Microsoft Poo Emoji Smiley Face

Revealed: The reason Microsoft’s poop emoji doesn’t have a smiley face

By on August 21, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Revealed: The reason Microsoft’s poop emoji doesn’t have a smiley face

It’s late on a Friday, which means that it’s the perfect time to talk about a hugely important scoop that Business Insider uncovered about the origins of Microsoft’s poop emoji. In case you haven’t noticed, Microsoft’s brand of poop emoji doesn’t greet you with a happy smile, which sets it apart from other poop emojis out there. More →

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Windows 10 System Process RAM

How to stop Windows 10’s System process from eating up your RAM

By on August 20, 2015 at 3:10 PM.

How to stop Windows 10’s System process from eating up your RAM

Microsoft’s Windows 10 is already installed on tens of millions of computers, but the free upgrade isn’t hassle-free. There are various issues and bugs that Microsoft has either fixed or needs to address in following updates, and then there are privacy worries that come with the free operating system upgrade. One particular problem for existing Windows 10 users appears to be the System process that can eat a lot of RAM. Luckily, this isn’t a bug, but a new feature of Windows 10 that should improve your overall experience. However, there are ways of fixing this issue if you’re worried about it. More →

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Surface Pro 4 Band 2 Microsoft Event

Surface Pro 4, Band 2 and new Lumia phones set to debut at Microsoft’s huge October event

By on August 20, 2015 at 8:45 AM.

Surface Pro 4, Band 2 and new Lumia phones set to debut at Microsoft’s huge October event

It appears that Apple isn’t the only technology company hosting a massive hardware launch event this fall. On Thursday, Chinese Windows blog WPDang revealed that Microsoft will hold a press conference in October during which the company will announce its upcoming slate of devices, including the Surface Pro 4, the Band 2 and two new Lumia phones. More →

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Xbox One vs PS4

Microsoft says the Xbox One is ‘doing things that can’t be done’ on the PS4

By on August 19, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

Microsoft says the Xbox One is ‘doing things that can’t be done’ on the PS4

As we’ve discussed countless times over the course of this console generation, the PlayStation 4 is the clear winner in terms of international sales. Sony took advantage of Microsoft’s stumbles and appealed to a larger audience than it ever had it the past. At last count, Sony had sold over 25 million units… but Microsoft still hasn’t grown concerned. More →

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Windows 10 Update

Microsoft just released an emergency fix for a critical bug – here’s how to get it right away

By on August 19, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

Microsoft just released an emergency fix for a critical bug – here’s how to get it right away

For some people, it doesn’t get any more annoying than Windows Update, which always seems to begin downloading huge files that slow down your computer every time you need to do something important. On the flip side of the coin, however, the Windows Update mechanism often updates your machine with critical security fixes that are needed in order to ensure your private data is safe. Well, if you have Windows 10 your private data might not be safe anyway, but that’s an entirely different story.

Microsoft on Wednesday pushed out a major security update that fixes a critical security vulnerability in Internet Explorer, so all versions of Windows are affected, not just Windows 10 and not just older versions of Windows. In other words, you absolutely need to download it right now — here’s how. More →

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Microsoft Surface Mobile Windows 10 Smartphone

The next Microsoft Surface might fix everything that’s wrong with the Galaxy Note 5

By on August 18, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

The next Microsoft Surface might fix everything that’s wrong with the Galaxy Note 5

Microsoft’s next Surface device might be a lot smaller than you think. And it won’t be a tablet, a new report says. Instead, the company is reportedly working on a high-end Surface Mobile phablet that’ll give the Galaxy Note 5 a run for the money, assuming the leaked specs are accurate. More →

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Windows 10 Updates

Windows 10 updates can disable pirated games and counterfeit hardware

By on August 17, 2015 at 5:45 PM.

Windows 10 updates can disable pirated games and counterfeit hardware

Microsoft’s Windows 10 launch has, for the most part, been an all-around success. To date, the total number of users who have downloaded Microsoft’s next-gen OS is likely beyond 27 million.

The one cause for concern, though, is that we seemingly can’t go a week without hearing some new story about how Windows 10 is a bit on the intrusive side when it comes to user privacy. Even though users can opt-out of some of the OS’ more questionable privacy-oriented services, it’s still hard to ignore the fact that Windows 10 is seemingly spying on everything you do.

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Windows 10 Cumulative Update 3

Everything you need to know about Microsoft’s latest big Windows 10 update

By on August 17, 2015 at 4:10 PM.

Everything you need to know about Microsoft’s latest big Windows 10 update

Now that Windows 10 updates are often occurring without your knowledge or express permission, it can be hard to keep track of exactly when or how often Microsoft is issuing fixes and new features. For example, did you know that the third cumulative update for Windows 10 rolled out on Friday? More →

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Windows 10 Upgrade

The latest big complaint: Windows 10 is blowing through data caps

By on August 17, 2015 at 1:05 PM.

The latest big complaint: Windows 10 is blowing through data caps

For every great thing tech bloggers have said about Windows 10, there seem to be a whole lot of complaints from users. Much of the fuss is focused on the fact that Windows 10 may be spying on everything you do by default, but we’ve shown you a number of ways to stop it. For more details, check out our post on 6 free tools that stop Windows 10 spying.

But there are also some other problems with Windows 10 that are getting users riled up, and the latest complaint is one that could end up costing you hundreds of dollars. More →

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Microsoft Solitaire

The clever reason why Microsoft first put Solitaire on Windows

By on August 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

The clever reason why Microsoft first put Solitaire on Windows

The inclusion of games like Solitaire and Minesweeper on early versions of Windows was no happy coincidence. Sure, it gave millions of computer users across the globe the perfect excuse to procrastinate, but their presence on Windows served a much larger and interesting purpose.

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Kaspersky AntiVirus

World’s top antivirus firm accused of sabotaging Microsoft and other rivals

By on August 14, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

World’s top antivirus firm accused of sabotaging Microsoft and other rivals

In the realm of antivirus software, few companies are as respected as Kaspersky Lab. Based out of Moscow, Kaspersky over the years has garnered a lot of praise for detecting and detailing some of the more sophisticated pieces of malware the world has ever seen, including the famed Stuxtnet computer worm and an even complex piece of malware known as Flame.

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Windows 10 Spying

6 free tools that stop Windows 10 from spying on everything you do

By on August 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

6 free tools that stop Windows 10 from spying on everything you do

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 platform has received quite a reception from bloggers and tech journalists. More importantly, it has been received with open arms by consumers eager to wipe Windows 8 from their desktops and laptops, and start fresh.

A fresh start is exactly what Windows 10 has given Microsoft, but it’s not all good news. While the new software is certainly a huge step in the right direction, some serious privacy concerns have been raised following the revelation that Windows 10 may be spying on almost everything you do. More →

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Windows 10 Cortana Search Privacy Settings

Windows 10 might be spying on you even after you tell it to stop

By on August 13, 2015 at 9:15 AM.

Windows 10 might be spying on you even after you tell it to stop

One of the main concerns with Microsoft’s Windows 10 platform concerns privacy. The operating system has various features that need to access your private data to work properly. At the same time, Microsoft wants to deliver you better Bing search results and ads. In its defense, the company makes it clear in its terms of service that it’s tracking you, and there are ways to stop all the tracking without compromising your Windows 10 experience. But what if the privacy-infringing settings you thought you just turned off aren’t off?  More →

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