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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Facebook and Twitter have joined a network of over 30 news and technology companies to tackle fake news and improve the quality of information on social media, the group said on Tuesday. First Draft Coalition, formed in June 2015 with the backing of Alphabet Inc’s Google, said it would create a voluntary code of practice, promote news literacy among social media users, and launch a... Read more about Twitter and Facebook join over 30 companies to stop fake news on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  8. Samsung will limit the batteries of South Korean Note 7 smartphones to 60% of their capacity following a recall of the devices. The firm asked for Note 7s to be returned following cases of phones that exploded during or after charging. An ad announcing the move appeared on the front page of the JoongAng Daily newspaper. The software update to limit batteries seems intended... Read more about Samsung Note 7 batteries capped at 60% to prevent explosions on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  9. Confirming earlier reports that YouTube was planning to introduce more social networking features to its service, the company announced this morning the launch of YouTube Community, which allows video creators to better engage viewers using text, GIFs, images and more. The goal with the new features is to help keep creators from departing to competing platforms by offering more tools for connecting with their audience,... Read more about YouTube Community is YouTube’s own social network on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  10. Adblock Plus is launching a new service that… uh, puts more ads on your screen. Rather than stripping all ads from the internet forever, Adblock Plus is hoping to replace the bad ads — anything it deems too big, too ugly, or too intrusive — with good ads, ones that are smaller, subtler, and theoretically much less annoying. It’ll begin doing that through an... Read more about Adblock Plus now sells ads on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  11. VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and x64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). See “About VirtualBox” for an introduction. Presently, VirtualBox runs... Read more about VirtualBox 5.1.6 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  12. If you were trying to share something on Facebook today and couldn’t, you weren’t alone. Facebook’s security systems were blocking a number of high-profile websites from sharing content from third-party sites to the social network. The social networking giant confirmed that one of the site’s spam filter — specifically used to prevent the spread of malware — encountered an issue, a spokesperson said. We... Read more about Facebook blocks site sharing due to problematic spam filter on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  13. Microsoft recently announced that they would be making changes to the Bing Rewards program; the company is changing the name, and how it operates, to Microsoft Rewards and we are now learning new details about the service. There is a new account dashboard, that you can view here (if logged in) that shows you all the ways you can earn points for the program.... Read more about Microsoft Rewards program will track Edge browser usage on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  14. The old-fashioned password gets little respect from hackers these days. In fact, it’s barely a speed bump for them to get past. The hacker can find your password or even the answers to your “security” questions for sale on the internet black market. UnifyID, a participant in this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt SF Battlefield competition, sees a system that’s hopelessly broken — and they think... Read more about UnifyID wants to bury the password once and for all on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  15. Twitter is about to make a big change to the way that tweets work, The Verge can independently confirm. Beginning September 19th, the company will cut down on exactly which types of content count toward the platform’s 140-character limit. Media attachments (images, GIFs, videos, polls, etc.) and quoted tweets will no longer reduce the count. The extra room for text will give users more... Read more about Twitter’s longer tweets are coming September 19th on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  16. Google’s mobile security team has definitely been busy cleaning house this week. The company has released an Android update that closes two security holes that could pose a major threat if intruders found a way to exploit them. The first was only designed for “research purposes” and would only have been malicious if modified, Google tells Ars Technica, but it wouldn’t have been hard... Read more about Google fixes two serious Android security flaws on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  17. Earlier this summer, Facebook began to disable messaging in its mobile web app in order to push people to use its mobile Messenger app. However, this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016, Messenger head David Marcus said that the option to use the mobile web experience isn’t going away entirely. Instead, the company is selectively disabling the mobile web view for users of certain devices. Asked... Read more about Facebook mobile web experience isn’t going away yet on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  18. Samsung today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell the entire global operations and assets of its printing business to HP in a deal valued over $1 billion. The company says that this deal is part of its efforts to focus more on its core business areas. With the approval of shareholders, Samsung will spin off the Printing Business Unit into a separate... Read more about Samsung sells printing business to HP for over one billion on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  19. Netflix has asked the US Federal Communications Commission to declare that home Internet data caps are unreasonable and that they limit customers’ ability to watch online video. Netflix submitted a filing last week for the FCC’s annual investigation of broadband deployment, a review that is mandated by Congress in Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act. Specifically, Congress requires the FCC to determine whether advanced telecommunications capability... Read more about Netflix asks the FCC to declare data caps unreasonable on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  20. Microsoft is preparing to “end sales” of its Lumia smartphones by the end of the year, according to an anonymous internal source. And in a decision that will surprise almost nobody, Microsoft is believed to be planning to replace its underperforming Lumia range with a new Surface Phone. The anonymous tipster’s predictions have seemingly been borne out recently, both by the fact that just... Read more about Microsoft Lumia devices dead in favor of Surface Pro on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  21. Google, it seems, is very, very interested in knowing where you are at all times. Users have reported battery life issues with the latest Android build, with many pointing the finger at Google Play – Google’s app store – and its persistent, almost obsessive need to check where you are. Amid complaints that Google Play is always switching on GPS, it appears Google has... Read more about Google Play still tracks you with the Location permission off on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  22. 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 4.0.11 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  23. Starting in January of 2017, Google’s Chrome browser will start flagging some websites that don’t use web encryption as “Not Secure”—the first step in Google’s eventual plan to shame all sites that don’t use encryption. In the last couple of years, the web has seen a tremendous rise in the number of websites that use encryption, which is displayed by that little green lock... Read more about Chrome will shame unencrypted sites starting January 2017 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  24. Apple has officially announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus today. The new iPhone features a design that’s very similar to last year’s iPhone 6S (and the year prior’s iPhone 6), with a rounded aluminum body. But what’s entirely new is the phone’s water resistance, which means you can get the iPhone 7 or the larger iPhone 7 Plus wet without worry. Also... Read more about iPhone 7 announced with brand new features on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  25. Microsoft is taking Slack head on, and reportedly doing it under the Skype umbrella. According to MSPowerUser, the software giant is developing new messaging software that closely mirrors Slack functionality. The new effort is called Skype Teams, and it promises to cater to the the same large teams and newsrooms that already use Slack every day, while also leveraging Skype’s core feature set. Skype... Read more about Microsoft is reportedly working on a Slack competitor on Lunarsoft. View the full article
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