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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”.

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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.

  1. Hold down the Windows key and tap the R key
  2. In the box that opens type services.msc and press the Enter key or click the OK button
  3. In the ‘Services (Local)’ section find the line with the name ‘Connected User Experiences and Telemetry’ and double-click it
  4. In the ‘Service status’ section click ‘Stop’ (highlighted blue in the screenshot below)
  5. Under the ‘Startup type’ drop down menu select ‘Disabled’ and then confirm this and close the window by clicking ‘OK’ (highlighted yellow in the screenshot below)

Connected User Experiences and Telemetry service

 

This should disable the service and the tracking for this install. Now we know microsoft has enabled this service under a different name once, will they do it again? who knows, maybe check on this periodically to see what state its in. Working in an enterprise environment and want to know how to control the telemetry service? find out from a technet article written by MS themselves by clicking here.

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Linux Web Windows

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
    1. webgl_3
  • 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
    1. webgl_4
  • The status will be one of the following:
    1. Hardware accelerated — WebGL is enabled and hardware-accelerated (running on the graphics card).
    2. Software only, hardware acceleration unavailable — WebGL is enabled, but running in software.
    3. 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
    1. 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.
    2. webgl_ff_1
  • Search for webgl.disabled
  • make sure that its value is set to false
    1. webgl_ff_2

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
    1. webgl_ff_3
  • The status can be either of two things
    1. 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)
    2. Something along the lines of BLocked due to version or Blocked due to unresolved issues.
  • Obviously you want #1 as the result i.e. a working webgl.
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game Windows

Battlefield 1 Reveal

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Battlefield 1942 (sometimes known as BF1942) is a 3D World War II first-person shooter video game developed by Swedish company Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows and OS X. The game can be played in single-player mode against the video game AI or in multiplayer mode against players on the Internet or in a Local Area Network. It is also a popular platform for mod developers, with a large number of released modifications that alter the gameplay and theme.

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Battlefield Vietnam is a first-person shooter video game, the second in the Battlefield franchise after Battlefield 1942. The game was developed by the Swedish company Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. Battlefield Vietnam takes place during the Vietnam War. It features a large variety of maps based on historical settings, such as the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Battle of Hue, Ia Drang Valley, Operation Flaming Dart, The Battle of Khe Sanh and Fall of Saigon. On March 15, 2005, EA re-released the game as Battlefield Vietnam: Redux, which includes new vehicles, maps, and an EA-produced World War II mod, based on the previous Battlefield 1942

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Battlefield 2 is a first-person shooter video game, developed by EA DICE, with contributions by Trauma Studios. Battlefield 2 was published by Electronic Arts and is the third full game in the Battlefield series.[1] The latest version is v1.50, which was released on September 1, 2009, and added the content of the Euro Force and Armored Fury booster packs, as well as the Highway Tampa and Operation Blue Pearl maps.

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Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is a first-person shooter video game in the Battlefield series, developed by EA DICE. Modern Combat is the first Battlefield game for video game consoles.

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Battlefield 2142 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts. It is the fourth game in the Battlefield series. Battlefield 2142 is set in the 22nd century, during a new ice age which sees two military superpowers – the European Union (EU) and Pan Asian Coalition (PAC) – battle for the remaining land

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Battlefield: Bad Company is a first-person shooter developed by EA DICE for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and part of the Battlefield series. It was released in North America on 23 June 2008, followed by a European release on June 26. The game was hinted at just before the release of Battlefield 2, and then announced sixteen months later. A direct sequel, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, was released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on 2 March 2010. The player controls protagonist Private Preston Marlowe and his exploits to steal gold from mercenaries along with his squad, in the midst of a war between the United States of America and the Russian Federation.

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Battlefield 1943 is an online multiplayer World War II first-person shooter video game developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network via digital download only. Unlike Battlefield 1942, this game takes place only in the Pacific Theater of Operations of World War II. A PC version was planned but later cancelled.

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a 2010 first-person shooter video game developed by the Swedish firm EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS and Kindle Fire systems. It is a direct sequel to Battlefield: Bad Company and is part of the Battlefield game series. It was released worldwide in March 2010. The iOS port was released on the App Store on December 16, 2010. A Kindle Fire version was released in June 2012.

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Battlefield Online is a free online first person shooter developed by Neowiz Games, Electronic Arts and DICE, and distributed by Neowiz Games. It is a remake of Battlefield 2 usiung Battlefield 2142’s modified Refractor Engine 2,

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Battlefield Play4Free (often abbreviated BFP4F) was a first-person shooter video game developed by EA DICE and Easy Studios and published by EA. Based on the Battlefield series, the game features a modern warfare battlefield setting. Play4Free is built on a modified version of Battlefield 2’s game engine, with improvements such as high resolution artwork and post-processing effects. The game is also less demanding on computer specifications, similar to Battlefield Heroes.

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Battlefield 3 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts. It is a direct sequel to 2005’s Battlefield 2, and the eleventh installment in the Battlefield franchise. This is the first game where EA decided to switch to Origin, their competitor to stream. For this I will never forgive them 🙁

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Battlefield 4 is a 2013 first-person shooter video game developed by Swedish video game developer EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts. It is a sequel to 2011’s Battlefield 3 and was released on October 29, 2013 in North America, October 31, 2013 in Australia, November 1, 2013 in Europe and New Zealand and November 7, 2013 in Japan for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Battlefield Hardline is a first-person shooter video game developed by Visceral Games in collaboration with EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts. It was released in March 2015 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Unlike the previous games in the Battlefield series, Hardline focuses on crime, heist and policing elements instead of military warfare, i.e. what the hell is this this game doing on this list…..

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battlefield 1, I.e. the reason for this article. we shall see how its going to do on release.

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Battlefield is a series of video games that are published by EA and developed by DICE and Visceral Games (separately from each other). The games focus mainly on large scale war between various factions across the world, some real,.. others not. Players get to use many weapons to achieve one goal, utter maybe and wanton murder of everyone not on their current team. Which in my humble opinion is awesome. There are many competitors e.g. Call of Duty, Red Orchestra, Frontlines, Brothers in arms etc and some of them like the COD series have achieved a high player sales count and a high release count just like battlefield, reminding some of us of the ever present madden football games or the NHL games. New year, new COD/BF with the same ol’ same ol’ feel.

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To break the monotony EA released Battlefield Hardline. Which prompted a loud “Why?” from many fans. Since EA didnt know the answer either they chose to shrug their shoulders, and go back to WW I / II genre of game based large battles, and now we have a reboot (?) of the series as Battlefield 1, with many fans rejoicing. An ever popular concept with the movie industry, video game companies have decided to get in on the action also, with Call of duty putting out Modern Warfare Remastered and now EA putting out Battlefield 1. The game is set in real world, and no alternate histories or nazis on the moon are involved.

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As pointed out by the timer under the video, the release date is October 21 across the board for PS4, PC, and Xbox One. The guy on the cover with a cape is a Harlem Hellfighter. Guess he hadn’t seen the PSA about  NO CAPES!…..  The Harlem Hellfighters aka the Black Rattlers aka the Men of Bronze were the 369th Infantry Regiment, made up mostly of Black and Puerto Rican enlistees. They never lost a man to capture, a foot of land or a trench to the enemy and were the longest serving American unit in the war.

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We are all awaiting more info but so far it seems, there will indeed be a single player mode. Whats in it or how expansive will it be? its anyones guess at this point, considering how … lacking the single player was compred to the multiplayer for the last couple of installments of Battlefield (once again ignoring hardline since… seriously EA what the hell was that? did you have a game kicking around the warehouse and decided to re-brand it as a BF title?.. o was that it? well that does explain a few things.).  PS YES! there are horses in this game that you can ride! I’m gonna trample me some tank riders!

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Security

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 VT , which in turn improves the results and detection overall for the average Joe like me.

Virus total has now changed their policy to make some issues clearer and to make some things mandatory.

  • Virustotal is not a replacement for a proper antivirus.
  • Virustotal isnt intended to be a proper replacement for a full on AV product, as it doesnt have a full on Antivirus environment just the basic detection engine, hence it shouldn’t be used to rank or rate AV products of their engines.
  • Dont use third party names in your product without talking to and getting permission from the third parties, such as the engine developers etc who provide the results for virtustotal.
  • Dont use virustotal logo, name, or trademark anywhere without virustotal’s prior permission.

Biggest change that will certainly sink a few products out there :

  • all scanning companies will now be required to integrate their detection scanner in the public VT interface, in order to be eligible to receive antivirus results as part of their VirusTotal API services.
  • Additionally, new scanners joining the community will need to prove a certification and/or independent reviews from security testers according to best practices of Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO)

Simply put, ALL scanning companies and end point makers will not be forced to put up their detection scanners and engines for VT to be put on their public interface, i.e. the interface you and I use, before these scanning companies can use Virustotal API. These companies cant just take everyone’s hard work and build multi million dollar companies on top of that. they have to contribute to this community effort before they can benefit from it.

Any new players on the scene will have to be vetted and certified by a governing body, in this case that would be the Anti Malware testing standards organization (AMTSO). In theory this makes it so there are some standards to be maintained.

Time shall tell how well this change works out for everyone and We shall see!

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News

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.

 

Lumia phone

 

 

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

 

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[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.

 

Xiaomi laptop rumored

 

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 statements regarding these rumors.

 

Source: GIZMOCHINA via AndroidCommunity