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During the Microsoft keynote at the Computex show on May 31, officials provided a list of expected vendors of the first Qualcomm ARM- and next wave of Intel-based PCs that will include support for built-in LTE/eSIM technology. Microsoft and its partners are referring to these PCs as "Always Connected."' eSIM is an electronic SIM technology that will make it easier for users to choose and activate their data plans.

Among those vendors committed to making Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-based Always On PCs are ASUS, HP and Lenovo, officials said.

Intel showed off earlier this week several new Intel-based Always Connected Windows 10 PCs from Acer, Dell, Huawei, HP, Lenovo and MSI...

Always Connected PCs are mobile devices that will provide full Windows 10 (not a stripped down version), LTE/eSIM connectivity and longer battery life.

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit 1.09 Build 1384 has been released

(Please ignore the date in that thread...)

Windows 10 Build 15002’s offers major improvements, including the ability to delay the installation of updates for up to 35 days.   But this delay feature will only be offered to the Professional, Education, and Enterprise versions.

In effect, Microsoft is deliberately treating everyday home users as guinea pigs --- to report bad drivers and broken bug-fixes when their PCs crash or programs malfunction --- so that “By the time Current branch for Business machines are updated, the changes will have been validated by millions of Insiders, consumers and customers’ internal test processes for several months, allowing updates to be deployed with this increased assurance of validation.”

Firefox 52 will be the last COMPLETE version for Windows XP & Windows Vista.

Firefox security updates for XP and Vista users will continue until September 2017, although new features will not be offered.


Remark:   Firefox was the last "major" browser to support XP/Vista --- IE ( 8 ), Google Chrome and PaleMoon have all dropped support for XP. 

As of the moment, I believe Avast's SafeZone browser still supports XP... but one has to wonder how much longer this will be.

We also have to wonder whether this will be the "final nail in the coffin" for XP...

From :

We will no longer provide updates for Windows XP beyond version 26.5.0 of Pale Moon.

With version 27 just around the corner, we ask that all Windows XP users switch off automatic update checking in Pale Moon to avoid potential problems with incompatible updates. To do this, go to (Tools->)Options -> Advanced -> Update, and select "Never check for updates":

Web News / AT&T to purchase Time Warner for $85 billion
« on: October 22, 2016, 07:16:20 PM »
AT&T will pay $110 per Time Warner share, half in cash and half in stock, worth about $85 billion overall, sources told Reuters.

AT&T, whose main wireless phone and broadband service business is showing signs of slowing, has already made moves to turn itself into a media powerhouse.  AT&T bought satellite TV provider DirecTV last year for $48.5 billion.

Time Warner is a major force in movies, TV and video games. Its assets include the HBO, CNN, TBS and TNT networks as well as the Warner Bros film studio, producer of the “Batman” and “Harry Potter” film franchises. The company also owns a 10 percent stake in video streaming site Hulu.

[Note:  Time Warner CABLE was a separate company, which was purchased by Charter Communications earlier this year.]

The upcoming version 27 will no longer support so-called Jetpack/SDK extensions for technical reasons.

"Moonchild" has created a compatibility-checker, to give users some advance notice:

The plan sees Comcast charge its internet users extra whenever they consume more than 1 terabyte (i.e., 1,024 GB) of data in a month. Comcast says it will not limit those users’ speeds in that case, but if they go over, it will automatically add another 50 GB of data to the plan for a $10 fee. If you exceed that, the company will continue to charge $10 for each additional 50 GB until you hit $200’s worth of fees. At the point, you’ll be able to use more data without paying extra.

Web News / HP Inc. Sorry for Blocking Rival Cartridges
« on: September 29, 2016, 07:17:13 PM »
HP Inc. has apologized for a new authentication feature in its software update that blocked third-party ink cartridge suppliers. The global PC and printing market leader will offer new software that lets third-party cartridges work on HP printers

The Opera browser now offers a free, built-in, non-bandwidth-limited VPN-like proxy service for anyone that chooses to use it.

This means all web traffic through the browser will be encrypted, tracking cookies will be blocked, and the user’s IP address will be hidden...

In addition, use of the VPN can allow web browsers to get around geolocation-locked contents, meaning Opera users may be more easily able to watch television or movies that normally aren’t allowed to stream in their location.

Mozilla officials say they'll release a Firefox update on Tuesday that fixes the same cross-platform, malicious code-execution vulnerability patched Friday in the Tor browser.

The vulnerability allows an attacker who has a man-in-the-middle position and is able to obtain a forged certificate to impersonate Mozilla servers, Tor officials warned in an advisory. From there, the attacker could deliver a malicious update for NoScript or many other Firefox extensions installed on a targeted computer. The fraudulent certificate would have to be issued by any one of several hundred Firefox-trusted certificate authorities (CA)...

Until Mozilla releases the update, Firefox users who are concerned they might be targeted by nation-sponsored adversaries should consider using a different browser or, alternately, configuring Firefox to stop automatically accepting extension updates.

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Four major security holes in the Qualcomm chips which power modern Android devices have left as many as 900 million users vulnerable to a range of attacks.

According to Israel-based security firm Checkpoint, the flaws—dubbed "Quadrooter"—found in the firmware which governs the chips, could allow potential attackers to "trigger privilege escalations for the purpose of gaining root access to a device" using malware which wouldn't require special permissions, allowing it to pass under suspicious users' radars.

In an attempt to fix an issue --- that the user interface was randomly opening up on its own --- avast issued an [emergency] update.   However, it appears that this update made things significantly worse --- the avast interface no longer recognizes its own services and database  >:(   There are now MANY dissatisfied users bombarding the avast forum to complain.

I'm not 100% certain of this... but based on what I've read in the forum --- and just now confirmed on one of my computers --- it appears the buggy update is version 12.2.2276 - build 12.2.3126.2  ;  the final digit, 2, distinguishes this update from earlier (good) ones.

For more information, see the ongoing discussions:  You are unprotected! Avast Background service is not running:

Microsoft is removing the ability to turn off Cortana once the Windows 10 Anniversary Update drops on August 2nd, as first reported by PC World's Ian Paul ( )

Cortana is the personal digital assistant that replaced Windows 10’s search function, and taps into Bing’s servers to answer your queries with contextual awareness.

Previously, Windows 10 users could turn off Cortana, leaving in her place a more basic search bar that could scan your own files and folders. That means forgoeing Cortana's nifty features, including the ability to schedule reminders or see your calendar, but it's been a worthy tradeoff for those users worried about Microsoft tracking too much user data.

Now, Microsoft is removing the option. Once the update hits, if you want to search your own computer, you're using Cortana. And unless you're using Windows 10 at work, there's no way to turn down the Anniversary Update or any other Windows update.

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