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FrostWire 6.7.7

Jan 18, 2019 - 9:29 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 6.7.7

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Facebook could face record fine from US regulators, report says

Jan 18, 2019 - 9:27 PM - by Reverend
Facebook could be slapped with a record-setting fine for allegedly violating a legal agreement it had with the US government to keep its users' data private, according to a Friday report by The Washington Post.

Officials from the Federal Trade Commission, a privacy and security watchdog, have discussed imposing a record fine against Facebook, but the decision hasn't been finalized, according to the Post, which cited three people familiar with the matter.

The FTC started investigating Facebook last year after revelations surfaced that Cambridge Analytica, a UK political consultancy, accessed data from up to 87 million Facebook users without their permission.

The FTC's investigation is still ongoing, but the penalty against Facebook is expected to be larger than the record-setting $22.5 million the FTC imposed on Google in 2012, according to the Post.

Facebook has already faced hefty fines in other countries, including Italy, over allegations of data misuse. If the social media company gets fined by the FTC, it would be the first punishment against Facebook in the US.

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Microsoft to Remove Cortana From Windows 10 Search Bar

Jan 18, 2019 - 9:24 PM - by Reverend
The latest Windows 10 preview build, released today for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, moves Microsoft's digital assistant out of the Search bar, where it currently resides.

"Going forward, we'll be decoupling Search and Cortana in the taskbar," Microsoft's Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc wrote in a blog post. "This will enable each experience to innovate independently to best serve their target audiences and use cases."

Cortana isn't going far: Microsoft has moved it just to the right of the Search bar.

"When it rolls out to you, you'll find clicking the search box in the taskbar now launches our experience focused on giving you the best in-house search experience and clicking the Cortana icon will launch you straight into our voice-first digital assistant experience," Sarkar and LeBlanc explained.

Besides that, preview build 18317 improves Start reliability and launch time, offers a new font management experience in Settings (you can now simply drag and drop font files from File Explorer into the Settings > Fonts page to install them), and a simpler Windows Insider Program Settings page (to check it out, visit Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program). The pared-down Windows Insider Programs Settings page offers all the same functionality, but should make it easier to sign up for the program and set up your PC to take new builds.

There's also a long list of Windows Console updates and "general changes, improvements, and fixes."

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Facebook employs UK fact-checkers to combat fake news

Jan 12, 2019 - 8:36 PM - by Reverend
Facebook has employed a UK fact-checking service to help it deal with the spread of fake news.

Full Fact, a charity founded in 2010, will review stories, images and videos and rate them based on accuracy.

It said that it will focus on misinformation that could damage people's health or safety or undermine democratic processes.

Facebook said it was working "continuously" to reduce the spread of misinformation.

Sarah Brown, training and news literacy manager at Facebook, said: "People don't want to see false news on Facebook, and nor do we. We're delighted to be working with an organisation as reputable and respected as Full Fact to tackle this issue.

In a blogpost, Full Fact explained that users can flag up content they think may be false and its team will rate the stories as true, false or a mixture of accurate and inaccurate content.

It will only be checking images, videos and articles presented as fact-based reporting. Other content, such as satire and opinion, will be exempt.

If something is found to be fake, it will appear lower in the news feed but will not be deleted.

It will be tackling "everything from dangerous cancer 'cures' to false stories spreading after terrorist attacks, to fake content about voting processes ahead of elections", the charity said.

"This isn't a magic pill. Fact-checking is slow, careful, pretty unglamorous work and realistically we know we can't possibly review all the potentially false claims that appear on Facebook every day. But it is a step in the right direction."

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Mozilla Firefox 64.0.2

Jan 12, 2019 - 8:21 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

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Facebook Messenger reportedly tests dark mode in some regions

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:00 PM - by Reverend
Facebook Messenger is one of the first apps many of us check each day, but the standard blue, white and gray can be pretty harsh on these dark winter mornings.

We might soon see a solution to that, since the messaging app is testing an incomplete version of dark mode in some countries, Android Police reports.

Facebook teased dark mode in October 2018, when it revealed Messenger's simplified makeover.

Tipster Jane Manchun Wong tweeted that the setting is available on the Android version of the social network's messenger in some countries, but only for a small group of users. Not every aspect of the app is converted, so it might switch back to the standard colors unexpectedly as you use it.

"Facebook Messenger, seemingly due to prolonged external nagging, has started public testing Dark Mode in certain countries," she wrote. "They have put up a fair warning that Dark Mode isn't everywhere yet so don't complain when some UI burns your eyes off."

She couldn't confirm which countries the test was happening in, but noted that the dark mode setting appears in the "Me" section of the app.

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Samsung Leak Suddenly 'Confirms' Radical Galaxy S10

Jan 02, 2019 - 1:57 PM - by Reverend
The Galaxy S10 will be heavily redesigned and eye-wateringly expensive (the intriguing Lite version aside), but a major new leak reveals why gambling on Samsung's flagship version may well be worth it…

Fresh from a major Galaxy S10 Lite scoop, the ever-prolific, ever mysterious industry insider Ice Universe has revealed the flagship Galaxy S10+ is where Samsung will really push its design boundaries.

Having obtained official Samsung Galaxy S10+ cases, Ice Universe shows in a new video that the phone (which is expected to have a display up to 6.7-inches) has a chassis no larger than the 6.44-inch Galaxy Note 9. How? Making the tiny bezels of the Galaxy S9 even smaller.

But what are the other differences?

In an accompanying video, Ice Universe shows the Galaxy S10+ will switch up to a horizontally aligned triple lens camera (primary + wide-angle + 2x optical zoom) but perhaps the biggest news is what doesn’t change: the cases show Samsung has chosen to retain the headphone jack for another generation.

And, based on Ice Universe’s track record, this is information you can get excited about. In the last year alone, the anonymous leaker has successfully outed the final designs of the Galaxy S9 (details), Galaxy Note 9 (details) and iPhone XR (details) long before their release.

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Windows 10 Takes Over Windows 7

Jan 02, 2019 - 1:52 PM - by Reverend
Windows 10 has finally taken over Windows 7 in terms of usage. The OS, first released back in 2015, now has more users than Windows 7, according to Net Market Share’s latest report.

Windows 10 was lagging behind Windows 7, arguably one of the most popular versions of Windows to date. According to Net Market Share, however, Windows 10 now has a usage share of 39.22%, beating Windows 7’s 36.90% usage share. That’s as of December 2018.

The achievement is a big one for Redmond. Still, the software giant has a huge year ahead for itself, and that 36.90% usage share of Windows 7 is a major portion of the entire Windows userbase. Majority of Window 7 users continue to be enterprise customers, and Microsoft will have to continue pushing these businesses to slowly make the shift to Windows 10. That’s not an easy job, for sure, but considering Windows 10 is now the most popular version of Windows, the complete shift will happen eventually.

Microsoft originally hoped for Windows 10 to get a billion active devices within the first two/three years of release, and that, of course, didn’t end up happening. Although Windows 10’s usage rocketed up when the OS first launched, it’s no secret the growth has slowed down ever since the end of the free upgrade offer for older versions of Windows. We still can’t overlook the fact that Microsoft’s Windows 10 has been growingly steadily over the years, and the company’s Windows as a Service plan has worked out pretty well.

But now that Windows 10 is practically the most popular OS in the world, with macOS (as a whole) being used by 9.61% of users and Linux claiming 2.09%, Microsoft’s dominance in the desktop world will continue to make the company relevant in the consumer world.

The company has a huge year ahead of itself — with one big Windows 10 update expected in the first half of the year, and another in the second. Microsoft has focused on creativity and... [Read More]
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