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Facebook to clearly explain how it uses consumer data: EU

Apr 09, 2019 - 11:01 AM - by Reverend
Facebook has bowed to pressure from the European Commission and consumer authorities by revising its terms, making it clear what it does with users’ data and taking responsibility when data has been mishandled by third parties.

The world’s largest social network is under fire on both sides of the Atlantic over a number of privacy-related issues that have exposed the passwords of millions of users.

The European Commission said the changes in comprehensive and plain language mean users will now see how Facebook uses their data to develop profiling activities and target advertising to finance itself.

“Now, users will clearly understand that their data is used by the social network to sell targeted ads,” Commission Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said in a statement.

The company will only unilaterally change terms and conditions where the changes are reasonable and will keep content deleted by users only when requested by enforcement authorities and up to 90 days.

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Windows 10 Switches to 'Quick Removal' for USB Drives

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:57 AM - by Reverend
With the release of Windows 10 version 1809, Microsoft is changing the way in which its operating system deals with external storage media, meaning we'll no longer be urged to "safely remove hardware" by default.

As Betanews reports, Microsoft offers two policies regarding external storage media: Quick Removal and Better Performance. Quick Removal allows you to safely eject a USB drive without fear of losing any data, but the performance of the drive is impacted to allow for this. Better Performance means the drive will perform better when plugged in, but at the cost of requiring a safe removal process be followed in order to ensure no data loss when unplugging it.

The default until now is for any USB drive to use the Better Performance policy, which is why we all see that Safely Remove Hardware icon pop-up in the Windows 10 notification area. However, with version 1809, Quick Removal will become the default instead.

You can opt to use the Better Performance policy by changing a drive's properties in Disk Manager (and enable write caching for the best experience), but for the majority of users Quick Removal makes more sense.

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Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser is now officially available to test

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:52 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft is making its Chromium-powered Edge browser available to developers today. The software giant is releasing its Canary and Developer builds, offering daily or weekly updates to the changes that are coming to Edge. Both downloads are available on Microsoft’s new Edge insider site, and they are designed for developers to get an early look at how Edge is changing.

Microsoft has focused on the fundamentals of browsing, reliability, and extension support for this early version of Edge built on Chromium, and the company is looking for feedback about the basics to start. Encouragingly, this new Edge browser runs surprisingly well, with full support for existing Chrome extensions. Microsoft is even building in sync support for things like favorites, browsing history, and extensions to sync across Edge. Favorites is only supported in this early version today, but sync support will be gradually improved before this new version of Edge is more broadly available in a beta version.

Both Microsoft and Google engineers have been working together to improve the underlying Chromium project so that Chrome and Edge run better on Windows. Microsoft has had around 150 commits accepted into Chromium, paving the way for improvements to Edge and Chromium on Windows 10. That includes improving accessibility, smooth scrolling support, Windows Hello integration, and things like ensuring the touch keyboard shows up reliably.

“We’re working directly with the teams at Google and the broader Chromium community on this work and appreciate the collaborative and open discussions,” explains Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president at Microsoft. “These contributions represent work-in-progress and are not yet fully represented in the browser you can install today, so stay tuned.”

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WhatsApp now lets you control who can add you to a group

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:56 PM - by Reverend
WhatsApp today announced it is rolling out changes to its messaging app to give users more control over how they engage with groups, thereby addressing one of the most pronounced privacy issues on the platform.

The Facebook-owned service said users will now have an option to control who can add them to groups.

Users can choose between Nobody, My Contacts (people whose phone numbers they have saved in their phone), and Everyone — assuming they don’t have any reservations about random people adding them to different groups.

To add someone who has restricted access, users will be required to send a private message to the person with an invite link. That individual can then decide whether they wish to join the group through the invite link, which will be active for 72 hours.

The new feature is available in Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups, WhatsApp said, adding that it is beginning to roll the option out to some users starting today. The feature will roll out to users around the world in the coming weeks, the company added, but they will need the most updated version of WhatsApp to access it.

The rollout of this new option comes as a growing number of users have expressed frustration over the spamming and unwanted messages they have to deal with after people add them to groups without their consent.

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Virgin Media named worst ISP for outages by Which?

Apr 02, 2019 - 1:20 PM - by Reverend
Virgin Media has been named the worst internet service provider (ISP) in the UK for outages - out-doing even the much maligned TalkTalk for downtime.

The claim has been made today by Which?, the Consumers' Association, in new research released today. It comes a day after a new scheme from communications regulator Ofcom, obliging companies signed-up to it to automatically compensate customers for downtime

Virgin Media is among the participants, along with BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone, Hyperoptic and Zen Internet.

However, in the Which? research TalkTalk finished runner-up to Virgin Media, with one-in-ten customers being left with no internet connection for long periods, with BT and Sky not far behind.

The organisation's research also found that customers of SSE - the internet service provided by the gas and electricity utility - suffered the worst service, with long waits for engineers to visit to fix faults.

Despite accounting for almost 90 per cent of the market, there remains a high level of dissatisfaction with the 'big four' - BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.

Sky and TalkTalk are the lowest ranked ISPs in the Which? broadband satisfaction ratings, BT has been panned for poor customer service, while Virgin Media customers complain of regular-as-clockwork price rises.

Ofcom first raised the prospect of automatic compensation in March 2017 with a statement setting out its conclusion that "there is a need for an automatic compensation scheme to protect residential consumers who suffer from certain service quality failures with their landline and/or broadband services".

Days later, it added that the scheme would mean that up to 2.6 million customers would receive compensation of up to £185 million - an incentive for ISPs to improve service and reliability.

The money back scheme was finally introduced yesterday. In... [Read More]
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Mozilla Firefox 66.0.2

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:39 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

Release notes

Firefox homepage
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Windows 10 20H1 Gets a New Insider Build

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:36 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 to Insiders in Skip Ahead. The company is releasing a new build, 18865, for the 20H1 branch, though there are not any new features.

That means the build solely consists of minor improvements and bug fixes. Microsoft has included a number of fixes in this new build, though there isn’t really anything to be excited about here:

  • In Cursor & pointer setting, tooltips will now show when you move the mouse over the different color options.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator’s Copy command in Scan mode in Facebook’s “Write a comment” text field resulted in message “Item cannot take focus”.
  • Narrator now announces the toggle state of checkbox in Listview.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator read “has finished loading” multiple times when loading a new page in Chrome.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator did not read cell content in Excel when using F2 to edit.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator said “end of line” when navigated to an empty cell while editing a table.
  • Scan mode will now switch off to allow typing in the edit field of a spinner control.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator did not read aria-label information from button.
  • Improved Narrator’s fallback logic for controls with no accessible name.
  • Narrator will now present “invalid” or “required” properties on more controls.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator Braille showed the window title instead of the first line on the braille display when navigating to the beginning of the document with Ctrl + Home in a text editing area.
  • Narrator Braille user can now reliably activate links by routing key.
  • We fixed the issue where Narrator Braille did not render information on the
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FrostWire 6.7.8

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:39 AM - 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 6.7.8

FrostWire homepage
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