Category Archives: Products

Windows Update on Windows 7 is still a problem

Last time, I griped about Windows Update on Windows 7. Turns out, I left some gripes on the table.

Installing the most recent round of bug fixes, released May 10th, many experienced continued performance problems.

Despite installing the four recommended patches I wrote about previously, Windows Update still ran for a long time for me.

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Windows Update does a lot of computing, but no downloading

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Mozilla fights in court to get info about potential Firefox flaw

Mozilla has asked a Washington State District Court to compel FBI investigators to provide details about a vulnerability in the Tor Browser with them before they share it with the defendant in a lawsuit, so that they could fix it before the knowledge becomes public.

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The lawsuit in question is against Jay Michaud, a Vancouver (Wa.) teacher that stands accused of accessing and downloading child pornography from a website on the Dark Web.

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Latest Win10 update got you fuming? Here’s how to get your PC back on trac

If you’re having problems with Windows 10’s forced updates, you’re not alone. Thankfully, with 11 cumulative updates behind us, we’ve accumulated some coping experience.

Each cumulative update is different, but there’s a handful of tricks that can help jolt your system back into consciousness when a troubling cumulative update strikes. If you’re having problems, the following solutions are worth a try. If you can’t get back on course, follow the instructions at the end to find more personalized help — and the hope to live to fight another day.

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App Store search is failing more than usual with wonky search results

Apple is working on a fix for the issue, which is affecting all users.

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Apple is reportedly experimenting with ways to improve its Mac and iOS App Stores, but right now the company has bigger problems. On Thursday morning, App Store search wasn’t functioning at all.


This doesn’t seem right…

Users on Twitter and Reddit were the first to spot that App Store search was broken. Search isn’t all that functional at its best, but now search results for super-popular apps turn up completely wrong results. As of this writing, a search for Rex, which is an Apple Editor’s Pick in the iOS App Store Featured tab, turns up dinosaur-themed apps, but no Rex. A search for Uber results in other ride-hailing apps, like Easy Taxi and Hailo, but no Uber. Basically, the App Store is taking its normally bad behavior to the next level.

Apple has acknowledged the issue on its services status page:

“Users are experiencing a problem with the App Store. We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available.”

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Microsoft: Windows Malware Up, Stuxnet Shell Attack Most Popular

New Security Intelligence Report (SIR) shows increase in vulnerability disclosures, and re-emergence of old Stuxnet attack bug.

The number of Windows systems worldwide hit with malware infection attempts in the second half of last year jumped by nearly 6% over the previous year to 20%.

Microsoft’s new Security Intelligence Report (SIR) published today shows vulnerability disclosure was up by more than 9% from June through December of 2015, with some 3,300 bugs reported. “More importantly, high severity vulnerability disclosures were up more than 40%,” says Tim Rains, director of security at Microsoft. “A concerning trend is the increase in vulnerability discovery, thousands every six months.”

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5 quick ways to recover storage space on an overstuffed iPhone or iPad

Find a few gigs of breathing room by taming bloated apps, culling podcasts, trimming attachments, and more.

5 quick ways to recover storage space on an overstuffed iPhone or iPad
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Sure, 16GB of storage sounded like plenty when you first bought your iPhone, but you probably regretted your decision to go with Apple’s cheapest option when those pesky “low storage” warnings started popping up.

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Google Patches 40 Vulnerabilities in Android

Google’s May 2016 security update for the Android operating system patches a total of 40 vulnerabilities, including many rated critical and high severity.

The list of critical issues includes another round of remote code execution flaws in mediaserver, and privilege escalation vulnerabilities in the Android debugger, the Qualcomm TrustZone component, the Qualcomm Wi-Fi driver, the kernel, and the NVIDIA video driver.

The mediaserver flaws allow an attacker to remotely execute code within the context of the mediaserver service. The privilege escalation weaknesses allow a local malicious application to execute arbitrary code in the context of the Android debugger or the kernel.

The critical vulnerabilities have been assigned the following CVE identifiers: CVE-2016-2428, CVE-2016-2429, CVE-2016-2430, CVE-2016-2431, CVE-2016-2432, CVE-2015-0569, CVE-2015-0570, CVE-2016-2434, CVE-2016-2435, CVE-2016-2436, CVE-2016-2437 and CVE-2015-1805.

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iPhone Fingerprint Unlocking Case Raises Constitutional Issue

As smartphone makers are increasingly adding fingerprint-sensor technology as a log-in feature for their devices, users may be unaware they may lose their right to the Fifth Amendment.

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10 iPhone, iPad Apps For Data Nerds

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On the off-chance law enforcement officials may one day want to peruse through the content loaded on your smartphone, there’s a high probability you won’t be able to stop them if it has a fingerprint sensor as its log-in.

In other words, you have lost the right to the Fifth Amendment, which guards against self-incrimination. Such was the case for one woman, who was recently targeted by the FBI. The bureau obtained a warrant from a Los Angeles Court to compel her to press her finger against the smartphone and unlock the device, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Under the Fifth Amendment, one of the provisions states no one “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” For this provision to kick in, however, it applies to law enforcement agencies and the government forcing an individual to make a statement or give “testimony” that could incriminate the individual, notes a report in Wired.

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