New 1Password feature checks whether your password has been leaked

Password manager 1Password has added a new feature to its software that allows users to check whether their passwords are amongst the 500 million leaked passwords collected by security researcher Troy Hunt. He has created a service that allows 1Password to check whether a password hash appears in his database.

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Google researcher: Microsoft didn’t patch vulnerability, despite it saying it did

A vulnerability in Windows 10, discovered by a Google security researcher, hasn't been patched, despite that Microsoft stated it did released a fix for it. Google researcher James Forshaw, who discovered the vulnerability, reports that the issue still persists.

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Consortium developing possible PCIe successor releases version 1.0 of its standard

A consortium consisting of many major technology companies has released Gen-Z Core Specification 1.0 which could become the successor to PCIe. The specification describes a new interconnect standard that should be able to transfer hundreds of gigabytes per second, per component. Gen-Z is open and royalty free.

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Flightsim company steals passwords from Chrome as anti-piracy measure

A company that develops flight simulator add-ons has added a tool to pirated versions of its software that is able to steal passwords from Chrome. The tool was discovered when several antivirus scanners detected it as 'risk ware'. According to the company the tool is part of the software's DRM.

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Whatsapp Beta allows users to download the information it has collected and stored about them

WhatsApp has added a feature to the latest beta version of its messaging app that allows users to view and download the data collected about them. The company likely added the feature, to comply with upcoming privacy regulations in the European Union. From May 2018 there are new privacy regulations for companies who collect and store data about European citizens.

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Microsoft patches 50 vulnerabilities in Windows, IE, Edge, Office and Outlook

During February's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft fixed 50 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, Outlook, Office and Edge's Javascript engine, ChakraCore. In the worst case the vulnerabilities could be used to take control over the system.

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Vodafone forced to block access to illegal video streaming site Kinox.to

German internet service provider “Vodafone Kabel” has to block access to the illegal streaming website Kinox.to, one of Germany's most popular websites. The ISP was forced to prevent its customers from accessing the site after an injunction of the district Court of Munich. A German movie studio requested the site to be blocked.

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DVDFab introduces ExactRead, exclusive technology to correct read errors

Chinese software developer DVDFab today announced a new technology it calls ExactRead. The technology should ensure that DVD/(Ultra HD) Blu-ray rips are free from read errors and that the rip adheres to the DVD/(Ultra HD) Blu-ray specifications. 

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Consumer Reports: Samsung and Roku smart TVs can be easily remotely controlled by hackers (updated)

The American Consumer Reports today revealed it has found that Samsung smart TVs and TVs using the Roku TV smart TV platform, can be easily controlled by hackers. The TVs contain security flaws that can be easily discovered and exploited according to Consumer Reports. Also, several Roku streaming devices are affected.

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Best Buy to end sales of CDs by the second half of this year

Best Buy, one of the U.S. largest retailers, will stop selling CDs in its stores from the 1st of July. The company made a revenue of about $40 million annually from the sales of the discs, which is apparently not enough. Interestingly, the company will continue to sell vinyl LPs for at least the next 2 years.

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Actively exploited vulnerability in Adobe Flash allows attackers to take full control over the system

Security researchers from Talos report they've found a vulnerability in Adobe Flash that allows attackers to take full control over the system. The vulnerability was found in the most recent version of Flash. However, Adobe reports also older versions than Flash 28.0.0.137 can be affected.

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FTC warns VPN apps might share your data with third parties

American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns users that VPN apps don't provide full anonymity. On its website, the FTC provides several tips that should help users in picking a VPN app. It also explains what a VPN is and what purpose it serves.

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Illegal streaming website owner sentenced to $103 million in damages and 2 years in jail

The administrator of French streaming website Streamiz has to pay €83.6 million ($103 million) in damages. Besides that, he also received a prison sentence of two years. The website was the second most popular illegal streaming website in France and received more than 250,000 daily visitors.

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Samsung launches PM1643, 30.72 TB V-NAND SAS SSD

Samsung today announced its largest enterprise SSD to date. The PM1643 has a capacity of a whopping 30.72 terabyte, made possibly by Samsung's latest 64-layer 512 gigabit TLC V-NAND chips.  Besides the large regular NAND capacity, the drive also has 40GB DRAM of cache.

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Belgian court rules Facebook violates privacy and should stop tracking users

A Belgian court today ruled that Facebook should stop tracking Belgian internet users. The social network is no longer allowed to track anyone that uses the internet from Belgium. A Belgian privacy organisation sued Facebook violating the privacy of Belgian internet users.

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Mozilla: Ad Blocker in Google Chrome doesn’t protect your privacy and still allows trackers

Google Chrome has a built-in ad blocker since today, but it doesn't protect the privacy of Chrome users, according to competing browser developer, Mozilla. The ad blocker of Chrome only blocks advertisements that don't adhere to the standards of the Better Ads Coalition, such as popups or large advertisements.

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Critical vulnerability in Skype discovered – fix requires large code revision

A security researcher has found a critical vulnerability in Microsoft's Skype that allows an attacker to take full control over the system. Microsoft is aware about the vulnerability since September last year, but hasn't fixed the issue yet. According to the software giant, a fix for the issue needs a "large code revision".

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Micron announces first Quad Level Cell (QLC) NAND memory SSDs

Micron has announced its first SSDs using Quad Level Cell (QLC) NAND memory during A3 Technology Live Conference. The SATA drives are targeted at the enterprise market and should become available later this year. 

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Windows 10 users will be able to delete collected diagnostic data

The latest Windows 10 Insider Build introduces a feature that allows users to delete diagnostic data that Microsoft collected about the system. Earlier we reported that the operating system would get an option that allows users to view data collected about their computer.

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Corrupt update for Bitdefender antivirus caused software to stop working

A corrupt update caused the antivirus software from Bitdefender for Windows to stop doings its job. Users of the Bitdefender's business solution, GravityZone, and users of the consumer versions were affected by the issue.

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DeUHD 1.0.1.9 released – adds feature to speed up support of new movies

Arusoft today released version 1.0.1.9 of their Ultra HD Blu-ray ripping tool DeUHD. This version adds support for new movies, as usual, but also adds the possibility to upload new disc information. This feature should speed up the addition of new movies to the software.

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MakeMKV 1.10.12 released, fixes bugs in Ultra HD Blu-ray disc dump feature

The developer of MakeMKV released an update for his software today. Version 1.10.12 fixes bugs related to the software's hashed keys function that allows MakeMKV to rip all available Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. Due to the bugs, dumps of several discs were not correct and therefore MakeMKV supports less discs than actually possible.

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Redfox responds to accusations of stealing hashed keys from MakeMKV

The developer of MakeMKV has accused Redfox from stealing so-called "hashed keys" that can be used to rip Ultra HD (UHD) Blu-ray movies. His accusation raised eyebrows amongst users on several forums. We asked Redfox to respond to the accusation, which they did.

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Vulnerability in µTorrent allows attackers to take control of your PC when you visit their website

Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy has discovered a vulnerability in µTorrent that allows an attacker to take over the computer. The vulnerability exists in both µTorrent Classic, the Windows desktop version, as in uTorrent Web, the browser based version of the torrent download application.

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Microsoft pulls page that reveals limitation of Windows 10 on ARM

Microsoft has deleted a page from its website that showed the limitations of Windows 10 on ARM. On the page, the company listed what kind of applications won't be able to run on the emulation layer for Windows 10. The page, titled 'Limitations of apps and experiences on ARM', can still be found in Google's cache.

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Google discloses unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft’s Edge browser

Google today disclosed a vulnerability in Microsoft Edge that has not been patched by Microsoft yet. The vulnerability makes it possible to circumvent a security measure from the Microsoft's default browser in Windows 10. The security measure that can be circumvented is called Arbitrary Code Guard (ACG).

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Intel roadmap for 2018 leaks: more Coffee Lake, a laptop hexa-core CPU and Cascade Lake

A leaked Intel roadmap, that is up-to-date until January of this year, shows when various Core iX 8000 chips for both desktops and laptops should become available. Also Xeon Cascade Lake-SP processors are mentioned as the successors of the Xeon Skylake-SP CPUs. New is Coffee Lake-E, a refresh of Kaby Lake-E for servers.

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AMD graphic drivers to support PlayReady 3.0 by Q2 – makes Netflix in Ultra HD possible

AMD plans to add PlayReady 3.0 support to its graphic drivers, allowing users to watch Netflix in Ultra HD on their Windows computer. Currently it's only possible to watch Ultra HD content from the video streaming site with a limit number of CPUs and graphic cards.

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MakeMKV developer working on tool to easily convert Ultra HD Blu-ray ‘official’ drive to ‘friendly’

The developer of the Ultra HD Blu-ray (UHD) ripping application MakeMKV, appears to be working on a tool that makes it easy to convert an 'official' UHD Blu-ray drive to a 'friendly' UHD Blu-ray drive. Currently this can be done by following rather lengthy technical guides. The tool from the MakeMKV developer should make it easy for everyone.

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HP caught: laptop contains other component than listed on website

Laptop purchasers should carefully check whether their new device really contains the components as the manufacturer's website lists, a user found out. His laptop didn't contain the listed graphic card but a lesser version instead.

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SK Hynix announces SSDs based on 72-layer 3D NAND memory

SK Hynix has announced SSDs based on 72 layer 3D NAND memory chips. The solid state drives using these chips are targeted at data center and enterprise usage, and will come in capacities of up to 4TB. 

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Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD (hereafter referred to as the Samsung 860 PRO). The Samsung 860 PRO is the successor to Samsung’s very successful 850 PRO. The Samsung 860 PRO uses Samsung’s latest 64 layer, V-NAND 2bit MLC technology, and the newly designed MJX controller. It is available in three form factors – 2.5 inch, M.2 2280, and mSATA. It will be interesting to see how the Samsung the 860 PRO compares to the Samsung 860 EVO, which recently set new records for an SATA drive in many of our tests. Let the battle of 2 bit, MLC NAND (the 860 PRO) versus 3 bit, TLC NAND with clever SLC Write Cache technology (the 860 EVO) commence...

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‘Microsoft will no longer offer Windows 10 S as separate OS’

Microsoft will no longer offer its Chrome OS competitor, Windows 10 S, as a separate version. Instead, there will be a 'Windows 10 S mode' integrated in all Windows 10 versions. This means all Windows 10 versions can be set in a mode where users can only install apps from the Microsoft Store.

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