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Mozilla Firefox 50.1.0

Jan 17, 2017 - 9:51 PM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows 32-bit | Windows 64-bit | Linux | Mac OS X

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FrostWire 6.4.3

Jan 17, 2017 - 9:47 PM - by Reverend
FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client, first released as a fork of LimeWire. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and now FrostWire only uses the BitTorrent network.

FrostWire 6.4.3

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Yahoo to become Altaba, lose Mayer after Verizon buyout

Jan 10, 2017 - 7:45 PM - by Reverend
Yahoo intends to change its name to Altaba once the sale of its internet portal to Verizon is completed. CEO Marissa Mayer and co-founder David Filo also will leave the company then, Yahoo said in a regulatory filing on Monday.

The changes are part of a $4.8 billion deal signed in July 2016 to sell Yahoo.com to Verizon.

Once that deal is complete, Yahoo will become an investment company and the board will be reduced from 11 to five people. Altaba's main holdings will be stakes in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and major Japanese Internet portal Yahoo Japan.

The deal with Verizon has been under a cloud since Yahoo disclosed two major breaches of its user database. The latest, which was disclosed in December 2016 but which happened three years earlier, involved the theft of details on a billion users. That makes it the largest internet data breach ever disclosed.

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2017

Jan 10, 2017 - 7:35 PM - by Reverend
Published: January 10, 2017

Security Update for Microsoft Edge (3199709)
Security Update for Microsoft Office (3214291)
Security Update for Adobe Flash Player (3214628)
Security Update for Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (3216771)

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Microsoft will let some users take a time out on Windows 10 updates

Jan 09, 2017 - 10:41 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is giving users some more control over Windows 10 updates, with a new beta build of its operating system released Monday.

The build allows folks with the Windows 10 Professional, Education, and Enterprise versions to defer new updates for up to 35 days. In addition, the company will allow those users to decide whether or not they want to include driver updates when they want to update Windows.

It’s a move that helps respond to one of the key criticisms of Windows 10: that Microsoft’s regime of forced, cumulative updates has caused problems for users with some configurations. This way, users can steer clear of updates they don’t want to install yet and dodge problematic driver updates.

Enterprise administrators have already been able to put Windows 10 devices that they manage on the Current Branch for Business, which allows longer update deferrals and doesn’t push updates to those users until well after they’ve been released to consumers.

The newly-minted update changes are just one part of the improvements added to Windows 10 with the build released Monday. Microsoft is also working on making the initial Windows 10 setup more accessible using Cortana. The company’s virtual assistant can ask users questions at setup -- when they speak languages that it can understand -- and use those answers to configure devices.

A small number of beta users will also begin to see a battery life experiment pop up on their devices. Windows will choose to throttle certain apps, though it's not clear what that means. Users who are a part of the experiments will see "Throttled" next to the status of certain apps in the Task Manager. Microsoft didn’t say much about the experiments — or even what the throttled status means.

Microsoft is also giving users an easier way to connect to a virtual private network. Once Windows 10 has a user's VPN settings loaded, it's possible to... [Read More]
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Panasonic offers a flexible battery for wearables

Jan 06, 2017 - 10:37 PM - by Reverend
Panasonic has developed a flexible lithium ion battery for use in wearable devices that maintains its electrical characteristics even after repeated bending.

The battery means more freedom for designers of wearable devices, who are constrained by the need for inflexible areas to hold the battery and some electronics.

Three prototypes of the battery were on display at this week's CES electronics show in Las Vegas. The largest is 40mm by 65mm, the medium size is 35mm by 55mm, and the smallest is 28.5mm by 39mm.

All three are just 0.45mm thick, considerably thinner than a credit card, which is 0.76mm thick. They can be bent up to a radius of 25mm or twisted to an angle of 25 degrees.

The batteries weigh just a gram or two and output 3.8 volts.

The batteries are small enough to be embedded inside credit cards or similar sized card systems. Batteries currently used in such cards degrade faster than normal because of the flexing and twisting they experience from being in a wallet.

The new batteries, which are still under development, don't suffer from the same problems. Flexing up to the 25mm limit results in a loss of just 1 percent of capacity.

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Galaxy Note 8 to arrive in second half of 2017 as Samsung sticks with phablet brand

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:58 PM - by Reverend
Samsung will release the Galaxy Note 8 in the second half of 2017, according to reports.

Some reports had suggested that following the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, which saw the handset discontinued after reports of it setting on fire and burning arse, that Samsung would bin the Note brand altogether.

But according to an 'official in the electronics industry' that this week told Business Korea that the Galaxy Note 8 will arrive later this year.

"The Galaxy Note 7 was very popular before user reports began circulating about devices that exploded or caught on fire while charging," the anonymous source said.

"As the phablet market, which was developed by Samsung Electronics, has been growing, the company will release the Note series this year again.

Samsung has yet to comment on this latest report but dropped a big hint at a Galaxy Note comeback with the promise that that burned Note 7 users in Korea would be able to bag themselves a half-price Galaxy Note 8 this year.

Another insider, this time from a partner company of Samsung's, has also revealed some details about the upcoming smartphone, saying that it'll be the first to offer a 4K-resolution display.

"Samsung will introduce 2K resolution displays in the Galaxy S8, but it will use 4K resolution displays in the Galaxy Note 8 to realise improved virtual reality (VR) functions. I heard that it will connect with new Gear VR wearable," they said.

This isn't all we know about the so-called Note 8, as there's also talk that it will come with souped-up iris scanning technology and Samsung's upcoming artificial intelligence (AI) assistant, Bizby, that's expected to debut on the Galaxy S8 in April.

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2017 leapt into the new year with an extra second of time

Jan 01, 2017 - 8:39 PM - by Reverend
2017 came exactly one second late.

Last night, the international timekeeping community tacked an additional second, known as a leap second, on to the last minute of 2016.

As midnight approached, the official atomic clocks that keep Universal Coordinated Time marked the time as 23h 59m 59s, followed by the leap second 23h 59m 60s. Jan. 1 continued as usual, beginning with 0h 0m 0s.

Unlike leap years, leap seconds are not a regular occurrence. Instead, they are decreed by the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service, or IERS, in Paris, which measures Earth’s rotation and compares it with the time kept by atomic clocks.

You may not realize it, but modern society is governed by two types of time.

The first, astronomical time, is based on how long it takes Earth to make one complete spin on its axis. Through most of human history, this type of time was measured by the rising and setting of the sun. Today, however, scientists keep track of it by aiming a network of radio telescopes at a distant quasar.

Atomic time, on the other hand, defines a second as exactly 9,192,631,770 oscillations of a cesium-133 atom. This is what determines the time that displays on a computer or cellphone.

These two types of time do not always line up.

In part, that’s because the Earth does not keep perfect time.

Duncan Agnew, a geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, explains that movements within the Earth’s liquid core can cause the spin rate of the planet to speed up or slow down.

And the U.S. Naval Observatory reports that during the past 40 years, Earth has generally run slow compared with atomic time, an average 1.5 to 2 milliseconds per day.

To keep the two types of time from veering too far away from each other, the IERS calls for a leap second whenever it appears there will be... [Read More]
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