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For over 13 years, Microsoft has been issuing monthly security updates for Windows on what is known as Patch Tuesday, typically the second Tuesday of every month. This month's update would have fell on Valentine's Day, except that Microsoft did something highly unusual—it delayed the Patch Tuesday rollout following the discovery of a "last minute issue that could impact some customers." Now a week later, Microsoft has issued an emergency patch for a flaw in Adobe Flash Player. The out-of-band release pertains to a critical vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player that could allow an attacker to execute... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft just can’t catch a break when it comes to the privacy settings incorporated into Windows 10. The company came under fire shortly after the launch of the operating system during the summer of 2015 over concerns that personal information was being beamed back to the mothership in Redmond, Washington; and Microsoft hasn’t completely alleviated those concerns for some. The latest to show signs of skepticism is the European Union (EU). According to Reuters, the Article 29 Working Party, which is composed of 28 governing bodies that enforce data protection laws, is taking... Read more...
Microsoft is taking a rather unusual path with its HoloLens augmented reality (AR) headset. The corporation is reportedly skipping the second version of the product and jumping right into development of what was to be the third generation model. The latest and greatest and HoloLens is expected to be available for consumers in 2019. At the moment, Microsoft appears to be the lone wolf in the AR field. Companies like Magic Leap have promised ground-breaking products, but have yet to deliver anything to their investors or potential consumers. Microsoft therefore does feel pressure to release... Read more...
If you live in the United Kingdom and regularly use search engines like Google and Bing to easily search for pirated wares, you might want to find another method to fuel your madness. Both Microsoft and Google have signed a pact in the UK that would in essence demote pirated content from search results. The purpose is to drastically reduce consumers’ ability to access sites that peddle copyright-protected materials. The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has developed what it calls a Voluntary Code of Practice, which both search giants have agreed to adhere to starting June 1st, 2017. Other... Read more...
Here we go again. For the second time in a mere three months, Google decided to spill the beans on a Windows bug before the engineers in Redmond could release a patch for it. Microsoft has a Google countdown timer to thank for this latest disclosure; one that shows mercy to absolutely no one, or any company. The latest bug affects a key file in Windows' GDI, or Graphics Device Interface, which is responsible for rendering graphics and fonts in Windows applications. We use "latest" lightly here, as this bug, according to Google, was simply never fixed despite having been previously reported. It... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, we reported on Beam hitting Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15019, and now, those who have access to the Xbox One Insider Preview should be able to boot their console up and take almost immediate advantage of the same feature (an update will be necessary first, of course). Beam is of course Microsoft's solution for taking on the Goliath that is Twitch.tv. With it, players can watch their favorite Xbox or Windows-derived streams on the same platforms, in addition to Android and iOS (apps existed for those platforms before Microsoft acquired Beam last year). When... Read more...
If you’ve been following news coming out of Redmond, Washington this week, something rather unprecedented took place. Microsoft’s regularly-scheduled Patch Tuesday, which includes the usual collection of security fixes and updates, didn’t take place on Valentine’s Day. Instead, Microsoft provided the following statement via its TechNet website: Our top priority is to provide the best possible experience for customers in maintaining and protecting their systems. This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today. After... Read more...
  Listen up, gaming fans! Microsoft has announced the start time for its E3 media briefing, and it breaks from recent tradition. Microsoft usually holds its event on Monday morning during E3, however, this year the company has moved the event up to Sunday, June 11th at 5PM EST. This gives Microsoft a little bit more breathing room to distance itself from Sony, which usually holds its event on Monday evening. Microsoft’s schedule shakeup isn’t the only major change going on at E3 this year. It was announced last week that 2017 marks the first time that the public will be able to mingle... Read more...
Do we need a “digital” Geneva Convention? Microsoft certainly thinks so. The corporation’s Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith recently argued that a digital Geneva Convention would potentially be able to protect civilians from state-sponsored cyber-warfare. First, what is the Geneva Convention? The Geneva Convention is comprised of four treaties and three protocols that outline the international law for humanitarian treatment in war. One of the main purposes of the Geneva Convention is to protect civilians, soldiers incapable of fighting, and prisoners of war.Smith noted that 74 percent of businesses... Read more...
  There seems to be a new bug making the rounds for people that are running Windows 10 Mobile on their Lumia smartphones. It has been reported that a lock screen exploit can give anyone with physical access to your smartphone the ability to snoop on just about any picture that is stored on your device. A member of the Windows Insider Brazil community is credited with discovering the exploit, which can bypass the PIN-based security on your smartphone. The first step is to open the camera app on a locked device (this functionality must have already been enabled in Settings). Once you snap... Read more...
Microsoft can celebrate a strong start to 2017 in terms of console sales. The company said it sold more Xbox One consoles in the United States in January of this year than any previous January, of which there have been three others since the Xbox One debuted in November of 2013. That is a pretty remarkable feat considering the age of the console and the fact that Microsoft previously revealed plans to release a more powerful console (Project Scorpio) at the end of this year. Even with that knowledge, consumers came out and purchase Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles in record number to start the... Read more...
Most of us could probably stand to be a little bit more organized, whether it's remembering to pick up milk on the way home or making sure not to miss little Katie's recital right after turning in those blueprints to the boss at noon. That is where digital assistants can be useful. Cortana is one of them and Microsoft is making its smarty pants AI even more helpful by having her hold you accountable to what you say in emails. "Cortana already gives you reminders for people, places and times, and helps you make and manage to-do lists so you don’t forget a thing. Now, Cortana can help you remember... Read more...
  Microsoft hasn’t even officially announced Windows 10 Cloud, but the new operating system has already been “hacked” to add functionality that isn’t officially sanctioned. For those that need a refresher, Windows 10 Cloud is a new variant of Microsoft’s current consumer operating system that will only allow you to install Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps from the Windows Store. According to Microsoft’s own description of Windows 10 Cloud, “This version of Windows was made to help protect you and your device by exclusively running Windows Store apps.” This walled garden approach, however,... Read more...
We've been talking about Microsoft's 'Project NEON' for a couple of months now, and while we now have a good idea of what it's going to be bringing to the table, we're in for a rather long wait. The public release isn't slated to arrive until late 2017. Project NEON is an evolution of the design language in Windows 10, and will give a noticeable fresh coat of paint to both Windows 10 itself, and apps found in the Windows Store. The goal is to continue with the modern push, and implement a lot of blur for aesthetic enhancement. At a Windows Developer Day which took place yesterday, Microsoft inadvertently... Read more...
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