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Windows 8 security loophole demoed by researcher

Windows 8 security loophole demoed by researcher

Microsoft's Windows 8 isn't due out in full until fall of next year, but security researcher Peter Kleissner has already found a way to exploit the platform. Kleissner created a Windows 8 bootkit that can bypass the User Account Control using just 14KB of exploit code. It's said to be the first proof-of-concept to find a vulnerability in Windows 8 and he's posted a demo video of the process.

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HP TouchPad may be revived with Windows 8

HP TouchPad may be revived with Windows 8

It looks like HP is still undecided about its TouchPad tablet. Despite the company's announcement back in August that it would discontinue webOS hardware, rumors now suggest that under Meg Whitman's lead as HP's new CEO, the company could revive the tablet by powering it with Windows 8. According to some HP employees, the company is currently testing the TouchPad with Windows 8 as part of a "proof-of-concept."

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK now available

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK now available

Google has just finished unveiling the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at their press event in Hong Kong moments ago and now the SDK for the next-gen platform is available to developers. This new platform brings a refined and unified user experience that will work on smartphones, tablets, and more.

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich final build detailed

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich final build detailed

This week Google revealed the final details surrounding Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, its newest and most advanced mobile operating system. This update to a whole new dessert is what Google calls "an entirely new look and feel to Android" and from what we've seen thus far, it certainly is. Ice Cream Sandwich is made to improve multi-tasking, has Wi-fi hotspot and NFC support, new notifications, and a "full web browsing experience," all of it coming first on what Samsung calls the Galaxy Nexus, the next in a line of hero phones made in direct collaboration with Google to provide a perfectly clean version of their new software in what they see as an ideal package.

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Microsoft details Windows 8 search improvements

Microsoft details Windows 8 search improvements

Microsoft detailed how search would work on Windows 8 and released a video demoing the ease of the new search feature when used with the Windows 8 Metro UI start screen. The focus of the search feature, however, is more focused on finding and launching apps rather than simply files, as Microsoft's studies show that people search for apps three times more than files and the company expects users to be installing a lot more apps with the new platform.

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Microsoft details new Windows 8 Task Manager

Microsoft details new Windows 8 Task Manager

Microsoft revealed today some more details on its Windows 8 developments by discussing the improvements made to its new Task Manager. In a post to the Building Windows 8 blog, group program manager Ryan Haveson explained that the team assessed how people were currently using the Task Manager and then redesigned it with the focus of optimizing for the most common scenarios, using modern information design, and not removing functionality.

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Google HQ adds Android Ice Cream Sandwich statue [Updated with Video]

Google HQ adds Android Ice Cream Sandwich statue [Updated with Video]

The collection of tasty statues on the front lawn of Google's headquarters now has a new addition to celebrate the upcoming Android Ice Cream Sandwich update. Originally scheduled for this week, the launch event has now been pushed back to October 19. The joint event with Samsung will be held in Hong Kong and will include the unveiling of Google's next-gen hero device, the Nexus Prime.

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