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Microsoft warns of two new ‘wormable’ flaws in Windows Remote Desktop Services

Microsoft said today it patched two new major security flaws in the Windows Desktop Services package. These two vulnerabilities are similar to the vulnerability known as BlueKeep (CVE-2019-0708). Microsoft patched BlueKeep in May and warned that attackers could abuse it to create “wormable” attacks that spread from one computer to another without user interaction. Today, Microsoft said it patched two… Read more →

Microsoft: Windows Virtual Desktop is now ‘feature complete’

Microsoft is almost ready to start rolling out its Windows Virtual Desktop service. On August 12, Scott Manchester, Group Manager for the service, tweeted that WVD is now “feature complete” and “moving to the final phase for GA (general availability). Microsoft officials have not said exactly when WVD will be generally available other than later this year, but I’m hearing… Read more →

Vulnerability in Microsoft CTF protocol goes back to Windows XP

CTF, a little-known Microsoft protocol used by all Windows operating system versions since Windows XP, is insecure and can be exploited with ease. According to Tavis Ormandy, a security researcher with Google’s Project Zero elite security team and the one who discovered the buggy protocol, hackers or malware that already have a foothold on a user’s computer can use the… Read more →

Top 10 WordPress plugins for a fast, secure blog

Plugins are a great way to expend the functionality offered by the WordPress blogging platform. There’s a broad and active development community creating a wide array of plugins that add a wide range of features to the core WordPress platform. Must read: The 2019 iPhone 11 will be annoying, boring, and expensive But the drawback of having a busy development… Read more →

Women are dominating crypto shopping in Korea

Forget mining! There are new ways to farm crypto Bram Cohen, founder and CEO of Chia Network, talks to ZDNet’s Tonya Hall about building the developer community and new ways to farm, instead of mine, crypto. Blockchain payments allow anyone to buy anything — and women are dominating this shopping space. Cryptocurrencies have the potential to transform the financial landscape…. Read more →

With Microsoft dumping MS Office, consider LibreOffice for your next PC office suite

Microsoft has a new look for Office 365 and Office.com apps On the heels of recent redesigns by Google and Apple, Microsoft is giving its Office apps a facelift over the coming months. I’ve long been a fan of the open-source LibreOffice suite. It works well, it’s free, and it does everything I’ve ever needed an office suite to do…. Read more →

What Microsoft’s upcoming ‘outsourcing’ licensing changes could mean for your business

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft’s cloud competitors have been making a lot of noise about changes in Microsoft’s licensing coming in October 1. And Microsoft, which has been positioning itself as an ally of customer choice, found itself on the wrong side of accusations of untrustworthiness and price-gouging. What’s the beef? A new Microsoft licensing policy around “outsourcing” is going to end… Read more →

Will India allow Huawei to sell its 5G networking equipment in the country?

Image: Angela Lang/CNET 2019 has been a perilous year so far for the world’s leading telecom equipment manufacturer, and second largest smartphone maker, China’s Huawei. First, Donald Trump banned the company on May 15 from selling its phone or telecom equipment in the US through a national security order. In June, Trump decided to lift some restrictions to its most… Read more →

Johnson Controls is removing Microsoft’s Cortana from the GLAS thermostat

Credit: Johnson Controls A year after quietly adding support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant (alongside Microsoft’s Cortana) to its Windows 10-powered GLAS smart thermostat, Johnson Controls is dropping Cortana. Johnson Controls is notifying users this week that an upcoming software update will remove Cortana support from the device. According to a GLAS customer note posted by SlashGear, Johnhson Controls… Read more →

How to fix the Android bug that’s draining your battery

Have you noticed that your Android smartphone’s battery is draining much quicker than usual lately? The problem could be an Android bug. Must read: The 2019 iPhone 11 will be annoying, boring, and expensive Android Hacks reported, and ZDNet has confirmed through testing, that Google Play Services version 18.3.82 is eating through battery power in the background at an alarming… Read more →

Johnson Controls is removing Microsoft’s Cortana from the GLAS thermostat

Credit: Johnson Controls A year after quietly adding support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant (alongside Microsoft’s Cortana) to its Windows 10-powered GLAS smart thermostat, Johnson Controls is dropping Cortana. Johnson Controls is notifying users this week that an upcoming software update will remove Cortana support from the device. According to a GLAS customer note posted by SlashGear, Johnhson Controls… Read more →