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Lenovo releases tool to purge Superfish 'crapware'

Lenovo late Friday released a promised tool to delete the Superfish Visual Discovery adware from its consumer PCs.

Superfish security flaw exists in other apps, non-Lenovo systems

The same poorly designed and flawed traffic interception mechanism used by Superfish is also used in other software programs.

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Microsoft helps Lenovo, deletes Superfish 'crapware' and rogue cert

Microsoft today updated its free Windows Defender and Security Essentials antivirus programs to sniff out and delete the rogue certificate linked to Superfish Visual Discovery, the "crapware" that blew up in Lenovo's face this week.


Two OSes in one: DuOS-M puts Android on your Windows device

Want to run Android apps on a Windows tablet or PC? Nothing easier with DuOS-M, a new application that lets you run a complete version of Android without any muss or fuss.

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Microsoft discounts Surface Pro 3, launches trade-in program

Microsoft has cut the price of its Surface Pro 3 and is offering up to $650 towards the purchase of the hybrid tablet/laptops to customers who trade in older Microsoft Surface devices.

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Microsoft to double price of XP's post-retirement support

Microsoft will double the per-PC price of support for enterprises still stuck with Windows XP systems when the first anniversary of the aged OS's retirement rolls around in April, a licensing expert said today.

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Microsoft unlocks restricted features for free OneNote 2013 users

If you use the freebie edition of OneNote, you can now password-protect portions of your notebooks, record audio and video, and more.

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Did Microsoft just change the game?

With recent announcements, Microsoft has shown us a glimpse of its new direction and strategic focus. Is it just for show, or is Microsoft becoming relevant again?

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Google relaxes strict bug disclosure rules after Microsoft grievances

Google today relaxed a strict 90-day vulnerability disclosure that put it at odds with rival Microsoft, saying it would give vendors a 14-day grace period if they promised to fix a flaw within the two-week stretch.

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Apple offers free iWork for iCloud to all Windows users

Apple has opened the beta of its iWork for iCloud application suite to Windows-only users, giving people without an iOS device or OS X-powered Mac access the Web apps.

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Pwn2Own hacking contest shrinks exploit prize pool

Hewlett-Packard's Zero Day Initiative today outlined the rules for its annual hacking contest, Pwn2Own, which will run March 18-19 with $465,000 in prize money.

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Critical vulnerability in Group Policy puts Windows computers at risk

Microsoft patched a critical vulnerability Tuesday that put Windows computers at risk of full compromise, especially those in corporate networks.

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Microsoft's patch info 'blockade' pinches security staffs

Security experts remain frustrated about Microsoft's decision last month to halt advance warnings of each month's patch slate, saying the move makes it difficult for IT admins to do their job.

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Update: Microsoft fixes IE memory problems in Patch Tuesday updates

Microsoft has issued 41 patches to fix memory vulnerabilities in its browser as part of a Patch Tuesday release that included updates for Windows and Office.

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Microsoft tightens leash on POODLE attacks against IE11

Microsoft today took another step in a drawn-out move to protect Internet Explorer 11 against POODLE attacks, and said it would finally disable SSL 3.0 in the browser in April.

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Microsoft files for 'Windows 365' trademark, hints at future service

Microsoft late last month filed to trademark "Windows 365" with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office, sparking new speculation that the company is planning on a subscription plan for its operating system.

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OS X Yosemite's adoption tempo must make Microsoft smile

Three and a half months after its release, Apple's OS X Yosemite powered almost half of all Macs, an adoption rate that may predict success for Microsoft when it issues its own free OS upgrade this year.

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Office for Windows 10 is not free for everyone

Microsoft will license some of the touch-based Office for Windows 10 apps in the same way it handles those for iOS and Android.

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