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News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.techrepublic.com

Are you ready for Windows 10 Creators Update? As you've probably heard, Microsoft officially rolled out its third Windows 10 refresh on April 11, 2017. While this is the date Microsoft is publicizing, the reality is that you may not be able to get it for some time after the official date. In fact, it could be as long as a couple of months. Of course, Microsoft is planning on rolling out the Creators Update in phases. Considering the fact that, according to Microsoft, there are 400 million devices running Windows 10, it really couldn't do it any other way. However, the key to these rollout phases seems to be based on the age of your system. Apparently, newer systems will receive it first while older systems will receive it later. According to a recent Windows 10 blog: Reading between the lines, it appears that this newer-to-older system staggered release cycle will allow Microsoft deliver the Creators Update to systems that will be able to run this newest Windows 10 version without problems. This will allow Creators Update to get good press right out of the gate. Then, when the staggered releases start moving down the line toward older and older systems, if problems arise, the noise won't carry as much weight. Furthermore, it will allow Microsoft to receive feedback, find and fix compatibility issues, and issue interim fixes/patches as needed, before getting to the systems most likely to encounter problems. Pretty good plan, huh? Well, what if you are ready to get your hands on the Creators Update right away, regardless of the age of your system? Fortunately, Microsoft anticipated that scenario and provided a way to circumvent the staggered release phases and immediately download and install the Creators Update using a tool called the Update Assistant. Let's take a closer look. Note: Keep in mind that Microsoft says the Update Assistant is intended for advanced users running devices with a licensed version of Windows 10. Even though the Update Assistant is a solid tool, I definitely recommend that you create a system image just in case. That way, if the upgrade goes south for some reason or another, you can easily restore your system and data to its original state. You can find all the details in my article How to revive your Windows 10 installation with System Image Recovery. You can download the Update Assistant from Microsoft here. When you download the tool, you should find its file (Windows10Upgrade28085.exe) in the Downloads folder. Note: The Update Assistant does not support the Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10. When you run the Windows10Upgrade28085.exe executable file, you'll immediately encounter a UAC like the one shown in Figure A. If you are ready to proceed, just click Yes. In a moment, you'll see the Windows 10 Update Assistant introductory screen, as shown in Figure B. When you are ready to proceed, click Update Now. The Update Assistant will then run a compatibility check on your system and check each of its major components. If your system passes all the compatibility checks, you'll see a success screen like the one shown in Figure C. The actual download will begin a few moments after this screen appears. A countdown will appear in the lower-left corner of the screen. As the download progresses, the Update Assistant will keep you apprised of its progress, as shown in Figure D. The download will take a little while to complete. Once the download is complete, the Update Assistant will verify the download to ensure a successful installation (Figure E). Once the Update Assistant downloads and verifies the file, the install begins, as shown in Figure F. The install will take a while to complete. The Update Assistant will let you know when it's time to restart, as shown in Figure G. If you happened to walk away from your system when the installation began, the Update Assistant will wait 30 minutes for you to return. If you do not return before that period elapses, the Update Assistant will automatically restart your system. If you are sitting in front of your system when this message appears, you can either choose Restart Later or Restart Now. If you choose to restart later, Windows will wait until you're not using your PC and will then proceed with the update procedure. Regardless of how this next phase of the update begins, it will take about 90 minutes to complete. During this time, your computer will reboot several times as the system works through the update procedure. In between the reboots you'll see screens that display the following messages: After the final reboot, you'll see a screen like the one shown in Figure H, which simply welcomes you to the newest version of Windows and prompts you to click Next to continue. When you proceed, you'll be prompted to choose your privacy settings, as shown in Figure I. While this screen displays only a few of the available privacy settings, I encourage you to make some selections. You can make more and refine your privacy settings from within the Settings tool. The next screens will prompt you to configure Cortana. However, you can choose to do it later by selecting Not Now, which is what I did. When you proceed, you'll see a series of screens that display the following messages: You'll then see the Login screen. After you enter your password and get back into your system, you'll encounter the final screen of the Update Assistant, shown in Figure J. Clicking Exit reveals Microsoft Edge displaying a page the welcomes you to the Creators Update, as shown in Figure K, and invites you to begin learning more about the new features included in the latest version of Windows 10. You can now begin exploring the Creators Update without having to wait for Microsoft to decide when it's your turn to get the new Windows 10. Enjoy! Now that you have the Creators Update installed on your system, what do you think about it? Share your thoughts with fellow TechRepublic members.


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Champion Lawn Care is an Alpharetta-based landscaping company that has served the community for over eighteen years. They are known for trusted lawn care and beautiful landscape design. Champion Lawn Care offers an expansive menu of services, including installation and design for landscapes, hardscapes, patios, artificial turf and outdoor lighting as well as drainage solutions and full service lawn maintenance. One of their recent landscaping projects was submitted to the Georgia Urban Ag Council (UAC) for review and evaluation for the 2016 GALA awards. UAC promotes professionalism, adherence to industry standards and education. The association’s annual GALA (Georgia Landscaping Award) program serves all three goals. For 2016, Champion Lawn Care was selected out of 38 entries in 12 categories, encompassing design/build/installation, landscape management, seasonal color, and community stewardship. Submissions included photographs and project descriptions which were judged by a panel of industry experts without knowledge of company names. “We are honored to be selected once again for UAC’s Georgia Landscape Award. We take great pride in our work, and are committed to staying at the forefront of the green industry,” says Micah Ray of Champion Lawn Care. Photos of award entries will be available on the Georgia Urban Ag Council website in early April 2017 at http://www.urbanagcouncil.com. Champion Lawn Care is a full-service, experienced, lawn care company that prides itself on distinctive landscaping design and care. They employ quality professionals who provide year-round lawn maintenance as well as large and small-scale projects. They have an award-winning reputation recognized by the UAC as well as Angie’s List. They can handle hardscapes, drainage solutions, retaining walls, irrigation installation, artificial turf, masonry, lighting, and much more. For more information about Champion Lawn Care, please visit championlawncare.com or call (770) 649-0818.


News Article | December 2, 2016
Site: www.techradar.com

Update: We've had Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the deals continue in what's been dubbed 'Cyber Deals Week' by imaginative makteting types the world over. Hey, if the shops want to keep smashing money off console deals, who are we to complain? We've updated our extensive list of PS4 bundles and game deals with the latest prices below. Regular visitors to TechRadar will know that we're all over the best PS4 deals every week, so we know a good deal when we see one as we're on the lookout every day. PS4 Slim: Petrol heads, this is the deal for you! In addition to a PS4 Slim and Uncharted 4, you're also getting Driveclub, Assetto Corsa and a Venom steering wheel for just £269.99 @ Zavvi - Note: Assetto Corsa isn't currently shown in the image on Zavvi's site, but we've confirmed with them that it is included with this bundle. PS4 Slim: Zavvi's new bundle includes a PS4 Slim, Uncharted 4, Homefront: The Revolution and Just Cause 3 for just £229.99. PS4 Slim: This bundle includes seven games for your new PS4 Slim. Title include: Uncharted 4, Homefront: The Revolution, Terraria, Ether One, One Piece: Burning Blood and Republique for just £269.99. PS4 Slim: This PS4 Slim bundle packs in the new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Fallout 4 and a two month Now TV Sky Cinema pass for just £229.99 @ Game PS4 Slim:  Fancy a new PS4 with some of the most, colourful action-packed games of the year? Then pick up this bundle with Overwatch and the Ratchet & Clank reboot for just £229.99 @ Game PS4 Slim: Get the brand new Call of Duty game with a PS4 Slim and save over £50 while you do. PS4 Slim: A brand new PS4 Slim with one of the best games of the year in Uncharted 4? Why of course! Get it all for just £229.99 @ Tesco PS4 Slim: Get a new PS4 Slim with the original Watch Dogs and Watch Dogs 2. PS4 Slim: with Uncharted 4 and FIFA 17 just £249.85 @ ShopTo PS4 Slim 1TB: This was £300 a few months ago, but you can save £50 today! PS4 Slim 1TB: An ace three game bundle with Driveclub, Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us: Remastered for the same price the PS4 was on its own was a few weeks ago. 1TB PS4 Slim, Driveclub, Uncharted 4, The Last of Us £249.99 @ Tesco PS4 Slim 1TB: with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered now £249.85 at ShopTo PS4 Pro: Infamous: Second Son is getting a 4K patch soon, Fallout 4 will last you a small eternity and there's a Now TV pass too. Compared to getting the solus console, you're getting the extras for free here. Witcher III: Game of the Year Edition: Get the main game and all the awesome expansion packs for Geralt's adventure for just £19 at Amazon Doom with UAC pack: Get a few tasty extra and the cheapest deal for the shooter at £14.99 @ Game Doom with Season Pass: If you're going to get stuck into the multiplayer, you'll want this severly discounted edition with extra DLC at just £19.99 from Amazon Homefront: The Revolution: Not the best shooter out there, but it's had a few patches since launch. Not bad really for just £9.99 at TheGameCollection. Fallout 4: Get the game with a bonus artbook and soundtrack CD for an excellent £14.99 @ Amazon Star Wars Battlefront: Get ready for Rogue One by reliving the best parts of the original movies for Rise of the Tomb Raider:  Well worth the wait, the former XO exclusive comes home with extra content for a brilliant £28.99 at Amazon Overwatch: Find out why everyone's been talking about Overwatch this year. Get the GOTY contender for the great price of £25 from Amazon Dishonored 2: Stabby stabby, sneaky sneaky. That's right, Corvo and Emily are back. Essential gaming for £30 at Tesco No Man's Sky: One of the most divisive games of the year has just received a large update. Amazon are the cheapest today  at £27.85 at ShopTo If you're buying a PS4, you'll probably need a cheap PlayStation Plus deal too. PlayStation Plus (aka PS Plus or PS+) allows you to play PS4 games online, along with access to the Instant Game Collection, a bunch of free games for PS4, PS3 and Vita each month. The default price for a year is £40, although it's going up in the US soon, so a UK price hike is expected. CD Keys is known for having some great PlayStation Plus deals, so we'd head there if you need a top up or want to stack some subs. Need an extra cheap PS4 controller? Don't forget to check our Best DualShock 4 deals. Or maybe a cheap PlayStation VR deal?


News Article | April 8, 2016
Site: www.nanotech-now.com

Abstract: Nanoparticles designed to block a cell-surface molecule that plays a key role in inflammation could be a safe treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to researchers in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University and Southwest University in China. The scientists developed nanoparticles, or microscopic particles, to reduce the expression of CD98, a glycoprotein that promotes inflammation. Their findings are published in the journal Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. "Our results suggest this nanoparticle could potentially be used as an efficient therapeutic treatment for inflammation," said Didier Merlin, professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State and researcher at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. "We targeted CD98 because we determined in a previous study that CD98 is highly over-expressed in activated immune cells involved in IBD." In the United States, as many as 1.3 million people suffer from IBD, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, conditions with chronic or recurring abnormal response to the body's immune system and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. IBD gets worse over time and causes severe gastrointestinal symptoms, such as persistent diarrhea, cramping abdominal pain, fever, rectal bleeding, loss of appetite and weight loss. Surgery is required when medication can no longer control the symptoms, and patients also have an increased risk of colon cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This study suggests the development of nanotherapeutic strategies could be an alternative to currently available drugs, which are limited by serious side effects, in treating inflammatory conditions such as IBD. In the study, researchers formed the nanoparticles by combining CD98 siRNA, small interfering RNA that inhibit CD98 gene expression in macrophages (immune cells involved in IBD), with urocanic acid-modified chitosan (UAC). Chitosan is a polysaccharide obtained from the hard outer skeleton of shellfish. When introduced to macrophages, the nanoparticles had an anti-inflammatory effect on these immune cells. Researchers found the nanoparticles had a desirable particle size and no apparent toxicity against macrophages and colon epithelial cells. Cell studies showed nanoparticles with a weight ratio of 60:1 (UAC:siCD98) had the best anti-inflammatory capacity. ### Co-authors of the study include Emilie Viennois from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State and Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Panpan Ma of Southwest University in Chongqing, China; and Bo Xiao from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State and Southwest University in Chongqing, China. The study was funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. For more information, please click If you have a comment, please us. Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.


News Article | August 25, 2016
Site: www.theguardian.com

We have two types of user accounts: local and Microsoft accounts. Over the years from Windows XP through Vista, Windows 7 and up to 8.1, I have always used local accounts, where you could easily control the security of your operating system by using a password-protected standard user account. However, to get the real benefits of Windows 10 requires creating a Microsoft account. (Of course, one way to ensure privacy is to create a new outlook.com account and just use it for log in purposes.) From what I understand, Windows 10 automatically generates another super or elevated Administrator account during installation, and this account is hidden by default for security reasons. Unlike the normal Administrator account, this runs all programs with admin rights by default, without that annoying UAC box appearing when you attempt to run a program. What is to stop any malware installing itself on your PC? Also, is it best to enable the hidden Administrator account should it become necessary to access it for any reason? Marcus The appearance of every new version of Microsoft Windows usually creates panic in people who think they’ve found something new, when it’s actually something old. Windows 10’s privacy settings, for example, are more or less identical to the ones in Windows 8. The email-based Microsoft Account logon system was also introduced four years ago, in 2012. The “Hidden Administrator Account” has been around even longer. It first appeared in its current form in Windows Vista a decade ago, and has been in every version of Windows since. It was even in Windows XP, but you had to boot Windows in Safe Mode – or edit the registry – to see it. Windows XP was – and still is – famously insecure. One reason for its insecurity was that most people logged on using what Unix users would call a “root account” with the power to do anything. Unix, Linux and Unix-based Apple Mac OS X users generally used less powerful accounts, which meant any malware couldn’t cause as much damage. Right from the beginning, Windows XP had exactly the same design, with an Admin (root) account and less powerful user accounts. Unfortunately, few people used them, partly because of badly-written third-party software that could only be installed from root accounts. Many programs had been converted from DOS-based Windows where that was the norm: in Windows 95, Windows 98/98SE and Windows ME, every user could modify everything. Microsoft stopped this by introducing UAC (User Account Control) in Windows Vista. This made users run a safe user account by default. If something needed Admin privileges, UAC would grey the screen and pop up a box, asking you to escalate to Admin level. As a result, badly written third-party software popped up loads of UAC interruptions, which eventually pressurised suppliers to rewrite their software to avoid them. Of course, Microsoft also provided a get-out so that impatient and arrogant users could turn down the level of UACs or turn them off, making their PCs less secure. But the UAC and other security improvements still led to a dramatic reduction in the number of Windows virus infections in Vista and Windows 7. The “Hidden Administrator Account” has survived because it has a purpose. It allows you to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 or whatever without running into a snowstorm of UAC pop-ups. Once the operating system is installed, the hidden account is disabled. You don’t need to know it’s there, and under normal circumstances, you should never need to use it. However, you should never run a copy of Windows 7 to 10 with only one Admin account – which will usually be the first account you set up. If you use that Admin account all the time and it gets corrupted, you’re in trouble. You might be able to regain access by using the hidden admin account, but that’s turned off by default, and the process is obscure and prone to failure. So, my advice is to forget all about the Hidden Administrator Account. Instead, create a second Admin account that you can use if your original account is corrupted, or you forget the password, or something bad happens. You already know the dangers of working with a full Admin or root account. For this reason, Microsoft has provided several alternatives with different levels of security and control. All the adults that use a Windows 10 PC should have their own standard user account. As the sole administrator of one or more PCs, you can set these up by going to Start, running the Settings app and clicking Accounts. Select “Family & other users” from the left hand menu, and choose whether to “Add a family member” or “Add someone else to this PC”. If you choose “Add a family member”, you then get two options: Adult and Child. When you add a non-family member, they should use their own MSA. That way they will have access to their own apps, but they won’t have access to family information. If you set up a child account, you can have it monitored: they can only access websites and apps that you have approved, and you can set time limits and curfews. You can also provide accounts with access to school or work networks, including device management networks (MDM). Further, you can provide “assigned access” so that a user can use only one Windows Store app, such as Skype. You could use this to enable a child to play a single game, or for gathering information, etc. For example, a club could use it for a survey. When you limit what people can do on a PC, you limit the amount of damage that they can do, and the amount of damage that malware can do. You are correct in saying that you need to log on to Windows 10 with a Microsoft Account (MSA) to make full use of its features. This applies whether the account is an Admin account, a standard account, or a child account, etc, and I don’t think it makes a significant difference to your security. Windows 10 is a mobile operating system delivered and maintained from the cloud. Using an MSA enables Windows 10 to get your email automagically, and lets you save files to your OneDrive cloud. It means apps are securely installed and updated from the online Windows Store – exactly like Google Android and Apple iPhone and iPad apps. It means you can “roam”, signing on with your MSA on different PCs, sync data, or get a whole new PC set up like an old one, with the same apps and settings. Indeed, a Microsoft Account also works across Xbox One games consoles, Windows smartphones, and dozens of apps on Apple iOS and Android devices. You are correct in saying that you can open a new email account at outlook.com for your log-on to Windows 10, and this does not require any personal information. You don’t have to use it for email and, unlike Google, Microsoft does not data-mine your emails for advertising purposes. Alternatively, you can use a non-Microsoft email address to set up your MSA, but this gives Microsoft more information than it would get from a token outlook.com address. If you use, say, a Gmail address, Windows 10 will still work with OneDrive, Microsoft’s free online Office suite and related programs. However, as soon as you click the email tab, Microsoft will create an outlook.com email service that can send emails “from” your Gmail address. You can also use a purely local account, without an email link. However, you will eventually end up using one with the Microsoft Store. As with the Apple and Google stores, you have to log on, even if you never intend to buy anything. At least the Microsoft ecosystem supports both local and cloud-based computing across all the leading platforms, stretching from USB compute sticks to giant server farms. Neither Apple nor Google does that. Have you got a question for Jack? Email it to Ask.Jack@theguardian.com


News Article | October 28, 2016
Site: www.techrepublic.com

Disk Cleanup's new feature called Windows Update Cleanup is standard in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and was added to Windows 7 by an update that was made available in October 2013. The Windows Update Cleanup feature is designed to help you to regain valuable hard disk space by removing bits and pieces of old Windows updates that are no longer needed. I'll take a closer look at the Disk Cleanup tool and then focus on the new Windows Update Cleanup feature. As I do, I'll give you a little background on the Windows update leftovers that this tool is designed to eliminate. Note: Disk Cleanup and the Windows Update Cleanup feature works the same in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. This article applies to all of those Windows versions, though all of the example screen shots are from a Windows 8 system. If you used the Windows operating system back in the Windows 9x days, you're familiar with the term DLL Hell. This situation arose when you installed different programs that included updated versions of Dynamic Link Library (DLL) files with the same name as files already on the system. These duplicate files would wreak havoc with applications and the operating system. For example, an application would look for a specific version of a DLL file, but find a newer version that was recently updated by another program. Since the version was different, the application would act strangely or crash altogether. By the time Windows Vista was introduced, Microsoft solved the problem by creating a new technology called componentization, which uses a folder called the WinSxS folder that allows the operating system to store and keep track of all kinds of operating system files (DLLs included) with the same name but different versions. WinSxS is short for Windows Side-by-Side and refers to using files with the same name but with different version numbers at the same time in the operating system. As things evolved, the WinSxS folder also became the perfect place to store files added to the operating system by Windows Update. Microsoft releases a multitude of updates every month to keep up with bugs, new applications, and security problems (just to name a few of the reasons for the regular updates). In order to make sure the updates don't cause compatibility problems, all kinds of duplicate files get stored in the WinSxS folder so that everything can continue to function correctly. Furthermore, many Windows updates are designed such that if they do cause unanticipated compatibility problems, they can be uninstalled, and the files can be reverted back to a previous state. While this is a pretty simplified description of the WinSxS folder, the general idea I want to convey is the WinSxS folder can grow so large that it takes up a good chunk of hard disk space. The problem gets compounded by the fact that, because the WinSxS folder is used to store so many files, really old files or files that are no longer necessary can still be taking up hard disk space. For instance, Figure A shows the WinSxS folder on a system that began as a Windows 7 system and then upgraded to Windows 8. The WinSxS folder on this system contains 58,739 files and takes up 6.89 GB of hard disk space. (In comparison, one of my Windows 7 systems has 54,524 files and is using up 11.1 GB of hard disk space.) If you want more technical detail about the origin of componentization and the WinSxS folder, you can read this 2008 post from the Ask the Core Team blog on the Microsoft TechNet site. The Disk Cleanup tool has been around for quite some time and is designed to allow you to easily clean out old and unnecessary files that can clog up your hard disk; it's the perfect place for Microsoft to add the new Windows Update Cleanup feature, which is designed to weed through the WinSxS folder and eliminate waste. Rather than just jumping straight into the Windows Update Cleanup feature, let's take a closer look at the Disk Cleanup tool as a whole and then delve into the new feature. To launch the Disk Cleanup tool, access the Start Menu or the Start Screen and type Disk Cleanup. Once you launch Disk Cleanup, if you have more than one hard disk in your system, you'll be prompted to select drive C. Disk Cleanup will begin to analyze the files on your hard disk to determine what can be safely removed (Figure B). Once the disk space analysis is complete, you'll see the main Disk Cleanup interface (Figure C), which essentially contains a list of all the categories or locations containing unnecessary files on your hard disk that can be removed. Adjacent to each category you'll see the size of the unnecessary files as well as a check box that allows you to specify that you want to remove those files. Beneath the list is a number indicating the total amount of disk space that you'll gain by removing the selected files. Immediately below the list is the description panel, which will provide you with more details about the category that is currently selected. The categories you see in the list will depend on what the Disk Cleanup tool found on your hard disk. Table A: The most common categories listed in the Disk Cleanup tool. As you select the various categories in the list, a View Files button may appear. If it does, you can click it to launch a separate Windows/File Explorer window targeted on the location and showing you all the unnecessary files stored there. Keep in mind that the View Files button is not available for all of the categories. If you refer back to Figure C, you'll see that adjacent to the View Files button is a button titled Clean Up System Files. You'll notice this button is flagged with the User Account Control (UAC) icon. Depending on your UAC setting, you may see a UAC prompt when you select that button. The Clean Up System Files button provides you with access to the Windows Update Cleanup feature. When you select the Clean Up System Files button, Disk Cleanup will again display the screen shown in Figure B as it analyzes additional locations on your hard disk to determine what can be safely removed. When the main Disk Cleanup interface returns, you'll find that a new category called Windows Update Cleanup appears in the list (Figure D). In addition, you may find several other new categories.  Table B: Categories that appear in Disk Cleanup when you select the Clean up system files button. Windows keeps copies of all installed updates from Windows Update, even after installing newer versions of updates that are no longer needed and taking up space. (You might need to restart your computer.) Windows keeps copies of all previously installed device driver packages from Windows Update and other sources even after installing newer versions of drivers. This task will remove older versions of drivers that are no longer needed. The most current version of each driver package will be kept. Non critical files used by Windows Defender Windows upgrade log files contain information that can help identify and troubleshoot problems that occur during Windows installation, upgrade, or servicing. Deleting these files can make it difficult to troubleshoot installation issues. Windows saves old versions of files that have been updated by a service pack. If you delete the files, you won't be able to uninstall the service pack later. Windows Update Cleanup only appears in the list when the Disk Cleanup wizard detects Windows updates that you don't need on your system. For example, when I ran Disk Cleanup's Windows Update Cleanup feature on a Windows 8.1 system that had recently been updated from Windows 8 to 8.1, the Windows Update Cleanup category did not appear in Disk Cleanup because everything had recently been cleaned up by the Windows 8.1 update. When you click OK, Disk Cleanup will prompt you to confirm that you want to permanently delete the selected files (Figure E). Disk Cleanup will prompt you to confirm the permanent delete operation. Disk Cleanup will then go to work cleaning up all the files in the categories that you selected, including the Windows Update files (Figure F). You'll want to restart your system once Disk Cleanup completes its operation. When your system restarts, any unnecessary Windows Update files will be completely removed. As you survey the results, keep in mind that the Windows Update Cleanup feature will only remove files that it finds are no longer needed by the system, so you may find that a lot of files have been removed from your system or you may find that very few files have been removed from your system. For example, after running the Windows Update Cleanup feature on my Windows 8 system, the number of files only dropped from 58,739 to 58,130 and the size of the WinSxS folder only dropped from 6.89 GB to 6.83 GB — a very small gain. However, on my Windows 7 system, the number of files dropped from 54,524 to 47,454, and the size of the WinSxS folder dropped from 11.1 GB to 7.86 GB — a modest gain of 3.24 GB of hard disk space. Have you used Disk Cleanup's new Windows Update Cleanup feature in Windows 7 or 8.x? If so, what kind of disk savings did you encounter? If you have comments or information to share about this topic, please drop by the TechRepublic forums and let us hear from you. Sign up for TechRepublic's Microsoft in the Enterprise newsletter.


News Article | April 8, 2016
Site: www.cemag.us

​Nanoparticles designed to block a cell-surface molecule that plays a key role in inflammation could be a safe treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to researchers in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University and Southwest University in China. The scientists developed nanoparticles, or microscopic particles, to reduce the expression of CD98, a glycoprotein that promotes inflammation. Their findings are published in the journal Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. “Our results suggest this nanoparticle could potentially be used as an efficient therapeutic treatment for inflammation,” says Didier Merlin, professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State and researcher at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “We targeted CD98 because we determined in a previous study that CD98 is highly over-expressed in activated immune cells involved in IBD.” In the U.S., as many as 1.3 million people suffer from IBD, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, conditions with chronic or recurring abnormal response to the body’s immune system and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. IBD gets worse over time and causes severe gastrointestinal symptoms, such as persistent diarrhea, cramping abdominal pain, fever, rectal bleeding, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Surgery is required when medication can no longer control the symptoms, and patients also have an increased risk of colon cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This study suggests the development of nanotherapeutic strategies could be an alternative to currently available drugs, which are limited by serious side effects, in treating inflammatory conditions such as IBD. In the study, researchers formed the nanoparticles by combining CD98 siRNA, small interfering RNA that inhibit CD98 gene expression in macrophages (immune cells involved in IBD), with urocanic acid-modified chitosan (UAC). Chitosan is a polysaccharide obtained from the hard outer skeleton of shellfish. When introduced to macrophages, the nanoparticles had an anti-inflammatory effect on these immune cells. Researchers found the nanoparticles had a desirable particle size and no apparent toxicity against macrophages and colon epithelial cells. Cell studies showed nanoparticles with a weight ratio of 60:1 (UAC:siCD98) had the best anti-inflammatory capacity. Co-authors of the study include Emilie Viennois from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State and Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Panpan Ma of Southwest University in Chongqing, China; and Bo Xiao from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State and Southwest University in Chongqing, China. The study was funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Source: University of Georgia


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: co.newswire.com

GL Communications Inc., announced today the release of its enhanced MAPS™ SIP Protocol Emulator that help user generate and receive SIP signalling with traffic. Speaking to the press, Mr. Karthik Ramalingam, a Senior Manager for Product Development of the company said, ”GL's Message Automation & Protocol Simulation (MAPS™) designed for SIP testing can simulate User Agents (User Agent Client- UAC, User Agent Server-UAS), Proxy, Redirect, Registrar and Registrant servers. This test tool/traffic generator can be used to simulate any interface in a SIP network and perform protocol conformance testing (SIP protocol implementations). MAPS™ can be used to simulate any interface of the VoIP network. Single MAPS™ instance can act as more than one SIP entity at a time and can generate any SIP message on wire in VoIP network and hence equipment needed to test reduced.” He added, “The MAPS™ SIP Conformance Scripts is designed with 300+ test cases, as per SIP specification of ETSI TS 102-027-2 v4.1.1 (2006-07) standard. Test cases include general messaging and call flow scenarios for multimedia call session setup and control over IP networks. Logging and pass/fail results are also reported. Test cases verify conformance of actions such as registration, call control, proxies and redirect servers.​ GL’s MAPS™ SIP is also available in High Density version (requires a special purpose network appliance and PKS109 RTP HD licenses). This is capable of high call intensity (hundreds of calls/sec) and high volume of sustained calls (tens of thousands of simultaneous calls/platform).” While explaining the enhanced features, Mr. Ramalingam further said, “With the purchase of 64 bit RTP Core (PKS102), MAPS™ SIP can simulate up to 3000 simultaneous calls with various RTP traffic such as, digits, voice file, single/ dual tones, FAX, IVR, Video and Voice Quality testing over IP networks. Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP) can provide encryption, message authentication, and replay protection to the RTP/RTCP traffic. SRTP is initialized over Transport Layer Security (TLS) / SSL (OpenSSL) with a Certificate and Key. SRTP encrypts the actual media portion of the calls preventing eavesdropping and tampering. The CLI interface developed for MAPS™ allows users to control all features of MAPS™ through Python and Java APIs.  The Python and Java API are an object-oriented coding paradigm, designed to give the user simple and intuitive containers for their messages, calls and regressions. The APIs is divided into “High” and “Low” level function calls. Both High and Low, can extract complete decode of all messages in a call along with the timestamp of when that message was transmitted or received.” Some of the Important Features ·  Each SIP message template facilitates customization of the protocol fields and access to the various protocol fields from the scripts ·  Supports IPv4 /IPv6 and transport over UDP and TCP, and TLS for secure transport ·   Supports transmission and detection of various RTP traffic such as, digits, voice file, single tone, dual tones, IVR, FAX, and Video in IP networks ·   Supports almost all industry standard codec types - G.711 (mu-Law and A-Law), G.722, G.729, G.726, GSM, AMR, EVRC, SMV, iLBC, SPEEX, and more. *AMR and EVRC    variants require additional licenses ·  Supports both RTP G.711 Pass Through Fax Simulation (PKS200) and T.38 Fax Simulation over UDPTL (PKS211) simulation over IP ·  Capability to generate more than 500 simultaneous video calls on Core i7 systems and more GL Communications Inc, is a global provider of test and measurement solutions and has over the years worked with major telecom equipment vendors, service providers, and system integrators to meet the testing requirements arising at various stages of telecom products development life cycle. GL offers a broad set of test solutions that help perform all types of testing on networks, from initial system design, to fine-tuning, troubleshooting, live deployment, and monitoring. The products are widely used to verify and ensure 'quality and reliability' of Wireless (4G LTE, 3G, 2G), SONET/SDH, IP, TDM, and PSTN networks. GL core product development is backed by a strong team of R&D experts to match evolving market and technical challenges in a most cost-effective and innovative way.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Malaysia is organising Ecobuild Southeast Asia 2017, to be held from 12 to 14 April 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), hosted by Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia. This event will mark the fourth year of partnership with the International Construction Week 2017, positioned as the region's leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment. This year's theme, "Towards Enhancing Quality & Safety in Construction", pits perfectly with one of the pillars of the Malaysia Construction Industry Transformation plan till 2020(CITP). The construction industry is recognised as a prime economic mover in Malaysia and projected to remain robust in 2017, as Budget 2017 was announced in October 2016 by the Prime Minister. Significant investments were made in public infrastructure projects, which include the East Coast Rail Line, construction of rural bridges and roads, new schools, schools for the poor and the improvement of the water supply network. Therefore, the opportunities created in the booming construction industries have attracted the gaze of companies in the region. Exhibitors Techtronic Power Tools (M) Sdn Bhd , UAC Berhad, Xinyi Energy Smart (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Jana Tanmia Resources, Bubble Deck Construction Sdn Bhd, Protasco Berhad, Ply Tec Fencing System Industries Sdn Bhd, Perceptive Profile Sdn Bhd and other companies have confirmed their participation in Ecobuild SEA 2017. Event visitors include a wide range of participating groups including government procurers, wholesalers, architects, contractors and consultants. Ecobuild Southeast Asia 2017 has co-located events, such as Asean Solar 2017, Ecolight Asean 2017, Energy Efficiency, Greenbuild Asia, Construction Show, AseanREI and Construction Career Fair. These events are expected to attract more than 15,000 attendees from around the world, to engage in activities and to interact with the key industry players. Ecobuild Southeast Asia is serving to connect the entire built environment supply chain in one seamless experience. CDP points will be gained upon attending paid conferences organised by the supporting stakeholders, as such Master Builders Association Malaysia, The Chartered Institute of Building, Kubena and Urban Forum. Meanwhile, free-to-attend seminars are organised into streams, presenting a number of topics that include quality, safety and professionalism, as well as environmental sustainability, productivity and internationalisation, reflecting the categories emphasized under CITP. Seminar speakers range from industry experts to innovators and practitioners from Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia, Public Works Department Malaysia, Malaysia Structural Steel Association, The Institution of Fire Engineers, The Chartered Institute of Building, Nuclear Malaysia and International Workplace. Also, International Construction Week and Ecobuild Southeast Asia offer a perfect platform to the next generation of the construction industry. Young designers will be challenged to join "MSSA/CIDB Open Ideas Competition Youth 2017 -- Dome in Steel [YouDo]", which is co-organised by Malaysia Structural Steel Association. This competition promises a highly challenging project that involves designing an innovation, sustainability and cost effectiveness steel dome. This project for the youth will see more than 10 universities of 30 teams and 150 students competing for the MSSA Challenge trophy and prizes. Also, business matching will be organised by Matrade and CIDB to bring in overseas buyers. The goal is to connect dedicated local suppliers/exhibitors with premier buyers for sourcing purposes. The connections are arranged by business matching specialists through face-to-face meetings. For any enquiries, kindly contact us at +603-21768788 or email ecobuildsea@ubm.com. For more information, visit www.ecobuildsea.com. Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 20 market sectors with 230 exhibitions and conferences, 23 trade publications, 20 online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Malaysia is organising Ecobuild Southeast Asia 2017, to be held from 12 to 14 April 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), hosted by Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia. This event will mark the fourth year of partnership with the International Construction Week 2017, positioned as the region's leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment. This year's theme, "Towards Enhancing Quality & Safety in Construction", pits perfectly with one of the pillars of the Malaysia Construction Industry Transformation plan till 2020(CITP). The construction industry is recognised as a prime economic mover in Malaysia and projected to remain robust in 2017, as Budget 2017 was announced in October 2016 by the Prime Minister. Significant investments were made in public infrastructure projects, which include the East Coast Rail Line, construction of rural bridges and roads, new schools, schools for the poor and the improvement of the water supply network. Therefore, the opportunities created in the booming construction industries have attracted the gaze of companies in the region. Exhibitors Techtronic Power Tools (M) Sdn Bhd , UAC Berhad, Xinyi Energy Smart (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Jana Tanmia Resources, Bubble Deck Construction Sdn Bhd, Protasco Berhad, Ply Tec Fencing System Industries Sdn Bhd, Perceptive Profile Sdn Bhd and other companies have confirmed their participation in Ecobuild SEA 2017. Event visitors include a wide range of participating groups including government procurers, wholesalers, architects, contractors and consultants. Ecobuild Southeast Asia 2017 has co-located events, such as Asean Solar 2017, Ecolight Asean 2017, Energy Efficiency, Greenbuild Asia, Construction Show, AseanREI and Construction Career Fair. These events are expected to attract more than 15,000 attendees from around the world, to engage in activities and to interact with the key industry players. Ecobuild Southeast Asia is serving to connect the entire built environment supply chain in one seamless experience. CDP points will be gained upon attending paid conferences organised by the supporting stakeholders, as such Master Builders Association Malaysia, The Chartered Institute of Building, Kubena and Urban Forum. Meanwhile, free-to-attend seminars are organised into streams, presenting a number of topics that include quality, safety and professionalism, as well as environmental sustainability, productivity and internationalisation, reflecting the categories emphasized under CITP. Seminar speakers range from industry experts to innovators and practitioners from Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia, Public Works Department Malaysia, Malaysia Structural Steel Association, The Institution of Fire Engineers, The Chartered Institute of Building, Nuclear Malaysia and International Workplace. Also, International Construction Week and Ecobuild Southeast Asia offer a perfect platform to the next generation of the construction industry. Young designers will be challenged to join "MSSA/CIDB Open Ideas Competition Youth 2017 -- Dome in Steel [YouDo]", which is co-organised by Malaysia Structural Steel Association. This competition promises a highly challenging project that involves designing an innovation, sustainability and cost effectiveness steel dome. This project for the youth will see more than 10 universities of 30 teams and 150 students competing for the MSSA Challenge trophy and prizes. Also, business matching will be organised by Matrade and CIDB to bring in overseas buyers. The goal is to connect dedicated local suppliers/exhibitors with premier buyers for sourcing purposes. The connections are arranged by business matching specialists through face-to-face meetings. For any enquiries, kindly contact us at +603-21768788 or email ecobuildsea@ubm.com. For more information, visit www.ecobuildsea.com. Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 20 market sectors with 230 exhibitions and conferences, 23 trade publications, 20 online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

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