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Big tech companies are at war with employees over remote work

Enlarge / Apple offices in northern California. Apple All across the United States, the leaders at large tech companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook are engaged in a delicate dance with thousands of employees who have recently become convinced that physically commuting to an office every day is an empty and unacceptable demand from their …

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Putting the PS5’s 10 million sales in context

Fig. 1: The PS5 is among the quickest consoles ever to reach 10 million worldwide sales. Fig. 2: Consoles have generally hit 10 million sales more quickly as time has passed and the worldwide player base has increased (though there are exceptions). Fig. 3: The sales paces of the PS5 and PS4 are nearly identical …

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The Windows 11 insider build is surprisingly unpolished and unfinished

Enlarge / Setting Windows 11 to one of its dark themes also darkens the background of the Settings app—but not the background of most traditional apps, like Resource Monitor. Jim Salter Microsoft made early Windows 11 builds available via its Windows Insider program the week after its first major announcement, and we’ve spent quite a …

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Microsoft’s emergency patch fails to fix critical “PrintNightmare” vulnerability

Enlarge Getty Images An emergency patch Microsoft issued on Tuesday fails to fully fix a critical security vulnerability in all supported versions of Windows that allows attackers to take control of infected systems and run code of their choice, researchers said. The threat, colloquially known as PrintNightmare, stems from bugs in the Windows print spooler, …

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SolarWinds hackers breach new victims, including a Microsoft support agent

Enlarge Getty Images The nation-state hackers who orchestrated the SolarWinds supply chain attack compromised a Microsoft worker’s computer and used the access to launch targeted attacks against company customers, Microsoft said in a terse statement published late on a Friday afternoon. The hacking group also compromised three entities using password-spraying and brute-force techniques, which gain …

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Here’s what you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 11

Microsoft claims that “the new Windows is available on the widest array of devices,” but the Internet had a minor panic attack when requirements were outlined yesterday. Microsoft Our daily-driver Windows 10 VM didn’t have TPM support, as shown in this screenshot of tpm.msc. So we’ll walk you through how to get TPM support—on hardware …

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Microsoft’s Linux repositories were down for 18+ hours

Enlarge / In 2017, Tux was sad that he had a Microsoft logo on his chest. In 2021, he’s mostly sad that Microsoft’s repositories were down for most of a day. Jim Salter Yesterday, packages.microsoft.com—the repository from which Microsoft serves software installers for Linux distributions including CentOS, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and more—went down hard, and …

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As Microsoft Azure closes shop, ConsenSys Quorum opens up to new users

Just as the cryptocurrency sector is constantly changing and evolving, the enterprise blockchain industry has been undergoing its fair share of developments lately. Most recently, enterprise blockchain solutions are shifting from private, closed networks to public, open systems. This has largely been made possible due to advances from the Ethereum network, which are ensuring better …

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These offline, disc-based games require an online check-in on Xbox Series X

Oh boy, my disc-based Xbox One game is “Ready to start” on the Xbox Series X! Xbox Just kidding, my disc-based Xbox One game isn’t actually “ready to start” because the Series X isn’t online. Xbox OK, now the Series X is online and the game needs a minute or two to do… something. Xbox …

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Microsoft is (finally) killing off Internet Explorer entirely

Enlarge / You don’t need Internet Explorer to view any of these websites—which, unfortunately, doesn’t stop your users from trying it anyway. TimZillion / Getty Images If you’re one of the 10 people on the planet who absolutely loves Microsoft’s venerable Internet Explorer browser, you’d better spend quality time with it while you can—Microsoft is retiring …

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