Are we the only ones who ignore telemarketers? Between caller ID, voicemail, and the oh-so-awesome Do Not Call list, it's easier than ever to avoid being hassled about aluminum siding while you're trying to eat your dinner. Apparently, not everybody's gotten the message: Microsoft's reporting that there's a new computer scam making the rounds, only this time you're swindled over the phone rather than via email. Your wallet still gets hit just as hard.
As the weeks go by, we continue to learn more about the next major Windows release, Windows 8. We know, for example, that Windows 8 will integrate Xbox Live support, and that the new Start screen will look a lot like Windows Phone Live Tiles. It will run on regular desktops and tablets, and there will be versions for ARM processors. But one thing we don't know is exactly when it will ship. That's okay, because Microsoft Corporate VP Dan'l Lewin implied you can figure out if you do the math.
Whether you're an IT admin in charge of deploying Windows updates across your firm's entire department or simply a home user with a Windows rig or three, prepare yourself for what's coming tomorrow. Microsoft is giving advance notice that this month's Patch Tuesday will include 16 security bulletin, nine involving critical vulnerabilities. All told, Microsoft plans to patch up 34 vulnerabilities across various products.
A month or two back, we posted our list of 30 amazing apps under 2MB. We thought it was a pretty fun concept, and apparently you guys agreed, because we got some great feedback, and some excellent suggestions. Our first list was far from complete, of course, so we decided to do some more investigating, and found 20 more great apps. They're all free, all easy to download, and all great at what they do. Read on, and hit the comments if we've still missed any of your favorites.
Windows PCs don't exactly have a reputation for security, but Microsoft's trying to change that. When smug know-it-alls claim that Windows PCs have more viruses than a public toilet, Microsoft points to the PatchGuard driver signing system on 64-bit Windows as their way of saying "Nuh-uh!" PatchGuard keeps the baddies from getting high-level privileges on Windows machines. Bad news: Kapersky's reporting that a new malware program that targets Windows 64-bit users has figured a way around the protection.
Adobe has patched an “important’ vulnerability in the recently released Flash Player 10.3.181.16 and all previous versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris, the San Jose-based company said on Sunday. It has issued a security bulletin (APSB11-13) to address the important vulnerability (CVE-2011-2107), which also affects Flash Player 10.3.185.22 and earlier versions for Android. Hit the jump for more.
For more info from Microsoft about Windows 8, keep reading.
It's true, we've been giving Apple a lot of grief recently over the whole Mac Defender thing. While it's fun to watch Mac fanatics squirm so much over a fairly straightforward malware infection, if we're being honest, the only reason us Windows users are so cynical and jaded in the first place is because we've all dealt with a nasty infection or two ourselves. But just how prevalent is malware on Microsoft systems? A post on Microsoft's Threat Research & Response Blog earlier in the week gives us a glimpse at some of the numbers.
Maybe it’s the whiff of summer in the air, but we've been a little, well, distracted. For the last few weeks, we’ve been spending a lot of time reminiscing and talking and opining over our favorite games from yesteryear. For some kids, summer mean
t lakes and rivers and baseball and camp. Not us. For us, summer meant long, uninterrupted hours playing lots and lots of games on our Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari 800, or IBM PC.
All these memories got us thinking: We've seen a lot of literal and spiritual remakes on phones, tablets, and even Faceb
ook. It's a great way for gamers to revive their favorites. But there are a bunch of classic games from thje golden era that have yet to receive a tender loving retro port. We decided it was high time someone identified a queue of sorts for future remakes. And while every game would work well on Windows, some of the classics would probably work even better on an alternative OS. So, as an added wrinkle, we’re going to pick one of three platforms - Windows, Facebook, or Android - as the best fit.
Why do I like VLC Media Player? Because it plays media. That’s pretty apparent in the title, however, so hear me out: The bane of Windows Media Player is that it straps a whole ton of accessories and add-ons into the picture when all you want to do is play a movie file. You don’t want to fuss with the library. You don’t want to go through a bunch of crappy skins or rudimentary add-ons. You don’t want to wait for Windows Media Player to load. You want a video. End of story.