Microsoft Address Stability Issues After Latest Windows Updates

Latest Windows patch toggles off Spectre protections after Intel warns of reboots.

If you own a Windows PC that seems buggier than usual after the recent round of Spectre patches, you might want to download this latest patch.

If you’ve noticed any unexpected reboots or PC instability as a result of the recent Spectre patches, there’s a solution: Microsoft has issued a patch that rolls back the recent Spectre mitigations.

Are we ready for “always-on” listening technologies ?

Should we have any concerns about always on listening technologies ? Hacking and ransomware are both headline items and major issues right now.

So … “how benign is that microphone, then? Given obvious (but always downplayed) security risks, how benign can any listening technology ever be? What is it listening to, and who hears those interactions (Intended or unintended)? How secure are the growing range of mic-activated devices, including children’s toys (Mattel this week announced a children’s version of an Echo-like device), TVs, gaming boxes, home hubs, vehicles and our mobile and computing devices?”…
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Google Publicly Exposes Critical Windows Vulnerability, Putting Pressure On Microsoft To Fix It ASAP

…”The company (Google) made the public disclosure just 10 days after notifying Microsoft of the bug, leaving the Windows maker with little time to patch things up and deploy a fix. Needless to mention, Microsoft was not happy about the disclosure.”

If you are unsure about this vulnerability ensure all your Microsoft updates are installed and update to latest version of Adobe Flash Plugin. Read more below.

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Google Publicly Exposes Critical Windows Vulnerability, Putting Pressure On Microsoft To Fix It ASAP

​For the first time in years, Microsoft Windows will demand more memory

That Windows 7 PC you got back in 2009 is powerful enough to handle Microsoft’s latest operating system — but that could change, because Microsoft is increasing its minimum system requirements.The upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update will need a minimum of 2GB of memory, according to a Microsoft developer page. That was the minimum memory already required for 64-bit versions of the operating system, but Microsoft previously required only 1GB of memory for the 32-bit version.

Source: For the first time in years, Microsoft Windows will demand more memory – CNET

Three (and possibly four) new Lumias appear headed for Microsoft’s October event

Why this matters: Microsoft needs to create some excitement around its hardware, or its big software splash—Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile upcoming, plus Office 2016 and more—will suffer. We’d love to see a new Surface, but what Microsoft must do more than anything is create at least one truly compelling Windows Phone, to enhance a rather drab lineup that’s doing little to help the company’s mobile ambitions

The full story here: Three (and possibly four) new Lumias appear headed for Microsoft’s October event

Mobile set to transform petrol stations

Drivers will no longer be told not to use mobile phones in petrol stations as mobile wallets and payment methods transform the oil industries road side and high street presence, the petrol station.

Maggie Van’T Hoff, CIO for the retail arm of Shell, based in the UK, told CIO UK: “Everything is moving to mobile, so by 2020 in the EU, 50% of people will be paying via mobile at fuel stations.

via Mobile set to transform petrol stations.

Microsoft gets its Windows mojo back

Microsoft showed off more of its still-under-construction consumer-centric features for Windows 10 yesterday, focusing on features like the voice-activated Cortana digital assistant and its universal app model that aims to put the same apps on PCs, tablets, smartphones and hybrid 2-in-1s.

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