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Login Screen Customization Options PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 05:33

Login Screen Customization Options

Some more user requests for Windows 10 are coming in. And the public demand, this time, is for more customization options, a little more personalization for the login screen. Yes, one of the most important section of the operating system. Microsoft is gathering feedback for its upcoming OS using a number of platforms, in order to ensure that users are able to send their input to the company in order to improve the final version of Windows 10. And the company has received a lot of good feedback. Majority of the users, however, want Redmond to implement more customization options. As this page shows, one of the most requested of features is the possibility of personalizing the login screen in Windows 10. This submission already has well over 9,000 votes of User Voice. This was a feature that was implemented in Windows 7 via third-party solutions. And one can hope that even if Microsoft does not implement such a feature in the new OS, there is a chance that some alternate third-party applications could allow users to change the login screen, including wallpapers and other such options. But for that to happen, the company will have to provide application makers with a little more freedom, similar to how small registry hacks made possible in Windows 7. Let’s see what Microsoft has to say on this. It is a simple request, after all...Does your interest in Windows 10 continue growing and you have a hunger for more? Tune into windows8newsinfo forum as we continue following the ever expanding list of features leading up to the release of this most anticipated iteration of Windows.


Corsair Gaming Keyboard PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 October 2014 04:22

Corsair gaming Keyboard

For years, keyboards were just keyboards. Just the standard 104 key layout, and each key performed the expected function. Then we started adding new functions to the keyboard – media keys, keys to bring up specific applications, or pre-programmed alternate functions for keys. We even started adding LCD screens. Remember those $1200 Optimus keyboards that had an OLED screen in each key? Lately, though, the keys themselves have been taking center stage. Mechanical keyboard are the rage now. Membrane keyboards – the standard – work for most people, but serious typists and gamers started to demand more from their keyboards. While membrane keyboards feature a rubber membrane under the keys, mechanical keyboards use a separate switch for each key. Membrane keyboards are spill resistant and cheap to make, but don’t provide the same satisfying tactile feedback that mechanical keyboards have. They’re also not as reliable in the long term and require more force to use per-key. Now Corsair has entered the gaming market with its new Corsair Gaming brand. This isn’t its first mechanical keyboard, but it is the first under this new brand. The new line of boards is made up of the K65, K70, and K95. I’ve been playing with the K70 for a few weeks now. The K70 has the standard key layout as well as the ten-key keypad. The K95 adds a few columns of function keys on the lefthand side of the plank, while the K65 drops off both the function keys and the ten-key for a much smaller footprint for those with a smaller workspace or a bigger mouse pad. The switches that power the keys in this keyboard are Cherry MX Red switches. There are also blue and brown keys. Blue keys have a click to them that lets you know once they’ve activated, while brown keys allow a softer touch. Red is right in the middle – no click, but a bit more force to press the keys...If you're a gamer you will want to visit our forum for the completion of this review.


Two-factor authentication PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Saturday, 25 October 2014 03:47

Two-factor authentication

Nary a day goes by that we don’t hear about a new security breach in which million of credit cards or passwords are stolen. With Windows 10, Microsoft is addressing modern security threats during its development in hopes of offering a secure product that consumers will feel safe using. Part of that has to do with moving away from single-factor authentication options like passwords which is why Windows 10 will have two-factor authentication baked right in. In a blog post on the matter, Microsoft’s Jim Alkove said their solution will eliminate the need for additional hardware security peripherals. Once enrolled, he added, devices themselves become one of two factors that are required for authentication. The second factor in Windows 10 will be a PIN or a biometric, like a fingerprint. As Alkove correctly points out, from a security standpoint, this means that an attacker would need to have a user’s physical device as well as access to their PIN or biometric information to gain access to a target account. For example, a user could register their smartphone which would effectively become their mobile credential. It would allow a user to sign in to their PC, network and web services so long as their mobile phone is nearby. In this example, the phone’s Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection would behave like a remote smartcard as one factor of authentication. Do you think Microsoft is on the right track by adding two-factor authentication to Windows 10? After all, a number of services already offer two-factor authentication and some have for years now. If anything, they’re simply playing catch-up at this point. Everyday since the release of Windows 10 Technical Preview more and more of its many features are being discovered and released showing what a powerful Operating System it is going to be...Follow all Windows 10 developments at windows8newsinfo forum.



Security & Identity Protection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Friday, 24 October 2014 06:50

Security & Identity Protection

Today, we find that an increasingly number of people are storing their work files, to a personal email or a cloud account, requiring a username and password for login. This simple login makes your personal cloud accounts susceptible to hacking at times, if adequate measures are not in place to keep them safe. Cyber-attacks on businesses are wide-reaching and attacks are high-profile and often successful in execution. With Windows 10, Microsoft has actively tried to address modern security threats with advancements to strengthen identity protection, access control and more. Windows 10 protects user credentials when breaches in the data center are reported. Once enrolled, users will benefit from Microsoft’s Multi-factor security strategy without the use of any hardware peripheral devices. For instance, you can enroll a device like a smartphone or a tablet as one of your factors. Now, as long as your smartphone or tablet is nearby, you can sign on other Windows PCs without having to go through cumbersome two-factor authentication sign-in. In short, your phone will behave in a manner similar to that of a smartcard, offering two-factor authentication for both local sign-in and remote access, a step to help you migrate away from using passwords. The second factor will be a PIN or biometric, such as fingerprint. Any attacker attempting to steal information would require a user’s physical device – in addition to the means to use the user’s credential – which would require access to the users PIN or biometric information. With Windows 10, Microsoft has also focused on information protection. BitLocker is a capability that that helps users protect data while it resides on the device, but as soon as the data leaves device, it’s no longer protected and remains vulnerable. An individual or an organization could leak corporate data, accidentally...Turn to windows8newsinfo forum for detailed information.


Windows 10 Technical Preview First Update PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 04:20

Windows 10 Technical Preview First Update

Microsoft used the Windows Blog today to announce the availability of the first update to the Windows 10 Technical Preview, which was announced just three weeks ago. The new build is 9860, and contains several new features as well as bug fixes. I have been running Windows 10 since it was released. My initial install was into a Virtual Machine, and after using it as a VM for a while I installed it on my primary PC in order to get a good feel for it. I am still working on my initial thoughts for the new Windows, but, being a technical preview, it has a few bugs that made me switch back to Windows 8.1. In the blog post, Microsoft lays out the fact that there are bugs and features still missing which will be added later. Some of the interfaces have regressed in style and function as the new interfaces are being finished. While this is generally a normal process for software development, we do not normally get such early access to a pre-release version of Windows, so we are also along for the ride. Windows 8, for example, had a very early developer preview, and then a consumer preview came later which added a lot of additional features and functionality. This round, the features will be added to the current preview for all of the people in the Windows Insider program to get a taste of them. The first big new feature, which debuted on Windows Phone 8.1, is Action Center. The Windows 10 build is adding this as a notification center, but at the moment is only enabling basic functionality. The quick actions, prominent in Windows Phone, will be coming later. Action Center is now available in the System Tray for easy access. One nice feature is that it will be available to desktop apps as well as Universal Apps. I expect it to also carry the Windows Phone customizations so you can select which apps you want to display in the notification list as well, in the event you have an app that likes to steal the show...For more and download links on this recent update visit windows8newsingo forum.


Master Chief Collection Has Gone Gold PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 October 2014 03:09

Master Chief Collection Has Gone Gold

343 Industries announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection has officially gone golden, meaning the game is now finished and being mass produced onto Bluray discs in time for the games release on November 11th, 2014! From the start, our philosophy has been to give Halo fans the best possible experience and not compromise the quality or features of the collection. The result is that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will take up almost all of the usable space of a single Blu-ray (45 GB), and we will also issue a content update at launch that is estimated to be 20 GB. You’ll be able to start playing Campaign and more as the content is installing, with some features and multiplayer content being added via the update. Yes, the update is large, but we weren’t about to cut corners to save disc space. This ensures that you are getting every bit of Halo goodness we can fit in. Our work is not done, however, as we continue to tune, tweak and optimize the online experience to ensure a smooth multiplayer launch. This will continue right up until launch day. One caveat we wanted to share is that Spartan Ops, our episodic co-op experience from Halo 4, will now release in December. In the meantime, we’re making some technical enhancements to that experience to make sure it’s smoother and even better than before. All ten episodes will be available at the same time, so we’re working to make an event out of it with our Community teams. 343 Industries also heard the feedback on the mixed release dates for Halo: The Master Chief Collection and have announce new release dates for certain territories...We have worldwide release dates posted at windows8newsinfo forum.


Windows 10 System Requirements PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 October 2014 03:07

Windows 10 System Requirements

Earlier today, Microsoft announced the next major update to Windows, called Windows 10. The OS will bring with it many new features and even though we only saw the technical preview today, there will be more bits for the consumer announced in early 2015. While it was not said on stage, at least, we didn't catch it if they did, it does look like Windows 10 will have the same hardware requirements as Windows 8. We can conclude this based off of a tweet by Frank Shaw, lead communications for Microsoft, who said that they specs would be the same. You can view his tweet here, where Shaw was giving the WSJ a hard time about their post that says not to buy a new Windows 8 machine and to wait for Windows 10. Obviously, this is counter-productive to Microsoft's message and Shaw was chiming in to say that this advice was foolish. More so, he stated that the hardware requirements would be the same, so buying a Windows 8 machine now will not impact your ability to run Windows 10. The specs are quite low, but that's not a surprise really. Microsoft has generally done a good job of letting low-end hardware run its latest bits and it's not like the company would make the HP Stream laptop, obsolete, before it even goes on-sale. More so, Microsoft knows the enterprise will likely not want to upgrade hardware to run Windows 10 and by making it the same as Windows 7, it's a much easier transition. If you are thinking this is the exact same for Windows 7, the specs are nearly identical but there are a few small differences. Notably, a Windows 7 machines CPU does not need to support PAE, NX, and SSE2 for the OS to operate whereas on Windows 8 and above, it needs these features...Turn to windows8newsinfo forum for the very conservative system requirements for the up coming release of Microsoft's new operating system Windows 10 due to be released to the general public Q1 2015.


Windows 10 Consumer Preview PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 October 2014 06:24

Windows 10 Consumer Preview

Stating the obvious really, but rumors are swirling around that the upcoming Windows 10 Consumer Preview version comes bundled with a new version of Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 12, as it might be called. This new build of the operating system is expected to go live sometimes in early 2015, but the very first details on this particular flavor of Windows 10 have now started to emerge. The most obvious of these is for a beta version of the company’s new web browser. Microsoft obviously has been completely mum on this, but FaikeeF has it on good authority that IE 12 will be included in the Consumer Preview build of Windows 10. The leaker has so far provided accurate information about upcoming versions of Windows. Previous rumors on the matter have hinted that Redmond is working on a complete refresh of its flagship web browser with Internet Explorer 12, including a completely new look that would allow it to better compete with competitors like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Along with a number of UI changes, Microsoft is also said to be preparing expanded support for extensions in order to enhance the functionality of IE 12...Learn more on our forum.



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