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Microsoft baits new vSphere-to-Hyper-V switch offer

Microsoft is having another go at displacing vSphere. Redmond's new offer means that if you make the move and prove it to Microsoft's satisfaction, you will “Receive free Windows Server Datacenter licenses with Software Assurance and pay only the cost of Software Assurance”. On one level this is business as usual: vendors are …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2016

Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

Plugging a Kindle Paperwhite into a PC running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed sparks a full system meltdown, it is claimed. Connecting the Amazon e-reader to a fully up-to-date W10 machine via USB triggers an immediate Blue Screen of Death, according to complaints on Microsoft's support forum. All the trouble …
Chris Williams, 25 Aug 2016

Doing business with Asia? Then worry more about security

Organisations across the Asia Pacific are terrible at information security, a Mandiant report contests. While businesses in the United States will detect a hacker in their networks within four months, in line with the global average, it takes 17 months for those in the Asia Pacific region to notice their intruder. The region …
Darren Pauli, 25 Aug 2016
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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

You'd be forgiven for thinking Microsoft is actively trying to stop people using Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. A patch this week broke one of the key features of the OS: PowerShell. KB 3176934, released on Tuesday as an automatic update, addresses a good number of bugs and other oddities in the operating system, including …
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2016
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Google Fuchsia OS eyes non-Linux things

Google’s latest operating system project, Fuchsia, may be largely a mystery, but it reinforces a truth that platform vendors are having, grudgingly, to acknowledge: one operating system does not fit all. For a company which has put so much effort into making Android an OS for all purposes, Google has a remarkable number of …
Wireless Watch, 24 Aug 2016
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Microsoft drops OMI for Linux to GitHub

Microsoft has added another piece to its Open Management Infrastructure (OMI) jigsaw, publishing Unix/Linux code that implements the Distributed Management Task Force's (DMTF) models and standards. The project has been running for some years under the auspices of the DMTF here. OMI itself is already free and open source, a …
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Veeam: You know what's not a disaster? Our software mega-update

The backup and disaster recovery firm Veeam has announced an updated Availability Suit, and the Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud. It's a bundle of VAS, VAL, VAM, VAO, VAC and VCC, as you will see. VAS - Veeam Availability Suite for virtualised servers* VAL - Veeam Agent for Linux for public clouds and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Ireland's govt IT: Recession and job cuts forced us to adapt

Ireland was hit hard by the global financial crunch of 2007 and 2008. It was the first of the EU member states to slip into recession immediately following the bursting of the economic bubble. As the economy contracted, banks faced default and government debt increased, with Ireland eventually taking an €67.5bn loan from the …
SA Mathieson, 23 Aug 2016
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Facebook backup, anyone?

Acronis TrueImage 2017 has announced it can incrementally backup Facebook to protect a user's timeline and photos. This is better than native Facebook backup, according to Acronis. The product is an evolution of its full image backup technology which protects everything on a user's computer and can restore it to the same or a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Google to block web views from using its OAuth

Google's decided that web-views should no longer be able to use OAuth requests, and is deprecating them in Android, iOS, Windows and OS X as of October. What that means is that while (for example) Android's embedded browser will be able to handle OAuth requests, third party app logins won't be able to use web-views for OAuth …

Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

Well, that didn't take long: within a week of applause for Microsoft's decision to open-source PowerShell, a comment-war has broken out over curl and wget. For those not familiar with these commands: they're open source command line tools for fetching internet content without a browser. Apart from obvious applications like …

Microsoft's HoloLens secret sauce: A 28nm customized 24-core DSP engine built by TSMC

Hot Chips Microsoft today revealed a first look at the inside of its Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) chip used in its virtual reality HoloLens specs. The secretive HPU is a custom-designed TSMC-fabricated 28nm coprocessor that has 24 Tensilica DSP cores arranged in 12 clusters. It has about 65 million logic gates, 8MB of SRAM, and a …
Chris Williams, 22 Aug 2016
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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

Google is starting its rollout of Android 7, codenamed Nougat, but you're only going to get it if you're running one of the newer models of the firm's Nexus devices. From Monday, the system update will be sent out to Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and Android One users, with Google saying it'll …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2016
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Microsoft buys Genee's lamp, tips it into Office 365, smashes lamp

Microsoft has bought aspiring digital assistant start-up Genee and will roll it into Office 365. Billed by Microsoft as an “artificial-intelligence-powered scheduling service,” Genee uses natural-language queries to set up tasks. In its beta phase the service was available free of charge. The service will now, however, shut …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2016
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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

Aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious will be sold for scrap in spite of efforts to preserve her for the nation as a museum ship, according to reports. The warship – affectionately known as “Lusty” – is set to be sold to Turkey's LEYAL Ship Recycling for £2.1m, according to The Sun. Launched in 1978, Lusty was still being fitted …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Aug 2016
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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

The collaboration wars are back, only – for now – they're more like a bush battle, where the hindmost are picked off first. During the 1990s, Lotus Notes – which became IBM Notes – and Groupwise from Novell were in Microsoft’s sights. When they weren't giving customers snippets of code – known as migration wizards – to …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2016

Google killing app format used only by The 1%

Chalk up another fail for Google, which has decided it's time to do away with Chrome apps on Windows, Mac OS and Linux. Chrome what? “Chrome packaged apps”, dear reader, an effort Google launched back in 2013 and suggested could offer a great way to package apps for multiple operating systems that launched from within Chrome …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2016
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Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand

Windows crashing and producing the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is seldom pleasant, or convenient. It's also seldom as conspicuously displayed as in the image below, which The Register found on Facebook late last week. By your correspondent's reckoning, that there is a five-storey BSOD. If you can't see the pic below, click …
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Snowden files confirm Shadow Brokers spilled NSA's Equation Group spy tools over the web

Documents from the Edward Snowden archive prove that the malware and exploits dumped on the public internet on Monday originated from the NSA. Among the files leaked by whistleblower Snowden in 2013 is a draft NSA manual on how to redirect people's web browsers using a man-in-the-middle tool called SECONDDATE. This piece of …
Iain Thomson, 19 Aug 2016
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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

Microsoft says a fix is on the way for a video encoding issue in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that has left people unable to access their USB webcams and applications. Multiple peeps and developers have reported issues with their cameras or software not working following the installation of the Windows 10 Anniversary …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Aug 2016

Microsoft’s Continuum: Game changer or novelty?

Hands On Microsoft’s Continuum is one of the spookiest computing experiences you can have. Either plug a phone into a dock, or turn on a nearby wireless display and keyboard, and the phone doubles up as an ersatz Windows PC. No more lugging a laptop around. Back in January, we described Continuum reviewers as sharing the surprise and …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Aug 2016
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iPhone: Apple's Mac battle with Windows rebooted

Apple under Tim Cook has delivered six new makes of iPhone, with a further four derivations based on the overall brand. The future, according to Cook this week, looks an awful lot like Apple’s recent past – especially if you happen to live in India, which is the new China in terms of tech firms looking to tap a vast and …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Aug 2016
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Polish developer hacks Android rewards app for free beer

A cunning Polish developer has hacked an Android food and drink rewards app to grant himself unlimited free beer. Kuba Gretzky detailed his excellent exploits in a blog post on Breakdev – though, to deter copycats, he didn't name the rewards app or the precise location within Poland where it was operating. He did, however, …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Aug 2016
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Windows Phone dives into irrelevant-like-BlackBerry territory

BlackBerry and Microsoft have continued their tumble down the mobile operating system market share charts, clocking in at just 0.1 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively. Microsoft's fallen especially hard: analyst firm Gartner had it selling 8.2 million phones for 2015's second quarter, for 2.5 per cent market share. The …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2016
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Amazon now renting cloudy desktops for $0.22 an hour

Amazon Web Services' “Workspaces” desktop-as-a-service offering can now be paid for by the hour. Workspaces are a cut of Windows Server 2008 with a Windows 7 skin and are consumed with a custom client application. Until today, the service was sold by the month for a fixed price that included storage. That's now called the “ …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2016
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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

Microsoft has published PowerShell, its scripting and automation platform, as open source under the permissive MIT licence, as well as porting it to Linux and Mac, with an alpha build now available on GitHub. PowerShell is built on Microsoft's .NET platform, and one of the enabling pieces here is .NET Core, the refactored fork …
Tim Anderson, 18 Aug 2016
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Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called on Microsoft to offer a “single unified screen” on which Windows 10 users can control how Windows 10 deals with their personal information and monitors their use of the OS. The organisation has listed the long list of nasty nagware tactics Microsoft used to get people running …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2016
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Happy Anniversary: What’s new, what’s missing in Microsoft’s giant mobile update

Microsoft has begun to roll out the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 to phones. The business-friendly update gathers up hundreds of minor but useful changes, and it’s hard to single out some as more important than others. Some of the subtle design changes do make the whole thing look less amateurish, however. The 10.0.14393. …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Aug 2016

Pivot3 tries to butter up sysadmins with policy-driven protection

Ageing startup Pivot3 has added policy-driven data protection to its hyper-converged systems. The firm said the move is part of the Quality of Service (QoS) function. It has extended its QoS functions to include this data protection, plus application integration, scheduling and performance enhancements. Customers can define …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016
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Nasuni adds sync 'n' share to its cloud file gateway

Nasuni has added file sync and share to its cloud storage gateway. Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) capabilities are now included in its Nasuni File Services (NFS) offering. Users of iOS, Android, OS X and Windows fixed and mobile devices can sync and share with Nasuni's file services courtesy of apps on their devices. …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016

Web pests pour two exploit kits into one cup

Web pests have taken an unusal step and delivered two competing exploit kits for the price of one. The feat, noted by Malwarebytes lead intelligence analyst Jérôme Segura, is rare in VXer circles. Perps usually pick one exploit kit and build a campaign around it. Unlucky web users have therefore drunk from the cup of both the …
Darren Pauli, 17 Aug 2016

Say Alloy to my Intel friend: Chipzilla touts 'open' VR techno-specs

IDF16 Intel has vowed to open up its new all-in-one Project Alloy virtual reality headset, unveiled today at its Developer Forum in San Francisco. Alloy is described as "an open hardware platform," and will rival Samsung's Gear VR and similar virtual reality goggles. Alloy is powered by an Intel chipset and RealSense cameras, and, …
Chris Williams, 16 Aug 2016

Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

IDF16 First, it scrapped the classic Start Menu and gave us Tiles. Now Microsoft has confirmed it really is working on yet another radical user interface update – one that will allow you to use your desktop Windows 10 PC with virtual reality headsets. The feature, due to arrive next year, is dubbed the Windows Holographic Shell. It …
Chris Williams, 16 Aug 2016
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Oculus Rift will reach UK in September – and will cost more than two PS4s

If you don't particularly enjoy reality then you can look forward to not particularly enjoying virtual reality when the Oculus Rift headset reaches UK retailers in September. While the headset may not quite be the miserable simulacra Jean Baudrillard wrote of, its expected retail price of around £549, as well as the necessity …
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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is crashing on some PCs employing a solid-state drive. The Anniversary operating system is understood to be freezing PCs where Windows 10 is stored on the SSD, but apps and data are on a separate drive. A Microsoftie writing on answers.microsoft.com reckons the software giant is now investigating …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Aug 2016
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Microsoft bins Azure RemoteApp, says go with Citrix instead

Citrix has had a big win in the cloud: Microsoft has decided to discontinue its own application publishing service in favour of a forthcoming Citrix product called “XenApp express.” Microsoft's app publishing product is called Azure RemoteApp and is essentially a cloudified version of its RemoteApp code that exposes Windows …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2016
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Minecraft on Oculus Rift

Stay at work an extra hour today: Minecraft-maker Mojang has announced it's updated the Windows 10 Edition Beta of Minecraft so it can run on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Once your kids know this, they'll be all over you to get the headset. So if you stay in the office an extra hour – or three – you'll be spared …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2016

White hat pops Windows User Account Control with log viewer data

The User Account Control feature in Windows has been popped by researcher Matt Nelson, without even having to plant a .DLL on the target machine. In this post (warning, it's pretty dense going), Nelson finds that the Windows Event Viewer (a local/remote event log viewer) can be exploited to hijack registry processes; start …
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Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch

As of October, users of Windows 7, Windows 8, and various server products can farewell a Patch Tuesday of downloading multiple files: Microsoft is implementing the monthly patch rollup it promised in May. At the same time, however, Redmond has decided to kill off individual security patches, something that might not please …

Google AdSense abused to distribute Android spyware

A banking trojan targeting Android users is spreading through malicious ads as part of an ongoing campaign. The scenario by which the malware spreads is all too familiar to long-suffering Windows fans, but may well come as an unpleasant shock to smartphone users. Worse yet, Android users can get infected by the Svpeng Trojan …
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2016
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Microsoft: Why we had to tie Azure Stack to boxen we picked for you

Microsoft has explained the rationale behind last month’s announcement that you won’t be allowed to simply download Azure Stack and get going. In July Redmond informed fans the only way they’d be able to get Azure in their own data centres would be on hardware of its choosing. Specifically, Azure Stack will only come pre- …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Aug 2016
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Flipping heck! Virtual machines hijacked via bit-meddling Feng Shui

Security researchers at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam have found a way to subvert virtual machines using a combination of hardware and software shenanigans. The end result is the ability to flip bits in another VM's memory to weaken its encryption or mess with its operation. The attack, dubbed Flip Feng Shui, works by …
Iain Thomson, 12 Aug 2016

DIY bank account raiding trojan kit touted in dark web dive bars

Cybercrooks are touting a new DIY financial crime kit that lets you roll your own ZeuS-like software nasty. The Scylex malware kit can be used to build malicious code that, once running on a victim's Windows PC, snoops on online banking passwords, intercepts web traffic and opens a backdoor granting full control over the …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2016
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Microsoft’s stealth scripting engine arrives on Android

m Flow, Microsoft’s stealth-mode scripting engine, has arrived on Android, six weeks after seeping onto iOS. The Flow app is similar to conditional workflow tools like IF (formerly IFTTT) and Tasker, which are far more mature. Strangely, consumer Office 365 accounts aren’t supported – you need to have a “work or school” …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Aug 2016
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Azure clusters use 880 servers. Azure Stack-in-a-box will run on four

Microsoft has revealed that its forthcoming Azure Stack will be able to run on as few as four servers and will also be able to play nice with its earlier cloud-in-a-box efforts. Azure Stack is designed to distil Redmond's public cloud into on-premises hardware, a task Microsoft's group program manager for Azure Stack …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Aug 2016
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Business users force Microsoft to back off Windows 10 PC kill plan

Microsoft has backed down on its plan to hustle owners of certain PCs to Windows 10 by crimping support options. Redmond revealed the plan last January, when it decreed that PCs running 6th-generation Core i5 or Core i7 CPUs and Windows 7 would only get limited security and stability support until mid-2017. By March it backed …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Aug 2016
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Reds are infiltrating VMs, says new x86 virt Supernatural Square

Gartner's annual Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure has escaped into the wild, with a suggestion the Reds are taking over. One Red, Red Hat, has moved from the “niche players” category of the quadrant into the visionaries square, on the strength of “a strong tie between KVM adoption and OpenStack, as …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Aug 2016
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$200,000 for a serious iOS bug? Pfft, we'll give you $500,000, says exploit broker Exodus

Last week Apple made its belated entrance into the bug bounty market, announcing a top award of $200,000 for major flaws in iOS, but Cook & Co have been comprehensively outbid. On Tuesday, exploit trading firm Exodus Intelligence said it is willing to pay $500,000 for a major flaw in iOS 9.3 and above – and the exploit to use …
Iain Thomson, 11 Aug 2016
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Linux security backfires: Flaw lets hackers inject malware into downloads, disrupt Tor users, etc

Analysis A flaw in the Linux kernel lets hackers inject malware into downloads and webpages, smash Tor connections, launch denial-of-service attacks, and more. This is a troubling security headache because Linux is used widely across the internet, from web servers to Android smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. The TCP/IP networking …
Iain Thomson, 10 Aug 2016
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Tableau 10 is generally available, complete with visual tweaks

Tableau 10 is now generally available, upping the data visualisation business' wares to please existing customers and bring in some new ones. Fresh off the bat from reporting its overly successful Q2 results earlier this month, Tableau has released version 10 of its data visualisation product. Tableau 10 is arriving with some …