Windows 10 User Experience & Telemetry service

Windows 10 was released long ago in internet time, but I get asked questions about it randomly by various users, friends and clients. One of the most asked ones is about “spying” that windows 10 may be doing on the user. Initially a server called DiagTrack was present in windows that provided these “spying capabilities”. Since end of 2015 they have renamed the service to “Connect User Experience and Telemetry service”. I am not sure why they changed the name, maybe the word tracking was bothering some people and MS made it… “different”. Connect User Experience and Telemetry service Microsoft says Telemetry is system data that is uploaded by the Connected User Experience and Telemetry component. The telemetry data is used to keep Windows devices secure, and to help Microsoft improve the quality of Windows and Microsoft services. It is used to provide a service to the user as part of Windows. Whats that mean? Only MS really knows what it means truly and if you care you should ask someone from MS for a real answer. I am simply here to tell you how to disable this IF you want to do so. Hold down the Windows key and tap the R key In the box that opens type services.msc and press the Enter key or click the OK button In the ‘Services (Local)’ section find the line with the name ‘Connected User Experiences and Telemetry’ and double-click it In the ‘Service status’ section click ‘Stop’ (highlighted blue in the screenshot below) Under the ‘Startup type’ drop […]

Enable WebGL on Chrome or Firefox

WebGL on Chrome Enable hardware acceleration : browse to chrome://settings/advanced scroll to the bottom and look for Use hardware acceleration when available make sure Use hardware acceleration when available is checked ✓ if it tells you to then click the relaunch button Check if webGL is enabled in Chrome Copy paste the following in your browser’s address bar chrome://gpu  Look for the WebGL item in the Graphics Feature Status list The status will be one of the following: Hardware accelerated — WebGL is enabled and hardware-accelerated (running on the graphics card). Software only, hardware acceleration unavailable — WebGL is enabled, but running in software. Unavailable — WebGL is not available in hardware or software. You are looking for the status to be #1 from the above list i.e. Hardware accelerated   WebGL on FireFox Enable WebGL Copy paste the following in your browser’s address bar about:config you will be asked to accept a scary warning, I am positive this will be ok unless you start going godzilla or the hulk on unrelated settings 🙂 so.. dont do that. Search for webgl.disabled make sure that its value is set to false Check WebGL status on FireFox browser Copy paste the following in your browser’s address bar about:support Inspect the WebGL Renderer row in the Graphics table The status can be either of two things the name of a  graphics card manufacturer, model and driver i.e. Google Inc. — ANGLE (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Direct3D11 vs_5_0 ps_5_0) Something along the lines of BLocked due to version or Blocked due to unresolved issues. Obviously you want #1 […]

Battlefield 1 Reveal

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virustotal api policy changes to curb one sided usage

Virustotal is a webapp that lets you upload files to check them for viruses before you install them. You can also scan a URL directly or search the VirusTotal database. The great thing about virustotal is that it checks the uploaded file against many commercial antivirus and malware detection engines not just one, and then it tells you which ones detected the file as malware.  Consequently lots of people, companies, websites, & tools have started to make use of this amazing tool to bolster their virus and malware detecting capabilities. If, for example, multiple high rated engines detect a file as suspect, then we can be certain it requires a further inspection. The Issue at hand is that many companies have taken this service as granted. They use the results provided by virustotal as is or with little to no face checking and due diligence on their part. In some cases their own detection engines are so lack luster that it is actually better for everyone involved that they don’t bother. However this does cause a bit of an issue as this is rather unfair. Some companies and products are basically taking whats put on virustotal by other providers, checking results against those but not putting their own engines on virustotal so no one can benefit from that extra bit of checking. Dont get me wrong, every one of these product pays for a Virustotal API access subscription, but that subscription relies on a lot of great people and companies making their engines available to […]

Microsoft Lumia phone to launch in February – possibly the last one

The future of Microsoft Lumia phones is almost in-existent at the moment, since Microsoft announced it will be introducing a different and more effective smartphone portfolio. But before an age is over, we may still have two devices to see, and they will be announced in February.       Windows Central reports that the company is going to unveil a Lumia 650 phone next month. This device is supposedly aimed at the business market, and the specs are nothing to drool over either.   Lumia 650 specs:   5-inch display 1GB of RAM 8GB storage 8MP camera.   The specs and numbering indicate that the smartphone is a budget Windows 10 device. Reports suggest that this is the last Lumia phone and that the focus on Microsoft devices will be placed on Surface phones next. Microsoft is reportedly keeping a consistency to its design across lines, but we are not sure if Surface will be a total rebrand for Lumia or if it is a different project altogether at this point.   Source: The Verge  

[The rumor mill] Xiaomi said to work on Linux-powered laptop

Xiaomi is rapidly becoming one of the most popular OEMs on a global level, and it is accordingly spreading its wings outside the mobile spectrum. It appears that the Manufacturer is seriously planning to get on the laptop business with a Linux OS powered device that should launch in 2016.     The rumor mill does not go in deep detail yet, but it appears that Xiaomi will get a laptop out in the second quarter of 2016. It may be a Chromebook or a Windows-powered laptop but it could have an all-metal build for all we know. The image above shows a possible device similar to Apple’s MacBook Air. It will probably be targeted at the budget spectrum of the niche market since that would be the best move the manufacturer could do right now.   The Xiaomi laptop is rumored to have a 12.5 to 13.3-inch display and it should be an ultra-thin portable laptop with a metal finish. Some rumors say it will run on a Linux OS version , but things can change. The Chrome-OS laptop could be a better choice since it would appeal to a larger audience.   In the meantime, Huawei, Xiaomi’s biggest Chinese rival, is said to work on its own laptop destined for business professionals. We are not sure these rumors about laptops coming from OEMs renowned for their mobile devices are real but we can only wait and see. We shall know for sure when either of the two companies decides to make some official […]