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September 24, 2017

WeChat Confirms Sharing of Private Data with Chinese Government

Popular messaging app WeChat recently updated its privacy policy to let users know that it logs and shares private user information with the Chinese Government. While the latest update to WeChat’s privacy policy is no surprise, it does explicitly confirm what we’ve all assumed to be true all along.

The scope of data collection covers anything WeChat collects including identity information, credit card information, chat history, phone numbers, biometric information (voice, fingerprint, etc) and more. It would be safe to assume that all versions of WeChat is subjected to the same level of scrutiny.

WeChat’s new privacy policy complies with [...]

 
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September 18, 2017

CCleaner Compromised, Hackers Install Backdoor Malware into Popular Utility

Popular Windows optimization utility CCleaner has a serious problem right now as a recent blog post by their VP of Products, Paul Yung reveals that hackers have compromised recent versions of CCleaner, installing a backdoor utility into the application that would allow hackers to remotely access systems with CCleaner installed.

The security issue which was discovered on September 12, affected the 32-bit version of CCleaner version 5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud version 1.07.3191. Hackers were able to illegally modify the application before it was released and was able to introduce the malicious code. The malicious code not only granted attackers remote access to [...]

 
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September 11, 2017

Microsoft Working on Fixes for Creators Update Gaming Performance Issues

If you’ve been experiencing performance issues in your games after the Windows 10 Creator’s Update, rest assured, you’re not alone.

According to a recent article at MSPoweruser, Microsoft is well aware of the issues thanks to numerous user reports and has identified a number of problem sources which have been causing issues such as studdering and reduced framerates. A fix for one of the issues has already been fixed and will be included in build 16273.

“Thank you everyone for providing feedback and submitting traces. We have been analyzing the traces from your feedback and have identified several different problem sources surfacing as [...]

 
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September 6, 2017

Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update Coming October 17

It’s upgrade time again and Windows 10’s next big update, the Fall Creator’s Update, will land in user’s machines starting on October 17.

Like the Anniversary Update, the Fall Creator’s Update is a major update for Windows 10. As a result, it will bring numerous new features as well as improvements to many of its core applications. Patch notes emphasize that the Photos and Videos app has been overhauled to provide a more intuitive experience, and OneDrive Files On-Demand will allow you to access files stored in your OneDrive cloud directly without the intermediate step of first accessing it from your browser. Constantly losing track of [...]

 
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August 15, 2017

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Pro Workstation Edition

Microsoft has recently slotted yet another addition to its already populated Windows lineup. The Windows 10 Pro Workstation edition brings some trickled down features from the enterprise edition, namely resilient file system support, persistent memory, faster file sharing, and support for server grade hardware.

Resilient file system (ReFS) uses a host of techniques to make data more fault tolerant. It can automatically perform auto correction using mirrored storage space and integrity streams. It’s also optimized for handling large data volumes.

Persistent memory uses non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N) to store data and is designed for applications [...]

 
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August 12, 2017

Discord Starts Testing Video Chat and Screen Share

Discord’s video chat and screen sharing are the top two most wanted features. Its engineers have been promising to deliver for months, and today the dream becomes a reality for 5% of Discord users.

In a post on Discord Blog, Discord will be testing video chat and screen sharing with 5% of desktop users. Eligible participants will be selected at random. If you’re a selected tester, you can make video calls with anybody, even people who aren’t in the testing program. This most likely means that all user clients already have the video modules and just need to have them activated.

The blog post also reminds us that these features are still in [...]

 
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July 30, 2017

The End is Coming Soon for Adobe Flash

Adobe, along with major tech companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla, has announced that the Adobe Flash Player will no longer be supported after 2020.

Newer technologies such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly have now been refined to a point stable enough for a full transition. Most browsers today support these standards, and developers and content creators are continually capitalizing on their benefits.

The Adobe Flash Player will continue to receive bug fixes and security updates until the end of 2020. After that, all support will terminate on all major OSes and browsers.

 

Source: Adobe Blog

 

 
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July 25, 2017

Hold Your Horses, Microsoft Paint Will Still Be Available in the App Store

Paint has been around for 32 years, which is an eon considering how rapidly technology advances. Throughout its existence, its functionality has largely remained the same, giving the current generation of PC users a glimpse into the past. With the emergence of better, feature-rich competitors and a new Paint 3D program containing all of Paint’s functionality, Paint has slowly recessed into the background culminating in Microsoft’s recent decision to deprecate the program.

None the less, some users still avidly abide by it and when Microsoft announced its depreciation, many users threw a fit. To quell the outrage, Microsoft made a quick announcement [...]

 
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July 24, 2017

Microsoft Deprecates MS Paint, Prepares it for Removal

Microsoft Paint has been a staple of Microsoft Windows operating systems since its introduction in 1985 making it one of the oldest features of the Microsoft Windows operating system however, it appears that its time may be reaching an end.

While Microsoft hasn’t gone as far as removing MS Paint just yet, according to Microsoft’s latest feature changelog for the upcoming Creator’s Update, Microsoft is deprecating MS Paint, meaning the feature is no longer in active development and may be removed in future releases.

According to Microsoft, MS Paint’s functionality is now integrated into their new Paint 3D application, which is why the [...]

 
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July 14, 2017

Google Introduces Backup and Sync For Google Drive and Google Photos

Google Drive and Google Photos are excellent tools for backing up your document and photos. With that said, they can only back up files stored in the Google Drive or Google Photos folder, making backing up existing documents a bit difficult.

To save the hassle, Google has introduced a new Backup and Sync app for Window and Mac. It links to your Google Account and automatically backs up folders selected by the user. Once installed, Backup and Sync will replace the Google Drive and Google Photos app. You can manage storage for both under one settings panel.

Eager to try it out? Download it from Google.

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