Author: Rahul Dasgupta

Microsoft MVP and Windows expert Patrick Barker has discovered that Samsung explicitly tries to disable Windows Update on at least some of the computers it sells. He came across this discovery when he was trying to help a user troubleshoot issues with his Samsung machine. How Does It Work? Samsung’s software update tool reportedly manages and downloads a file named “Disable_Windowsupdate.exe” and tries to disable Windows Update randomly. Here is what Samsung says about it’s update tool: “You can install the relevant software for your computer easier and faster using SW Update. The SW Update program helps you install and…

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According to a survey by the Ponemon Institute 90 percent of the respondents in the survey admitted experiencing leaks of confidential documents over the 12 months prior to the survey. Also, 59 percent of the respondents acknowledged their controls are ineffective at monitoring employees. These data leaks could have been avoided if there was a strong employee investigation process in place which could have helped the businesses detect threats early and avoid data breaches or losses. But, how can an employee investigation help? What benefits does it hold? Here are three reasons that effective employee investigations are crucial for your…

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Drafting an email in a hurry and having it accidentally land in the wrong inbox is a real fun situation. For example, an email meant for your husband and accidentally sent to your boss is really troublesome. To resolve such an issue Google has finally announced the launch of an “Undo Send” button as a formal setting for Gmail users. It will let you recall the emails sent by mistake. Google will now steer you clear of the trouble that can be caused by the misdirection of an email and that’s what we call a life-saving button. Graduated from Google…

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If you own an iPhone or iPad there’s a good chance you’ve run into the issue of not having enough storage space available to install an iOS update. It seems like Apple may finally have a solution for that problem—and no, it’s not that everyone should buy the 128GB iPhone so they have more space available. Developers running the Beta 2 of iOS 9 discovered a new feature that will allow the operating system to intelligently and temporarily delete apps, if you have too little space to perform a software update. If there is no space to download the update,…

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Amazon announced that its voice-assistant product, Echo, which was launched in November last year and was available by invitation only will be available to everyone beginning July 14. It will cost $180, replacing the previous price of $149 for Amazon Prime members and $199 for regular customers. “We’re excited to get Echo into the hands of even more customers and continue to invent new features and experiences,” Greg Hart, vice president for Amazon’s Echo, said in a statement. Echo vs Other Products This announcement is a reflection of Amazon’s strong efforts to compete against Apple’s voice-assistant Siri, Google’s Google Now…

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Rdio, a popular online music streaming service that offers listeners a massive audio library of 35 million songs, is now available on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The online music streaming service will be available to music lovers and owners of the Fire TV and Five TV Stick in multiple categories, namely free ad-supported radio or the premium membership options of Rdio on-demand subscription and Rdio Unlimited for ad-free streaming services, which offers different flavors of music without ads. The service was already available to Amazon smartphone and tablet users, but has now been integrated into the Amazon…

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HP has officially revealed its latest hybrid device, the Pavilion x2 which will be available for purchase starting July 21. According to the company it is both “optimized for entertainment” and “designed for productivity.” However, the most hyped feature is it’s built-in USB Type-C connector. What is USB-C? USB-C is a reversible USB plug standard that will handle charging the device, carrying the abundant power of 4K video for external displays, and reducing the need for several ports and cables by using a single cable for devices. The only snag is that the Pavilion’s USB-C port runs at USB 2.0…

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Microsoft India and iBall announced iBall Splendo, a tiny device, that looks a lot like a USB memory stick and can be plugged in to the TV via HDMI to turn it into a fully functional computer running Windows 8.1. The device also comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse set, and is priced at just $140. Hardware This tiny PC-on-a-stick comes with a reliable Intel Atom quad core CPU, with 2GB of RAM, and 32GB storage. The CPU features Intel HD graphics that can handle HD movies, videos and some casual gaming as well. It also features multi-channel digital…

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Toshiba will reportedly have a dedicated Cortana key on the keyboards of its new series of laptops. The news was confirmed by Jeff Barney, the general manager and vice president in charge of Toshiba America’s PC business. Microsoft Cortana is an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator that first appeared on Windows Phone 8.1. The technology will be added to the Windows 10 operating system, which is scheduled for official release on July 29. The introduction of a new dedicated Cortana key is seen as the company’s strategy to make its products unique and attract customers. Another reason that might…

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As many as 600 million Samsung mobile devices could be vulnerable to a major security threat, as uncovered by Ryan Welton, from NowSecure. The SwiftKey keyboard that comes preinstalled on most Samsung devices such as their flagship phones, the S4, S5, and S6, looks for updates to the language packs over unencrypted, unsecured connections. This leaves these devices significantly vulnerable to malicious attacks that could potentially give access to contact data, text messages, credit card information, and any sensitive information stored on the phone. Welton went on to explain that an attacker could also access location information through the device’s…

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