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Chrome Remote Desktop adds Linux to supported OS list

Google has tweaked Chrome Remote Desktop to let it access Linux machines. Chrome Remote Desktop is a Chrome (the browser) extension that provides remote access to another desktop. Often suggested as a remote support tool, the technology is also a nice way to access a remote PC on which you left that file you really need to …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jul 2014
Amazon Web Services Workspaces

AWS pulls desktop-as-a-service from the PC

Amazon Web Services has made a significant enhancement to its Workspaces desktop-as-a-service service, by allowing support for Teradici's PC-over-IP protocol and “zero clients” that run it. Workspaces is a US$35 a month service that offers Windows Server 2008 re-skinned with the Windows 7 UI. Until today, consuming the service …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2014
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You can take VMware off the desktop but you can't take the desktop ...

VMware released its first product in 1999, in the form of the desktop virtualisation product Workstation. Today, the company is a sprawling global concern that is trying to get control of the world's data centres. But it is still fond of desktop virtualisation and still in touch with the community that appreciates it, so much so …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2014
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VMware unleashes desktop-grade desktop-as-a-service service

VMware has flicked the switch on its Horizon DaaS (desktop-as-a-service) service. Virtzilla's service is based on Desktone, an outfit it acquired last year, and its schtick is that it allows customers to blend virtual desktops served from their premises with virtual desktops served from its cloud, an arrangement it talks up as …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2014
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Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK

Pay $7,000 and you could have a 64TB desktop storage pool connected to your Mac workstation. Its a lot of money, but 64TB is a hellacious amount of storage. Say it costs $1.09/GB, which sounds sort of affordable. Who makes such a box? It's an HGST G-SPEED Studio XL box with eight 8TB helium-filled He8, 7,200rpm drives mounted …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2014

WinPhone's Halo hottie Cortana to hit desktop in next Windows – report

Microsoft may be planning to graduate Windows Phone 8.1's Halo-inspired Cortana digital assistant from the small screen to a full-fledged desktop utility in the next version of Windows, if the Redmond rumor mill is to be believed. The snoops over at Neowin.com first noticed Cortana running on prerelease builds of Windows " …
Neil McAllister, 12 Aug 2014

Yosemite Siri? Apple might plonk chatty assistant on your desktop - report

A newly granted patent has revealed Apple's plans to free its mobile assistant Siri from the iPhone and unleash it upon desktops. In a lengthy patent entitled "Intelligent digital assistant in a desktop environment", the fruity firm outlined its plans to get fanbois talking to their computers. To activate the desktop Siri, …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Aug 2014
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I want to TRANSPLANT your storage BRAINS: WD desktop NAS refresh

WD has updated its small office Sentinel desktop filer range, adding Windows Storage Server 2012 with its Storage Spaces facility. The Sentinel storage servers are for small and medium businesses that don’t want or need a full-blown racked NAS system running on X86 processors. The DX4200 is basically the same as the 4-bay, 2 or …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2014
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Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

Google is working on a radical new redesign of the desktop version of its webmail service Gmail, it has been speculated. This comes after screenshots surfaced detailing various features Google is allegedly testing out. When quizzed about the gossip, Google declined to confirm or deny that a makeover was planned. A spokesperson …
Team Register, 12 May 2014

Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

Anyone searching for directions to The Shard on the desktop version of Google Maps may be surprised to discover that the pointy, glassy London skyscraper is apparently plonked in the middle of one of the capital's best-known landmarks, Trafalgar Square. Eagle-eyed reader Pete Jones spotted the mapping blunder and tipped off The …
Team Register, 11 Sep 2014

VMware's desktop push heads for casualty ward, in a good way

VMware's march towards your palm, your lap and your desk has advanced again. Virtzilla recently released Horizon 6 , its much-ballyhooed end-user computing suite. Announced in April, the code is now generally available. VMware thinks it has something entirely new in Horizon 6. While the company knows it will be compared to …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jun 2014
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VMware guzzles 'desktop-as-a-service' firm Desktone

VMware has slurped Desktone to add another "as-a-service" offering to its catalogue of virtualisation software. Desktone is apparently a "pioneer" of Desktop-as-a-Service and has "an advanced multi-tenant desktop virtualization platform for delivering Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service", according to VMware. " …
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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

Lenovo, the world’s largest maker of PCs, saw its profits leap 24 per cent this spring. The China-based manufacturer reported first-quarter profits of $211m, compared to $170m for the year before. That was from revenue that jumped 18 per cent to £10.39bn. Earnings per share for the giant were up, from $1.65 to $2.03 for the …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2014

Oracle buys desktop software virtualiser GreenBytes

Oracle is buying desktop software virtualiser GreenBytes, which uses ZFS technology, for an undisclosed sum. GreenBytes VDI software is based on ZFS and includes its own, highly rated deduplication engine and replication. It can run on flash hardware and, originally, GreenBytes sold a VDI flash appliance but got out if hardware …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2014
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What's next for OpenGL for the desktop, mobile devices, and the web?

Graphics standards body the Khronos Group has called on industry players to help draft the next generation of the OpenGL spec, a major rewrite that's expected to help unify the OpenGL development model for desktop PCs, mobile devices, and the web. "Fast-paced work on detailed proposals and designs are already underway, and any …
Neil McAllister, 11 Aug 2014
Jolicloud Jolibook

French Joli OS surrenders on the desktop, retreats to cloud

Jolicloud, a company headquartered in Paris, France, has surrendered its ambition to give the world a desktop operating system and will henceforth operate only in the cloud. The company has been around since 2009 and has crafted a cloudy environment that conceptually resembles Chrome OS, inasmuch as offers not much more than a …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2013

Like WhatsApp? Meet 'desktop' version... and his BANK ACCOUNT RAIDING Trojan pal

Scammers have slung together a scam designed to trick users into running malware disguised as a "desktop version" of the ultra-popular WhatsApp mobile messaging app. Links promoted through a run of spam emails that began appearing last week actually lead to a banking Trojan rather than a PC version of the mobile-only app, Trend …
John Leyden, 26 Feb 2014
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Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

One of Microsoft’s newest operating systems now runs on half of desktops – but it’s not the one Redmond might have wished. Windows 7 accounted for 50.06 per cent of operating system market share in May according to Netmarketshare’s running monthly tally. The operating system expanded its share from 49.27 per cent in April. …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jun 2014
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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

Seagate seems set to replace its desktop Barracuda brand with the Desktop HDD brand and introduce a 4TB desktop drive with it. The Desktop HDD 15 line runs up from 250GB through 320GB and 500GB all the way to 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB. It uses 1TB/platter technology, spins at 7,200rpm, has a 64MB cache, transfers data at up to 160MB …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2013

Skype U-turns on plan to kill off desktop API, spares foot from bullet

Skype has backtracked on a decision to terminate its desktop API next month, a move that would have broken the voice-chat service for millions. Microsoft’s Voice-over-IP unit has said it’s now “extending support” for the parts of the API that work with hardware and allow the user to record calls. Chat through third-party …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2013
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Cisco takes on AWS with cloudy desktop-as-a-service plan

Works with VMware and Citrix to deliver DaaS from your bit barn or the cloud Cisco and VMware have responded to Amazon Web Services Workspaces desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) plan with their very own offering that can be deployed to private or public clouds. The new offering blends VMware's recently-acquired Deskone with a Cisco …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013
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DEATH of the desktop: Virtual systems could KILL OFF the biz PC

The business PC desktop is facing death by a thousand VDI cuts augmented by a BYOD bashing. Her are just a few reasons to predict the death of the business desktop : EMC’s XtremIO all-flash array, twinned with VMware View or Citrix Xen Desktop and backend VNX arrays, can support 7,000 or more virtual desktops All-flash …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

After months of slowly inflating expectations, Microsoft recently released its follow-up act to Windows 8.1 – the Windows 8.1 Update. It’s a transitional release, with the destination being a substantial reworking of the original concept. The problem for Microsoft is that it based Windows 8 around a new touch-friendly app …
Tim Anderson, 09 Apr 2014
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Spin that disk drive forecast, Gartner: Watch those desktop units dive

Gartner is forecasting that total hard disk drive shipments will grow at a leisurely 2.9 per cent CAGR from 2013 (552 million units) to 2018 (635.1 million units). But bear in mind that's an average: desktop drives unit shipments will be shrinking at a -7 per cent CAGR over the period while high-capacity business drives grow at …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014

What's the most secure desktop operating system?

The debates about whether Macs are actually more secure than PCs, and whether Linux really is the daddy when it comes to bullet-proof desktop computing, have played out in articles and comments right here on this site on many occasions. But is inherent security a meaningful concept? Perhaps a better question is how easily " …
David Gordon, 02 Jul 2013

Tablet-types drive demand for all-in-one desktop PCs

More than a third of desktop computer sales in Britain are all-in-one machines, up from a quarter during the first half of the year. So says local market-watcher GfK, which noted a sudden jump in over-the-counter sales of AIOs in August and September. AIOs grew by 27.4 per cent in sales value, driven by a 6.5 per cent increase …
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2013

OpenGL mobile graphics spec inches closer to desktop, laptop cousin

The Khronos Group has released the OpenGL ES 3.1 specification, bringing closer the day when handheld devices match mainstream desktops and laptops in graphics performance. "The OpenGL family of APIs including OpenGL ES, OpenGL and WebGL have proven themselves as the foundation for 3D graphics on mobile devices, PCs and the Web …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Mar 2014
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Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

A set of screenshots leaked to the web purports to show how Microsoft is working to better integrate Metro-style apps with the classic desktop in a forthcoming update to Windows 8.1. The screenshots, which were posted online by Russian serial leaker "WZor," were allegedly taken from a prerelease testing build of Windows 8.1 …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jan 2014
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Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

A number of vulture firms have swooped in to feast on the desktop access carcass left by the death of LogMeIn's free service. El Reg was, frankly, shocked by the level of outrage yesterday after LogMeIn decided it would no longer allow techie types to use its service to access their desktops remotely for free. We received a …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jan 2014
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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

The final beta release of Ubuntu 14.04, due in April, is here. Code-named Trusty Tahr, 14.04 will be a Long Term Support release, meaning Canonical will support what you get in April for five years. The idea is it's a solid foundation for long-term development and planning by Canonical and users, particularly partners and …
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Rent a virtual desktop from Amazon: 35 bucks a month (PC not included)

Amazon is bringing its margin-destroying, no-fun business model to the thrilling world of virtual desktop infrastructure – and could upset the balance sheets of traditional VDI providers along the way. The Amazon Workspaces technology was announced today during the inaugural keynote speech for the web bazaar's second-ever re: …
Jack Clark, 13 Nov 2013
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Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth is no stranger to exploring rarefied territory. The man has, after all, been to space. His interest in new frontiers means Ubuntu, the Linux distro he created, is also poised to make a great leap - to go where no Linux has gone before. Shuttleworth's plan to take Linux beyond the desktop and …
One Windows: Windows 10 will be delivered on multiple device types

Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

Windows 10 has hogged the limelight this week, but Microsoft has also revealed a Technical Preview of Windows Server and its System Centre control freak. The releases aren't unexpected: Windows Server's last full version emerged in 2012 and while substantial updates have landed in the years since, Redmond's increasing ardour for …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Oct 2014

So you've got a nice virtual desktop stack – wait, here comes DaaS Boot

Storage supplier GreenBytes has teamed up with desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) provider Desktone to dedupe virtual desktop data and accelerate its delivery to employees' machines. Desktone provisions and boots virtual desktops from its cloud through partners such as Dell and Fujitsu. Customers can treat their entire virtual desktop …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2013

Microsoft's VDI deals make Windows Server cheapest desktop OS

Microsoft's licensing policies for virtual desktops (VDI) include two anomalies that make it cheaper to provide Windows Server to end users. Those hoping to adopt desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) have problems because hosting companies cannot rent out Windows licences and must serve desktops from dedicated hardware. Hosting …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2013
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Britney-obsessed Ubuntu 13.10 DUMPS X Windows-killer Mir in desktop U-turn

The new touchscreen-friendly user-interface system promised for next desktop version of Ubuntu has been PULLED just weeks before its release. Mir and XMir – the Linux distro's replacement for the age-old X Windows graphics stack – will now NOT be enabled by default in the 13.10 desktop build - due out on 17 October. Mir is the …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2013
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Intel to leave desktop motherboard market

Intel has decided to stop making desktop motherboards. Except one. In a statement sent to El Reg, a Chipzilla spokesdroid told us “In order to focus on new and innovative areas in desktop computing, Intel has made the decision to ramp down the Desktop Motherboard Business over the course of the next three years.” Motherboard …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2013

Microsoft watches iPads flood into world's offices: Right, remote desktop clients. It's time

Microsoft will release its own apps to manage all the iOS and Android devices that are flooding into organisations as part of the Bring Your Own Device trend. They will be available for download from app stores later this month. The official Remote Desktop (RDP) clients were announced on Monday along with a new RDP client for …
Tim Anderson, 08 Oct 2013
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Samsung quits desktop PC biz, will stick to all-in-ones and portables

Underscoring yet again the radical shift underway in the personal computing industry, Samsung is shutting down its traditional desktop PC business to focus on devices with more modern form factors. "Tablets, all-in-one and hybrid PCs are Samsung's current focus," a company official told Korea Times. "Samsung is speeding up its …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jun 2013
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IT'S HERE: Seagate ships 'affordable' desktop hybrid drive

Seagate is developing an internal desktop hybrid hard drive with a flash cache to speed PC boot and application load times to near-SSD levels at little more than plain ordinary disk prices. It's also rebranding its Momentus XT notebook drives as Laptop SSHDs and introducing a single platter laptop Thin SSHD. This third …
Chris Mellor, 05 Mar 2013
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Atlantis raises 20 million greenbacks to flog virty desktop software

Privately-owned Atlantis Computing has just raised $20m to flog its Atlantis ILIO desktop virtualisation software around the world. ILIO – In Line Image Optimisation - has virtual machines running inside a server's RAM and delivers virtual desktops at less than $300 per desktop. The company's second CEO, Bernard Harguindeguy, …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

The Cinnamon Desktop project recently released version 2, a major overhaul of the desktop environment that's best known as the default option for Linux Mint's flagship release. Cinnamon 2.0 will be part of Linux Mint 16, "Petra", scheduled for release towards the end of November. The team behind Cinnamon plans to backport the 2. …
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WD to crash down five terabyte desktop job, mutterings suggest

A Russian tech website has revealed what appears to be Western Digital's roadmap for 5TB desktop and NAS drives. Always More Digital has images of what it claims are two WD presentation slides for its Green desktop and Red NAS 3.5-inch drives, which show 5TB models coming in the fourth quarter of 2013. WD Green 5TB drive WD …
Chris Mellor, 04 Dec 2012

Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

Windows 8.1 adoption is speeding up, with the operating system now the planet's fourth-most-popular, according to Netmarketshare statistics. With January 2014 now behind us, the firm has totted up the results of its ongoing observations of just what browsers and operating systems hit the world's web servers. Those explorations …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2014
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GreenBytes rips code from virtual-desktop array's chest, serves to small biz

Thin-client accelerator GreenBytes has separated its software from its virtual desktop appliance hardware so customers can use anybody's flash to store machine images. The company's IO Offload Engine is a dedicated solid-state disk array that stores virtual desktop images and feeds them to users' computers at blistering speed. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2013
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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

Gnome project cofounder and current Xamarin CTO Miguel de Icaza says he's done wrestling with Linux on the desktop, and that he now uses Apple kit exclusively for all of his workstation needs. De Icaza is well known in the open source community for developing a number of client-side technologies for Linux, including the Midnight …
Neil McAllister, 06 Mar 2013

Intel's new top-dog desktop 'Extreme' CPU fails to excite geekerati

Intel has announced the latest in its 10-year line of "Extreme" desktop processors, and the consensus view from the geekerati who have put it through its paces in prerelease testing is a collective "Meh." As ExtremeTech, Joel Hruska's review of the new chip was headlined, "Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E review: Intel's Great Limp …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Sep 2013
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Penguins, only YOU can turn desktop disk IO into legacy tech

With the advent of flash-based storage memory, the prospect of banishing disk IO waits forever from transaction-based or other IO-bound server applications is close to becoming a reality. But what about desktops? We have a pretty weak example with Apple's MacBook Air ultrathin laptops, but these are underpowered little lovelies …
Chris Mellor, 06 Mar 2013
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Mighty 4 Terabyte whopper crashes down on the desktop

WD has released a 4TB desktop drive, an extension of its Caviar desktop range, now branded the WD Black. As with previous versions, it comes in a 3.5-inch form factor, rotates five platters at 7,200rpm, has a 64MB cache and a 6Gbit/s SATA interface. It carries over technologies like the dual-stage actuator head from the previous …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2012
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Acer reveals 'floating' screen to save desktop, self

Taiwanese hardware giant Acer has made a bold bid to claw back some of the market share it’s been hemorraghing over the past few months, taking the wraps off the Aspire R7 – a tablet/notebook/desktop hybrid device complete with “floating” touchscreen. The R7’s main talking point is what Acer has dubbed the “Ezel hinge”, which …
Phil Muncaster, 06 May 2013