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Mandatory update coming to Windows 7, 2008 to kill off weak update hashes

Enlarge Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 users will imminently have to deploy a mandatory patch if they want to continue updating their systems, as spotted by Mary Jo Foley. Currently, Microsoft’s Windows updates use two different hashing algorithms to enable Windows to detect tampering or modification of the update files: SHA-1 and SHA-2. Windows […]

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Windows 10 will chew up another 7GB of disk space to make sure it can update

Enlarge / Windows 10: Doing great things sometimes requires 7GB? Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images The latest Windows 10 Insider build, number 18312, introduces a new feature wherein the operating system reserves a big old chunk of disk space, effectively expanding its on-disk footprint by another 7GB. The storage reservation is to ensure that certain […]

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Logitech disables local access on Harmony Hubs, breaks automation systems [Update]

Enlarge Logitech Many users of Logitech’s Harmony Hub smart home hub and remote were recently met with a nasty surprise. The device’s latest firmware update, version 4.15.206, reportedly cuts off local access for Harmony Hubs. As a result, many users who created home automation and smart home systems using third-party APIs haven’t been able to […]