Software

Microsoft scoops Search UI out from the gaping black maw of Cortana

3 hours 55 min ago
Hmmm. Looks familiar…

Microsoft is experimenting with taking Search out of Cortana and making it more Mac-like in the newest Windows 10 build.…

'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in <code>man</code> breaks automated tests at 00:30

10 hours 23 min ago
Wow, I see what you did there *rolls eyes*

The maintainer of the Linux manual program man has scrapped an "Easter egg" after it broke a user's automatic code tests.…

Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself

16 hours 56 min ago
More than 20 pulls a day on his desk, v.4.15 bloating and a Thanksgiving trip to pack for made Linus testy

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has apologised – a bit – for calling some security-centric kernel contributors “f*cking morons”.…

As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

Tue, 2017-11-21 16:05
The Chocolate Factory plugs accessibility fudge

Mobile app developers are being forced to rewrite their code as Google attempts to tame Android's Wild West.…

SagePay's monster wobble... On the third day of sale week, retailers start to weep

Tue, 2017-11-21 12:19
Black Friday week? Is that thing? Er, not for all retailers

What started as a Saturday afternoon nap for SagePay turned into a three-day snooze fest, angering retailers that were as of last night still struggling to process sales in a peak shopping week.…

Debian package depicts 'Tux the penguin' with sheep in intimate ASCII

Tue, 2017-11-21 11:29
User files bug report

A Debian software package containing an "ASCII representation of zoophilia" has been installed automatically on some users' machines.…

Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

Tue, 2017-11-21 09:02
Beyond world domination

Part Two  In Part One we described how, after 10 years, Android was uncannily similar to Windows after 20 years.…

Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out

Mon, 2017-11-20 21:23
Tempest in a teapot scalds FOSS world

Special report  Two organizations founded to help and support developers of free and open-source software have locked horns in public, betraying a long-running quarrel rumbling mostly behind the scenes.…

If you're big enough, Cisco will cook you a private software SKU

Sun, 2017-11-19 22:41
Custom big data bundles for Australia's Telstra pop up on product death list

Vulture South last week spotted an oddity in this Cisco end of sale announcement for “Cisco Select UCS Server Accessories”.…

Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

Fri, 2017-11-17 06:15
Epson old-timers go from dot matrix to not matrix

Microsoft's most recent update has been blamed for a mysterious ailment befalling some Epson printers.…

Microsoft can't give away beta cert exams, so starts charging

Fri, 2017-11-17 05:02
Naughty you: 'No show rate is at historic highs' for tests and that pollutes Redmond's data

Microsoft can't give away enough of its beta exams, so it will start charging for them.…

WordPress 4.9: This one's for you, developers!

Fri, 2017-11-17 02:58
'New editing experience' called Gutenberg coming too, but it might hate your plugins

WordPress 4.9 has debuted, and this time the world's most popular content management system has given developers plenty to like.…

Fear not, driverless car devs, UK.gov won't force you to write Trolley Problem solutions

Thu, 2017-11-16 16:03
MPs kick the ethics question back into touch

AEV Bill  A new law won't force driverless cars' software developers to explicitly consider the infamous Trolley Problem – but the UK government may later decide to implement something similar.…

Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say cyclists

Thu, 2017-11-16 11:11
They also want to geofence motorways

AEV Bill  A cyclists' association wants software developers for any "errors" in driverless car software to be "criminally prosecuted".…

Slack apologises to Europe for TITSUP* services

Thu, 2017-11-16 10:02
Productivity melts, economy dives... actually, neither is true

Slackers of Europe, it might be a good time to enjoy a little me-time as techies at the messaging and collaboration app biz attempt to wake the supposed productivity improvement tool from its slumber.…

Microsoft touts real-time over-the-network pair programming in Visual Studio, GitHub ships it

Thu, 2017-11-16 07:19
Uh, er, hey look, VS 2017 fans – there's some AI tools, though!

Microsoft and GitHub on Wednesday announced real-time collaboration in their respective code editors, almost as if they'd been collaborating.…

Adobe dis-Connect: Corp collab service has been knackered for days

Wed, 2017-11-15 23:44
Meetings cancelled as conferencing tool goes dark following weekend maintence

Customers of online web conference meeting service Adobe Connect have been unable or have struggled to access the collaboration tool for several days.…

Black Horse Down, we repeat... yes, Lloyds Bank, again

Wed, 2017-11-15 15:11
We're running out of backcronyms for TITSUP*

Customers of Lloyds Banking Group banks and TSB have been shut out of their online banking this afternoon.…

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

Wed, 2017-11-15 11:29
57: Mozilla's big bid for relevance

Interview  The Mozilla Foundation has officially launched a radical rewrite of its browser, a major cross-platform effort to regain relevance in a world that seems to have forgotten Firefox. The much-rewritten browser claims to be 30 per cent faster with half the memory load, although this comes at the cost of compatibility, as Scott Gilbertson found here.…

Productivity through tech, UK firms. More cyber, more cloud, more ERP!

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:03
Look at the Danish, chides biz body

Low take-up of readily available tech is fuelling Blighty's "deep-seated productivity problems", the club for supposed captains of industry the CBI has said.…