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  1. Did you choose to watch coverage of the second US presidential debate on your computer or phone instead of your TV? You’re not alone… in fact, you might be in the majority. YouTube reports that round two of Clinton versus Trump racked up 124 million worldwide views across live streams and on-demand videos, compared to ‘just’ 63 million TV viewers. That’s a roughly 40... Read more about YouTube tops TV views for the second presidential debate on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  2. Five months ago, Western Digital completed its acquisition of SSD and NAND flash manufacturer SanDisk, adding consumer SSDs and more enterprise SSDs to their existing portfolio of hard drives and HGST enterprise SSDs. WD is now introducing two families of WD-branded consumer SSDs, each derived from existing SanDisk product lines. The WD Blue SSD is based on the SanDisk X400 SATA SSD with minimal... Read more about Western Digital introduces Blue and Green SSD on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  3. Samsung Electronics said Tuesday that it is stopping production of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones permanently, a day after stopping global sales of the ill-fated devices amid reports that batteries were catching fire. The South Korean company said in a regulatory filing that it decided to stop manufacturing Note 7s for the sake of consumer safety. Samsung is struggling to regain consumer trust after a... Read more about Samsung Galaxy Note 7 halted due to batteries catching fire on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  4. Apple Mac Computers are considered to be much safer than Windows at keeping viruses and malware out of its environment, but that’s simply not true anymore. It’s not because Mac OS X is getting worse every day, but because hackers are getting smart and sophisticated these days. The bad news for Mac users is that malware targeting webcams and microphones has now come up... Read more about Apple malware can spy on your mic and webcam on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  5. Google suffered a setback in an age discrimination suit this week. A judge ruled that other software engineers over age 40 who interviewed with the company but didn’t get hired can step forward and join the lawsuit. The suit was brought by two job applicants, both over the age of 40, who interviewed but weren’t offered jobs. Specifically, the judge has approved turning the suit into... Read more about Engineers over 40 may join Google lawsuit on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  6. Google has spent a while reducing Chrome’s sometimes notorious demands on your system, but it knows that its web browser still needs some work. Accordingly, the upcoming Chrome 55 will include an upgraded JavaScript engine that significantly reduces the memory footprint. Given that many modern websites thrive on JavaScript, this should lead to some dramatic improvements — Google says its test sites (including the... Read more about Chrome memory issue is being fixed in December on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  7. It originally started in 2012, known as DVLUP by Nokia. The purpose was a little extra something to reward developers. When Microsoft acquired Nokia the program name changed to TechRewards. Recently Microsoft sent emails out informing developers that the TechRewards program will close on January 6, 2017. With Microsoft TechRewards closing on January 6, there are alternatives that Microsoft offers to developers to further... Read more about Microsoft TechRewards closing January 6, 2017 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  8. Walt Disney Co. is on the prowl to acquire assets to add to its Goliath media and entertainment business; at least that’s the chatter on Wall Street. Following reports last week Disney was considering a bid for the floundering but pioneering social-media platform Twitter Inc. the House of Mouse’s name was tied to interest in another buy: Netflix Inc. Shares of Netflix had moved... Read more about Rumors about Disney buying Netflix are circulating on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  9. Microsoft is building a Windows 10 version of its famous Paint tool. While the software maker has barely updated Paint in recent releases of Windows, the new Paint app will be completely overhauled. Twitter user WalkingCat has discovered video demonstrations of the new app, and it’s clearly designed with Windows 10 in mind. A launch video notes that the new “Paint Preview” app includes all... Read more about Microsoft Paint redesign coming to Windows 10 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  10. Apple has started showing ads in the iOS App Store for US users. Searching for popular terms like “taxi,” “calendar,” or “to-do list” delivers a banner advert for promoted apps above the search results. The company announced plans for this earlier this year, and a small number of iPhone and iPad users signed up to the iOS 10 beta have already been shown the... Read more about iOS App Store ads appear by Apple itself on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  11. Some Spotify listeners got more than just free music with their ad-supported software. Multiple users report that the streaming service was serving malware-laden ads that would pop up your default web browser in a bid to compromise your system. Reportedly, some of these didn’t even require your input to do damage. And they weren’t specific to any one platform, either — Linux, Mac and... Read more about Spotify ads served malware to your computer for a brief time on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  12. For well over a year, Microsoft has tried to position Windows 10 as a new type of operating system — one that’s continually updated without allowing for meaningful customer intervention, with security, driver, and software updates combined together by default and updated on Microsoft’s timeline. Pro customers can delay updates for a period of time, but non-enterprise users aren’t allowed to push them off... Read more about Microsoft will fix KB3194496 update loop on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  13. Thunderbird is a fast, flexible e-mail client. Brought to you by the makers of Firefox – the Mozilla Foundation. Thunderbird is a free, open source e-mail client. And just like Firefox, Thunderbird is cross platform, able to run on Windows, Linux, and Mac. Because Thunderbird is loaded with features, that makes the program a true convenience to use. For example, there’s support for IMAP/POP,... Read more about Thunderbird 45.4.0 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  14. During Google’s Pixel event today, Google announced the Chromecast Ultra, a 4K version of its very popular streaming device. The Chromecast Ultra will be able to stream 4K content from YouTube Netflix, and Vudu at launch, with films from Google Play Movies gaining support in November. HDR content — both HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats — is also supported by the Ultra. Google says the... Read more about Chromecast Ultra features 4K streaming coming November on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  15. Amazon is making a significant change to its Community Guidelines, announced today, which will eliminate any incentivized reviews, except for those that emerge from within its own Amazon Vine program. This program allows Amazon – not the seller or vendor – to identify trusted reviewers, and has a number of controls in place in order to keep bias out of the review process. Amazon has historically... Read more about Amazon bans reviews tied to free or discounted products on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  16. If you’ve felt like Netflix’s US catalog has shrunk dramatically since the company started making its own shows and movies, you’re absolutely right. Since 2012, Netflix’s selection of titles has dropped over 50%, from roughly 11,000 titles to about 5,300, according to streaming blog Exstreamist, which cites multiple former Netflix employees. Extreamist’s sources estimate the height of Netflix’s catalog size was in 2012, before the... Read more about Netflix catalog shrinks by 50% over the past few years on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  17. This week, Microsoft pushed out another cumulative update and reports of installation problems are widespread. While I don’t know how many users are impacted, based on comments sent to me, it’s certainly widespread enough that this is well beyond an isolated issue. The update that is causing the problem, KB3194496, is not installing correctly for users. The update, when it does fail, is causing... Read more about Microsoft pushes out a faulty Windows 10 update again on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  18. If you click the source links at most of our posts about Google products, you might notice there is a lot of Google blogs. Almost every Google product has its own blog – Android, Gmail, YouTube, Chrome, Google Fiber, you name it. I think Google finally realized the need to consolidate, and has created ‘The Keyword’. The Keyword replaces the former Google company blog (googleblog.blogspot.com), which has... Read more about The Keyword is Google’s new central company blog on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  19. HP has backtracked on a software update that blocked some ink cartridges made by third parties. A controversial firmware change made earlier this month meant HP printer owners using unofficial, usually cheaper, cartridges discovered they would no longer work. A campaign calling on HP to reverse the move was launched, backed by rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). In a blog post, HP... Read more about HP apologizes for ink blocking update on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  20. Lee Cheng is one of the few attorneys to fight back against patent trolls and prevail. And at the latest Ars Live event, we talked to him about his most famous case, how people can fight patent trolls today, and what the future of patent abuse will look like in coming decades. His answers, as expected, were incredibly candid and hilarious. In 2007, a... Read more about “Patents are bull” says Newegg’s CLO Lee Cheng on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  21. Amazon is already in the business of delivering packages to your door as quickly as possible, but now the company seems intent on cutting out shipping middlemen. A report by The Wall Street Journal claims that Amazon is building its own shipping service to replace FedEx and UPS, giving it more control over its packages and possibly allowing it to ship packages from other retailers.... Read more about Amazon delivery service may become their next big thing on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  22. Spotify is reportedly in advanced talks to purchase SoundCloud, according to a report from the Financial Times. The move would give Spotify a larger library of content — SoundCloud has over 125 million songs — and remove a competitor from the streaming music landscape after SoundCloud launched its own paid service earlier this year. But outside of that the benefits of the acquisition seem limited for Spotify.... Read more about Spotify in talks of purchasing SoundCloud on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  23. LibreOffice is the most actively developed free and open source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation. It was forked from OpenOffice.org in 2010, which was an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice. The LibreOffice suite comprises programs for word processing, the creation and editing of spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and drawings, working with databases, and composing mathematical formulae. It is available in 110... Read more about LibreOffice 5.2.2 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  24. 7-zip is a completely free, open source file archiver for compression and decompression. 7-Zip uses its own 7z archive format, but can read and write several other archive formats. The program can be used from a command-line interface as the command p7zip, as a graphical user interface, or with a window-based shell integration. 7-Zip works in Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, Vista, XP, 2012, 2008,... Read more about 7-Zip 16.03 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  25. ShareX captures or records any area of your screen at the press of a key. Free and completely open-source. ShareX is like a swiss army knife of screen capture convenience. You can take a screenshot or a screencast, upload it and get the URL copied to your clipboard with a single hotkey. ShareX supports over 50 different image, text, and file hosting services such... Read more about ShareX 11.3.0 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
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