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Windows 8 Designer Offers Candid Explanation of Metro PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 02 March 2014 06:17

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To put it bluntly, “Metro is shit for power users.” Those are the words of Jacob Miller, a UI designer for Windows 8 who lunged into a Reddit bash fest of Windows 8 that began with a discussion of how many licenses have been sold to date. To be clear, Miller’s intent was not to pile on the Windows 8 hate, but to clarify why Metro exists. To do that, he wanted to start from common ground before going down the rabbit hole, hence his opening comment. To sum it up, Miller said Metro exists as a content consumption space. It’s for casual users who are really only interested in doing things like updating their statuses on Facebook, viewing photos, and “maybe posting a selfie to Instagram.” He tossed out examples of your computer illiterate little sister and your mom who only wants to look up recipes. “That is what Metro is. It is the antithesis of a power user,” Miller explains. “A power user is a content creator." They have multiple things open on multiple monitors...Check out the rest on our forum.



Microsoft is considering a free version of Windows 8.1 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 01 March 2014 18:48
Faced with poor adoption of Windows 8, and no clear sign that matters will improve any time soon, Microsoft is thinking about releasing a free or low-cost version of Windows 8.1 called “Windows 8.1 with Bing.” The theory is that, by providing a free (or perhaps low-cost) version of Windows 8.1, users of Windows XP, Vista, and 7, will finally be convinced to upgrade, driving up its anemic market share. Microsoft hopes to offset the massive loss of income by pushing more users towards services like Bing, OneDrive, and Office. This follows news from MWC 2014 that Microsoft is also considering a similar move for Windows Phone. Desperate times call for desperate measures. News of Windows 8.1 with Bing comes from Wzor, a rather renowned Windows leaker from Russia. As it stands, this new build appears to be a fairly normal version of Windows 8.1 Update 1. Microsoft insiders tell ZDNet that Windows 8.1 with Bing “is key to Microsoft’s experimentation with monetization.”
Windows 8.1 Update 1 Hits MSDN In April PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 01 March 2014 02:47
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February, by all accounts, is about to end, and Microsoft’s next operating system upgrade is about to make its public debut in just a few weeks. And although the company is yet to provide any hints about the launch date, unofficial sources are abuzz. A recent report by WZor, a leaker with good track record on all things Windows, claimed that Windows 8.1 Update 1 could launch as early as March — for MSDN subscribers, that is. This is another way of saying that the update could hit he web soon after that. Public launch could take place on April 1, just in time for the BUILD 2014 developer conference. But now a new report by regular Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott says that Windows 8.1 Update 1 will hit MSDN on April 2, while everyone else will get it via Windows Update on April 8. While Windows 8.1 Update 1 is not all that high on new features, there are enough usability changes and support for new hardware form factors that make it a significant upgrade...Check in at windows8newsinfo forum for continued updates on this development.
Are PC's Dying PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 01 March 2014 02:30
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Reports of the PC’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. We’ve all heard that everyone’s just buying tablets and throwing out their keyboards and mice. But if you live in the real world, you see people using PCs every day. The statistics show that PCs are still selling in large numbers and are used much more than tablets. But we don’t need statistics to see this — we all know that huge amounts of people still use and need PCs. PC sales are declining fast. Soon, no one will buy them anymore. Everyone’s just buying tablets, and tablet sales are skyrocketing! That’s the established wisdom, anyway. But is that what the statistics really say? Gartner reports that 82.6 million PCs were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2013. That’s a 6.9 percent drop from the fourth quarter of 2012 and the seventh quarter in a row of declining shipments. This sounds like bad news, but the decline in PC sales has actually been slowing. While PC sales are dropping, it’s hardly a market in free fall...Get the truth on our forum.


Windows 7 change is good for businesses but may be more bad news for Windows 8 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:09
Earlier this month Microsoft confirmed it will continue to allow PC makers to sell new PCs with Windows 7 Professional preinstalled beyond October 2014 - the company's original cut-off date. Microsoft said the decision to extend was not related to the looming end-of-support date for Windows XP – or to take up of Windows 8. The company said that because Windows 7 is the largest part of Microsoft's installed base it wants to make sure it remains easy for businesses to obtain it, and its end of support dates for Windows 7 remain the same. And when asked "Was Microsoft right to extend the availability of Windows 7 for business customers?," TechRepublic's panel of international business decisions makers responded yes unanimously  – but their enthusiasm for Windows 7 seems to be linked to their lack of love for Windows 8.
Apple's goto fail PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 February 2014 16:07


"If that Apple SSL thing happened to Microsoft, literal s*** would be pouring down on Redmond right now. Pouring," tweeted @explanoit on Monday. And, as Kyle Maxwell added soon after, "Gates would be holding public executions in the courtyard". Both of these people show signs of knowing a bit about security. Both are, at least metaphorically speaking, 100 percent correct. Thousands of words have already been written about Apple's little coding oopsie, so I'll just summarise things before moving on to my key point: Apple seems to have a serious cultural problem. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) authentication wasn't working in either iOS or OS X. A vast amount of software running on iDevices and Macs believed that their encrypted connections were connecting to the right place, and were being given the visible padlock of security, when they may not have been. Key SSL tests simply weren't being done. Apps could well have been connecting somewhere else — including to an impostor executing a "man in the middle attack", decrypting and monitoring users' data before re-encrypting it and passing it on to the correct destination...Continue reading on our forum.



Windows 8.1 update pledges to make life better for keyboard and mouse users PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 20:48
Microsoft will release an update for Windows 8.1 that promises to improve the operating system for users who opt for keyboard and mouse navigation as opposed to a touchscreen. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's vice president of operating systems, said the Windows 8.1 update will arrive this spring. The latest version of the OS will include a new mouse interface, with right-click offering Start and the option to close applications. The task bar is also said to allow for easier application launching and switching, and the Start screen will get new search, power, and settings icons. "We could see where things were going great, and we could see where could improve things," Belfiore said during a press conference at Mobile World Congress on Sunday, reported by GameSpot sister site CNET. But Belfiore added that none of these new features signify Microsoft trying to move away from the controversial touch-based focus of Windows 8.
MWC 2014: Microsoft's Windows Strategy: A New Hope PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 01 March 2014 18:46
Microsoft's Mobile World Congress announcements suggest a successful, and overdue, new direction for its Windows 8.1 strategy. Now Microsoft needs to build momentum. Does Microsoft finally have a viable strategy for Windows 8.1? At Mobile World Congress, the company confirmed Windows and Windows Phone updates that will open the platforms to broader ranges of hardware. The Windows 8.1 update should make the touch-oriented OS easier to use on non-touch devices. Both updates should allow OEMs to manufacture much cheaper products, delivering Windows 8.1 devices into the same price brackets that have made Chromebooks and Android devices so popular. The lower price ranges are important because they represent the greatest growth opportunity. According to the research firm IDC, smartphone shipments will dip to single-digit percentage growths by 2018, with most of the expansion coming from low-cost devices sold in emerging markets. IDC has said the tablet market is maturing even faster.
Snow Leopard End of Support PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 01 March 2014 02:40

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As you know, Microsoft has given a very real and very public deadline for Windows XP support of April 8, 2014. After that date, no further updates will be provided for the 12 year old operating system version. But, here's the thing, it's been communicated loud and long by Microsoft, its partners, and the various media orgs for months upon months. If you had no idea until now, you just weren't listening. Apple, on the other hand, has decided to end support for its Snow Leopard operating system quietly, delivering its last patch for the 4 year old OS in September 2013. Since September, two patching cycles have come and gone without any nod to Snow Leopard. In Apple's most recent batch of patches, severe vulnerabilities in both iOS and OS X were addressed, with both the mobile and desktop OS's sharing the same scary flaw. And, now a new security issue had arisen where iOS 7 is vulnerable to a keylogging breach...Further details are posted at windows8newsinfo forum.



Keep websites secure PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 February 2014 07:29
Visiting a malicious website can be one of the worst things that can happen to people browsing the Internet, especially the ones interested in shopping online. Webmasters need to know threats for and of websites, and their devastating capabilities – losing consumer base being the first. If you run a website or blog, you need to know about the possible website threats. This article talks of the threats and their outcomes, some methods used by hackers to malign your website, and then discus ways on how to keep websites secure. It is a profitable business for hackers to steal people’s data and use it for personal gains. The gains can be monetary or abstract. While hacking, phishing, and social engineering are common methods, hackers also use other people’s websites to compromise users’ computer and access their data. The following image gives you an idea of website threats. It is, therefore, a webmaster’s job to make sure his or her website is free of any malicious code and vulnerability. That is not an easy job considering that there might be thousands of pages and the hacker selectively inserts the code on some pages...get these tips we have posted at windows8newsinfo forum.
Windows 7, XP vulnerabilities doubled in 2013 reports Secunia PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:07
Vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Windows XP operating systems have rose to 102 and 99 respectively in 2013 from 50 and 49 in 2012. The share of Microsoftin the total number of vulnerabilities went up from 8.4 percent to 15.9 percent, with an increase by 128.6 percent in the vulnerability count from 2012. According to the new research by Secunia, Windows 8 reported the highest number of security flaws at 156 in the year 2013. The research firm, however, explained this figure to be the result of integration of Adobe System’s Flash Player into IE browser that accounted for 55 of those vulnerabilities. The Denmark- based security company released the annual report on software vulnerabilities, with a total of 13,073 vulnerabilities detected in 2,289 products from 539 vendors. This results in a 32 percent increase from 2012 and a 45 percent increase in the five year trend.
Cloud service providers fight back, challenge NSA PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 20:51
For U.S. cloud computing companies that have long been fighting to defend the privacy protections involving data stored in their servers or passing over their networks, the ongoing revelations about the extent of the NSA's surveillance activities could carry a huge price tag. For years, in markets such as Western Europe, cloud providers like Google and Microsoft have been trying to beat back concerns voiced by would-be customers -- and stoked by competitors and governments -- that the Patriot Act and other laws render data stored with American firms readily accessible to the U.S. government. But the protectionist policies that some countries were pursuing -- restricting cross-border data flows or requiring local hosting, for instance -- had been a nuisance, but they didn't seem pervasive enough to challenge U.S. hegemony in the cloud sector. The equation began to change dramatically last June, when media outlets first began reporting
Microsoft Gives Hint That Windows 9 Will Launch Soon After Windows 8.1 Update 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 20:58
Microsoft this weekend confirmed that Windows 8.1 Update 1 would be released this spring, but it also said something that could be an indication that Windows 9 might be indeed launched very soon. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore told the journalists who attended the company’s conference at MWC 2014 that Redmond is planning to “to continue to refine and improve Windows to deliver a productive and delightful experience for all users on all devices.” Moreover, he added that “you’ll see us continue on a more rapid release cadence where we deliver ongoing value to all your Windows devices.” According to previous reports, Windows 9 is expected to launch in early 2015, approximately one year after the debut of Windows 8.1 Update 1. Windows 9 will, of course, bring lots of improvements for Microsoft’s modern platform, including a Start Menu and options to launch Metro apps in their own windows on the desktop. No confirmed details are available at this point, but Microsoft is expected to break the news on Windows 9 at the BUILD 2014 developer conference in April this year. Source: softpedia

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