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Google will no longer scan your Gmail for ad targeting

Jun 23, 2017 - 8:31 PM - by Reverend
Gmail is the de facto standard for personal email accounts, with more than more than 1.2 billion people using the free service. One criticism, however, is that Google scans your email for keywords so it can better target ads directly to you. Not anymore, though. Just like Google did away with email scanning in the G Suite enterprise version of Gmail, it will do the same for the consumer app. The new rule will go into effect later this year. Google's Diane Greene makes it fairly clear in a blog post: "Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change."

Of course, Google will still collect data from you in many other ways, including your search history, the websites you visit, videos you watch on YouTube, ads you click on, your location on Google-connected devices and more. Facebook and Apple have similar practices as well, so don't think you're getting away from it if you use the internet. The new Gmail data scanning policies just bring the consumer version of Gmail more in line with the rest of Google's products and services. You can, of course, change what you allow Google to see and use at any time within your Google account.

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Mark Zuckerberg Gives Facebook A New Mission

Jun 22, 2017 - 6:42 PM - by Reverend
When Facebook FB +0.04% filed to go public in early 2012, Mark Zuckerberg noted that the social network wasn’t originally designed to be a company. “It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected,” Zuckerberg wrote in Facebook’s S-1 filing, presenting the business as an engine supporting this goal.

Now, five years later, the social network’s CEO still believes Facebook’s primary purpose is a social one, but he’s ready to update this mission for the first time. At at time when Facebook has come under scrutiny for not adequately curbing the spread of false news and extremist activity on the social network, Zuckerberg is committing to making the world closer. On stage on Thursday at Facebook’s first Community Summit, a gathering in Chicago of leaders from 120 different Facebook Groups, Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook’s updated purpose: “Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”

Facebook’s new mission, Zuckerberg said in an interview at the company’s Menlo Park, California headquarters last week, doesn’t mean that the company is shifting away from connecting friends and family, but rather, that it’s broadening its focus to enabling people to connect with meaningful communities, too. Why do these communities matter, Zuckerberg’s case goes?: They help users find common ground, which helps people engage with new perspectives and become aware of different issues. Groups also offer individuals personal support, which gives them bandwidth to look outward and address the biggest human problems, like climate change and global health issues. Being exposed to common information and ideas isn’t enough to bring individuals together, the thesis continues -- they need to identify with people who seem different from themselves to adopt new perspectives.

“For 10 years, we focused on doing everything around connecting people with their friends and family,” Zuckerberg... [Read More]
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Atari Teases New Gaming Console

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:55 AM - by Reverend
Four years after it declared bankruptcy and decades after its wood paneled-gaming console first hit the market, Atari is working on a new gaming machine that might reignite its cult status.

The company suffered from mismanagement and faded into obscurity during the 1990s and early 2000s under the ownership of a French video game holding company. It's now profitable again, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais said in an interview with GamesBeat last week, and it is teasing a new product.

Details are extremely scarce—Chesnais says only that "We're back in the hardware business"—but he hinted that the new machine will be based on PC hardware.

A YouTube video posted earlier this month to a teaser website suggests that the new product will be called the AtariBox, and have wood paneling akin to the original Atari Video Computer System. But it leaves fans guessing as to the rest of the details, with little more than an offer to subscribe for email updates.

Atari's previous owner, French video game publisher Infogrames, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US in 2013. Realizing that its US subsidiaries, including Atari Inc., were the most viable parts of the company, it spun off those divisions with a skeleton staff of 10 people under Chesnais's leadership, according to VentureBeat. One of the restructured company's first moves saw it team up with FlowPlay to produce online casino games. It also released its own mobile games, like Roller Coaster Tycoon 4.

If Atari positions the AtariBox as a premium console with a combination of powerful hardware and retro styling, as the teaser video and Chesnais's comments suggest, it will be entering a crowded but lucrative market. Nintendo's retro console, the NES Classic, was almost constantly sold out during its limited run of less than a year beginning last fall. And Microsoft just unveiled its new Xbox One X, which could be the most powerful home game system... [Read More]
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Samsung to unveil Galaxy Note 8 on Aug. 26

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:52 AM - by Reverend
Samsung Electronics is expected to unveil the bigger-screen Galaxy Note 8 at a separate unpack event in New York on Aug. 26, according to news reports on June 20.

The Korean tech giant is reportedly finalizing the venue currently. Depending on the venue schedule, the phone’s launch can be adjusted but for now it seems unlikely.

Speculation was growing that the Note 8 could make its debut during the IFA trade show in September in Berlin. But sources say Samsung has decided to advance the launch before the release of Apple’s iPhone 8.

Its ill-fated predecessor, Note 7, was launched on Aug. 2 last year, about a month earlier than usual. Following the phone’s unprecedented recall, Samsung has strengthened quality control process overall for smartphones, adding more steps for safety checkup.

The latest flagship Galaxy S8 debuted in April, about a month’s delay compared to the previous year possibly due to Samsung’s probe into the fire-prone Note 7 and the tightened quality control.

Rumors are piling up about the upcoming Note 8. Some confirmed features by sources include artificial intelligence assistant Bixby, an upgraded stylus S-Pen, a 6.3-inch display screen that is slightly larger than the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+.

Samsung seems to have failed again in featuring on-screen fingerprint scanning for the new phone that is likely to come with a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. The sensor is expected to be located at the center, not next to the camera lens, considering complaints among S8 users about lens smudges.

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WinRAR 5.40

Jun 16, 2017 - 10:41 AM - by Reverend
WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.

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32-bit | 64-bit

WinRAR homepage
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Mozilla Firefox 54.0

Jun 16, 2017 - 10:39 AM - 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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Firefox homepage
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AnyDVD HD 8.1.4.0

Jun 15, 2017 - 7:06 AM - 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.

Changelog

AnyDVD HD 8.1.4.0

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

AnyDVD HD homepage
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Microsoft Forced to Release More Patches for Windows XP

Jun 15, 2017 - 7:03 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft this week issued rare security patches for older versions of Windows the company no longer officially supports, bolstering their defenses against malicious software from government-sponsored hackers.

SecurityWatchThe updates are notable because they are available for Windows XP machines, a version of Windows for which Microsoft ended antimalware support almost three years ago. They're intended to mitigate threats from future attacks similar to last month's WannaCry ransomware infestation, which crippled IT systems across the globe by encrypting files and asking victims to pay a ransom to get them back.

While ransomware is not a new problem, WannaCry was particularly worrisome to security experts because it originated from leaked hacking tools originally developed by the US National Security Agency to be used in cyber espionage.

Microsoft released WannaCry patches immediately after the attack, including for older Windows operating systems, but it says the new round of updates is designed to close additional loopholes that could be exploited in future attacks using state-sponsored malware. Windows XP users will need to head to the Windows Update Download Center to install them, while the Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 operating systems will download them automatically.

PC Magazine
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