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In The News 12-12-14

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by | Filed Under: In The News

Windows 8.1 On The Rise, XP Falls

New numbers from Netmarketshare show that Window 8.1 adoption is on the rise. The number of computers using Windows 8 and 8.1  rose to a combined total of nearly 19% of all PCs. Windows 7 still dominates with nearly 54% of the PC market and Windows XP is showing a significant decrease down to about 14% of PCs in use. Security support for XP ended in April.

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Mac OS X accounts for about 7% of the market and Linux for just over 1%.


Goodbye Online Office Clip Art

The Microsoft Office Online Clip Art library has shut down for good. Many of us have used those images over the years to spice up reports and yard sale signs. Microsoft sited declining usage as more people turned to the Internet for images.


Instead users can take advantage of Bing Image Search Online which uses a filter based on the Creative Commons licensing system.

Hackers Pirate New Movies In Cyber Attack

Hackers released pirated copies of five big new movies after breaching security for the film division of Sony. These films were released to file-sharing websites. 


The remake of Annie and the new Brad Pitt movie Fury were among those hacked.  Later, many Sony employees received threatening e-mails saying that they and their families would be in danger if Sony did not meet the hackers unspecified demands.  Some think the attack may have come from North Korea in retaliation for a Sony comedy about an assassination attempt against Kim Jong-un. While North Korea denies involvement in the hacking, officials did say they approved of the attack and that it was a “righteous deed.”

~ Cynthia

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