Users complain about audio issues after Windows 10 October 2018 update (update: added fix)

A new issue with the Windows 10 October 2018 is now making the rounds on the internet. Windows 10 users complain that audio no longer works correctly on their system after they've installed the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. It's the second issue with the update in a short period.

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Microsoft shares 60,000 patents with consortium to protect open-source software

Microsoft has become a member of the Open Invention Network, a consortium of companies that share patents to protect open-source software, like Linux, against patent claims. Interestingly, Microsoft filed patent claims against Linux and Android in the past. One of Microsoft's CEO's, Steve Ballmer, also once called open-source a cancer.

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Microsoft patches 50 vulnerabilities including actively attacked Windows leak

Microsoft has patched 50 vulnerabilities during yesterday's Patch Tuesday. Amongst the issues is a so-called zero-day vulnerability in Windows that has been actively attacked before a patch was available. The zero-day allowed an attacker with access to the system to elevate his privileges and Microsoft has classified its severity as 'important'.

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Advertorial: Tips to Make Your Bedroom More Stunning With Wall Pics

After a long and full day of activities, you need to relax and the best place to feel comfortable is in your bedroom. Whether big or small, your bedroom is your special place where you shed all your worries of the day and try to regain your energy back for the next day. Therefore we have some tips to make your bedroom more relaxing.

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Delhi police arrests 24 fraudsters for Microsoft tech support scams

Indian authorities have searched 10 call centers in the city of Delhi after they received evidence from Microsoft that the call centers were involved in so-called “tech support scams”. In total 24 people, including owners and team leaders were arrested and accused of fraud.

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Advertorial: Top 3 Resources for CompTIA A+ & Network+ Certification Exams

CompTIA is a well-known provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications across the globe. It helps thousands of candidates build their career in the world of IT, along with that, it provides trainings for them. Offering a number of certifications at any taste, this company is a significant figure in the IT, as it influence this rapidly-changing field, making people constantly update their skills.

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Serious bug in Windows 10 October 2018 Update wipes entire Documents folder

Two days ago, Microsoft started to roll-out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and it didn't take long before the first complaints about bugs were posted on the internet. One of the bugs is a serious issue for affected users. They lost their entire “Documents” folder after the update.

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Google adds new advertisement format to Youtube

Google has announced a new type of advertisements on Youtube during Advertising Week in New York. The advertisements not only shows the advertised product of service, but also allows users to  directly purchase them without leaving the video streaming service.

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100,000+ routers from brands like D-Link and TP-link affected by DNS change attack

Cybercriminals have silently changed the DNS server of more than 100,000 routers around the world. By changing the DNS, the criminals are able to redirect all internet traffic of victims through their servers. This allows them to e.g. serve phishing sites to obtain sensitive data or steal money from online banking accounts. Affected routers include brands like D-Link, MikroTik, TP-Link, Huawei and SpeedTouch.

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DVDFab celebrates 15th anniversary with hoodie, cap and backpack with monkey logo

Chinese movie copy software developer DVDFab now also sells hoodies, baseball caps and laptop backpacks. The products are available as the company celebrates its 15th anniversary. DVDFab is still going strong despite that the AACS LA, developers of the Blu-ray copy protection, tried to close the company four years ago. 

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Nero announces Nero Platinum 2019 multimedia suite

Nero has announced the 2019 version of its multimedia suite, Nero Platinum. Nero Platinum 2019 brings several new or revamped features such as the DriveSpan app, Nero Start, Nero KnowHow Plus and Live Guide, 1-Click Video Story, MediaHome, Duplicate Manager and Life Themes Pro. 

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Cybercriminals hide cryptominer in legitimate Adobe Flash Player installer

Cybercriminals target Adobe Flash Player for years already.

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Microsoft silently increases price of Windows 10 Home

Microsoft has silently raised the price of Windows 10 Home on the official Microsoft Store. The full version of Windows 10 is now available for $139, where the operating system could previously be purchased for $119. The price increase is the first since the introduction of Windows 10.

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Microsoft finds and fixes culprit of folder deletion issue in Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Microsoft has made the Windows 10 October 2018 Update available again. The software giant decided to withdraw the update last week after users reported they lost files and folders after installing the update. Microsoft now reports it has found and fixed the culprit.

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Facebook bypasses browser’s anti-tracking and privacy-protecting measures

Facebook offers advertisers and publishers a new option to to track data advertisement performance and collect analytics on browsers that block tracking cookies. To protect the privacy of its users, Apple has decided to block third-party cookies in Safari. Mozilla plans to do the same in Firefox. Only cookies from the actually visited, primary domain will then be accepted.

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Microsoft withdraws Windows 10 October 2018 Update after deleted files

Microsoft has stopped rolling out the latest large Windows 10 update to all users. The reason are reports from several users that discovered that some of their files and folders were deleted after the update. We reported about the issue two days ago.

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Apple can lock MacBook Pro and iMac Pro after repair by third-party

Apple uses new software to validate MacBook Pro and iMac Pro repairs. For specific repairs, the devices need to pass Apple diagnostics. If the software is not used, or the device doesn't pass the diagnostics process, the result will be an inoperative system. 

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Amazon announces Fire TV Stick 4K with new Alexa Voice Remote

Amazon today announced the Fire TV Stick 4K, which is, according to the online retail giant, the most powerful streaming stick currently available. The stick is the successor of the Fire TV Stick from 2017 and is the first of its kind that supports Ultra HD/4K video, Dolby Atmos 3D sound and all major HDR standards, being Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10 and HDR10+

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VideoLAN community develops own open-source royalty free AV1 codec

The VideoLAN, VLC and FFmpeg communities have created their own cross-platform, royalty free and open source AV1 codec, called Dav1d. Their implementation is reportedly better than the reference implementation that was developed for research, together with writing the AV1 specification. AV1 should be 20% better than HEVC.

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‘83% of the home and office routers vulnerable to cyberattacks’

The majority of households in the United States uses a insecure router that is vulnerable to cyber attacks. Researchers tested routers from Asus, AVM, Belkin, Cerio, D-Link, Linksys TrendNet, NetGear, Sierra Wireless, TP-Link, Yamaha and Zyxel and found that 83% of the routers contained serious security issues.

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Facebook and Google can easily track users because they forget to logout

Internet users forget to logout from Facebook and Google en masse, which allows the companies to accurately track users on other websites, according to a report compiled by Dutch consumer organization 'Consumentenbond'. The organization asked 1,800 Dutch participants to check their privacy settings on their phone or PC and asked which measures the participants take against online tracking.

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Microsoft Office 2019 now available for Windows and Mac, older Windows versions not supported

Microsoft today officially released Office 2019 for Windows and Mac. New versions of text editor Word and presentation software PowerPoint contain features that could previously also be found in Office 365. The office suite with, amongst others, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook can only be used with Windows 10, older Windows versions are no longer supported.

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Security researcher finds Edge browser security issue that allows launching external applications

A security researcher has found a way to start applications on Windows from the Microsoft Edge browser with a fairly simple script. The researcher has made a proof-of-concept available, which means exploits are usually not far away. Microsoft patched the issue in an update that was part of this week's Patch Tuesday.

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Toshiba XG6 1024GB NVMe SSD Review

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Toshiba XG6 1024GB NVMe SSD. The Toshiba XG6 is the first product to feature 96 layer, BICS Flash 3D memory, and it is expected to be become available in retail channels during Autumn 2018. Prior to this the XG6 will be supplied as an OEM product to Laptop, PC and Server suppliers. I must be getting old as it feels to me as if it was only yesterday that 32 layer 3D NAND hit the market. Is it worth waiting for? Please read on to find out.

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Mozilla resolves vulnerabilities after security audit of update system

Mozilla has fixed several security issues in the update system of Firefox, after an external security audit. The Firefox update system should be secure to prevent that users receive malicious updated through man-in-the-middle attacks or hacked update servers.

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Microsoft claims it can recover files lost after installing Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Microsoft is able to recover files deleted during the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, according to Microsoft's engineering leader of the Windows Insider Program. The software giant pulled the large Windows 10 update several days ago after reports of deleted files and folders.

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Netflix consumes up to 40% of all internet traffic in Americas at peak times

Almost 60% of all global internet traffic is generated by video streaming. Netflix is responsible for the largest share, according to the biannual Global Internet Phenomena Report of the Canadian network supplier Sandvine. Netflix alone accounts for nearly 15% of the global internet traffic.

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Facebook extends account and data removal grace period to 30 days

Facebook has extended the waiting time for users who want to delete their account. Previously users had to wait 14 days before their account on the social network was removed. Facebook has now extended this deadline to 30 days.

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Chip makers suffer from low QLC 3D NAND yield rates

NAND memory chip manufacturers suffer from low yields in the production of QLC 3D NAND. They are struggling to improve yields to over 50% which could have a negative effect on the NAND market for the first half of next year.

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Bittorrent protocol extension goes blockchain, allows seeders to earn Tron-tokens

Bittorrent today revealed more details about its Project Atlas which should combine the peer-to-peer Bittorrent network with the Tron blockchain. Project Atlas should make it possible to pay seeders with Tron for extras like an in increase download speed or keeping the file available for a longer time.

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ESET security researchers find rootkit that survives OS reinstall and HDD replacement

Researchers from antivirus vendor ESET, report they have discovered the first ever UEFI rootkit that has been actively used in the wild and can survive a reinstall of the operating system and the replacement of the HDD. The rootkit has reportedly been used by a Russian hacker group.

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Google adds audio quality settings to Youtube Music app

An update to YouTube Music for Android allows paid subscribers to Premium to pick the audio quality they want to use for streaming on mobile internet and Wi-Fi. In the settings of the app, users can choose between four quality levels: low, normal, high, always high.

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Microsoft further integrates LinkedIn into Office and Outlook

Microsoft will more tightly integrate its business social network site LinkedIn with Office and its email service Outlook. The email service will be able to import data from LinkedIn to include information about contacts for calendar appointments and document sharing.

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