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Windows 10 now displays the battery level of Bluetooth devices PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 April 2018 14:06

battery levelBluetooth devices are perfect if you want to get rid of all those messy cables and keep your desk tidy. I, for one, like to connect by Bluetooth speaker to my laptop and listen to music while working. But there’s something that’s always driving me crazy: my Bluetooth speaker is running out of battery just when I’m listening to one of my favorite songs. If you really hate it when your Bluetooth device runs out of battery and disconnects from your computer, we’ve got some good news for you. Windows 10 Redstone 5 will display the battery level of Bluetooth devices so that you won’t be caught by surprise by low battery issues. If you’re an Insider, you can already test this new feature by installing Windows 10 build 17639. It is worth mentioning that this new feature won’t be compatible with all Bluetooth devices. For Bluetooth devices that do support this feature, Windows 10 will update the battery percentage whenever the computer and the device are connected. Being able to check the battery level of Bluetooth devices is very useful if you use many Bluetooth devices with your Windows 10 computer.Check it out on OUR FORUM.

 
Google Chrome is scanning your PC but it might just be a nasty bug PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 April 2018 20:19

google chromeA few days ago Kelly Shortridge, a product manager at SecurityScorecard detected some unexpected behavior on her PC, as a honeypot Canarytoken reported being accessed by Chrome.exe. That's not what you'd expect from a web browser normally, except for one thing -- Google did add some antivirus-y capabilities to its browser on Windows late last year as an enhancement to its Chrome Cleanup tool that can help reset hijacked settings. Google Chrome security lead Justin Schuh explained how the feature works and pointed to some documentation about it, and that was that -- until last night. It turns out the "AV scanning" wasn't that at all, and what it was doing could affect you right now. It turns out that Chrome is checking the integrity of downloaded files at startup, and a bug leads it to that particular folder. It relies on the Downloaded History list for this check, and if you have a lot of files in there, it could slow down your computer when you start Chrome. While the dev team is working to skip the check entirely in a future update, users worried about it can fix it by clearing their download history. The Windows version of Chrome is able to detect and remove certain types of software that violate Google's Unwanted Software Policy. If left in your system, this software may perform unwanted actions, such as changing your Chrome settings without your approval. Chrome periodically scans your device to detect potentially unwanted software. In addition, if you have opted in to automatically report details of possible security incidents to Google, Chrome will report information about unwanted software, including relevant file metadata and system settings linked to the unwanted software found on your computer. Learn more on OUR FORUM.

 
Microsoft HoloLens 2: ARM processor and everything we know so far PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 April 2018 17:51

Microsoft HoloLens 2: ARM processor and everything we know so farHoloLens is one of Microsoft’s most innovative projects and the company is still committed to improving it. The Microsoft HoloLens 2 will be announced by end of this year and the second-generation of the company’s most innovative project would become widely available next year. Microsoft is embracing a different strategy with the HoloLens 2 and it’s all because the software giant is ahead of its competitor. Codenamed Sydney, the HoloLens 2 with the substantial improvements that would keep Microsoft ahead of its rivals in the competition is launching soon. So here’s everything we know about the company’s long-rumored HoloLens 2. According to a new report, Microsoft HoloLens 2 will be powered by an ARM processor as Intel has stopped developing the Atom processor that powers the first generation of HoloLens project. The ARM processor would contribute to the mobility of the next HoloLens and the device will also offer longer battery life. The full report posted on OUR FORUM.

 
What are Virtual Credit Cards PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 April 2018 19:11
Virtual Credit CardsCards are ideal for online usage even if the card information is compromised, the hacker cannot use them beyond the loaded balance and the present daily usage limits. As the name suggests, Virtual credit cards are virtual in nature and are not issued physically. They do not have any plastic presence at all. They exist only virtually, and that is how they provide protection. Virtual Credit Cards are basically randomly generated numbers designed to protect your traditional credit card information when shopping online. Even if the number gets hacked, the hacker cannot use it beyond the loaded balance and the present daily usage limits. It is an online service that is linked to the Netbanking account of the user. You just need to log in to the online portal and create a Virtual Credit Card for the required amount whenever you need to pay online. It is an extended version of your credit card that offers you an extra layer of protection. Find out more on OUR FORUM.
 
Intel won’t release Spectre patches for some older chips PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 13:45

No Spectre patches for some older chipsIntel has been rolling out microcode updates meant to help protect users from attacks based on the recently disclosed Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. But while most Intel chips released in the past decade or so are vulnerable, Intel has decided not to released some previously promised updates for certain chips released between 2007 and 2009. The company released an updated version of its Microcode Revision Guidance on April 2nd, 2018 and it lists the production status for a number of chips as “stopped.” Intel says that after investigating the architecture and capabilities, the company has decided to scrap its planned updates. In other words, it’d be tough to release an effective update and/or there aren’t that many people still using those chips anyway and/or those that still are using them say that they’re not worried about malware gaining access to their systems in a way that would allow private data to be extracted without permission. Posted on OUR FORUM is Intel's announcement and the chip affected.

 
Windows XP is still going strong PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 13:10

windows xpThe name Windows XP is always accompanied by a lot of memories from childhood. Windows XP might have been the first exposure to a software for many people. Windows XP was released way back in 2001. This makes it 17 years old as of 2018. But that isn’t the interesting part. Windows XP is still used by millions of people in different parts of the world. As per market share goes, Windows XP has 4.59% market share. It may not sound like much but it is still a large number when we take the age of the operating system into consideration. The number is even more striking when we compare it with that of macOS. Windows XP has more market share than the top version of macOS. Statistics from NetMarketShare shows that the market share of Windows XP has decreased gradually in the last two years. However, there was a small rise in the market share during October of 2017 when the market share increased from 6.19% to 7.64%. Complete details posted on OUR FORUM.

 
Windows continues to be the dominant operating system on the desktop PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 13:17
windows 1oWhile Windows is no longer the core business of Microsoft, it continues to be the dominant operating system on the desktop. A data published by NetMarketShare shows that Windows has once again managed to improve its market share, but Microsoft’s rivals including Apple’s desktop OS once again declined last month. By the looks of things, it is super easy for Microsoft to cope with its rivals in this battle. Windows seems to be the number one choice for the consumers and with the release of Windows 10 on ARM, Microsoft plans to launch affordable devices in emerging countries. Microsoft has once again managed to increase the market share of the Windows operating system, according to NetMarketShare, the share has increased by 1.36% in just one month. Windows share increased from 87.44% to 88.80%, and during the same period, Apple’s macOS fell from 10.09% to 9.01%. On the other hand, Linux also dropped from 2.10% to 1.84%. We have full coverage of this on OUR FORUM.
 
Microsoft’s re-org is a dog whistle to the end of Windows as a core business PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 April 2018 17:34
Satya NadellaMicrosoft’s CEO Satya Nadella last week announced that the software giant is reorganizing its executive and engineering team. Two new teams are being formed and the Windows chief Terry Myerson is leaving Microsoft. A new team called Experiences & devices will be led by Rajesh Jha, and the second team called Cloud + AI Platform will be led by Scott Guthrie. CEO Satya Nadella has once again confirmed that the future of Microsoft is now all about intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. The kernel unit of the OS which was part of Microsoft’s Windows division will become a part of Azure, and several other engineers would move to the new teams. Experiences & devices which will be led by Rajesh Jha include subgroups. Joe Belfiore will be leading the Windows group with the aim to improve the Windows experience and drive innovation in the PC and device ecosystem. Panos Panay is promoted to serve the devices group as Cheif Product Officer. New Experiences and Technology will be led by Kudo Tsunoda and Brad Anderson will continue to lead Enterprise Mobility and Management. More on this can be found on OUR FORUM.
 
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