Market analyst predicts $0.08 per GB for 3D NAND next year

Market analyst Jim Handy has predicted during the Flash Memory Summit that prices of NAND will be as low as $0.08 per GB next year. That would mean a 1TB SSD could cost less than $100. Currently the average price per GB is around $0.30.

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Internet Explorer users actively attacked through zero-day exploit for at least a month

For at least a month, Internet Explorer users have been actively attacked through a zero-day vulnerability in their browser. Through the vulnerability an attacker can gain full control over the computer. To become a victim of such an attack it's enough to visit a hacked or malicious website.

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Adblock Plus: Facebook lost the battle against ad block extensions, for now

Eyeo, the developers of Adblock Plus, report they have succeeded in blocking ads on Facebook for a year now. Two years ago, the social network announced it would continue to bypass ad blockers which started a cat and mouse game.

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Microsemi announces PCIe 4.0 x8 NVMe controller with QLC NAND support

Microsemi has announced its new FlashTec NVMe 3016, a PCIe controller with support for PCIe 4.0 and targeted at high reliability and high performance NVMe SSDs. The controller should allow NVMe drives to achieve up to 8GB/s throughput and more than 2 million IOPS.

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Chinese manufacturer announces open-channel SSDs

Chinese SSD manufacturer Shannon Systems has announced the launch of its open-channel SSDs at Flash Memory Summit. With open-channel SSDs the firmware of the drive only performs some basic tasks, the rest is handled by the NVMe driver of the operating system.

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Warner Bros sells entire stake in Spotify

Warner Music Group has sold all its shares in music streaming service Spotify for $504 million. The company will share $126 million of the raised money with artists and record labels that can be found on the streaming service, according to CEO Steve Cooper.

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Sony introduces budget Ultra HD Blu-ray player

Sony has introduced the UBP-X500, a budget 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player capable of high-definition audio and video output with a MSRP of €200/£200 ($230). Besides support of the usual optical discs formats, the device is also compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Atmos. The device seems to lack support for Dolby Vision.

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Major record labels unite to take legal action against Youtube ripping websites

Universal, Sony and Warner Bros, the three largest record labels of the world, have sued two sites where YouTube videos can be downloaded as MP3 files. Both sites are reportedly managed from Russia and make use of servers located in Germany.

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Edge vulnerability allowed attackers to steal local files

A vulnerability in Microsoft Edge allowed attackers to steal local files when the victims opened a specially crafted HTML file. The leak in the default browser of Windows 10 bypassed the Same Origin Policy (SOP) security measure.

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Intel 660p NVMe SSDs with QLC NAND spotted at ‘breakthrough’ price

German Computerbase.de discovered that the first online retailers in Germany are listing the Intel 660p, the first NVMEe QLC NAND based SSD from Intel. The drive is available in capacities of 512GB, 1TB and 2TB and sells at about $0.25 per GB.

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Number of European internet pirates declines, legal media consumption is rising

The number of internet users in Europe that sometimes illegally downloads or streams music, movies, series, books or games has dropped between 2014 and 2017. At the same time, spending on legal products has been increased in the same period, according to a report from the University of Amsterdam and research company Ecorys based on surveys with nearly 35,000 respondents in 13 countries.

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Mozilla removes and block 23 extensions that silently tracked users

Mozilla has blocked and removed 23 Firefox extensions that tracked users, including an extension the browser developer itself recently promoted. This appears from a mention by Mozilla on its own Firefox block list and Bugzilla. Mozilla regularly promotes Firefox extensions.

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Microsoft patches actively attacked vulnerabilities in Windows and Internet Explorer

Microsoft has patched 60 vulnerabilities during the this month's Patch Tuesday. Amongst them were two vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows that were actively attacked before an update was available. Both vulnerabilities allowed an attacker to execute arbitrary code, which in the worst case allowed the attacker to take full control over the system.

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Arusoft releases DeUHD 1.0.3.4, adds decryption preview

Arusoft yesterday released version 1.0.3.4 of its Ultra HD Blu-ray (UHD BD) ripping software, DeUHD. This version adds a preview feature that allows users to check the decryption status. As usual, the new version also adds support for several new UHD BD discs and different versions of already supported titles.

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Toshiba MG07ACA14TE 14TB SATA Enterprise HDD

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Toshiba MG07ACA14TE 14TB SATA Enterprise HDD. The MOG07ACA is a helium filled, high capacity HDD. Helium gas is hermetically sealed within the drive, and is one seventh the density of air, thus the drag on the drive’s platters is reduced significantly, which in turn reduces power consumption and heat generation. Although this technology is not new, with the MG07ACA, Toshiba includes 9 platters in an HDD for the first time. Please read on to see what we make of it.

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Microsoft developing “throwaway sandbox” for Windows 10

Microsoft is developing a new feature for Windows 10 Enterprise that allows administrators to run untrusted executables in a temporary sandbox if there is doubt about the safety of the file. The new feature is called inPrivate Desktop.

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BBC seeks help from Microsoft after unaired Doctor Who footage appears on OneDrive

British public service broadcaster BBC is asking Microsoft for help in finding the person responsible for leaked the footage from the eleventh season of science fiction television programme Doctor Who. At the end of June, the BBC discovered that parts of unaired episodes were posted at the online forum Tapatalk.

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Samsung announces mass production of 4TB QLC-NAND SATA consumer SSD

Samsung's first QLC NAND SSD will have a capacity of 4TB, the exact name and price of the drive are still unknown. Performance and durability of the QLC NAND SSD should be similar to that of  TLC NAND based drives from the Korean electronics giant. The 4TB QLC NAND drive consists of 32 chips with 1Tbit 64-layer V-NAND.

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Toshiba OCZ RC100 480GB NVMe SSD Review

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Toshiba OCZ RC100 480GB NVMe SSD. The Toshiba RC100 is the second m.2 NVMe drive, I have tested, that uses only 2 PCIe lanes (the first was the Corsair MP300). Like Corsair, Toshiba aspires to create a new market segment which lies between SATA SSDs and ‘premium’ NVMe SSDs. Please read on to find if they are likely to succeed.

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Dropbox doubles storage capacity of Professional plan to 2TB

Dropbox doubles  storage capacity of subscribers of the Professional plan. Those users, who pay $19.99 per month, will now have 2TB of space, where they had 1TB before. Storage capacity of subscribers to the cheaper ($9.99 per month) Plus plan will remain unchanged.

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Microsoft Edge Preview adds website authentication with face, pin or fingerprint

Edge users can soon login to websites using their fingerprint, their face, a PIN code or a USB key. Microsoft has enabled the ability in an Edge build part of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 17723. Support of the new login methods follows the Web Authentication specification which can also be implemented by other browsers.

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Several U.S. state govts. received strange letter and CD with malware through postal service

Several U.S. state and local government agencies report they have received letters through regular postal mail accompanied by a CD that contains malware. U.S. cyber-security organization, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), has issued a non-public alert to warn other U.S states for the scam.

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Popularity of high-capacity SSDs increases thanks to lower NAND prices and QLC developments

High-capacity solid-state disks are rapidly gaining popularity thanks to falling NAND flash-memory prices. Also quad-level cell (QLC) NAND flash is expected to contribute to the adoption of high-capacity SSDs. Market observers expect that QLC will enable commercialization of consumer SSDs in capacities of 1TB and more.

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Intel reveals three new critical vulnerabilities in Core and Xeon CPUs (updated)

Intel yesterday announced three new critical vulnerabilities in its CPUs that were discovered by the Universities of Leuven, Michigan and Adelaide and the Israel Institute of Technology. Processors in the widely used Core and Xeon series are affected.

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EmuParadise removes ROM downloads in fear of legal issues

The controversial gaming website EmuParadise will stop offering ROMs of old games. The administrator of the site fears for lawsuits from game publishers, according to a message posted on the website.

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Intel DC P4510 8TB NVMe Enterprise SSD Review

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Intel DC P4510 8TB NVMe 8TB Enterprise SSD. The Intel DC P4510 features Intel’s high density 64 Layer, 3D Nand, which enables the huge capacity of 8TB, and targets applications that are primarily read intensive. Please read on to see what we make of this giant SSD.

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Google researcher urges Apple to change iOS security culture

Apple should better secure iOS, because victims of targeted attacks are increasingly iPhone users, according to Google security researcher Ian Beer in a presentation during the Black Hat conference currently held in Las Vegas. In the last couple of years, Beer reported more than 30 iOS vulnerabilities to Apple.

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Toshiba reveals XL-Flash that should reduce read latency significantly

Toshiba today announced a new type of 3D NAND memory that should decrease latency significantly. The new NAND variant is called XL-Flash and will initially be used for SLC NAND. Later it should also become available in a MLC NAND variant.

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More than hundred HP printer models vulnerable to two very critical vulnerabilities

More than hundred HP inkjet printers are vulnerable to remote code execution vulnerabilities that are classified by HP as critical. By exploiting the vulnerabilities, an attacker could remotely execute arbitrary code by sending a specially prepared file.

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Chinese company with $24 billion in funding claims its tech will bring DDR4 speeds to NAND

Government backed Chinese NAND manufacturer, Yangtze Memory Technologies (YMTC), will reveal more details about its Xtacking technology during Flash Memory Summit held from the 6th till the 9th of August this year. Xtacking technology should bring DDR4 RAM speeds to NAND memory.

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Little difference anymore between Windows 7 and Windows 10 market shares

Market shares of Windows 7 and Windows 10 are growing towards each other. Windows 10 is on the rise and  only a handful of Windows 7 users appears to slowly move to Microsoft's latest operating system every month. Last month, the difference in market share between the two was 4.65%, with Windows 7 in the lead.

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Microsoft now recommends Windows 10 users to upgrade with notification

Windows 10 users that haven't installed the latest Windows 10 April 2018 update will soon no longer receive security updates. When users with an older Windows 10 version visit the Microsoft Store, they are greeted with a notification asking them to upgrade their PC or smartphone before the 9th of October this year.

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Free Windows Defender scores ‘Top Product’ in Windows 10 security products test

German test lab AV-Test found in a test of virus scanners for Windows 10, that there are hardly differences in the detection rate of malware. AV-Test tested 18 different home user security products, of which 11 were rated at “Top Product”.

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