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How to Download Windows 10 For Free, Even in 2018 - ExtremeTech

By on January 4, 2018 at 2:45 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Ever since Microsoft launched …

Top Windows 10 questions: How to install, secure, upgrade, get it for free

In the past year, Ed Bott answered hundreds of questions about Windows 10. Here are the topics that readers found most interesting.<p><i>Video: Windows 10</i> …

Microsoft's new 'Sets' could be the best Windows feature in years

Windows is about to get a serious productivity upgrade.<p>Microsoft is testing a new "Sets" feature that allows you to group multiple applications into …

Google: Windows 10 patches put Windows 7 users in danger

If Microsoft is going to patch Windows 10, it should patch the same bugs in Windows 7, says Google's Project Zero.<p>Google's Project Zero researcher …

Windows 10

Massive Leak Reveals Monster 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE Processor: Should AMD Be Worried?

Who wants an 18-core, 36-thread desktop processor? Well, this could be on the cards in the near future as the latest rumor points at Intel not stopping at just a measly 12-cores with its imminent launch of its X299 platform and Skylake-X processors. Instead, there could be 14-core, 16-core and even …

Computer Hardware

Asus unveils the world's thinnest convertible laptop yet

The world of convertible laptops just got its thinnest yet.<p>Asus unveiled the Zenbook Flip S on Monday in a large scale launch event, a day ahead of …

Bitcoin is making a big comeback

Bitcoin is making a big comeback, trading up by 9.8% at $2,563 a coin on Friday.<p>Friday's gain follows a wild day Thursday, which saw the cryptocurrency ultimately put in its 27th gain in the past 30 sessions. Bitcoin climbed above $2,500 and ultimately put in a record high of $2,799. But then the …

These MacBook Air/Pro, AirPort Express and iPhone models lose Apple repair support June 30

Apple will soon be making a handful of older products obsolete, meaning they will lose repair support at Apple Retail Stores and Authorized Service Providers. As detailed in an internal document, select MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, AirPort Express, and iPhone models will become obsolete starting June …

MacBook Air

Siri Bug Allows Cellular Data to be Disabled From Lock Screen Without a Passcode

A reddit user has discovered what appears to be a Siri-related bug that allows access to a locked iPhone's Cellular Data options without a passcode.<p>As shown in the screenshot below, when Siri is asked to bring up Cellular Data settings (or if Cellular Data is on), an option to toggle the feature …

Microsoft's new Surface Pro has 13.5 hours of battery life and LTE option

Surface Pro

Millions of Android Devices Could Be Secretly Spying on Users, Researchers Claim

Researchers believe some popular smartphones may be listening a little too closely to your activities.<p>A team from the German Technical University of …

Microsoft 'Confirms' Plans For Its New Surface Phone

Once more Microsoft is teasing its new Surface Phone hardware. Previously CEO Satya Nadella declared that 2017 would see Microsoft launch the ultimate mobile device: “We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today’s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in …

Mobile

New iPhone 8 Details Will Anger Users

Exciting leaks and images about 2017’s new iPhones have users so excited Tim Cook claims they have caused iPhone sales to slow in anticipation. But the latest news from financial giants JPMorgan Chase will leave users feeling far from happy…<p>In a lengthy report obtained by 9to5Mac, the multinational …

Mobile Technology

Microsoft's Surface Pro 5 isn't coming anytime soon

If you were hoping Microsoft's upcoming Shanghai event would be the debut of the Surface Pro 5, we've got some bad news. In an interview with <i>CNET</i> last week, Surface chief Panos Panay explains that the company won't debut another model until there's "an experiential change that makes a huge …

Senator confirms FBI paid $900,000 to unlock San Bernardino iPhone

In early 2016, Apple was embroiled in a battle with the FBI over privacy, specifically whether it could (or would) crack an iPhone 5C following the San Bernardino terrorist attack. Apple refused to specifically create a backdoor piece of software that would circumvent the security protections built …

Microsoft HoloLens inventor declares 'the phone is already dead'

“The phone is already dead,” says Microsoft’s Alex Kipman. “People just haven’t realized.” Kipman predicts a future dominated by hybrid devices capable of augmenting the world around us, similar to his creation, the HoloLens.<p>It’s a provocative statement, but it lacks substance in the near-term.<p>The …

Microsoft just fixed a serious Windows Defender bug

Over the weekend, Google Project Zero researchers Tavis Ormandy and Natalie Silvanovich tweeted about discovering "the worst Windows remote code exec in recent memory." According to Ormandy, it could work against a default installation and even become "wormable" -- able to replicate itself on a …

Phone charging services are on the rise, fueled by our obsessive need to keep our batteries full

What could be worse than heading out for the night, then realising your phone battery is down to a 10 percent charge?<p>A new crop of pay-as-you-use …

Samsung's smartphone sales plunge 60% in China

Business hasn’t been great for Samsung in China lately. According to a report from <i>Counterpoint</i>, the company’s smartphone sales decreased by around 60 percent in the first quarter of the year. The tech giant sold 3.5 million smartphones and grabbed only 3.3 percent of the market, down from 8.6 …

Mobile

Homeland Security is building a ‘biometric pathway’ for the airport

A ‘biometric pathway’ through the airport, unlocked by your face<p>The US government has rolled out a plan to reshape airport security around facial recognition, playing off a wealth of passport photos and visa applications.<p>Led by Customs and Border Protection, the plan is built around the Biometric …

Surveillance

Microsoft doesn’t think USB-C is ready for the mainstream

‘The brand is at stake’<p>While everybody else is worried about whether the Alcantara fabric on the deck of the Surface Laptop will hold up over time, I have a different concern: why no USB-C plugs? I’ve been engaged in a love / hate relationship with the port for the past couple years now. Sometimes …

Computer Hardware

Why Is USA Today Asking the FBI for Help With Its Facebook Page?

The newspaper is getting bombarded by spam accounts, but it’s not clear why federal investigators might be involved.<p><i>Updated: Wednesday, May 10, 2017</i><p>Something peculiar is happening on <i>USA Today’</i>s Facebook page. Look closely, and you may notice the clues.<p>A Facebook status update that’s pure gibberish, …

The Senate has finished encrypting all its websites

Google would approve of the Senate's latest security move: according to <i>ZDNet</i>, it has just finished encrypting its main website and all its Senators' pages. You'll now see a small lock in their address bars when you visit, along with the HTTPS protocol indicative of encrypted websites. They're what …

Why India is the next battleground for smartphone makers

According to a report by <i>Kantar Worldpanel</i>, smartphone sales in the US, China, and EU5 have already surpassed 90 percent of the potential market. In order to boost sales and increase revenues, companies are increasingly turning towards India, which is currently the second biggest smartphone market …

Google Chrome might never come to Windows 10 S

Google would need to rework its popular browser to meet Microsoft’s app policies<p>Microsoft’s stringent policies around apps on Windows 10 S might prevent Google from bringing Chrome — the world’s most popular web browser — to the operating system. And if Google <i>does</i> ultimately decide to support the …

Microsoft is giving ISVs new incentives to deploy on Azure

As part of its Build developer conference, Microsoft is launching a new program for independent software vendors (ISVs) today that aims to make its Azure platform more attractive to them: If they deploy their applications on Azure and make them available on its AppSource marketplace, Microsoft will …

Microsoft releases Visual Studio for macOS to everyone

Microsoft made the huge move of bringing a preview of Visual Studio to the Mac back in November. Today, during its Build event in Seattle, Microsoft announced the software is now ready for general availability.<p>Of course, developers has been trying Visual Studio on Mac in preview form for some time, …

Microsoft Visual Studio

Microsoft PowerPoint can now translate presentations in real time

Microsoft is experimenting with a new PowerPoint add-in that will allow users to present slides in a foreign language. Microsoft executive Harry Shum demonstrated the new add-in on stage at the company's Build developers conference today. Presenters can download Microsoft's Translator app and sync …

Apple to invest additional $1 billion in Nevada

Apple is investing an additional $1 billion in its data center operations in northern Nevada, the company announced at a Reno city council meeting on Wednesday.<p>The original deal, struck five years ago, gave Apple a record-setting tax break for opening up shop in the area. Apple (AAPL) promised to …

City Politics

Diversity takes center stage at Microsoft Build

It happens every year. At major tech events across the country, white guy after white guy takes the stage to hype innovative new products at Apple, Google, Microsoft and others. If we’re lucky, we might get a token person of color, or perhaps even a female speaker to remind us that this is the tech …

Build Developer Conference