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Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes

The website wranglers at Microsoft appear to have accidentally let slip some details about the forthcoming update to Windows Phone 8.1 – as well as some hints at what we can expect from future handsets running Redmond's mobile OS. A page on the software giant's site – first spotted by the Windows Phone watchers at WPCentral on …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2014

Cloudy CoreOS Linux distro declares itself production-ready

The developers behind the stripped-down CoreOS Linux distribution have pushed version 367.1.0 to the Stable release channel, marking the first time the project has delivered a production-ready release. Unlike other Linux distros, CoreOS is a minimal OS that ships each new version as a single unit, rather than updating individual …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jul 2014
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KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

Review Plasma 5, released last week, is a major redesign of the Unix KDE desktop environment and underlying frameworks. Perhaps the most notable difference is the visual changes, which see KDE embracing a more streamlined, "flat" interface, but it's also the first version of KDE to be powered by Qt 5 and the recently released KDE …
NICTA's seL4 team

Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source

A nippy microkernel mathematically proven to be bug free*, and used to protect drones from hacking, will be released as open source tomorrow. The formal-methods-based secure embedded L4 (seL4) microkernel was developed by boffins backed by National ICT Australia (NICTA). In 2012, the software was enlisted to help stop hackers …
Darren Pauli, 28 Jul 2014
Fail and You

iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

Faced with a growing backlash, Apple has added a page to its support website explaining iOS's previously unexplained data-slurping tools – which were recently highlighted by security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski. The utilities – which includes a silent packet sniffer, a file relay system that bypasses Apple's Backup Encryption …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jul 2014
OS X Yosemite

Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July

Anyone eager to take Apple's OS X Yosemite for a spin will be able to get their hands on it from 24 July, the firm has promised. Paid-up developers have been able to test-drive the desktop operating system for the past few weeks. The iPhone giant confirmed to The Register today that version 10.10 of OS X will, come this …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jul 2014
three amigos movie poster + three speaking in tech podcast hosts: Greg Kniereman, Sarah Vela, Ed Saiptech

Speaking in Tech: Microsoft DOES have a stake in Android, y'know

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's weekly tech-cast, and the three amigos – Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela – are back together again to wreck this week in tech. This week we discuss... Return of Eddie (and turtle sex) (:45) Pebble death (4:40) Apple and IBM tap …
Team Register, 23 Jul 2014
Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung looks to up Tizen market share ... by upgrading Galaxy Gear

Owners of the original, Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the US will soon have the option to switch their devices to the Tizen operating system, a change which might, counterintuitively perhaps, actually be a good idea. Samsung shipped its first smartwatch model running a stripped-down version of Android – …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2014
OS X Yosemite

Apple said to be prepping public beta for OS X Yosemite

Apple could soon release its OS X Yosemite platform to the general public as an open beta. A report from 9to5Mac cites sources briefed on the matter in reporting that the Mac maker will be putting the new version of OS X out as a rare public beta later this month. Apple unveiled the OS X Yosemite update in early June at its …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook, 2012

HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

Updated An analysis of Apple's iOS operating system by a security expert has revealed various tools in the software that could be used for surveillance if one were so inclined. Jonathan Zdziarski concluded that the vast majority of iThing owners are unaware of lax mechanisms protecting their data. Data forensics expert and author …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jul 2014
Screenshot of a revamped Windows 8.x Start Menu

August Patch Tuesday to bring Windows bug fixes AND FEATURES – report

Microsoft's next major update roll-out for Windows 8.1 may be less than a month away, if the latest rumors are to be believed, but just what will be so "major" about it is still anybody's guess. Over the last few months, we've heard plenty of talk about a follow-up to April's Windows 8.1 Update – itself a release so significant …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2014
Microsoft Nokia logo

Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

Analysis When Microsoft swallowed half of Europe's biggest tech company, it was only a matter of time before it spat something out. And so it has, ending Nokia's thirty-year roller-coaster ride. However, the decision will make tens of million of its customers take a look at Android – surely the last thing Microsoft wanted to happen. …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jul 2014
Chrome OS Athena screenshot

Google shows off new Chrome OS look

Google has shown off a candidate for a new Chrome OS user interface. Dubbed “Athena”, the new UI appeared fully grown from the head, and Google+ page, of Googler François Beaufort. Athena “is a brand new project the Chromium OS team is experimenting with in order to bring a new kind of user experience,” Beaufort writes, adding …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2014
The VolksPC

Debian Linux, Android share a bed in upcoming distro

A new Linux distribution is looking to overcome the limitations of Debian on ARM, by running both Linux apps and Android apps in native mode. Produced by the group that created the MicroXwin kernel-based X Windows implementation, the VolksPC distribution is designed to give users an ARM-Debian environment that supports Debian's …
Firefox OS RHS teaser

Firefox OS lands in Germany – with France, Asia, and more to come

Mozilla's Firefox OS continues its slow march across the globe, with carriers set to begin shipping devices running the open source, browser-based smartphone platform in additional developed markets this week. Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica has previously sold Firefox OS phones in Spain, but the bulk of its efforts have been …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jul 2014
glovephone

EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

Exclusive Industry sources have confirmed to The Reg that the European Commission is once again prodding Google's Android contracts with phone makers. Preliminary letters, sent out a month ago, merely ask the phone makers if they find anything in Google's contracts restrictive. We understand the Commission is particularly interested in …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jul 2014

OpenWRT gets native IPv6 slurping in major refresh

The embedded Linux distro OpenWRT has updated native IPv6 support – allowing devices to automatically pick up an IPv6 address, as well as an IPv4 one, from an ISP if possible. The release candidate is code-named “Barrier Breaker” and runs the Linux 3.10 kernel. OpenWRT 14.07's improved IPv6 support with DHCPv6 is useful for …
Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia emits Windows Phone 8.1 'Cyan' upgrade for Lumia gear

Nokia is rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 as an over-the-air update that comes bundled with "Cyan," a special feature package that's exclusive to Lumia devices. The move comes two months after the Finnish firm launched the Lumia 630, its first new device since becoming a Microsoft subsidiary and the first phone to ship with Windows …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2014
David and Goliath in the Valley of Elah

Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

WPC Microsoft’s chief salesman Kevin Turner has tried to turn his company’s crushing lateness on devices into a positive for the sake of partners and employees. Speaking at the company’s annual partner conference, chief operating officer Turner cast mighty Microsoft as the plucky challenger with nowhere to go but grow as the world …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2014

New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

A purportedly leaked screenshot of what appears to be an upcoming version of Windows has given us a closer look at the much-rumored new "hybrid" Start Menu, suggesting it may be coming sooner, rather than later. We were given our first glimpse at Redmond's future UI direction at the company's annual Build developer conference in …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2014
Panic button on keyboard

July 14, 2015. Tuesday. No more support for Windows Server 2003. Good luck

Any switched-on channel type or IT manager will have this deadline hard wired in their cerebral cortex, but for those in need of an early morning jumpstart - support for Windows Server 2003 ends a year from today. On 14 July 2015, Microsoft pulls extended support for the server operating system; it will no longer issue free …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2014
Screenshot of a Windows Apportal

Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

Microsoft is once again trying to convince businesses to get on board with its touch-centric computing vision, with the introduction of a new tool called Windows Apportals. Billed as a way to "integrate your entire Line of Business (LOB) stack into a single, modern, touch-based experience," Apportals allow companies to build …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jul 2014

Samsung Z mobe a NO-SHOW at Moscow Tizen Developer Summit

Samsung has suffered another setback in its quest to offer the world an alternative to Android, having failed to launch the first smartphone running its Tizen mobile OS as planned. The Tizen-powered Samsung Z does exist. There were plenty on display at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco in June. What conference …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jul 2014

Dodgy Google, Yahoo! SSL certs nuked in Windows – finally

One week after Google spotted an SSL certificate issuer dishing out certs that could be used to impersonate Google and Yahoo! websites, Microsoft has taken action to block the illicit certificates from being used on its software. The certs, issued by India's National Informatics Centre (NIC), were detected on July 2 by Google's …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2014
OS X Yosemite

Apple OS X Yosemite 4 TIMES more popular than Mavericks

Four times as many developers are using Apple's OS X Yosemite as used its OS predecessor Mavericks, we are told. That factoid comes from web advertising network Chitika, which claims Macs running Yosemite generated, in one month, four times more ad impressions than those running OS X Mavericks during the same period last year. …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jul 2014
Windows 8.1 Update Start Screen

The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Second Look News has started to circulate about the next version of Windows 8.1 – namely update 2 – and even "Windows 9". Whether or not it bears the name Windows 9, the next major "wave of updates", codenamed Threshold is due to land on our desktops and mobes later on this year. The upcoming refresh, we’re told, will see lots of new …
CentOS

Free Red Hat clone CentOS-7 is full of Linux Container love

The CentOS Project has announced general availability of CentOS-7, the first release of the free Linux distro based on the source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7. It's also the first major CentOS release to ship since the CentOS Project entered into a new funding and co-development partnership with Red Hat in January …
Happy woman at a computer

That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

With new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella keen to cram Windows into ever more devices, the operating system behemoth is now forecast to swell by no less than HALF a percentage point. Folks at Gartner told us Windows accounted for 13.96 per cent of the 2.33 billion devices shipped globally in 2013, and that they expect a dip this year …
Paul Kunert, 7 Jul 2014
NSA parody T-shirt

Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

Alleged leaked documents about the NSA's XKeyscore snooping software appear to show the paranoid agency is targeting Tor and Tails users, Linux Journal readers – and anyone else interested in online privacy. At the heart of the claims is this sample configuration file for the XKeyscore system. The top-secret documents were …
Iain Thomson, 3 Jul 2014

Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

Whatever Microsoft is doing to get punters adopting Windows 8.x isn't working, at least if the latest figures from Netmarketshare showing its older operating systems growing faster than its latest progeny are any guide. We've now tracked Netmarketshare's data for nine months and as the table below shows, Windows 7 has enjoyed …
Auto Grade Linux example screen

Linux turns the crank on code for cars

Linux's quest to become the default operating system for motor vehicles has taken a step closer to reality, with the Linux Foundation releasing downloads of code from its Automotive Grade Linux project. The project, announced here, is described as being built on Tizen IVI, adding “key applications developed in HTML5 and …
Same-faced children from the film "Pink Floyd: The Wall"

Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

Don't expect to see "skins" like HTC Sense or Samsung TouchWiz on kit made with Google's new versions of Android for devices, a source familiar with the company's plans has said. Much like how Google is forcing device makers to stick to the default UI if they want to carry its new Android Silver brand, gadgets running Android …

Apple ships security fixes for iOS, OS X, Safari ... basically EVERYTHING

Apple on Monday shipped new versions of its operating systems, its web browser, and Apple TV firmware – with each update a minor release aimed at fixing bugs and closing security vulnerabilities. The latest release of OS X Mavericks, version 10.9.4, addresses a total of 19 vulnerabilities in a variety of OS subsystems, ranging …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jun 2014
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Using Android 4.3? Don't let malware snatch your private login keys

If you're one of the 10.3 per cent of Android users running version 4.3, aka Jelly Bean, your login keys are at risk of theft – thanks to a vulnerability in the operating system's KeyStore software. KeyStore, as the name suggests, stores a user's cryptographic keys, which are used by apps to log into services without the user …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jun 2014
LG G Smartwatch running Android Wear

What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

First look Wearable computing has been generating a lot of buzz ever since Pebble and others kickstarted the market last year and now the world's most popular smartphone OS builder has skin in the game and serious hardware partners. LG G Smartwatch running Android Wear LG G Smartwatch running Android Wear For months now the world + dog …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2014
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VMware ends free SUSE for vSphere customers offer

VMware has posted an End of Availability Announcement for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). Virtzilla used to hand full, and fully-supported, SLES licences to some vSphere buyers. As Vmware's page describing the offering states, the licences came “complete with patches and updates”. Those don't come free: SUSE's support …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2014

I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to

Google I/O Google has kicked off its annual developer conference with a three-hour keynote in which the search kingpin explained where it's taking Android next: namely, your wrist, your car, your living room, and beyond. It was long enough to trouble your correspondent's laptop battery. Sundar Pichai, Google's head of Android division, …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jun 2014

Surprise Android 'KitKat' update fixes nasty OpenSSL vuln

Android fans who are hoping Google will debut a new version of the OS at its annual I/O conference in San Francsico next week might be in for a disappointment ... because the company is rolling out a new version this week. On Friday, the Chocolate Factory published firmware images of Android 4.4.4 – yes, we're still talking " …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jun 2014
Windows XP boot screen

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
DellMachine

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

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

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