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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App for developers shows Windows 10’s future design

Microsoft is working on the successor of the so-called “Metro / Modern UI” design. The flat design, best known for its tile interface will be replaced by “Fluent Design”. An app targeted at developers now shows some new Fluent Design elements that should end up in Windows 10.

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DMCA exemptions make it legal to break DRM for repairs and interoperability

The Copyright Office of the United States has added exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that will legalize many actions required to repair all kinds of devices. Thanks to the exceptions it's now legal to jailbreak voice assistant devices, to unlock new smartphones and adapt software if required for repairs. Jailbreaking consoles and DVD/Blu-ray players remains illegal.

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Microsoft report: 20% of the users clicks phishing link within 5 minutes

Twenty percent of Office 365 users who receive an email with a malicious link, clicks on the link within the first 5 minutes, according to report from Microsoft. For the report, the software giant analyzed billions of emails that were sent between January and September this year.

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Windows 10 will use telemetry data to troubleshoot and automatically fix issues

Microsoft has announced it will start using Windows 10 telemetry data to help users with computer problems. Users with problems currently have to find the right troubleshooter to try to solve their issue. Troubleshooter is a tool in Windows in which users have to manually walk between different steps to resolve their issue.

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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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Apple blocks controversial GrayKey iPhone and iPad hacking device in iOS 12

Apple has taken measures against the GrayKey hack device that made it possible to crack iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad. The device developed by GrayKey is reportedly mainly used by secret services to unlock mobile Apple devices. It's unknown how the device does its job.

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Lexar announces 512GB microSD card that meets A2 performance class

Lexar today announced its 512 GB High-Performance 633x micro SD memory-card. The card is meets the A2 requirements from the latest SD Association’s specifications making the card fast enough to run and store apps on it. The specification requires the card to perform random reads at a minimum of 4,000 IOPS and random writes at a minimum of 2,000 IOPS.

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Sony announces 128GB BD-R XL discs for consumers

Sony has announced a 128GB BD-R XL disc for consumers that will become available in November this year. The Japanese company boasts that it's world's largest BD-R disc. To enable the large capacity, the disc uses four layers.

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Google security researcher criticizes Apple for not disclosing all security issues

Google security researcher Ian Beer has posted a blog about a security issue he found, but in which he also criticizes the way Apple handles security issues. The reason is that Apple recently patched several vulnerabilities in iOS 12 that were discovered by Beer, but that the Cupertino tech giant doesn't mention them in their security bulletins.

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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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Three sources for Ultra HD ‘friendly’ Blu-ray drives that are guaranteed to work

Users in the market for a new 4K / Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, who want to be able to make backups of their purchased movies, will need to do extensive research before buying a drive. Mainly because the drive needs to be UHD friendly, which means it has to be a specific drive with a specific firmware version installed. In this article we list a few places where you can safely buy them, ready to use.

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WD reduces NAND flash memory output to counter potential price drops

During an earnings call, Western Digital has announced it will reduce NAND flash memory production in the third fiscal quarter of 2019. The first fiscal quarter of 2019 ended 28 September this year, which means the company plans to reduce its NAND flash memory output in about 6 months.

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WD announces 15TB hard disk drive with either SATA or SAS interface

WD today announced the WD Ultrastar DC HC620 Host-Managed 3.5 inch HDD with a capacity of 15TB. The large capacity is possible thanks to helium and Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology.  The drives are available in both a SATA and SAS version.

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‘Youtube unable to comply with new European copyright law’

Google, owner of video streaming website YouTube, has stated it is unable to comply with the planned reform of the European copyright law, including the controversial “upload filter”. Dutch technology website Bright.nl reports that sources inside Google have stated that it's an impossible job and that the company will take drastic actions to make clear the company can't comply with the new law.

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DVDFab releases beta of brand new DVDFab 11

Chinese software development company DVDFab has released a beta version of 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 devices and more.

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