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  • Windows 7 Reaches 60 Percent Market Share for the First Time in History

    07/04/2015 8:04:58 AM PDT · by dayglored · 27 replies
    SoftPedia ^ | July 1, 2015 | (none)
    Windows 10 is almost here and since Windows 7 and 8.1 users will be allowed to upgrade to the new OS without paying a single cent, usage of these two versions increases on a daily basis. Statistics provided by Net Applications show that Window 7 has reached a market share of 60.98 percent in June 2015, obviously remaining the number one desktop operating system in the whole world. Windows 8.1 is second in this list with 13.12 percent, while Windows XP is still being used by 13.12 percent of the PC owners across the world. Windows 8 has dropped even...
  • Samsung vows to stop knackering Windows Update on your laptops (disabled Windows security updates)

    06/27/2015 6:40:58 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 26 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Samsung will release a patch for its computers so that they no longer kill off automatic Windows updates. On Wednesday, reverse-engineering specialist Patrick Barker blogged about a program suspiciously called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe that is bundled on Sammy machines and shuts down automatic Windows Updates – including security updates. Users have to remember to install updates from Microsoft manually, and if they opt for automatic installation, Samsung's software disables it. The firm's support staff told him that was to make sure Samsung's hardware drivers were not removed or overridden by Microsoft's upgrades. While not as serious as Lenovo's Superfish debacle – where...
  • Outlook and Me, My Computer is Withholding Emails, the Beast! Tech Ping?

    06/23/2015 5:27:38 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 57 replies
    06.23.15 | chickensoup
    Have three computers two laptops and an Asus minipad with touchscreen. The laptops run Win7 and Outlook 2003, the minipad runs Win8 and Outlook whatever came with it. Have my 5 email addresses on the two laptops and one of the 5 addresses is on the minipad. I thought that all the mail would download to all the computers all the time. Not so. Some mail goes to one laptop some mail goes to the other lap top and some mail goes to the minipad. And some mail goes to all. Talked to Time-Warner, the said it was an Outlook...
  • 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...
  • Duqu 2.0 malware buried into Windows PCs using stolen Foxconn certs (Signed by Chinese factory)

    06/15/2015 8:24:50 PM PDT · by dayglored · 38 replies
    The Register ^ | June 15, 2015 | John Leyden
    The super-sophisticated malware that infiltrated Kaspersky Labs is more crafty than first imagined. We're told that the Duqu 2.0 software nasty was signed using legit digital certificates issued to Foxconn – a world-leading Chinese electronics manufacturer, whose customers include Microsoft, Dell, Google, BlackBerry, Amazon, Apple, and Sony. The code-signing was uncovered by researchers at Kaspersky Lab, who are studying their Duqu 2.0 infection. Windows trusts Foxconn-signed code because the Chinese goliath's certificate was issued by VeriSign, which is a trusted certificate root. Thus, the operating system will happily load and run the Foxconn-signed Duqu 2.0's 64-bit kernel-level driver without setting...
  • MORE TECH HELP NEEDED! Copied Outlook from old computer to new computer - but ... :-(

    06/12/2015 2:10:49 PM PDT · by Maceman · 16 replies
    As I previously posted, my Dell Vostro 3550 crashed 7 weeks ago, and after a very frustrating extended relationship with Dell, they decided to send me a replacement computer -- albeit a different model (Latitude E6540. Both the old Vostro and the new Latitude run Windows 7 and MS Office 2010. Long story short: I used Windows Easy Transfer (with Belkin Cable) to transfer files from the Vostro to the Latitude -- Success! Now I am trying to get my Outlook data into the Outlook on the new computer. I found my Outlook.pst files in the My Documents folder on...
  • It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video (Today is Patch Tuesday)

    06/09/2015 2:46:44 PM PDT · by dayglored · 39 replies
    The Register ^ | June 9, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft has released the June edition of its Update (neé Patch) Tuesday security update dump. This month's bundle includes eight security bulletins, two rated "critical" and six rated "important." Users and administrators are advised to test (if necessary) and install the updates as soon as possible to prevent attacks. MS15-056 A cumulative patch for Internet Explorer versions 6-11. It addresses 24 CVE-listed security flaws. "critical" (remote code execution). MS15-057 A Windows update to address a single flaw in Media Player for Windows Vista and 7 and Windows Server 2003 through 2008 R2. Opening a web page that plays a maliciously...
  • 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...
  • Here are the features that will no longer work when you upgrade to Windows 10

    06/03/2015 7:46:03 PM PDT · by dayglored · 155 replies
    Neowin ^ | June 3, 2015 | Steven Parker
    ollowing the exciting news that Windows will be free for everyone currently on Windows 7 or 8.1, providing they upgrade within the first year, users should also be aware of a few features that will no longer work with Windows 10 after that upgrade. The features that will no longer work are taken from the official specifications page on Microsoft's Windows website, and reproduced below. The good news is that in some cases alternatives are available. If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Trojanized, info-stealing PuTTY version lurking online (SSH Secure Shell program for Windows)

    05/19/2015 5:17:01 PM PDT · by dayglored · 15 replies
    Help Net Security ^ | May 19, 2015 | Zeljka Zorz
    A malicious version of the popular open source Secure Shell (SSH) client PuTTY has been spotted and analyzed by Symantec researchers, and found to have information-stealing capabilities. PuTTY, which is written and maintained primarily by Simon Tatham and can be freely downloaded from the project's official site, is a popular software with admins and developers looking to connect to remote servers through encrypted means. Compiled from source, this malicious version is apparently capable of stealing the credentials needed to connect to those servers. "Data that is sent through SSH connections may be sensitive and is often considered a gold mine...
  • Testing The 12-inch MacBook's Performance with Windows 10

    05/18/2015 9:55:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    ALEX KING'S PERSONAL BLOG ^ | MAY 13, 2015 | ALEX KING
    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"...
  • How to read Mac OS HFS drives in Windows for free

    05/15/2015 8:25:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    PC Advisor ^ | 15 May 15 | By Jim Martin
    Access and copy files from a Mac-formatted hard disk on a Windows PC How to read Mac OS HFS drives in Windows for free In general, Macs and PCs play fairly nicely together. Most file types work on both platforms, and both will talk to each other across a network. However, if you have an external USB hard drive for your Mac, it can be tricky to share it with a Windows laptop or PC as Microsoft doesn't support Apple's HFS file system in Windows. (Apple introduced NTFS support in OS X Leopard so you can share a Windows drive...
  • Free: Yet Another Way To Run Windows (or Linux) On A Mac

    05/15/2015 8:47:38 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Mac 360 ^ | Friday, May 15, 2015 | Jack D. Miller
    VirtualBox for OS XHow many ways can you run Windows or Linux on your Mac? Some Mac users might reply with a terse, ‘Too many ways.’ I understand the sentiment. Windows isn’t free. Linux isn’t easy. However, the Mac is the ultimate platform in that it runs almost any popular operating system for personal computers (what was once all the rage prior to the post-PC era of mobile computing), and in some cases can run them all at the same time. How can you do that? Easy. And free. Virtually, My Dear Watson Apple builds in a straightforward way to...
  • 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...
  • [Vanity]: Need Tech Help -- Hard drive imaging for new computer

    05/13/2015 10:43:14 AM PDT · by Maceman · 23 replies
    OK. So my Dell Vostro 3550 laptop (Windows 7) – which I bought in 2011 – has crashed for good. After three frustrating weeks that included hours on the phone with Dell tech support, 3 on-site technician visits (fortunately I paid to extend the on-site repair warranty) to install 3 new replacement motherboards (one of which was DOA), 2 replacement daughter boards, new speakers and other assorted hardware, Dell finally threw in the towel and is sending me a “new” (obviously refurbished) computer. I told them I want a technician to come and transfer the hard drive from the current...
  • Patch Tuesday Alert! Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2015 - Do It Now

    05/13/2015 6:13:05 AM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    Microsoft Security TechCenter ^ | May 12, 2015 | Microsoft
    Published: May 12, 2015 Version: 1.0 On this page Executive Summaries Exploitability Index Affected Software Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance Acknowledgments Other Information This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for May 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.
  • Microsoft Edge: Building a safer browser

    05/12/2015 5:50:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    Microsoft Edge Dev Blog ^ | May 11, 2015 | Microsoft Edge Team
    With Microsoft Edge, we want to fundamentally improve security over existing browsers and enable users to confidently experience the web from Windows. We have designed Microsoft Edge to defend users from increasingly sophisticated and prevalent attacks. This post covers some of the advanced technologies used to protect Microsoft Edge, including industry leading sandboxing, compiler, and memory management techniques developed in close partnership with Windows. Web Security Threats While the web is predominantly a safe environment, some sites are designed to steal money and personal information. Thieves by nature don’t care about rules, and will use any means to take advantage...
  • Microsoft points PowerShell at Penguinistas

    05/10/2015 7:32:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | May 11, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    In yet another sign that Microsoft is a very different animal these days, the company has released PowerShell DSC (desired state configuration) for Linux. PowerShell DSC is a server configuration tool that has hitherto driven Windows Server boxen. But Microsoft's now decided it has a “commitment to common management of heterogeneous assets in your datacenter or the public cloud”, so has added Linux-wrangling features to the tool. The new code can cope with CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Ubuntu Server. Once you get it up and running you can enjoy the...
  • Microsoft's secret weapon Asm.js Native-speed JavaScript available in Windows 10's Edge browser(tr)

    05/09/2015 6:39:42 AM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | May 7, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Original full title/subtitle:Microsoft's secret weapon in browser wars: Mozilla's supercharged Asm.js Native-speed JavaScript available now in Windows 10's Edge browser Microsoft has included a surprise feature in its new Edge web browser for Windows 10, in the form of support for the ultra-optimizable Asm.js JavaScript dialect. First developed by Mozilla and championed by the nonprofit's former CTO Brendon Eich, Asm.js is a strict subset of JavaScript that aims to be the "assembly language of the web." By eliminating many of the vagaries of the JavaScript language syntax, Asm.js forces client-side web code into a form that is easy for Just-In-Time...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft Launches Its .NET Distribution For Linux And Mac

    05/08/2015 2:10:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | Apr 29, 2015 | Frederic Lardinois
    Last November, Microsoft said that it would bring some of the core features of its .NET platform — which has traditionally been Windows-only — to Linux and Mac. Today, at its Build developer conference, the company announced its first full preview of the .NET Core runtime for Linux and Mac OS X.In addition, Microsoft is making the release candidate of the full .NET framework for Windows available to developers today [April 29, 2015]. The highlight here, though, is obviously the release of .NET Core for platforms other than Windows. As Microsoft VP of its developer division S. “Soma” Somasegar told...
  • Self-destructing virus kills off PCs

    05/07/2015 7:01:36 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 61 replies
    teoti ^ | 9:38 pm 05/05/2015 | tricpe
    A computer virus that tries to avoid detection by making the machine it infects unusable has been found. If Rombertik's evasion techniques are triggered, it deletes key files on a computer, making it constantly restart. Analysts said Rombertik was "unique" among malware samples for resisting capture so aggressively. On Windows machines where it goes unnoticed, the malware steals login data and other confidential information. Endless loop Rombertik typically infected a vulnerable machine after a booby-trapped attachment on a phishing message had been opened, security researchers Ben Baker and Alex Chiu, from Cisco, said in a blogpost. Some of the messages...
  • Windows PowerShell Blog - ScriptAnalyzer in GitHub and availability on Powershell Gallery

    05/06/2015 5:57:41 AM PDT · by dayglored · 15 replies
    The Windows PowerShell Blog ^ | Apr 29, 2015 | PowerShell Team
    Windows PowerShell Blog "Automating the world one-liner at a time…" With the release of Windows Management Framework 5.0 April Preview, we are excited to announce that PowerShell ScriptAnalyzer development has moved to GitHub for greater collaboration & community involvement. https://github.com/PowerShell/PSScriptAnalyzer Also, we have published v1.0 of ScriptAnalyzer to PSGallery. https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/PSScriptAnalyzer/ Here are the significant changes in this release: Features: "Recursive" switch to analyze a folderpath in Invoke-ScriptAnalyzer Three levels of Severity - Error/Warning/Informational Robust Engine that does emits non-terminating errors (Ex: for failed ast parse) and continues rule application when running on multiple scripts Add wild card supports for rules...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft's Office 2016 Public Preview download is now available

    05/04/2015 5:48:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    Neowin ^ | May 4, 2015 | Max Slater-Robins
    Back in March, Microsoft made Office 2016, the next major update to one of the companies' most important products, available to IT professionals to test and submit feedback on. Just as they have done with Windows 10, Microsoft is welcoming constructive criticism - or praise - that will help shape the product when it launches later this year. The next step is to open Office 2016 up to the public. On stage at Microsoft's Ignite conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced that the public preview of Office 2016 has been released. In the accompanying blog post, Jared Spataro, general manager for...
  • 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...
  • Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

    05/01/2015 2:03:16 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | May 1, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Build 2015 Engineers from Microsoft's Windows Server team took the stage at the Build developer conference in San Francisco this week to share more details on Nano Server, the upcoming micro-sized version of the OS aimed at cloud deployments. "Nano Server is by far the most important, most significant change we've made in Server since Windows NT," proclaimed Jeffrey Snover, a Microsoft distinguished engineer. We first heard about this new iteration of Redmond's server OS earlier this month, although it's not due to hit general availability until the next version of Windows Server ships sometime in 2016. Taking a page...
  • Windows 10: Build 10074 is still for the brave - but it's looking good

    04/30/2015 8:42:27 AM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 30, 2015 | Tim Anderson
    Build 2015 Microsoft has released preview Build 10074 of Windows 10 at its Build developer event in San Francisco. It is only a week since the previous preview build (10061) arrived, but this one is a milestone available even to users who prefer to stick with the more stable releases – the “slow” update cycle in Windows Insider terms. This also means you can get an ISO image for a clean install. Windows 10 is set for release this summer, according to Microsoft, with AMD CEO Lisa Su letting slip that it may be done by the end of July....
  • Parallels 2X hits Raspberry Pi for Remote Desktop access (Windows apps on tiny Linux platform)

    04/30/2015 8:33:23 AM PDT · by dayglored · 6 replies
    SlashGear ^ | Apr 30, 2015 | (none)
    Today the folks at Parallels have unveiled Parallels 2X Remote Application Server, the first RDP Client for Raspberry Pi. This system will enable Raspberry Pi users to access Windows virtual applications and Remote Desktops alike. With Parallels 2X RAS, as they also call it, users will have the ability to deliver applications to any device - Chromebooks, Windows PCs, Mac computers, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Linux workstations, HTML5 browsers and of course, strangest and most awesome of all, the device family known as Raspberry Pi...
  • Microsoft forecasts 1 billion Windows 10 computers, burst of new apps

    04/29/2015 12:21:56 PM PDT · by McGruff · 37 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | PARESH DAVE
    Microsoft expects its newest operating system, Windows 10, to be running on 1 billion computers within two to three years. The figure, which includes desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, was repeatedly touted Wednesday at Microsoft’s annual conference for application developers. Microsoft has struggled to get companies to make apps for Windows mobile devices, part of a self-perpetuating cycle that makes Windows smartphones less attractive to consumers.
  • We're live at Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote

    04/29/2015 2:40:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    Engadget ^ | Apr 29, 2015 | Devindra Hardawar
    (Liveblogging as it happens)
  • 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....
  • Aussie enterprises targeted in Bartalex spam campaign

    04/28/2015 6:02:45 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews.com.au ^ | on Apr 29, 2015 6:49 AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Office macro downloads malware used in JP Morgan heist. Australian businesses are currently being hit by cloud storage hosted Microsoft Office macro malware in large numbers in a month-long campaign uncovered by security researchers. Security vendor Trend Micro said its researchers detected an outbreak of spam that used fraudulent messages from the Automated Clearing House electronic funds transfer network that is regularly used by businesses for transactions with each other. The spam messages link to Dropbox sites that contain malicious Microsoft Office macros - named Bartalex - which if enabled by users, proceed to download a variant of the Dyre...
  • 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...
  • iTunes stops working for Windows XP users, Apple security change likely to blame

    04/23/2015 10:13:10 PM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | April 22, 2015 | Emil Protalinski
    iTunes users who still run Windows XP started to experience connectivity issues this week. As documented in an Apple Support Communities thread, they can’t log into the iTunes store, meaning functions like buying content, watching already purchased movies and TV shows, playing DRM-protected content, backing up, updating, and syncing all do not work. The issue has to do with the secure connection iTunes uses to connect to the iTunes Store, meaning it doesn’t affect users until they try to log in. While the support thread in question only has some 50 replies at the time of publishing, we expect it...
  • 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 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3278876/posts - 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...
  • NYC City Council in talks to decriminalize minor offenses like open container and public [ed tr]

    04/20/2015 9:23:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 20, 2015 | Sarah Ryley
    A potential showdown is looming over a pair of City Council proposals that would decriminalize a host of offenses — including fare-beating, drinking on the street and public urination — in an overhaul that could dramatically impact the NYPD’s “broken windows” approach to policing. The measures, still the focus of ongoing negotiations, could pit some Council members against Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who raised questions about the potential changes just last month. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s office is working on a proposal that would make some of the most common criminal court summonses civil charges instead. Violators would get...
  • 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....
  • New Redirect to SMB Flaw in all Windows versions including Windows 10 (shortened)

    04/13/2015 6:45:42 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 17 replies
    TechWorm ^ | on April 13, 2015 | Vijay
    Security researchers at Cylance have discovered a serious vulnerability in all supported versions of Windows that can allow a potential hacker who has control of some portion of a victim’s network traffic to steal users’ credentials for valuable services. Cylance researchers disclosed the vulnerability today on their website in which they said that their study is an extension to a similar research done by Aaron Spangler in 1997.