Windows 10 spies on emails, images, credit cards, more

7 08 2015

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“From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers’ basic information – name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics,” explains a new report from the online Newsweek.

“But it also digs a bit deeper,” the report says.

“Other information Microsoft saves includes Bing search queries and conversations with the new digital personal assistant Cortana; contents of private communications such as email; websites and apps visited (including features accessed and length of time used); and contents of private folders,” the warning explains.

“Furthermore, ‘your typed and handwritten words’ are collected.’”

All of the warnings come from the company’s software privacy statement, which includes the statement that Microsoft collects information “to provide you a personalized user dictionary, help you type and write on your device with better character recognition, and provide you with text suggestions as you type or write.

The Daily Mail reported another complication with the software.

The update to Windows 10, the report said, “automatically made [a man’s] porn collection into a slideshow and used it as a screensaver. And to make matters worse, the malfunction was discovered by his wife, who was greeted by the explicit images first thing in the morning.”

The report said a user posted the story online so others would not repeat the mistake, which reportedly happened when the images were saved into the “My Pictures” folder. It is from that folder the software draws data to build slideshows, the report said.

“I have no idea how to shut that feature off and that computer is staying shut down until I do,” the man wrote, according to the Mail. “Free Windows and a free trip to the doghouse. Thanks Microsoft!”

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LibreOffice 4.3 Arrives with 30 New Excel Formulas and Support for Microsoft Works Spreadsheets

1 08 2014

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The Document Foundation has announced that the final version for LibreOffice 4.3 is now available for all platforms, making this the most advanced release for the office suite.

The Document Foundation maintains quite a few concurrent branches and 4.3.x is the most advanced version they have right now. This is where all the new features are introduced and it’s usually the version added the most in the Linux distributions out there.

There are other branches available for download, like 4.2.x or 4.1.x, but none of them is as exciting as this one. LibreOffice is one of the many open source applications that are being considered to replace Microsoft software in various city administrations, as we’ve recently seen in Toulouse, France. This puts some pressure on the developers to make the best software possible.

“The LibreOffice project shows that a large free software community can live and thrive without the patronage of a software vendor, to liberate PC desktops. Today, you can’t own a better office suite than LibreOffice, in term of features, interoperability, support for document standards and independence. After many years, LibreOffice brings the control of the PC desktop back into the hands of the users,” says Thorsten Behrens, chairman of The Document Foundation.

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Qemu 1.3 Released: qemu-kvm merge into qemu complete

5 12 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 – 10:23 Haydn Solomon

Qemu 1.3 has been released and with it completes the merge of qemu-kvm into qemu.  This means that you can now use “vanilla” qemu to run your kvm virtual machines.  No more need to run the special version of qemu optimized for kvm.  Many other features and enhancements also comes along with this release such as big improvements in USB3, live disk mirroring, support for glusterfs volumes and improved spice support for legacy vga mode.

Below is a list published on the mailing list of these new features and enhancements.

Support for USB mass storage devices and MSI/MSI-X support for the XHCI controller.
New paravirtualized hardware random number generator device.
Glusterfs volumes can be accessed with “gluster://” URIs for “-drive” and similar options. Optionally the transport can also be specified, as in “gluster+tcp://” (other supported transports are “unix” and “rdma”).
A new block job is supported: live block commit (also known as “snapshot deletion”) moves data from an image to another in the backing file chain.
A new block job is supported: live disk mirroring (also known as “storage migration”) moves data from an image to another.
The sendkey monitor command is now available via QMP.

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The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.6.4

5 12 2012

Berlin, December 5, 2012 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 3.6.4, for Windows, MacOS and Linux. This new release is another step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability for any kind of deployment, on personal desktops or inside organizations and companies of any size.

LibreOffice 3.6.4 arrives a couple of weeks after the successful LiMux HackFest, where more than 30 developers have gathered to hack LibreOffice code and work on features and patches.

Official Announcement

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Microsoft Cut Surface Tablet Orders In Half

30 11 2012

Microsoft’s decision to do its own hardware with the Surface tablet is not working out, according to a story at Taiwanese site DigiTimes.

It cut its order of Surface tablets for the year to two million units, down from four million, according to supply chain sources speaking with DigiTimes.

Says DigiTimes, “sources from the upstream supply chain believe [Windows 8] may not perform as well as expected in the market.”

Other PC companies like Asus, Samsung, and Dell are seeing weak demand for Windows 8 tablets, says DigiTimes.

Yesterday, Asus CFO David Chang confirmed this, saying, “Demand for Windows 8 is not that good right now.”

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Kubuntu 10.10 Released

11 10 2010

 

The Kubuntu team is proud to announce the release of 10.10, the latest version of our popular Linux distribution. Kubuntu is one of the Ubuntu distributions and is based on KDE Software.

With the combination of its Ubuntu backbone, the amazing KDE Platform and Applications, plus a few unique extras, 10.10 aims to provide the best fusion of stability, beauty and up-to-date software.

Whether working, browsing the web, playing your music, composing an email or connecting with your friends on social networks, Kubuntu 10.10 brings you an innovative and attractive platform for all your desktop needs!

You can also hear about the Kubuntu 10.10 release on the KDE Masters of the Universe podcast.

Read on for highlights and information on how to get Kubuntu 10.10.





Kubuntu 10.04 LTS

29 04 2010

Saiu hoje o Kubuntu 10.04 LTS, Lucid Lynx, a primeira versão Long Term Support baseada no KDE Plasma Desktop (KDE SC 4.4.2)