Amazon drops plan to ban Visa credit cards in UK

Jan 19, 2022 - 10:54 PM - by Reverend
Amazon said on Monday it would not stop accepting UK-issued Visa Inc credit cards on its British website later this month as it had proposed, adding that it was working with Visa to resolve a dispute over payment fees.

"The expected  change regarding  the use of Visa credit  cards  on Amazon.co.uk  will no longer take place on January 19," the company said in an email to customers.

"We are working  closely  with Visa on a potential solution  that will enable  customers to continue using their Visa credit cards  on  Amazon.co.uk." 

Amazon said in November it would ban Visa's card because of the high transaction fees charged by the payment processor.

It said customers could still use Visa's debit cards, along with Mastercard and Amex credit cards and Eurocard.

A Visa spokesperson said on Monday: "Amazon customers can continue to use Visa cards on Amazon.co.uk after January 19 while we work closely together to reach an agreement."

Visa had said in November it was "very disappointed that Amazon was threatening to restrict consumer choice".

An EU-enforced cap on fees charged by card issuers is no longer in place in the United Kingdom following Brexit.

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Apple iTunes 12.12.2.2

Jan 17, 2022 - 1:24 PM - 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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FrostWire 6.9.7

Jan 14, 2022 - 7:18 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 6.9.7

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The Walkie Talkie feature is now available to all Microsoft Teams users

Jan 14, 2022 - 7:15 PM - by Reverend
A while ago, Microsoft announced it would be bringing more additions to its Teams app — including a Walkie Talkie feature. The wait is finally over for everyone, as the company has updated its mobile apps to enable it for all Teams users. As the name of the feature suggests, it functions by pressing and holding on a microphone button. Once you do so, you can speak and the other party will hear you live. When you’re done, you release the button, like any traditional walkie talkie.

Microsoft shared in a blog post that it’s bringing the Walkie Talkie feature on Teams to everyone (via The Verge). Users on iOS and Android can take advantage of it by making sure their Microsoft Teams app is up to date. The company also announced that it is teaming up with Zebra Technologies to include a dedicated Walkie Talkie side button on some Zebra phone models. These devices are commonly used by frontline workers, and having an easily accessible physical button would only make communication with coworkers simpler. The company is taking this approach because data shows that frontline workers are excited about new technologies and aren’t as stressed when utilizing them. It states:

'New data shows a shift towards optimism for technology to improve life on the frontline—63 percent of frontline workers are excited about the job opportunities technology creates and rank it third on the list of factors that could help reduce work-related stress, just behind better pay and vacation time. In Microsoft’s own productivity data, we’ve seen how the pandemic accelerated that change and drove a 400 percent increase in Microsoft Teams usage among frontline workers from March 2020 to November 2021. As the frontline faces continuous constraints from labor shortages and supply chain disruptions, they want technology that saves them time, helps them communicate more seamlessly, and maximizes their efficiency when completing repetitive tasks.'

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PCIe 6.0 Specs Finalized to Double Bandwidth for Up to 256GB/s via x16 Lanes

Jan 11, 2022 - 10:51 PM - by Reverend
The PC industry is still in the early stages of adopting PCIe 5.0, but that isn’t stopping development of PCIe 6.0.

On Tuesday, the standards group PCI-SIG published the finalized specification for PCIe 6.0, which doubles the bandwidth and power efficiency over the slightly older PCIe 5.0 spec. That means PCIe 6.0 can transfer up to 128 Gb/seconds in each direction over an x16 configuration, for “a maximum bidirectional bandwidth of up to 256 GB/s,” according to PCI-SIG.

In addition, PCIe 6.0 will be backwards-compatible with all previous PCIe generations.

PCIe is important because it functions as the standard interface used to connect PC parts together, such as graphics cards and storage drives. The same interface is used across servers and supercomputers, which need to process large amounts of data at high speeds.

For consumers, a major benefit to an upgraded PCIe spec is faster memory. Vendors are still in early stages of releasing NVME drives with PCIe 5.0. However, they can reach 14,000MB/s in read speeds, or about double what the fastest SSD drives built with PCIe 4.0 can achieve.

PCIe 6.0 is poised to take the speeds to the next level. But it’ll take some years before the technology arrives on consumer PC systems, as evidenced by the older PCIe 5.0 spec, which was finalized in May 2019. Only in recent months has PCIe 5.0 begun arriving in PCs through Intel’s 12th generation “Alder Lake” Core processors and supported motherboards. AMD, on the other hand, is set to begin adopting PCie 5.0 later this year with the Ryzen 7000 processors.

It's also up to hardware makers on when to adopt the spec. In the meantime, PCI-SIG standards group is promoting PCIE 6.0 as an important technology that’ll pave the way for data center operators to upgrade the speeds on their servers and supercomputers.

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Microsoft Discovered New 'Powerdir' macOS Vulnerability, Fixed in 12.1 Update

Jan 11, 2022 - 10:47 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft's 365 Defender Research Team this morning published details on a new "Powerdir" macOS vulnerability that let an attacker bypass the Transparency, Consent, and Control technology to gain unauthorized access to protected data.

Apple already addressed the CVE-2021-30970 vulnerability in the macOS Monterey 12.1 update that was released in December, so users who have updated to the latest version of Monterey are protected. Those who have not done so should update. Apple in its security release notes for the 12.1 update confirmed the TCC vulnerability and credited Microsoft with its discovery.

According to Microsoft, the "Powerdir" security flaw could allow a fake TCC database to be planted. TCC is a long running macOS function that lets users configure the privacy settings of their apps, and with the fake database, a malicious person could hijack an app installed on a Mac or install their own malicious app, accessing the microphone and camera to obtain sensitive info.

Microsoft has a detailed outline of how the vulnerability works, and the company says that its security researchers continue to "monitor the threat landscape" to discover new vulnerabilities and attacker techniques that affect macOS and other non-Windows devices.

"Software vendors like Apple, security researchers, and the larger security community, need to continuously work together to identify and fix vulnerabilities before attackers can take advantage of them," wrote Microsoft's security team.

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