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Privacy watchdog rules Facebook has stop sharing data with WhatsApp

A German privacy watchdog today ruled that Facebook has to immediately stop storing and using data of the about 35 million German users of its messaging app WhatsApp. Facebook is also ordered to delete all data that has already been forwarded by WhatsApp.

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Toshiba announces entry level OCZ TL100 series SATA SSDs

Toshiba today announced the launch of its entry level OCZ TL100 series SATA SSDs. The drives will be available in capacities of 120GB and 240GB and come with Toshiba's 3 year Advanced Warranty.

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Plextor announces S2 series TLC NAND entry level SSDs

Plextor has announced its entry level S2 series SSDs that will contain TLC NAND Flash from SK Hynix and a SMI controller. The drives will become available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB in a 2.5" and M.2 form-factor.

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Windows 10: Surprisingly low number of users have Anniversary Update installed

While the number of users who installed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update doubled within a month, only one third of the Windows 10 users has upgraded.

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New “security” chips in the works that make HP printers accept non-HP cartridges again

A manufacturer of private label ink cartridges for HP printers is working on new "security" chips that should make sure non-HP cartridges are no longer rejected. Consumers can simply replace the old chips with the new ones to start using their non-HP cartridges again.

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Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive

Following our recent review of the Toshiba Canvio for Desktop, which proved to be popular with our readers, welcome to Myce’s review of the Toshiba Canvio Connect II USB 3.0 Hard Drive. The Canvio Connect II is available in capacities of 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 2.5TB and 3TB. It is the 3TB model which is the subject of this review. Intriguingly, Toshiba asserts that the drive can be used as a personal ‘cloud’ server; sounds interesting so let’s have a look...

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HP officially responds to pre-programmed failure date of non-HP cartridges

HP yesterday officially responded to the acquisitions of pre-programming a failure date of non-HP cartridges in its printers. According to the printer manufacturer it made changes to its software last year to "protect the printers and to protect the communication between the cartridge and the printer".

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Zero-day leak in Internet Explorer and Edge actively abused since 2014

The zero-day leak in Internet Explorer and Edge, that was patched last Patch Tuesday, has been actively used to infect internet users since 2014. Users were infected by viewing malcious advertisements.

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Microsoft automatically removes PriFou adware from 6.8 million PCs

Microsoft has removed adware that hijacked the browser and showed advertisements from nearly 7 million Windows computer. The adware is called PriceFoundation (also known as PriFou) and is bundled with other software.

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Broadband provider starts to show TV commercials based on viewing and surfing habits

The Belgium provider of cable broadband services, Telenet, will start with a pilot where it shows personalized TV commercials to its customers based on their TV viewing and web surfing habits.

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Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB SSD Review

Today I'm taking a look at the latest series of mainstream SATA SSD's from Toshiba OCZ, the VX500 series. Let's see how it performs in this review.

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Firefox 53 marks the end of support for Windows XP and Vista

Windows XP and Windows Vista will no longer be supported starting with Firefox 53, scheduled for March 2017. After that date none of the popular browsers provide an up-to-date browser for both outdated operating systems.

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Windows 10 now installed on 400 million active devices

Windows 10 is currently runs on 400 million active devices, according to Microsoft. The tech giant announced the number during its Ignite conference currently held in Atlanta. In May this year Microsoft announced its latest OS was running on 300 million devices and in March 200 million devices were running Windows 10.

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Report: Majority of adblock users feel guilty

The majority of users that use adblock software feel guilty about blocking advertisements because they know many websites are dependent of advertisements for their income.

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HP admits rejecting non-HP ink cartridges was deliberate and planned for – won’t release fix

HP has stated that the rejection of non-HP cartridges, which started last week, is deliberate and not a bug. The printer manufacturer also stated it won't release a firmware update to resolve the issue.

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Sandisk unveils its supersized 1TB SDXC Extreme Pro memory card

Sandisk today unveiled a 1TB SDXC memory card at the Photokina trade fair currently held in Cologne, Germany. The card is likely based on 48 layer 256 Gbit 3D NAND but so far no actual technical deals are known.

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Microsoft’s Beijing Transparency Center gives Chinese government access to Windows source code

Microsoft has opened an office in China that allows the Chinese government to check the sourcecode of the software giant for backdoors and other risks. The office is based in Beijing and similar offices can also be found in Brussels and Microsoft's hometown Redmond.

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“HP pre-programmed failure date of unofficial/ non-HP ink cartridges in its printers”

Investigation of an online printer ink retailer shows that HP has programmed a date in its printer firmware on which unofficial non-HP cartridges would fail. Thousands of HP printers around the world started to show error messages on the same day, the 13th of September 2016.

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Google starts Coalition for Better Ads in response to rise of adblockers

Google has started an organisation, together with advertisers and publishers, to get rid of bad online advertisements. The Coalition for Better Ads was announced by Google at a digital advertising trade show in Germany and is a direct response to rise of adblockers.

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Google and AppNexus don’t want to be affiliated with Acceptable Ads Platform from Adblock Plus developer

The Acceptable Ads Platform that was launched yesterday by Eyeo, the developer of Adblock Plus, is obstructed by parties which were claimed to be partners. Eyeo claimed yesterday that it used technology from advertising giants Google and AppNexus for the beta of its Acceptable Ads Platform.

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Adblock Plus developer starts selling advertisements on websites

Eyeo, the developer of the most popular adblock software, Adblock Plus, today launched a beta version of its Acceptable Ads Platform that allows websites to add pre-whitelisted advertisements to their site.

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Microsoft Lumia smartphones to disappear from stores in December

Microsoft's Lumia smartphone line up will cease to exist. Microsoft will stop manufacturing new Lumia 550, 650, 950 and 950 XL phones in December and after that, the phones will gradually disappear from stores.

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Microsoft: Java continues to be threat for computer security

The number of attacks exploiting Java vulnerabilities has severely decreased recent years but continue to be a threat, Microsoft warns. Java was previously the favorite target of cybercriminals but Adobe Flash Player now has that dubious honor.

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Firefox and Chrome can shorten SSD lifetime

Firefox and Chrome have been found to continuously write so much data that it might affect the durability of SSDs. Both browsers write an incredible amount of data to disk, even when idle.

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Ad blockers and piracy have become “an established social norm” amongst young millennials

Adblockers are especially popular amongst young millennials, about two-thirds block ads on desktop PCs and mobile devices, according to a report called Millennials At The Gate. The number is much higher than in other age groups. About 69% of the young millennials also pirates music and video.

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Microsoft automatically removes ‘Get Windows 10 app’ from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs

Microsoft is currently automatically removing the 'Get Windows 10 app' from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems through Windows Update. The heavily criticized app was used to try to convince users of the two preceding Windows versions to upgrade to Windows 10.

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Online retailer wants to claim damages from HP for not allowing non-HP ink cartridges

The online ink retailer who discovered that HP pre-programmed a failure date of non-HP cartridges in the firmware of its printers wants the printer manufacturer to compensate its customers for only being able to use expensive HP ink.

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iPhone 7 and Galaxy Note 7 very sensitive to falling

Both Apple's and Samsung's high-end smartphones are very sensitive to falling, according to tests of insurance company SquareTrade which tested the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the Apple iPhone 7.

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TorrentHound shutdown partly due to anti-piracy organisations

The administrator of the popular torrent site TorrentHound has shut down the website after 9 years. Part of the reason is that the site was continuously bugged by anti-piracy organisations. The site that started in 2009 was amongst the most popular torrent sites with millions of monthly visitors.

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Microsoft fixes actively attacked leak in Internet Explorer and Edge

Yesterday's Microsoft Patch Tuesday fixed nearly 50 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Edge, Windows, Silverlight, Office and Exchange. In total 13 updates were released of which 6 were marked critical.

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Samsung readies mainstream 960 EVO NVMe SSD – up to 3,000 MB/s reads

Samsung is reportedly working on a NVMe EVO SSD lineup that should be cheaper than the current 950 Pro series but perform equally or better. Samsung's EVO series SDDs are targeted for mainstream users by using relatively inexpensive NAND.

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Mozilla remotely disabled add-on that sent browsing history to third party server

Mozilla has blocked older versions of the Stop Ads adblock add-on because it sent the entire browsing history of its users to a third party. The browser developer is able to remotely block malicious and problematic add-ons.

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Sony: No Ultra HD Blu-ray support in Playstation 4 Pro due to lack of consumer interest

Sony has not added Ultra HD Blu-ray support to its last week announced Playstation 4 Pro because there's not enough consumer interest. The statement comes from the head of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Andrew House.

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