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Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrades to suppress PC sales

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 5:25am
Punters will take the upgrade, trouser the cash and buy an Apple Watch, says IDC

Windows 10 won't give PC sales a fillip, because punters don't think an upgrade is enough reason to buy a new computer.…

Google launches native Android Smart Lock password manager

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 5:03am
Look out LastPass: Devs can shunt creds into OS vault

Google I/O  Android users will be able to store passwords in Google's native Smart Lock manager, in a security boon for the masses.…

Australia to develop STEM education plan any month now

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 4:14am
Education ministers decide the time is right to drink the techno-Kool-Aid

Australia's Education Council met today and decided the nation needs a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) plan.…

Libre Office comes to Android

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 4:02am
Read all you want, but editing's a science project

The Document Foundation has released a version of Libre Office for Android.…

Small businesses trashed in big malware campaign

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 3:05am
'Grabit' malware isn't subtle or clever, but it's working

Kaspersky researcher Ido Noar says attackers have hit hundreds of small and medium businesses, stealing credentials and documents in a noisy smash-and-grab campaign.…

Google spins up free 'unlimited' photo albums in the cloud four years before it shuts it down

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 1:51am
Prove us wrong, nerds, prove us wrong

Google I/O  Google has unveiled a new photo service that, it hopes, will mean that images from your past can be organized by computers so you don't have to.…

Thar she blows! Actual DEV TOOLS spotted at Google's dev event

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 1:20am
A C++ IDE, cloud-based app testing, Polymer 1.0, and more

Google I/O  For a developer event, this year's Google I/O conference in San Francisco sure spent a lot of time focusing on such consumer-oriented toys as personal assistants, photo apps, and budget VR. But there were actually a few legitimate developer tools on display, too.…

And then the Google guy said: Of course you can use Android Wear without a smartphone

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 12:19am
Take that, Apple! Now they'll fly off the shelves

Google I/O  Apple is winning the PR war with its Watch, but Google thinks an open platform, and some nifty Android Wear software, can give it the edge in the smartwatch world.…

Google's Cardboard 2.0 virtual reality device is a triumph for humanity, said no one sane, ever

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 11:27pm
Yet the ad giant is taking it VERY seriously

Google I/O  To many, Google's Cardboard VR headset is just a novel paper-and-plastic toy, but the Chocolate Factory is taking it seriously enough that it has given it a revamp and is pushing to have it more widely adopted.…

.sucks-gate: How about listening to us the first two times, exasperated FTC tells ICANN

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 10:11pm
You know what sucks? Your attitude

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has responded to questions over the legality of .sucks domain pricing with a three-page "I told you so" letter to domain name overseer ICANN.…

Android M's Now on Tap cyber-secretary is like Clippy on hard drugs

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 9:11pm
Plus: Android Pay, fingerprint tech ... but for now, only if you're a developer

Google I/O  Google today showed off the latest build of Android, version M, at its annual developer conference Google I/O in San Francisco.…

Twitch.tv: Clean your streams of titillating titty titles off our screens

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 8:07pm
But softcore is fine, so long as the ESRB approves

Gameplay broadcaster Twitch has banned users from streaming racy live video from "adult only" games.…

Google puts Android on a diet, names it after the first thing it sees under the sink – Brillo

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 6:39pm
New IoT platform to take on, well, everybody else

Google I/O  Google is going after the Internet of Things with Android-based software aimed at powering a broad range of connected gizmos.…

FCC boss sketches out bargain broadband for hard-up Americans

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 6:32pm
Because being penniless is no excuse to have crappy dialup

Tom Wheeler, chairman of US internet watchdog the FCC, has asked the regulator's commissioners to offer broadband to poor Americans via the Lifeline program.…

Chip chef Avago gobbles up Broadcom for $37 BEEEELLLION

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 5:58pm
17bn in greenbacks – the rest in shares

As rumored this week, chip designer and supplier Avago is buying chip designer Broadcom in a cash-and-stock deal worth $37bn (£24bn). Broadcom is probably best known to Reg readers as the biz behind the BCM system-on-chips found in the Raspberry Pi and various other gizmos.…

Indian music streaming service Ganaa hacked, site yanked offline

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 5:32pm
Frustrated 'white hat' reportedly went large after being ignored

Service has been suspended, and passwords reset, following a hack against Indian music streaming service Ganaa.…

Who's the big Swiss bunch that wants to take Sir Jony's lunch? It's... SWATCH!

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 5:14pm
SHOCKER: Watchmaker says it's building a watch

1980s fashion icon Swatch has confirmed it is working on a smartwatch.…

Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 5:02pm
IT departments better pick up their game – like not leaving anon FTP open to the world

When hackers swiped 32,500 patient records from Cottage Healthcare System, it was sued by its own customers for $4.1m – a bill that was settled by its insurers.…

Hey biz types: You don't grok Big Data. But you can use Salesforce, right?

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 4:25pm
Wave to provide salesmonkey-friendly front end for Hadoop

Having sidled into the cash-rich analytics party seven months back, Salesforce is now out and proud on the hype-heavy big data field.…

Zuck-Up as Facebook Messenger app tracks you everywhere forever

Thu, 28/05/2015 - 3:55pm
Lower your shields and surrender your privacy. We will add your data to our own

The ZuckerBorg collects so much data on its users that even visiting the site tags your ineffable soul for eternal tracking. But now a Harvard student's browser extension can now exploit the default location sharing setting to literally plot Facebook Messenger app users' movements on a map.…