Attention PC users! A Windows 10 Downloader can be Hiding in your Security Updates

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Microsoft has hidden a Windows 10 ad-generator/downloader in a latest security update KB 3139929. This security update is meant for IE11 users who are running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. So, if you haven’t already, take a moment to look at what’s inside.

 

Microsoft’s Windows 10 updates are often labeled as security updates, feature updates, and bug fixes. While it’s hard to distinguish between a new feature update and a bug fix, the security updates are released as a separate release.

Although I’m a little late to the party (this has been going around since March 11th 2016), it’s important that I share this with you guys. The desire to install Windows 10 on more devices has forced Redmond to change the rules and hide Windows 10 download ads in the latest Internet Explorer 11 security patch. If we look at Microsoft’s documentation regarding Patch Tuesday’s KB 3139929 Internet Explorer security update, it also installs a new Windows 10 ad routine called KB 3146449.

“This update adds functionality to Internet Explorer 11 on some computers that lets users learn about Windows 10 or start an upgrade to Windows 10,” Microsoft describes the update.

However, it isn’t clear how does this update affect your browser. Some websites report that after installing the update, IE11 shows you a big Windows 10 upgrade banner if you visit MSN.com.

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Other users have already complained that they have been seeing giant Windows 10 pop-ups that prompt them to upgrade Windows 10 when theyMSN.com — all this without installing the new IE11 security update. I’ve tried to reproduce this behaviour on my spare Windows 7 PC but failed to do so.

This Windows update was first spotted by InfoWorld.

If this behaviour is exactly the way it’s being reported, it’s a part of Microsoft’s strategy to increase the pace of Windows 10 installations. In the past, it was reported that company is using some shady promotional tactics and the latest saga is the new low. So for those of you who are avoiding Windows 10 right now, be careful, it’s waiting for you.

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The Competition Won’t Trust Roy

Let me ask, first of all, can I (even you) be surprised this is a topic? Of course not! You shouldn’t be surprised at all. He had a good start for the first couple of months after his DLC release but, since then, that’s as popular as he’s ever gotten. But from my experience with many players, this is the pattern I’ve analyzed: If a character shows an insufficient amount of promise in tournaments (aka won’t guarantee “easy money”) then they’re not with it. 

I’ve brought this to your attention not just because I main Roy, but because he’s extremely underestimated in the competitive scene. I’ve done some research on many recent tournament results, and here’s the gist of what the roster looks like:

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Here is a list of the combined top 16 usage results from some of the most recent worthy tournaments (nationally and internationally)
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Continuation of the list of the combined top 16 usage results from some of the most recent worthy tournaments (nationally and internationally)

 

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Characters who weren’t used. Actually a bit shocked at this list.. Oh hey, isn’t that Roy?

 

 

Although this list proves that the game is very well balanced when compared to it’s successors, most won’t know how capable Roy is because they would rather jump on someone who’s proven to show more promise. And so, that’s where I come in. I have a point to prove and always have since Super Smash Bros. Melee: Roy (Nor I) shouldn’t be underestimated. This is going to be one hell of a year.

Damn, Mewtwo! (Pokken Tournament Infinite/Epic Smash 4 Combo)

Sorry, I’m no fan of Mewtwo, but THIS right here. This had to happen. Took a little time out to make this. I’ll let it speak for itself!

This is a short showcase of how incredibly good Mewtwo has suddenly become. Coincidence? (Pokken Ver. 1.1/Smash 4 Ver. 1.1.5)

Poor Sheik btw.

Credit goes to @Shofu/@hir0yuk1 (Pokken) and @SmLysomali (Smash 4)

Music is ©Nintendo

Really sad: Fellow NYC Smasher Passes Away in a Tragic Incident

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A group of NYC smashers at a tournament on March 19th have a moment of silence for fellow smasher who passed away on March 16th 2016

It always hurts in some way to hear of any sad news. Unfortunately for us among the NYC Smash Bros (particularly Wii U) community, it was no different. A young man, real name Amani Miller, who went by the tag name ‘Lucario Money’ had passed away last week (March 16th 2015) due to a shooting where he lived. There’s currently no say in how the event occurred or who was apart of it, but there’s a chance that it could’ve been a “wrong place at the wrong time” situation. More information on this incident can be found here.

Above is a picture of a group of NYC smashers at a tournament on March 19th who have a moment of silence for Lucario Money as a way of not only paying respect, but acknowledging another smasher who is just like us. Other smashers have went out of their way to pay him respect w/tweets and videos of that particular moment. Here’s one of the tweets:

Moment of silence for Money. May you rest in piece. pic.twitter.com/3caJYBL65F

— Muñoz Muñoz (@MunozScyther) March 20, 2016

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I’m doleful for his loved ones, family and friends alike, and I give my condolences to them. It’s rough out here in NYC, but that’s what keeps us so strong and bonded in a more unique way compared to other states. It’s unfortunate but hopefully this will shed some light on those who are oblivious to these type of situations. I pray that we, the entire smash community, never have to bare witness to another tragic incident in any way, shape or form.

 

Sm4sh Competitive Progress [Video]

Here goes one of the matches at the latest tournament I’ve attended. As you will be able to tell, there’s a lot of work to be done. But I’m glad I got to get it streamed, Sonic has been one of my more ‘frustrating’ matchups as of lately. But I’ve realized why. I was given some feedback by others on some tips that will keep my meta-game under control when I’m going through a lot of pressure. Even though I lost this match, I was sent to loser’s bracket and started to perform better. Beating a great player like Vivi (he has an amazing Lucario). So it’s all a matter of learning from the mistakes and making it up on the next fight. And that’s the moral for today! Keep pushing!

Inspiration of the Week: The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time: Fan Re-Creates Parts of the Game with Unreal Engine

Can you be any more impressed? When you get a real fan the right amount of “supplies” needed to show off his talent, you get this. Creator, CryZENx went ahead and made/remastered (from scratch) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, amongst other (mostly Nintendo) games using an Unreal Engine. In case you aren’t aware of what the Unreal Engine is or what it’s capable of doing, keep in mind that it has been used a lot recently by well-known companies who probably never used it before. One great example of this is by SquareEnix who are working on the latest of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, “Kingdom Hearts 3”.

Is this gentleman hired yet? I mean, this really goes to show you that you with the right resources and knowledge anything is possible. Definitely check out more of this guys stuff, you won’t be disappointed! Simply Amazing.

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Xbox One: Microsoft Wants Cross-Platform Play Enabled for Consoles

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Have you heard? Looks like something finally clicked for Microsoft because they’re looking to cross platforms with Sony (PS4 to XBone) via online gaming as well as with PC (specifically Windows 10) gamers.

Here’s a little more info according to sources:

Microsoft has announced it will natively support cross-platform play between Xbox One, Windows 10, and other “online multiplayer networks.” The move effectively opens the Xbox Live platform so that it can accommodate players on Sony’s PlayStation Network, among others.

They also mentioned that Chris Charla, director of ID@Xbox, said “it’s up to game developers to support this feature” and noted that players will “always have the option of choosing to play only with other Xbox Live players.”

This is an absolutely splendid, prolonged idea that was waiting to happen but egotists (ahem, Xbox staff) kept blocking the idea. As far as I’m concerned, PS4 has been open to the idea way before this. Maybe the Xbox team was waiting for the “right time”, whatever that might be. Your thoughts?