Opera 50 for Android makes it easy to enable or disable ad blocker per website
Posted at 21 February 2019 15:44 CET

Opera has launched version 50 of its browser for Android with several new features. One of them allows users to quickly turn the built-in ad blocker on or off. The browser also comes with an improved cookie warning dialog blocker. This feature tries to get rid of the large number of cookie-dialogs users see when browsing the web.

Microsoft once again finds bugs in latest Windows 7 and Windows 10 patches
Posted at 20 February 2019 23:54 CET

Microsoft once again has issues with updates for Windows. Where previously mainly Windows 10 was affected, this time it affects all Windows versions from Windows 7. The issues affect Access databases, Internet Explorer and an issue specifically hits Japanese users.

Microsoft makes Chrome browsing history available in Windows 10 Timeline through extension
Posted at 20 February 2019 14:43 CET

A new Chrome extension from Microsoft allows users to synchronize ‘Activities’ from Google’s browser with their Windows 10 Timeline. Previously the Timeline feature was only supported by Microsoft’s own Edge browser.

Microsoft to release SHA-2 update, for improved Windows Update security, faster than expected
Posted at 19 February 2019 23:54 CET

Microsoft will, earlier than expected, release an update that brings support for the more secure SHA-2 algorithm to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. The update was scheduled for April this year, but Microsoft has decided to release it a month earlier.

Symantec discovered 8 apps on Microsoft Store that secretly mined for cryptocoin
Posted at 19 February 2019 15:18 CET

Security researchers from antivirus vendor Symantec discovered 8 malicious apps in the Microsoft Store that secretly consumed computer resources to mine cryptocurrencies. The apps were disguised as computer and battery optimization tutorial, internet search, web browsers, and video viewing and download app.

Samsung stops making 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players
Posted at 18 February 2019 23:57 CET

Samsung has confirmed it will no longer make any new 4K / Ultra HD Blu-ray players. There were already rumors that the Korean electronics giant would pull out of the Ultra HD Blu-ray player market after it didn’t show any new models at IFA last year and CES this year.

Vulnerability in Facebook login allowed attackers to take-over any account
Posted at 18 February 2019 16:11 CET

A security issue in Facebook’s login procedure made it possible for attackers to take-over random accounts. The vulnerability allowed attackers to add their own mail address and phone number to the account of another user.

Alliance asks Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart to only sell secure internet connected devices
Posted at 15 February 2019 23:55 CET

An alliance of Mozilla, Consumers International, the Internet Society and eight other organizations have asked the four large American retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart to stop selling insecure Internet of Things (IoT) and “smart” devices.

Microsoft: 81 percent of cyber attacks due to weak or compromised passwords
Posted at 15 February 2019 15:48 CET

A whopping 81 percent of all cyberattacks are due to weak or stolen passwords, according to Microsoft in a blog about its Threat Protection service. Because many users use the same passwords on multiple websites, the compromised login credentials can be used to access other accounts of the user as well.

EU reaches agreement on controversial new copyright law with ‘upload filter’ and ‘link tax’ articles
Posted at 14 February 2019 23:56 CET

European negotiators have reached a political agreement on the new Copyright Directive which includes the controversial article 11 and 13. Article 11 is also known as the link tax and article 13 requires tech giants like Google and Facebook to purchase licenses for the content their users share. 

Microsoft might keep Classic Paint in Windows 10
Posted at 14 February 2019 16:00 CET

Where Microsoft previously announced it would remove the traditional version of Paint from Windows 10, there might be some good news for those that won’t like to see it go away. An Italian Twitter user noticed that Microsoft removed the notice stating Paint will be removed from the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview version. Previously […]

Microsoft patched actively exploited zero-day in Internet Explorer and 73 other security issues
Posted at 13 February 2019 23:43 CET

Microsoft has patched an actively attacked vulnerability in Internet Explorer and 73 other vulnerabilities during yesterday’s Patch Tuesday of February. The zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer was discovered by Google and allowed attackers to test for the presence of specific files on disk.

How the Internet Is Transforming the Entertainment Industry
Posted at 13 February 2019 20:27 CET

Our entertainment has come a long way since people enjoyed themselves in real time and live. To visit certain places, people needed to get going and physically bring themselves to them. Theater performances were watched from the auditorium, galleries, or balconies.

Mozilla uses machine learning tool from Ubisoft to eliminate bugs in Firefox
Posted at 13 February 2019 16:43 CET

Mozilla will make use of machine learning software from Ubisoft to reduce the number of bugs in Firefox. Ubisoft’s so-called coding-assistant named Clever-Commit, uses data from Firefox’s bug tracking and version control system.

Microsoft: nowadays most vulnerabilities are exploited as zero-days
Posted at 12 February 2019 23:54 CET

When a vulnerability in Windows, Office and other Microsoft products is attacked for the first time, it’s likely a zero-day. The number of exploits for already patched vulnerabilities is decreasing, according to Microsoft’s Matt Miller who works at the company’s Security Response Center.

Seagate works on 24 TB HAMR based HDD and on HDDs with higher transfer rates
Posted at 12 February 2019 13:54 CET

By 2020, Seagate plans to introduce the first HDDs with 3 TB platters based on HAMR technology. This should be a model with a total capacity of 24 TB. Another HDD the company is hoping to launch has two actuators and therefore should be able to achieve a sequential throughput of up to 500 MB/s.

Opera adds free VPN to mobile browser app
Posted at 11 February 2019 23:55 CET

Opera has added a free VPN service to its mobile browser app that has been installed more than 10 million times. This way users don’t need an additional app to change their location to e.g. access content from other countries. 

‘Micron to introduce Octa-Level Cell NAND in first half of 2019’
Posted at 11 February 2019 15:04 CET

Website WCCFTech reports that Micron is coming with 8-bit per cell NAND later this year. This so-called Octa-Level Cell (OLC) NAND would double data density of the current Quad-Level Cell (QLC)  NAND. Micron calls the news ‘fabricated’.

Dubious Android apps charge users hundreds of dollars per month after free trial
Posted at 08 February 2019 23:56 CET

Several dubious apps in the Google Play Store cost users hundreds of dollars per month, according to analysis by security researcher Lukas Stefanko. The apps are initially free for 3 days, but after that charge hundreds of dollars if users forget to unsubscribe in time.

VideoLAN to drop support of older operating systems with VLC 4.0
Posted at 08 February 2019 15:58 CET

Popular media player VLC will drop support of several older operating systems after it’s upcoming 4.0 release. From that release, VLC will no longer work on Windows XP and Vista and several older iOS and Android versions. Of course, there will also be new features and improvements introduced in VLC 4.0.

Apple faces class action over alleged blocking of older iPhone chargers with software update
Posted at 07 February 2019 23:56 CET

Apple faces a class action suite in California because the company has been accused of releasing iOS updates in 2016 that intentionally blocked older chargers. According to the plaintiffs, her iPhone showed the message, “This accessory may not be supported.”

Old Windows File Manager now available as UWP app in Microsoft Store
Posted at 07 February 2019 14:52 CET

Microsoft has put the Windows File Manager, which was in Windows since Windows 3.0 on the Microsoft Store, so it can used as an app in Windows 10. The File Manager is released as a so-called Universal Windows Platform app.

Prices leaked of support program to keep Windows 7 secure after 2020
Posted at 06 February 2019 23:54 CET

When Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 in January 2020, the company will no longer provide security updates for the operating system through Windows Update. However, large companies have the ability to pay for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates. Microsoft recently briefed some of its partners, after which prices leaked on the internet.

DNS data corruption issue caused Windows 10 update downloads to fail last month
Posted at 06 February 2019 15:29 CET

An update issue with Windows 10 on January 29th was caused by the outage of an unknown external DNS service provider from Microsoft, according to the company. The issue prevented some users in the United States and United Kingdom from receiving security, software, and operating system updates from the Microsoft Store and Windows Update. Also the SmartScreen filter, didn’t properly work for some users.

Mozilla to automatically block autoplay videos with sound from Firefox 66
Posted at 05 February 2019 23:52 CET

A new feature in Mozilla Firefox will block automatically playing videos with sound. With the new functionality, the browser developer hopes to get rid of an annoyance of many internet users. The new feature will be introduced in Firefox 66 for both PC and Mac.