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Get Game Studio Tycoon 3 for free from Google Play and AppStore

I don’t know for sure what happened today, but it was a good day for playing games. Another mobile phone game if free on the Google Play for 24 hours, Game Studio Tycoon 3. The game is ads free and it can be downloaded and installed from here. Keep in mind that you can save $3.99 if you accept this offer.

We’ve already set you up for the weekend with PC games for free for a limited time, games like Dungeons 2 (save 29.99€) and Eador: Genesis (save $5.99). Now it’s time to take care of you with a game that can be played on your mobile device or tablet besides Dark Guardians.

Game Studio Tycoon 3 gives you the chance to simulate a fully functional game development studio! Do you have what it takes to beat the competition and become the best studio in the industry?

  • Start on your own in a small office, and grow your gaming business to owning 7 buildings and managing 50 employees while tasking 3 independent teams of game developers to produce different projects at the same time!
  • Build your video gaming business alone, or try to get help from investors. A unique investor system allows you to sell off part of your company for money when you’re in a pinch!
  • Develop games for devices from 50 years of gaming history as well as the near future.
  • Create your own video games and even MMO’s! Determine the level of support for your MMO games, create updates, and run advertisement campaigns to attract new users!
  • Create your own hardware! You can create a traditional console, handheld device, or even a mobile device (tablet/phone). Once your hardware is released you can try to increase your market share by investing in third party developers to produce games for your hardware. Every game you release on your own hardware can help increase your market share!
  • Set the price for your games and hardware. Lower priced products tend to sell more, but turn less of a profit – find the right balance to capitalize!
  • Participate in 3 yearly conventions, each targeted at different types of fans.
  • Incredibly complex fan and user system. Each fan has a genre preference, and platform preference, and an age. On top of that, your fans will grow older as the game progresses!
  • Compare your studio against 7 AI studios and compete for yearly awards.
  • Analyze and strategize! Pour over various charts and graphs to determine what games you should make and decide what direction to take your company in.
  • Plan your game projects and hardware ahead of time. You can queue up to 3 projects for each team to work on for a total of 9 projects. This means when a team is done with their current project, they will move on to the next one right away!
  • Take a gamble and make games for big publishers! However, publisher deals rely on your past projects so be sure to have a high average game rating!
  • Certify your employees in 8 different technical fields to help improve their performance.

Chase your dream and get immersed in the ultimate tycoon adventure of the Game Development industry!

The game can also be found for free on AppStore – I suppose that for a limited time only. On Microsoft Store its price is $4.99 with $1 higher than the regular price from Play Store. Grab the game while it’s still free!

I’m not much of a fan of games like this, especially on mobile phones or tablets, but if you like it… please rate the game and give a feedback.

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Editorials and informational articles Security solutions and antivirus software

Malware Protection Engine vulnerability found and fixed

Two days ago a Malware Protection Engine vulnerability was published by Microsoft in the Security Advisory 4022344. In the meantime a urgent security patch was pushed out.

The Microsoft Malware Protection Engine is used by a lot of Microsofts products such as Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials on consumer PCs, and also products as Microsoft Endpoint Protection, Microsoft Forefront, Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection, or Windows Intune Endpoint Protection on the business side.

The attackers can execute remote code if a scan is processed by one of the products that uses the Malware Protection Engine, through a specific crafted file.

The vulnerability was found by Google Project Zero researchers: Tavis Ormandy and Natalie Silvanovich, that kept information hidden from the public and gave Microsoft 90 days in order to create a patch for the security patch. Tavis wrote on 6th of May on his Twitter page that this is the “worst Windows remote code exec in recent memory“.

In order to check if you’re affected or not by the vulnerability, please follow the exact steps as below:

  • Tap on the Windows key from your keyboard, type Windows Defender and hit Enter to load the application. (Windows 10 Creators Update will launch Windows Defender Security Center)
  • Click on the cogwheel icon in the lower left part of the interface and select the About link.
  • Check that the Engine Version is at the very least 1.1.13704.0

If the Engine Version is lower than 1.1.13704.0 then please update immediately the product affected by the vulnerability.

Malware Protection Engine

We’re glad that the Malware Protection Engine got a fix patch so quick. I’ve just updated early this morning, because as you can see, my Engine Version was below the recommended one.

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Microsoft ends support for Windows Vista next month

Windows Vista

Microsoft plans to end support for Windows Vista operating system next month, meaning that no further security updates will be released afterwards. According to Windows lifecycle fact sheet from the Microsofts’ website, we can notice that starting with 11th of April the support for Vista will be terminated.

Microsoft will launch security patches on the 11th of April, afterwards stopping to offer any support for the operating system. While companies and organizations may still pay Microsoft for extending the support deadline, all of the end-users or Home users will have to face a difficult decision at that point in time.

Some users may still continue to use the Windows Vista operating system on their working stations, but that does not come as an advice from the software producers because security vulnerabilities won’t be fixed anymore. That won’t be as bad as it sounds if you’re not connected to the internet, or you’re using the internet occasionally.

The good part about Windows Vista is the fact that it has no expiration date. This means that you can run it for years from now on without any issues.

If you still decide to change the operating system with the next of kin or even newer version… don’t forget to back-up all of your data and files. Also check for any software compatibility issues from Vista to the new operating system. What operating system are you guys using and what do you like the most of it?

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Symantec blocks Windows 10 build 15055 Update – Here’s how to fix this

As you may know, Microsoft has released Windows 10 build 15055 lately, but it gets blocked by some antivirus software. For example, Symantec does not permit the download process to finish and the error does not provide too much information.

Microsoft has been working with Symantec to fix this and the latest virus definitions should have fixed it already. So, if you have security software from Norton, you need to keep it up to date in order to be able to use Windows Updates and to download the modifications brought by build 15055.

In order to get the build 15055, it is mandatory for the Symantec users to have the latest virus definitions before the download process starts. If the download fails, the users should update the antivirus, restart the computer and try again the Microsoft download.

This is Dona Sarkar’s (the head of the Windows Insider program) annoucement:

“If you have Symantec/Norton anti-virus software installed on your PC, you should no longer get an 0x80070228 error when attempting to download this build. Symantec released updated anti-virus definitions last week that fixes this issue. Please make sure your Symantec/Norton anti-virus software has the most up-to-date anti-virus definitions BEFORE taking trying to install today’s build,”

Off-topic: We gave Norton Security 2017 a test drive and we really enjoyed the security software. If you want a free 90 days trial of this antivirus software, follow the instructions in this article.

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58% percent of US schools use Chromebook 2-in-1 devices

The tech giants fight against each others on different markets. The educational institutes such as schools and universities prefer to use Google and Microsoft products (computers and laptops).

Google has become the leading choise in the educational institutions from US, while Microsoft is close behind. Apple have turned from leaders to the last choices, due to lack of innovations and high product price.

Chromebooks are the number one choise in the US, with 58% share, while Microsoft gathers a 22% of the market, followed by Apple with 19% and Linux with 5%.

From 12.6 million devices sold to US schools in 2016, more than a half of them are Chromebooks.

Both Microsoft and Google offer a lot of 2-in-1 devices with detachable keyboards under 300$. Such devices are preferred in educational environments for their flexibility in usage.

Microsoft figured out that such devices will be sold like warm bread and created its own Surface lineup.

For more information, see this research from FutureSource.com.