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Microsoft labels Windows 7 'outdated' as it stumps for 10 Microsoft on Monday reminded customers running Windows 7 that they have just three years of support remaining, told them that the aged OS was "long outdated" and urged them to upgrade to Windows 10.

Windows 7 will exit what Microsoft calls Extended Support on Jan. 14, 2020; at that point, the company will stop all security updates.

Microsoft used the three-years-and-counting milestone to simultaneously denigrate Windows 7 and promote its successor. "Windows 7 is based on long-outdated security architectures," said Markus Nitschke, the head of Microsoft Germany, in a post to a German-language company blog, adding that the OS "does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments."

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CCleaner v5.26, to clean and speed up your computer Is your computer not running as fast as it used to? Use CCleaner to boost its performance!
As your machine gets older it will collect unused files and settings, which slows it down and takes up valuable hard drive space. CCleaner will remove all these unnecessary files, fix registry issues and instantly make your computer run faster! It will also protect your privacy by securely erasing cookies and browsing history.

This latest version brings:
- Improved Firefox History and Session Cleaning
- Improved Opera History cleaning
- Improved Thunderbird Session cleaning

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Best Linux Distributions for New Users Ah, the age-old question...one that holds far more importance than simply pointing out which Linux distribution is a fan-favorite. Why is that?

Let me set the stage: You have a user—one who has, most likely, spent the majority of their time in front of either a Windows or Mac machine—and they’ve come to you for an alternative. You want to point them in a direction that will bring about the least amount of hiccups along the way and highlight the power and flexibility of Linux.

But, remember, the single most important aspect is that they must get it, out of the box.

That’s why we often take the time to point out which distributions are best designed for new users -- because bringing new users into the mix is the best way to spread the word and grow the base.

With that said, what are the best distributions for new users?

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Microsoft Security Updates January 2017 It is the second Tuesday of the month, and that means it is once again Patch Day over at Microsoft.

The company has released security updates and non-security updates for client and server versions of its Windows operating system, as well as for other company products today.

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The future of Yahoo Web Properties Verizon offered $4.8 billion for the Yahoo brand name, core patents, and the bulk of the company's Internet properties, and Yahoo accepted the offer last year. The only major properties not included in the deal is the stake in Yahoo Japan, and the stake in Chinese company Alibaba.

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Microsoft lets some Windows 10 users hit pause on updates Latest beta also allows more Home users to defer forced updates with metered connection trick

Microsoft today delivered a new Windows 10 build that includes changes designed to address long-standing complaints about the operating system's update practices.

Testers -- those registered with the Windows Insider program and on its "Fast" release track -- were handed build 15002 today. Dona Sarkar, the Microsoft software engineer who serves as the public face and voice for Insider, called 15002 "a BIG update" in a post to a company blog that spelled out a slew of changes.

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Analysis Of The Top 10 Linux Distributions Of 2016 The list is the top 10 distributions as found on Distrowatch.

The point of this guide is to look at each of the top 10 distributions and to highlight how suitable the distribution is for the everyday Linux user.

There is a set criteria I use to determine how suitable a Linux distro is for the average person which is as follows:

Must be easy to install
Must have an intuitive desktop environment
Must be easy to use
Must have a standard and fairly complete set of applications installed
Must have a decent package manager for installing other applications
Must be ready to use straight away
The list is ordered in the same way they are on Distrowatch.

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The Best Linux Distros for 2017 The new year is upon us, and it’s time to look toward what the next 365 days have in store. As we are wont to do, Linux.com looks at what might well be the best Linux distributions to be found from the ever-expanding crop of possibilities.

Of course, we cannot just create a list of operating systems and say “these are the best,” not when so often Linux can be very task-oriented. To that end, I’m going to list which distros will rise to the top of their respective heaps...according to task.

With that said, let’s get to the list!

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Microsoft browsers may have hit rock bottom Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge browsers may be near the bottom of their unprecedented crash in user share, measurements published Sunday show.

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How to Remove Nova.rambler.ru (Chrome/Firefox) This Nova.rambler.ru removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Nova.rambler.ru looks like a rather convenient platform. The website has a search engine, an email client and several extra features. Nova.rambler.ru lists relevant news items. It gives access to games and horoscopes. The website links to a dating platform and an advertising network. Nova.rambler.ru gives information about the current exchange rates between rubles, US dollars and euros. The last feature of the website needs to be addressed in detail.

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Firefox's ready to supercharge browser speed with major multi-process push Mozilla is getting closer to rolling out a faster, more responsive browser to all its users since introducing multi-process Firefox to a select few in August. Soon a much wider swathe of users will be able to experience the performance gains that multi-process Firefox offers. Mozilla says the new Firefox design is offering a 400 percent increase in responsiveness and a 700 percent improvement when webpages load.

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How to use Tor Browser If you want to keep your web browsing private, you can use the Incognito mode in Chrome, Private Browsing in Firefox, InPrivate mode in Microsoft Edge, and so on. While this will prevent other people who use your computer from seeing your browsing history, it doesn't prevent your ISP from monitoring the sites you are visiting. You might well want to – for any number of reason – browse the internet completely anonymously, and this is precisely what the Tor browser offers.

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Task Manager DeLuxe review Task Manager DeLuxe is a free portable task manager alternative for Microsoft Windows that gives you more information and addition system controls.

The Windows Task Manager is not necessarily a bad program, but it lacks options and information that users may find useful at times. It is great for quickly killing a process and other basic tasks, but once you need to dive deeper, for instance by analyzing process dependencies, it reaches the end of its usefulness.

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How to hang on to Windows 7 for the long run Not sold on Windows 10? We have the keys to keeping your Win7 system running the way you like it

If Windows 7 represents peak Windows for you, you’re not alone. Twice as many people use Win7 as use Win10, even after 18 months of Microsoft pressure to get you to give up Win7 and jump to the shiny new version as your operating system of choice.

Your reasons for staying with Win7 may range from mere convenience to mental inertia to an abject fear of the Win10 info borg. Whatever your reasons for remaining with Win7, there are steps you can take right now to ensure Win7 keeps working -- at least until Microsoft pulls the plug on security patches, on Jan. 14, 2020. (Yep, that’s a Patch Tuesday.)

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Reminder: Windows Vista support ends this year Support for Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system will end on April 11, 2017; Microsoft won't publish public security patches anymore for Windows Vista after the Patch Tuesday in April 2017. Windows Vista is currently in the so-called extended support phase. Microsoft divides the support period of its operating systems into mainstream and extended support phases.

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Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrades still free You can still upgrade to Microsoft's new operating system Windows 10 for free using a valid Windows 7 or 8.1 product key.

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Firefox will support Windows XP and Vista until September 2017 Numerous web browsers have already stopped supporting Windows XP and Vista, but not Firefox. To this day, Mozilla's latest software can work with your decade-old PC. However, even that team has its limits -- it's phasing out support for XP and Vista starting next year.

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9 must know Amazon Echo tips and tricks Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot and Tap devices can do more than just check the weather and sling playlists.

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18 Hidden Roku Tricks for Streaming Success Whether you're a cord cutter or not, you're probably going to want a streaming device for your TV, and Roku remains the most popular against Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and the Amazon Fire TV Stick, according to Parks Associates.

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How to Set Up Your Apple MacBook Pro So you just unboxed your new aluminum and glass Apple MacBook Pro. We walk you through the best way to set it up.

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Apple Fixes Password-Related Bugs in iOS and Mac OS Two separate flaws give away user passwords.

Apple is usually reliable for security and privacy, but every once in a while, things slip by. Two serious, and separate, vulnerabilities in iOS and Mac OS were discovered that can give away passwords. Apple has patched both security holes.

An iOS vulnerability was discovered by Davut Hari, a patent attorney from Turkey. It’s just a silly mistake. Saved passwords are not shown in plain text and are hidden by just showing ****. That’s one line of defense. Apple is also good at the accessibility feature, so if you select the password, accessibility is enabled, and you click the “Voice” option, the iOS device reads the password. Anyone in earshot can hear the password.

Apple released an update on December 12 and admitted that a “nearby user may be able to overhear spoken passwords.” The update disabled speaking of passwords.

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Linux Mint get a major upgrade With this long-term support Linux desktop, which is based on Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint is better than ever. Since I've already found Linux Mint 18 to be the best desktop out there of any sort, that's saying something.

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CrossOver 16 released Wanted to use Microsoft Office 13 on Linux? Well, here is the latest CrossOver 16 with Office 13 support and much more.

CrossOver is a compatibility layer that makes it possible to run some Windows software on Mac or Linux computers. It’s basically a commercial version of the open-source program WINE providing Linux users with an easy way to install various applications and games that run only on the proprietary Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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free and open source web browsers for Linux. Google Chrome might rule the world of browsers but you don’t need to keep on using it. Here are some free and open source web browsers for Linux.

When Google first released their Chrome browser in the fall of 2008, nobody suspected how much it would change the landscape. Within a short time, this new and fresh browser surpassed older entities that had been fighting for market share in the browser wars.With

With over 55% market share, Chrome became the reigning kings of browsers. For some, this was unfortunate because it gave Google access to even more data on them. In this age, data is the most important thing and the so-called free web browsers are a way to get to your data.

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Is Linux is better than Windows? Are you wondering if Linux is better than Windows? Don’t wonder.

If you are not a power user, it might seem that “Windows” OS is a better (or easier) choice when compared to Linux. In either case, if you are not enjoying using a Linux distro then Windows would be your obvious choice.

However, in reality, we tend to experience something different, which lets us jump to the conclusion where Linux gets the edge over Windows OS.

ADVANTAGES OF LINUX OVER WINDOWS

In this article, we will take a look at 10 of the compelling reasons why Linux is better than Windows.

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5 things you should do following the Yahoo breach The massive data breach can be an opportunity to do some cleanup and implement security recommendations.

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0-day alert: Your favorite Linux distro may not be as secure as you think Popular Linux distros such as Ubuntu and Fedora -- including the newly-released Fedora 25 -- are vulnerable to zero-day exploits, shattering the myth that the open source software is ultra-secure. Vulnerabilities can be exploited that allows an attacker to run any code he wants on a victim's computer -- with potentially devastating consequences.

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Linux Mint 18.1 Serena Cinnamon released! Linux Mint 18.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

“What’s new in Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon“.

https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_serena_cinnamon_whatsnew.php

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Linux Mint 18.1 Serena MATE released! Linux Mint 18.1 Serena MATE Edition

Linux Mint 18.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

“What’s new in Linux Mint 18.1 MATE“.
https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_serena_mate_whatsnew.php

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Linus Torvalds releases 'biggest ever' Linux 4.9, then saves Christmas Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has released Linux 4.9.

“I'm pretty sure this is the biggest release we've ever had, at least in number of commits,” Torvalds writes on the Linux Kernel Mailing List.

“If you look at the number of lines changed, we've had bigger releases in the past, but they have tended to be due to specific issues (v4.2 got a lot of lines from the AMD GPU register definition files, for example, and we've had big re-organizations that caused a lot of lines in the past: v3.2 was big due to staging, v3.7 had the automated uapi header file disintegration, etc).”

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Ransomware may turn victims into attackers, infect 2 others and decryption is free In the world of ever-evolving ransomware, one recently spotted variant is like doxware and another has a “nasty” option of infecting two other people – be it friends, enemies or strangers – and your files will be decrypted for free.

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Microsoft Photos for Windows 10 update brings edit, draw and interface enhancements Microsoft released an update for the built-in Photos application for Windows 10 yesterday that brings editing, drawing, and interface enhancements. The Photos app for Windows 10 is a basic photo viewer and editor. Like many other apps that ship with Windows, it is sufficient for basic tasks but neither feature-rich nor super fast when it comes to opening and displaying photos.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins December 2016 Microsoft released a batch of updates for company products today as part of the company's monthly Patch Tuesday event. The December 2016 overview of Microsoft's Bulletins provides you with detailed information on all bulletins and related information.

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Millions of routers allegedly backdoored with malware that can’t be removed One of the hackers purportedly responsible for a zombie army of Mirai-infected IoT devices, claimed he infected millions of routers with malicious firmware which can't be removed; a victim's only recourse is to trash the router.

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Easily exploited Netgear router flaw discovered At least two Netgear routers, the R6400 and R7000 are vulnerable to a command injection flaw that is easy to exploit and could lead to the total takeover of the routers.

This is a developing story. See updates at the end.

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Samsung software update will brick few Note 7s left in the wild Samsung said Friday it's had overwhelming participation in the US refund and exchange program for the Galaxy Note 7 phone, "with more than 93 percent of all recalled devices returned." The company also said it's issuing an even more punishing software update to make sure the remaining Note 7 devices are returned.

Starting December 19, Samsung will begin distributing a software update that prevents the phones from charging and "will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices." The software update will be rolled out over 30 days.

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Three serious Linux kernel security holes patched The good news is developers are looking very closely at Linux's core code for possible security holes. The bad news is they're finding them. At least the best news is that they're fixing them as soon as they're uncovered.

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Gaming on Linux What’s the Achilles’ heel for Linux users?

Let me point that out for you. It’s gaming on Linux.

Don’t get me wrong. Gaming on Linux has improved significantly in recent years, thanks to the effort of companies like Steam, Feral Interactive and GOG.com. We even have Linux distributions specifically for gaming.

In addition to that. Steam has launched its own gaming console range in the form of Steam Machines. These gaming consoles are basically PC hidden inside the casket of a gaming console.

But even with all these, gaming on Linux nowhere close to gaming on Windows. Can this scenario be changed?

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Ubuntu 17.04 release schedule, and features Ubuntu 17.04, the upcoming release of Ubuntu Linux, has been codenamed Zesty Zapus. The release schedule of Ubuntu 17.04 is out.

Long term Ubuntu users might already be aware that 17.04 will be released in April 2017. It’s not rocket science to guess the release month at least, considering that there is a specific logic behind Ubuntu codename and version. In 17.04, 17 stands for the year 2017 and 04 stands for the month of the year (i.e. April).

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Linux distribution for developers Linux distribution exclusively for programmers and web developers? Why not? In the world of Linux, there is a distribution for everyone.

The battle of the best OS is long and forever lasting and the Linux army has a new armor at their disposal. Meet SemiCode OS, a new Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and with a focus on programmers and web developers.

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Random iPhone 6S shutdowns due to faulty battery component, Apple says Apple is offering a free fix after a consumer group in China complained about the problem

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Here's how to check if your Google account is one of the 1 million infected with malware Anyone running an older version of the Android operating system, be warned: Malware is infecting 13,000 Android devices every day, putting at risk the private details of more than 1 million Google accounts.

That's according to cybersecurity software company Check Point, which discovered a new piece of malware called "Gooligan" that's infecting Android phones and stealing email addresses.

Users who download Gooligan-infected apps or click links in phishing messages are being exposed to the malware, which allows attackers to access sensitive information from Google apps like Gmail, Drive, and Photos.

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Email Backup Software MailStore Home 10 released MailStore Home 10 is the newest version of the popular email backup software solution for Windows that supports local and remote email accounts. You can use the free MailStore Home client to back up emails from desktop email programs like Outlook or Thunderbird, local email files such as Mbox, PST or EML, and also from email servers using Pop3, IMAP or Microsoft Exchange.

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Zorin OS 12 Improves Linux Desktop Access for Windows Users The New Zorin OS 12 Linux distribution release aims to make it easier for users of proprietary operating systems to work with Linux.

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Fedora 25 makes Linux easy enough for anyone to try The first thing to know about the new version of Fedora is that you don’t have to download an ISO file and write it to a USB stick. This is an important thing to note, as preparing installation media for Linux is one of the bigger hurdles for newbies. (When I say newbies, I think of my mom trying to download and properly burn a USB image.)

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Office Hub app on Windows 10 The ‘Get Office’ app for Windows 10 has received a considerable upgrade to make it more than a billboard to sell Office 365.
It’s now (or will be) an ‘Office hub’ for access to all things Office. Recent documents, the programs themselves, Office 365 account settings plus help and training.

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Mozilla patches critical Firefox flaw weeks after update Mozilla released a security update to patch a critical flaw in Firefox which could allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

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3 security reports about shopping online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Researchers list the most and least secure online retailers, warn about vulnerabilities in WordPress e-commerce plugins and warn that crooks are cashing in on top store brands and "Black Friday" to scam consumers.

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How Linux can save small businesses (and old hardware) Many small businesses with tight budgets are facing a tough choice: Stick with obsolete systems and remain vulnerable to hackers, or spend a lot to install new gear. David Gewirtz shows how Linux can help you preserve your investment while staying safe and secure.

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Apple will replace the battery of your iPhone 6s that keeps shutting down First Samsung, now Apple. Battery problems in smartphones are all the rage these days. Of course, Apple's battery problems are very different than the ones Samsung users experienced, notably in that nothing has yet exploded. But what is happening to iPhones? And which models are affected?

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Thunderbird 45.5 email client released A new version of the popular desktop email client Thunderbird has just been released. Thunderbird 45.5 fixes several issues but does not introduce new features.

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Microsoft becomes a Platinum member of The Linux Foundation Today The Linux Foundation is announcing that we’ve welcomed Microsoft as a Platinum member. I’m honored to join Scott Guthrie, executive VP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group, at the Connect(); developer event in New York and expect to be able to talk more in the coming months about how we’ll intensify our work together for the benefit of the open source community at large.


Microsoft is already a substantial participant in many open source projects and has been involved in open source communities through partnerships and technology contributions for several years. Around 2011 and 2012, the company contributed a large body of device driver code to enable Linux to run as an enlightened guest on Hyper-V. Microsoft has an engineering team dedicated to Linux kernel work, and since that initial contribution, the team has contributed improvements and new features

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Apple offers to repair iPhone 6 Plus devices with touch disease Apple is offering to repair at a reduced price iPhone 6 Plus smartphones with display flickering or multitouch issues.

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Another HNAP flaw in D-Link routers CERT recently issued an advisory about a flaw in D-Link routers, specifically, in the parsing of HNAP messages. The advisory warns that "A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with root privileges." That's as bad as it gets.

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Nvidia 375.86 driver issues The last couple of weeks have not been good to Nvidia. The company released a new driver with the version 375.57 in late October that caused major issues especially on Windows 10 devices. This issue got patched relatively quickly though.

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Brazil is opting for Microsoft for cost efficiency Apparently, Open Source alternatives to Microsoft Office is not good enough for Brazil and thus they are reverting to proprietary Microsoft Office and other Microsoft tools.

The latest trend in Europe and developing countries was to ditch proprietary Microsoft Office and adopt an Open Source solution such as OpenOffice or LibreOffice. The move was more concerned with cost saving than for the love of Open Source. Whatever may be the reason, at least several government organizations have started to look beyond Microsoft.

But perhaps the euphoria died for some of them. Brazil that had opted for an open source policy is now reverting to Microsoft in an attempt to “generate cost efficiencies and standardize the IT applications portfolio across departments”

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Linux running on more than 99% of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world Linux may have just 2% in the desktop market share, but when it comes to supercomputers, Linux is simply ruling it with over 99% of the share.

Linux running on more than 99% of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world is no surprise. If you followed our previous reports, in the year 2015, Linux was running on more than 97% of the top 500 supercomputers. This year, it just got better.

#Linux now runs on more than 99% of top 500 #supercomputers in the world

This information is collected by an independent organization Top500 that publishes the details about the top 500 fastest supercomputers known to them, twice a year. You can go the website and filter out the list based on country, OS type used, vendors etc. Don’t worry, I’ll do it for you to present some of the most interesting facts from this year’s list.

LINUX GOT 498 OUT OF 500

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Update your Belkin WeMo devices before they become botnet zombies Owners of WeMo home automation devices should upgrade them to the latest firmware version, which was released this week to fix a critical vulnerability that could allow hackers to fully compromise them.

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Browser add-on caught selling identifiable web histories Web of Trust Services' browser add-on has left the extension libraries for Chrome, Firefox and Opera after a German broadcaster's investigation revealed that Web of Trust was collecting and selling users' web histories to third parties.

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Report: Spotify Fixes Hard Drive-Killing Desktop Glitch Some versions of Spotify's desktop app may be writing excessive amounts of data even when they are idle, potentially shortening the lifespan of users' hard drives, according to posts on Reddit and Spotify's user forums.

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Microsoft fixes Windows flaw that Google divulged Microsoft today patched a Windows vulnerability that was disclosed just over a week ago by researchers from Alphabet Inc.'s Google.

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Enough with the popups Microsoft Microsoft customers on Windows may have experienced yet another popup notification while running their device.

Microsoft's latest informational message is directed towards Office365 subscribers and is pushed to various versions of Windows including Windows 7 and 10. This may come as a surprise considering that those users are already paying customers.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins November 2016 es, it is this time of the month again. Microsoft just released updates for all client and server versions of Windows and other company products.

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Windows Update on Windows 7 is fast again Windows 7 users can finally return to the normal world, where operating system bug fixes are installed in a reasonable amount of time.

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Download of the day - FreeFileSync The days when we did everything on a single computer are long gone. Today we’re flitting around between Macs and PCs and maybe Linux boxes too.

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The continuing slowness of Windows Update on Windows 7 Like millions of Microsoft customers , I like Windows 7. It seems we like it more than Microsoft does. I say this because, for months now, it has taken hours and hours and hours to install patches.

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Windows 10 updates are about to get a lot smaller Microsoft revealed yesterday that it plans to ship an improved updating system called Unified Update Platform (UUP) with Windows 10's Creators Update.

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Thanks again, Brexit - Apple products just got a lot more expensive because of the weak pound Apple computers have received a sharp hike in price, with top of the range models on sale for £500 more than they were last week.
And the products affected are not even new or particularly in demand.
They are as a result of the tech giant catching up with the rapidly changing exchange rate, with the value of the pound having plummeted since the Brexit vote.
The Apple Store went down in the UK on Thursday ahead of the launch of the brand new MacBook Pro laptops.
But when it was live again, some items were much more expensive than before – with the high-powered Mac Pro desktop leaping from £2,499 to an eye-watering £2,999.

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Google's Chromebook End Of Life Policy Gives Your Laptop Five Years to Live Older Chromebooks will lose support after five years, if Google’s Chromebook End of Life Policy has its way. Here’s what to expect as the dreaded date nears.

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Apple issues iOS, macOS updates iOS 10.1 includes a host of enhancements and bug fixes, but the signature addition is Portrait Camera, a feature previously touted by Apple for the iPhone 7 Plus only.

Using the dual cameras of the iPhone 7 Plus, Portrait Camera creates a depth-of-field effect that presents the foreground in sharp focus but the background in a slight blur. iOS 10.1 introduces the feature as a beta, a move Apple has used in the past, most notably with its Maps, to excuse the initial results, collect data from users, then slowly improve the underlying software.

Apple also patched 13 security vulnerabilities with iOS 10.1.

Apple debuted iOS 10 on Sept. 13. The operating system will run on iPhone 5 and later, iPad Pro, iPad Air and later, iPad Mini 2 and later, and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

macOS Sierra 10.12.1, meanwhile, patches 16 vulnerabilities

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Microsoft Graveyard: What Microsoft has killed in 2016 RIP
Microsoft has rolled out plenty of new things in 2016, including the latest edition of Windows Server, additions to its Azure cloud platform and increased availability of its futuristic HoloLens mixed reality technology. But as always, the company has had to make room for the new by ditching some of the old. Here’s a roundup of products, services and more that Microsoft rid itself of in 2016. (Here’s our broader 2016 Tech Industry Graveyard and our 2016 Google Graveyard)

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The future of Windows: We vet the rumors of what Microsoft may announce this week Microsoft’s press event on October 26 should reveal that all is not quiet on the Microsoft front. For months we've watched rumors fly about new or updated hardware, Windows upgrades, and more—some likely, others not. Here’s what we’re hearing, and how likely each rumor could come true.

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The most secure home computer ever built In this era of information, the security is paramount. Nobody would possibly want their important data to fall into wrong hands. But even though unsecured hardware possesses no lesser threat, most of the time people take security measures only on the software end. ORWL is here to change that.

WHAT IS ORWL?

Well, ORWL is the computer which claims to be “the most secure home computer ever built”, around the community. It is a small saucer shaped computer designed with complete physical security in mind. And physical security matters because it’s a truism among the information security professionals that once someone gains physical access to your machine, it’s game over.

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On the occasion of Ubuntus 12th birthday, - 10 unknown facts about Ubuntu 12 years back, Linux was a geeks only domain. It was back in the year 2004 when a South African astronaut Mark Shuttleworth started this project to make “Linux for human being”. And since then, the world of Linux has changed forever.

During the last 12 years, Ubuntu made Linux easier with a number of “innovation” (or better implementation). Easy to use graphical installer, Wubi installer, App Stores and what not. Ubuntu has given a number of interesting things to Linux community.

But I am not going to bore you with these things. I would rather list 10 facts of Ubuntu which you would be amazed to know.

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How will Microsoft fix bugs that security updates introduce? Microsoft switched how updates are delivered to the client operating systems Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 -- and also server operating systems -- in October 2016.

Updates were provided as individual patches, and classified as security or non-security updates in the past. This meant that users and administrators could pick what they wanted to install on the system; excellent to avoid any Telemetry updates or other updates designed to introduce unwelcome functionality or changes to the operating system.

Also, great for troubleshooting as it meant that you could remove problematic updates while keeping every other update installed.

From October 2016, updates are delivered as so-called rollup patches. Microsoft offers a security-only rollup patch which includes only security updates, and a monthly rollup patch which includes security and non-security updates.

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Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices New cumulative updates for Windows 7 will swell to 500MB a month, Microsoft acknowledges
Windows 10's cumulative updates have ballooned in size, and a similar bloat will also affect the Windows 7 updates that Microsoft revamped this month.

According to data published last month by LANDesk and refreshed by Computerworld with October's numbers, Windows 10 cumulative updates for the three versions of the new OS have surged in size.

Updates for Windows 10 version 1507 -- the debut that launched in July 2015 -- have grown 153% (for the 32-bit edition) and 181% (64-bit), from 184MB and 368MB to 466MB and 1,034MB (or over a gigabyte), respectively,

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KB3199209 yet another Windows 10 patch without information Microsoft released a new update for its Windows 10 operating system today under KB3199209. If you run the release version of windows 10 and have installed the Anniversary Update already, then you may see the new update when you run a check for updates on the operating system the next time.

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KB3192403, KB3192404, and KB3192406: Quality Rollup previews Microsoft has released the three new updates KB3192403, KB3192404, and KB3192406 as optional for Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

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Windows 10 runs again but for how long? Microsoft finally issued a patch that released Windows 10 PCs from reboot hell. So why is ungrateful me just bracing for the next awful thing to happen?

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HP releases printer firmware to undo non-HP ink cartridge blocking HP angered many of its customers in September 2016 when a previously released firmware update for company printers would block non-HP ink cartridges from working.

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Microsoft Download Center still offering Windows update downloads Sometimes, I feel like Microsoft's right hand does not know what the left hand does. It does not help if communication is often minimal or non-existent. Vital information are often missing, and it is up to guesswork and not facts when it comes to changes.

As you may know, Microsoft announced a major change coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices related to how updates are provided by the company (the same applies to Windows Server products).

The company decided to bring cumulative updates to those operating systems, much like it does for Windows 10.

This means that organizations and end users get only update packages instead of individual updates. Considering that the system did not work too well on Windows 10, it seems likely that users will be hit with issues eventually on Windows 7 or 8.1 devices as well.

Since it is no longer possible to block faulty updates, or uninstall

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Why you should try Linux today: 6 compelling reasons Windows 10’s taking away your choices

There’s never been a better time to give Linux a try.

Wait, don’t slam on that back button! I’m not one of those rabid “Year of the Linux desktop” types. Windows works just fine for hundreds of millions of people, and—sorry, Linux lovers—there’s little to suggest Linux usage will ever be more than a rounding error compared to Microsoft’s behemoth.

That said, there are some pretty compelling reasons you might want to consider switching to Linux on your computer, or at least give it a hassle-free trial run.

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Is Google Working on a New Operating System? The fully open-sourced operating system doesn’t use the Linux kernel.

Google is reportedly working on a new operating system that is not based on Linux. The company hasn’t made an official announcement yet; however, the source code is already available on GitHub.

The project is named Fuchsia OS. According to the GitHub page, “Magenta is the core platform that powers the Fuchsia OS.” Magenta comprises a microkernel and a small set of userspace services, drivers, and libraries required by the system.

Magenta is targeting modern phones as well as desktop PCs. The kernel used in it is capable of running in really small systems such as embedded devices.

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Cybersecurity awareness has never been more important than it is right now. Governments, businesses, and individuals are increasingly under attack by cybercriminals looking for profit or political gain. It seems like everywhere you look, malware attacks are on the rise, from cyberespionage attempts on mobile phones to ransomware attacks on businesses. The topic even received national attention in the first presidential debate, where Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said, “I think cybersecurity will be one of the biggest challenges facing the next president.”

It’s a challenge for government and industry, yes, but it’s also a responsibility for each one of us to do our part. And that’s why we’re putting a spotlight on National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).

NCSAM, observed every October, was created by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance

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Why Linux pioneer Linus Torvalds prefers x86 over ARM Linux pioneer Linus Torvalds is a stand-up guy -- he says what he feels. There's no sugarcoating, and he'll admit to faults, like recent issues with the Linux 4.8 kernel.

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He was full of surprises at last week's Linaro Connect conference, when he was asked about his favorite chip architecture. He didn't blink before saying it was x86, not ARM.

It may have been the long history of x86 with PCs that influenced his answer. There's little fragmentation of software and hardware with x86, and things just work.

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Chrome 55 Promises Big Memory Boost Google's Chrome Web browser has long been plagued by power and battery-management problems, but its next major release might hog fewer PC resources thanks to improved JavaScript handling.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's pay package $17.7M Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella received a compensation package for the year ending June 30 worth approximately $17.7 million, a 3% reduction from 2015, according to security filings.

A preliminary proxy statement submitted Monday to the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission showed that Nadella's pay cut was about a third of the 9% downturn in Microsoft's revenue during the same period.
The chief executive received $1.2 million in salary, the same as the year before; $4.5 in a cash performance bonus, or 3% more than in 2015; and $12 million in stock awards, or 6% less.

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On Oct. 5, 1991, Linus Torvalds officially released the first Linux kernel into the wild Aug. 25 may be Linux's official birthday, but Oct. 5 is in many ways the day it began to make a real mark on the world. That's when Linux creator Linus Torvalds officially released the first Linux kernel into the wild.
"As I mentioned a month(?) ago, I'm working on a free version of a minix-lookalike for AT-386 computers," Torvalds wrote in a newsgroup post on Oct. 5, 1991. "It has finally reached the stage where it's even usable (though may not be depending on what you want), and I am willing to put out the sources for wider distribution."

Torvalds released version 0.02 of the kernel that day, unleashing what went on to become one of the most transformational forces in computing history

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Google Announces Its Own Pixel Phones Google has announced the new Pixel family of smartphones powered by the Linux-based Android operating system. Previously Google partnered with hardware vendors like HTC, LG, and Samsung to sell the Nexus range of devices. With Pixel, Google will have total control over the design and hardware components of their smartphones. Google already sells Pixel Chromebooks and the Pixel Android tablet.

There are two models of Pixel phones: The Pixel showcases a 5-inch display and the Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch display.

Both Pixel phones have identical hardware, except for display size and battery capacity. The Pixel XL showcases a 5.5-inch AMOLED QHD (2560x1440) 534ppi display, whereas the Pixel features a 5.0-inch AMOLED Full HD (1920x1080) 441ppi display. The Pixel XL comes with a 3,450mAh battery, and the Pixel comes with a 2,770mAh battery.

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Linus Announces Linux 4.8 Linus Torvalds announced a new version of the Linux kernel with many notable new features. The two most interesting features of the Linux 4.8 release are support for Microsoft's Surface 3 touchscreen and the Raspberry Pi 3's SoC (system on chip).

Ubuntu 16.10, which is slated to be release in October, will be the first major desktop Linux distribution to use the 4.8 kernel.

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Where's the bottom for Microsoft's Internet Explorer? Millions more deserted Microsoft's browsers last month, adding to what can only be described as a collapse of the company's place in the browser world.

According to analytics vendor Net Applications, the combined user share of Internet Explorer and Edge fell 1.9 percentage points in September, ending the month at 30.6%.

The string of losses showed no sign of letting up: September's decline was the sixth in a row of 1.9 percentage points or more. IE and Edge have shed 18 percentage points so far this year, a 39% decline in just eight months. Simply put, no other browser has bled user share this quickly, with the possible exception of Netscape Navigator

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Cumulative Windows 10 Update KB3194496 installation issues Microsoft pushed out the new cumulative update KB3194496 for Windows 10 that -- again -- mixes lots of updates into a single massive 753 Megabyte patch (420 Megabytes for the x86 version) for the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10.

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Microsoft scrubs Windows 7 PCs of upgrade nagware Ends 18-month campaign that offered free Windows 10 upgrades, and endlessly pestered those who didn't want the new OS
Microsoft has begun yanking the long-lambasted "Get Windows 10" nag software from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs, according to a support document.

The document posted to Microsoft's site Tuesday said that the company was fulfilling a pledge that it would remove the promotional code and content after the free Windows 10 upgrade offer expired at the end of July.
Served to Windows 7 and 8.1 users via Windows Update, the removal process strips seven previous updates that were force fed beginning in early 2015. "This update removes the Get Windows 10 app and other software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer that expired on July 29, 2016," the accompanying support document stated.

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Impending cumulative updates unnerve Windows patch experts Microsoft's decision to force Windows 10's patch and maintenance model on customers running the older-but-more-popular Windows 7 has patch experts nervous.
"Bottom line, everyone is holding their breath, hoping for the best, expecting the worst," said Susan Bradley in an email. Bradley is well known in Windows circles for her expertise on Microsoft's patching processes: She writes on the topic for the Windows Secrets newsletter and moderates the PatchMangement.org mailing list, where business IT administrators discuss update tradecraft.
"Individual patches will no longer be available," Nathan Mercer, a senior product marketing manager, said in an Aug. 15 post to a Microsoft blog.

Instead, Microsoft will transplant the Windows 10 maintenance model onto Windows 7 and 8.1: They will receive updates that cannot be broken into their parts.

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Here's How to Find and Download macOS Sierra It’s the latest Apple desktop operating system.
The time has finally come to download Apple’s latest desktop operating system.

The operating system, macOS Sierra, is available for free through Apple’s Mac App Store starting today. New Macs will come with macOS Sierra already installed.

Sierra is the first desktop operating system from Apple to come with its new “macOS” branding. Earlier versions of the software, including last year’s El Capitan, were named OS X. In addition to a new name, Sierra comes with several important features including compatibility with Apple’s virtual personal assistant Siri across the operating system, the ability to copy-and-paste content from a Mac to an iPhone (and back), and support for iCloud Drive so that users can store content in Apple’s cloud to save storage space on their computers.

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HP firmware update blocks non-HP ink cartridges HP released a firmware update on March 12, 2016 for several of the company's Officejet printers that renders non-HP ink cartridges useless.

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Microsoft Patches Three-Year-Old IE Bug Criminals were already exploiting the vulnerability

Microsoft has pushed September security updates that patch more than 94 security holes in its Internet Explorer browser. The updates also patch a nasty three-year-old critical vulnerability [CVE-2016-3351] that was being exploited by cyber criminals.

This bug was first reported in 2015, but Microsoft didn’t patch it. It was reported again this year by two security firms, Proofpoint and TrendMicro, providing Microsoft with evidence that the bug is being used by criminals. This time Microsoft took it seriously.

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Protect yourself from infected MS Office files OfficeAttacks Attacks on Microsoft Office files are increasing. A multilayered approach is your best protection against this malware.

Attacks based on Office files have increased rapidly in the past few months. They seem to be far less harmless than ZIP or even EXE files in your mailbox, but when combined with a meaningfully worded email, users are too easily tempted to open the infected files. Although macros generally still need to be enabled, the Microsoft Word Intruder (MWI) attack uses unresolved vulnerabilities. Just opening the file compromises the computer.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins September 2016 The following guide provides you with information about Microsoft's September 2016 Patch Day covering all security updates and non-security patches.

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The Top 10 Linux Distributions Of All Time Distrowatch started their much discussed ranking system in 2002.

Whilst only a guide to the success of a distribution it provides an interesting historical view over how the Linuxsphere has changed in the past 14 years.

Each distribution has a page counter which counts the hits it receives each day and these are counted up and used as a hits per day count for the Distrowatch rankings. To prevent abuse only 1 page count is registered from each IP address per day.

Now the merits of the numbers and how accurate they are may be up for debate but hopefully the following list will be an interesting insite into the history of Linux.

This list looks at the rankings since 2002 and highlights the distributions that have hit the top ten in any given year.

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