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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.


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,, 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.


Heartbleed Attack wages war on the Web PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 April 2014 00:21

heatbleed attack

When I heard about Heartbleed, the one line of code that is apparently responsible for the vulnerability of two thirds of the internet, I wasn’t really that worried. It’s a problem in OpenSSL, an open source toolkit which can be updated and fixed in a heartbeat (lol). The coding solution was posted on Kotaku hours after the bug was first heard about. The blogosphere appears to be showing signs of The Fear. Here’s a quick reminder, if you think your credit card has been compromised or has been subject to fraud, call your bank. Consult them, implore them to find out who has been spending your money. You’ll get it back. It’s not something you need to be worrying about. Additionally, since Heartbleed affects 66% of the internet, chances are the site you spend money on wasn’t deemed a tasty enough target. That in mind though, and of course the reason for the header up there, Amazon has been affected...At windows8newsinfo forum we have posted a list of possible vulnerable websites, and are following this in depth.


Facebook Warned About Privacy Concerns PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 April 2014 00:08

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Facebook has been warned about protecting customer privacy should its planned aquisition of WhatsApp get regulatory approval. The director of the USA's Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, Jessica Rich noted that WhatsApp has made clear privacy promises to consumers, and that both companies have told consumers that after any acquisition, WhatsApp will continue its current privacy practices. "We want to make clear that, regardless of the acquisition, WhatsApp must continue to honor these promises to consumers. Further, if the acquisition is completed and WhatsApp fails to honor these promises, both companies could be in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act and, potentially, the FTC's order against Facebook," the letter states. In 2011, Facebook settled FTC charges that it deceived consumers by failing to keep its privacy promises. Under the terms of the FTC's order against the company...Follow along on our forum.


Lost Administrator Rights in Windows 8.1 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 April 2014 07:42

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Since last month, I have come across many users who have lost administrator rights on their Windows 8 PCs and thus they were not able to manipulate their system or make changes to it. One common thing I found regarding the issue is that the users who have lost their administrator rights, have only a single account on their system, which was of course the administrator account. As a result of losing the admin rights, you may have issues in using Windows Apps, making new or modifying Windows configuration settings in Control Panel, using Snap-ins and several other problems on your system. It then becomes imperative for us to get the administrator privileges back anyhow if we want to run the system without road-blocks. But how do you get back these privileges since for every operation you have to carry out, requires the administrative rights itself, which we have lost unfortunately. While performing a Refresh or Reset will fix the problem, you may want to try out our suggestion first and see if it helps you...To learn how to fix this situation visit 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
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.
Man who introduced “Heartbleed” security flaw denies he inserted it deliberately PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 13 April 2014 09:19


“On a scale of one to 10, it is an 11,” renowned security expert Bruce Schneier said of the bug. The German software developer who introduced a security flaw into an encryption protocol used by millions of websites globally says he did not insert it deliberately as some have suggested. In what appears to be his first comments to the media since the bug was uncovered, Robin Seggelmann said how the bug made its way into live code could "be explained pretty easily". The encryption flaw, called Heartbleed, has exposed large swathes of the internet to malicious exploitation, prompting some security experts to warn internet users against even using the web for the next few days. The bug introduced a flaw into the popular OpenSSL software, which is used by many popular social networking websites, search engines, banks, and online shopping sites to keep personal and financial data safe. It allowed those who knew of its existence to intercept usernames, passwords. There is plenty more posted on our forum.


Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 April 2014 00:16

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Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 during its BUILD developer conference earlier this month, and we can’t wait to check it out. At first, it was a little unclear as to when the company planned to release the update for developers. First Microsoft said it should hit sometime this week, then rumors suggested April 14 was the launch date, and then Microsoft just said early April. Now, the company’s Windows Phone lead Joe Belfiore has clarified a bit more on Twitter. “Yowza, you’re going nuts [for] WP8.1 dev preview,” he tweeted on Thursday. “Everyone relax thru weekend, check in early next week. Enjoy Win8.1 update, write apps!” The latter part of that tweet is suggesting folks play with Windows 8.1 to tide them over for the mobile release, and the former part suggests that Microsoft is indeed going to push out the update early next week — perhaps on April 14 as earlier reports suggested. There’s a lot to be excited for. Windows Phone 8.1 finally adds a proper notification shade...Follow these developments at windows8newsinfo forum.


Microsoft Invites Public to View Historic Atari Landfill Excavation PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 April 2014 07:48

Microsoft Invites Public to View Historic Atari Landfill Excavation

You may recall our reporting on the Atari documentary which is being exclusively produced by Microsoft for the Xbox.  The documentary team ran afoul of the New Mexico state government which put the planned excavation on hold.  But these issues how now been cleared up and the public is invited to see the dig. An Xbox original documentary series is telling the story behind Atari’s alleged burial of millions of unsold “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges in a small town in New Mexico three decades ago. An excavation to find those games will be carried out April 26, and if you’re there for it, you may be interviewed for the film. Spectators are invited to watch the unearthing to see whether the burial is urban legend or fact. The story goes that in 1983, Atari, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the game, buried those cartridges in the Alamogordo Landfill in the middle of the night. Xbox Entertainment Studios is producing the documentary series with two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn...Complete details are posted at windows8newsinfo forum.


Massive Open Source Internet Security Flaw PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:29


News began circulating yesterday about a flaw in OpenSSL that impacts about two thirds of the Internet's web sites. The bug, nicknamed Heartbleed, has actually been around for two years, but has just recently hit the spotlight due to increased awareness of security issues from high profile cases. Originally identified by a team of independent security engineers at Codenomicon and Google, several companies are racing to overcome the bug, including Microsoft, Yahoo, PayPal, and Amazon. OpenSSL is an SSL/TLS toolkit that includes cryptographic libraries and is the basis of open source PKI development. It's estimated that 2 out of every 3 SSL certificates are issued using OpenSSL. Thieves exploiting the bug can steal private user information including passwords, healthcare data, and banking information, all without the user's knowledge. SSL/TLS provides secure communications and privacy for the Internet, email, instant messaging, and VPNs. And, since the bug is 2 years old, it's hard to estimate how many users have already been impacted...As you may have guessed we have more on our forum.



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