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“FREAK” security hole affects even Windows after all

“FREAK” security hole affects even Windows after all

Microsoft almost had it good. Long lambasted for being so easily hacked, it was almost believed that the company's operating system, at least those well-patched and up to date ones, were immune to the latest security vulnerability causing worry over the Internet. As it turns out, however, it just isn't the case. Microsoft published a security advisory informing users that the version of Internet Explorer running on many versions of the Windows OS are susceptible to this FREAK attack, with no word on when a patch will be rolled out.

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Intel charges at mobile again with new Atom x3, x5, x7 chips

Intel charges at mobile again with new Atom x3, x5, x7 chips

You have to hand it to Intel. It just doesn't let go of a dream. Despite not being able to make a big enough dent in the smartphone market, it is still soldiering on, revising its strategy again and again. While many of us thought (or hoped) that the chip maker would just focus on wearables, it's taking another stab at smartphones, phablets, and tablets. This time with a new line of mobile chips under the names of the Atom x3, Atom x5, and Atom x7.

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Tinertia hands-on: hardcore platformer, no jump button

Tinertia hands-on: hardcore platformer, no jump button

That's what they say, the creators of Tinertia, they say it's a "Hardcore platformer. No jump button." Indeed it does seem to be, and what we've experienced at GDC 2015 temps us to suggest that it rocks. While we're big fans of the jump button (a classic button, indeed), we're also big fans of moving the gaming universe forward with non-traditional controls. A rocket-launcher as a primary controller in a side-scrolling game is just as good a controller as any - in fact for this sort of arena, it's better.

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HP Spectre x360 hands-on: When PC makers get OCD

HP Spectre x360 hands-on: When PC makers get OCD

The HP Spectre x360 is, if you're brave enough to play Devil’s Advocate, the Windows notebook you create when you channel Apple levels of obsessive-compulsion. Latest in HP’s high-end ultraportable family, the new Spectre isn’t just a capable aluminum laptop but a turning point in involvement between an OEM and Microsoft: a never-before-seen investment in time, energy, and Very Clever People. In fact, you could well argue that the Spectre x360 is the Surface Laptop that Microsoft refuses to make. I caught up with both companies to get my hands on their collaborative aluminum slab, and find out what makes it really special.

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VLC hits iOS, Android — Windows Phone in open beta

VLC hits iOS, Android — Windows Phone in open beta

VLC, the media player that doesn’t discriminate, is back in a big way. While we expected it to come back for iOS (it was in a kind of regional beta rollout), we weren’t sure when it might return in an official capacity. It’s now out and ready for download, streaming fans. The app, which plays locally stored content, is back on the App Store. Though the rumored Chromecast feature is missing, you can now use VLC on just about any platform you have.

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New “Fable” game free-to-play on Xbox One and PC

New “Fable” game free-to-play on Xbox One and PC

Don't worry - it's not "free-to-play" the same way Killer Instinct was (and is) free-to-play. It's not a situation where you'll gain nothing without purchase. In this release of the game Fable Legends, creators at Lionhead have suggested that you'll be able to have free access to the entire game. This is one of three "commitments" the gaming studio says this week they're making to gamers of the near future. While you will need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play the game on Xbox One online, you won't need anything of the sort on Windows PC.

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Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google Wallet has a long, intriguing past as a mobile payments provider. Recent news that Google was purchasing ‘technology’ from Softcard, a mobile payments startup founded by carriers to combat Wallet, only made their option more interesting to us. Though we’re not privy to the ins and outs of what the deal entails, we are learning that Windows Phone wasn’t invited to the party, as Google/Softcard have dropped the platform. There’s no evidence iOS is affected in any significant way, so this is an offensive on Windows mobile.

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Stardock Start10 gives back the nostalgic Start menu on Windows 10

Stardock Start10 gives back the nostalgic Start menu on Windows 10

Since Windows 8, the newer Microsoft OS's have been designed with touchscreen capabilities in mind. This led to the diminished functionality of the classically recognizable Start menu. Earlier versions of Windows 8 didn't use a start menu, that bottom-left based pop-up menu that Windows users had grown accustomed to over the years. Stardock is a company that released their own start menu, Start8, to fill the lacuna in Windows features. Windows 10 is now on the horizon, and Stardock is following suit in announcing their completed development of Start10, their newest Start menu.

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IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

You probably already knew, but the severity of it might surprise you. According to IDC, who track smartphone sales and shipments (among other things), Android and iOS have teamed up to take over mobile in a big way. When looking back at 2014, IDC says Android and iOS have combined to power over 95% of the smartphones in existence. Even more surprising is that most of the remaining 5% is occupied by Windows Phone. According to IDC, BlackBerry has fallen way off the grid, too.

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Archos goes to school with Android, Windows, Chrome OS devices

Archos goes to school with Android, Windows, Chrome OS devices

Archos is probably well known for its almost endless list of budget smartphones and tablets, and even odd ones like a gaming handheld or a kid's ablet. Now the French manufacturer is trying its hands at a slightly different market. The company has just announced its first ever formal venture into the world of the academia, revealing tablets and notbeooks of varying sizes, as well as varying operating systems, that are specifically designed and priced to cater to the younger crowd, particularly students.

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