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New Versions of Windows 10

To make things easier for customers, Windows 10 is going to come in many different versions.

You'll be able to get the following flavors of Windows 10:

  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Mobile
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Windows 10 Education
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
  • Windows 10 IoT Core (for low cost, small footprint devices, eg. gateways)
  • Windows 10 Enterprise for Industry (devices like ATM's, Point of Sale Devices, etc.)
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise for Industry (devices like ATM's, Point of Sale Devices, etc.)


Quote from Microsoft:

We designed Windows 10 to deliver a more personal computing experience across a range of devices. An experience optimized for each device type, but familiar to all. Windows 10 will power an incredibly broad range of devices – everything from PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub. It will also power the world around us, core to devices making up the Internet of Things, everything from elevators to ATMs to heart rate monitors to wearables. No matter which Windows 10 device our customers use, the experience will feel comfortable, and there will be a single, universal Windows Store where they can find, try and buy Universal Windows apps.


Should be interesting to see how the multiple versions are received. For the average consumer there aren't too many choice outside of Home and Pro which isn't overly confusing but Microsoft has always taken some flak over too many versions which doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. You can read more about all of the versions over at Microsoft's Blog.

Deepcool @ CES 2016

If you haven't heard of Deepcool before, after this CES, you will probably be trying to find someone who sells their products here in North America. Deepcool brought some interesting designs to their suite this year. One of such is the Tristellar case and by looks alone one could almost say it was out of a Star Wars movie. The graphics card is contained in the top one of the three "wings", while the PSU is in the lower left "wing" and lastly the ITX motherboard and CPU are housed in the lower right. There is also enough room to stick one of Deepcool’s liquid coolers in the case as well.

The Images will show the Tristellar S white case however this is a special Bill Owen MOD case with only 50 made globally; the normal version of the case comes in black.

Tristellar

The Genome which will be hitting the market later this year is more than just a case, it's an extreme liquid cooling system. The case and liquid cooler are designed to fit seamlessly together all the while bringing some interesting design elements in along the way. The cooling solution is a 360mm radiator with 3 PWM fans, a helix reservoir, and all the while using the new captain design CPU block and pump. Depending on the final price when it hits the market it really could be worth looking at when building a new rig.

To top it all off DeepCool was demonstrating a PSU that was liquid cooled which is something not too many people have worked on. Who knows if it will become a mainstream item or not, but it's always cool to seem something new and different.

Liquid Cooled PUS

Please be sure to check out more image in our CES gallery here. Also, take a look at the Deepcool website to find our more about these products.

Nintendo Finally to Get on the Smartphone Bandwagon

It's been almost 6 months since we've seen a new technology that allows you to play games on your smartphone. Actually it's been closer to 10 years and finally - FINALLY, Nintendo sees some benefit of putting their games on this platform. The install base of smartphones is huge, so why not sell the software and make a killing off of it instead of trying (in vain, often) to sell people hardware they don't want. I like this idea and am looking forward to some great titles on my Android.

In order to hit this target, Nintendo is going to begin releasing smartphone games featuring its most popular characters this year. The only app that has been confirmed so far is a social app by the name of Miitomo, but presumably Kimishima wants to launch at least one app featuring Mario, Link or another classic Nintendo character before the end of 2016.

Source: BGR

Lenovo Default Password: 12345678

Last week Lenovo patches a "flaw" in their File-Sharing App that had a hard-coded password. That's right. Lenovo put in a password - hardcoded into the software to make things more convenient for the users of their application. That's not a huge deal, but the fact that the password was the one that topped the list in 2015 as the worst password in the world, well, that's not great at all. Thankfully, it's patched up and now your documents and other shared items should be safe once again - for a little while at least.

The most pressing issue is the hard-coded password in the Windows version of the app. Core Security said that when the app is configured to receive files from devices, it sets up a Wi-Fi hotspot with the same 12345678 password every time. The updated app removes that default password, but not before it opened the door to another hole that could allow attackers to remotely browse a device’s file system.

Source: Threatpost

Microsoft Takes Down Botnet, Wants a PC Killswitch

Microsoft has come a long way and they've done some good stuff - keeping us safe, monitoring botnets and more. After their big success in Decembter, they have made a suggestion that perhaps they should have more control in order to keep our data and computers safe. Their idea is to have your computer report to them several times an hour and if suspicious activity is detected, they can remotely and automatically pull the plug. I really don't want to hand over that level of control to anyone. Not even if they are "good guys".

“There should not be backdoors, because you don’t know who else can use it,” said Frank. “We’re open to other solutions, but encryption is extraordinary important to protecting the privacy of governments, the privacy of individuals and the privacy of enterprises, and we all want to communicate securely.”

Source: TheRegister

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