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All posts tagged "Windows"

  • Ware of the Week: Prey Anti-Theft

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile a cross-platform app that's all about device security -- Prey. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Imagine Free for Instagram There are some applications and programs I immediately install when I receive a device. Prey is definitely high up on that list. It's usually because I ask myself these two questions before I venture beyond any set of doors: "How...

  • January Patch Tuesday: one critical, seven important updates for Windows

    In what was a landmark Patch Tuesday for Microsoft, and not simply because it was the first of 2015, the company announced that it would not be making its advanced patch warnings public for its Patch Tuesday rosters, and this came into effect this week. While Google and Microsoft have been enjoying their little spat, the latter has pushed patches to Windows this month, with eight in total and one labeled as critical. The latter is namely a hole in the Telnet client, which could allow an attacker to remotely execute malicious code on your machine. It's pretty detrimental to...

  • ‘Windows 10 Mobile’ preview coming later this month, reports suggest

    Windows 10 is maturing nicely and Microsoft is now ready to unveil a preview for handheld devices later this month, according to The Verge's sources. The company has outed an app for Windows Phone users dubbed Phone Insider which will allow users to receive the latest build of the Windows 10 OS on their phones. Although the app only works for Microsoft employees at the moment, reports The Verge, the app should be open to Windows Insiders in the near future -- much like Windows 10's desktop Insider Program. It is believed that Redmond will showcase a few of the OS's...

  • 20+ free and essential Windows programs for your new PC

    It's 2015, and the time has come for a new PC, at least that rings true for me. While Windows machines are largely functional out-of-the-box, the OS still lacks the functionality power users and some novices desire. I can think of a few issues with Windows 8 for example that third party freeware can fix immediately, but what if you just need a comprehensive arsenal of apps for every given situation from file management to multimedia playback? What are some of the essential Windows program every user should have? We at Gearburn have had a look at our program logs, curating...

  • Windows 93 is Windows 95’s drunk cousin, but we love it anyway

    What was your first version of Windows? I remember it like it was yesterday -- good old, unreliable, crash-prone Windows 98. For those who remember a time when Windows 95 was top of the pops, this might make you a bit nostalgic. A webpage uncovered by one of The Verge's employees when they were supposed to be hard at work, displays and runs the lost version of Windows -- Windows 93. Built with JavaScript and CSS, this looks suspiciously like a rather elaborate coding project. Featuring gems like an ASCII rendition of Star Wars, countless memes of hamsters with machine guns,...

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview available to download today, here’s how to get it

    It's the moment we've been waiting for since everyone realised how awful Windows 8 is. Windows 10, Microsoft's apology letter to its disgruntled desktop and enterprise users, goes live today. Well, the Technical Preview, at least. Users who sign up to the Windows Insider Program will have access to the operating system, through it's pre-natal stage all the way up to retail release, and the adventure starts today. But be warned, your path is marked with potentially crippling bugs and a swathes of unforeseen pitfalls. Those brave enough to advance, hardware required to test the ware is relatively standard. Only 1GB...

  • It’s called Windows 10: Microsoft surprises everyone with unexpected name, improved UI

    It has been a bumpy ride for Microsoft's Windows division since the release of Windows 8 two years ago, but its time of torment looks to be over. Finally. After a not-so-secretive lead up, the new Windows is here, but it's not what we were expecting. Unveiled today at a tiny San Francisco event, Microsoft's latest stab at this "operating system thing" was thankfully not made in the dark, because the world definitely couldn't deal with another poorly designed desktop OS. And as far as operating systems go, Windows 10 (yes, not Windows 9 like everyone supposed) looks to be...

  • Microsoft to hold ‘Windows 9′ event 30 September

    We've seen the leaks, the shoddy screenshots and the German-techno desktop recordings, but now Microsoft has announced a "Windows event" that will likely see the unveiling of the company's latest operating system. Emails came buzzing out of Redmond yesterday, with a note a little less coy than Apple's terrible attempt. We're guaranteed to see the new version of Windows in action, at least according to the invite. For now, we don't know what it's going to be called. Anything from Windows 9, One and the codename "Threshold" has been quoted, but the world will have to wait and see (and deal...

  • 7 improvements that would make Windows 9 the best Microsoft OS ever

    There's a myth around the tech world that Microsoft follows up its blockbuster OS with universally hated sequels. This theory seems to bear true when looking at its dismal track record. Starting at Windows 95, the crash-happy 98 soon followed. Windows XP, in turn, was ceded by the unstable and heavily bloated Windows Vista. And now, Microsoft's most successful OS of all, Windows 7, is overthrown by Windows 8, a version destined to become its most hated OS ever. It's not like Windows 8 is awful either. It shares its older brother's granite-like stability and boots faster than a scolded...

  • FIFA World online beta released just in time for hungry World Cup fans

    EA Sports has officially taken advantage of the World Cup-hype to open FIFA World for online beta play. The free-to-play title will be available worldwide for Windows PC with Origin installed. FIFA World was previously only available to private beta testers. Perhaps not everyone's favourite brew, football-based games have taken the world hostage, especially since the World Cup in Brazil is just a few days away. Windows XP SP3, Vista and 7 users running a medium spec machine, with a 1Mb minimum line speed can test out EA Sports' latest online game. There's no word on whether the game would run...