Yearly Archives: 2018

Windows 10 after three years: A greatly improved report card

As Windows 10 approaches its third birthday, it's maturing steadily. A worldwide installed base of more than 700 million active users is impressive, but what will it take to convince Windows 7 users to switch? Here's my report card. By Ed Bott  July 16, 2018  Microsoft released Windows 10 three years ago this month.          …
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Can graphical passwords keep us secure online?

People stink at text-based passwords. Is there a better way? What if we could simply tell a story only we know using pictures?     By Robin Harris  July 16, 2018 How can you build a robust password policy?         Humans are optimized for image and pattern recognition, not the alphabet. That's why we…
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Windows 10 business upgrade cycle gives PC industry rare shipment growth

Gartner says the PC industry delivered year-over-year shipment growth in the second quarter. That hasn't happened since 2012.     By Larry Dignan  July 13, 2018     Propelled by a strong enterprise upgrade cycle, PC shipments posted their first year-over-year quarterly growth in six years, according to Gartner data. Now PC shipments weren't posting crushing growth,…
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Another hack rocks cryptocurrency trading: Bancor loses $13.5 million

The alleged hack has raised questions over the validity of the start-up's "decentralized" system.     By Charlie Osborne July 12, 2018 - Bancor has suffered an alleged cyber attack in which threat actors reportedly attempting to steal $23.5 million in cryptocurrency.       This week, the start-up said that a wallet being used to "upgrade" smart…
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Google: Chrome now protects you from Spectre password-stealing attacks

Chrome 67 for Mac, Windows has just added extra defenses against Spectre-style data-stealing attacks.     By Steve Ranger | July 12, 2018       Google says a new security feature in Chrome should make it harder for malicious websites to use a Spectre-style attack to steal data or passwords from other sites open as tabs in…
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Apple fixes iPhone crash bug whenever Taiwan was mentioned

The bug is now fixed in iOS 11.4.1.     By Zack Whittaker  July 11, 2018        Apple has fixed a bug that could remotely crash some iPhones. The bug caused a crash -- known as a denial-of-service -- when the word "Taiwan" or the Taiwanese flag was mentioned or displayed in any app. The…
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Can Microsoft’s Surface Go unseat Apple’s iPad?

There's a lot to like about Microsoft's new Surface Go, but does it stand a chance against the behemoth that is Apple's iPad?     By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes July 10, 2018 CNET       Microsoft has unveiled its challenger to the iPad. Called the Surface Go, the new tablet is aimed pretty much across the board…
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