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Microsoft expands bug bounty program to cover any Windows flaw

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:23 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft today announced a new bug bounty scheme that would see anyone finding a security flaw in Windows eligible for a payout of up to $15,000.

The company has been running bug bounty programs, wherein security researchers are financially rewarded for discovering and reporting exploitable flaws, since 2013. Back then, Microsoft was paying up to $11,000 for bugs in Internet Explorer 11. In the years since then, Microsoft's bounty schemes have expanded with specific programs offering rewards for those finding flaws in the Hyper-V hypervisor, Windows' wide range of exploit mitigation systems such as DEP and ASLR, and the Edge browser.

Many of these bounty programs were time-limited, covering software during its beta/development period but ending once it was released. This structure is an attempt to attract greater scrutiny before exploits are distributed to regular end-users. Last month, the Edge bounty program was made an ongoing scheme no longer tied to any particular timeframe.

The bounty scheme announced today does not replace those focus areas. Edge, the Windows mitigation techniques, Hyper-V, and Windows Defender App Guard all have their own focused bounty schemes. Rather, it acts as a catch-all for the rest of Windows. A researcher finding and reporting a remote code execution flaw in Windows with a high quality proof of concept can find themselves eligible for a $15,000 payout. Elevation of privilege can yield $10,000, and even information disclosure, denial of service, and spoofing can produce rewards of up to $5,000.

The targeted schemes can be more lucrative. A full exploit for Hyper-V that enables a malicious or attacker controlled virtual machine to cause the hypervisor itself to execute arbitrary code will produce a payout of up to $250,000. An exploit that can bypass the full range of exploit mitigation techniques can earn up to $100,000.

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Apple confirms iPod nano and iPod shuffle have been discontinued

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:10 PM - by Reverend
The last of the traditional iPods that lacked internet connectivity are gone. Apple has quietly taken down the websites for both the iPod nano and iPod shuffle today. As of now, searching for the products still results in “learn more” and “buy” links, but they lead to URLs that are no longer available. An Apple spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that both products have met their end and are now officially discontinued. Apple has long maintained that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch would ultimately cannibalize its traditional music player hardware. The iconic iPod classic was discontinued in 2014.

"Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod touch now with double the capacity starting at just $199 and we are discontinuing the iPod shuffle and iPod nano,” the spokesperson said by email. The iPod touch now comes in 32GB and 128GB storage options, with the latter priced at $299. The previous 16GB and 64GB capacities are no longer available.

You should still be able to find some remaining iPod shuffle and nano units from Best Buy and other authorized retailers until stock runs out.

The iPod nano hasn’t been significantly updated since 2012, when the company redesigned it with Bluetooth support for wireless headphones and speakers. Apple released a new batch of colors for that seventh-generation model in 2015. The clip-on iPod shuffle last saw a redesign with the fourth-gen model in 2010, which made a quick return to physical controls after the poorly received third-generation model of 2009. Since then, Apple has updated the color options from time to time — just like the nano.

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FrostWire 6.5.4

Jul 26, 2017 - 6:45 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.

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USB 3.2 Uses Same Cables, Doubles Data Rates

Jul 26, 2017 - 6:44 PM - by Reverend
When USB Type-C arrived on the scene it was welcomed with open arms thanks its reversible connector, the promise of up to 100 watts of power, and up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds. What you may not have realized is, that data rate is set to double using the same cable.

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced this week that it is preparing to release the USB 3.2 specification. USB-C cables were designed to support multi-lane operation, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 supporting up to 10Gbps using two lanes (5Gbps per lane). With USB 3.2, that rate doubles, allowing up to 10Gbps data rates per lane, giving a total of 20Gbps or 2GB/sec transfer speeds.

Of course, in order to enjoy that increased speed, you will need USB 3.2-compatible devices. However, what you won't require is a new cable.

"When we introduced USB Type-C to the market, we intended to assure that USB Type-C cables and connectors certified for SuperSpeed USB or SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps would, as produced, support higher performance USB as newer generations of USB 3.0 were developed," Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group chairman, explains.

So your existing USB-C cable should be capable of allowing USB 3.2 data transfer speeds once hardware starts appearing. USB 3.2 will also continue to use the existing SuperSpeed USB physical layer data rates and encoding techniques, and only requires a minor hub spec update to "assure seamless transitions between single and two-lane operation."

We should expect the formal release of the USB 3.2 specification in time for the USB Developer Days North America event in September. After that, it's up to hardware manufacturers as to how quickly the new spec is adopted and built into devices.

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Microsoft to can Paint in next Windows 10 update

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:05 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft is set to expunge Paint from Windows 10 in its forthcoming Fall Creators Update - when it finally appears.

Paint (or Paintbrush, as it was originally named) has been a part of Windows since Windows 1.0, but a new document has revealed that the Autumn Creators Update could see the familiar canvas replaced formally by Paint 3D, which made an inauspicious debut in the last Creators Update.

It's not alone in being deleted from Windows 10. Other notable programs and features that are due for removal or have been declared as depreciated include 3D Builder (replaced by Paint 3D), Outlook Express, Reader (merged into Edge), Reading List (also mereged into Edge) and IIS 6.0.

There are plenty more other apps and features that Microsoft also plans to remove when it updates Windows, all outlined here.

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Samsung announces August 23 Unpacked event, Note 8 likely

Jul 20, 2017 - 9:32 PM - by Reverend
Galaxy Note fans won't have to wait much longer to see what Samsung has in store for the Note 8.

Samsung on Thursday announced its next Unpacked event, where the company typically announces new products, will take place on August 23. The post on Twitter features the tagline "Find out what it means to do bigger things on 08.23.2017."

The event is scheduled to start at 11:00 AM EST in New York and will be live streamed by Samsung on Samsung.com according to invites sent to the press.

The Note 8 is expected to feature the same basic design as the Galaxy S8 line, with an Infinity Display that shows virtually no bezel on the front. A larger display -- 6.3-inches -- compared to the S8 Plus' display of 6.2-inches, dual rear cameras, and, of course, an S-Pen are also expected.

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Apple iTunes 12.6.2 (

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:02 AM - by Reverend
You can use iTunes to create your own personal digital music library and easily organize and listen to your collection of digital music files. You can also create your own custom audio CDs and transfer your music to an Apple iPod portable digital music player.

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Windows 10 Creators Update ends support for some Intel PCs early

Jul 17, 2017 - 9:05 PM - by Reverend
Owners of some Windows 10 laptops and tablets are crashing into a worrying roadblock when they try to install the Windows 10 Creators Update. Windows Update initially says the notebooks are compatible with the upgrade, but fails to install it after downloading the setup files, instead displaying the following message: “Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC. Uninstall this app now because it isn't compatible with Windows 10.”

That sounds ominous, but you don’t need to uninstall your existing version of Windows 10, and there’s no app to uninstall. Instead, the message means your PC’s hardware isn’t compatible with the Creators Update—which could wind up being trouble in the future. Here’s what you need to know about the error, which affects early 2-in-1 PCs powered by Intel’s Clover Trail processors.

What processors and PCs are affected?

A recent ZDNet article thrust this issue into the spotlight, but Microsoft laid out details about the error in an April forum post. Microsoft won’t let affected hardware install the Creators Update because “Icons and/or text throughout the Windows interface may not appear at all, or may appear as solid color blocks on some devices.”

Devices with these Intel “Clover Trail” processors are impacted:

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Clover Trail processors powered the earliest Windows 8 2-in-1 hybrid devices, such as the HP Envy X2 and the Asus VivoTab. If you embraced Microsoft's vision for a versatile future for Windows in the early days, you’re now left stranded if you accepted—or were forced into—the... [Read More]
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