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Intel Xeon chips coming to laptops PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 August 2015 04:34

 Intel Xeon chips

 

Intel's Xeon processors have powered servers and other enterprise PCs for years, but if you wanted their performance and security features for on-the-go computing, you were stuck having to buy notebooks by boutique builders like Eurocom that stuffed the desktop chips into massive laptops. The chip giant has apparently seen a need in the mobile workstation market for a better solution, as the company has just announced that it will be delivering Xeon-based notebook processors for the first time this fall. The Xeon Processor E3-1500M v5 family will be based on the new Skylake 14nm architecture and will be shipping in high-powered laptops starting this fall. While Intel has powerful CPUs for notebook computing -- like the Core i7-4940MX Extreme Edition -- the E3-1500M will offer buyers more enterprise-friendly features to go along with top-tier performance. These include error-correcting code memory, which can fix potential data corruption errors automatically, as well as the company's vPro technology for enhanced security and remote management. Workstations featuring the Xeon mobile processors will include Thunderbolt 3 interface technology, and Intel promises certifications for design and content-creation software that will be run on the notebooks. What the company hasn't mentioned are the specs for the E3-1500M v5 processors, though we know that Skylake should bring the usual faster performance (including integrated graphics, which workstation users won't be relying on anyway) and improved battery life that each new iteration of Intel's Core processors delivers...Please visit windows10newsinfo forum for more.

 

 
Device Guard makes Windows 10 more secure against malware PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 09 August 2015 05:26

Device Guard

 

Malware defense has reached an equilibrium of sorts. For the vast majority of threats there’s more or less a status quo détente—attackers crank out malware variants in staggering volumes and the antimalware software installed on your PC generally detects and blocks them. Device Guard is a new security feature in Windows 10 designed to protect you against those few threats that manage to circumvent standard antimalware defenses. The weakness of standard antimalware protection is that it’s just an application running on the operating system, which is running on the PC. If an exploit can compromise the antimalware application itself or the underlying operating system it can hide itself and operate in stealth—undetected by your security software. Device Guard operates at an even lower level—relying on virtualization and the PC hardware—to ensure only trusted applications are allowed to execute. The standard antimalware defense operates based on a “black list”. Security vendors identify threats and update the antimalware software so it has a current and comprehensive list of all known threats. As code executes on the PC it is compared against the list of known threats to detect and block malware. Any program that doesn’t match the signatures in the black list is allowed to run. One of the problems with this approach is that it’s reactive. I’ve noted for years that it’s a poor and untenable position to rely on “protection” that basically only works after the threat is already in the wild. The bad guys always get the first move so an emerging threat may very well go undetected until or unless your security vendor identifies it and adds it to the black list. Plus, there’s the issue mentioned earlier of an exploit potentially subverting the security software by compromising the PC at the operating system level...Learn more at windows10newsinfo forum.

 

 
How to turn on System Restore in Windows 10 to protect against bad updates PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 August 2015 11:03
We’ve already talked a few times about Microsoft’s new approach to delivering updates for home users in Windows 10. Unlike previous versions of the OS, Home users won’t be able to prevent updates from being installed on their PC. While this is probably advantageous for most people it does bring up two major objections: fears about a bad update screwing up your PC, and downloading updates at times that aren’t desirable, such as when you’re on a metered connection.  The second objection can be taken care of if you set your Wi-Fi connection as metered—Windows 10 may also detect when you’re on a metered wireless connection. As for the first, there are two things you can do. One is to make sure you snag the Microsoft-provided utility that lets you hide bad updates—albeit after the fact. In addition, you should make sure to turn on System Restore, which many users are finding inexplicably disabled by default in Windows 10. Turning System Restore on is very simple and tells Windows to create a restore point before installing any updates. That way, if a bad update messes up your system, you can roll it back right away.
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Nvidia’s Shield Tablet Battery Might Explode PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 August 2015 05:03

Nvidia’s Shield Tablet Battery Might Explode

Over the past year, Nvidia’s Shield Tablet has become one of the top tablets for Android users. Today, the company recalled the devices, saying they’re prone to, uh, no easy way to say this, exploding into flames. There’s a very easy way to check if your Shield is involved in the recall, and Nvidia will send you a replacement with a better battery. The problem affects tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015—which implies all of them, since the tablet was released in July 2014—but it’s unclear whether the recall includes all or some of the devices (we’ve reached out for clarification). Nvidia is understandably mum on what’s causing the problem, saying simply that the batteries are overheating and causing fire hazards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 83,000 tablets in the US, and 5,000 in Canada, are affected—and that four reports of overheating have occurred, “including two reports of damage to flooring.” The company notes that anyone who bought one of these tablets within the last year should stop using it now, so the malfunction sounds fairly serious. It’s a sad recall, because the Shield has been a fairly popular and well-received option for people who want to play games on their tablets. Gizmodo’s own Eric Limer said “it should probably be your next Android tablet no matter how much button-mashing you do.” Still, the review noted that the tablet’s battery drained surprisingly quickly—and a cursory Twitter search shows that consumers had plenty of problems with battery drain and heat...Finish reading at windows10newsinfo forum.

 
Windows 10 rollout gets hijacked by scammers PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 02 August 2015 05:04

Windows 10 rollout gets hijacked by scammers

 

With millions of people expecting to upgrade to Windows 10 this week, fraudsters have taken advantage of an opportunity to scam some money. Many people have not received an official notification to upgrade, so when an email purporting to be from Microsoft tells them to run an attached file for the upgrade, some people are eager to do it. To the unsuspecting eye, the email looks quite convincing; it uses the Microsoft color scheme, comes from an This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it address, has a disclaimer message and even includes a message saying that the email was scanned for viruses and passed. But the email is of course fake and the attached file is a CTB-Locker, which is ransomeware or a variant of malware. Ransomeware, in this case, encrypts files and photos on the PC and the only way to "release" them is to pay the scammers a fee in Bitcoin or Tor. They even have the audacity to give the victim a 96 hour time limit to fork over the cash. There are some clues which might warn a potential victim against opening the attachment. The text in the email doesn't render correctly with non-standard characters spread throughout the message. Oddly, the message doesn't even contain the Microsoft logo; perhaps the scammers were worried about getting sued by the company. However, the most important clue is to remember that Microsoft would never send out an email with an exe in a zip file attached. In fact, no professional company with any sense would do such a thing...For further details visit our forum.

 
Windows 10 Ditches Patch Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015 06:00

Windows 10 Ditches Patch Tuesday

 

With roughly 50 million lines of code, Windows is bound to have some bugs, and some of those bugs are bound to affect security. When flaws are found, Microsoft issues patches as fast as possible, but those patches do no good if you fail to apply them. Even if you're diligent, Patch Tuesday comes just once a month, so a vulnerability discovered the day after Patch Tuesday won't be patched until the next Patch Tuesday rolls around. At Microsoft's Ignite conference in Chicago, Microsoft Executive VP Terry Myerson surprised his audience with the news that in Windows 10, Patch Tuesday will no longer exist (for consumers, anyway). Microsoft plans to push out patches to Windows 10 users as soon as the fixes are ready, on a 24/7 basis, potentially reducing the time that PCs might vulnerable to threats by as much as a month. This new system includes all devices running Windows 10, be they PCs, tablets, or smartphones. Myerson noted that Windows 10's update system "will also be regularly delivering ongoing Windows innovation in addition to security updates." Myerson also took a swipe at Google, noting that the software giant ships "piles" of Android code without committing to any kind of follow-through when vulnerabilities turn up. As a result, there are thousands of slightly different Android installations, depending on who manufactured the device and how the provider handles updates. This fragmentation makes applying a patch to all Android devices nearly impossible. It's true that Microsoft has occasionally released faulty patches. A couple of years ago, one patch triggered the dreaded Blue Screen of Death on some Windows systems. Other problem patches have affected Microsoft Office and Windows 2000 (remember Windows 2000?). More recently, a buggy patch for root certificate issues ended up causing update problems for Windows 7 users. And a kernel-mode driver update last summer put some Windows 7 systems into an endless BSOD loop. I have to hope that quality control for the coming 24/7 updates will be extremely thorough. Some prudent users currently set Windows Update to download updates automatically but install them manually. It's not clear as yet whether this will be possible under the new system...I'm sure you want to read the rest, so please visit our forum.

 
Windows10NewsInfo Forum & Blog Now Open PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 13:41

Windows10NewsInfo Forum & Blog Now Open

 

I grew up with the age old adage "All Good Things Come To Those Who Wait!" Well we all will have to wait 7 more days for the official launch of Windows 10, but in the mean time you all are invited to visit our newest forum Windows 10 News Info and blog Windows 10 News Info. Windows10NewsInfo (w10ni) is dedicated to Windows 10, the Newest, Greatest, Fastest, most Secure Operating System to come out of Redmond. Not only is Windows 10 all the things mentioned above, it will probably be the last standalone OS from Microsoft. Windows 10 is designed to be "One Platform" knowing what type of device it is installed on and delivering unmatched performance and more native features than any OS previously released. If you are visiting W10NI for the first time, Please accept my invitation to join us at W10NI where you can contribute your expertise in helping others make their installation better or learn how to improve your iteration of Windows 10. If you already have membership..."Welcome Home" If you have been a member at W8NI, You have automatically been enrolled at W10NI using all the credentials you previously had. In the not to distant future we will be bidding adieu to our old friend Windows 8 News Info which has gotten us to this place in time. W8NI was a spin off from W7NI which started all of this, and so many of you have input your knowledge, ask important questions, and posted your beneficial articles, and least we not forget comments, compliments, and Oh yeah compilants about the OS and various other topics...Finish reading at windows10newsinfo forum.

 

 
Windows Threshold 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015 04:14

Windows Threshold 2

While Microsoft is putting the final polish on Windows 10 ahead of its release next week, it's time to start looking at what's next for the OS. While we broke the news about Redstone a few months back, there is another update wave planed for Windows 10 and it's starting to come into focus. Threshold wave 2 is scheduled to be the first (non-patch) update to the OS after it is released and the current timeline is October. But what will it include? According to those familiar with the company's plans, not much in the way of new features are currently planned, as the primary goal is to continue working on optimization and stabilization for the OS. Which makes quite a bit of sense- for one thing, the update will arrive only three months after the release of the OS. During that time, Microsoft will be receiving a significant amount of new telemetry from new hardware configurations and they need to make sure Windows 10 properly works with these machines. For those not familiar, Windows 10 was code-named Threshold, which is why this updates is named Threshold wave 2...Follow this on our forum at windows10newsinfo forum.

 
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