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FrostWire 6.4.5

Feb 15, 2017 - 1:56 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 6.4.5

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Facebook debuts vertical video format and confirms forthcoming TV apps

Feb 15, 2017 - 1:49 PM - by Reverend
Facebook wants be in your TV screen in 2017.

On Tuesday, the network launched new ways to watch videos on your iOS and Android device. You can now watch vertical videos in full-screen, autoplay videos with sound, and watch picture-in-picture while scrolling down your News Feed. In addition, Facebook confirmed the forthcoming launch of TV apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV.

Previously, all videos on Facebook’s News Feed autoplayed on silent, and you had to tap on the picture to hear sound. Now, Facebook is giving you the option to autoplay videos with sound that fades in and out as you scroll through the video on your feed.

“As people watch more video on phones, they’ve come to expect sound when the volume on their device is turned on,” Facebook wrote on its company blog.

If your phone is on silent, the videos will autoplay silently, however, and you can disable sound completely by unchecking the “Videos in News Feed Start with Sound” option in your Settings.

When watching vertical videos on your News Feed, you can now tap on it to watch full-screen. Facebook started testing this feature last year, and the company’s begun rolling it out more broadly after receiving positive response.
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Facebook has also taken a page from YouTube and Vimeo by incorporating a “picture-in-picture” video-watching experience. If you’re playing a video and continue to scroll down your News Feed, the video screen will minimize and be fixed permanently on the lower-right corner of the display. This way you can continue watching while browsing other posts on your News Feed.

You can even drag the minimized player to any corner, and Android users will get to finish the video even if they exit out of the Facebook app and go open another app.

Lastly, Facebook confirmed that it has developed a video app for... [Read More]
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Cheating Frenchman sues Uber for tipping off wife about affair

Feb 12, 2017 - 10:43 AM - by Reverend
A businessman in southern France is suing ride-hailing company Uber over his wife's discovery of rides he took to see his lover, his lawyer said.

The man says he once requested an Uber driver from his wife's phone.

Despite logging off, the application continued to send notifications to her iPhone afterwards, revealing his travel history and arousing her suspicions.

The couple have since divorced. The lawsuit is reportedly worth up to €45m ($48m; £38m).

"My client was the victim of a bug in an application," his lawyer David-André Darmon told AFP news agency after the case was lodged at a court in Grasse.

"The bug has caused him problems in his private life," Mr Darmon added.

The lawyer did not comment on a report in Le Figaro newspaper that the lawsuit was worth up to €45m, saying only that his client wished to remain discreet and anonymous.

Other users had also encountered the Uber software bug, Le Figaro said.

The newspaper carried out its own experiment by logging in and out of Uber on one iPhone and then logging in on another and ordering a driver. The app then sent screen notifications about the order to both phones.

The glitch affected iPhones before a software update in December, the newspaper said. Android phones did not appear to be affected.

Uber said it would not comment on the case but added that the best possible protection of clients' personal details was a priority.

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WhatsApp rolls out two-step verification to boost security offerings

Feb 11, 2017 - 9:49 AM - by Reverend
WhatsApp has started rolling out a new optional two-step verification service to its billion-plus users in a move to boost account security.

WhatsApp has been testing the feature since November, and while it doesn't work exactly like the two-factor authentication security offered by the likes of Google and Facebook, it adds a much-needed extra layer of protection to user accounts.

Just last month, it was revealed that a flaw in the way WhatsApp deals with encryption keys left users wide open to man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks, enabling third-parties to tap their communications.

To enable the feature, you'll need to update to the latest version WhatsApp and then head over to Settings > Account > Two-step verification > and Enable.

Once this feature is turned on, users will have to enter a six-digit passcode every time they register their phone number with WhatsApp again.

WhatsApp recommends that forgetful users should probably provide it with a legit email address, otherwise you might end up locked out of your account.

Over on its FAQ page, WhatsApp explains: "We do not verify this email address to confirm its accuracy. We highly recommend you provide an accurate email address so that you're not locked out of your account if you forget your passcode.

Users who do not register an email address with WhatsApp will be able to log back into the service but will have to wait a week to do so.

WhatsApp said: "After seven days, your number will be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp without your passcode, but you will lose all pending messages upon reverifying - they will be deleted.

"If your number is reverified on WhatsApp after 30 days of last using WhatsApp, and without your passcode, your account will be deleted and a new one will be created upon successfully reverifying."

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Vizio to pay $2.2M on smart TV data gathering

Feb 06, 2017 - 9:40 PM - by Reverend
TV maker Vizio is paying $2.2 million to settle charges over software on some of its smart TVs used to collect viewing data without consumers' consent.

Starting in February 2014, Vizio captured information on 11 million consumer TVs about information about what viewers were watching on cable, streaming services and over-the-air broadcasts without TV owners' knowledge or consent, according to a complaint from the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General. The agencies announced the settlement Monday.

That information, along with demographics data including sex, age, income, marital status and home ownership, was sold to third parties who used it for targeting advertising and other purposes, the agencies charged.

Under the federal court order, Vizio is required to get consent for data collection and sharing, and prohibits misrepresentations about confidentiality of data collected. Vizio must delete any data collected before March 1, 2016 also, and implement a comprehensive data privacy program with reviews of the program every two years.

"This settlement stops Vizio's unauthorized tracking, and makes clear that smart TV makers should get people’s consent before collecting and sharing television viewing information," writes Kevin Moriarty, an attorney with the FTC's division of privacy and identity protection, in a blog post today.

He noted that consumers with older Vizio TVs can find information about the automated content recognition software in the TV settings menu.

Vizio General Counsel Jerry Huang noted in a statement sent to USA TODAY that its software “never paired viewing data with personally identifiable information such as name or contact information, and the Commission did not allege or contend otherwise."

The resolution, he said, "sets a new standard for best industry privacy practices for the... [Read More]
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Feb 01, 2017 - 10:23 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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FrostWire 6.4.4

Feb 01, 2017 - 10:17 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 6.4.4

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Twitter is rolling out soon new features to counter abuse

Jan 31, 2017 - 12:54 PM - by Reverend
Twitter said late Monday it is rolling out features soon to counter abuse on its platform, though it did not provide details of the measures it is taking to address the problem.

“We're taking a completely new approach to abuse on Twitter. Including having a more open & real-time dialogue about it every step of the way,” wrote company CEO Jack Dorsey, referring to a tweet by Ed Ho, vice president for engineering, in which he promised the changes soon.

“This week, we'll tackle long overdue fixes to mute/block and stopping repeat offenders from creating new accounts,” wrote Ho in one of a series of tweets.

Twitter has been asked by a large number of users to crack down on abuse and harassment on its platform, with some even quitting the service after being harassed online.

Dorsey asked users in December to identify what were the most important things users wanted Twitter to improve or create in 2017, and he was able to narrow down on four categories of which one was abuse. The others were the flexibility to easily fix typos in tweets, and make it easier to follow conversations and find topics.

“We heard you, we didn't move fast enough last year; now we're thinking about progress in days and hours not weeks and months,” Ho promised in a message on Twitter. He did not provide details on what were the changes that the company planned to introduce.

A company spokesman did not also provide details, promising to reveal more in the coming days and weeks.

Twitter said in a statement that it is approaching safety with a sense of urgency, and will be rolling out a number of product changes in the coming days and weeks. Some of these will be immediately visible, while the others will be more targeted to specific scenarios.

“We will update you along the way and continue to test, learn and iterate on these changes to evaluate their effectiveness. You can... [Read More]
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