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4 Windows tablet/keyboard combos take on the Surface Pro
[b]By [url=http://www.computerworld.com/author/Brian-Nadel/]Brian Nade[/url] Posted on 9/16/2014[/b] [b]Microsoft's [url=http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9248650/Surface_Pro_3_deep_dive_review_Has_Microsoft_finally_got_it_right_]Surface Pro 3[/url] has gotten a lot of attention as a way to bridge the gap between tablets and traditional notebooks. Its snap-on keyboard and pull-out rear stand tries to offer the best of both worlds, but with a 12-in. screen and weighing 1.8 lbs. (without its keyboard cover), the Surface Pro is not as light as it could be, particularly for nomadic workers. And starting at $800 for a system equipped with an Intel i3 with 64GB plus $130 for the Type Cover, it is not an inexpensive system.[/b] [b]If you're looking for a Windows-based tablet that can also be used as a laptop -- especially if you don't need a powerhouse -- there are cheaper and lighter alternatives. The latest 10.1-inch Windows tablets have smaller screens and less imp
Google Chrome Dragged Into Internet Censorship Fight
Google's lawsuit against Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood is a crucial case for the future of SOPA-like Internet filters in the U.S. This week Digital Citizens Alliance, Stop Child Predators and others voiced their support for the Attorney General, suggesting that Google Chrome should be censored as well. Helped by the MPAA, Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood launched a secret campaign to revive SOPA-like censorship efforts in the United States. The MPAA and Hood want Internet services to bring website blocking and search engine filtering back to the table after the controversial law failed to pass. [url=http://torrentfreak.com/google-chrome-dragged-internet-censorship-fight-150205/]Full Article[/url]
Facebook to fire news at you faster than ever
[b]By Mark Wilson/ Posted on 9/19/2014[/b] [img]http://betanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/facebook.jpg[/img] Part of the point of Facebook, in addition to making it easier to keep in touch with people, is to keep abreast of news. The social network's algorithms are such that you don’t just see a chronological stream of updates from the people, companies, and pages you follow -- stories can 'surface' in a seemingly random order, and may appear some time after they were actually relevant. Facebook is aware that it can deliver posts in something of an untimely fashion, and it's now going to do something about it. It makes a change from [url=http://betanews.com/2014/09/13/facebooks-real-name-policy-is-wrong-discriminatory-and-potentially-dangerous/]forcing users to display their real names...[/url] The social network is rolling out a couple of updates that will help to ensure that stories that appear in your News Feeds are more relevant. There have been complaints that Facebook
New Windows 10 builds have improved Wi-Fi selection, Task View updates shown on video
Earlier today, Microsoft indicated that they would be increasing the speed at which builds are distributed via the Fast ring for Windows Insiders. Even though Microsoft has not released a build recently, that doesn't mean we can't get a look at what the company is working on thanks to new leaks. Windows 10 build 10036 has started showing up in various spots around the web and there are a couple of enhancements that are apparent in the images and video. For starters, if you take a look at the image below, you can see that this build has a new Wi-Fi selection Window. In the current builds, to select a new network, when you click on the 'Wi-Fi' option in the Action center, it opens up the full Settings app. In this new build, you can see that a smaller window opens to make selecting a new network faster. [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gizm-nLGfrA[/video] [url=http://www.neowin.net/news/new-windows-10-builds-have-improved-wi-fi-selection-task-view-updates-shown
Windows 10 to lock out Linux with non-disableable Secure Boot
The slide is below and clearly shows that Secure Boot "must be enabled" when shipped and its then up to the OEM to decide "whether to allow [the] end user to turn off Secure Boot". This, in turn, could potentially lead to OEMs locking out Linux or at least making it very hard to install an alternative OS. [img]http://www.neowin.net/images/uploaded/2015/03/windows-10-secure-boot_story.jpg[/img] Neowin has reached out to Microsoft to ask about the validity of the slide and whether Microsoft will give the final say to users or OEMs on whether they want to install an alternative operating system. [url=http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-10-to-lock-out-linux-with-non-disableable-secure-boot]Full Article[/url]
7 killer open source monitoring tools
[b]By [url=http://www.infoworld.com/author/Paul-Venezia/]Paul Venezia[/url], InfoWorld | Sep 23, 2014[/b] [b]Network and system monitoring is a broad category. There are solutions that monitor for the proper operation of servers, network gear, and applications, and there are solutions that track the performance of those systems and devices, providing trending and analysis. Some tools will sound alarms and notifications when problems are detected, while others will even trigger actions to run when alarms sound. Here is a collection of open source solutions that aim to provide some or all of these capabilities[/b] [b]InforWorld/ full article and slide show here/ [url=http://www.infoworld.com/article/2683857/network-monitoring/article.html]http://www.infoworld.com/article/2683857/network-monitoring/article.html[/url][/b]
Surface Pro 3: Microsoft offers complete change log for January 2015 firmware update
[i][b]Intel(R) HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.14.4029)[/b][/i] [list] [*]Adds support for the Autodesk Mudbox 2015 paintbrush tool. [*]Ensures that unreadable text does not appear in the Microsoft Outlook calendar pane. [*]Improves performance of video display and zoom features in DirectX applications [*]Adds support for the fast cursor feature when using Miracast adapters, including the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. [*]Ensures there is no flickering/blank display on externally connected monitors, especially when connecting multiple monitors in a daisy-chain configuration [*]Improves compatibility with Samsung U28D590D and Dell 2713Hb monitors. Some customers reported they saw a change in screen resolution when the device is docked and connected to Dell monitor. This has been addressed in the update. [*]Adds additional support to enable better compatibility with Panasonic and Actiontec Miracast adapters [*]Ensures there is no unexpected battery drain while the Sur
Dell launches Venue 8 Pro 3000 and Pro 5000 Windows tablets
By [b]Joseph Keller[/b] [img]http://www.windowscentral.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2014/10/dell_venue_8_pro_5000_press_1.jpg?itok=pYrtzZ2x[/img] Dell has introduced two new Venue 8 tablets, the Pro 3000 and Pro 5000. Both the Venue 8 Pro 3000 and Venue 8 Pro 5000 are geared towards both personal and professional use, and run [url=http://www.windowscentral.com/tag/windows-81]Windows 8.1[/url]. The Pro 3000 comes with 32GB of storage, while the Pro 5000 comes in both 32GB and 64GB configurations. [url=http://www.windowscentral.com/dell-launches-venue-8-pro-3000-and-pro-5000-windows-tablets]Full Article[/url].
[b]Meet Firefox Hello, the easiest way to connect for free over video with anyone, anywhere.[/b] [url=https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/hello/]https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/hello/[/url] Just got it this morning. I think it's very simple to use. The video quality is good. What do the community members think of this new FF feature? Did you try it?
GCHQ releases Android code-breaking app Cryptoy
by [url=http://www.v3.co.uk/author/profile/1523/dan-worth]Dan Worth [/url]12 Dec 2014 [img]http://www.v3.co.uk/IMG/532/307532/gchq-crypto-enigma-code-breaking-cyber-security-540x334.png?1418395177[/img] The GCHQ spy post has launched an Android app called [url=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hmg.cryptoy]Cryptoy[/url] designed to entice youngsters into trying their hand at code-breaking. The app is available for free from the Google Play store, and an iOS version is pegged for release in 2015. Cryptoy was designed by students on an industrial placement at GCHQ earlier this year, and focuses on four code-breaking methods: Shift, Substitution, Vigenère and Enigma. The app is designed to uncover young people with a talent for code-breaking and code-setting, in a bid to ensure that the UK has the skilled cyber security experts it needs for the years ahead. [url=http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2386640/gchq-releases-android-code-breaking-app-cryptoy]Ful
Google launches Inbox, the smart inbox that 'works for you'
[b][/b]By [url=http://betanews.com/author/mwilson/]Mark Wilson[/url] Posted on 10/22/2014 [img]http://betanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/inbox_google.jpg[/img] Hands up if your inbox is out of control? From that quick show of hands, it's clear that the idea of inbox zero has not caught on globally. We all have more email to deal with than ever before, even if most of it is junk. Google has a new solution to email overload. Inbox. This is, [url=http://gmailblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/an-inbox-that-works-for-you.html]Google is quick to point out[/url], not Gmail, although it is from the same people. Available for your Android phone and the web, [url=http://www.google.com/inbox/]Inbox by Google[/url] helps to cut through the crap to ensure that you're free to focus on what actually matters. It expands on some of the ideas already found in Gmail, but is a completely separate tool. This is Google recognizing that people use email not only to communicate with others, but al
HTML5 specs finally finalized
By [b]Chuong H Nguyen[/b] The World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, has announced that it has finally finalized the specs for the [url=http://www.windowscentral.com/tag/html5]HTML5[/url] standard after almost eight years of work. This should allow rich content to work seamlessly across desktop and mobile platforms. Though parts of HTML5 have been used by web developers over the years, the final W3C recommendation is now ready. [url=http://www.windowscentral.com/html5-specs-finally-finalized]Full Article[/url].
Research articles on internet/data/computer security
Hi all, Was wondering if anyone knows any good (as in recognized pretty much everywhere without a shadow of a doubt) publishers or articles on the topic of computer/internet security in general. I'm writing a research paper for my English class & since I'm into the InfoSec field as an enthusiast I decided to write my paper on this. I don't have a specific topic yet but I can narrow it down as I go along. Basically, since I am studying Computer Engineering & Computer Science I want to write about the ethics of programming & the assosciated security risks that come with it (I might include an article about BadBIOS since that isn't the type of "virus" most people know about on the OS level). EDIT: If anyone knows of any good articles about programming ethics that would be helpful too! Thanks, Shran
Latest Spartan Build Includes Experimental Title Bar
Not long ago, we got the best look yet at Spartan and while the browser will be coming in the next release of Windows 10, information about the UI is still a bit sparse. If in the last leak, the title bar had you a bit squeamish, by turning on the 'experimental title bar' you can see what the browser will likely look like when it ships. We cropped the two different title bars below and as you can see, the 'experimental' title bar looks significantly better and does away with the unused space at the top. This shouldn't come as a major surprise as Microsoft has already shown off this type of title bar in Spartan previously and in other apps too. [img]http://www.neowin.net/images/uploaded/2015/03/screen_shot_2015-03-10_at_8.51.16_am.jpg[/img] [i]'Experimental' title bar[/i][img]http://www.neowin.net/images/uploaded/2015/03/screen_shot_2015-03-10_at_8.52.16_am.jpg[/img][url=http://www.neowin.net/news/spartans-experimental-title-bar-nearly-brings-parity-with-microsofts-demo]Full Arti
Windows 10 Build 10036 introduces updating via P2P
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/19084iC10971C9017371E0.jpg[/img] P2P, or peer-to-peer networking, is usually associated with grabbing illicit copies of movies and albums using BitTorrent (or, of course, those endless Linux distros everyone is downloading...). In Windows 10 Build 10036, however, Microsoft is embracing the technology as an efficient means of delivering software updates to users. For many years now, using Windows Update to download updates and patches for your operating system has meant download files directly from Microsoft servers. But this new method takes the strain off Microsoft and makes it possible to download some or all of the available updates from other computers. [url=http://betanews.com/2015/03/15/windows-10-build-10036-introduces-updating-via-p2p/]Full Article[/url]
Department for Work and Pensions seeking new CTO
[i]This is going to be a challenge for someone bringing this lot up to date, the computers are "Fujitsu mainframes using the VME operating system installed in [b]1974[/b]."[/i] [h2]Successful candidate for £135k post will be tasked with moving from mainframe to 'next generation' tech[/h2] By Charlotte Jee | 8 January 2015 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has kicked off recruitment for a new chief technology officer (CTO). The successful applicant will oversee more than £1 billion of annual IT spend for almost 100,000 internal users at 950 sites and will be responsible for over 100 technology architects. The £135,000-a-year job is described by the department as 'one of the most challenging and rewarding technology roles in the UK today'. Interested candidates have until January 26 to apply, with final panel interviews due to be conducted during the week beginning March 24. [url=http://www.cio.co.uk/news/cio-career/department-for-work-pensions-seek
Windows 9 Build 6.4.9830 Ready
[b][img]http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news2/Windows-9-Build-6-4-9830-Ready-as-the-Public-Beta-Is-Almost-Here-457714-2.jpg[/img] Work on Windows 9 continues these days, as we’re getting insanely close to the public launch of the very first beta of what could be another major revamp of our beloved operating system.[/b] It appears that Microsoft has recently completed development of another Windows 9 build, as version number 6.4.9830 has been spotted online, most likely as the company was test-driving its features. No specifics are available at this point, but we already know that a public beta is expected to be released later this month for anyone willing to give it a try and help Microsoft improve the final product. “Why are these builds numbers so important?” you might ask. The reason is as simple as it could be: with Microsoft fueling the secrecy surrounding Windows 9 on pretty much every single day when it refuses to disclose details about the upcoming operating syst
Microsoft: DirectX 12 to deliver 20 percent overall performance boost
Sounds like a nice cheap graphics card upgrade to me ! Microsoft developers stated the upcoming DirectX 12 API could deliver an up-to 20 percent higher frame rate in games and a decrease in CPU utilization.As a PC gamers we think you guys will upgrade Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system real fast :) During an Intel press conference at GDC Wednesday night, Bryan Langley, a principal program manager for graphics with Microsoft, put it into context. "This is like getting free hardware," Langley said. "So if you're a gamer, and you upgrade to Windows 10, and you have that Iris Pro, it's like getting that extra kick. It may make your game go from not quite playable, to playable, from mediocre to awesome, from awesome to just out of this world." [url=http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/microsoft-dx12-to-deliver-20-percent-performance-boost.html]Full Article[/url]
Jury trial concludes: Apple slaps down patent troll’s $94M demand
[H2]GPNE sent demand letters to "truckers and farmers, roofers and dairies."[/H2]by [url=http://arstechnica.com/author/joe-mullin/]Joe Mullin[/url] - Oct 23 2014 [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/16901iB8A8DAD38B7EA4C7.gif[/img] [i]A slide that Apple used in its closing statements during the GPNE v. Apple trial. It includes a few of the statements from the many companies trying to rebuff GPNE's attempts to get royalty payments based on old pager patents.[/i] A San Jose jury has handed up a [url=http://ia701208.us.archive.org/24/items/gov.uscourts.cand.255840/gov.uscourts.cand.255840.559.0.pdf]verdict[/url] [PDF] finding that Apple does not infringe two patents owned by GPNE Corp., a patent-holding company that has lice
FTC Finalizes Snapchat Settlement
[b]Agency's Investigation Triggered by Data Breach[/b] By [url=https://plus.google.com/108994419603328824318]Jeffrey Roman[/url] [img]http://ef67fc04ce9b132c2b32-8aedd782b7d22cfe0d1146da69a52436.r14.cf1.rackcdn.com/ftc-finalizes-snapchat-settlement-imageFile-4-a-7745.jpg[/img]The [url=http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/12/ftc-approves-final-order-settling-charges-against-snapchat][b]Federal Trade Commission[/b][/url] has approved a final order settling charges that Snapchat, which offers a photo and video mobile messaging application, deceived consumers with promises about the disappearing nature of messages sent through the service. The settlement is part of the FTC's ongoing effort to ensure companies truthfully market their apps and keep the privacy promises made to consumers. As part of the order, Snapchat is prohibited from misrepresenting the extent to which it maintains the privacy, security or confidentiality of users' information. In ad
Joe Belfiore showcases new Windows 10 trackpad gestures
By [b]Rich Edmonds[/b] Microsoft's Joe Belfiore today showed off some new features coming to the [url=http://www.windowscentral.com/tag/windows-10-technical-preview]Windows 10 technical preview[/url]. In the opening keynote for [url=http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-live-streaming-tech-ed-europe-right-now]Tech Ed 2014[/url], Belfiore ran the audience through new trackpad gestures that will further enhance the user experience for power users, who require efficient shortcuts to save valuable seconds while switching between multiple programs. As well as the new trackpad gestures, Belfiore also demonstrated improved window snapping for multiple displays. [url=http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-new-trackpad-gestures]Full Article[/url].
Infographic: Protect Your Data When Moving to iOS 8, iPhone 6
[b]By [url=http://uk.pcmag.com/u/neil-j-rubenking/]Neil J. Rubenking [/url][/b] 09/11/2014 2:35 p.m. According to a report from utility software purveyor Wondershare, more than 20,000 people experienced data loss due to problems with upgrading to iOS 7. The Wondershare team derived this figure by analyzing activity on Apple support forums. They've prepared an infographic mapping a safe route so those [url=http://uk.pcmag.com/news/35586/upgrade-to-apple-ios-8-on-sept-17]upgrading to iOS 8[/url] can do so without losing any data. [b]Roadblocks Ahead[/b] Not every device can run iOS 8. If you have an iPhone 4 or earlier, iPad 1, or iPod touch 4 or earlier, you're out of luck. Perhaps it's time to upgrade to [url=http://uk.pcmag.com/smartphones/35583/feature/hands-on-with-the-iphone-6-and-6-plus]an iPhone 6[/url]? According to the report, an iPhone 4s is on the edge. It has support, officially, but the hardware wasn't designed for iOS 8. And if iOS 8 causes problem
Dropbox users, beware -- iOS 8 breaks automatic backup of photos and videos
[b][/b]By [url=http://betanews.com/author/brianfagioli/]Brian Fagioli[/url] Posted on 9/16/2014 Generally, I am a rather mellow guy, but there is one thing that makes me stressed and paranoid -- photo backups. Yes, I am one of those guys that spends more time taking pictures of his life than actually living it. While I enjoy taking the photos, I also take great pride in my organizing and backing up of these precious family memories. While I do not trust the cloud to be my sole source of backup, I use it for redundancy purposes. If a hard drive fails or is ruined in a fire or flood, I can be sure that my memories are retrievable. Dropbox is a great option for backups, but if you are an iOS user, you must be cautious. You see, if you upgrade to iOS 8 tomorrow, you will be hit by a nasty bug, which breaks the Dropbox automatic backup of photos and videos. This could be disastrous from a backup perspective. "We've discovered that Apple's new iOS 8 introduc
Windows 10 command prompt finally gets dragged into the 21st century
[H2]Proper text selection, wrapping, and other niceties to appear in new version.[/H2]by [url=http://arstechnica.com/author/lee-hutchinson/]Lee Hutchinson[/url] - Sept 30 2014 Microsoft talked briefly about the new features in its upcoming [url=http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/09/the-next-version-of-windows-will-be-windows-10/]Windows 10[/url] operating system, but it glossed over one thing that will surely be of great interest to sysadmins and developers alike: the further refinement of the Windows command line into a truly useful development and administration environment. Fortunately, engineer and blogger Rafael Rivera has spent some hands-on time with a technical preview, and he’s got a great post up [url=http://withinrafael.com/new-experimental-console-features-in-windows-threshold/]explaining some of the new features[/url]—at least, as they stand right now. [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/16203iC3A610E35D402C72.gif[
10 Easy Steps to Dramatically Improve your LinkedIn Security and Privacy
By Aurelian Neagu, [b]Social media is not all about having fun. Or starting a revolution for that matter.[/b] You may go for [url=https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/twitter-security-privacy-essential-guide/]Twitter[/url] if you want to find out the latest news and choose [url=https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/facebook-security-privacy-guide/]Facebook[/url] to stay up-to-date with your friends’ latest interests. But when we turn to our [b]LinkedIn account[/b], we try to keep things [b]serious and professional[/b]. Our LinkedIn account is a network of people that worked with us, or with whom we may want to work or collaborate at some moment in the future. And even if we keep it [b]pro[/b] on our [b]LinkedIn[/b] account, [i][b]we still need to address privacy and security aspects[/b][/i]. And this is even more important than on the other less “serious” channels. [url=https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/linkedin-security-privacy-essential-guide/]https://he
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