The rumors that Microsoft is about to release Windows 10 Cloud were around for several months already. As suggested, Windows 10 Cloud is going to compete with Google Chrome OS and become a lightweight operating system (OS) like such. In February, enthusiasts even got hold of an early test build of this OS. Nevertheless, Microsoft is keeping its mouth shut and shares no information about the project. Regardless, new information about Windows 10 Cloud appears online now and then. For example, recently online news portal Windows Central published a document, that leaked from internal sources, containing system requirements for the system.

 

According to the screenshot, Windows 10 cloud requires quad-core processor (Intel Celeron or better), 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC or SSD storage (64GB for 64-bit system), rechargeable battery with the capacity of 40Whr, and optionally touchscreen or stylus support.

 

It is expected, that Microsoft will announce Windows 10 Cloud at the event organised by the company on the 2nd of May in New York. Hashtag #MicrosoftEDU and the title “Learn what’s next” written on a teaser poster suggest that the event could be dedicated to the educational sector. Additionally, it is expected that Microsoft’s CloudBook, which is built for new OS will be presented at the event as well.

 

ESET is in the guard as always. According to the company, a new malicious program is lurking in the dark corners of the Internet. This Trojan targets systems running on Android.

 

The malicious app, that contains Trojan Android/Charger.B, was found in Google Play store. It was distributed under the title Flashlight LED Widget. However, nothing stops cyber criminal to distribute the Trojan under any other titles and appearances. Besides Google Play the app can find its way to your device through the web other app stores.

 

After the installation the app requests administrator’s rights and the approval to open windows above other apps (for example, it works the same way Facebook Messenger works). After that the app sends the details about the device including a photo of the owner made with a frontal camera.

 

The Trojan was designed to steal passwords for banking and social media apps, such as Facebook and Instagram. When a user starts the application, like Facebook or Instagram, the malicious app creates a fake window above it that looks like a native window requesting user’s login details. The login details, passwords, and details of your bank cards entered in such window will be sent to cyber criminals.

 

It is easy to find the app. However, deleting it can be tricky. For that you will need to restart you phone boot in a safe mode. Contact our London IT Support centre for help.

Perhaps, you decided it’s time to sell your old MacBook and get a new one. Looking through the products available in the store it is easy to spot all the inconspicuous differences. The new models are way thinner, lighter, the keyboard feels a little bit weird, but there is a pretty touch bar above it, and, oh, the screen – so much better that any Apple product released before 2012. However, we bet one thing, we bet, you haven’t noticed.

 

That glass panel called trackpad looks, feels and sounds (almost) identical to what you had on your old MacBook Pro. However, it is deceiving. Until 2014, trackpads on Apple notebooks were pretty simple and similar: a hinge holds the thing in place, a button at the base gives you a “click”. Apple went crazy and decided to change this construction completely to simulate… what it always been doing before.

 

New Force Touch trackpad has no buttons. The click you hear is a super-fast vibration produced by electromagnets. As soon as you apply pressure, the sensors detect it and respond with a “buzz”. There is also a secondary click available by pressing a little bit harder on the trackpad. Beware, if your computer acts somewhat funny when you try to control the cursor, remember that there is now a secondary click. So you might need to be a little bit gentler with that glass panel. After fighting off some annoyance at the beginning, you may find that the secondary click can be actually useful. Additionally, you will be happy to discover that Force Touch trackpad registers your click equally well everywhere on its surface, unlike the old one that had to be pressed closer to the base to work.

Many readers who purchased their Macs recently may be puzzled reading this headline because they did not have pay for iWork and iLife packages. That’s right: Apple made these software packages available free of charge for anyone who bought their Macs in 2013 and later. The apps came preinstalled on devices or were offered for free with update installation. However, for the rest of the users iWork and iLife remained a symbolic payment away. The price of GarageBand was around £5. iWork, that includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, was attainable for about £20. Now everyone can get it without paying a penny.

 

What stands behind Apple’s decision to make the above-mentioned software packages free? Supporting documentation suggests that this move aimed to please businesses and educational institutions. However, some people believe that by making the software free Apple can stop its development in the future without generating much fuss. The similar story happened to Workflow iOS app when after making the app free in March 2017 Apple declared that the app won’t undergo any new development anymore. However, Apple had to refund the money to the users who paid for Workflow recently. According to another rumor, Apple is simply abandoning the old strategy to incentivise people to sell old Mac devices and buy new ones. 

 

Microsoft officially stops Windows Vista support. No updates will be released. Also, the corporation ceases any consultations regarding the product even if you are willing to pay for it.

 

The product that hit the market 10 years ago, in 2007, quickly became the least loved operating system ever released by Microsoft. So we expect that no tears will be shed due to these tidings. According to NetMarketShare, only 0,7% of computers connected to the Internet have Windows Vista installed, while Windows XP, OS released in 16 years ago, still has 9%, and Windows 7 – 50%.

 

Windows 7 excelled Vista in everything and became a viable product, which is, regardless of being almost obsolete, still the preferred choice of half of PC users. Even though it was released in 2009, it wasn’t until 2012 when  Windows 7 took the leadership and became the most popular OS, overthrowing XP.

 

Now we witness the unprecedented event, Microsoft renews the support of Windows XP. Being pressured by corporations, civil infrastructure professionals and home users, Microsoft had to oblige and authorise this action.

 

Today Windows XP occupies the third place among all systems including macOS and Linux; the majority of computer equipment runs on Windows 7 and 10. The system is still used by many corporations. Additionally, much of our vital infrastructure equipment, such as ATM, also runs on XP. Leaving XP vulnerable means putting it all in danger. Hence, it was decided to extend support of the system until 2022, for another 5 years. Hipsters – crow!

 

London laptop repair service, Bits and PCs, also renews its help and support regarding this product.