Items tagged with Windows 10

The first laptop PCs with integrated Amazon Alexa functionality were announced earlier this year, but Acer is claiming that it is the first manufacturer to actually ship devices to customers. The company announced today that Alexa is preinstalled on Spin 3 and Spin 5 convertibles that are shipping now. In addition to those aforementioned product lines, Acer says that its Aspire, Switch and Swift notebooks along with the Aspire all-in-one desktop will also have Alexa baked in over the coming weeks. Acer is leveraging Intel Smart Sound Technology, which includes an integrated... Read more...
Sprint is offering a deal that folks who are interested in one of the new slick little Qualcomm Snapdragon Always Connected PC Platform devices will really love. The deal allows eligible devices to get free unlimited LTE data for the entirety of 2018. There are three devices that are eligible for the free data offer, including the ASUS NovaGo, HP Envy X2, and the Lenovo Miix 630. All three of those devices are on the aforementioned Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform and employ a Qualcomm X16LTE modem. The 2-in1 machines look very similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro with ultra-portable detachable... Read more...
A second-generation Surface Hub has been rumored for quite some time, and Microsoft has delivered today with the introduction of the aptly named Surface Hub 2. The first-generation Surface Hub is available in both 55-inch and 84-inch versions, while the Surface Hub 2 features a 50.5-inch touch screen display (no larger size will be offered, at least initially). The PixelSense display has a 4K+ resolution with a 3:2 aspect ratio, which should be familiar to anyone that has used Surface-branded hardware. An intriguing aspect about this collaborative digital whiteboard is that it is now... Read more...
Microsoft had a trick up its sleeves at the Microsoft Build conference last week, one that integrates Windows 10 with your smartphone. The app is called "Your Phone" and it is a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app that will be pushed for Windows Insiders in the coming weeks. No exact ETA is known at this time. What it does is allow users to access text messages, photos, and notifications on any Windows 10 PC from your phone. Microsoft's Windows 10 'Your Phone' Microsoft has also suggested that it will allow users to drag and drop photos from the phone to the PC without having to touch the... Read more...
Earlier this week, Microsoft issued a notice that it was actively blocking some PCs from receiving its April 2018 Update for Windows 10 because it was causing problems with certain Intel-brand solid state drive models. Microsoft did not specify which exact models were getting tripped up by the update, or even if the problem manifested itself on both SATA and PCIe drives. However, we now have our answer—the issue affects systems running an Intel SSD 600p or Intel SSD Pro 6000 series SSD. As with before, the updated notice warns that systems with affected drives may crash or enter a UEFI screen... Read more...
Microsoft is pushing out a new test build to Windows Insiders, one that ends in '666' (Build 17666) and will consume your soul if you install it. Okay, so it's not actually demonic—we don't think so, anyway—but it is quite literally a dark release. Or, it can be. One of the things that is new in the latest preview build is an extension of the dark theme in Windows to File Explorer, as many users have been requesting. Click to Enlarge "As many of you know, we added dark theme support to Windows based on your feedback. This setting is available under Settings > Personalization >... Read more...
Yesterday was Patch Tuesday, which means that Microsoft issued a number of security updates for its operating systems and software suites. However, one particular exploit that caught our attention is already been exploited in the real world on Windows-based systems. The flaw was first discovered in the Windows VBScript engine by researchers from Qihoo 360 Core Security. For those that remember, this is the Double Kill exploit that Qihoo 360 Core Security described late last month, but it now has an official designation: CVE-2018-8174. According to Microsoft, there is a flaw in the... Read more...
Despite several months of testing, there is a show stopping bug in the April 2018 Update for Windows 10 that is causing issues on systems with certain Intel-brand solid state drives installed. Affected systems can end up in a UEFI screen reboot or experience repeated crashes, according to a new support document on Microsoft's website. As a result, Microsoft is halting the roll out of the April 2018 Update to potentially affected rigs while it works on a fix. "Microsoft is currently blocking some Intel SSDs from installing the April 2018 Update due to a known incompatibility that may cause performance... Read more...
Last year, Microsoft and Amazon announced that their respective AI voice assistants -- Cortana and Alexa -- would be joining forces to combine the best of both ecosystems on Windows 10. This week at Build 2018, Microsoft demonstrated how the pairing with work in the real world, and it isn't as complex as you might expect when combining two competing platforms. In a demo that was conducted by Megan Saunders, GM for Cortana, and Tom Taylor, SVP for Alexa, a Windows 10 PC was configured to "talk" with an Amazon Echo. Saunders was able to speak the command "Open Cortana" to the Echo, after... Read more...
Microsoft has been pushing out its April 2018 Update for Windows 10 for several days now, and you know what that means, right? It's time to look forward to the next major release. We have no idea what Microsoft will end up calling it—October 2018 Update, perhaps?—but we do know that it will introduce a much improved screen capture experience with modern conveniences. It seems a silly little thing to get excited over, but the current Snipping Tool is one of the remaining parts of Windows 10 that feels out of date. Microsoft wants to change that. In a blog post aimed at Windows Insiders,... Read more...
Have you been experiencing wonky issues on your PC after installing the April 2018 Update for Windows 10? Well, you're not alone, if that comes as any consolation. Others have taken to Reddit and other destinations on the web to complain of annoying behavior after applying the update, including freeze ups in Chrome and even complete system hangs. Fortunately, Microsoft is aware of the issue and is working on a fix. In a support document, Microsoft acknowledges that some devices running the latest version of Windows 10 (build 1803) "may hang or freeze when using certain apps, such as 'Hey Cortana'... Read more...
Microsoft issued the Windows 10 April 2018 on Monday after holding off on the launch due to a last-minute bug. Although the release brought some new productivity-minded features for users, it has also introduced some incompatibilities with popular apps that users are now reporting. Such is the case with a bug that is causing random freezes in Google Chrome. A reddit discussion thread is currently filled with multiple Windows 10 users that have experienced freezes in Chrome after installing the April 2018 Update. For one particular user (the thread's OP), his computer completely froze... Read more...
Have you ever used the same password for multiple accounts? Maybe it's not particularly secure, either, because the really good ones are harder to remember—and no, 'monalisa' is not a secure password. Most will agree that password management is a pain in the backside, and if you wish there was a better way, well, Microsoft hears you. If Microsoft has its way, traditional password entry will go the way of the dodo bird. "Nobody likes passwords. They are inconvenient, insecure, and expensive. In fact, we dislike them so much that we’ve been busy at work trying to create a world without... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft has a bit of a security issue on its hands that affects both Windows 7 and Windows 10 operating systems. Back in July 2017, Bitdefender researcher Marius Tivadar discovered an exploit in Windows operating systems that allows anyone with physical access to a computer to invoke a BSOD by simply inserting a USB thumb drive loaded with a bit of software. He reported the issue to Microsoft, but at the time they brushed him off. Now, he's stepping out with details and a demonstration to raise awareness of this vulnerability. What makes this exploit so intriguing is that Tivadar's... Read more...
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