For malware writers, everything's a numbers a game. So, the more popular a platform becomes, the more attention cybercriminals will pay to finding vulnerabilities they can exploit. It's really no wonder, then, that McAfee's Threat Report for the second quarter of 2013 noted a rebound in mobile threats, including a 35 percent growth rate in Android-based malware, the likes of which have not been seen since early 2012, the security firm reports.
Microsoft has certainly had better Patch Tuesdays than the one that occurred last week. Throughout the week, the Redmond software giant has been pulling faulty security updates and re-issuing patches, and assuming it's all sorted out now, the total number of bad updates comes to six. They include KB 2876063, KB 2859537, KB 2843872, KB 2843638, KB 2843639, and KB 286846.
As if we weren't already looking forward to the release of Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games has posted an official gameplay video showing off the upcoming title's persistent and continually expanding online world, and it looks flipping amazing. The fundamental GTA concepts are all present and accounted for, such as the freedom to go and do whatever you want, ambient activity, and mission based gameplay for multiple players.
UPDATE: Nvidia denies knowing anything about a possible PC port
Rockstar Games has a habit of making PC gamers wait for ports of its popular Grand Theft Auto franchise, and given the publisher's lack of information regarding its upcoming Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) release to Windows, we weren't really anticipating an exception. Until now, that is. After reading some comments Nvidia made about upcoming titles, we're optimistic that GTA V will crash the PC party sometime this fall.
A preview version of Windows 8.1 has been available since June, and if all goes to plan, word on the web is that the final release will roll into town in October. That's when the general public will be able to nab the download via Windows Update. Prior to that, OEM system builders will receive the update as early as this month, and it's possible some Windows 8.1 machines will show up in retail in September.
Build 9471 leak comes just a few days before RTM (release to manufacturing)
One of the many criticisms of Windows 8 is that it has a steep learning curve, which is ironic as Microsoft has also been accused of unnecessarily dumbing down its operating system by saddling it with a touch-friendly layer of tiles and apps. The upcoming Windows 8.1 update will thankfully address both issues. While we have already witnessed the ability to skip the Start Screen and boot straight to desktop in earlier builds, a new leaked build contains something that is meant to help first-time users acclimatize themselves to the Windows 8 interface a lot faster.
We like building our own PCs because there's a certain satisfaction that comes from hand-picking the right combination of parts, putting them together, and then fine tuning their collective performance both on a hardware and software level. A home brewed PC is never finished -- we can always add, subtract, or upgrade components, and over time, our machines become a living entity that grows alongside us. What started off as a lean, mean, pixel pushing machine may eventually end up as a whisper quiet home theater PC (HTPC).
Windows 8 ships with a new version of Windows Defender that’s supposed to offer the same level of protection as Microsoft Security Essentials. Along with other security upgrades, we’re left wondering if there’s any reason to saddle up with a third-party antivirus program. To find out, we compared Windows Defender with Avast, which as we discovered in last month’s antivirus roundup is a formidable ally to have by your side as you romp around the web.
Note: This article originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of the magazine.
AVG Technologies was in need of a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Gary Kovacs, the former chief of Mozilla, needed a job after having stepped down from his previous role several months ago. Like a cheesy corporate love story, the two have found each other and will ride off into the sunset hand-in-hand, or something like that. Hollywood shenanigans aside, Kovacs will bring his more than two decades of Mozilla experience to one of the more popular free security vendors on the market.
Office Mobile was always destined to land on Android. Last November, Microsoft rolled out a new version of Office Mobile preinstalled on all Windows 8 devices, and then in June, Office Mobile for iPhone came to Office 365 subscribers as an added bonus. Now Android users who are Office 365 subscribers can receive the same benefit at no additional charge, allowing them to tweak their Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents from just about anywhere.