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Microsoft reveals workaround to fix Conexant ISST audio driver problems in Windows 10

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Installing updates in Windows 10 can be something of a gamble -- will the latest patches make things better or worse? For people with Conexant ISST audio drivers, there have been numerous issues in Windows 10 May 2020 Update (or Windows 10 version 2004).

Users trying to update these drivers found that the update process would fail or produce errors during or after setup. Having worked with Synaptics, Microsoft has identified a compatibility issue and also provided details of a workaround.

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Small security teams need to innovate to deal with threats

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Companies with small security teams, generally SMEs, face a number of unique challenges which place them at greater risk than their larger enterprise counterparts.

This is among the findings of the 2021 CISO Survey of Small Cyber Security Teams from Cynet which also reveals that all of these companies are outsourcing at least some aspects of security threat mitigation in order to safeguard their IT assets.

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Why the financial sector is especially vulnerable to cyberattacks [Q&A]

Piggy bank theft

There's a famous quote attributed to career criminal William Francis Sutton Jr., when asked why he robbed banks he is said to have replied, "Because that's where the money is."

For today's cybercriminals the motivation to make money is much the same, so the banking and financial services sector is a prime target. We spoke to Paul Prudhomme, cyber threat intelligence advisor at IntSights to find out more about the threats the industry faces and how they can be addressed.

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Apple warns that iPhone 12 handset could be dangerous for some users

iPhone 12 MagSafe

Apple has issued an extended warning that the additional magnets found in iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max as well as MagSafe accessories could pose a risk to people with pacemakers and defibrillators.

The company had previously acknowledged the potential for the magnets to interfere with certain implanted medical equipment, but has now gone further in explaining the risk and offering advice. Apple says that distancing is important, particularly when charging wirelessly.

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StarTech.com launches Sneeze Guard to prevent COVID-19 spread in offices

Listen, folks, your snot is gross and it always has been. Nowadays, however, it is also very dangerous -- and potentially deadly. You see, when you sneeze and send that disgusting snot airborne, the aerosol mucus can spread the COVID-19 virus. Due to failures of the Trump administration, the virus is still spreading like wildfire. Hopefully President Biden can provide actual leadership, but I digress.

While many people are working remotely these days, others are still forced to work in an office environment, unfortunately. Every time these brave workers leave the house and head to work, they risk contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to loved ones. Thankfully, StarTech.com has a new product that can help prevent the spread of the virus -- a sneeze guard that attaches to your computer monitor.

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How to disable SmartScreen in Windows 10

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Windows 10 includes various tools to keep you safe, including the likes of Windows Defender and Sandbox. For the most part, these are useful tools that helps to keep your computer protected, but you may well find that some are more irritating than helpful.

One such irritant is SmartScreen, which is used by Windows 10 to block the installation of malicious software. At least that's the theory. In practice, the tool tends to just get in the way and slow you down when you try to install a new app. Here's how to disable SmartScreen.

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Microsoft ad claims the Surface Pro 7 is a better choice than a MacBook Pro

Surface Pro 7 vs MacBook Pro

There has always been a healthy rivalry between Microsoft and Apple, and with a new ad, the Windows maker is spoiling for a fight -- a Surface Pro 7 vs MacBook Pro fight.

The ad sees Microsoft making the bold claim that its self-produced Surface Pro 7 is a better device -- and a better choice -- than Apple's MacBook Pro. One of the key arguments Microsoft uses is that its own device is much cheaper, helped by the fact that there is a special deal available at the moment.

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Microsoft is bringing a great new look to Settings in Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal has come a long way since it first appeared in 2019, and Microsoft is not going to give up on moving the utility forward.

The company has revealed details of an upcoming change to the command line tool which sees major changes coming to Settings. For anyone who is less than keen on customizing Windows Terminal using a JSON file, the arrival of a GUI for Settings is great news.

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Microsoft U-turns on Xbox Live Gold price increase after backlash from gamers

Xbox Live Gold

Microsoft increased the price of Xbox Live Gold yesterday, albeit briefly. The company announced that the cost of one-month membership would go up by $1 per month, with three-month membership increasing by $5.

Unsurprisingly, gamers were not happy at the prospect of paying more, and there was a vocal outcry at what Microsoft had planned. Ever conscious of keeping the customer happy, the company has now backtracked and said that pricing will stay the same. But more than this, it is now possible to play free-to-play games without an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

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Microsoft releases KB4598298 update to fix Windows 10 crashes and restart problems

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We might only be three weeks into 2021, but Microsoft has already issued a number of patches for Windows 10 -- and now it's time for another one. If you have been experiencing unexpected restarts in Windows 10, or crashes when using BitLocker, there's a new update for you to install.

Microsoft has released the KB4598298 update to fix a number of issues including BitLocker-related crashes, and restarts caused by exception code 0xc0000005 (Access Violation) in LSASS.exe. Before you rush to grab the update, however, it's worth noting that there is a known issue relating to system and user certificates that you should be aware of.

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Are you overpaying for SQL Server licensing?

Burning money

If you use SQL Server, you know there is a significant price difference between the Standard and Enterprise editions. If you have had the Enterprise version for a while, you probably bought it for features not available at the time in the Standard version. But over the past few years, things have changed.

Today’s SQL Server Standard edition can make more sense to your organization with its lower license fee without sacrificing performance, features and availability. Its added functionality and resources, such as the increased number of supported cores, increased maximum memory per instance, database snapshots, table/index partitioning, compression, in-memory OLTP, and Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), make it an attractive alternative to the Enterprise edition.

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Best Windows 10 apps this week

Four-hundred-twenty-two in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Microsoft Store in the past seven days.

Microsoft fixed the "Reset this PC" bug that some users were experiencing ever since the release of Windows 10 version 1607.

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System76 Darter Pro Linux laptop returns with 11th Gen Intel Core processors

We are well into 2021 now, so we can finally stop thinking about the dumpster fire that was 2020. Instead, we can focus on more important things, such as Linux! Yes, folks, Linux is still going full steam ahead -- look out, Microsoft! And yes, companies such as System76 are still selling computers running operating systems based on the open source kernel.

Speaking of that company, today, System76's popular Darter Pro makes a return to its Linux laptop lineup. This new model of the 15.6-inch notebook is notable for having cutting-edge 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Iris Xe graphics. Of course, that is hardly the only exciting thing here -- it also features speedy PCIe 4.0 NVMe storage, Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6. Not to mention, it uses System76's Open Firmware with coreboot.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 21296

For the previous two Windows 10 Dev Channel Insider builds Microsoft has focused mainly on the 'news and interests' feed it's adding to the taskbar. Today's flight, Build 21296, also for the Dev Channel, moves away from that.

The two big changes and improvements here are to the clipboard history, and Storage Spaces.

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10 emerging technologies in 2021

Despite an inarguably terrible year and many concerning events happening around the world -- pandemic notwithstanding -- technology is still advancing at breakneck speeds. That looks to continue well into the coming year, with many fascinating and emergent solutions bubbling to the surface.

Here are 10 emerging technologies everyone should be on the lookout for in 2021:

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