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Aug 25, 2016 - 6:09 PM - by Reverend
Skype is a free program that uses the latest P2P technology to bring affordable and high-quality voice communications to people all over the world.


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PlayStation Network Gets Two-Factor Authentication

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:06 PM - by Reverend
Two-factor authentication has arrived for PlayStation Network users, four months after Sony confirmed it was working on offering the secure sign-in method.

Once they activate the feature on the PlayStation website, users will receive a verification code via a text message delivered to a mobile phone when they attempt to log in to their PSN accounts.

Some eagle-eyed users spotted a reference to two-factor authentication in April's PlayStation 3 firmware update (version 4.80). Sony said it was preparing to offer the feature "in order to further safeguard our users and their accounts."

Two-factor authentication is widely offered as a method to increase the security of online account logins. Microsoft rolled out the option to add two-factor authentication across its services three years ago, including Xbox Live, which requires an app-generated password.

But a recent survey suggested that even though a majority of people in the US are concerned about the types of unauthorized logins that two-factor authorization is designed to prevent, they still don't use it.

The PlayStation Network itself has been a hacking target in the past, including a massive breach in 2011 that compromised millions of accounts and left the service offline for nearly a month.

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WhatsApp updates privacy policy, will begin sharing user info with Facebook

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:03 PM - by Reverend
WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy, and this is one its more than one billion users will want to pay attention to. In the update, WhatsApp says that it will begin sharing some information on its users with Facebook, a first for the company despite the fact that it has been owned by the social media giant for more than two years now.

In a new blog post, WhatsApp explains that it will share some users' phone numbers with Facebook, along with various metrics that could potentially help Facebook deliver more relevant ads to its registered users. While these metrics seem a little nebulous, WhatsApp says they can include the last time each individual user actually used the service.

These changes are being made in the name of decreasing spam on WhatsApp, though the company also says it wants to help users better connect with businesses that matter to them, rather than just other users. WhatsApp is also clear in saying that it won't be showing ads on the service itself, nor will it share your number with companies that don't fall under the Facebook family. The company also said that Facebook won't have access to the content of your communications.

That part about Facebook not being able to see users' content is important to note, as this privacy policy update also covers the roll out of end-to-end encryption, which is available to all users running the latest version of WhatsApp. While Facebook may be getting some information on WhatsApp's users, the company promises that end-to-end encryption means that no one else is listening in on their conversations.

Still, we can image that some WhatsApp users won't be pleased to hear that their phone numbers could end up getting shared with Facebook. WhatsApp has long been proponent of user privacy, a focus that attracted a fair few users to the service, and this will almost certainly be seen by some as WhatsApp stepping back from the strict privacy guidelines it once... [Read More]
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Google will soon start punishing mobile sites that show hard-to-dismiss popups

Aug 23, 2016 - 8:24 PM - by Reverend
Google today announced two major changes related to its mobile search results. The one you’ll probably notice first is that Google is removing the “mobile-friendly” label that highlighted pages that were easy to read on mobile from its mobile search results pages.

In the long run, though, the second change may be more wide-reaching: starting on January 10, 2017, the company will start punishing mobile pages that show intrusive interstitials when a user first opens a page and they will rank lower in its search results.

Why is Google removing the mobile-friendly label? According to Google’s own data, 85 percent of all pages it shows on its mobile search results pages are now mobile-friendly. So to declutter the results pages, it’s removing the label, even as it continues to use it as a ranking signal.

The punishment for annoying interstitials — those annoying ads and announcements that take over the whole page and have the smallest possible button for dismissing them, which inevitably leads you to accidentally clicking on the ad even though you really didn’t want to buy a new car — will likely be bemoaned by bad marketers, but for users, it can’t come too early.

It’s worth noting that Google won’t punish all sites that uses interstitials — only the ones that make content less accessible. That means popups that covers the main content after users navigate to a page or as they are looking through it, as well as standalone interstitials that have to be dismissed before you can access the main content and pages that show what looks like a standalone interstitial above the fold. Those last ones are actually especially annoying, because they often push the main content down once they load, which also often leads you to accidentally clicking on them, too.

Some interstitials like those that sites use for login dialogs and in response to legal obligations are still okay, of course, and won’t push a... [Read More]
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RedFox AnyDVD HD

Aug 20, 2016 - 7:15 PM - by Reverend
AnyDVD HD works in the background to automatically and transparently enable read access of the contents of a movie DVD or Blu-ray as soon as it's inserted into the drive.



(For RedFox AnyDVD HD you need to purchase a RedFox license key, SlySoft licenses are not supported.)

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Battlefield 1’s open beta starts August 31

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:38 PM - by Reverend
Online shooter fans will soon get their first taste of World War I.

Publisher Electronic Arts and developer Dice announced today that Battlefield 1 will start its open beta test on August 31 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The online shooter is one of Electronic Art’s biggest releases for the holiday season, which is when game sales are at a yearly high thanks to gift-giving. The full game comes out on October 21. Such betas are meant to help developers find bugs and problems with a game before launch. However, they also serve as a way to let players try a title and (hopefully) begin to spread positive buzz, resulting in increased sales for the final release.

The Battlefield 1 beta will feature the Sinai Desert map and two modes: Conquest and Rush. Each supports up to 64 players, which is in line with the franchise’s reputation for large-scale combat. The map also shows off some of the game’s new features, including an armored train and horses.

Previous Battlefield games have taken place during World War II, Vietnam, modern times, and even futuristic settings. This is the first one set during World War I. Despite the glut of WWII and modern combat titles, we’ve rarely seen The Great War in gaming. Although the Call of Duty franchise usually outsells Battlefield, EA’s series may have an advantage with this unique setting (Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has a sci-fi feel, which is becoming familiar ground for that franchise).

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'World's largest' SSD revealed as Seagate unveils 60TB monster

Aug 10, 2016 - 9:11 PM - by Reverend
Seagate has been showing off its monster 60TB solid-state drive (SSD) this week, which breezes past the 15TB SSD that Samsung launched in March.

But don't expect to see Seagate's SSD in a consumer device any time soon, with the new drive set to join the high-performance end of its datacenter portfolio.

Samsung's PM1633a has a 2.5-inch form factor and holds 15.36TB of data. For now, it remains the largest commercially available SSD and reportedly costs $10,000 per unit.

Seagate's 60TB Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD on the other hand opts for the familiar HDD 3.5-inch form factor. The company says that its drive has "twice the density and four times the capacity" of Samsung's PM1633a, and is capable of holding up to 400 million photos or 12,000 movies.

Seagate thinks the 3.5-inch form factor will be useful for managing changing storage requirements in datacenters since it removes the need to support separate form factors for hot and cold data. The company says it could also scale up capacity to 100TB in the same form factor.

Seagate says the 60TB SSD is currently only a "demonstration technology" though it could release the product commercially as early as next year. It hasn't revealed the price of the unit but says it will offer "the lowest cost per gigabyte for flash available today".

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Sony’s upgraded PlayStation 4 will reportedly be unveiled next month

Aug 08, 2016 - 8:48 PM - by Reverend
Sony plans to unveil a 4K version of its PlayStation 4 next month, according to Vice Gaming. The machine will reportedly be announced on September 7th, during an event that'll serve as a "technical showcase" for what the updated PS4 can do. That means we're likely looking at a preview of the new console's graphics, but not necessarily firm details on when consumers will be able to buy it.

The upgraded PS4 is supposed to have improved specs that'll allow it to run games at a higher resolution — right now, it can only go up to 1080p for games. Otherwise, the new model is more-or-less supposed to be the same console that's been on the market for a few years, capable of playing the same games.

Sony has already confirmed that a 4K PS4 is in the works and that it'll be sold alongside the existing PS4, at a higher price. "We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle," Andrew House, Sony Interactive Entertainment's CEO, told the Financial Times in June. He added that even after this console's release, "All games will support the standard PS4, and we anticipate all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4."

The announcement comes on the heels of Microsoft's Xbox One S, which launched last week. While the One S can't handle 4K games — another Xbox will be released next year with 4K support — it marks the start of a new battle between the two leading console companies, with each offering occasional hardware updates to keep their machines up to date with the latest tech. It sounds like Sony plans on staying in the lead.

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