Here’s an easier way to block the IE XXE zero day security hole

The latest Internet Explorer XXE zero-day depends on you opening an infected MHT file. MHT is an old file format that’s almost always opened by IE — no matter which browser you’re using, no matter which version of Windows. Catalin Cimpanu has a good overview of this XXE vulnerability on …

Microsoft surrenders control over Windows 10 upgrades: What you need to know

Every few months, the Redmond, Wash. company switches up scheduling or support or something about Window 10, just to make sure everyone is paying attention. Earlier this month, Microsoft again reshaped Windows 10’s delivery. Or maybe the change wasn’t about disbursing updates, but about not distributing them. It all depends …

Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft’s shift to Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) for Windows 10 yielded a repetitive, predictable schedule of version release and support expiration dates for the operating system. In theory, anyway. In reality, Microsoft keeps rearranging, rejiggering and repositioning Windows 10’s support and update practices. Last year, Microsoft monkeyed with 10’s arrival and departure …

Amazon’s blowing out ViewSonic monitors and projectors at killer prices

Spending money on a decent computer monitor isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. You spend all day staring at your screen! If your suffering with a tiny, low-resolution display, today’s your day. Amazon’s blowing out ViewSonic monitors and projectorsRemove non-product link until midnight Pacific time tonight and every one’s selling …

Microsoft throws in the towel on Windows 10 1809

Microsoft has given up on Windows 10 1809, the troubled feature upgrade of last year that was delayed by months, data from an analytics vendor showed. The Redmond, Wash. developer largely abandoned efforts to distribute the October 2018 Update, aka 1809 in its four-digit yymm format, last month, apparently deciding …

Microsoft move to release Windows 10 1903 in May marks third straight delayed upgrade

Microsoft last week said the next Windows 10 feature upgrade will be available for all users to download and install sometime in late May – the third straight postponement for Windows 10. The decision illustrates the strain under which Microsoft’s Windows-as-a-service model has been operating of late. What had been …

Microsoft Patch Alert: Most March patches look good

March was an unusually light patching month – all of Office only had one security patch – and there don’t appear to be any immediate patching worries. Just as in the past few months, Microsoft’s holding off on its second cumulative update for Windows 10 1809, raising hopes that it’s …

Amazon’s blowing out Logitech mice, keyboards, webcams, and more for today only

Amazon is on quite the one-day sale streak for tech goodies. Earlier this week the retailer threw a time-limited PC gaming components sale, and today only, textlinkAmazon’s blowing out Logitech PC gaming and productivity peripheralsRemove non-product link. The current sale ends just before midnight on Friday night Pacific time and …

Microsoft deems troubled Windows 10 1809 good-to-go for business

Microsoft has given Windows 10 October 2018 Update the green light, telling business customers that the problem-filled feature upgrade is now ready for organization-wide deployment. The announcement Wednesday arrived just a few weeks before Microsoft will start distributing the upgrade’s follow-up to consumers and small businesses. [ Related: Windows 10 …

If you buy a 1-year Office 365 Home subscription today you’ll get a free $50 Amazon gift card

Even with free cloud-based options like Google Docs, if you want a full-featured office suite, there’s still nothing better than Microsoft Office 365. And today Amazon will give you free money to try it out for a year. If you buy a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Home for …

Upgrade your gaming setup with killer deals on peripherals we adore—and a free game

Friday is always a good day for a gaming deal, and we’ve put together a juicy combo deal today. Amazon’s got great deals on one of our favorite gaming mice, and a highly regarded mechanical keyboard that earned our Editors’ Choice award. On top of that we’ve found a great free …

The WD My Passport 4TB now costs just $100 on Amazon, a 29% price drop

Boosting your computer’s storage can make life easier, but high-capacity hard drives can get a little pricey. Today, though, our favorite external backup drive, the WD My Passport 4TBRemove non-product link costs just $100—a solid 29 percent drop from its list price of $140. This sleek, attractive hard drive is designed …

The 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, our favorite budget SSD, is cheaper than ever at just over $100

It’s a good day to get a whole lot of storage at a great price. Our favorite budget SSD is available for cheaper than it’s even been before. Amazon is selling the 1TB Samsung 860 QVO SSD for $108. That’s down from it’s MSRP of $130, and less than the …

Corsair’s sublime K70 MK.2 mechanical keyboard is $70 off today

We’ve seen some juicy deals on Corsair’s excellent K70 mechanical keyboard lately, and while the deal Amazon is offering today isn’t the best we’ve seen, it’s still pretty darn good. The online retailer is selling the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 for $100. That’s $70 off the usual price, and the …

Windows 10 to automatically uninstall faulty monthly updates

The next iteration of Windows 10 will self-diagnose start-up failures and if necessary uninstall recent updates to get the PC up and running, Microsoft quietly announced in a support document earlier this week. “If Windows detects that your machine cannot start up successfully, it will try to diagnose and resolve …

Samsung’s 1TB T5 SSD, our top high-performance portable drive, has never been so cheap

A huge SSD can make many elements of your computing life a whole lot easier, and today you can grab a massive—and ultra-fast—1TB Samsung T5 portable SSD that you can carry around with you for just $178 on Amazon. That’s down from a list price of $250 and the lowest …

Microsoft to soon start nagging Windows 7 users about looming end times

Microsoft in April plans to begin nagging Windows 7 users with messages that the operating system is nearing its forced retirement, the company said Tuesday. “Beginning next month, if you are a Windows 7 customer, you can expect to see a notification appear on your Windows 7 PC,” Matt Barlow, …