After being rumored for quite some time, Microsoft has finally announced the next iteration of its hugely popular Windows operating system. Called Windows 10, it is designed to run on various types of devices; from Internet of Things all the way to servers.
The new operating system has been scheduled for release in 2015 but that being said, Microsoft has cooked up a special program called the Windows Insider Program in order to allow users to have an early look into the operating system.
Microsoft has announced the next iteration of its flagship operating system. The company has decided to skip a number and jump straight to 10. Windows 10 will apparently run across everything Microsoft has its hands in, covering mobile devices and PCs; and everything in between.
Later this month, Microsoft is expected to reveal the next iteration of the Windows operating system codenamed Threshold which also known as Windows 9 and Windows TH. So far, quite a number of its features have been leaked in the open including the new Start Menu, Notifications Centre and many more.
Not this one though: it turns out that existing Windows 8 users will be able to upgrade to the new Windows 9 / Threshold for free.
The Unix Bash shell vulnerability that appeared recently is now actively being used by hackers to attack systems. Security firms have been issuing warnings and reports of attacks happening only just four hours after the revelation was made. Bash itself does not yet have an official patch, leaving an unknown number of systems vulnerable.
A new security vulnerability has been uncovered in one of the most installed Linux utilities. The problem stems from a bug in the Bourne again shell, or Bash, which serves as the default shell for Linux and OS X. The bug allows attackers who are aware of how it works to inject and execute their own commands on targeted systems. It is currently being referred to as the Shellshock bug and already being compared to Heartbleed in terms of scope and potential damage.
Microsoft Office 365 Student Edition has been free for eligible students for a while now, although it apparently has not been as widespread as Redmond would like. The company has changed how these students apply for the subscription, from going through the University IT department to applying for the license themselves.
The upcoming version of Google’s Android operating system is set to arrive with data encryption options turned on by default. While there has been no official statement made by the company, a spokesman informed the Washington Post that it is working on getting the feature to work right out of the box.
WikiLeaks has released updated information about FinFisher, the software used by governments to conduct surveillance on citizens. The leak hopes that the information will help researchers uncover human rights abuses that happens with the software; although some critics are calling the public release an extremely short sighted and reckless move.
With concerns about snooping on the internet, BitTorrent has just released an public Alpha of its new chat app: Bleep. The instant messaging client is an attempt to use P2P technology to create a chat network that doesn’t pass through any servers; thus, making it harder for anyone to eavesdrop on the conversation.
A interesting piece of malware has been discovered to be infesting Twitch chatrooms. It spreads by using the traditional phishing scam that invites users to participate in a sweepstakes to win rare items from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Once the link is clicked, the malware then logs into the nearest Steam account and begins to clear it out.
It is not a secret that Microsoft is planning to unveil Windows 9 a.k.a Threshold to the world really soon. As we get closer to the rumoured date for the press event, two tech sites in Germany have published a set of screenshots from an early build of Windows 9 Technical Preview which provided an early look to the new operating system.