Windows 10 KB4512941 causes high CPU usage by Cortana

Following the release of KB4512941 for Windows 10 version 1903, users have noticed a huge leap in CPU usage by Cortana. After installing the cumulative update, the Cortana process SearchUI.exe is making much higher use of the CPU for many people. The problem can arise on systems where Bing Search has been disabled, and a series of workarounds have been suggested while Microsoft works on addressing the problem. See also: Microsoft releases Windows 10 20H1 Build 18970 with cloud recovery feature and redesigned tablet experience Microsoft faces another European investigation over Windows 10 privacy concerns Got Bluetooth problems in Windows… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/09/02/windows-10-kb4512941-high-cpu-usage-cortana/

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Amazon Dash buttons get chucked on the scrap heap this month

The much-maligned Dash button from Amazon is being killed off for good. Having previously announced that they were being discontinued, Amazon has announced that as of the end of this month, it will no longer be possible to place orders via a physical Dash button. This does not mean that the Dash ordering service is ceasing completely — it will continue to exist in the form of virtual Dash button that can be accessed from a range of devices. In fact, it is the success of virtual Dash buttons that negates the need for physical buttons, prompting Amazon to discontinue… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/08/02/amazon-dash-button-ends/

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IBM officially acquires Red Hat for $34 billion — Linux distros are unaffected

IBM has closed its acquisition of Red Hat following the statement of intent back in October. Following the $34 billion deal, Red Hat will operate as a distinct unit within IBM — and will be reported as part of IBM’s Cloud and Cognitive Software segment. For IBM, the deal means fully embracing open source as it looks to accelerate its business model within the enterprise. For Red Hat, it means expanding its client base and working with a big player in the enterprise cloud business. Red Hat CTO Chris Wright says: “We are coming together to build upon a firm… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/07/09/ibm-acquires-red-hat/

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 20H1 Build 18917 with Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2)

Windows Insiders are currently testing builds from the 20H1 branch due out a year from now. The latest new flight, Build 18917, introduces download throttling and Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, as well as a whole host of other improvements. SEE ALSO: Free up over 17GB of storage space by cleaning up after the Windows 10 May 2019 Update How to use emoji to name files and folders on Windows 10 How to download any version of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (and Office) How to rollback and uninstall the Windows 10 May 2019 Update In response to… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/06/13/windows-10-20h1-build-18917-wsl-2/

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Linux kernel RDS flaw affects Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian and SUSE

If you’re not in the habit of keeping up to date with the latest version of the Linux kernel, now might be a good time to think about doing so. Systems based on versions of the kernel older than 5.0.8 suffer from a severe flaw in the implementation of RDS over TCP. Left unpatched, the flaw could enable an attacker to compromise a system. The National Vulnerability Database entry says: “There is a race condition leading to a use-after-free, related to net namespace cleanup”. Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian and SUSE are all affected by the flaw, and security advisories have… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/05/20/linux-kernel-rds-flaw/

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How to check if your Windows or Linux system is vulnerable to Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) attacks

Intel yesterday disclosed a new group of Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) hardware vulnerabilities that affect its CPUs. Rogue In-Flight Data Load (RIDL), Fallout, and ZombieLoad speculative execution attacks are related to Spectre and Meltdown which were discovered last year, and allow attackers to leak in-flight data from CPU-internal buffers (Line Fill Buffers, Load Ports, Store Buffers), including data never stored in CPU caches. SEE ALSO: Microsoft issues new patch for Windows XP to fight a dangerous ‘wormable’ vulnerability You can find out more about the various vulnerabilities at CPU.fail. The problem affects all modern Intel CPUs across servers, desktops and… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/05/15/check-if-vulnerable-to-microarchitectural-data-sampling-mds-attacks/

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Ubuntu Linux 19.04 ‘Disco Dingo’ is finally available for download

Christmas. Thanksgiving. Ubuntu release day. What do those three things have in common? They are days that cause many people to get excited. Back in the day, computer users would get excited about a new version of Windows too, such as Windows 95, XP, and 7 to name a few. Since Windows 8, however, Microsoft’s new operating systems are hardly a reason for celebration. New versions of Ubuntu, the extremely popular Linux-based operating system, does pique the interest of many, including yours truly. Today, Linux users around the world should celebrate, as Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo” is finally here! Following… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/04/18/ubuntu-linux-disco-dingo-final/

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Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo Beta now available with Linux kernel 5.0 and GNOME 3.32

Ubuntu is a great operating system. In fact, it has been so good for so long that many people take it for granted. Seriously, folks, think about how remarkable it is that such a high-quality Linux distribution is available for free. Despite it not costing anything, Ubuntu is arguably superior to the much-maligned Windows 10. Microsoft’s operating system actually costs money now, and many users didn’t even upgrade when it was offered for free. Today, Canonical’s operating system reaches a major milestone. You see, Ubuntu 19.04, which is named “Disco Dingo,” has achieved Beta status. And yes, you can download… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/03/29/ubuntu-linux-1904-disco-dingo-beta/

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Updated WSL in Windows 10 version 1903 lets you access Linux files from Windows

The marriage between Linux and Windows is getting stronger. Having embraced Linux with WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), Microsoft is now doing what users have been begging for: Windows 10 April 2019 Update makes it possible to access Linux files from Windows. As well as enabling you to open Linux files from within Explorer, Windows 10 version 1903 gives you the option of editing Linux files from Windows. See also: Microsoft takes Insiders into next year, with the release of the first Windows 10 20H1 build Forget Linux — Here’s how to install Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 3 Dirty_Sock… [Continue Reading]


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