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Plextor announces S2 series TLC NAND entry level SSDs (0)
Posted at 23 September 2016 16:49 CEST

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.

Report: Majority of adblock users feel guilty (12)
Posted at 23 September 2016 15:54 CEST

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.

Ad blockers and piracy have become “an established social norm” amongst young millennials (2)
Posted at 22 September 2016 19:28 CEST

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.

Windows 10: Surprisingly low number of users have Anniversary Update installed (6)
Posted at 22 September 2016 18:58 CEST

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.

HP admits rejecting non-HP ink cartridges was deliberate and planned for – won’t release fix (4)
Posted at 21 September 2016 19:31 CEST

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.

Microsoft automatically removes ‘Get Windows 10 app’ from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs (4)
Posted at 21 September 2016 18:46 CEST

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.

New “security” chips in the works that make HP printers accept non-HP cartridges again (6)
Posted at 20 September 2016 21:05 CEST

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.

Sandisk unveils its supersized 1TB SDXC Extreme Pro memory card (6)
Posted at 20 September 2016 19:29 CEST

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.

Online retailer wants to claim damages from HP for not allowing non-HP ink cartridges (2)
Posted at 20 September 2016 16:33 CEST

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.

Microsoft’s Beijing Transparency Center gives Chinese government access to Windows source code (0)
Posted at 19 September 2016 19:19 CEST

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.

iPhone 7 and Galaxy Note 7 very sensitive to falling (4)
Posted at 19 September 2016 17:57 CEST

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.

HP officially responds to pre-programmed failure date of non-HP cartridges (3)
Posted at 19 September 2016 00:15 CEST

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”.

“HP pre-programmed failure date of unofficial/ non-HP ink cartridges in its printers” (22)
Posted at 16 September 2016 19:20 CEST

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.

TorrentHound shutdown partly due to anti-piracy organisations (4)
Posted at 16 September 2016 18:13 CEST

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.

Zero-day leak in Internet Explorer and Edge actively abused since 2014 (3)
Posted at 15 September 2016 21:07 CEST

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.

Google starts Coalition for Better Ads in response to rise of adblockers (3)
Posted at 15 September 2016 20:51 CEST

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.

Microsoft fixes actively attacked leak in Internet Explorer and Edge (1)
Posted at 14 September 2016 21:08 CEST

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.

Microsoft automatically removes PriFou adware from 6.8 million PCs (0)
Posted at 14 September 2016 19:07 CEST

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.

Google and AppNexus don’t want to be affiliated with Acceptable Ads Platform from Adblock Plus developer (1)
Posted at 14 September 2016 18:45 CEST

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.

Samsung readies mainstream 960 EVO NVMe SSD – up to 3,000 MB/s reads (0)
Posted at 14 September 2016 01:45 CEST

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.

Broadband provider starts to show TV commercials based on viewing and surfing habits (5)
Posted at 13 September 2016 20:43 CEST

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.

Adblock Plus developer starts selling advertisements on websites (9)
Posted at 13 September 2016 20:10 CEST

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.

Mozilla remotely disabled add-on that sent browsing history to third party server (1)
Posted at 13 September 2016 19:16 CEST

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.

Microsoft Lumia smartphones to disappear from stores in December (3)
Posted at 12 September 2016 18:20 CEST

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.

Sony: No Ultra HD Blu-ray support in Playstation 4 Pro due to lack of consumer interest (1)
Posted at 12 September 2016 18:06 CEST

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. settings

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