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Hands-on with Windows 10 build 17083 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Friday, 26 January 2018 12:52
Talk of the next Windows 10 release later this Spring is already being heard as the development of Redstone 4 continues. We’re getting to that stage where the final feature set is being decided, and preview experiences such as ‘Sets’ have been completely switched off. Despite this, Build 17083 contains several new features that won’t go unnoticed. The death of Control Panel draws nearer with each update of Windows 10. One switch at a time, it won’t be long before the last lights are shut off and the Windows Settings claims it’s title as the center of configuration on your PC. Recently, we saw a section of Sound added to the Settings. Now, we have a page of Fonts. Here, you’ll be able to see all the Fonts you have installed on your PC, which are listed with some sample text that helps you contrast one from another. Clicking on one of the previews will take you to a details page for that font. This new details page is much more helpful than the one found in the Control Panel. Here, you can see all the different weights and styles of a font family in a list whose size can be adjusted with a slider. The ability to type custom preview text is also much more helpful than the pangram (The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog). You might recall my demonstration of Bahnschrift, the new OpenType Variable-font included with Windows. I elaborated on the infinite possibilities of a typeface whose properties could be manipulated so freely, asking you to imagine being able to adjust the weight of a font with a slider. While the text in that video was simply animated, that slider actually now exists! With an OpenType Variable-font, you can use the new details page to discover the flexibility of fonts such as Bahnschrift with a slider to manipulate its properties with a preview. This makes me happier than it should.You're going want to finish reading this publication, so Please visit OUR FORUM.
Microsoft is building a 'modern' version of Windows 10 for PCs codenamed Polaris PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:58
windows 10 polarisMicrosoft is building a new version of Windows 10, codenamed Polaris, for traditional PC form factors that strips out legacy components in favor of a more modern OS. Last September, I exclusively revealed "Windows Core OS," an internal project at Microsoft that aims to turn Windows 10 into a truly modular OS. This new modular base opens the door to many new configurations of Windows 10, giving Microsoft the flexibility to build new Windows experiences for device form-factors that exist today and, more importantly, will exist in the future. In that article, I mentioned that Microsoft is looking to build a truly modern version of Windows 10 for desktops, codenamed Polaris. Our friends over at Surface-Phone.IT later reported hearing the same. So far, however, I've only really talked in detail about Microsoft's plans for Windows Core OS in the mobile space, which I'm told will be the first Windows Core OS based variant to ship publicly. This new mobile version of Windows 10 is codenamed 'Andromeda OS' and is built from the ground up for dual-screened, foldable, pen first form-factors. Sources say that Microsoft is looking into bringing Win32 app support to Polaris via remote virtualization, kind of like how HP did on the Elite x3, but with containers that make for a more "native" experience. I don't have all the details on this just yet, but I am told that it is something Microsoft is seriously invested in for Polaris as it will allow users to use Win32 programs when required...Yes, we do have more posted on OUR FORUM.
Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview builds reveal new privacy tools PDF Print E-mail
Written by riso   
Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:38

In a step up towards addressing the spate of privacy concerns surrounding Windows 10, Microsoft is introducing new privacy tools that will enable users to see the exact data being sent as telemetry information. The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds feature options to view the telemetry information sent to Microsoft and if required, delete them from the computer. The feature was spotted in the latest Redstone 4 (RS4) builds 17063 and 17074. Currently, the commands are just placeholders but will likely be enabled as the OS inches closer to release sometime in H1 2018. Ever since Microsoft made Windows 10 as a service (WaaS), the OS gained notoriety for collecting a lot of telemetry data. Microsoft published a comprehensive list of the information that it collects and has also been insisting that the data is only being used to improve the OS iteratively and that it will not be sold to third parties. While telemetry collected can never be zero, Microsoft has been proactively including options for more transparency. The Fall Creators Update, for example, enabled users to select privacy options during the installation process itself. Apart from the above two new privacy tools, RS4 will possibly include a new 'View User Dictionary' option under Speech, Inking & Typing that shows a list of new words that the user has saved to the dictionary. This could be important for the those concerned with the logging of proper nouns such as names of people and places in the dictionary. It is a welcome move by Microsoft to include these changes in Windows 10 as an answer to some of the sharp criticism it has received over the years regarding the amount of telemetry data collected. Hopefully, this will (at least slightly) improve the adoption of Windows 10 in enterprises working with highly sensitive data. Via

Intel Testing Fix To Spectre Reboot Issue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:47

Intel announced that it has made progress in correcting the issue causing random reboots in the fix for the Spectre vulnerability that it issued to hardware partners earlier.
The news from Intel that the CPU microcode update, which it issued to patch the Spectre vulnerability, was inducing random system reboots just made the Meltdown/Spectre issue go from bad to worse. Intel first announced that the issue affected Haswell and Broadwell systems, but later expanded the list to include Kaby Lake, Skylake, Ivy Bridge, and Sandy Bridge. The issue was discovered after a huge amount of hardware partners had already issued the fix to their customers, leaving some stuck with the issue. At the issue’s outbreak, Intel advised hardware partners to stop issuing updates for unpatched devices, but not to recall the updates they had already issued. Intel’s reasoning for this was that they still provided protection against the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability. Intel says that it has root-caused the issue on Haswell and Broadwell systems and that it has already issued a version of the fix to hardware partners, which are currently testing it. Intel’s official advisory to hardware partners hasn't changed: Don’t issue any more of the bugged update and start testing the new one. However, Intel says it is also working to create a new version of its original update that removes Spectre variant 2-related fixes, but maintains Spectre variant 1 and Meltdown fixes. This new update will be made available for the interim period.

A man bit a smartphone battery as a test, and it exploded. PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 20:13

A man at an electronics store in China decided to give a smartphone battery his own litmus test by biting it. The battery ruptured and caused a small explosion. The spectacle, captured by the store’s CCTV security cameras, was uploaded to Miaopai, a Chinese video sharing platform similar to the now-defunct Vine. It has since garnered 4.69 million views. According to Taiwan News, the man was in the store on January 19th to replace his iPhone battery. It’s not clear which store he was in, but the side of the shop has big characters that read “Professional screen change.” The man began to look closely at the battery and, to check if it was real, decided to bite down on it, triggering the explosion. Despite the fact that the blast was inches from the man’s face, and other onlookers, no one was reportedly injured. “The battery is not gold, why are you biting it?” a Chinese netizen joked. While it’s true that faulty and counterfeit lithium-ion batteries may sometimes explode or simply overheat, this man’s method of testing the battery was pretty suspect, as we won’t know whether the battery exploded because it’s fake or because he damaged it with his teeth. After Apple admitted last month it was throttling iPhone CPUs to combat older batteries’ random shutdowns, the company offered battery replacements for $29 instead of the usual $79, which will possibly lead to more people deciding to replace their devices’ batteries. Via the

Skype for Windows 10 updated with improvements on the Fast Ring PDF Print E-mail
Written by riso   
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

Microsoft is today updating Skype for Windows 10 devices on the Fast Ring, and the latest update brings some minor improvements.

Telecommunications application, Skype is updated for both Windows 10 Mobile and PC to version 12.1803.277.0. The changelog of the update is old, we have however noticed that Microsoft has moved the Settings button to the Ellipsis menu from the Profile Page. The company has also modified the look of the app version page. Apart from these changes, Microsoft has fixed general bugs to improve the performance. Despite the company has officially announced that Windows 10 Mobile is dead, Microsoft wouldn’t stop updating the first-party anytime soon. Earlier this week, Microsoft began rolling out a Skype update for Windows Phone users on the Production Ring and it comes with a rear camera upside down the bug. Skype universal app stable version 12.13.257 has the ridiculous camera bug. It might sound weird but Microsoft had fixed this bug with front camera earlier this month and the latest update again introduced this bug. It’s really not the first time the engineers have created a weird bug, Microsoft has been doing this for several years. The company is currently rolling out the updated version of the Skype app on Fast Ring and you can download it by launching Microsoft Store. Via

Microsoft’s latest update for Security Baseline is causing component failures PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 January 2018 00:00

It has come to the notice that the customers who deployed Microsoft’s security baseline for Windows 10 v1709 are likely to experience device and component failures. The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer is a tool by Microsoft which helps in determining the security state by accessing the missing security updates. The tool also analyses less-secure updates and encourages the users to remove the same. Issue with BitLocker/DMA settings in Windows 10 The BitLocker GPO settings in the Windows security configuration baselines for Windows 10 includes “Disable new DMA devices when this computer is locked” This setting was originally launched with the Windows 10 v1703 and is also part of Microsoft’s recommended baselines for both v1703 and Windows 10v1709 (Creators Update.) In the recent past, the Group Policy setting for the v1709 was strengthened. This update leads to several problems with the network adapters, audio devices and also pointing devices. In the meanwhile its crucial to understand the importance of Group Policy for BitLocker.

Intel: Meltdown/Spectre patches also cause reboots on newer processors PDF Print E-mail
Written by riso   
Sunday, 21 January 2018 00:00

Meltdown/Spectre patches also cause reboots on newer processors. When it was revealed last week that Intel was advising many of its larger customers to delay installing patches for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities due to a bug, the company had claimed only older Haswell and Broadwell processors were affected. It has now amended that claim after further internal testing. The bug, which is causing many to experience an above-average number of unexpected reboots after applying the patch, was found to also affect some configurations of Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake and Kaby Lake chips in the company's internal testing, according to Vice President of Intel's Data Center Group, Navin Shenoy. Unfortunately, the company has not yet identified what the root cause of the problem is, though Shenoy promised they are making significant progress in that regard. He added, "In parallel, we will be providing beta microcode to vendors for validation by next week." The blog post also goes over Intel's findings regarding the impact of these patches on performance, specifically on servers running its latest two-socket Intel Xeon Scalable microarchitecture. Java-dependent and other workloads saw relatively minimal slowdowns of up to 4%. The most significant slowdowns occurred in I/O testing, with some particularly strenuous tests resulting in a decrease of as much as 25% in write performance. Ending the post on a slightly more hopeful note, Shenoy suggested the company is looking at ways of alleviating the impact on performance in operations that were found to be significantly affected, and was considering other, less intensive means of mitigating these vulnerabilities, such as through Google's Riptoline approach. Source: Intel via Engadget/Neowin


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