Microsoft decouples flopped Cortana from Windows 10 Search (0)
Posted at 17 January 2019 17:41 CET

Microsoft will separate the Windows Search functionality from its digital assistant Cortana. The company coupled both features in Windows 10. By separating them it should be easier to develop new functionality for both Windows 10 features.

Mozilla to release Send app for Android to send files in safe, private way (0)
Posted at 16 January 2019 23:56 CET

Mozilla will soon release an Android app to send files through a safe, private, and encrypted link that automatically expires. While Mozilla announced the app, it’s for now unknown when Mozilla plans to actually release it. 

Android app with 100 million installs allows attackers to download photos and videos from device (0)
Posted at 16 January 2019 18:07 CET

A vulnerability in an Android file manager app that is installed on more than 100 million devices, makes it possible for an attacker to download files, including videos and pictures, from a victim’s device when they are both on the same network.

Windows enthusiast website BuildFeed shuts down after ‘external pressure’ (0)
Posted at 15 January 2019 23:59 CET

A website mainly targeted at Microsoft enthusiasts is shutting down and it appears this has been partly caused by pressure from Microsoft. Due some information on the website it became confirmed that Microsoft is working on a Windows version that supports foldable devices. The website administrator has removed all content and replaced it with an explanation of what happened.

Netflix announces biggest subscription price increase ever – up to 18% (0)
Posted at 15 January 2019 18:00 CET

Video streaming service Netflix is raising its prices considerably in the United States. Subscriptions become 13 to 18 percent more expensive, depending on the plan. The price increase is the largest since Netflix launched, twelve years ago.

Windows 7 extended supports ends on this day next year – no more security updates (0)
Posted at 14 January 2019 23:45 CET

The many Windows 7 users should probably start to look around for an upgrade of their operating system. The reason? Microsoft will no longer release security updates for the OS from this day next year. Extended support for the operating system will end on January 14, 2020.

Mozilla to disable Flash by default starting with Firefox 69 (0)
Posted at 14 January 2019 17:57 CET

Mozilla will disable the Flash plugin by default in Firefox 69, according to a post in the Firefox bug tracker. The release of the 69th version of the browser is scheduled for September this year. By 2020, Mozilla hopes to fully end support of the Flash plugin.

Researchers develop 1,000x faster storage tech by combining magnetic storage with laser pulses (0)
Posted at 11 January 2019 23:54 CET

Researchers of the Institute of Photonic Integration of the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands have revealed new technology to store data. Their technology uses laser pulses and combines the advantages of light and magnetic storage. The researchers claim their technology is revolutionary and is 1,000x faster than any other currently available storage technology.

Users complain about network issues after applying this month’s Windows 7 patches (0)
Posted at 11 January 2019 17:27 CET

Two updates that were part of January’s Patch Tuesday for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 make that users are unable to access shares from Windows 7 clients. Also remote connections over RDP, and access to SQL Server 2016, failed for the affected users.

Malwarebytes users complain about freezing Windows 7 computers after update (0)
Posted at 10 January 2019 23:39 CET

An issue with the latest version of antivirus software Malwarebytes causes computers running Windows 7 to freeze and lock-up. When the computer is frozen due to the issue, the only solution is to perform a hard reboot. So far, Malwarebytes has not been able to find the root of the issue. 

Lexar announces 1 TB SD card that is available right now (0)
Posted at 10 January 2019 16:22 CET

Lexar has announced world’s first memory card with a capacity of 1 TB. It’s a Class 10 SD card with UHS-I and becomes part of Lexar’s Professional 633x series . The 633x series also contains SD cards with capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB. The cards are intended for usage in cameras.

Windows 10 Update 1903 will reserve at least 7GB of disk space (0)
Posted at 09 January 2019 23:59 CET

In a blog post, Microsoft explains that the upcoming large Windows 10 1903 update will reserve disk space to be used by updates, apps, temporary files, and system caches. Initially Microsoft will start with about 7 GB of reserved storage that can’t be deleted and used for anything else. Reserved storage will be introduced on clean installs and preinstalled versions of Windows 10 1903.

Intel combines 3D Xpoint and QLC NAND in new M.2 Optane Memory H10 SSDs (0)
Posted at 09 January 2019 17:59 CET

Intel has revealed it will come with solid state disks that combine its QLC 3D-NAND and 3D Xpoint memory in a single M.2 form factor. The new drives are called, “Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage” and should become available in spring this year.

New attack method uses .ISO and .TAR files to evade security warnings (0)
Posted at 08 January 2019 23:43 CET

Cybercriminals distribute emails with files attached in a specific Linux/Unix compressed file format. By using that format they are able to bypass Windows security warnings and infect systems with malware. The attack was discovered by Belgian security researcher Didier Stevens.

Toshiba announces 16TB hard disk drives (0)
Posted at 08 January 2019 17:42 CET

Later this month, Toshiba will start to ship samples of its 16 TB hard disk drives. The HDDs are part of the company’s MG08 series. To achieve the high capacity, while still using Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR), Toshiba uses a helium filled case. 

Microsoft to pay $1250 in damages to Finnish user after installing Windows 10 without permission (0)
Posted at 07 January 2019 23:40 CET

The Finnish Consumer Disputes Board has ruled that Microsoft has to pay €1,100 ($1250) in damages to a Finish Windows 10 user after he found that his laptop suddenly started to download and install Windows 10. The user argued that both the download and installation of the operating system on his laptop were without permission. It […]

Seagate announces Barracuda 510 and Firecuda 510 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSDs (0)
Posted at 07 January 2019 18:43 CET

Seagate has introduced both new SATA and NVMe SSDs at CES 2019, currently held in Las Vegas. The names of the new SSD series might sound familiar, the company has started to use the same names for its SSD lineup as for its HDDs.

Microsoft adds ‘login with SMS code’ feature to all Windows 10 versions (0)
Posted at 04 January 2019 23:59 CET

Microsoft today announced that all Windows 10 versions will get the possibility to set up and sign in to the operating systems through SMS messages. This way, users don’t have to create a password anymore. The company has been trying for some time to eliminate passwords in Windows 10.

Bittorrent protocol extension unveiled that allow users to purchase faster downloads with BTT blockchain token (0)
Posted at 04 January 2019 13:29 CET

BitTorrent will start to issue its own cryptocurrency that users can exchange for faster downloads. The currency, or as BitTorrent calls them, tokens, are called BitTorrent (BTT). They are based on TCR-10, which means they make use of blockchain technology developed by Tron, the new owner of µTorrent developer BitTorrent Inc.

USB-IF announces USB-C standard to confirm authenticity of a USB device, cable or charger (0)
Posted at 03 January 2019 23:54 CET

Laptop, desktop and smartphone manufacturers can now add authentication to their products for USB-C cables, chargers and other accessories using a USB-C connector. The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has launched its USB Type-C Authentication Program. Certificates are provided by DigiCert.

Open-source Thunderbird email client to make encrypting emails easier (0)
Posted at 03 January 2019 17:38 CET

Ryan Sipes, community manager of Thunderbird, has announced that this year encrypting emails in Thunderbird will become easier. He also announced that the developers will focus more on privacy and security of the free open-source mail application in 2019.

Vidus announces version of new DVD copy/ripper/creator/convertor software (0)
Posted at 02 January 2019 23:56 CET

We’ve received a press release from a new company called Vidus which announces the release of version of its multimedia software that can be used for DVD ripping, DVD creation, DVD copying and DVD conversion. Vidus is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, 8 and 10. readers can get 50% off with a special coupon.

Oppo releases firmware update that adds HDR10+ support for UDP-203 and UDP-205 (0)
Posted at 02 January 2019 17:25 CET

Former Chinese consumer electronics company Oppo has released a beta of a HDR10+ update for its UDP-203 and UDP-205 high-end Ultra HD Blu-ray players. The update shows the company holds its promise of continuing support for its Blu-ray players, which it no longer manufacturers. 

Netflix stops offering subscriptions through Apple iTunes (0)
Posted at 31 December 2018 23:45 CET

Netflix subscriptions can no longer be purchased from Apple iTunes. This way, the video streaming service doesn’t have to share part of its revenues with Apple. Earlier this year we also reported that many Apple users pay up to 30% more for music streaming services.

Google adds better anti-spam and anti-phishing measures to Android SMS app (0)
Posted at 31 December 2018 15:42 CET

Google will add better anti-spam measures in its Android ‘Messages’ app.  The company is testing a feature that is also better able to detect phishing messages in the company’s own official text-messages app. For now, the feature is only rolled-out to a select group of beta testers.