Alliance asks Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart to only sell secure internet connected devices

An alliance of Mozilla, Consumers International, the Internet Society and eight other organizations have asked the four large American retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart to stop selling insecure Internet of Things (IoT) and “smart” devices.

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Microsoft might keep Classic Paint in Windows 10

Where Microsoft previously announced it would remove the traditional version of Paint from Windows 10, there might be some good news for those that won't like to see it go away.

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Mozilla uses machine learning tool from Ubisoft to eliminate bugs in Firefox

Mozilla will make use of machine learning software from Ubisoft to reduce the number of bugs in Firefox. Ubisoft's so-called coding-assistant named Clever-Commit, uses data from Firefox's bug tracking and version control system.

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Opera adds free VPN to mobile browser app

Opera has added a free VPN service to its mobile browser app that has been installed more than 10 million times. This way users don't need an additional app to change their location to e.g. access content from other countries. 

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Dubious Android apps charge users hundreds of dollars per month after free trial

Several dubious apps in the Google Play Store cost users hundreds of dollars per month, according to analysis by security researcher Lukas Stefanko. The apps are initially free for 3 days, but after that charge hundreds of dollars if users forget to unsubscribe in time.

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Old Windows File Manager now available as UWP app in Microsoft Store

Microsoft has put the Windows File Manager, which was in Windows since Windows 3.0 on the Microsoft Store, so it can used as an app in Windows 10. The File Manager is released as a so-called Universal Windows Platform app.

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Mozilla to automatically block autoplay videos with sound from Firefox 66

A new feature in Mozilla Firefox will block automatically playing videos with sound. With the new functionality, the browser developer hopes to get rid of an annoyance of many internet users. The new feature will be introduced in Firefox 66 for both PC and Mac.

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Digital rights locker UltraViolet shuts down later this year

Cloud-based digital rights locker UltraViolet will stop on the 31st of July this year. The service recommends users to verify that their library is connected to the service of at least one retailer. After Ultra Violet closes, the library will be no longer available through the UV website.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update installed on only 12% of all Windows 10 PCs

Windows 10 October 2018 Update is not popular amongst Windows 10 user. About 80% of the Windows 10 users appears to rather wait for an upcoming large update of Microsoft's latest operating system.

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Facebook paid teenagers to get nearly full access to all data on their phone

Facebook paid some of its users, including teenagers, with monthly gift cards valued up to $20 to get nearly full access to data on their phones. The company harvested the data on the phones with a special “Facebook Research” app that monitored the users' internet traffic. 

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Microsoft developer: Mozilla should also contribute to Chromium instead of ‘building parallel universe’

A tweet from Microsoft developer Kenneth Auchenberg received a lot of criticism. His tweet was a response to a blog on the Mozilla website that was posted in December last year, where Mozilla commented on the decision from Microsoft to switch from Edge's own EdgeHTML engine to Chromium.

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Microsoft: 81 percent of cyber attacks due to weak or compromised passwords

A whopping 81 percent of all cyberattacks are due to weak or stolen passwords, according to Microsoft in a blog about its Threat Protection service. Because many users use the same passwords on multiple websites, the compromised login credentials can be used to access other accounts of the user as well.

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Microsoft patched actively exploited zero-day in Internet Explorer and 73 other security issues

Microsoft has patched an actively attacked vulnerability in Internet Explorer and 73 other vulnerabilities during yesterday's Patch Tuesday of February. The zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer was discovered by Google and allowed attackers to test for the presence of specific files on disk.

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Microsoft: nowadays most vulnerabilities are exploited as zero-days

When a vulnerability in Windows, Office and other Microsoft products is attacked for the first time, it's likely a zero-day. The number of exploits for already patched vulnerabilities is decreasing, according to Microsoft's Matt Miller who works at the company's Security Response Center.

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‘Micron to introduce Octa-Level Cell NAND in first half of 2019’

Website WCCFTech reports that Micron is coming with 8-bit per cell NAND later this year. This so-called Octa-Level Cell (OLC) NAND would double data density of the current Quad-Level Cell (QLC)  NAND. Micron calls the news 'fabricated'.

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VideoLAN to drop support of older operating systems with VLC 4.0

Popular media player VLC will drop support of several older operating systems after it's upcoming 4.0 release. From that release, VLC will no longer work on Windows XP and Vista and several older iOS and Android versions. Of course, there will also be new features and improvements introduced in VLC 4.0.

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Prices leaked of support program to keep Windows 7 secure after 2020

When Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 in January 2020, the company will no longer provide security updates for the operating system through Windows Update. However, large companies have the ability to pay for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates. Microsoft recently briefed some of its partners, after which prices leaked on the internet.

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Mozilla will start to warn when encrypted connections are intercepted in Firefox

Mozilla will start to warn Firefox users for man-in-the-middle attacks on encrypted connections in the next version of the browser. The browser developer announced the upcoming feature in the “These weeks in Firefox” blog post series on its website. The man-in-the-middle warning will only show when users visit an HTTPS website with Firefox, and when other software tries to intercept the connection.

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Maintaining Your Hard Drive

Most people don't put too much thought into how they should maintain their hard drive. After all, a hard drive is not considered as crucial to performance of the PC such as a processor or a graphic card, so why should you even bother looking after it.

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Tips To Save Money When Signing Up For Web Hosting

When you're ready to create a website, one of the first decisions you need to make is which web hosting service to sign up for.

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Mozilla launches Firefox 65.0 with improved privacy protection

Mozilla has launched version 65.0 of its Firefox browser, which introduces improved protection against tracking. Users can now choose their desired level of privacy protection, including a standard, strict or custom level. 

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Apple might be working on ‘Netflix for games’

Apple is reportedly working on a subscription service for games. For a fixed monthly fee, users should get access to a bundled list of games. Since autumn 2018, the company would be in talks with several game developers to offer a service that could be considered 'the Netflix for games', according to the website Cheddar, based on information from five sources.

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EU reaches agreement on controversial new copyright law with ‘upload filter’ and ‘link tax’ articles

European negotiators have reached a political agreement on the new Copyright Directive which includes the controversial article 11 and 13. Article 11 is also known as the link tax and article 13 requires tech giants like Google and Facebook to purchase licenses for the content their users share. 

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Toshiba S300 5TB HDD Review

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Toshiba S300 HDD. The S300 specifically targets use for surveillance purposes – i.e. recording from surveillance cameras. When you stop and think about it, these days there are surveillance cameras all over the place and it must be a huge target market, so it should be no surprise that HDD manufacturers are targeting this market segment with specifically tailored products. Please read on to see what we make of it.

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Seagate works on 24 TB HAMR based HDD and on HDDs with higher transfer rates

By 2020, Seagate plans to introduce the first HDDs with 3 TB platters based on HAMR technology. This should be a model with a total capacity of 24 TB. Another HDD the company is hoping to launch has two actuators and therefore should be able to achieve a sequential throughput of up to 500 MB/s.

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Toshiba Exceria Pro N502 SDXC UHS-II 128GB Memory Card Review

Welcome to Myce’s brief review of the super fast Toshiba Exceria Pro N502 SDXC UHS-II Memory Card. Does it deserve its reputation as one of the fastest SD cards around? Please read on to see what we found.

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Apple faces class action over alleged blocking of older iPhone chargers with software update

Apple faces a class action suite in California because the company has been accused of releasing iOS updates in 2016 that intentionally blocked older chargers. According to the plaintiffs, her iPhone showed the message, “This accessory may not be supported.”

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DNS data corruption issue caused Windows 10 update downloads to fail last month

An update issue with Windows 10 on January 29th was caused by the outage of an unknown external DNS service provider from Microsoft, according to the company. The issue prevented some users in the United States and United Kingdom from receiving security, software, and operating system updates from the Microsoft Store and Windows Update. Also the SmartScreen filter, didn't properly work for some users.

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Dutch anti-piracy organization: ‘scenario possible where we track down illegal downloaders’

The director of Dutch anti-piracy organization Brein has stated in a podcast that he can think of possible scenarios where his organization will start to chase downloaders of pirated content, and not just uploaders. However, such actions would not be the preference of both him and rights holders, according to the director of Brein, Tim Kuik.

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Microsoft confirms issue with Windows 10 update prevents some systems from starting

Microsoft has confirmed an issue with the latest update for Windows Defender for both Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. The update was released earlier this week and due to the issue some Windows 10 systems with Secure Boot will no longer start. The update can also cause issues with AppLocker, if it's activated it can block downloads in some cases.

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Illegal movie and series streaming box developer settles for $14.5 million in anti-piracy case

The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), a group of about 30 major global entertainment companies and film studios including Amazon and Netflix, has settled for $14.5 million with the developer of an illegal set top box.

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DVDFab releases tool to easily downgrade firmware of Ultra HD Blu-ray ‘friendly’ drives

In November last year, DVDFab announced it was working on a utility to easily downgrade the firmware of so-called Ultra HD Blu-ray friendly drives.

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Microsoft discontinues metadata downloads for Windows Media Player on Windows 7

Microsoft discontinues the Metadata Update service for Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Both applications will continue to be able to playback files, Microsoft promises.

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