'Redirect to SMB' affects all versions of Windows, including Windows 10
While in the process of hunting for ways to abuse a chat client feature that provides image previews, security researchers at Cylance say they stumbled upon a new technique that hackers could use to pluck sensitive login credentials from any Windows PC, tablet, or server, even ones running previews of Windows 10. Even worse, software from over 30 companies like Adobe, Apple, Box, and others can be exploited with the vulnerability.
Research firms IDC and Gartner have published their respective PC shipment estimates for the first quarter of 2015 and they don’t make for pretty reading. According to both firms, the PC market squandered the momentum of recent quarters during the latest three-month period, though they don’t see eye to eye on the extent of the decline in global PC shipments.
There’s a new version of Microsoft Solitaire Collection in this one
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.) Build 10056 includes a new version of Microsoft’s iconic Solitaire card game(s), a new dark OS theme, and a few more things.
The Linux-based 'Developer Edition' starts at $949
In late 2012, Dell released a Ubuntu-running variant of its XPS 13 laptop as part of its “Project Sputnik” initiative. Named the Developer Edition, in reference to its target demographic, the Linux-based variant has accompanied every XPS 13 refresh since then and this year is no exception. The Linux flavor of the latest XPS 13 iteration—launched earlier this year—is (finally) available.
The company wants to change the very fabric of the Web
If it were left to BitTorrent, Inc., it would probably unravel the Web and spin it anew to make it work more like its popular peer-to-peer sharing technology. Don’t you think so? Believe it or not such an effort is already afoot at the company and is called Project Maelstrom.
Ever heard of the ErgoDox? It's a mechanical keyboard kit that's available to purchase every so often, and if you're lucky to get one, your reward is an ergonomic plank with mechanical key switches. Well, after you assemble it, that is. And by assemble, we mean there's a fair bit of soldering involved, not just plugging in pieces like Legos. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, meet ErgoDox EZ, a pre-assembled ErgoDox that's damn near close to meeting its funding goal on Indiegogo.
Want to add some functional bling to your big size computer case? Thermaltake today formally announced the Commander FT, purportedly the world's largest 5.5-inch touch screen fan controller. The Commander FT was first shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few months ago, and now it gets an official launch alongside the company's Riing LED Radiator Fan Series.
The search wars are an ongoing thing with plenty of advertising dollars at stake, and if you snooze, well, you lose out on the loot. To keep up with the competition -- namely, Google, the search engine that's also a verb -- Microsoft paid special attention to Bing's image search functionality and added some new features, including an online shopping feature that's currently in beta.
Looking for a high end small form factor (SFF) system that uses the latest parts? If so, you may be interested in what Maingear has to offer. Maingear unveiled what it claims is the world's first lineup of high-performance compact mini ITX gaming rigs built around Intel's X99 chipset and Core i7 Extreme Edition processors, which include the Torq, Potenza, and Drift systems.
Asus this week unveiled its TUF Sabertooth X99 motherboard. According to Asus, it's the world's first consumer desktop mobo to support all NVM Express storage devices, including the latest mini-SAS HD (SF-8639) 2.5-inch solid state drives, PCI Express, and M.2 PCI Express drives. The timing of the this board's release comes just days after Intel announced its 750 Series SSDs, which are available in both half-height half-length (HHHL) and 2.5-inch NVMe form factors.