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  • Customers took a stand against Windows 10’s aggressive upgrades – and won

    12/05/2016 5:51:23 AM PST · by george76 · 56 replies
    Yahoo - Digital Trends ^ | December 03, 2016 | Kevin Parrish
    Jesse Worley threatened to sue Microsoft. He’s not the first to take on the Redmond company, but his move to take legal action had a purpose. He wanted Microsoft to acknowledge that aggressively pushing the Windows 10 update was a problem. Customers weary of the Windows 8 disaster were unwilling to take the upgrade leap; Microsoft was, he reasoned, ignoring their fear of heights. ... I’m an IT tech whose grandfather’s computer was updated through subterfuge, which made life harder for him and his caretakers until it was fixed ... Privacy advocates dislike it, as Microsoft collects data such as...
  • Microsoft Confirms Its Chinese-Language Chatbot Filters Certain Topics

    11/28/2016 4:00:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    fortune ^ | November 28, 2016, 5:04 AM EST | Kevin Lui
    Microsoft’s MSFT 0.13% Chinese-language AI chat bot filters certain topics, the company confirmed Monday, although it did not clarify whether that included interactions deemed politically sensitive. Last week, CNNMoney and China Digital Times reported that Xiaoice would not directly respond to questions surrounding topics deemed sensitive by the Chinese state. References to the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 or “Steamed Bun Xi,” a nickname of Chinese President Xi Jinping, would draw evasive answers or non sequiturs from the chat bot, according to the report. “Am I stupid? Once I answer you’d take a screengrab,” read one answer to a question...
  • (MS)SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why? (Preview review)

    11/26/2016 7:51:49 PM PST · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 24, 2016 | Tim Anderson
    First Look Microsoft has released a public preview of SQL Server for Linux, and I took it for a spin. There are three supported platforms for SQL Server on Linux, these being Red Hat Enterprise 7.2, Ubuntu 16.04, and a Linux-based Docker engine. Installation on other versions of Linux may also work, although unsupported. The Docker image enables installation on Mac or Windows. Microsoft specifies a minimum of 3.25GB of RAM. I installed on a modest 8GB dual-processor VM running Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" for testing. Setup involves agreeing a licence and setting an SA (system administrator) password. I then installed...
  • Schools Funded By Gates and Zuckerberg Ordered Closed In Uganda

    11/26/2016 4:48:09 PM PST · by HonkyTonkMan · 30 replies
    Slashdot ^ | 26-Nov | EditorDavid
    Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are two investors in Bridge International Academies. But in Uganda, the group's 63 schools have been "ordered to shut down in a matter of weeks, leaving the lives of thousands of pupils in limbo." An anonymous reader quotes CNN: Uganda's High Court has described the Bridge International Academies...as unsanitary and unqualified, and has ordered it to close its doors in December because it ignored Uganda's national standards and put the "life and safety" of its 12,000 young students on the line. The Director of Education Standards for the Ministry, Huzaifa Mutazindwa, told CNN that the...
  • Microsoft releases Windows classic Solitaire on iPhone and Android (What was old is now new)

    11/24/2016 8:43:48 AM PST · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Nov 24, 2016 | Cara McGoogan
    (It still has the bouncing-card victory animations from Windows 95!!)Most people still have fond memories of spending hours playing Solitaire on their old Windows desktop computers.The rise of mobile gaming combined with Microsoft's decision last year to charge users for the Windows 10 version led to the popular game falling out of fashion.But the classic Solitaire is back, and it is available on iOS and Android. Microsoft has launched a new app called Solitaire Collection, which is free to download and contains classic card games such as Klondike, Spider and Freecell.Microsoft has retained features of the classic game, including the...
  • Microsoft wants to turn quantum computing research into real products

    11/22/2016 4:21:17 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 11/21/16 | Mark Coppock
    Many companies and researchers are investigating quantum computing as one of the next major steps in the evolution of computers. The “spooky” effects of quantum physics, it is hoped, will enable the creation of computers that operate on certain tasks at unprecedented levels of performance. Microsoft is one of those companies, and it has been looking at quantum computing for some time now. Today, however, the company is taking the next step of actively investing in the creation of a real, scaleable quantum computer that can be used to tackle real-world problems, as the company outlines on the official Microsoft...
  • Microsoft's Linux love affair leads it to join The Linux Foundation

    11/16/2016 7:18:31 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    zd ^ | November 16, 2016 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    You read the title correctly. Microsoft just joined the Linux Foundation. Believe it or not, Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member. No, this isn't The Onion and it's not April Fool's Day. Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation. Microsoft announced that it was joining forces with The Linux Foundation at the Microsoft Connect developer event in New York. Yes, yes I know. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once said, "Linux is a cancer". Yes, Microsoft still forces Android vendors to pay for its bogus Linux patents. And, yes, Microsoft and its cronies are still scheming to...
  • TRUE WORSHIP(charismatic caucus)

    11/06/2016 8:18:02 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    the joshua chronicles ^ | bible,holy spirit
    I saw the form of The Lord step into our presence and walk among us and a great Peace filled the room then I heard this . . .   The Shulamite(peaceful) Bride is in the Garden and I smell her "Aroma of Delight" and "this is worship" .  I shall reveal the answers to dilemas,the truth(clarity) where there has been revelations,visions and dreams yes,but in this truth shall come My strategy for your breakthroughs.   Song of Solomon 6:2-4Amplified Bible  (The Shulammite Bride) 2  “My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of balsam, To feed his...
  • Russia is ditching Microsoft because it's an easy target (Putin says "Nyet!" to Windows)

    11/02/2016 1:59:03 PM PDT · by dayglored · 49 replies
    Engadget ^ | Nov 2, 2016 | Jon Fingas
    Anything to make the US seem like a boogeyman. We know that Russia wants to give Microsoft products the boot, but now it's clearer as to why. A senior US intelligence official talking to NBC News not only supports talk of Russia endorsing a plan to purge Microsoft software from the government (starting with Moscow), but explains why. Reportedly, Vladimir Putin and crew are picking on Microsoft because it's an easy target for anti-American sentiment. It's a huge company that rules the tech sector, and it's not hard to persuade Russians that the firm is collaborating with US spies despite...
  • Microsoft stops sales of Windows 7 Professional to OEMs (MS sticks a fork in Win7 for good)

    11/01/2016 2:54:57 PM PDT · by dayglored · 33 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Nov 1, 2016 | Gregg Keizer
    Microsoft today quietly put an end to sales of Windows 7 licenses to computer makers, marking a major milestone for the seven-year-old OS. According to Microsoft's rules, the Redmond, Wash. company stopped selling Windows 7 Professional or any version of Windows 8.1 to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) as of Oct. 31. The end of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 left only Windows 10 as a long-term choice for OEMs that pre-load Windows on their wares. The original end-of-sales deadline for Windows 7 Professional was to be Oct. 31, 2014 -- two years after the launch of Windows 8 -- but...
  • Google clashes with Microsoft over Windows flaw disclosure (actively exploited zero-day vuln)

    10/31/2016 6:41:58 PM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    PC World ^ | Oct 31, 2016 | Michael Kan
    Google and Microsoft are butting heads over the disclosure of vulnerabilities. On Monday, Google revealed a critical flaw in Windows after it gave Microsoft a ten-day window to warn the public about it.Google posted about the zero-day vulnerability on its security blog, saying Microsoft had yet to publish a fix or issue an advisory about the software flaw."This vulnerability is particularly serious because we know it is being actively exploited," Google said. It lets hackers exploit a bug in the Windows kernel, via a win32k.sys system call, to bypass the security sandbox.The search giant originally told Microsoft about the problem...
  • The future of PCs and Macs is expensive: The PC is a niche now

    10/29/2016 1:59:49 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 28, 2016 | Vlad Savov
    The personal desktop computer used to once be an exclusive and expensive machine, though we now know it and its laptop counterpart as a mass-market commodity that most people can afford. This week, however, the companies that defined the personal computer, Microsoft and Apple, gave us a glimpse of the future and it looks like a return to the past: the PC is going back to being an exclusive and expensive machine. Set aside all the explosions of color on gorgeous, high-resolution displays. Ignore the glamorous promo videos and the ultrathin, all-metal chassis of the new Surface Studio and MacBook...
  • Introducing Microsoft Surface Studio (VIDEO - New Product Introduction)

    10/26/2016 11:19:55 AM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    Microsoft on YouTube ^ | Oct 26, 2016 | Microsoft
    Microsoft Surface Studio is a new category of device, designed to put you at the center of the creative process. Turn your desk into a Studio. Learn more: http://surfac.ms/1026YSO
  • For Microsoft Windows, it's do or die

    10/23/2016 8:29:45 PM PDT · by dayglored · 70 replies
    Business Insider ^ | )ct 23, 2016 | Matt Weinberger
    Microsoft is set to unveil a bunch of new hardware on Wednesday, with the star attraction likely to be a new Surface PC to compete with Apple's all-in-one iMac.Microsoft is billing this event as the future of Windows 10. That's not surprising: The reason Microsoft got into the Surface business in the first place was to push Windows forward into a touchscreen future, whether PC manufacturers wanted it or not.But we're fast approaching a moment in time where Microsoft is going to have to do more than introduce new kinds of PCs if it wants Windows, first introduced in 1985,...
  • New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he is done with his 'undependable' Microsoft [tr]

    10/19/2016 6:13:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 19, 2016 | Ariel Zilber
    Technophobic mad genius football coach Bill Belichick has waved the white flag when it comes to his battle with Microsoft Surface. The New England Patriots head man told reporters on Tuesday that he will no longer use the tablet for analyzing in-game plays. 'As you probably noticed, I'm done with the tablets,' Belichick told reporters during a conference call, according to ESPN. 'I've given [the Suface] as much time as I can give them. They're just too undependable for me. I'm going to stick with pictures as several of our other coaches do as well, because there just isn't enough...
  • Computer Help, Re:Windows Update

    10/17/2016 8:13:15 PM PDT · by CaptainPhilFan · 45 replies
    10-17-16 | Lisa
    Yesterday I attempted to install the latest Windows Update, after my computer went rogue and started freezing, as it does every time I ignore the Update. It runs Vista because I've refused 8, 9 and 10. The Progress Bar spun at "Downloading" for over an hour. I got out and went looking for a solution. One that made sense was "Complete any other update then try again" so I did. The system was then stuck at "searching for updates" and would only last a few minutes before crashing. I got to the Microsoft site and found the correct update, 32...
  • You have one month left to buy a Windows 7 PC

    10/03/2016 4:54:44 PM PDT · by catnipman · 137 replies
    zdnet ^ | September 30, 2016 | Ed Bott
    If you want a new PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you'll have fewer options beginning on Nov. 1. Here's what the end-of-sales deadline means.
  • Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

    09/27/2016 7:46:44 PM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 27, 2016 | Dan Robinson
    Microsoft’s self-installing Windows 10 operating system has reached the 400 million mark, the firm announced at its Ignite conference in Atlanta this week, up from the previous high of 350 million in August. This adoption rate means the firm’s self-imposed target of a billion devices by mid-2018 looks increasingly unlikely, but the Redmond giant can take some consolation in the fact that business enthusiasm seems to be growing. The latest version of Windows hit its one-year anniversary on July 29, a date that also marked the ending of the free upgrade offer period for users of Windows 7 and Windows...
  • Windows 10 update version 1607

    09/22/2016 12:16:55 PM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 79 replies
    Me ^ | 09/22/2016 | Me
    How long does this take? Started updating at 10:00 am today. It is now 3:00 pm and I'm at the gray screen with the spinning dots. It already did the 'percent' screen and several restarts. Just wondering how much longer.
  • Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all... Movement without energy?

    09/12/2016 5:02:41 PM PDT · by dayglored · 53 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 12, 2016 | Katyanna Quach
    Microsoft researchers have teamed up with physicists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, to show how time crystals might be possible. First proposed by Nobel-prize winning theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek, time crystals are hypothetical systems that spontaneously break time-translational symmetry (TTS) – a fundamental symmetry in physics. In plain language, they exhibit tiny movements without using energy. Crystals have a rigid arrangement of atoms that break translational symmetry. Their structure is not symmetrical in space, unlike a sphere, which looks the same from all directions. Time crystals break the symmetry of space and time. Wilczek considered a group of...
  • Customize your Windows 10 notifications (Get notified the way YOU want to be)

    09/11/2016 9:04:39 PM PDT · by dayglored · 20 replies
    CNet ^ | Sep 10, 2016 | Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
    Get notified on your PC the way you want to (or not at all). The Windows 10 notifications system is still a work in progress -- universal-ish app notifications that appear on your lock screen, on your desktop and in your action center. In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft has added more notifications (Windows can now link to your Android phone via the Cortana app and mirror Android notifications on your desktop) and more notifications options, including the ability to prioritize certain apps over others. The notifications/action center is getting there, but it's still pretty confusing. Here's how to...
  • How to speed up Windows 10 (tutorial notes and hints for newcomers to Windows 10)

    09/09/2016 3:32:11 PM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    IT Pro (UK) ^ | Sep 5, 2016 | Rene Millman, Adam Shepher
    Want to find out the top tips and tricks to make Windows 10 faster? Read on... Despite (or perhaps because of) all the bells and whistles, Windows 10 can sometime run a little slower than other systems, particularly on older machines. If you're one of the new Windows 10 users who feels that they've had to sacrifice speed to get the latest version of Windows, here's how to speed it up. Topics include: Make starting up Windows 10 quicker Make shutting down Windows 10 faster Disable Startup programs in Windows 10 Remove bloatware in Windows 10 Make the Windows 10...
  • How to set up Windows 10 (IoT Core) on the Raspberry Pi (yes, on a $35 computer!)

    09/07/2016 5:22:45 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    TechRepublic ^ | Sep 7, 2016 | Nick Heath
    A beginner's guide to installing and pushing a simple app to Windows 10 IoT Core running on a Raspberry Pi. Microsoft's ambition is for Windows 10 to run on every type of computing device, even the credit card-sized $35 Raspberry Pi board. The Pi doesn't run the same version of Windows 10 as a laptop does, but a far simpler, stripped-back release called Windows 10 IoT Core. This OS won't boot you into the traditional Windows desktop, but instead loads a bare bones menu from which you can set up the system, which can only run a single Universal Windows...
  • Apple, Google Back Microsoft Over ‘Sneak-and-Peek’ Searches (link Only due to copyright issues)

    09/06/2016 10:55:35 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    Bloomberg | September 6, 2016 | By Kartikay Mehrotra and Diana Bass
    Apple, Amazon, Google, Energy companies, and Airlines, and others back Microsoft in battle with government overreach. Link only due to copy right issues: Apple, Google Back Microsoft Over ‘Sneak-and-Peek’
  • Microsoft made 'em do it: The latest Kaby Lake, Zen chips will support only Windows 10

    09/02/2016 1:35:58 PM PDT · by upchuck · 62 replies
    PC World ^ | Aug 30, 2016 | Mark Hachman
    Microsoft is slamming the door on PC builders and upgraders who might have hoped to use the new Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Zen chips for Windows 7 or Windows 8 PCs. Sorry: Both chips are officially supported only by Microsoft’s Windows 10. Microsoft's mandate is discreet rather than secret. In January, the company tried to shorten its support lifecycle for Intel Skylake PCs running Windows 7 and 8, a policy the company subsequently abandoned after much outcry. But Microsoft’s statements have also consistently included a critical caveat: The latest generations of silicon—specifically Intel’s Kaby Lake chip, Qualcomm’s 8996, and...
  • Microsoft conscripts upload bandwidth in Windows 10's latest Insider update (GB/mo cap alert!)

    08/31/2016 10:24:52 PM PDT · by dayglored · 27 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Aug 31, 2016 | Gregg Keizer
    Say hello to "Windows Update Delivery Optimization" Microsoft today updated the Windows 10 beta, switching on a controversial technology that commandeers users' upload bandwidth to shift some responsibility for updating from the company's own servers. Build 14915 was released earlier Wednesday to participants in the Windows Insider "Fast" track. The notable change highlighted by Dona Sarkar, the software engineer who acts as the public face of Insider, was the enabling of Windows 10's "Delivery Optimization" technology. Delivery Optimization, formally dubbed "Windows Update Delivery Optimization" (WUDO) by Microsoft, was part of Windows 10 from the get-go. But it was only switched...
  • Windows 10 cumulative update KB 3176934 breaks PowerShell

    08/24/2016 7:07:32 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 35 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Aug 24, 2016 | Woody Leonhard
    Microsoft's update for version 1607 doesn't fix two widespread problems with Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and it breaks PowerShell DSC operations Yesterday afternoon, Microsoft released KB 3176934 for those PCs running Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It's the fifth cumulative update for version 1607 (three were released before the product rolled out on Aug. 2) and brings the build number up to 14393.82. You can see the long list of official changes -- primarily bug fixes -- on the Windows 10 update history page. Anniversary Update customers also received an update to the "servicing stack" -- the subsystem within Windows 10...
  • Open Source Windows May Not Be that Big a Long Shot After All (Microsoft Hearts Linux...)

    08/24/2016 5:42:34 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    Fortune ^ | Aug 23, 2016 | Barb Darrow
    How far is Microsoft willing to go on this open-source charm offensive? Here’s a burning question for the tech universe: Could Microsoft, which built its Windows cash cow on proprietary or closed-source software, reverse course and open-source Windows itself? That would be roughly akin to CocaCola posting its top-secret formula online. Crazy, right? Maybe not, although the very notion would have been unthinkable not too long ago. But it is now on the table considering all the things Microsoft has done over the past few years to embrace the open-source community. The most recent example is last week’s news that...
  • Microsoft's HoloLens secret sauce: A 28nm customized 24-core DSP engine built by TSMC

    08/23/2016 5:26:19 PM PDT · by dayglored · 30 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Hot Chips Microsoft today revealed a first look at the inside of its Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) chip used in its virtual reality HoloLens specs. The secretive HPU is a custom-designed TSMC-fabricated 28nm coprocessor that has 24 Tensilica DSP cores arranged in 12 clusters. It has about 65 million logic gates, 8MB of SRAM, and a layer of 1GB of low-power DDR3 RAM on top, all in a 12mm-by-12mm BGA package. We understand it can perform a trillion calculations a second. It handles all the environment sensing and other input and output necessary for the virtual-reality goggles. It aggregates data...
  • What Microsoft won't tell you about your Windows 10 recovery drive size (4GB? 8GB? 16GB?)

    08/22/2016 8:04:19 AM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    PC World ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Josh Norem
    Microsoft is coy about it in places, and estimates vary. (The time to make a Windows 10 recovery drive is before your PC dies. Grab a USB drive—you might need a big one!—and we'll show you how it's done...) Attila Balaton bought an 8GB USB key to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive only to find out 16GB was required. Mea culpa: Answer Line was partly to blame, as my former colleague wrote that Microsoft suggests “at least a 4GB USB key.” It’s not his fault, though, as on this support page Microsoft says in order to create a Windows...
  • Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps (misplaced Melbourne Australia near Japan)

    08/21/2016 8:51:05 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 21, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    City of Melbourne, population four million, placed in the wrong hemisphere Microsoft has misplaced Melbourne, the four-million-inhabitant capital of the Australian State of Victoria. A search on Bing Maps for “Melbourne, Victoria, Australia” says the city is at 37.813610, 144.963100 which we've screen-captured above (or here for those reading our mobile site). The co-ordinates are right save for one important detail: Melbourne is at 37.8136° South. Bing's therefore put it in the wrong hemisphere. The Register's Australian outpost has tried searching for a few other major cities in Victoria and beyond and believes this is an isolated and probably-fat-fingered error....
  • Microsoft open-sources PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat... (includes OpenSSH) (tr)

    08/18/2016 9:09:01 AM PDT · by dayglored · 17 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | Tim Anderson
    Microsoft has published PowerShell, its scripting and automation platform, as open source under the permissive MIT licence, as well as porting it to Linux and Mac, with an alpha build now available on GitHub. PowerShell is built on Microsoft's .NET platform, and one of the enabling pieces here is .NET Core, the refactored fork of .NET which runs cross-platform. PowerShell "Core" has already turned up on Nano Server, the barebones edition of Windows Server 2016, and the newly announced release will run on .NET Core on Mac and Linux. The initial Linux support is for Ubuntu, CentOS and RedHat. "Others...
  • Microsoft Rewards is how Microsoft will pay you to use Edge, Bing and more

    08/17/2016 9:48:27 PM PDT · by dayglored · 55 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Aug 17, 2016 | Mark Hachman
    Years back, Microsoft began paying people to use its Bing search service via a program called Bing Rewards. Now, Microsoft will do the same with its Edge browser and other products. Microsoft announced Wednesday that over the next few weeks, Bing Rewards will become Microsoft Rewards. The concept remains the same: The more you use or buy Microsoft products, the more freebies you’ll receive in return. With the debut of Microsoft Rewards, you'll also be able to accrue points by browsing with Edge or purchasing items at brick-and-mortar Microsoft Stores. Why this matters: At the end of July, Google Chrome...
  • Microsoft changes Win7/8.1 updates, pushes even harder for Windows 10

    08/17/2016 12:33:22 PM PDT · by upchuck · 81 replies
    Infoworld ^ | Aug 16, 2016 | Woody Leonhard
    Starting in October, patches will be cumulative and Win7/8.1 customers will effectively cede control of their PCs to Microsoft Windows 7 and 8.1 have had a good run, but that's about to come to a close. According to new guidelines, Microsoft will start rolling out Windows 7 and 8.1 (as well as Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012 R2) patches in undifferentiated monthly blobs. The patches will be cumulative, which eliminates the need to exercise judgment in selecting the patches you want. At the same time, though, the new approach severely hampers your ability to recover from bad patches --...
  • Microsoft Live made my Computer Dead (Vanity) Somewhat tongue in cheek

    08/15/2016 5:46:00 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 48 replies
    8/16/2016 | Fai Mao
    Microsoft is doing everything it can make me an Apple customer - except that Apple, in my experience is just as bad with customer service and more expensive. I turned on my main computer, not the old laptop I am typing on now, this morning and was greeted with a request for a user name and password for a Microsoft Live account. I didn't even know I had a Microsoft live account. Something in the updates must have activated it. So, I powered up the trusty Acer Aspire with Windows 7 laptop and tried to look up the unwanted Microsoft...
  • MIT and Microsoft Research made a 'smart' tattoo that remotely controls your phone

    08/13/2016 10:21:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    the verge ^ | August 13, 2016 12:19 pm | Lauren Goode
    The technology, which is described on MIT's website and will be presented in full at a wearables symposium next month, is called DuoSkin. The researchers say you can design a circuit using any graphic software, stamp out the tattoo in gold leaf (which is conductive to electricity), and then apply other commodity materials and components that would make the tattoo interactive.
  • Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea (Secure Boot, tr)

    08/11/2016 8:04:39 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 10, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Redmond races to revoke Secure Boot policy Microsoft leaked the golden keys that unlock Windows-powered tablets, phones and other devices sealed by Secure Boot – and is now scrambling to undo the blunder. These skeleton keys can be used to install non-Redmond operating systems on locked-down computers. In other words, on devices that do not allow you to disable Secure Boot even if you have administrator rights – such as ARM-based Windows RT tablets – it is now possible to sidestep this block and run, say, GNU/Linux or Android. What's more, it is believed it will be impossible for Microsoft...
  • Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

    08/10/2016 11:44:58 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    The Register UK ^ | 10 Aug 2016 at 06:56, | By Chris Williams
    Redmond races to revoke Secure Boot debug policy Microsoft leaked the golden keys that unlock Windows-powered tablets, phones and other devices sealed by Secure Boot – and is now scrambling to undo the blunder. These skeleton keys can be used to install non-Redmond operating systems on locked-down computers. In other words, on devices that do not allow you to disable Secure Boot even if you have administrator rights – such as ARM-based Windows RT tablets – it is now possible to sidestep this block and run, say, GNU/Linux or Android. What's more, it is believed it will be impossible...
  • Microsoft just replaced its toy gun emoji with a real handgun

    08/05/2016 12:59:25 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | August 4, 2016
    “Microsoft this week replaced a toy gun emoji with a real revolver in an apparent need to conform to universal emoji standards.,” Nick Statt reports for The Verge. “The change, which arrived with the company’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update on Tuesday, is part of a larger emoji redesign project Microsoft embarked on months ago to refresh its library with new designs,” Statt reports. “‘It’s unclear why Microsoft felt the need to replace its old toy gun, which resembled a sci-fi space blaster, with a real firearm. It does, however, put the company at philosophical odds with Apple.”“Both companies are part...
  • More than 60 percent of Windows users would switch to Mac for more privacy

    08/04/2016 5:03:21 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 69 replies
    BetaNews ^ | August 2, 2016 | By Ian Barker
    Windows 10 and the amount of data it collects via the Windows Store could prompt users to switch to Mac according to a new survey.The study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of security and privacy advice and comparison website Comparitech.com finds that 61 percent of the US public who regularly use Windows would at least consider switching to Mac. In the UK the figure is even higher at 67 percent, with 15 percent saying they would definitely consider swapping. Only 33 percent in the UK and 39 percent in the US say that they would not contemplate switching operating...
  • Tech Help Please - Win 7 won't update

    08/02/2016 10:01:25 AM PDT · by The Louiswu · 92 replies
    me | 8/2/2016 | The Louiswu
    I have done a fresh install of Win 7 OS but I can't get the windows updates. It's been a few days and I am getting nothing from MS - I've tried several "fixes" suggested on different OS forums, but still nothing. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks
  • Microsoft faces two new lawsuits over aggressive Windows 10 upgrade tactics

    07/30/2016 1:37:44 PM PDT · by dayglored · 64 replies
    PC World ^ | Jul 28, 2016 | Ian Paul
    Microsoft is facing more legal trouble over its handling of Windows 10 upgrades. Microsoft is facing two more lawsuits over the company’s questionable Windows 10 upgrade tactics. Both suits are seeking class-action status. The first suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Florida. It alleges that Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade prompts “violated laws governing unsolicited electronic advertisements,” as reported by The Seattle Times. The suit also says Microsoft’s tactics are against the Federal Trade Commission’s rules on deceptive and unfair practices. The second suit was filed in June in Haifa, Israel alleging that Microsoft installed Windows 10 on users’...
  • 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...
  • '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...
  • NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

    08/24/2013 9:46:18 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    Guardian ^ | Aug 22, 2013 | By Ewen MacAskill in New York
    The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency's activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian. The technology companies, which the NSA says includes Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook, incurred the costs to meet new certification demands in the wake of the ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court. The October 2011 judgment, which was declassified on Wednesday by the Obama administration, found that the NSA's inability to separate purely domestic communications from...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 New Monthly Charge

    07/14/2016 12:34:33 PM PDT · by upchuck · 132 replies
    Forbes ^ | July14, 2016 | Gordon Kelly
    For months Microsoft has been describing Windows 10 “as a service” and now we know why. Microsoft is going to introduce a monthly subscription fee for Windows 10 usage… That cost will be $7 per user per month but the good news is it only applies to enterprises, for now. The new pricing tier will be called “Windows 10 Enterprise E3” and it means Windows has finally joined Office 365 and Azure as a subscription service. Of course the big question is now: How does this new subscription pricing affect the millions of consumers who upgraded to Windows 10 on...
  • 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 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....
  • 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...