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Microsoft Windows Is 29 Years Old Today PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 November 2014 06:40

Microsoft Windows Is 29 Years Old Today

Microsoft Windows. The world’s most popular operating platform. Under fire from mobile and open source alternatives, but still keeping it strong after nearly three decades. Windows 1.0 launched exactly 29 years ago — on November 20, 1985. Although based on MS-DOS, this premiere version became the first operating system to come with a graphical user interface for users. Meaning they no longer had to type commands to operate their computers, and instead simply moved a mouse on the screen. This early version also came with many of the elements we now find in the OS, from windows and menus to icons and dialogs. Several of the apps that were part of this first build also survive. Upgraded and enhanced, Notepad, Paint, Calculator and more are still going strong. And the system requirements? Modest. All you needed to run Windows 1.0 was 256KB of storage space, a graphics adaptor card, two double sided floppy disk drives and up to 512KB of space in order to run the applications. Microsoft steadily improved the platform, paving the way for Windows 2.0, 3.0, 3.1 then Windows 95, 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista, and finally Windows 7. Windows 8, however, brought along dramatic changes. The modern platform received some polish with Windows 8.1, and now we have the release of Windows 10 to look forward to next year. Wild ride? Oh, surely. The journey still continues, and although some versions of Windows experienced better sales results and welcome reception than others, there is no denying that every new build arrived with a remarkable amount of buildup and excitement...Follow the birthday celebration on our forum.


Malicious Apps Can Simply Be Copied To Windows Phone PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 November 2014 05:42

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A new vulnerability on Windows Phone has just been unearthed that allows malicious apps to run with the same permission as the target. Something Microsoft needs to look at right away. Discovered by a XDA-Developers forum member here, this loophole provides users with a ridiculously easy way to replace a legitimate application on Windows Phone with a rogue one — which, interestingly, inherits the same data access permissions. It involves simply transferring the installation data of the malicious app into the program directory of the target, though it involves a few extra steps. The ability to sideload apps is essential for this trick to work. Microsoft, of course, added this ability to load applications from SD cards in Windows Phone 8.1. Anyway, the first step is to create the same manifest for the rogue app as the legitimate one, and then have them installed on the target device. The files are replaced in the program directory, and the original software is swapped with content from the custom package. The developer tested this hack on a Lumia device, and even created a registry tool that allows writing registry values with the inherited permissions. All things considered, the discovery of this loophole could allow cybercriminals to target Windows Phone users with malicious applications. Hopefully Microsoft gets to this first, and releases an update that tightens up security on its mobile platform...Stay abreast on everything that can affect your Windows Installation at windows8newsinfo forum.


Game Over For Intel On Android PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:07

Game Over For Intel On Android

Undertakings as momentous as this rarely last long. The Intel on Android story may be coming to a halt, with the company reportedly ready to renounce its subsidies for tablet makers. The chip giant, in an effort to popularize its Atom Bay Trail solutions started subsidizing Android tablets for as much as $51 per tablet — which is quite a lot. The idea being helping tablet makers build slates with Intel processors, and the company also offered to pay for extra component costs. Basically, Intel hoped to turn manufacturers away from processors utilizing the ARM architecture, which is used by everyone from Apple and Samsung to Qualcomm and NVIDIA. However, as reported here, overall the chip giant is expected to lose $4 billion on mobile chips this year, and even a company like Intel cannot handle such drastic a burn through its profits. Although Intel has seen steady growth on the Windows tablet front, particularly with Windows 8.1 devices, many of which are now available for under the $100 mark, the company has no choice but to phase out tablet subsidies for Android...Further details can be found on our forum.



US spies on mobile phones from the sky PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 November 2014 06:40

US spies on mobile phones from the sky

Small aircraft deployed by the US Marshals Service from at least five major airports have been taking to the skies with "dirtbox" equipment designed to mimic signals from cell towers, according to The Wall Street Journal. That in turn tricks mobile phones into revealing unique identifying numbers and general locations, according to the report on Thursday. The name "dirtbox" was said to be derived from an acronym of Digital Recovery Technology Inc, the Boeing subsidiary that makes the device. The range of aircraft in the program covers most of the US population, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the operation. Details of flights were not given, but they were said to take place regularly, with each outing potentially gathering data from tens of thousands of mobile phones. The WSJ reported that the US Justice Department declined to comment for the story, other than to say that its agencies comply with the law when it comes to surveillance. Mobile phones are programmed to connect with the closest signal tower, but they trust signals from towers or imposters when it comes to making decisions, hackers have demonstrated. Boxes in planes could automatically assure mobile phones that they are the optimal signal tower, then accept identifying information from handsets seeking connections. Fake cell towers could then pass connections on to real signal towers, remaining as a conduit with the ability to tune into or block digital transmissions...For the complete story you need to visit windows8newsinfo forum.


Halo 5 Beta's multiplayer PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 05:21

Halo 5 Beta's multiplayer

Halo 5: Guardians is the upcoming installation to the Halo video game franchise. You have probably at least heard of the series, it's a first person shooter beloved for its game mechanics and quality story. It is currently in a Beta preview and undergoing testing at 343 Industries, the studio that took over the Halo games after Bungie moved on (to Destiny). They have been under some criticism by fans, who think they are making the experience more like Call of Duty, but the developers are under pressure to embrace some of the newer First Person Shooter mechanics as well as leave their own mark on the series (Bungie is legendary). And now there have been leaks of the multiplayer gameplay, including some images and a very brief gameplay video. At this time, rumors are running crazy, but a designer at 343 has revealed that there will be "no penalty to hip fire in H5, no movement penalty when scoping/zooming, no flinch." There does seem to be indication of Halo going back to arena-styled maps (and map-control focused competition) and gameplay that hard-core Halo fans will remember, while still embracing a few aspects of the modern shooter (such as visual cues, and sprinting)."From the main menu, we could select from three maps each offering three different game modes. Standard team death match or Team Slayer, as its known in the Halo universe, set us down in a Covenant-looking and circular arena with a central bridge leading to a beam sword. Limited power weapons waited in the outer reaches. This map focused the group of eight Spartans we had into head-to-head battles with assault rifles, DMR rifles, and Halo’s ever-popular pistol. Using the Smart Scope with the DMR meant headshots, and lots of them, though return fire now brings players back out of the scope as it did in previous Halo games...Turn to windows8newsinfo forum for more screenshots and a short video.


Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:26

Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update

Microsoft today deviated from its regular pattern of releasing security updates on the second Tuesday of each month, pushing out an emergency patch to plug a security hole in all supported versions of Windows. The company urged Windows users to install the update as quickly as possible, noting that miscreants already are exploiting the weaknesses to launch targeted attacks. The update (MS14-068) addresses a bug in a Windows component called Microsoft Windows Kerberos KBC, which handles authenticating Windows PCs on a local network. It is somewhat less of a problem for Windows home users (it is only rated critical for server versions of Windows) but it poses a serious threat to organizations. According to security vendor Shavlik, the flaw allows an attacker to elevate domain user account privileges to those of the domain administrator account. “The attacker could forge a Kerberos Ticket and send that to the Kerberos KDC which claims the user is a domain administrator,” writes Chris Goettl, product manager with Shavlik. “From there the attacker can impersonate any domain accounts, add themselves to any group, install programs, view\change\delete date, or create any new accounts they wish.  This could allow the attacker to then compromise any computer in the domain, including domain controllers.  If there is a silver lining in this one it is in the fact that the attacker must have a valid domain user account to exploit the vulnerability, but once they have done so, they have the keys to the kingdom.” The patch is one of two that Microsoft had expected to release on Patch Tuesday earlier this month, but unexpectedly pulled at the last moment.  “This is pretty severe and definitely explains why Microsoft only delayed the release and did not pull it from the November Patch Tuesday release all together,” Goettl said...Check out windows8newsinfo forum for


When Microsoft merges Windows and Windows Phone with Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 November 2014 05:35

When Microsoft merges Windows and Windows Phone with Windows 10

Windows has modern theme tools which consist of 2 color choices and a background. Windows Phone lets users pick one color and either black or white. Users can also choose to have their tiles be transparent with a picture behind them. The differences become apparent when using different parts of the operating systems. Windows Phone tends to have a lot of black or white with the occasional color accent. Windows has the primary color choice as the major fill and the secondary color choice as the accent. Windows Phone core apps follow a simple black/white background with the accent coloring some text. Windows takes a different approach to app design. Every app in Windows has its own design. For example, the mail app uses blue and white, people uses orange and white/grey, calendar is purple and white. This is very different from the people, email, and calendar apps on Windows Phone which all have a solid black/white background with the accent color scattered throughout the app sparingly. The difference between these two design choices is not only ascetics. How a user chooses to customize their phone or tablet may have an effect on battery life. Since battery life on phones is so crucial, having a solid black background makes sense to save on battery from screen power. Microsoft even warns users who choose a white background that some displays are not made to be power efficient when running the white.What do you prefer? Would you like to see Windows 10 adopt the Windows Phone single color and black or white, or continue with Windows two color and a pattern choice?
When I comes to apps, Windows and Windows Phone differ dramatically. Windows goes for a simple and obvious route of each app is separate, has a specific function, and unique design. Windows Phone has a different approach with their core apps. Email isn't one app by default; instead Microsoft has broken different email account into their own 'separate' but identical apps each with their own email account. Users can combine their inboxes to a single inbox to make checking and managing email easier. Windows 8.1's mail app keeps all the email accounts together but users have to switch between accounts to see different inboxes and folders...For more visit windows8newsinfo forum.



Direct Links For Windows 10 Enterprise PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 November 2014 14:50

Direct Links For Windows 10 Enterprise

Well that didn’t take long. If you’re up for some enterprise action, then you can download build 9879 of Windows 10 Enterprise that have officially been made available. The newest version of the preview was launched yesterday, making it the third iteration of the public preview that Microsoft is distributing via their Windows Insider Program. In doing so, the company also very much confirmed that it will be releasing ISO versions of the preview in the future. Not all the time, but we can expect them at regular intervals. However, the software titan has bas released the enterprise SKU of Windows 10 for companies that want to test out the upcoming operating system.Perfect if you want to use the ISO files to perform a clean install of the preview. As discussed here, you can grab Windows 10 build 9879 here in this form, though only after filling out some profile information first. A few different languages are available, including English, English (Great Britain), Chinese (simplified) and Portuguese. We have the links posted on our forum.


Microsoft ends retail sales of Windows 8 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 November 2014 04:00

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Windows 8 has passed the first milestone on its way to retirement after Microsoft ended retail sales of the operating system. As of 31 October, retailers will no longer be able to order more Windows 8 to sell beyond their existing stock, although it can still be bought installed on a new PC. The operating system went on sale just over two years ago on 26 October 2012, and Microsoft is already shifting emphasis to Windows 10, expected in the middle of next year. No date has yet been set for when sales of Windows 8 via manufacturers will end — and Microsoft has said it will continue to support the operating system until January 2023. Windows 8.1 is still available at retail and no date has been set for the end of sales yet. Windows 8 was a significant departure from the classic Windows look and feel, bringing in a new tiled start screen that met with considerable opposition from businesses worried about having to retrain staff to use the new interface. As such, probably of more significance to business users is the news that some versions of Windows 7 are now no longer available to buy installed on new PCs from manufacturers. Also as of Halloween, Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate are no longer be available to buy installed on PCs, according to Microsoft. In reality, as manufacturers and retailers still have large stocks of Windows 7 PCs, it will be some time before they become scarce. Sales of Windows 7 Professional will continue and Microsoft has said it will give a year's notice of the end of sale date. As the end of mainstream support for Windows 7 is due in January next year, it may mean, as Larry Seltzer argues elsewhere on ZDNet, that Microsoft will end up extending mainstream support for Windows 7...Find out more by visiting our forum.



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