Microsoft Security – Major changes for WIN7 and WIN8 monthly updates

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Starting in October 2016 — Microsoft will be changing WIN7 and WIN8 monthly security updates to use a more “WIN10-like” approach where all changes are rolled up into a single update https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2016/08/15/further-simplifying-servicing-model-for-windows-7-and-windows-8-1/ Security-only updates — Also from October 2016 onwards, Windows will release a single Security-only update. This update collects all of the security patches […]

Windows 10 — Asus VivoStick PC on a stick

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The Asus VivoStick is a full 64-bit Windows 10 computer that a little larger than a “flash drive”. It’s short on memory and storage, but can instantly turn a display or TV into an all-in-one PC for $129 (although you need a wireless mouse/keyboard or smartphone to fully utilize). http://www.pcmag.com/review/346837/asus-vivostick-pc-ts10 So-called stick PCs like the […]

Windows – Intel Skylake processors supported for WIN7 and WIN8 users

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Microsoft announced today that Intel Skylake advanced processors will be supported for WIN7 and WIN8 fully until the final EOL date for each operating system http://www.pcworld.com/article/3106301/windows/microsoft-retreats-will-extend-skylake-pc-support-to-normal-support-lifetimes.html On Thursday Microsoft extended their support for Intel’s “Skylake” processors on its older Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. Now Skylake PCs running those OSes will receive the […]

Disk Storage – Seagate creates 60TB SSD prototype

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Seagate has created an experimental 60TB SSD drive, which is designed for advanced future corporate applications, as the boundary lines of massive high speed storage are being explored by OEM vendors http://www.pcmag.com/news/346904/seagate-unveils-60tb-solid-state-drive http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/09/flashy_seagate_demonstrates_monster_60tb_ssd/ Seagate achieved the gargantuan storage capacity of its new SSD by making it twice as dense as the Samsung device. It can accommodate 400 […]

Windows 10 – End of Life support extended to 2026

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http://www.networkworld.com/article/3105355/computers/microsoft-adds-year-to-windows-10-support.html Microsoft last week bolstered its claim that Windows 10 will be its last operating system by extending the OS’s support lifetime to 2026. After the release last week of Windows 10 Anniversary Update — officially known as 1607 using the year and month label the company has adopted — Microsoft refreshed the Windows support […]

Microsoft Security Updates – AUGUST 2016

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms16-aug.aspx https://isc.sans.edu/mspatchdays.html?viewday=2016-08-09 http://blog.talosintel.com/2016/08/ms-tuesday.html Today is Patch Tuesday for August 2016, and Microsoft has released several security bulletins and associated patches to resolve security issues across their products. This month’s patch release includes 9 bulletins addressing 28 vulnerabilities. Five of the bulletins Microsoft has […]

Facebook – New controls added to reduce Fake News Alert malware attacks

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Years ago, a major virus attack called the “Storm Worm” sent fake news alerts out for a once in a century superstorm experienced in Europe.  It was designed to bait users into clicking on the links to infect their systems.  These same attacks have continued in many other malware attacks. Facebook has recently improved algorigtms […]

Microsoft Excel — Advanced Techniques August 2016

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This PC world article shares five advanced techniques to allow improved documentation and other techniques for processing spreadsheet data http://www.pcworld.com/article/3088207/software/excel-5-timesaving-power-tips.html There’s no such thing as too fast when you’re crunching numbers on deadline in Excel. Any of these power tips will speed up your tasks.: 1. FORMULATEXT() adds notes to formulas — It’s nice to […]

Data Breach – Bitcoin impacted from theft by hackers

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Bitcoin valuations plunge and later rebound after hackers steal $65 Million http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-03/bitcoin-plunges-after-hackers-breach-h-k-exchange-steal-coins http://blog.bitfinex.com/uncategorized/security-breach/ Bitcoin stabilized on Wednesday after sinking as much as 15 percent. Prices dropped 7.8 percent on Tuesday after declining 6.2 percent Monday.  Bitfinex confirmed in a message to Bloomberg News on Wednesday that the hackers took 119,756 bitcoin, or about $65 million. While […]

Mozilla Firefox 48 – New multiprocessing support improves performance

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Major performance improvements were made in Firefox version 48  http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/08/firefox-48-ships-bringing-rust-mainstream-and-multiprocess-for-some/ http://www.pcworld.com/article/3103497/software/extensive-firefox-revamp-safeguards-against-freezes-crashes-and-lag.html After seven years of development, version 48 is at last enabling a multiprocess feature comparable to what Internet Explorer and Google Chrome have offered as stable features since 2009. By running their rendering engines in a separate process from the browser shell, IE and […]


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