Released in 2012, Windows 8 is barely two years old but it is widely known that Microsoft is already working on the next iteration of the operating system. Codenamed “Threshold” and referred by many as Windows 9, the new operating system is expected to be released to consumers sometime in 2015 according to early information but it seems like that we might be able to see it in action very soon.
We’ve seen this happen countless times: you go to a website to download software and reach a download page with several “Click to Download” buttons, where only one is the actual download link. Clicking on these misleading ads could be a nasty affair, where you could be redirected to a site that automatically downloads malware without your knowing, or even pop-ups that parade you with scareware, prompting you to download bogus anti-virus software. Worse still is when some sites are actually hosting malware that is disguised as useful software. Thankfully, Google is helping to clear that out.
Gamers who cannot wait for Epic Games to officially get started on the next installment of Unreal Tournament can technically get in on the action now. A group of UT fan developers have made a pre-alpha prototype build public for community feedback. While most of the graphics and gameplay are still placeholders, it provides a first look at the development process of the game.
Rumours are beginning to circulate that Microsoft is preparing to drop the Charms bar for the next version of Windows. Widely assumed to be called Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold), the next iteration of the world’s most widespread operating system appears to be removing even more of the features that ended up underutilised in Windows 8. It is also believed that Virtual Desktops will be added as features; despite the option already having existed in Mac OS X and Linux for several years.
Gamers have been eagerly waiting news about the impending launch of Valve’s Source 2 with little to show for it. However, it appears that the new gaming engine has made an appearance in the most recent update to the Dota 2 Workshop. The revelation was first made on Reddit, where user RoyAwesome noticed some significant changes to the file system of the modding tools.
A cyber security researcher claims to have found a method of hacking into satellite communication systems of passenger planes. Ruben Santamarta, a consultant with IOactive, is scheduled to reveal the details of his discovery at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas this week. If he is right, it could spur a complete review of aircraft security.
The Chinese government has dropped foreign security software providers from its list of approved vendors. With both Kaspersky and Symantec no longer listed as options, China will now rely purely on local experts for its security needs. State controlled news portal, People’s Daily, broke the news while also indicating that other foreign technology companies are also being dropped in favour of local solutions. Apparently Microsoft is the only remaining vendor that isn’t Chinese left on any technology procurement list.
Classic first person shooter Doom appears to be the default go-to game for hackers who want to make traditionally boring machines interesting. The latest device to join the Doom-capable club happens to be an automatic teller machine in Australia. Controls are done using the standard ATM keypad, although the two Aussies behind the project intend to get the buttons on the sides of the display to function as weapons selectors.