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Mozilla Firefox 53.0

Apr 20, 2017 - 5:53 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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Microsoft kills off security bulletins after several stays

Apr 13, 2017 - 7:46 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft this week retired the security bulletins that for decades have described each month's slate of vulnerabilities and accompanying patches for customers -- especially administrators responsible for companies' IT operations.

One patch expert reported on the change for his team. "It was like trying to relearn how to walk, run and ride a bike, all at the same time," said Chris Goettl, product manager with patch management vendor Ivanti.

The move to a bulletin-less Patch Tuesday brought an end to months of Microsoft talk about killing the bulletins that included an aborted attempt to toss them.

Microsoft announced the demise of bulletins in November, saying then that the last would be posted with January's Patch Tuesday, and that the new process would debut Feb. 14. A searchable database of support documents would replace the bulletins. Accessed through the "Security Updates Guide" (SUG) portal, the database's content can be sorted and filtered by the affected software, the patch's release date, its CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) identifier, and the numerical label of the KB, or "knowledge base" support document.

SUG's forerunners were the web-based bulletins that have been part of Microsoft's patch disclosure policies since at least 1998. Microsoft did such a good job turning out those bulletins that they were considered the aspirational benchmark for all software vendors.

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Microsoft will unveil Project Scorpio, the next Xbox, at E3

Apr 13, 2017 - 7:43 PM - by Reverend
Given the flood of recent details about the next Xbox, Project Scorpio, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a formal launch is on the horizon. Today, we have a date: June 11, a couple of days before the E3 exhibition in Los Angeles begins.

Given that it’s E3, which focuses on console gaming, Microsoft was expected to talk about Project Scorpio anyway. But Microsoft is committing to a full unveiling at the show. “We’re excited to unveil Project Scorpio and the amazing game experiences it powers at E3 this June,” Microsoft’s Phil Spencer wrote in a post to Xbox Wire on Thursday.

Microsoft’s spent the last week revealing details of what’s actually inside Scorpio: eight 2.3GHz cores (powered by AMD, though not with the new Ryzen chip), 40 Radeon compute units running at 1.17GHz ,12GB of GDDR5 memory, and a 1TB hard drive. Scorpio will be able to take advantage of AMD FreeSync 2-powered monitors as well, future-proofing the console for when the technology eventually arrives on living-room TVs. Microsoft also revealed images of the developer hardware to Gamasutra, with three USB ports on the front.

Microsoft executives said they’re shooting for true 4K, 60 frames-per-second performance, and showed off a Forza demonstration to prove it. Now, apparently, it’s on to the games.

“Ultimately, we know you care most about great games, whether they be exclusive, multiplatform, independent or AAA,” Spencer wrote. “We are proud of the diverse lineup of games coming this year that will only be playable on Xbox One and will play better on Project Scorpio.”

If there’s anything that Spencer’s post lacks, it’s a mention of the words “VR,” “mixed reality,” or “augmented reality”. Microsoft touted Scorpio as VR-ready. We won’t know if that omission is significant, however, until June.

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FrostWire 6.4.7

Apr 11, 2017 - 6:05 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 6.4.7

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Microsoft Windows says hasta la Vista

Apr 11, 2017 - 6:04 PM - by Reverend
On Tuesday when Microsoft released its Windows 10 Creators Update, it also said goodbye to Windows Vista. The company has officially ended support for the much-maligned operating system, which was released in January 2007.

"Microsoft has provided support for Windows Vista for the past 10 years, but the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences," the company said in a statement.

Vista will continue to work on the computers still running it. But if you keep using Vista on your computer, it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses because Microsoft will no longer issue updates.

For those running Vista, Microsoft spells out your options here. Needless to say, one of Microsoft's suggestions is to buy a new computer that runs Windows 10.

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Microsoft pushes ahead with Redstone 3, the next big Windows 10 update

Apr 11, 2017 - 6:01 PM - by Reverend
The Creators Update to Windows 10 hasn’t begun wide rollout yet, but already Microsoft is pushing out test builds of Redstone 3, the next major update to the operating system due sometime this fall.

The Creators Update was initially called Redstone 2, and last year’s Anniversary Update was simply codenamed Redstone. This third update will feature some ambitious new technologies, some of which Microsoft tried to have ready for Creators Update but could not pull off.

Windows Insiders have started getting Windows 10 build 16170, but it isn’t the first Redstone 3 build. Microsoft has been compiling Redstone 3 builds since February, but this is the first for Insiders. The Creators Update was Build 15063, so this is a big jump numerically.

However, the first build of Redstone 3 doesn’t actually include anything significant. That you can see. And it turns out at least one big feature, called My People, is actually there but hidden. Though the crew at Thurrott.com did some tinkering and got it to work.

My People was one of the features that got cut from Redstone 2. Judging by the report, it’s in fairly solid shape. You pin a contact to the task bar, just like you would an app, and are presented with multiple ways to contact that person, like email and Skype. While it worked, the writer described it as rather clumsy, so the app’s UI still needs some work.

Something else due in Redstone 3 is transparent live tiles. This feature is already on Windows 10 phones for the half dozen people who have one. However, the Start menu on PCs currently limits tiles to full opacity. Transparent tiles will be part of the Project Neon initiative to redo the Windows 10 UI and make it more customizable.

Microsoft is also working on the OneCore technology, where one build of Windows runs across all kinds of devices, and the full x86 app emulation on Qualcomm ARM processors is believed to be a part of... [Read More]
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Facebook is trying to school users about spotting fake news

Apr 07, 2017 - 7:31 AM - by Reverend
Facebook is launching a resource to help you spot false news and misleading information that spreads on its service.

The resource, similar to previous efforts around privacy and security, is basically a notification that pops up for a few days. Clicking on it takes you to tips and other information on how to spot false news and what to do about it.

The guidelines include looking closely at website addresses to see if they are trying to spoof real news sites, and checking websites’ “about” sections for more information. Some sites might look like real news at first glance, but their “about” sections inform the visitor that they are in fact satire.

Adam Mosseri, vice president of News Feed at Facebook, said he hopes people will become “more discerning consumers” of news.

The new feature is part of a broader plan by Facebook to clamp down false news stories, which gained outsizeattention in the months leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

False news, of course, was around long before the election. But supermarket tabloids peddling stories about aliens and celebrity miracles are less insidious than, say, “Pizzagate,” a false Internet rumor that led a gunman to fire an assault weapon inside a Washington pizzeria in December.

Facebook has been “working very hard to figure out how to get their arms wrapped around this,” said Lucy Dalglish, journalism dean at the University of Maryland. “Facebook was always very interested [in] technology but not the social and civic implications of technology. It's like they have become citizens.”

She praised the company for seeking help from outside experts, including academics, researchers and nonprofit journalism organizations.

The company, for instance, is working with outside fact-checking and media organizations to identify false news as such. And once they are identified, Facebook is trying to dry up... [Read More]
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YouTube will no longer allow creators to make money until they reach 10,000 views

Apr 07, 2017 - 7:25 AM - by Reverend
Five years ago, YouTube opened their partner program to everyone. This was a really big deal: it meant anyone could sign up for the service, start uploading videos, and immediately begin making money. This model helped YouTube grow into the web’s biggest video platform, but it has also led to some problems. People were creating accounts that uploaded content owned by other people, sometimes big record labels or movie studios, sometimes other popular YouTube creators.

In an effort to combat these bad actors, YouTube has announced a change to its partner program today. From now on, creators won’t be able to turn on monetization until they hit 10,000 lifetime views on their channel. YouTube believes that this threshold will give them a chance to gather enough information on a channel to know if it’s legit. And it won’t be so high as to discourage new independent creators from signing up for the service.

“In a few weeks, we’ll also be adding a review process for new creators who apply to be in the YouTube Partner Program. After a creator hits 10k lifetime views on their channel, we’ll review their activity against our policies,” wrote Ariel Bardin, YouTube’s VP of product management, in a blog post published today. “If everything looks good, we’ll bring this channel into YPP and begin serving ads against their content. Together these new thresholds will help ensure revenue only flows to creators who are playing by the rules.”

Of course, along with protecting the creators on its service whose videos are being re-uploaded by scam artists, these new rules may help YouTube keep offensive videos away from the brands that spend money marketing on their platform. This has been a big problem for YouTube in recent weeks. “This new threshold gives us enough information to determine the validity of a channel,” wrote... [Read More]
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