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Ever since the Meltdown and Spectre were disclosed earlier this year, the issues surrounding the speculative execution exploits has been multi-pronged. On the one hand, there are concerns that nefarious parties taking advantage of the exploits to compromise unpatched systems. In addition, there have been concerns that the current patches to mitigate the attacks can reduce processing performance by up to 30 percent in some cases. Thankfully, Google engineers have developed a Spectre Variant 2 mitigation technique that results in a negligible impact in system performance. The mitigation... Read more...
The October 2018 Update for Windows 10 is starting to look like a hot mess. A string of issues have marred the release, none more serious than a file deletion bug that left some users with missing files after applying the update. As Microsoft continues to test a fix for that issue, another file management bug has reared its ugly head. Incompatibilities are one thing, and to some extent, a little bit of wonky behavior is to expected when major upgrades arrive. It comes with the territory of servicing so many different combinations of hardware. However, when updates start messing with documents and... Read more...
Microsoft is still testing its October 2018 Update for Windows 10 after taking it offline to investigate reports of missing files. The issue is purportedly fixed, though Microsoft is not yet ready to start doling it out to the general public yet. In the meantime, Microsoft issued a trio of cumulative updates for previous versions of Windows 10. The three cumulative updates bring a host of fixes to builds 1607 (Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, or Redstone 1), 1703 (Windows 10 Creators Update, or Redstone 2), and 1709 (Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, or Redstone 3). There's nothing new out there... Read more...
As solid as Windows 10 is as an OS all-around, Microsoft made some design decisions with it that have annoyed its faithful customer base (unless you feel like you have no choice but to use Windows, of course). Privacy has been at the forefront of complaints, with the OS tracking us like never before, but more noticeably annoying has been the bloat the OS ships with.  It used to be that after unpacking that brand-new laptop, any bloatware found on the system would be from the vendor itself. That could include things like that vendor's own control panel, but also things like third-party software... Read more...
The Windows 10 October 2018 Update was supposed to be a big triumph for Microsoft as the second major update for its consumer operating system for the year. While it's expected that minor bugs might crop up with a major software update, no one was prepared for the file deletion fiasco that struck soon after the update was made available to the public. A number of users saw their documents, pictures and even music files vanish after the performing the update. Microsoft acknowledged the issue and then pulled the October 2018 Update. Since that time, Microsoft has begun seeding... Read more...
Microsoft's roll out of the October 2018 Update (Redstone 5) for Windows 10 has not exactly been smooth. From audio woes to missing files, it appears the latest upgrade to Windows 10 needed a bit more time in the oven before serving up. That said, Microsoft has been busy fixing various bugs with the October 2018 Update, including one that was causing some HP systems to experience the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD). "In working with HP, Microsoft has identified an HP driver with known incompatibility with certain HP devices on Windows 10 versions 1803 and 1809. On October 11, 2018 Microsoft... Read more...
After Microsoft fessed up to a bug that was causing customers to lose data when upgrading to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the company was hit with another seemingly widespread issue. Customers reported after installing the latest major feature update, that their audio was suddenly borked. Many simply received the following error message: "No Audio output is installed". After digging around to find the root cause of this latest issue, Microsoft now has a solution. And in fact, it is pointing the finger not at itself (as it did with the file deletion bug), but at Intel. In a... Read more...
Just as Microsoft previously started rolling out its October 2018 Update for Windows 10 PCs (and then paused it to investigate reports of missing files), there is also a new system update available for Xbox One consoles that is packed with new features. One of them is an Xbox skill for Cortana and Alexa. To celebrate the latter, Microsoft has teamed up with Amazon to bundle a free third-generation Echo Dot with select Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles. "Anyone who buys a qualified Xbox One S or Xbox One X bundle at Amazon.com will also get a new Amazon Echo Dot, but don’t wait too long because... Read more...
Microsoft has an idea for a hinged Surface device with dual screens that was seen in patent drawings back in July. This device would go a long way towards giving users more screen space while maintaining a portable form factor. This week a new patent application has surfaced, and that it gives us another glimpse at what Microsoft is cooking up for its hinged, dual-screen device. The device would have a hinge in the center covered with a flexible display across the two sections of the machine; the hinge looks similar to what Microsoft is using for the Surface Book. Patent drawings show the device... Read more...
There's some big news in the latest round of PC shipment numbers that are coming from Gartner and IDC. Although the firms use differing tracking methods, both show that Lenovo has regained its spot as the world’s top-selling PC vendor for the third quarter. According to Gartner, overall global PC sales rose just 0.1 percent year-over-year to 67.2 million. On the global stage, Lenovo was the top performer, showing a 10.7 percent increase YoY to 15.8 million units shipped. Hewlett-Packard was in second place with 14.6 million units (6.2 percent YoY increase), while Dell sat in third place with... Read more...
Microsoft had a big problem with the Windows 10 October 2018 (version 1809) update when it initially rolled out; the update deleted critical files for some users. Microsoft opted to pull the update to investigate and make changes needed to prevent file deletion. The update is set to start rolling out again with Windows Insiders being the first to get the revised version. Microsoft says that it pulled the version 1809 update across all channels including Windows Server 2019 and IoT equivalents and notes that situations such as this are why it rolls out feature updates slowly. The version 1809 update... Read more...
Microsoft is talking up the future of gaming, and it says in that future you will be able to play any game you want, on any device you have at hand. That is very different from the world of gaming we have today, where each of your devices has its individual gaming ecosystem. Microsoft says that Project xCloud will change all of that and place the gamer at the center of the gaming experience. A key step in bringing Project xCloud to reality is allowing developers to bring their content to the platform. Microsoft says that the developers of games for the Xbox One available now, and the games of the... Read more...
Industry standards change over time, and eventually new technologies almost always take the place of old ones. If you're old enough to remember using 3.5-inch or even 5.25-inch floppy disks, you know what we're talking about. As it pertains to right now, there is a shift from USB-A to USB-C connectivity taking place, albeit a slow one. Not everyone is eager to move on from USB-A, though, including Microsoft. Just last week, Microsoft unveiled a new round of Surface products, including the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2, both of which wield upgraded 8th generation Intel Core processors on the... Read more...
The latest release of Windows 10 brings a lot of great near features to the table, including a long overdue enhancement of the OS' dark mode (which now applies itself to the file manager and context menus) and an integrated Your Phone feature for mobile device integration. While many have upgraded to the latest release of Windows (1809) without issue, we wrote yesterday that it's not going well for everyone. In some cases, users will upgrade, and quickly find some of their personal files being deleted. Not good. This is one of the worst possibilities for a new OS version roll out, and while the... Read more...
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