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February 23, 2017

Microsoft Releases Patch for Adobe Flash Player on Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge

Check your Windows Updates as Microsoft has just released a new patch for the notoriously insecure Adobe Flash player running on the equally notoriously insecure Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

According to the patch notes, an attacker could execute malicious code on a exploited system by directing users to a specially crafted website designed to exploit the vulnerabilities.

In a web-based attack scenario where the user is using Internet Explorer for the desktop, an attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit any of these vulnerabilities through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website. An attacker [...]

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February 10, 2017

NSA Approves Windows 10, Surface Devices for Classified Data

In a lengthy blog post, Microsoft confirmed that its Windows 10 operating system and select Surface devices have been added to the NSA’s Commercial Solutions for Classified Programs (CSfC) list for use with classified data. Current list of approved devices includes the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book.

“Our customers are the most security-conscious in the world and demonstrating our commitment to meeting their needs is incredibly important to us. Today, I’m excited to share that both Windows 10 and Surface devices including Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book have been added to the NSA’s Commercial Solutions for Classified Programs [...]

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January 28, 2017

Microsoft Exceeds $500 Billion Market Value For The First Time in 17 Years

Congratulations Microsoft! Microsoft has recently broke past the $500 billion dollar mark in market capitalization after 17 years of intense struggle.

According to YCharts, Microsoft currently sitting at an all-time high of $511.54 billion in market cap with a share price of $65.79 per share which is more than double its $223.59 billion market share in 2013.

Source: ycharts

Over the past few years, the software giant has made great progress in both hardware and software. On the hardware side, Microsoft has greatly improved its Surface line of tablet/convertibles and has even showed innovation in the desktop PC industry with its [...]

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January 26, 2017

Microsoft Windows 10 Game Mode Aims to Improve FPS in Games

Several days ago, Microsoft revealed a new Game Mode in the upcoming Windows 10 Creator’s Update which will be included in the latest Preview Build.

In an overview video released earlier, Microsoft briefly described how Game Mode is going to work on PCs. Essentially, Game Mode aims to raise the maximum FPS and average FPS by prioritizing CPU and GPU resources to your game. Microsoft didn’t share much more beyond that, but it gives us a rough idea of what Game Mode does.

Microsoft is still working get all games to activate Game Mode automatically, but it will likely need to be manually enabled for most games initially. To help make this simple, Microsoft is [...]

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January 26, 2017

Facebook Adds Sponsored Posts to Messenger

Can’t say we didn’t see this coming. Facebook is testing sponsored ads in its popular Facebook Messenger. The first countries that will be receiving this new feature will be select groups in Australia and Thailand.

Eddie Zhang, Messenger’s Product Manager, detailed how this is going to work. Similar to most apps that feature advertisements, Messenger will be employing an ad banner below the recent conversations page. Zhang promises that ads won’t appear in a conversation without the user clicking on an ad experience on Messenger home screen or starting a conversation with a brand.

Facebook Messenger presents itself as a huge platform for [...]

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January 25, 2017

Microsoft 365 Feature Update Brings Version Control, Office Lens Integration

Microsoft has just pushed out a featured update for its Office 365 consumer and business subscribers. Among the many new features include Activity Feed and Office Lens integration on Android.

Those who’ve used any revision control system such as Git will immediately understand the concept behind Activity Feed. This new feature saves all the changes made to a file in a revertable timeline. In the past, its primary use was among programmers, but with the development of simplified GUIs, version control systems are now being deployed across all sectors of productivity.

With Activity Feed, users can view a full history of changes to files stored in OneDrive. If [...]

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January 25, 2017

Windows 10 Adoption Surpasses Windows 7 in the US, Continues Lagging Behind Windows 7 Globally

Slowly but surely, Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is gaining marketshare. According to the latest OS adoption numbers from Statcounter, Windows 10 has finally eclipsed Windows 7 as the most popular OS in the United States.

In December 2016, Windows 10 saw an increase in adoption to 26.9% of the market while Windows 7 saw a decline in popularity, falling to 26.56% during the same period. A huge part of the increase in Windows 10 adoption is attributed to low-cost Windows 10 tablets which were a huge hit over the holiday season thanks in part to Microsoft’s recent Windows 10 update which focused on touch-centric features, helping improve [...]

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January 13, 2017

Microsoft Reveals High Performance “Game Mode” for Windows 10 Creators Update

Several months ago, Microsoft held their “Imagine What You’ll Do” event where they revealed the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is the next big update to come to Windows 10 after its Anniversary Update released a year after the launch of Windows 10.

At the time, most of the big Creators Update features revealed at the event were largely focused at improving 3D/VR functionality with several little hints about gaming improvements here and there mostly focused on Xbox and Xbox Live. In a recent post on the Xbox blog however, it looks like Microsoft has quite a bit more in store for PC gamers as the update will also include very interesting “Game [...]

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December 7, 2016

Twitch’s Comms App Curse Now Offers Video Calling, Screen Sharing Free

If you updated Twitch’s communications app Curse recently, you may have noticed a popup the first time opening the application after the update.

Looking at the release notes, it appears that Curse has recently rolled out video calling which will allow you and up to 4 other friends simultaneously video call each other free of charge. Further, you can share your screen with them as well so they can see what’s happening on your screen or window. For those who love Curse, but can’t get over the fact that you can’t see your friends in real-time, the new update now offers you the opportunity.

The new update should run automatically, otherwise [...]

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November 3, 2016

LastPass Now Syncs with All Your Devices Free

LastPass has undoubtedly been one of my favorite services over the past few years. As the danger of getting hacked has increased by leaps and bounds, multiple complex secure passwords are a must yet the difficulty of memorizing 20, 30, 40 of these passwords is simply unrealistic. Here’s where LastPass comes in.

The strength of LastPass lies in its ability to store all your passwords in a heavily encrypted password vault. The vault can be accessed using a master password essentially eliminating the worries of forgetting a password. LastPass provides multiple ways to access the vault including a desktop client, browser extensions, and a mobile app. The LastPass [...]

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