HBO monitors illegal downloads of Game of Thrones and sends warnings to pirates

HBO works together with anti-piracy partner IP Echelon on lowering the number of illegal downloads. The companies are monitoring several Torrent swarms and sent warnings to illegal downloaders.

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Windows 10 will not upgrade on older Intel CPUs anymore

Microsoft has started to prevent installing Windows 10 on some computers due to the hardware they contain. Several users and researchers complain they received notifications that their system is no longer supported.

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Viking Technology unveils 25TB and 50TB 3.5″ MLC NAND SSDs

Viking Technology has unveiled SSDs with capacities of 25TB and 50TB targeted at data centers. The 3.5" form factor SSDs connect to the computer using the 6Gb/s SAS interface and contain MLC NAND.

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Toshiba N300 6TB High Reliability HDD Review

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Toshiba N300 6TB SATA High Reliability HDD.

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Adobe fixes critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player

During July's scheduled patch cycle, Adobe has closed 3 vulnerabilities in Flash Player. One of the vulnerabilities allowed an attacker to take full control over the computer. The other two vulnerabilities were information disclosure issues.

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Windows 10 PCs can now be unlocked with Samsung smartphone fingerprint sensor

Windows 10 computers can from now on be unlocked with the fingerprint sensor of Samsung smartphones. The Korean electronics giant today released an update of its Samsung Flow app that makes it possible.

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Samsung invests massive $18 billion in new memory chip fabs

Samsung plans to invest at least $18 billion in two new chip factories in South Korea. The electronics giant today also announced that the first chips came out of its factory in the city of Pyeongtaek which already costed the company $13.6 billion.

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Amazon and Ebay customers targeted in new Microsoft scam

Customers of Amazon, Alibaba and Ebay are the target of an infamous Microsoft scam that this time starts with a cancellation email. The email states that the order has been cancelled and the order number links to a website with all kinds of pornographic images.

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Toshiba announces 96 layer 3D flash memory

Toshiba, today announced that it has developed a prototype sample of 96-layer BiCS 3D flash memory with a stacked structure, with 3-bit-per-cell (triple-level cell, TLC) technology. Samples of the new 96-layer product, which is a 256 gigabit (32GB) device, are scheduled for release in the second half of 2017 and mass production is targeted for 2018.

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Linksys warns for CIA tool that can hack routers

Linksys warns for a tool developed by the CIA, called Cherry Blossom, which can be used to install malcious firmware on routers. The existence of the tool was revealed by whistleblower website Wikileaks.

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Encrypted email provider ProtonMail now offers free VPN service

The free encrypted email provider ProtonMail has launched a free VPN service that, according to the company, allows users to browse the web without being tracked, bypass online censorship blocks, and also increases security by passing all internet traffic through a strongly encrypted tunnel.

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Microsoft extends support for Intel Clover Trail CPUs till 2023

Microsoft has extended the support for Windows 10 computers that are powered by an Intel Clover Trail CPU. Earlier we reported that Clover Trail based systems could no longer be upgraded to the Windows 10 Creators Update.

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New type of ransomware shares browsing history with contacts

Antivirus company McAfee has discovered a new type of mobile ransomware that doesn't encrypt data, but collects photos and the browsing history and then threatens to share that with the victim's contacts. Victims have to pay a ransom of $50 if they want to prevent that.

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Backblaze: decline of average price per GB for HDDs pretty much ended

The stabilizing average price per Gigabyte of hard disk drives will be a challenge for cloud storage providers, because users will generate more data in the future. according to cloud storage provider Backblaze based on research on the 75,000 HDDs it purchased the last couple of years.

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Toshiba announces 3D flash memory with TSV technology

Toshiba today announced development of  BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory utilizing Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology with 3-bit-per-cell (triple-level cell, TLC) technology that should increase bandwidth at lower power consumption.

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Research: illegal streaming ripping is the new downloading

More and more digital pirates use sites and tools to download music and video from streaming services like Spotify and Youtube. The number of users that rips streams is larger than the number of users that use illegal download sites, according to a research report from the Intellectual Property Office en de PSR For Music

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Skype for iOS and Android’s new ‘fresh and colorful design’ frustrates users

The new design of the mobile version of Skype, which Microsoft introduced last month for iOS and Android, is heavily criticized by users. The idea was to make Skype fresher, younger and trendier but many users are far from happy with the change and post their complaints online.

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‘Microsoft to lay off thousands of its employees’

Microsoft reportedly plans to reorganise its sales activities and would therefore lay off thousands of its employees, according to Bloomberg. The company allegedly wants to focus more on selling cloud software instead of software for desktops and servers.

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Microsoft tests ‘Controlled Folders’ in Windows 10 to protect against ransomware

Microsoft has added a new security measure against ransomware in a test build of Windows 10. The software giant calls the measure 'Controlled Folders' which works by monitoring user specified folders and blocking suspicious behavior.

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Journalists spot Windows XP on brand new $4.5 billion costing aircraft carrier

Several journalists have spotted Windows XP computers during a tour on the latest British aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The ship from the Royal Navy costs around $4.5 billion and the usage of the unsupported Windows XP raises concerns about the safety of the ship.

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Windows Update cause issues with printing for Internet Explorer users

Several Windows Updates that Microsoft released this month can cause issues with printing in Internet Explorer. The updates patched critical vulnerabilities that, in the worst case, could allow an attacker to execute random code on the computer.

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Microsoft: Creators Update can automatically disable incompatible antivirus software

On some Windows 10 PCs the antivirus software is temporarily disabled when the user installs the Creators Update, Microsoft writes in a blog. However, only antivirus applications that are incompatible with the large Windows 10 update are affected.

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Test: 22,000 users agree to clean toilets in exchange for free Wifi

More than 22,000 people have agreed on thousands hours of cleaning toilets on festivals and events, hugging stray cats and dogs, removing chewing gum from the streets and many other tasks in exchange for free Wifi.

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Whatsapp lifts file sharing limit on Android version

Android users can now send all kinds of files to others with Whatsapp. The popular messaging app has released an update that make this possible. The iOS version of the app doesn't have the feature yet.

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Microsoft’s Seeing AI app uses artificial intelligence to narrate the world for visually impaired

Microsoft has released Seeing AI, an app targeted at visually impaired that is able to provide information about the world around the user. It uses artificial intelligence to describe people, text and objects through the iPhone camera.

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‘China to force providers to block VPNs by February’

The Chinese government is reportedly going to force ISPS to block virtual private networks (VPN) from February 2018. The VPNs are used by Chinese internet users to bypass blocks from the Chinese government. E.g. Facebook, Twitter and Youtube are blocked in the country.

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90-year-old woman accused of being Microsoft scammer

A 90 year-old woman from the Dutch city of Helmond has been accused of being behind the infamous Microsoft scam. The scammers call people on a massive scale and pretend to be Microsoft support employees. They claim there is a computer problem that they can solve.

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Users complain en masse about OneDrive suddenly requiring NTFS formatted drives

OneDrive users complain on the internet that they are no longer able to use their OneDrive shares. Microsoft has made a change that requires OneDrive locations to be using the NTFS filesystem.

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India asks Microsoft for discount on Windows 10 license after WannaCry outbreak

After the WannaCry ransomware attack, the authorities of India have asked Microsoft to provide a discount for Windows 10 so the more than 50 million Windows users in the country can get a cheap upgrade to the latest Windows version.

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Paying cybercriminals behind the global ransomware attack won’t unlock your files

Yesterday, the world was hit by a massive ransomware attack. The victims of the attack might think they regain access to their data when they pay the ransom but unfortunately for them, the email address used by the cybercriminals behind the attack is blocked by the provider. This means nobody can contact the criminals on how to get their data back.

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CIA fires contractors over stealing from vending machine

Several CIA contractors have been fired after illegally 'hacking' vending machines. In total they stole for more than $3000 worth of candy. One employee discovered that if a cable, that connected the vending machine with a cloud based payment system, was unplugged, the vending machine accepted unfunded cards.

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Facebook tests feature that prevents copying of profile picture

Facebook is currently testing a feature in India that should make it harder to make copies of profile pictures of users of the social network. The 'profile picture guard' has to be manually enabled and should make sure that profile pictures can't be easily downloaded and shared on Facebook.

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Android 8.0 codename (oc-dev) very likely to be oatmeal cookie

Several references in the Android source code give a strong indication that Android 8.0 will be very likely codenamed 'oatmeal cookie'. In the source code we found references to 'oc-dev' which is in line with former branch names used by Google.

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