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Microsoft seller Trustmarque seeks private equity sugar daddy

El Reg - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:43pm
Appoints William Blair to run the process for £200m sales firm

Exclusive  Trustmarque is erecting a for sale sign outside corporate HQ as the management team looks for a new private equity backer to fund a buy-out.…

Assassin's Creed developer issues 'important announcement' about nothing

L'Inq - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:43pm

'Exciting time' for the series, apparently, as no new game will be released this year

iOS date bug is bricking iPhones and iPads with stupid owners

L'Inq - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:27pm

But it can be fixed

National Pupil Database engorged to 20 million individual kids' records

El Reg - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:17pm
Massive population-wide pupil data slurp also available to private sector

The UK Department for Eduction has enlarged its mega database containing sensitive personal pupil information to nearly 20 million individual records, according to a Freedom of Information response.…

HPE StorServe flash capacity boost coming

El Reg - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:02pm
Near enough 8TB SSDs on the way

At a briefing with HPE’s Chris Johnson, VP and general manager for EMEA, we found out that the company’s 3PAR arrays are in line to receive a flash capacity boost to around 8TB per SSD.…

Ofcom spent £10m in past 2 years desperately lobbing away sueballs

El Reg - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 11:45am
Does regulator have time to make policy?

Updated  Communications regulator Ofcom spent nearly £10m over the last two years fighting off legal threats by providers, according to a Freedom of Information response.…

Twitter users prefer Kanye West to politics

L'Inq - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 11:38am

So does Kanye West

Making a malware: Cyber criminals target Netflix users in black market scam

L'Inq - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 11:12am

Been hacked? Better call Saul

When it comes to spaffing your login creds, Android biz apps are the business

El Reg - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 11:06am
300% better at it than non-business apps

Business apps for Android are three times more likely to leak login credentials than the average app, according to a new study by security firm NowSecure.…

Internet Archive Brings Classic Windows 3.1 Apps To Your Browser

Slashdot - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:58am
The Internet Archive has made it possible for you to make a virtual visit to the wide, wide world of Windows 3.1 games (and other apps, too), via a collection of virtualized images. Jason Scott is the game collector and digital archivist behind the online museum of malware mentioned here a few days ago. "Now," Ars Technica reports, "Scott and his crew have done it again with the Windows 3.X Showcase, made up of a whopping 1,523 downloads (and counting), all running in a surprisingly robust, browser-based JavaScript emulation of Windows 3.1. You'll recognize offerings like WinRisk and SkiFree, but the vast majority of the collection sticks to a particularly wild world of Windows shareware history, one in which burgeoning developers seemed to throw everything imaginable against 3.1's GUI wall to see what stuck." Says the article: A volunteer "really did the hard work" of getting the Windows files required for each DOSBOX instance down to 1.8 MB, and in the process came up with a more centralized version of those files on his server's side, as opposed to kinds that would require optimizations for every single emulated app.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Galaxy S7: Samsung to offer free Gear VR headset with pre-orders

L'Inq - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:49am

And first price details leak for upcoming smartphone

Argos offers 'buy now pay in 3 months' deal

El Reg - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:44am
Reg reader enjoys deferred payment and free shopping voucher

If you're one of the estimated 96 per cent of Brits who lives within 10 miles of an Argos outlet,* then you've probably enjoyed the in-store tablet-based catalogue shopping experience, browsing and purchasing goods for immediate collection from the front counter.…

Google is hiring self-driving car engineers

L'Inq - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:24am

Other driverless car companies will treat workers very well today

Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

El Reg - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:04am
They’re almost medieval anyway

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  It begins with a murmur. Despite my best attempts to ignore it for as long as possible, the indistinct mumbling gradually becomes intelligible, forcing me to pay attention.…

IT's Holy Grail, but <em>is</em> DevOps a Poisoned Chalice for sysadmins?

El Reg - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 9:37am
A journey without end...

DevOps is 2016’s tech holy grail – unified development and operations, both working to deliver what the business needs, quickly, reliably, and adaptably. Done well, DevOps transforms the way organisations work; it helps break down barriers between tech teams, and between technology and the rest of the business.…

Apple faces lawsuit over iPhone 6S 3D Touch technology

L'Inq - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 9:37am

Immersion claims company infringes three patents relating to haptic feedback

Big data lakes? Too many ponds, that’s the problem

El Reg - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 9:23am
Everyone says they'll go big, then puts together a bunch of small silos

In recent chats I had with end users and vendors I found a common pattern that made me think about Big Data analytics and how data is collected, organized and analysed in many organisations. This is also, I think, an explanation for the slow growth of some Big Data companies and slower than expected ROI in some Big Data investments.…

Portworx puts storage into containers for your data centre pleasure

El Reg - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 9:12am
Early edition of product is aimed at DevOps folk

The container movement developers missed out storage, unlike their shipping container cousins – but startup Portworx has put storage in a dedicated container for use by other containers.…

Google Updates: Google exec doesn't know what he earns but you can have 2GB free

L'Inq - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 9:06am

But we all know how much Sundar Pichai is making

Indonesian comms ministry orders 'gay emoji' block

El Reg - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 8:44am
First they came for the local IM services, then they came for the world's

Indonesia has joined Russia with a crackdown on emoji that depict gay, lesbian, bisexual or transexual people.…

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