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Microsoft likely to kill control panel

"Software giant Microsoft is planning to kill off the control panel in future versions of Windows 10. Currently there are two ways to change system settings on Windows 10. There is the familiar 'Control Panel' and the touch-friendly 'Settings' app. This was seen as a major problem in Windows 8 and was slammed by those who felt it made things unnecessarily complicated. " Read More

Windows 10 the Last Version of Windows? Not So Fast.

"A multitude of tech sites are breathlessly reporting that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows. These claims are based on a brief comment from developer evangelist Jerry Nixon while speaking a Microsoft Ignite session on "Tiles, Notifications, and Action Center." However, as Paul Thurrott points out, you probably shouldn't take this news too seriously. Windows development has been changing for the past several years..."

Latest Mozilla Firefox browser offers glimpse of world without Flash

"Yet another service removing support for Adobe Flash after Mozilla began implementing a tool in its Firefox browser that allows sites to run Flash videos without the need for the plugin. Adobe Flash's days were already numbered before Shumway was included as a part of the latest Firefox nightly build and, although it currently only works for product tour videos on Windows and Mac OS X, there are plans to roll it out further in future.

Black Friday 2014: How to Keep Your Credit Card Information Safe From Cyber Criminals

"It's the most wonderful time of the year -- until your credit card information is compromised. An estimated 140 million American shoppers are expected to start their holiday shopping in stores and online over Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. While many of us are dreaming of deals, it's important to remember that cyber criminals are on the prowl, targeting unsuspecting shoppers and trying to steal their passwords and credit card information.

The Black Friday Survival Guide

"It wasn’t easy accumulating the research data displayed in the following guide. I saw horrific sights working retail for seven long years in both a big box electronic store and a major shopping center. I saw things that will haunt me the rest of my days. I watched two kids get trampled by what I call Double-Wides because Circuit City clearanced-out Dreamcasts for $80 on Black Friday. I once hid behind a massive video display just for a few moments during the chaos. I’ve seen people fight, bite, and trample other members of our human race just to save a few dollars.

Newegg offers impressive Black Friday discounts

"It's that time of year again, American consumers are flocking to e-tail websites and brick-and-mortar retailers to take advantage of mind boggling Black Friday deals. This veritable homage to consumerism is slowly spreading beyond US borders, but the rest of the world is simply not there yet - the best deals are still to be had in the Land of the Free. So let's check out what Newegg has in store and what sorts of discounts are available to shoopers, including those hooked in bitcoin - we'll explain why.."

Guardian Hardware Monitor for gamers and custom desktop PCs

(Mesa, AZ) Just a Bunch of Geeks LLC, launches Guardian Hardware Monitor and Spectrum fans on Kickstarter.  Inspired by the loss of an enormous collection of photos and videos, Guardian pulls together data protection, cooling control, full color strips and fans wit

Amnesty anti-spyware app tells you if the government is watching you

"Ever feel like someone's watching you? Amnesty International has released an app to find out if governments are spying on you. Detekt is a free and open source software that scans your computers for known surveillance spyware.

NVIDIA 344.48 WHQL Drivers Available; DSR Added To Fermi & Kepler

"NVIDIA just released their latest driver updates today, bringing us up to version 344.48. These are WHQL certified drivers, and they're also Game Ready for several upcoming titles.

AMD wants Mantle on Linux

"AMD is planning to bring its new Mantle API to Linux in the near future. Although Linux is not a big gaming platform at the moment, SteamOS could change all that starting next year. AMD’s Richard Huddy says the decision was prompted by requests from developers who would like to see Mantle on Linux. However, he stopped short of specifying a launch date. Huddy confirmed that AMD plans to dedicate resources to bringing Mantle to Linux, but other than that we don’t have much to go on." [Read More]

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