ChromeOS Windows Programs

Some Chromebooks have finally been hacked to run Windows

By on July 18, 2016 at 6:05 PM.

Some Chromebooks have finally been hacked to run Windows

Ever since companies started pumping out dirt-cheap laptops running Chrome OS, nerds on a budget have been trying to sideload Windows onto them. Thanks to the recent addition of Android apps to some Chromebooks, it appears that the aforementioned nerds have had some limited success.

A company called CodeWeavers makes a cross-platform enabling program called CrossOver, which enables Mac and Linux machines to run Windows programs without needing a virtual machine. It also has an Android version, and since some Chromebooks can now run Android apps, the result is Chromebooks that can run Windows apps.

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Ranscam Windows Ransomware Malware

The stupidest ransomware for Windows is also the most dangerous

By on July 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

The stupidest ransomware for Windows is also the most dangerous

Ransomware is a real problem for many institutions and consumers who do not know how to protect their PCs while surfing the web. Ransomware apps lock certain files on a computer with encryption, making them inaccessible until the target pays a ransom, usually in virtually untraceable Bitcoin. The scam is very lucrative for some hackers, who usually restore access to temporarily encrypted files as soon as a computer owner pays the fee, and these ransomware apps aren’t exactly easy to code.

Ranscam is one such example of a badly executed ransomware app. But because it’s a bad type of malware, it’s also the worst Windows infection you can currently get. More →

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Windows Zero Day

Newly discovered zero-day exploit affects almost every version of Windows

By on June 1, 2016 at 12:47 PM.

Newly discovered zero-day exploit affects almost every version of Windows

Researchers from Trustwave’s SpiderLabs research team recently discovered a new zero-day exploit that affects all versions of Windows from Windows 2000 all the way up to Windows 10.

Trustwave initially discovered the exploit last month after seeing it advertised on a Russian hacking forum for the not-so-affordable price of $95,000. According to security researcher Brian Krebs, the exploit is of the “local privilege escalation” variety and, as a result, works in tandem with other exploits.

“An attacker may already have a reliable exploit that works remotely,” Krebs explains, “but the trouble is his exploit only succeeds if the current user is running Windows as an administrator. No problem: Chain that remote exploit with a local privilege escalation bug that can bump up the target’s account privileges to that of an admin, and your remote exploit can work its magic without hindrance.”

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Cheap Windows Tablet

How did Acer make these convertible laptops so cheap?

By on May 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

How did Acer make these convertible laptops so cheap?

Touchscreen convertible ultrabooks used to be the preserve of people with thousands of dollars to blow — and hey, you can still spend three grand on a fancy Surface Book, if you really try. But for a little less than a tenth of that price, Acer will sell you something which, on the face of it, isn’t all that different.

The new Switch V10 and Switch One 10 are cute little 10-inch Windows convertibles that cost $250 and $200 respectively. They have some kind of magnetic hinge, so like the Surface Book, you can pull the screen off to use as a tablet, flip it around to use in “tent,” or just do some old-fashioned laptop computing.

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WhatsApp Windows Mac App

WhatsApp just released desktop apps for Windows and Mac

By on May 10, 2016 at 7:26 PM.

WhatsApp just released desktop apps for Windows and Mac

WhatsApp has been a smartphone-only messaging program for ever, but that changes today. There’s now desktop clients for both Windows and OS X, in addition to the months-old web client.

This doesn’t reflect some giant change for WhatsApp — the desktop clients just mirror what’s on your phone. In other words, you need your phone powered on and running the WhatsApp app to send and receive messages. You scan a QR code on the desktop app with your smartphone, and what you see on your laptop is a reflection of the WhatsApp app on your phone, complete with sent messages and chats.

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Chrome OS Vs Windows

Is this how Microsoft Windows finally dies?

By on April 25, 2016 at 11:22 AM.

Is this how Microsoft Windows finally dies?

It’s not easy to imagine a world without the Windows operating system. Even in spite of Microsoft’s Windows 8 debacle, the company’s computing platform is still the most widely used desktop operating system by a wide margin. Of course, a decade ago it was equally difficult to envision a world without the Symbian platform, and now there are millions upon millions of smartphone users who don’t even know that an OS called Symbian ever existed.

What goes up must come down. Windows played an integral role in shaping personal and corporate computing, and it continues to play an integral role to this day. But the Windows platform won’t be around forever, and it’s possible that we’re about to witness the first step in a massive sea change. More →

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Remote Webcam Access Blocker

Simple free app alerts you when a program (or hacker) takes control of your webcam

By on January 21, 2016 at 1:23 PM.

Simple free app alerts you when a program (or hacker) takes control of your webcam

No matter how many times you read about it on the web, there’s always a fresh new moment of uneasiness when you see someone mention that software can take over your webcam without you knowing about it. That’s right, malware, hackers or even government agencies like the NSA can take control of the webcam on your computer and spy on you without your knowledge.

It’s a terrifying invasion of privacy, but it turns out there are a few simple things you can do to prevent it. More →

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Run Windows Apps on Mac

The best ways to run Windows apps on your Mac without installing Windows

By on January 15, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

The best ways to run Windows apps on your Mac without installing Windows

In 2016, you can do pretty much everything on a Mac that you can do on a Windows PC. But if there are Windows applications that you desperately need for work (or play), you’d probably prefer an alternative to installing another whole operating system on your computer. More →

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Remix OS Android PC Download

The software that turns any computer into an Android PC is now available for download

By on January 12, 2016 at 2:17 PM.

The software that turns any computer into an Android PC is now available for download

Remix OS isn’t something most people are familiar with right now, but we’ve talked about this Android initiative a few times already. The new software offers users a Windows-like Android experience on traditional computers. Jide, the creators of this Android fork, have come up with dedicated hardware for it in recent months, but last week they announced that the software will soon be available to install on any computer out there.

Well, get your affairs in order, as Remix OS is now available to download and run on any computer you like. More →

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Android Windows PC Mac Remix OS

How to run Android on any computer, just like Windows

By on January 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

How to run Android on any computer, just like Windows

Say you need to run Android apps on an actual computer, be it a laptop or a desktop. What do you do? One option starting this week will be to download Remix OS and run it free of charge on whatever PC you might have around the house. We’ve talked about the operating system in the past. Remix OS is an Android fork that brings over a Windows-like Android experience. Jide, the company founded by former Googlers, manufactured special hardware for Remix OS, but it has decided to make the operating system available free of charge for anyone looking to run Android on their computer. More →

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Vysor Android Remote Control Desktop App

This free Android app does something awesome that no iPhone can

By on August 25, 2015 at 2:02 PM.

This free Android app does something awesome that no iPhone can

Smartphones can be used to control computers remotely with the right apps installed on both devices, but there may be cases where you want to do the opposite – control a smartphone from a computer. One new app for Android allows users to do exactly that, manage the Android device from a computer. The app, however, is only available for Android devices, which means it can’t be used to operate an iPhone or any other iOS devices. More →

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Microsoft Windows 95 launch

Windows 95 is 20 years old – here’s a look back at its cheesy, over-the-top-launch

By on August 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

Windows 95 is 20 years old – here’s a look back at its cheesy, over-the-top-launch

20 years ago today, Microsoft launched Windows 95 and forever changed the way people across the world use computers. While Apple enthusiasts will be quick to tell you that many of the more well-received Windows 95 features had long been available on the Mac, the far-reaching impact of Windows 95 simply can’t be overstated. Because the Mac at the time had a rather insignificant marketshare, Windows 95, for many people, represented their first introduction to the world of modern computing.

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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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