Software

Apple will start coughing up government app takedown demand stats

13 hours 37 min ago
But applications the iGiant removes on its own won't be included

In its latest Transparency Report, covering government demands for customer and device data in the second half of 2017, Apple said that it will soon enumerate government app takedown requests.…

Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

Fri, 2018-05-25 11:01
Don't trust consumers with their own data

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  Hooded eyes are following my keystrokes. Hidden ears are analysing every shuffle.…

UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi project: A 'masterclass in incompetence'

Fri, 2018-05-25 10:32
Watchdog not happy with Emergency Services Network either

Efforts by the UK Home Office to digitise the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) amount to "a masterclass in incompetence," according to a damning report by the government's spending watchdog.…

It's hip to be Square: Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's other firm targets White Van Man

Fri, 2018-05-25 09:04
We speak to the ex-Apple hardware guru taking on banks and PayPal

Profile  Ever wandered into a bank on weekday morning and marvelled at length of the queue? In a supposedly cashless era, it's the sight of a nation of shopkeepers depositing its cash.…

Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

Fri, 2018-05-25 07:03
Ultrasonic packets of data to and from your handheld killed

Boffins in Austria have developed a defense against acoustic cookies, a form of ad tracking by which smartphones can send and receive data using sounds people can't hear.…

Microsoft patches problematic OS to deal with SSD woes

Thu, 2018-05-24 14:03
Finally, some good Windows 10 news

A chink of light has appeared in the wall of Windows 10 update woes in the form of a patch that should address the SSD problems plaguing the OS.…

Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

Thu, 2018-05-24 10:34
And sprinkle those angry YouTube vids with a pinch of salt, please

Comment  Ubuntu 18.04, launched last month, included a new Welcome application that runs the first time you boot into your new install. The Welcome app does several things, including offering to opt you out of Canonical's new data collection tool.…

Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

Thu, 2018-05-24 09:41
Would you like to send all or some telemetry back to the Windows goliath?

Microsoft is rolling out an update to Office products to introduce Windows 10-style telemetry data slurping. Or rather the software business has made it very clear to users it is doing so and they cannot opt out.…

Oracle nemesis MariaDB tries to lure enterprise folk with TX 3.0

Thu, 2018-05-24 09:03
Release adds Big Red compatibility, migration service

Open-source database biz MariaDB has upped the ante in its war against Oracle, promising enterprise customers better compatibility with – and easier migration from – Big Red.…

Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

Wed, 2018-05-23 12:53
'Member that innocent, pre-Zuckerberg time?

The source code to the Eudora email client is being released by the Computer History Museum, after five years of discussion with the IP owner, Qualcomm.…

About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer...

Tue, 2018-05-22 16:34
Third party apps fingered in vanishing desktop snafu

The troubled Windows 10 April 2018 update is facing another issue, with some users losing access to their desktop after installing the new code.…

Apple tells devs to ditch CallKit in China

Tue, 2018-05-22 00:08
VoIP support tooling no longer welcome in Middle Kingdom

Developers of iOS apps distributed in China have started to receive notifications from Apple that they are required to remove CallKit, a software UI framework for integrating VoIP calling services, from their apps.…

Tesla inches toward GPL compliance in low gear: Source code forcibly ejected into public

Mon, 2018-05-21 20:52
Some software blueprints doled out after years of complaints

Following five years of hectoring, Tesla has released a portion of the open-source code it's obligated to provide under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).…

I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

Thu, 2018-05-17 12:59
It's like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from going under

A report on open-source security management and licence compliance may make uncomfortable reading for those who maintain codebases that use the stuff.…

Meet Asteroid, a drop-in Linux upgrade for your unloved smartwatch

Thu, 2018-05-17 09:40
Hickory dickory Docker, the containers ran on the clock... er

Asteroid, a Linux-based open-source wearable OS, formally reached a big milestone this week, and it might give Tizen a run for Samsung's money.…

Software development slow because 'Most of our ideas suck'

Wed, 2018-05-16 20:04
Continuous delivery, make way for continuous experimentation

If you want a vision of the future of software creation, imagine a boot process spinning up a server, forever.…

Void Linux gave itself to the void, Korora needs a long siesta – life is hard for small distros

Wed, 2018-05-16 10:18
If you want your fave to survive, you'll need to dig deep

If you're new to Linux you'd be forgiven for thinking there are only a half-dozen distributions – names like Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux tend to get most of the headlines.…

Void Linux gave itself to the void, Korora needs a long siesta – life is hard for small distros

Wed, 2018-05-16 10:18
If you want your fave to survive, you'll need to dig deep

If you're new to Linux you'd be forgiven for thinking there are only a half-dozen distributions – names like Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux tend to get most of the headlines.…

Google shoots Chrome 66's silencer after developer backlash

Wed, 2018-05-16 08:28
Games and alerts lost their voice to feature designed to hush auto-play vids

Google has tweaked Chrome 66 to make the new feature that silences auto-playing videos less aggressive.…

Oracle-botherer Rimini Street cuddles up to Salesforce

Fri, 2018-05-11 16:15
Just as the $50m returned from Big Red court battles lifts profits

Oracle third-party support slinger Rimini Street has added Salesforce to its portfolio, which isn't going to ease any tension that still exists with Larry Ellison's lot following a protracted court battle.…