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Microsoft reveals Windows 10 upgrade checklist

Microsoft reveals Windows 10 upgrade checklist

Things are starting to heat up for Windows 10. Just this week, Microsoft has dropped word on various features and interesting tidbits to look forward to in the next major version of Windows. Free upgrades were promised, probably even for pirated copies of the OS, and a summer launch has been mentioned. But just because the upgrade will be free and available doesn't immediately mean your PC or smartphone will be able to get it without a hitch. Again in China, Redmond is sharing what it will take for your PC or mobile to get Windows 10 up and running.

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Microsoft is getting slammed for these Windows 10 icon designs

Microsoft is getting slammed for these Windows 10 icon designs

There's a lot to like about Windows 10, with one very big exception: its icon sets. For many, the first glimpse at the icons produced a sort of visceral disgust. The design had regressed notably, with some likening it to Windows XP-level quality, except worse because they were paired with Windows 10's otherwise beautiful design. Users were quick to voice their harsh criticism about the icons, so much so that Microsoft has pushed out some revised versions about which it is actively seeking feedback. The problem is that they're not much better.

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New Windows 10 build sees Cortana explode

New Windows 10 build sees Cortana explode

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Build 10041, the company has announced. The latest preview build brings with it some bug fixes and some new features, and is available to those who have been trying out Windows 10 through Windows Update. Before you get your hopes up, don't: Spartan isn't included with this build. Good news comes in particular for those in certain markets around the globe, however, with Cortana expanding on desktop to include China and various regions in Europe.

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Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 PC-on-a-stick dongle

Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 PC-on-a-stick dongle

Yesterday at an event in South Korea, Microsoft discussed its Windows operating system and, among the talk, took the wraps off a new PC-on-a-stick dongle made by Lucoms that shrinks the desktop PC down to nearly USB flash drive size. The Lucoms PC stick measures in at 11cm in length and features a few different common ports needed for basic peripherals, as well as Intel hardware and a couple different configuration options. Some of the finer details about the PC stick weren't provided, but what we do know is detailed after the jump!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook likens Android to boring old Windows platform

Apple CEO Tim Cook likens Android to boring old Windows platform

Android users love their variety. The dedicated quickly dismiss the iOS competition as being “boring” and “copying” features their handset had months ago. those same users point to the variety Android offers as reason the platform is so amazing, and commands the impressive global market share it does. Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a recent interview, wasn’t quite so kind about Android. To his mind, Android is the new Windows — and not the cool new Windows, either. Tim Cook thinks Android is like Windows Vista Windows.

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FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

At first, we thought the FREAK security vulnerability was isolated to Internet browsers. Then, it became clear that Windows OS is vulnerable to FREAK attacks. The latest news is that this problem is now able to affect smartphones and mobile devices through apps on Android and iOS. The FREAK vulnerability is a security backdoor created by an old Clinton administration era government policy which required all exported software and hardware to have weak encryption keys. Obviously their policy was passed without much foresight. FREAK attacks cripple HTTPS security, allowing for sensitive data like passwords and credit card information to be snatched by hackers savvy to the susceptibility.

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Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Being at the forefront of the 3D software industry, Autodesk is in the prime position of taking advantage and profiting from the recent 3D printing renaissance. However, 3D printing has been, and still is, a relatively exclusive club made of adults and young adults with the know-how, not to mention the equipment, to turn ideas into digital models into physical objects. In order to increase those numbers, and potential customers, you need to train the next, younger generation of 3D designers. And that is exactly what the new Tinkerplay app hopes to accomplish.

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Microsoft reveals summer launch for Windows 10

Microsoft reveals summer launch for Windows 10

Barring last minute showstopper bugs, there seems to be no stopping Microsoft from revealing to the world once and for all the new Microsoft. As well as the new Windows 10, of course. The technical previews for the next major version of Windows has already been out for a month or so now, but what we're really waiting for is the actual and, for a year, free launch of Windows 10. At the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China, Redmond revealed that Windows 10 will arrive in Summer 2015, in 190 countries and supporting 111 languages

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Windows Hello lets your face, finger do the talking

Windows Hello lets your face, finger do the talking

Ever since Apple introduced Touch ID in the iPhone 5s, the tech world has started, or re-started, to become obsessed with using our unique body features to implement security on our mobile devices. After all, fingerprints and irises are much more difficult to hack than alphanumeric passwords. Riding on that wave, Microsoft is announcing two new complementary security features coming in Windows 10. Windows Hello lets you use some body parts to greet and unlock your device while "Passport" can use that to authenticate you to apps and websites.

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Microsoft puts Windows 10 on a diet for low storage devices

Microsoft puts Windows 10 on a diet for low storage devices

The words "Windows" and "lightweight" don't usually go together, unless bridged by a negation. However, with Microsoft's push to make Windows 10 a universal OS for all its devices, it cannot but put the operating system on a crash diet to fit devices with as little as 32 GB of storage. Microsoft claims that it has made significant strides in that aspect, thanks to changing the way recovery is done as well as making Windows smarter about how it compresses system files depending on the hardware capacity of the device.

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