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Microsoft confirms Windows’ NSA hacking loopholes have been patched

Microsoft confirms Windows’ NSA hacking loopholes have been patched

Yesterday, the computer security industry woke up to the news that a hacker group known as "Shadow Brokers" had released a handful of exploits for Windows operating systems, along with details about how these tools had been created by and stolen from the NSA. While alarms are ringing about the US government's ability to hack consumer PCs, Microsoft has fortunately come forward to clarify that Windows has already been patched to prevent use of these exploits.

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Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th Gen) Review: Almost perfect

Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th Gen) Review: Almost perfect

Imagine pulling a laptop out of its box for the first time, only to worry that it may not include a battery due to its insanely light weight. That was my first thought when I retrieved the latest Lenovo X1 Carbon (5th generation) from its box. It's hard to imagine that this laptop is powered by anything other than thin air, mostly because it's hard to imagine there's an entire set of hardware -- including a battery, of course -- inside this thin and light body. What kind of sacrifices had to be made to produce such a svelte laptop? Surprisingly few, it turns out.

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Windows Vista is officially dead

Windows Vista is officially dead

More than 10 years after it first launched, Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows Vista. Today is the final day for Windows Vista extended support, which means that the divisive operating system is well and truly dead. This move from Microsoft comes nearly five years to the day after mainstream support for Vista ended.

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Windows Insider Program now available for business users

Windows Insider Program now available for business users

One of the biggest changes to come from Microsoft alongside the debut of Windows 10 was the launch of its Insider Program, offering millions of users the chance to try out beta versions of its latest operating system. This program has continued to be successful over the last few years, giving users early access to new additions like the Creators Update, but it has had one major limitation: users have only been able to sign up with their personal Microsoft accounts.

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Surface beats iPad in JD Power tablet satisfaction survey for first time ever

Surface beats iPad in JD Power tablet satisfaction survey for first time ever

The JD Power 2017 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study has shown the Microsoft Surface Tablet line to top the iPad for the first time since the study began. Granted, that's not an incredibly big amount of time - the study is in its 6th year this year. But in general Apple's iPad wins by a significant amount over the next closest device - in quite a few studies, not just this one by JD Power. It's a bit of a surprise to find the iPad in second place.

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NVIDIA TITAN Xp GPU revealed for Mac (and PC)

NVIDIA TITAN Xp GPU revealed for Mac (and PC)

NVIDIA's latest graphics card is the NVIDIA TITAN Xp, a GPU with more cores, faster clocks, faster memory, and more TFLOPS than the TITAN X that came before it. This graphics card is being delivered to users direct from NVIDIA through NVIDIA's online store. It'll be available to be used by both PC users and Apple computer users - though the latter requires a bit more work - for now.

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Windows 10 Creators Update continues to refine privacy options

Windows 10 Creators Update continues to refine privacy options

One of the biggest criticisms about Windows 10 was on how Microsoft handled privacy settings, which, in a nutshell, was done rather poorly. This was complicated by a subsequent update that, unknown to the user, suddenly changed previously set privacy settings. After receiving no small amount of backlash, not to mention government scrutiny, Microsoft has been more careful and more public about its privacy settings for Windows 10, something that fortunately continues to the Creators Update coming next week.

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Android rises above Windows to become most popular OS

Android rises above Windows to become most popular OS

Windows has been the dominant operating system for around 30 years, but its position as king of the hill has just been overthrown. Android is the new occupant of that particular throne, which should put its meteoric rise to become the most popular mobile OS into better perspective.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will push updates to users with limited connections

Windows 10 Creators Update will push updates to users with limited connections

Windows 10 has had its fair share of controversy over the way it downloads and forces system updates, and while it's gotten better over time, the upcoming Creators Update looks to make the issue a hot topic once again. While these changes won't be an issue for those with a stable internet connection, it will be of concern for users with limited service. To put it simply, Windows will force downloads of essential updates even when using a metered connection.

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Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows Vista next month

Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows Vista next month

Despite Microsoft's continuous efforts to get people to upgrade the latest version of Windows, hold outs who stick to old versions will always remain. If you're still on Windows Vista, though, you may want to consider upgrading, as Microsoft will be dropping support for that particular version next month.

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Windows 98 “wrist watch” runs on a Raspberry Pi

Windows 98 “wrist watch” runs on a Raspberry Pi

Watches are a personal thing and no one size fits all. Maybe that’s why smartwatches have had a hard time becoming as mainstream as smartphones. Not everyone might be satisfied with just having Android or watchOS on their wrists. Some might want an honest to goodness desktop OS they can wear. So 314rcreator, a.k.a. Lord_of_Bone on Reddit, whipped up a quick hack that put a Raspberry Pi A+ that ran Windows 98. Because, well, why not?

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Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they're sending out Windows Mixed Reality headsets to developers. This release will prepare developers for the most forward-thinking platform to be found within Windows 10. To do this, Microsoft has partnered with device makers like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 3Glasses to create Mixed Reality headsets.

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