Google patches high-risk vulnerability in Chrome browser

Google developers have patched a high risk vulnerability in the latest version of Chrome. Details on the vulnerability are not provided other than it's a “Use-after-free in GPU” vulnerability. Users on Linux, macOS and Windows are all advised to update to 70.0.3538.110.

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SK Hynix announces first DDR5 DRAM chips

SK Hynix has announced it has developed DRAM memory chips based on the JEDEC DDR5 standard. The memory module has module number HMCA2GR8AJR8C and a capacity of 16Gbit. Thanks to the DDR5 standard, the chip is up to 30% more energy efficient and faster than DDR4 memory. By 2020 the modules should be mass-produced.

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DVDFab introduces Prime Membership with access to all software products

DVDFab has sent out a newsletter announcing DVDFab Prime. With this membership users get access to all DVDFab software products that are already released and that will be released in the future. With Prime comes a license to install DVDFab software on 5 different PCs and members will get a DVDFab long sleeve hoodie.

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Microsoft restarts Windows 10 October 2018 Update roll-out after deleted files concerns

Microsoft has restarted the roll-out of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update after it caused issues with some users. The update introduces additional privacy settings and security improvements. The first version that was released, on the 2nd of October, caused files to disappear for a limited number of users. Therefore, Microsoft decided to temporarily stop the distribution of the update.

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Cybercriminals abuse Office embedded online video feature to distribute malware

Cybercriminals are using a new method to distribute malware through the online video feature of Microsoft Office. The method was disclosed in October this year and it didn't take long for cybercriminals to abuse it in 'the wild'. The method works by embedding a file instead of a video in Office. Microsoft has stated it won't fix the issue.

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MakeMKV version 1.14.1 released

This week, the developer of MakeMKV released two new versions of its video conversion software, that can also be used to rip Ultra HD Blu-ray movies. Version 1.14.0 was released last Monday and introduces a new video processing engine. Version 1.1.4.1 was released today and appears to fix some bugs that were introduced with Monday's release.

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Chrome will block all ads on websites with some harmful or misleading advertisements

Chrome will start to block all advertisements on websites that frequently show harmful or misleading advertisements to visitors. Last year the search giant announced it would protect Chrome users against so-called “abusive experiences” such as phishing sites, unwanted popups, fake messages and redirects.

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Megatest: website tests 124 SD and micro SD cards

The Dutch tech website Hardware.info has tested 124 micro SD and SD memory cards from many brands. They benchmarked the cards and listed the results depending on their type and capacity and awarded them either a Great Value, Excellent Choice or Ultimate Product award. 

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Researchers find critical leaks and bypass self-encryption feature of popular Crucial and Samsung SSDs

Researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands today report they've found critical vulnerabilities in self-encrypting SSDs from Samsung and Crucial. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker who gains possession of a drive to bypass security measures. This way the attacker is able to access all data, without knowing the password.

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Adblock Plus to consume 50% less memory and gets new UI

Adblock Plus developer Eyeo has released a new version of its advertisement blocker that should consume less memory and introduces a new user interface. When Adblock Plus 3.4 is installed,the browser extension should consume up to 50% less memory, according to Eyeo.

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Mozilla tests privacy-friendly “Prio” technology to gather telemetry data

Mozilla has announced it's currently testing a privacy-friendly method to collect telemetry data from Firefox Nightly users. To improve browsers, all major browser developers collect statistics and other data about usage of their software.

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Microsoft works with Apple on iCloud issue that prevents installation of October 2018 update

Microsoft and Apple are working together on an issue that prevents Windows 10 users with iCloud for Windows from installing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. The update is blocked for those users because iCloud is not compatible with the Windows 10 October Update.

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Cheap Netflix subscription already available in Malaysia at $4 per month

Earlier this week we reported that Netflix was planning to offer a cheaper tier in developing countries. According to a Malaysian website, Netflix has started to offer this tier in that country. The new subscription type costs around $4 and only offers streaming on mobile devices.

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Evolving trends in the ecommerce sector for Christmas 2018 and beyond

Here are three key trends that are likely to emerge over the Christmas 2018 period, and as we go into 2019

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Nintendo settles for $12 million with ROM and emulator website owners

Nintendo has settled a lawsuit with the owners of two websites that distributed free emulators and ROMs. Part of the settlement is that the owners have to pay $12 million to Nintendo. The websites loveroms.com and loveretro.co are both are now offline.

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Netflix to test cheaper offering in developing countries

Netflix plans a cheaper subscription for its video streaming service in some developing countries. With the cheaper version, the company hopes to attract more customers. The plan appears to be a change of plans for Netflix, previously the company was more likely to increase prices or offer higher quality versions of its content in higher priced tiers.

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Google report explains its anti-piracy measures

Google has released the report “How Google fights piracy”,  in which the search giant explains what programs, policies, and technology it uses to combat copyright infringement on the Internet. With the anti-piracy measures, Google wants to ensure that creators and artists have a way to generate revenues from their work.

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Adata XPG SX950U 240GB SATA SSD Review

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Adata XPG SX950U 240GB SATA SSD (hereafter referred to as the SX950U). The SX950U is another modern SSD that uses 3D TLC NAND. Will is stand out from the crowd? Please read on to find out.

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DVDFab announces tool to easily downgrade firmware of UHD friendly drives

DVDFab has announced it's working on a tool that should make it easy to downgrade the firmware of so-called “UHD friendly” Blu-ray drives. Currently, UHD friendly drives come with an unfriendly firmware by default. With DVDFab's upcoming tool it should be possible to flash all supported drives to UHD friendly drives.

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Shuttle XPC Cube SZ270R9 ‘Barebone’ Mini PC Review

Welcome to Myce’s review of Shuttle’s SZ270R9 XPC Cube Barebone Mini PC. The SZ270R9 consists of a stylish case with a pre-installed mainboard, power supply unit (PSU) and cables. Despite its small form factor, it offers outstanding connectivity, functionality and performance. For a full PC system, a processor, memory, HDD or SSD storage and optionally a graphics card need to be added. Shuttle XPC cube Barebones are completely customisable meaning users can pick certain components on their own to ideally match their individual needs. Please read on to see what we made of the SZ270R9.

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Intel reveals App Direct mode and Memory mode for Optane DC Persistent Memory

Intel has started a beta test of Optane DC Persistent Memory for OEM customers. Together with the beta, the chip giant has also introduced two different operating modes for the 3D Xpoint based memory. In Memory Mode, Optane works like DRAM, where data is gone when the system is powered down. In App Direct Mode, the data remains stored even when the system is powered down.

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DVDFab releases official version of DVDFab 11

Chinese software development company DVDFab has officially released the 11th version of its DVDFab software. The new version comes with a new user interface, adds a YouTube Uploader, adds the option to wirelessly transfer videos to a mobile device, and much more.

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Older Hollywood blockbusters can now be watched on YouTube for free

YouTube has started to offer some older Hollywood movies for free. Amongst them are some very popular titles. To view the movies, no special subscription is required. Currently the movies are only available in the United States and the movies are free to watch because they are interrupted by commercial breaks.

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Microsoft adds new settings for more control over Windows 10 updates

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will get additional options to provide users more control over Windows Update. The announcement comes together with the release of new Windows 10 Insider build which introduces two of the new Windows Update settings.

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Microsoft patches actively exploited leak in Windows and 61 other vulnerabilities

Microsoft has closed an actively exploited leak in Windows during this November's Patch Tuesday. Through the leak, an attacker with access to the system could elevate his privileges. In total, Microsoft patched 62 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Edge, Windows, Microsoft Office, ChakraCore, .NET Core, Skype for Business and several other applications.

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YouTube CEO warns for potential unintended consequences of new European copyright law

Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki warns for major negative effects of the new European copyright law which includes the controversial “upload filter”. In an open letter, Wojcicki warns for potential unintended consequences of Article 13 of the revised European copyright law which is often referred to as the “upload filter”.

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Chrome will start to warn for websites that charge users with unclear subscriptions

A new version of Google Chrome will warn users for unclear subscription pages.

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Issues with activation servers cause downgrades of Windows 10 Pro installations

Microsoft today confirmed an ongoing issue with its activation servers causes some Windows 10 Pro installations to display that they are not activated or running Windows 10 Home instead. The issue affects users in Japan, Korea, the United States and many other countries, according to a Microsoft employee. It might take up two business days before the issue is resolved.

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Seagate roadmap reveals HAMR HDDs could reach 100TB by 2025

A roadmap from Seagate reveals that the company might be able to release 100TB hard disk drives by 2025. To achieve this high capacity in traditional magnetic drives, the HDDs will use a technology called Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR). 

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SK Hynix announces launch of 4D NAND memory

South Korean chip giant SK Hynix today launched, what it calls, 4D NAND memory. In reality today's announced 4D NAND product utilizes 96-layer TLC NAND with the logic circuits integrated in its own layer. The first chip that comes available has a storage capacity of 512 gigabits.

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United States charges Chinese and Taiwanese companies for stealing Micron DRAM technology

The United States Department of Justice has charged Taiwanese company UMC, Chinese company Jinhua and three individuals for crimes related to a conspiracy to steal, convey, and possess stolen trade secrets of American chip manufacturer Micron. The charged individuals are reportedly former Taiwanese Micron employees.

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WhatsApp confirms the app will start to show advertisements

Whatsapp will definitely get advertisements in the status screen, the feature that allows users to share their status in text, image, video or GIF and which disappear after 24 hours. The advertisements will become the primary monetisation mode for the company, according to the Vice President of WhatsApp, Chris Daniels.

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Users complain about serious issues with Nvidia’s most expensive GeForce video card

There are numerous users who report they have serious problems with their Nvida GeForce RTX 2080 Ti video cards. Besides complaints on the official GeForce forums, there are also Reddit users who complain about the same issue. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is currently Nvidia's most expensive and powerful video card of which the Founders Edition is sold at around $1,200.

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