Facebook paid teenagers to get nearly full access to all data on their phone
Posted at 31 January 2019 16:49 CET

Facebook paid some of its users, including teenagers, with monthly gift cards valued up to $20 to get nearly full access to data on their phones. The company harvested the data on the phones with a special “Facebook Research” app that monitored the users’ internet traffic. 

Mozilla launches Firefox 65.0 with improved privacy protection
Posted at 30 January 2019 23:54 CET

Mozilla has launched version 65.0 of its Firefox browser, which introduces improved protection against tracking. Users can now choose their desired level of privacy protection, including a standard, strict or custom level. 

DVDFab releases tool to easily downgrade firmware of Ultra HD Blu-ray ‘friendly’ drives
Posted at 30 January 2019 14:24 CET

In November last year, DVDFab announced it was working on a utility to easily downgrade the firmware of so-called Ultra HD Blu-ray friendly drives. Nowadays, most of those drives come with newer firmware that prevents backing up Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. With the new tool, that was released today, it’s possible to easily downgrade to […]

Microsoft developer: Mozilla should also contribute to Chromium instead of ‘building parallel universe’
Posted at 29 January 2019 23:55 CET

A tweet from Microsoft developer Kenneth Auchenberg received a lot of criticism. His tweet was a response to a blog on the Mozilla website that was posted in December last year, where Mozilla commented on the decision from Microsoft to switch from Edge’s own EdgeHTML engine to Chromium.

Apple might be working on ‘Netflix for games’
Posted at 29 January 2019 17:26 CET

Apple is reportedly working on a subscription service for games. For a fixed monthly fee, users should get access to a bundled list of games. Since autumn 2018, the company would be in talks with several game developers to offer a service that could be considered ‘the Netflix for games’, according to the website Cheddar, based on information from five sources.

Microsoft discontinues metadata downloads for Windows Media Player on Windows 7
Posted at 28 January 2019 23:56 CET

Microsoft discontinues the Metadata Update service for Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Both applications will continue to be able to playback files, Microsoft promises.

SK Hynix explores combining DRAM and SoC for DDR6
Posted at 28 January 2019 17:05 CET

SK Hynix scientists are already making plans for DDR6 DRAM. Development of the successor to DDR5 DRAM should take place in about five to six years. First DDR5 will hit the market, of which mass production is expected for 2020.

‘Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger’
Posted at 25 January 2019 18:30 CET

Facebook reportedly plans to integrate the social network’s messaging services, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger. The apps would continue to exist separately, but with the change, users would be able to sent messages from one service to another, according to four anonymous sources from the New York Times.

Taiwanese Macronix to enter 3D-NAND market with 48 and 96-layer chips
Posted at 25 January 2019 17:42 CET

Taiwanese chip manufacturer Macronix reports it plans to enter the 3D-NAND market with 48-layer and 96-layer products. In recent years the company invested in research and development of NAND technology and with additional efforts the company hopes to be able to enter production of 128Gbit and 256Gbit chips.

CMC Magnetics developes holographic discs with as many as 100 storage layers
Posted at 24 January 2019 23:55 CET

Digitimes reports that optical disc manufacturer CMC Magnetics is developing holographic discs that could contain as many as 100 storage layers. According to CMC Magnetics chairman Robert Wong, the technology should be ready in about five years.

Attackers accessed Nest cameras and used its speakers to tell victims to subscribe to Youtube channels
Posted at 24 January 2019 17:52 CET

The last couple of days, an attacker has succeeded to login to dozens of Nest cameras because its owners reused their password. Once logged in, the attacker used the speakers of the camera to demand from victims to subscribe to Youtuber PewDiePie. The attacker also asked to prove the subscribe by performing it while he watched on the cam.

Backblaze posts annual hard drive failure rates report
Posted at 23 January 2019 23:54 CET

Online backup service Backblaze has posted its annual hard drive statistics in which the company shares numbers on failure rates of the nearly 105,000 the company has in its data centers. The company publishes the annual report since 2013.

Samsung introduces 970 EVO Plus series NVMe SSDs
Posted at 23 January 2019 17:10 CET

Samsung yesterday launched the Samsung 970 EVO Plus series NVMe SSDs. The 970 EVO Plus series is the successor to the 970 EVO series and many of the specifications are similar. Just like the 970 EVO, also the 970 EVO Plus drives are available in capacities of 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB. 

Report: Millions of computers run outdated software
Posted at 22 January 2019 23:43 CET

Millions of Windows users run outdated and insecure software, according to research from antivirus vendor Avast. The company analyzed more than 163 million computers of which the majority (43%) was running Windows 7. From those Windows 7 users, 15% still used the RTM version of 2009 instead of the more secure Windows 7 SP1.

Test: ‘Windows Defender sufficient protection against malware’
Posted at 22 January 2019 18:42 CET

According to tests performed by reputable German computer magazine C’T, Windows Defender is sufficient to protect a system against malware. Microsoft heavily invested in the software the last couple of years and it appears to have paid off. 

Mozilla appears to be testing ad blocker for Firefox Focus
Posted at 21 January 2019 23:52 CET

Mozilla appears to be planning to add an ad blocker to its mobile, privacy focused, Firefox Focus browser. Currently the browser already blocks advertisements with trackers, but the few advertisements that don’t use tracking still show up in the browser. 

Microsoft ends support of Windows 10 Mobile later this year
Posted at 21 January 2019 17:29 CET

Microsoft will no longer release updates for Windows 10 Mobile from the 10th of December this year. From then, users with a device running Windows 10 Mobile will no longer receive security updates or bug fixes. The company announced the change on its website.

Old patch causes error 0X80070643 on some Windows 10 systems
Posted at 18 January 2019 16:26 CET

A Windows 10 update package, that is a few months old, is causing troubles for users who have not updated to Windows 10 October 2018 Update yet. When affected users try to install an update for Windows 10 and reboot their PC, Windows shows error message 0X80070643.

Anti-tracking extension Ghostery launches paid subscription
Posted at 17 January 2019 23:42 CET

Popular browser extension Ghostery has introduced a paid subscription that unlocks new features to help users to “monitor their digital footprint”. Ghostery is an extension for several browsers that blocks trackers, tracking pixels and advertisements. The extension has more than 4 million users.

Microsoft decouples flopped Cortana from Windows 10 Search
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
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
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’
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%
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
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.