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Microsoft talks DVD, Media Center support in Windows 8 and why most won’t miss it

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

If you have to issue an explanation to follow up an explanation, then it’s pretty safe to say the first one wasn’t clear enough, and it’s under those circumstances that Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky and the Windows 8 team are returning to the subject of Media Center and DVD movie support. After addressing both a few days ago, the internet backlash was (predictably) quick to finding out that Media Center would be available only as an upgrade to the Pro version of the OS, and that without it Windows wouldn’t natively play DVDs. What many may not know however, and the new FAQ points out, is that this is not an entirely new thing — Windows XP did not have support outside of specialized editions or add-ons, several versions of Vista did not play DVDs and on Windows 7 the Basic and Starter editions lacked the add-on. Of course, for most users this doesn’t matter in the least since brand new PCs tend to ship with third party software to play DVDs (or Blu-ray movies where applicable, which no version of Windows has or will natively support). Answering the question we had of what this means for users upgrading their own computers, they’ll either need to see if they have existing third party software to play DVDs that is compatible with Windows 8, or acquire Media Center post-upgrade.

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Microsoft talks DVD, Media Center support in Windows 8 and why most won’t miss it originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 05 May 2012 10:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Selling used Android phones poses huge identity theft risk, expert says

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Android users who are looking to sell their old devices should be wary of the possible consequences. McAfee identity theft researcher Robert Siciliano warned that personal data from Android devices is not completely removed after a user activates the built-in wipe option, The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. “What’s really scary is even if you follow protocol, the data is still there,” Siciliano said. If you have a BlackBerry or Apple device, Siciliano said your data can be fully deleted by following the manufacturer’s directions. As for smartphones running the Android operating system and computers running Windows XP, Siciliano recommends that people don’t bother with selling them at all. “Put it in the back of a closet, or put it in a vise and drill holes in the hard drive, or if you live in Texas take it out into a field and shoot it,” he said. “You don’t want to sell your identity for 50 bucks.” To test the security of various platforms, Siciliano purchased 30 smartphones and computers from Craigslist. The researcher was able to access personal data from 15 of the 30 devices through his own hacking efforts and the help of a forensic expert. The data obtained included bank account information, Social Security numbers, child support documents and credit card account log-ins.

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Microsoft lays IE6 to rest in the United States

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Microsoft confirmed Tuesday that Internet Explorer 6′s share of the United States Web browser marker is now less than 1%. In celebration of the stat, first reported by Net Applications, the Redmond-based company is giving a final farewell to the browser. Internet Explorer 6 was first launched in 2001, shortly after Windows XP made its debut. It has since been replaced by new revisions, the most current of which is Internet Explorer 9. “IE6 has been the punch line of browser jokes for a while, and we’ve been as eager as anyone to see it go away,” Microsoft’s director of Internet Explorer marketing Roger Capriotti said in a blog post. “In fact, we launched the IE6 Countdown site last March to help accelerate the process. Less than a year later, I’m thrilled to say that the United States has joined the ranks of Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway in dropping below 1% usage of IE6.” Internet Explorer 8 was recently surpassed by Google Chrome 15 as the most popular single browser version in the world according to StatCounter, but Internet Explorer still maintains the largest global share if all versions of the browser are taken into consideration.

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Windows 7 overtakes XP globally, Vista found weeping in a corner

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

According to StatCounter, it’s taken roughly two years for Redmond’s latest to surpass XP and become the world’s most popular operating system. October 2011 marks the first time that Windows 7 has overtaken XP globally, with a 40 percent share of the market versus the latter’s 38. As for Vista, it’s been holding steady at around 11. Not that it’s much of a surprise, as in North America, Windows 7 took the crown back in April of this year. Rounding out the top five, are OS X (though it’s not clear whether that captures all of Cupertino’s beasts) and Linux, which come in at 7 and 0.82 percent respectively. But don’t take our word for it, hop on over to the source links and get your interactive chart on.

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Windows 7 overtakes XP globally, Vista found weeping in a corner originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 15 Oct 2011 13:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Windows 7 surpasses XP as most popular OS

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Windows 7 has surpassed XP as the most widely used operating system in the world according to new data from StatCounter. The operating system now has a 40.21% usage share of the global desktop OS market, compared to Windows XP, which has a 38.64% market share. Windows XP is trailed by Mac OS X and Linux. Microsoft first released Windows 7 in October of 2009, and its versatility and ability to run on everything from low-powered netbooks that were typically powered by Windows XP, to high-powered desktops and business machines has no doubt contributed to its success. Microsoft will release its next operating system, currently dubbed Windows 8, in late 2012.

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Microsoft Windows 7 license sales reach 400 million

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

During his Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference keynote on Monday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that the company has now sold 400 million Windows 7 licenses to date. Microsoft’s current operating system was first launched in October 2009, and it was welcomed with open arms as customers were eager to dump Vista following its troubled introduction. Despite an impressive 20 months for Windows 7, it is still far from being the world’s most used operating system. Windows XP’s share was near double Windows 7′s in June, though Microsoft did confirm on Monday that it would stop supporting the operating system 1,000 days from now. According to Net Applications, Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system was used on 27.13% of the world’s personal computing devices as of June 2011. Windows XP still ranked No. 1 with 51.13% and Vista occupied the No. 3 spot with 9.52%.

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Seagate ships 7,200RPM 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive, we wonder what took so long

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

We’ve been hearing about Seagate’s plans to offer an unencumbered 3TB hard drive since May of last year, but despite promises of a 2010 launch and the release of similarly large HDDs from companies like Western Digital and Hitachi, we’re only now seeing the 3TB Barracuda XT shipping all on its own. We won’t claim to have an explanation for the delay, but it’s possible that the company’s proprietary software — which breaks the 2.1TB legacy OS barrier and enables this guy to function within Windows XP — could have something to do with it. It might be tardy to the party, but the new Barracuda can definitely hold its own when stacked against the competition — it spins at 7,200RPM, touts a 64MB cache, and plays nice with the 6Gbps SATA interface. It ain’t the only 3TB fish in the sea, but at $280, it’s definitely not dead in the water.

Seagate ships 7,200RPM 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive, we wonder what took so long originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 05 Mar 2011 19:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Windows Phone 7 gets user-friendly hack for bypassing the Marketplace, loading your own apps

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Now that you’ve got your Windows Phone 7 device splayed open for USB mass storage use, why not make it friendly to non-Marketplace apps, too? Microsoft’s been insistent so far about keeping sideloaded apps out of the equation unless you’re a developer, but a new tool called ChevronWP7 — compatible with Windows XP SP2 and up — will “unlock” your little beast so that you can install whatever you like without going through the store. Presumably, this’ll come in handy for installing stuff Microsoft would never dream of approving — and it’s a whole lot less hacky than an iPhone jailbreak from the looks of it. Have fun and stay safe out there, folks.

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Windows Phone 7 gets user-friendly hack for bypassing the Marketplace, loading your own apps originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 25 Nov 2010 11:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG E-Note H1000B tablet unveiled

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

While its name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, the LG E-Note H1000B is finally a reality. The pricey Windows tablet features a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768-pixel touchscreen, a 1.66GHz processor, a 16GB SSD and 1GB of RAM. Despite a rogue press image on LG’s H1000B page showing the tablet running Windows XP, Windows 7 is indeed LG’s OS of choice — it ships with Windows 7 Starter but Professional is just an upgrade away. The H1000B also features an SD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth and an $850 price tag when bundled with a portable WiMAX router in Korea. LG has not announced any details surrounding launches in additional markets.

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Windows 8 in the pipeline, coming your way in 2012-ish

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010


Windows XP set the bar quite high when it was released back in August 2001. Barring a few security issues, XP was considered a success and is still the OS of choice for some PC users today. Microsoft followed this up with arguably their most criticised offering, Vista. Steve Ballmer, CEO of the Redmond outfit went as far as calling Vista “a work in progress” after its launch. 2009 marked the start of better days for Microsoft, a year in which they released Windows 7, a welcome refresh for PC users. Windows 7 went on to sell an impressive 240 million licences in its first year; a record for Microsoft. Today, in a blog post on Microsoft’s Dutch website, the company explained that it is working on Windows 8, however, the OS will not be due for another two years. Microsoft representatives failed to elaborate further when asked to comment by CNET. According to a leaked presentation earlier this year, Microsoft plans to introduce a native Windows app store akin to Apple’s recently announced Mac app store. Amongst other improvements, Microsoft is purportedly working on improving power efficiency and computer wake times. If you don’t believe in the Mayan calendar, 2012 should be an interesting year for Microsoft. What features are you guys pining to see in Windows 8?

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Dell lays down the law: no more Windows XP shipments after October 22nd

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Microsoft already informed its most moneyed partners that no more systems could leave their labs after October 22nd with Windows XP, but given that the proverbial boy has cried wolf before, we were inclined to think that we’d eventually face yet another push back. We guess there’s still a few ticks of the clock left between now and that fateful day, but there seems to be little hope for XP to live on in any significant form beyond the aforesaid date. Dell has just published a report noting that they will stop offering XP on new machines later this month in preparation for October’s cutoff, though they’re quick to point out that Microsoft will continue Windows XP driver support until December 2012. For the average consumer, that means you’ve got just over a month to get whatever XP-equipped systems you want from Dell; for select “qualified customers,” they will still be able to snag XP machines post-October 22nd through the company’s Custom Factory Integration service. Hit the source link for all the details, and feel free to pour one out for a waning OS. We can shed a few more tears next month.

Dell lays down the law: no more Windows XP shipments after October 22nd originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 08 Sep 2010 21:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android-booting Acer Aspire One D255 extensively demoed, yet far from loved on video

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Acer’s just told us that it has “no imminent plans” to bring the dual-booting Android and Windows XP Aspire One D255 stateside, and after seeing an in-depth video (no, really it’s 14 minutes long!) of the 10-inch netbook in action we can’t say we’re all that upset about the news. Yep, the NetbookNews team snatched up a light blue version of the new netbook in Taipei, and though they were impressed with the thin design and included case, they had less positive things to say on the software end. Not only is the Windows XP desktop ridden with crapware, but the Android implementation is still half baked. Similar to the first generation Acer Aspire One D250, the Android 2.1 interface is really only good for searching the web and checking e-mail since it doesn’t have access to the Market. Of course, we urge you to sit back and watch the lengthy hands-on video after the break to make your own call on this $299 lappie, but ultimately, we’re assuming you’ll have the same question as us: Acer, how’s that Chrome OS netbook coming along?

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Android-booting Acer Aspire One D255 extensively demoed, yet far from loved on video originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 19 Aug 2010 19:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google researcher outs zero-day exploit in Windows XP

Friday, June 11th, 2010

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On June 5th, Google researcher Tavis Ormandy notified Microsoft of a very serious bug in the Windows Help and Support Center of Windows XP. The report Ormandy provided to Microsoft detailed how arbitrary code could be executed by a remote attacker, and included a proof of concept exploit. Five days later, on June 10th, Ormandy released the vulnerability details to the public. The decision to divulge the exploit has sparked a debate about how such matters should be handled, and what responsibility, if any, security experts have. Orandy explains, “if I had reported the…issue without a working exploit, I would have been ignored,” he also went onto say that “responsible disclosure” was a farce, a tool used by companies to buy themselves time. “Those of us who work hard to keep networks safe are forced to work in isolation without the open collaboration with our peers,” Ormandy wrote. Security experts are weighting in on the situation with all sort of opinions. One camp is describing Orandy’s as, and engineer “going off half-cocked,” others see it as a clear shot ar Microsoft from Google. Either way, the zero-day exploit is now public knowledge and has the attention that Ormandy originally wanted. What do you think? A frustrated security engineer or a shot directly at Microsoft?

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Seagate confirms 3TB hard drive for 2010, possible 32-bit OS issues

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Seagate has been pushing the areal density envelope for years now, but by and large, these “developments” we hear about typically fade into the cold, harsh winter night without ever amounting to anything tangible. Not so this go ’round, with the company confirming to Thinq (and reaffirmed on our end) that it will be “announcing a 3TB drive later this year.” If you’ll recall, 2TB drives have held the crown for the world’s largest since early 2009, and if all goes to plan, we’ll be able to buy drives 50 percent larger than even those before the dawn of 2011. The company didn’t talk details — we’re still left to envision a price, release date and spindle speed — but it didn’t hesitate to mention a few issues that users with older operating systems may encounter. Essentially, you’ll need to have a rig that’s fully capable of handling the Long LBA (logical block addressing) standard, which means that you’ll need updated drivers, an updated BIOS and either a 64-bit copy of Vista, Windows 7 or “modified version of Linux.” As you’d expect, Windows XP users needn’t pay this platter any mind, and while Seagate is hopeful that industry players will all rally in short order to support the new HDD, there’s still a chance that these growing pains will lead to delays. What we’re most jazzed about here, crazily enough, isn’t the predictable jump in capacity — it’s the fantasies of über-cheap 2TB drives once they fall from the top.

[Thanks, JC]

Seagate confirms 3TB hard drive for 2010, possible 32-bit OS issues originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 May 2010 17:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Freetalk Everyman HD webcam up for pre-order at Skype store

Saturday, April 24th, 2010
For all the talk of HD webcams, we’ve seen precious little at the Skype shop — until now. Freetalk’s Everyman HD (Talk-7140) features on-board H.264 hardware encoding for up to 720p video at 22fps, with minimum system requirements of WIndows XP, 1GB RAM and a dual core 2GHz CPU. Apparently, Mac users (OS X 10.4 or better) can expect VGA quality at 30fps (sorry, guys). Available soon, pre-order now for $50.

Freetalk Everyman HD webcam up for pre-order at Skype store originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Apr 2010 01:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Windows XP F1 Bug: Hijacking Computers One Help Menu At A Time [Security]

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

So there’s this tiny unpatched bug in VBScript that lets sneaky websites run malicious code on machines running Internet Explorer on Windows XP. It’s triggered when you try to access the help menu by hitting the F1 key. Whoops.

According to a recent Microsoft security advisory:

The vulnerability exists in the way that VBScript interacts with Windows Help files when using Internet Explorer. If a malicious Web site displayed a specially crafted dialog box and a user pressed the F1 key, arbitrary code could be executed in the security context of the currently logged-on user.

This means that all someone with ill intentions needs to do is create a website which has a somewhat convincing popup prompt to coax you into hitting F1. And tada! You’ve allowed him or her to run some kind of code on your machine.

It’ll be a while before a patch is available for this bug, but in the meantime Microsoft suggests that you protect yourself by not pressing the F1 key if a Web site tells you to. [Microsoft via Computer World via Slashdot]

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ASUS EeeKeyboard PC hands-on (slight return)

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Has it really been almost a year (to the day!) since we last gave some first-hand thoughts on ASUS’ audacious Eee Keyboard PC? Given the recent news of an apparent April release date, we thought we’d give the perennially-delayed machine another walkthrough, albeit via the touchpad only since it wasn’t connected to an external display. The software is definitely still in need of some work — we managed to crash the sucker within minutes, but the startup to Windows XP (the full version) was quick and admittedly pretty interesting to witness — maybe at some point we could get a miniature game of Peggle going. When working, the menu was pretty smooth. None of the shortcuts were working, unfortunately , as the internet was down in the booth. As a keyboard, it feel pretty strong, resilient, and most of all clicky. Live through us vicariously, via still shots and moving pictures below.

ASUS EeeKeyboard PC hands-on (slight return) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 02 Mar 2010 15:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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