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Windows 10 updates for phones to be “broadly” available starting December

Yesterday, while announcing the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft simply said that the two handsets run Windows 10, not Windows 10 Mobile – so the Redmond company is making no difference between the version of the OS that runs on PCs and the version that’s powering smartphones. In fact, that’s one of the main ideas behind Windows 10: it’s built to be the same for all types of devices. However, while Windows 10 updates have been available to PCs for quite some time, current Windows Phone users still have to wait for their Windows 10 update.

Previously, we heard that Windows 10 would …

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Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch will be sold by Target starting later this month

Target isn’t exactly known as a jewelry store, except to those who pronounce it as Tar-jay. Yet, starting on October 18th, various models of the Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch will be available from Exactly one week later, the timepiece will be found at all 1800 Target locations. Target will make available 20 models in both 38mm and 42mm sizes, ranging in price from $349 to $599.

You might notice that the higher priced Apple Watch Edition models, which run as high as $17,000, are not listed. While the discount retailer has sold the Apple iPod, Apple iPhone and Apple iPad, …

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Sprint to raise Unlimited Plan for new subscribers to $70 a month starting October 16th

Sprint’s unlimited data plan is going to cost new Sprint subscribers some more money starting on October 16th. On that date, the carrier’s Unlimited Plan will cost $70 a month, up from the current $60. This does not affect current Sprint subscribers who are already paying $60 a month for unlimited data. Even if a current subscriber activates a new phone, he or she will continue to pay $60 monthly as long as they continue to meet plan requirements. The phone must be purchased using a financing plan that is compatible with the Unlimited Plan, such as Sprint Lease or Sprint Easy Pay.

Even after …

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Apple Watch may be sold through carriers starting Sept 25

Apple has been very protective of its Watch since its launch. There have been very limited stores in which to buy the smartwatch, specifically Apple stores and Best Buy. But, it looks like at least two of the four major carriers in the US may start selling the watch next Friday, the same day as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus release. Surprisingly, those two carriers may be T-Mobile and Sprint, not Verizon and AT&T. 

9to5Mac has obtained an internal Sprint inventory document that reportedly reveals September 25th as the day that the Apple Watch will be making its way …

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Jolla Tablet pre-orders begin in ‘limited quantities’ starting at €267

Finnish manufacturer Jolla has officially started taking pre-orders for its first tablet, several months after it launched a campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds for the product. However, the company says that “limited quantities” of the tablet will be available at first, and just in a few countries.

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Motorola Moto X Play orders accepted today in the U.K. and Germany; phone ships starting August 26th

Orders on the Moto Maker site are being taken in the U.K. and Germany for the Motorola Moto X Play, starting today. The phone will ship in the U.K. starting on August 26th, and in Germany on August 27th. As you might know by now, this model is not available in the U.S. In the states, the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition will be available to order starting on September 3rd. But we digress. Today is all about the Moto X Play which is priced starting at the equivalent of $437 USD.

The Motorola Moto X Play is equipped with a 5.5-inch display. The screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD) means that …

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Best Buy to offer Apple Care+ starting next month, in time to cover the new models

Next month, around the week of September 14th, just after the unveiling of the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus (expected to take place on September 9th), Best Buy will officially begin offering Apple Care+ to iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch buyers. Previously, the big box retailer had been unwilling to offer Apple Care+, as it wanted to focus on its own in-house after purchase protection plan.

Those purchasing an Apple device at Best Buy will be covered by the retailer’s standard warranty. Those adding Apple Care+ to the package will be able to service their device via Apple or Best …

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Apple rumored to experiment with OLED displays starting with its 2016 iPhones and/or iPads

Although they’re relatively new compared to LCD screens, OLED panels have gained a lot of traction lately. Just yesterday, we brought to your attention that a report from China claims that Huawei will soon start using OLED panels in its smartphones, perhaps starting with the rumored Huawei Nexus phablet. As it turns out, a new rumor emerging today from an IHS – a market research firm – official claims that more companies are looking to adopt OLED displays in their upcoming devices.

According to Kevin Wang, Technology Research Director over at IHS, Apple is considering the adoption of OLED …

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Wash. woman gets 30 days for starting fire in patrol car

Author: Garey McKee

By Chris Bristol Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — A woman who started a fire while seated in the back of a Yakima police car was sentenced to 30 days in jail Tuesday.

Danielle Jo McRae, 25, of Yakima received one hour of credit for her guilty plea in Yakima County Superior Court to a felony charge of first-degree reckless burning.

The incident occurred Nov. 3, 2010, in the 1700 block of Summitview Avenue, across the street from Roosevelt Elementary School.

While investigating reports of a woman being chased by a man with a knife, officers contacted McRae and put her in the back of a patrol car while the search was under way.

A detective at the scene saw smoke coming from the unit and dragged McRae out. She apparently started the fire by lighting an article of her clothing with a cigarette lighter.

McRae spent two days at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Police said she suffered smoke inhalation.

It was unclear why she started the fire. Police said she was patted down for weapons, but the lighter had not been seized because she was not under arrest.

In exchange for her plea, prosecutors dismissed a charge of first- degree malicious mischief. Copyright 2012 Yakima Herald Republic

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Ransomware prevents Windows from starting

A new ransomware variant prevents infected computers from loading Windows by replacing their master boot record (MBR) and displays a message asking users for money, according to security researchers from Trend Micro.

“Based on our analysis, this malware copies the original MBR and overwrites it with its own malicious code,” said Cris Pantanilla, a threat response engineer at Trend Micro, in a blog post. “Right after performing this routine, it automatically restarts the system for the infection take effect.”

The MBR is a piece of code that resides in the first sectors of the hard drive and starts the boot loader. The boot loader then loads the OS.

Instead of starting the Windows boot loader, the rogue MBR installed by the new ransomware displays a message that asks users to deposit a sum of money into a particular account via an online payment service called QIWI, in order to receive an unlock code for their computers.

“This code will supposedly resume operating system to load and remove the infection,” Pantanilla said. “When the unlock code is used, the MBR routine is removed.”

As the name implies, ransomware applications hold something belonging to the victim in ransom until they pay a sum of money. This type of malware is considered the next step in the evolution of scareware, malicious programs that scare users into paying money.

The majority of ransomware applications disable important system functionality or encrypt documents and pictures, but this is the first ransomware program that Trend Micro researchers have seen replacing the MBR to prevent the system from starting.

This represents a serious escalation in ransomware techniques. While users can still run security tools to clean their systems of traditional ransomware applications and even recover some files, if Windows doesn’t start at all, like in this case, the remediation procedure becomes much more difficult.

Repairing the MBR is no trivial matter and usually requires booting from the Windows installation disk, getting into the recovery command console and typing special commands.

Ransomware infections are typically more common throughout Eastern Europe and South America, but this type of malware is slowly gaining traction in other regions of the world as well. Some variants that impersonate law enforcement agencies and ask victims to pay fictitious fines have recently been detected in Western Europe.

“Though overshadowed by other more newsworthy threats, ransomware attacks are definitely not out of picture. In fact, this threat appears to be flourishing, as evidenced by the growth of ransomware infections in other parts of Europe,” Pantanilla said.

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