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Heads up: Total Meltdown exploit code now available on GitHub

The massive security hole introduced by Microsoft for 64-bit Win7 and Server 2008 R2 now has working proof-of-concept code — and it’s freely available on GitHub. While we haven’t seen exploits in the wild, it’s only a matter of days....

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2-Minute Linux Tip: How to terminate processes

In today’s tip, I’m going to show you how to terminate processes on Linux systems using kill, pkill and killall and show you why it makes a difference which command you choose.

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2-Minute Linux Tip: How to add and delete user accounts

In today’s Linux tip, we’re going to look at the adduser and deluser commands. As the names suggest, they are used to add and delete user accounts on Linux systems.

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The missing cumulative update for Win10 1709 appeared overnight — KB 4093105

A massive cumulative update for the latest version of Windows arrived last night, complete with noteworthy fixes. No indication why, but many report that the bug fix isn’t being fed through Windows Update just yet.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4093105, released April 23, 2018.

Microsoft cites 24% jump in tech support scams

According to the FBI, cybercrooks have changed tactics and sometimes pose as government agents or tech support reps for GPS, printer or cable companies, or virtual currency exchangers.

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Microsoft boosts anti-phishing skills of Chrome, the IE and Edge killer

The company has released an add-on for Chrome – dubbed 'Windows Defender Browser Protection' – that effectively gives up a major asset in its own Edge browser.

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11+ Mac keyboard skills to learn today

In this guide, you'll learn how to unlock the most useful hidden keyboard characters on your Mac.

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 Redstone 4 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 17134, released on April 16, 2018.

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Confused about mobile platforms? You’re not alone. Here’s clarity.

Finally: Here are answers to the questions everyone suddenly has about mobile and IoT platforms.

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You won’t believe why the Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118, keeps installing itself

A kludge built on a Carnak kludge, combined with a quirk in the way Windows Update works, has led to voluminous reports of KB 4093118 re-re-re-installing itself. Unless Microsoft fixes the bad setting, you may get re-installs...

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What is the cloud-native approach?

In this 60-second video, learn how the cloud-native approach is changing the way enterprises structure their technologies, from Craig McLuckie, founder and CEO of Heptio, and one of the inventors of open-source system Kubernetes

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The gift that keeps on giving: Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4093118 installs over and over

Multiple, angry reports say the newly fixed Win7 Monthly Rollup for April installs successfully, then installs again, and again — on both 32- and 64-bit versions of Win7. The only known solution is to hide the update.

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Microsoft holds up Windows 10 feature upgrade after finding BSOD bug

The company delayed the update, which had been expected to arrive on either April 3 or April 10, for an unspecified period.

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What is Windows Hello? Microsoft’s biometrics security system explained

Windows Hello gives Windows 10 users an alternative way to log into their devices and applications using a fingerprint, iris scan or facial recognition. Here’s what the technology does, who uses it and the hardware required.

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Patches for Win10 1703 and 1607, and a brain-twisting update to the Win7 IP bug fix

Just one week after a round of cumulative updates for Windows 10 versions, we get two additional, big patches for Win10 1703 and 1607. There’s also a confusing re-issue of KB 4099950, the largely misunderstood and poorly documented...

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Is Apple about to kill the SuperDrive on Macs?

Apple has decreed death to 32-bit apps on Macs. But with DVD player, QuickTime 7, and CD/DVD authoring apps stuck there, what's the future of the Mac SuperDrive?

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2-Minute Linux Tip: Learn how to use the alias command

In today’s 2-minute tip, we’re going to look at the alias command – a tool that can save you a lot of time and trouble and maybe even a few brain cells.

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