Feature packed Windows 10 build 15007 with is out to the Insiders : Theme store coming soon

Microsoft surprised Windows Insiders today, with the roll out of Windows 10 build 15007, its second preview for PCs in the Fast ring this week. It followed the arrival of build 15002 a few days ago, and brought various new features to both PCs and phones. The new build, detailed in a lengthy blog post, adds three key ingredients: new Edge features, the ability to easily resume work after switching PCs, and a downloadable themes store designed to freshen up your PC. Continue reading “Feature packed Windows 10 build 15007 with is out to the Insiders : Theme store coming soon”

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Windows 10 growth slows down as Windows 7 rebounds

Microsoft has been investing heavily in Windows 10, not only for a development point of view but also with marketing as well. The company is pushing the OS at every opportunity and occasionally crossed the boundary of forcing it on to machines even when a user does not want the OS.

Despite such aggressive efforts however, Windows 7 still remains more popular than it was in the summer, though it is considerably down year on year as we dive into the last Netmarketshare figures of 2016. Continue reading “Windows 10 growth slows down as Windows 7 rebounds”

Microsoft Surface phone is apparently ready for trial

Rumours about Microsoft Surface Phone have been floating for a very long time and so far we only have rumours. Today, we have one more. While previous rumours suggested that we may not see a Surface Phone any time soon, it is probably closer than most people think, at least according to a report by Chinese financial publication Commercial Times,

The Commercial Times of Taiwan reports that Chinese ODM Pegatron, which produces the iPhone and also the Surface Studio, is currently running production trials on the mythical Surface Phone. Continue reading “Microsoft Surface phone is apparently ready for trial”

VLC media player to bring support for 360 degree videos across all platforms

VLC Media Player, you have to be someone who doesn’t play videos on his computer to not know the name. The app that lets you play basically any video format on practically any platform, is now about to add support for the possible future. By future I mean, 360-degree videos which are becoming more and more common, and yet, strangely, we hardly have any native apps to play them apart from the web browser.
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Windows 10 is less secure than Windows 7 … with EMET

In direct contrast to Microsoft’s assertion that Windows 10 is its most secure operating system ever, the US-CERT Coordination Centre has warned that Windows 7 with EMET offers greater protection than Windows 10.

The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a tool that helps prevent vulnerabilities in software from being successfully exploited. EMET uses security mitigation technologies as special protections and obstacles that an exploit author must defeat to exploit software vulnerabilities. Continue reading “Windows 10 is less secure than Windows 7 … with EMET”

Dell’s “Stack” was/is the Intel x86 Windows 10 Phone/PC hybrid

Computers and mobile devices are increasingly able to talk to each other, but the companies that make them still have a long way to go before they offer a truly portable experience. Dell and Intel, however, once embarked on a mission that could have offered a big push in making computing more transferable.

The pictures of a thin phone running some version of Windows 10 on an Intel x86 processor as provided by Evan Blass now have a backstory, also provided by Evan Blass. We now have a more detailed look at the phone/PC hybrid that never made it to market.
Continue reading “Dell’s “Stack” was/is the Intel x86 Windows 10 Phone/PC hybrid”

Asphalt Xtreme speeds onto Android, iOS and Windows : First impressions

Gameloft teased its newest car racing game Asphalt Xtreme several times in the last couple of weeks. The game even went live in Google Play store, but it was only available in a few countries. The game’s soft-launch last month allowed Gameloft to fine-tune Asphalt Xtreme and squash and bugs that might have ruined players’ gameplay experience.

The game is now available for the general public on Android, iOS and Windows (PC and mobile). Continue reading “Asphalt Xtreme speeds onto Android, iOS and Windows : First impressions”

Google drops a zero-day on Microsoft, Redmond calls Google’s behaviour ‘disappointing’

Google went public a couple of days ago with a zero-day flaw in Windows just days after reporting the problem to Microsoft. Google has a policy of notifying the public of unpatched vulnerabilities in third-party software seven days after reporting them to the company concerned if it sees them being actively exploited.

Hackers already knew about the vulnerability and were using it to compromise people’s machines, Google said in a post on its security blog. No fix is available yet. Continue reading “Google drops a zero-day on Microsoft, Redmond calls Google’s behaviour ‘disappointing’”

Microsoft Paint gets 3D; Preview available for download now

Give Microsoft points for accretive messaging: When they decide to tell you what their company is about, they back it up, repeatedly, through an entire cycle of software and hardware releases. For 18 months, there’s been a steady drumbeat from Redmond sending a message that Microsoft wants to empower “people and organizations all over the world” to be as productive as possible. Yesterday’s presentation added another note to the message: Microsoft wants to help you reach your creative potential too, because creativity and productivity go hand-in-hand. Continue reading “Microsoft Paint gets 3D; Preview available for download now”

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