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Microsoft: We've fixed mystery bug crashing Edge when Google search is set as default | ZDNet

Microsoft: We've fixed mystery bug crashing Edge when Google search is set as default | ZDNet

By| July 31, 2020 -- 11:02 GMT (04:02 PDT)| Topic:Using Microsoft Edge? You're really upsetting GoogleMicrosoft has swiftly addressed an unexplained bug in Chromium-based Edge that has been causing the browser to crash when typing in the address bar when Google was set as the default search engine. The bug is an awkward one for Microsoft, which has been and ships it with its own Bing search as the default search engine. Yesterday, users that Edge was crashing when they typed in characters into the address bar. One way for users to avoid the glitch was to change Google from the default...

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GitHub just buried a giant open-source archive in an Arctic vault for 1,000 years | ZDNet

GitHub just buried a giant open-source archive in an Arctic vault for 1,000 years | ZDNet

By| July 17, 2020 -- 09:52 GMT (02:52 PDT)| Topic:GitHub's transparency report: How and when it removes or block contentMicrosoft-owned GitHub has finally moved its snapshot of all active public repositories on the site to a vault in Norway.GiHub and on February 20 followed through with the 21 terabyte snapshot written to 186 reels of film. GitHub cancelled plans for a team to "personally escort the world's open-source code to the Arctic" due to the , leaving the job to local partners who received the boxed films and deposited them in an old coal mine on July 8.   SEE:  (TechRepublic...

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SpaceX Starlink internet-beaming satellite service takes next step for beta test | ZDNet

SpaceX Starlink internet-beaming satellite service takes next step for beta test | ZDNet

By| July 15, 2020 -- 12:03 GMT (05:03 PDT)| Topic:The rise of Elon Musk and SpaceXSpaceX's satellite broadband arm, Starlink, has emailed fans to get their home addresses in readiness for this year's beta test. In an email, Starlink asks users to visit its website and input details about the service address, as opposed to just their ZIP code. It also informs fans that the "Starlink private beta begins this summer with public beta to follow".Reddit users have been digging around Starlink's website and have found some extra details about the beta trials. Until now, it's been expected that...

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Home router warning: They're riddled with known flaws and run ancient, unpatched Linux | ZDNet

Home router warning: They're riddled with known flaws and run ancient, unpatched Linux | ZDNet

By| July 6, 2020 -- 13:46 GMT (06:46 PDT)| Topic:Largest leak of Telnet credentials posted onlineGermany's Fraunhofer Institute for Communication (FKIE) has carried out a study involving 127 home routers from seven brands to check for the presence of known security vulnerabilities in the latest firmware. The results are appalling.  found that 46 routers hadn't got a single security update within the past year and that many routers are affected by hundreds of known vulnerabilities.It also found that vendors are shipping firmware updates without fixing known vulnerabilities, meaning that even...

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Windows 10 2004: Microsoft warns of a new bug that makes connected displays go black | ZDNet

Windows 10 2004: Microsoft warns of a new bug that makes connected displays go black | ZDNet

By| June 9, 2020 -- 11:47 GMT (04:47 PDT)| Topic:Windows 10 after five years: Nothing turned out as expected, and that’s OKMicrosoft has confirmed an obscure bug affecting PCs with Windows 10 version 2004, which causes an external display to go black when users draw within Office apps.  The new display bug, , hasn't been added to the Windows release health dashboard. However, Microsoft has  detailing the external display issue that can happen when using any app that supports drawing. "If you have a device running Windows 10 version 2004 with a built-in screen (such as a laptop or tablet)...

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SpaceX: We've launched 32,000 Linux computers into space for Starlink internet | ZDNet

SpaceX: We've launched 32,000 Linux computers into space for Starlink internet | ZDNet

By| June 8, 2020 -- 12:56 GMT (05:56 PDT)| Topic:The rise of Elon Musk and SpaceX13:38Each of SpaceX's monthly launches of 60 internet-beaming Starlink satellites carries 4,000 stripped-back Linux computers, SpaceX software engineers have revealed. SpaceX engineers disclosed the over the weekend. Elon Musk's rocket company into space on a reused Falcon 9 rocket, bringing its total count to around 480 and moving it closer to the 800 it needs to provide moderate coverage over the US. The company plans to of the satellite internet service by the end of the northern hemisphere's summer and has...

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Linus Torvalds rejects 'beyond stupid' AWS-made Linux patch for Intel CPU Snoop attack | ZDNet

Linus Torvalds rejects 'beyond stupid' AWS-made Linux patch for Intel CPU Snoop attack | ZDNet

By| June 3, 2020 -- 12:11 GMT (05:11 PDT)| Topic:Linus Torvalds has no problem with Microsoft162:30:00Linux kernel head Linus Torvalds has trashed a patch from Amazon Web Services (AWS) engineers that was aimed at mitigating the Snoop attack on Intel CPUs discovered by an AWS engineer earlier this year. The so-called '', or Snoop (CVE-2020-0550) attacks affecting a range of Intel Xeon and Core CPUs were disclosed in March.  to leak data from an Intel CPU's memory via its L1D cache, which sits in CPU cores, through 'bus snooping' – the cache updating operation that happens when data is...

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Programming languages: Rust enters top 20 popularity rankings for the first time | ZDNet

Programming languages: Rust enters top 20 popularity rankings for the first time | ZDNet

By| June 2, 2020 -- 12:05 GMT (05:05 PDT)| Topic:Developer: Pain-solving Rust is the most-loved programming language1:09Programming language Rust has entered the top 20 of the Tiobe popularity index for the first time, but it's still five spots behind systems programming rival Go.  There's growing interest in the use of memory-safe Rust for systems programming to build major platforms, in particular at Microsoft, . Amazon Web Services is also using Rust for performance-sensitive components in Lambda, EC2, and S3.  Rust has seen its ranking rise considerably on Tiobe, from 38 last year to 20...

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Windows 10: Microsoft now credits maker of package manager it 'copied' – but offers no apology | ZDNet

Windows 10: Microsoft now credits maker of package manager it 'copied' – but offers no apology | ZDNet

By| June 1, 2020 -- 11:40 GMT (04:40 PDT)| Topic:Windows 10 after five years: Nothing turned out as expected, and that’s OK12:05Microsoft has now admitted it failed to give due credit to Canadian developer Keivan Beigi for his role in the new WinGet Windows 10 package manager.Last week, Beigi, who built the open-source  package manager for Windows, accused Microsoft of copying his work for WinGet without acknowledging his product's influence. Beigi says Microsoft copied large parts of AppGet to deliver . Last week,  with a senior manager at Microsoft named Andrew who approached him in July...

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Microsoft: Worried about Thunderbolt attacks? Get a Windows 10 Secured-Core PC | ZDNet

Microsoft: Worried about Thunderbolt attacks? Get a Windows 10 Secured-Core PC | ZDNet

By| May 14, 2020 -- 12:15 GMT (05:15 PDT)| Topic:AMD makes another big push against rival Intel4:00Microsoft has outlined how its new breed of Windows 10 Secured-Core PCs can help companies mitigate the threat of the recently disclosed . Microsoft has worked with OEMs to create a hardened line of , such as its own Surface Pro X, the HP Elite Dragonfly, the Dell Latitude 7400 convertible and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 4th generation. Most Secured-Core PCs ship with Thunderbolt, but no Surface device does because .SEE: (free PDF)Nonetheless, Windows 10 Secured-Core PCs do have security features...

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Microsoft: We were wrong about open source, but luckily you can change | ZDNet

Microsoft: We were wrong about open source, but luckily you can change | ZDNet

By| May 18, 2020 -- 10:48 GMT (03:48 PDT)| Topic:Linus Torvalds has no problem with Microsoft162:30:00Microsoft president and chief legal counsel Brad Smith has taken his turn at admitting Microsoft's former stance on open source put it on the "wrong side of history". In 2001 former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously said, "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches." Shortly after that and for the same reason, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates . Ballmer has , and now Smith, who was one of Microsoft's top lawyers during its war on open...

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Google's Flutter: 2 million developers, uptick in enterprise use, new release model revealed | ZDNet

Google's Flutter: 2 million developers, uptick in enterprise use, new release model revealed | ZDNet

By| April 23, 2020 -- 13:23 GMT (06:23 PDT)| Topic:Google says two million developers have used its Flutter user-interface (UI) framework for building apps targeting mobile, desktop, and the web since declaring it production ready at Google I/O 2018.Unlike Microsoft, which will proceed with an online-only Build 2020 developer conference this May, Google . It was scheduled for May 12-14.  But Google has given an update on Flutter use and its growth in the enterprise, which it presumably would have shared at the canceled conference. Flutter is comparable to Facebook's React Native and...

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Raspberry Pi sales jump: Here's why the tiny computer's in demand in coronavirus crisis | ZDNet

Raspberry Pi sales jump: Here's why the tiny computer's in demand in coronavirus crisis | ZDNet

By| April 14, 2020 -- 11:47 GMT (04:47 PDT)| Topic:Raspberry Pi sales hit 640,000 units in March, the Raspberry Pi Foundation's second-largest month since launching in 2012. Raspberry Pi Foundation head Eben Upton is because a lot more people are using the Raspberry Pi 4 "for inexpensive home working and learning" during the . From cancelled conferences to disrupted supply chains, not a corner of the global economy is immune to the spread of COVID-19.To back that up, Upton revealed that the number of unique IP addresses accessing the Raspbian Raspberry Pi OS's mirror system passed 90,000 on...

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Microsoft's Windows Terminal: This is the final preview of its new command-line tool | ZDNet

Microsoft's Windows Terminal: This is the final preview of its new command-line tool | ZDNet

By| February 14, 2020 -- 13:00 GMT (05:00 PST)| Topic:Microsoft has released version 0.9 of its open-source command-line tool, Windows Terminal, for developers who use Command Prompt, PowerShell, and the Windows 10 Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).Version 0.9 marks the final preview version before Microsoft releases version 1, which should happen at some point in the first half of 2020. Terminal developers . Last month's update brought retro CRT screen effects to the application that Microsoft sees as the modern successor to the 30-year-old Windows Console. The company announced Terminal...

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Microsoft security chief: IE is not a browser, so stop using it as your default | ZDNet

Microsoft security chief: IE is not a browser, so stop using it as your default | ZDNet

Is Internet Explorer (IE) a browser? According to Microsoft, no. Today, it's a 'compatibility solution' for enterprise customers to deal with legacy sites that should be updated for modern browsers. Chris Jackson, Microsoft's worldwide lead for cybersecurity, really doesn't want enterprise customers to use IE for all web traffic, even though for some organizations that would be the easiest option.  Companies in that situation are willing to take on 'technical debt', such as paying for extended support for a legacy software, but that habit needs to stop in the case of IE, argues Jackson in ,...

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