leak http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/3111/ en Windows 10 Build 10056 Sneaks Onto the Internet http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_10_build_10056_sneaks_internet767 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/windows_10-10056.jpg" alt="Windows 10 Build 10056" title="Windows 10 Build 10056" width="228" height="142" style="float: right;" />There’s a new version of Microsoft Solitaire Collection in this one</h3> <p>It’s time for your weekly dose of Windows 10 builds. Over the past month or so alone, we’ve had as many as five new builds—both official releases and leaks—with the last one finding its way onto the Internet Friday. (A few more and we’ll soon have to do a “This Week in Windows 10 Builds” roundup.) <strong>Build 10056 includes a new version of Microsoft’s iconic Solitaire card game(s), a new dark OS theme, and a few more things</strong>.</p> <p>Windows 8, as many of you may know, doesn’t include Solitaire, although you can download the <a href="http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/microsoft-solitaire-collection/1a36fd17-5161-4651-ae2d-13384e427ea8" target="_blank">Microsoft Solitaire Collection</a> from the Windows Store. But build 10056 is different in that it includes a new version of the Solitaire game collection by default. There are five games in all: Klondike , Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid, and TriPeaks. Sadly, it can’t save any user data at this stage.</p> <p>Moving onto some serious stuff now. The dark theme that we first caught a glimpse of in November is here. In fact, the task bar is dark by default. The Start Menu UI has changed considerably as well: the Power button has been relegated to the bottom (just above the “All apps” option), there are now two columns of Live Tiles by default, and you can resize the Start Menu.</p> <p>There are a <a href="https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/2800/a-quick-look-at-windows-10-build-10056" target="_blank">number of other minor changes and UI refinements</a> throughout the build, including within the Settings, Weather, Sports, Finance and News apps. A more complete list of changes can be found <a href="http://changewindows.studio384.be/branch.php?branch=2" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Image Credit: Wzor</em></p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_10_build_10056_sneaks_internet767#comments build 10056 leak operating system Software technical preview windows 10 News Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:38:32 +0000 Pulkit Chandn 29725 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Windows 10 Build Brings Peer-assisted Updates, App Downloads http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_windows_10_build_brings_peer-assisted_updates_app_downloads768 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Build 10036&nbsp; is here</h3> <p>On Monday, Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul (general manager, OSG data and fundamentals team) admitted to the company erring on the side of caution and being <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/03/09/frequency-and-predictability-of-builds-for-windows-insiders/" target="_blank">“conservative” about releasing Windows 10 Technical Preview builds</a>. Five days later, even as Aul and his team were still dithering over whether to speed up the release cadence in deference to public demand, <strong>a new Windows 10 build quietly leaked onto the web</strong>. For those keeping score at home, build 10036 is the third to have become available to the public in this manner and the seventh to have become available at all.</p> <p><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/windows-10-p2p.png" alt="Windows 10 Build 10036" title="Windows 10 Build 10036" width="620" height="318" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-1ee190eb-2064-7463-8680-cbe2058c1c3e" style="font-weight:normal;">&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>As pointed out by our friends over at <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-10-build-10036-has-leaked" target="_blank">Neowin</a>, this build is from a “partner channel” and is therefore missing some of the features that Microsoft is known to be working on for the next public release. This one, for instance, does not have the Project Spartan browser.</p> <p>What it does have are a number of subtle changes from the last officially released build (9926). Some of these include the ability to make the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/purportedly_leaked_windows_10_build_10031_images_show_transparent_start_menu870" target="_blank">Start Menu/Start Screen transparent</a>, a new Task View interface, redesigned login screen, new app management tools, and the option to <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/15/8218215/microsoft-windows-10-updates-p2p" target="_blank">receive OS updates and apps via peer-to-peer (P2P) technology</a>. </p> <p>The last one, which is perhaps the most interesting of the lot, is thought to be powered by the technology Microsoft acquired as part of its <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/investor/Stock/AcquisitonHistory/All/default.aspx" target="_blank">Feb 2013 acquisition of P2P content delivery provider Pando Networks</a>.</p> <p>An unofficial changelog can be found at this <a href="http://changewindows.studio384.be/build.php?build=10036" target="_blank">link</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_windows_10_build_brings_peer-assisted_updates_app_downloads768#comments build 10036 leak operating system P2P pando networks Software windows 10 technical preview News Mon, 16 Mar 2015 02:27:58 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29583 at http://www.maximumpc.com Purportedly Leaked Windows 10 Build 10031 Images Show Transparent Start Menu http://www.maximumpc.com/purportedly_leaked_windows_10_build_10031_images_show_transparent_start_menu870 <!--paging_filter--><h3>From Russia with love</h3> <p>For those eagerly awaiting the next official build of Windows 10 Technical Preview, we have a sneak peek of what’s to come. A <strong>bunch of previously unseen Windows 10 screenshots leaked onto the web Thursday courtesy notorious Russian leaker WZor</strong>. These latest leaked images, all from the as-yet-unreleased build 10031, show a number of changes.</p> <p>The most notable change has also been one of the <a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwindows.uservoice.com%2Fforums%2F265757-feature-suggestions%2Ffilters%2Ftop&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNGnZ7jCIHbBGLYu8VyJyDaa-lrR1g" target="_blank">most sought after by users</a> ever since the Tech Preview first came out in October. In keeping with <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.windows.com%2Fbloggingwindows%2F2015%2F01%2F23%2Fjanuary-build-now-available-to-the-windows-insider-program%2F&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNHQH8lN0j7d_iOjymjBKJPJHfZnUg" target="_blank">Microsoft’s promise of introducing transparency in one of the future builds</a>, the Start Menu and Start Screen in build 10031 have translucent backgrounds.</p> <p>There’s also a new login screen. Actually, it’s not entirely new, having been hidden in some of the earlier builds as well — a <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.winbeta.org%2Fnews%2Fhow-enable-new-logon-screen-windows-10-technical-preview-build-9926&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNEPnbVgW6ZYfj2X27sR7IGczio1UQ" target="_blank">registry hack</a> is needed to enable it. However, it appears as though that in build 10031 it is enabled by default. Further, the Start button is now the same size as other icons.</p> <h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/wzor-transparent-start-menu.jpg" alt="Transparent Start Menu" title="Transparent Start Menu" width="620" height="388" /></h3> <p>However, there is no trace of <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.maximumpc.com%2Fmore_project_spartan_images_details_emerge222&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNEaCWfzov6sNRMvK8yrnSNM3C-_FA" target="_blank">Project Spartan</a> — an upcoming browser confirmed as being Internet Explorer’s replacement by Microsoft — in this build. But that does not mean there is no activity on this front as another Russian source has published some <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fmswin.me%2F%3Fp%3D18&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNHhOsl9aI4Vv-EqUlq2kSfXqCL-aQ" target="_blank">fresh images of the browser</a>. Presumably from an entirely different build, these images show a browser that is still a bit rough around the edges. With Microsoft promising to include <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.neowin.net%2Fnews%2Fmicrosoft-confirms-that-spartan-will-be-in-the-next-windows-10-preview-release&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFUU-4xTHKZnq4YMvUrfUuawhBuQw" target="_blank">Spartan in the next preview release</a>, the company appears to have its work cut out.</p> <p><em>Image Credit: Wzor</em></p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/purportedly_leaked_windows_10_build_10031_images_show_transparent_start_menu870#comments images leak project spartan screenshots Start Menu start screen technical preview windows 10 build 10031 wzor News Mon, 09 Mar 2015 07:57:20 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29559 at http://www.maximumpc.com North Korea Denies Hand in Sony Cyberattack http://www.maximumpc.com/north_korea_denies_hand_sony_cyberattack244 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u69/hackedbygop.jpg" alt="Guardian of Peace Hacker Group" title="Guardian of Peace Hacker Group" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Says DPRK sympathizers could be behind ‘righteous’ act</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/hackers_infilitrate_sony_pictures_pcs_threatens_release_secrets_2014" target="_blank">devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures</a> that rendered most of the movie studio’s computers unusable for over a week and left the hackers behind the attack in possession of copious amounts of sensitive data is currently being probed by both forensic experts hired by the company and the FBI. Although the identity of the perpetrators has yet to be established, many believe there is plenty of circumstantial evidence that points to a North Korean hand. Perhaps fed up with all the incriminatory rumors, the <strong>Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday dismissed all talk of its involvement in the attack on Sony in its own inimitable style.<br /></strong></p> <p>The denial came in the form of a <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/07/sony-cybersecurity-northkorea-idUSL3N0TR09320141207" target="_blank">statement issued by an unnamed spokesman</a> for the Policy Department of the National Defence Commission (NDC) to state-run mouthpiece <a href="http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm" target="_blank">Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)</a>. While the North Korean government denied any involvement in the attack, it did so in a way only it can, gloating over Sony Pictures’ cyber plight and slamming both South Korea and the U.S. for “pulling up others for no specific reason when something undesirable happens in their own land.” It views the attack that “paralyzed” Sony as being the perfect comeuppance for making a film that it sees as abetment of “a terrorist act.”(The film in question is the “The Interview”, an upcoming comedy about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un.)</p> <p>“We do not know where in America the Sony Pictures is situated and for what wrongdoings it became the target of the attack nor we feel the need to know about it,” the North Korean government said in its statement. “But what we clearly know is that the Sony Pictures is the very one which was going to produce a film abetting a terrorist act while hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK by taking advantage of the hostile policy of the U.S. administration towards the DPRK.”</p> <p>“We already called upon the world to turn out in the just struggle to put an end to U.S. imperialism, the chieftain of aggression and the worst human rights abuser that tramples down the universal rights of people to peaceful and stable life and violates the sovereignty of other countries, as well as its followers,” is said, adding that the massive hack may be a “righteous deed” of DPRK supporters and sympathizers.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/north_korea_denies_hand_sony_cyberattack244#comments Attack cyberattack guardians of peace hack kim jong-un leak north korea Sony Pictures the interview News Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:37:33 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29047 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Videos Show Key Windows 9 Features http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_videos_show_key_windows_9_features930 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u69/windows_9_start_menu.jpg" alt="Windows 9" title="Windows 9" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>See Windows 9’s Notification Center, Start Menu and multiple desktops in action</h3> <p>Microsoft may not have officially lifted the curtain on <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/windows_9" target="_blank">Windows 9 (a.k.a “Threshold”)</a> but if sites like <a href="http://winfuture.de/special/windows9/" target="_blank">WinFuture</a> continue to have their way, the Redmond-based company will have very little new to show us when it finally does get down to unveiling its next desktop operating system. (We don’t have an issue with these leaks, though.) The German site, which recently posted a bunch of allegedly <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/screenshots_windows_9_technical_preview_leak_online_2014" target="_blank">leaked screenshots of the rumored-to-be-upcoming Windows 9 Technical Preview</a>, has now taken to posting <strong>videos that showcase some of the upcoming OS’s features.</strong></p> <p>Four such videos have been released thus far by the German outfit. It is clear from the two videos dedicated to the returning Start Menu that in its latest avatar this iconic UI element will give the user a lot of say over its overall look and feel. You can not only pick and choose which Live Tiles you want your Start Menu to have, but it is also possible to have no Live Tiles at all and have a Smart Menu that is not too different from the one found in Windows 7.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/--wgAsHWNRE" width="620" height="250" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/I4eDVlRvws0" width="620" height="250" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>As for the remaining videos, one shows the all-new <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_9_will_reportedly_have_notification_center309">Notification Center</a> in action while the other sheds light on the upcoming operating system’s multiple desktop functionality. </p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VF4Eva_4UNE" width="620" height="250" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7hG_0pLq49s" width="620" height="250" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_videos_show_key_windows_9_features930#comments leak multiple desktops notification center OS rumor Software Start Menu virtual desktops windows 9 technical preview News Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:56:20 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28531 at http://www.maximumpc.com Thousands of Mozilla Developer Network Email Addresses, Passwords Exposed http://www.maximumpc.com/thousands_mozilla_developer_network_email_addresses_passwords_exposed990 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/password_0.jpg" alt="MDN email IDs and passwords exposed" title="MDN Leak" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Remained exposed for around 30 days</h3> <p>Mozilla on Friday notified users of its Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) about the <strong>“accidental disclosure” of over 76,000 email addresses and around 4,000 “salted” passwords</strong>. These MDN user credentials remained exposed to the public for around a month until one of the outfit’s web developers discovered their presence on a server accessible to the general public around a couple of weeks back.</p> <p>“The issue came to light ten days ago when one of our web developers discovered that, starting on about June 23, for a period of 30 days, a data sanitization process of the Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) site database had been failing, resulting in the accidental disclosure of MDN email addresses of about 76,000 users and encrypted passwords of about 4,000 users on a publicly accessible server,” the company said in a <a href="https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2014/08/01/mdn-database-disclosure/" target="_blank">blog post</a> Friday. “As soon as we learned of it, the database dump file was removed from the server immediately, and the process that generates the dump was disabled to prevent further disclosure. While we have not been able to detect malicious activity on that server, we cannot be sure there wasn’t any such access.”</p> <p>“The encrypted passwords were salted hashes and they by themselves cannot be used to authenticate with the MDN website today. Still, it is possible that some MDN users could have reused their original MDN passwords on other non-Mozilla websites or authentication systems. We’ve sent notices to the users who were affected. For those that had both email and encrypted passwords disclosed, we recommended that they change any similar passwords they may be using.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/thousands_mozilla_developer_network_email_addresses_passwords_exposed990#comments email leak mdn mozilla developer network Password News Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:55:25 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28281 at http://www.maximumpc.com Purportedly Leaked Windows 9 Screenshot Shows New Start Menu http://www.maximumpc.com/purportedly_leaked_windows_9_screenshot_shows_new_start_menu978 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Build 6.4.9788 was recently spotted in Windows Store logs</h3> <p>We’ve known about the Start Menu’s impending comeback for over two months now. Ever since the <strong>return of what is perhaps the most iconic Windows UI item to have been left out of Windows 8</strong> was announced by the Redmond-based company in April, there has a been a lot of speculation about the time of its comeback. If some recent reports are to be believed, it’s <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_may_not_bring_back_start_menu_until_windows_9_2014" target="_blank">more likely to come back with the Windows 9 “Threshold” update</a> than the less significant Windows 8.1 Update 2.</p> <p>A purportedly leaked screenshot from what is alleged to be an early <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_227_haswell-e_rumors_windows_9_speculation_and_more" target="_blank">Windows 9</a> build (6.4.9788) shows what appears to be a heavily Metro-fied Start Menu — something that is consistent with recent reports on the subject. </p> <p>Although this is widely being reported as an early build of the Windows 9, the desktop watermark seen in the screenshot contains the words “Windows 8.1 Pro”. However, according to our friends over at <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/new-start-menu-leaks-in-windows-build-9788" target="_blank">Neowin</a>, they have it from a credible source “that these builds inside of Microsoft still use this branding, so this is not a big deal.”</p> <p>Build 6.4.9788 was first sighted in Windows Store logs a few days back and is now rumored to be on the verge of getting leaked.</p> <p><img src="/files/u46168/startmenularge.jpg" alt="Windows 9 Start Menu" title="Windows 9 Start Menu" width="620" height="390" /></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/purportedly_leaked_windows_9_screenshot_shows_new_start_menu978#comments build 9788 leak operating system rumor Software Start Menu threshold windows 9 News Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:14:12 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28153 at http://www.maximumpc.com Rumor: Microsoft Targeting Q2-Q3 2015 for Release of Windows 9 Preview http://www.maximumpc.com/rumor_microsoft_targeting_q2-q3_2015_release_windows_9_preview215 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u46168/screen_332_zps123d5968.jpg" alt="Windows 9" title="Windows 9" width="203" height="71" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Different reports point to different release schedules</h3> <p>Speaking at last year’s Build conference, then Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that moving to a rapid release cadence was “fundamental to what we’re doing, and what we must to do to mobilize our ecosystem and our partners.” Since that proclamation, <strong>we’ve already seen the company release two updates (albeit of varying significance), and a third, presumably called Windows 8.1 Update 2, is rumored for release later this year</strong>. But what about next year?</p> <p>If Chinese leaker “FaiKee” is to be believed, Microsoft&nbsp; is currently working on Windows 9, and the preview build could see the light of day sometime during the second or third quarter of 2015. To back up his claim, he posted a cropped screenshot of an alleged internal Microsoft document over at the <a href="http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/52484-WZOR-Talks-About-Windows-(Codename)-9-Is-a-DP-Imminent-(Added-WP8-1DP-download)?p=914773&amp;viewfull=1#post914773" target="_blank">My Digital Life forums.</a></p> <p>However, as he later <a href="https://twitter.com/FaiKeeF/status/467429503929556994" target="_blank">tweeted</a>, most outlets seem to be having considerable trouble reading the time frame mentioned in the screenshot and are misreporting it: “It is Q2-Q3, not 02-03, nor Feb. 3, 2015. LOL (sic).”</p> <p>By the bye, this is not the first Windows 9 release rumor that we’ve heard this year. Back in January, there seemed to be considerable confusion over the release of Windows 9 when noted Microsoft watcher <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_reportedly_prepping_windows_9_announcement2014" target="_blank">Paul Thurrott claimed that the OS was likely to debut in April 2015</a>, only for mostly accurate Russian leaker “Wzor” to put forth an entirely different release date. The latter claimed that the Windows 9 RTM build was scheduled to begin shipping to OEMs in October 2014. As if that wasn’t enough, another veteran Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley entered the discussion to dismiss Wzor’s claims as “inaccurate.”</p> <p>“If it's real(couldn't see why it isn't), then you could scrap all previous win9 release speculations,” Faikee wrote in a post on MDL.</p> <p>Image Credit: FaikEee</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/rumor_microsoft_targeting_q2-q3_2015_release_windows_9_preview215#comments faikee leak operating system rumors Software threshold windows 9 wzor News Sun, 18 May 2014 23:21:45 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27824 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Xbox One Manual Details Kinect Positioning http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_xbox_one_manual_details_kinect_positioning_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/xbox-640x353.png" alt="Kinect" title="Kinect" width="250" height="138" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Smaller living spaces may now function well with Kinect</h3> <p>Back in August we reported that Microsoft had done an early <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_unboxes_xbox_one_game_console2013" target="_blank">unboxing video</a> to showcase its latest Xbox One console. Now that we're less than a month away from getting our hands on the piece of new tech, new details are surfacing left and right, like manual leaks (via <a href="http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/169522-xbox-one-manual-leaks-reveals-vital-kinect-details-console-and-gamepad-setup" target="_blank">ExtremeTech</a>) that offer insight into how the console and the Kinect peripheral must be set up.&nbsp;</p> <p>The scans floating around are written in Portuguese and is a PDF detailing where and how the Kinect must be placed upon setup, an important piece of information when you consider one of the reasons the Kinect barely functioned the way it should, this is big news: it can be mounted anywhere from two feet to six feet from the ground. Players must stand at least 1.4 meters away, a significant improvement for those of us who haven't the luxury of huge living spaces. The quality of the Kinect library probably won't change, but hopefully the functionality will, so this manual is certainly promising in that regard.&nbsp;</p> <p>Are you purchasing an Xbox One?</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_xbox_one_manual_details_kinect_positioning_2013#comments console gaming kinect leak news xbox one News Sat, 26 Oct 2013 20:02:18 +0000 Brittany Vincent 26579 at http://www.maximumpc.com Latest Leaked Windows 8.1 Build Packs 'Help + Tips' App http://www.maximumpc.com/latest_leaked_windows_81_build_packs_help_tips_app947 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/windows-8.1-help-and-tips-app.jpg" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Build 9471 leak comes just a few days before RTM (release to manufacturing)</h3> <p>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 <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/windows_81" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a> </strong>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.extremetech.com/computing/163708-windows-8-1-rtm-leak-reveals-major-changes-to-reduce-hatred-from-first-time-users" target="_blank">Windows 8.1 build 9471</a>, which has leaked just a few days ahead of Windows 8.1’s scheduled release to OEMs, features a new “Help + Tips” app, which will educate first-time users about Windows 8 under six different heads: Start and apps; Get around; Basic actions; Your account and files; Settings; and What's new.</p> <p>The built-in apps in this leaked build feature three dots in the bottom right corner, which when clicked force the context menu to come out of hiding. Similarly, the built-in apps now remind the user that they can swipe in from the right to summon the Charms bar and the Start Menu. These may sound like little changes, but they will surely make life a lot easier for many a frustrated Windows 8 user.</p> <p>Some of the other changes included in the build are:</p> <ul> <li>Built-in apps like Mail, People, Photos and Calendar have been updated with new features and improvements.</li> <li>Skype is included as a stock app</li> <li>The Photos app no longer features Facebook and Flickr integration (only SkyDrive)</li> <li>A couple of new animated backgrounds</li> </ul> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none;" href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/latest_leaked_windows_81_build_packs_help_tips_app947#comments Blue leak metro microsoft modern ui operating system RTM Software windows 8.1 News Tue, 13 Aug 2013 02:42:03 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 26103 at http://www.maximumpc.com Xbox 720 Specs Reportedly Leaked http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/xbox_720_specs_reportedly_leaked_and_other_rumors800 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Xbox 720 will reportedly pack an eight-core 1.6GHz processor</h3> <p>The first reports about the <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/xbox_720_rumors_range_unlikely_blu-ray_unreasonable_anti-used_games_mechanism">Xbox 720</a></strong> (or whatever Microsoft’s next-gen console ends up being called) began appearing as early as 2006, even prompting Microsoft EMEA (European, Middle East, and Africa) vice president Chris Lewis to plead for <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/xbox-720-already-in-development-182103/">“a chance to catch a breath”</a> when asked about the Xbox 360’s predecessor during an interview in October that year. Now that Microsoft has had more than enough time to do so,&nbsp; people are growing restless. And when that happens, the rumor mill experiences heightened activity.</p> <p>VGLeaks, which claimed to have the dope on both Microsoft and Sony’s next-generation consoles over the weekend, has published an <a href="http://www.vgleaks.com/world-exclusive-durango-unveiled-2/">article detailing what it claims to be Durango’s (codename for Xbox 360’s successor) innards</a> — complete with a block diagram (below) and all. </p> <p>According to the site, Durango packs an eight-core x64 powerplant with each core clocked at 1.6GHz. Further, the console is said to have 8GB of RAM, an 800MHz GPU with 12 shader cores, 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive, hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi direct.</p> <p>While this is nothing more than a rumor, it is not the most farfetched Xbox-related stuff we have come across recently. That honor belongs to Forbes columnist Adam Hartung’s suggestion that <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2013/01/20/sell-microsoft-now-game-over-ballmer-loses/">Microsoft’s entertainment division could end up getting “spun off, sold to someone like Sony or possibly Barnes &amp; Noble, or dramatically reduced in size.”<br /></a><br />Anyway, VGLeaks is now promising to leak the tech specs of Sony’s eighth-generation console (code-named Orbis) which according to a separate report will <a href="http://gamerant.com/ps4-launching-after-xbox-720/">hit the market after the Xbox 720.</a></p> <h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/durango_arq1.jpg" alt="Xbox 720 Block Diagram" title="Leaked Xbox 720 Block Diagram" width="620" height="539" /></h3> <h3><em>Image Credit: VGLeaks</em></h3> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/xbox_720_specs_reportedly_leaked_and_other_rumors800#comments console gaming durango Gaming leak microsoft orbis Playstation 3 ps4 rumor Xbox 360 xbox 720 News Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:09:58 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 24887 at http://www.maximumpc.com Rumor Roundup: Everything You Need to Know About Google’s October 29th Android Event http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/rumor_roundup_everything_you_need_know_about_google%E2%80%99s_october_29th_android_event <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/android-jelly-bean_11.jpg" alt="Android Jelly Bean" title="Android Jelly Bean" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" /></p> <p>Windows Phone 8 launches on October 29th, but if a smartphone platform launches in a vacuum, does it make a sound? Microsoft announced its launch date ages ago, however in almost record time, <a href="http://www.google.com"><strong>Google</strong></a> has put together a media event on the very same day. Coincidence? Perhaps, but then again these two tech rivals seem to revel in sticking it to each other any chance they get. The Google event carries the vague tag line “The playground is open”, however sources of the <a href="http://thenextweb.com/google/2012/10/21/revealed-everything-that-google-will-announce-at-its-android-event-on-october-29/">NextWeb</a> have been much more specific. Phones, tablets, and Android 4.2 are all on the docket, and with a lineup like that, I wouldn’t want to be launching a competing smartphone OS with single digit market share on the same day. Poor Microsoft just can’t seem to catch a break.</p> <p>Here is what we know so far.</p> <p>Apparently Google spilled the beans on what they plan to announce during Friday’s all hands TGIF meeting, and unless they have a few surprises up their sleeves, here is what to expect. First up is the refreshed Nexus 7. <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/staples_lists_32gb_nexus_7_tablet_business_portal_costs_less_16gb_model">The capacity bump to 32GB had already leaked</a>, however the addition of an HSPA+ 3G version was a carefully guarded secret, and will be a welcome addition to the lineup. Additionally, a 10-inch tablet “Codenamed Manta” will join the Nexus tablet family. It is rumored to be running Jelly Bean 4.2 (formally called Key Lime Pie), and will feature a retina smashing 2560x1600 (10:16) display. That’s 300 PPI compared to the new iPad’s 264 for those who like to keep score. Samsung is also likely to be the manufacturer on the new 10-inch version given the display, but it’s not yet known if it will be called the Nexus 10, or something else entirely.</p> <p>On the phone front the LG Nexus 4 is also rumored to be announced, and it’s got a pretty impressive spec sheet. The device features a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor, a 4.7-inch 1280x768 display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, 8-megapixel rear facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, all powered by a 2100mAh battery. The Nexus 4 will also run Android 4.2 right out of the box.</p> <p>Android 4.2 will likely have a few surprises, but based on what has leaked, it looks like more than a match for poor old iOS. Using a feature they call “content in the center”, users will be able to access Play Store content in a widget, thus allowing you to more easily manage multiple users. It’s basically Windows user switching Android style.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Google event will take place in New York on October 29th, putting lots of space between them and the Microsoft event taking place in San Francisco on the same day. It’s going to be a busy news day.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Justin on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/rumor_roundup_everything_you_need_know_about_google%E2%80%99s_october_29th_android_event#comments android android 4.2 Google jelly bean key lime pie leak mobile nexus News Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:02:10 +0000 Justin Kerr 24371 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows 8 RTM Hits File-Sharing Sites http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_8_rtm_hits_file-sharing_sites <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/windows8.jpg" width="228" style="float: right;" />Microsoft <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CGgQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.maximumpc.com%2Farticle%2Fnews%2Fmicrosofts_windows_8_reaches_rtm_milestone_today&amp;ei=XpocUP6YKNHrrQfSjYGIAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNE7hLKQ88-z3bbuO1-9m3iv8wFTrw&amp;sig2=mP6RAWCWje6mQZzseBnP-A">earlier this week released its upcoming Windows 8 operating system to manufacturers</a>, signaling the end of development and paving the way for a worldwide public release in late October. This does not mean everyone will have to wait that long to get their hands on Windows 8, with Premium MSDN and Technet subscribers scheduled to get their copies on August 15, 2012. Well, at least that’s what Microsoft had planned.</p> <p>No, Microsoft hasn’t announced a change in Windows 8’s release schedule. Instead, the <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/2/3216103/windows-8-download-leak-enterprise-n">final version of Windows 8 has leaked onto the Web</a> well ahead of its official rendezvous with developers later this month. The leaked Windows 8 RTM build, which is currently available on many file-sharing sites across the Web, is the Windows 8 Enterprise “N” edition. Meant for Europe, this particular version does not come preloaded with Windows Media Player in accordance with a 2004 European Commission ruling.</p> <p>Windows 8 leaks are nothing new, with the history of such leaks stretching back to April last year. After early builds of the upcoming operating system began leaking last year, there were unconfirmed reports that Microsoft had fired two employees in connection with the leaks. But those firings, if they indeed happened, don’t seem to have the desired deterrent effect.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_8_rtm_hits_file-sharing_sites#comments leak metro windows 8 windows 8 enteprise-n windows 8 rtm News Sat, 04 Aug 2012 03:40:42 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 23909 at http://www.maximumpc.com Accidental Blog Post Says Windows 8 Release Preview Will Launch Today UPDATE: It's Here! http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/accidental_blog_post_says_windows_8_release_preview_will_launch_today_update_its_here <!--paging_filter--><p>Microsoft's been promising to launch the Windows 8 Release Preview during the first week of June for a while now, but an accidentally published (and quickly retracted) Microsoft blog post says that the latest build of the company's new operating should actually hit the Internet today. Hey, tomorrow's June 1st -- that makes this the first week of the month, right?</p> <p>The article, penned by Chuck Chan (aka Vice President on the Windows Development team) was only live on the Windows Hardware and Driver Developer Blog for a few minutes yesterday, but several people saw it in that time frame -- and Neowin was conscious enough to <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-8-release-preview-to-land-may-31#/news/windows-8-release-preview-to-land-may-31?page=1">snap a quick screenshot of the slip-up</a>. The article, post-dated for today, says that Microsoft is "very excited to make available today the Windows 8 Release Preview on the Windows Dev Center." </p> <p>Check out the full text in the Neowin-provided screenshot below, and be on the lookout for that Release Preview; Neowin's sources say that it should indeed go live later this afternoon.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> ....<a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso">aaaaaand here it is</a>! We'd love to hear your thoughts about the Release Preview, so feel free to share 'em below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u138055/w8_capture.jpg" width="410" height="680" /></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/accidental_blog_post_says_windows_8_release_preview_will_launch_today_update_its_here#comments leak oops operating system windows 8 News Thu, 31 May 2012 16:45:12 +0000 Brad Chacos 23483 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia GTX 670: Faster Than The Radeon 7970? http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/nvidia_gtx_670_faster_radeon_7970 <!--paging_filter--><p>According to the old Internet rumor mill, Nvidia's GTX 670 graphics card is set to launch this Friday. Pictures of alleged retail boxes have been popping up for a while, even before <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/geforce_gtx_690_nvidias_dual-kepler_videocard_benchmarked">the massive dual-GPU GTX 690 hit the streets a week ago</a>. Now, one reviewer claims that a unit fell into his hands courtesy of an unnamed manufacturer, and <a href="http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4710/nvidia_geforce_gtx_670_2gb_video_card_performance_preview/index1.html">he's benchmarked the leaked card and slapped the results up on the web for all to see</a>.</p> <p>Usually, these reported leaks turn out to be B.S., but the folks over at TweakTown have a sterling reputation for honesty and have been reviewing graphics cards for a long, long time. The website didn't want to land their source in hot water with Nvidia, so the review doesn't include any pictures of the hardware, but it includes plenty of game-based benchmark test results -- and by TweakTown's numbers, the GTX 670 should be a force to be reckoned with.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u138055/gtx_670_gpuz.png" width="392" height="486" /></p> <p>Check out the hardware specs in TweakTown's GPU-Z screenshot above. The reference GTX 670 obviously doesn't quite butt heads with the GTX 680, but TweakTown reports that it bests the Radeon 7970 in most games, and the GTX 670 is neck-and-neck with AMD's flagship card in the contents it doesn't win outright. At 1920x1200 resolution, the card clocked in with 85 fps in Metro 2033 and 113fps in Just Cause 2, compared to a respective 87fps and 105fps showing by a 3GB Diamond HD Radeon 7970.</p> <p>Of course, we'll have to wait for the actual launch of the GTX 670 to see if those numbers are accurate -- and for now, there's no official word on the card whatsoever, much less pricing information or a release date. <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/27055-nvidia-gtx-670-to-launch-on-may-10th">Fudzilla expects the card to sell for $399.99</a>, though.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/nvidia_gtx_670_faster_radeon_7970#comments benchmark geforce graphics graphics cards gtx 670 leak nvidia News Tue, 08 May 2012 18:01:49 +0000 Brad Chacos 23286 at http://www.maximumpc.com