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  1. Hi guys, I'm here with a general topic which concerns everybody. Softwares We install various softwares for trials or personal use, and face various difficulties during installation, activation and usage. My intention to start this topic is to help community members to help each other on WINDOWS Platform. Here you may ask our community members for help in any aspects of windows softwares, be it installation, activation or even keys support (if available). Here I suggest a minimal list of softwares once you install windows (Suggestions solicited): * Office (Microsoft, Openoffice etc.) * PDF (Acrobat, Nitro etc.) * Screen Capture (Techsmith Snagit, Faststone Capture etc.) * Browsers (Chrome, Firefox etc.) * Anti-virus (Avast, Kaspersky, F-Secure etc.) * Virtualisation (VMware, Virtualbox etc.) * Photo- editing ( ??? ) * Video-editing ( ??? ) * File explorers * Duplicate finders * Backup and sync * Social apps * Downloaders So, start asking and helping each other... Happy helping to you all....
  2. 0nl1n3

    PDQ Deploy & PDQ Inventory

    PDQ Deploy & PDQ Inventory https://www.pdq.com PDQ Deploy Deploy Almost Anything Silently deploy almost any Windows patch or application (.exe, .msi) to multiple Windows PCs simultaneously. Deployments can install, uninstall, execute scripts, reboot, copy files, sleep, send messages, etc. Instructions and files are sent to the target computer, executed, monitored, and reported. Set it ‘n Forget it Never miss a critical patch again! Common applications (including Windows Monthly rollups) can download automatically and deploy on your schedule or even when offline targets come online when integrated with PDQ Inventory. Rest assured your patch updates are going out even when you are not in the office. Isn’t it time for that much-needed vacation? Easily Execute Scripts Run and deploy common scripts like .vbs, .reg, .bat, and .ps1. Execute from a file, or write them on the fly. The possibilities are almost endless. PDQ also has many resources for PowerShell, too. Start honing those scripting skills. Ready-to-Deploy Applications We maintain a library of over 175 ready-to-deploy popular applicationsso you don’t have to. When a new version of an application is released, PDQ updates and tests them and makes them available as soon as possible. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Email Notifications Wouldn’t it be nice to glance at the inbox on your phone and see that deployment or schedule was successful? You won’t even have to put down that drink or game controller. PDQ Deploy is the assistance you always wanted! Multi-Admin Access With a Shared Database Share deployments, schedules, lists, and even preferences between PDQ Deploy consoles by creating a server/client relationship. Processes are initiated via either the console or Command Line Interface (CLI) but use the Server’s database. Why do all the work twice? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PDQ Inventory Intelligent Data Tracking Out of the box, computers are automatically grouped based on common data. View computers that have the same installed applications, hardware, operating systems, and even Windows updates. Additionally, create groups based on your own criteria. Utilities Easily launch remote desktop, remote command, reboot/shutdown, WOL, event viewer, and more. Incorporate and run your own scripts and favorite utilities with ease. Reports Report on the exact data you need by using the built-in reports or create your own. Reports are created using our filters or even SQL. Run reports on any or all computers in the database then print, export and even save and email on a regular schedule to all your bosses. Integration with PDQ Deploy Easily identify which computers are out-of-date and use PDQ Deploy to deploy to those particular PCs. Automatically update PDQ Inventory directly following the deployment. However, best of all is automatically deploying when a computer goes from offline to online in PDQ Inventory. Insanely Detailed Data Tracking The Collection Library makes it easy to see which computers have out-of-date popular applications or run times. These groupings are updated as new versions of these apps, updates, and runtimes are released and serve as great templates for creating your own. Find What You Want, When You Want PDQ Inventory offers customization in what data is gathered and when. Make sure the information most important to you is at hand at the time it’s needed. Easily scan for: Active Directory Applications Computer Details Disks Displays Environment Variables Files Hardware Devices Hot Fixes Memory Modules Network Adapters Printers Registry Services Shares Users & Groups Windows Features Multi-Admin Access With a Shared Database Share your reports and collections with other admins by creating a server/client relationship. Maybe they’ll buy you a drink for all of the work you saved them.
  3. Thanks to Maximus, of the Revenge Crew, for this new release. I knew of this before, but, forgot. Enjoy! Link:http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/ ShareCode:AE8LLDIQ/UnWrapper_GOTD_v2.04.zip_links I have tested it and it's fine.
  4. demon.devin

    The Discord Software Coalition

    Hello my friend, I wanted to ask those of you who are actually reading this if you'd like to be apart of our fast-paced, knowledge-based, software coalition! Our Discord Application Alliance (we're still working on an official name ..lol) is a small group of people who maintain a collaboration forum/chat room on the Discord chat platform with a wish to better serve those who want more out of their programs. This community is geared toward the collective knowledge and amelioration of software and any and all things that are associated with the field. You can find my portables applications (PAF), along with many other skilled PAFers portable programs, as well as skilled developers of virtualized portable software; pretty much any and all things in the areas of interest in the arts of programming and software—you can find it here (or at least we can help you find it). If you're interested than you can find us here. Thanks for your time!
  5. Software disenchantment Translations: Italian Russian I’ve been programming for 15 years now. Recently our industry’s lack of care for efficiency, simplicity, and excellence started really getting to me, to the point of me getting depressed by my own career and the IT in general. Modern cars work, let’s say for the sake of argument, at 98% of what’s physically possible with the current engine design. Modern buildings use just enough material to fulfill their function and stay safe under the given conditions. All planes converged to the optimal size/form/load and basically look the same. Only in software, it’s fine if a program runs at 1% or even 0.01% of the possible performance. Everybody just seems to be ok with it. People are often even proud about how much inefficient it is, as in “why should we worry, computers are fast enough”: You’ve probably heard this mantra: “programmer time is more expensive than computer time”. What it means basically is that we’re wasting computers at an unprecedented scale. Would you buy a car if it eats 100 liters per 100 kilometers? How about 1000 liters? With computers, we do that all the time. Everything is unbearably slow Look around: our portable computers are thousands of times more powerful than the ones that brought man to the moon. Yet every other webpage struggles to maintain a smooth 60fps scroll on the latest top-of-the-line MacBook Pro. I can comfortably play games, watch 4K videos but not scroll web pages? How is it ok? Google Inbox, a web app written by Google, running in Chrome browser also by Google, takes 13 seconds to open moderately-sized emails. https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/968882438024941568?embed_source=clientlib&player_id=0&rpc_init=1&autoplay=1&language_code=en&use_syndication_guest_id=true It also animates empty white boxes instead of showing their content because it’s the only way anything can be animated on a webpage with decent performance. No, decent doesn’t mean 60fps, it’s rather “as fast as this web page could possibly go”. I’m dying to see web community answer when 120Hz displays become mainstream. Shit barely hits 60Hz already. Windows 10 takes 30 minutes to update. What could it possibly be doing for that long? That much time is enough to fully format my SSD drive, download a fresh build and install it like 5 times in a row. Modern text editors have higher latency than 42-year-old Emacs. Text editors! What can be simpler? On each keystroke, all you have to do is update tiny rectangular region and modern text editors can’t do that in 16ms. It’s a lot of time. A LOT. A 3D game can fill the whole screen with hundreds of thousands (!!!) of polygons in the same 16ms and also process input, recalculate the world and dynamically load/unload resources. How come? As a general trend, we’re not getting faster software with more features. We’re getting faster hardware that runs slower software with the same features. Everything works way below the possible speed. Ever wonder why your phone needs 30 to 60 seconds to boot? Why can’t it boot, say, in one second? There are no physical limitations to that. I would love to see that. I would love to see limits reached and explored, utilizing every last bit of performance we can get for something meaningful in a meaningful way. Everything is HUUUUGE And then there’s bloat. Web apps could open up to 10× faster if you just simply block all ads. Google begs everyone to stop shooting themselves in their feet with AMP initiative—a technology solution to a problem that doesn’t need any technology, just a little bit of common sense. If you remove bloat, the web becomes crazy fast. How smart do you have to be to understand that? Android system with no apps takes almost 6 Gb. Just think for a second how obscenely HUGE that number is. What’s in there, HD movies? I guess it’s basically code: kernel, drivers. Some string and resources too, sure, but those can’t be big. So, how many drivers do you need for a phone? Windows 95 was 30Mb. Today we have web pages heavier than that! Windows 10 is 4Gb, which is 133 times as big. But is it 133 times as superior? I mean, functionally they are basically the same. Yes, we have Cortana, but I doubt it takes 3970 Mb. But whatever Windows 10 is, is Android really 150% of that? Google keyboard app routinely eats 150 Mb. Is an app that draws 30 keys on a screen really five times more complex than the whole Windows 95? Google app, which is basically just a package for Google Web Search, is 350 Mb! Google Play Services, which I do not use (I don’t buy books, music or videos there)—300 Mb that just sit there and which I’m unable to delete. All that leaves me around 1 Gb for my photos after I install all the essential (social, chats, maps, taxi, banks etc) apps. And that’s with no games and no music at all! Remember times when an OS, apps and all your data fit on a floppy? Your desktop todo app is probably written in Electron and thus has userland driver for Xbox 360 controller in it, can render 3d graphics and play audio and take photos with your web camera. A simple text chat is notorious for its load speed and memory consumption. Yes, you really have to count Slack in as a resource-heavy application. I mean, chatroom and barebones text editor, those are supposed to be two of the less demanding apps in the whole world. Welcome to 2018. At least it works, you might say. Well, bigger doesn’t imply better. Bigger means someone has lost control. Bigger means we don’t know what’s going on. Bigger means complexity tax, performance tax, reliability tax. This is not the norm and should not become the norm. Overweight apps should mean a red flag. They should mean run away scared. Everything rots 16Gb Android phone was perfectly fine 3 years ago. Today with Android 8.1 it’s barely usable because each app has become at least twice as big for no apparent reason. There are no additional functions. They are not faster or more optimized. They don’t look different. They just…grow? iPhone 4s was released with iOS 5, but can barely run iOS 9. And it’s not because iOS 9 is that much superior—it’s basically the same. But their new hardware is faster, so they made software slower. Don’t worry—you got exciting new capabilities like…running the same apps with the same speed! I dunno. iOS 11 dropped support for 32-bit apps. That means if the developer isn’t around at the time of iOS 11 release or isn’t willing to go back and update a once-perfectly-fine app, chances are you won’t be seeing their app ever again. Web pages working today would not be compatible with any browser in 10 years time (probably sooner). “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place”. But what’s the point? I might enjoy occasionally buying a new phone and new MacBook as much as the next guy, but to do so just to be able to run all the same apps which just became slower? I think we can and should do better than that. Everyone is busy building stuff for right now, today, rarely for tomorrow. But it would be nice to also have stuff that lasts a little longer than that. Worse is better Nobody understands anything at this point. Neither they want to. We just throw barely baked shit out there, hope for the best and call it “startup wisdom”. Web pages ask you to refresh if anything goes wrong. Who has time to figure out what happened? Any web app produces a constant stream of “random” JS errors in the wild, even on compatible browsers. The whole webpage/SQL database architecture is built on a premise (hope, even) that nobody will touch your data while you look at the rendered webpage. Most collaborative implementations are “best effort” and have many common-life scenarios in which they lose data. Ever seen this dialogue “which version to keep?” I mean, bar today is so low that your users would be happy to at least have a window like that. And no, in my world app that says “I’m gonna destroy some of your work, but you get to choose which one” is not okay. Linux kills random processes by design. And yet it’s the most popular server-side OS. Every device I own fails regularly one way or another. My Dell monitor needs a hard reboot from time to time because there’s software in it. Airdrop? You’re lucky if it’ll detect your device, otherwise, what do I do? Bluetooth? Spec is so complex that devices won’t talk to each other and periodic resets are the best way to go. And I’m not even touching Internet of Things. It’s so far beyond the laughing point I’m not even sure what to add. I want to take pride in my work. I want to deliver working, stable things. To do that, we need to understand what we are building, in and out, and that’s impossible to do in bloated, over-engineered systems. Programming is the same mess It just seems that nobody is interested in building quality, fast, efficient, lasting, foundational stuff anymore. Even when efficient solutions have been known for ages, we still struggle with the same problems: package management, build systems, compilers, language design, IDEs. Build systems are inherently unreliable and periodically require full clean, even though all info for invalidation is there. Nothing stops us from making build process reliable, predictable and 100% reproducible. Just nobody thinks its important. NPM has stayed in “sometimes works” state for years. And build times? Nobody thinks compiler that works minutes or even hours is a problem. What happened to “programmer’s time is more important”? Almost all compilers, pre- and post-processors add significant, sometimes disastrous time tax to your build without providing proportionally substantial benefits. You would expect programmers to make mostly rational decisions, yet sometimes they do the exact opposite of that. E.g. choosing Hadoop even when it’s slower than running the same task on a single desktop. Machine learning and “AI” moved software to guessing in the times when most computers are not even reliable enough in the first place. We put virtual machines inside Linux, and then we put Docker inside virtual machines, simply because nobody was able to clean up the mess that most programs, languages and their environment produce. We cover shit with blankets just not to deal with it. “Single binary” is still a HUGE selling point for Go, for example. No mess == success. And dependencies? People easily add overengineered “full package solutions” to solve the simplest problems without considering their costs. And those dependencies bring other dependencies. You end up with a tree that is something in between of horror story (OMG so big and full of conflicts) and comedy (there’s no reason we include these, yet here they are): Programs can’t work for years without reboots anymore. Sometimes even days are too much to ask. Random stuff happens and nobody knows why. What’s worse, nobody has time to stop and figure out what happened. Why bother if you can always buy your way out of it. Spin another AWS instance. Restart process. Drop and restore the whole database. Write a watchdog that will restart your broken app every 20 minutes. Include same resources multiple times, zip and ship. Move fast, don’t fix. That is not engineering. That’s just lazy programming. Engineering is understanding performance, structure, limits of what you build, deeply. Combining poorly written stuff with more poorly written stuff goes strictly against that. To progress, we need to understand what and why are we doing. We’re stuck with it So everything is just a pile of barely working code added on top of previously written barely working code. It keeps growing in size and complexity, diminishing any chance for a change. To have a healthy ecosystem you need to go back and revisit. You need to occasionally throw stuff away and replace it with better stuff. But who has time for that? We haven’t seen new OS kernels in what, 25 years? It’s just too complex to simply rewrite by now. Browsers are so full of edge cases and historical precedents by now that nobody dares to write layout engine from scratch. Today’s definition of progress is either throw more fuel into the fire: or reinventing the wheel: We’re stuck with what we have, and nobody will ever save us. Business won’t care Neither will users. They are only learned to expect what we can provide. We (engineers) say every Android app takes 350 Mb? Ok, they’ll live with that. We say we can’t give them smooth scrolling? Ok, they’ll live with a phone that stutter. We say “if it doesn’t work, reboot”? They’ll reboot. After all, they have no choice. There’s no competition either. Everybody is building the same slow, bloated, unreliable products. Occasional jump forward in quality does bring competitive advantage (iPhone/iOS vs other smartphones, Chrome vs other browsers) and forces everybody to regroup, but not for long. So it’s our mission as engineers to show the world what’s possible with today’s computers in terms of performance, reliability, quality, usability. If we care, people will learn. And there’s nobody but us to show them that it’s very much possible. If only we care. It’s not all bad There are some bright spots indicating that improving over state-of-the-art is not impossible. Work Martin Thompson has being doing (LMAX Disruptor, SBE, Aeron) is impressive, refreshingly simple and efficient. Xi editor by Raph Levien seems to be built with the right principles in mind. Jonathan Blow has a language he alone develops for his game that can compile 500k lines per second on his laptop. That’s cold compile, no intermediate caching, no incremental builds. You don’t have to be a genius to write fast programs. There’s no magic trick. The only thing required is not building on top of a huge pile of crap that modern toolchain is. Better world manifesto I want to see progress. I want change. I want state-of-the-art in software engineering to improve, not just stand still. I don’t want to reinvent the same stuff over and over, less performant and more bloated each time. I want something to believe in, a worthy end goal, a future better than what we have today, and I want a community of engineers who share that vision. What we have today is not progress. We barely meet business goals with poor tools applied over the top. We’re stuck in local optima and nobody wants to move out. It’s not even a good place, it’s bloated and inefficient. We just somehow got used to it. So I want to call it out: where we are today is bullshit. As engineers, we can, and should, and will do better. We can have better tools, we can build better apps, faster, more predictable, more reliable, using fewer resources (orders of magnitude fewer!). We need to understand deeply what are we doing and why. We need to deliver: reliably, predictably, with topmost quality. We can—and should–take pride in our work. Not just “given what we had…”—no buts! I hope I’m not alone at this. I hope there are people out there who want to do the same. I’d appreciate if we at least start talking about how absurdly bad our current situation in the software industry is. And then we maybe figure out how to get out. Source
  6. Deltafox

    Chilkat Software Keygen By DFoX

    Chilkat Software Keygen v2.0 By DFoX - ITA/ENG Systems/Environments: Linux, MAC OS X, iOS (IPhone), Android, Windows Phone, Mono, Xamarin, Windows 7/8, Vista, XP, Windows Server 2003-2008, x64, RHEL/CentOS, Solaris (SPARC and x86), HP-UX, PowerLinux, ARM Linux, Raspberry Pi Programming Languages: C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, ASP, VB6, FoxPro, VBScript, Delphi, SQL Server, C/C++, Objective-C, Swift, C++ Builder, Powershell, Perl, PHP, Ruby, Java, Python, Lianja, PureBasic, all languages supporting ActiveX (such as PowerBuilder, DataFlex, etc.). Licensing/APIs: Identical APIs across all programming languages; Licenses valid for all programming languages. Products .: Freeware Info .: http://www.chilkatsoft.com Download .: http://www1.zippyshare.com/v/zaWAtSeE/file.html For admin/mod I can't use short code on zyppyshare link because not work fine whit www79... etc Enjoy ..:: DFoX ::..
  7. 1 x Sticky Password Premium (1 year) Rules : 1: In order to participate like the post (this is just because its easy to grab the names then going through every post). 2 : Must has ZERO warning points. The winner will be randomly picked using https://www.random.org/lists/ Giveaway Ends: 08.08.2018
  8. Hello. I'm new here so I'd request the moderators to help me or to correct me if I'm wrong. I've been searching for Adobe Premiere Pro to download but have failed to find it on this site and ru board because of rank issue I think. Can anyone please provide me with the method for downloading adobe Softwares and patch 'em.
  9. Giveaway of the day — TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter 1.0.1 TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter can download Spotify songs, albums and playlists to PC and convert to MP3, M4A, WAV or FLAC with ID3 tags retained and 100% original streaming audio quality kept. No matter you are using Spotify Free or Spotify Premium, you can enjoy Premium-only offline music experience and enjoy Spotify music on more devices including iOS and Android devices, iPod Nano/Shuffle, PSP, Sony Walkman and any MP3 players. NB: 1 year license, supports updates. ENJOY GUYS DOWNLOAD PAGE
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  11. The best free password manager and generator 2018 Create secure passwords and protect your accounts from attack With passwords, plenty of people are tempted to use the same password for everything. And while this makes it easy to remember your logins, it leaves you vulnerable to attack if even one of your accounts is compromised. Then again, using a different password for dozens of accounts can make it hard to keep track of all the disparate logins. There is a solution to both of these issues, thankfully – the best free password managers can make your life easier and more secure. These brilliant managers generate strong and unique passwords – using upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters, so that you don’t have to. The best password managers then encrypt and store these passwords in a secured vault that’s protected by a master password, meaning you only have to remember one password. Once you’re logged into the manager, these programs will automatically fill your username and password each time you visit a site that requires them – taking the guessing game out of surfing the internet. Some of the best free password managers will store your encrypted login info in a vault on your hard drive, while others will upload your details to their own servers. With this list, we’ve gathered the best of both worlds in order to bring you a comprehensive list of the best password managers you can use today. Say goodbye to lost password anxiety. For the list of the top five click HERE
  12. Project revives old software, preserves ‘born-digital’ data Digital preservationists at Yale University Library are building a shareable “emulation as a service” infrastructure to resurrect thousands of obsolete software programs and ensure that the information produced on them will be kept intact and made easily available for future access, study, and use. Funded through a pair of $1 million grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the project will enable access to at least 3,000 applications, including operating systems, scientific software, office and email applications, design and engineering software, and software for creative pursuits like video editing or music composition. “Material across subjects and fields increasingly is created only in digital form, making it vital for research libraries to develop ways to preserve digital information and make it readily accessible to the public,” said Susan Gibbons, university librarian and deputy provost for collections and scholarly communication. “Thanks to the generous support and foresight of the Sloan and Mellon Foundations, Yale University Library is helping both to establish best practices in this emerging and critically important field and to ensure that future generations of students and scholars can examine a word-processing file or electronic spreadsheet as easily as they study a book or manuscript.” The project will establish a shareable infrastructure that provides on-demand access to old software, recreating the original software environment on a current-day device, said Euan Cochrane, the library’s digital preservation manager and the project’s principle investigator. “A few clicks in your web browser will allow users to open files containing data that would otherwise be lost or corrupted,” he said. The emulation infrastructure will enable researchers to access any number of born-digital records, such as building designs created on computer-aided drafting software in the 1980s; a noted author’s drafts produced on an early word-processing program; or computations from a path-breaking scientific experiment stored on a CD. “Emulation as a strategy for interacting with born-digital materials has existed for years, but it hasn’t been a viable technology for libraries and other organizations to use on a large scale due to the technical expertise it requires and the cost of supporting it,” said Seth Anderson, the library’s software preservation program manager. “We’re fortunate to receive the support of two of the world’s largest institutional philanthropies to help us to bring this technology to scale.” Cochrane emphasized the fact that emulation ensures that files can be opened with the data intact. “We aim to reach a standard of data integrity and trust where you can take an old digital file into court as evidence and open it in the original software to be sure that nothing has been changed,” he said. The infrastructure will be flexible and able to adapt to scenarios that may arise in the future. Other institutions will be able to adapt it to suit their unique purposes. “People and organizations will have the ability to take this service, add their own collections of software and digital materials, and integrate it into their own workflows and products to ensure their born-digital information is preserved,” Anderson said. SOURCE
  13. samuelthegreat

    Giveaway of the day — FolderMatch 3.7.3

    Giveaway of the day — FolderMatch 3.7.3 Your complete file and folder comparison and synchronization solution. FolderMatch is an award-winning Windows utility which compares and synchronizes two folder trees or two files. It is a "must-have" insurance against loss of valuable data. Never again be stuck with out of date data. Never again lose critical information. FolderMatch ensures that the appropriate versions of all files are retained.Easily, quickly, and reliably compare and synchronize two folders, two drives, or two computers. Safely backup photos, emails, contacts, and documents. See the exact text differences between two text files, Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, or Rich Text (RTF) documents. Find and remove all duplicate files on your machine. Even if their names are different! Rename multiple files at one time and Much more! ENJOY GUYS DOWNLOAD PAGE
  14. Microsoft hides details of how Windows 10 on ARM is more restrictive than first thought This was certainly an odd move by the firm over the weekend… Over the weekend, Microsoft published an online document detailing the limitations of Windows 10 on ARM – clarifying some known restrictions, and revealing a couple of fresh ones – but the software giant subsequently pulled that document down, and it’s no longer available. Of course, that didn’t stop folks managing to copy the text before it was whipped away, as the Register spotted. The document made it clear that Windows 10 on ARM will be a more limited experience than we previously thought, in some respects at least. For starters, the Windows Hypervisor Platform isn’t supported on ARM, meaning that it won’t be possible to run virtual machines using Hyper-V on an ARM device. Microsoft also warned that: “Apps that assume that all ARM-based devices are running a mobile version of Windows may not work correctly,” adding that such apps “may appear in the wrong orientation, present unexpected UI layout or rendering, or [fail] to start altogether when they attempt to invoke mobile-only APIs without first testing the contract availability.” Storm cloud As Thurrott.com further observed, apps which modify the Windows interface – such as shell extensions and cloud storage apps like Dropbox – won’t work with Windows 10 on ARM unless they are recompiled for the OS. Those are the most major issues highlighted, save for the stuff we already knew about, like the fact that 64-bit apps won’t work, only 32-bit ones (at least not to begin with, although this may change down the line). Of course, x86 drivers will also need to be rewritten for ARM, so again initial hardware support is likely to be something of a rocky issue. Older games and apps that use hardware-accelerated OpenGL or older DirectX versions (previous to DX9) also won’t work, which could throw up the odd legacy issue. Microsoft has unsurprisingly copped some flak online for the way this page has been yanked down, and also because the company has previously been building up Windows 10 on ARM as a no-compromise full-fat version of the OS (with monster battery life for laptops). SOURCE
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  18. Beginner's guide to Windows Defender Security Center on Windows 10 Here's how you can get started with Windows Defender Security Center to keep your device and data secure against malware and malicious attacks. The Windows Defender Security Center is an experience that comes built into Windows 10 since the release of the Creators Update. It combines the most common security features of Windows into an easy-to-use app allowing technical and non-technical users to view and protect their devices and data against many types of malware, including viruses and ransomware, hacker attacks, security threats, and more. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to get started and perform everyday tasks with the Windows Defender Security Center app to keep your system and data safe. Windows Defender Security Center vs. Windows Defender Antivirus How to navigate Windows Defender Security Center How to scan your PC for malware using Windows Defender Antivirus How to view scan history using Windows Defender Antivirus How to temporarily disable Windows Defender Antivirus How to view health and performance report of your PC How to manage network security with Windows Defender Firewall How to protect your PC against malicious code How to manage parental control and keep track of your PCs Windows Defender Security Center vs. Windows Defender Antivirus Before we dive into this guide, it's important to clarify the difference between "Windows Defender Antivirus" and "Windows Defender Security Center," because while their names are similar, they serve different purposes. Windows Defender Security Center is an application that provides a unified experience to view status and control security features, such as firewall, antivirus, performance monitor, and other products. On the other hand, Windows Defender Antivirus is the default anti-malware engine of Windows 10 that offers real-time protection against viruses and security threats. Installing a third-party antivirus will disable the Windows Defender Antivirus automatically, but it'll not affect the functionality of the Windows Defender Security Center. In the same way, disabling Windows Defender Antivirus or Windows Defender Firewall will not disable Security Center. How to navigate Windows Defender Security Center To get started, you can launch the app from the Start menu, or you can double-click the shield icon from the notification area in the taskbar. Although "Home" doesn't include any setting that you can manage, it's a good place to get started, as it provides an overview of the protection of your device. In this page, you can view the status of all the security features and alerts of any action that needs to be taken to keep your computer secure. Also, at the top of the page, you'll be able to find antivirus information, such as when the last scan was performed and when the last definition was installed. The shield icon in the notification area is also capable of alerting you when an action needs to be taken. If there is more than one alert, only the most severe warning will be displayed. Windows Defender Security Center includes five areas of protection that you can manage and monitor. Virus & threat protection: includes the Windows Defender Antivirus settings, and it allows you to monitor the malware protection, scan your device for threats, and set up its advanced anti-ransomware feature. Device performance & health: allows you to check the health and performance of your computer, and provides a mechanism to clean up your device to fix errors and slowdown problems. Firewall & network protection: lets you monitor the status of network connections, and you can configure various Windows Defender Firewall settings. App and browser control: helps you to protect your device and data from malicious code hidden on apps, files, and websites. Family options: offers easy access to manage your devices and kids online experience using a Microsoft account. How to scan your PC for malware using Windows Defender Antivirus Windows 10 automatically updates and scans your computer for malware regularly, but if you can also perform a scan manually. Quick scan A quick scan happens fast, and it only scans the parts of the system where malware are known to hide. 1.Open Windows Defender Security Center. 2. Click on Virus & threat protection. 3. Click the Quick scan button. 4. Select the Windows Defender Offline scan option. 5.Click the Scan now button. 6. Click the Scan button to continue. When you start an offline scan, your device will restart and boot using the Windows Defender Antivirus environment. The latest definition update will be installed (if an internet connection is available), a scan will be performed, and if a malicious software is detected, it'll be removed or quarantined automatically. Full Story HERE
  19. macOS 10.13 High Sierra release date, news and features Everything you need to know about Apple's latest desktop OS It’s months away now, but with WWDC 2018 approaching, it’s time to take a look at macOS High Sierra 10.13, what it’s brought to the table and how Apple will likely follow it up later this year. Although it’s faced issues with password vulnerability in addition to the Meltdown and Spectre flaws infecting every modern PC that’s out out in the wild in 2018, our experience with macOS High Sierra has been generally positive. At the time of this writing, Apple has addressed the few issues we’ve had. And, the improved built-in photo editing tools and renovated file system more than make up for them. Sadly, macOS High Sierra is also victim to the same drawback that plagued OS X Mountain Lion faced following Lion: it introduces a handful of new features, but fails to innovate in a meaningful way. We won’t know until later this year what Apple’s next steps are, however we’ve seen numerous reports of iOS apps making their way to macOS. In the meantime, here is everything you need to know about macOS High Sierra. Cut to the chase What is it? The 2017 edition of Apple’s Mac operating system, macOS When is it out? Available to install now What will it cost? macOS High Sierra is free to download macOS 10.13 High Sierra release date Apple revealed macOS 10.13 High Sierra at the WWDC 2017 keynote, which is no surprise, given Apple’s tradition of announcing the latest version of its Mac software at its annual developer event. Yet, it wasn’t until September 12 that Apple revealed that the full release of High Sierra would launch a little more than a week later, on September 25. There was a developer version of the operating system you could enroll in leading to the final release, but luckily that’s no longer required to take advantage of the latest features found in macOS 10.13. Since then, macOS High Sierra has received plenty of updates, the latest of which is version 10.13.3. In it, you can expect the usual stability improvements in addition to a fix to a Messages bug that was previously showing texts out of order. Not only that, but for those experiencing a glitch that allowed App Store system preferences to be unlocked without a password, that too should have been remedied in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. macOS 10.13 High Sierra features Beyond the Hackintosh users being reasonably worried about the newly enforced security checks on EFI firmware automatically implemented each week, Apple has revealed a number of awesome new features with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. These include improvements to Safari – which will now stop ad-tracking and auto-playing videos in their tracks – and a more expansive Spotlight Search in the Mail App. Additionally, when you’re composing emails, the app now allows split view for the compose window – and, to make matters better, it uses up to 35% less disk space. The Photos app has been updated in macOS 10.13 High Sierra as well, with a better sorting tool to boot. All of this is accompanied by a new layout, better facial recognition thanks to neural networks, and improved syncing across all Apple devices. Editing tools, too, have seen improvements, in turn making it easier than ever to enhance the quality of your photos without learning the ins and outs of Photoshop or Camera RAW. And of course, you can count on Instagram-like filters being a part of this. One of the biggest changes that comes with macOS High Sierra is with the file system. It’s ditching the HFS – which Apple has used for around 30 years, and is now using the Apple File System (APFS) instead. Each mac that has been upgraded to macOS High Sierra will receive these file system updates automatically with the exception of those sporting Fusion Drives and older HDDs. Similarly, all new Macs will ship pre-formatted for APFS. To be exact, APFS is a 64-bit file system that supports native encryption and faster metadata operation. This may all sound a bit techy, but the bottom line is that this will make your Mac feel a lot faster, while also being more secure and more transparent about the nature of your files and folder contents. The update also brings HEVC, or H.265, video compression to the Mac. Apple claims that this new standard can compress video files 40% more than the previous-generation H.264 standard. The end result will be faster video streams at higher resolutions – ahem, 4K – and smaller video files sizes when stored locally. VR finally comes to the Mac One of the biggest bits of news surrounding macOS High Sierra is that it will finally bring support for virtual reality headsets officially. Namely, the HTC Vive and Steam VR will work with Macs running the new OS this autumn. However, to use such a device, you'll need at least a 5K iMac or MacBook Pro – or, any Mac that can run the new OS with an external graphics card box attached via Thunderbolt 3. Support for such devices will come part and parcel with macOS High Sierra, but won't be an active function until spring 2018. macOS 10.13 High Sierra compatibility Fortunately, in the act of creating a macOS iteration that only moderately shakes things up, the barrier to entry didn’t change at all. As long as you’re rocking one of the following Mac models, you’ll be good to go with macOS High Sierra on day one: Late 2009 iMac or newer Late 2009 MacBook/MacBook (Retina) or newer Mid-2010 MacBook Pro or newer Late 2010 MacBook Air or newer Mid-2010 Mac Mini or newer Mid-2010 Mac Pro or newer 2017 iMac Pro Bear in mind that if you want to take advantage of the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) benefits posed by macOS High Sierra, you’ll need a Mac donning – at the very least – an Intel sixth-generation Skylake processor. Unfortunately, that discounts everything released prior to 2015, but on the bright side, everything else macOS High Sierra brings to the table is fair game. Joe Osborne and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this report SOURCE
  20. Best Mac apps: the best macOS apps for your Apple computer The best Mac software both free and paid Introduction Even though there’s a very decent chance that Apple will bring iOS apps over to macOS High Sierra at some point this year, there’s still a lot to love about the existing catalog of Mac apps today. Because at the end of the day it’s the Mac software, more than anything, that keeps brand loyalists coming back to the Jony Ive-conceived line of expensive goodness. There is a wide breadth of apps available on the app store in 2018, so the best Mac apps might not all tickle your fancy. There are text editors designed for coders like Atom, that’ll have a limited appeal, especially compared to something like Evernote – which is far and away the best note-taking app available. Not all of the best Mac apps are available on the Mac App Store, but regardless – they’re all worth a peek. So without any further delay, keep reading on the next slide for the best Mac apps you can download today. From free apps to more expensive options, these are the apps that will breathe new life into your MacBook or Mac desktop this year. 1. Amphetamine Get it from: App Store Price: Free No brand of computer is without its annoyances. For so long now, it’s been impossible to use our MacBooks – unbound by the chains of a power adapter – while video outputs to an external monitor. As we all know here at TechRadar, Apple’s laptops automatically enter sleep mode whenever the lid is closed. For the lot of us, this can be a huge inconvenience should you prefer the sheer magnitude of a monitor as opposed to a 12- or 13- or 15-inch laptop screen. No brand of computer is without its annoyances. For so long now, it’s been impossible to use our MacBooks – unbound by the chains of a power adapter – while video outputs to an external monitor. As we all know here at TechRadar, Apple’s laptops automatically enter sleep mode whenever the lid is closed. For the lot of us, this can be a huge inconvenience should you prefer the sheer magnitude of a monitor as opposed to a 12- or 13- or 15-inch laptop screen. Luckily, Amphetamine makes it possible to continue using your MacBook while closed. Previously you could accomplish this using a similar application called Caffeine, but we prefer the UI features you get with this freebie. In addition to fitting in naturally with the rest of your Menu Bar items, Amphetamine also supports hotkey commands as well as deactivation reminders, not to mention there are no pesky advertisements in sight. 2. HyperDock Get it from: App Store Price: $9.99 (£7.99 or around AUS$14) While Windows has been able to snap programs to the edge of the screen since version 7, Apple’s solution didn’t arrive until OS X El Capitan. What’s more, even then it lacked some of the comprehensiveness of Microsoft’s alternative. Fortunately, HyperDock gives us that full-fledged functionality we so desperately crave, allowing anyone with a Mac to administer to the app Dock and windows all the same. For windows, you can drag an app to the left or right edges of the screen (or the corners) and it'll automatically fill that space. This makes it much easier to be productive on the desktop without wasting time dragging windows from the corners. For the Dock, hovering over apps activates something similar to Windows 7's thumbnail previews, providing overviews of windows that can be accessed by a click or closed directly from the preview. Handy. 3. Parallels Desktop 13 Get it from: Parallels Price: $79.99/year (Home & Student) Around £60 or AUS$100) If you've bought a Mac and miss some of your old Windows programs, don't worry - Parallels Desktop 13 can bring them back. Instead of having to dual-boot your Mac into a Windows partition, Parallels Desktop 13 allows Windows and macOS Sierra to co-exist side-by-side, and you can even run Microsoft-only programs such as Visual Studio 2015, or the Windows versions of the company's Office 365 apps, alongside your native macOS ones. All you need is a Windows 10 license – so prepare to buy one if you haven't already. Or, alternatively, you can use Parallels to try a handful of free operating systems including Chromium (a free distribution of Chrome OS) or Linux Debian. The latest version of Parallels in particular has seen improvements such as Touch Bar support, better resolution scaling for Retina displays and picture-in-picture for using other operating systems in conjunction with macOS. 4. Duet Get it from: App Store Price: £14.99 (around $20 or AUS$25) If you're anything like us, you'll hate working with one monitor or screen. Portable monitors are still fairly expensive (and not to mention bulky), and luckily you can use an iPad instead using a nifty app called Duet. Developed by ex-Apple engineers, it works by tethering your iPad to your Mac using one of Apple's Lightning cables and firing up the app on both devices. You can then drag windows and apps onto your iPad's display just like you can a second monitor, and if you have a more recent iPad with a Retina display then you'll get the full benefit of all those pixels. Just know that the bandwidth isn't quite what you would get with a proper monitor, so it can be a bit laggy when you notch the quality up. But it's still more than usable for reading websites, typing up documents and watching videos. 5. Atom Get it from: Atom Price: Free Atom is a text editor that's primarily designed for coders, but its flexibility and customization options make it a viable option for many different types of users. That's because of two reasons: first, you can download a number of different Packages - effectively plug-ins - to make it bend to your will. It can be transformed into a Markdown editor for writing blog posts, for example, or you can hook it up to Evernote for storing notes in the cloud. There's at least 10 different word counters out there, and you can even add typewriter sound effects as you hammer out your delicious prose. Atom is also infinitely customizable on the visual side thanks to an editable back-end, allowing you to do anything from changing the font size, line height and colors to giving the caret Word 2016-like elasticity. 6. Logic Pro X Get it from: App Store Price: £149.99 (around $195 or AUS$255) Whether you're an aspiring rockstar or superstar DJ, Logic Pro X is one of the best music creation apps on the Mac. Developed by Apple itself,76 its accessible interface hides a ton of advanced functionality. The latest version comes with a slick new design, 64-bit architecture and new session drummer that will save you having to shell out for a drum machine. It also works in natural harmony with iPads, providing a touch-based alternative method of creating song structures to dragging and dropping blocks in the main visual editor. Whether you're a seasoned producer already (Sia used the app to record her hit song 'Chandelier') or are looking to upgrade from Garageband, Logic Pro X likely has what you need. 7. Wunderlist Get it from: App Store Price: Free A simple app but an important one, to-do app Wunderlist's strength lies in its cross-device functionality. It's available on Mac, PC and Android and iOS, allowing you to pick up where you left off wherever you are using macOS's Handoff feature. Once you've created a list you can schedule reminders, add notes and embed it into the macOS Notification Centre using a widget. Team-based features are unlocked by signing up to Wunderlist's Pro option for a yearly fee, and you can add files of any size without running into limits. 8. Evernote Get it from: App Store Price: Free Evernote has morphed into a mighty note-taking app over the years. While some people will say that it's too bloated, the sheer number of things that you can do with it still makes it best-in-class. You can type up notes, obviously, organizing them using a combination of folders and tags. You can even embed Google Drive documents, which are accessible in a click. There's also the ability to set reminders, share notes with friends, find information related to notes using Evernote's 'Context' feature, create lists, and favorite notes that you frequently return to. Better yet, all of your notes are synchronized using the company's servers, making them accessible on nearly any PC (through a browser or the native Evernote app) or mobile device in the world. The paid version lets you use Evernote with more than two devices while upping the amount of data you can sync each month. 9. GIMP Get it from: Website Price: Free GIMP (standing for GNU Image Manipulation) is one of the best free image editing apps out there. It's a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop and comes with a massive array of professional-quality functions that let you tweak existing images saved in a range of formats or create fresh ones from scratch. Features include layers, highly customizable brushes, automatic image-enhancing tools and filters. You can do even more with it using plug-ins, which are available to download from the GIMP Plugin Registry. 10. Ulysses Get it from: App Store Price: £34.99 (around $45/AUS$60) Ulysses is one of the best "distraction-free" markdown editors out there today, balancing features with simplicity and beautiful design. Unlike Word 2016, or even Apple's own Pages, Ulysses hardly features an interface at all. This allows you to get on with writing without being distracted by superfluous buttons and menus. The app uses its own brand of Markdown — a type of text formatting engine — that lets you highlight your writing in a way that makes organizing it simpler, and a vast number of export styles formats it in an attractive way once you're finished. There's a handy attachments bar on the right-hand side that features an attractive word counter and lets you write notes to assist you in your writing. Notes can be accessed anywhere thanks to iCloud support, so you can pick up your iPad and carry on where you left off using macOS's Handoff feature. SOURCE
  21. Google Fuchsia Release Date, News And Rumors. The future of Google’s Android-Chrome hybrid OS In early October 2017, we expected Google to reveal a new operating system that has been rumored and reported for almost two years: ‘Google Andromeda,’ a merging of its Android and Chrome operating systems (OS) in a way we've never before seen. Sadly, that didn’t happen, and today we know that project as ‘Google Fuchsia,’ which is very much still in the works – and publicly. Fuchsia is expected to become Google’s singular platform for laptops, phones and tablets running its software. Whether its running the full-fat version of Google Docs, fully leveraging Google Drive or finding your favorite app from the Google Play Store, you’ll be able to do it all from any Google Fuchsia-powered device. What’s more, you’ll be able to pick up from exactly where you left off on each app easily from any other Fuchsia device. For as excited as we are about Fuchsia, even with running early versions and the like, we’re still in the early days of Fuchsia – likely a year out from seeing Google laptops and phones alike run on this OS. That’s plenty of time to gather all the latest info and speculate! So, join us as we explore what Fuchsia is, what its capabilities are and how it might affect both Chrome OS and Android – and Google’s rivals – whenever it releases. Cut to the chase What is it? An Android-meets-Chrome, multi-device operating system When is it out? An early form is available on Chromebook Pixel now What will it cost? Likely nothing, as is with Android and Chrome A Google Pixelbook running an early version of Fuchsia OS (Image Credit: Ars Technica) What is Google Fuchsia? Again, Google Fuchsia is a hybrid OS that is still very much in development. The entirety of Fuchsia OS is comprised of two distinct but connected user interfaces (UI): a phone-centric one codenamed ‘Armadillo’ and a traditional desktop UI known as ‘Capybara’ internally, according to 9to5Google. So far, more is known about the mobile version of Fuchsia than the laptop one, but ArsTechnica was recently able to get Fuchsia running on a Google Pixelbook in an awfully early state. This approach to OS design is very similar to Microsoft’s, in which Windows 10 exists within PCs, phones, tablets and game consoles with very specific interfaces tailored to those devices. However, all of those different interfaces are built upon the same root code, known as a kernel, allowing them to run the same apps. In the case of Fuchsia, that kernel is known as ‘Zircon’, 9to5Google reports, and it’s designed to be consistently upgradeable and safe from applications accessing it constantly, adding an extra layer of security and eliminating situations in which apps are rendered incompatible with OS updates. Whether it’s in the mobile or desktop orientation, Fuchsia is laden with Google’s Material design found all over its Android and Chrome OS products. Shadows are a big focus on the design aesthetic, using a new renderer known as ‘Escher’ to do the job. The result is an interface with more depth to its look than traditionally flat OS products. Google Fuchsia as it appears on a smartphone device. Fuchsia is also heavily focused on a cards-based interface, in which every app you open appears inside one of these cards – plus, you can place multiple apps into a single card. This orients the user around tasks at hand rather than apps. From there, the OS revolves quite a bit around Google Assistant more deeply accessing your apps and information to provide even more thorough actions and insights. Google has referred to these apps and pieces of information as ‘entities’, according to a GitHub developer page, and on Fuchsia they’re all accessible by Google Assistant. Finally, Fuchsia wants to be the best cross-device OS to date. To achieve this, Fuchsia uses a new tool known as ‘Ledger’ by the GitHub community. Ledger, once you’re signed into a Google Account on a Fuchsia device, will automatically save your place in all installed apps across all Fuchsia devices. All in all, Fuchsia is Google’s attempt to get the best of Chrome and Android into a single operating system that’s more efficient both while you’re using it and when you’re away – not to mention in between those states or between devices. Google Fuchsia Release Date Since August 2016, the Google Fuchsia release date has been rumored several times – only to turn out untrue. These rumors have generally cropped up before Google’s big Google IO developer event in California or, in the case of last October, when we know a big hardware release is imminent. Sadly, the latest treasure trove of Google Fuchsia information from ArsTechnica’s hands-on time with the OS doesn’t contain any hints toward a possible release date. However, the outlet does go out of its way to note just how early in development the OS looks and feels. This should help frame our expectations for when we should expect to see Fuchsia on shelf-ready devices: most likely not before 2019. That doesn’t mean that we won’t see the OS at all in 2018, as Google could choose to preview it somehow this year in preparation for a wider release next year. At any rate, keep it locked to this page as we draw closer to a possible release date and therefore might have some new information for you. What could Fuchsia mean for Android and Chrome – and Windows and macOS? From what we're hearing, Fuchsia seems to be Google's response to Microsoft and Apple's united platforms with one of its own. In turning Android into one of the two biggest smartphone platforms and later popularizing Chrome OS – and its extensible web-based productivity programs – in the classroom and workplace, Google itself has become a major player on all platforms. Again, from the sound of it, Fuchsia is going to accomplish much of what Microsoft and Apple already have in Windows 10 and iOS-to-macOS Sierra Continuity, respectively, but in a very Google way. It's easy to expect access to Google's inimitable search and data-tracking at your fingertips – Google Assistant and ‘entities’, anyone? – which it would tout as better than Microsoft and Apple's, and an interface that changes based on the device from which it's accessed. Will this eventually mean the end of Android and Chrome? In name, most likely, but their principles will almost certainly live on – there's too much solid foundation not to build on top of them. Just look at the Material design language found throughout these early builds of either version of Fuchsia. The end result, likely to be seen in a preview form later this year and in purchasable devices in 2019, will be just one platform for Google to worry about. With Fuchsia, Google will be able to push new updates and features to all versions at once, simplifying support as well as user understanding. With that, Google will become that much more formidable a foe to Microsoft and Apple, and that much appealing an option to Android and Chromebook users all over. Who knows, perhaps it will be enough to bring people over from the other side of Microsoft and Apple’s fences. SOURCE
  22. Hackers could use brainwaves to steal passwords, study finds Portrait of young man with EEG headset on. (Stock image) Credit: © BSANI / Fotolia Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggest that brainwave-sensing headsets, also known as EEG or electroencephalograph headsets, need better security after a study reveals hackers could guess a user's passwords by monitoring their brainwaves. EEG headsets are advertised as allowing users to use only their brains to control robotic toys and video games specifically developed to be played with an EEG headset. There are only a handful on the market, and they range in price from $150 to $800. Nitesh Saxena, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Ph.D. student Ajaya Neupane and and former master's student Md Lutfor Rahman, found that a person who paused a video game and logged into a bank account while wearing an EEG headset was at risk for having their passwords or other sensitive data stolen by a malicious software program. "These emerging devices open immense opportunities for everyday users," Saxena said. "However, they could also raise significant security and privacy threats as companies work to develop even more advanced brain-computer interface technology." Saxena and his team used one EEG headset currently available to consumers online and one clinical-grade headset used for scientific research to demonstrate how easily a malicious software program could passively eavesdrop on a user's brainwaves. While typing, a user's inputs correspond with their visual processing, as well as hand, eye and head muscle movements. All these movements are captured by EEG headsets. The team asked 12 people to type a series of randomly generated PINs and passwords into a text box as if they were logging into an online account while wearing an EEG headset, in order for the software to train itself on the user's typing and the corresponding brainwave. "In a real-world attack, a hacker could facilitate the training step required for the malicious program to be most accurate, by requesting that the user enter a predefined set of numbers in order to restart the game after pausing it to take a break, similar to the way CAPTCHA is used to verify users when logging onto websites," Saxena said. The team found that, after a user entered 200 characters, algorithms within the malicious software program could make educated guesses about new characters the user entered by monitoring the EEG data recorded. The algorithm was able to shorten the odds of a hacker's guessing a four-digit numerical PIN from one in 10,000 to one in 20 and increased the chance of guessing a six-letter password from about 500,000 to roughly one in 500. EEG has been used in the medical field for more than half a century as a noninvasive method for recording electrical activity in the brain. Electrodes are placed on the surface of the scalp to detect brain waves. An EEG machine then amplifies the signals and records them in a wave pattern on graph paper or a computer. EEG can be combined with a brain-computer interface to allow a person to control external devices. This technology was once highly expensive and used mostly for scientific research, like the production of neuroprosthetic applications to help disabled patients control prosthetic limbs by thinking about the movements. However, it is now being marketed to consumers in the form of a wireless headset and is becoming popular in the gaming and entertainment industries. "Given the growing popularity of EEG headsets and the variety of ways in which they could be used, it is inevitable that they will become part of our daily lives, including while using other devices," Saxena said. "It is important to analyze the potential security and privacy risks associated with this emerging technology to raise users' awareness of the risks and develop viable solutions to malicious attacks." One potential solution proposed by Saxena and his team is the insertion of noise anytime a user types a password or PIN while wearing an EEG headset. The report SOURCE
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  25. Windows 10 Fast Ring Skip Ahead Insiders got their first taste of the upcoming Redstone 4 release coming this spring almost two weeks ago, but now Microsoft has released preview build 16362 for the Skip Ahead users to try. But don't expect too many big changes, as the development team is still focused on the Fall Creators Update slated for October 17. The new build offers an improved boot experience allowing you to use sign in info after a restart or update. It is still customizable, and you can still opt out under the privacy section of the sign in options. There are also Narrator improvements where you can select the channel you want for speech output. Here are the other fixes and improvements: Windows Shell Improvements We fixed an issue where minimized app windows on mixed-DPI monitor setups might end up drawing offscreen after your PC resumed from sleep. We fixed an issue where if you changed your display language preference to something other than the machine’s default then any app which did not take an update while also getting the updated language resource package from the Store would end up continuing to display its tile in Start in that default language rather than the new language displayed within the app and other system UI. We’ve updated the Action Center to now use “AM” / “PM” when indicating timestamp with the 12hr clock format, rather than “a” / “p”. We fixed an issue where using the letters in Start to jump to different locations in the alphabet wasn’t consistently working in the last few flights. We fixed an issue where when the People button was present in taskbar, and toast-only banners (for example from Outlook 2016) were sent, the Action Center badge counter would become inaccurate. We fixed an issue where when the People button was present in taskbar, and toast-only banners (for example from Outlook 2016) were sent, the Action Center badge counter would become inaccurate. Microsoft Edge Improvements We fixed an issue resulting in multiple apps crashing in the previous flight if you tried to log into the app using Facebook. We fixed an issue where pasting an image to Imgur.com from your clipboard wouldn’t work. We fixed an issue which could result in uploads failing on some sites, such as Behance.net. We fixed an issue resulting in drag and drop onto websites intermittently not working. We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge would crash after choosing to pin certain websites to Start. We fixed an issue where a tab could get in a state where it displayed a tab preview thumbnail even though your mouse wasn’t hovering over the tab. We fixed an issue where website tooltips could end up displaying behind the Microsoft Edge window after opening a link in new tab in the background. We fixed an issue for certain websites where after watching an embedded video full screen then using Esc to return to the page would result in the video controller no longer being visible. We’ve updated editable fields in PDFs to now have a subtle color to help indicate that they’re editable. Gaming Improvements We fixed an issue resulting in Ghost Recon: Wildlands not starting in recent flights since the Easy anti-cheat component wouldn’t load. We fixed an issue resulting in Train Simulator 2017 failing to launch on recent flights. Input Improvements We fixed an issue where the Pinyin IME’s emoji picker wouldn’t load in recent flights. We fixed an issue where the Emoji Panel’s tooltips could become mixed up. We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in precision touchpads potentially dropping gestures after coming out of sleep. We’ve made some adjustments to address an issue resulting in sudden and brief CPU spikes where you couldn’t move your mouse. If you’ve encountered this, please try it in this new build and let us know if your experience has improved. We fixed an issue where when using the Chinese (Simplified) handwriting panel InputPersonalization.exe could get into a state where it would unexpectedly have a continually high CPU usage. General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC We’ve updated the Run dialog so when hold Ctrl + Shift then click OK or press enter, it will run that task or program elevated, just like how it works in Cortana. We fixed an issue where the Windows Defender Security Center app icon was missing in taskbar when the app was open, as well in Start’s all apps list. You will also notice that the icon is now un-plated in the taskbar. We fixed the issue where USBhub.sys was causing spontaneous reboots due to bugchecks (GSOD). We fixed an issue where the battery flyout might incorrectly show “PC not charging” while the device was changing in recent builds. We fixed an issue where fonts using shortcuts would become unusable and disappear from the Fonts folder. We fixed an issue where upgrading to recent flights would fail if you had a speech for a secondary language installed. We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in some Insiders experiencing an issue where Store apps would begin to fail to activate after being launched a few times. We fixed an issue where your PC might not go to sleep automatically after remoting into it and signing out of the remote session. There are no know issues at this time for the build. While Skip Ahead users were waiting to get this latest Redstone 4 build, they did get a new version of Feedback Hub to play with, offering some new features such as integration with the new "Community Language" app. If you missed the small sign up window for Skip Ahead, you'll eventually have a chance to start testing RS4 builds, likely sortly after the Fall Creators Update is launched. In the meantime, you'll continue to receive RS3 builds from the RS3_RELEASE branch. Source: Neowin
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