Who doesn’t love hearing news that a new vulnerability in one of their computer’s key components—the CPU that powers the whole thing—could allow an attacker to steal critical data (like your passwords or your encryption keys) directly from your processor? It’s always a fun day when that happens. Thankfully, the fixes for Intel’s recently announced vulnerability—yes, it’s Intel again—couldn’t be easier.
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Say what you will about the Touch Bar, but it’s a fixture of the MacBook Pro we’re probably going to have to deal with for some time. And honestly, it’s not bad — much like the dream-worthy “OLED keyboard” that pops up from time to time that nobody seems to purchase, it’s fun to have a separate, tiny display that you can use for all sorts of productive or silly
There comes a time in every Windows user’s life when things start to feel slower. Perhaps you’ve been installing and uninstalling a ton of applications, or you’ve been mucking around with obscure Windows settings (or worse, the registry). Maybe you even decided to live life on the wild side, like me, and signed up for Microsoft’s Windows Insider program, which recently caused my desktop system to screech to a halt. Whoops.
Password-recovery questions have been a part of Windows 10 for more than a year now, but you’ll never know they exist if you sign into your operating system using a Microsoft account. Use a local account when you’re first installing Windows, however, and you’ll be prompted to create three security questions that you can use to reset your password and log into your account—should you ever forget your credentials.
There are plenty of reasons to run a virtual machine. The first, and most compelling, is that you want to play: Maybe there are some other operating system you want to dabble with (cough Linux cough), but you don’t want to deal with installing another hard drive, partitioning your existing drive, or setting up your system a different way.
The Aqua GUI in Apple’s operating systems has undergone a remarkable evolution since March of 2000, when it found its way into OS X 10.0, and you might be surprised at just how different everything looks now. Thanks to the newly-launched Aqua Screenshot Library, you can revisit every version of OS X (and macOS) through the years and view the gradual evolution of Apple’s operating system — all from your browser.
Software updates are exciting. I keep telling my friends this, and when they get behind on their updates, I’m all, “Hey, you’re missing out on good stuff!” This is part of the reason why I’m sometimes the guy who downloads beta versions of software. The bugs are annoying, but hey, the features are better.
This approach recently backfired on me with macOS and iOS 12. Unexpectedly, I think the resulting disaster made me a better computer user.
Hooray. You bought a brand-new Windows laptop and, for whatever reason, the manufacturer was nice enough to let you go through the installation process yourself instead of filling your new system full of crapware for you. Just kidding. It's rare when that happens, and buying a laptop that's full of junk is one -- but certainly not the only -- reason why you might want to reinstall your operating system from scratch.
Microsoft's big Windows update - not a "spring" update but the more boringly named "Windows 10 April 2018" update - has arrived today for eager Windows users who manually trigger the update for their desktops and laptops.
Back in the '90s, when I started working in the IT biz, Microsoft was still fighting for total supremacy of the server operating systems market. One of the challengers was IBM’s OS/2. There’s some history behind Microsoft and IBM’s battle for the desktop and server operating systems market but OS/2 faded away - or so I thought.
On August 25, 1991, Linus Torvalds, a Finnish programmer, posted a message on an online forum about a free operating system kernel, Linux, he was working on. It was just meant to be a hobby project and he was looking for some input from his peers. Little did he know that his personal project would eventually turn into an operating system that changed the world. You probably interact with Linux every day without even realising it. Today, the operating system turns 25. We take a look at the evolution of the open source operating system over its 25 year history.
Global smartphone sales to end-users hit 344 million units in the second quarter of 2016, a year-on-year increase of 4.3 per cent, according to analyst firm Gartner. While five of the top 10 mobile phone vendors saw growth, overall unit sales contracted by 0.5 per cent. This could be attributed to consumers holding off on buying premium smartphones until the later half of the year when new devices come out. Here's a rundown of how the big phone vendors performed.
If you grew up in the 90s, chances are you remember Windows 95 fondly. The Microsoft operating system turned 20 in August last year and for those who are still pining for Windows 95, there is a novel way to bring it back to life by using a Nintendo 3DS handheld console, albeit with a few features missing.
Most Australian IT organisations are gagging to get on Windows 10 with only five per cent adamant they will not be upgrading to the new OS, a new Tech Research Asia study has revealed. If your business is boarding the early Windows 10 hype train, here are some facts that employees and managers need to be aware of.