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If you've been experiencing super-slow downloads on Xbox Live, don't fret: you're not alone. That's the upside; the downside is that while Microsoft is on the case, it doesn't seem to understand the rhyme or reason behind the cause. If there's a secondary upside; you can at least relish the fact that it's merely slow, and not down entirely, as has happened before. It's a Sunday, so maybe you're lounging around waiting for Xbox Live to fully restore itself. If that's the case, you might be interested in helping Microsoft diagnose the issue. Misses Quinzel, an official support rep for Microsoft,... Read more...
About a week ago, it was revealed that Microsoft was going to be taking yet another step in the wrong direction with Windows 10. This time, it planned to forego telling us regular consumers what its Windows 10 updates would actually entail. We wouldn't know what caused a breakage if one were to occur, and worse, we wouldn't know whether or not we were vulnerable to exploits (or whether they were patched.) As ridiculous as this is for the home user, it's downright absurd for enterprise customers. It could be argued that enterprise computing should be weighed even higher than consumer computing,... Read more...
Microsoft has just released a new Windows 10 build for those folks using the 'fast' ring (and have opted to receive preview builds). As you'd expect with a build that's come out after the final release has, there's not that much to talk about here. Most of Microsoft's efforts going forward are going to relate to bug-fixing as well as refinement. An example of that refinement can be seen in the show below. According to Microsoft, it's received feedback about inconsistencies in contextual menus - mostly with regards to how they don't fit the overall theme of the OS. As it appears in this shot, the... Read more...
Well in advance of the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft painted a pretty picture of its newest OS. It's supposed to "transform" the way we do things, allowing us to be more creative. "A more human way to do." That's all fine and dandy, but with Windows 10 having been available for close to a month now, it's clear that there are many who are no longer as excited about the new OS as they once were. I am admittedly in the same boat; I no longer have a strong desire to upgrade at this point, because the caveats outweigh the benefits right now. What caveats? Well, forced updates are a big one, and despite... Read more...
It's not a great day for Russia-based Kaspersky Lab, as some of its former employees have come forward (anonymously) with information that indicates that some dastardly deeds were conducted by the company. Ultimately, it's said that Kaspersky wanted to harm its competition because they wouldn't stop stealing its work. The allegation is that Kaspersky Lab had select employees purposely inject bad code into normal, common files, so that its competitors could pick them up as malicious, and in the worst case, delete them from a user's PC. That could result in broken software or perhaps even a broken... Read more...
Concerns surrounding the security and privacy of Microsoft's latest OS continue to grow today with the revelation that even when using aggressive privacy settings, Microsoft still phones home with certain information. This came to light via Ars Technica, which put the many different privacy-related settings in Windows 10 to the test. It was discovered that even if an offline user account was used, some identifiable information was sent to Microsoft, notably some related to OneDrive. In one case, an ID number was sent to a mysterious content delivery network. In some cases, the information sent... Read more...
If you've been experiencing issues with the store in Windows 10 over the past few days, don't fret: you're not alone. Beginning at least last Saturday, many users have been experiencing issues with the store that either prevents them from downloading, updating, and in some cases, using apps. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley notes a rather critical error: the mail client she used simply stopped working. While it would show that new emails were arriving, opening, deleting, or moving them hasn't been possible. As odd as it is that issues affecting an app store could also affect apps from actually working is,... Read more...
A mere two weeks following the release of Windows 10 for desktops and notebooks comes a slimmed-down version for IoT (Internet of Things) devices. What makes the release of this edition a little interesting is the fact that it's targeted at ARM-based devices, but despite that, owners of Windows RT-based devices are not being treated to their own version. That could be for a good reason, though, as the IoT version of Windows 10 is likely to be even more pared-down than Windows RT, and given the target is the Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Intel's MinnowBoard, that's probably all the proof we need. One... Read more...
Machine-learning can be used for a wide variety of things, but I admit one I never thought of was humor. No, not to tell jokes (though we've seen proof of how humorous that can be through Siri and Cortana), but instead churning through tons of jokes and deciphering which ones are the best, and ultimately, being able to single out unknown jokes as being worthy of being repeated. Of course, this all ties to a real-world example. For the past decade, The New Yorker has had a wordless cartoon at the back of its magazine, with readers being invited to send in their ideas for captions. Despite receiving... Read more...
Back in May, Microsoft revealed that it wouldn't be bringing Windows 10 to its RT devices, including the Surface RT line. While it wasn't that surprising, it was still a bummer for those who gave Microsoft the benefit of the doubt and picked up an RT device in its earlier days. Well, it seems now that not all hope is lost for those RT faithfuls. In the Windows 10 FAQ, of all places, there's a point made about Windows RT devices: "If you’re running Windows RT, your device won’t upgrade to Windows 10. We will have an update available in September 2015 that will improve the Start menu and lock screen.... Read more...
With the amount of positive hype that surrounded Windows 10 well in advance of its launch, it almost seemed like Microsoft could do no wrong. That was up until the actual release, that is, when multiple caveats were revealed. The biggest one is no doubt the fact that users of the Home edition lack complete control over their updates. In effect, you're getting updated whether you like it or not. And there sure has been a stink raised about that. Well, it just keeps on getting better. Now, it's been revealed that not only are security and feature updates mandatory in the Home edition, but so too... Read more...
Microsoft has taken advantage of the ongoing Black Hat conference in Las Vegas to announce that it has increased the maximum payout in its bug bounty program from $50,000 to $100,000 - a sign that it's committed to making sure its software is as secure as possible. This move of course comes hot on the heels of the release of Windows 10, an OS that Microsoft intends to have a very long life. Windows 10 is also designed to act as a "service", so it needs to have bulletproof security. Thus, it comes almost as no surprise at all that the company is ramping up its efforts to ensure that the OS is protected... Read more...
When Microsoft first laid out all of the changes that were coming to Windows 10, one that didn't seem too surprising was the removal of Windows Media Center and a DVD player. After all, it seems nowadays, very few rely entirely on their PC for DVD playback purposes, so the player's inclusion did little more than add to the price for most people. However, for those who do rely on the Windows DVD player, its removal has no doubt been frustrating. There is some good news, though, as long as you're willing to shell out $15 for a standard fare (or even lackluster) version. That's... Read more...
During its press conference at Gamescom, Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 will be hitting the Xbox One in November. Best of all? Like all dashboard updates, it's not going to cost you a dime. We first learned of Microsoft's Xbox One Windows 10 plans in advance of E3, and while Microsoft hasn't gone in-depth about all of what the update will bring to the table, there's enough meat here to gain a basic understanding. It's no doubt obvious, but Windows 10 on Xbox One isn't going to look like Windows 10 on the PC. Like the mobile variant of the OS, Xbox One will be treated to a finely-tuned Windows... Read more...
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