Mozilla to disable Flash by default starting with Firefox 69
Posted at 14 January 2019 17:57 CET

Mozilla will disable the Flash plugin by default in Firefox 69, according to a post in the Firefox bug tracker. The release of the 69th version of the browser is scheduled for September this year. By 2020, Mozilla hopes to fully end support of the Flash plugin.

Researchers develop 1,000x faster storage tech by combining magnetic storage with laser pulses
Posted at 11 January 2019 23:54 CET

Researchers of the Institute of Photonic Integration of the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands have revealed new technology to store data. Their technology uses laser pulses and combines the advantages of light and magnetic storage. The researchers claim their technology is revolutionary and is 1,000x faster than any other currently available storage technology.

Users complain about network issues after applying this month’s Windows 7 patches
Posted at 11 January 2019 17:27 CET

Two updates that were part of January’s Patch Tuesday for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 make that users are unable to access shares from Windows 7 clients. Also remote connections over RDP, and access to SQL Server 2016, failed for the affected users.

Malwarebytes users complain about freezing Windows 7 computers after update
Posted at 10 January 2019 23:39 CET

An issue with the latest version of antivirus software Malwarebytes causes computers running Windows 7 to freeze and lock-up. When the computer is frozen due to the issue, the only solution is to perform a hard reboot. So far, Malwarebytes has not been able to find the root of the issue. 

Lexar announces 1 TB SD card that is available right now
Posted at 10 January 2019 16:22 CET

Lexar has announced world’s first memory card with a capacity of 1 TB. It’s a Class 10 SD card with UHS-I and becomes part of Lexar’s Professional 633x series . The 633x series also contains SD cards with capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB. The cards are intended for usage in cameras.

Windows 10 Update 1903 will reserve at least 7GB of disk space
Posted at 09 January 2019 23:59 CET

In a blog post, Microsoft explains that the upcoming large Windows 10 1903 update will reserve disk space to be used by updates, apps, temporary files, and system caches. Initially Microsoft will start with about 7 GB of reserved storage that can’t be deleted and used for anything else. Reserved storage will be introduced on clean installs and preinstalled versions of Windows 10 1903.

Intel combines 3D Xpoint and QLC NAND in new M.2 Optane Memory H10 SSDs
Posted at 09 January 2019 17:59 CET

Intel has revealed it will come with solid state disks that combine its QLC 3D-NAND and 3D Xpoint memory in a single M.2 form factor. The new drives are called, “Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage” and should become available in spring this year.

New attack method uses .ISO and .TAR files to evade security warnings
Posted at 08 January 2019 23:43 CET

Cybercriminals distribute emails with files attached in a specific Linux/Unix compressed file format. By using that format they are able to bypass Windows security warnings and infect systems with malware. The attack was discovered by Belgian security researcher Didier Stevens.

Toshiba announces 16TB hard disk drives
Posted at 08 January 2019 17:42 CET

Later this month, Toshiba will start to ship samples of its 16 TB hard disk drives. The HDDs are part of the company’s MG08 series. To achieve the high capacity, while still using Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR), Toshiba uses a helium filled case. 

Microsoft to pay $1250 in damages to Finnish user after installing Windows 10 without permission
Posted at 07 January 2019 23:40 CET

The Finnish Consumer Disputes Board has ruled that Microsoft has to pay €1,100 ($1250) in damages to a Finish Windows 10 user after he found that his laptop suddenly started to download and install Windows 10. The user argued that both the download and installation of the operating system on his laptop were without permission. It […]

Seagate announces Barracuda 510 and Firecuda 510 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSDs
Posted at 07 January 2019 18:43 CET

Seagate has introduced both new SATA and NVMe SSDs at CES 2019, currently held in Las Vegas. The names of the new SSD series might sound familiar, the company has started to use the same names for its SSD lineup as for its HDDs.

Microsoft adds ‘login with SMS code’ feature to all Windows 10 versions
Posted at 04 January 2019 23:59 CET

Microsoft today announced that all Windows 10 versions will get the possibility to set up and sign in to the operating systems through SMS messages. This way, users don’t have to create a password anymore. The company has been trying for some time to eliminate passwords in Windows 10.

Bittorrent protocol extension unveiled that allow users to purchase faster downloads with BTT blockchain token
Posted at 04 January 2019 13:29 CET

BitTorrent will start to issue its own cryptocurrency that users can exchange for faster downloads. The currency, or as BitTorrent calls them, tokens, are called BitTorrent (BTT). They are based on TCR-10, which means they make use of blockchain technology developed by Tron, the new owner of µTorrent developer BitTorrent Inc.

USB-IF announces USB-C standard to confirm authenticity of a USB device, cable or charger
Posted at 03 January 2019 23:54 CET

Laptop, desktop and smartphone manufacturers can now add authentication to their products for USB-C cables, chargers and other accessories using a USB-C connector. The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has launched its USB Type-C Authentication Program. Certificates are provided by DigiCert.

Open-source Thunderbird email client to make encrypting emails easier
Posted at 03 January 2019 17:38 CET

Ryan Sipes, community manager of Thunderbird, has announced that this year encrypting emails in Thunderbird will become easier. He also announced that the developers will focus more on privacy and security of the free open-source mail application in 2019.

Vidus announces version of new DVD copy/ripper/creator/convertor software
Posted at 02 January 2019 23:56 CET

We’ve received a press release from a new company called Vidus which announces the release of version of its multimedia software that can be used for DVD ripping, DVD creation, DVD copying and DVD conversion. Vidus is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, 8 and 10. readers can get 50% off with a special coupon.

Oppo releases firmware update that adds HDR10+ support for UDP-203 and UDP-205
Posted at 02 January 2019 17:25 CET

Former Chinese consumer electronics company Oppo has released a beta of a HDR10+ update for its UDP-203 and UDP-205 high-end Ultra HD Blu-ray players. The update shows the company holds its promise of continuing support for its Blu-ray players, which it no longer manufacturers. 

Netflix stops offering subscriptions through Apple iTunes
Posted at 31 December 2018 23:45 CET

Netflix subscriptions can no longer be purchased from Apple iTunes. This way, the video streaming service doesn’t have to share part of its revenues with Apple. Earlier this year we also reported that many Apple users pay up to 30% more for music streaming services.

Google adds better anti-spam and anti-phishing measures to Android SMS app
Posted at 31 December 2018 15:42 CET

Google will add better anti-spam measures in its Android ‘Messages’ app.  The company is testing a feature that is also better able to detect phishing messages in the company’s own official text-messages app. For now, the feature is only rolled-out to a select group of beta testers.

Windows 10 market share increased with less than 5% in 2018
Posted at 28 December 2018 23:56 CET

Although Microsoft is fully focused on Windows 10, the operating system only gained 4% in market share over the last 12 months. At this moment, Windows 7 is still the most popular Windows version, but the difference between the older OS and Windows 10 is not significant anymore.

Researchers announce 128Mbit high-speed non-volatile SST-MRAM
Posted at 28 December 2018 17:07 CET

Researchers from the Tohoku University in Japan report they have successfully developed 128Mbit spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive random access memory (SST-MRAM). The development paves the way for mass-production of the high-speed, non-volatile memory. Write speeds are specified at 14ns and initially the memory will be used for embedded chips.

Benchmarks indicate that Denuvo DRM negatively affects game performance considerably
Posted at 27 December 2018 23:53 CET

Benchmarks indicate that the infamous Denuvo DRM negatively affects performance of PC games. Performance differences can be measured because some publishers have released patches that removes the DRM from their game.

Developer find way to make Doom shooter from data compiled by robot vacuum cleaner
Posted at 27 December 2018 17:46 CET

An application is able to generate Doom levels based on the map of a house generated by a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. The map is used by the robot to clean the house as efficient as possible, so it knows where it has been and where not. A long time game developer now found a way to turn that data in to a 3D shooter.

Apple sends mail to iPad Pro owners insisting bent devices are not an issue
Posted at 24 December 2018 23:59 CET

Apple has sent out an email stating that an iPad Pro that is slightly bent, “meets or exceeds all of Apple’s high quality standards of design and precision manufacturing” and that it “carefully engineered it.”

Emergency patch for Internet Explorer causes issues with some Lenovo laptops
Posted at 24 December 2018 17:58 CET

Microsoft has announced that the emergency update that the company released last week, to patch an actively attacked vulnerability in Internet Explorer, causes issues with some laptops. The patch fixed a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take full control over the system.