‘256GB SSDs to become mainstream in laptops next year’ (0)
Posted at 26 April 2018 23:19 CEST

Laptop vendors will increasingly use SSDs in their devices and 256GB will become the mainstream capacity for SSDs in laptops by 2019, according the Taiwanese website Digitimes. The growth in capacity and demand is fueled by dropping prices and the growing demand for more storage capacity, industry insiders told the website.

Facebook reports increase in revenue and new and active users (0)
Posted at 26 April 2018 11:49 CEST

The number of monthly active users on Facebook has increased to 2.2 billion the last quarter. The numbers don’t include the recent months in which the privacy scandals and calls to leave the social network happened. 

Google reveals new Gmail desktop interface to make users more productive (0)
Posted at 25 April 2018 23:42 CEST

Google today starts rolling out the revamped desktop version of its Gmail email service. If available, users can switch to the new version by clicking ‘Try the new Gmail’ by clicking the wrench icon in the top right. The new version adds functionality like reminders, snooze and answer suggestions.

Microsoft releases separate Windows 10 patch against Spectre v2 (0)
Posted at 25 April 2018 17:08 CEST

Three months after the first Meltdown and Spectre security updates, Microsoft today released a separate patch that should protect Windows 10 systems against the second variant of Spectre. The update also contains several microcode updates for Haswell, Broadwell and Skylake architecture based Intel CPUs.

Spotify makes free accounts more attractive with new mobile app (0)
Posted at 24 April 2018 23:54 CEST

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.

‘Nintendo can’t do anything against Switch console hack’ (0)
Posted at 24 April 2018 17:05 CEST

Security researchers have found a way to hack the Nintendo Switch so it can run software Nintendo normally doesn’t allow. The hack can’t be blocked with a software update from Nintendo, according to the researchers. Two different security researchers found the same vulnerability in the Tegra  X1 chip that powers the Nintendo Switch. Both fail0verflow […]

Antivirus vendor warns for actively exploited zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer (0)
Posted at 23 April 2018 23:51 CEST

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.

Pirate claims to use display PC in Walmart showroom as seed box (0)
Posted at 23 April 2018 16:32 CEST

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.

’20 million users tricked into installing fake and malcious ad blockers’ (0)
Posted at 20 April 2018 23:23 CEST

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.

Google enables Safe Browsing for Android apps (0)
Posted at 20 April 2018 15:37 CEST

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. 

Western Digital introduces 14TB helium filled HDD with TDMR (0)
Posted at 19 April 2018 23:09 CEST

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.

μTorrent marked as ‘Potentially Unwanted Application’ by Windows Defender (0)
Posted at 19 April 2018 16:41 CEST

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.

Garmin withdraws all navigation apps from App Store and Google Play Store (0)
Posted at 18 April 2018 23:29 CEST

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.

Microsoft releases Windows Defender browser extension for Google Chrome (0)
Posted at 18 April 2018 13:37 CEST

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. 

Intel to utilize integrated GPU for antivirus scanning with Accelerated Memory Scanning technology (0)
Posted at 17 April 2018 23:56 CEST

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.

Far Cry 5: Denuvo with VMProtect cracked within 3 weeks (0)
Posted at 17 April 2018 16:55 CEST

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.

Report: thousands of Android apps improperly collect data about children (0)
Posted at 16 April 2018 23:34 CEST

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).

Intel comes with Core i5/i7/i9+ bundles with Optane Memory SSD (0)
Posted at 16 April 2018 14:16 CEST

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.

DRAMeXchange: Ongoing oversupply of NAND keeps prices low in 2018 (0)
Posted at 13 April 2018 23:46 CEST

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.

Samsung Galaxy S9 users suffer from ‘Black Crush’, display doesn’t properly show dark shades (0)
Posted at 13 April 2018 12:52 CEST

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.

CMC Magnetics expects Blu-ray and DVD recordable market to grow (0)
Posted at 12 April 2018 23:22 CEST

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. 

Search engine shows full decrypted passwords of 1.4 billion accounts (0)
Posted at 12 April 2018 15:55 CEST

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.

Apple co-founder: with Google and Facebook, you’re the product (0)
Posted at 12 April 2018 09:49 CEST

Facebook and Google users are the product, not the services and applications both companies offer, according to Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. Wozniak announced earlier this week that he was going to delete his Facebook account after the Cambridge Analytics data sharing scandal. “Everything we’re doing is being watched or monitored and known to other […]

Microsoft patches 65 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, IE, Edge and Flash Player (0)
Posted at 11 April 2018 23:30 CEST

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.

Microsoft and AMD release updates to protect against second Spectre variant (0)
Posted at 11 April 2018 14:29 CEST

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.