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We reported earlier this week that Samsung had pulled a page from Lenovo's book by installingn crapware to customer PCs, and as you'd suspect, consumers were none-too-pleased. Making matters worse, words out of Samsung made it sound like the company didn't even consider it to be a big deal. However, it seems that the company has had a change of heart, as it's now decided to roll out an update to its SW Update tool that will restore Windows Updates' default settings. In a statement to VentureBeat, Samsung began with an ironic "Samsung has a commitment to security" and continued with "and... Read more...
Microsoft's third iteration of the Surface Pro was a monumental improvement over the first two incarnations. For many, the third time really was the charm. It was powerful enough to replace most laptops, and versatile enough to serve as two device types without major compromises on either side. A year later now, and Microsoft presents us with the third iteration of the standard Surface. You know, the one without the "Pro" dangling from the end. It's cheaper, slimmer, and toned down, but it's also aimed at a broader swath of consumers. The base Surface 3 checks in at an alluring $499, but that's... Read more...
Just a little over a week since it released build 10122 of its Windows 10 Preview, Microsoft hits us with another: build 10130. As with 10122, 10130 is part of the fast ring, so in order to get it, you'll need to make sure that's the option chosen on the update screen of the Settings app. As it alluded to in the last post, Microsoft once again stresses that from here on out, newly rolled-out builds are going to be more about refinement than anything else. At this point in the game, it's unlikely we're to learn about brand-new full-blown features, but what's already... Read more...
It seems hard to fathom, but it's been two and a half decades since Microsoft released its first true mainstream operating system, Windows 3.0. Yes, there were two major releases that preceded it, but Windows 3.0 was the first to version to strike a cord and see widespread use. Together with Windows 3.1, Microsoft sold 10 million copies in the first two years.By the time Windows 3.0 debuted on this day in 1990, computers had already become a part of daily life. PCs were getting faster, and Windows offered a friendly user interface that was far more welcoming to new users than having to type commands... Read more...
Last week learned that the Oculus Rift will be delivered to paying customers starting in Q1 2016. Oculus also took the time to show us what the final version of the Rift will look like once it begins shipping. During the reveal, the company stated, “In the weeks ahead, we’ll be revealing the details around hardware, software, input, and many of our unannounced made-for-VR games and experiences coming to the Rift.” That time has come, and Oculus has handed down the recommended minimum specs “for the full Rift experience” on PC systems. You’ll need: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greaterIntel... Read more...
Just over a month following its official unveil, Microsoft's Surface 3 is already a belle of the tablet ball as far as business is concerned, running Windows 8.1 and offering easy IT integration and robust Enterprise-class security. And with the company's release yesterday of a new driver update designed to bring the process of Surface 3 mass system deployment in line with that of the larger and faster (and more expensive) Surface Pro 3, the attraction is set to grow deeper.  According to a Microsoft blog post, "The update – which is available now -- improves the mass... Read more...
Since Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella as its CEO, we've seen the company make some dramatic transformations, and given what we've seen in recent years, it's proven quite refreshing. That carries on through to Windows 10, which is shaping up to be one of the, if not the, best OSes Microsoft has ever launched. We've talked much about some of what's coming to Windows 10 that makes it so great, such as a refined UI (including improved Start menu), Cortana, Continuum, overhauled applications, and of course, a brand-new browser called Edge. Given its final name late last month, Edge is designed to... Read more...
A couple of months ago, we posted about the prospect of a subscription-based Windows. Given the changing landscape, it wasn't that hard to believe that such a thing could come true, and if it didn't, many believed that the next version of Windows wouldn't be like what we're used to. At Microsoft's Ignite conference, we were hit with some confirmation of that. During his talk, Jerry Nixon dropped the bombshell: "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." That sounds a bit grim, but Windows isn't going... Read more...
A mere week after Microsoft rolled out build 10061 of its Windows 10 Preview comes a brand-new one: 10074. This build is a bit special in that it's the first in a while to be delivered to those on the "Slow" ring - so if you're currently running an earlier Windows 10 build, you should expect the 10074 update to come through shortly. While 10074 becomes available not long after Microsoft announced the final name of Project Spartan, Microsoft Edge, the change is not reflected in this build. It seems likely that the next build would take care of that, unless there are simply no other updates to the... Read more...
According to US-based security research firm FireEye, a Russian group it dubs APT28 is responsible for attacking a number of different government agency computers through exploitation of previously unknown vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Microsoft Windows. To exploit a vulnerable system, attackers took advantage of a buffer overflow issue in Flash through the use of malformed FLV files and gain remote code execution. On the Windows side, the core issue is a local escalation of privilege flaw which isn't critical by itself, but is made so when paired with the Flash vulnerability. As of the time... Read more...
As hard as it might be to believe, Microsoft ceased support for Windows XP last April; the 8th, to be exact. Since then, there has actually been little to report on XP-wise, although earlier this month, we did learn that the classic OS has more users than Windows 8 -- much to Microsoft's chagrin, I'm sure. Realizing that not everyone has moved away from Microsoft's legacy OS yet, or has simply been unable to, Google has vowed to continue supporting the OS with its Chrome browser straight through to the end of 2015. But with this favor comes some sound advice: On April 8, 2014, Microsoft stopped... Read more...
Windows 10 isn't even out the door yet, so what better time than now to talk about its successor? Believe it or not, there's a fair bit of information on it floating around already, with its codename being particularly interesting: Redstone. Following in the footsteps of 'Blue' and 'Threshold', Redstone is an obvious tie-in to Microsoft's purchase of Minecraft, which it snagged from Mojang last year. Redstone is an integral material in the game, used to create simple items like a map or compass as well as logic gates for building electronic devices, like a calculator or working doors. That similarity... Read more...
Intel's much-anticipated 'Compute Stick' has just hit e-tail, with the most notable e-tailer to stock it right now being Amazon. Right now, there's a 32GB version being sold that packs in an inactive Windows 8.1 installation as well as Android 4.4, and it's priced at $108.83. Amazon lists these specs: Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core, 32GB storage, 2GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, HDMI, dual microUSB ports, one USB 2.0 port, and a microSD card slot. There's also a power button in case you don't want the device to be running all the time. As an Android device, the Compute Stick would have a... Read more...
Ten years ago, the mere suggestion that Microsoft could one day open source Windows would have resulted in much laughter, and you might have even found yourself checked into a facility to monitor your mental health. Today, though, things are certainly different. The entire landscape has changed dramatically over the past ten - even five - years. Mobile is an order of magnitude more popular than it was when Windows Vista hit the scene, and the same could be said about cloud storage - it's now everywhere. Could Microsoft really take one of its biggest money-earners and convert it to open source,... Read more...
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