Netflix to test cheaper offering in developing countries (0)
Posted at 12 November 2018 16:57 CET

Netflix plans a cheaper subscription for its video streaming service in some developing countries. With the cheaper version, the company hopes to attract more customers. The plan appears to be a change of plans for Netflix, previously the company was more likely to increase prices or offer higher quality versions of its content in higher priced tiers.

Chrome will start to warn for websites that charge users with unclear subscriptions (0)
Posted at 09 November 2018 23:56 CET

A new version of Google Chrome will warn users for unclear subscription pages. Every month, millions of Chrome users encounter websites that try to sell subscriptions with unclear conditions, according to Google. Usually, the subscription starts by simply entering a mobile phone number. Users often only notice they have a paid subscriptions once they receive […]

MakeMKV version 1.14.1 released (0)
Posted at 09 November 2018 13:17 CET

This week, the developer of MakeMKV released two new versions of its video conversion software, that can also be used to rip Ultra HD Blu-ray movies. Version 1.14.0 was released last Monday and introduces a new video processing engine. Version was released today and appears to fix some bugs that were introduced with Monday’s release.

Google report explains its anti-piracy measures (0)
Posted at 08 November 2018 23:54 CET

Google has released the report “How Google fights piracy”,  in which the search giant explains what programs, policies, and technology it uses to combat copyright infringement on the Internet. With the anti-piracy measures, Google wants to ensure that creators and artists have a way to generate revenues from their work.

Issues with activation servers cause downgrades of Windows 10 Pro installations (0)
Posted at 08 November 2018 17:59 CET

Microsoft today confirmed an ongoing issue with its activation servers causes some Windows 10 Pro installations to display that they are not activated or running Windows 10 Home instead. The issue affects users in Japan, Korea, the United States and many other countries, according to a Microsoft employee. It might take up two business days before the issue is resolved.

Chrome will block all ads on websites with some harmful or misleading advertisements (0)
Posted at 07 November 2018 23:56 CET

Chrome will start to block all advertisements on websites that frequently show harmful or misleading advertisements to visitors. Last year the search giant announced it would protect Chrome users against so-called “abusive experiences” such as phishing sites, unwanted popups, fake messages and redirects.

Seagate roadmap reveals HAMR HDDs could reach 100TB by 2025 (0)
Posted at 07 November 2018 17:07 CET

A roadmap from Seagate reveals that the company might be able to release 100TB hard disk drives by 2025. To achieve this high capacity in traditional magnetic drives, the HDDs will use a technology called Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR). 

Megatest: website tests 124 SD and micro SD cards (0)
Posted at 06 November 2018 23:55 CET

The Dutch tech website has tested 124 micro SD and SD memory cards from many brands. They benchmarked the cards and listed the results depending on their type and capacity and awarded them either a Great Value, Excellent Choice or Ultimate Product award. 

DVDFab announces tool to easily downgrade firmware of UHD friendly drives (0)
Posted at 06 November 2018 17:54 CET

DVDFab has announced it’s working on a tool that should make it easy to downgrade the firmware of so-called “UHD friendly” Blu-ray drives. Currently, UHD friendly drives come with an unfriendly firmware by default. With DVDFab’s upcoming tool it should be possible to flash all supported drives to UHD friendly drives.

SK Hynix announces launch of 4D NAND memory (0)
Posted at 05 November 2018 23:56 CET

South Korean chip giant SK Hynix today launched, what it calls, 4D NAND memory. In reality today’s announced 4D NAND product utilizes 96-layer TLC NAND with the logic circuits integrated in its own layer. The first chip that comes available has a storage capacity of 512 gigabits.

Researchers find critical leaks and bypass self-encryption feature of popular Crucial and Samsung SSDs (0)
Posted at 05 November 2018 17:03 CET

Researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands today report they’ve found critical vulnerabilities in self-encrypting SSDs from Samsung and Crucial. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker who gains possession of a drive to bypass security measures. This way the attacker is able to access all data, without knowing the password.

United States charges Chinese and Taiwanese companies for stealing Micron DRAM technology (0)
Posted at 02 November 2018 23:55 CET

The United States Department of Justice has charged Taiwanese company UMC, Chinese company Jinhua and three individuals for crimes related to a conspiracy to steal, convey, and possess stolen trade secrets of American chip manufacturer Micron. The charged individuals are reportedly former Taiwanese Micron employees.

Adblock Plus to consume 50% less memory and gets new UI (0)
Posted at 02 November 2018 17:54 CET

Adblock Plus developer Eyeo has released a new version of its advertisement blocker that should consume less memory and introduces a new user interface. When Adblock Plus 3.4 is installed,the browser extension should consume up to 50% less memory, according to Eyeo.

Intel reveals App Direct mode and Memory mode for Optane DC Persistent Memory (0)
Posted at 01 November 2018 23:51 CET

Intel has started a beta test of Optane DC Persistent Memory for OEM customers. Together with the beta, the chip giant has also introduced two different operating modes for the 3D Xpoint based memory. In Memory Mode, Optane works like DRAM, where data is gone when the system is powered down. In App Direct Mode, the data remains stored even when the system is powered down.

WhatsApp confirms the app will start to show advertisements (0)
Posted at 01 November 2018 19:04 CET

Whatsapp will definitely get advertisements in the status screen, the feature that allows users to share their status in text, image, video or GIF and which disappear after 24 hours. The advertisements will become the primary monetisation mode for the company, according to the Vice President of WhatsApp, Chris Daniels.

Mozilla tests privacy-friendly “Prio” technology to gather telemetry data (0)
Posted at 31 October 2018 23:55 CET

Mozilla has announced it’s currently testing a privacy-friendly method to collect telemetry data from Firefox Nightly users. To improve browsers, all major browser developers collect statistics and other data about usage of their software.

DVDFab releases official version of DVDFab 11 (0)
Posted at 31 October 2018 16:49 CET

Chinese software development company DVDFab has officially released the 11th version of its DVDFab software. The new version comes with a new user interface, adds a YouTube Uploader, adds the option to wirelessly transfer videos to a mobile device, and much more.

Users complain about serious issues with Nvidia’s most expensive GeForce video card (0)
Posted at 30 October 2018 17:35 CET

There are numerous users who report they have serious problems with their Nvida GeForce RTX 2080 Ti video cards. Besides complaints on the official GeForce forums, there are also Reddit users who complain about the same issue. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is currently Nvidia’s most expensive and powerful video card of which the Founders Edition is sold at around $1,200.

Three sources for Ultra HD ‘friendly’ Blu-ray drives that are guaranteed to work (0)
Posted at 30 October 2018 17:26 CET

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. In this article we list a few places where you can safely buy them, ready to use.

App for developers shows Windows 10’s future design (0)
Posted at 29 October 2018 23:51 CET

Microsoft is working on the successor of the so-called “Metro / Modern UI” design. The flat design, best known for its tile interface will be replaced by “Fluent Design”. An app targeted at developers now shows some new Fluent Design elements that should end up in Windows 10.

Apple blocks controversial GrayKey iPhone and iPad hacking device in iOS 12 (0)
Posted at 29 October 2018 17:05 CET

Apple has taken measures against the GrayKey hack device that made it possible to crack iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad. The device developed by GrayKey is reportedly mainly used by secret services to unlock mobile Apple devices. It’s unknown how the device does its job.

WD reduces NAND flash memory output to counter potential price drops (0)
Posted at 26 October 2018 23:54 CET

During an earnings call, Western Digital has announced it will reduce NAND flash memory production in the third fiscal quarter of 2019. The first fiscal quarter of 2019 ended 28 September this year, which means the company plans to reduce its NAND flash memory output in about 6 months.

DMCA exemptions make it legal to break DRM for repairs and interoperability (0)
Posted at 26 October 2018 17:46 CET

The Copyright Office of the United States has added exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that will legalize many actions required to repair all kinds of devices. Thanks to the exceptions it’s now legal to jailbreak voice assistant devices, to unlock new smartphones and adapt software if required for repairs. Jailbreaking consoles and DVD/Blu-ray players remains illegal.

Lexar announces 512GB microSD card that meets A2 performance class (0)
Posted at 25 October 2018 17:54 CET

Lexar today announced its 512 GB High-Performance 633x micro SD memory-card. The card is meets the A2 requirements from the latest SD Association’s specifications making the card fast enough to run and store apps on it. The specification requires the card to perform random reads at a minimum of 4,000 IOPS and random writes at a minimum of 2,000 IOPS.

WD announces 15TB hard disk drive with either SATA or SAS interface (0)
Posted at 24 October 2018 23:56 CET

WD today announced the WD Ultrastar DC HC620 Host-Managed 3.5 inch HDD with a capacity of 15TB. The large capacity is possible thanks to helium and Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology.  The drives are available in both a SATA and SAS version.