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More than half of all IE users face patch axe in 10 months

Mar 26, 2015 - 6:19 PM - by Reverend
More than half of all Internet Explorer (IE) users have less than 10 months to discard their browsers, and either update to a new edition of IE or dump Microsoft for one of its browser-making rivals.

The majority of IE users face a support retirement deadline that Microsoft unexpectedly announced last August. After Jan. 12, 2016, Microsoft will support IE9 only on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, IE10 only on Windows Server 2012, and only IE11 on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

IE7 and IE8 will drop off support completely -- as will IE6 in July when Microsoft retires Windows Server 2003 -- but others on certain editions of Windows, like IE10 on Windows 7, will also get the patch axe.

The off-support IE editions will continue to work, but Microsoft will halt technical support and stop serving security updates for the banned applications.

Microsoft's mandate has not substantially changed the user share of the 10-month-to-retirement versions.

According to Web analytics company Net Applications, the affected editions were used by 60% of those running IE in February.

IE8, for example, accounted for 33% of all instances of Internet Explorer last month, while IE7 and IE10 combined for 10%. And most of IE9's 14% share of all Internet Explorer instances had to be counted as well, since Windows Vista, the only OS that will continue to support the edition with patches, powered a measly 2% of all Windows machines, leaving most of IE9 running on Windows 7. Users of the latter will have to dispense with the 2011 browser in January.

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Google Launches Nexus Player In The UK

Mar 26, 2015 - 6:15 PM - by Reverend
Google has launched its Nexus Player, which is built by Asus and runs Android TV, in the UK today. The box costs £80 and an optional game controller is also available for £35 extra.

The Nexus Player has to compete with Amazon's Fire TV and Apple TV, both of which offer a similar form factor and access to streaming services from Netflix, the BBC and other on-demand content providers. Apple TV is rumoured to be getting a big revamp soon though, and there are strong rumours the firm is going open the device to third-party apps.

The Nexus Player has a quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It also sports 802.11ac wi-fi, which should allow you to stream high-quality 1080p video over your home network with minimal buffering, as long as your router supports that standard - most modern ones do.

Google also provides a remote control which can be controlled via voice command. This is similar to how Amazon's Fire TV operates, but Google's Android TV service offers more functionality - much like you'd find on phones.

People who have used Chromecast will also be pleased to know you can stream to the Nexus Player using the same system as you do for Google's streaming stick.

The Nexus Player is for sale at Argos, and Amazon will also offer it. It's not yet offered on the UK Play store, but that should change soon.

PC Magazine
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USB 3.1 set to reach desktops

Mar 25, 2015 - 11:43 PM - by Reverend
The emerging USB 3.1 standard is set to reach desktops as hardware companies release motherboards with ports that can transfer data two times faster than the previous USB technology.

MSI on Wednesday announced a 970A SLI Krait motherboard that will support the AMD processors and the USB 3.1 protocol. Motherboards with USB 3.1 ports have also been released by Gigabyte, ASRock and Asus, but those boards support Intel chips.

USB 3.1 can shuffle data between a host device and peripheral at 10Gbps (bits per second), which is two times faster than USB 3.0. USB 3.1 is also generating excitement for the reversible Type-C cable, which is the same on both ends so users don’t have to worry about plug orientation.

The motherboards with USB 3.1 technology are targeted at high-end desktops. Some enthusiasts like gamers seek the latest and greatest technologies and build desktops with motherboards sold by MSI, Asus and Gigabyte. Many of the new desktop motherboards announced have the Type-C port interface, which is also in recently announced laptops from Apple and Google.

New technologies like USB 3.1 usually first appear in high-end laptops and desktops, then make their way down to low-priced PCs, said Dean McCarron, principal analyst of Mercury Research.

PC makers are expected to start putting USB 3.1 ports in more laptops and desktops starting later this year.

The need for faster access to external storage could make the motherboards with USB 3.1 attractive to enthusiasts, McCarron said.

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CCleaner 5.04.5151

Mar 25, 2015 - 11:42 PM - by Reverend
CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimization tool. That removes unused and temporary files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space. The best part is that it's fast and Free.


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Mozila Firefox 36.0.4

Mar 23, 2015 - 11:19 PM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

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Sony launches its Internet TV Playstation Vue

Mar 20, 2015 - 8:41 AM - by Reverend
Japanese conglomerate Sony has launched its PlayStation Vue, an Internet TV service accessible, just through its gaming console, but the product is only being sold in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago presently. The entry-level price of PlayStation Vue is USD 49.99 a month.

PlayStation Vue, which is offering 7-day free trials, is the latest in a series of TV services to hit the Web in recent months. Warming to such services shows how networks and TV providers have recognized the long-term importance of appealing to an Internet-based video.

Sony said it is introducing Vue as an entertainment solution for households that already have the company’s PlayStation 3 and 4 gaming consoles. CNET quoted Daniel Myers, Vue’s head of products, as saying, “That gamer household is something we’ve defined even further. Lots of people use these platforms to consume Netflix and other digital media. The household is bigger than just the guy who bought the PlayStation.”

Vue streams live, on-demand and DVR TV over the Internet. The company also has an iPad application in the works. Though Vue is limited for now to New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, Myers said Sony will add more US cities later this year.

Free Press Journal
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The Pirate Bay Now Works On Many UK ISPs

Mar 18, 2015 - 11:46 PM - by Reverend
The Torrent news site TorrentFreak is reporting that The Pirate Bay is now available on ISPs that had previously blocked it. The reason, according to the site is a combination of two factors.

The first of which is the switch to Cloudflare for hosting. This was a controversial move, because many thought using a US host to handle The Pirate Bay amounted to the whole thing being a sting operation by the FBI.

The second, and more crucial, factor is the move to a secure server with a valid certificate. This, in combination with using a flag "https strict" means that the information your ISP uses to block secure sites isn't available to them, so it simply fails.

It's quite unlikely your ISP really cares all that much about you using The Pirate Bay. They are not, after all, liable for what you do. Virgin simply maintains that it conforms to any court orders as required. This is reasonable enough, the argument against ISP blocking must be leveled at the British courts, who are bowing to the will of the entertainment industry.

For now though, it seems like there might not be all that much anyone can do about this. It's worth remembering though that when you get to The Pirate Bay, anything you download which is protected by copyright law can be monitored and letters sent to your ISP asking for your details.

PC Magazine
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Microsoft takes extraordinary step, will give pirates free Windows 10 upgrade

Mar 18, 2015 - 11:43 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 to users running pirated copies of earlier editions.

The company also narrowed the launch date of the upgrade to "this summer," although it did not get more specific than that. Previously, the firm has said it would release Windows 10 this fall, which most experts interpreted as October because of past debut dates.

Reuters first reported on Microsoft's plan to offer Windows 10 free of charge to pirates.

The company is going to upgrade "all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10," Microsoft confirmed today, reiterating what Terry Myerson, the chief of Microsoft's operating systems group, told Reuters. "Non-genuine" is Microsoft-speak for illegal copies.

The move would be unprecedented for Microsoft, which has spent years, devoted significant resources and developed numerous technologies to battle piracy, notably in the enormous Chinese market, where an estimated three-fourths of all installed software is pirated.

"They've done 'get legal' programs before, but those have always come with some kind of cost," said Michael Silver, an analyst with Gartner, referring to various initiatives, including one in 2007 aimed at prompting users to buy legitimate licenses.

Microsoft elaborated in a statement. "Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Window 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows," a company spokesperson said. "We believe customers over time will realize the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies."

It was unclear what limitations, if any, Microsoft meant with the "qualified device" comment.

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