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  • Survey: 75% of businesses plan to adopt Windows 10 within first two years

    06/30/2015 7:12:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    First Post ^ | 06/29/2015
    An overwhelming 96 percent IT professionals said they’re interested in Windows 10, with 60 percent stating that their IT department has already evaluated a preview version, according to a survey conducted by Spiceworks. The survey of over 500 IT professionals said that nearly all respondents expressed at least some interest in Windows 10 – (96 percent), to be exact. "But based on their patterns of adoption for OSes in general, it’s fair to say that being interested doesn’t necessarily mean they’re booking flights, at least not right away. When we asked IT pros why they typically start using a new...
  • This Will Be the World's Largest Plane

    06/28/2015 3:54:54 AM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | February 26, 2015 | John Wenz
    The first images of the Stratolaunch airplane system have emerged, courtesy of KGET in Bakersfield, and the thing is just as massive we imagined. Bringing the enormous aircraft to fruition is not a done deal, but it's a good sign that the incredible build is under way. Once finished, the behemoth plane will have a 385-foot wingspan, making it the largest aircraft ever. It's not designed as a passenger plane, though. Backer Paul Allen (he of Microsoft fame) has bigger plans in mind: space launches. The Stratolaunch will fly to a high altitude before deploying a rocket that will detach,...
  • Microsoft won't fix Internet Explorer zero-day

    06/26/2015 7:36:19 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 47 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jun 24, 2015 9:27 AM (AUS) | Allie Coyne, Juha Saarinen
    HP researchers have published details and proof-of-concept exploit code for a number of zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser which allow attackers to bypass a key exploit mitigation. The researchers - part of HP's zero-day initiative team - have a policy to only disclose details of bugs reported to vendors after patches are issued. But the team decided to go public after being informed by Microsoft that it did not intend to fix the bugs as the company feels the vulnerabilities don't affect enough users. The flaws were serious enough, however, for Microsoft to earlier award the HP...
  • Homegrown Radicals More Deadly Than Jihadis in U.S.

    06/24/2015 7:46:27 AM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    NYTimes ^ | June 24, 2015 | SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON — In the 14 years since Al Qaeda carried out attacks on New York and the Pentagon, extremists have regularly executed smaller lethal assaults in the United States, explaining their motives in online manifestoes or social media rants. But the breakdown of extremist ideologies behind those attacks may come as a surprise. Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims: 48 have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists, according to a count by New...
  • NBC: "White Americans Are Biggest Terror Threat in U.S."

    06/24/2015 1:14:06 PM PDT · by rightistight · 128 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 6/24/15 | Aurelius
    NBC News is reporting that white people are the "biggest terror threat in the U.S." citing a study. Oddly, despite the headline, "White Americans Are Biggest Terror Threat in U.S.: Study," in the text of their quick article, NBC, does not actually say that white people are the biggest terror threat. Instead, NBC's article reads, "The New America Foundation found that twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than by Muslim extremists since 9/11." ...Besides the obvious problems with NBC's clickbait headline, there other tremendous problems with the "study." First, it specifically excludes September...
  • Bill Gates: Vaccine-autism link 'an absolute lie'

    02/07/2011 6:16:02 AM PST · by pillut48 · 128 replies
    CNN International ^ | February 4, 2011 | Sanjay Gupta/Bill Gates
    Davos, Switzerland (CNN) -- Microsoft founder Bill Gates sat down recently with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta in Davos, Switzerland. The billionaire philanthropist was attending the World Economic Forum to push his mission of eradicating polio by 2012. Gates, through his foundation, also pledged $10 billion to provide vaccinations to children around the world within a decade. Gupta asked Gates for his thoughts about the alleged autism-vaccine connection. He also asked: Who holds ultimate accountability for the billions of dollars being spent on aid? Is a certain amount of corruption and fraud expected? Below is an excerpt of their...
  • U.S. Navy pays millions to keep using Windows XP

    06/24/2015 2:07:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 06/24/2015 | By David McCabe
    The Navy will pay more than $9 million to keep using Windows XP under a contract signed this month, Computerworld reported Tuesday. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) will pay Microsoft $9,149,000 through the contract, which was approved earlier this month. It could eventually grow to be as large as $30,842,980 by 2017. The funds will pay for Microsoft to provide custom security support to up to 100,000 Windows XP machines used by the Navy. Microsoft has abandoned supporting the system for users who don’t pay for the custom services. The contract will also provide support for other...
  • Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

    06/21/2015 12:50:52 PM PDT · by dayglored · 42 replies
    The Register ^ | June 21, 2015 | Kelly Fiveash
    Microsoft backtracks blog post containing apparent "Free" Windows 10 upgrade promise for all preview testers Microsoft has been forced to quietly edit a misleading blog post that seemed to suggest that anyone could get their mitts on Windows 10 for free – if they first installed a test version of Redmond's upcoming operating system for PCs. The only caveat appeared to be that folk had to use a Microsoft Account (MSA) that's connected to the firm's Windows Insider program. Microsoft had said that a freebie upgrade would then be applied for anyone who has installed its latest Windows 10 preview...
  • How Much Will Windows 10 Cost?

    06/21/2015 5:44:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    EFY Times ^ | 06/21/2015
    Sunday, June 21, 2015: Windows 10 is the current hot topic of discussion among techies. Microsoft has already made it clear that Windows 10 upgrade will be absolutely free. The free upgrade will move you to the same edition of Windows that you are currently using. For example, if you are upgrading from Windows 7 Home Premium, you will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home. However, you will have to pay to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro. here is a large base of users who are using unlicensed version of Windows. Some users are still running...
  • With a nod and a wink, Microsoft gives away Windows 10 to anyone who asks

    06/21/2015 5:43:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 06/20/2015 | By Ed Bott for The Ed Bott Report |
    This PC gets a free Windows 10 upgrade, no questions asked In the always confusing world of Microsoft licensing, there are two sets of rules.One is written down in license agreements, drafted by Microsoft's large legal team, with separate terms for PC makers and end users. These combined terms are extremely specific about the rights and responsibilities of every party to the license agreement. They are aimed primarily at Microsoft's commercial customers and its PC-building partners, who account for more than 98 percent of all revenue from Windows desktop licenses.The other set of rules is unwritten, for the most part....
  • 4 Microsoft Executives to Leave in Top-Level Shake-Up

    06/17/2015 8:49:26 AM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 17,2015 | Nick Wingfield
    SEATTLE — Four senior Microsoft executives, including Stephen Elop and Mark Penn, will leave the technology company, in the biggest organizational shake-up yet under chief executive Satya Nadella. In an email sent to Microsoft employees on Wednesday morning, Mr. Nadella said three of the departures were related to his decision to organize the company’s engineering efforts into three groups. The three executives leaving as a result are Mr. Elop, the former chief executive of Nokia who has been leading Microsoft’s devices group; Eric Rudder, the leader of its advanced technology and education efforts; and Kirill Tatarinov, the head of its...
  • The secret behind why Windows 10 is so good [Microsoft Listened to you, more than anything else]

    06/12/2015 1:33:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 06/12/2015 | David Goldman
    Microsoft listened to you. More than anything else, that's why Windows 10 won't be another Windows 8 or Vista. In conversations with CNNMoney, top decision makers at Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba noted that Microsoft requested their input throughout the process of creating Windows 10. They said Microsoft listened to their feedback -- and, vicariously, PC customers' feedback -- and made a better operating system as a result. Responding to customer demands. The PC makers said that process was vastly improved from the way that Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) conducted its business ahead of the Windows 8 launch. They said Windows 8...
  • What's broken in this week's build of Windows 10? Installing it, for one (MS releases ISOs)

    06/06/2015 7:44:19 AM PDT · by dayglored · 27 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 6, 2015 | neil McAllister
    Microsoft has released ISO disc images of the latest Technical Preview build of Windows 10, but not because they think every tester should install it. Rather, it's because a bug is preventing even some of the more aggressive testers from receiving it through Windows Update. The release, known as Build 10130, was released to the Windows Insider program's Fast release ring on May 29 - Fast ring testers get the buggiest copy whereas Slow ring signups get cleaner, but later, code. Anyone who configured their Windows 10 box to receive builds before they're thoroughly tested should have received it via...
  • Apple is having its Microsoft moment... Apple products suffering glitches

    06/05/2015 6:05:07 PM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 51 replies
    WCVB ^ | 5 Jun 2015 | Jose Pagliery
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) —So much for the argument "Apple computers are safer and bug-free." It's not true. We're accustomed to annoying glitches in PCs. But the past few years have shown that Macs, iPads and iPhones have them too. So far in 2015, five major flaws have affected Apple products. Just this week, we encountered a nasty bug that lets hackers bury computer viruses so deep inside Macs, you'll never find it. A week earlier, a flaw appeared that lets a text message crash an iPhone. These are significant issues, and neither has been fixed yet. Faulty code is found...
  • Holy (bleep) Microsoft promises secure logins for Windows PowerShell (OpenSSH comes to Windows!)

    06/02/2015 6:59:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 42 replies
    The Register ^ | June 2, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft has finally decided to add support for SSH to PowerShell, allowing people to log into Windows systems and use software remotely over an encrypted connection. Users of Linux, the BSDs, and other operating systems, will know all about OpenSSH and its usefulness in connecting machines in a secure way to execute commands and transfer data. And soon Windows PowerShell – the command-line shell and scripting language – can be used over SSH, we're told. "The PowerShell team [will] adopt an industry-proven solution while providing tight integration with Windows; a solution that Microsoft will deliver in Windows while working closely...
  • Microsoft prices Windows 10 licenses at $119 for Home, $199 for Pro, Launches July 29

    06/01/2015 12:09:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    C/NET ^ | 06/01/2015 | Mick Statt
    Microsoft has a grand plan to get its next operating system, Windows 10, running on 1 billion devices in three years -- by giving it away for free. Well, sort of. The software, which Microsoft announced Monday will begin rolling out July 29, is a free upgrade for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PC and tablet users. For computers, those two versions power 74.1 percent of all PCs, according to NetMarketShare. For everyone else, it's the same pricing as Windows 8, the company confirmed to CNET on Monday. A copy of Windows 10 Home will run $119, while Windows...
  • Windows 10 to be released by Microsoft in July (7/29)

    06/01/2015 12:02:49 PM PDT · by dayglored · 70 replies
    BBC News ^ | Jun 1, 2015 | (none)
    Microsoft's next generation of its operating system, Windows 10, is due to be released next month. The company said PCs and tablets running the software would go on sale on 29 July, at which point the OS would also be offered as a free download to existing users. The roll-out of the product for smartphones, Xbox games consoles and other kit will follow later. One expert said the release could prove critical to the Microsoft's fortunes. Windows 8 - the current iteration - has had a troubled life, with many deciding not to update to its touch-centric user interface. The...
  • Perhaps the greatest marketing blunder in history?

    05/30/2015 1:16:44 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 85 replies
    Darwn Central ^ | 5/30/2015 | Elmo Zoneball
    This is apparently a graphic used by Microsoft to tout their forthcoming OS upgrade, "Windows 10." It's seems the braintrust in Microsoft's marketing department are a little weak on 20th century history, otherwise they'd have realized the phrase "One product family. One platform. One Store." sounds like is was ripped from the pages of a political propaganda manual. Yes, the fools in Redmond have -- I give them the benefit of the doubt for now -- unwittingly paraphrased one of the most notorious political catchphrases of all time: Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer – "One People, One Empire,...
  • New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

    05/21/2015 2:59:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | May 21, 2015 | Tim Anderson
    Smoother and more stable, but Start menu and tablet issues remain Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10, named 10122, which includes an effort to fix file association hijacking, where a newly installed application becomes the default for opening documents with a particular extension, such as PDF, docx, jpg or MP3. In Windows 10, neither desktop nor Universal (UAP) apps will be able to show a dialog prompting the user to change default file associations. Instead, users get a prompt when they next open a document of a type handled by a newly installed app. The prompt defaults...
  • Why Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella doesn't really worry about revenue (interesting)

    05/23/2015 8:02:38 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Matt Weinberger
    What do Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and your average Silicon Valley startup founder have in common? Simple: Both of them are more interested in a lot of people using their products than they are in chasing after revenue. That's according to Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson, who reported to Nadella for three years when he served as president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Division before becoming CEO in 2014. "Revenue is a lagging indicator, usage is a leading indicator," Nadella likes to say, according to Anderson. Which is to say that if Microsoft does have a new attitude, it's...
  • How Satya Nadella has changed Microsoft

    05/23/2015 8:07:20 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 21 replies
    Times of India ^ | May 4, 2015 | Nick Wingfield
    Last June, in the basement of the Microsoft visitor center in Redmond, Washington, Todd Holmdahl, a Microsoft hardware guru, and others nervously walked Satya Nadella, the new chief executive, through a demonstration of a secret project. More than a hundred people had toiled for several years on the ambitious effort, which would eventually be called HoloLens. At the time, the HoloLens headset was a clunky web of straps, wires and electronics. But it was able to project images onto lenses in front of people's eyes, adding virtual landscapes and objects on top of the view of the natural world. The...
  • Analyst's Prediction: Microsoft Windows 10 To Be On 410 Million PCs Within 18 Months

    05/19/2015 10:17:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Bidness ^ | 05/19/2015 | Larry Darrel
    Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 10, is possibly the last version of Windows the company will ever make. Tech enthusiasts are looking forward to use Windows 10 so much so that analysts expect that 410 million PCs will be running Windows 10 within the first 18 months of its release. Windows 10 is expected to release for PCs “this summer” possibly in late July, with a mobile version of the operating system to come shortly after it. According to Net Applications, an analytics vendor, more than 75% of all PCs currently running Windows 8 or 8.1 will switch to Windows 10...
  • Testing The 12-inch MacBook's Performance with Windows 10

    05/18/2015 9:55:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    Update 5/15/15: I've clarified some of my findings at the bottom of this post. I've owned the 2015 MacBook for just over a month now. I've had a remarkably good time using it so far, and just yesterday I decided to upgrade my installation of Windows 8.1 to the Windows 10 Insider Preview. I had tried it out a couple months earlier through a virtual machine, and at the time I wasn't sure I wanted it as my main operating system. But after taking the plunge, I'm very happy to be using it. I wanted to record a few thoughts...
  • Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

    05/18/2015 4:30:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 57 replies
    The Register ^ | May 15, 2015 | Neil McAlister
    Think you'll be getting a free upgrade to Windows 10 from your pirated copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1? Not so fast. For months, rumors have been swirling that suggested Microsoft was so eager to get its entire customer base onto Windows 10 that it will extend its free upgrade offer even to those who obtained their copies of Windows by, um, questionable means. Well, it seems that may not be true after all. Or not entirely true. Or something. Microsoft operating systems exec veep Terry Myerson weighed in on Friday to clarify the software giant's position on "Non-Genuine"...
  • Windows 10 seems to run faster than OS X on the new MacBook

    05/15/2015 10:12:10 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 17 replies
    Mashable ^ | 15 May 2015 | Raymon Wong
    Love the new MacBook's svelte design, but not a fan of OS X 10.10 Yosemite? There's good news: According to a new test, Windows 10 apparently runs more smoothly on the new MacBook. Alex King, a computer science student studying at Tufts University, spent a month with the new 12-inch MacBook and provided some insightful new details about running the beta version of Windows 10 on it. See also: 5 things Apple didn't say about the new MacBook King installed Windows 10 using Boot Camp, meaning his new MacBook boots natively into Windows 10, as opposed to being emulated in...
  • Microsoft reveals various Windows 10 editions

    05/14/2015 10:52:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies ^ | 05/14/2015 | by Martin Brinkmann
    Microsoft's upcoming operating system Windows 10 will ship in three consumer editions and three Enterprise and education editions. The three consumer editions Home, Mobile and Pro are designed for the demands of end-users, professionals and small businesses. Windows 10 Home is the equivalent of the Windows 8 edition, a basic edition of Windows 10 that will most likely ship with the majority of devices the operating system comes pre-installed on. Microsoft notes that the edition will ship with Microsoft Edge, the new web browser, Cortana, the personal assistant, Continuum, a tablet-friendly mode for touch-devices, Windows Hello, a biometric authentication service...
  • Conservatives Press GOP to Restrict DOJ’s Foreign Cloud Snooping

    05/13/2015 10:04:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | May 13, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    An alliance of free-market conservatives is building support for a bill that would thwart the Obama administration's bid to make foreign computers, servers and data farms subject to Justice Department search and seizure.The alliance stepped up its pressure on Capitol Hill with the release of its May 1 “coalition letter” to Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R.-Va.), the two men who chair the judiciary committees in their chamber. The letter calls on the chairmen to move forward on the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act.To put things in perspective, in 1995 the email...
  • Why it doesn't matter if Windows 10 is (or isn't) the last version of Windows

    05/11/2015 8:02:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 05/11/2015 | By Mary Jo Foley
    Talk of Windows 10 being the 'last version' of Windows has been circulating for a year. What does this really mean? The answer: Not much. As Microsoft made clear last year by skipping "Windows 9" when going from Windows 8 to Windows 10, Windows version numbers are an arbitrary thing. That's why all this talk about Windows 10 being the "last version of Windows" is a nothing to see here moment. Many of us Microsoft watchers had been saying that Threshold (Windows 10) would be the last major version of Windows for months, if not a year. Microsoft Developer Evangelist...
  • Why Windows 10 Will Be 'The Last Version Of Windows' According to Microsoft

    05/08/2015 3:24:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/08/2015 | Gordon Kelly
    The Internet woke up to a shock this morning. Microsoft MSFT +2.18% has used its Ignite 2015 conference to declare Windows 10 will be “the last version of Windows” . The reaction has been predictably alarmist, but what exactly does it mean and is this really the end for Windows as we know it? First some context. The statement came from Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon, a self proclaimed ‘developer evangelist’ who stated: “Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10.” If this sounds strange, Microsoft...
  • Windows 10 Reportedly the Last Version of Windows — Is Windows a Service Now?

    05/07/2015 9:05:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    TP ^ | 05/07/2015 | Manish Singh
    M icrosoft unveiled Windows 10, its forthcoming operating system for the desktop, mobile, Xbox, and IoT late last year. The Windows 10 moniker was interesting, as ideally, Microsoft was expected to call the successor to Windows 8 (and 8.1) as Windows 9. The Redmond-based company explained why it didn’t go with ‘Windows 9’: it would have created conflict with older versions of Windows. Alright, so what will the next version of Windows be called? Windows 10, apparently. At Ignite conference earlier this week, Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft Developer Evangelist, said that Windows 10 “is the last version of Windows (so...
  • Windows 10 or Ubuntu: Which will be the one OS to rule them all?

    05/07/2015 9:02:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/07/2015 | Nick Heath
    As sales of tablets and phones continue to outstrip demand for PCs, the technology industry is preparing for a shift in how people use computers. In this transition, phones and tablets are expected to begin to be used as desktop PCs, a change that will force a fundamental redesign of software. Instead of operating systems and applications having a single interface, apps will alter their look and controls to reflect how they are being used. For example, a UI that favours large, easily-tappable buttons on a touchscreen tablet might switch to tightly-packed icons when the tablet is used with a...
  • Where will Microsoft find 1 billion devices for Windows 10?

    05/06/2015 2:47:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Computerworld ^ | 05/06/2015 | By Gregg Keizer
    To meet its goal of putting Windows 10 on a billion devices within three years, Microsoft will have to turn every personal computer now running Windows 7 onto the new OS, then find even more to migrate, calculations from recent statistics show. Microsoft staked out the ambitious plan last week at its Build developers conference. "Our goal is that within two to three years of Windows 10's release there will be one billion devices running Windows 10," said Terry Myerson, the chief of the firm's operating system group. One billion. A big, big number. For an idea how big, Computerworld...
  • Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

    05/05/2015 8:55:08 PM PDT · by dayglored · 75 replies
    The Register ^ | May 4, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    New policy verges on apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgradeIgnite 2015 Microsoft has shown off some of the new security mechanisms embedded in Windows 10, and revealed a change to its software updates. Windows supremo Terry Myerson reckons the revised security patch rollout – effectively ditching the monthly Patch Tuesday – will shame Google. "Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices, and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices, leaving end users and businesses increasingly exposed every day they use an Android device," Myerson said during his Ignite keynote in Chicago today. He was referring to the sometimes tardy...
  • Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

    05/05/2015 4:53:03 PM PDT · by dayglored · 41 replies
    The Register ^ | May 5, 2015 | Gavin Clarke
    Windows Media Center has come to the end of the road with Windows 10. Microsoft’s next client operating system won’t include Redmond’s media software, for recording and playing TV, music and video. General manager for OSG data and fundamentals Gabriel Aul Tweeted: We can confirm that due to decreased usage, Windows Media Center will not be part of Windows 10. — Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) May 4, 2015 For those who are using Windows Media Center, Aul said Microsoft would deliver a “DVD option” in an update later this year. Windows Media Center debuted as Windows XP Media Center Edition in...
  • Square Enix Witch Chapter Real-Time CG DX 12 Demo Steals Show At Microsoft BUILD

    05/03/2015 9:04:34 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 7 replies
    HotHardware ^ | Friday, May 01, 2015 | Paul Lilly
    Computer generated graphics have come a long way in the past several years and are starting to blur the line between animation and real actors. One of the more difficult tasks for CG artists is to recreate human emotions, especially crying, though you wouldn't know it after watching a tech demo that Square Enix showed off at the Microsoft BUILD Developer Conference. The real-time tech demo is called Witch Chapter 0 [cry] and is part of a research project that studies various next generation technologies. For this particular demo, Square Enix put a lot of research into real-time CG technology...
  • Good luck displacing Windows 7, Microsoft, it's still growing

    05/03/2015 9:02:01 PM PDT · by dayglored · 43 replies
    The Register ^ | May 3, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    April desktop OS usage stats show XP's really sinking fast now If it's the first Monday of the month, and it is, it must be time to have a look at desktop operating system market share as recorded by StatCounter and Netmarketshare. It looks like the skids are really under Windows XP now. Netmarketshare has it down from 16.94 per cent to 15.93 per cent. StatCounter has a dip to 10.91 per cent, down from March's 11.21 per cent. We know there are still big corporate XP users out there, such as the operator of the infamous Fukushima nuclear power...
  • ZuckerBorg assimilates Microsoft boffins into potentially world-threatening FART (actual title)

    05/01/2015 2:15:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | May 1, 2015 | Alexander J Martin
    The ZuckerBorg has assimilated yet more humans from academia and industry into its Facebook Artificial-Intelligence Research Team (FART). Facebook claims their work will focus on several aspects of machine learning, with applications to image, speech and natural language understanding. The free global ad platform announced that it had "bolstered" the team eam with some of the world's leading researchers from Microsoft and academia. Among those assimilated is the award-winning Leon Bottou, whose long-term goal "is to understand how to build human-level intelligence". Also on board are Laurens van de Maaten and Anitha Kannan, who will continue their research into deep...
  • Microsoft HoloLens: Headset Will Float 3D Images in Front of User's Eyes

    05/01/2015 11:31:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies ^ | Robert C. Weich III
    The HoloLens will display 3D images in front of a user's eyes. The 3D images will intermingle with a user's real-world environment to create a unique experience. Microsoft's upcoming headset is not trying to be a virtual reality device. Instead, it is an "augmented reality." Someone wearing the device could see some objects on a table that are not really there, and they will be able to interact with them as if they were real and actually in front of them. When someone who is not wearing a HoloLens sees someone who is wearing one, they will think some of...
  • Microsoft used this adorable robot to show off new HoloLens features

    04/30/2015 8:11:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    The Verge ^ | Apr 29, 2015 | Sean O'Kane
    We've learned some amazing things about Microsoft's Windows Holographic platform since it was announced back in January. We know that NASA is using it to virtually explore Mars, and you can play Minecraft on your coffee table, and today we learned that the company will integrate all universal apps running on Windows 10 into the experience. But a short demo near the end of today's Microsoft Build 2015 keynote showed us a little bit more about how HoloLens can help blend virtual reality with the real world to create what the company calls "mixed reality." A small metal robot drove...
  • 5 Awesome Windows 10 Announcements Microsoft Just Made

    04/29/2015 1:54:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Paste ^ | 04/29/2015 | By Luke Larsen
    At their long, developer-focused Build conference this morning, Microsoft announced a plethora of new things regarding Windows 10 and its new identity as a service-based company. Windows 10 is the company’s new attempt at recapturing the interest of longtime Windows 7 users, after a fairly limited turnout for Windows 8.In case you haven’t heard, yes—Microsoft skipped “Windows 9” and went straight to Windows 10. The good news is that the OS looks to be a pretty balanced and powerful system that takes the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and finds a happy medium in between the two....
  • Creating the Windows 95 Startup Sound ("The Microsoft Sound" by Brian Eno)

    04/28/2015 7:17:34 PM PDT · by dayglored · 52 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | May 30, 2013 | Chris Higgins
    When Windows 95 was being developed, Microsoft executives commissioned music legend Brian Eno to develop a "piece of music" to play when the operating system started up. This music would become known as "The Windows Sound." Eno is probably most renowned* for his ambient music -- long tracks with deep sound beds and drifting melodies. But this track had to be a little shorter. Eno related the story: The thing from the agency said, "We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah-blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional," this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom...
  • Windows patch KB 3045999 conflicts with McAfee (error c0000018), Romax, VirtualBox

    04/27/2015 10:56:16 PM PDT · by dayglored · 12 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Apr 27, 2015 | Woody Leonhard
    An 'important' patch from this month’s Black Tuesday causes odd problems in many applications. It’s taken more than a week for various problem reports to take on a coherent theme, but it now appears as if an “elevation of privilege” patch for Windows, MS 15-038/KB 3045999, causes intermittent problems with a wide array of software.... [For example, on systems with McAfee:] Several applications fail to start after you install Microsoft Patch MS15-038 on systems with DLP [Data Loss Prevention for] Endpoint. Affected applications include, but are not limited to: CMD.EXE Explorer.EXE MMC-based applications Microsoft Office applications PowerShell ... it’s another...
  • Microsoft Disaster Response - Nepal Earthquake

    04/27/2015 2:59:06 PM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    Microsoft Disaster Response Blog ^ | Apr 27, 2015 | (none)
    Microsoft is deeply saddened by the devastating events of the Nepal earthquake and we extend our deepest sympathies to all whom have been impacted. We are providing a minimum of $1 million in donations of cash, technology and services to the rescue and recovery effort in Nepal. This includes an immediate monetary donation to NetHope – a consortium of 40+ international non-governmental organizations that specializes in improving IT connectivity among humanitarian organizations in developing countries and areas affected by disaster – to support the nonprofit’s deployment and response operations. In addition, we want to help provide people with alternative methods...
  • Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Device Guard, a New Feature That Could Kill Malware Forever

    04/22/2015 5:53:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 04/22/2015
    Microsoft is making big efforts to increase the security of Windows 10 and turn the new operating system into a fully secure working environment, so several new features will be available in this regard when it comes out. In addition to Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello, both of which were announced a few months ago, Redmond will also introduce a feature called Device Guard that would give organizations full control over the apps that are allowed to be launched on a device running Windows 10. According to Microsoft, the new feature should provide advanced malware protection against new and even...
  • Microsoft's Windows 10 Build 10052 solves phone-bricking problems

    04/21/2015 8:57:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 14 replies
    PC World ^ | Apr 21 2015 | Mark Hachman
    Microsoft released Build 10052 of Windows 10 for phones on Tuesday, along with a revised rollback tool that should help solve the bricking problems that Lumia 520 users and other unlucky souls experienced. The major problem that the new build solves is an issue where some users—including owners of the most popular Windows phone, the Lumia 520—suffered catastrophic failures that “bricked” the phones when they tried to roll them back to Windows 8.1. Microsoft said it has solved the bug on Lumia 520 phones, with an update to the Windows Phone Reset Tool.
  • Every Version of Windows Is Affected By This Vulnerability – What You Can Do About It

    04/20/2015 5:35:14 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    MakeUseOf ^ | April 16, 2015 | Christian Cawley
    IMPORTANT -- This thread is a followup to - New Redirect to SMB Flaw in all Windows versions including Windows 10. It contains a list of the specific software packages affected, and there are a LOT of them. What would you say if we told you that your version of Windows is affected by a vulnerability that dates back to 1997? You’d laugh, right? Surely, after all, Microsoft would have patched the fault prior to releasing Windows 98, or at the latest, Windows 2000? Well, not quite. This Redirect to SMB vulnerability has its roots in the identically-named attack...
  • AMD CEO Says Windows 10 Will Launch ‘At The End Of July’ [Can Microsoft Pull it off?]

    04/20/2015 1:33:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 04/20/2015 | Alex Wilhelm
    Buried in the question-and-answer section of AMD’s earnings call this past Friday was an interesting note on the release timing of Windows 10. According to AMD CEO Lisa Su, Windows 10 should be released in late July.In response to a question regarding its channel inventory, Su said the following: What we also are factoring in is, you know, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching sort of the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory build-up. TechCrunch...
  • For Techies: Windows 10 finally gets drag-and-drop support for virtual desktops

    04/16/2015 3:27:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    PC World ^ | 04/16/2015 | Mark Hachman, Senior Editor
    Microsoft’s virtual desktops are one of the of the more unique features of Windows 10—a quick way to organize “screens” of apps that you can switch to back and forth. Rearranging them has always been a pain, but a new drag-and-drop feature, hopefully that problem will go away. Microsoft said it's expedited the ability to drag and drop windows between virtual desktops, eliminating the clunky keyboard shortcuts that Windows 10 currently forces one to use. Why this matters: Virtual desktops are handy tools for those with just a single monitor. If you have more than one monitor, you might have...
  • Remote Code Execution Via HTTP Request In IIS On Windows

    04/15/2015 7:33:51 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    Mattias website ^ | Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | Mattias Geniar
    A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the HTTP protocol stack (HTTP.sys) that is caused when HTTP.sys improperly parses specially crafted HTTP requests. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could execute arbitrary code in the context of the System account. To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would have to send a specially crafted HTTP request to the affected system. The update addresses the vulnerability by modifying how the Windows HTTP stack handles requests.
  • Patch Tuesday Windows Updates! Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2015

    04/14/2015 10:36:38 AM PDT · by dayglored · 14 replies
    Microsoft Technet ^ | Apr 14, 2015 | Microsoft
    This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for April 2015. For information about how to receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft security bulletins are issued, visit Microsoft Technical Security Notifications. Microsoft also provides information to help customers prioritize monthly security updates with any non-security updates that are being released on the same day as the monthly security updates. Please see the section, Other Information. Executive Summaries The following table summarizes the security bulletins for this month in order of severity....