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  1. DooKey

    Next Major Windows 10 Update Available April 30th

    The next major Windows 10 update will be available as a free download on Monday, April the 30th according to Microsoft. You could consider this the Spring Creators Update, but Microsoft has declined to label it as such. However, it does have a few interesting features that might make it...
  2. R

    Microsoft Office 365 Marks All Emails as Spam

    TheRegister is reporting that this afternoon, a glitch in Microsoft Office 365's spam filters caused all incoming emails to be tossed into the junk folder. By around 5pm Pacific time, Microsoft said it had fixed the issue. "We've addressed the underlying issue and affected emails are being...
  3. R

    Microsoft Developers Hid Crossword Puzzle in Backgrounds

    Over the weekend, former Microsoft director that was leading the team working on the redesign of Windows 8, Jensen Harris, went to Twitter to talk about a little secret. The developers working on Windows 8 created a puzzle, and embedded it into wallpapers used for internal builds of the...
  4. R

    uTorrent Flagged as Threat by Microsoft and Antivirus Vendors

    TorrentFreak is reporting that this week several Windows users that the uTorrent BitTorrent client was suddenly being flagged as a threat by Windows Defender as "Potentially Unwanted Software." The article goes on to state that other Antivirus software has been labeling uTorrent as a threat, and...
  5. DooKey

    Microsoft Accidently Puts Hole in Windows Defender With Open-Source Code

    Microsoft put an accidental hole in Windows Defender when they incorporated some code from unrar into the antivirus engine. This hole will allow remote code execution on the local machine so it's advised to get the update from Microsoft ASAP if you don't have auto-updates turned on. Until you...
  6. R

    Microsoft Bans Use of "Offensive Language" On Xbox Live and Others

    Microsoft has updated its Microsoft Services Agreement today, with one of the new policies banning "offensive language" on it's services. The new changes go into effect May 1st, and cover all Microsoft services including, Skype, and Xbox Live. So think twice the next time you want to call...
  7. R

    Microsoft Edge Now Available on iOS and Android

    Microsoft has announced today that Microsoft Edge is now available for free on the Apple Store and the Google Play Store. The mobile versions allow you to share favorites, reading lists, and passwords across all your devices, and is available a few languages, including 5 versions of English for...
  8. R

    Microsoft Introduces DirectX Raytracing

    Microsoft has announced at GDC this morning, support for hardware accelerated raytracing coming to DirectX 12, known as DXR. Microsoft stated "Raytracing is an upcoming Windows 10 feature and a new paradigm for both DirectX and PIX on Windows and consequently we plan to evolve PIX on Windows...
  9. R

    Microsoft Wants You Using Edge, Whether You Want to or Not

    The Register is reporting that Microsoft is about to test a new feature in Windows 10 that will force users to use the Edge browser in certain circumstances. In the upcoming Insider preview build 17623, people in the "Skip Ahead" ring will be testing a change that makes it where links clicked on...
  10. DooKey

    Microsoft Now Offering Lots of Intel Microcode Patches in Their Update Catalog

    Microsoft has decided to step up to the plate and offer Intel microcode patches because some OEMs just aren't doing what they should with BIOS updates. KB4090007 updates the microcode for several Intel processors, but the original Spectre/Meltdown patch has to be in place to install this...
  11. DooKey

    Microsoft Joining Intel in Offering $250K Bounty for Speculative Execution Bugs

    Microsoft isn't the most loved company around, but this time they are doing something good and putting their money where their mouth is and offering up to a $250K bounty for finding vulnerabilities like Spectre. Intel is offering the same kind of cash and I guess Microsoft thought it might be a...
  12. R

    Microsoft Admits It Incorrectly Upgraded Some Windows 10 Users To V1709

    Microsoft has admitted that it incorrectly updated some Windows 10 machines to version 1709 despite users having paused update operations in their OS settings according to a report from BleepingComputer. Only users that were on V1703 were affected, in that version Microsoft added special...
  13. R

    Microsoft is Selling the Galaxy S9

    While the Windows phone may be dead, Microsoft is selling the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ on it's website, and it doesn't come with Windows Mobile. The phone is being sold unlocked, and with the "Microsoft Launcher," as well as Skype, Cortana, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Word. In a statement...
  14. DooKey

    Microsoft Moving AI From the Cloud to Your PC in Next Major Windows Update

    Microsoft is moving their AI technology into your PC in the next major Windows 10 update. This means applications that are AI enabled will use the GPU in your computer intead of having to link back to the cloud to operate. Microsoft claims this will lower latency and provide more real-time...
  15. R

    Latest Windows Insider Build Shows New Privacy Screen Settings

    In a blog post yesterday Microsoft showed off a new privacy screen settings layout available now to Windows Insiders. The release will come this Spring for non-insiders, and Microsoft says "This new design conveys focused information to help our customers make focused choices about their privacy...
  16. R

    Microsoft is Bringing Cortana to Outlook for iOS and Android

    The Verge is reporting that Microsoft is planning on integrating Cortana into Outlook mobile. The article states that the integration is currently being tested internally by Microsoft, and will allow people to listen and respond to email using their voice. If feedback from the internal testing...
  17. DooKey

    Microsoft Announces New Meltdown/Spectre Updates

    Microsoft is making some Intel microcode updates available for the Fall Creators Update, but these are only for specific Skylake processors. This update is currently available here. Also, Microsoft isn't letting up on antivirus companies and they are going to continue with stringent...
  18. R

    Data Privacy At The Supreme Court: Can U.S. Seize Emails Stored Abroad?

    The U.S Supreme Court is hearing a case today that will have significant impact going forward. NPR is reporting that the Supreme Court is hearing the case, United States v. Microsoft, which involves a federal drug-trafficking investigation where law enforcement obtained a warrant for all the...
  19. R

    Google Exposes Security Flaw in Microsoft Edge

    Google's Project Zero has exposed a security flaw in Microsoft Edge according to a report from Neowin. Microsoft began using Arbitrary Code Guard in Edge with the creators update which forced the use of Just-in-Time (JIT) compilers to an isolated sandbox. The problem with this is the address for...
  20. DooKey

    Microsoft Looking to the Blockchain for Digital Identities

    Microsoft is stepping into the brave new world of the blockchain and is contemplating using it for digital identities. The thought behind this is to increase privacy, security and control of identities. This also tags onto their partnership in the ID2020 initiative. However, it's Microsoft so...
  21. DooKey

    Microsoft Adding Ultimate Performance Mode to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

    The latest Windows 10 preview build for Pro for Workstations includes a new mode called Ultimate Performance Mode. Supposedly it will eliminate latencies and give you a boost of raw speed. I guess the rest of us plebes that run regular Pro or Home are left out in the cold on this one. If you...
  22. DooKey

    E-waste Recycler Facing Prison for Copyright Infringement

    Eric Lundgren, a dedicated recycler of e-waste, has been sentenced to 15 months in the pen for infringing on a Microsoft copyright. The rest of the story is Mr. Lundgren processes more than 41M pounds of e-waste each year and he hated what he saw as planned obsolescence and wanted to extend the...
  23. R

    Microsoft Will Give You OneDrive for Business Free

    Microsoft really wants business' to switch to using OneDrive. In a blog post today, Microsoft has announced that if you are currently paying for cloud storage with Box, Dropbox, or Google, you can switch and use OneDrive for Business for free for the remainder of your existing contract...
  24. R

    No Office 2019 Without Windows 10

    A post on the Windows blog outlines changes to servicing and support of Windows and Office. The post states that Office 2019 will only be available to Windows 10, or the next long-term servicing version of Windows Server. Support will be shorter than normal well, Instead of the normal 5 years...
  25. Geforcepat

    Microsoft Considering Buying EA or Valve And PUBG?

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2018/01/29/rumor-suggests-microsoft-has-considered-acquiring-ea-valve-pubg-corp Did Y'all hear about this? what do you think about this possibility?
  26. R

    Congress Has Questions About Meltdown and Spectre

    Congress has some questions about Meltdown and Spectre, and they are calling out those involved. Members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce have drafted letters to the heads of several companies involved in the security flaw. The companies whose CEO's received letters are; Apple, Amazon...
  27. R

    Microsoft Is Retiring the Windows Homegroup

    With the latest Windows Insider build of Windows 10, Microsoft has killed off "Windows HomeGroup." Originally a part of Windows 7 in 2009 and continuing until now, HomeGroup was a way to share files and devices between computers on your network. This change will go live in the Spring 2018 update...
  28. R

    Microsoft Releases New Tool For Inspecting Telemetry Data

    In a blog post today, Microsoft that it will be rolling out "Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer" with the April feature update. The tool is available to insiders now, allows you to see and search all Windows diagnostic data that’s in the cloud related to your specific device. Good move on...
  29. R

    Microsoft Releases $189 Laptops For Schools

    Microsoft is unveiling 10 new Windows 10 devices for schools starting at $189, challenging the Chromebook to keep teachers and students using Windows. The least expensive if the group is the Lenovo 100e, which is an 11.6" rugged laptop, with an unspecified Intel Celeron Apollo Lake processor, 2...
  30. R

    Microsoft Resumes Meltdown & Spectre Updates for AMD Devices

    A report from BleepingComputer states that Microsoft is resuming the rollout of security updates for AMD devices to patch the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Microsoft had halted the rollout for AMD-based machines on January 9th, after their patch left users with PCs that were crashing...
  31. Pieter3dnow

    Windows 10 unbootable fix meltdown spectre

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-meltdown-spectre-patch-new-updates-bring-fix-for-unbootable-amd-pcs/
  32. R

    New Xbox Elite Controller Leaks

    A series of images posted on Chinese site Baidu reveal what is said to be a new version of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. According to the leaker, is said to have a 3-profile switch, as well as Bluetooth with support for Windows 10, USB-C, and three-level Hair-Trigger locks. The images also...
  33. R

    Today Is The Last Day To Upgrade To Windows 10 Free

    Unless Microsoft decides to extend the deadline again, today is the last day to upgrade to Windows 10 for free using the assistive technologies loophole. January 9th Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 8.1, and moving it to "extended support" meaning it will get only security updates...
  34. FrgMstr

    Alibaba and Microsoft AI Smarter than Stanford Grads

    I know all you guys out there at UC Berkeley are nodding your heads saying, "How could AI NOT be smarter than a Stanford grad?" but I digress. The basis of the headline statement lies in a Stanford University Reading and Comprehension testing database. AI technologies from both Alibaba and...
  35. FrgMstr

    17 Year Old Zero Day Microsoft Office Flaw Fixed

    When this flaw came about we were still freaking out about Y2K ending the world. Well, Y2K turned out to be about as bad as the new ice age in the 70's. But unlike the new North American Ice Age, Global Warming, Polar Ice Cap Destruction, and Global Warming, Microsoft has actually fixed this...
  36. FrgMstr

    Windows Systems Performance Impacts from Spectre and Meltdown

    There has been a lot of discussion about Spectre and Meltdown since last week and now Microsoft has something to say about Windows Systems performance after patching. In general, our experience is that Variant 1 and Variant 3 mitigations have minimal performance impact, while Variant 2...
  37. FrgMstr

    Alexa on its way to the Microsoft Desktop

    Not really sure how this is much different from just having an Alexa spying device just sitting by your PC as there does not seem to be much added functionality, but now you now. Thurrott has the goods from CES. Check out the video. If you are looking for Alexa to control your PC, that...
  38. FrgMstr

    Microsoft Spectre v1 Patches Borking Older AMD Systems

    You may have seen that Microsoft has halted distributing security patches related to GPZ Variant 1 (one of the variants of Spectre) due to the update causing some older AMD systems to get into an unbootable state. Wanted to make it clear this patch is to address GPZ Variant 1 (one of the...
  39. DooKey

    Microsoft Meltdown/Spectre Patch May Bork Athlon Systems

    Over at answers.microsoft.com there's a long thread where Athlon CPU users are experiencing issues with the Meltdown/Spectre patch. KB4056892 appears to prevent a boot of the system after the patch is installed. In some instances a complete reinstall fixes the issue, but the update will once...
  40. DooKey

    Microsoft Word subDoc Feature Abused to Steal Windows Credentials

    Rhino Labs has discovered a new way to get your Windows credentials using the subDoc feature of Microsoft Word. The bad guys insert a sub-document into a Word file from a server out on the internet. This sub-document tricks the PC into giving up the NTLM hash needed for authenticaton. Once...
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