Integer Scaling Explored: Sharper Pixels For Retro And Modern Games

It'd be a gross understatement to say that retro gaming has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years. Nintendo's NES Classic and SNES Classic mini-consoles or the Switch Online's NES and SNES catalogs might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about older games, but the House of Mario is hardly alone. Sony stumbled into the retro scene last year, and both the Sega Genesis and NEC TurboGrafx-16 (by way of rights-holder Konami) will get their respective official love letters shortly. We'd be remiss, however, if we didn't think about the technology at the heart of...

Beacon, A Dark Web Search Engine Can Be Your Eyes In The Internet Underworld

We have all heard of the dark web: a lawless digital world, uncharted and unstructured, full of data -- much of it illegally acquired and illegally for sale -- that cannot be viewed without special tools: proxy servers, TOR browsers, and the like. It's a murky and mysterious place, a place where much information resides, but is difficult to unearth for the uninitiated. Until now. Canada's Echosec Systems Ltd. recently released Beacon, a security tool that's designed to shed some light on the dark web.  Karl Swannie is the CEO of Echosec, the company behind Beacon. "Beacon is a dark web search...

Apple Places Dead Last In Autonomous Car Disengagements Reported To CA DMV

It looks as though Apple's autonomous vehicle efforts still have a ways to go before they can compare with the best in the industry. The numbers are in, and Apple reported more self-driving vehicle disengagements than any other company. Apple’s 62 vehicles experienced a grand total of 69,510 disengagements. A “disengagement” is when an autonomous vehicle either gives control back to the driver or when a driver interferes. Ideally, the self-driving car should remain “engaged” during the entirety of the drive unless there is an unusual and unavoidable emergency. Apple...

Cryptocurrency Stealing Malware Has Been Discovered On Google Play

Hold onto your wallet. Researchers at ESET have discovered the first known instance of a relatively new strain of cryptocurrency-stealing malware, called a "clipper", on the Google Play Store. They reported their findings to the Play Store's security team on February 1st, who quickly took down the offending application. The attack uses a remarkably simple trick to part users with their digital funds. Cryptocurrency values are assigned to a long, unique string of characters known as a wallet. In order to make a transaction, a sender typically needs to enter the recipient's wallet address in their...

Microsoft 365 Could Replace Office 365 And With Lots Of Windows Perks

Under Satya Nadella's leadership, Microsoft has made no bones about embracing subscription services for their products. Office 365 has largely phased out its perpetual licensed counterpart - e.g. Office 2019 - by enticing users with a low up-front cost, continual updates, and additional perks utilizing Microsoft's cloud services. According to Nadella, Microsoft is now looking to differentiate the subscription package further.  "I think about Microsoft 365 as a two-sided market," says Satya Nadella. "What we are doing with Office 365 or what we will soon be talking about as Microsoft 365...

Windows 10 Will Soon Steal 7GB Of Your Available Storage To Aid Future Updates

Are you tired of manually deleting files to make way for a Windows 10 update? A solution is on its way! Microsoft will now reserve at least 7GB of your device’s storage to help facilitate smooth Windows 10 updates. Windows currently does not check to see whether a user has enough space on their device before beginning an update. Users who currently do not have enough storage space usually receive an error message and must delete some of their files. Windows 10 19H1, also known as version 1903, will save at least 7GB of a device’s storage to guarantee that there is room for any...

Clinging To Windows 7? Microsoft Will Eventually Charge For Security Updates

There are lots of computers out there that are still running Windows 7 even though Windows 10 has been out for a very long time and is now installed on 700 million devices globally. The reasons for staying on an old OS like Windows 7 are many and varied but some folks just feel their OS is working just fine and many end users don’t want to shell out money to replace something that isn't broken. In the enterprise realm, it can be a huge undertaking to move hundreds or thousands of PCs from one version of Windows to a new version, especially if there is proprietary software or apps that might...

Windows 10 Lean Redstone 5 To Ditch Superfluous Features For Better Performance

Microsoft is doing a lot of things with Windows these days, most of which is focused on the core Windows 10 experience—the first of two majors updates scheduled for this year will start rolling out any day now. In addition, Microsoft appears to be working on a stripped down version of Windows 10 called Windows 10 Lean that will focus on performance first and foremost, at the expense of certain features. This news comes at the same time we're also receiving word direct from Microsoft regarding the Windows 10 April Update that actually brings new features to the platform, though regardless,...

Windows 10 Redstone 4 Now Reportedly Called Windows 10 April 2018 Update

We've all been working under the assumption that Windows 10 Redstone 4 would called the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update. The Spring Creators Update naming was originally unearthed during a Microsoft Bug Bash, and fit in nicely with the previous Windows 10 Creators Update (Spring 2017) and the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Fall 2017). However, we're now learning that the upcoming major release of Windows 10 might actually have a differentname, and it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. Microsoft watcher (and noted leaker) @h0x0d has uncovered a Microsoft promotional WinHEC video...

Office 365, Outlook.com And OneDrive Gain New Weapons To Fight Malicious Attacks And Ransomware

Microsoft has announced that Office 365 has gained some new security features that are meant to help protect users from online threats. These new features will go along with the security features already integrated with Office 365, like link checking and attachment scanning for viruses and phishing threats. Office 365 also already encrypts information in transit and at rest. The advanced Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal protection capabilities include the following: File recovery from malicious attacks like ransomware. Tools to help keep your information secure and private. Advanced protection...

Microsoft Launches Windows Server 2019 Preview, Full Release Due In 2H 2018

Microsoft has announced the launch of the Windows Server 2019 Preview. The preview build is available right now through the Insiders Program, while the full Server 2019 OS will be available in the second half of 2018 according to Erin Chapple, Director of Program Management, Windows Server.  Chapple gives some idea of what will be new in Server 2019 noting that it is built on the "strong foundation" of Windows Server 2016. Chapple also points out that Windows Server 2016 was the fastest adopted version of Windows Server ever. Chapple wrote, "We also spent a lot of time with customers...

Dangerous Meltdown And Spectre Security Flaws Exposed Affecting All Intel, AMD And ARM Processors

If you've been following the tech or security news for the past few days, then you no doubt know of a security vulnerability that reportedly affects all Intel processors. OS vendors have been working to mitigate the issue with kernel patches, but those software Band-Aids can come with some performance handicaps as a side effect. Today, we're learning more about what exactly is going on, and that there are not one, but actually two vulnerabilities that have been disclosed. It's bad enough that one of them targets Intel processors, but the second affects ALL modern processors as well -- including...

Veteran Security Analyst Warns Windows 10, Even With Tracking Off, Still Tracks Too Much

Microsoft has gone to great lengths to foster adoption of its Windows 10 operating system, and for good reason. In addition to it likely being one of the best iterations of the Windows OS in a long time--with better security, support for DX12 and host of other features--it’s clearly also a platform for MSFT to better track its customer base for myriad of reasons. Many, including our team here at HotHardware, have droned on about some of the privacy concerns with Windows 10 and we even showed you how to keep Redmond’s nose out of your private bits here as well. Further, even Microsoft has reacted,...

Microsoft CodePlex Open Source Repository Closing, Devs Urged To Embrace Github

Say goodbye to CodePlex. Microsoft just recently announced that it will be shutting down CodePlex, the eleven year-old open-source project hosting website. Microsoft has disabled the ability to create new projects and will officially shut the website down on December 15th, 2017. CodePlex was initially launched in 2006 in order to share development of open-source software. The website included a number of projects, but was best known for its activities around the .NET framework. The site had manage to accumulate tens of thousands of projects. Why are we bidding adieu to CodePlex? Microsoft is choosing...

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