er, prying eyes. snowden SXSW Snowden wraps himself in US constitutions Snowden, a former CIA technician, addressed the audience in Austin, Texas, in a …
Iain Thomson, 10 Mar 2014

Basho's CEO, CTO and chief architect leave the NoSQL upstart

Exclusive Riak database steward Basho has lost its chief executive, its chief architect, and now its chief technology officer in the past three months. But we're assured that the upstart's distributed system dream will be kept alive and well. The Register has learned that CTO Justin Sheehy will soon be off to pastures unknown; chief …
Jack Clark, 10 Mar 2014
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Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

Apple has released its first major update for iOS 7 — version 7.1, natch — which brings "improvements and bug fixes" to iDevices, including better Touch ID fingerprint recognition, the option to further reduce the on-screen animations that sickened some users, and a boost to performance on the iPhone 4. Details of Apple's iOS 7 …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2014
Firefox OS RHS teaser

Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

Mozilla has put its legal department to work on a preliminary investigation into claims that Dell is charging £16 to install freeware browser Firefox on new PCs. Sources told us about Mozilla's plans after we received reports that Dell was asking customers to stump up £16.25 to have the free software pre-installed. Mozilla's …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Mar 2014

Beware Abe Lincoln-looking code pros trying to sell you on LOBDOPs

Time spent at the QCon software developer conference and exhibition in London this week comes with certain guarantees. There will always be free T-shirts on every stand, gummy bears or jellybeans if you’re lucky, and a high footfall put down by the serious coding cognoscenti. And mixing among the Abe Lincoln “beard but no …
Ubuntu RHS teaser

Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

Review It's nearly spring, which means it's time for the first installment of Ubuntu for 2014. Version 14.04, nicknamed Trusty Tahr, will be an important one because it culminates in a Long Term Support (LTS) version, the first in two years. That means not only will Ubuntu 14.04 be supported for five years, this will be the first time …

The land of Milk and Sammy: Free music app touted by Samsung

Seeking to capitalize on its dominance of the Android smartphone market, Samsung has launched a free online streaming music service in the US that's only available to owners of its Galaxy-branded mobes. Just why the service is called Milk Music is hard to fathom. But it's powered by Pandora competitor Slacker Radio, it has 13 …
Joe Tucci EMC

Humdrum Documentum momentum makes EMC glum? Off alone into the scrum it should be spun

Blocks and Files An analyst at 451 Research has suggested EMC set its Information Intelligence Group and its Documentum software free by spinning them off or selling them. Documentum and its parent Information Intelligence Group (IIG) have regularly underperformed business-results-wise compared to EMC's other divisions. 451 analyst Alan Pelz- …
Chris Mellor, 7 Mar 2014
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How AGILE DIPLOMACY will spike PUTIN'S GUNS

¡Bong! One by one the faces in the Google Hangout flickered into life. “It’s amaaaaazing. So amaaaaazing! It’s like I am teleporting!!” “Welcome, Professor Cox.” Another postage stamp frame popped up, and was immediately filled with many chins. “Terribly awfully sorry, old boy, I am, you might say, rather more au fait with FaceTime …
Steve Bong, 7 Mar 2014

Ballmer: 'Microsoft would have a stronger position if I could redo the last TEN YEARS'

Quotw This was the week when MtGox finally admitted that it had probably lost all its Bitcoin investors' money, although it refused to give any definitive statements. The one-time top digital currency exchange said on its website: At the start of February 2014, illegal access through the abuse of a bug in the bitcoin system resulted …

Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft

Early leaks of upcoming builds of Windows are common enough, but the latest leak of code purporting to be Windows 8.1 Update 1 comes from an unusual source – Microsoft itself. On Thursday, wily snoops discovered that the set of six updates that make up the forthcoming overhaul of Windows 8.1 can already be downloaded from …
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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

Mozilla has announced a new open-source JPEG encoding library, which it says could significantly reduce the amount of network traffic used by the web. Dubbed "mozjpeg," the library incorporates image-shrinking algorithms from the public domain JPEG-optimizing utility jpgcrush into the encoder itself, resulting in images that are …
Firefox OS RHS teaser

Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

The Mozilla Foundation has begun an investigation after tech juggernaut Dell appeared to be asking customers to pay more than £16 ($27) to install its free web browser Firefox on newly purchased Dell kit. A dialog box that popped up while a reader was trying to buy hardware at Dell (click for the full enlarged glory) A …
Jasper Hamill, 5 Mar 2014