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  • DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft’s Recent Windows 10 Update
    By on January 25, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments

    MojoKid writes After last Wednesday’s Windows 10 event, early adopters and IT types were probably anxious for Microsoft to release the next preview build. Fortunately, it didn’t take long as it came out on Friday, and it’s safe to say that it introduced even more than many were anticipating (but still no Spartan browser). However, in case you missed it, DirectX 12 is actually enabled in this Windows 10 release, though unfortunately we’ll need to wait (more…)

  • HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet
    By on September 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    jfruh writes While Windows-based tablets haven’t exactly set the world on fire, Microsoft hasn’t given up on them, and its hardware partners haven’t either. HP has announced a series of Windows tablets, with the 7-inch low-end model, the Stream 7, priced at $99. The Stream brand is also being used for low-priced laptops intended to compete with Chromebooks (which HP also sells). All are running Intel chips and full Windows, not Windows RT.


  • Kaspersky Update Breaks Internet Access For Windows XP Users
    By on February 5, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “Yesterday afternoon, Kaspersky Labs released a definition update that blocked all Internet and Intranet access on Windows XP workstations. While there has been no official communication from Kaspersky, their forum is lit up with angry customers relying on each other to find a fix.” Update: 02/05 16:42 GMT by T : Thanks to an anonymous reader, who says that Kaspersky has issued a statement, and a fix (though the fix takes (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: What Should a Unix Fan Look For In a Windows Expert?
    By on August 30, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    andy5555 writes “I am hardcore Unix (and recently storage) fan responsible for our server department. Most of the servers run (you guessed it) different types of Unix. For quite a long time, Windows servers played very little role, but sometimes we get applications from our business departments which run only under Windows. So it seems that we have to take it seriously and hire a few Windows fans who would be able to take care of the (still (more…)

  • Pranksters Post Giant Windows Logo On Hamburg Apple Store
    By on June 5, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    theodp writes “Working calmly in broad daylight and filming their efforts for YouTube posterity, a fake construction crew attached a large Microsoft Windows logo to the black facade of a soon-to-open Hamburg Apple Store. Neat hack in the MIT vein, but next time the crew might want to take along a pic of the Windows logo — with the adrenaline flowing, some of the colors got rearranged and were hung upside down.”

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  • Microsoft To Work With Windows Phone 7 Jailbreakers
    By on February 13, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    markass530 writes “Microsoft had a sit down with the first people to jailbreak their Windows Phone 7. Seems like good progress was made. This seems like a good approach to me. It would be great if Sony, Apple, Microsoft, and several Android phone makers would implement a simple development switch in their phones — these would obviously void the warranty, but it would give hackers the opportunity to actually own their devices without fear of (more…)

  • Microsoft Kills AutoRun In Windows
    By on February 10, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    aesoteric writes “Microsoft has finally decided to push out an update to disable AutoRun in its XP operating system, a Windows feature that had been increasingly exploited by virus writers over the years. But because Microsoft still sees AutoRun as a feature and not a security hole, it isn’t calling its Windows Update a “security update” but rather an “Important, non-security update” — but it effectively disables the AutoRun feature anyway.”


  • The State of Windows 7 Gaming
    By on July 16, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Don’t believe what you’ve heard—the state of Windows gaming is still strong.


  • Multicore Requires OS Rework, Windows Expert Says
    By on March 21, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    alphadogg writes “With chip makers continuing to increase the number of cores they include on each new generation of their processors, perhaps it’s time to rethink the basic architecture of today’s operating systems, suggested Dave Probert, a kernel architect within the Windows core operating systems division at Microsoft. The current approach to harnessing the power of multicore processors is complicated and not entirely successful, he argued. The (more…)

  • Windows 7 Can Create Rogue Wi-Fi Access Point
    By on February 19, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    alphadogg writes “Windows 7 contains a ‘SoftAP’ feature, also called ‘virtual Wi-Fi,’ that allows a PC to function simultaneously as a Wi-Fi client and as an access point to which other Wi-Fi-capable devices can connect. The capability is handy when users want to share music and play interactive games. But it also can allow on-site visitors and parking-lot hackers to piggyback onto the user’s laptop and ‘ghost ride’ into a corporate network unnoticed.”

    While (more…)