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Apple unveiled macOS Big Sur at WWDC 2020

Shane McGlaun | Jun 23, 2020 at 12:03 pm CDT

Apple held its annual WWDC developer conference yesterday, and one of the things that it unveiled at the show was the next generation of macOS. The next operating system from Apple is called Big Sur, and Apple says that it will bring with it a "beautiful redesign" that's new but familiar. Apple's browser Safari is also getting new features, including a customizable start page, more powerful tabs, quicker and easier translation, and a new Privacy Report.

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Big Sur will also bring a redesigned Maps application that offers immersive features enabling users to explore and navigate the world. "macOS Big Sur is a major update that advances the legendary combination of the power of UNIX with the ease of use of the Mac, and delivers our biggest update to design in more than a decade," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "With its modern and clean look, huge improvements to key apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps, and new privacy features, we think everyone is going to love the breakthrough experience that macOS Big Sur offers."

Apple says that Big Sur is the most significant design upgrade since the introduction of Mac OS X and is designed specifically to make navigation easier and put controls at the fingertips of users. Apple promises that everything about the operating system from the color palette and materials to the curvature of window corners has been refined. Icons in the dock are designed to be more consistent with icons across the Apple ecosystem without giving up their "Mac personality."

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Windows 10's next major update for 2021 codenamed Iron (Fe)

Anthony Garreffa | May 24, 2020 at 12:27 am CDT

We're getting close to the halfway point of 2020, with Microsoft hard at work on some new updates for Windows 10 -- but now we're hearing some rumblings about the first big update to Windows 10 in 2021.

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Windows 10 21H1 which is also known as Windows 10 Iron (Fe) is the first big update of 2021 for Microsoft's flagship OS, and it should sport Start menu improvements, and more. Microsoft first teased the new Start menu and parts of a refreshed UI a couple of months ago that moved away from Live Tiles.

If you're a Fast ring insider then you're going to get access to Windows 10 2021 codenamed Iron (Fe) in June 2020, which is just weeks away. The news came directly from an official Microsoft blog, but it was quickly edited -- with the codename of the new Windows 10 21H1 removed.

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Windows has two security flaws that could give attackers remote access

Jak Connor | Mar 24, 2020 at 12:32 am CDT

Microsoft has announced that Windows currently has two critical security flaws that could open PC's up to being remote-controlled by attackers.

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The news was announced on Microsoft's website under their 'security advisory' section. The post explains that these two critical vulnerabilities are at the moment only being used in "limited targeted attacks", and that these vulnerabilities could be present across all supported Windows operating systems. So, where are the vulnerabilities located? According to the announcement, the flaws are in the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library.

Windows Adobe Type Manager Library gives applications access to control and manage fonts for Adobe Systems. The security advisory post says that hackers could get targets to open documents that contain files that are malicious. The exploit could occur when Adobe Type Manager Library incorrectly "handles a specially-crafted multi-master font - Adobe Type 1 PostScript format," which could then result in the users' PC being hijacked remotely.

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Microsoft to kill Live Tiles from Windows 10 start menu, here's proof

Jak Connor | Mar 4, 2020 at 1:07 am CST

Windows users aren't the biggest fans of the Live Tiles that make the Windows 10 Start Menu appear cluttered, but that could all be coming to an end soon.

Twitter user, Aggiornamenti Lumia, posted the above Tweet showcasing what appears to be a revamped Start Menu from Windows 10. What we can immediately notice is that the Start Menu lacks Microsoft's Live Tiles that debuted alongside the Windows Phone 7 before they were eventually added to Windows 8. Many reports have come out about what Microsoft plans on doing with the Live Tiles, and some reports are suggesting that the company is planning on swapping them out with simple static icons.

WinCentral does accurately note that Aggiornamenti Lumia doesn't include what Build number this Windows is running on, so we can't precisely tell when (if) Microsoft is going kill off the Live Tiles. Microsoft has officially said that Windows 10's icons will be getting a colorful makeover, which will add a fresh splash of paint to a range of different apps. Perhaps Microsoft will sneak in the removal of the Live Tiles as they slowly roll out their app makeover update. More on that can be found here.

Windows 10 is finally getting a colorful well-deserved icon makeover

Jak Connor | Feb 21, 2020 at 2:07 am CST

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 icons will be getting a fresh coat of paint in the coming months ahead. Prepare for your Windows 10 icons to be updated!

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Windows has taken to its blog to announced that Windows 10 icons will be evolved into some newer and fresh. Microsoft will begin the re-design with some built-in apps like Alarms & Clock, Calculator, Mail, and Calendar. The effort behind this re-design is to bring a new level of consistency and connection across all of Windows' icons.

The first apps that will get the fresh coat of paint will be Calendar and Mail. The updates for them have already rolled out to Windows Insiders, as updates from the Microsoft Store. Windows 10 users can expect the rest of the icon updates to follow over the course of a few months. If you are interested in checking out more information for what Microsoft has planned for Windows 10, check out this link here.

Microsoft makes Windows 7 excommunicado by killing support today

Jak Connor | Jan 15, 2020 at 2:24 am CST

Microsoft has announced an end of an era, Windows 7 will no longer receive any support and its users that remain are advised to move onto Windows 10.

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Microsoft has been giving Windows 7 support for the last ten years, and the time to end that lifeline support is officially upon us. In a new blog post on Microsoft's website, it says that as of January 14th, 2020, "Technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC are no longer available for the product." Microsoft has instead moved onto supporting newer technologies and great new experiences.

If you are a Windows 7 user, Microsoft recommends you to upgrade to Windows 10 as you will be provided adequate protection on a more updated OS. Windows 7 users can do this for free through a loophole in the Media Creation Tool. Windows Latest reports that if users download and run the Media Creation Tool and input their existing product key for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, they will receive a new Windows 10 digital license.

Facebook working on OS from scratch, wants to break up with Android

Anthony Garreffa | Dec 20, 2019 at 10:39 pm CST

Facebook is reportedly working on its own operating system, in the hopes that sometime in the future it can pull back its reliance on Android. A new report from The Information says that the co-author of Windows NT, Mark Lucovsky, is leading the project.

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We don't know how Facebook's own OS would work exactly, but we do know that Facvebook currently uses a modified version of Android to run its Oculus and Portal devices. Facebook's head of hardware, Andrew Bosworth, explains: "We really want to make sure the next generation has space for us. We don't think we can trust the marketplace or competitors to ensure that's the case. And so we're gonna do it ourselves".

Ficus Kirkpatrick, one of the bosses of Facebook's internal AR and VR departments, says that "it's possible" that future Facebook hardware won't rely on Android. Right now, Google has a nice stranglehold over Facebook's hardware, and Facebook sees that as a big issue, that it is now trying to resolve.

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Microsoft's new Edge logo looks like a Tide pod, please don't eat it

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 4, 2019 at 8:29 pm CST

Microsoft has just made the most radical change to its web browser logo since the introduction of Internet Explorer, with the new Edge browser receiving a new logo.

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The original Edge logo that launched with the browser in 2015 had parts of the original Internet Explorer infused into it, but the new one looks like nothing like it -- it resembles a Tide pod if anything. The new logo was discovered inside of a surfing mini game that was hidden inside of the latest Canary versions of Edge.

Edge's slick new logo looks like a wave... get it? You're surfing the web. Just don't try and eat the new Edge logo, okay? Microsoft's brand new Edge browser will launch on January 15, 2020 with the new logo. You can try out the new Edge browser in release candidate form here.

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Windows 10 update KB4524147, fixes nothing, breaks more!

Shannon Robb | Oct 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm CDT

Users of Windows 10 are no stranger to updates causing issues. But, a recent update has really shown just how bad it can go.

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That's right, a recent update labeled KB4524147, which is supposed to fix some Internet explorer and printing bugs. Has instead gone YOLO on users start menu causing an error prompt reading as the user describes "Critical error start menu not working, sign out ... or something like that ." rendering PC's far harder to navigate.

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Windows 10 is now on 900M devices, 1 billion milestone in 2020

Anthony Garreffa | Sep 24, 2019 at 9:48 pm CDT

Windows 10 is now on over 900 million devices, with a tweet directly from Corporate Vice President, Modern Life, Search & Devices Group at Microsoft, Yusuf Mehdi.

Microsoft's latest operating system is on a bunch of devices that go beyond just the PC, with Windows 10 inside of HoloLens, Xbox, Surface Hub, the entire Surface family of devices, and more.

We should expect to see Windows 10 reach over 1 billion users at this rate in the coming months, with early 2020 seeming the most likely. Microsoft had 800 million users on Windows 10 in March which was 6 months ago now, so we should expect February-March 2020 for the huge 1B milestone.

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