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Eleven-year-old root flaw found and patched in the Linux kernel

Linux system administrators should watch for kernel updates for their distributions and apply them as soon as possible because they fix a local privilege escalation flaw that could lead to a full system compromise.

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Windows 10's Mail app users start seeing the Focused Inbox organization feature

Some Windows 10 users are starting to see a Focused Inbox feature show up in the Mail app.

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Making Munich Microsoft again

Munich politicians probably don’t know that the German software industry is Microsoft's biggest competitor.

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What’s up with Windows patching, Microsoft?

A month late? Seriously? It’s both outrageous and unsurprising.

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Microsoft pushes out critical Flash Player patches with one week delay

After deciding to postpone its February patches for a month, Microsoft released one critical security update for Windows on Tuesday that contains Flash Player patches released by Adobe Systems last week.

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Microsoft still plans to ship two Windows 10 upgrades in 2017

Microsoft has reaffirmed that it will issue two Windows 10 upgrades this year, twice the number of 2016 but still shy of the firm's original plans.

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Soon your Samsung Galaxy's fingerprint reader will unlock your Windows 10 PC

After the Windows 10 Creators Update, owners of select Galaxy devices will be able to unlock their PCs with their fingerprint.

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Changes to Windows 10's data-gathering not enough to satisfy EU privacy watchdogs

European Union privacy watchdogs are still not happy with Windows 10's gathering of data about its users, over a year after they first wrote to Microsoft to complain.

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Who needs Gmail? 5 built-in Windows 10 apps that do the job (with video)

These 5 built-in Windows apps -- Mail, Calendar, Maps, People and OneNote -- were once denounced as inadequate, but have grown into highly useful tools.

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Microsoft's decision to scrap February security updates unnerves patch experts

Patch experts struggled with Microsoft's decision to cancel this month's updates, pointing out that known vulnerabilities will go unpatched and IT planning was disrupted.

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Windows 10: Maps and Mail

Windows 10's Maps and Mail apps were once deemed inadequate by many, but have recently grown into highly useful tools.

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Microsoft's monthlong delay of patches may pose risks

There won't be any patches from Microsoft this month, as the company has decided to bundle them together with the patches scheduled for March.

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Hands on with the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 hybrid

Are you searching for a lightweight, portable clamshell notebook that can do a great impression of a tablet? Look no further than the XPS 13 2-in-1.

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Microsoft quietly prolongs life of original Windows 10

Microsoft earlier this month quietly extended the life of Windows 10's debut edition, the version launched in July 2015.

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Windows Update issues may be at root of February's patch delay

Microsoft didn't say why it postponed this month's security updates, but a patch expert pointed to a likely problem with the company's update service infrastructure.

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Microsoft's Email Insights finally adds some useful search smarts to Outlook

Email Insights, a new app from the Microsoft Garage, brings your most relevant email search results to the top of your Outlook inbox.

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Microsoft shelves all February security updates

Microsoft today took the unprecedented step of postponing an entire month's slate of security updates for Windows and its other products.

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22% off Intel NUC Kit Mini PC - Deal Alert

Intel's NUC Kit is equipped with Intel’s newest architecture, the 6th generation Intel Core i5-6260U processor. Intel Iris graphics 540 with 4K display for brilliant resolution. Room for a 2.5” drive and an M.2 SSD for lightning fast...

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