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Microsoft proposes using existing commercial aircraft to provide worldwide WiFi PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 13:34
flying wifiScientists from Microsoft Research have proposed using existing commercial aircraft flights and air routes to provide worldwide internet coverage at much lower cost than proposed solutions such as Google’s Project Loon (which uses balloons) and Facebook’s Aquila efforts (which uses solar-powered aircraft). They propose using existing license-free WIFI spectrum and WIFI routers on commercial aircraft which already criss-cross the skies to communicate with repeaters on the ground, and believe they can offer at least some internet connectivity to 80% of the population of Africa at low cost and with existing technology. They additionally propose to use the existing  ADS-B signals from planes as a control channel to ensure that there is a strong link from the plane to the ground and that the stations intelligently wake up and associate to the appropriate AP. We have the full story on OUR FORUM.
Windows 10 Build 17120 is now available for Slow Ring Insiders PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 March 2018 13:15
Windows 10 Build 17120Microsoft has released a new build for the Windows Insiders in the Slow Ring as the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update will be released to the public next month. Windows 10 Build 17120 is available for Slow Ring Insiders. The update comes with many fixes and improvements. Microsoft is improving Windows Defender Application Gaurd (WDAG) on the basis of the feedback gathered from the Insiders. Microsoft has also improved the performance of the Windows Defender Application Gaurd by fixing the bugs reported by the beta testers. Microsoft has added a feature that allows users to export or download the files from their browsing session. The company, however, notes that feature must be turned on by the user in Windows 10 Enterprise edition. “Once the feature is enabled, users will be able to download files into a folder created in their Downloads folder and open all files on the host,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider program said in a blog post. Microsoft has also explained in the blog post that Windows Mixed Reality platform might not work as expected, for example, the Inbox apps might fail to load occasionally. Windows Mixed Reality could also crash in some cases. The company notes that there are no known issues in this build for general users. Get up-to-date on OUR FORUM.
Windows 10 KB4088787 installation fails on some PCs PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 18 March 2018 11:00
windows kb fails Windows 10 KB4088787 fails to install on a number of computers for a reason that’s yet to be acknowledged by the software giant. Microsoft is not aware of any known issues in Windows 10 KB4088787 but the update still fails to install on some PCs and the users are clueless as no solution seems to be working for them. KB4088787 is the cumulative update released for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update devices, and it comes with all important changes. Those who are still using a device with Windows 10 Anniversary Update says that they cannot install KB4088787 which was released by Microsoft as part of the March 2018 Patch Tuesday cycle. Windows 10 KB4088787 fails to install with error ‘we can not finish update’. It’s worth noting that the Windows Update Troubleshooter doesn’t work for the users and since there’s no error code, it’s really not possible to look around the internet for a workaround as the error message is very common. It’s pretty clear that the issue exists as a lot of users on Microsoft’s community forum has confirmed the reports.
Edge hacked in first day of Pwn2Own 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 March 2018 16:56
edge browser pwn2ownMicrosoft plans to force users that use the Windows Mail app to open web links in Edge, but just a day earlier there was a good example of why this was a bad idea, as Edge was one of the first browsers to fall in this year’s Pwn2Own hacker contest. At the 11th annual Pwn2Own contest, being held during the CanSecWest 2018 Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia hacker Richard Zhu managed to pwn Microsoft Edge by using two browser and kernel bugs, winning him $70,000. “In the end, he used two use-after-free (UAF) bugs in the browser and an integer overflow in the kernel to successfully run his code with elevated privileges. The dramatic effort earned him $70,000 and 7 points towards Master of Pwn,” notes ZDI. Zhu had earlier on the same day tried to hack Apple’s Safari browser but failed. Safari did, however, fall later the day to Samuel Groß, who “used a combination of a JIT optimization bug in the browser, a macOS logic bug to escape the sandbox, and finally a kernel overwrite to execute code with a kernel extension to successfully exploit Apple Safari.”
Windows 10 Mobile is receiving new cumulative updates PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 March 2018 18:22
windows 10 mobileMicrosoft couple of days ago released Windows 10 Cumulative updates for all the versions of the operating system. The company released many fixes and improvements for Windows 10 users who have installed Fall Creators Update on their devices. The update was rolled out as part of the Patch Tuesday and contained lots of fixes and improvements for Windows 10 PC and Tablet users with version 1709. However, Microsoft against its regular trend of releasing Patch Tuesday updates to PC and Mobile had not released any new cumulative update for Windows 10 Mobile. Today the company decided to roll out a new Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Mobile users who have Fall Creators Update installed on their devices. The previous Mobile update had brought a minor issue with users complaining that they have not been able to open PDF files in Microsoft Edge. This was a minor issue which Microsoft took almost a month to fix for Windows 10 Mobile users since the development of Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a priority for the company. The new cumulative update with version 15254.313 is being rolled out to all Mobile users with version 1709 installed on their devices. The update contains a fix for the PDF rendering issue which was reported a month ago. Along with fixing the PDF lingering issue, the company is also rolling out all the improvements from Build KB4088782 which is the same build which was released a couple of days ago for users with version 1703 installed on their PCs. Complete details posted on OUR FORUM.
Intel is making hardware changes to 8th gen processors PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 March 2018 21:22
intel chipsetTo protect customers from vulnerabilities referred to as “speculative execution side-channel attacks”, companies including Microsoft, Intel and others are working together to plan and deliver updates. Microsoft has released updates to several versions of Windows to mitigate these attacks. Intel has also released microcode updates for all of Intel products launched in the past five years. However, Intel’s update only fixes Variant 1 issues. To fix the Variants 2 and 3, Intel is making changes to their hardware design. Intel has redesigned parts of the processor to increase the levels of protection through partitioning that will protect against both Variants 2 and 3. Intel will deliver the updated hardware design beginning with their next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors (code-named Cascade Lake) as well as 8th Generation Intel Core processors expected to ship in the second half of 2018. There's plenty more on OUR FORUM.
After price cuts, retailers remove Windows Mixed Reality headsets from shelves PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 13:30
is it overIt has been barely 5 months since Windows Mixed Reality headsets were launched into a somewhat expectant market. The headsets promised low prices, ease of setup and support for lower-spec PCs which would easily expand the small VR headset market. Instead, the nearly identical headsets launched by a large number of OEMs have been met with a shrug by the market, with Microsoft currently struggling to maintain a 5% market share according to Steam’s data. In response, we have already seen deep price cuts, with the $449 HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset now available for $222 on Amazon and the Dell Visor only $253. The Register also reports that UK’s largest electronics retailer, Currys, has removed Windows Mixed Reality headsets from their shelves while retaining the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift devices. They also report that developers are not seeing interest in the headset, with few requests to port their software to the platform. In fact, developers were seeing more pressure to develop for standalone VR headsets such as the Oculus Go.Follow up on OUR FORUM.
Microsoft reportedly forcing older versions to upgrade to Windows 10 ver. 1709 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 14:17
upgrade nowEarlier in 2015, Microsoft officially released its new Windows 10 operating system. With the release, the company forced users to upgrade to its latest Operating System Windows 10 without the consent of users. The company had faced a backlash from the users when it tried to force them to upgrade to the company’s latest Windows 10 operating system without their consent. This forced the users to block the upgrade for as long as 365 days before downloading the latest version. Today again we are getting reports that some users on their PCs with Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) and Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) are being forced to upgrade to the company’s latest Windows 10 version Fall Creators Update (1709). This upgrade is happening for users who have turned off the Windows Update option on their PCs. The upgrade notification has come as a surprise to a lot of users, since the company is busy working on its next major update Spring Creators Update version 1803 which is scheduled to be released in April this year and is working on smoothing the Windows Upgrade path for its latest Windows 10 upgrade. Check out OUR FORUM for more.

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