Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2015 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10
Microsoft's decision to push out updates to non-enterprise Windows 10 without user intervention or even notification has been a bit of a hot topic recently. While those of us who have been supporting machines for a while have all seen a bad Windows update or 10 which render machines unusable, however we have also seen machines over 100 updates behind that are completely riddled with malware, trojans and other nasties which would have been blocked if those updates had been applied.
Whichever side of that debate you fall on, thanks to the nosy reporters at The Register you now can have a choice. They've posted a link to the "Show or hide updates" troubleshooter package in this recent article, a tool from Microsoft which would allow you to hide certain updates before they were installed and ensure that they are not installed in the future. Patch Tuesday is gone but there will still be people keeping track of which updates are released so that if you encounter an issue you can roll back and hide that update. Of course, that assumes you enabled System Restore, which is has been disabled by default in Windows 10.
lifted from securityaffairs.co
"MICROSOFT HAS QUIETLY released a tool to stop Windows 10 downloading and installing everything it finds in Windows Update."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AT&T swallows DirecTV in $50 BEELLION biz gulp – moments after FCC OK @ The Register
- Intel promises 'scores' of deals to underpin enterprise cloud @ The Register
- 'Stagefright' Flaw: Compromise Android With Just a Text @ Slashdot
- Microsoft delivers Exchange 2016 Preview @ The Register
- Intel to adopt Skylake CPUs in NUC and Compute Stick solutions @ DigiTimes
- All wristjobs are as insecure as $#@%, reveals unsurprising research @ The Register
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2015 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: noctua, NH-L9x65, low profile cooler
Morry likes big coolers and Noctua is one of his preferred brands when he wants to test the tensile stregth of a motherboard. Not all of Noctua's coolers are up to his preferences, such as the slender NH-L9x65, a waif-like 413g with the fan attached and a cute 95x95x79mm in size with a 14mm lift from that fan. TechPowerUp's testing shows that the fan is quite quiet even when spinning at full speed but even still the temperatures of the i7-4770K it was cooling were the highest on the charts. If you are cooling a CPU with a lower TDP in a small case, or even a 4770K then check out this review, the NH-L9x65 is a little expensive but certainly usable.
"Noctua's new NH-L9x65 is a low profile, small form-factor cooler. When I say small, I mean tiny as it is only slightly larger than the Intel stock heatsink, which is surprising and begs me to question its maximum potential. While performance most likely won't be its strong point, there is a chance this pint-sized offering will have a few surprises in store"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- be quiet! Shadow Rock LP Low Profile CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- be quiet! Dark Rock TF CPU Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
- NZXT Kraken X61 @ Benchmark Reviews
- Alphacool Eisberg 240 Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- CableMod ModFlex Cables @ Kitguru
- EK Vardar F4-120ER fan @ HardwareOverclock
- be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake Suppressor F51 @ Benchmark Reviews
- BitFenix Prodigy M Micro-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- be quiet! Silent Base 800 Windowed Edition Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
- Zalman Z11 NEO @ techPowerUp
- Antec S10 Full-Tower @ eTeknix
Subject: Systems | July 24, 2015 - 03:05 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: acer, cloudbook, Chromebook
If you think about price when you think about Chromebooks, then Microsoft is hoping to have options in Windows 10 for you. Laptops that boot into a web browser still have interesting security and ease-of-use implications, which this will not address. From the previously mentioned cost standpoint though, full-featured Windows laptops can get down to those levels, especially when Microsoft helps out on the OS license fees.
This is the more-expensive Chromebook running Google Chrome OS.
Acer will launch their Cloudbook line in August, with 11-inch and 14-inch versions, starting at $169. While you can get Chromebooks for $149, Acer's Chromebook 11 is currently selling for $179.99, which puts the Windows 10 model $10 cheaper than it. On the other hand, we don't know anything about the system specifications. It is possible that the Cloudbook could have less than an Intel Celeron with HD Graphics and 2GB of RAM -- but we hope not.
The Acer Cloudbook will not make Microsoft's July 29th launch date of Windows. Instead, as previously stated, look for it some time in August. Prices start at $169 USD.
Subject: Mobile | July 28, 2015 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: pebble, pebble time, smartwatch
The Register tried out the new Pebble Time which features a colour e-paper Gorilla glass screen for better visibility outdoors, a battery which will last a full week, waterproofing to 90' and all for a $200 price tag. With over 8000 apps for the device it offers most of the functionality of the Apple watch for a fraction of the price. Certain features it lacks such as a heart rate monitor or GPS can be added by using Smartstraps, which not only allows the watch to stay on your wrist but also adds functionality as well. The improvements were noticeable but The Register preferred last years Steel but if you are in the market for a smartwatch you might be wise to hold on as the new Pebble Time Steel is due out in the near future.
"I love what Eric Migovsky has done with the Pebble by creating an antidote to modern smartwatches. The two generations of Pebble so far have been useful, durable and practical – qualities which elude the over-specced and costly Apple and Android kit."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Acer Iconia One 7 is a £99 Lollipop-powered iPad Mini rival @ The Inquirer
- Asus ROG G551J Gaming Laptop @ Kitguru
- Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi @ Kitguru
- VKWorld VK6735 Smartphone Review @ Madshrimps
- How Useful Is The Extra Memory In The ASUS ZenFone 2 @ TechARP
Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2015 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: google, google drive, microsoft, office
As has happened recently with Dropbox, Box and Apple iCloud, Google Drive has adopted the Microsoft Office API which was released not to long ago, bringing Office Suite compatibility to their cloud. As anyone who has actually tried it knows, the compatibility between Google's applications and Microsoft's Office Suite was more theory than fact. This new plug-in will allow you to save Office files on your Google Drive and open and edit them from within your browser, as long as you are not using the Office 2016 preview which is not compatible. If this interests you then follow the links from The Inquirer to learn more.
"GOOGLE HAS BECOME the latest big player to integrate with rival Microsoft's Office suite."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- How Two Bored 1970s Housewives Helped Create the PC Industry @ Slashdot
- Hacking Team's RCS Android May Be the Most Sophisticated Android Malware Ever Exposed @ Slashdot
- 10 Things to Do After Installing Linux Mint 17.2 @ Linux.com
- Microsoft has RECORD quarter, in a BAD way - Sad Nad slashes phone biz @ The Register
- Microsoft open sources software-defined radio code @ The Inquirer
- Are You Ready For Windows 10? @ Tech ARP
- AKRACING AK-6014 Black/Blue Gaming Chair Review @HiTech Legion
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