How to disable Steam auto updates

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A year ago Steam decided that it would be a good idea to remove the ability for steam users to disable Auto Updates of the steam games are installed on your PC. I think it would be better for the … Continue reading

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The 5 Windows 10 privacy issues you should be aware of

1. Microsoft can disclose your data at will Let’s start with the biggest concern. In Microsoft’s privacy policy statement is a section outlining that the company can access and disclose your personal data, seemingly when it wants to. “We will … Continue reading

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Steam region locking games

Apple isn’t the only one making changes to how it deals with the Russian ruble. Valve is taking measures to protect PC game publishers on its Steam platform too, as spotted by NeoGAF’s ever-vigilant eyes. The online storefront is region-locking … Continue reading

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Xbox One – you might want to read this

 The Xbox one Or how not to market a new console …….           If Game of Thrones characters were gaming machines  

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How to create MS Office compatible Documents in Libre Office

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What is Libre office? It is a free suit of software that has: Word processing, spreadsheet and presentation capabilities. Will it open Microsoft office documents? Yes it will allow you to open documents created in MS Office. When you install … Continue reading

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Apple: iOS 6.1 network cockup

he source of the battery draining bug that sucked the life out of iPhones, sucked up 3G data and strained national telco networks has been identified by Apple as a miscommunication between Microsoft Exchange servers and the iOS calendar app. … Continue reading

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Internet Explorer has 57 gaping security holes

Microsoft has lined up a bumper Patch Tuesday this month to snap shut a backbreaking 57 security vulnerabilities in its products.

Five of the 12 software updates addressing the gaping holes will tackle critical flaws that allow miscreants to execute code remotely on vulnerable systems.

In all, the soon-to-be-patched vulnerabilities exist in the Windows operating system, Internet Explorer web browser, Microsoft Server Software, Microsoft Office and the .NET framework.

The Redmond giant normally bundles together fixes for Internet Explorer bugs into a single monthly update, but February’s Patch Tuesday release will feature two bulletins both addressing critical IE vulnerabilities. All versions of IE from 6 to 10, including the ARM port running on Windows RT on the Surface tablet, will need patching.

A third critical update addresses a flaw in Windows XP, 2003 and Vista but not later versions of Microsoft’s PC operating system. The fourth critical update covers Microsoft Exchange, which uses the vulnerable Outside In software library from Oracle. The fifth critical vulnerability only affects Windows XP.

The remaining seven bulletins are all rated as important and mostly allow logged-in users to elevate their privileges, with the exception of a Sharepoint-related update that is susceptible to code-injection attacks.

More details, as usual, will follow next week once the patches are published. Microsoft’s pre-release alert is here. Further commentary by Qualys can be found here.

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Happy birthday, Transistor – 65 years old

The transistor, the ubiquitous building block of all electronic circuits, will be 65 years old on Sunday. The device is jointly credited to William Shockley (1910-1989), John Bardeen (1908-1991) and Walter Brattain (1902-1987), and it was Bardeen and Brattain who … Continue reading

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Google strangled Acer phone using Alibaba Android rival at birth

Google has reportedly forced Acer to cancel the launch of a phone that used an Android rival as its operating system. In an embarrassing U-turn, Acer cancelled a launch event for the smartphone so late that journalists were left milling … Continue reading

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