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Google in a convicted abuser of its monopoly positions, having been fined on two occasions by the European Commission for anti-competitive behavior. Now the company may be facing the heat closer to home, according to the New York Post, who reports that the Department of Justice is looking into starting an investigation into Google’s abuse of its Android monopoly in the USA. According to the Post’s two sources, Makan Delrahim told senators at a hearing the feds could investigate Google’s use of the Android mobile operating system. Google has already been investigated by the FTC for abusive practices in its search monopoly in 2013, but after a 20-month investigation, this came to nothing. Since then, however, President Trump has come to power, and while generally favorable to big business, he is not a fan of Google and other internet companies, who he feels is biased against him. In August President Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow said the administration was “taking a look” at whether Google should be regulated and would do “some investigation and some analysis”. Google we convicted in July by the EU of abusing its dominant position in Android and has until the 22nd of October to present solutions to the European Commission. Some have suggested this may include unbundling the Google Play Store from Google’s other apps and services, which would allow companies such as Amazon, Facebook and also Microsoft to compete with Google on a much more level playing field. Feeling the heat in the USA also may make Google more likely to offer an effective settlement. Learn more on this by visiting OUR FORUM.

Yesterday we reported on a phishing attack that utilizes the Azure Blob storage solution in order to have login forms secured by a Microsoft issued SSL certificate.  After reviewing the URLs utilized by the same attacker, BleepingComputer noticed that these same bad actors are also utilizing the Cloudflare IPFS gateway for the same purpose. Last month Cloudflare released an IPFS gateway that allows users to access content stored on the IPFS distributed file system through a web browser. As part of this implementation, all connections to the IPFS gateway are secured using SSL certificates issued by CloudFlare. By storing the HTML for phishing scams on IPFS, the attackers can then utilize Cloudflare's IPFS gateway to display the stored HTML document. For example, this attacker is using the gateway to display the following phishing form. The benefit of doing this is that the forms will then be secured using an SSL certificate issued by a well known company like Cloudflare, which could help to convince users that the form is legitimate. When the user submits the form, their phone number and email will be submitted to a page operated by the attackers at searchurl.bid. The user will then be redirected to a PDF titled "Business Models, Business Strategy and Innovation". Learn more on OUR FORUM.

The surprise announcement from yesterday was a brand-new product for Microsoft, the Surface Headphones. Now it seems this was just the start of a theme, as today it was revealed that Microsoft has invested in a smart headphone startup Human Inc. The company, which started on Indiegogo, is developing its Sound wireless headphones, which feature a unique truly wireless over the ear design, allowing the company to do more with the larger surface area, such as comfortable touch controls, embed more smarts and offer better sound quality with larger drivers and better sound isolation. Human is promising their headphones will also offer intelligent voice control, all-day comfort and fit, powerful sound, and more, and raised $21 million in Series B investment, with Microsoft a prominent strategic investor. While headphones may seem like an unusual venture for Microsoft, the devices are likely designed to serve Microsoft’s main productivity theme by making developers and other office workers more efficient by isolating them from noise and disturbance and simultaneously giving them easy access to smart assistants such as Cortana to help them get their work done. The product appears to have been in development for some years, and the company appears to have dropped some of its more ambitious goals such as fitness and sleep tracking. Navigate to OUR FORUM to learn more.

Microsoft is set to roll out Windows 10 October Update in the coming weeks. The update has been available for Windows Insiders for a while now but is yet to be rolled out to the public. Microsoft has finalized Build 17763 as the RTM build and has confirmed the rollout as well. However, the rollout will take place in phases so it will actually be a while before your PC gets the new update. With the April 2018 Update, Microsoft embedded ML (Machine Learning) to Windows 10 which will ping back to the update servers when a device is ready to receive new updates. This helps Microsoft to deliver a smooth experience and prevent compatibility issues and other software related problems. However, if you’re someone like me then you won’t like to wait for Microsoft to decide if you can get the latest update. Microsoft has also recognized this and offered a simple solution to those impatient people. If you want the update right now then you can head to Settings>Security and Update>Windows Update and click on “Check for Updates”. This will force Windows to download the latest update but if Microsoft detects that your device has a compatibility issue, the update will not install until that issue is resolved. If you’re not happy with this and really want the October update right now then you can either Sign up as a Windows Insider or download the ISO files and manually update your PC. Do note that this option is only for Advanced users and you might risk your data as well as the usability of the device. There is more plus the download links posted on OUR FORUM.

There have been multiple rumors claiming that Google is planning to enable Windows 10 dual boot support on its own Google Pixelbook. The company could allow the Pixelbook to be Windows 10 certified meaning that Google Pixelbook could soon run Microsoft’s Windows 10. If reports are found true and accurate, then we could soon see a Google Pixelbook running Windows 10. By the looks of things, Google’s device might pass Windows Hardware Certification Kit (WHCK) and Windows Hardware Lab Kit (HLK) certifications. If the certifications are passed, then you might soon see the Pixelbook running two Operating systems on one device. Google’s “AltOS” a.k.a. Project Campfire might be an internal name for the project that is supposed to create a dual-boot environment on Chrome OS. A little bit of digging by Windows Latest revealed the Campfire Project has been updated and Google has quietly renamed “AltOS” to “dual boot”, confirming that the project is indeed related to dual-booting of two OSes. Chromebooks are currently seeing an increased sale especially in the education sector in several markets in the United States. Microsoft also has its share of the education market with the Redmond Giant introducing Windows 10 in S Mode which limits users to install only Microsoft Store apps. More on Google Slate(s) can be found on OUR FORUMS.

As PC sales continue to grow, Intel interim CEO Bob Swan has stated that they have enough supply to meet the demands of consumers and business who are looking to upgrade or purchase PCs. With Windows 10 being adopted more in the enterprise, there has been a significant demand to upgrade aging PCs. Furthermore, gaming on PCs continues to grow as highly publicized professional players increasingly make PCs their platform of choice. The problem is that this unexpected growth had raised concerns that Intel would not be able to keep up with the growth. According to Swan, while supply is tight, they will have enough to meet the demand outlook for this year. "Now for the challenge… The surprising return to PC TAM growth has put pressure on our factory network," stated Intel Corporation CFO and Interim CEO Bob Swan in a press release. "We’re prioritizing the production of Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Core processors so that collectively we can serve the high-performance segments of the market. That said, supply is undoubtedly tight, particularly at the entry-level of the PC market. We continue to believe we will have at least the supply to meet the full-year revenue outlook we announced in July, which was $4.5 billion higher than our January expectations." Further details are posted on OUR FORUM.