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Developers revolt over change to subscription based licensing model by Jetbrains

Jetbrains, a developer of many tools for developers has seen its users revolt after it changed to a subscription based license model. The company previously sold perpetual licenses which offered users the possibility to extend their license if they wanted to continue to receive updates.

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Spotify changes privacy policy after massive user uproar

Music streaming service Spotify has changed its privacy policy after massive uproar on the new policy which stated the service could collect user data from smartphones and tablets such as contacts and photos.

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Google, Microsoft and Mozilla cooperate on new open video standard

Several large tech companies including Google, Microsoft and Netflix have announced they will cooperate on a new open video standard. Together with Amazon, Cisco, Intel and Mozilla they've started the Alliance for Open Media.

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Microsoft backports privacy sensitive features of Windows 10 to Windows 7 and 8.1

Computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will send more user data to Microsoft after specific updates have been installed.

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Microsoft updates Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet with Windows 10 support end date

While Microsoft has stated that Windows 10 will be the last Windows version and that it will continuously be upgraded, the company has added the operating system to its Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet. In the sheet the company states a specific data on which support of the OS will end.

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Microsoft no longer forces automatic app updates onto Windows 10 home users

Windows 10 Home users are no longer forced to update apps from the Windows Store. Microsoft has released an update last week that makes it possible to enable or disable automatic updates of apps.

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Nvidia hotfix should solve excessive virtual memory consumption in Windows 10

Nvidia has released a hotfix that should solve an issue where Windows 10 consumed excessive amounts of virtual memory. The issue appears to be so serious that the released fix only solves this specific issue.

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Microsoft releases disappointing Windows 10 Insiders Preview build 10532

Microsoft today released Windows 10 build 10532 to Windows Insiders in the 'Fast Ring'. The build is rather disappointing with only 2 new features.

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Russia blocks entire Wikipedia while awaiting removal of drugs article

Russian internet providers have to block access to the local version of Wikipedia because the site hosts an article about hash. The media authority Roskomnadzor has decided the entire Russian Wikipedia has to be blocked until the page is removed.

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Facebook reveals Siri, Google Now and Cortana competitor powered by humans

Facebook has revealed M, a smart assistant that should compete with other assistants like Apple's Siri, Google Now and Microsoft's Cortana but is also powered by humans.

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Microsoft backports Windows 10 security measures to Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft has improved the security of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8(.1) and Windows RT by adding a security measure originally developed for Windows 10.

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Mozilla releases first public preview of Firefox for iOS

Mozilla yesterday announced the release of a public version of Firefox for iOS. The browser developer currently only allows users in New Zealand to install the app, as it first wants to collect feedback from users.

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Consumer organisation: New PCs come with 18 bloatware items on average

Computer manufacturers ship their devices with 18 pre-installed applications on average, according to the Dutch consumer organisation 'Consumentenbond'. The pre-installed applications are also known as bloatware and are usually limited versions of paid software.

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Chrome removes support for Java and Silverlight plugins

Google's Chrome browser no longer supports NPAPI plugins including Java, Unity and Silverlight. Support for the plugins has been removed in version 45 of the browser which was released last Monday.

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New Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU protects smartphones with artificial intelligence

American chip manufacturer Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 820 mobile CPU that is able to detect malware and malicious apps using artificial intelligence. The CPU features a technology called Smart Protect that monitors app behavior in real time.

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Reuters: Antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab tried to sabotage competing AVG

The American press agency Reuters has published another article in which Russian antivirus company Kaspersky Lab is accused of dubious business tactics. The antivirus vendor denies the allegations and calls the accusations false and meritless.

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Mozilla delays 64-bit Firefox for Windows again

Mozilla's developers still haven't succeeded to create a stable 64-bit version of the Firefox browser. Also version 41 of Firefox will be a 32-bit Windows application.

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Google Chrome ends automatically playing Flash ads annoyance

Google will automatically pause Flash banners in its Chrome browser and only play them when users actually want to see them. The change will become in effect on the 1st of September and should increase the performance of the browser and increase battery life on e.g. laptops.

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Windows 10 – Abusing children’s privacy by spying on them

Spying on your children has become much easier with Windows 10. Users who create a family account receive a weekly email that provides an overview of which websites their kids visit, which apps they use and how long they've used the computer.

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Netflix: Antivirus is dead

Video streaming service Netflix has decided to get rid antivirus software on the computers of its employees. The company didn't renew the contract with the undisclosed antivirus company that protected the computers of Netflix staff.

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Microsoft: Windows 10 on 75 million devices, Cortana told more than 500,000 jokes

Windows 10 is installed on more than 75 million devices, according to Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group. In 10 Tweets he shared more achievements of Microsoft's latest operating system.

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WhatsApp for Android gets custom notifications per chat

Whatsapp has updated the Android version of its messaging service with a new setting that allow users to choose how they want to receive notifications. The new version makes it possible to decide how notifications are received for each chat.

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New Android ransomware variant photographs victim

A new ransomware variant for Android tricks users into installing a pornographic app then makes a picture of the user after which it shows a notification with the photo and the demand of a ransom to unlock the phone.

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Samsung first to announce 4K UHD Blu-ray player

Samsung announced their Ultra High Definition player at the IFA trade show in Berlin today. It is called the Ultra HD Blu-ray Player (UBD-K8500), and will play the new 4K discs that will be released later this year.

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Windows 10 more popular than Windows 7 and 8 in first month, Edge disappoints

Windows 10 usage in the first month exceeds that of Windows 7 and Windows 8 in the same time period according to market research company StatCounter. The new Edge browser is not the success Microsoft hoped for.

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Dive computer and sports watch owners with IrDA warned to not upgrade to Windows 10

Owners of dive computers and sports watches should be careful when updating to Windows 10, it's very likely you can't get your data of the device.

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Adobe Flash Player’s extra security measures broken in less than a month

Additional security measures added to Adobe Flash Player earlier this month have been circumvented already. The measures were added to make it harder to exploit vulnerabilities in the Flash browser plugins.

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Is the HDCP 2.2 copy protection broken by movie pirates?

Pirated copies of Breaking Bad in 4K have appeared on torrent sites. It appears the pirates have found a way to circumvent the HDCP 2.2 copy protection that protects Netflix's 4K streams.

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Facebook develops new technology to deal with copyright violations

Facebook will improve the way it handles copyright infringement on videos uploaded to the social network. The company is building a new video matching technology that should improve how the social network detects when users share copyright protected content.

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British copyright organisation starts legal action against music streaming service SoundCloud

The British copyright organisation Performing Right Society (PRS) starts legal action against Soundcloud following five years of unsuccessful negotiations. PRS has posted a letter on its website explaining the move.

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Attackers easily gain admin rights on Asus and ZTE ADSL modems due default password

Attackers can easily gain administrators rights on ADSL modem routers of Asus and ZTE because they use a hard-coded password based on the MAC address, according to the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) of the Carnegie Mellon University.

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AT&T Wifi hotspots inject unwanted advertisements to websites

Wifi hot spots of the American telecom provider AT&T automatically inject advertisements in websites which allows third parties to track the user's surfing behavior.

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Cybercriminals target Internet Explorer vunerability, again

For the second time in a short time a critical, just patched vulnerability in Internet Explorer is actively attacked by cyber criminals.

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