Those of you with long memories will recall a barrage of complaints in the run up to Windows 8’s launch that concerned the ability to install other operating systems—whether they be older versions of Windows, or alternatives such as Linux or FreeBSD—on hardware that sported a “Designed for Windows 8” logo.
New rules that affect open source firmware on Wi-Fi routers will be implemented on June 2, but not all network hardware will prevent the loading of third-party software.
In addition to a fully functioning Windows 3.1.1 stock install—complete with save functionality preserved in apps like Notepad—the Showcase page also includes a hilarious Windows 95 preview that Microsoft distributed via floppy disks ahead of the OS’ launch. In this preview version, clip art of coffee mugs and globes float around for no reason before users get to tinker around with the “brand-new” Start menu and other features. It’s the most Inception-like Microsoft experience we’ve ever had—running a neutered version of Windows 95… within a version of Windows 3.1… within a Web browser.
Kamkar immediately saw the potential for a nasty fraud technique: Any hacker who’d compromised a card number could predict the card’s replacement as soon as it was reported stolen—and then, using the date of the previous card’s cancellation, figure out the replacement’s expiration date too. “The day that card is cancelled, as soon it gets rejected, two seconds later I know what your new number and expiration date will be,” Kamkar says. “If I were doing fraud, that would be pretty useful.” The trick could be applied again and again, stealing new card numbers as fast as American Express could generate them.
“HBO Now” coming this spring for $15 per month, with Apple as launch partner Apple TV will get the standalone streaming service when it launches in April. Written by Megan Geuss / Courtesy of Arstechnica Update: Apple and HBO officially announced HBO Go for Apple TV and iOS at its event this morning. The service will launch in April for $14.99 per month, with the first month free for early-bird subscribers. Official story: A source speaking to the International Business Times said that HBO will launch its standalone streaming service, called HBO Now, for $15 per month this spring with the premier of Game of Thrones. The company is also working with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for the service, the sources said. HBO’s standalone streaming service has been greatly anticipated. For a monthly fee, viewers will be able to get HBO content without having to pay for an entire cable package. HBO’s long-standing relationship with pay-TV packages has prevented it from capturing key audiences, including younger people who may have never paid for TV service before and watch most of their entertainment online. HBO currently has a streaming service called HBO Go, but a bundled TV package is required for access. HBO will serve up its content with the help of Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media platform, a decision that was made after the network decided to throw out its homemade streaming platform in late December. HBO’s Chief Technology Officer Otto Berkes also resigned at that time. At $15 per month, the service will be priced similarly to what consumers pay to add HBO onto their cable packages. The International Business Times estimates that an online streaming version of HBO could capture up to 70 million customers who currently con’t subscribe to a pay-TV service. The service will likely be available on other platforms as well, but “Apple has been most aggressive in courting HBO in a bid to add the service to Apple TV,” the...