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Valve Discontinues Steam Link Hardware

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:15 AM - by Reverend
Valve has decided to stop offering the Steam Link hardware as an option and with it removed one of the easiest ways to stream your Steam games wirelessly or wired to a TV in another room.

The announcement was made on Steam yesterday, with stock of the Steam Link hardware already sold out across Europe and almost sold out in the US. Once they are all gone Valve will continue to support the hardware, but also the software version. It's possible to get versions of Steam Link for smartphones, tablets, and televisions without the need for dedicated hardware.

When the Steam Link device first appeared in Nov. 2015, it offered an easy solution for streaming games from a PC to a TV. Simply hook the Steam Link up to a TV in your home and then load the game on your PC. Your home network was then used to stream the game to the television, with the best experience gained through using a wired connection.

The box ran a modified version of Linux and offered compatibility with the Steam Controller as well as the Xbox 360 wireless and wired, Xbox One wired, DualShock 4, and Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710. Unsupported controllers that worked with the Steam Link included the DualShock 3, Xbox One wireless, Wii U Pro Controller, Nvidia Shield Controller, and the Switch Pro Controller.

Valve launched the Steam Link app for Android and iOS back in May this year. It allows your Steam games to be streamed to smartphones and tablets, but also smart TVs that support apps. However, Apple rejected the Steam Link app on iOS as it violated guidelines relating to user-generated content, in-app purchases, and content codes to name but a few.

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Fake Google Android driving apps claim half a million victims

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:11 AM - by Reverend
Over half a million Google Android users have downloaded a set of driving apps with absolutely no legitimate functions.

According to ESET security researcher Lukas Stefanko, the apps, published by a developer under the name Luiz O Pinto, account for at least 560,000 installs.

There are 13 applications in total, all of which relate to driving simulation in some way.

The Android apps include a truck cargo simulator, luxury car driving, motocross, and fire truck simulations, some of which displayed with very similar graphics to alternative, legitimate applications.

Once installed, the apps demonstrate no legitimate functionality. Instead, the apps hide themselves and their shortcut icons, requesting that the user download and install an additional .APK at the same time.

If consent is granted, the app then displays ads without permission when the mobile device is unlocked. Some previous users have reported that the apps also caused severe device slowdown.

The apps were reported and at the time of writing, appear to have been removed from the Google Play Store.

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Alexa can now make Skype calls

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:21 PM - by Reverend
Starting this week, you'll be able to make Skype calls on your Alexa devices. Basically the entire line of Echo devices will have the ability to make voice calls via Microsoft's VoIP platform. The Echo Show and its tablet-style screen will also be able to make and receive video calls.

In addition to calling your Skype contacts via Alexa, users will also be able to call mobile numbers and landlines using SkypeOut. The feature allows you to call existing contacts or a new number on Skype. You'll get 100 minutes of free calls per month for two months when you link your Skype account with Alexa.

In order to set up Skype for Alexa, open the Amazon Alexa app on your Android or iOS device. Go to Settings > Communication > Skype. You'll be prompted to login with your Microsoft account. Once you've successfully entered your username and password, you'll be able to make and accept calls from Skype through Alexa.

The integration of Skype and Alexa, which was promised earlier this year, is just the latest example of Amazon and Microsoft teaming up. The companies announced a partnership last year to make Alexa and Microsoft's voice assistant Cortona work together and earlier this year, Xbox One and Windows 10 got Alexa apps.

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Mozilla Firefox 63.0.3

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:57 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

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Firefox to Display Warning if You Visit a Site That's Been Breached

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:46 PM - by Reverend
The Firefox browser will soon issue a warning if you visit a site that recently suffered a data breach.

The warnings will appear on Firefox's desktop browser as pop-up notifications that tell you how many accounts were compromised in the breach.

The same pop-up will show you a link to Firefox Monitor, a free service that lets you check whether any of your internet accounts were ensnared in a data breach. Simply click the link and type in your email address to view whether your accounts were hit.

The new function will roll out to Firefox in the coming weeks, at a time when users are demanding more security and privacy features, Mozilla said. "Data breaches are common for online services," company privacy engineer Luke Crouch wrote in a blog post. "Some online services discover, mitigate, and disclose breaches quickly. Others go undetected for years." Making matters worse is that most people simply don't know that a breach has affected them, he added.

The pop-up warnings from Firefox will hopefully change this. It'll also give users a chance to secure their affected accounts—before hackers have a chance to take advantage of the situation. For instance, when a breach occurs, you should change the password on the affected account and enable two-factor authentication if available.

It's also good idea to make sure all your internet accounts are secured with unique passwords. Hackers like to check whether their victims re-used any exposed passwords on other internet accounts.

Mozilla built its notification system using data from security researcher Troy Hunt, who maintains an active library of all the latest data breaches at Haveibeenpawned. His site also lets you type in your email address to check whether it's been affected in a data breach.

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Microsoft is said to be building an Xbox with no disc drive

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:41 PM - by Reverend
When Microsoft launched the Xbox One, it banked hard on the idea that gamers would favor digital content over physical discs -- a gamble it had to backtrack on almost immediately after the console was announced. Now, according to a new report from Thurrott, the company may be revisiting the idea of a digital-focused game console.

Specifically, Thurrott claims that people familiar with Microsoft plans say that the company is planning to release an Xbox console without a disc drive.

Thurott's Brad Sams says that the console is basically an Xbox One S with the optical drive removed -- a change designed to bring the Xbox One hardware's price to the lowest point possible. The final unit is expected to cost $200 or less.

Already have a collection of disc-based Xbox One games? Sams says that won't be a problem. Alongside the new console, Microsoft is said to be launching a "disc-to-digital" program that will allow players to trade in their discs at select stores for digital codes.

If that sounds familiar, it's probably because it's somewhat similar to the game-licensing strategy Microsoft originally planned for the Xbox One -- a DRM-heavy system that made every physical game disc a one-time-use redemption key for digital games. Microsoft reversed that policy following public backlash.

On top of this rumored discless console, Thurrott also reports that Microsoft will release a revised Xbox One S console that retains the disc drive but still has a lower cost.

Neither console is confirmed to exist, but if Thurrott's sources are right, we should hear about them soon: the sans-disc Xbox is reportedly targeting a spring 2019 launch.

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Microsoft Warns Windows 10 Has An Expensive Problem

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:36 PM - by Reverend
Windows 10’s problems are growing. Despite the introduction of new monthly charges, the number of high profile incidents with recent updates (including one which deletes users’ personal data) is off the charts. And now Microsoft has warned there is another serious problem...

Spotted by The Register, Microsoft’s activation servers have started accidentally downgrading expensive Windows 10 Pro systems into cheaper Windows 10 Home PCs, then invalidating their licences. Needless to say, that's a nasty financial hit (Home is $119, Pro is $199) and affected users are furious.

“After updating to Insider Build 18277 my Windows 10 digital license became invalid. I don't understand!...No hardware changes, nothing has changed. I don't know what to do,” tweeted one affected user.

“One of our three-year-old Lenovo Yogas just decided to throw 0xC004C003 Windows activation error. Windows diagnostic tool says the machine has Windows 10 Home license...Dumbasses” tweeted another.

And it’s not just upgraders being affected. Problems with automated Windows 10 Home downgrades are being reported with fresh installs on different Windows Pro versions as well.

“Same issue on Dell computers running Windows 10 Pro 1803 that we just bought. Need to deploy to clients but they won't activate,” explained another user on Reddit.

On its official Answers page, Microsoft warns there is a “temporary issue” with the company’s activation server but has not disclosed any further details. As for users calling Microsoft’s call centres, the response is to simply wait for a fix.

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WinZip 23

Nov 02, 2018 - 9:37 PM - by Reverend
WinZip is the original compression utility for Windows, It is a powerful and easy-to-use tool that quickly zips and unzips your files to conserve disk space and greatly reduce e-mail transmission time.


32-bit | 64-bit

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