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May 22, 2017 - 9:27 PM - 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.



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

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FrostWire 6.5.1

May 22, 2017 - 9:26 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 6.5.1

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Mozilla Firefox 53.0.3

May 19, 2017 - 7:21 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

Release notes

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Facebook Messenger gets a makeover

May 18, 2017 - 6:05 PM - by Reverend
In the hope of making it as easy to use as possible, Facebook has given its Messenger app a makeover.

The app's home screen has been reorganised, with a top bar showing new tabs for Messages, who is Active, and favourite Groups, as well as a bottom bar for Home, Calls, the Camera button, People and Games.

The new look Messenger will be rolling out worldwide on iOS and Android this week.

In a release announcing the update, a spokesperson for Facebook said: 'Messenger is about people and how you connect with the people you care about - whether that's chatting with a group via text and stickers, sharing your Messenger Day, making calls via video or voice call, or interacting by playing a game.

'As messaging has evolved from text to richer forms of communication, Messenger has introduced new features to support that shift.

'Today's update puts the many ways people connect on Messenger front and centre.'

The new home screen is organised around making Messenger the central hub for connecting with both people and businesses.

All the current features are still there, but have been reshuffled to make it faster to find what you want.

Daily Mail
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Facebook cops $122M fine from EU over WhatsApp acquisition

May 18, 2017 - 5:56 PM - by Reverend
Facebook has been fined by the European Commission for "providing misleading information" during its 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp.

Facebook told the Commission at the time that there was no way for it to match a user's Facebook account with their WhatsApp account. Last August though, these accounts indeed became linked, and the Commission found that employees at Facebook were aware of this possibility back in 2014, leading to the company being fined 110 million euros, or about $122 million.

The social media giant's acquisition of WhatsApp was finalised in October of 2014 for $19 billion. The EU announced its investigation into Facebook last December.

"Today's decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of EU merger rules, including the obligation to provide correct information," said Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. "It imposes a proportionate and deterrent fine on Facebook. The Commission must be able to take decisions about mergers' effects on competition in full knowledge of accurate facts."

In a statement posted to its site, Facebook said it "acted in good faith" in its interactions with the EU.

"The errors we made in our 2014 filings were not intentional and the Commission has confirmed that they did not impact the outcome of the merger review. Today's announcement brings this matter to a close."

This isn't Facebook's only legal woe over in Europe. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations took exception to the company's August decision to share information between Facebook and WhatsApp, and has asked the Berlin county court for an injunction to stop the data sharing, and to force Facebook to delete any data WhatsApp has given it.

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Microsoft issues first Windows XP patch in 3 years to stymie 'WannaCrypt'

May 15, 2017 - 1:34 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft on Friday took the unprecedented step of issuing patches for long-demoted versions of Windows, including Windows XP, to immunize PCs from fast-spreading ransomware that has crippled machines worldwide.

To stymie "WannaCrypt" attacks -- which encrypted files on thousands of PCs used by the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS), causing chaos in many hospitals -- Microsoft published patches for Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003. All had been retired from support: Windows XP in April 2014, Windows 8 in June 2016, Windows Server in July 2015.

"We are taking the highly unusual step of providing a security update for all customers to protect Windows platforms that are in custom support only, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003," said Phillip Misner, a principal security group manager at the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRM), in a post to a company blog late Friday.

In fact, Microsoft has never issued security updates for software as long retired from support as Windows XP, which fell off the list more than three years ago.

Microsoft had the Windows XP, 8 and Server 2003 updates already in hand -- they were versions of MS17-010, a six-vulnerability fix delivered in March to newer editions, such as Windows 7 -- because it offers post-retirement assistance to corporate customers under a pay-for-patches program called "Custom Support."

The WannaCrypt ransomware spreads to other Windows PCs on a network by exploiting the vulnerabilities Microsoft patched with MS17-010; the malware can also infect other systems by sniffing for vulnerable machines connected to the public Internet. After WannCrypt is installed, it encrypts data on the PC, then displays an extortion note demanding between $300 and $600 to unlock the files.

"Given the potential impact to customers and their businesses, we made the decision to... [Read More]
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Snapchat's growth stalls in Facebook's shadow in 1Q report

May 11, 2017 - 10:49 AM - by Reverend
Facebook has been bent on copying Snapchat ever since the social media giant tried unsuccessfully in 2013 to buy what was then an ephemeral photo-messaging app.

Now, the company behind Snapchat is hoping to copy some of its larger rival's own practices, at least with respect to courting new users and, with them, advertisers.

But it's not going so well.

On Wednesday, Snap Inc. announced a massive loss and a continued slowdown in user growth, while revenue fell below Wall Street's expectations in its first earnings report as a public company. Just a week earlier, Facebook posted double-digit revenue growth for the first quarter much as it has consistently since its initial public offering in 2012.

Snapchat reported 166 million daily active users in the latest quarter, an increase of just 36 percent from a year earlier. In its first post-IPO report in 2012, Facebook also disappointed investors when its daily user base grew by only 32 percent. But at that point, Facebook had 552 million regular users, more than three times as many as Snapchat.

Almost $2 billion of Snap's $2.2 billion loss in the January-March period involved stock compensation costs related to the company's initial offering. Facebook had similar costs of roughly $1.3 billion.

But Facebook's revenue was $1.18 billion in its first quarter as a public company. Although Snap's revenue nearly quadrupled in the latest quarter, it only rose to $150 million. And that still undershot the $158 million analysts polled by FactSet had expected.

Snap's stock fell $5.50, or 24 percent, to $17.48 in after-hours trading.

Growth in Snapchat's user base began to slow down last year after Facebook's Instagram copied Snapchat's "stories" feature, which lets users post short video clips that disappear after 24 hours. Not to miss out on the trend, Facebook also launched disappearing stories... [Read More]
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Microsoft pulls plug on Windows 10's debut version

May 08, 2017 - 9:16 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft will issue the final security update for the debut version of Windows 10 tomorrow.

Windows 10 1507 -- Microsoft tags feature upgrades with a yymm label -- will receive its last security patches on May 9. The retirement date had been quietly announced last month when it appeared on several support documents.

"The time has now come to end servicing for version 1507," one of those documents stated.

Tomorrow is also May's "Patch Tuesday," the month's release of security updates for Microsoft's products. The company's selection of May 9, as well as answers several officials gave last week during an online Q&A, signal that it will retire Windows 10's versions on Patch Tuesdays, just as it has ended support for other OS editions on those 12 days throughout the year.

Stopping support for Windows 10 editions is as important to Microsoft's "Windows-as-a-service" model as is its cadence of shipping two feature upgrades annually. The company has pledged to support an individual edition, such as 1507, for just 18 months, not the 10 years it provided for previous Windows editions.

The cut-off guaranteed Microsoft would not be burdened by a requirement to maintain an increasing number of versions, letting it instead focus on just two iterations of Windows 10 at a time.

In the end, Microsoft supported Windows 10 1507 for 21 months rather than the pledged 18.

Using the 18-month lifecycle, Windows 10's second edition, version 1511 -- released Nov. 12, 2015 -- should also fall from support this month. But because of other arcane rules Microsoft follows, 1511 will be supported at least through October, according to Nathan Mercer, a senior product marketing manager, in a reply during last week's... [Read More]
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