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Do you use Widows 8? Do you hate 8? Windows 10 won’t be any easier to learn. In fact the learning curve will be much steeper as Win 10 will be able to do so many more things.
From a PC World report:
It’s official: Windows 10 is coming.
After kicking off Windows 10 with a bevy of business-friendly features, Microsoft drew back the curtain on the operating system’s new ‘consumer-focused features’ at an event on Wednesday, while simultaneously driving home a vision of an operating system designed to deliver a singular, cohesive experience across a myriad of device types.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users, who can get it free the first year after Windows 10 hits the streets.
We will upgrade an Asus laptop to Win 10 to test out the new operating system when it’s available. The Asus is a computer that Best Buy’s warranty gave me after my Dell laptop died due to a coffee spill.
I have a huge dislike for the Asus so it is appropriate to use it to test the new operating system in case we have a huge dislike for Win 10 as well.
Windows 10 will probably never ‘see the light of day’ on my Win 8 HP notebook that I use 90% of the time. It’s a sweet running machine that needs to stay just as it is.
Our Dell desktop will probably stay with Win 7 and the laptop I take on trips is an old Toshiba that runs on Vista. There also is a Toshiba laptop with Win 8 that was purchased on a weak moment.
Yes, I know, I know - we have way, way too many computers for just the two of us.
Anyway, if your head isn’t spinning enough after reading about Microsoft’s new operating system, there is a list of Windows 10‘s new features here.
The FBI has taken the position that court warrants are not required when deploying cell-site simulators in public places. Nicknamed "stingrays," the devices are decoy cell towers that capture locations and identities of mobile phone users and can intercept calls and texts.
The FBI made its position known during private briefings with staff members of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
In response, the two lawmakers wrote Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson, maintaining they were "concerned about whether the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have adequately considered the privacy interests" of Americans.
In the meanwhile ‘Big Brother’ may be listening to your every phone call or text message.
Endgadget reports on an Internet outage in North Korea
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has just four networks that connect to the world wide web -- and none of them are working today. "The situation now is they are totally offline," Doug Madory, director of internet analysis at Dyn Research told Bloomberg News.
After a weekend of spotty connections, the country's pipeline to the outside world reportedly went down this morning.
This was followed by several helpful suggestions. The funniest was the “frantic plea from Kim Jong-un (pictured below) for an AOL free set up disc” to help him get back online.
Maybe someone reading this can send Kim an AOL disc. We all have scads of them lying around unless they all got tossed as soon as they were received.
Send it to:
Palace of the Boy King
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Make sure it is insured and sent Overnight Mail.
And what if the Internet is actually down in North Korea, wouldn’t that be an indication that it couldn’t have been North Korea that hacked Sony? Or is the Internet down in North Korea as retribution for the Sony hack?
There is reportedly a possibility you can get a virus/malware/spyware etc. from your laptop camera or your XBox camera.
If you get the right kind of virus, sometimes referred to as a back door program, the person who sent out the virus can gain FULL control of your computer. This means that, it is theoretically possible for your computer to be completely hijacked by another person, to see what you are typing or even gain control of your system.
This is prompting cautions laptop users to place a piece of tape over the camera on the top of the computer screen and only remove it while making Skype or other video calls.
And what about the camera on you X Box? Some say it can also be vulnerable to hackers.