Parents asked to destroy smart doll that can be used to eavesdrop on children

The German regulatory office for telecommunications has asked parents to destroy the so-called 'smart doll My Friend Cayla' as it can leak sensitive personal data. Security researchers have found that it's possible to use the doll's unsecured Bluetooth connection to eavesdrop on children.

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Last Patch Tuesday patches delayed till next Patch Tuesday – 14th of March

The updates that were planned for this month's Patch Tuesday will be released during the Patch Tuesday of March, Microsoft today announced. Last Tuesday Microsoft reported that it would delay the patches of the 14th of February due to last minute issues.

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Western Digital replaces several HGST Ultrastar HDDs after higher than expected failure rates

Western Digital is replacing several enterprise HGST Ultrastar disks because of higher than expected failure rates in a certain batch. The company works together with affected customers to replace the disks.

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Microsoft no longer succeeds in attracting new Windows 10 users

Microsoft doesn't succeed in getting more users on Windows 10, the number of systems running the company's latest operating system has been stuck on 400 million for four months now. Since the end of the free upgrade campaign, the market share of Windows 10 remained pretty much the same.

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Microsoft starts to warn for the end of support of Windows Vista

Microsoft has started to warn Windows Vista users that support of the 10 year old operating system will end soon. Vista users with Microsoft Security Essentials installed receive the warning that their system is unprotected.

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VIZIO caught with secretly collecting viewing habits of 11 million smart TVs

The American television manufacturer VIZIO has been caught with collecting viewing habits on 11 million TVs without user's' consent. The company has to pay $2.2 million in settlements to the American Federal Trade Commission and the state of New Jersey.

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Denuvo website leaks thousands of emails

The website of Austrian copy protection developer Denuvo contained several open directories that allowed anyone to view emails sent to the company. The directories have been mirrored so everyone can see its contents, including mails from companies like Microsoft and Google.

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Unpatched security leak can crash Windows 10 PCs

A vulnerability in Windows 10 allows attackers to crash computers running the operating system, according to security researchers from the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) of the Carnegie Mellon University. Microsoft has not patched the issue. Also Windows 8.1 is vulnerable.

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Backblaze report indicates 8TB fail less than lower capacity drives

Cloud storage service BackBlaze reports that 8TB hard disk drives have lower failure rates than lower capacity drives. The number of failed disks also decreased compared to previous years.

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Google plans to make DRM mandatory in next Chrome version

Google will make it impossible for users to deactivate the DRM system in their browser. The change will come in the next stable version of the browser, Chrome 57. The 'Widevine DRM plugin' will therefore become a permanent 'feature' of Google's browser.

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Philips is calling back Hue Fair, Being, and Still ceiling lamps due to quality and safety issues

Philips is calling back its smart ceiling lamps models Hue Fair, Hue Being and Hue Still because there are quality and safety issues with the lamps. In some cases parts of the product came loose or broke.

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Google reveals unpatched vulnerability in Windows 7 and Windows 10

A Google security researcher has revealed a vulnerability in Windows for which Microsoft has not released a patch yet. The issue allows attackers to steal sensitive data (such as private userdata) from the system's memory.

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Microsoft reports decrease in ransomware attacks since September last year

Microsoft reports that the number of ransomware attacks on Windows computers has decreased. The company bases the information on data collected by Windows Defender, the built-in antivirus application in Windows.

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Security researchers: Deleted Safari browsing history isn’t actually deleted

When the browser history of Apple devices is cleared, it remains on iCloud for up to a year and can easily be recovered, according to research by security company Elcomsoft. This is possible because the history is hidden and not actually deleted.

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WhatsApp enables two-step authentication for additional security – wants your email

Facebook's subsidiary WhatsApp has started to roll-out two-step authentication for all users. The feature allows users to add additional security to their account. After it was tested in a beta version of the chat app the feature is now gradually rolled out.

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Security researchers to AV vendors: “Stop intercepting HTTPS traffic”

Google, Mozilla, Cloudflare and researchers from two Universities have criticised the interception of HTTPS traffic by antivirus software. According to the researchers and companies this has far-reaching consequences for the safety of users and their internet connection.

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“Intel to release new Kaby Lake CPUs to not be ‘humiliated’ by AMD’s upcoming Ryzen CPUs”

Intel is planning to release new Kaby Lake CPUs in response to AMDs upcoming Ryzen CPUs. The chip giant is reportedly surprised by the performance of the Ryzen lineup and will release higher clocked Kaby Lake CPUs to not be 'humiliated' by AMD.

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Corsair Force MP500 NVMe SSD review

Corsair need no introduction, they are one of the very few manufacturers that can do magic with almost everything that they make, and part that our readers are familliar is thier SSD's, and they do make some excellent SATA SSD's. This time they went again one step further and released their new Force MP500, their first m.2 NVMe SSD, so lets find out how they Corsair Force MP500 performs.

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European Commission launches investigation into Steam’s geo-blocking practices

The European Commission has launched an investigation into the gray market of activation codes on the game platform Steam. By making it difficult to activate foreign activation codes, Steam is possibly violating European antitrust laws, the European Commision announced today.

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Number of users using ad block software increases with 30%

About 11 percent of all internet users is using an adblocker, according to a report. The number of users with an adblocker installed is now around 615 million, an increase of 30% compared to the year before.

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Denuvo copy protection of Resident Evil 7 cracked within days

The Italian cracker group CPY yesterday announced on Reddit that it cracked the Denuvo copy protection of the game Resident Evil 7 within several days. Previously it took the group months to break the same copy protection.

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Also Narrator feature can leak data from Windows 10’s login screen

Besides the Windows 10 lockscreen we reported about yesterday, also the Narrator feature of Microsoft's latest OS allows access to information copied to the clipboard. Norwegian security researcher Oddvar Moe discovered that when accessing the help function of the feature it's possible to paste the contents of the clipboard.

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Microsoft silently extends support of original Windows 10 with 2 months

Microsoft has decided to extend support of the original version of Windows 10 with 2 months. Initially the Redmond software giant planned to end support of the original Windows 10 RTM version (version 1507 / Threshold 1) on the 26th of March this year.

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Microsoft delays this month’s Patch Tuesday due to last minute issue – first time ever

For years, Microsoft released security updates for Windows, Office and other software on the second Tuesday of the month, but today the software giant decided to delay the release of all planned update. Something the company hasn't done before.

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First specifications of Intel Optane SSD leaked

The Intel website briefly listed a document with details on the company's first Optane 3D Xpoint SSD. In contrary to most currently known Optane products, that are low capacity caching drives, this Optane drive is a full fledged SSD with a capacity of 375 GB and up to 500,000 IOPS.

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AMD changes mind: Ryzen CPUs WON’T be officially supported in Windows 7

AMD will not provide support and drivers to run its upcoming Ryzen CPUs under Windows 7. The processors are tested for Windows 7 but official support and drivers will only be provided for Windows 10, according to an official statement from AMD.

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Specific DVD burner owners can claim $10 from optical drive manufacturers

Residents of several stated in the United States who purchased an internal or external optical drive, or a computer with such a drive, are eligible for benefits from settlements reached in antitrust litigation currently pending in federal court. The benefits are expected to be around $10 per drive.

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Many Windows Phone users can’t access email or download apps from Windows Store

Microsoft's forums are full of complaints of Windows Phone users who are unable to login to their Microsoft account. This means users are unable to e.g. install apps from the Windows Store or send or receive emails.

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AMD’s latest generation Ryzen CPUs will be supported under Windows 7

AMD has announced that its Ryzen CPUs will be supported under Windows 7. This is different from Intel who previously announced that its latest generation Kaby Lake CPUs will only be supported in Windows 10.

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Account data of 2.5 million internet pirates leaked on the internet

Account data of millions of members have been stolen from forums where pirated copies of Xbox and Playstation games were shared. In total 2.5 million users of the Xbox360ISO and PSPISO forums are victim of the hack.

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Ex-Mozilla developer can finally speak out: Uninstall antivirus software, vendors are terrible

A former Mozilla engineer has heavily criticized several antivirus software developers in a blog on his website. He states that now he has left Mozilla he's finally able to speak out about it. He calls for users to no longer purchase antivirus software and to uninstall any previously purchased antivirus applications.

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Android update bricks Sony Bravia smart TVs

Owners of several Sony smart TVs are complaining about a pretty much bricked TV after applying an Android update. Affected TVs sometimes can no longer be turned on or become unresponsive after a while.

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Toshiba to separate its NAND manufacturing business

The Japanese electronics giant Toshiba is going to sell a part of its chip division. Reuters reports the company is looking for an outside investor for the company's memory chip business that is valued at around 1 and 1.5 billion yen ($9-13 billion).

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