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Serious vulnerabilities in QNAP NAS not patched after almost a year (1)
Posted at 17 January 2017 17:57 CET

Three vulnerabilities in a NAS system of the Taiwanese company QNAP have not been patched almost a year after they were reported. The vulnerabilities can provide an attacker full control over the device and this way steal data and passwords, according to security company F-Secure.

Philips adds SHA-2 support so smart TV functionality continues to work (0)
Posted at 17 January 2017 17:20 CET

Philips has been able to add SHA-2 encryption support to several of its smart TVs, meaning the smartTV functionality will continue to work. The company previously reported that adding support for SHA-2 was not possible for its high-end smart TVs from 2009, leaving owners of these TVs without smart TV functionality.

Microsoft security bulletins are replaced by new Security Update Guide portal next month (1)
Posted at 16 January 2017 18:15 CET

Microsoft will no longer issue security bulletins for Windows and other software starting next month. The security bulletins will be replaced by the Security Update Guide (SUG) portal that is currently in preview.

Microsoft protects Windows 10 against zero-day attacks (1)
Posted at 16 January 2017 17:53 CET

Security measures that Microsoft introduced in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update have prevented two zero-day attacks against Windows users. Both were kernel exploits that allowed attackers to elevate their rights on the attacked system.

Microsoft: Windows 7 can no longer keep up with today’s increased security requirements (10)
Posted at 13 January 2017 18:55 CET

Windows 7 can no longer keep up with today’s increased security requirements, according to Microsoft. The OS also has higher operating costs due to increased malware attacks and many manufacturers no longer provide drivers for Windows 7 which means that modern peripherals are no longer working with the OS, the software giant writes.

WhatsApp contains backdoor that allows reading encrypted messages (2)
Posted at 13 January 2017 17:27 CET

Security researcher Tobias Boelter has found a backdoor in WhatsApp that allows the company to read encrypted messages. WhatsApp has stated to be aware of the issue and won’t fix it because it considers it to be ‘expected behavior’.

Bug in Skylake CPUs allows attackers to take full control over PC using USB (0)
Posted at 12 January 2017 19:03 CET

Security vendor Positive Technologies has discovered a bug in some Intel Skylake CPUs that allows an attack to take full control over the system through USB. The culprit is the debugging interface of the CPU that can be accessed through USB.

Adobe silently installs browser plugin with security update (11)
Posted at 12 January 2017 18:38 CET

Adobe has been caught with silently installing a Chrome browser extension with a security update of its Acrobat Reader. During the installation process users are not notified the plugin is installed, but as soon as they open Chrome, they are notified by the browser that a Adobe Acrobat extension has been added.

Microsoft adds privacy dashboard to next Windows 10 update and introduces online privacy settings (9)
Posted at 11 January 2017 18:10 CET

Microsoft will add a privacy dashboard to Windows 10 that allows users to see and manage data collected by the software giant. In the next upcoming large Windows 10 update, the dashboard will be added to the operating system, Microsoft writes in a blog.

British ISPs will send out educational emails to illegal downloaders (4)
Posted at 11 January 2017 17:54 CET

Four large internet providers (ISPs) in the United Kingdom will send out ‘warning emails’ to suspected illegal downloaders the coming years. In the emails the internet pirates will be educated about legal alternatives with the goal to discourage future infringement.

Microsoft adds ‘Refresh on Demand’ to Windows Defender (0)
Posted at 10 January 2017 18:41 CET

Microsoft has added a new feature to Windows Defender in Windows 10 that makes it possible to recover the OS when it’s slow, crashes or when Windows updates can’t be installed anymore.

European Commission will radically change annoying ‘cookie popup law’ (1)
Posted at 10 January 2017 16:41 CET

The European Commission wants to radically change the ‘cookie law’ that requires European websites (which includes to ask its users for permission to set cookies. In the future internet users will only have to decide once whether they want to allow privacy sensitive tracking cookies that e.g. track browsing behavior for advertisers.

Microsoft will pull the plug on popular Windows Live Mail and Movie Maker tomorrow (5)
Posted at 09 January 2017 17:57 CET

Tomorrow Microsoft will end the support of popular applications such as Windows Live Mail, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Live Writer and Photo Gallery. They are part of Windows Essentials of which the software giant already announced it would reach end of support on January 10, 2017.

Surprise: Pentium CPUs of Kaby Lake generation support Hyper Threading (1)
Posted at 09 January 2017 17:03 CET

Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lake Pentium processors will now also support Hyper Threading, the only difference with Core i3 CPU is now the support of the AVX2 instruction set. The information comes the Dutch website who confirmed the information with Intel.

Tidal adds 24-bit 96kHz master-quality streaming to its HiFi plan (3)
Posted at 06 January 2017 23:28 CET

Tidal is the first service to start offering master quality audio recordings through its Tidal HiFi subscription service.

Free Windows 10 update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users still possible (9)
Posted at 06 January 2017 18:58 CET

It’s still possible to upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers to Windows 10 without paying for a license. The offer to upgrade for free officially expired on the 29th of July last year, but Microsoft still offers the possibility of a free Windows 10 upgrade.

Sony and LG announce new Ultra HD Blu-ray players with HDR and 4K streaming support (1)
Posted at 06 January 2017 18:03 CET

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), currently held in Las Vegas, not only Panasonic announced a new Ultra HD Blu-ray player, also LG and Sony revealed new models. Besides playback of Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, they also support HDR.

Western Digital announces budget consumer WD Black PCIe SSDs (1)
Posted at 05 January 2017 17:37 CET

Western Digital today announced the WD Black PCIe SSDs that are aimed at consumers and will be competitive priced. The M.2 2280 PCIe drives use the NVMe interface and are available in capacities of 256GB or 512GB.

Kingston’s 2TB DataTraveler Ultimate GT is world’s highest capacity USB flash drive (0)
Posted at 05 January 2017 08:43 CET

Kingston has announced a new USB flash drive that comes in capacities up to 2TB. The drive supports USB 3.1 gen 1. The manufacturer claims that the DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT) is world’s highest capacity USB flash drive.

Panasonic announces DMP-UB400 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player (2)
Posted at 04 January 2017 18:42 CET

Panasonic today announced the DMP-UB404 Ultra HD Blu-ray player which supports HDR, 4K streaming services and according to the Japanese electronics giant, is ready for 8K Ultra HD as well.

HDMI version 2.1 brings higher video resolutions, dynamic HDR and introduces 48G cable (2)
Posted at 04 January 2017 18:14 CET

The HDMI Forum today announced the upcoming release of version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification. HDMI 2.1 supports a range of higher video resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, Dynamic HDR, and increased bandwidth with a new 48G cable.

Microsoft no longer sells Lumia smartphones from its own online store (1)
Posted at 03 January 2017 19:03 CET

Microsoft no longer sells its Lumia smartphones in its own webstore, some models are still listed but they all have the status ‘out of stock’. It’s unclear whether the Redmond technology giant will make new stock available.

Norton introduces WiFi router that protects all connected devices against hacks, malware and spam (3)
Posted at 03 January 2017 18:39 CET

Norton today announced a new WiFi router specially designed to protect connected homes. The device is called Norton Core and it uses machine learning and Symantec’s global intelligence network to defend WiFi networks, and every device connected to it, against malware, viruses, hackers and much more.

Most security vulnerabilities reported for Google’s Android operating system in 2016 (1)
Posted at 02 January 2017 16:58 CET

Android was the software product with the most reported security issues last year, according to numbers compiled by CVE Details. For Google’s mobile operating system 523 vulnerabilities were reported.

Internet Explorer has lost half of its users in a year’s time (4)
Posted at 02 January 2017 16:12 CET

Internet Explorer has lost half of its users in a year’s time. In January 2016 the browser accounted for 40% of the browser market. Now, a year later, Microsoft’s browser has a market share of slightly less than 21%. settings

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