*** Update from April 18th, 11:56
Microsoft has now deleted the nameserver record and we no longer control the subdomain. We still haven't received a reply from Microsoft. ***
If you like the animated Live Tiles which offer RSS type feed or even the animated ones that look fancy, there is something you should know. The domain which provides the content to those tiles is no longer owned by Microsoft, though thankfully a security researcher was quick to notice this and is now hosting the site on his own Azure instance. Predictably there is a lot of traffic asking for XML file updates to be able to display these feeds and according to the quote on Slashdot, he will not continue to sinkhole requests as it is running up his costs.
At this time Microsoft has not responded, so you might want to seriously consider removing any Live Tiles from your Win8/10 Start menu.
"The subdomain (notifications.buildmypinnedsite.com) is currently under the control of Hanno Bock, a security researcher and journalist for German tech news site Golem.de. The subdomain was part of the buildmypinnedsite.com service that Microsoft set up with the launch of Windows 8, and more specifically to allow websites to show live updates inside users' Start pages and menus."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- KYEC, Qualcomm said to set up 5G chips engineering test center @ DigiTimes
- Intel exits 5G phone biz as Apple and Qualcomm drop all litigation @ The Inquirer
- The wave of domain hijackings besetting the Internet is worse than we thought @ Ars Technica
- TSMC unveils 6nm process @ DigiTimes
- iOS 13 leaks suggest Apple is finally about to unleash the iPad as a computer for grownups @ The Register
- Microsoft's 85-inch Surface Hub 2S Starts at $8,999, Ships in June @ Slashdot
- OCC Launches the Next@Acer 2019 Global Press Conference Article
- ASUS ROG Convention 2019 Coverage @ OCinside
Ahh, the nevereding dumpster
Ahh, the nevereding dumpster fire that is Tiles.
Copy/pasta the below into a
Copy/pasta the below into a google search bar, follow instructions carefully and problem solved:
how to disable live tiles in windows 10
Revert to win 7 user
Revert to win 7 user interface
Repent for the sins of the balmer!
Here’s a nickel, get yourself
Here’s a nickel, get yourself a real OS (https://www.ubuntu.com/).
This is simply a lie. Content
This is simply a lie. Content of Live tiles is from app itself, not some other domain. Stop with lies!
So http://www.buildmypinnedsite.com/ doesn't exist in your world?
Now I’m dreading more and
Now I’m dreading more and more having to install windows 8 on my laptop just to get 3 more years of security updates. My laptop came with a Windows 8 Pro license that had downgrade rights to windows 7 Pro which HP did at the factory so my laptop has always been running windows 7 Pro.
Now I really envy those Enterprise/Volume licensing customers that can purchase continued/extended windows 7 security updates until 2023. I’m seriously considering just keeping windows 7 past 2020 and removing all personal information from the laptop and just relying on the anti-virus/firewall software.
And most anti-virus software makers will also still be supporting windows 7 as that extended Win 7 security updates option is going to be purchased by plenty of businesses until 2023. Maybe there can even be some way of obtaining extended security updates via some registry hack as was done with the windows XP POS version registry hack after XP went EOL.
So it may be Installing windows 8 from the recovery DVD that came with my laptop and upgrading that in place to 8.1 but there needs to be some good third party software that can strip out all that TIFKAM that sits atop 8/8.1 including all the damn tiles from hell that can make it all act more like windows 7 until 2023.
What a Cluster-F–K windows 8/8.1’s UI still is to this very day and windows 10 also with even more annoying things like bloatware/adware/spyware and the update forcing.
Post 2020 is appearing more and more to be becoming the start of the end of civilization as we know it and into some post-craptacular dystopian nightmare under the dark lords of Redmond and their nefarious OS end game.
Winter 2020 is coming!
This is a piece of news being
This is a piece of news being poorly put together. For starters, this only affected Windows 8, and not Windows 10. And secondly, Microsoft has already addressed it.
“We’ve resolved this issue and the subdomain has been removed.” – a Microsoft spokesperson
Win 10 does support Live
Win 10 does support Live Tiles. As for your second point, yes they did, a day after it was announced and I posted about it. My time machine will be in the shop for a while, so I was unable to post news a day before it occurs, my apologies.
Update from April 18th, 11:56
Microsoft has now deleted the nameserver record and we no longer control the subdomain. We still haven't received a reply from Microsoft.