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Microsoft security bulletins are replaced by new Security Update Guide portal next month

Microsoft will no longer issue security bulletins for Windows and other software starting next month. The security bulletins will be replaced by the Security Update Guide (SUG) portal that is currently in preview.

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WhatsApp contains backdoor that allows reading encrypted messages

Security researcher Tobias Boelter has found a backdoor in WhatsApp that allows the company to read encrypted messages. WhatsApp has stated to be aware of the issue and won't fix it because it considers it to be 'expected behavior'.

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Microsoft adds privacy dashboard to next Windows 10 update and introduces online privacy settings

Microsoft will add a privacy dashboard to Windows 10 that allows users to see and manage data collected by the software giant. In the next upcoming large Windows 10 update, the dashboard will be added to the operating system, Microsoft writes in a blog.

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European Commission will radically change annoying ‘cookie popup law’

The European Commission wants to radically change the 'cookie law' that requires European websites (which includes Myce.com) to ask its users for permission to set cookies. In the future internet users will only have to decide once whether they want to allow privacy sensitive tracking cookies that e.g. track browsing behavior for advertisers.

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Tidal adds 24-bit 96kHz master-quality streaming to its HiFi plan

Tidal is the first service to start offering master quality audio recordings through its Tidal HiFi subscription service.

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Western Digital announces budget consumer WD Black PCIe SSDs

Western Digital today announced the WD Black PCIe SSDs that are aimed at consumers and will be competitive priced. The M.2 2280 PCIe drives use the NVMe interface and are available in capacities of 256GB or 512GB.

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HDMI version 2.1 brings higher video resolutions, dynamic HDR and introduces 48G cable

The HDMI Forum today announced the upcoming release of version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification. HDMI 2.1 supports a range of higher video resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, Dynamic HDR, and increased bandwidth with a new 48G cable.

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Most security vulnerabilities reported for Google’s Android operating system in 2016

Android was the software product with the most reported security issues last year, according to numbers compiled by CVE Details. For Google's mobile operating system 523 vulnerabilities were reported.

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Bug in Sonos speakers makes that alarms can’t be turned off and went off too early

Users of Sonos Play smart speakers complain on the company's forums that they can't disable the alarm of their device after it went off. The alarm appears to sound one day early as well, and because the Sonos system can be grouped to play in multiple rooms together, the bug causes a lot of annoyances.

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Lenovo reveals laptops with Intel 3D Xpoint Optane SSDs

Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo is the first to announce laptops with Intel Optane SSDs. They make use of the new 3D Xpoint memory that Intel and Micron have developed together. The SSDs have a capacity of 16GB and are used for caching and are combined with a regular HDD.

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Leaked build reveals blue light filter coming to Windows 10 – to sleep better at night

Windows 10 will get a feature that will reduce the amount of blue light that is emitted by displays. This should prevent the disruption of sleep patterns of users when using the computer at night, because blue light can trick the brain into thinking it's still in the daytime.

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Microsoft protects Windows 10 against zero-day attacks

Security measures that Microsoft introduced in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update have prevented two zero-day attacks against Windows users. Both were kernel exploits that allowed attackers to elevate their rights on the attacked system.

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Bug in Skylake CPUs allows attackers to take full control over PC using USB

Security vendor Positive Technologies has discovered a bug in some Intel Skylake CPUs that allows an attack to take full control over the system through USB. The culprit is the debugging interface of the CPU that can be accessed through USB.

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British ISPs will send out educational emails to illegal downloaders

Four large internet providers (ISPs) in the United Kingdom will send out 'warning emails' to suspected illegal downloaders the coming years. In the emails the internet pirates will be educated about legal alternatives with the goal to discourage future infringement.

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Microsoft will pull the plug on popular Windows Live Mail and Movie Maker tomorrow

Tomorrow Microsoft will end the support of popular applications such as Windows Live Mail, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Live Writer and Photo Gallery. They are part of Windows Essentials of which the software giant already announced it would reach end of support on January 10, 2017.

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Free Windows 10 update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users still possible

It's still possible to upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers to Windows 10 without paying for a license. The offer to upgrade for free officially expired on the 29th of July last year, but Microsoft still offers the possibility of a free Windows 10 upgrade.

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Kingston’s 2TB DataTraveler Ultimate GT is world’s highest capacity USB flash drive

Kingston has announced a new USB flash drive that comes in capacities up to 2TB. The drive supports USB 3.1 gen 1. The manufacturer claims that the DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT) is world's highest capacity USB flash drive.

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Microsoft no longer sells Lumia smartphones from its own online store

Microsoft no longer sells its Lumia smartphones in its own webstore, some models are still listed but they all have the status 'out of stock'. It's unclear whether the Redmond technology giant will make new stock available.

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Internet Explorer has lost half of its users in a year’s time

Internet Explorer has lost half of its users in a year's time. In January 2016 the browser accounted for 40% of the browser market. Now, a year later, Microsoft's browser has a market share of slightly less than 21%.

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Ransomware locks LG Android TV

Owners of smart TVs running Android should be warned, ransomware can also infect televisions. Twitter user Darren Cauthon has tweeted how the TV of a family member was bricked after it was infected by ransomware.

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Record labels want Facebook to pay for copyright protected music videos

Large record labels demand that Facebook removes videos that contain copyright protected music. If Facebook doesn't want to remove those videos, the record labels offer a model where the social network pays for a license.

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Crucial MX300 2TB SSD Review

Time has moved forward and at the same time SSDs have also moved forward and now we have reached the point that the starting capacity of an SSD is more than 240GB. However most of us were thinking when we will see larger SSD and Crucial with their latest 3D NAND is offering the MX300 SSD with capacities up to 2TB, and this is going to be the SSD that I will be reviewing, So if you want to learn all about the performance of the 2TB MX300 SSD continue reading this review.

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Microsoft: Windows 7 can no longer keep up with today’s increased security requirements

Windows 7 can no longer keep up with today's increased security requirements, according to Microsoft. The OS also has higher operating costs due to increased malware attacks and many manufacturers no longer provide drivers for Windows 7 which means that modern peripherals are no longer working with the OS, the software giant writes.

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Adobe silently installs browser plugin with security update

Adobe has been caught with silently installing a Chrome browser extension with a security update of its Acrobat Reader. During the installation process users are not notified the plugin is installed, but as soon as they open Chrome, they are notified by the browser that a Adobe Acrobat extension has been added.

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Microsoft adds ‘Refresh on Demand’ to Windows Defender

Microsoft has added a new feature to Windows Defender in Windows 10 that makes it possible to recover the OS when it's slow, crashes or when Windows updates can't be installed anymore.

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Surprise: Pentium CPUs of Kaby Lake generation support Hyper Threading

Intel's upcoming Kaby Lake Pentium processors will now also support Hyper Threading, the only difference with Core i3 CPU is now the support of the AVX2 instruction set. The information comes the Dutch website Hardware.info who confirmed the information with Intel.

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Sony and LG announce new Ultra HD Blu-ray players with HDR and 4K streaming support

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), currently held in Las Vegas, not only Panasonic announced a new Ultra HD Blu-ray player, also LG and Sony revealed new models. Besides playback of Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, they also support HDR.

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Panasonic announces DMP-UB400 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

Panasonic today announced the DMP-UB404 Ultra HD Blu-ray player which supports HDR, 4K streaming services and according to the Japanese electronics giant, is ready for 8K Ultra HD as well.

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Norton introduces WiFi router that protects all connected devices against hacks, malware and spam

Norton today announced a new WiFi router specially designed to protect connected homes. The device is called Norton Core and it uses machine learning and Symantec’s global intelligence network to defend WiFi networks, and every device connected to it, against malware, viruses, hackers and much more.

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‘Facebook unclear about offline data it buys about its users’

Facebook purchases additional sensitive data about members of its social network but is unclear about it. Additional data such as the user's income, the types of restaurants they visit and the number of credit cards they own is purchased from external data providers that provide 'offline' data.

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Microsoft changes color of Blue Screen of Death in upcoming Windows 10 Preview

Microsoft appears to be getting rid of the infamous Blue Screen of Death. The company is currently experimenting with the different colored error screens, according to a Microsoft developer on Twitter.

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Mozilla to lose 10% of its users after ending support for Windows XP and Vista next year

Mozilla will no longer release security updates for Firefox on Windows XP and Windows Vista starting September next year. The change should impact about 10% of the Firefox users, according to the open source developer.

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Microsoft’s marketing chief admits Windows 10 upgrade was pushed too aggressively

Microsoft's Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Chris Capossela, has admitted that Microsoft has been too aggressive in pushing the Windows 10 upgrade. He admits that in a video interview with Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott. The company received a lot of complaints and even got involved in several lawsuits thanks to its aggressive methods.

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