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Facebook Messenger users can now send money to each other with PayPal

Oct 20, 2017 - 2:07 PM - by Reverend
Facebook is making a new push into the payments space by expanding its partnership with PayPal.

Facebook Messenger users can now send and request money directly in the app via their PayPal accounts.

Facebook Messenger and PayPal initially partnered last year to enable customers to link their accounts and use PayPal to shop on Messenger. The new announcement expands the partnership into peer-to-peer payments.

At the moment, the peer-to-peer payments system is only available in the U.S., where PayPal has over 2.5 million customers.

Additionally, PayPal customers can now use a customer service chat bot in Messenger allowing them to reset passwords, handle account inquiries and helping with payment issues in the app.

Facebook has been working on bringing payments to its platforms for some time, and this latest push makes it a competitor to other peer-to-peer payments options such as Apple's new Pay Cash, Square Cash, Snapchat's payments and PayPal's own Venmo application.

CNBC
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WhatsApp update lets friends track your location in real time

Oct 18, 2017 - 10:06 AM - by Reverend
WhatsApp is launching a new feature that will let contacts track one another in real time.

The messaging app has announced its live location tracking feature, which will allow users to share their movements if they're trying to find their friends or let them know they're safe.

The feature, which WhatsApp said is encrypted, asks users to set a time limit on how long their location is shared for and lets them stop doing so at any time.

"Whether you're meeting up with friends, letting loved ones know you're safe, or sharing your commute, live location is a simple and secure way to let people know where you are," said WhatsApp.

Despite the safeguards the app has put in place, it could lead to some concerns that people could be encouraged to share where they are. The update follows a row over Snapchat's Map, which reveals users locations. Unlike the Snapchat feature, WhatsApp users can only share their position temporarily and with certain contacts.

WhatsApp started testing the new feature in its beta version in January and says it will make the feature available in the coming weeks.

The Facebook-owned messaging service is also trialling the ability to recall and edit sent messages that haven't been read. There has been no further indication as to if or when the editing feature, which could ease the minds of people who panic after mistakenly sending texts, will be added to the app.

The Telegraph
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AnyDVD HD 8.1.9.0

Oct 18, 2017 - 10:00 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 8.1.9.0

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

AnyDVD HD homepage
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HyperSnap 8.14.00

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:26 PM - by Reverend
HyperSnap can take screen captures from Windows screen and text capture from places where system text copy is not possible. HyperSnap combines the power of a screen capture application with an advanced image editing utility - wrapped into one easy-to-use tool.

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32-bit | 64-bit

HyperSnap homepage
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Wi-fi security flaw 'puts devices at risk of hacks'

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:39 AM - by Reverend
The wi-fi connections of businesses and homes around the world are at risk, according to researchers who have revealed a major flaw dubbed Krack.

It concerns an authentication system which is widely used to secure wireless connections.

Experts said it could leave "the majority" of connections at risk until they are patched. The researchers added the attack method was "exceptionally devastating" for Android 6.0 or above and Linux.

A Google spokesperson said: "We're aware of the issue, and we will be patching any affected devices in the coming weeks."

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (Cert) has issued a warning on the flaw. "US-Cert has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the four-way handshake of wi-fi protected access II (WPA2) security protocol," it said. "Most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected."

Computer security expert from the University of Surrey Prof Alan Woodward said: "This is a flaw in the standard, so potentially there is a high risk to every single wi-fi connection out there, corporate and domestic.

"The risk will depend on a number of factors including the time it takes to launch an attack and whether you need to be connected to the network to launch one, but the paper suggests that an attack is relatively easy to launch.

"It will leave the majority of wi-fi connections at risk until vendors of routers can issue patches."

Industry body the Wi-Fi Alliance said that it was working with providers to issue software updates to patch the flaw.

"This issue can be resolved through straightforward software updates and the wi-fi industry, including major platform providers, has already started deploying patches to wi-fi users.

"Users can expect all their wi-fi devices, whether... [Read More]
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Microsoft pleads for more enterprise Windows 10 Insider recruits

Oct 13, 2017 - 9:11 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft has urged enterprises to boost the number of employee PCs that run the Insider preview of Windows 10, telling corporate customers that there have been "too few" participants in the testing program.

During an hour-long session at Microsoft's Ignite conference in Orlando, Fla., two weeks ago, Michael Niehaus, director of product marketing for Windows, told his audience that businesses need to add devices to the beta program, and that they should consider making it mandatory for everyone in an enterprise IT department.

"As many machines as you can possibly get into that Insider preview process, into the Insider preview program, the better," said Niehaus as he described Microsoft's advice.

Niehaus' session wasn't the first time Microsoft has banged the Insider drum. The company has promoted the basic program since 2014, and this spring launched an enterprise-specific spin-off, dubbed "Windows Insider Program for Business." Then, last month, Microsoft kicked off "Windows Insider Lab for Enterprise" to give IT professionals an opportunity to test-drive current and pre-release services and features targeting large customers.

And all along the Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) road, Microsoft has made it clear to companies that they should be running the Insider previews on some Windows 10 PCs.

At Ignite, Niehaus again made the case for enterprise participation, stressing both for companies' own good and to help Microsoft.

"You need to be looking at new features, and figuring out how do you want to deploy those new features, how do you want to implement those new features, how do you want to configure those new features?" said Niehaus of the two feature upgrades released to Windows 10 users each year. "That gets you prepared by the point of release to do those targeted pilot deployments."

In Microsoft's... [Read More]
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Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:34 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft appears to have abandoned its smartphone operating system ambitions.

The company's Windows 10 chief has tweeted that developing new features and hardware for the Mobile version of the OS was no longer a "focus".

Joe Belfiore added that he had also switched to Android himself.

Windows 10 Mobile tried to attract users by letting them run the same "universal apps" on both their PCs and handsets, but the concept failed to catch on.

The OS accounted for just 0.03% of the global market - based on smartphone shipments - between April and June, according to research company IDC.

The market intelligence provider said the news had been a long time coming.

"There wasn't a wide range of devices running Windows 10 Mobile, so it wasn't attractive to retailers or operators," said IDC's Francisco Jeronimo.

"And from a consumer perspective, the operating system didn't provide as good an experience as Android or iOS."

Mr Belfiore began a series of tweets on Sunday by discussing the recent launch of a test version of Microsoft's Edge web browser for Android and iOS - the latest in a series of releases of its core software for rival mobile platforms.

He then went on to respond to questions about whether there was any point sticking with Windows 10 Mobile.

He said that while Microsoft would support the "many companies" that had adopted the platform, he had switched to Android for the diversity of its apps and hardware.

"Of course we'll continue to support the platform... bug fixes, security updates, et cetera," he said.

Mr Belfiore posted Microsoft had tried "very hard" to incentivise other companies to release universal apps - even writing their software for them in some cases - but the number of users had been too low for most... [Read More]
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Mozilla to stop all support for Firefox on Windows XP and Vista

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:49 AM - by Reverend
Mozilla plans to halt all Firefox security updates next year to personal computers powered by either Windows XP or Windows Vista, closing that chapter of its browser's history.

"Today we are announcing June 2018 as the final end-of-life date for Firefox support on Windows XP and Vista," Mozilla said in an unsigned post to a company blog.

Windows XP and Vista have both been retired by Microsoft, XP in April 2014 and Vista in April 2017. Once dropped from support, an operating system stops receiving security updates from Microsoft. Third-party application developers, however, may continue to support their products on retired versions of Windows.

Late last year, Mozilla told Firefox users running Windows XP or Vista that they would be automatically migrated to Firefox's Extended Support Release (ESR), a release track designed for enterprises and educational organizations. ESR builds are updated with security fixes every six weeks, but do not receive new features or enhancements. Instead, Firefox ESR remains feature-static for approximately a year, at which time a new ESR is issued.

Mozilla moved Windows XP and Vista users to Firefox ESR version 32 in March.

The June 2018 date Mozilla tagged as support "end-of-life" was linked to Firefox ERS 52, which is currently slated to receive its last security update on May 1, 2018. The next update is scheduled for June 26, 2018, which means that Firefox on XP and Vista PCs should be protected from attacks from May 1 to June 26, because the first time Mozilla patches Firefox ESR without servicing Windows XP or Vista will be the latter date.

It's unclear what percentage of Firefox users run the browser on the two aged operating systems, but analytics vendors portray both XP and Vista as minor players. According to metrics company Net Applications, Windows XP powered just 5.7% of the world's personal computers last month,... [Read More]
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