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Windows 10 Gaining Ground on Windows 7

Microsoft had high hopes for Windows 10, but the uptake by consumers wasn't quite as fast or as steady as they'd hoped. Granted, the initial install-base was pretty rapid with the free upgrade offer, but since it has slowed. It's still been a nice steady climb, but it hasn't been groundbreaking or earth shaking. That being said, it appears as though Windows 10 could have more market share than Windows 7 by the end of this year. I know that doesn't matter a lot to most people, but it's still a nice milestone for the company that wants to simplify it's support and product cycle.

Extrapolating for the next three months with the same rate of increase, we may see Windows 10 occupy 43.59% of the Windows market share, while Windows 7 would have dropped down to 40.66% by the new year. Indeed, the rate of increase may, in fact, be larger than current figures in the month of October due to the release of the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, which may prompt many users to upgrade from older versions of Windows for the added features and security.

Source: Neowin

2013 Yahoo Security Breach Affected All 3 Billion Accounts

Yahoo has confirmed that back in 2013, all accounts were compromised. They initially stated that "only" 1 billion accounts were hacked, but after doing a bit more digging (and being honest with themselves) they admitted that every account was compromised. They claim that passwords were not stolen in clear text, but hashed passwords, phone numbers, birthdays, security questions and answers and more were all taken. I think if they were really honest, they'd admit they knew this years ago - and not just suddenly four years later.

Yahoo today announced that the huge data breach in August 2013 affected every user on its service - that’s all three billion user accounts and up from the initial one billion figure Yahoo initially reported. Since disclosing the hack, Yahoo continued to add more numbers of accounts compromised, but today’s announcement makes it clear that if you had a Yahoo email account, you were part of the breach.

Source: TheVerge

The Evolution of Google Phones

Google has been at the smartphone game since 2007 and they've come a long way. At the end of the day, not much has changed really. Along the way there have been sliders, a few keyboards and even a trackball, but at the end of it all, not a lot has changed in terms of platform since about 2009. I'm not sure if that means it's a real win, or if people have quit trying to think outside the box.

Google had no way of knowing it at the time, but the roughly $50 million it shelled out to buy Palo Alto–based Android Inc. would turn out to be one of the best deals in its history. Frustrated by the fragmentation of yesteryear's mobile industry, Google directed its new team to develop a smartphone of its own, running open-source software that would ensure Google's web services would have a place in people's pockets.

Source: Engadget

How the Xbox One X Shapes Console Gaming's Future

When it comes to consoles, the release cycle of hardware has traditionally been pretty lengthy. The period between console launches (not counting minor refreshes) has been 5-8 years. This changed with the latest consoles from Microsoft and Sony. Their respective consoles were released with mediocre-at-best hardware and this has forced them to do a pretty major update - about half-way through the release cycle. Microsoft was the second to release their "next-gen" console, but is the first to offer up a true 4K-capable refresh. This spells a lot of changes though as the big guys are in unknown territory when it comes to hardware releases. Check the link below for the development story and more.

When discussing how he and his team designed the Xbox One X, Sparks says the process revolved around one pivotal benchmark. The new console had to be compact, more so than any comparable PC. In fact, it would need to be even smaller than the Xbox One S, itself a slim version of the original Xbox One. There was one big issue: the new console wouldn’t just have to be smaller, it also needed to be 40 percent more powerful.

Source: TheVerge

NVMe RAID Support Now Available for Threadripper

NVMe storage products are incredibly fast, and read speads of 3,500 MB/s and write speeds of 2,100 MB/s are possible - which is insane. The thing is, it could be faster. The new X399 chipset supports multiple NVMe storage options and the latest driver release now includes support for RAID across these slots. The result is that you can see throughput of up to 21,220 MB/sec. That's incredibly fast and would allow a Blu-Ray disk full of data to be copied in just over a single second. Any more reason not to switch to AMD's Threadripper?

Unsurprisingly, AMD seized the opportunity to show off some benchmarks with some fairly linear results with the addition of subsequent drives. While not everyone would be wanting to cram six NVMe solid-state drives inside their rig, it at least shows that the company's X399 platform is up to snuff, at least according to synthetic benchmarks. it also serves as a blow against Intel who is charging X299 users $99 for a physical virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) key to plug into the motherboard just to enable RAID1 and 10 functionality.

Source: Neowin

Roku Continues to Rock

Roku has really set the bar when it comes to streaming media boxes. While Apple TV may have a larger fan-base and be more popular because of the brand, the Roku box has dominated in features, content, plug-ins and more. Apple recently tried to play catch up by adding 4K content to their unit, but Roku has been doing that for years. In response to Apple's latest upgrade, they offer an upgrade of their own. The new hardware and software combination will enable and allow live-tv streaming as well. This is a nice touch that will help set the Roku head and shoulders above the competition.

As such, in a determined nose tweak to Apple, Roku's new hardware and version 8 of its operating system will pull in live TV and add it to its menu. In one example the company gives, a search for feature-length cartoon Sing provides the opportunity to rent or purchase it from a range of companies but also includes a live listing of its playing on broadcast TV with the start time.

Source: TheRegister

Microsoft Shuts Down Groove and Pushes Spotify

Microsoft has never had any success in the music scene. They tried years ago with the Zune program. At first, the deal was great. 10 downloads DRM-free, plus a full music subscription. It was there answer to iTunes, and it was better in every way. They cancelled it. Then they tried out Groove Music. It was worse in every way than iTunes and naturally, it failed as well. In fact, it never took off at all, but I guess at least they tried. Microsoft will move users to Spotify and if you're a Groove Music pass subscriber, you'll probably get a better experience.

Microsoft isn’t likely to come out and bluntly say that it has failed to capture any relevant market share in this space, but this move is about as clear an admission as any. The $9.99 Groove Music Pass subscription never offered any features to set it apart from Spotify, iTunes and similar services. To be fair, it was a perfectly competent music streaming service, but there was nothing special about it.

Source: TechCrunch

Safari Browser Falls Behind Linux

Well, I'm sure that Tim Cook isn't happy to hear that the MacOS browser usage has fallen behind Linux of all things. Linux isn't much of a competitor - you'd think, but you'd be wrong. At the time of this writing, it's super close and Safari is in the lead by 0.02% of tracked data. That in mind, the gap has been closed in the first couple days of this month and Linux is in the lead. I'm not sure who all is running Linux systems, but apparently there are more people running straight Linux and browsing the web that people are on their Macs.


Source: NetMarketShare

AMD Wins Forza 7

Forza 7 was recently benchmarked by the crew over at ComputerBase and they have tested it extensively with the Radeon RX Vega 64 and the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - as well as a whole host of other cards and combinations. The CPU is a snappy Core i7-6850K and is powered by 16GB of DDR4-3000 - so the graphics card should end up being the bottleneck. They test 1920x1080, 2560x1440 and 3840x2160 and push things pretty hard.

The higher the resolution, however, the more Nvidia is in motion. In 2.560 × 1.440, the Radeon RX Vega 64 still remains clear in the front. However, the lead to the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti shrinks to twelve percent and the GeForce GTX 1080 to 21 percent. In 3.840 × 2.160, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti creates the first victory and delivers eight percent more FPS than the Radeon RX Vega 64. The AMD graphics card remains however still eleven percent faster than the GeForce GTX 1080.

Source: ComputerBase

Edge Doesn't Allow Crappy Extensions

One of the benefits of browsers from Mozilla or Google is that you can customize your experience and give your browser a lot more functionality due to extensions. I don't use that many extensions any more, but there are certainly some great and useful ones available. Microsoft's Edge, on the other hand, allows for extensions, but there aren't that many available. When asked why, Microsoft replied that it is because they only allow "high quality" extensions and most are garbage. I think it's more because Microsoft has a notorious closed ecosystem.

Microsoft has also explained that over the past year, it has focused more on improving the APIs, Bookmarks, and Native Messaging, rather than adding new extensions at breakneck speed. The company says that some Insider Preview builds also hamper with the functionalities of extensions, and as such, Microsoft carefully studies the data obtained through testing by Insiders in order to ensure the reliability of its extensions platform.

Source: Neowin

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