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In our testing of AMD's monstrous Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor, we slapped the beastly high-end desktop (HEDT) chip into an ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme motherboard, and fired up the latest build of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, with all updates and patches installed. We saw excellent results. However, a question has been raised of whether it is better to pair the Threadripper 3990X with Windows 10 Enterprise instead of Pro. Before we get to that, let's talk about the Threadripper 3990X. It's the biggest, baddest consumer CPU in AMD's stable (read: non-EPYC processor). The chip rocks 64 cores and 128 threads, with a 2.9GHz base clock, 4.3GHz max boost clock, and a whopping 256MB of L3 cache (along... Read more...
Another Microsoft Patch Tuesday has come and gone. Ninety-nine flaws in total were addressed during this major patch. Unfortunately, the update does not provide a blanket fix for all ninety-nine issues. There are various prerequisites before some users will be able to install a patch for a secure boot vulnerability. “CVE-2020-0689” or the “Microsoft Secure Boot Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability” allows attackers to bypass secure boots. A secure boot is intended to guarantee that a device is only making use of software with valid credentials from an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). However, this vulnerability permits attackers to load their own software. Thankfully,... Read more...
Earlier this month, we heard rumors that Microsoft is preparing to launch its third-generation Surface Book 3, which has been a long time coming. That earlier report suggests that the machine could be powered by 10th generation Intel Ice Lake processors and a GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU. A new report from Petri, however, is shedding some more light on the Surface Book 3, including the fact that Microsoft will hold a spring Surface hardware event in New York City to announce the hardware. In addition to the previously leaked information on the Turing-based GeForce GTX GPUs, Petri indicates that the top-spec 15-inch configuration will be configurable with NVIDIA Quadro graphics.... Read more...
Windows 10 is Microsoft's fastest growing operating system, and has been ruling the roost as the company's top consumer platform since the summer of 2015. To keep Windows 10 fresh, Microsoft performs two major updates per year, which brings new features and better usability for consumers. Perhaps the most maligned and hated release, however, was the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809). Among the issues that plagued the release were a zip file bug, problems with mapped drives, a file deletion bug, various Intel and AMD driver issues, and a host of other maladies that annoyed users.  "Even a multi-element detection process will miss issues in an ecosystem... Read more...
Kids these days are enamored with LeBron James, but he's not the greatest ever—sorry, not sorry. If you want to debate the G.O.A.T. in basketball, I'll accept several other candidates, including Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, and of course his Airness, Michael Jordan. Microsoft and Nike chose the latter to don a custom themed Xbox One X game console, and it is up for grabs. The themed console is part of a giveaway on Twitter. Entering is simple—all you have to do follow @xbox (so you can be notified via DM if you win) and retweet the designated Twitter post with the hashtag #Xboxsweepstakes. There are no other hoops to jump through, just a simple retweet puts you... Read more...
At this point in time, it is reasonable to assume Microsoft is wrapping up work on the upcoming Windows 10 20H1 update, which will be the first of two major upgrades to Windows 10 this year. The Windows Insider program supports this notion—things have slowed down, in terms of what is being introduced. From now until release, it is probably a matter of polishing things up and stomping out bugs, rather than continuing to introduce more features into the mix. So, what can we expect? First let's talk about how Microsoft handles Windows 10. As with prior versions of Windows, Microsoft dishes out monthly security patches. This come on the second Tuesday of every month, and are often referred... Read more...
Multiple report have surfaced complaining about one of the patches included this month's Patch Tuesday cumulative update package that Microsoft began pushing out to Windows users on February 11. The problematic update, KB4532693, is for Windows 10 and is intended to fix a few different issues, including one that occurs when migrating cloud printers during an upgrade. However, it is apparently introducing some bugs of its own. Some users who installed the update say the user profile goes missing. There have also been complaints of custom icons and settings getting wiped with the desktop and Start Menu being reset to default, and desktop files going missing. It's not yet clear how widespread the... Read more...
Tax season is upon us, and one thing nobody wants to deal with is getting audited. In a sense, however, that is what some major tech corporations have to deal with, as the Federal Trade Commission announced it is looking into hundreds of prior acquisitions made by Alphabet (including Google), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft. The FTC is essentially asking major tech companies to open their books and make sure that everything is on the up and up. It also wants to "deepen its understanding" of how large technology handle acquisitions, including they get reported to federal antitrust agencies, and whether some of the smaller mergers fall under the radar of potentially being anti-competitive.... Read more...
Microsoft launched its Project xCloud game streaming for Android devices back in October, but at the time it left out those running iOS (i.e. iPhones and iPads). Apple is notorious for placing a lot of restrictions on app developers for acceptance into its App Store walled garden, so Microsoft had to navigate those landmines before launching on the platform. Today, Microsoft is ready to make available a beta version of Project xCloud for iOS users, and it’s doing so through Apple’s TestFlight service. Given that Project xCloud is still in beta; that it is only available right now through TestFlight; and that this is Apple that we’re dealing with, there are some key... Read more...
Samsung and Microsoft have been expanding their partnership together over the last few years, and the two companies now appear ready to tackle gaming. Samsung and Microsoft recently announced at Samsung Unpacked that they will be working more closely together on gaming streaming services and game availability. Samsung and Microsoft’s first step will be to offer Forza Street in the Galaxy Store. Forza Street is a racing game that was released for PC and Xbox last April. This will be the first time that the game will be available on a mobile device. It is possible that other Microsoft games will be available on mobile exclusively through the Galaxy Store. The two companies have provided less... Read more...
How low can it go? For those looking to get in on some Xbox One gaming action, and don’t want to spend a lot of money in the process, we’ve got an excellent deal in store for you. Microsoft first launched the Xbox One S All-Digital a little less than a year ago as a low-cost entry for those that didn’t need a Blu-ray drive. When the console was first launched, it was priced at $249, but now that price has fallen considerably to just $139.99. This comes courtesy of an eBay Daily Deal by way of seller pro-distributing. The seller has a feedback rating of 99.2%, so you’re in good hands, and not only is the same-day shipping free, but the seller also offers free... Read more...
Back in early October, Microsoft gave us a first taste of its Surface Neo dual display folding PC. In a way, the Surface Neo reveal was the culmination of a decade of anticipation that started when Microsoft's initial Courier concept first leaked. The Surface Neo makes use of two displays that can fold rather than a single, flexible display (a la the ThinkPad X1 Fold). As such, customers will have new and innovative ways to interact with the device, which necessitates the use of the new Windows 10X operating system. Windows 10X is specifically designed to accommodate dual screen and folding displays. For those that want to see what Windows 10X has in store, Microsoft has made available... Read more...
Microsoft has announced that based on user feedback, it will no longer force the install of the Microsoft Search in Bing browser extension for users of Office 365 ProPlus. Microsoft had intended to force all users to receive the browser plug-in, whether they wanted it or not. As you might imagine, that angered a lot of people. Microsoft maintains that it has heard from "many customers" who are excited about the "value" Microsoft Search provides through Bing and what it calls the "simplicity" of deploying that value via Office 365 ProPlus. Microsoft intended to integrate that search function so that Bing became a single search engine for users to find what they need inside and outside their organization.... Read more...
Back in November, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said had "some issues with VR," and also claimed "nobody's asking for VR." His comments were in justification of skipping the feature on the next Xbox console, which we now know is the Xbox Series X, due out at the end of this year. Spencer has not changed his position since then, though he did recently clarify his position in response to the backlash. At this point, we can assume that VR functionality is definitely not headed to the Xbox Series X. Spencer has not wavered on this. Not when he made the initial comments in November, not when he expanded on his comments later that same month (in the wake of Half-Life: Alyx, a VR-only title, being announced),... Read more...
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