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Windows 9 rumor roundup: Everything we know so far

PC News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 18:14

Editor's note: This article was originally published on September 16 but was updated September 29 with additional information.

Windows 9. Threshold. Or just plain Windows. Whatever Microsoft ends up calling its next operating system, it's shaping up to be another big change from the Windows that came before it.

Only this time, Microsoft is looking to mollify its user base—especially in the enterprise—instead of scaring people away. If months of leaks and rumors are accurate, Microsoft will undo some of the most drastic changes in Windows 8, but it will also kick off a major transformation for Windows—one that's long overdue.

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Transparent: Another Reason Amazon Prime Is the Best

Gizmodo - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 18:00

Lately, Amazon's been doing whatever it can to get you to sign up for Amazon Prime, which we've long said is one of the best tech deals around . If you still needed an excuse to sign up, here's a very good one: Amazon's new original series Transparent, which I happily binge-watched all weekend.

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Project Ara’s modules will be 'hot swappable' and readily available in the Google Play Store

PC News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:58

Remember Project Ara? The modular, swap-as-you-see-fit smartphone coming out of Google’s Advanced Technologies and Products (ATAP) group? Paul Eremenko, the head of Project Ara, quietly announced that the devices will come loaded with a modified version of Android L that allows for nearly all hardware modules to be “hot swappable,” so users will be able to easily switch out components without even turning the phone off.

The modules themselves won’t be hard to find either, as they’ll be readily available in the Google Play Store. “The project’s development continues apace through the collaboration with many partners such as Quanta, Toshiba, Rockchip, Foxconn and others,” wrote Giulio Minotti on the Phonebloks blog. “Many companies, large and small, as Laird Technologies and Array labs are developing modules with innovative features never seen before.”

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Tor Executive Director Hints At Firefox Integration

SlashDot - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:34
blottsie writes: Several major tech firms are in talks with Tor to include the software in products that can potentially reach over 500 million Internet users around the world. One particular firm wants to include Tor as a "private browsing mode" in a mainstream Web browser, allowing users to easily toggle connectivity to the Tor anonymity network on and off. "They very much like Tor Browser and would like to ship it to their customer base," Tor executive director Andrew Lewman wrote, explaining the discussions but declining to name the specific company. "Their product is 10-20 percent of the global market, this is of roughly 2.8 billion global Internet users." The product that best fits Lewman's description, by our estimation, is Mozilla Firefox, the third-most popular Web browser online today and home to, you guessed it, 10 to 20 percent of global Internet users.

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Tasked with promoting Office 365? Microsoft has a website for you

PC News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:34

Aware that the “if you build it, they will come” principle doesn’t always apply to newly deployed IT systems, Microsoft has developed a website to help companies promote Office 365 usage among employees.

The optimistically titled Office 365 Customer Success Center is aimed at the designated “champions” within businesses entrusted with driving adoption of the suite. It’s public and freely available.

“To really get the most out of an investment in a new technology, you have to help people understand what they can do with it,” Jared Spataro, general manager of Enterprise Social at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post on Monday.

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What's on your HDTV: 'Shadow of Mordor', 'Transformers', 'Homeland' and 'Krull'

EnGadget - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:33
As the fall TV premieres continue to roll (Did anyone watch Scorpion last week? Did anyone enjoy watching Scorpion last week?) we're looking forward to a few big Blu-ray releases. Sure, Michael Bay's latest fighting robot epic is hitting the shelves...

Here's Bastard Squad's First Live Show in Nearly Two Decades

Gizmodo - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:30

Throughout the mid-1990s Bastard Squad was a mainstay of the Boston punk scene, regularly demolishing crowds with their brand of manic rock and playing alongside luminaries like The Freeze, Gang Green, Dropkick Murphys, Showcase Showdown, Ignite, Good Riddance, and Swingin' Utters before breaking up in 1999. But after a 15 year hiatus, one of Boston's best punk band reunited to put on this incredible reunion show at Great Scott last weekend. Lace up your Doc Martins, it's going to be one hell of a nostalgic ride.

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eMusic ditches major labels as it hopes to rule indie song downloads

EnGadget - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:59
Many digital music stores scramble to get every song they can, but not eMusic -- it's willingly headed in the opposite direction. The download service has announced that it's dropping music from the three major labels (Sony, Universal and Warner) as...

I want to have these Beatles pancakes every morning

Gizmodo - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:53

This is pretty damn silly, but I love pancakes and I love The Beatles, so I will just leave this video by pancake illustrator Nathan Shields right here:

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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

SlashDot - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:52
An anonymous reader writes: U.S. authorities have arrested and indicted the CEO of a mobile software company for selling spyware that enables "stalkers and domestic abusers." The U.S. Department of Justice accuses the man of promoting and selling software that can "monitor calls, texts, videos and other communications on mobile phones without detection." The agency pointed out this is the first criminal case based on mobile spyware, and promised to aggressively pursue makers of similar software in the future. Here's the legal filing (PDF). The FBI, with approval from a District Court, has disabled the website hosting the software. "The indictment alleges that StealthGenie's capabilities included the following: it recorded all incoming/outgoing voice calls; it intercepted calls on the phone to be monitored while they take place; it allowed the purchaser to call the phone and activate it at any time to monitor all surrounding conversations within a 15-foot radius; and it allowed the purchaser to monitor the user's incoming and outgoing e-mail messages and SMS messages, incoming voicemail messages, address book, calendar, photographs, and videos. All of these functions were enabled without the knowledge of the user of the phone."

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Bending iPhones at the Apple Store only proves you're a twit

CNET News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:48
Commentary: OK, people, cut it out. Walking into Apple Stores to secretively bend iPhones doesn't help anybody, says Crave's Amanda Kooser.






Second cyberattack hits SuperValu grocery stores' payment systems

PC News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:40

SuperValu, the grocery store operator hit by a cyberattack in June and July, has suffered a second attack on its payment processing system, it said Monday.

The Minnesota-based company said the more recent attack involved different malware installed on the part of its computer network that processes card payments at some of its Shop ‘n Save, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy and Cub Foods stores. But the company said it believes that cardholder information is largely safe.

While the second breach is no doubt embarrassing for the company, the severity of the attack was partially mitigated by technology it had deployed since the first breach, it said.

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Apple patches Bash vulnerability on Macs

CNET News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:38
The company said previously that the vast majority of Macs were "safe by default" from the new security vulnerability known as the Bash or Shellshock bug.






Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Hyrule Warriors' on Wii U! (Update: game over!)

EnGadget - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:30
Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They're fun!...

HP's new Stream tablets, laptops fuel Microsoft-Google OS battle

PC News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:15
HP's new products will ship in November, and include a $99 7-inch Stream 7 tablet(pcworld.com)

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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad Causing Airport Evacuation

SlashDot - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:10
First time accepted submitter chentiangemalc writes While Australia is on "high alert" for terror threats a man walked past a Sydney Airport security screening while engrossed in his iPad and delayed flights for an hour. From the article: "This event was captured on CCTV and unnerved officials so much that they evacuated passengers. As the Sydney Morning Herald reported, the man found himself (or, perhaps, didn't) going into the terminal through an exit passage that clearly was convenient for him, but less convenient for the hordes of passengers who not only had to be removed from Terminal 3, but also re-screened. A spokeswoman for Qantas told the Morning Herald: 'The man disembarked a flight and left. It appears he wasn't paying attention, was looking at his iPad, forgot something and walked back past (the security area).'"

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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad Causing Airport Evacuation

SlashDot - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:10
First time accepted submitter chentiangemalc writes While Australia is on "high alert" for terror threats a man walked past a Sydney Airport security screening while engrossed in his iPad and delayed flights for an hour. From the article: "This event was captured on CCTV and unnerved officials so much that they evacuated passengers. As the Sydney Morning Herald reported, the man found himself (or, perhaps, didn't) going into the terminal through an exit passage that clearly was convenient for him, but less convenient for the hordes of passengers who not only had to be removed from Terminal 3, but also re-screened. A spokeswoman for Qantas told the Morning Herald: 'The man disembarked a flight and left. It appears he wasn't paying attention, was looking at his iPad, forgot something and walked back past (the security area).'"

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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad Causing Airport Evacuation

SlashDot - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:10
First time accepted submitter chentiangemalc writes While Australia is on "high alert" for terror threats a man walked past a Sydney Airport security screening while engrossed in his iPad and delayed flights for an hour. From the article: "This event was captured on CCTV and unnerved officials so much that they evacuated passengers. As the Sydney Morning Herald reported, the man found himself (or, perhaps, didn't) going into the terminal through an exit passage that clearly was convenient for him, but less convenient for the hordes of passengers who not only had to be removed from Terminal 3, but also re-screened. A spokeswoman for Qantas told the Morning Herald: 'The man disembarked a flight and left. It appears he wasn't paying attention, was looking at his iPad, forgot something and walked back past (the security area).'"

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HP's $199 Windows laptop arrives alongside a pair of tablets

EnGadget - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:01
Contrary to earlier rumors, HP's Chromebook-like Stream 14 turned out to be more expensive than people had hoped for when it was announced a few weeks ago. Having said that, today HP is finally introducing its $199 laptop with Windows, staying in...

HP thinks its $200 Stream notebook is the future of Windows computing

PC News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:00

Microsoft COO Kevin Turner first held up the as-yet-unannounced HP Stream laptop at the Windows Partners Conference last July, boasting that it would cost just $199. The press instantly dubbed the inexpensive notebook a “Chromebook killer.” So when HP finally got around to officially announcing the Stream on September 8, it was pilloried for the laptop's $300-and-up price tag.

Was Turner just holding up a different Stream in July?

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