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Malwarebytes offers amnesty to pirates amid licensing overhaul

Jun 29, 2015 - 5:06 PM - by Reverend
Malwarebytes is extending an olive branch to software pirates as it tries to banish bogus licenses from its system.

The company’s Amnesty program flags potentially pirated versions of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium, and offers a legitimate year’s subscription (normally $25) in exchange. Legitimate users who’ve been mistakenly flagged as pirates can also ask for a longer subscription—or even a lifetime license—to match their original purchase.

As Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski explained in the company’s forums, many years ago the company made the mistake of using an insecure licensing key algorithm. This made it easy for pirates to generate their own keys, and for unscrupulous vendors to sell false licenses. As Malwarebytes’ user base has grown, this has led to bogus keys overlapping with legitimate ones.

Malwarebytes is now switching to a more secure licensing system, but in the process must deal with all those duplicate keys. The Amnesty program is designed to let legitimate users (and users who thought they were legitimate) request fresh licenses while attempting to convert some pirates in the process. Malwarebytes says the old keys will stop working “after a period of time.”

Some users in Malwarebytes’ forums have pointed out that it’s entirely possible for pirates to claim that they purchased legitimate copies and to request full lifetime licenses, as the Amnesty system doesn’t currently check for proof. However, Klecyznski suggested that the company may start checking some of these claims manually.

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FrostWire 6.1.2

Jun 27, 2015 - 8:17 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 6.1.2

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Facebook opens Messenger to everyone

Jun 25, 2015 - 8:07 PM - by Reverend
Messenger now permits people to sign up even if they don't have a Facebook (FB, Tech30) account. The new registration process began rolling out Wednesday in the United States, Canada, Peru and Venezuela.

It's just the latest in a string of recent moves to separate Messenger from Facebook.

In 2014, Facebook launched Messenger as a separate chat app and forced Facebook app users to download Messenger (or use the mobile Web version of the site) if they wanted to instant-message friends on their phones. This year, Facebook started adding third-party apps to Messenger, and the company also introduced a standalone Web version of Messenger this spring.

With these changes, Messenger is starting to look a lot like WhatsApp -- the messaging behemoth Facebook purchased for almost $22 billion last year.

Facebook hasn't yet said that it will combine the services, but a combination makes sense.

WhatsApp has 800 million monthly active users and is the world's largest mobile messaging platform. Messenger has 700 million monthly active users. If those services were to combine, they'd put a lot of distance between themselves and competitors like Tencent's QQ Mobile and WeChat apps.

Messaging has become a more important way for people to stay in touch as they start to tire of big social networks. The oversaturation of posts and updates can make places like Facebook feel isolating. Many people now prefer to share select aspects of their lives with small groups of people.

To sign up for Messenger without a Facebook account, users just need to confirm their phone number, name and upload a photo. Once an account is created, there is an option to sync contacts.

This is welcome news for people who have been thinking about deactivating Facebook but don't want to lose the ability to chat with friends who do use the platform.

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Windows 10 Desktop Wallpaper Revealed

Jun 25, 2015 - 8:02 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is getting ready to release Windows 10 on July 29 and a brand new operating system needs a brand new desktop wallpaper image. But a basic Windows logo just isn't going to cut it.

Windows 10 Bug ArtMicrosoft enlisted a team of artists to create something special for Windows 10. In a new YouTube video (below), the team shows how they used light and lasers to create the new desktop wallpaper. Led by motion graphics designer Bradley G Munkowitz, the team built two installations in a photography studio in San Francisco to essentially create the Windows logo out of light.

Windows 10 Wallpaper"The project's all about one-point perspective, and … looking at the logo itself as a portal that was allowing us to look into space," Munkowitz said. "In order to do that we had to develop some kind of weird techniques, kind of a camera mapping of the logo."

The camera mapping technique allowed the team to "create a volumetric area of light and haze and lasers and projections and little details everywhere — lens flares, aberrations," he added.

Munkowitz said a ton of design went into creating the image, and Microsoft encouraged the team to take the project in an experimental direction. The result is a different look than we've seen from Windows before.

"It's very exciting to be an artist in these times where your medium is constantly changing," Munkowitz said. "I love the idea of delivering one perfect, pristine still."

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CCleaner 5.07.5261

Jun 25, 2015 - 7:56 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.


CCleaner 5.07.5261

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Microsoft:Only ‘Genuine’ Windows 7, 8, 8.1 Users Eligible For Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Jun 23, 2015 - 7:42 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has cleared up confusion about who is eligible for a free Windows 10 upgrade, explaining that only ‘genuine’ Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users will be able to download the commercial final version when it is made available on July 29.

Windows Insiders have been testing preview versions of the software for a number of months, ironing out flaws and making suggestions. Microsoft says that when Windows 10 is released, insiders will have a choice of remaining in the preview programme or upgrading to the full version.

Essentially this means, anyone who doesn’t have a genuine copy of Windows 7 or 8, such as Windows XP and Vista users, will be required to stay in the Insider programme and subject to any potential bugs or flaws of preview versions if they want to continue to remain Windows 10 users.

“As part of the program we’ll upgrade Insiders to what is for all intents and purposes the same build as what other customers will get on 7/29, but that will be just another build for Insiders, and those who stay in the program will simply get the next build after as well,” said Microsoft’s Gabe Aul, who apoloigised for the confusion and said anyone who upgraded to Windows 10 would be bound to the terms and licenses of the ‘free’ update offer.

“This is not a path to attain a license for Windows XP or Windows Vista systems. If your system upgraded from a Genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license it will remain activated, but if not, you will be required to roll back to your previous OS version or acquire a new Windows 10 license. If you do not roll back or acquire a new license the build will eventually expire.

“It is our hope that the vast majority of Windows Insiders who have been with us since we announced the program last year will continue forward, and it was in... [Read More]
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Gmail now has an 'undo send' button

Jun 23, 2015 - 7:36 PM - by Reverend
Repentant emailers everywhere: Gmail just enabled an "undo send" button.

Remember that time you wrote something disastrously personal to a friend, but accidentally hit "reply all" and looped in everyone else? There's a way to reverse the damage you've done.

Gmail, the world's most popular email platform, now gives users the option to set time delay between 5 and 30 seconds before sending an email. You'll have that much time to hit "undo send" and save yourself heartache.

You can enable "undo send" by clicking on the gear wheel icon at the top right of the Gmail display hub, then "Settings."

Google announced this on Monday (June 22). It immediately started updating accounts, but it could take two weeks for this to roll out to everyone.

This option was previously available as an experimental feature in Gmail Labs.

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Jun 18, 2015 - 10:10 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.


Skype homepage
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