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Nintendo wins lawsuit against modchip dealer for copy protection circumvention (2)
Posted at 27 November 2015 18:01 CET

A court in Milan has convicted modchip dealer ‘PC box’ for unlawfully circumventing the copy protection of Nintendo game consoles.

Swedish court rules ISP cannot be forced to block the Pirate Bay (4)
Posted at 27 November 2015 17:46 CET

In a ruling that goes against the general trend in Europe, a Swedish court in Stockholm has found that copyright holders cannot force the ISP Bredbandsbolaget to block access to the Pirate Bay.  In this ruling, the District Court states that Bredbandsbolaget is not complicit in copyright infringement offences committed by its customers and thus […]

Easy registry hack makes Windows Defender an adware killer (4)
Posted at 27 November 2015 17:35 CET

German website Heise has found that a simple registry hack that makes Windows Defender an adware killer. Yesterday Microsoft announced that its new enterprise security products come with a new feature that also stops potentially unwanted software and adware. Using a registry hack it can also be activated for consumers.

Windows 10 continues to send data to Microsoft (3)
Posted at 26 November 2015 17:29 CET

Shortly after the release of Windows 10 users voiced privacy concerns and Microsoft appeared to have removed the data collecting DiagTrack component from the OS. DiagTrack sent all kinds of data to Microsoft about Windows 10 usage. According to the company to improve user experience and to enhance security.

Microsoft ends support of older Internet Explorer versions (0)
Posted at 26 November 2015 17:00 CET

Starting the 12th of January 2016, Microsoft will no longer release updates for older versions of Internet Explorer. The company urges users to upgrade to the latest version of the browser.

Recent Windows 10 Update removes apps without user’s consent (5)
Posted at 25 November 2015 19:14 CET

Besides changing privacy settings, the recently released large Windows 10 update has also removed applications without the user’s consent.

Analysts: Microsoft will sell nearly as much tablets as Apple by 2019 (6)
Posted at 25 November 2015 17:52 CET

While Microsoft’s phones aren’t exactly selling like hot cakes, the company’s tablets are more successful. Microsoft will double its market share in the next four year and sell about as much tablets as Apple, according to research company Strategy Analytics.

Recent Windows 10 Update made users vulnerable to third party tracking – privacy settings not retained (4)
Posted at 25 November 2015 17:33 CET

The recently released large Windows 10 update changed the privacy settings of some users. Due to the changed settings it was easier for advertisers to track them.

Mozilla removes Tab Groups and Heavyweight Themes from Firefox to make browser leaner and faster (5)
Posted at 24 November 2015 15:15 CET

Mozilla wants to remove some functionality from Firefox to make the browser leaner and faster. The first features that are planned to be removed are ‘Tab Groups’ and ‘Complete’ or ‘Heavyweight’ Themes.

Gartner: Migration to Windows 10 will be the fastest yet (7)
Posted at 24 November 2015 14:59 CET

With Windows 10, PC users switch faster than ever to a new Windows version. The number of new users of Microsoft’s latest operating system increases faster than that of Windows XP and Windows 7 when they were released, according to research company Gartner.

‘Google able to remotely reset Android security measures’ (3)
Posted at 23 November 2015 17:09 CET

Google is able to remotely reset Android devices if asked so by a court order. This way investigators can gain access to data on the device.

Microsoft withdraws ‘November Update’ update files (4)
Posted at 23 November 2015 16:51 CET

Microsoft has made it impossible to manually install the latest Windows 10 build (1511) using the Media Creation Tool. Previously it was possible to upgrade using the tool but Microsoft has withdrawn the update files.

Yahoo cutting off email services for users with ad blockers (10)
Posted at 20 November 2015 18:27 CET

It seems Yahoo is becoming more sensitive to ad blockers.  They are running a new “test” program which restricts access to their free email service if you are running an ad blocker.  At the moment, this only applies to a limited number of Yahoo mail accounts for people in the US.  If you are one […]

Simple trick frees up 20GB of disk space in Windows 10 (10)
Posted at 20 November 2015 17:48 CET

Windows 10 users can easily free up 20GB of disk space in Windows 10 after they’ve installed the recent November update of the OS.

Dutch anti-piracy organisation puts system in place to hunt down frequent uploaders (5)
Posted at 20 November 2015 17:39 CET

The Dutch anti-piracy organisation Brein is going to use an automated system to find internet users that frequently upload illegal files. The organisation hopes it’s able trace and stop illegal uploaders at large scale.

Microsoft improves Edge browser: now safer, faster and more stable (3)
Posted at 20 November 2015 17:17 CET

Microsoft has made the default browser of Windows 10, Edge, more safe. The browser is now protected against DLL injections and the new rendering engine no longer uses ActiveX and Browser Helper Objects.

Microsoft aims to run ‘Windows 7 software’ on Windows 10 smartphones (3)
Posted at 19 November 2015 19:06 CET

Microsoft is investigating whether it’s possible to also run classical Windows desktop software (Win32) on smartphones with Windows 10 using the Continuum feature that converts the phone to a regular PC.

Youtube to offer up to $1 million of legal assistance to video creators (1)
Posted at 19 November 2015 18:49 CET

Youtube is going to offer video creators up to $1 million on legal assistance to protect them against copyright owners that want to force them to take their videos offline.

Owners complain iPad Pro doesn’t turn on anymore after charging (5)
Posted at 18 November 2015 18:28 CET

Owners of Apple’s iPad Pro complain that their tablet doesn’t turn on anymore after charging. The issues are bad timing for Apple as it markets the tablet as a true PC killer.

Ultra HD TVs consume 30% more energy on average – HDR feature uses up to 47% more power per movie (5)
Posted at 18 November 2015 18:02 CET

The United States Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that if all Americans would switch to Ultra HD TVs, U.S. viewers’ annual utility bills would be $1 billion higher. The NRDC calls for TV manufacturers to make more energy-saving improvements.

Google removes popular Tasker Android app from Play Store for unknown reasons (6)
Posted at 17 November 2015 19:47 CET

Tasker, one of the most popular Android apps, has been removed from Google’s Play Store. The developer has no idea why his app is no longer available.

Researchers: Internet of Things large security threat (3)
Posted at 17 November 2015 17:44 CET

The Internet of Things (IoT), where more and more devices connect to the internet is a large security threat, according to researchers of the French EURECOM and the German Ruhr University. Almost 25% of the devices for consumers isn’t properly secured.

Microsoft freezes project Astoria – no Android apps on Windows 10 (4)
Posted at 17 November 2015 07:47 CET

Microsoft has no longer plans to run Android apps on Windows 10. The project that should have made this possible was codenamed Astoria and was revealed in April this year.

The large Windows 10 November update removes ESET antivirus (7)
Posted at 16 November 2015 16:45 CET

Users of ESET antivirus software that have upgraded Windows 10 to the latest November update (Threshold 2 / Fall Update / build 1511) might find the software is uninstalled.

Microsoft retires Zune – users lose DRMed content (3)
Posted at 16 November 2015 16:20 CET

Microsoft has pulled the plug on its music service Zune which now no longer offers music streams and downloads. The Zune service and Zune devices were revealed in 2006 and were once Microsoft’s response to the iPod and iTunes but failed miserably. settings

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