‘Apple plans to offer Netflix for news and magazines’

Apple is reportedly planning to offer a service that can be considered the Netflix of magazines. The Cupertino tech giant would start offering a subscription service that allows users to read unlimited news and magazines. In March this year, Apple acquired the company Texture, which offered such a service and provided access to 200 magazines.

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Microsoft patches actively attacked Windows kernel vulnerability

Microsoft patched an actively attacked Windows kernel vulnerability during yesterday's Patch Tuesday. The vulnerability, for which was no update available until yesterday, allowed an attacker with access to the system to elevate his privileges. Once elevated, the privileges could be used to run a specially crafted application to take control of the system.

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Windows 10 continues to collect and send Activity History to Microsoft even when it’s disabled

A Reddit user has discovered that Windows 10 continues to collect the activity history of the user and sends it to Microsoft, even when it's manually disabled. The user found in Microsoft's Privacy Dashboard that the operating system continues to track and sent data to Microsoft, amongst others, about files he opened and websites he browsed.

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Mozilla criticizes Microsoft’s move to Chromium for giving too much control to Google

Mozilla is not happy that Microsoft is working on a new version of Edge that will be based on the open-source Chromium project that was once started by Google. The developers of Firefox argue that by adopting Chromium, “Microsoft hands over control of even more of online life to Google”.

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Microsoft fixes large list of issues with Windows 10 October 2018 Update

After numerous problems with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Microsoft today released a large update that should fix many issues with the plagued Windows 10 update. The company released cumulative update KB4469342, which Microsoft claims, has been thoroughly tested by Windows Insiders since the 27th of November.

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Again, Microsoft blocks Windows 10 October 2018 Update on some PCs

Microsoft has decided to block installation of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update on some systems. Computers running corporate security software Morphisec Protector or applications that make use of Morphisec technology will be blocked from installing the latest large Windows 10 update. It's not the first time Microsoft blocks systems from updating to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

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Seagate announces 16TB HAMR technology based HDD

After years of development, Seagate today announced it has readied its first 3.5" hard disk drive utilizing HAMR technology. The drive is targeted at enterprise and data center usage and has a capacity of 16 TB. By next year this should grow to 20 TB.

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Lenovo gets approval for $8.3 million Superfish settlement

Lenovo can go ahead with the settlement of a class action suit in the United States that was started after the company was found to install Superfish adware on its laptops. An American judge granted initial approval of an $8.3 million settlement. Final approval needs to come from a federal judge.

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Apple fixes issue with iCloud for Windows that prevented installation of Windows 10 October Update

Apple has released an update for its iCloud for Windows software that resolves compatibility issues with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Earlier this month, Microsoft blocked computers with iCloud for Windows from receiving the October Update.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate for Nintendo Switch leaks on torrent sites 2 weeks before official release

The new Switch game Super Smash Bros Ultimate has been leaked two weeks before it planned release. Reddit users report that a physical copy was leaked and dumped. The dump has already made its way to file sharing and torrent sites. 

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Developers working on scrollable tabs in upcoming Google Chrome release

In an upcoming version of the Google Chrome browser, users will be able to scroll through their open tabs. The new feature has been confirmed by a Chrome developer on Reddit. Also another planned new feature should make working with tabs more convenient.

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Crucial BX500 240GB SSD review

Its always hard to find a good SSD that has good performance and it also offers great value for the money, so here is the latest SSD from Crucial the BX500. I am taking a look at the 240GB. drive, to find out more about its performances continues reading this review.

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Firefox 64 released with Contextual Feature Recommender and removal of Live Bookmarks

Mozilla has released the 64th version of its Firefox browser. Among other things, such as improved security and performance improvements, the new version of the browser improves tab management. The release also marks the removal of the RSS feature “Live Bookmarks”.

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‘Microsoft working on foldable tablet with Windows Lite’

Microsoft is reportedly working on another operating system that should compete with  Chrome OS, the lightweight operating system developed by Google and intended for cheap laptops. The company previously attempted to bring such an OS to the market as “Windows 10 S”, which failed and was phased out earlier this year. This time the company is allegedly working on a foldable tablet that should run a lightweight OS called “Windows Lite”.

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Microsoft confirms Edge will move to open-source Chromium by 2019

Microsoft has confirmed the rumors that it will base its Edge browser on the open-source Chromium browser. Edge is currently the default browser on Windows 10. By using Chromium, the company will be able to bring Edge to older Windows versions and macOS as well.

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Google Chrome 71 adds features to better protect internet user

Google today released version 71 of its Chrome browser. The release should strengthen security of the browser. Another important change is in the advertisement filter system of Chrome which will start to block ads on sites that persistently display annoying ads.

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‘Microsoft to ditch Edge and replace it with Chromium based browser in Windows 10’

Microsoft is reportedly working on a browser based on Chromium, the open-source browser on which also Google Chrome is based. The browser should eventually replace Microsoft Edge which is currently the default browser for Windows 10.

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Dutch company completes world’s first prefab house built of Cannabis

A Dutch company is the first in the world to build a prefab house of a variety of the Cannabis plant. Benefits of the plant based house should be durability, high isolation capability, earth-quake resistance and affordability. World's first Cannabis house is located about 250 kilometers away from Cannabis Valhalla, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Hollywood drafts HDR specification for cinemas

A joint venture of major Hollywood studios has released a draft for a HDR specification specially for cinema screens. The specification specifies a 12-bit color-depth, a minimal active black level of 0.005 cd/m² and  a displayed luminance of 500 cd/m².

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DJI owners are warned for drones that fall from the sky despite sufficient battery time indication

The Dutch Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate warns for failing batteries in drones from the Chinese DJI brand. Specific types of batteries used in the DJ Matrice 200 and DJ Inspire 2 drones can fail, resulting in the drone falling from the sky.

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Firefox gets own task manager that also shows energy consumed by website

From Firefox 64, the browser will have its own task manager. With the tool, that replaces the hard to find about:performance tab, it's possible to see how many resources a website uses. The tool also reveals more detail on the energy consumption of a website.

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Microsoft blocks Windows 10 October 2018 Update again due to Intel driver issue

Microsoft has decided to start blocking the Windows 10 October 2018 Update on computers with specific Intel display drivers. On systems with these drivers, and the October update installed, there could be issues with audio playback. It's yet another problem with the latest large Windows 10 update.

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Logitech Options users should uninstall immediately after disclosure of very easy to exploit bug

A security researcher from Google's Project Zero has found a critical vulnerability in the software for Logitech keyboards and mouses. As a workaround, Logitech Options users should uninstall the software. There is currently no patch available and the issue can be easily exploited.

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Microsoft uses Patch Tuesday to release cumulative update for Windows 10 October 2018

Today is the first Patch Tuesday after Microsoft restarted distribution of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and the company uses the opportunity to distribute a new cumulative update for systems that have updated to the latest Windows 10 version. The cumulative update finally fixes all known issues.

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Chromium based Edge browser will support existing Chrome extensions

Microsoft will support existing Google Chrome extensions in the future, according to one of the developers working on the browser in a post on Reddit. Currently the browser already supports Chrome extensions but not out-of-the box. Chrome extension developers still need to make code changes before their extension also works on Edge.

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Adobe issues emergency patch for Flash Player after it was abused in attack on Russian hospital

Adobe yesterday issued an emergency update for Flash Player after a critical vulnerability in the software was actively exploited. The vulnerability was discovered by security researchers from Gigamon and 360 Core Security. Attackers exploited the vulnerability in an attack on a Russian hospital.

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Issue with Nvidia GeForce drivers causes another issue with Windows 10 October 2018 Update

An issue with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and Nvida GeForce video cards causes the Edge browser to become unresponsive when playing videos. The issue was discovered by users who installed the cumulative Windows 10 update for the October 2018 update that was released together with last month's Patch Tuesday.

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TrekStor announces external SSD with the size of a USB stick

German consumer electronics company TrekStor today announced the i.Gear SSD-Stick Prime which is an external SSD with the size of a USB stick and build around an M.2 SSD. The i.Gear SSD-Stick is available in capacities of 64, 128, 256 and 512 GB. TrekStor claims the device is fifteen times faster than conventional USB drives.

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American iPad and iPhone users targeted in large scale malvertising attack

American iOS users have been targeted in a malicious advertisement campaign that sent users to scam and porn sites. According to security company Confiant, these attacks have existed for a while already, but the company noticed a clear peak on the 12th of November.

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Microsoft releases Intel microcode updates to protect against L1TF and Spectre 3a/4 attacks

Microsoft has started to distribute important microcode updates for Intel processors powering systems running Windows 10 October 2018 Update or Windows Server 2019. The updates should protect the devices against L1TF and Spectre 3a/4 attacks.

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Issues with update for Windows 10 October 2018 update prevent seeking in Windows Media Player

An update to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is causing issues with Windows Media Player and setting some Win32 applications as default. The issue comes after the October update has been frequently in the news for other issues.

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Black Friday Deals: cheap UHD BD friendly drive, 128GB microSD, cheap VPN and more

We are flooded with mails from retailers and tips from users for Black Friday offers, to make sure you don't miss the best one that might be relevant to Myce readers, here are the best deals that we found in our email box:

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Dav1d decoder now supports entire AV1 specification

Free AV1 decoder, Dav1d, now covers the entire AV1 specifications for both 8-bit and 10-bit color depth. The decoder is also much faster than the reference codec developed by Alliance for Open Media and could be integrated into Firefox as soon as the beginning of next year.

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