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Understanding the Intel CPU Security Bug [Video]

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Understanding the Intel CPU Security Bug [Video]

You may have heard about the discovery of a major security hole affecting most recent Intel microprocessors which allows a process running on a computer to exploit a side-channel attack to read privileged information from the operating system or other processes on the same machine. Here is the technical paper describing this exploit. This was reported by those who discovered it to the major CPU manufacturers: Intel, AMD, and ARM on 2017-06-01, but kept secret to allow time for mitigation to be put into place. This is one of the most serious hardware problems to have discovered in mass-produced microprocessors...

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Unwanted Windows 10 upgrade costs Microsoft $10,000

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Unwanted Windows 10 upgrade costs Microsoft $10,000

Microsoft has paid a California woman $10,000 over an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade, reports theSeattle Times. Teri Goldstein's computer, used to run her travel agency business, was apparently upgraded to Windows 10 shortly after Microsoft made the free upgrade available to Windows 7 and 8.1 users last year. Goldstein said this update was so problematic that it left her computer crashing and unusable for days at a time. After Microsoft's tech support was unable to assist, Goldstein sued the software company, asking the court to award her compensation for lost wages and the cost of a new computer. Goldstein won...

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Microsoft’s Naggy Windows 10 Upgrade Prompt Interrupts Meteorologist’s Weathercast

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Microsoft’s Naggy Windows 10 Upgrade Prompt Interrupts Meteorologist’s Weathercast

If you’re a Windows 7 or Windows 8 user that hasn’t yet upgraded to Windows 10, it stands to reason that you’ve been bombarded at some point to upgrade. Microsoft is really pushing its free upgrade to Windows 10 and is trying every trick in the book to get users to take advantage of its latest and greatest operating system. However, at least for one meteorologist, the Windows 10 upgrade prompt came during an inopportune time — right in the middle of a live weathercast. Metinka Slater, a meteorologist with Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI 8, was going about her...

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NASA partners with Microsoft to launch “mixed reality” Mars exhibit

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NASA partners with Microsoft to launch “mixed reality” Mars exhibit

NASA has collaborated with Microsoft to create a new mixed-reality exhibit known as “Destination: Mars“, allowing the public to explore the red planet with holographic tour guides. The exhibit will open this summer in Florida at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Featuring the second person on the moon, Dr. Buzz Aldrin, and guided by Curiosity Mars Rover driver Erisa Hines, viewers will check out real sites on Mars where scientists have made important discoveries. The experience was created using imagery taken from the Curiosity Rover which landed on Mars in August 2012. “Destination: Mars” makes use of OnSight software,...

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NASA dives deeper into how it's really using HoloLens

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NASA dives deeper into how it's really using HoloLens

A year ago we heard that NASA and Microsoft were teaming up to build Sidekick, a project that uses HoloLens to let astronauts and scientists collaborate remotely, as well as visualize 3D schematics. Now we've finally got a closer look at Sidekick in action thanks to NASA's Jeff Norris, who discussed the project during a Vision Summit presentation. Norris, who leads mission control innovation for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, mainly focuses on the 3D visualization aspect ("Procedure Mode"). Rather than waiting for components to be assembled for testing, Sidekick lets NASA explore potential issues ahead of times. Engineers and scientists...

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