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Apr 19, 2019 - 8:00 PM - 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.



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

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Mozilla Firefox 66.0.3

Apr 19, 2019 - 7:57 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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Google to police new app developers more closely

Apr 19, 2019 - 7:52 PM - by Reverend
Android developers new to Google's phone platform could have publication of their apps delayed for days as more rigorous checks are done on coders.

Google said it was stepping up checks on app-makers it had not seen before to thwart "bad faith" developers.

These malicious developers often create new accounts to avoid Google's checks, it said.

Others hijack existing accounts to exploit the good reputation which established developers have accrued.

One cyber-security company said it expected the move to "have a positive impact".

"We find that malware authors often change their account information to conceal their identities," commented Kristy Edwards, from security company Lookout.

She added that one malware creator had been found to have used 707 different ID codes to try to evade detection.

The "more thorough" checks will be done on application creators who do not have a "track record" with Google, wrote Sameer Samat, product manager for Android and Google Play.

Google would be taking days to investigate developers who open new accounts to see if they have links to "bad faith" developers who have a history of making malicious and unsafe apps, he said.

It was common to see such developers try to "game" Google's systems to get around the existing controls, he said.

App developers seeking to abuse the Play Store, or make malicious apps, would have their accounts blocked, he said. Humans would make the final decisions on blocks and suspensions.

BBC News
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BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down in May

Apr 19, 2019 - 7:44 PM - by Reverend
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for consumers is shutting down for good on May 31st. When Indonesia-based media conglomerate Emtek took over its development in 2016, it redesigned the app with modern features in hopes that it can better compete with more popular chat applications these days. Unfortunately, its efforts failed to drum up enough interest in the new BBM.

Part of Emtek's statement reads:

"We poured our hearts into making this a reality, and we are proud of what we have built to date.

The technology industry however, is very fluid, and in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on."

According to CrackBerry, one of the reasons why Emtek's BBM failed was because it became a bit too bloated with games, channels and ads -- extra features the enterprise version doesn't have. Now, to make up for the consumer version's shutdown, BlackBerry is making its enterprise-grade encrypted Messenger (BBMe) available for personal use.

BBMe is now available for Android devices, including the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition, through the Google Play Store. It will also land on Apple's App Store "soon." The application is free for the first year and will set users back $2.49 for a six-month subscription afterward -- it remains to be seen whether people will find it good enough to pay for when they have a plethora of messaging apps to choose from.

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Facebook to clearly explain how it uses consumer data: EU

Apr 09, 2019 - 11:01 AM - by Reverend
Facebook has bowed to pressure from the European Commission and consumer authorities by revising its terms, making it clear what it does with users’ data and taking responsibility when data has been mishandled by third parties.

The world’s largest social network is under fire on both sides of the Atlantic over a number of privacy-related issues that have exposed the passwords of millions of users.

The European Commission said the changes in comprehensive and plain language mean users will now see how Facebook uses their data to develop profiling activities and target advertising to finance itself.

“Now, users will clearly understand that their data is used by the social network to sell targeted ads,” Commission Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said in a statement.

The company will only unilaterally change terms and conditions where the changes are reasonable and will keep content deleted by users only when requested by enforcement authorities and up to 90 days.

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Windows 10 Switches to 'Quick Removal' for USB Drives

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:57 AM - by Reverend
With the release of Windows 10 version 1809, Microsoft is changing the way in which its operating system deals with external storage media, meaning we'll no longer be urged to "safely remove hardware" by default.

As Betanews reports, Microsoft offers two policies regarding external storage media: Quick Removal and Better Performance. Quick Removal allows you to safely eject a USB drive without fear of losing any data, but the performance of the drive is impacted to allow for this. Better Performance means the drive will perform better when plugged in, but at the cost of requiring a safe removal process be followed in order to ensure no data loss when unplugging it.

The default until now is for any USB drive to use the Better Performance policy, which is why we all see that Safely Remove Hardware icon pop-up in the Windows 10 notification area. However, with version 1809, Quick Removal will become the default instead.

You can opt to use the Better Performance policy by changing a drive's properties in Disk Manager (and enable write caching for the best experience), but for the majority of users Quick Removal makes more sense.

PC Magazine
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Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser is now officially available to test

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:52 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft is making its Chromium-powered Edge browser available to developers today. The software giant is releasing its Canary and Developer builds, offering daily or weekly updates to the changes that are coming to Edge. Both downloads are available on Microsoft’s new Edge insider site, and they are designed for developers to get an early look at how Edge is changing.

Microsoft has focused on the fundamentals of browsing, reliability, and extension support for this early version of Edge built on Chromium, and the company is looking for feedback about the basics to start. Encouragingly, this new Edge browser runs surprisingly well, with full support for existing Chrome extensions. Microsoft is even building in sync support for things like favorites, browsing history, and extensions to sync across Edge. Favorites is only supported in this early version today, but sync support will be gradually improved before this new version of Edge is more broadly available in a beta version.

Both Microsoft and Google engineers have been working together to improve the underlying Chromium project so that Chrome and Edge run better on Windows. Microsoft has had around 150 commits accepted into Chromium, paving the way for improvements to Edge and Chromium on Windows 10. That includes improving accessibility, smooth scrolling support, Windows Hello integration, and things like ensuring the touch keyboard shows up reliably.

“We’re working directly with the teams at Google and the broader Chromium community on this work and appreciate the collaborative and open discussions,” explains Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president at Microsoft. “These contributions represent work-in-progress and are not yet fully represented in the browser you can install today, so stay tuned.”

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WhatsApp now lets you control who can add you to a group

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:56 PM - by Reverend
WhatsApp today announced it is rolling out changes to its messaging app to give users more control over how they engage with groups, thereby addressing one of the most pronounced privacy issues on the platform.

The Facebook-owned service said users will now have an option to control who can add them to groups.

Users can choose between Nobody, My Contacts (people whose phone numbers they have saved in their phone), and Everyone — assuming they don’t have any reservations about random people adding them to different groups.

To add someone who has restricted access, users will be required to send a private message to the person with an invite link. That individual can then decide whether they wish to join the group through the invite link, which will be active for 72 hours.

The new feature is available in Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups, WhatsApp said, adding that it is beginning to roll the option out to some users starting today. The feature will roll out to users around the world in the coming weeks, the company added, but they will need the most updated version of WhatsApp to access it.

The rollout of this new option comes as a growing number of users have expressed frustration over the spamming and unwanted messages they have to deal with after people add them to groups without their consent.

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