FrostWire 6.8.4

May 22, 2020 - 10:22 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 6.8.4

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'Microsoft Solitaire' Celebrates 30th Anniversary With 35 Million Active Players

May 22, 2020 - 10:03 PM - by Reverend
You probably didn't know, but it's National Solitaire Day. It's also the 30th anniversary of Microsoft Solitaire debuting on Windows 3.0.

Microsoft introduced the classic game in 1990, and Solitaire hasn't left Windows since. In fact, it remains popular throughout the world. Offered in over 200 markets and 65 languages, Solitaire attracts more than 35 million players every month. It's a user base that generates more than 100 million hands daily across laptops, desktops, smartphones, and tablets.

To celebrate, Microsoft kicked off a global mission that aims to shatter the record for most Solitaire games completed in one day. Microsoft reminds everyone that Microsoft Solitaire Collection can be downloaded and installed free on Windows, iOS, and Android. It's also playable through any web browser. So no matter the platform, you're ready to play as many hands as you'd like in Solitaire and not pay a single penny. Interested in the global mission? Microsoft encourages all players to keep an eye on its Facebook page for updates.

Additionally, Solitaire fans can grab merchandise related to its 30th anniversary – a t-shirt and a mug are available through the... [Read More]
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Original Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 source codes leak online

May 22, 2020 - 9:52 PM - by Reverend
The Verge reports that the source codes for the original Xbox console and Windows NT 3.5 operating systems have leaked online, but this is not the first time such leaks happen. Partial Windows 2000 and NT4 kernel codes leaked back in 2004, while large chunks of Windows 10 code got dumped online by 2017. Apparently, the original Xbox source code has already been passed around in private groups that work on emulators, so the latest leak will not really further improve the stability of existing Xbox emulators, unfortunately.

Microsoft immediately stated that it is “aware of these reports and [...] investigating,” yet, when asked about the impact of the NT 3.5 leak, the company chose not to comment. The original Xbox source code was launched in 2001 and the NT 3.5 code is even older, predating Windows ‘95, so there should not be much concern about any devastating hacks.

Nevertheless, the leak can still prove useful for aspiring coders, as the Xbox OS leak includes some build environments, the Xbox Development Kit, emulators for testing and internal documentation. Despite already having had access to such tools, third party emulator developers still cannot figure out how to properly run most of the original Xbox titles on PC. According to The Verge, only around 40 titles out of 900 currently have limited emulation support because Microsoft originally wrote the code for x86 hardware while using a custom stripped down version of Windows 2000 with DirectX 8 support.

The situation with the Windows NT 3.5 leak might be a bit different. Coders can now gain access to all the necessary build tools that facilitate a proper understanding of the NT 3.5 inner workings, and that could potentially prove to be problematic since snippets from the "vintage" code can still be found buried in the modern Windows NT 10 version.

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Facebook launches Shops as new online retail space for small businesses

May 19, 2020 - 6:40 PM - by Reverend
Small businesses can now set up an online store for free on Facebook and Instagram, the social network has announced.

Facebook Shops will enable users to create and customise a page for their business as well as choose which product to showcase.

The social network said the new feature has been designed to help small businesses forced to close and now struggling during the coronavirus lockdown.

The feature has gone live on Facebook and Instagram in the UK and Ireland on Tuesday.

Facebook said the new tool means that “any seller no matter their size or budget, can bring their business online and connect with customers wherever and whenever it’s convenient for them”.

The social media giant said potential customers will be able to find Shop pages on a business’s Facebook page or Instagram profile, and then place orders via the business’s website.

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Instagram adding Guides for recommendations, starting with wellness and COVID-19

May 19, 2020 - 8:16 AM - by Reverend
Instagram is launching a new Guides feature today that lets creators curate content together in a single location, with the first ones set to focus on wellness content in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the first Guides include one from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention called “Mental Health and COVID-19,” which collects the group’s content into a single, easy-to-find place. Heads Together, a mental health group, has similar Guides that collect Instagram posts reminding viewers to be kind to each other, practice self care, and talk about how they feel.

Guides live in a separate new tab on a user’s profile and aggregate several Instagram posts and videos with tips, commentary, and advice into a single place. Photos, galleries, and videos linked in Guides can either come from the user’s own profile or can be sourced from across other creators on Instagram; tapping on a photo or video in a Guide links users to the original post.

And of course, Guides can be shared to both Instagram Stories and in direct messages to other Instagram users. They’ll also start to appear in the Explore tab “in the coming days,” said the company.

For now, Guides appear to be limited just to the wellness-focused creators and companies that Instagram has selected to launch the feature, but it’s easy to imagine Instagram rolling out the tool for a much larger array of topics in the future.

The Verge
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Google Adding Dark Mode Support to Google Search App for iOS and Android

May 19, 2020 - 8:14 AM - by Reverend
Google is adding Dark Mode support to its Google Search apps for iOS and Android, with the new feature to begin rolling out this morning at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Google says that it wants to give search app users more options to customize their Search experience, and when *Dark Mode* is enabled on Android 10 and iOS 13, the Search app will be displayed in *Dark Mode*. The same goes for Light Mode, with the feature following the overall system settings.

*Dark Mode* can also be enabled or disabled using the Google app settings on iOS and Android, which enables *Dark Mode* for iOS 12 users as well as *iOS 13* users.

Dark mode is rolling out on Tuesday, and Google says that it will be available to everyone throughout the week.

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