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New ransomware variant offers free decryption key to victims if they infect 2 others (1)
Posted at 09 December 2016 18:28 CET

A new ransomware variant offers its victims a free decryption key if they infect two or more other internet users with the malware that pay the ransom. The malware is called Popcorn Time and like all other ransomware it encrypts files and demands a ransom.

Nintendo requires always-online for latest Mario game in fear of piracy (0)
Posted at 09 December 2016 17:56 CET

Nintendo’s latest mobile game Super Mario Run will only be playable with a working internet connection to protect the game against piracy, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto told Mashable in an interview.

New movies to become available online 2 weeks after their cinema debut (5)
Posted at 08 December 2016 18:42 CET

Hollywood is planning to offer movies for online rental, two weeks after their cinema debut, according to a rumor posted by Bloomberg. Movie fans would have to pay between $25 and $50 to view the movie at home.

Microsoft reveals ARM version of Windows 10 that runs x86 software through emulation (1)
Posted at 08 December 2016 18:19 CET

Microsoft has revealed a Windows 10 version that is able to run on ARM CPUs and which can run x86 applications through emulation. The ARM version of Windows 10 will run on an upcoming Qualcomm SnapDragon chip.

Users around the world lose internet connection after Windows Update (with fix) (3)
Posted at 07 December 2016 19:52 CET

Users around the world are reporting that they are no longer able to connect to the internet after applying a Windows Update. They receive the error ‘Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration’. Several ISPs around the world report about the issue and they report Microsoft is aware of the issue too. Fortunately there is a simple solution available.

WD announces 12TB and 14TB Helium filled HDDs for 2017 (2)
Posted at 07 December 2016 19:24 CET

WD today announced a 12TB HDD and has stated to be working on a 14TB drive as well. Together with the new HDDs, the storage giant also announced several enterprise SSDs.

AV-Test tests how good special cleanup tools and security suites remove malware (1)
Posted at 06 December 2016 18:31 CET

The German AV-Test has tested which special malware cleanup tools and security suites are best in removing malware from Windows computers after an infection. They tested 15 applications and only 3 applications achieved a perfect score.

Flash Player and Internet Explorer continue to be most targeted by cybercriminals (3)
Posted at 06 December 2016 18:05 CET

Also this year are Adobe Flash Player and Microsoft Internet Explorer the favorite target of cybercriminals, according to security company Recorded Future based on analysis of several exploit kits.

PowerDVD and Hitachi-LG to offer first Ultra HD Blu-ray playback on PC (5)
Posted at 05 December 2016 18:05 CET

Cyberlink has received the required certification from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) to allow Ultra HD Blu-ray playback. PowerDVD is the world’s first software player to be certified and Ultra HD Blu-ray playback should become available in 2017.

Microsoft is readying its new Unified Update Platform to make updates more efficient (2)
Posted at 05 December 2016 17:45 CET

Microsoft has started to offer Windows 10 updates using a new method call the Unified Update Platform (UUP). This platform should make updating the OS more efficient because it only downloads the components that are required for a specific computer.

Amazon introduces ‘Snowmobile’ to transfer petabytes of data faster than ever (3)
Posted at 02 December 2016 14:34 CET

Amazon has revealed a new service to transfer hundreds of petabytes of data as soon as possible to the cloud. The transfer is far from regular, the data doesn’t go over the usual DSL, cable or fiber connection, neither is it wirelessly transmitted.

Youtube adds support for live streams in 4K at 60fps (0)
Posted at 02 December 2016 12:02 CET

Video website Youtube has made it possible to stream both regular as 360 degrees live streams in the 4K resolution with a framerate of 60 seconds per second. Watching ‘regular videos’ in 4K was already possible.

DRAMeXchange: SSDs will be more expensive the coming months (2)
Posted at 01 December 2016 15:27 CET

Market research company DRAMeXchange today announced that SSD prices will continue to increase in the fourth quarter of this year due to a shortage of NAND memory. Compared to the previous quarter, prices of mainstream SSD with either MLC or TLC NAND for PC OEMs are estimated to increase with 6-10% and 6-9% respectively.

It’s now possible to download apps without a Microsoft account from the Windows Store (2)
Posted at 01 December 2016 15:01 CET

Microsoft has made it possible to download free apps from the Windows Store without using a Microsoft account. Other requirements to download apps without an account is that the app doesn’t have specific age restrictions and that Windows 10 update KB 3200970 is installed.

Android malware steals Google account data of millions devices (2)
Posted at 30 November 2016 18:25 CET

Security firm Check Point warns for a new mobile malware variant that it has called Gooligan. The malware infects devices through legitimate looking apps that are offered outside the Play Store and through phising campaigns. At its peak the malware infected more than 13,000 Android devices a day.

Microsoft’s free Word Viewer application to be discontinued (4)
Posted at 30 November 2016 17:54 CET

Microsoft today announced that Word Viewer will no longer be available from November next year. The free application can be used to view Word documents and is especially useful for users who want to view the contents of Word documents without installing and/or purchasing Office.

Microsoft tech support scam now also in ransomware variant (10)
Posted at 29 November 2016 19:01 CET

The Microsoft scam now also has a variant where ransomware is used to force users to pay. Where the alleged authority of Microsoft employees was previously abused to call people at home, fake Microsoft employees are now used to convince victims to pay for ransomware.

Mozilla fixes critical vulnerability with emergency patch for Firefox 50 (0)
Posted at 29 November 2016 18:41 CET

Mozilla today released an emergency patch for Firefox that fixes a critical security vulnerability. Critical vulnerabilities allow an attacker to execute malcious code on the victim’s computer without requiring user interaction.

DVDFab releases version 10 – faster and easier to use (1)
Posted at 28 November 2016 18:20 CET

In case you missed it, DVDFab launched version 10 of its software last week which is a free upgrade for existing customers. This new version brings a completely redesigned user interface, cloud decryption for DVDs, a new conversion engine and many more new features.

German ISP sees 900,000 routers go offline after possible cyberattack (0)
Posted at 28 November 2016 17:31 CET

One of Germany’s largest internet providers, Deutsche Telekom, yesterday became the target of a possible cyberattack that took 900,000 routers and customers offline. The attack also took down TV and fixed-line telephone services provided by the ISP.

Hands-on: Netflix 4K streaming on a Windows 10 PC (1)
Posted at 25 November 2016 20:18 CET

Earlier this week Microsoft announced that Netflix content could be watched on a Windows 10 PCs in the 4K. Together with the announcement also system requirements were revealed, a 7th generation Intel CPU and Microsoft’s Edge browser. German website Heise tested several hardware configurations for 4K streaming and found that modern graphics cards such as the GeForce GTX 1000 and Radeon RX 400 series can’t display Netflix’s 4K content.

Philips compensates users who lose smart TV functionality with Amazon Fire TV Stick (6)
Posted at 25 November 2016 19:01 CET

Philips customers who will lose their smart TV functionality by the end of this year will be compensated with a free Amazon Fire TV Stick. Previously the company’s customer service stated affected users wouldn’t receive any compensation because the reason was beyond control of Philips.

Microsoft warns for Amazon Black Friday/Cyber Monday ransomware spam campaign (3)
Posted at 24 November 2016 18:54 CET

Microsoft warns internet users for Amazon emails that try to infect computers with ransomware. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, cybercriminals hope more users are susceptible for opening an attachment coming from a popular online retailer.

Security company reportedly gains access to telemetry data of all Windows 10 devices (3)
Posted at 24 November 2016 18:04 CET

Security company FireEye recently closed a deal with Microsoft to integrate its iSIGHT security service into Windows Defender. Wit the deal, the company gets access to the collected telemetry data of all Windows 10 devices.

New SD card logo indicates that Android apps run smoothly from it (0)
Posted at 23 November 2016 17:42 CET

The SD Association has announced a new specification called ‘Application Performance Class’ that should make clear that labeled micro SD cards can smoothly run Android apps. settings

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