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Hundreds of thousands Intel File Protect app users risk losing their files (0)
Posted at 24 October 2016 19:07 CEST

Intel’s File Protect app, which encrypts files on smartphones, will be discontinued and due to that hundreds of thousands of users risk losing their files. The app, available for Android and iOS will be discontinued from the 10th of November and any data that isn’t exported before that date will be lost.

New DVDFab feature shows conversion progress on your smartphone (5)
Posted at 24 October 2016 16:58 CEST

DVDFab has revealed DVDFab Remote, a mobile application that allows you to track the progress of tasks performed by DVDFab on your PC from anywhere in your house. The app is currently only available for Android, an iOS app is coming soon.

Free Windows 10 upgrade trick through ‘assistive technology’ page soon no longer possible (0)
Posted at 24 October 2016 16:30 CEST

The ‘trick’ that allowed Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free will be taken offline. The page where Windows 10 could still be downloaded for users that require ‘assistive technology’ will be removed soon.

Firefox update prevents websites from accessing your browsing history (7)
Posted at 21 October 2016 17:31 CEST

Mozilla today released a security update for Firefox that fixes two vulnerabilities, one made the browser crash and the other allowed websites to retrieve the browsing history of users.

Microsoft’s phone division reports loss of 72% (3)
Posted at 21 October 2016 17:13 CEST

Microsoft made about $20.5 billion in revenues the last quarter. In the same period last year the company reported a revenue of about $20.4 billion. The growth is especially fueled by the increasing popularity of Microsoft’s business services such as its Azure cloud service which reported a growth of 116%.

DVD-Ranger raises €215 in 5 months to fund SoundTouch 3 development (2)
Posted at 20 October 2016 19:16 CEST

DVD-Ranger’s quest for funding development of his latest generation Cinavia removal solution, SoundTouch 3, is stuck at €215 ($235). The project was posted on Gofundme in May when we posted about it. The crowdfund aims to raise €76,500 ($86,000).

Update mess: Windows Update fails on clean Windows 7 installations, patches fail too (5)
Posted at 20 October 2016 17:47 CEST

Clean installations of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 can’t download and install updates through Windows Update. An update is available but because it is distributed through Windows Update, it can’t be installed.

Microsoft’s new speech recognition software is as accurate as humans (8)
Posted at 19 October 2016 19:05 CEST

New speech recognition software from Microsoft is able to recognize words just as good as humans, researchers from the software giant write in a report. The system is able to transcript a conversation between two humans while making less mistakes than a human would do.

Microsoft ends support of Essentials Suite including Windows Live Mail, Photo Gallery and Movie Maker (7)
Posted at 19 October 2016 16:54 CEST

Microsoft will end the support of the Windows Essentials Suite which includes Windows Live Mail and Movie Maker, as well as Photo Gallery, Messenger, Writer, and OneDrive. From January 10th 2017 the suite can no longer be downloaded.

Copy protection developer: “There is no such thing as unbreakable protection” (3)
Posted at 18 October 2016 18:40 CEST

While crackers were succesful in beating the copy protection Denuvo this summer, the company that develops the copy protection believes it can win the war against pirates in the long term.

VPN providers give up on circumventing Netflix’s geo-blocking (8)
Posted at 18 October 2016 18:18 CEST

The measures Netflix uses to prevent VPN providers from circumventing its geo-blocks are so successful that more and more VPN providers throw in the towel. VPN providers are losing the cat and mouse game from Netflix constantly and therefore many give up.

Microsoft makes it Update Catalog finally work with Firefox and Chrome (2)
Posted at 17 October 2016 19:20 CEST

Chrome and Firefox users can now also access the Microsoft Update Catalog. Previously the website could only be used by Internet Explorer as support for ActiveX was required for the catalog to properly function.

Microsoft: 68% of consumers interacted with tech support scammers (2)
Posted at 17 October 2016 19:04 CEST

The scam where fraudsters call people at home and pretend to be a Microsoft employee is a growing problem, according to the software giant. A report released by Microsoft shows that globally about 68% of the consumers has interacted with the scammers. 1 out of 10 even lost money to the scammers.

HP: We will block non-HP cartridges in the future again, firmware update only temporary solution (14)
Posted at 14 October 2016 22:25 CEST

The firmware update that unblocks non-HP cartridges is only a temporary solution, according to HP. The printer manufacturer will block non-HP cartridges again in the future but will be more transparent about it.

Printer and PC manufacturer HP will cut up to 4,000 jobs in next three years (0)
Posted at 14 October 2016 14:38 CEST

Printer and computer manufacturer HP Inc plans to lay off 3,000 to 4,0000 of its employees the coming three years. The company wants to cut its costs now the demand for computers and printers is weak.

“Next large update to Windows 10 scheduled for March 2017” (4)
Posted at 14 October 2016 14:26 CEST

The next large update to Windows 10 will be released in March 2017, according to code found in Windows 10 by Microsoft watcher h0x0d. The successor to Windows 10 Anniversary update will reportedly get version number 1703 which would indicate March.

HP releases firmware update that allows usage of non-HP ink cartridges again (2)
Posted at 13 October 2016 08:46 CEST

HP has released new firmware for its Officejet, Officejet Pro and Officejet Pro X printers that allows them to accept non-HP ink cartridges again. The printer manufacturer marks the firmware update as optional and states in the changelog it removes ‘dynamic security’.

PC shipments decline for second consecutive year (6)
Posted at 12 October 2016 18:57 CEST

Microsoft hasn’t succeeded to boost the PC market with Windows 10. Instead, the number of sold PCs is declining, according to a report by market research company Gartner. The global PC market shrunk with 5.7% in the third quarter of this year.

Cybercriminals exploited zero-day leak in Internet Explorer for several months (2)
Posted at 12 October 2016 13:40 CEST

An unknown zero-day leak in Internet Explorer has been exploited by cybercriminals for several months. The vulnerability allowed attackers to retrieve information about files on the computer, such as which software was installed.The attacks were performed through malicious advertisements.

Seagate announces 2TB SSHD and 5TB HDD in 2.5″ form-factor (5)
Posted at 11 October 2016 19:17 CEST

Seagate has announced a 2.5″ Solid State Hybrid Disk (SSHD) with a capacity of 2TB and a 8GB NAND cache. The company will also release a 5TB HDD in the same form-factor.

WD officially announces WD Green and WD Blue SSDs (1)
Posted at 11 October 2016 18:02 CEST

Western Digital today officially announced its WD Blue and WD Green solid state drives, the first WD-branded SATA consumer SSDs. Earlier we reported that the SSDs were already accidently mentioned in an interview.

Facebook rejects advertisement with image of woman with burned face (7)
Posted at 11 October 2016 02:48 CEST

Facebook has rejected an advertisement that aimed to raise money for the Dutch Burn Foundation. The advertisement showed a picture of a young woman with a burn in her face.

Google reduces Chrome memory usage up to 50% (1)
Posted at 10 October 2016 22:34 CEST

An upcoming update for Chrome should make the browser consume less RAM, Google claims it reduced the memory consumption up to 50% compared to an earlier version. The improvements come with Chrome 55 which is scheduled for December this year.

Microsoft brings Paint in line with other Windows 10 apps (2)
Posted at 10 October 2016 18:13 CEST

Paint, Microsoft’s default drawing application that has been part of all Windows versions, will receive a large update. The interface of the software will be completely revamped and support 3D drawings and printers. The new Paint version will also provide support for a stylus. The update brings the drawing software in line with Microsoft’s other […]

Microsoft introduces changes to start menu with Windows 10 Redstone 2 Update (5)
Posted at 10 October 2016 17:45 CEST

Windows Insiders have told Microsoft they want the Windows 7 start menu to return and the company is now making an attempt. The upcoming Windows 10 Redstone 2 Update contains settings to change the start menu. settings

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