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Microsoft puts the squeeze on Windows to shoehorn it into 16GB devices

Apr 14, 2014 - 9:55 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft last week revealed how it will squeeze Windows 8.1 onto devices with storage space as small as 16GB to fulfill a promise earlier this year that OEMs could produce low-cost tablets and laptops.

The technology Microsoft will use, dubbed "WIM" for "Windows Imaging," is a file-based disk image format introduced in Windows Vista, the OS flop that debuted in 2007. Work on WIM, however, took place during the long -- and oft delayed -- development of "Longhorn," the code name for the project that was originally to produce an operating system in 2004.

To put Windows 8.1 Update on devices with tight storage constraints -- 16GB in particular, but also 32GB -- Microsoft has applied the decade-old technology to free up more space for applications and user content.

"This new deployment option, called Windows Image Boot (or WIMBoot), takes a different approach than traditional Windows installations," Michael Niehaus, senior product marketing manager in the Windows Commercial group, wrote on a Thursday blog. "Instead of extracting all the individual Windows files from an image (WIM) file, they remain compressed in the WIM. But from the user's perspective, nothing looks any different: You still see a C: volume containing Windows, your apps, and all of your data."

As Niehaus explained it, the WIM file -- an aggressively-compressed file that contains all the files necessary to run Windows 8.1 -- will sit in its own partition on a device's SSD (solid-state drive). By moving Windows to its own partition and then compressing it into a WIM file, Microsoft frees up space in the C: drive partition, which is traditionally where Windows is stored in an uncompressed state. That means there is more space left for user content and applications.

To boot and run Windows, a set of pointer files are stored on the C: drive which, in turn, aim at a file index within... [Read More]
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FrostWire 5.7.2

Apr 14, 2014 - 9:24 PM - by Reverend
FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client, first released as a fork of LimeWire. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and now FrostWire only uses the BitTorrent network.

FrostWire 5.7.2

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Heartbleed hacks hit Mumsnet and Canada's tax agency

Apr 14, 2014 - 9:23 PM - by Reverend
A leading UK site for parents and the Canadian tax authority have both announced they have had data stolen by hackers exploiting the Heartbleed bug.

Mumsnet - which says it has 1.5 million registered members - said that it believed that the cyber thieves may have obtained passwords and personal messages before it patched its site.

The Canada Revenue Agency said that 900 people's social insurance numbers had been stolen.

These are the first confirmed losses.

The Mumsnet site's founder Justine Roberts told the BBC that it became apparent that user data was at risk when her own username and password were used to post a message online.

She said the hackers then informed Mumsnet's administrators that the attack was linked to the Heartbleed flaw and told them the company's data was not safe.

"On Friday 11 April, it became apparent that what is widely known as the Heartbleed bug had been used to access data from Mumsnet users' accounts," the London-based website added in an email to its members.

"We have no way of knowing which Mumsnetters were affected by this.

"The worst case scenario is that the data of every Mumsnet user account was accessed.

"It is possible that this information could then have been used to log in as you and give access to your posting history, your personal messages and your personal profile, although we should say that we have seen no evidence of anyone's account being used for anything other than to flag up the security breach, thus far."

The site added that it was forcing its members to reset any password created on or before Saturday.

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Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8.1 to developers

Apr 14, 2014 - 9:19 PM - by Reverend
Developers can now access Windows Phone 8.1 code, Microsoft announced on Monday, as part of the Windows Phone Preview for Developers programme. Other users will have to wait for their network operator to push out an update or buy a new handset.

The software giant unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 at the start of April, adding more customisation options and new keyboard input support in the form of Shape Writing.

Most Windows Phone users will have to buy a new handset – with the first models shipping with Windows Phone 8.1 due in May – or wait until their network operator gets around to pushing out updates for their current handset sometime in the coming months.

But developers who have signed up to Microsoft's Windows Phone Preview for Developers programme will be able to get their hands on the code today. Introduced last October, this scheme gives registered developers access to pre-release Windows Phone operating system updates for their development phone, delivered directly from Microsoft itself.

Writing on the Building Apps for Windows blog, Cliff Simpkins, senior product manager for Microsoft's Windows Phone Developer Experience group, said that the programme enables developers to start building apps before the platform ships to consumers.

"We make these updates available to you to enable on-device testing, and to enable you to build and test platform capabilities not present in the emulator," he said.

Along with the tooling delivered in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC, developers can now get everything they need to start building and testing Windows Phone apps and universal Windows apps, the firm said.

In order to participate in the Windows Phone Preview programme developers must be registered on the Windows Phone Dev Center, be a registered developer with Windows App Studio, or have access to a Windows Phone device that is developer unlocked, which can... [Read More]
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Microsoft sued over browser miscue that led to $731 million EU fine

Apr 12, 2014 - 5:08 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft Corp's board faces a lawsuit over the way it handled an error with its Internet Explorer browser that ended up costing the company a record-breaking $731 million fine by European antitrust regulators.

The lawsuit, brought by shareholder Kim Barovic in federal court in Seattle on Friday, charges that directors and executives, including founder Bill Gates and former Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, failed to manage the company properly and that the board's investigation was insufficient into how the miscue occurred.

The legal action is the first to emerge from a humiliating episode for Microsoft, which the software company has never fully explained and has accounted for only as a "technical error."

In March last year, the European Union levied its largest ever antitrust fine against Microsoft for breaking a legally binding commitment made in 2009 to ensure that consumers in Europe had a choice of how they access the internet, rather than defaulting to Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.

Its investigation found that updated software issued between May 2011 and July 2012 meant that 15 million users were not given a choice. It was the first time the European Commission, the EU's antitrust authority, handed down a fine to a company for failing to meet its obligations.

In her lawsuit, Barovic says she asked Microsoft's board to fully investigate how that mistake occurred and to take action against any directors or executives that had not performed their duties. She says Microsoft replied that it found no evidence of a breach of fiduciary duty by any current or former executives or directors.

In a statement on Friday, Microsoft repeated that stance.

"Ms. Barovic asked the board to investigate her demand and bring a lawsuit against the board and company executives," said an emailed statement from Microsoft. "The board... [Read More]
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Google to sell Glass to public next week

Apr 10, 2014 - 9:56 PM - by Reverend
Google Inc will take online orders for its Glass wearable gadget on April 15, in its biggest push to get the $1,500 wraparound Web-ready glasses out to the U.S. public.

For a limited time starting Tuesday, Google will make the wearable device available to more than just the select group of users such as apps developers in its Glass Explorer program.

In a blogpost, Google did not say how many pairs it would sell, just that the quantity would be limited.

"Every day we get requests from those of you who haven't found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too," the company said on a Thursday blogpost.

"That's why next Tuesday, April 15th, we'll be trying our latest and biggest Explorer Program expansion experiment to date. We'll be allowing anyone in the U.S. to become an Explorer by purchasing Glass."

Many tech pundits expect wearable devices to go mainstream this year, extending smartphone and tablet capabilities to gadgets worn on the body, from watches to headsets. Google has run campaigns in the past to drum up public involvement, including inviting people to tweet under the hashtag #ifihadglass for a chance to buy a pair of the glasses.

Google Glass has raised privacy concerns, prompting some legislators to propose bans on the gadget.

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Apr 10, 2014 - 9:52 PM - by Reverend
Trillian is a fully featured chat client that supports many different chat networks, including Facebook, Skype, Google, MSN, AIM, ICQ, XMPP, Yahoo!, and more.


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Microsoft suspends Windows 8.1 Updates for businesses after bug issue

Apr 10, 2014 - 9:49 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has suspended downloads of the Windows 8.1 Update for certain businesses users after a bug was uncovered that could have posed security issues.

Microsoft noted in a blog post that it had discovered that users installing the Windows 8.1 Update from certain versions of its Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) would then not in future scan for any future software updates.

This would mean that any future security updates would not automatically be applied, potentially leaving users at risk.

Specifically, the incident affects WSUS version 3.2 on Windows Server 2003 (Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Release 2 (R2 for SP2) and Windows Server 2008 (SP2 and R2 SP1) when HTTPS and SSL were enabled but Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 was not turned on.

WSUS is used by enterprise IT departments to locally manage deployment of updates and security fixes to systems on their network, rather than having each endpoint download updates directly from Microsoft.

In light of this Microsoft programme manager Ben Herila wrote in a blog post that while the firm is working on a fix, it has halted downloads for now.

“Microsoft plans to issue an update as soon as possible that will correct the issue and restore the proper behavior for Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 scanning against all supported WSUS configurations,” he wrote.

“Until that time, we are temporarily suspending the distribution of the Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 to WSUS servers.”

He noted that firms can still access the Update from the Windows Update Catalog or MSDN, but he cautioned against doing this until the release is issued.

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