Microsoft officially ended its support for most Windows XP computers back in 2014, but today it’s delivering one more public patch for the 16-year-old OS. As described in a post on its Windows Security blog, it’s taking this “highly unusual” step after customers worldwide including England’s National Health Service suffered a hit from “WannaCrypt” ransomware. Microsoft patched all of its currently supported systems to fix the flaw back in March, but now there’s an update available for unsupported systems too, including Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003, which you can grab here (note: if that link isn’t working then there are direct download links available in the Security blog post).
Microsoft has rolled out an emergency update for machines running Windows 7, 8.1, RT and 10 to patch a nasty bug that was uncovered by Google Project Zero researchers Natalie Silvanovich and Tavis Ormandy over the weekend.
Microsoft announced a new version of Windows 10 on Tuesday that is built specifically for use in schools. Windows 10 S is a slimmed down version of the popular operating system that narrows down what can be loaded onto the laptops by restricting users to only approved apps from the Windows Store. Should an educator need to load an app not from the store, they will have the option to do so as an administrator.
After months of teasing, Microsoft is finally ready to ship the Windows 10 Creators Update, the next major iteration of its desktop operating system, to its users. The free update will start rolling out globally on April 11. This process usually takes a few weeks, but users will also be able to force the update from their Windows settings.
Apple has published a list of products that will be considered “obsolete” this December. The list includes Macs, the first-generation iPod touch, and a number of Beats devices, which will no longer be eligible for service or repair through Apple support.
Pi 2 sells 500,000 units since launch
It is hard to believe that the Raspberry Pi has been around for three years already. Launched back in 2012, the credit card-sized PC attracted quite a bit of attention due to its $35 price and potential ability to encourage programming with children. Today, it was revealed that over 5 million units of Raspberry Pi have been sold to date.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade, but only for the first year of its existence. That includes upgrades from Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, along with smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. Once you’ve updated your device, Microsoft says it will keep the software current for its “supported lifetime.”
Until solid-state drives become significantly more affordable, there will continue to be a market for traditional hard disk drives — and they will continue to improve. Proof of that comes in the Seagate Seven, the world’s thinnest HDD ever made, which measures just 7mm thick.
PC vendors are not sure what to expect from Windows 10
Trying to predict the PC market is like to trying to forecast the weather a month in advance — it’s a crapshoot, basically. So, we’re taking it with several grains of salt that PC vendors are reportedly doubtful that the Windows 10 launch next year will stimulate demand for replacement systems. One reason they feel that way is because of the lingering rumor that Microsoft may make Windows 10 a free update.
Apple, one of the most valuable companies on earth, got its start in a garage. At least that’s the story we all know, and the one that’s likely inspired hundreds of other companies to launch their first products. The truth isn’t quite as simple, though, at least according to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Microsoft on Monday announced the Office.com Clip Art emporium has finally and officially been closed. The library of corny 90s imagery will instead be replaced by Bing Images, so your presentations will no longer look like they were drawn up by a newspaper cartoonist. Clip Art has become a ubiquitous part of Office’s history, but as the productivity suite has evolved, Microsoft finally saw fit to abandon the years-old notebook doodles.
Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 drops another $200
Is the best offense a good defense, or is the best defense a good offense? We’re not sure, though it looks like AMD has decided to run with the latter – dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 graphics cards can now be found on Newegg for around $770, seemingly indicating that AMD has gone on the offensive and slashed the price of its flagship card by about another $200. Bear in mind that when these cards launched earlier this year, they were selling for nearly twice as much at $1,500.
There has been chatter that AMD will release new Hawaii cards next year, though heading into the holiday shopping season, the company doesn’t have any GPUs on tap, at least none that we’re aware of. That could be one reason for the sizable price cut.
The least expensive 295X2 on Newegg is the HIS Radeon R9 295X2. It’s listed at $770 with free shipping, no rebate or coupon code required, and it comes with Civilization: Beyond Earth. The card also qualifies for AMD’s Gold tier Never Settle Space Edition, which lets you choose three additional games from a selection of titles that include Thief, Watchdog, PayDay 2, Tomb Raider, Hitman Absolution, and more.
VisionTek, XFX, Sapphire, and Diamond also offer models on Newegg for at least a penny below $800.