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Windows 10 S Mode bug blocks users from unlocking regular Windows 10

Windows 10 S Mode bug blocks users from unlocking regular Windows 10

Compared to iOS, Chrome OS, and even Android, Windows is a powerful platform that lets users install almost anything and do anything they need to get things done. Microsoft, however, has had the ironic problem that it has trouble locking Windows down and selling it that way to businesses and schools. Not that it didn't try but it has repeatedly failed before finally reaching a compromise in Windows 10 in S Mode. Given that history and the company's flip-flopping policy, users may have started panicking when they couldn't get out of S Mode. The good news is that it's apparently just a bug. The bad news: Microsoft still hasn't fixed it yet.

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VxWorks real-time operating system plagued with 11 critical 0-day bugs

VxWorks real-time operating system plagued with 11 critical 0-day bugs

When talking about bugs affecting operating systems, you often hear about Windows and Android, sometimes iOS, and, from time to time, even Linux. Rarely to RTOS, short for Real-Time Operating Systems, get any coverage. One RTOS, however, is used in so many critical computer systems in critical industries that big security bugs could prove to be catastrophic. That is apparently what faces users of equipment that run on VxWorks that has been reported to have no less than 11 zero-day vulnerabilities that have been around for the last 13 years.

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Firefox Reality gives Oculus Quest owners a desktop web browser

Firefox Reality gives Oculus Quest owners a desktop web browser

Virtual reality is great for videos, games, and new experiences but if the technology is to be practical for the next wave of computing, platforms need to offer applications that let users also be productive. While office suites might be out of the question, web browsing is fortunately in a position to bridge the gap between entertainment and productivity. And fortunately for users of the new Oculus Quest, Mozilla just made Firefox Reality available for them.

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Windows 10 might be getting rid of controversial Live Tiles

Windows 10 might be getting rid of controversial Live Tiles

In its effort 5lto accommodate a new generation of touch-enabled PCs, Microsoft introduced the concept of Tiles, eventually Live Tiles as a replacement for its almost iconic Start Menu. Windows users have been split on the experience and Microsoft had introduced major changes over the years to appease critics. It seems that it will be making its biggest change yet and could removing Live Tiles altogether in a future release of Windows 10.

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VLC video player security bug report is heating up the Internet

VLC video player security bug report is heating up the Internet

It's not unusual to hear reports of vulnerabilities in software both open source and closed. Those bugs are reported against software big and small alike but the more popular the program, the bigger the noise. When it comes of multimedia players, there's probably no bigger program than VLC and now it's at the center of a "he said, she said" kind of debate over a reported severe vulnerability.

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Pixelmator Pro 1.4 brings editing tools extension to Mac’s Photos app

Pixelmator Pro 1.4 brings editing tools extension to Mac’s Photos app

Photoshop alternative Pixelmator Pro has been updated to version 1.4 'Hummingbird,' bringing a major change for macOS users: the application's full suite of tools are now available in the Photos app on Mac. In addition to offering users an editing extension, 'Hummingbird' also brings a new zoom tool, additional templates, and more.

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The new Slack desktop app is making big claims to win over critics

The new Slack desktop app is making big claims to win over critics

Over the past several years, Slack has enjoyed some explosive growth, becoming a near-ubiquitous communication tool in the world of business and enterprise. As many users will probably tell you, the Slack desktop app has failed to keep pace with that growth, as it can be a slow-moving resource hog at times. Slack agrees with that assessment, announcing today that it has rebuilt its desktop app to be more responsive and efficient.

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Pegasus spyware maker has keys to Google, Amazon, Big Tech cloud

Pegasus spyware maker has keys to Google, Amazon, Big Tech cloud

We often hear news about some service being compromised but, despite the popularity of things like WhatsApp, we often presume it only affects a small percentage of people, excluding ourselves. But what if the spyware could actually break into almost any and all of the popular cloud and social networking services that almost everyone uses? That's the frightening thought that a new report generates when it claims that a company has the technology to pilfer data from Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook, just to name a few.

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Google celebrates Apollo 11’s Margaret Hamilton in unique moonlit tribute

Google celebrates Apollo 11’s Margaret Hamilton in unique moonlit tribute

The anniversary of the historic lunar landing has many talking about Apollo 11 again. There is no shortage of stories and anecdotes of the things that went right and those that could have gone wrong. But for the software engineers at Google, there was another figure working in the background to make the landing even possible. That was NASA's Margaret Hamilton who is also considered one of the pioneers of the field of software engineering.

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Chrome will soon prevent sites from detecting Incognito Mode

Chrome will soon prevent sites from detecting Incognito Mode

Almost all the major browsers these days have an incognito or private browsing mode. This offers users some peace of mind to go anywhere they like without fear of web sites tracking them to serve them ads. At least that's the theory but in practice, there might be other ways sites and even ISPs from knowing your activities. It turns out, there might even be ways for sites to know whether you're browsing Incognito or not and Google is putting an end to that in Chrome.

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Skype will lose SMS Connect soon, but there’s an alternative

Skype will lose SMS Connect soon, but there’s an alternative

Microsoft has announced that Skype will lose support for SMS Connect, the feature that enables users to view and send text messages from their computer instead of their phone. The feature is very convenient for those who use SMS messaging, but who are on their computer during work and don't want to separately handle their handset. Though the loss is disappointing, Microsoft says there is an alternative option.

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How Microsoft can fix its Windows 10 Updates mess

How Microsoft can fix its Windows 10 Updates mess

Microsoft was mighty proud of its shift to a "Windows as a Service" strategy almost four years ago. It definitely has reason to boast, considering its history of painfully slow updates that came via the rare Service Pack. Redmond, however, seems to have swung to the other extreme in its desire to portray a company that can quickly respond to problems and feedback. Now it has to slow down and take stock of its obviously broken update process to ensure that what's left of Windows 10 credibility won't go down the drain.

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