Android users will finally soon bid farewell to SMS

Nov 20, 2020 - 9:39 AM - by Reverend
Android users around the world will now have access to the new next-generation RCS texting standard as Google looks to finally do away with SMS once and for all.

While the concept for SMS was first developed by Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert back in 1984, it wasn't until December of 1992 that the first text message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the UK. Now 28 years later, Google is trying to replace SMS with the open Rich Communications Services (RCS) standard.

The search giant has spent the past several years working with the mobile industry and device makers in countries around the world to provide chat features in its Messages app based on RCS. The upgrade from SMS to RCS will allow users to send and receive better quality photos and videos, chat over Wi-Fi or data, know when their messages are read, share reactions and participate in more dynamic and engaging in group chats.

In a new blog post, Messages product lead Drew Rowny announced that its global rollout of chat features that make RCS universal is now complete and Android users around the world (except in China and Russia) can begin leveraging the new texting standard.

Keeping conversations private and personal information safe is of the utmost importance to Google which is why the company works to continually improve security protections to safeguard user data in Messages.

To protect user's chats further, the search giant is rolling out end-to-end encryption for one-on-one RCS conversations between people using Messages. Implementing end-to-end encryption ensures that no one, including Google and third parties, can read the content of your messages as they travel from one phone to another.

End-to-end encryption for RCS will begin rolling out to beta testers beginning this month and... [Read More]
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Apple iTunes

Nov 19, 2020 - 10:17 AM - by Reverend
You can use iTunes to create your own personal digital music library and easily organize and listen to your collection of digital music files. You can also create your own custom audio CDs and transfer your music to an Apple iPod portable digital music player.

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TikTok gives parents more control over what their teens can view and post

Nov 19, 2020 - 10:10 AM - by Reverend
TikTok is giving the parents of its millions of teenage users more options to restrict what their children can see and share.

The short-form video app announced a host of new parental controls on Tuesday, including the ability to decide what content teens can search for on TikTok, who can comment on their profiles, who can see what videos they've liked and whether their profile is public or private.

"Our aim is to strike a balance between safety and autonomy for teenagers as we work to create a safe and supportive place for self-expression," Tracy Elizabeth, the company's head of global minor safety policy, and Alexandra Evans, its head of child safety public policy for Europe, wrote in a blog post.

The new measures are part of TikTok's Family Pairing feature rolled out to certain European countries in February this year, which allows parents to link their account to their teenager's. The feature, previously called Family Safety Mode, allowed parents to set limits on how much time their children spend on TikTok every day, what kind of content they can view and the ability to limit or turn off direct messages.

TikTok is now expanding those features and making them available worldwide.

"As young people start to build a presence online, we believe it's important to give families tools so parents and teens can set guardrails together," Elizabeth and Evans said.

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2020's Most Common Passwords Are Laughably Insecure

Nov 19, 2020 - 10:06 AM - by Reverend
Chances are that if a password is easy for you to remember, a hacker can easily crack it. And despite years (and years) of tech companies warning consumers to use hard-to-crack passwords, plus two-factor authentication, people are still using laughably insecure codes.

Of NordPass' 200 most used passwords for 2020, the top three are 123456, 123456789, and picture1. Next on the list is just "password," but various number combinations, as well as qwerty, abc123, and Million2 also make the list. You should also avoid iloveyou, omgpop, ashley, chatbooks, princess, sunshine, dragon, and pokemon as passwords.

NordPass worked with a third-party provider to evaluate a database containing 275,699,516 passwords. Of those, only 122,894,788, or 44%, were unique. The others were repeats of common, easy-to-remember passwords that leave users highly vulnerable to online threats. Only 78 out of 200 of the most used-passwords this year were new.

If your password is among the top 200, NordPass cybersecurity expert Chad Hammond encourages you to change it immediately. “Most of these passwords can be hacked in less than a second,” says Hammond. “Also, they have already been exposed in previous data breaches. For example, the most popular password, ‘123456,’ has been breached 23,597,311 times.”

So what can you do to strengthen your security? Use complex passwords and store them in a password manager; some are free. Keeper, LastPass, and Dashlane are PCMag Editors' Choice password managers. You should also use two-factor authentication where available.

Here are the top 20 most common passwords for 2020; check out the full list here.

  • 123456
  • 123456789
  • picture1
  • password
  • 12345678
  • ... [Read More]
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FrostWire 6.8.8

Nov 17, 2020 - 9:31 AM - 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 6.8.8

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Microsoft: Xbox Series X Shortage to Persist Until Next Spring

Nov 17, 2020 - 9:29 AM - by Reverend
Bad news for anyone still trying to buy an Xbox Series X: Demand for the console is expected to outstrip the supplies until spring 2021.

Xbox’s chief financial officer Tim Stuart made the forecast during an investor’s event last week. “I think we'll continue to see supply shortages as we head into the post-holiday quarter, so Microsoft's (financial) Q3, calendar Q1,” he said.

According to Stuart, the supplies will only begin meeting the demand by the second quarter, which starts in April. “We'll have supply cranking over the next, what, four, five, six months. And that's when I expect to see really that demand profile start to be met,” he added. (A transcript of his remarks can be found at Seeking Alpha.)

Currently, both the Xbox Series X and Series S are out of stock at all the major retailers. To buy them immediately, you’ll have to go to eBay, where third-party merchants are hawking the hardware for at least twice the normal pricing. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait for retailers to receive more stock. Both Best Buy and Walmart plan on selling some Xbox Series X units, in addition to the PlayStation 5, during their Black Friday sales events.

During the investor’s event, Stuart also addressed Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Bethesda, and how the developer's games won't be made exclusive to the Xbox.

“What we'll do in the long run is, we don't have intentions of just pulling all of Bethesda content out of Sony or Nintendo or otherwise,” he said. “But what we want is we want that content, in the long run, to be either first, or better, or best, or pick your differentiated experience, on our platforms. We will want Bethesda content to show up the best as on our platforms.”

He went on to add Microsoft’s overarching goal is to use Bethesda's games to drive more users to Xbox Game Pass, the company’s Netflix-like service for gaming, which starts at $9.99. “If you think about... [Read More]
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