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Microsoft ships the final security updates for Windows 10 Home, Pro 1703

Oct 11, 2018 - 7:42 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has issued the final security updates for Windows 10 Home 1703 and Windows 10 Pro 1703, the feature upgrades that launched 18 months ago.

Microsoft labels its feature upgrades in a yymm format to identify their purported production dates, or when the code was finished. But contrary to the mm part of the ID, the upgrades typically begin rolling out in April and October of each year.

Customers running Windows 10 Enterprise 1703 or Windows 10 Education 1703 will continue to receive operating system patches for another year, with the last update for them scheduled for Oct. 8, 2019. Support for the upper-end SKUs (stock-keeping units) was recently extended by 12 months, from the once-standard 18 months to 30. Starting with Windows 10 Enterprise 1809 - currently in limbo after Microsoft halted distribution because of a flaw that deleted user files - the 30-month support will be awarded only to the xx09 upgrades, or those launched in the fall. But the additional Enterprise/Education support was handed out to all already-released-and-still-supported versions, including 1617, 1703, 1709 and 1803, as a kind of grandfather clause.

Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro for Workstation retained the 18-month support lifecycle. Users running one of those editions' 1703 build need to upgrade to the newer 1709, 1803 or 1809 to continue to receive security and non-security bug fixes.

Although Microsoft halted distribution of Windows 10 1809 earlier this week, it nonetheless provided security patches for that version, presumably for those who did install the upgrade but who did not encounter the deleted files bug.

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WinRAR 5.61

Oct 04, 2018 - 7:09 PM - by Reverend
WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.

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32-bit | 64-bit

WinRAR homepage
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Mozilla Firefox 62.0.3

Oct 04, 2018 - 7:02 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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Firefox homepage
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Facebook increases account deletion grace period to 30 days

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:54 PM - by Reverend
You may be determined to delete Facebook from your life after the Cambridge Analytica scandal and hacking reports, but the company wants to give you extra time for a change of heart. A spokesperson for the social site has confirmed to The Verge that it expanded the account deletion grace period from 14 to 30 days, giving you up to a whole month to revive your presence. According to Facebook, people have tried to sign into deleted accounts after 14 days. This offers an opportunity to make a "fully informed choice," the spokesperson said.

While the extension does offer some added flexibility, there's likely a very pragmatic reason behind it: the longer you have to restore your account, the more likely you are to come back. People who deleted their accounts in a moment of outrage (say, after a privacy breach) might not feel like they have to commit to that decision knowing their data will still be waiting for them weeks later.

There is a downside. If you are bent on deleting your account, Facebook won't truly scrub your data for another two weeks beyond its previous grace period. You're not very likely to see a breach during that interval, but it could be frustrating if you wanted to wash your hands of the service.

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New Version of Nintendo Switch Reportedly Planned for 2019

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:44 PM - by Reverend
Nintendo is planning to release a new version of the Switch to maintain the console's sales momentum, according to a new report from Wall Street Journal Japan. The unofficial report cites suppliers and “others with direct knowledge of the plan” as sources.

WSJ Japan’s sources reportedly told the publication that there are active discussions about new hardware and software functions and the cost to implement them – including upgrading the system’s “low-end” LCD display. The sources also indicated this new Switch could arrive in the second half of 2019, and perhaps as early as the Northern Hemisphere summer.

IGN
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Microsoft to Bring Keyboard and Mouse Support to Xbox One

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:48 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is opening the door for Xbox One developers to offer mouse and keyboard support for their games.

On Tuesday, the company said it's going to enable mouse and keyboard input on the Xbox One for its Insider Program, which gives owners early access to the latest development builds for the console.

The first game to take advantage of the support will be Warframe, a third-person sci-fi shooter. Xbox One Insider members will be able to play the title with a keyboard and mouse in the coming weeks.

"At Xbox, we're committed to bringing gamers more choice in what they play, who they play with and how they play," said Xbox platform director Jason Ronald in a post. However, it'll be up to gaming developers to determine whether they want to back the new peripheral support or simply stick with the standard gaming controller.

"It's important to note that mouse and keyboard support for games is added on a title-by-title basis, entirely at developer's discretion," Ronald added. "For all other titles, nothing changes. Mouse and keyboard input is not enabled by default for games."

Nevertheless, the company plans on announcing more games that'll support the peripherals on Nov. 10.

PC Magazine
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300 million people use Facebook Stories every day

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:43 PM - by Reverend
Facebook Stories appeared to be a major flop after they were launched, with seemingly few users adopting the feature in the months after it became available. But it looks like that's changing because Facebook announced today that more than 300 million people are using Stories on Facebook and Messenger every day. While the company didn't share what the rate breakdown was between the two, it's a sizable usage number, putting it closer to Instagram, which hit 400 million daily users in June.

Facebook has added a handful of features to Stories that better unite the main platform with the short video feature. Last year, it began allowing users to collaboratively contribute to Group and Event stories and recently, it introduced Birthday Stories, which collect all of your birthday well wishes into a single photo and video reel. Going forward, Facebook is working on interactive Stories as well as a music feature, which, similar to that recently launched for Instagram, will let users select a song, find the part they want to include and apply it as a sticker in their Story. Pretty much every socially-focused company copied Snapchat's video model, but introducing functions that made Stories make more sense within Facebook itself very well could have contributed to its growth over the last few months.

With more users taking advantage of Facebook Stories these days, the company is expanding in-Story ads to all advertisers around the world. Facebook, which started testing Story ads earlier this year, announced the expansion in a blog post today.

Facebook's version of Stories may have had a rough start, but the company seems to have successfully redirected its course. The 300 million daily users number reported today is double what the company was logging in May -- an impressive rate of growth that doesn't appear to be slowing.

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Sony enabling Fortnite cross-play for PS4 against Xbox and Switch

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:39 PM - by Reverend
Sony is finally enabling cross-play for Fortnite today. The PlayStation 4 maker had been blocking cross-play and progression between Fortnite on PS4 and Nintendo Switch / Xbox One in recent months. The move angered Fortnite fans who couldn’t access progress, skins, and purchases on an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch if they’d played on a PS4. Sony now says it is enabling cross-play for Fortnite fans.

“We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution,” says Sony’s PlayStation chief, John Kodera. “The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems.”

Meanwhile, Epic has said that it’s working on a solution for those players who ended up creating a second account to get around the previous cross-play restrictions. That solution should be available soon. “For players who created an extra account to play Fortnite on multiple console platforms, we’re working on two things,” the developer wrote on Twitter. “1) An account-merging feature to combine Battle Royale purchases, coming in November. 2) Enabling unlinking a console from one Fortnite account, and relinking to another Fortnite account. Coming in a few days.”

Sony has previously blocked cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One for Fortnite, Rocket League, and Minecraft, despite Nintendo and Microsoft supporting it. Microsoft and Nintendo teamed up to promote cross-play in Minecraft in an unusual move.

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