Apple iTunes 12.12.0.6

Sep 21, 2021 - 8:47 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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Amazon to unveil latest Echo, Ring devices on Sept. 28

Sep 21, 2021 - 8:39 AM - by Reverend
Amazon is hosting an event next week to show off the latest editions to its growing lineup of Ring, Fire TV and Echo devices as well as updates on its services. The virtual event will take place on Sept. 28.

Amazon's invite on Monday didn't reveal much, but the retail giant could unveil updated versions of its Echo smart speakers and displays. During its fall devices and services event last year, Amazon unveiled the spherical fourth-gen Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Dot Kids Edition as well as the Echo Show 10.

Another thing we could get next week: a release date for the Ring Always Home Cam. Amazon introduced the $250 indoor drone -- a flying security camera that docks when it isn't in use -- during its event last year but didn't give a specific release date.

It's unclear if Amazon will have more in store for Fire TV. Earlier this month, the company debuted a new standalone streamer, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, as well as the Amazon Fire TV Omni and Fire TV 4-Series. The new Amazon-built TVs are available for preorder and slated to arrive in October.

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Microsoft will now let its users log in without passwords

Sep 17, 2021 - 7:32 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft has a solution for the familiar problem of needing to remember too many passwords: doing away with them altogether.

The company announced Wednesday that it will introduce a "passwordless account" option for all users of several popular services such as Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft OneDrive in the coming weeks. Microsoft previously made this option available to corporate accounts in March.

"You can now completely remove the password from your Microsoft account," Vasu Jakkal, the company's corporate vice president of security, compliance and identity, wrote in a blog post Wednesday.

Instead of passwords, Microsoft will let users sign in to these services with either the company's Authenticator app, which produces a unique numbered login code every few seconds, or with Windows Hello, which lets users sign in using facial recognition, a fingerprint or a unique pin. Microsoft users can also buy an external security key, like a USB drive with login information stored on it, or register a phone number to which Microsoft sends a verification code.

The change from Microsoft comes after a spike in cyberattacks over the past year. With the majority of corporate employees working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic, hackers have many more avenues to infiltrate a company's systems — and compromising passwords is one of their most common strategies. (Microsoft has also had its share of security issues in recent months, with its services linked to multiple high-profile hacks and breaches.)

Passwords can often end up for sale on the dark web, where they are bought and used to hack even more services. Hackers have even gone after password managers that aim to make login data more secure, with popular service LastPass hacked in... [Read More]
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Mozilla has defeated Microsoft’s default browser protections in Windows

Sep 14, 2021 - 9:56 AM - by Reverend
Mozilla has quietly made it easier to switch to Firefox on Windows recently. While Microsoft offers a method to switch default browsers on Windows 10, it’s more cumbersome than the simple one-click process to switch to Edge. This one-click process isn’t officially available for anyone other than Microsoft, and Mozilla appears to have grown tired of the situation.

In version 91 of Firefox, released on August 10th, Mozilla has reverse engineered the way Microsoft sets Edge as default in Windows 10, and enabled Firefox to quickly make itself the default. Before this change, Firefox users would be sent to the Settings part of Windows 10 to then have to select Firefox as a default browser and ignore Microsoft’s plea to keep Edge.

Mozilla’s reverse engineering means you can now set Firefox as the default from within the browser, and it does all the work in the background with no additional prompts. This circumvents Microsoft’s anti-hijacking protections that the company built into Windows 10 to ensure malware couldn’t hijack default apps. Microsoft tells us this is not supported in Windows.
Firefox now makes it easy to switch default browsers in Windows.

Mozilla has clearly grown tired of the more complicated way of setting up a default browser, a process that Microsoft is making even harder in Windows 11. “People should have the ability to simply and easily set defaults, but they don’t,” says a Mozilla spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “All operating systems should offer official developer support for default status so people can easily set their apps as default. Since that hasn’t happened on Windows 10 and 11, Firefox relies on other aspects of the Windows environment to give people an experience similar to what Windows provides to Edge when users choose Firefox to be their default browser.”

Mozilla has been trying to convince Microsoft to improve its default browser settings in Windows since... [Read More]
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WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption closes a longstanding security loophole

Sep 12, 2021 - 9:21 PM - by Reverend
Over two billion WhatsApp users are set to receive a major security enhancement as the app will now allow users to encrypt cloud-based backups via end-to-end encryption (E2EE).

WhatsApp users have enjoyed knowing that their communications within the app were encrypted, ensuring messages were viewable only by senders and their indicated recipients. This protection ceased, however, any time a messaging session was backed up to a cloud-based backup location such as Apple's iCloud or Android's Google Drive. This lack of encryption on the backed-up messages created a security loophole exploitable by parties ranging from law enforcement agencies to unintended malicious third parties.

The new E2EE functionality will ensure that these backups are no longer viewable by anyone, including WhatsApp or the hosting provider, that does not possess the required key. Once received, only the intended recipient can decrypt a transmitted message by using the private key, also known as the decryption key.

The newly available encryption functionality is a big step forward in ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of WhatsApp backup data transmitted and stored in the cloud.

While the new functionality does provide enhanced security for WhatsApp users and their data, it does not provide complete and total anonymity. Metadata information such as dates, times, senders, and receivers are still retrievable from the message. While this may not provide the content of the message to an unintended third party, it can provide some indication of the subject matter and urgency of the message. The encryption also does nothing to combat other security vulnerabilities such as compromised receiver endpoints and unencrypted intermediary servers encountered in transit.

WhatsApp will deploy the new E2EE solution to users over the next several weeks. Once deployed, the backup key vault service will be replicated... [Read More]
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FrostWire 6.9.5

Sep 09, 2021 - 7:50 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 6.9.5

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