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 Monday, 18-April-2016  17:06:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have Quicktime on your PC, you probably want to uninstall it, as Apple have apparently abandoned it, with some flaws still existing. The reason for getting rid of QuickTime for Windows is twofold. First, Apple told Trend Micro it is deprecating the software and will no longer deliver security updates for it. Second, there are two known critical vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to take control of a system running QuickTime. More info here.

Microsoft meanwhile have released an updated Windows 10 roadmap. While some are so vague as to tell us nothing—the Passport API used for biometric authentication is being "enhanced" to improve enterprise functionality—other features are rather more concrete. Microsoft plans to add device-based PC unlocking, wherein Windows and Android phones can be used to store authentication credentials, and the feature can be used to both unlock the PC and authenticate apps and services that use Windows Hello and the Passport API. The same is also being enabled for what Microsoft calls "Companion devices" that integrate with a new API called the "Companion Device Framework."

One enterprising retro hacker has made his own Amiga 2000 graphics card. Because of my work with microcontrollers, writing an OS for Raspberry Pi and my interest in low-level computer architectures in general, I decided in October 2015 in a feat of madness: "I'll just make my own graphics card. How hard can it be?" It turned out to be a very, very challenging project, but luckily I got much further than expected. Amiga discussion continues here.

TechSpot list their best motherboards of 2016 for various applications. So, of the many hundreds of motherboards compatible with your choice of processor (Amazon returns 700+ results for '1150 motherboard'), which board will you choose? Not sure? Well, that’s okay, we've done a lot of the homework for you, and we aim to save you some time, money, and regret by sharing with you what we believe is the very best out there.

Tweaktown have shared the first impressions of their Oculus Rift CV1. Fast forward to April 2016, and my Rift is finally here. It has been an insanely awesome journey, and we're only at the beginning. This is day 0 of VR, and it's awesome - but it's definitely not perfect, and strangely - it's not a hardware problem (most of the time).

Drone racing just got a major boost, with ESPN announcing they would broadcast a 3-day racing event soon. The cable network will livestream the competition—organized by Scot Refsland, the man who hosted the first US national drone racing competition last year—on ESPN3, its online channel. It will also produce daily hour-long roundups for one of ESPN’s television channels. Better news than the other major drone story I saw today. A plane approaching Heathrow Airport is believed to have hit a drone before it landed safely, the Metropolitan Police has said.



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