Redmond rolls out fresh Surface Book fix for Windows 10 preview

Redmond rolls out fresh Surface Book fix for Windows 10 preview

If you're an Insider testing out a Redstone preview build of Windows 10 on your Surface Book or Surface Pro 4, you might have hit some glitches with your device – but there may be a cure to hand as Redmond has just rolled out a fresh driver update.

According to a source who contacted Windows Central, the update – which is a driver update for the Intel CSI2 Host Controller – helps to fix problems occurring to Surface devices having trouble firing back up from sleep mode.

The site further notes that having applied the fix, Windows Hello issues have also been smoothed over, and it's much more reliable than before. That makes sense as the Intel driver in question pertains to the webcam on the Surface Book and Pro 4.

So if you're having any sort of issues with the Windows 10 preview and your device resuming from sleep or suffering at the hands of Windows Hello, you should find the new improved driver under Windows Update now.

Check for that update

To check, go to Settings (in the Start menu), then click Update & Security, Windows Update – and then select Check for Updates.

Microsoft's newest Surface devices have certainly had their fair share of bugs, and were veritably plagued with problems when they first emerged, with a number of issues still ongoing.

Indeed, some folks online have suggested that this issue, or similar ones, still affect some users of the release version of Windows 10, too – although Microsoft has already released several patches in April and May to address these problems. It may be the case that there are still a couple of gremlins running around deep inside somewhere.

Of course, if you're running preview builds of Windows, you can expect to encounter oddities and problems as par for the course.

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Updated: Best business antivirus: 8 top paid security tools for small business

Updated: Best business antivirus: 8 top paid security tools for small business

Introduction

Best business antivirus

Note: Our best business antivirus round-up has been fully updated. This feature was first published in August 2013.

If you're looking to protect your company PCs from malware then you could just equip each one with your preferred free antivirus package. You'll get a reasonable level of protection, and it might well seem like you're keeping costs to a minimum.

Of course you'll have to manually install each copy. And train every user in its operation. And rely on them to let you know if there are any problems. And hope they won't turn off particular functions – or remove the whole package if they think it's getting in their way. The software may be free, but it could still have some major costs attached.

If you have plenty of systems to protect – 10 or more, let's say – it could make more sense to choose a business security solution. These can often be remotely installed over the network, and offer a central management console to monitor devices, and create fine-tuned security policies to enforce your preferred settings.

Best of all, the price per installation can sometimes be cheaper than even our recommended best home antivirus packages. So, what's on offer? We've checked out eight of the best business antivirus tools around in order to find out.

Most offer discounts if you buy a two or three-year package, so where possible we ordered them by their 10 PC, two-year package prices to make things fair. You can, of course, choose whichever package suits your needs best when buying.

Avast Endpoint Protection Advanced

Avast Endpoint Protection Advanced

If Avast Endpoint Protection looks cheap, that's because it's the most basic business product the company offers – there's core antivirus, browsing protection and remote management for PCs only. That may well be enough, though, and even if it isn't, moving up to the Endpoint Plus edition will get you a firewall, spam filter and server protection while still remaining good value.

The web-based management console covers the basics only: remote installations, updates, plus there's a scheduler for automatic scanning, real-time security alerts, and so on.

The antivirus protection you get is generally rated as good by independent testing, with AV-Comparatives placing Avast's engine sixth out of 19 contenders in its April 2016 Real-World Protection report. If value for money and simplicity is key, Avast Endpoint Protection could be a sensible choice.

Costs: £370/ $534/ AU$740, 10 PCs, 2 years

Score: 3.5/5

Symantec Endpoint Protection

Symantec Endpoint Protection

Symantec Endpoint Protection's first benefit is the company's Insight file reputation technology, an effective way to detect and block even the very latest undiscovered threats.

Other layers of protection include antivirus, behaviour monitoring, intrusion protection, a firewall, and the 'Power Eraser' to remove stubborn threats and repair your system.

VM optimisation keeps performance high in virtual environments.

Symantec's security policy options are the real highlight. You can set application blacklists or whitelists, control file and Registry access, restrict and control access to external media, and more, then monitor systems and enforce policies from a central console.

Symantec Endpoint Protection isn't cheap, but if you need its high-end features and policy control options then it still looks like a good deal to us.

Costs: £578/ $467/ AU$770, 10 PCs, 2 years

Score: 4/5

Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security

Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security

If reliable protection is a top priority, Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security needs to be on your shortlist. Bitdefender products are loved by the independent testing labs, highly rated for malware detection, removal, performance and usability.

Most of the features work automatically – antimalware, firewall, web advisor, URL filtering – but you can also customise the product to control user actions. You're able to restrict access to certain websites and applications, block the transmission of sensitive information, remotely deploy the product to unprotected systems, and allow or deny users the ability to modify their security settings.

All this is managed from a central console where you can control and monitor remote users, create and apply custom security policies by user, location (the product adapts when users are outside the company), and more.

Costs: £340/ $490/ AU$850, 10 PCs, 2 years

Score: 4.5/5

Avira Antivirus for Endpoint

Avira Antivirus for Endpoint

Avira Antivirus for Endpoint is the company's main small business product. It takes all the core features you'd expect – antivirus, baseline network protection, web filtering – and extends them with file server protection and optimisation, along with application whitelisting and blacklisting.

Avira's Online Essentials web console lets you manage your devices. This is simpler than some of the high-end competition, but that's not necessarily a disadvantage, and there's some useful functionality here: drive partition reports, licence management, remote deployment, and assorted mobile phone tools (antitheft, phone finder, and more).

Avira Antivirus for Endpoint doesn't have the longest of feature lists, but it's easy to use, and offers excellent protection, regularly matching competitors like Bitdefender and Kaspersky in AV-Comparative's Real World tests.

Costs: £411/ $600/ AU$830, 10 PCs, 2 years

Score: 3.5/5

Kaspersky Lab Small Office Security 4

Kaspersky Lab Small Office Security 4

Small Office Security 4 may be Kaspersky's baseline business product, but that doesn't mean it's short on features. There's antivirus, web filtering, antispam, banking protection, online backup, a password manager, file encryption and more.

The antivirus feature alone is worth a great deal, as Kaspersky regularly receives top ratings from independent testing labs for its detection and repair abilities.

There isn't quite the functionality you'll sometimes find elsewhere. You don't get application or device controls, there's no mobile device or application management (although you do get some Android tools), the remote management console is more limited than some of the competition, and there's no Linux build.

Kaspersky Lab Small Office Security is good value, though, and if you only need the remote management basics then it could serve you well.

Costs: £245/ $360/ AU$499, 10 PCs, 2 years

Score: 4/5

Webroot SecureAnywhere Business Endpoint Protection

Webroot SecureAnywhere Business Endpoint Protection

Webroot SecureAnywhere products stand out immediately for being incredibly lightweight: they're tiny (2MB disk space), install so quickly you'll barely notice (from 5 seconds), and consume the absolute minimum of system resources.

Scans are fast, too, and because just about everything is done in the cloud, there are no bulky updates or definitions to download – you're always up-to-date.

Other features include behaviour monitoring, an outbound firewall, along with identity and privacy protection. These don't always have the power and options of other tools, but they're implemented with real intelligence, and generally cope well with day-to-day tasks.

A cloud-based console enables tracking all your installations, and the package runs on just about any Windows or OS X system.

Factor in the price and Webroot looks very appealing to us, but it really is a product you need to try for yourself to understand the benefits. If you're interested, grab a copy of the trial and see what it can do for you.

Costs: £148.50/ $230/ $AU258.60, 10 PCs, 1 year

Score: 4.5/5

F-Secure Client Security Standard

F-Secure Client Security Standard

F-Secure Client Security Standard is a popular endpoint protection tool, highly rated for protection by the independent testing labs.

Antivirus is just the start. There's also a firewall, intrusion detection, web filtering, online banking protection and device control.

If you need more, the Premium edition adds a software updater to scan for missing patches, and an option to restrict user's web access by category.

Whatever version you buy may be deployed and managed from a simple central console.

There are some issues here. In particular, F-Secure's engine is more likely than most to flag legitimate software as malicious. But overall F-Secure Client Security Standard offers good protection for a reasonable price, and it's certainly a product worth thinking about.

Costs: £411/ $600/ AU$830, 10 PCs, 2 years

Score: 3.5/5

Sophos Endpoint Protection Advanced 10.6

Sophos Endpoint Protection Advanced 10.6

Sophos Endpoint Protection Advanced is a powerful tool which uses many technologies to keep you safe. It blocks dangerous URLs, and is capable of detecting and removing exploit code, analysing behaviour to uncover even the very newest threats, and identifying endpoint connections with malicious servers to find compromised systems.

The results can be impressive, particularly when facing zero-day threats. AV-Test's March/ April 2016 report found the Sophos engine blocked 100% of these attacks (the industry average is 97%).

There's a price to pay for this kind of safety. Sophos Endpoint Protection's background activities can noticeably reduce your PC's performance.

Fortunately, there are plenty of business-friendly features to compensate, including device and application control, DLP, and antispam and antimalware for Microsoft Exchange.

Costs: £480/ $690/ AU$955, 10 PCs, 2 years

Score: 4/5

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Microsoft denies forcing Windows 10 upgrades by killing the reschedule option

Has Microsoft taken the final step in its Windows 10 upgrade strategy and removed all opt-out options from its Windows 10 upgrade? Apparently not.

The Register reported Thursday that once a Windows 10 upgrade is agreed to, Microsoft only allows you to confirm a time to schedule the upgrade, and not reschedule it afterward. The publication published a screenshot of the operation, with no option to click an “X” and opt out—in other words, the upgrade was locked in.

PCWorld was unable to reproduce its results with an up-to-date Windows 8.1 machine on Thursday. (The Register took its screenshot from a Windows 7 machine.)  Microsoft, for its part, denied the story was true.

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Updated: 10 best gaming keyboards 2016

Updated: 10 best gaming keyboards 2016

Introduction

Though you may naturally associate the keyboard with the mundane, it's an essential piece to the puzzle if you're gaming on PC. Selecting the right keyboard is a do or die situation – meaning if you don't do it, you're likely going to be killed in any online multiplayer game.

That being said, here we've compiled the 10 best gaming keyboards available for all the different flavors of PC gamers. Whether you're into World of Warcraft or Counterstrike, Overwatch or Call of Duty, there's bound to be something in store for you.

However, we do recognize that everyone games on a budget, and some of us prefer compact peripherals that take up less space and are easy to travel with. No worries, though, as we've taken all of this into account in this extensive yet definitive guide to the best keyboards on the market.

Corsair K70

1. Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire

This mechanical animal has cheetah-like speeds

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Wired | Programmable keys: Yes

Super-responsive keys
Beautiful RGB lighting
Overly sensitive for typing
Heightened keys require a wrist rest

Corsair's K70 RGB Rapidfire keyboard is all about speed. Featuring Cherry's new linear MX Speed Switch, its keys are highly responsive and take only a slight movement of the finger to press them down. The switch actuates at just 1.2mm, with a light actuation force of 45g. With a feeling like typing on super-sensitive Cherry MX Reds, which are a sensitive keyswitch anyway, they're not very suitable for long typing sessions. However, if you're into first-person shooters or any game that requires fast reflexes, the K65 RGB is equipped for the job. The full-length K70 RGB Rapidfire is also available in a tenkeyless version called the K65 RGB, which is easier to transport and slip into a bag to take to LAN parties. Like its larger sibling, the K70 has beautiful customizable RGB lighting.

Razer Ornata

2. Razer Ornata

Combining mechanical and membrane into one

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Full color | Programmable keys: No

Razer Ornata

Tactile and clicky actuation
Lighting flows like multi-color lava
Magnetic plush wrist rest
Short key throw won't jive with everyone

For too long there's been a divide between mechanical and membrane keys but now Razer has finally brought the two together with its "Mecha-Membrane' Ornata keyboard. These new switches pull from everything Razer has learned over the years. The result is a grand typing experience with shorter keys, the tactile feel of the green switches from the Blackwidow X Chroma and a loud audible click. Just like its other products, the Ornata features a fully customizable, per-key backlight and it comes with a plush pleather wrist rest too.

Steelseries Apex M800

3. SteelSeries Apex M800

Keeps a low profile

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Wired | Programmable keys: Yes

Responsive, low-travel keys
RGB lighting
Macro keys
Typing takes some getting used to
Plasticky build

Billed as the fastest keyboard in the west (and the rest of the world for that matter), the Apex M800 feels different to type on than just about every other keyboard out there. That's because of its QS1 keyswitch, which is incredibly responsive due to its 1.5mm key travel and 45cN actuation force. Its low travel and linear nature lend it a similar feel to Cherry MX Reds, only requiring less effort to strike each key. This makes the Apex M800 a great keyboard for gaming, but its membrane-like keyswitch means you'll need to take some time adjusting to it when it comes to typing - especially if you've come from a tactile keyboard with Cherry's MX switches inside. The M800's individually-lit keycaps are easy on the eye and the M800's six left-positioned macro keys help you fire off spells and switch weapons in a snap.

Cherry MX 6.0

4. Cherry MX Board 6.0

An all-metal affair

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Wired | Programmable keys: Yes

Excellent typing feel
Comfortable low profile
Lacks extra features

Cherry's flagship MX Board 6.0 features a lower profile than other gaming keyboards like the Razer BlackWidow X Chroma, making it perfect if you prefer to type and game using a wrist rest. Cherry's MX Red switches under the keys lend the MX Board 6.0 fast response times, but because the keys are positioned fairly close together they're excellent for typing too. Housed in a solid aluminium chassis, the MX Board 6.0 certainly doesn't feel cheap and its blood-red key lighting is deliciously ominous. A mechanical keyboard that's also perfect for the office, then.

Logitech G810

5. Logitech G810

A minimalist gaming weapon

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Wired | Programmable keys: Yes

Satisfying Romer G switches
Minimal design
RGB backlighting
No USB pass-through ports

Logitech has followed up its Orion Spark G910 mechanical keyboard with the G810, which arrives with a refreshingly grown-up feel. Sporting Logitech's own Romer G switches, which aren't quite as squishy as Cherry's various switches, the G810 possesses a snappier feel than other gaming keyboards whether typing or gaming. Featuring smart media keys that work equally well on both Windows and OS X, Logitech's latest keyboard is a solid all-round offering. If you're fed up of the weird markings, LCD screens and strange parts that come with competing "gamer-focused" keyboards, the G810 might be for you.

M500

6. SteelSeries Apex M500

A great bit of no-frills gaming kit

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Yes (Blue) | Programmable keys: No

Minimal design
Attractive blue backlighting
No media keys
Cherry MX Reds only

Many mechanical keyboards aimed are gamers err on the ostentatious side, but not the SteelSeries Apex M500. Like the Logitech G810, the Apex M500 eschews unnecessary bells and whistles in favor of clean design and bare essentials. While it's lacking media keys, macros and other such extras, this brings the benefit of a compact design that wastes no space. Designed for e-Sports, its minimal leanings are refreshing and it looks great sat on a desk with an accompanying wrist rest (unfortunately one isn't included).

The M500's rock solid plastic case reminds us of Filco's similarly well-made professional keyboards; You can hammer away on it all day long without feeling even the slightest bit of flex. It's just a shame that it only comes with Cherry's MX Red switches as we would have loved to see a version with Browns.

Best gaming keyboards

7. Division Zero X40

Steeled for online gaming

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Yes | Programmable keys: 5

Division Zero X40

Thick top covers
Clicky or silent keys
Side positioned macro keys
No volume wheel

Better known for producing some impressive professional keyboards, the X40 comes as part of Das Keyboard's new Division Zero gaming lineup. Available with clicky (or optionally silent) tactile keys, Das utilizes its own custom made Alpha-Zulu switches that have a very similar feel to Cherry MX Red keys. What's more, the X40 comes with interchangeable thick aluminum panels making this one of the strongest and most rigid keyboards around.

Ultor

8. Speedlink Ultor

An affordable TKL gaming mech

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Yes | Programmable keys: Yes

Responsive switches
Compact design
Busy color scheme
Can't change blue backlighting

Adding a tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard to your gaming arsenal can give you more precious mouse space on a desk. Speedlink's Ultor is a compact TKL mechanical keyboard that uses Kailh's Red Switches, rather than Cherry's more popular MX variant. Its keys possess a smooth action that makes them perfect for executing short, sharp double taps in games. The contrast between Ultor's blue-lit LEDs and metallic red chassis won't appeal to everyone, but if you seek a TKL mech that packs in gaming features and is cheaper than, say, Corsair's K65, then the Ultor is an appealing alternative.

KM70

9. G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB

Feature-packed and solidly built

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: Wired | Programmable keys: Yes

Macro keys
Comfortable typing position
Design is a bit busy
Media keys feel cheap

G.Skill threw its hat into the peripherals ring recently with impressive results. Its Ripjaw KM780 RGB gaming keyboard may not have a snappy name, but its Cherry MX Red keyswitches, dedicated macro keys and foldable mouse cable holder add up to make one fully-fledged gaming mech. It's comfortable to type on thanks to a sufficiently sized wrist rest, and the LED volume indicator on the top-right hand side of the case adds a futuristic touch. The KM780 RGB is a solid-built keyboard thanks to its military-grade aluminum plate; we even dropped it off a high desk and it survived with only a small scratch on its side. A worthy contender to the Corsair K70's crown.

NovaTouch TKL

10. Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL

Topre switches with a Cherry MX twist

Interface: Wired | Keyboard backlighting: No | Programmable keys: No

Topre switch great for typing
Cherry MX compatible keycaps
Compact
Bland design
No backlighting

Cooler Master's NovaTouch TKL is billed as a typing, rather than gaming keyboard. As such, it misses out on standard features such as backlighting and macro keys. However, it's unique in a number of departments which makes it contender, one that's also excellent for productivity work. It's the first affordable keyboard to use topre switches, which are linear in nature and elicit a satisfying clunk when you "bottom out" (or strike the keys all the way down). The linear topre switch is a hybrid of membrane and mechanical technology and has the same actuation force as Cherry MX Reds, so there's no tactile bump on the way down. Additionally, The NovaTouch TKL is the first topre keyboard to feature compatibility with Cherry MX keycaps, so you can chop and change with ones from your existing gaming keyboards.

And if you need to know more about the different types of keyboards, check out our video below.

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8jX2DpHA5E
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The Steam Controller just got a major update

The Steam Controller just got a major update

Valve's quirky Steam Controller has sold over half a million units, according to the company.

The Steam Controller was released in November 2015 to accompany Valve's Steam Machines, which are basically gaming PCs built for the living room. Valve had to rethink how a gamepad would work in a living room setting by replicating mouse control with dual touchpads.

We weren't fans of the controller because of its incompatibility with all games and mushy buttons. However, many users fell in love with the Steam Controller's customization options and for its ability to play just about any time of game on the couch. You'll need to reprogram how your brain thinks a gamepad should work but those who've invested the time will find it rewarding.

To celebrate, Valve is releasing a major software update that lets you use the Steam Controller with non-Steam apps as well as VR. The controller now works in VR Game Theater mode and will let you use motion controls for racing games.

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwW6uB-tvqY

Support for non-Steam apps means means you can now control other apps by using its trackpad as a mouse and you can even type with the controller using the on-screen keyboard. Steam Machines don't have apps like Netflix built in, but since they're full-fledged computers, you can simply navigate to the website to stream.

The update also brings support for games purchased outside of Steam. There's also added control configurations for Doom, XCOM 2, and Dark Souls III. Plus, the controller's vibration finally works properly across games.

Valve is also discounting the Steam Controller and excellent Steam Link game streaming box 30% this weekend. Can you can snag each for $34.99 (£27.99). The discount offer ends June 6th.

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