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Facebook Internet Drone Ready for Testing

Jul 30, 2015 - 10:23 PM - by Reverend
Facebook's solar-powered drone designed to beam connectivity to areas without Internet is complete and ready for testing, the social network announced Thursday.

The so-called Aquila drone, designed by Facebook's aerospace team in the U.K., has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 but weighs less than a small car thanks to its design and carbon-fiber frame. The goal is that the aircraft will eventually fly at a high altitude above normal airliners for up to three months at a time, bringing Internet to remote areas of the world using lasers and radio frequency technology.

"When deployed, it will be able to circle a remote region for up to 90 days, beaming connectivity down to people from an altitude of 60,000 to 90,000 feet," Facebook's VP of Global Engineering and Infrastructure, Jay Parikh, said in a statement.

Facebook first tipped the Aquila drone in March at its f8 developer conference. At that time, the social network had already completed a test flight in the U.K., but now the social network is ready for more comprehensive flight testing.

Here's the plan for how it's supposed to work: A ground station will transmit an Internet signal to a "mother" aircraft, which will then communicate with other aircraft in the area using laser technology, according to Andy Cox, engineering lead for Facebook's aviation team. Together, the aircrafts will form a sort-of "constellation," feeding wireless Internet to people within that zone down below.

The company said its laser communications team in Woodland Hills, Calif. recently achieved a "significant performance breakthrough" that could help this idea come to life. They've designed and lab-tested a laser capable of delivering data at 10s of GB per second, which is approximately 10 times faster than the previous state-of-the-art in the industry, to a dime-sized target more than 10 miles away. Facebook is now testing... [Read More]
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Microsoft promotes Windows 10 with new launch site and tutorial guide

Jul 28, 2015 - 8:07 PM - by Reverend
The new Windows 10 launch site reminds us all that the new OS will officially start rolling out on Wednesday, July 29. Microsoft has dropped a series of hints on the site trying to explaining why Windows users should upgrade. Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users for the first year. Further, the latest version of Windows offers a host of new features that Microsoft hopes will convince people to upgrade.

Microsoft is counting on Windows 10 to erase the bad taste of the touchscreen-focused Windows 8, which failed to catch on with consumers, especially PC users. The company is trying to get the new OS into the hands of as many people as possible. Beyond offering it free to Windows 7 and 8.1 users, Windows 10 will be available for members of the Windows Insider Program, who have been downloading and testing each new version, or build, of the OS and offering their feedback to Microsoft.

The launch site is trying to stir excitement through Microsoft's Windows 10 "Upgrade your world" theme. The site displays live tweets from Windows 10 fans from around the world as the new OS will be available in 190 different countries. Microsoft also has planned "fan celebrations" on Wednesday in 13 cities around the world. These celebrations will offer hands-on opportunities, demos, entertainment and "opportunities to meet the Windows team," according to the company.

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Amazon Prime Music Arrives in the U.K.

Jul 28, 2015 - 8:03 PM - by Reverend
U.K. Amazon Prime subscribers can now tap into the e-retailer's Prime Music service for no extra charge.

More than a year after launching in the U.S., the streaming service is expanding to Britain, where members can access tens of thousands of albums from chart toppers to classic artists.

Choose from musicians and groups like One Direction, Royal Blood, George Ezra, Paolo Nutini, and Ella Henderson, not to mention Bob Dylan, Madonna, and David Bowie. Or choose from the hundreds of customized Prime Playlists. For a more personalized experience, mix your own tunes with Prime Music and download songs to a mobile device for offline playback.

"U.K. customers loved it when we added Prime Instant Video and unlimited photo storage into Prime last year," Christopher North, managing director at Amazon U.K., said in a statement. "We said then that we were just getting started, and today we're introducing Prime Music—more than a million songs from bestselling artists, plus hundreds of Prime Playlists hand-built by our team of music experts—all at no additional cost."

Other perks include ad-free listening, access on the Fire HD/HDX, Fire phone, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, iOS, Android, PC, and Mac platforms, as well as any Web browser.

"Prime Music is the latest great addition for our U.K. Prime members and we think they're going to love it," North said.

Prime members in the U.K. can start listening to Prime Music online now; iOS and Android users will have to download the latest Amazon Music app. Everyone else can sign up for a free 30-day trial, after which you will automatically be charged £79 per year for an annual Prime membership plan.

The move comes less than a month after Apple launched its own music service. Listeners pay $9.99 or $14.99 per month to access all music on iTunes, 24-hour live radio stations, and DJ-curated playlists.
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Argos Launches Exchange For Your Unwanted Gadgets

Jul 27, 2015 - 9:30 PM - by Reverend
Argos has announced that it is teaming up with recycling experts WRAP to introduce a new product recycling scheme that will allow customers to get a quote or exchange their unwanted mobile or tablet devices to get money off in stores.

The service will be available in all 788 of Argos’ UK stores from today.

The launch looks to benefit from the fact that UK householders are estimated to have around £1 billion worth of electrical and electronic equipment in their homes which is no longer used. A recent WRAP survey found that two-thirds of those surveyed would be willing to trade in their tech products with reputable retailers.

To use the service, customers can walk into any Argos store, drop off unwanted tech items (which is initially limited to mobile phones and tablets), and receive an instant quote. If they then choose to trade it in, they will receive an Argos gift card, with the exchanged items refurbished in the UK and re-sold.

“As a leading technology retailer we know that our customers are looking for solutions to responsibly dispose of unwanted gadgets when they replace or trade-up devices,” said Amy Whidburn, Argos’ head of corporate responsibility.

“Our new scheme in conjunction with WRAP offers them a safe way to do this, in a really convenient location on their local high street or retail park, with the added benefit of receiving a gift card in return immediately.”

TechWeekEurope
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Android phones can be hacked with a simple text

Jul 27, 2015 - 9:26 PM - by Reverend
Android phones can get infected by merely receiving a picture via text message, according to research published Monday.

This is likely the biggest smartphone flaw ever discovered. It affects an estimated 950 million phones worldwide -- about 95% of the Androids in use today.

The problem stems from the way Android phones analyze incoming text messages. Even before you open a message, the phone automatically processes incoming media files -- including pictures, audio or video. That means a malware-laden file can start infecting the phone as soon as it's received, according Zimperium, a cybersecurity company that specializes in mobile devices.

If this sounds familiar, that's because this Android flaw is somewhat like the recent Apple text hack.

But in that case, a text message with just the right characters could freeze an iPhone or force it to restart. This Android flaw is worse, because a hacker could gain complete control of the phone: wiping the device, accessing apps or secretly turning on the camera.

In a statement to CNNMoney, Google acknowledged the flaw. It assured that Android has ways of limiting a hacker's access to separate apps and phone functions. Yet hackers have been able to overcome these limitations in the past.

The bug affects any phone using Android software made in the last five years, according to Zimperium. That includes devices running Android's Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop iterations (Google names its Android versions alphabetically after desserts).

Zimperium said it warned Google about the flaw on April 9 and even provided a fix. The company claims Google responded the very next day, assuring a patch would be shared with customers in the future.

Typically, in these situations, companies are given a 90-day grace period to issue a fix. It's a rule even Google abides... [Read More]
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CCleaner 5.08.5308

Jul 23, 2015 - 9:22 PM - by Reverend
CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimization tool. That removes unused and temporary files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space. The best part is that it's fast and Free.

Changelog

CCleaner 5.08.5308

CCleaner homepage
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AnyDVD / AnyDVD HD 7.6.2.0

Jul 23, 2015 - 9:19 PM - by Reverend
AnyDVD works in the background to automatically and transparently enable read access of the contents of a movie DVD as soon as it's inserted into the drive.

AnyDVD HD comes with same functionality as AnyDVD, but with additional features for full HD-DVD (High Definition DVD) support, including decryption of HD-DVD movie discs.

Changelog

AnyDVD / AnyDVD HD 7.6.2.0

AnyDVD homepage
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Microsoft Will Force Windows 10 Updates On Home Users

Jul 17, 2015 - 6:12 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has been so comprehensively burnt in the past by security problems and people running out of date systems that it has decided to take choice out of the equation for home users. So Windows 10 updates will be pushed automatically and the only choice home users will have is if the PC reboots itself, or waits for them to give the okay.

Of course there are advantages to this approach. Firstly, it means that everyone will be running the latest patches and security updates. As long as you use your PC regularly then you shouldn't ever face a situation where you're vulnerable for a bug that was fixed ages ago. And that's a good thing, because users present a huge problem in security.

On the other hand, if Microsoft breaks something with an update - be it software or even the OS itself - then users will be stuck with that until another patch can be issued to fix it. In some cases, with obscure software, that patch may never actually happen and it may fall to the software company to rewrite code. And again, with old software that may also never happen.

To some extent we'll only know how this works out once MS starts pushing updates, but for now it's slightly alarming. Perhaps though it's also a way to make Windows the secure OS that the majority of the public need.

Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users will have more control, so anyone who thinks this may be a problem can always opt for a Pro licence. Anyone currently using Windows 8 Pro will be migrated to that version anyway, so this may ultimately not be a huge issue.

PC Magazine
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