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AWS attempts to woo devs with new tool aimed at porting .NET applications to Linux

Amazon Web Services is trying to lure more to developers to its cloud by creating a tool built for porting .NET applications to Linux, though in its current form we found it to be less useful than hoped. The Porting Assistant for .NET is to help users convert a Windows-only .NET Framework application (which typically runs on the IIS web server) to a .NET Core application that will run…

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E-scooter fanboy so hyped for Teesside to host UK’s first trial

The UK’s first trial of rented electic scooters will be in Teesside, according to Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen. The region has partnered with Ginger – a little-known UK micromobility startup – to deploy more than 100 scooters. The cities named by Houchen to receive the controversial two-wheelers include Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar and Middlesbrough. Ginger works much like rival platforms, such as Lime and Spin. Riders download an…

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The good news: Vodafone switches on first full-fat, real-life 5G network in the UK. The bad news: it only got sent to Coventry

Vodafone has switched on its first 5G SA (standalone) network in the UK. The inaugural deployment is located at Coventry University, and – all being well – is expected to deliver increased capacity as well as the low-latency connections required for time-sensitive IoT applications. Coventry University said it will use the network to trial virtual-reality learning technologies for student nurses, as well as to help it specialise in 5G-related…

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Your industry needs you: Database engineers, sysadmins and developer vacancies revealed

Job Alert It’s that time of week again people, our job column is back with another list of opportunities in the world of tech. We’re trying to help keep techies in gainful employment during these testing times, so if you’re looking to hire IT folk anywhere in the world send your vacancies this way and we’ll list them for free. To be clear, that’s free meaning no money. Just…

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Like a Bolt from the blue, Huawei’s fledgling AppGallery signs a ride-sharing platform

Huawei has signed its first major ride-sharing platform to its AppGallery app store – and no, it’s not the one you’re thinking of. Unless, of course, you were thinking of Bolt. Founded in Estonia in 2013, Bolt operates in 35 countries around the world, including the UK, where it launched in 2017 under the Taxify brand*. Although it’s somewhat of a minnow – particularly when compared to Uber –…

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Capita Consulting ditching more than a quarter of its workforce 45 days after consultations with consultants

Exclusive It has been a bad week for the UK jobs market and Capita has just added to the unemployment stats by ditching more than a quarter of its Consulting division, sources close to the company have told The Register. The Consulting business was officially launched in mid-December but we believe Capita began filing its ranks from June. It said it fully expected to have 450 consultants on board…

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Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It’s meant to work like that, right?

Johnny Ryan, chief policy officer at privacy-focused browser biz Brave, has reported on how ad revenue increased when Dutch national broadcaster NPO stopped running third-party trackers on its online video website. From a marketing perspective, targeted advertising is supposedly a dream realised: why waste money showing ads to people who are not likely to become customers? The success of Facebook is based on the ability of advertisers to define…

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Erudite, insightful, self-aware and almost human: Give your local database admin a hug – it’s DBA Appreciation Day

Hang the bunting, ice the cupcakes, and wrap the presents: it comes but once a year but today, as you beautiful people well know, is international DBA Appreciation Day. Just imagine their little faces lighting up when they see their gifts laid out before them. So, join us in thanks for the lovely and unloved database administrator in your life. What’s the point? we hear you ask. What’s the…

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Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

On Call It is Friday so may we suggest taking a moment out of your preparations for a weekend charge to the pub to enjoy another tale from those tasked with helping the confused in today’s On Call. “Tom” spent the decades from 1985 to 2005 working for a large insurance broker. He had reached “the dizzy heights of ‘Senior Technical Analyst Programmer’,” as he put it. With the…

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Don’t beat yourself up for overeating in lockdown. This black hole scoffs equivalent of our Sun every day

The greediest supermassive black hole spotted by us Earthlings is an eye-popping 34 billion times more massive than our Sun, and gobbles nearly a solar mass of nearby gas and dust every day. The behemoth goes by the name SMSS J2157–3602 or J2157, for short, and was discovered in 2018 by eggheads led by the Australian National University (ANU). Now they have calculated the black hole’s properties in fine detail…

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