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AMD allegedly has its own Spectre-like security flaws

Researchers say they've discovered critical security flaws in AMD chips that could allow attackers to access sensitive data from highly guarded processors across millions of devices. Particularly worrisome is the fact that the alleged vulnerabilities lie in what's designed to be the secure part of the processors -- typically where your device stores sensitive data like passwords and...

Microsoft expands Spectre, Meltdown patches to include Windows 7/8.1, more Intel chips

Microsoft said Tuesday that it has expanded its ongoing efforts to patch the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in two directions: by providing patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and archiving microcode patches for Intel's Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake chips. To address Meltdown and Spectre, PC owners need patches for both the operating system and the processor on their...

A top Microsoft exec confirms that it's killing the newest version of Windows 10 — but that's not the whole story

Microsoft Corporate VP of Windows Joe Belfiore confirmed this week on Twitter that the company is indeed discontinuing Windows 10 S— the latest version of its flagship operating system, released in mid-2017. On Wednesday, he posted a blog entry elaborating on his comments. The blog entry confirms earlier reporting by Microsoft blogger Brad Sams, indicating that all versions of Windows...

Amazon Prime gets another discount, this time for Medicaid recipients

Amazon Prime is a great service for anyone who regularly does their shopping online, but at $11 a month or $99 per year (if you’re willing to drop that much all at once), it can be an expensive extra. Amazon already offers a few discounts for Prime, such as ones to students and those receiving government assistance in the form of EBT benefits, but today it’s adding a new one. If you...

Spotify Is Blocking Subscribers Who Used Hacked Apps to Get Premium Features

Spotify is cracking down on subscribers who are using “unauthorized” apps to enjoy paid features at freemium prices. First reported by TorrentFreak, Spotify is sending users the following email about “abnormal activity.” It’s not clear which apps are being targeted, but TorrentFreak points out that there are numerous versions of Spotify that enable non-paying users to bypass...

mIRC 7.52 has been released! (February 28th 2018)

This release includes improvements, changes and fixes to a number of features, including: Added support for IRCv3 STS secure connection feature. Fixed SSL connect behaviour that prevented a retry connect attempt for non-critical SSL errors. Updated code signing certificate. Added support for IRCv3 batch feature. Fixed online timer bug that caused...