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Microsoft starts Windows 10's 1803-to-1903 forced upgrade

Jul 19, 2019 - 9:07 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft on Tuesday began upgrading Windows 10 PCs running the 14-month old 1803 with the latest refresh, the May 2019 Update, aka 1903.

"We are initiating the Windows 10 May 2019 Update for customers with devices that are at or nearing end of service and have not yet updated their device," Microsoft said on its Windows release health dashboard. "Keeping these devices both supported and receiving monthly updates is critical to device security and ecosystem health."

Windows 10 1803, which was released April 30, 2018, will drop off Microsoft's support list on Nov. 12.

In May, Microsoft announced that the forced upgrade would begin in "late June." It was unclear what delayed the 1803-to-1903 migration.

The move marks the first time Microsoft has started to upgrade Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro personal computers since the April jumble of its update process. Rather than force consumers to accept each feature upgrade on the company's terms - since 2015, Microsoft had decided when each device was told to download and install a refresh - developers added a new "Download and install now" (DaIN) option to 1903, and refitted 1803 and 1809 with it as well.

DaIN lets users choose when to migrate from one version to another. If one does not apply DaIN, the current feature upgrade is not to be automatically downloaded and installed on the PC. The result: Windows 10 Home users could, for the first time, skip a feature upgrade by simply doing nothing. With DaIN, those running 1803 would be able to bypass the troubled 1809 by not choosing the option. (Under prior rules, Windows 10 Home users would have been forced to upgrade to 1809 before later moving to 1903.)

But Microsoft won't let people run a Windows 10 version indefinitely.... [Read More]
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Instagram will now warn you before disabling your account

Jul 19, 2019 - 8:59 PM - by Reverend
Instagram is now changing its policies when it comes to disabling accounts, including notifying users who are at risk of having their account disabled.

Not only will Instagram now give you a warning when content is removed, but the notification will also give you the option to appeal the removed content.

The appeals process will be available for content that was removed due to violations of nudity and pornography, bullying and harassment, hate speech, drug sales, counter-terrorism policies, and more will be added in the future.

If you file an appeal and win, Instagram will restore the post and remove the violation from your account.

When it comes to disabled accounts, Instagram has always offered the ability to appeal this in its Help Center. However, in the next few months, it will improve the experience by adding the option to appeal through the app.

Along with the new notification system, Instagram has also changed the policy on how it bans accounts. In the past, it would remove accounts which accumulated a certain amount of violations.

Going forward, Instagram will now disable accounts for this reason, as well as accounts that have too many violations in a set period of time. This brings Instagram's disable policy in line with its parent company, Facebook.

Android Central
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Chrome and Firefox extensions stealing customer data

Jul 19, 2019 - 8:54 PM - by Reverend
Users of Chrome and Firefox have been warned to check their browser extensions after a number of popular tools were found to be collecting and selling user data without permission.

Six extensions have been found to be hoovering up user information, an investigation by the Washington Post found, with data sent to a centralised platform.

Among the most popular tools were Hover Zoom, SpeakIt!, SuperZoom, SaveFrom.net Helper, FairShare Unlock and PanelMeasurement - all of which were avilable on Chrome, with two on offer to Firefox users. Overall, the extensions had been installed over four million times worldwide.

Dubbed DataSpii by security researcher Sam Jadali, the platform collated data collected by the apps and extensions over aperiod of time. Some extensions began gathering data immediately, but some waited several weeks to begin, with the average being 24 days.

This delay often meant users were not initially able to spot that anything was amiss, with Google and Mozilla researchers also apparently unaware anything was wrong. After this time, the extensions would download a JavaScript payload from Internet servers that included the data collecting code, but used clever methods to disguise what they were doing.

Jadali noted that these servers were linked back to analytics firm Nacho Analytics, which also had information on internal link data of major corporations such as Apple and Tesla.

All the extensions have now been removed from the Chrome and Firefox web stores, but users should still check to ensure their browsers are not at risk.

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Google has announced the launch of 65 new emojis with its AndroidQ

Jul 19, 2019 - 8:48 PM - by Reverend
Just one day after Apple showed off its new line of emojis, Google has announced the launch of 65 new emojis with its AndroidQ in September.

In February, the Unicode Consortium unveiled the new icons would be allowing Apple and Google to develop individual looks with unique aesthetics.

Both lines focus on diversity and inclusivity this year with icons portraying disabled people and couples of different genders and races.

Other additions also include sloths, otters and garlic as well as the usual categories of food, animals, activities and smiley faces.

But while Apple announced it would release its 59 emojis to its devices towards the end of the year, likely along with iOS 13 in September, Google will include the emojis in Android Q when that rolls out in August.

The search giant has launched 53 gender fluid emojis as part of its push to be 'more inclusive,' according to Fast Company.

In a major update to the 'Holding Hands emoji' typically used to represent couples and relationships, users will now be able to select any combination of skin tone.

This is in addition to gender, to personalise the people holding hands, opening up more than 75 possible combinations.

A new guide dog, an ear with a hearing aid, wheelchairs, a prosthetic arm and a prosthetic leg will be available in the emoji keyboard.

A sloth for when youíre having a slow morning and an otter are new additions to the animal category.

Daily Mail
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FrostWire 6.8.0

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:47 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 6.8.0

FrostWire homepage
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'Agent Smith' Android Malware Infected 25M Devices

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:37 PM - by Reverend
A new strain of Android malware has infected 25 million devices and modified legitimate apps with a malicious ads module, according to a report by the security company Check Point.

It's believed the malware originated from a Chinese internet company that helps Chinese Android developers publish and promote their apps in foreign markets. The malware was disguised as Google-related updaters and "vending modules," which hid its own app icons and automatically replaced already-installed legitimate apps with its own version without the user knowing. This lead the researchers to name the malware "Agent Smith" because its behavior is similar to the character in the film The Matrix of the same name.

The malware first appeared in popular third-party app store 9Apps and targeted mostly Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi users. However, of the 25 million affected devices, 303,000 infections were detected in the US, and 137,000 in the UK.

Apps that were modified include WhatsApp, Opera Mini, Flipkart, as well as software from Lenovo and Swiftkey. The malware detected which apps were installed, patched them with a malicious ads modules, and then re-installed them on the device. For the user, it simply looks like the app is being updated as expected. Once the update is complete, the owner of the malware can then profit from the newly included ads.

Check Point believes the same malware could also be used for more malicious purposes such as credit card theft, with the company's report stating, "due to [the malware's] ability to hide its icon from the launcher and impersonates any popular existing apps on a device, there are endless possibilities for this sort of malware to harm a user's device."

The security firm says they submitted data to Google and law enforcement agencies, and as of publishing no malicious apps remain on the Play Store. Nevertheless, the malware managed to... [Read More]
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