Recently Browsing 0 members
No registered users viewing this page.
By Usama Jawad96
Bill Gates reveals why he prefers Android over iOS
by Usama Jawad
While Bill Gates is not as involved in tech as he used to be, and instead mostly focuses on social and public work, he still manages to make headlines for his views. Gates recently stated that there needs to be an Elon Musk in every sector, and how everyone would be using Windows Mobile instead of Android if not for the US antitrust investigation. Now, he has revealed why he prefers Android over iOS.
We already know that Bill Gates made the jump to Android back in 2017, presumably from Windows phones. At that time, Gates just stated that he uses an Android device with "lots of Microsoft software", and does not use an iOS handset. Now, the business magnate has revealed why he prefers Android over iOS.
In an interview with journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin on Clubhouse, Gates went on to say that:
While Gates may prefer Android because of the flexibility it offers and the ecosystem, Clubhouse is still currently an invite-only app currently available just on iPhones.
Although Bill Gates has been using Android phones for the past several years, he has previously expressed disappointment at how Microsoft missed the mobile race, calling it his "greatest mistake".
Halo: MCC Insider flight with new Halo 3 maps and more is now live
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The first Halo: The Master Chief Collection Insider test of the year is now active, bringing forth the recently promised flight for Insiders to test before the content is pushed out to everyone. This latest Insider session, version 1.2159.0.0, is now live for Xbox console players as well as PC players across Steam and Microsoft Store.
Insiders will find Halo 3 and Reach being the testbeds in this flight and 343 Industries is looking for feedback on the new content, the biggest of which is easily the two fresh maps hitting Halo 3. Titled Waterfall and Edge, these head over from the now-defunct Halo Online project.
Season 6 cosmetic content and community requested features such as mouse and keyboard and field of view sliders support for all Xbox consoles, double keybindings, view model customization, and more are being tested in this flight as well. Meanwhile, the highly-anticipated custom server browser is scheduled to be added via an update later on as the flight continues.
Invited Insiders can head to their dedicated Halo Insider portal and find the complete patch notes as well as get instructions on how to install and join the February flight sessions across all platforms. This session is currently slated to run through March 8 though extensions are a common sight.
By News Staff
Download Office 2019 All-in-One For Dummies for free
by Steven Parker
One book that does the work of nine! Claim your complimentary copy valued at $24 for free, before the offer expires on March 10, 2021.
What's it about?
Knowing your way around Microsoft Office requires you to be part mathematician, part storyteller, and part graphic designer—with some scheduling wizard and database architect sprinkled in. So what do you do if these talents don't come naturally to you?
Fear not! Office 2019 All-in-One For Dummies fills in the gaps and helps you create easy-to-read Word documents, smash numbers in Excel, tell your tale with PowerPoint, and keep it all organized with Outlook. With additional books covering Access, OneNote, and common Office tasks, this is the only Office book you need on your shelf.
Get insight into tools common to all Office applications Find full coverage of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access Benefit from updated information based on the newest software release Discover the tricks Office pros use to enhance efficiency If you need to make sense of Office 2019 and don’t have time to waste, this is the all-in-one reference you’ll want to keep close by!
Free offer expires March 10 2021.
How to get it
Please ensure you read the terms and conditions to download the this free resource. Complete and verifiable information is required in order to receive this free offer. If you have previously made use of these free offers, you will not need to re-register.
Download Office 2019 All-in-One For Dummies (normally $24) - now free
Offered by Wiley, view other free resources by Wiley.
Not for you?
That's OK, there are other deals on offer you can check out here.
Home Gym Giveaway | Ultimate Gaming Giveaway (feat. PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X) Ivacy VPN - 5 year subscription for just $1 per month NordVPN - 2 year subscription at up to 68% off Private Internet Access VPN - subscriptions at up to 71% off Unlocator VPN or SmartDNS - unblock Geoblock with 7-day free trial Neowin Store for our preferred partners. Subscribe to Neowin - for $14 a year, or $28 a year for Ad-Free experience Disable Sponsored posts · Neowin Deals · Free eBooks · Neowin Store
Disclosure: This is a StackCommerce deal or giveaway in partnership with Neowin; an account at StackCommerce is required to participate in any deals or giveaways. For a full description of StackCommerce's privacy guidelines, go here. Neowin benefits from shared revenue of each sale made through our branded deals site, and it all goes toward the running costs.
By Usama Jawad96
Microsoft open sources CodeQL queries used in Solorigate investigation
by Usama Jawad
Last week, Microsoft finally completed its Solorigate investigation, concluding that while some code files for Azure, Intune, and Exchange were accessed, no customer data was compromised. The cyberattack had caused major concern around the globe because it targeted the United States' federal departments, the UK, the European Parliament, and thousands of other organizations. Supply chain attacks were executed on SolarWinds, Microsoft, and VMware, with Microsoft President Brad Smith calling it "a moment of reckoning".
Now, Microsoft has open sourced the CodeQL queries that it utilized in the Solorigate investigation.
Image via Kevin Ku from Pexels For those unaware, CodeQL is code analysis engine which depends upon code semantics and syntax. It develops a database built around the model of the compiling code, which can then be queried just like a regular database. It can be used both for static analysis and retroactive inspection of code.
CodeQL queries were used by Microsoft in its Solorigate investigation in order to analyze its code in a scalable manner and pinpoint indicators of compromise (IoCs) and other coding patterns used by Solorigate attackers directly on a code-level.
Microsoft essentially built multiple CodeQL databases from various build pipelines, and then aggregated them in a single infrastructure to enable system-wide querying capabilities. This enabled the firm to detect malicious activity in code within hours of a coding pattern being described.
Given that this is more of a syntactic and semantic technique that depends upon identifying similarities in coding patterns such as the variable names used, Microsoft has emphasized that if you find the same patterns in your own code base, that does not necessarily mean that it's compromised. Multiple programmers can of course have the same coding style.
At the same time, it is also important to remember that a malicious actor is not constrained to a single coding style. Essentially, if the attacker deviates significantly from their usual implant pattern, they would be able to circumvent Microsoft's CodeQL queries. Regarding the syntactic and semantic code pattern identification capabilities of the CodeQL engine, the Redmond tech giant notes that:
More information about using Microsoft's CodeQL queries is available here. You can find out more about how to deploy queries here.
By Namerah S
Hot Wheels Unleashed revealed for consoles and PC, pre-orders open
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Legendary toymaker Mattel has linked arms with Milestone Team to create a video game based on one of the most popular toy brands in the world, Hot Wheels. The upcoming racing title is called Hot Wheels Unleashed and it will launch on all the mainstream gaming platforms including both last and next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo Switch and PC.
A trailer for the upcoming game from the Italian developer was also unveiled today. You can watch it below to get a taste of the Hot Wheels title:
The arcade-style racing game featuring the iconic toy cars will have several game modes including many different single-player modes, online multiplayer, offline multiplayer and a split-screen mode. Players will be able to customize their vehicles and also edit tracks in the game.
Hot Wheels Unleashed will make its debut this fall on September 30, 2021. Various editions of the game will be available in multiple regions. It is priced at $49.99 for the Standard Edition, $69.99 for the Collectors Edition and $89.99 for the Ultimate Stunt Edition in the U.S.
Pre-orders for the upcoming title are now open and can be placed through the game's website, dedicated platform stores or retail partners depending on the region.