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Google security researcher finds serious vulnerability in Avast browser

A security researcher from Google has revealed a vulnerability in a browser developed by antivirus company Avast. The browser is called Avastium, is also known as 'SafeZone' and built upon the open source browser Chromium.

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Google Chrome to end misleading download buttons annoyance

Google will built a feature into its Chrome browser that warns users for sites that try to trick users with false warnings and misleading download buttons. The developers of the browser want to protect users against sites that run advertisements urging users to download an "important update" or advertisements that resemble a download button for software.

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Mozilla officially announces it kills Firefox OS for smartphones

Mozilla today officially announced it ends development on Firefox OS for smartphones after the release of version 2.6 later this year. According to the company it is unable to compete with established popular mobile operating systems like Android and iOS.

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OCZ announces Trion 150 SSD series featuring Toshiba’s 15nm TLC NAND

Toshiba today announced the availability of its new Trion 150 SSD series. These drives contain Toshiba’s 15nm Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND flash.

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Windows 10 now ‘recommended update’ on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems

Microsoft now automatically marks Windows 10 as a 'recommended update' on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems. This means installation of Windows 10 automatically starts on systems with 'automatic updating' enabled.

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Adblockers had negative impact on Facebook’s revenue

Facebook reports in its annual report that adblockers had a negative impact on the company's revenue. Because a substantial part of Facebook's revenues come from advertising the company fears the increasing popularity of software that blocks ads

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Microsoft’s Edge browser keeps track of browsing history in InPrivate Mode

A security researcher found that URLs visited in Private mode on Windows 10's default browser, Edge, can still be found as they are stored in a separate folder on the hard drive.

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Microsoft’s mobile phone VP Joe Belfiore caught using iPhone when travelling

The person at Microsoft running the team that builds phone, tablet and PC versions of Windows 10 has been caught using an Apple iPhone. His name is Joe Belfiore and he's known as an evangelist for Windows on mobile phones.

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Firmware update for Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet causes random BSODs and boot issues

The January firmware update for Microsoft's popular Surface Pro 3 tablet causes Blue Screens of Death (BSODs). Also heat issues have been reported and some report their device doesn't properly startup and shutdown anymore.

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“WhatsApp is going to share data with its parent company Facebook”

WhatsApp will start sending data about its users to parent company Facebook. An Android developer discovered the change in the latest update of the popular messaging app.

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Famous firmware repository RPC1.org shuts down

The famous firmware repository RPC1.org is showing a message stating the site is going to shut down. The administrators write they've decided to no longer keep the site up as activity declined.

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Mozilla moves away from releasing a new Firefox version every 6 weeks

Mozilla will change its current update cycle where it releases a new version of Firefox every six weeks. Instead the browser developer will take some additional time to finish a new release.

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Microsoft: Additional security provided by EMET not needed on Windows 10 systems

Windows 10 is so secure that according to Microsoft it no longer needs additional security measures like the company's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET). Even better, Windows 10's security is even better than that provided by EMET, the company writes.

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Sony enters consumer SSD market with SLW-M series

Sony is entering the consumer SSD market with its SLW-M series available in capacities of 240GB and 480GB.

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Class action lawsuit started against Seagate for consistently failing 3TB Barracuda HDDs

Seagate Barracuda 3TB HDD owners have started a class action lawsuit against the company because it's drives systematically failed. Also, warranty appointment replacement drives were equally defective causing users to lose data and waste money.

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For the first time more Windows 10 users than Windows 8.1

Last month Windows 10 had for the first time more users than its predecessor, Windows 8.1. In these numbers only the PC version of the operating system is included.

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American government warns parents to properly secure their baby monitor devices

The American government has warned parents for the password used on their baby monitoring devices. It also warns for other possible security threats for theses devices that allows parents to monitor their baby over the internet.

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Google’s VirusTotal now also scans for malicious code in firmware and BIOS files

Google's online multi-engine virusscanner Virustotal is now able to scan firmware and BIOS files for malicious code. Firmware is often the first piece of code loaded on a system and resides in a flash memory soldered to the mainboard.

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Speedtest.net developer Ookla confirms Myce’s ISP speed test manipulation article

Ookla, the company behind speedtest.net, contacted Myce to confirm that indeed one tested ISP is using a way to manipulate the Ookla Speedtest result. Manipulation can give customers of internet providers the idea that their internet connection is faster than it really is.

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Internet providers caught inflating speed test results

With the help of TestMy's speed test, we take a look at the real world throughput of several Internet providers against happens when we attempt to simulate the network activity of Ookla's Speedtest.net, the preferred speed service most Internet providers recommend using. A few ISPs delivered 3 to 6 times greater throughput despite using the same test server each time, while many other ISPs behave properly, delivering a consistent throughput.

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Latest Windows 10 Insider build crashes PC games

Microsoft yesterday released a new Windows 10 build to Windows Insiders which contains a bug that crashes PC games.

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Latest update Facebook app for Android generates flood of complaints – crashes, sluggish

An update for the Facebook app on Android has generated a flood of complaints. The new version was released yesterday and users complain about crashes, black screens and sluggish performance. The app of the social network is one of the most popular Android apps with a reported install base between 1 and 5 billion.

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Movie professionals threaten to sue Dutch government for €1.2 billion over illegal downloading

Dutch film producers and distributors threaten to sue the Dutch government for € 1.2 billion ($1.33 billion) because they lost income due to poor enforcement of the copyright laws in the Netherlands

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Popcorn Time developers launch new nearly unstoppable web version of their movie streaming service

The developers of Popcorn Time have released an open source variant of their service that allows anyone to implement it on their own domain making it nearly impossible to take down. It requires a special browser plugin called Torrents Time that's also made open source.

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Microsoft shipped 50% more Surface devices than expected

Microsoft has shipped 2.5 million Surface devices in the fourth quarter of last year. The company shipped 6 million Surface devices over the entire year 2015.

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Fisher Price’s Smart Toy Bear leaked name, birthday and gender of child

A smart teddy bear from Fisher Price allowed attackers to steal the name, birthdate and gender of the child that owns the toy. This was possible due to a vulnerability in an accompanying app. The 'Smart Toy Teddy Bear' is able to recognize and memorize the voice of the child and respond to what it says.

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After Apple now Samsung also supports adblock plugins in its mobile browser

The browser that Samsung installs by default on its smartphones now supports adblock plugins. Developers can now create a plugin for the browser of the Korean electronics giant that blocks advertisements, the first two plugins already appeared.

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Sales of Windows Phones decrease at constant rate, 57% down compared to year before

Phones running on Microsoft's mobile operating systems Windows Phone or Windows Mobile saw a decline in sales of 57% compared to last year. Since 2014 the number of sold Lumia phones decreases at a constant rate.

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One of the biggest internet annoyances disappears, Oracle stops with Java browser plugin

One of the biggest annoyances for internet users will disappear, Oracle will no longer offer its Java browser plugin which very frequently asked to be updated and often made pages slow.

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Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana will start scanning emails to remind you of appointments

A new feature of Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana scans emails to remind you of appointments. The feature was added to the last Windows 10 Insider build.

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Toshiba PX04SMB160 SAS 1600GB Enterprise SSD Review – The SAS Awakens

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Toshiba PX04SMB Series of SAS 3 Enterprise SSDs. Frankly, I was disappointed by the first wave of SAS 3 drives which didn't unlock the performance potential promised by SAS 3, and its 1200 Gbit/s bandwidth; but with this drive Toshiba smashes it out of the park! Please read on as I feel this is the best Enterprise SSD I have ever tested!

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Bittorrent Sync 2.3 released, adds Encrypted Folders and running as a service

Bittorrent Inc. just announced a new version of their peer-to-peer file synchronisation application Sync. Today's release brings the version number to 2.3 and introduces Encrypted Folders, running Sync as a service in Windows and more.

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Windows XP virus causes chaos in Melbourne hospital – also PCs with patient records infected

While Microsoft ended support for Windows XP about two years ago, some organisations continue to use the outdated operating system. Also the Royal Melbourne hospital uses the fifteen year old OS which allowed a virus to cause chaos.

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