Microsoft releases updates to fix issues with previously released security patches (0)
Posted at 20 July 2018 23:47 CEST

Microsoft has released new Windows updates due to issues caused by security patches released earlier this month. These updates caused issues with Exchange, Lync and Skype, but users also reported problems with their DHCP settings and Blue Screens of Death (BSODs).

Intel announces it has started production of its first PCIe QLC 3D NAND SSD (0)
Posted at 20 July 2018 15:46 CEST

Intel has started production of the first enterprise PCIe SSD with Quad Level Cell (QLC) 3D NAND. The drive will become part of the Intel D5 Data Center line but the actual name is not known yet. More details should be revealed at the beginning of next month, during the Flash Memory Summit.

Experimental Chrome feature warns for sites that consume a lot of bandwidth (0)
Posted at 19 July 2018 23:55 CEST

Google has added a feature to the Canary version of Chrome for Android that warns users for data-heavy websites. When enabled, the browser will not further load the website once a certain threshold has been met. The user can then manually decide whether to continue or stop loading the webpage.

Western Digital closes factory due to declining demand for consumer HDDs (0)
Posted at 19 July 2018 17:04 CEST

Western Digital will close a hard disk drive factory in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The closure comes in response to the declining demand for consumers HDDs. The factory, that is located close to Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, should cease operation by the end of 2019. However, by that time a second SSD factory in Penang, Malaysia should have become operational.

Malwarebytes report: Adware and crypto miners biggest threats for businesses and consumers (0)
Posted at 18 July 2018 23:45 CEST

Adware and crypto miners were the biggest threats in the second quarter of this year, according to anti-malware vendor MalwareBytes. The amount of adware that Malwarebytes detected on consumers PCs increased with 19% compared to the previous quarter. The company detected less cryptominers but, the scripts that consume computer resources to mine for cryptocurrencies, are […]

New Skype desktop app adds video calls in HD and video recording (0)
Posted at 18 July 2018 17:10 CEST

Microsoft has released a new desktop app for Skype, its chat and video call application. With the new app, that is available for Windows, Mac and Linux, users can participate and record video calls with up to 24 users in HD.

Intel and Micron to end joint development of 3D Xpoint memory by 2019 (0)
Posted at 17 July 2018 23:35 CEST

Intel and Micron today announced they will stop working together on the production of 3D Xpoint memory after the second half of 2019. Until then, both companies will continue to work together on the development of the second generation of 3D Xpoint technology. 

Android malware tries to infect Windows PCs through images folder (0)
Posted at 17 July 2018 16:34 CEST

Security researchers from the Chinese antivirus vendor Qihoo 360 have discovered Android malware that tries to infect Windows computers. The Android malware pretends to be WhatsApp or Telegram and is distributed through .APK file downloads, not through Google’s Play Store. 

Senators want FTC to investigate smart TV privacy policies (0)
Posted at 16 July 2018 23:07 CEST

Two American senators have called for the American FTC to investigate smart TV privacy policies. According to senators Blumenthal and Markey, smart TVs have ushered a new era of innovation and interaction, but the technological advancement should not come at the expense of privacy.

Arusoft releases DeUHD, speeds up opening of new discs (0)
Posted at 16 July 2018 18:06 CEST

Arusoft today released version of its Ultra HD Blu-ray (UHD BD) ripping software, DeUHD. This version adds a new decryption method that speeds up the process of opening new discs  and this version also solves an AACS 2.1 decryption problem.

Dutch anti-piracy organization develops software to catch larger amount of pirates (0)
Posted at 13 July 2018 23:25 CEST

Dutch movie and music pirates will soon risk a higher chance to get caught for copyright infringement. Dutch anti-piracy organisation ‘Stichting Brein’ will no longer only focus on the initial uploader, it will also start to target frequent seeders. The organisation has developed special software to find such users.

After decades of hardly any changes, Microsoft is adding several new features to Notepad (0)
Posted at 13 July 2018 17:36 CEST

Windows 10 will get an updated version of Notepad, the basic text editor that comes with Windows by default since Windows 1.0. The new version allows users to zoom text in Notepad, has an improved search and replace feature and supports wrapping of words. The new version is probably the biggest update ever to Notepad.

Data on 440 million phone calls stolen from spyware developer (0)
Posted at 12 July 2018 23:49 CEST

SpyHuman, a company from India that develops commercial Android spyware, has been hacked. During the hack, millions of phone calls and the content of intercepted SMS messages were stolen. SpyHuman sells an “Android Monitoring Solution” that can be used to track employees and children.

Microsoft fixes 2 year old bug in Windows 10 calculator (0)
Posted at 12 July 2018 18:17 CEST

It took Microsoft two years before it fixed bug in the calculator built-in to Windows 10. The calculator in Microsoft’s latest operating system provided incorrect results with rounding errors for the square root of a perfect square.

WhatsApp bug causes multi-gigabyte uploads on cellular network (0)
Posted at 11 July 2018 23:46 CEST

A bug in the backup function of WhatsApp has caused a huge increase in cellular data usage for some users. The backup bug caused WhatsApp to upload huge amounts of data to the cloud, unfortunately in some case also when only a mobile network was available.

Samsung starts mass production of 5th generation 96-layer V-NAND (0)
Posted at 11 July 2018 18:20 CEST

Samsung has announced it started mass production of its fifth generation V-NAND. The chips are only available in a capacity of 256 gigabit (32 GB). Samsung claims that its latest generation V-NAND chips are up to 40% faster than the previous generation.

Ghostery starts to show advertisements in the browser (0)
Posted at 10 July 2018 23:48 CEST

Anti-tracking browser extension Ghostery has started to show advertisements in the browser. Ghostery calls the advertisements ‘Ghostery Rewards’ and promises that the privacy of users is maintained. The advertisements are provided by its sister company MyOffrz.

Microsoft to launch Surface 3 successor and iPad competitor on the 13th of July (updated) (0)
Posted at 10 July 2018 06:07 CEST

Till now, there was no successor to the relative cheap 2-in-1 laptop/tablet Surface 3 from Microsoft, that was first introduced in 2015. However, that might change this year with the introduction of a device that is for now called the Surface Lite. This should be a tablet with a 10-inch display of which the cheaper models should cost around $400.

VideoLAN patches vulnerability related to playing Adobe Flash (.SWF) files (0)
Posted at 09 July 2018 23:59 CEST

The developers of the popular open source VLC player warn for a vulnerability in their software that makes it possible for an attacker to execute malicious code with user account privileges. To become a victim of such an attack, a malicious Adobe Flash file has to be opened with VLC.

Microsoft working on modernizing Windows 10 user interface (0)
Posted at 09 July 2018 14:58 CEST

Microsoft is working on modernizing the graphical user interface (GUI) of Windows 10. The company calls its design language “Fluent Design”. Where in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update the focus was on transparency, the next large Windows 10 update should bring more shadows to the GUI.

Report: Majority of Americans still buys DVDs and Blu-ray discs (0)
Posted at 06 July 2018 23:16 CEST

The vast majority of Americans who consume video content, still purchases and rents physical discs. From the consumers who both purchased physical and digital video content, 86% continued to purchase DVD and Blu-ray discs.

Windows Defender receives signatures updates on Windows 7 again, after 3 week pause (0)
Posted at 06 July 2018 16:18 CEST

Windows Defender on Windows 7 has not received signature updates for the last three weeks. For a yet unknown reason, Microsoft didn’t update the signatures of the built-in anti-malware application the last 21 days. 

Netflix to introduce Ultra tier and lower number of simultaneous streams for other plans (0)
Posted at 05 July 2018 18:42 CEST

Netflix is considering an additional, more expensive, subscription tier that allows more users to stream Ultra HD video at the same time. Together with the introduction of the new tier, Netflix downgrades the number of simultaneous streams for the Premium and Standard plan. 

Secret always-on, mailbox activity recording system, discovered in Office 365 (0)
Posted at 05 July 2018 09:40 CEST

Office 365 allows administrators to read a hidden activity log of email users. The feature is enabled by default. There were rumors the feature would exist but it was secret until now. It allows Office 365 administrators to exactly see what actions an individual user performed in their email account for the last six months.

Seagate announces BarraCuda SATA consumer SSDs (0)
Posted at 04 July 2018 23:36 CEST

Seagate has released a new line of 2.5″ SATA SSDs that will be sold under the BarraCuda name. The BarraCuda drives will be available in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. Seagate will first sell the drives exclusively through Amazon Prime, in September of this year they should become available for everyone.