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Poll of the day: Piracy is beneficial to the movie and music industry (8)
Posted at 29 April 2016 21:31 CEST

While pirates download lots of music and movies for free, some argue that piracy isn’t as bad as the movie and music industry wants us to believe. They argue that users are still willing to pay for content they really like and that piracy makes it easier to discover new content they actually want.

Australian Commission: It should be legal to use VPNs to circumvent geo-blocks (4)
Posted at 29 April 2016 18:24 CEST

An Australian government commission has released a report in which it states that Australian consumers should be legally allowed to circumvent geo-blocking restrictions. Australians get offered a lower level of digital services, according to the ‘Productivity Commission’. Therefore Australians should be able to use a VPN service without the fear of infringing on copyright.

WhatsApp to add voice mail for VoIP calls and to allow ZIP file sharing (1)
Posted at 29 April 2016 17:36 CEST

WhatsApp is about to add several new features to its popular messaging app. According to information leaked by the website PhoneRadar, the app should get a new feature called ‘Call Back’, and also voice mail for VoIP calls and the ability to send ZIP files are new features.

Poll of the day: Using an adblocker is theft (29)
Posted at 28 April 2016 20:32 CEST

The increasing usage of adblockers worries publishers, because it hurts their revenues. Visitors with an adblocker enabled they don’t make them a anything, while those visitors do have access to free content. Some publishers argue that using an adblocker is a form of theft, what about you?

Windows 10 ruins the weather (2)
Posted at 28 April 2016 19:22 CEST

Windows 10 has ruined the weather. Not literally obviously, but during a broadcast of the American TV station KCCI weather woman Metinka Slater is disturbed by a ‘Microsoft recommends to upgrade to Windows 10’ popup.

Fake Sandisk memory cards are making the rounds (2)
Posted at 28 April 2016 19:05 CEST

Users on the Dutch Tweakers Forums report that a Groupon seller sold fake Sandisk MicroSD cards. The cards work and have the advertised capacity but their maximum transfer speed is much slower than the speeds specified on the packaging.

CloneBD released – fixes many bugs (0)
Posted at 28 April 2016 17:15 CEST

On the Redfox forums we can read that version of CloneBD was released today. This version of the popular Blu-ray movie backup software fixes many issues including a long standing one concerning HEVC encoding of 2D clips.

Poll of the day: The Apple hype is over (6)
Posted at 27 April 2016 18:31 CEST

Yesterday Apple reported its quarterly revenue and had to announce it sold less iPhones, iPad and Macbooks than the quarter before. The company’s revenue also decreased for the first time in 13 year. While the numbers are down, Apple still reported a revenue of $50.6 billion in the last quarter. Will the company last?

Mozilla patches 4 critical vulnerabilities with the release of Firefox 46 (1)
Posted at 27 April 2016 14:10 CEST

Mozilla today released Firefox 46 which fixes 14 vulnerabilities of which 4 have been marked critical. Some of the critical vulnerabilities showed evidence of memory corruption which according to Mozilla would allow them to be exploited to run arbitrary code.

Malicious advertisements served ransomware on The Pirate Bay (1)
Posted at 27 April 2016 13:41 CEST

Worlds most popular torrent site The Pirate Bay distributed advertisements that tried to infect users with ransomware last week, antivirus company MalwareBytes reports. The advertisements tried to silently redirect users to a page serving the Magnitude exploit kit that tried to exploit vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player and Internet Explorer.

Lite-On reveals new Mu-II series SSDs with 15nm TLC NAND (0)
Posted at 26 April 2016 20:43 CEST

Lite-On has unveiled its new series of SSD drives, the Mu-II Series. The 2.5″ inch drives connect to the computer using the SATA-3 interface and are available in capacities of 120, 240 and 480 GB.

Kaspersky Lab: ATMs insecure due to Windows XP and accessible USB ports (0)
Posted at 26 April 2016 20:34 CEST

The Russian antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab reports that ATMs are poorly secured. An important reason is that the majority runs on Windows XP but also because banks sometimes install software like Acrobat Reader 6.0, Radmin and TeamViewer on the machines.

American utility locks down network after ransomware infection (1)
Posted at 26 April 2016 19:58 CEST

The American public utility Lansing Board of Water & Light has posted on Facebook and Twitter that the company has become the victim of ransomware. It’s unknown which type of ransomware infected the network but the malware did its job after someone opened an email attachment.

Microsoft gives away free Lumia 950 with Lumia 950 XL (0)
Posted at 26 April 2016 19:42 CEST

Microsoft is currently running a ‘two-for-one Lumia phone campaign’ in Canada and the United States, which means purchasers of a Lumia 950 XL get a Lumia 950 for free. The company likely gives away the Lumia 50 due to bad sales numbers.

Adobe’s Flash Player takes all positions in Top 10 of most attacked vulnerabilities (2)
Posted at 25 April 2016 21:05 CEST

Adobe’s Flash Player took every position of the Top 10 of most attacked vulnerabilities through exploit kits, according to the security department of the NTT Group, the largest Japanese telecom provider.

Lionsgate adds more than 100 movie titles to game platform Steam (0)
Posted at 25 April 2016 20:42 CEST

Users of Steam can rent more than 100 movies on the game platform starting today. The Hunger Games trilogy, Twilight, Saw and more are from now on available on Valve’s platform. Movie studio Lionsgate has made a deal with Valve to distribute movies to its more than 125 million Steam users.

Windows 10 to power automated cars, street lights and refrigerators (12)
Posted at 25 April 2016 12:16 CEST

Windows 10 will soon no longer only power PCs but also automated cars, street lights and refrigerators. Microsoft stated this during the Hannover Messe, the largest industrial technology trade fair in the world. Windows 10 is “The Platform for the Intelligence Revolution”, according to the company.

European Commission rules adblock detection is not allowed (4)
Posted at 24 April 2016 19:20 CEST

The European Commission has stated that trying to detect whether an user is using an adblocker is illegal. The statement was made as part of an answer to a question of the CEO of privacy watchdog Think Privacy, Alexander Hanff.

Poll of the day: Getting infected by ransomware is for stupid people (21)
Posted at 23 April 2016 19:42 CEST

Infections with ransomware are on the rise. The new type of malware encrypts files which renders them unusable. In order to decrypt the files a ransom has to be paid. The majority of the infections comes from users opening malicious email attachments. Are they simply stupid or can it happen to anyone?

Remember D-Theater? That was HD on VHS tape (2)
Posted at 22 April 2016 21:43 CEST

D-Theater was a high definition video format available in the USA before the HD DVD and Blu-ray formats hit the market where the media resembled a traditional VHS tape.

Poll of the day: Ultra HD Blu-ray will be a fail (30)
Posted at 22 April 2016 19:42 CEST

Ultra HD Blu-ray is the successor to Blu-ray and promises improved picture quality but will it become a success?

Really concerned about privacy? Don’t use Opera’s free VPN, security experts warn (2)
Posted at 22 April 2016 18:43 CEST

Yesterday’s announcement about browser developer Opera adding a native, free, unlimited VPN service to its browser is criticized online by security experts. They argue users shouldn’t think their privacy is properly protected when using Opera’s VPN service and argue it’s not even a real VPN.

New ransomware variant encrypts files using 7-Zip software (1)
Posted at 22 April 2016 17:39 CEST

The Nemucod ransomware has been found to use the free open source archive software 7-Zip to encrypt files. Nemucod is a pretty common JavaScript malware family distributed through spam emails.

Intel’s Skylake Core i7 NUC Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK available for preorder (0)
Posted at 22 April 2016 17:15 CEST

Users waiting to buy Intel’s much anticipated Skylake Core i7 ‘Skull Canyon’ NUC can already preorder the mini PC at several large online retailers. The device that breaks away from the NUC’s usual appearance is on the wishlist of many users who want great performance in a small form-factor.

Dropbox automatically signs out Windows XP users later this year (6)
Posted at 21 April 2016 20:08 CEST

Cloud storage provider Dropbox will no longer offer its software to Windows XP users starting the 29th of June this year. Existing customers still running the outdated OS can continue to use Dropbox until the 29th of August. settings

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