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BlueStacks will let you run Android apps on Windows

Ever wanted to run an Android app in Windows? Not Windows Phone, but on your Windows desktop? Well, later this year you'll be able to do just that, thanks to BlueStacks. Here's the interesting bit: thanks to BlueStacks' virtualization magic, you'll be able to run Android apps alongside Windows apps and switch between them just as you would between different Windows apps. Furthermore,...

VMware adds Mozy to its cloud and virtualization empire

Mozy is one of the most popular cloud backup services around, with more than one million users storing around 70 petabytes of data. Its popularity apparently put it on the acquisition radar of VMware -- which has now made Mozy part of its virtualization empire. VMware's official blog post makes it clear that the company wasn't so much interested in Mozy as a consumer offering. Rather, it's...

Amazon Appstore for Android Test Drive hands on: surprisingly cool, but still US-only

When Amazon Appstore for Android launched last week, one of its primary features -- Test Drive -- was disabled just a few minutes after it opened. With no try-before-you-buy, no refund process, and 1-Click purchasing ready to strike at any moment, this caused some problems. Anyway, don't despair: Test Drive is now enabled. Before you get your hopes up, Test Drive doesn't work with every app....

VMware View app for iPad lets you access virtual machines on the go

System administrators and virtual machine aficionados rejoice: VMware has released its VMware View Client, a new app which brings a seamless virtual machine experience to your iPad. View Client utilizes VMware's integrated VNC support, allowing users to manage and use their VMs via a slick, touch-optimized interface -- complete with virtual keyboard. Support for a few handy iPad peripherals...

Alien Dalvik to enable Android apps on any smartphone?

There's already been talk of RIM using the Dalvik VM which powers Android in its upcoming OSes -- and as a result you may be able to run Android apps on your BlackBerry PlayBook. Now the Myriad Group has demonstrated their virtual machine wizardry with Alien Dalvik (built on its Dalvik Turbo remix) -- by making it run unmodified Android apps on a Nokia N900 under MeeGo. Myriad -- the group...

VirtualBox 4 available for download, adds extension support, disk resizing

VirtualBox 4 has finally exited beta, and it comes bearing tons of updates, improvements, and new features. Among them are truly welcome additions like the ability to re-size both VHD and VDI virtual hard disks, a smoother and more thorough VM deletion process, and support for more than 2GB of memory on 32-bit hosts. There's also an updated set of virtual hardware including the Intel ICH9 chipset...

Get Returnil System Safe Pro for free

Windows Steady State is a great app -- but it's not going to be sticking around much longer and it doesn't work with 64-bit Windows. Returnil System Safe is a nice alternative which does support Windows x64, and while it's normally $40, you can score a one-year license free of charge right now. Returnil offers virtualization-based protection of your system, as well as built-in malware...

Six infographics that illustrate the growth and power of cloud computing

Judging by these six infographics (shown after the break), we really ought to start covering more cloud computing news here on Download Squad. The IT world is converting -- at a break-neck pace -- to virtualized infrastructure. Given that cloud solutions are cheaper, faster and more secure than their desktop counterparts, it's not really a surprise. Three of the Internet's largest hitters are...

VirtualBox 3.2 beta adds official support for OS X VMs -- sorta

Two major changes have appeared in the newly-released VirtualBox 3.2 beta 1. First, it's now branded as Oracle VM VirtualBox. Second, there's a new guest OS option listed: Mac OS X. Don't get too excited just yet, though. While the operating system is listed as a guest OS type in VirtualBox on all platforms, it's only working on Mac hardware. Still, for Mac users who have been waiting to be...

Qubes uses virtualization, sandboxing to deliver a more secure desktop OS

It's probably a safe assumption that if a project to design a new operating system involved an experienced security researcher that the goal would be an OS which is darn near bulletproof. That's exactly what Joanna Rutkowska is gunning for with Qubes, which she's pegged for release later this year. Qubes is a bit different from the desktop OSes most of us are familiar with, though it looks...

Microsoft opens Windows 7 XP mode to systems without hardware virtualization

One gripe against XP Mode for Windows 7 is that it required hardware-assisted virtualization support. In many cases, it was difficult to tell whether or not a system's hardware was up to snuff -- so Microsoft offered up a free download to help administrators and find out (called HAV detection tool). Now, however, the Windows Team has announced that hardware virtualization is no longer an...

60% of virtual servers are less secure than their physical counterparts

It's all the rage at the moment: drop your cumbersome, expensive and high-maintenance physical servers and get some virtual servers! Basically, instead of managing an entire physical server -- hard disk, processors, power, etc. -- you can now buy a share of a large server. They're called VPS or VDS -- virtual private/dedicated servers -- and it turns out the majority of these new servers are not...

Yahoo! drops Zimbra, VMware picks it up

Virtualization software maker VMWare has acquired Zimbra, a company that essentially provides a web-based alternative to Outlook. Yahoo! purchased Zimbra a few years back and used the startup's technology to tweak Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Calendar. But Zimbra has always been a bit more enterprise-based than Yahoo!, so it wasn't exactly a perfect fit. VMWare gets all of Zimbra's intellectual...

Getting Started with Wine on Mac OS X

Whilst there's a couple of excellent, paid-for, virtualization options around for OS X (Parallels and VMware), they can be a little heavy-handed if you only need to run one or two applications. Not to mention the price of a virtualization application as well as the necessary Windows licence can make it an expensive purchase! Of course, there's Boot Camp, but that also requires a Windows license....

Iomega v.Clone creates portable VMware machines from physical systems

Some sites are referring to Iomega's v.Clone as a backup utility, but that's not a very accurate description of what it does. Sure, it could come in handy if your system fails, but traditional methods are probably more useful to the average PC user. What makes v.Clone interesting is the fact that it creates a VMware virtual machine from your system and then wraps it in a portable version of...