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What you need to know about Dell’s self-signed certificate blunder

What you need to know about Dell’s self-signed certificate blunder

Whoops, said Dell, effectively, we're going to have to go ahead and remove this bit of software from your computer before it becomes a problem. This week Dell was discovered to have installed a piece of code by the name of "eDellRoot" on a number of Dell computers. This code is a "certificate" inserted by Dell that would allow them to access a Dell computer when it needed to be serviced - when you call tech support, for example. Unfortunate for them, this certificate also left a hole in the security of the computers in which it was installed.

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Dell’s self-signed certificate exposes PCs to hacking

Dell’s self-signed certificate exposes PCs to hacking

Earlier this year, Lenovo was discovered to have pre-installed a third-party "adware" called Superfish, a scandal that has made many a PC user and security company wary of such OEM tactics. It seems that indeed, Lenovo isn't the only one. To some extent, Dell's mistake might be even worse. The PC maker has now been discovered to be installing a self-signed security certificate on many if not all of its laptops that exposes all of those affected models to hacking which can be done by simply hacking a single vulnerable laptop.

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Cook asks why would anyone still buy a PC: here are 5 reasons

Cook asks why would anyone still buy a PC: here are 5 reasons

The iPad Pro is technically a wonderful device, but that might be a bit overshadowed by the biggest question that will hound its existence to the very end. Why buy such a huge tablet? Or to be more precise, why buy such a huge iOS tablet? Days before it launched, Apple chief executive Tim Cook answered this question with another question. Why would anyone still buy a PC, even going as far as explicitly predicting how the iPad Pro will replace desktops and laptops for many people. To stop the "answer a question with another question" pattern, here are 5 reasons why iPad Pro, at least for the moment, isn't going to replace even your laptop just yet.

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ASUS Zen AiO Pro PCs tout performance in style

ASUS Zen AiO Pro PCs tout performance in style

The back of an all-in-one PC, just like the back of a monitor, is something you hardly always see (unless you have an open desk, that is). And yet ASUS has lavished as much attention to this side of the Zen AiO Pro as much as other details of the PC. Flaunting the OEM's somewhat iconic hairline finish, claimed to have been applied painstakingly by hand, the Zen AiO Pro exudes an amount of elegance you don't always see in its device class. Luckily, its beauty isn't only skin deep.

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Fallout 4 Review

Fallout 4 Review

America is an irradiated wasteland. Your environment in Fallout 4 is what Judge Dredd might refer to as the "Cursed Earth" part of North America. In it, your alternate reality is littered with extravagant industrial designs and the white bread attitudes of the 40's and 50's dashed into desolation and dreariness. You play the part of yourself in a third- or first-person perspective, tossed into a terrible, terrible place. You will take part in assuring the survival of the human race with a combination of attribute selections, the collecting of helpful materials, murdering mutants, and keeping your chin up!

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Batman: Arkham Knight PC owners can now get a full refund

Batman: Arkham Knight PC owners can now get a full refund

Less than a week after the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight's re-release following an original bug-riddled launch, Warner Bros. has recognized the train-wreck condition the game is still in, and is now offering customers a full refund. This was prompted by the fact that many players found last week's updates did little to address the game's broken state, leaving comments on its Steam page with complaints and negative reviews.

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Batman: Arkham Knight for PC now available (again)

Batman: Arkham Knight for PC now available (again)

It has been a long, frustrating waiting game, but the journey is finally over and Batman: Arkham Knight has been re-released for the PC. This new launch follows its original launch earlier this year; the game was quickly pulled after the massive number of bugs became known, and from there it was a few months before buyers got a patch to fix the problems. Now, finally, the game has been released and is, hopefully, as functional as it should have been the first time around.

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Kangaroo is a Windows 10 desktop PC the size of a phone

Kangaroo is a Windows 10 desktop PC the size of a phone

While Windows 10 continues to be a hit, seeing continuous installation numbers across the globe, consumers are still shifting away from traditional desktop PCs, whether it's towards hybrid devices like the new Surface Book, smartphones, or the small PC-on-a-stick options that plug into a HDMI port. The new Kangaroo PC, from InFocus, aims to combine the latter with the good things from a desktop PC, resulting in a smartphone-sized Windows 10 machine with its own battery source and connection ports.

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Three things to know about Lenovo’s Ideapad 100S

Three things to know about Lenovo’s Ideapad 100S

Lenovo's Ideapad 100S is small, cheap and just right (for many users). We recently reviewed it in full, and you'll have to check out that full review to get all of the details. Following that, though, we're back with a trio of notable highlights to get you started; things you should know if you're considering grabbing one of these budget laptops.

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Review: Lenovo Ideapad 100S – a budget Windows 10 laptop

Review: Lenovo Ideapad 100S – a budget Windows 10 laptop

Laptops are no longer a financial burden — the market is full of inexpensive notebooks, many of which cost less than a mid-tier smartphone. These machines are usually targeted at students, kids, casual users, and those in need of a secondary laptop, one they’re willing to risk carrying at the subway or checking in at the airport. Lenovo’s newest Ideapad, the Ideapad 100S, is exactly that type of machine, hitting all the right marks: lightweight, small, cheap, and loaded and with Windows 10.

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Tales of Zestiria JPRG debuts on PS4, PS3, and Steam

Tales of Zestiria JPRG debuts on PS4, PS3, and Steam

When you talk about Japanese RPGs or JRPGs, Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest will most likely be at the very top of that list. There are, however, some that do manage to do a stellar job at enticing players from both halves of the world. One of those is the Tales or Tales of series, and its latest, Tales of Zestiria, has just been released. Aside from being the first Tales of game released in nearly three years, this is also the first to be available on the PC, no emulator required.

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Next Windows 10 update to roll out early next month

Next Windows 10 update to roll out early next month

As PC users have had a few month now to get used to Windows 10, it's already nearing time for Microsoft to release the first big update to the new operating system. As it turns out, such a release is only a few short weeks away, according to analyst Paul Thurrott. The update is said to be codenamed Threshold 2, and will include a number of bug fixes, as well as some adjustments to the overall user interface that were intended to be included in the initial release of Windows 10.

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