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Taking the 'auto' out of auto-play media Soon, Google's Chrome browser will only play media when a tab is in the foreground, even if it is set to play automatically.…

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Ad giant accused of rigging results to squeeze out rivals Google has confirmed to The Register it is being probed in India over allegations that it unfairly promotes its own services over rivals in web search results.…

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What's the noise from SF? VMworld 2015  There's been a whirlwind of supplier announcements in the run-up to VMworld, which takes place between August 29 and September 3 in San Francisco.…

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EVO SDDC takes Virtzilla's best bits to build hybrid clouds VMworld 2015  For the last couple of years, VMware has been talking up the software-defined data center and saying it can deliver it with vSphere and flagship products like VSAN, NSX, and vRealize.…

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Well, it's a start, at least Analysis  Seagate R&D bigwig Jan-Ulrich Thiele says the first Seagate prototype drives built with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) will arrive in late 2016 and have just 4TB capacity.…

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VMware's vCloud Air Object Storage with either Google or EMC ViPR VMware is launching a cloud object storage service based on either the public Google cloud, or EMC ViPR for a private cloud alternative.…

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All abord the private cloud train Has the OpenStack loco got enough of a head of steam to leave the station? No one knows yet, but here is more evidence of suppliers rushing to support it: SolidFire's all-flash arrays can be integrated into Platform9's Managed OpenStack OSaaS – OpenStack-as-a-Service – offering.…

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Clears self of bias on basis someone else read and sent contentious messages The judge presiding over an Australian Royal Commission into corruption in the union movement has admitted he is incapable of sending email and does not own a computer.…

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Containers, Docker support are big new features, but the current preview is rough First Look  Microsoft has released Technical Preview 3 of Windows Server 2016, including the first public release of Windows Server Containers, perhaps the most interesting new feature.…

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China sleeps no more ... and she could get tetchy Analysis  China has been threatening to up-end the phone business for a while, without coming up with a convincing end product. Finally, though, it has, and I expect to see a rapid shakeout of top tier handset manufacturers, already reeling from years of losses.…

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Cheaters, tweakers, hackers and crackers torn up by nasty Cydia bundle. The largest Apple credential raid in history has seen nearly a quarter of a million accounts compromised by malware targeting app pirates.…

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Benchmarks today, real hardware tomorrow? It's a kitten rather than a roar right now, but if the MIAOW project unveiled at last week's Hot Chips conference can get legs, the next year could see the launch of the world's first “open GPU”.…

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Hipsters to take on steampunks US brass-hats have decided when the F-35 “Joint Strike Fighter” will finally be ready to take on the ancient A10 “Warthog”: in another three years, give or take a little.…

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WinCC HMI control platform used in Natanz, Large Hadron Collider. Ilya Karpov of Russian security outfit Positive Technologies has reported nine vulnerabilities in Siemens industrial control system kit used in critical operations from petrochemical labs and power plants up to the Large Hadron Collider.…

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Workstation security tips for system administrators. Linux Foundation project director Konstantin Ryabitsev has publicly-released the penguinistas' internal hardening requirements to help sysadmins and other paranoid tech bods and system administrators secure their workstations.…

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Your malicious payload is cool with Google, just call it something else. An armada of university researchers have devised a novel method of detecting malicious applications on Android app, and by way of demonstration have dug up 127,429 shady software offerings, including some bearing exploits for a whopping 20 zero days.…

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Quick and quiet transfers as HR bods rush to pub. Fake email supplier scams are booming and have inflicted $1.2 billion in damages to businesses globally in the past year according to the FBI.…

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Web portal access needs to be restricted Cisco's identified a bug in its Identity Services Engine: its admin portal doesn't properly authorise HTML requests, and that can let an attacker see custom pages an admin has created.…

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Just another BEELION miles to go NASA has tentatively named the next target for its New Horizons' probe.…

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VDI-focussed for now, but the street finds its own use for things VMworld 2015  NVIDIA has announced the second version of its Grid desktop virtualisation software, complete with a pair of GPUs for blade servers.…

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Redflow tweaks telco electron-buckets to take on Tesla Australian battery researcher and manufacturer Redflow is hoping to get a jump on Tesla, prepping its own entry into the residential battery market.…

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Finger trouble? Firm blames routine maintenance on downtime cockup Dropbox suffered a major outage across the globe today – the company blamed "routine internal maintenance" for the significant wobble, which appears to be ongoing.…

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We want what you've been smoking, doc Elton John's turn as the Pinball Wizard in the 1975 movie Tommy has inspired a scientist to name a newly-discovered crustacean after the British rock star.…

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We're Deep South and something rather odd took out a fibre optic cable On-Call  Welcome again to On-Call, our regular reader-contributed tale in which we reveal the odd things you've been asked to do at all hours.…

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Or summat else entirely? Worstall @ the Weekend  What with both the Corbynistas and Sandersistas on their various sides of the pond bringing back into the political mainstream the somewhat discredited ideas of state directed economies and socialism lite, perhaps it's time to have a look at one of the arguments used to bolster those ideas.…

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