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Microsoft opens form to report hate speech on Skype, Xbox Live, OneDrive and Outlook (3)
Posted at 30 August 2016 22:04 CEST

Users of ‘Microsoft hosted consumer services’ like, Sway,, Skype, Xbox Live or OneDrive can now report hate speech to the Redmond technology giant.

Crucial adds 2TB model to aggressively priced MX300 series (2)
Posted at 30 August 2016 18:01 CEST

Crucial has expanded its aggressively priced MX300 series SSDs with three new models, which according to the vendor, are the last drives that come available in the MX300 series. This series is the first Crucial line that uses Intel/Micron’s 3D NAND.

Microsoft releases firmware update for Surface Pro 3 batteries lasting less than an hour (0)
Posted at 30 August 2016 15:50 CEST

Users of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet who were unable to properly charge their battery, can finally fix their issues with a firmware update. The update fixes a bug in the battery management that reported the wrong values for the battery life of the device.

Microsoft warns for malware that changes proxy settings to eavesdrop on encrypted connections (2)
Posted at 30 August 2016 12:12 CEST

Microsoft warns Office users for a new attack where cybercriminals try to modify proxy settings through a malicious Word document. By setting the proxy to a server owned by the attackers, they are able to monitor and manipulate the internet connection of a victim.

Apple sued for design defect that makes iPhone 6 touchscreens unusable (2)
Posted at 29 August 2016 20:35 CEST

Apple has been sued in the United States for a design defect that makes the touchscreen of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus unusable. The Cupertino technology giant is reportedly aware of the problems but doesn’t want to pay for repairs outside the warranty period.

Opera releases free VPN app for Android (2)
Posted at 29 August 2016 17:48 CEST

Opera has released its free VPN app for Android. The app was previously already available for iOS but is now also available in Google’s Play Store. While the app is free, users provide data to Opera in return.

United States Air Force hopes to improve cyber security with migration to Windows 10 (4)
Posted at 26 August 2016 19:12 CEST

The United States Air Force has announced it will start to roll-out Windows 10 later this year. The migration to Microsoft’s latest operating system should improve the cybersecurity of the aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Intel reveals budget 600p series NVMe SSDs (2)
Posted at 26 August 2016 16:36 CEST

Intel has revealed its budget 600p NVMe SSD series that will be available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. The chip giant has posted a page on its website that shows the NVMe drives will have a maximum sequential read speed of up to 1,8GB/s and a maximum sequential read speed of up to 560MB/s.

Mozilla starts petition to reform copyright laws (2)
Posted at 25 August 2016 18:59 CEST

Mozilla has started a petition to reform the European copyright laws because the company believes they undermine innovation a creativity. Even worse, European copyright laws haven’t caught up with the internet, according to the browser developer.

WhatsApp starts to share data with Facebook to provide more relevant advertisments (3)
Posted at 25 August 2016 17:54 CEST

WhatsApp will start to share account data with Facebook owned companies so the social network can show more relevant advertisements to users. The option will be enabled by default but users can disable it in the first month.

Microsoft Germany: Windows 10 to boost PC market by end of this year (20)
Posted at 24 August 2016 20:16 CEST

Windows 10 will boost the PC market, according to Markus Nitschke who is responsible for Windows at Microsoft Germany. According to Nitschke the sagging market will get a new impulse from Microsoft’s latest operating system by the end of this year.

Google to punish mobile websites that obscure content with popups and advertisements (5)
Posted at 24 August 2016 18:02 CEST

Google will start to devalue mobile websites that show large advertisements such as intrusive interstitials. According to the search giant these advertisements visually obscure content and frustrate users.

Mozilla invests in German privacy protecting browser and search engine developer Cliqz (3)
Posted at 23 August 2016 19:39 CEST

Mozilla today announced it has invested in the developer of privacy browser Cliqz. Currently Cliqz is mainly targeted at Germany and Mozilla should help expand it to other countries. Both parties have not disclosed the size of the ‘strategic investment’.

Lenovo adds Microsoft bloatware to Android phones (1)
Posted at 23 August 2016 17:51 CEST

Microsoft today announced that select Lenovo Android smartphones will come with Office, OneDrive and Skype preinstalled. According to the announcement this means that millions of Android devices will automatically get access to the mentioned Microsoft apps.

Installation of Chrome and Firefox can be blocked after Windows 10 Anniversary update (19)
Posted at 22 August 2016 20:12 CEST

Microsoft has added a feature to Windows 10 Anniversary Update that makes it possible for parents to block the installation of Chrome and Firefox by their children. The feature is part of Microsoft Family, a tool for parental control.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone is a disaster, market share drops below 1% (6)
Posted at 22 August 2016 19:55 CEST

The global market share of Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system has dropped below the 1%. In the second quarter of 2015 the market share of the mobile OS was 2.5% and it has now dropped to 0.6%.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update disrupts webcam useage (6)
Posted at 19 August 2016 20:57 CEST

Microsoft’s Windows Camera team is now in hot water from many users and developers following the release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update.  With this update, Microsoft now allows a camera to be accessed by several programs simultaneously, which they felt was an important step forward.  But while doing so, they have rendered many webcams virtually […]

Backdoor abuses TeamViewer to install malware and steal data (1)
Posted at 18 August 2016 21:52 CEST

Researchers have discovered a backdoor that installs a legitimate version of TeamViewer on computers and provides attackers full access to the system this way. TeamViewer is also normally used to provide remote access to computers e.g. for remote support.

Microsoft awards points to Edge users hoping it boosts usage (19)
Posted at 18 August 2016 18:07 CEST

Users browsing with Microsoft’s new Edge browser are rewarded with bonus points. The program is similar to that for Bing, where users are awarded points when they search with Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

EFF: Microsoft doesn’t offer Windows 10 users choice and privacy (12)
Posted at 17 August 2016 20:42 CEST

Microsoft’s tactics to get Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10 went from annoying to downright malicious, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in a blogpost. According to the EFF the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is an opportunity to write down their concerns about Windows 10 and how Microsoft doesn’t offer users choice and privacy.

Users can’t decrypt HDD anymore after Windows 10 Anniversary Update (8)
Posted at 17 August 2016 18:39 CEST

The Windows 10 Anniversary update causes issues with encrypted HDDs for some users. After installing the update the HDD can no longer be decrypted and Windows 10 is asking users for a recovery key.

Crucial cancels Ballistix TX3 NVMe SSD (0)
Posted at 16 August 2016 19:36 CEST

Crucial’s NVMe SSD which the company announced during last Computex will be cancelled. The new SSD would be sold under Crucial’s Ballistix sub-brand and was scheduled for August this year.

Microsoft no longer allows installing and uninstalling individual updates in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (21)
Posted at 16 August 2016 19:13 CEST

Microsoft is changing the way updates to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems are distributed. The software giant will release one cumulative update each month. Skipping or deinstalling individual updates is no longer possible.

Microsoft admits freezing issues when Windows 10 Anniversary Update is installed on SSD (8)
Posted at 15 August 2016 20:27 CEST

Microsoft has admitted that users might suffer from a fully freezing computer after installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. We previously reported about the freezes that usually happen directly after logging in.

Rumor: Cinavia developer Verance loses customers, lays off staff and refocuses (20)
Posted at 15 August 2016 19:26 CEST

According to former employees of Verance, the company is losing customers, has laid off half its employees and is no longer staffing its Cinavia support team anymore. Verance would be focussing on a product called VP1 instead. settings

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