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China Wants To Remove Windows PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 13:26

China Wants To Remove Windows

I guess all the roads these past few months lead to this one reality. The Chinese government has outlined plans to remove Windows from all government computers. Instead, the country wants to focus on a locally developed operating system — development on this Linux based variant is already underway. All this is not new, of course. We’ve been hearing all sorts of reports on this since the start of this year. Long story short, Microsoft’s trouble in China has taken another turn for the worse, as a local IT expert that has strong ties with the government is asking local authorities to remove all traces of Windows from their PCs urgently. A state controlled newspaper is quoting Ni Guangnan, of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, as saying that the Chinese government has put in motion plans to step away from Microsoft software due to security and privacy concerns. And not just Microsoft software, but all Microsoft products including hardware devices. Worse yet, the Chinese government is forcing all state owned organizations to move away from Microsoft software at once, and plan their strategy of deploying the custom new operating system once it is ready for release. Redmond has, up until now, expressed surprise at the Chinese government’s decision and privacy concerns, and the company is working with the local authorities to address these claims. Obviously, recent incidents like the raiding of Microsoft offices in the country did nothing to help ease the concerns, and the software titan is currently undergoing an antitrust investigation, after a number of documents were confiscated for use in the probe...You can follow these developments and more on our forum.



Microsoft Office 365 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014 03:21

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft has been pushing its Office 365 subscription service pretty hard, and now there’s one more good reason to pay for an Office subscription instead of paying a 1-time fee for the latest desktop version of Office. Sign up for Office 365 and not only do you get to use the latest Office apps… you also get unlimited online storage. Plans start as low as $70 per year for an Office 365 Personal subscription. Microsoft had already been pretty generous with its OneDrive cloud storage, offering Office 365 subscribers 1TB of space for files that could be accessed across their devices. The idea is that you can save Office documents to the cloud and open or edit them on any device and backup your photos to the cloud. But you can also upload just about any file to OneDrive. There are other companies that offer cloud storage for free or for a fee, but none of those services include the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and Publisher. When you sign up for Office 365 you can download and install any of those apps on your computer: Personal subscribers get a license for up to 1 PC or Mac and up to 1 tablet, while Office 365 Home users get up to 5 licenses for PC/Mac and 5 more for tablets. Both subscriptions get you access to Android, iOS, and Windows Phone apps as well as web-based Office apps (which are also available to use without a subscription). Unlimited storage is rolling out first to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers. Microsoft OneDrive for Business customers should get upgraded to unlimited storage in 2015...Visit windows8newsinfo forum for more.


Two-factor authentication PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Saturday, 25 October 2014 04:00

Two-factor authentication

Nary a day goes by that we don’t hear about a new security breach in which million of credit cards or passwords are stolen. With Windows 10, Microsoft is addressing modern security threats during its development in hopes of offering a secure product that consumers will feel safe using. Part of that has to do with moving away from single-factor authentication options like passwords which is why Windows 10 will have two-factor authentication baked right in. In a blog post on the matter, Microsoft’s Jim Alkove said their solution will eliminate the need for additional hardware security peripherals. Once enrolled, he added, devices themselves become one of two factors that are required for authentication. The second factor in Windows 10 will be a PIN or a biometric, like a fingerprint. As Alkove correctly points out, from a security standpoint, this means that an attacker would need to have a user’s physical device as well as access to their PIN or biometric information to gain access to a target account. For example, a user could register their smartphone which would effectively become their mobile credential. It would allow a user to sign in to their PC, network and web services so long as their mobile phone is nearby. In this example, the phone’s Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection would behave like a remote smartcard as one factor of authentication. Do you think Microsoft is on the right track by adding two-factor authentication to Windows 10? After all, a number of services already offer two-factor authentication and some have for years now. If anything, they’re simply playing catch-up at this point. Everyday since the release of Windows 10 Technical Preview more and more of its many features are being discovered and released showing what a powerful Operating System it is going to be...Follow all Windows 10 developments at windows8newsinfo forum.



Windows 10 Technical Preview First Update PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 04:12

Windows 10 Technical Preview First Update

Microsoft used the Windows Blog today to announce the availability of the first update to the Windows 10 Technical Preview, which was announced just three weeks ago. The new build is 9860, and contains several new features as well as bug fixes. I have been running Windows 10 since it was released. My initial install was into a Virtual Machine, and after using it as a VM for a while I installed it on my primary PC in order to get a good feel for it. I am still working on my initial thoughts for the new Windows, but, being a technical preview, it has a few bugs that made me switch back to Windows 8.1. In the blog post, Microsoft lays out the fact that there are bugs and features still missing which will be added later. Some of the interfaces have regressed in style and function as the new interfaces are being finished. While this is generally a normal process for software development, we do not normally get such early access to a pre-release version of Windows, so we are also along for the ride. Windows 8, for example, had a very early developer preview, and then a consumer preview came later which added a lot of additional features and functionality. This round, the features will be added to the current preview for all of the people in the Windows Insider program to get a taste of them. The first big new feature, which debuted on Windows Phone 8.1, is Action Center. The Windows 10 build is adding this as a notification center, but at the moment is only enabling basic functionality. The quick actions, prominent in Windows Phone, will be coming later. Action Center is now available in the System Tray for easy access. One nice feature is that it will be available to desktop apps as well as Universal Apps. I expect it to also carry the Windows Phone customizations so you can select which apps you want to display in the notification list as well, in the event you have an app that likes to steal the show...For more and download links on this recent update visit windows8newsingo forum.


POODLE Vulnerability PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 October 2014 02:15

POODLE Vulnerability

It’s hard to wrap our minds around all these internet catastrophes as they occur, and just as we thought the internet was secure again after Heartbleed and Shellshock threatened to “end life as we know it,” out comes POODLE. Don’t get too worked up because it is not as menacing as it sounds. The truth is that it is an issue to be concerned with, but there are simple steps you can take to safeguard yourself. Let’s start on the ground floor. What is POODLE? First off, it stands for “Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption.” The security issue is exactly what the name suggests, a protocol downgrade that allows exploits on an outdated form of encryption. The issue came to the world’s attention this month when Google released a paper called “This POODLE Bites: Exploiting The SSL 3.0 Fallback”. To explain this in simpler terms, if an attacker using a Man-In-The-Middle attack can take control of a router at a public hotspot, they can force your browser to downgrade to SSL 3.0 (an older protocol) instead of using the much more modern TLS (Transport Layer Security), and then exploit a security hole in SSL to hijack your browser sessions. Since this problem is in the protocol, anything that uses SSL is affected. As long as both the server and the client (web browser) support SSL 3.0, the attacker can force a downgrade in the protocol, so even if your browser tries to use TLS, it ends up being forced to use SSL instead. The only answer is for either side or both sides to remove support for SSL, removing the possibility of being downgraded. If you primarily browse from home and don’t use public hotspots, the potential for damage is pretty low, and you can just take the easy steps outlined later in the article to protect yourself. If you often use a public hotspot, it might be time to think about using a VPN...For a more thorough explanation visit windows8newsinfo forum.


Corsair Gaming Keyboard PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 October 2014 04:07

Corsair gaming Keyboard

For years, keyboards were just keyboards. Just the standard 104 key layout, and each key performed the expected function. Then we started adding new functions to the keyboard – media keys, keys to bring up specific applications, or pre-programmed alternate functions for keys. We even started adding LCD screens. Remember those $1200 Optimus keyboards that had an OLED screen in each key? Lately, though, the keys themselves have been taking center stage. Mechanical keyboard are the rage now. Membrane keyboards – the standard – work for most people, but serious typists and gamers started to demand more from their keyboards. While membrane keyboards feature a rubber membrane under the keys, mechanical keyboards use a separate switch for each key. Membrane keyboards are spill resistant and cheap to make, but don’t provide the same satisfying tactile feedback that mechanical keyboards have. They’re also not as reliable in the long term and require more force to use per-key. Now Corsair has entered the gaming market with its new Corsair Gaming brand. This isn’t its first mechanical keyboard, but it is the first under this new brand. The new line of boards is made up of the K65, K70, and K95. I’ve been playing with the K70 for a few weeks now. The K70 has the standard key layout as well as the ten-key keypad. The K95 adds a few columns of function keys on the lefthand side of the plank, while the K65 drops off both the function keys and the ten-key for a much smaller footprint for those with a smaller workspace or a bigger mouse pad. The switches that power the keys in this keyboard are Cherry MX Red switches. There are also blue and brown keys. Blue keys have a click to them that lets you know once they’ve activated, while brown keys allow a softer touch. Red is right in the middle – no click, but a bit more force to press the keys...If you're a gamer you will want to visit our forum for the completion of this review.


Interoperability PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 October 2014 06:23


The term “personal computer” has over the past decade become as vague and ambiguous as device spec sheets at IT retailers. Let’s see, it started off as a device that was always tethered to your home or office; you’d use it to get work done, browse the internet, and play minesweeper among other things of course. The PC then lost its wires, making it portable in its book-shaped form factor, and allowing you to accomplish your computing needs while you’re out and about. It then started shrinking, becoming smaller, thinner, and lighter, so much so that it could fit in our pockets. The image below pretty much sums up just how much technology can change in 10 years. The evolution of the PC is undoubtedly a remarkable feat, PC’s now come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and form factors. Just look at the Lenovo Yoga 3, Dell’s XPS 12, the Surface Pro 3, and the Asus Padfone S. It’s all covered. Check out the “portable” AIO “tablets” from Asus and Dell and tell me it’s not all covered. So the hardware has evolved desperately beautifully, but there’s still much that can be done with the software. Despite the form factors that try to merge the phone and the tablet, and the tablet and the desktop and so on, the software remains relatively fragmented across individual devices. What you could call the ‘interoperability of operating systems’ – coincidentally (I swear) abbreviated ‘IOS’ – has not reached its potential. Devices don’t “talk” to each other as much as they could to make for a seamless computing experience. Although progress is being made in this area, it’s still at a messy, headache-inducing stage. Today, in the midst of a vicious platform war, you get to choose from three major ecosystems; Apple’s OSX and iOS, Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Phone, and Google’s Chrome OS and Android...Find out what all of this is about by visiting our forum.


Twitter To Get More Musical PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 October 2014 02:53

Twitter To Get More Musical

After Twitter’s rumoured attempt to buy SoundCloud never happened, the social networking site has decided to partner up with the music sharing network instead. Twitter’s new Audio Cards feature combines forces with SoundCloud as well as iTunes, meaning that these new cards will appear both on your Twitter dashboard as well as on the two other services. Audio cards aren’t just for music either. On top of notable artists such as Coldplay and Alt-J, big institutions such as the BBC World Service and NASA also have Audio Cards of their own “With a single tap, the Twitter Audio Card lets you discover and listen to audio directly in your timeline on both iOS and Android devices,” said Twitter product manager Richard Slatter. “Throughout your listening experience, you can dock the Audio Card and keep listening as you continue to browse inside the Twitter app.” SoundCloud Audio Cards let the user pop them up and out into their own window, with fullscreen mode showing any art the uploader has set to go with the sounds. The window can be minimised and the sounds will still play. Twitter’s ill-fated app Twitter #music launched in April 2013 but only lasted a year, closing down in April this year. Twitter promised they would be finding new ways to bring music to Twitter following the app’s closure after key members of the team behind it left the company. Twitter has stayed dedicated to music however, Audio Cards isn’t the only music service the company is providing, in fact the social network has been working with chart company Billboard to produce the ‘Trending 140’ chart since May...We have more detailed information posted on our forum.


Windows 10 Consumer Preview PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 October 2014 06:19

Windows 10 Consumer Preview

Stating the obvious really, but rumors are swirling around that the upcoming Windows 10 Consumer Preview version comes bundled with a new version of Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 12, as it might be called. This new build of the operating system is expected to go live sometimes in early 2015, but the very first details on this particular flavor of Windows 10 have now started to emerge. The most obvious of these is for a beta version of the company’s new web browser. Microsoft obviously has been completely mum on this, but FaikeeF has it on good authority that IE 12 will be included in the Consumer Preview build of Windows 10. The leaker has so far provided accurate information about upcoming versions of Windows. Previous rumors on the matter have hinted that Redmond is working on a complete refresh of its flagship web browser with Internet Explorer 12, including a completely new look that would allow it to better compete with competitors like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Along with a number of UI changes, Microsoft is also said to be preparing expanded support for extensions in order to enhance the functionality of IE 12...Learn more on our forum.



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