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Intel releases stable Spectre patch for Skylake CPUs PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 February 2018 19:19
intel skylakeIntel has released a microcode update designed to help protect computers from Spectre-based attacks… again.The company says its latest microcode update patches “several Skylake-based platforms” to mitigate the risk associated with security vulnerabilities discovered earlier this year. Updates for additional chipsets should begin rolling out “in the coming days,” and beta releases are continuing to be rolled out. But this isn’t the first time Intel has released software designed to patch Spectre and Meltdown-related vulnerabilities. The company rolled out an update in January, but it caused computers to crash and Intel ultimately suggested users not install that update (Microsoft even went so far as to release a Windows update that disabled Intel’s patch on systems where it had already been installed). Now that Intel says it’s got a stable version of its security patch, the company is releasing the software to computer makers. End users will most likely be able to get their hands on the update when their PC maker releases a firmware update. Further details are posted on OUR FORUM.
 
 
iPhone source code leaked online could mean payday for hackers PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 February 2018 18:07

A source code for a key component of the iPhone's operating system was leaked online, potentially handing hackers coveted data which will make it easier to break into iOS. It was removed after Apple filed a takedown request. The code posted on GitHub is for the iOS 9.3 version of iBoot, a vital component of iOS which ensures the booting of the operating system. It was posted on the website by user 'ZioShiba.' It remains unclear how the user obtained the code, but it appears to be legitimate. That's according to Jonathan Levin, the author of a series of books on iOS, who spoke to Motherboard and called the incident the “biggest leak in history” and a “huge deal.” The website Gadget Hacks also said the code is "definitely the real deal." The source code was eventually taken down, after Apple filed a copyright takedown request with GitHub. The code's release could have a number of implications. For starters, hackers could use it to locate flaws and bugs that could allow them to crack or decrypt an iPhone. Programmers could use the information to mimic iOS on non-Apple devices.

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Redstone 5 builds could be coming to Skip Ahead Windows Insiders PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:48
Redstone 5According to a report from Neowin, it is looking as though Microsoft could be bringing Windows 10 Redstone 5 builds to Skip Ahead Windows Insiders soon. This is coming from a statement made during the most recent Windows Insider Webcast but also occurs right as Microsoft is running the only Bug Bash for Redstone 4. Specifically, Microsoft apparently confirmed in the webcast that Redstone 5 builds would be coming “sooner than you think.” Though shocking for some, this is not much of a surprise for long-time Windows Insiders. The reason why? At the end of development of the previous Redstone 3 (RS3) release, Microsoft created (but limited and later closed enrollment) in the Skip Ahead ring so Windows Insiders could get a preview of Redstone 4 before it reached the Fast Ring. In addition to Microsoft’s comments, the tweet from BuildFeed above also shows that Redstone 5 is already in development and has been compiled. Plus, with Microsoft saying Redstone 4 would only be seeing one Bug Bash, it definitely looks as though Microsoft is looking to shift their attention and release Redstone 5 previews soon Find more on OUR FORUM.
 
HoloLens used to “see through tissue” in reconstructive surgery study PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 17:30
hololens imageScience fiction is rapidly becoming science fact as the medical market increasingly embrace the Microsoft HoloLens for both training and actual clinical practice. The latest news is the headset being used in a 5 patient study at Imperial College London in the UK to see if it could improve the practice of reconstructive surgery. Researchers used Microsoft HoloLens to overlay images of CT scans – including the position of bones and key blood vessels – onto each patient’s leg, helping surgeons locate and reconnect key blood vessels during reconstructive surgery, such as following a car accident, when flaps of tissue, which are taken from elsewhere on the body and include the skin and blood vessels, are used to cover the wound and enable it to close and heal properly. A vital step in the process is connecting the blood vessels of the ‘new’ tissue with those at the site of the wound, so oxygenated blood can reach the new tissue and keep it alive.  Previously surgeons used handheld ultrasound scanners to locate and trace blood vessels. Read more on this interesting development on OUR FORUM.
 
What is Windows Polaris? PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 15:47

Polaris could be the most important version of Windows in years. Here's why. Since the release of Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft has made it clear that it wants to move away from its past style of operating system releases and towards a new, more singular and unified approach. It’s already brought together its desktop Windows 10 OS with Windows 10 Mobile, and Xbox Live infrastructure — and Polaris could be the next step in that trend. But what is Windows Polaris? Although we don’t know for sure just yet, as Microsoft hasn’t made any sort of official announcements, the general line of thinking is that it’s the PC component in Microsoft’s future Windows strategy. Windows Core OS will act as a base for all future Windows iterations. We’ve had hints that Andromeda OS will be the version used in mobile, which could be used on a future Surface phone. Meanwhile, Polaris could be the one you run on your desktop or laptop. Windows Core OS The main element that’s needed to make Windows Polaris a reality is Windows Core OS.... read more on our Forum

 
Windows 10 S becoming a mode, not a version, as Microsoft shakes up its pricing PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 14:42

The Store-only version of Windows becomes an installation option instead. With the next big update to Windows 10, version 1803, Microsoft is making some big changes to how it sells the software to OEMs. The biggest casualty? Windows 10 S—the restricted version of Windows that can only run apps from the Store—is going away. Currently, Windows 10 S is a unique edition of Windows 10. It's based on Windows 10 Pro; Windows 10 Pro has various facilities that enable system administrators to restrict which software can be run, and Windows 10 S is essentially a preconfigured version of those facilities. In addition to locking out arbitrary downloaded programs, it also prevents the use of certain built-in Windows features such as the command-line, PowerShell, and Windows Subsystem for Linux. For those who can't abide by the constraints that S imposes, you can upgrade 10 S to the full 10 Pro. This upgrade is a one-shot deal: there's no way of re-enabling the S limitations after upgrading to Pro. It's also a paid upgrade: while Microsoft offered it as a free upgrade for a limited time for its Surface Laptop, the regular price is $49.

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Microsoft to focus on Always Connected Windows 10 PCs in 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 04 February 2018 18:24
Always Connected Windows 10 PCsBuilding quality hardware in order to make an excellent software or vice versa is of utmost importance for any technology company to survive the cut-throat competition. Microsoft is trying to make a name for itself when it comes to quality hardware. The result so far is kinda mixed, Surface is a Success and Lumia, a failure. Although Microsoft’s phone business was a hell lot of complicated and the reason behind its failure is not so very clear to anyone, except Microsoft. Well, Windows phone is passed, and as far as Microsoft goes, they already made the move towards the next big thing – Always Connected PCs. After the demise of Windows phone, we all know how badly Microsoft is trying to re-enter the mobile market by making Windows 10 more flexible. Windows 10 S was a step towards that and from here things will be released that will complement the idea of a Mobile PC. Microsoft has recently shown some documentation of their future plan with Windows 10 and it looks like they are making baby steps towards ‘Windows everywhere goal.’ Microsoft recent documentation is full of promises and perhaps the time is right to finally talk about something that is not a phone. Check out the rest on OUR FORUM.
 
New Windows 10 Consumer SKU Roadmap Revealed PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 03 February 2018 17:50

windows 10 sku'sIn the next month or two, Microsoft will be releasing Redstone 4 and with it will come a significant amount of changes to how the company is positioning its software as well as pricing it for its partners. Recently, I was able to view some content being shared with select partners that details the company’s plans and changes coming to Windows 10. When it comes to SKUs, the story is quite interesting in how Microsoft sells licensing to partners. In fact, there are a total of five SKUs available for partners to utilize for consumers but they all have a defined set of parameters based on the hardware specifications. On the surface, you might be thinking that Microsoft is about to go nuts with new SKUs of Windows 10 and keep in mind this is pricing for partners; further, it would not surprise me to learn that pricing is reduced as well for larger OEMs or bulk orders. What Microsoft is doing here, which isn’t too different from what they have done in the past, is that they charge more money for a Windows 10 license based on the hardware that is included. If you are buying a rig that is more powerful, the license costs more but for an entry-level device, the prices drop significantly. Starting on April 2nd, these new SKUs and pricing will go into effect with the new pricing for Home Advanced going into effect on May 1st. We have the SKU's and pricing posted on OUR FORUM.

 
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