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Microsoft issues crash warning with latest Windows 10 update

May 20, 2015 - 8:54 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft today released another update for Windows 10, but warned users with an Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) graphics chipset to expect "frequent crashes" of the new Edge browser.

Build 10122 followed its predecessor by three weeks, three times longer than the interval between build 10074 and its precursor, but shorter than the average of 29 days since last fall when it began seeding previews to the public. Two months ago, Microsoft vowed to pick up the pace of Windows 10 updates: Since then it has delivered one every 16 days on average.

Gabriel Aul, the engineering general manager for Microsoft's operating system group, spelled out the improvements in build 10122, but before he launched into that list, he called out a big bug.

"If you're using an AMD GPU [graphics processor unit] you're likely to run into frequent crashes in Microsoft Edge (still branded as 'Project Spartan' in this build)," Aul wrote on a company blog. "We're working with our partners at AMD on new drivers which should prevent the issue and will update this post once they're released."

Edge is the brand new browser that will be the default on Windows 10 devices. AMD is best known for its Radeon graphics cards and chipsets.

In the meantime, users can avoid the problem by switching to the Windows 10 "slow" ring -- the slower of two release tracks -- to, as Aul said, "sit this one out," meaning build 100122.

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Tweets now appear in Google search results

May 19, 2015 - 9:26 PM - by Reverend
Performing a search on Google now also displays relevant tweets from Twitter. The integration will widely distribute Twitter content beyond its own site and is also aimed at adding a new real-time element to Google search results.

The changes, previously announced earlier this year, take effect starting Tuesday for Google’s search app on iOS and Android as well as the mobile Web, for U.S. users searching in English. A desktop version is coming shortly, Twitter said in a blog post. The feature will roll out to more countries in the coming months.

Google has provided links to tweets in its search results for some time. But the new integration will display actual tweets, including photos contained in them. Searchers can also click on the tweets to view them within Twitter.

Twitter symbols like the # hashtag and @ sign are needed for some searches to display tweets, but not all. A Google search for “#MadMen,” for instance, prominently displayed a series of tweets related to the popular TV show, which searchers can scroll through horizontally. But a search for “Mad Men” without the hashtag did not display the tweets.

A search for “Taylor Swift,” without a hashtag, produced tweets.

The integration comes as Twitter tries to get its content seen by more people in an effort to increase the number of its users. The company’s syndication efforts also include placing tweets from advertisers in other mobile apps like Flipboard.

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FrostWire 6.1.1

May 19, 2015 - 9:17 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 6.1.1

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Windows 10 for phones not coming until later this year

May 17, 2015 - 7:59 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has released a new build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, and disclosed that the shipping code will not be delivered at the same time as Windows 10 for the PC. Instead, it is set to arrive sometime later in the year.

Announced this week, the new build adds support for further Lumia handsets and the beta of the new-look Windows Store, enabling testers to download software such as the Universal Office apps.

Writing on the Windows blog, Microsoft's head of the Windows Insider programme, Gabe Aul, broke the news that the phone version of Windows 10 will not arrive at the same as the PC version, which is expected by the end of July.

"Because we're treating Windows more like a service, this allows us to release Windows 10 on different devices and customers at different times. For phones, Windows 10 will arrive later this year - both on new devices and upgrades for existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices," he said.

Build 10080 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones has been released to testers on the Windows Insider programme who have opted for the ‘fast ring', which delivers the latest updates that may not be as stable as ‘slow ring' updates delivered on a less frequent basis.

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Blizzard tackles World of Warcraft 'cheats'

May 17, 2015 - 7:57 PM - by Reverend
Thousands of World of Warcraft accounts have been shut down by Blizzard as it moves to stop people using "bots" to play the game

Blizzard announced it had banned a "large number" of accounts in a message posted to the game's online forums.

The accounts had been discovered using programs, called "bots", that automate gameplay, said Blizzard.

This violated the game's terms of use and gave bot users an unfair advantage, it added.

"Cheating of any form will not be tolerated," said the message.

Blizzard did not reveal how many accounts had been shut down. However, a widely-shared screengrab of a conversation between a player and a customer service rep suggested that about 100,000 accounts had been closed.

The ban will be in force for six months, said Blizzard.

The action is likely to hit many people who play World of Warcraft simply to get in-game gold that they can later sell to other players. These players often use bots to automate the repetitive steps needed to complete quests or other actions that generate gold.

However, gaming news site Kotaku said the large number of banned accounts was likely to have caught more casual players who use third-party programs to automate the work characters in the game must do to refine raw materials or produce desirable crafted items.

This, it said, probably explained the short duration of the ban. In the past, Blizzard had permanently banned people it had caught using bots and other helper programs.

A WoW community manager seemed to confirm this conclusion in a tweet sent hours after the bans were enforced saying "botting" involved the automation of any action, not just movement.

"If a program is pressing keys for you, you've violated the ToU [terms of use]," he said.

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It's official: Windows 10 will not be free for pirates

May 17, 2015 - 7:55 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft executives said Friday that the company will not offer Windows 10 for free to those without legitimate licenses to Microsoft’s software, as the company had previously seemed to say.

Terry Myerson, executive vice president of operating systems for Microsoft, wrote Friday that the company will provide “very attractive” offers to those who wish to upgrade from what he called a Windows operating system in a “non-Genuine state” to Windows 10. But, he said, it will not be free.

“While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as we’ve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state,” Myerson wrote. “In addition, in partnership with some of our valued OEM partners, we are planning very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers for their customers running one of their older devices in a Non-Genuine state.”

If Windows thinks that the software isn’t genuine, it will create a “watermark” on the machine, notifying customers that they’re running an illegitimate copy of the software. If that happens, a customer will either need to upgrade or return the machine—assuming they just bought it—to the manufacturer itself.

“Non-Genuine Windows has a high risk of malware, fraud, public exposure of your personal information, and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions,” Myserson added. “Non-Genuine Windows is not supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner.”

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Google’s Buy buttons could make mobile shopping much easier

May 17, 2015 - 7:53 PM - by Reverend
Desktop Web surfing is old news — nowadays we’re doing more and more of our browsing on mobile devices, which is why tech firms are falling over themselves to add functionality and features to their scaled-down sites. Google’s latest innovation is Buy buttons for search results on your smartphone, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

As the WSJ points out, this increases the heat on eBay and Amazon and means you might never need to leave Google to buy something you’re shopping for. These buttons are only going to appear next to sponsored links — not regular search results — so it’s an extension of the paid-for adverts you already see at the top of your screen when searching on mobile.

Based on what “people familiar with the launch” have said, users who tap on the Buy buttons are then taken to another Google product page to complete the purchase. Sizes, colors, and shipping options will all appear, enabling you to customize the purchase before parting with your money.

These goods will still be sold by the retailers rather than Google, however. Macy’s is said to be one of the companies involved in the initial launch, though as yet there’s no official word from either Macy’s or Google. The sources speaking to the WSJ say the trial will be limited in scope to begin with.

Such a tweak would obviously be beneficial to Google in its quest to become a one-stop shop for everything and anything, and it might turn out to be more convenient for users too. Yet with regulators looking closely at Google’s dominance of search and mobile, it’s also a risky move by the tech giant. Presenting a list of search results is one thing, but directing users all the way through a purchase process is another.

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Mozilla Firefox 38.0.1

May 17, 2015 - 7:50 PM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows | Linux | Mac OS X

Firefox homepage
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