Windows Office Zero-day and CryptoWall 2.0

There’s a chance your Windows computer is being hacked right now

By on October 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

There’s a chance your Windows computer is being hacked right now

Take a closer look at your current Windows machine. It might be one of the millions of PCs that could be hacked right now and you might not even know anything is happening. At least, that’s what two different reports say, covering two equally disturbing vulnerabilities that hackers can take advantage of. More →

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iOS 8: iCloud Drive for Windows

Irony: PC users first to get full access to a major iOS 8 feature

By on September 19, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Irony: PC users first to get full access to a major iOS 8 feature

Apple on Wednesday released iOS 8, its latest major mobile operating system update, but some of the main features in it will only become operational – or fully operational – later in October, following an important update. One of them is iCloud Drive, which Mac users who also own iOS 8 devices are advised avoid enabling until OS X Yosemite is here. But for PC owners who also happen to use iPhones and iPads, iCloud Drive is already available, Ars Technica reports. More →

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Microsoft Windows 9 Windows Phone

New reports confirm Microsoft’s plan to kill the ‘Windows Phone’ brand, call everything ‘Windows’

By on September 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM.

New reports confirm Microsoft’s plan to kill the ‘Windows Phone’ brand, call everything ‘Windows’

When we started hearing reports in the last week that Microsoft planned to kill the Windows Phone and Windows RT brands and instead call everything “Windows,” we were very skeptical that Microsoft would really make such a move. After all, if someone bought a “Windows” tablet, they might easily get confused about it whether runs the full desktop-centric version of Windows or the mobile-centric version. However, we now have two new reports confirming that Microsoft really is planning to put the “Windows Phone” brand out to pasture and just refer to every single software platform it puts out as “Windows.” More →

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Microsoft Windows Smartwatch Concept

Windows fans can only pray that Microsoft’s first smartwatch looks as great as this concept

By on August 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Windows fans can only pray that Microsoft’s first smartwatch looks as great as this concept

Microsoft is rumored to be working on worthy iWatch rival, a smartwatch of its own that will be compatible with various mobile operating systems and deliver certain smart features, including advanced health and fitness tracking capabilities. While the Windows giant has yet to announce such a product, designer Nadir Aslam has already imagined what a Windows watch will look like and what it will have to offer while posting several concept images on Behance. More →

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Laptop Battery Life

Google’s Chrome browser is killing your laptop’s battery life

By on July 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM.

Google’s Chrome browser is killing your laptop’s battery life

Want your laptop battery to last longer on each charge? Stop using Google’s popular Chrome web browser. According to one Forbes contributor, there is a big problem with the Windows version of Google’s Chrome browser that causes it to drain laptops’ batteries at a significantly faster rate — in fact, the issue may cause notebook PC batteries to drain 25% quicker than normal. More →

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Windows Windows Phone App Stores 400000 Apps

Windows and Windows Phone app stores have reached 400,000 apps

By on April 2, 2014 at 11:30 PM.

Windows and Windows Phone app stores have reached 400,000 apps

Microsoft hasn’t quite managed to close the app gap between its own app stores and the behemoths that are iOS and Android, but the company has made significant progress over the past several months. Neowin came across the sign you see in the image above at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference on Wednesday, proclaiming the latest milestone of the Windows app stores: 400,000 apps between PCs and mobile devices. More →

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Microsoft Windows Is Free To Use For Smaller Devices

Microsoft makes Windows free for all devices of 9 inches or smaller

By on April 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM.

Microsoft makes Windows free for all devices of 9 inches or smaller

Watch out, Google: Microsoft is really coming after you. Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it will make Windows free to use for any manufacturers who are making devices that are 9 inches or smaller. This means that Windows smartphones, small tablets and wearable computers will have free-to-use software, just like with Google’s Android platform. This has the potential to significantly grow Windows’ market share on mobile devices, particularly in emerging markets where manufacturers have been churning out dirt-cheap Android phones.

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Dual Booting Android Windows Tablets Laptops Canceled

Dual Android/Windows tablets/laptops get the boot from Google

By on March 7, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

Dual Android/Windows tablets/laptops get the boot from Google

After claiming in a recent report that the new Asus dual-booting Android/Windows tablet/laptop combo that was announced at CES 2014 may not actually hit stores, Digitimes is back with a second story that says the same thing. According to its research, the publication says Google is putting pressure on Asus not to go forward with such dual-booting devices. Similarly, “other PC vendors now also have intentions to stop plans for producing products featuring dual operating system features,” as “Google is trying hard to avoid its OS being combined with Windows.” More →

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Early Microsoft Windows video

Video: This is what Windows looked like two months before the Macintosh debuted

By on January 27, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Video: This is what Windows looked like two months before the Macintosh debuted

Two months before Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh to the world in 1984, Microsoft demoed an early version of Windows at COMDEX 1983. Much like the soon-to-be-announced Mac, it featured a graphical user interace with the desktop metaphor, including windows and icons. Users could open multiple windows and use Microsoft Word to edit and format a text document. More →

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Android Malware Threat Windows

Hackers concoct most devious way yet to deliver Android malware

By on January 24, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Hackers concoct most devious way yet to deliver Android malware

Phil Schiller recently tweeted a link to a report that said 99% of all mobile malware is directed at Android. Usually the malware comes through the web in the form of phishing or other tactics but it usually doesn’t come from PCs. However, that’s not the case with a particular piece of malware uncovered by Symantec that installs malware onto Android devices when they are connected to Windows PCs. The malware, called Trojan.Droidpak, installs a fake version of the Google Play store when the Android device is connected to PCs in “USB debugging mode.” That mode is usually only used by developers, but is also sometimes necessary for rooting Android devices or installing alternative Android firmware. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Release Date

Next Windows update tipped for March 11th but Start menu still missing

By on January 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM.

Next Windows update tipped for March 11th but Start menu still missing

The many Windows users who are underwhelmed by Windows 8 will have to continue waiting patiently for the next iteration of the operating system, but Microsoft is working hard to address users’ issues in the meantime. According to one of ZDNet’s “accurate and trusted sources,” Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be available on March 11th, almost a month before the Microsoft Build Developer Conference, when a previous leak predicted the update would launch. More →

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Humble Indie Bundle X Game Sale

Pay what you want for six of the best indie games on PC, Mac and Linux

By on January 7, 2014 at 8:40 PM.

Pay what you want for six of the best indie games on PC, Mac and Linux

The best deal in indie gaming is back for its tenth run, and this time the theme is cross-platform availability. Humble Indie Bundle X went live on Tuesday and features six great games that can be played on Windows, Mac or Linux computers. Many of the games are making their Mac and Linux debuts as a part of the bundle as well. This time around, the games featured are as follows: To the Moon, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, Papo & Yo, Runner2, Reus and Surgeon Simulator 2013. Reus and Surgeon Simulator will only be available to customers who pay more than the average at time of purchase. All of the games you receive will also include a soundtrack. More →

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Intel Android Windows Dual OS

Intel confirms open relationship with Windows, Android

By on January 7, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Intel confirms open relationship with Windows, Android

In a “post PC” world dominated by the iPad and Android tablets, Intel seems to be ready to further embrace Google’s mobile platform, especially considering the decline of the traditional PC when it comes to quarterly sales. Intel at CES 2014 confirmed that its upcoming chips will support both Windows and Android, The Verge reports, allowing OEMs to create dual OS devices such as the recently unveiled Intel-based Transformer Book Duet TD 300 convertible tablet/laptop that Asus says is able to switch between Android mode and Windows 8.1 mode in under four seconds. Intel demoed dual OS support on stage during its pre-CES media event, saying that its Intel-based “dual OS platforms” will offer full 64-bit support as well. More →

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