“Use Edge” Campaign Continues, Disses Chrome and Firefox

December 2nd, 2016

Rather than employing marketing strategies in an attempt to draw users to Edge, it would have made a heck of a lot more sense if Microsoft had just listened to its customers and built a better browser.

Micrsoft’s campaign to get Windows 10 users to give Microsoft Edge a try at least continues, this time stating that Edge is safer than the other two browsers. First reported by Reddit user illCodeYouABrain, the new campaign tries to pursuade users on Microsoft’s newest operating system Windows 10 that using Microsoft Edge is safer than other browsers.

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Android Malware Campaign Hijacks More than 1 million Google Accounts

December 1st, 2016

… And the moral to the story is never, ever, ever download apps from third party sites.

A new malware campaign, dubbed Gooligan by Check Point, has successfully breached more than 1 million Google accounts up to this point according to the company. About 13,000 new devices are breached every day by the malware campaign. According to Check Point’s research, Android 4 and 5 are the main target of the attack which account for a little bit less than 75% of all Android devices out there.

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PhotoScan by Google Photos for Android

November 30th, 2016

I’m having a hard time believing that the resolution would be as good as what one can get via a flat bed scanner, but this is still an interesting idea.

PhotoScan by Google Photos is a new Android application by Google to scan printed photos using your device’s built-in camera. PhotoScan is a new scanner app from Google Photos that lets you scan and save your favorite printed photos using your phone’s camera. You have several options at hand if you want to turn your printed photos into digital copies. You could simply use the camera of the smartphone to photograph the photos for instance.

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Find Out if Your VPN Leaks Your IP Address

November 29th, 2016

There are a number of different services that can be used to check for IP information that is being leaked via your VPN. Here’s a quick look at one of them …

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are used for a variety of purposes. Common reasons include protecting one’s privacy on the Internet, improving the security of the Internet connection, bypassing censorships and blocks, and using it for business purposes. If you use a VPN for privacy, regardless of whether that is your main reason for using it or just a nice addition, you may want to make sure that your “real” IP address is not leaked when you are connected to the VPN.

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Key Opera Software Employees quit

November 22nd, 2016

When one key employee quits, that’s a sign of trouble ahead. When four key employees quit, that’s a sign of a disaster in progress.

If you are following members of Opera Software’s Developer Relations team on Twitter or elsewhere, you may have noticed that most announced that they left the company recently or are about to leave it. Bruce Lawson, Andreas Bovens, Shwetank Dixit and Vadim Makeev all announced in the past couple of days that they have parted ways with Opera Software or are about to.

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Microsoft: Don’t Edit Linux Files in Windows

November 21st, 2016

Yeah, this is definitely inconvenient, but fortunately there are ways around it.

Microsoft warned all Windows 10 users who have installed the Windows Subsystem for Linux recently that they should not modify Linux files on Windows using apps, tools, scripts or other means. The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is part of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system. It is not installed by default however and needs to be enabled by a user or administrator before it becomes available.

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Enough with the Popups, Microsoft

November 18th, 2016

Given Microsoft’s successful marketing of Windows 10, unfortunately, this is probably just another sign of things to come. In the near future, most software will constantly nag users to purchase upgrades or additional features.

Microsoft customers on Windows may have experienced yet another popup notification while running their device. Microsoft’s latest informational message is directed towards Office365 subscribers and is pushed to various versions of Windows including Windows 7 and 10. This may come as a surprise considering that those users are already paying customers. The popup launches right above the Windows system tray area. It is labeled Office365, and informs customers that “your upgrade to Office 2016 is ready”. It reveals furthermore that the upgrade is free (Free with your Office 365 subscription).

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Chrome: New Audio Focus Feature Launches

November 17th, 2016

This appears to be a very popular feature that many browsers have been adding lately. An upcoming version of Firefox also allows audio to be muted on all tabs except the active tab.

Google just launched a new feature in Chrome Dev for the desktop and Chrome OS that when enabled ensures that only one audio source is playing at the same time. Did you ever run into multiple audio sources playing at the same time in the browser? While that may sometimes be desirable to some users, for instance to play low volume music and high volume voice audio, most users are probably irritated when two audio sources play at the same time.

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Microsoft Publishes December 2016 Patch Previews

November 16th, 2016

When Microsoft recently announced the end of its Security Bulletins program for Windows 7 and 8.1, many were left wondering what would replace it. This month, we’ll finally get a peak at how the new updates program will work.

Microsoft has just released preview patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 which interested users and administrators can download for preview testing before they are pushed out via Windows Update on the second Tuesday of December. The company changed how updates are made available for Windows 7 and 8.1 systems recently; it switched from releasing individual updates for issues to so-called rollups which include all patches released for a given month.

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Google Drive – End of Support for Windows XP and Vista

November 15th, 2016

It’s not really that surprising that Google Drive has opted to end support for these operating systems, but it is a bit surprising that both programs will still work with Google Drive, regardless of the end of support.

Google announced yesterday that its Google Drive software won’t support Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 anymore starting January 1, 2017. Google Drive is the company’s official desktop program that enables Google users to manage and sync files between their devices and the Google cloud.

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