Microsoft launches Managed Desktop service

Microsoft today announced its Managed Desktop service for enterprise customers. The service combines Microsoft 365 Enterprise with leased hardware and cloud-based device management from Microsoft.

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Crucial Ballistix Sport AT 3000 MHz, 4 x 8GB, DDR4, Gaming Memory (BLS4C8G4D30CESTK)

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Crucial Ballistix Sport 3000 MHz, 4 x 8GB, DDR4, Gaming Memory. Crucial (Micron) is one of the world’s most respected memory suppliers. Will the Ballistix Sport Memory prove to be another excellent product? Please read on to find out.

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Microsoft slightly revamps Windows 10 lock screen in Redstone 6 update

The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview version distributed to users in the 'Skip Ahead' ring provides a look into the Redstone 6 Update, which will be the successor to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and which is scheduled for the beginning of next year. Besides bug fixes, the update will bring a new name for the Android companion app and a slightly revamped lock screen.

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Avast ends support of Windows XP and Windows Vista next year

Antivirus vendor Avast will end support of Windows XP and Windows Vista next year. Avast Antivirus client version 19 will require at least Windows 7, according to the antivirus company in a message on its website targeted at business customers.

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Fraudsters use Microsoft Technet to spam cryptocurrency scams

Scammers spam the Microsoft TechNet Forums with advertisements that should make it easier to find their questionable support hotline numbers on Google. With the method they hope to trick unsuspecting victims to call the numbers for technical support. While Microsoft tries to remove the pages, it seems it can't keep up with amount of pages the spammers create.

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Microsoft to provide paid support and security updates for Windows 7 till 2023

Microsoft will end support of Windows 7 on the 14th of January 2020, after which the operating system will no longer receive security updates. Organizations that are unable to switch to a supported operating system before that date, can get an extended maintenance contract from Microsoft.

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ESET: new zero-day vulnerability in Windows actively exploited

A vulnerability in Windows that has recently been publicly disclosed and for which no security update from Microsoft is available, is actively attacked, according to antivirus company ESET. An attacker can elevate his rights on the system through the vulnerability.

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Samsung unveils data center SSD line up with SATA and NVMe drives

Samsung today announced its data center SSD lineup which consists of the 860 DCT, 883 DCT, 983 DCT and the 983 ZET. The Korean electronics giant states its new lineup reduces latency and data delays for enterprise and business big data applications.

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Emerging tech trends that are going to impact our future in a big way

Technology has impacted the entire world in a manner that not a single industry has remained undisrupted. The pace at which the modern-day technologies are advancing is increasing rapidly and it has given rise to new business models.

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Micron announces $3 billion investment in NAND and DRAM fab

American chip giant Micron plans to invest about $3 billion by 2030 on expanding its NAND and DRAM production fab located in Manassas, Virginia. The new facility should employ an additional 1,100 new people over the next 10 years.

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Samsung announces blazing fast external NVMe Thunderbolt 3 X5 series SSDs

Samsung today announced its X5 series external SSDs that use the NVMe protocol and Thunderbolt 3 to connect to the computer. The X5 series SSDs will become available in capacities of 500GB, 1TB and 2TB.

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IMAX in active discussions on bringing Netflix and Amazon content to large screens

Canadian IMAX Corporation has stated to be in active discussions with Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services on an IMAX release. This would mean content of the streaming services would become viewable on super-size screens.

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Youtube starts test with open royalty-free AV1 codec

Google has launched the first beta of video playback using the AV1 codec on YouTube. Initially, the amount of videos encoded with AV1 will be limited, and only Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox users will be able to playback the AV1 encoded videos.

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Windows 10 Insider build intercepts Chrome and Firefox installation

Users have discovered that a new Insider version of Windows 10 intercepts the installation of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. As soon as users try to install each of these browsers, the installation is paused and a popup appears stating, “You already have Microsoft Edge — the safer, faster browser for Windows 10”.

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Skype can now also send and receive SMS messages from the phone on the desktop

Microsoft is bringing back a feature of Skype which was previously available on Windows 10 Mobile. The feature is called SMS Connect and makes it possible to read and answer SMS text messages from the smartphone on a PC. Currently it only works with the Skype Android app.

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Seagate launches 14TB HDD line-up with IronWolf, BarraCuda Pro, SkyHawk and Exos drives

Seagate today launched its range of 14TB hard in the company’s enterprise and specialty drive portfolio. The company's portfolio consists of IronWolf and IronWolf Pro for network attached storage (NAS) applications, the BarraCuda Pro desktop drive, surveillance-optimized SkyHawk, and Exos X14 for hyperscale data centers.

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Mozilla ends support of Firefox on Windows XP

With the launch of Firefox 60 Extended Support Release (ESR) last Tuesday, Mozilla ended support for Firefox on Windows XP. It's expected this decision will impact about 2.5 million Firefox users. The end of support means that Firefox will no longer receive security patches on XP.

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‘Google and MasterCard closed secret deal to track physical store sales’

Google and MasterCard closed a secret deal to link retail sales to online advertisements, according to Bloomberg. The search giant reportedly paid several millions of dollars for credit card data of MasterCard customers.

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Crucial announces BX500 series budget SATA SSDs

Crucial has announced its BX500 series budget SATA 6Gb/s SSDs. The drives come in a 2.5" form-factor and will be available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB with MSRPs of $29.99, $49.99 and $79.99 respectively. That means the largest capacity drive has a price per GB of $0.17.

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AV-Comparatives posts harsh criticism on antivirus tests performed by YouTubers

Austrian antivirus test lab AV-Comparatives has posted harsh criticism on YouTubers that perform antivirus tests. Results of Youtube antivirus tests usually differ a lot from the results of professional test labs like AV-Comparatives or AV-Test.

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Google will degrade Flash Player user experience even more in Chrome 69

Google will make changes to the next version of Chrome that will make it harder to use Adobe's Flash Player. Currently, Chrome users can change a setting that provides a website access to the built-in Flash Player after which the website is whitelisted until the user revokes the permission.

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YouTube will get more unskippable video ads

YouTube will soon allow a larger group of content producers to add advertisements to the videos on their channel that can't be skipped. The new advertisement option will soon become available to all video creators that take part in the YouTube partner program. 

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Microsoft makes it easier to run Ubuntu virtual machines on Windows 10

Microsoft has streamlined the process for Windows 10 users to run a virtual machine running Ubuntu. With the upcoming Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the operating system gets a new feature that makes it possible to quickly create and run an Ubuntu virtual machine.

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Google tests fingerprint scanner in Chrome beta

Google had added support for fingerprint scanners to the beta version of its Chrome browser. With the feature, it will be possible for users to login to websites and social networks with their fingerprint. Currently Chrome only supports fingerprint scanners on Android phones and MacBooks.

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Windows 10 with Onedrive will soon automatically transfer infrequently used data to the cloud

With the upcoming Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Microsoft will focus on local storage with Storage Sense and OneDrive cloud storage. The difference between the cloud and local storage will become smaller. Storage Sense will remove old folders and files automatically.

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Adata XPG Spectrix D41 2666 MHz, 2 x 8GB, DDR4, RGB Memory Review

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Adata XPG Spectrix D41 2666 MHz, 2 x 8GB, DDR4, RGB Memory. Adata’s XPG Spectrix D41 offers spectacular RGB lighting, but does it perform? Please read on to find out.

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‘Samsung, SK Hynix defer expansion plans of DRAM and 3D NAND production facilities’

South Korean chip giants Samsung and SK-Hynix have deferred their expansion plans for DRAM and 3D NAND production. The reason would reportedly be a slowdown in demand and lower price for the memory chips because of that.

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‘25% of American adults has delete Facebook app from their smartphone’

A growing number of American has stopped using social network Facebook. About 25% has deleted the Facebook app from their smartphone, according to a report from research company Pew Research Center. For the report, the company surveyed Facebook users from the end of May till the middle of June.

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Users start ‘UHD friendly’ drive shipping and flashing business

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. Three MakeMKV users saw a business opportunity.

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New ransomware variant hides in software and game cracks

A new type of ransomware isn't distributed through the usual fake emails with file attachments. Instead, the cyber criminals try to convince software pirates to download and install game and software cracks. When users download the .exe file, they think they download a crack. In reality, they've downloaded the GandCrab 4 ransomware that becomes active when the file is executed.

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Android leaks sensitive network data that can be used to locate and track users

Android leaks sensitive networking information to already installed apps that can be used to track a device. The issue affects all Android devices, except those running the latest version of the operating system, according to security company NightWatch Cybersecurity that discovered the vulnerability.

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Windows 10 login with Google account may soon become reality

A new Chromium project indicates that Windows 10 users will soon be able to login to their computer with their Google account. The new Chromium project provides support to Google Chrome for the credential providers feature of Windows 10.

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Windows 10 microcode update for Intel CPUs renders systems unbootable

The yesterday released Intel microcode update that should protect Windows users against Spectre attacks, causes issues for some Windows 10 users. Users complain on Reddit and the Microsoft Answers Forums. The affected update appears to be KB4100347.

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