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  • Windows 7 PCs Account For 98 Percent Of All WannaCry Infections (tr)

    05/21/2017 4:05:49 PM PDT · by dayglored · 62 replies
    Hot Hardware ^ | May 21, 2017 | Paul Lilly
    For a quick minute, it looked as though a strain of ransomware that was seemingly stolen from the United States National Security Agency (NSA) was going to be a major problem for PCs around the world, and in particular Windows XP systems. Microsoft even made the unusual move of releasing an emergency patch for Windows XP even though it stopped supporting the legacy OS a long time ago. But now a week after the initial WannaCry outbreak it's been discovered that Windows 7 PCs were the hardest hit. A researcher for Kaspersky Lab posted a message on Twitter saying "the...
  • 'Safe and predictable' Windows 10 S won't run Linux, says Microsoft (disallows command line apps)

    05/21/2017 4:19:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 37 replies
    ZC Net ^ | May 19, 2017 | Liam Tung
    Windows 10 S and Linux will not mix, according to Microsoft senior program manager Rich Turner. Just because Linux distributions are coming to the Windows Store, it doesn't mean they will work on laptops running Microsoft's streamlined Windows 10 S.Microsoft wants to clear up any confusion over two recent announcements. At the beginning of May it unveiled Windows 10 S, a fast-booting, locked-down version of Windows 10 that can only install apps from the Windows Store and is restricted to Microsoft's Edge browser. Windows 10 S ships with Microsoft's $1,000 Surface Laptop, as well as with forthcoming third-party Windows laptops...
  • Microsoft glasses could one day tell you when to stop eating (Augmented Reality Patent)

    05/13/2017 7:16:06 AM PDT · by dayglored · 41 replies
    KIRO 7 (Seattle News TV) ^ | May 10, 2017 | KIRO 7 News Staff
    Microsoft won a patent for augmented reality glasses that would provide a guiding voice at mealtime – whispering for you to consider grabbing a salad for lunch, rather than a greasy burger. The patent claims a device with image data would use a sensor to detect foods – and then provide feedback information to the user on the food's nutritional information. “A see-through, head mounted display and sensing devices cooperating to provide feedback on food items detected in the device field of view,” the patent abstract reads. “Feedback can include warnings based on personal wearer needs, general nutrition information, food...
  • Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries With a Stolen N.S.A. Tool

    05/12/2017 1:00:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 12, 2017 | By DAN BILEFSKY and NICOLE PERLROTH
    Hackers using a tool stolen from the United States government conducted extensive cyberattacks on Friday that hit dozens of countries around the world, severely disrupting Britain’s public health system and wreaking havoc on computers elsewhere, including Russia. The tool was leaked by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, which has been dumping stolen N.S.A. hacking tools online since last year. Microsoft rolled out a patch for the vulnerability in March, but hackers apparently took advantage of the fact that vulnerable targets — particularly hospitals — had yet to update their systems. The malware was circulated by email. Targets were...
  • Ransomware infections reported worldwide

    05/12/2017 12:52:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 12, 2017 | By Chris Baraniuk
    A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world. Computers in thousands of locations have apparently been locked by a program that demands $300 (£230) in Bitcoin. There have been reports of infections in more than 70 countries, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and Taiwan. Many security researchers are linking the incidents together. "This is huge," said Jakub Kroustek at Avast. Another, at cyber-security firm Kaspersky, said that the ransomware had been spotted cropping up in 74 countries and that the number was still growing. There were a number of reports...
  • Microsoft Build 2017: The lessons learned on Windows, Azure, Dynamics

    05/12/2017 6:32:20 AM PDT · by dayglored · 35 replies
    ZD Net ^ | May 12, 2017 | Larry Dignan
    Microsoft's Build powwow has concluded and there were many key takeaways for business technology buyers to ponder. The big question: What did we learn? Here are six key themes that emerged. Microsoft conceded mobile and is betting that it can keep Windows relevant by connecting it to Apple's iPhones, Android and Internet of things devices. CEO Satya Nadella at Microsoft's analyst briefing didn't mention the smartphone once in his opening remarks. However, Nadella said mobility 10 times. Here's his view:When you say that it's going to be multi-device experiences, then the next logical thing is the data and the AI...
  • Microsoft has a funky new mantra ("Intelligent Cloud" - artificial intelligence everywhere)

    05/10/2017 8:36:59 PM PDT · by dayglored · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 10, 2017 | Matt Weinberger
    When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella first took the job in 2014, it wasn't long before he unveiled a new guiding mantra, encompassing his new vision for the company: "mobile first, cloud first."That mantra was a big departure for Microsoft — it had spent the last several decades pushing Windows above all else, while Windows market share languished and the Windows phone business failed to get any kind of significant traction. Nadella was declaring his intention to build applications that work across all platforms, not just Microsoft's. Now, at the Microsoft Build 2017 event this week in Seattle, Nadella unveiled a...
  • 500 million machines are now running Windows 10 (halfway to that goal of a billion)

    05/10/2017 4:34:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 53 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 10, 2017 | Tom Warren
    Microsoft is announcing today that 500 million active machines are now running Windows 10. The latest statistic comes almost 8 months after the company revealed 400 million devices were running Windows 10. Microsoft revealed its latest Windows 10 figures just as the software maker starts its Build developer event in Seattle today.Microsoft had originally claimed it would have 1 billion devices running Windows 10 by 2018. The bold estimate was revised last July, with Microsoft admitting "it will take longer than FY18 for us to reach our goal of 1 billion monthly active devices." It now seems this will take...
  • Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

    05/04/2017 3:08:35 PM PDT · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | May 4, 2017 | Iain Thomson
    After Tuesday's big launch of Windows 10 S, it emerged the software will force people to use Edge and Bing. How can that be?The supposedly streamlined operating system aimed at kids and their teachers will only run apps from Microsoft's official Windows 10 S software store. Right now, there are no third-party browsers available from its shelves. That leaves users with the bundled Edge browser and Bing for web search.You can't change the search engine from Bing, and, for now, you can't get another browser besides Edge. Even if you could get another browser, Edge will override all the time,...
  • Windows 10 S is Microsoft's answer to Chrome OS ("S"=="Store", it only runs Windows Store apps)

    05/02/2017 2:44:37 PM PDT · by dayglored · 23 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 2, 2017 | Tom Warren
    Microsoft is introducing a new version of Windows 10 today: Windows 10 S. It's essentially Microsoft's answer to Chrome OS, to simplify Windows for low-end hardware and in particular, the education market. “Everything that runs on Windows 10 S is downloaded from the Windows Store,” says Microsoft’s Windows chief Terry Myerson. That doesn't mean that desktop apps won't run on this version of Windows 10, but they'll need to be specially packaged and listed in the Windows Store. During a demonstration onstage, Myerson showed off the ability to support peripherals and devices just like regular Windows 10. Myerson also noted...
  • Apple is now worth more than $775 billion — another new record for the biggest U.S. stock

    05/02/2017 12:19:55 PM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 2, 2017 | Anita Balakrishnan
    Ahead of a highly anticipated earnings report, America's most valuable company is now worth more than ever. Apple briefly hit a market capitalization of more than $776.59 billion on Tuesday, topping its previous peak market value of $774.91 billion to remain the only U.S.-listed stock with a market value of more than $700 billion. Even with other tech stocks near record highs, Apple dwarfs Alphabet, at $646.6 billion, Microsoft at nearly $536.4 billion and Amazon at $451.5 billion, according to FactSet.
  • I just tried Microsoft's new VR system, and it's like stepping into Windows

    04/29/2017 5:14:44 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 58 replies ^ | Todd Haselton
    At about noon on Thursday, I lowered a headset over my eyes and, for the first time in my life, stepped into Microsoft Windows. I was invited to attend an Acer event in New York where the company primarily discussed its VR and gaming ambitions. But I had one mission: to finally see what Microsoft's "mixed reality" experience is all about. What the heck is mixed reality? First, let's talk a bit about the differences between mixed reality, virtual reality and augmented reality. Virtual reality is what Oculus and Facebook are doing, allowing users to step out of this world...
  • Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update review: The future is increasingly uncertain (Win10 Phone)

    04/25/2017 9:12:38 PM PDT · by dayglored · 39 replies
    PC World ^ | Apr 25, 2017 | Mark Hachman
    With so few features, for so few phones, one wonders what the point is.Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update rides the coattails of the desktop OS, heavily leaning on improvements in Cortana and Edge to nudge Microsoft’s nearly comatose mobile platform further ahead.As the free upgrade rolls out Tuesday, our review of the Creators Update can't help but conclude that it's even less of an improvement than the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update. We can tell you that Windows’ new ability to buy and read ebooks within Edge represents its most potent addition. You can turn off a screen while...
  • Popular Antivirus Program Mistakenly IDs Windows as a Threat, Creating Chaos [Webroot]

    04/25/2017 4:06:32 PM PDT · by upchuck · 19 replies
    NBC ^ | April 25, 2017 | ALEX JOHNSON
    An antivirus service used by tens of thousands of businesses and millions of home users shut down an untold number of computers around the world after it mistakenly identified core parts of Microsoft Windows as threats, the company confirmed Tuesday. Webroot Inc. of Broomfield, Colorado, said it issued an updated detection rule that "identified false positives" for critical Windows operating files Monday afternoon, resulting in those files' being "quarantined" and inaccessible to Windows. Kristin Miller, a spokeswoman for Webroot, said the program incorrectly classified as "bad" a common folder that is often targeted for malware. She said that the false...
  • Windows 10 Creators Update - Collecting YOUR data is the 'life-blood', says Microsoft (Privacy)

    04/24/2017 9:08:14 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | Apr 20, 2017 | Aaron Brown
    MICROSOFT has reiterated the importance of collecting information from Windows 10 Creators Update users, likening the diagnostic data to the "life-blood" of the operating system.Windows 10 Creators Update is slowly rolling out to users across the globe.The blockbuster update includes a number of headline features, including a ground-up redesign for the Paint app and a new performance-focused Game Mode.Windows 10 Creators Update also focuses on transparency around its data collection policies.Every Windows 10 user – whether they're upgrading a previous version of Windows 10, or installing one for the first time – will be given the chance to review the...
  • Microsoft shrugs off report that Edge can expose user identities from Fetch requests

    04/20/2017 3:51:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    The Register ^ | 4/20/17 | John Leyden
    An independent security researcher claims to have uncovered a security flaw in Microsoft Edge.The issue enables any website to identify a user by his username from another website, according to Ariel Zelivansky. More specifically the researcher alleges that Edge exposes the URL of any Fetch response, in contradiction to the specification. This is a problem because it's possible to identify users by crafting a Fetch request to a URL that will redirect to a URL with the user's username (e.g. to approached Microsoft but the software giant dismissed the issue. El Reg requested a comment only to be...
  • A Bored Intern Created the Original Windows Solitaire All I Ever Did Was Browse Reddit

    04/17/2017 10:17:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    The Verge ^ | Apr 13, 2017 | Megan Farokhmanesh
    Solitaire has been a staple for office distraction since Microsoft first included the game in Windows 3.0 in 1990. But the digital adaptation wasn’t made by an iconic coder or just one of the company’s many full-time employees. It was programmed by an intern. Great Big Story has an interview with Wes Cherry, who was an intern at Microsoft in 1988. He describes the experience as “all-encompassing,” but even internships at Microsoft have lulls. He put the downtime to good use. “I came up with the idea to write Solitaire for Windows out of boredom, really,” Cherry said. “There weren’t...
  • Microsoft Transparency Report Shows Massive Increase in 2016 Obama Era FISA Orders

    04/15/2017 11:49:59 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 13 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 14 2017 | Sundance
    Microsoft tries to thread the needle of transparency by telling its consuming audience as much about governmental collection of data as possible. Toward that end Microsoft releases a biannual transparency report. Within the latest transparency release Microsoft reports in the first half of 2016 they received a massive increase in FISA orders; primarily from U.S. governmental agencies. • “For the latest Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) data reported, Microsoft received 1,000-1,499 FISA orders seeking content disclosures affecting 12,000-12,499 accounts, compared to the 0-499 FISA orders seeking disclosure of content impacting 17,500-17,999 accounts reported for the previous period. We received 0-499...
  • Turns Out Microsoft Has Already Patched Exploits Leaked By Shadow Brokers

    04/15/2017 7:43:23 AM PDT · by rarestia · 15 replies
    The Hacker News ^ | Friday, April 14, 2017 | Swati Khandelwal
    The latest dump of hacking tools allegedly belonged to the NSA is believed to be the most damaging release by the Shadow Brokers till the date. But after analyzing the disclosed exploits, Microsoft security team says most of the windows vulnerabilities exploited by these hacking tools, including EternalBlue, EternalChampion, EternalSynergy, EternalRomance and others, are already patched in the last month's Patch Tuesday update. "Most of the exploits that were disclosed fall into vulnerabilities that are already patched in our supported products. Customers still running prior versions of these products are encouraged to upgrade to a supported offering," Microsoft Security Team...
  • Microsoft finally reveals what data Windows 10 collects from your PC [M$ spyware decloaked]

    04/06/2017 3:44:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    PC World ^ | 4/5/17 | Ian Paul
    There are all kinds of new features in the Windows 10 Creators Update rolling out on April 11, but one change really sticks out. Greater transparency about the data that Microsoft collects from your PC.There are new dashboard screens that all Windows 10 users will see the first time they install or upgrade to the Creators Update. Perhaps more interestingly, for the first time Microsoft has detailed information about the user data it collects for diagnostics.Diagnostics collection Let’s start with the diagnostics collection, as Microsoft’s come under heavy fire from privacy advocates for refusing to allow users to disable it completely...