Spotify makes free accounts more attractive with new mobile app

Spotify has revealed a revamped mobile app for free users. The app offers a new interface for unpaid accounts and allows non-premium users to access all tracks in fifteen playlists without shuffling. After the change, free users can click on any track within the fifteen playlists to playback that song immediately.

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Pirate claims to use display PC in Walmart showroom as seed box

A user on Reddit claims to have installed several applications on a computer in his local Walmart so that it now functions as seed box. Users have downloaded more than 1TB from the display PC in the showroom of the Walmart's computer department.

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Western Digital introduces 14TB helium filled HDD with TDMR

Western Digital today introduced its Ultrastar DC HC530 HDD. The disk has a capacity of 14TB and uses perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) with two-dimensional magnetic recording (TDMR) read heads. It's available in a capacity of 14GB with either a SAS or SATA interface.

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Microsoft releases Windows Defender browser extension for Google Chrome

Microsoft today released an extension for Google Chrome that should protect users of the browser against phishing and malicious websites. The extension is available in the Chrome Webstore under the name Windows Defender Browser Protection. 

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Report: thousands of Android apps improperly collect data about children

At least 3,337 Android apps, targeted at children and families, have improperly collected data about its users. The apps also sent the data to third-parties such as advertisers, according to a report from the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI).

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Samsung Galaxy S9 users suffer from ‘Black Crush’, display doesn’t properly show dark shades

Samsung's latest flagship smartphone appears to have issues with the display again. Some users report that the AMOLED display of their Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ has issues with displaying shades of dark. Also the Samsung Galaxy 7 had screen issues, some users were the victim of a vertical pink line.

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Apple co-founder: with Google and Facebook, you’re the product

Facebook and Google users are the product, not the services and applications both companies offer, according to Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple.

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Micron expands 3D NAND flash memory fab in Singapore

Micron will expand its existing NAND flash memory fab in Singapore. The company hopes it will become fully operational by the end of 2019. The current fab employs 7,500 people, with the expansion of the fab, 2,500 new employees have to be attracted.

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MacOS update removes Apple’s Magic input devices from Windows when running Bootcamp

Owners of Apple computers report that after updating to macOS 10.13.4, their Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad and Magic Keyboard are not so magic anymore and don't work in Bootcamp. Apple has not released a workaround or fix yet.

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dodocool DA158 Bluetooth ANC High Resolution Headphones

Welcome to Myce’s review of the dodocool ANC Bluetooth Headphones (Model DA158). dodocool is a Chinese manufacturer that is targeting the accessory market with high quality products, at aggressive price points. With the DA158 dodocool offers a set of quality, bluetooth, ‘noise cancelling’ headphones, with above average performance, that sit at a price point above typical entry point products, but well below professional grade products. Please read on to see if we feel that dodocool has pulled this off.

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Mozilla asks how users feel about Facebook in quick survey

Mozilla has started a survey in which the company asks internet users how they feel about Facebook. After Cambridge Analytica used data from Facebook users, without their consent, the browser developer released a special Firefox extension to better protect the privacy of Facebook users.

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‘Nintendo can’t do anything against Switch console hack’

Security researchers have found a way to hack the Nintendo Switch so it can run software Nintendo normally doesn't allow.

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’20 million users tricked into installing fake and malcious ad blockers’

More than 20 million Chrome users have been tricked into installing fake and malicious ad blockers, according to adblock developer AdGuard. Fake adblockers are a recurring issue, at the end of the last year we reported that 37,000 users installed fake adblock software.

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μTorrent marked as ‘Potentially Unwanted Application’ by Windows Defender

Microsoft and several other anti-malware products now classify the popular μTorrent Bittorrent client as malware or so-called Potentially Unwanted Software (PUA). The result is that installation of μTorrent is blocked on many computers.

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Intel to utilize integrated GPU for antivirus scanning with Accelerated Memory Scanning technology

Intel today announced  new technology that allows antivirus software to utilize the integrated GPU on Intel processors. The technology is called Accelerated Memory Scanning. According to the chip-giant it should decrease the impact of antivirus scans on system performance and lower power consumption.

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Intel comes with Core i5/i7/i9+ bundles with Optane Memory SSD

Intel's Core+ product line, which the chip giant announced earlier this month, will be a bundle of a Core i5/i7/i9 with an Intel Optane SSD. Initially this will be 8th generation Core processors combined with the low capacity 'Optane Memory' caching SSDs.

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CMC Magnetics expects Blu-ray and DVD recordable market to grow

Recordable optical disc manufacturer CMC Magnetics is positive about the demand for recordable Blu-ray and DVD discs the coming five years. The company especially expects that the demand for archival grade DVD discs will increase. 

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Microsoft patches 65 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, IE, Edge and Flash Player

Microsoft has released updates for 65 vulnerabilities during its Patch Tuesday of April. The updates fix vulnerabilities in amongst others, Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Flash Player and Edge. Besides that, the company has added an extra protection measure against attackers.

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Large increase of Flash Player attacks after exploit was added to exploit kit – patch ASAP!

Because malware developers have made it easier than ever before to exploit a specific vulnerability in Adobe's Flash Player (2018-4878), there is a rise in attacks that exploit the leak. Abusing the vulnerability in Flash Player is so easy because a method to exploit the leak has been added to document exploit builder software called ThreatKit.

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2.7 million European users affected by Facebook’s improper sharing of personal data

In a letter to the European Commission, Facebook has confirmed that personal data of 2.7 million European Facebook users was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. The social network is currently under fire because data of 87 million Facebook users was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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Michigan forbids possession of ransomware

The American state of Michigan has passed legislation that forbids the possession of ransomware. Last Monday, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation outlining specific penalties for cyber crimes involving ransomware. It was already forbidden in Michigan to use ransomware.

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Microsoft patches critical vulnerability in Windows Defender and Security Essentials

Microsoft has patched a critical vulnerability in Windows Defender, Security Essentials and other Microsoft security applications that make use of the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine. The vulnerability allowed an attacker to take control of  the system without any user interaction.

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Antivirus vendor warns for actively exploited zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer

Antivirus vendor Qihoo 360 reports it has found a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer that is actively exploited and for which no patch from Microsoft is available yet. The company announced the vulnerability on Twitter and provides more details on the Chinese social network Weibo.

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Google enables Safe Browsing for Android apps

While Google Safe Browsing initially only protected Chrome users against malicious websites, malware and phishing attacks, it will now also be used to prevent such sites from loading in the Android WebView. 

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Garmin withdraws all navigation apps from App Store and Google Play Store

Garmin has decided to withdraw all its navigation apps from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. From the 14th of May this year, the apps Navigon, Navigon Regions and Navigon Cruiser will disappear from the apps stores. Existing users can continue to use the apps for at least two years, according to Garmin on its website.

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Far Cry 5: Denuvo with VMProtect cracked within 3 weeks

It took crackers less than 3 weeks to crack the Denuvo copy protection that is used on the PC game Far Cry 5. The game,  offered as a whopping 40 GB download, is now making the rounds on pirate websites. Denuvo x64, VMProtect, EAC and Ubisoft's uPlay service weren't sufficient to protect the game against pirates.

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DRAMeXchange: Ongoing oversupply of NAND keeps prices low in 2018

Because there is a slight oversupply in the NAND flash memory market, prices of the chips will continue to decrease, according to market research company DRAMeXchange. The researchers from the company also expect that the supply of NAND chips will continue to outpace demand the coming years.

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Search engine shows full decrypted passwords of 1.4 billion accounts

An online search engine shows the full decrypted password of accounts that were leaked in several data leaks. Users can pay $10 in Bitcoin and several other cryptocoins to have their password removed. At the moment the site claims its overloaded but silently runs a crypto mining script.

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Microsoft and AMD release updates to protect against second Spectre variant

Microsoft and AMD have started rolling out updates that should protect AMD CPU powered systems against the Spectre attack. The attack makes it possible to steal data from the memory of the computer through Javascript, by exploiting the branch prediction feature of the CPU. Attackers could obtain personal data or passwords this way.

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Microsoft protects OneDrive against ransomware, adds email encryption to Outlook.com

Microsoft has added several new features to its online storage service OneDrive, that should protect files against ransomware and other attack. The business version of OneDrive already had a feature called "Files Restore". Microsoft has now added the feature to the regular OneDrive version as well.

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Toshiba reveals portable OCZ XS700 SSD

Toshiba has revealed a new portable SSD that is marketed under the OCZ brand. The OCZ XS700 SSD has a capacity of 240GB and comes in a shockproof aluminum housing. It connects to the computer using a USB-C connector.

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Intel won’t release patch for Spectre vulnerability for older CPUs (updated)

Intel isn't planning to patch the Spectre leak in older CPUs, according to a revision guidance posted by the company this week. The processors for which the chip giant won't release updates are used in 'closed systems' with a lower likelihood to be exploited, according to the company.

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Blu-ray player manufacturer Oppo says farewell

The 14-year old company Oppo Digital has announced it will gradually stop manufacturing new products.

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