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Microsoft OneNote on Windows and Web Gets Voice Dictation

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If you’re running the Microsoft OneNote note-talking app on either Windows or the web, you’re in for a treat. Microsoft is rolling out a significant new feature that will help with the accessibility and usability of the app… voice dictation.

Currently available for Office Insiders on the Beta Channel, the new feature is part of OneNote Windows and Web version 2207 (Build 15427.10001).

As you would expect, the voice dictation tool allows users to use their voice to input notes into OneNote. Microsoft says the tool is “AI-backed” and currently supports over 50 languages. Some of the languages are in preview, so the accuracy of voice recognition may be lower than non-preview languages.The AI already knows loads of commands, allowing users to control the app without using a mouse, keyboard, or touchscreen. For example, users can add notes, format them, edit them, and Microsoft says more commands will arrive in the future.

Using the dictation tool in Microsoft OneNote is easy. Microsoft has put a DICTATE button into the Home tab on the Ribbon. Here you can also access settings for the feature, such as change language, allow auto-punctuation, filter sensitive phrases/words, and add devices.

Details

Microsoft says that (obviously) you will need a microphone to use the feature. Furthermore, a good internet connection is needed.

Voice dictation is coming to Microsoft OneNote on Windows and the web in waves. That means it may take some time before you see it, or you could be lucky and have it right away. You will need the latest Beta Channel update to have the tool.

Tip of the day: With many reachable wireless access points popping up and disappearing again, the available networks list can become quite annoying. If needed you can use the allowed and blocked filter list of Windows to block certain WiFi networks or all unknown WiFi networks.

Source  Winbuzzer

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Cloudflare Shows Crytpography Encryption Method for Quantum Computers

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Tech giants like Microsoft are putting a lot of R&D into quantum computing and see it as a major part of our technological future. As quantum computing moves into scalable reality through platforms such as Azure Quantum, there are concerns over security. Specifically, how super-powerful quantum machines will be able to break through modern encryption technologies.

In an effort to prepare and have quantum-ready protection, Cloudflare has published the results of a recent positive experiment.

The company is rolling out an experiment called “post-quantum” that allows website admins to add support for two agreements: X25519Kyber512Draft00 and X25519Kyber768Draft00. These will function alongside current encryption methods to ensure compatibility and functionality on quantum computers.

This is a preparation experiment. Because it is preparing for a quantum future, the agreements do not really do anything at the moment. They are not supported by any web browser, so they offer no current encryption benefits.

“If you enroll your website to the post-quantum beta, we will add support for these two extra key agreements alongside the existing classical encryption schemes such as X25519. If your browser doesn’t support these post-quantum key agreements (and none at the time of writing do), then your browser will continue working with a classically secure, but not quantum-resistant, connection.”

Preparing for a Quantum Future

However, in the future when quantum-resistant encryption is needed, the agreements are in place and waiting. Cloudflare says an online shift to quantum cryptography is coming in the next few years, so this experiment allows customers to be ready.

The company calls the cryptography Kyber, and it has already been standardized by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Cloudflare is expected to finalize the specifications of the cryptography in 2024.

Tip of the day: With many reachable wireless access points popping up and disappearing again, the available networks list can become quite annoying. If needed you can use the allowed and blocked filter list of Windows to block certain WiFi networks or all unknown WiFi networks.

Source  Winbuzzer

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Leading Universities in the US, UK, and Australia are Open to Email Fraud

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New information shows that major universities in the United States are in the worst bracket in terms of protecting students and staff from email fraud. Research from Proofpoint shows that leading universities do not have the required security measures in place.

Protection is so lacking that there is little to no prevention for even common threats such as domain spooking. It is worth noting this is not just happening in the US, with top schools in the UK and Australia also struggling.

Proofpoint research shows 97% of top 10 universities across the three countries are underprepared for email threats. Students and staff are at high risk of email impersonation and other common threat tactics.

Ryan Kalember, executive vice president of cybersecurity strategy for Proofpoint says the number of attacks on universities and the severity of attacks has been increasing in recent years:

“It’s the combination of these factors that make it especially concerning that the premier universities in the U.S. are currently the most vulnerable to attack,” Kalember points out.

Higher education institutions are good attack target because they store “masses of sensitive personal and financial data, perhaps more so than any industry outside healthcare,” Kalember adds.

Research

Universities the researchers looked at include Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, California Berkeley, Los Angeles, Standford, Pennsylvani, New York, and MIT. The team also looked at the top 10 universities in Australia and the United Kingdom using Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) analysis.

DMARC is a validation protocol for emails that protects domain names by authenticating user identity when sending emails. It has three protection tiers: monitor, quarantine, and reject.

“People are a critical line of defense against email fraud but remain one of the biggest vulnerabilities for organizations,” Kalember said. “When fully compliant with DMARC, a malicious email can’t reach your inbox, removing the risk of human interference.”

Tip of the day: Windows now has a package manager similar to Linux called “Winget”. In our tutorial, we show you how to install and use this new tool that allows the quick installation of apps via PowerShell or a GUI.

Source  Winbuzzer

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Windows Subsystem for Android August Update Arrives in the US

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Microsoft is rolling out its August update for the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA). As usual, the monthly update brings its fair share of changes to the system, which allows Android apps to run on Windows 11.

However, while July’s update added important features, this is a more normal release that focuses on making improvements. With this update, Windows Subsystem for Android is moving to version 2206.40000.15.0. At the moment, the update is in preview on all Windows Insider channels.

Furthermore, the update is currently only available in the United States.

Leading the list of new additions this time out is a new suite of shims covering gamepads, joysticks, and more. Microsoft says it has also made usability improvements in scrolling and network.

Changelog

As mentioned, this is more of a technical update than a feature-rich release. Either way, here is the complete changelog courtesy of Microsoft:

“What’s New

  • The new suite of shims is available to toggle in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app which enables better experiences in several apps
    • Compatibility for games with joysticks (mapped to WASD)
    • Compatibility for gamepad in games
    • Compatibility for aiming in games with arrow keys
    • Compatibility for sliding in games with arrow keys
  • Scrolling improvements
  • Networking improvements
  • Android minimum window size defaulted to 220dp
  • Improved dialog when unsupported VPN is detected
  • New toggle to view/save diagnostic data in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app
  • Security updates
  • General reliability fixes, including improvements to diagnostic sizes
  • Graphics improvements

Sadly, though, the new update is the U.S. only for now. The known issues in this new WSA version 2206.40000.15.0 update are the same as last month:

  • Some VPNs may not work with Advanced Networking. If you use a VPN and find Android apps do not have network connectivity, please disable Advanced Networking in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app”

Tip of the day: Did you know that your data and privacy might be at risk if you run Windows without encryption? A bootable USB with a live-linux distribution is often just enough to gain access to all of your files.

If you want to change that, check out our detailed BitLocker guide where we show you how to turn on encryption for your system disk or any other drive you might be using on your computer.

Source  Winbuzzer

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Report: US Gamers Are Not Spending as Much as They Did in 2021

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The video game market in the US is showing signs of decline, a report from market research firm NPD shows. Spending on video games fell by $1.78 billion year-on-year during the second quarter (Q2).

Consumers in the United States spent a total of $12.35 billion on video game products during Q2, down 13 percent from the same period in 2021. It seems the problem is affecting the three giants of the industry, Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft.

Earlier this week, Sony said it was expecting slower results for its PlayStation division. This came after the company reported software sales were down a sizeable 26 percent year-on-year. Sony says the slump comes from a lack of major exclusive PlayStation games compared to 2021, while people are spending less time playing.

It is not much better for Microsoft, with the last quarter showing an 11 percent drop in Xbox hardware revenue compared to last year. Furthermore, the company has also seen a drop in Xbox content and services revenue, which has fallen 6 percent. Microsoft also says its overall gaming division has declined by 7 percent.

Wider Issues

Nintendo will announce its fiscal first-quarter results today, but forecasts from the company suggest a decline in Switch console sales. The company is forecasting 21 million unit sales for the fiscal year, down from 23.1 million last year.

NPD says the only area of gaming that got a boost last quarter was subscription content, which “was the only segment to post positive gains.”

While each company will post its own reasons why the market is declining, there are some clear factors in play. The new generation of consoles led by the PS5 and Xbox Series consoles is maturing. Demand is still high for the consoles but it stands to reason that two years after release sales will stabilize.

It can also not be ignored that 2021 was a year in which we were very much still in the pandemic. People were home more and more likely to be gaming and spending money on games.

Tip of the day: Did you know that your data and privacy might be at risk if you run Windows without encryption? A bootable USB with a live-Linux distribution is often just enough to gain access to all of your files.

If you want to change that, check out our detailed BitLocker guide where we show you how to turn on encryption for your system disk or any other drive you might be using on your computer.

Source  Winbuzzer

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Microsoft Viva Goals Debuts as a Management Solution for OKR

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Microsoft Viva is an employee platform with numerous components from which customers can pick. The latest of those components is Microsoft Viva Goals, which the company says is now generally available.

According to Microsoft, Viva Goals provides a management suite for the Objectives and Key Results (OKR) framework. OKR is popular with major corporations, and Viva Goals will help admins track goals and progress on OKR.

In a Tech Community post to announce the move to general availability, Microsoft discusses the core deliverables of Viva Goals:

  • Creating clarity: With one centralized source of truth for goal setting, monitoring progress, and assessing success across your organization, you create clarity for your team, connect daily work to outcomes and align at all levels 
  • Focusing teams on impact, not output: Shift focus from effort and activity to impact and outcomes, share progress across your organization with customizable dashboards that turn data into insights, and stay agile
    at scale   
  • Bringing goals into the flow of everyday work: Keep goals top-of-mind by bringing data and actions into the spaces your team is already using, like Microsoft Teams, ADO, and the most popular data and project management tools.”

    Details

    Users can also bring others into the loop by sharing goals with them. There are two versions of Goals: Microsoft Viva Goals SKU and Microsoft Viva SKU. Admins can include the solution in Microsoft Teams if they have one of these licenses:

    Microsoft 365 F1, F3, E3, A3, E5, A5; Office 365 F3, E1, A1, E3, A3, E5, A5; Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Business Standard, Business Premium; or Microsoft SharePoint K, Plan 1, or Plan 2 license.

    Tip of the day: When Windows 10 or Windows 11 has issues, it’s not rare to run into startup problems. Corrupted Windows files, incorrect system configuration, driver failure, or registry tweaks can all cause this issue.

    Using Windows startup repair can fix boot issues caused by the most prevalent issues. Though it may seem that all is lost when you run into startup problems, it’s important to try a Windows boot repair so you can at least narrow down the source of the issue. If it doesn’t work, you may have to reinstall the OS or test your hardware.

    Source  Winbuzzer

 

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Microsoft Outlook Crashing Due to Uber Ride Receipts

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Microsoft has confirmed there is an issue with its Outlook email client on the Windows platform where it crashes when receiving receipt emails from Uber. According to the company, a fix is in development but will not roll out until August Patch Tuesday next week (August, 9th).

So, why are receipts from ride-sharing giant Uber causing Outlook to misbehave? Well, Microsoft says crashes happen because Uber uses “complex tables” in emails, and Microsoft Word and Outlook struggle to render them.

The problem was first spotted in the Current Channel Version of Outlook. This is a stable version of the client that is available to Microsoft 365 customers on Windows. In a support note, Microsoft says a fix is in the pipeline:

“The Word Team has implemented a fix that will be released to the Beta channel shortly for fix verification,” says Microsoft. “We currently estimate the fix to go out to production Current Channel on Patch Tuesday, August 9th, 2022.”

Update to Blame?

For what it’s worth, this issue seems to be entirely on Microsoft’s end and has nothing to do with Uber, other than using the tables it wants to. Even so, if you use Uber and Outlook, you may need to suffer crashes for a few more days until Microsoft’s patch arrives.

There is a workaround for IT admins by simply rolling back to an older working version of Office. These older builds play nicely with Uber’s tables, which highlights this issue has come from an update to Office and not any changes Uber has made.

Source  Winbuzzer

 

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Microsoft Defender Debuts a Pair of New Business Protection Tools

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Microsoft Defender is getting a couple of new products for business users this week. In an announcement blog, Microsoft says the two solutions are built on its acquisition of security firm RiskIQ. The new Defender Threat Intelligence and Defender External Attack Surface Management can power businesses’ security and help prevent attacks.

Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence provides real-time data from Microsoft’s various security solutions. It borrows abilities from Microsoft Sentinel to offer in-action solutions that allow corporations to look for threats across a broader range of metrics.

“Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence maps the internet every day, providing security teams with the necessary information to understand adversaries and their attack techniques. Customers can access a library of raw threat intelligence detailing adversaries by name, correlating their tools, tactics, and procedures (TTP), and can see active updates within the portal as new information is distilled from Microsoft’s security signals and experts.

Defender Threat Intelligence lifts the veil on the attacker and threat family behavior and helps security teams find, remove, and block hidden adversary tools within their organization.”

External Attack Surface Management

Microsoft Defender External Attack Surface Management allows organizations to see vulnerabilities in their security the way a threat actor would. It gives admins and security teams the ability to see and discover unmanaged resources that are visible online. That means an attacker could also see these resources:

“Microsoft Defender External Attack Surface Management scans the internet and its connections every day. This builds a complete catalog of a customer’s environment, discovering internet-facing resources—even the agentless and unmanaged assets. Continuous monitoring, without the need for agents or credentials, prioritizes new vulnerabilities.”

A year ago, Microsoft paid $500 million to acquire RiskIQ, a cloud security provider for major companies around the world.

Tip of the day: When Windows 10 or Windows 11 has issues, it’s not rare to run into startup problems. Corrupted Windows files, incorrect system configuration, driver failure, or registry tweaks can all cause this issue.

Using Windows startup repair can fix boot issues caused by the most prevalent issues. Though it may seem that all is lost when you run into startup problems, it’s important to try a Windows boot repair so you can at least narrow down the source of the issue. If it doesn’t work, you may have to reinstall the OS or test your hardware.

Source  Winbuzzer

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Microsoft Debuts Outlook Lite App on Android

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Last month, Microsoft announced its plans to offer a new Outlook Lite app on Android. Fast forward a month and the company is now rolling out that smaller and lighter version of its popular email client. Microsoft says the app is smaller, more resource efficient, faster, and takes less battery.

On top of that, the company adds Outlook Lite to maintain the core functionality of the main app. After all that, you may be wondering what’s the point of the old Outlook. I’ll get to that, but first, let’s look at this new Outlook Lite and what it is all about.

Android’s open nature and position as the most popular/used OS in the world means it has millions of users on budget devices. In fact, the majority of Android users are on low-end or low-specification smartphones.

While Outlook is not the most intensive application, it can take a load on those lower-end devices. Outlook Lite is the answer and the app weighs just 5MB to download. Microsoft says it “uses extremely low storage on your phone.”

In fact, it is specifically designed to run on Android devices of all power capabilities, including those with just 1GB of RAM. Also, it will work on lower band mobile networks, such as 3G and even 2G.

Availability

So, is this a real alternative to the main Outlook client even for users with powerful devices in strong network areas? Yes, but probably not. The speed of the main client and its general efficiency will shine through in those circumstances. It is also worth noting while the core features of Outlook are on the Lite app, more pro-level tools are not.

Either way, if you are in an emerging market, Outlook Lite is worth checking it out. Microsoft says the app is available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela.

Tip of the day: When Windows 10 or Windows 11 has issues, it’s not rare to run into startup problems. Corrupted Windows files, incorrect system configuration, driver failure, or registry tweaks can all cause this issue.

Using Windows startup repair can fix boot issues caused by the most prevalent issues. Though it may seem that all is lost when you run into startup problems, it’s important to try a Windows boot repair so you can at least narrow down the source of the issue. If it doesn’t work, you may have to reinstall the OS or test your hardware.

Source  Winbuzzer

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“TikTok Music” Trademark Points to New Music Streaming Service

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If I was to ask what TikTok is, I would probably get a bunch of different answers. “short-form video hosting platform” is the official description, but isn’t it more than that? Visual journal, content creation tool, news platform, entertainment app? TikTok is essentially anything you want it to be, as long as your needs are based on videos.

Pure audio doesn’t really fit into the purpose of TikTok. However, that may be about to change as TikTok owner ByteDance has filed a trademark application for a new application known as “TikTok Music.”

Of course, TikTok has a deep relationship with music, but it so far accompanies the visual components of the site. Filed on May 9, the trademark was filed in the United States after previously also being filed in Australia.

A report from Business Insider shows that the app will allow users to download music, shares it, purchase it, and see lyrics. Users will also be able to create playlists and add cover photos. In other words, this will be a music streaming service similar to Spotify. It seems ByteDance will also add the ability to stream video content associated with the music.

Moving Forward

ByteDance has a history with music apps, running is Russo application in emerging markets such as Indonesia, India, and Brazil. The difference here is that the company is now going to use the TikTok brand to sell a music streaming service.

There is currently no official word on the TikTok Music app or when it will launch.

Tip of the day: With a single registry tweak, you can add a ‘Take Ownership’ button to the right-click context menu that performs all of the necessary actions for you. You’ll gain full access to all possible actions, including deletion, renaming, and more. All files and subfolders will also be under your name. The Take Ownership context menu will set the currently active user as the owner of the files, though they must also be an administrator. They can then enter the folder or modify the file as they usually would.

Source  Winbuzzer

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