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Windows Phone 8.1 Security Features PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 April 2014 05:44

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The Windows Phone operating system is secure. But Windows Phone 8.1 goes several steps further and offers several security features that are useful to the home user as well as the enterprise user. All devices need to be safe and secure, but this is more important for mobile devices and smartphones. This post talks of the Enterprise-level security features available in Windows Phone 8.1. The Windows Phone operating system offers security features like such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) with virtual smart cards and PINs to its defense-in-depth, multilayered approach that addresses organizational security requirements in numerous ways. Windows Phone 8.1 shares many of the same underlying components, including those related to security, as Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems. A Windows Phone 8.1 mobile device is malware resistant as it uses the same technologies that are used by Windows 8.1 desktop operating system...Turn to windows8newsinfo forum for more details + the download link.

 

 
End-to-End Encrypted File-Sharing Service PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 April 2014 05:35

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Tresorit today officially launched its end-to-end encrypted cloud storage service after emerging from its stealth beta. The startup employs multiple layers of security that make its data extremely difficult to compromise. One key advantage to Tresorit is that it doesn’t have a master key to your encryption, so, unlike what happened to secure email service Lavabit, it can’t be forced to provide access to your data. The startup is also based in Switzerland, which should help keep it out of reach of NSA court orders. Tresorit uses AES-256 encryption on the client side before your data is uploaded. It also relies on a patented encryption method for sharing files with others. The service is available on PC, Mac, iOS and Android. A Windows Phone version is currently in closed beta, and a Linux client is in development. It’s worth noting that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden recently recommended the use of end-to-end encryption as an important method for avoiding widespread government surveillance...Want to know more visit our forum.

 

 
Universal Windows apps PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 April 2014 06:06

universal windows apps

Microsoft has rolled out the first universal apps for Windows and Windows Phone, allowing users to buy an app once and play it on phones, tablets and PCs. The first two paid apps to take advantage are Microsoft's own Halo: Spartan Assault and 17-Bit's Skulls of the Shogun. Both games cost $4.99 and can be purchased through either the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store. Strangely, the games' Windows Store listings give no indication that these are universal apps. But when you view their Windows Phone Store listings, a small notice on the left-hand side says the apps are “Made for Windows Phones and Windows PCs.” Microsoft has also turned several of its free games into universal apps, including Wordament, Hexic, Mahjong, Minesweeper and Solitaire. Eventually, universal apps will come to the Xbox One, but Microsoft hasn't given a timeline, and the Xbox team will retain control over which apps will appear on the console...If you stop by our forum I assure you will find more information on universal windows apps.

 

 
Windows Spring Update Being Reoffered PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 April 2014 05:43

kb2919355

If you see KB2919355 being reoffered in your list of Windows Updates today, don't be alarmed. Just about everyone is seeing that. Since Update 1 for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 released, there have been multiple fixes made available, but instead of offering them separately, Microsoft has updated KB2919355 to include them. However, when you see KB2919355 offered again, it is smart enough to only install those pieces that you need. It will not reinstall the full update. For me, the reoffer took less than 2 minutes to apply. A reboot is needed, though. What does this mean for the MSDN and Volume Licensing site downloads? The ISOs have already been replaced to include most of the same fixes. It was replaced on April 15. So, if you downloaded prior to that to build your reference images, you'll need to download it again and replace what you already have stored on-premise. KB2934018 and KB2959977 are still needed to complete the set...For more on this possible reoffering visit our forum.

 

 
Potential Fixes for Windows 8.1 Update 1 Failing to Install PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:58

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 has been touted as a much needed release for the Windows 8.x OS. Some have stated that it's what Windows 8 should have been in the first place. Microsoft is definitely playing catch-up with its subsequent releases, providing better features for those wanting to use the latest operating system without having to give up something in the process. As successful a release as Update 1 appears for many, there is a minority of users where the update fails to install for one reason or another. Common installation problems result in errors 80070020, 8007312, 0X800f081f, and 0x80071a91. Some of the problems have been attributed to issues that existed already before the update was released, while others have surfaced as resulting in corrupted downloads from Windows Update. Despite the exact issue, there have been a few solutions communicated that could help get Update 1 installed. It's pretty important that Update 1 be installed, considering that without it Windows 8.1 users will no longer receive security updates. Update 1 is a required installation...We have the possibilities posted on our forum.

 

 
Volume License media now available for Windows 8.1 Update PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:02

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It's not all about Windows Phone 8.1 today - Microsoft has revealed that volume license customers can now snag Windows 8.1 with Update 1 integrated, Windows Server 2012 R2 with Windows Server 2012 R2 Update integrated, and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry with Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Update integrated. "This is the final part of the release cycle that included  the release via MSDN on the 2nd and Windows Update on the 8th. The VLSC and MSDN updated media does not contain the complete set of fixes that are offered from Windows Update. Therefore, Windows Update and WSUS will offer the Update again to devices that are deployed by using this media. This is expected and does not result in the full reinstallation of the Update but only a small component of it. The rest of the update will not be downloaded or reinstalled," Microsoft stated in an official blog post...Turn to windows8newsinfo forum for further details.

 

 

 
Microsoft's Bob PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 April 2014 03:19
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Remember Microsoft Bob? It was intended to be a friendly user interface on top of Windows® 3.1, but instead it flopped infamously (earning the dubious distinction of being named one of the worst technology products of all time by PC World). In the years that have passed since Bob's demise, the product has been relegated to the status of a running joke with the mere mention of its name drawing snickers. Incidentally, Microsoft® Bob's internal code name was "Utopia"—an ambitious name to be sure, but at least one that had some snap and pizzazz. When we learned that the marketing folks had decided to name the product Bob, we all shook our heads in disbelief. But there's more to Bob's legacy than you might know. It turns out Bob was actually more useful dead than alive. Microsoft Bob's internal code name was "Utopia"—an ambitious name to be sure, but at least one that had some snap and pizzazz...Want to know more visit windows8newsinfo forum.
 
Easily find drivers for Unknown Devices in Windows PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 19 April 2014 05:45

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If you're mucking around with a new Windows installation, you're probably going to run into driver headaches. No matter whether you're installing a fresh copy of Windows on a freshly built rig or simply upgrading your PC to a new version of Windows, the OS fails to properly identify all of the hardware connected to the system more often than not. I typically like to download drivers for all of the major components in a PC before I even begin an OS installation, but inevitably a motherboard will have an obscure controller on-board or the system will have a non-descript add-in card that Windows doesn’t recognize. People deal with driver problems in different ways. Some will hit a motherboard manufacturer’s website and search for the mobo, in hopes of identifying a component by the perusing the motherboard’s manual or spec sheet. Some folks resort to yanking the rig apart—ick—and searching the web for random part numbers on chips or cards they don’t recognize...Further details posted on our forum.

 

 
Growth For Bing Is More Than Double That Of Google’s PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 April 2014 05:54

bing's growth

In its “State of Paid Search” report for the first quarter of the year, The Search Agency finds that Bing’s growth has more than doubled the rate of Google’s in ad spend. Of course, with Google being such a dominant force, and Bing still working to catch up this doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but either way, it spells good news for Microsoft. Advertisers spent more on both compared to the previous year, but Bing grew by 60%, and Google grew by 29%. The Search Agency also found that mobile (including tablets) accounted for 28% of all impressions. They expect this to be 40% by the end of 2014. The majority of mobile growth came from true mobile use. Smartphone impression increased 60% while tablets increased by 42%, and desktop by 9%. Still, spend on smartphones only grew by 26%. “Bing gains ground in overall search traffic and has proven to be an appealing alternative to Google,” said Delia Perez, SVP Marketing Strategy at the firm...Find more details at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
‘Zero knowledge privacy’: NSA-proof email service goes online PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:50
Secure email for everyone. Meet the most secure email account you'll ever own. A new email service that protects its users from the prying eyes of the NSA and other spy agencies has gone online. The service’s creators say it will make encrypted messaging accessible to all and curtail internet snooping. Germany-based Lavaboom was inspired by Lavabit, the encrypted email service that was believed to have been used by whistleblower Edward Snowden before it shut down its operations in August last year. The service pioneers a new system called “zero-knowledge privacy”, which allows users to personally encrypt and decrypt their mail from their browsers using JavaScript codes. “Key handling is a very sensitive issue," Lavaboom said in a technical FAQ section on its website. "We let you download your keypair during registration. This is to ensure that your key remains in your possession.”
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Google Details Gmail Scanning in New TOS PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:35

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Responding to complaints that it reads users' emails and then generates targeted advertisements, Google this week issued a new Terms of Service (TOS) document for its online services. The document clearly states that Google does indeed read users' emails and then generates targeted advertisements. The only surprise is that it does so much more frequently than previously expected. This shouldn't be all that surprising. After all, with over 90 percent of its annual revenues coming from advertising, Google has obviously developed some skills in this area. But the news will likely be disheartening for those who believe that Google's scanning of email is somehow no different than the activities undertaken by other email providers. Google's email scanning activities were publicized—shocker—by Microsoft, which as part of its successful "Scroogled" advertising efforts noted that its own email service, Outlook.com, does not violate user privacy. Google goes through every Gmail that's sent or received...Read more plus the new Terms of Service at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
21% of Windows XP users unaware of end of support PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:57

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Most of our readers are well aware that Microsoft killed support for Windows XP on April 8th. But according to a recent survey conducted by security firm Avast, 21% of those who use Windows XP were unaware that Microsoft had ended support. "Our survey found that 21% of Windows XP users were unaware that Microsoft would be ending support,despite Microsoft’s efforts and the media attention around the topic," Avast stated in an official blog post. On top of that, 27% of Windows XP users were not planning on doing anything. Avast also found that only 15% of Windows XP users were planning on upgrading their operating system, while only 5% of Windows XP users plan on purchasing a new PC. "This number is relatively high considering the security risks involved with the OS and makes one wonder how many XP users are not concerned about their protection and aren’t planning on upgrading their OS, buying a new PC or seeking AV that will support them," Avast mentions...For more turn to our forum.

 

 

 
Breaking up with Facebook PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 April 2014 02:51

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We’d love to say ‘It’s not you, it’s us’ but it’s totally you. Not to be rude, but you aren’t the smart, funny social network we fell in love with several years back. You’ve changed. A lot,” wrote delivery service Eat24 in its breakup letter with Facebook. Eat24 is one of the many brands reevaluating its relationship with Facebook as the site continues to make changes to the algorithm that affects organic reach. According to a study by ad agency Ogilvy, as of 2012, Facebook limited the organic reach of content to roughly around 16 percent. As of February 2014, the organic reach for brand pages was somewhere between 2 and 6 percent depending on the number of fans per page. That means that even if your brand page has a million fans, only around two percent of those fans will see anything you post… unless you pay for it, of course. Shifting Facebook to a fully paid platform will most likely also shift the types of content you’ll see on Facebook from brands...For more check out our forum.

 

 
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