Microsoft releases KB 3092627 to fix bad Windows patch MS15-084/KB 3076895

From InfoWorld: There has been a lot of confusion surrounding the Aug. 11 security patch MS15-04/KB 3076895, which broke several products from Symantec, IBM -- even Microsoft itself. It took more than two weeks for Microsoft to recognize that the Patch Tuesday offering had conflicts with the company's own software, during which time Microsoft tech support continued to deny there were any problems, even when given thorough descriptions of the symptoms and an internal knowledge base link.

Intel preps wireless charging system with enough juice to power a laptop

From PC World: A wireless charging system that packs enough power to replenish a laptop battery should hit the market in 2016, helping realize the long-held dream of a cable-free desk, Intel said on Wednesday.

The chip-maker is developing a system that can handle up to 20 watts of power—about four times the amount available from the wireless charging mats already available for some smartphones.

Smartphone upstart Xiaomi could get into laptop game, with Samsung's help

From CNET: Xiaomi has managed to take a big bite out of Apple's market share in China thanks to its Mi line of smartphones. Now, four years after its inception, the Chinese smartphone powerhouse looks to bring the fight to Apple in the laptop market.

According to a Bloomberg report out of South Korea, Xiaomi is in talks with electronics giant Samsung, which could be providing screens and memory components for the new device.

Microsoft's Flagship Windows10 Lumias Rumored to Pack 25 Minute Charge Times

From Dailytech: Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is reportedly looking to bring its Lumia line of smartphones up to speed in one crucial metric -- fast charging -- according to a new report by ITHome. The new feature will reportedly be coming to the upcoming Windows 10 powered Lumia "Talkman" (Lumia 940 ... or 950 according to some) and "Cityman" (Lumia 940? XL / 950? XL ) flagship phones. And while it's a much overdue feature, Microsoft reportedly has found a way to push the envelope a bit further than its rivals have.

ITC reverses course, rules Microsoft's phones don't infringe on patents

From ComputerWorld: Microsoft has prevailed over InterDigital in a years-old patent infringement action that was originally brought against Nokia in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

On Friday, the commission ruled that Nokia phones don't infringe on patents held by InterDigital relating to 3G cellular data standards, overturning a previous decision from earlier this year. It's good news for Microsoft, since the ITC has the power to block imports of products that it determines are infringing patents.

Samsung's circular Gear S2 smartwatches run Tizen

From PC World: Samsung has made its latest foray into the smartwatch market with the new Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic, expanding its ever-evolving lineup of wearables.

The watches, announced Monday, have circular screens 1.2 inches in diameter, making them stand out from Samsung’s other wearables, most of which have sported rectangular faces. The interface takes advantage of the round screen, including an app launcher that lets users tap on round targets to switch applications.

Apple said to be unveiling a pricier new Apple TV

From CNET: Apple is reportedly readying the next edition of its Apple TV with App Store and Siri support, but you may have to pay a higher price for the new features.

Expected to be unveiled at Apple's September 9 event, the new version of the Apple TV will sell for a starting price of $149 or $199, 9to5Mac said on Sunday, citing information from anonymous sources. Said to be going on sale in October, the new box would cost a lot more than the current model Apple TV, which now sells for $69 and initially launched for $99.

Microsoft Announces $499 Xbox One "ELITE", w/ High-End Controller, Hybrid HDD

From DailyTech: Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) in June announced a new $399 USD SKU of its Xbox One console. The $50 extra bought you a 512 Gigabytes (GB) extra of storage, bumping the internal hard drive capacity of the console to 1 Terabyte (TB). Alongside the new higher capacity console, Microsoft also announced a new Xbox One "ELITE" wireless controller for "hardcore gamers", which featured reprogrammable buttons and other niceties traditionally only seen in third party controllers.

Billionaire who sold Minecraft to Microsoft is sad and lonely

From CNET: Being rich is wonderful.

At least that's the assumption the whole world seems to make.

The wealthy are today's so-called rock stars, even though the music that emerges from their mouths can sometimes feel like a dirge played on a flute slipped up someone's nose.

This is especially true of the tech world, where untold billions have descended on young, sometimes socially awkward, nerdy types.

Markus "Notch" Persson is one of those new billionaires. The 36-year-old founded Mojang, created Minecraft and sold it to Microsoft for $2.5 billion.

White House May Hit China with Sanctions for Cyber Hacking

From Maximum PC: U.S. officials are debating whether or not to issue economic sanctions against China for its alleged involvement in various cyber crimes. According to a report in The Washington Post, the Obama Administration is fed up with China's cyber shenanigans and has drafted a set of "unprecedented" sanctions in retaliation for Chinese companies and individuals benefiting from cybertheft of U.S. trade secrets.


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