Roku Soundbridge streaming audio player partly useless due system issues and no backups (0)
Posted at 21 September 2018 23:53 CEST

Users of a Roku Soundbridge streaming audio device are left in the cold because the company reportedly lost parts of the system and has no backups available. The Roku SoundBridge allows users to tune-in to thousands of online radio stations. Due to the servers being down, the device is partly useless.

YMTC expects to mass produce 64-layer 3D NAND by 2019, doesn’t want to disrupt market (0)
Posted at 21 September 2018 19:18 CEST

Chinese government backed Yangtze Memory Technology (YMTC) is planning to enter the market with 64-layer 3D NAND at the end of next year. The company received billions of dollars in funding from the Chinese government and could become a major player in the NAND flash memory industry. However, the company’s CEO has already announced it doesn’t want to disrupt the market.

Toshiba and Western Digital start mass production of 96-layer 3D NAND at new facility (0)
Posted at 20 September 2018 23:56 CEST

Toshiba Memory and Western Digital have officially opened their new NAND flash memory factory, Fab 6, at Yokkaichi in Mie Prefecture, Japan. At the facility, the companies will produce 96-layer 3D NAND (BiCS4) memory. Mass production of BiCS4 memory started earlier this month already.

Year-old vulnerability in WD My Cloud NAS still not patched (0)
Posted at 20 September 2018 15:35 CEST

Western Digital has not still not patched a year old vulnerability in its My Cloud service, that allows users to access files on their NAS at home over the internet. Through the vulnerability, an attacker can bypass the authentication of the device and login as administrator without requiring a password.

Google Assistant can lock children’s phone during diner (0)
Posted at 19 September 2018 23:59 CEST

Google has added new functionality to its parental control app, Family Link. The new features are targeted at teenagers and the app can now also be used with Google Assistant. With Family Link, parents could limit Android usage of its children. With the app they can set time limits for usage of the device or for individual apps.

Intel roadmap leak reveals Pro 7000P BGA SSDs (0)
Posted at 19 September 2018 18:24 CEST

A roadmap revealing the upcoming Intel SSD lineup shows that the company plans to launch a BGA SSD targeted at professionals in the third quarter of this year. The series is called Intel Pro 7000P and will be available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB.

Microsoft launches Managed Desktop service (0)
Posted at 18 September 2018 23:44 CEST

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.

IMAX in active discussions on bringing Netflix and Amazon content to large screens (0)
Posted at 18 September 2018 17:39 CEST

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.

Microsoft makes it easier to run Ubuntu virtual machines on Windows 10 (0)
Posted at 17 September 2018 23:52 CEST

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.

Youtube starts test with open royalty-free AV1 codec (0)
Posted at 17 September 2018 17:21 CEST

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.

Google tests fingerprint scanner in Chrome beta (0)
Posted at 15 September 2018 02:07 CEST

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.

Microsoft slightly revamps Windows 10 lock screen in Redstone 6 update (0)
Posted at 14 September 2018 19:30 CEST

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.

Windows 10 Insider build intercepts Chrome and Firefox installation (0)
Posted at 13 September 2018 23:54 CEST

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”.

Windows 10 with Onedrive will soon automatically transfer infrequently used data to the cloud (0)
Posted at 13 September 2018 19:07 CEST

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.

Avast ends support of Windows XP and Windows Vista next year (0)
Posted at 12 September 2018 22:45 CEST

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.

Skype can now also send and receive SMS messages from the phone on the desktop (0)
Posted at 12 September 2018 18:32 CEST

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.

Fraudsters use Microsoft Technet to spam cryptocurrency scams (0)
Posted at 11 September 2018 18:31 CEST

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.

Seagate launches 14TB HDD line-up with IronWolf, BarraCuda Pro, SkyHawk and Exos drives (0)
Posted at 10 September 2018 18:14 CEST

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.

‘Samsung, SK Hynix defer expansion plans of DRAM and 3D NAND production facilities’ (0)
Posted at 07 September 2018 23:55 CEST

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.

Microsoft to provide paid support and security updates for Windows 7 till 2023 (0)
Posted at 07 September 2018 20:04 CEST

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.

Mozilla ends support of Firefox on Windows XP (0)
Posted at 06 September 2018 23:52 CEST

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.

‘25% of American adults has delete Facebook app from their smartphone’ (0)
Posted at 06 September 2018 18:22 CEST

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.

ESET: new zero-day vulnerability in Windows actively exploited (0)
Posted at 05 September 2018 23:33 CEST

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.

‘Google and MasterCard closed secret deal to track physical store sales’ (0)
Posted at 05 September 2018 18:19 CEST

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.

Users start ‘UHD friendly’ drive shipping and flashing business (0)
Posted at 04 September 2018 23:55 CEST

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.