Microsoft pulls the problematic Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Microsoft made its latest Windows 10 feature update available to download on Tuesday, and shortly afterwards the problems started. It didn’t play nicely with some Intel CPUs, Edge and Windows Store apps didn’t work for some users and, most damningly, the update was found to be deleting personal files. In the face of so many problems, Microsoft had to do something, and it has. The update has been pulled. SEE ALSO: Windows 10 October 2018 Update breaks Microsoft Edge and Windows Store apps for some users How to recover personal data lost by upgrading to the Windows 10 October 2018… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/10/06/problematic-windows-10-october-2018-update-pulled/

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Microsoft re-open-sources early versions of MS-DOS on GitHub

Back in 2014, Microsoft gave the source code for MS-DOS 1.25 and MS-DOS 2.0 to the Computer History Museum. Now — in a move it describes as “re-open-sourcing” — the company has pushed the code to GitHub for all to see. Dating from mid-1983, the source code may moisten the eyes of anyone who remembers the days of text-based operating systems, and it gives an interesting glimpse into the world of software development a few decades ago. See also: Tim Berners-Lee launches open source project Solid to decentralize the web and place users in control of data Azure Pipelines CI/CD… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/10/01/microsoft-open-source-ms-dos/

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Tim Berners-Lee launches open source project Solid to decentralize the web and place users in control of data

Tim Berners-Lee is famous for inventing the world wide web, and now he’s ready to take things to the next level with an ambitious open source project called Solid. Noting that the web has become “an engine of inequity and division”, Berners-Lee wants to restore the power and agency of individuals online and move the balance of power away from “powerful forces who use it for their own agendas”. Solid is not a completely new venture. Berners-Lee has been working on it for some time, and it is built on the existing web as we know it. Where it differs… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/09/29/tim-berners-lee-solid/

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Microsoft launches Azure-based Windows Virtual Desktop for running Windows in the cloud

Microsoft has announced Windows Virtual Desktop, a way to run virtualized instances of Windows and Office in the cloud. Running on Azure, Windows Virtual Desktop offers multi-user supports and enables several people to remotely log into the same Windows 10 virtual machine. Microsoft says that the service is also optimized for Office 365 ProPlus and notes that it includes free Windows 7 Extended Security Updates. While there are numerous services that provide access to virtual machines in the cloud, Windows Virtual Desktop is the only one that supports multiple users. It also offers Windows Store compatibility and the inclusion of… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/09/24/microsot-windows-virtual-desktop-azure-cloud/

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After Torvalds’ apology, the Linux community is adopting a new code of conduct

Following years of questionable behavior and ranting, the grandfather of Linux Linus Torvalds issued an apology and announced his intention to take a break from kernel work. Now the Linux community is adopting a new code of conduct to help make the environment more welcoming. Based on the Contributor Covenant, the new Code of Conduct seeks to make participating in the community “a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation”. See also: Linus Torvalds… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/09/19/linux-community-code-of-conduct/

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Linux Mint 19.1 named ‘Tessa’

Linux Mint is a rather great operating system. The distribution is based on the fabulous Ubuntu, so it is very stable and has plenty of compatible packages. Not to mention, the Mint developers focus heavily on the user experience. Linux Mint isn’t just designed for Linux experts (although they can totally use it), but beginners too — it is easy to start using straight away. The developers have a long history of using female names as the code name for each version of the operating system. For instance, in the past, they have used “Tara,” “Sylvia,” and “Sonya,” to name… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/09/07/linux-mint-191-tessa/

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Creative unveils Sound BlasterX G6 USB DAC for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One

While your computer’s onboard sound might be “good enough,” if you are serious about audio quality, it would be wise to invest in a sound card. USB variants in particular are a great way to easily update your desktop or laptop’s sound. This won’t just benefit listening to movies and music, but in some cases, gaming too. Creative has long manufactured superior PC sound hardware — its “Sound Blaster” products are legendary. Today, the company announces its latest such offering. Called “Sound BlasterX G6,” the USB DAC offers an insane 130dB dynamic range. Best of all, it is compatible with PC (Windows… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/08/27/creative-sound-blasterx-g6-usb/

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Zorin OS 12.4 Linux distribution is here — switch from Microsoft Windows 10 now!

I’m not a Microsoft “hater” at all. With that said, I am not a fan of the state of Windows 10. The privacy issues alone are a reason to avoid the operating system, but that is hardly the only concern. For instance, Microsoft has been pre-loading tiles for games like Candy Crush and other apps — a move that shows major disrespect towards its customers. Not to mention, the “Insiders” program is just a way for the company to get free beta testing — Microsoft is all too happy to treat Windows 10 users as guinea pigs. It is all… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/08/14/zorin-os-124-linux/

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How to access the new decentralized version of Archive.org

Archive.org is one of my favorite websites. It’s home to millions of free books, magazines, movies, software, music, games and websites, and you can spend hours there, discovering new (well, old), and amazing things. Archive.org has been around for many years, but there remains the danger that its content could get removed, or the site get taken down as a result of copyright claims, censorship, DDoS attacks, and the like. For that reason, Archive.org has created a decentralized — or distributed — version of its site. SEE ALSO: How to install Microsoft Windows Essentials tools — including Movie Maker –… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/08/09/decentralized-archive-org/

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