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  1. The Linux kernel today faces an unprecedented safety crisis. Much like when Ralph Nader famously told the American public that their cars were “unsafe at any speed” back in 1965, numerous security developers told the 2016 Linux Security Summit in Toronto that the operating system needs a total rethink to keep it fit for purpose. No longer the niche concern of years past, Linux... Read more about Linux kernel security needs an overhaul on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  2. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has called on HP to restore customer’s ability to use third-party ink cartridges in its Office Jet printers. It is also urging consumers to sign a petition, which as of this posts’s publication, has nearly 7,500 signatures. In an open letter to HP Inc. President and CEO, Dion Weisler, activist Cory Doctorow calls on the company to take five steps... Read more about EFF calls for HP DRM removal from their printers on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  3. The organization that develops Firefox has recommended the browser block digital credentials issued by a China-based certificate authority for 12 months after discovering it cut corners that undermine the entire transport layer security system that encrypts and authenticates websites. The browser-trusted WoSign authority intentionally back-dated certificates it has issued over the past nine months to avoid an industry-mandated ban on the use of the... Read more about Firefox to block WoSign certificates after web security risks on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  4. As Microsoft continues to open up new data centers, the company is now committing itself to making itself more green. As part of its commitment, it says it will achieve 50% renewable energy use by 2018. Not only has the company promised 50% renewable energy use by 2018, it has also provided a future promise of 60% as we head into the 2020s. This brings... Read more about Microsoft’s renewable energy goal of 50% expected by 2018 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  5. Facebook has been ordered to stop collecting and storing data on WhatsApp users in Germany, marking the first regulatory challenge to a controversial data-sharing scheme that the social media company announced in August. In a statement published Tuesday, Germany’s privacy watchdog said that sharing WhatsApp user data with Facebook, the messaging app’s parent company, constitutes “an infringement of national data protection law.” The regulatory body also... Read more about Germany orders WhatsApp data collection halt to Facebook on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  6. Microsoft is using its Ignite conference this week as the launch pad for Windows Server 2016, System Center 2016, and Technical Preview 2 of its Azure Stack hybrid system. An evaluation edition of the release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows Server 2016 is available for download today. Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 will be on the October 1 price list, and... Read more about Windows Server 2016 coming mid-October on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  7. Firefox (referred to as Fx) is a free and open source browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Mozilla’s team continues to focus on fixing bugs and adding useful features. Improving the user experience is especially important to the team. Users will enjoy that Firefox focuses on speed, privacy, and security. In fact, you’ll get all of these things straight out of the box. Features... Read more about Firefox 49.0.1 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  8. Snapchat’s name has disappeared. On Friday, the company announced in a Wall Street Journal article that it was changing its name to Snap Inc. The name is more fitting since the company is now more than just a social app, CEO Evan Spiegel told The Journal. Snapchat is now branching into new territory: smart sunglasses. Called Spectacles, the pairs will sell for $129 —... Read more about Snapchat is now Snap Inc. on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  9. OnHub-schmonhub: two sources are now telling us that Google will introduce an own-brand Wi-Fi router called Google Wifi, and that the device will cost $129. A source that has proved reliable in the past has told us that the device will be launched alongside Google’s Pixel phones, Google Home, and the 4K ‘Chromecast Ultra’ on October 4th. That source additionally claims that Google will... Read more about Google will introduce Google Wifi router October 4th on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  10. As if a report that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel had been spotted wearing a pair of camera-packing sunglasses wasn’t enough, now Business Insider says it has an ad or demo video showing the product. Apparently posted to YouTube until it was taken down by a Snapchat claim, it shows “Spectacles by Snapchat” or “Snapchat Spectacles” briefly, then video from the perspective of the wearer.... Read more about Snapchat Spectacles are camera-equipped sunglasses on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  11. Twitter continues to inch its way to a sale process, and the latest developments come in the form of alleged bids from potential buyers. Today CNBC is reporting, and we have also independently heard, that both Google and Salesforce are interested in buying the company. We have additionally heard that Microsoft and Verizon have also been knocking, although right now Verizon (which also owns AOL, which owns us), may... Read more about Twitter sale looked into by Microsoft, Google, and others on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  12. Facebook has been overestimating the average time it told advertisers that users were spending watching videos on its platform for two years, possibly affecting marketer spending on Facebook ads. The metric was artificially inflated because it only counted videos as viewed if they had been seen for three or more seconds, not taking into account shorter views, the company revealed several weeks ago in... Read more about Facebook inflated video stats for two years on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  13. A new survey has found that 77% of ad blocking users feel “some guilt” about blocking ads. This goes against common stereotypes that ad blocking users don’t care about digital content publishers losing revenue, and suggests that if publishers took steps to make their ads less intrusive and less annoying, users might be more tolerant of their advertising. Gladly, an adtech startup, surveyed 243... Read more about Goodblock reports 77% of users feel guilty for blocking ads on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  14. There’s a story going round that Lenovo have signed an agreement with Microsoft that prevents installing free operating systems. This is sensationalist, untrue and distracts from a genuine problem. The background is straightforward. Intel platforms allow the storage to be configured in two different ways – “standard” (normal AHCI on SATA systems, normal NVMe on NVMe systems) or “RAID”. “RAID” mode is typically just... Read more about Microsoft not involved in Lenovo blocking Linux on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  15. Firefox (referred to as Fx) is a free and open source browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Mozilla’s team continues to focus on fixing bugs and adding useful features. Improving the user experience is especially important to the team. Users will enjoy that Firefox focuses on speed, privacy, and security. In fact, you’ll get all of these things straight out of the box. Features... Read more about Firefox 49 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  16. The verdict is in: Twitter’s first NFL livestream was a hit. According to the NFL numbers, Twitter grabbed the overwhelming majority of the game’s digital audience of 2.4 million viewers. In total, Twitter reached 2.3 million global viewers during both the pregame show and the main attraction, which saw rivals the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills battle it out. The game alone... Read more about Twitter’s first NFL livestream was a hit with two million viewers on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  17. Google has this week announced that a new responsive design will be rolling out to their Gmail service with an aim of providing a more optimised layout for every screen. The new support is expected to roll out in the coming weeks, and will remove the different formatting is that can sometimes be a hindrance when you start reading an email on your desktop... Read more about Gmail’s responsive design is coming soon on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  18. When WhatsApp, the messaging app, launched in 2009, it struck me as one of the most interesting innovations I’d seen in ages – for two reasons. The first was that it seemed beautifully designed from the outset: it was clean, minimalist and efficient; and, secondly, it had a business model that did not depend on advertising. Instead, users got a year free, after which... Read more about WhatsApp may nudge you into sharing data with Facebook on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  19. Investigation of an online printer ink retailer shows that HP has programmed a date in its printer firmware on which unofficial non-HP cartridges would fail. Thousands of HP printers around the world started to show error messages on the same day, the 13th of September 2016. On that date HP printers with non-HP cartridges started to show the error message, “One or more cartridges appear... Read more about HP pre-programmed failure dates for unofficial cartridges on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  20. Mozilla officials say they’ll release a Firefox update on Tuesday that fixes the same cross-platform, malicious code-execution vulnerability patched Friday in the Tor browser. The vulnerability allows an attacker who has a man-in-the-middle position and is able to obtain a forged certificate to impersonate Mozilla servers, Tor officials warned in an advisory. From there, the attacker could deliver a malicious update for NoScript or... Read more about Mozilla will fix weakness in certificates that also affected Tor on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  21. What a difference 15 years makes. Back in 2001, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was busy branding Linux “a cancer” during the height of the software giant’s domination of desktop computing. Fast forward to 2016 and you’ll find Microsoft confessing its love for everything open source and Linux. It’s a stunning turnaround that’s now backed up by Microsoft’s serious attention to the open source... Read more about When it comes to Github contributions Microsoft loves Linux on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  22. Is the Macbook Pro headphone jack next? First Apple killed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Now Apple has their eyes set on the MacBook Pro. Currently a survey is circulating asking if users are making use of the headphone jack on their MacBook Pro. This comes less than two weeks after the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus made it’s debut to... Read more about Apple may kill the MacBook Pro headphone jack next on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  23. Microsoft researchers have reached a milestone in the quest for computers to understand speech as well as humans. Xuedong Huang, the company’s chief speech scientist, reports that in a recent benchmark evaluation against the industry standard Switchboard speech recognition task, Microsoft researchers achieved a word error rate (WER) of 6.3 percent, the lowest in the industry. In a research paper published Tuesday, the scientists... Read more about Microsoft achieves milestone in speech recognition on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  24. Facebook makes value judgements about what can appear in News Feed and what’s censored, but insists its a tech company not a media editor. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF, writer Josh Constine sat down with Adam Mosseri, a VP at Facebook and head of News Feed, to hear more about how policies control what you see. The talk started with Constine asking Mosseri much content people consume daily on... Read more about Despite censorship, Facebook denies it’s a media company on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  25. Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and Windows 10. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. It started development at Washington State University as an undergraduate senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni... Read more about Paint.NET 4.0.12 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
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