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  • Soon you’ll be able to watch teams play Overwatch for $300,000 on TBS

    07/23/2016 2:00:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    TBS announced that it will air the Overwatch Open Grand Finals. In a press release, ELeague, a new esports organization established in partnership between Turner, WME | IMG, and Faceit, will host a new $300,000 Overwatch tournament. Most of the tournament will take place on Twitch, while TBS will broadcast the finals alongside the Internet stream. The online phase of the tournament will begin on July 23 and is limited to North America and Europe. The online rounds will lead to the playoffs, which will run during the weekend of August 26. The top eight teams from each region will...
  • New software to help you ‘time travel’

    07/22/2016 7:22:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Scientists have developed a new system that can let you imagine how you would look with a different hairstyle and colour, or in another time period, age or country. After uploading an input photo, you type in a search term — such as “curly hair,” “India” or “1930s,” researchers said. The software’s algorithms search Internet photo collections for similar images in that category and seamlessly map the person’s face onto the results, they said. The system called Dreambit developed by researchers from University of Washington in the U.S. lets a person imagine how they would look with a different hairstyle...
  • Police Create 3D Print of Murdered Man’s Fingers to Hack His iPhone

    07/22/2016 6:51:45 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    News.SoftPedia.com ^ | July 22, 2016 -- 08:07 GMT | By Bogdan Popa
    Authorities might find a way to access a dead man’s phone If you believe that securing your phone with a fingerprint makes it impossible to hack, think again. Michigan police have recently asked the Michigan State University to produce a 3D replica of a dead man’s fingers in order to access his iPhone and collect data that is believed to contain evidence linked to an ongoing murder case.Professor Anil Jain has been tasked with creating the 3D molds, and according to a report by Fusion, the project is advancing well so far, although in-lab testing is still being performed, and it’s...
  • iOS, Mac vulnerabilities allow remote code execution through a single image

    07/22/2016 6:13:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    ZDNet ^ | July 22, 2016 -- 09:59 GMT (02:59 PDT) | By Charlie Osborne
    Researchers have discovered that image files can bury malware, allowing malicious code access without detection. Security flaws which affect both Apple iOS and Mac devices permit attackers to grab your passwords and data, researchers claim. According to researchers from Cisco's Talos, a set of five vulnerabilities, if exploited, could lead to data theft and remote code execution -- which in its worst state may result in device hijacking. The set of bugs, CVE-2016-4631, CVE-2016-4629, CVE-2016-4630, CVE-2016-1850, and CVE-2016-4637, are all caused by how Apple processes image formats. Apple offers APIs as interfaces for accessing image data, and according to Talos,...
  • People really like their Apple Watch and there is a lot of interest in watchOS 3

    07/22/2016 1:01:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Jul 22, 2016 7:48 AM PT | By Jonny Evans
    On the day Apple confirms plans to release 14 special edition Olympic Games Apple Watch straps, the latest Wristly survey confirms an astonishing 94 percent of existing Apple Watch customers are still satisfied with their devices. New software promise That’s a big deal, even though Apple Watch sales have reportedly slowed pending the fall software update. Apple isn’t the only watchmaker feeling the flatness, Swiss watch industry exports fell faster than ever before in 1H 2016, and all eyes now are on Apple this fall when new software and potentially new watch designs may be in the frame. “With the...
  • Fun with the Windows Subsystem for Linux

    07/22/2016 12:13:55 PM PDT · by Scutter · 30 replies
    Windows Blog ^ | 7/22/2016 | Pete Brown
    At Build 2016, Microsoft introduced to the world the Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta) [WSL], which enables developers to run native Ubuntu user-mode console binaries through the Bash shell in Windows 10. If you’re in the Windows Insider program, you’ve had the opportunity to try out this feature using the latest Windows Anniversary Update Insider Builds.
  • Anybody else getting strange YouTube search results for Trump speech (are they trying to bury it)?

    07/22/2016 6:59:08 AM PDT · by quesney · 22 replies
    Anyone else getting strange search results for the Trump speech on YouTube? Having to dig just to find it - under Cruz speech (?!), under Ivanka, that Late Show comedian rendition, and other miscellaneous stuff and older speeches. Are they trying to bury it? https://www.youtube.com/results?q=trump+rnc https://www.youtube.com/results?q=trump+speech
  • IL Trump delegate removed from RNC after racist Facebook post

    07/21/2016 3:12:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    abc7chicago ^ | 07/21/2016
    The chairman of the Illinois Republican Party said credentials for one of Donald Trump's delegates have been pulled after she made a racist comment online. Reports say Lori Gayne admits she was the author of a Facebook post made under a different name at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Gayne posted a photo of law enforcement officials in Cleveland. The description said, "Our brave snipers just waiting for some n***** to try something. Love them."
  • IDC: Smartwatch shipments fall for the first time; Apple only company in top 5 to decline

    07/21/2016 10:53:26 AM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 29 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | July 21, 2016 | EMIL PROTALINSKI
    he smartwatch market has hit its first bump, and it’s all Apple’s fault. Vendors shipped a total of 3.5 million smartwatches worldwide last quarter. This Q2 2016 figure is down 32 percent from the 5.1 million units shipped in Q2 2016, marking the first decline on record. .... As you can see above, Apple’s market share decreased 25 percentage points (from 72 percent to 47 percent) and it shipped less than half the smartwatches (1.6 million). But the company still holds almost half the market, with every other vendor shipping fewer than a million units.
  • Saudi Cleric extends edict to ban 'Pokemon Go'

    07/21/2016 7:48:45 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 12 replies
    upi ^ | July 20, 2016 | Daniel Uria
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, - A cleric in Saudi Arabia has extended a 15-year-old edict banning Pokemon to include the new smartphone game Pokemon Go. The law known as fatwa no. 21,758 which established a ban on Pokemon in 2001 was reaffirmed by the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars, according to USA Today. Advertisement Although Pokemon Go has not been officially released in the region, Sheikh Saleh Al-Fozan said the Augmented Reality smartphone game is the same as the other games in the franchise. According to the Times of Israel the law states that the Pokemon games...
  • Dell SonicWall GMS comes with hidden backdoor

    07/20/2016 10:25:23 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 21 2016 11:21AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Researchers have discovered a range of vulnerabilities in Dell's SonicWall Global Management System (GMS) console, including a hidden default account with an easily guessable password. US security vendor Digital Defense said the hidden account can be accessed through a command line interface client that can be downloaded from the console of the GMS web application. Non-administrative users can be added with the command line interface; however, they can log into the web interface and change the password for the admin user. By logging in with the admin user account, attackers using this method can get full contol of the GMS,...
  • France: Windows 10 collects 'excessive personal data'

    07/20/2016 3:48:24 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 26 replies
    betanews ^ | July 20, 2016 | Mark Wilson
    France: Windows 10 collects 'excessive personal data', issues Microsoft with formal warning After accusations that Windows 10 collects too much data about users, France's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has order Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act within three months. The company has been ordered to "stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent". In addition to this, the chair of CNIL has notified Microsoft that it needs to take "satisfactory measures to ensure the security and confidentiality of user data". The notice comes after numerous complaints about Windows 10, and a series...
  • If I donate to Trump, will my name go up on the Jumbotron at the RNC?

    07/20/2016 12:16:46 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    trump2016.com | 7/20/16 | sff
    E-mail: Xxx, Are you with me? As I took to the convention stage to introduce my beautiful wife, I looked up to the jumbotron and was proud to see names of my tremendous supporters on screen. I hope to see your name when I go on stage Thursday night. Donald Trump
  • Pro extreme skier dies in Chilean avalanche while filming video game promos

    07/20/2016 9:54:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07/20/2016
    Matilda Rapaport, a Swedish extreme free skier, has died after she was caught in an avalanche while filming promotional material for an upcoming video game last week in Chile. She was 30. Rapaport was engulfed by the avalanche Thursday after a winter storm in the resort village of Farrellones, about 45 miles northeast of Santiago in central Chile. According to a statement released Monday by Red Bull, one of her sponsors, she succumbed to her injuries a few days later “despite intensive medical care and treatment over the subsequent days.” She had been married to her longtime boyfriend, alpine World...
  • A Google Maps Glitch Turned this Korean Fishing Town Into a 'Pokémon Go' Haven

    07/19/2016 6:23:19 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 5 replies
    Motherboard ^ | July 19, 2016 // 11:29 AM EST | Madison Margolin
    A glitch in Google Maps has turned the small fishing town of Sokcho, South Korea, into a Pokémon Go tourist haven. The globally popular mobile game hasn't launched yet in South Korea, but that hasn't stopped clever gamers from finding a way to play it anyways. The city of Sokcho is taking full advantage of it, according to this video by the Wall Street Journal.
  • Windows 10 warns Chrome and Firefox users about battery drain, recommends switching to Edge

    07/19/2016 6:15:18 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 36 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | July 19, 2016 10:25 AM | Protalinski
    Microsoft has turned on a new set of Windows Tips that warn Windows 10 users that Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is draining their laptop’s battery. The solution, according to the notification, is to use Microsoft Edge. We reached out to Microsoft for clarification. “Microsoft Edge was designed exclusively for Windows 10 with features and functionality that enhance the browsing experience such as Cortana, easy sharing, reading, and researching,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat. “These Windows Tips notifications were created to provide people with quick, easy information that can help them enhance their Windows 10 experience, including information that can...
  • 'Thousands' of products vulnerable to code hooking abuse

    07/19/2016 5:53:01 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 3 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 20 2016 6:29AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Bad implementation of the low-level code hooking technique by Microsoft and third-party security vendors has left millions of users open to attacks that bypass mitigation measures - some for up to a decade, researchers have found. Hooking is used by different kinds of software to monitor as well as to intercept and change the behaviour of operating system functions, and if needed, to inject code. Security software uses code hooking extensively to check for malicious activity on systems. EnSilo researchers Tomer Bitton and Udi Yavo said they looked at the hooking engines and injection techniques used by more than 15...
  • Army SOF to Trade in Its Androids for iPhones

    07/19/2016 11:01:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | JULY 15, 2016 | BY: MATTHEW COX
    Army Special Operations Command is dumping the Android tactical smartphone for an iPhone for better situational awareness. Photo: Vesper Case UK. U.S. Army Special Operations Command is dumping its Android tactical smartphone for an iPhone model. The iPhone 6S will become the end-user device for the iPhone Tactical Assault Kit – special-operations-forces version Army’s Nett Warrior battlefield situational awareness tool, according to an Army source, who is not authorized to speak to the media. The iTAC will replace the Android Tactical Assault Kit. The iPhone is “faster; smoother. Android freezes up” and has to be restarted too often, the source...
  • Fallout 4 Update Patch 1.6 Notes Revealed For PS4 And Xbox One

    07/19/2016 7:41:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    attackofthefanboy.com ^ | on July 19, 2016 | Damian Seeto
    Bethesda has released update patch 1.6 for Fallout 4 today on the Xbox One and PS4 platforms of the game. Aside from the usual fixes, this new update patch includes new names for Codsworth to say. The patch also gives support for the upcoming Workshop mode DLC. Full patch notes can be seen below [at the link]. ... The aforementioned workshop DLC comes to Fallout 4 on July 26th. After that, the Nuka-World DLC will be released this August on all platforms.
  • Meet the New Unofficial Trump-Pence Logo Developed by HotHunt & Tweaked by Malsua

    07/18/2016 6:59:18 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 89 replies
    Self | July 18, 2016 | PJ-Comix
    Okay, I propose that the Trump-Pence logo below be designated the unofficial logo of the campaign. It was originally designed by Freeper HotHunt and tweaked by Freeper Malsua into the final design you see. The original 16 was ditched since we already know what year it is. Also the letters T & P were enlarged and since P belongs to both Trump and Pence, it is divided diagonally by color. Also the "Make America Great Again" was tweaked so it matches in width the names above. I like this logo because of its simplicity and the fact it could also...
  • Apple releases OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 / Apple iOS 9.3.3 / Apple watchOS 2.2.2

    07/18/2016 6:32:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | July 18, 2016
    Apple today released OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 which improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users. This update: Resolves an issue that may prevent settings from being saved in accounts with parental controls enabled. Resolves an issue that prevented some network devices, such as speakers and multifunction printers, from accessing SMB share points. Enterprise content: Improves startup time when connecting to a NetBoot server. Resolves an issue that may prevent startup from a NetBoot image created with an OS X v10.11.4 or OS X v10.11.5 installer. Resolves an issue that may cause...
  • Fifteen-year-old server-side bug opens up websites

    07/18/2016 5:37:21 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 19 2016 6:08AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    A remotely exploitable vulnerability in web application code, first discovered 15 years ago, has returned to haunt server admins who are being urged to take action immediately to avoid being hit. Researchers from New Zealand point of sale software company Vend, Dominic Scheirlink, Richard Rowe, Morgan Pyne and Scott Geary, worked with Red Hat product security staffer Kurt Seifried to document the flaw, which they have nicknamed Httpoxy. On vulnerable applications, the Httpoxy flaw is easily exploitable, the researchers said. Attackers can proxy outgoing HTTP requests and direct the server to open outwards connections to arbitrary IP addresses and transport...
  • Ubuntu user forums hack leaks millions of user details

    07/18/2016 6:41:00 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 5 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 18 2016 6:27AM | Juha Saarinen
    Canonical, the parent company of popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, has disclosed that its user web forums have suffered a major data breach. Over the weekend, Canonical said that it had come across claims that a third party had a copy of the Ubuntu Forums database. The company was able to verify that a breach had taken place, with a database containing details of two million Ubuntu Forums users being leaked. No "active passwords" were copied over, although the attacker downloaded the random, hashed and salted strings generated by Ubuntu Single Sign On that is used for Forum logins. Canonical shut...
  • Clinton tries to capture the ‘Pokémon Go’ vote

    07/17/2016 8:16:44 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    yahoo news ^ | July 16, 2016 | Liz Goodwin
    Hillary Clinton joked on Thursday that she wanted people to develop a game called “Pokémon Go to the Polls.” Some of her young volunteers turned her questionable pun into reality this weekend, using the viral app to register new voters in Lakewood, a suburb of Cleveland.
  • Officials: Man shoots at 'Pokemon Go' players outside house

    07/17/2016 4:54:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2016 10:04 PM EDT
    Authorities say a Florida man fired shots at two late-night “Pokémon Gō” players in a car outside his house but no one was injured. Flagler County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Troiano says in a news release that the homeowner awoke to a noise outside about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and saw a car sitting in the road in front of his house. He told authorities he got a handgun and approached the vehicle. …
  • ARRRRGH! Lost Windows Password! Need help!

    07/17/2016 1:45:48 PM PDT · by raybbr · 37 replies
    7/17/16 | raybbr
    Okay, All kidding aside. I bought a Dell laptop for my son last week. It's W10. He needs it for high school. I set it up and then put it aside for a week till I could get at it. I forgot the admin password. I didn't use my MS account because I wanted it not to have my log in stuff when he opens it at school. Now I cannot remember the password. I left a hint but I still can't remember it. I have a W10 .iso disk. Does anyone know if I can use that to reset...
  • PlayStation Vue Review: two months with Sony’s TV service (internet tv)

    07/17/2016 9:15:38 AM PDT · by bigtoona · 8 replies
    Slash Gear ^ | 7/4/16 | Brittany A. Roston
    In mid-March, Sony rolled out its previously limited PlayStation Vue service across the nation, bringing three channel packages to anyone with a PS3 or PS4, Amazon Fire TV/Fire Stick, or iPhone/iPad (and, as of June 29, Android). I'd been using Sling TV before this, but I was never too pleased with the service and so when the opportunity came to switch, I did. I've been using PlayStation Vue for the last two or so months and feel confident saying that, for the most part, it's pretty great. PlayStation Vue, assuming you have a decent Internet connection and no prior knowledge...
  • Classified information in the digital age (vanity)

    07/16/2016 6:49:43 PM PDT · by scrabblehack · 14 replies
    Self ^ | Today | Self
    I pointed out in an earlier thread that back in the day, the provider of the information (an employee) bore the responsibility of verifying the clearance of the recipient (also an employee) AND the need to know. But those were the days before e-mail was widely available. Surely marking an e-mail with a (C) should not be considered adequate security! Shouldn't every classified e-mail be encrypted, with the decryption key pegged to the employee's security clearance? I will agree that such a policy would not have prevented Hillary's misdeeds, or Comey's whitewash of them. But then she couldn't have claimed...
  • Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

    07/15/2016 8:13:13 PM PDT · by dayglored · 77 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 15, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    All that nagware hasn't worked When Windows 10 launched, Microsoft claimed it would have the new operating system on a billion devices by mid-2018. That isn't going to happen, however, Redmond has now admitted. For the past year, Microsoft has offered the new OS as a free upgrade for both desktop and mobile users (provided the phone can handle it in the latter case), and has been pushing it for Internet of Things makers. However, so far the OS is only on 350 million monthly active devices, and Redmond says it needs more time to hit ten figures. "We're pleased...
  • Ubuntu Linux forums hacked!

    07/15/2016 6:57:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 24 replies
    BetaNews ^ | Published 10 hours ago (that's what it says!) | Brian Fagioli
    There is a common misconception that all things Linux are bulletproof. The fact is, no software is infallible. When news of a Linux vulnerability hits, some Windows and Mac fans like to taunt users of the open source kernel. Sure, it might be in good fun, but it can negatively impact the Linux community's reputation -- a blemish, if you will. Today, Canonical announces that the Ubuntu forums have been hacked. Keep in mind, this does not mean that the operating system has experienced a vulnerability or weakness. The only thing affected are the online forums that people use to...
  • Biased news feeds on my iPhone search screen.

    07/15/2016 1:27:44 PM PDT · by VinceASA · 37 replies
    Myself | 07/15/2016 | Myself
    I've been frustrated by biased news feeds that show up unsolicited on my iPhone when I access my search bar or sometimes when I wake the device up. I just looked and saw this: Does anyone know how to shut this off? What really ticks me off is that Apple is pushing this stuff out.
  • Two men fall from cliff while playing 'Pokemon Go'

    07/15/2016 11:07:12 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 46 replies
    upi ^ | July 15, 2016 | Ben Hooper
    ENCINITAS, Calif.,- Two men who fell from a seaside cliff north of San Diego told authorities they became distracted while playing augmented reality game Pokemon Go. Encinitas fire Battalion Chief Robbie Ford said one of the men fell about 50 feet down the bluff in Encinitas while the other man fell about 80 to 90 feet to the beach below. Ford said the man who fell to the beach told San Diego County sheriff's deputies he and the other man had been playing smartphone game Pokemon Go, which sends players to real-world locations to capture digital monsters. The man who...
  • New ‘Ranscam’ Ransomware Lowers The Bar But Raises The Stakes

    07/14/2016 9:41:43 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    DarkReading ^ | 7/11/2016 05:15 PM | Kelly Jackson Higgins
    ... Ransomware variants are multiplying like rabbits: while some are more sophisticated and tougher to combat, others are more about scamming than kidnapping. Take the new Ranscam malware discovered by Cisco’s Talos team, a low-tech but highly destructive attack that demands ransom from its victims but never returns them their files because it actually deleted them. Ranscam isn’t the first ransomware variant to destroy files rather than return them after victims pay up—there’s AnonPop and JIGSAW, for example—but it’s a glaring example of how the ransomware scam itself is so lucrative and easy to pull off that less sophisticated attackers...
  • Maxthon Browser Sends Sensitive Data to China (!)

    07/14/2016 9:33:55 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    SecurityWeek ^ | July 14, 2016 | Eduard Kovacs
    ... Developed by China-based Maxthon International, the browser is available for all major platforms in more than 50 languages. In 2013, after the NSA surveillance scandal broke, the company boasted about its focus on privacy and security, and the use of strong encryption. Researchers at Fidelis Cybersecurity and Poland-based Exatel recently found that Maxthon regularly sends a file named ueipdata.zip to a server in Beijing, China, via HTTP. Further analysis revealed that ueipdata.zip contains an encrypted file named dat.txt. This file stores information on the operating system, CPU, ad blocker status, homepage URL, websites visited by the user (including online...
  • Dangerous malware discovered in EU energy company

    07/14/2016 9:22:11 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 21 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | ul 15 2016 10:05AM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    A new piece of sophisticated malware has been discovered on the networks of an unnamed European energy company with what researchers believe is the potential to shut down an energy grid. Endpoint protection firm Sentinel One Labs discovered the malware and dubbed it SFG, revealing it not only collects information on the infected system but opens a backdoor through which a destructive payload could be launched. It affects all versions of Windows and has been produced to overcome next-generation firewalls and anti-virus software. The malware also shuts down when put into a sandboxed environment or a virtual machine to escape...
  • Supreme Court to hear Samsung’s appeal over Apple design patent case on Oct. 11

    07/14/2016 5:26:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | July 13, 2016 | By Chance Miller
    Back in March, the Supreme Court stated that it would hear Samsung’s appeal in the company’s never-ending design patent battle with Apple. While Apple had urged the Supreme Court not to hear the case, saying that Samsung “had its day in court,” it was revealed on the court’s website today that the case will be heard on October 11th. The Supreme Court had initially announced its decision to hear the case in March, but a date was unknown until tonight. The hearing will center around two patents that Apple has claimed Samsung infringed upon. The long-winded battle seemingly came to an...
  • 'Please stop playing Pokemon at Germany's Holocaust sites'

    07/14/2016 11:43:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Jul 2016 17:16 GMT+02:00 | Emma Anderson
    German Holocaust memorials and research centers are concerned about how players are able to catch Pokemon right at sites meant to honor those murdered by the Nazis. Pokemon Go has only been available in Germany as of sometime before noon on Wednesday and already it’s causing controversy. The Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe told The Local that the Holocaust memorial in Berlin has been reported as a site where people could find and catch Pokemon creatures through the augmented reality game. “This is a memorial space for the six million Jews who were murdered and it is...
  • Vulnerability Exploitable via Printer Protocols Affects All Windows Versions

    07/13/2016 9:34:12 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    Softpedia ^ | Jul 12, 2016 21:05 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    Microsoft has patched today a critical security vulnerability in the Print Spooler service that allows attackers to take over devices via a simple mechanism. The vulnerability affects all Windows versions ever released. Security firm Vectra discovered the vulnerability (CVE-2016-3238), which Microsoft fixed in MS16-087. At its core, the issue resides in how Windows handles printer driver installations and how end users connect to printers. Exploit executes payload under SYSTEM user By default, in corporate networks, network admins allow printers to deliver the necessary drivers to workstations connected to the network. These drivers are silently installed without any user interaction and...
  • Microsoft Azure Stack won't run on your existing hardware

    07/13/2016 8:43:41 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 13 2016 4:08PM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft has revealed its forthcoming Azure Stack won't run on the hardware of customers' choosing, an about-face on its earlier position that the hybrid cloud product would be vendor-agnostic. The company's senior director of cloud platform marketing Mark Jewett today said Azure Stack would only be initially available with hardware from Microsoft partners Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Dell and Lenovo. Jewett said Microsoft would "prioritise" Azure Stack delivery via "turnkey integrated systems" in the initial general availability release. "We’ve been working with systems vendors on integrated systems for a while now and see this as the best approach to bring Azure innovation...
  • Confirmed: Only Microsoft Edge will play Netflix content at 1080p on your PC

    07/13/2016 8:42:51 PM PDT · by dayglored · 20 replies
    PC World ^ | Jul 13, 2016 | Mark Hachman
    Microsoft's bold claims about Edge turn out to be true. If you want to watch true 1080p content on Netflix over your PC, you need to use Microsoft’s Edge browser. On Wednesday, Microsoft claimed that its Edge browser was the only one of the big four browsers—which also includes Chrome, Firefox, and Opera—to offer 1080p resolution while playing Netflix content. A quick test of all four browsers by PCWorld proved this claim to be true, with the other three browsers capped at 720p. Why this matters: Microsoft’s been busy trying to rehabilitate the reputation of Edge, which suffered after the...
  • Pokemon Go players unwelcome at Arlington, Holocaust museum

    07/13/2016 7:56:17 PM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/13/2016 | Sara Ashley O'Brien
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery, both in Washington, DC area, have both issued appeals for players to avoid hunting Pokemon on their sites. "Playing Pokemon Go in a memorial dedicated to the victims of Nazism is extremely inappropriate," said Andy Hollinger, director of communications at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., in a statement sent to CNNMoney. "We are attempting to have the Museum removed from the game," the statement said. Arlington, the burial ground for the nation's war dead, tweeted out a somber request: "We do not consider playing 'Pokemon Go'...
  • facebook refuses to pull down donald trump sucks page

    07/13/2016 8:36:08 AM PDT · by SteveH · 16 replies
    facebook ^ | 7/13/2016 | facebook
    Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the Page you reported for harassment and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards. Please let us know if you see anything else that concerns you. If you want us to look at something specific on a Page, be sure to report the content (ex: photo), not the entire Page. We want to keep Facebook safe and welcoming for everyone.
  • Windows Server-as-a-service: Microsoft lays out Server 2016's future (incl. Enforced Updates)

    07/13/2016 8:34:57 AM PDT · by dayglored · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 12, 2016 | Tim Anderson
    Want to use Nano Server? Software Assurance is non-optional Microsoft has released details of how Windows Server 2016 will be released and maintained, and as with Windows 10 it includes a "Windows as a service" model of frequent operating system updates. Windows Server 2016 will be launched at the company's Ignite conference, which runs from September 26 to 30 in Atlanta, Georgia. As with the current release, there will be three editions: Datacenter, Standard and Essentials. Several things are new, though. One is that Windows Server 2016 will be priced and licensed per core, rather than per physical processor. Another...
  • Fallout 4: Vault-Tec Workshop DLC Release Date Announced

    07/13/2016 7:36:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    in.ign.com ^ | 07/11/2016 | Alex Osborn
    Fallout 4: Vault-Tec Workshop will launch on July 26 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Bethesda announced the release date for the upcoming add-on in a post on its official site. Additionally, the studio said it will be sending out closed beta keys to select fans later this week. The Vault-Tech Workshop DLC allows players to build their own vault that can be decked out with various furniture, which will attract new inhabitants who can be trained and used to fight off any danger that may pose a threat to your vault.
  • Microsoft blacklists Secure Boot-disabling policies in Windows

    07/12/2016 8:08:46 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 13 2016 9:00AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft's July round of patches fixes a vulnerability that could be used to bypass the Secure Boot protection feature if an attacker simply adds a policy to the target Windows systems. Microsoft mandates Secure Boot on newer PCs designed to run Windows. The feature is implemented in the unified extensible firmware interface (UEFI) code that checks the Windows boot loader before it starts up the operating system, to ensure it is digitally signed by Microsoft. Secure Boot can, however, be bypassed completely by applying a Windows group policy, providing attackers with full access to systems thought to be locked down....
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (It's Patch Tuesday / Windows Update)

    07/12/2016 7:47:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    Microsoft Security TechCenter ^ | Jul 12, 2016 | Microsoft Tech Team
    Microsoft security bulletins are released on the second Tuesday of each month.
  • Apple Faces Patent Lawsuit Over iPhone's Battery Technologies

    07/12/2016 6:50:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    MacRumors ^ | July 12, 2016 | by Joe Rossignol
    Apple Faces Patent Lawsuit Over iPhone's Battery Technologies Tuesday July 12, 2016 12:04 pm PDT by Joe Rossignol Somaltus, LLC has filed a complaint against Apple today in an Eastern Texas district court, accusing the iPhone maker of infringing upon its 2010 patent related to complex battery technologies. The small Frisco, Texas-based firm also filed lawsuits against Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba over the same patent. The lawsuit claims that the iPhone 6s and any similar devices sold by Apple infringe upon U.S. Patent No. 7,657,386, titled "Integrated Battery Service System," and seeks unspecified monetary damages or, alternatively, a...
  • This battery breakthrough could change the world

    07/12/2016 6:07:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 88 replies
    GearBurn ^ | July 12, 2016 | By Wiehahn Diederichs
    Well it seems the battery gods have heard our call and bestowed upon us a miracle.Researchers at the University of California Irvine (UCI) may have discovered a way to drastically increase the life of modern day batteries. And the best part is that they stumbled upon this solution by accident.To be more specific, the discovery was made by fifth-year PhD student, Mya Le Thai. Mya was working on an electrolyte gel that was to substitute the electrolyte liquid currently found in batteries in an attempt to make it more affordable. But in a coincidental twist of fate (thank you...
  • Windows 10 vs. OS X El Capitan: Why Microsoft Wins (2015)

    07/12/2016 3:58:10 PM PDT · by dennisw · 36 replies
    laptopmag ^ | July 29, 2015 | Mark Spoonauer
    Microsoft says Windows 10 is fresh yet familiar, which is a nice way of saying it's a do-over for people who didn't like Windows 8. But what an impressive do-over it is. In fact, Windows 10 surpasses Apple's upcoming OS X El Capitan in some key areas, like multitasking and personal assistance. It's not that El Capitan isn't a worthy upgrade for Mac owners; it finally offers split-screen capability, along with revamped apps and performance improvements. Windows 10 offers PC users just a bit more. After using both the near-final version of Windows 10 and the public beta of El...
  • Ethiopia blocks social media sites over exam leak

    07/12/2016 9:58:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    aljazeeria ^ | 07/12/2016
    Ethiopia has blocked social media sites across the country after questions from end-of-year university exams were posted online last month, sparking a national scandal. The online leak of national of the exam papers, which many have called an embarrassment for the government, forced the tests to be postponed. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Viber have been inaccessible in the Horn of Africa's most populous country since Saturday morning, and will continue to be so until the national school examinations are concluded on Wednesday, according to government officials. A government spokesman said the ban was aimed at stopping students taking university entrance...