Windows 10 Creators Update

When the Victor crew was notified of the Windows 10 Creators Update, we scratched our heads. What in the world is that? Why would I need it?

There is a new Gaming category in Settings. When in game mode it will make the experience smoother.

You can use the new Paint 3D app to make 3D drawings along with 360 degree view.

There is feature that allows you keep open tabs by setting them aside so you don’t have to favorite them but put them aside for small projects you may be working on.

Microsoft Edge becomes the default eBook reader. You can customize the eBook as you are reading it, highlight parts, set bookmarks. You can also change the screen for night use.

There is a setting for Mixed Reality that works with HoloLens VR headsets.

Plan and measure trips on Maps. You can share them with others.

There’s a new privacy dashboard to allow you to set your own security settings.

Mini View allows you to keep a video in a small window.

The first of these updates were rolled out April 11, 2017.

Source:
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/04/11/whats-new-in-the-windows-10-creators-update/#lTLvawf2Zc4QtKJx.97

Why it’s important to keep doing your updates

The Jody Victor crew ran across an article that is truly disturbing.

A flaw in Microsoft Office given the ID CVE-2017-0199 has quite a history. This vulnerability allowed remote attackers to use Microsoft products to execute arbitrary code and take over computers. Ryan Hanson found the flaw last year. He spent some time to see if it could be made more deadly before contacting Microsoft in October 2016. Microsoft did not patch this right away. If they told people of a change in Word settings that would fix the flaw, then word would be out that there was a flaw with more ramifications.

They decided to release a fix in a later update. However, they sat on it and took their time. They started working on a solution in January but attacks had already begun. Through links in email, computers were infected with software that allowed eavesdropping. McAfee saw some attacks on April 6 of this year and blogged about it April 7. April 9, a program was for sale underground for hackers to exploit the flaw. On Tuesday, April 11, the flaw was finally patched in an update.

They don’t know how many computers were hacked or how much money was stolen before this exploit was patched. If you don’t automatically patch your PC, please do so now!

Source:
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-microsoft-cyber-idUSKBN17S32G

Microsoft 10 Event

So Microsoft has an event scheduled for October 26 at 10 am EDT in NYC. They say to join them to find out what is next for Windows 10. One can only speculate…

While we’re on the subject of Windows 10, did you know you can ‘write’ in the Edge browser and save it as a note to OneNote? If you have a touch enabled device you can use your finger or a stylus. If not, your mouse will work.

First you need to enable your “pen.” This is in the top right corner of the Edge browser.
Webnotes

Next you need to choose the type (pen or highlighter), color, and size. This will show up on the left hand side of the browser after you enable the pen.
webnotes

Then you can write on your page and save it as a note for later.
Webnotes

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Start Coding Early

Google has a way to teach kids how to code. Not with a computer but with blocks. Called Project Bloks, it allows kids to learn some skills they need for programming.

They us a brain board based on Raspberry Pi to provide connection to the program and each individual “puck” can be the instructions that go to the brain board to move it. Toys can take any form. Check out the video:

Apple has a way to teach coding in Swift using an app on their iPad. Solve puzzles to learn the basics of Swift. Find out more here: https://www.apple.com/swift/playgrounds/

Not to be outdone, Microsoft also has a way to teach concepts using Minecraft Education Edition. You can find out about it here: http://education.minecraft.net/

We’re sure if you’re an adult you won’t get demerits for trying this out.

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Installing Windows 10

So one of Jody’s crew decided to make the leap and install Windows 10. So how does it work? It went pretty well upgrading from Windows 7 to 10. It installs just like a regular update … it just takes a bit longer. When it was ready on my computer, it just popped up that it updates were ready from the small app icon on the task bar.

So the big difference is the start menu. It is basically a hybrid between the Windows 7 and Windows 8 look. What you used to call programs are now called apps. As we continue to use Windows 10, we will go over some solutions to make it easier to navigate.

Windows 10

Windows 10 Upgrade Free?!

You betcha! According to the Microsoft Windows Blog, Windows 10 will launch this summer in 190 countries and in 111 languages. If you are currently running Windows 7 or newer, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Once upgraded they will keep Windows 10 current for the lifetime of the device. An older post told about the possibility of Windows 10 being free. It has since been confirmed by Microsoft.

Windows Hello
In an attempt to make Windows 10 more personal, Microsoft is introducing Windows Hello. So what is it? It’s biometric authentication. This will provide you with instant access to all your Windows 10 devices. Show your face or touch your finger to devices running Windows 10 and you will be instantly recognized. They say this is more secure than a password. If you currently have a device that has a fingerprint reader, you should be able to use Windows Hello to unlock the device. For facial or iris detection, it will be able to tell if it’s really you or a picture of you through infrared technology.

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OneDrive just got a little better…

Or should we say bigger!

Microsoft just announced that you will now have 15GB free (up from 7GB). They want to make it easier for people to have all their stuff in one place.

All versions of Office 365 will come with 1TB of OneDrive storage space. For Office 365 Home users that’s 1TB/up to 5 people.

Without Office 365, you can purchase more space: $1.99/month for 100GB (was $7.49) and $3.99/month for 200GB (was $11.49).

~ Jody Victor

Undecided about a laptop or tablet?

Why not get both in one? Microsoft just came out with Surface Pro 3. It claims to be both a laptop and a tablet. As a hybrid, it runs Windows 8.1 Pro. There are different price points based on the type of processor/RAM/storage. They range from Intel Core i3 to i7; 4-8 GB RAM; 64-512 GB Storage. The prices range from $799 to $1,949.

The Keyboard/Cover is considered an accessory and has to be purchased separately for $129.99. It’s height is .4″, width is 11.5″, depth is 7.9″ and weight is 1.8 pounds. The display is HD touchscreen and diagonal screen measurement is 12″. It comes with and SD card slot, front facing webcam at 5.0MP. The Camera is 5.0MP. It has 1 USB port.

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Patch Tuesday

Most people know by now that the second Tuesday of the month is known as Patch Tuesday for users of Microsoft Windows. Maybe you didn’t know this and just thought the updates and patches just came whenever. Maybe you don’t fire your laptop every day or just don’t pay attention to the timing.

It is important to put these updates and patches in as soon as possible or you could be a victim of “Exploit Wednesday.” The patches are analyzed by hackers to see what vulnerabilities are being patched and have that open window of time to exploit the vulnerability.

If you haven’t installed any updates in a while, go to Windows Update and it will check for updates. If there are updates, install them. Then check for updates again. There are some that have to be installed before others so there may still be some updates you missed. This will be especially true tomorrow for users of Windows 8.1. You need to have installed the April patches to get all the updates for May.

So the next time your system reminds you that you have updates to install, don’t delay – do them as soon as you can!

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End of the Line for Windows XP

Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. So what does that mean?

It really means a lot and is a big deal, volumes have been written, lawsuits are beginning from companies that claim they have custom software that can’t be migrated and on and on and on. So here are few points to consider from some one that loves his Dell 4400 laptop that can’t be upgrade so it now sits in a bag.

1. There will be no more security updates or patches for XP or the IE browsers that run on XP!
2. Much of the newest web technology will not display or run correctly on older IE browsers that XP supports.
3. Your favorite software programs may not continue to to be supported and updated.
4. Older versions of IE that XP will run are already security risks and will continue to degrade.

Microsoft is almost begging people to upgrade to Windows 8 and will pay you to do it, they are offering a $50 gift card if you buy a new machine with Windows 8.

If you decide to keep running XP consider the following suggestions:
1. Run the machine offline, if you do not need the computer in question to be online then physically take it offline (unplug it!)
2. Quit using IE and switch immediately to the latest version of the Firefox or Chrome web browser and keep it updated.
3. Obtain and deploy the latest greatest anti-virus software and run it and keep it up to date.
Remember: There will be no more security updates or patches for XP or the IE browsers that run on XP!

It is estimated that there are approximately 18,000,000,000 (18 million) computers world wide that will still be running XP on April 9, 2014 which is a huge target for Malicious Software Developers (hackers and virus developers) and they will go after these machines.

The decision is yours but Remember, There will be no more security updates or patches for XP or the IE browsers that run on XP After April 8, 2014!

~ Jody Victor

Need a new phone?

Can’t decide what you want? Well, Jody‘s crew found that there’s a phone coming out that will run both Windows and Android. Karbonn Mobile is looking to develop a dual boot Android-Windows phone! It is set to release in June.

Apple is working on a new integrated iPhone voice-control system. It will allow drivers to control their iPhones via touch and voice. It will allow a driver to access their contacts, phone calls, listen to voicemails all with both hands on the wheel. CarPlay will debut in Farrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show this week. CarPlay will also be available in cars from BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki, and Toyota Motor Corp. Maybe a reason to choose iPhone?

~ Jody Victor

OneDrive is here

Microsoft just launched their new OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) today. If you already have an account, you can log into it now and find all your stuff. To celebrate, they gave away 10 petabytes of storage (that’s 1×107 GB!) For those of us who missed out, if you signed up for early notification, you can still claim 20 GB for the next year for free. Find out more about it here.

~ Jody Victor

Let’s take a look at SkyDrive

Yes, Microsoft SkyDrive. Only it won’t be called SkyDrive for much longer. It will be changing its name to OneDrive. They want to emphasize that it’s one place to keep all your stuff (photos, videos, files, etc.) SkyDrive Pro will become OneDrive for Business. One nice feature about this cloud drive is that you can access other computers’ files by using an access code and allowing that device/computer to fetch files. Nice when traveling. You’ll just have to leave your main computer on so you can access it.

~ Jody Victor

Email may just have gotten easier…

Microsoft and Godaddy have partnered to make it easier small businesses to use Office 365. The email will be connected to your domain name. Plans start at $3.99 per user per month for 5GB storage. This includes 2GB storage on SkyDrive. The other plans offer 50GB email storage and 25GB storage on SkyDrive for $8.99 per user per month; for $12.49 per user per month, you get full access to Office 365 with desktop apps on up to 5 PCs and Macs and access to mobile apps on iPhone, Android, and Windows phone.
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New news in tech this week

So here are some links to some articles and items new in tech this week:

Microsoft has new 2-step verification process for Microsoft accounts (formerly Windows Live ID), including SkyDrive, Outlook.com, and Messenger.

Google Glass Explorer editions will be rolling out in early May. They should be available by the end of the year for under $1,500.

CGI iPhones video

Roku 3 came last month. Here is a new review.

What is the Difference between Windows RT and Windows 8?

Some people have bought the Microsoft Surface tablet thinking they were getting Windows 8 when they really got Windows RT. So what’s the difference? Windows 8 is a full OS like you would have on any laptop or desktop. Windows RT is a mobile OS that works with apps rather than programs. If you want a full Office Suite on your tablet, then you want Windows 8, but if you can settle for an app, you can use Windows RT. Some other differences are price, size, weight, thickness, connectivity. You can find a full comparison chart here.

So depending on what you want to use a Surface tablet for, you can find the correct one to purchase.

~ Jody Victor

Hey Jody, What were the top tech stories for 2012?

Jody Victor® found out what CNN Tech picked for the top tech stories of 2012:

  1. Microsoft Windows 8 – a complete overhaul of how Windows works.
  2. SOPA backlash – (Stop Online Privacy Act) bills that would have restricted access to sites with pirated content and anyone associated with them including search engines, ads etc.
  3. Live-tweeting war – Israeli military tweeted updates in a conflict with Palestinian forces in Gaza.
  4. iPhone 5 and the Apple Maps debaucle – Apple developed their own map app while dropping the Google Maps app.
  5. Apple vs. Samsung – Apple accused Samsung of infringing on their patents which ended in a trial. The jury decided in Apple’s favor.
  6. Facebook’s IPO – The most anticipated IPO fell flat when it’s initial price was $38 (too high). The stock hit a low of $17.55 September 4.
  7. Instagram – Started out as an app, but when usage skyrocketed, Facebook bought it for $1 billion in cash and shares (later dropping to $735 million as Facebook shares dropped.
  8. Megaupload and Kim Dotcom – Kim Dotcom founder of Megaupload, a file-sharing company, had his various sites shut down by the F.B.I. for piracy.
  9. Mid-sized tables become popular – Apple’s iPad Mini, and similar-sized devices from Google and Amazon.
  10. Nintendo offers Wii U – Wii U has a touchscreen tablet controller called a GamePad that communicates with the main console.
  11. Yahoo hires Marissa Mayer – The day she was hired, she announced her pregnancy. Stock has risen $4 a share since her hiring was announced.
  12. Tech and the presidential election – President Obama used Google Plus and Reddit to respond with voters.

Thanks for finding this, Jody.