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  1. The number of PCs and laptops using Windows 10 increased significantly during the normally slow month of August and despite the withdrawal of Microsoft’s free upgrade for PC users running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. The operating system enjoyed a big rise to 22.99 per cent of the market (+1.86 percentage points) after the arrival of the Anniversary Update. This month’s figures will make... Read more about Windows 10 grows despite the end of free upgrades on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  2. With multi-process Firefox slowly rolling out to stable channel installations of the browser, further work is done on improving the feature for all Firefox users. Mozilla made the decision to roll out the new multi-process architecture with a single content process initially that is separated from the browser core. The company plans to change that by adding more processes to Firefox.The feature needs to... Read more about Firefox 51 shows memory usage of subprocesses on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  3. Microsoft has been backed by technology companies and a swathe of US corporates in a legal action against the US government over laws that could have major implications for the development of cloud computing. The law would enable US government agencies to seize data hosted on third-party computers, while at the same time barring the hosting company from informing its customers of the seizure.... Read more about Tech companies rally round Microsoft over cloud surveillance on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  4. I am now part of the problem. The advertising industry is wringing its hands and shaking its fist at the use and growth of ad-block technology, but I am not above temptation. I simply installed it. And much like the many million people who have done so already, I love it and probably won’t ever fully abandon it. So instead of excoriating people for using... Read more about Advertising industry needs to embrace AdBlock on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  5. 21st century chaos fills our lives with distractions, flashing lights, reminders, leaving many yearning to simplify aspects of our lives – but passwords should not be included in this. Taking a serious look at how you set up your password can make the difference between a strong barrier to your accounts or a paper thin wall that easily hacked. If your password doesn’t look... Read more about How secure is my password? on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  6. Microsoft is now well into development of its next planned update for Windows 10 codenamed Redstone 2. Insiders have been testing early Redstone 2 builds for a few weeks now, and so far not much is new regarding features, as the company is focusing on under-the-hood changes right now. Luckily, features should start to pick up soon, and two new features I hear are... Read more about Night Mode and People Bar coming to Windows 10 Insiders on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  7. A group of hackers claims to have found a way to seize inactive and suspended Twitter accounts, and is now selling them on the social network. “Spain Squad” gained control of a number of accounts they allege were obtained with the exploit, including @Hell, @Hitler, @Nazi, @ak47, and @1337. Worryingly, the Internet Archive shows that several of the handles held by Spain Squad were previously... Read more about Hackers find vulnerability to revive suspended Twitter accounts on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  8. Earlier this summer I wrote about Mozilla’s efforts to rollout a multi-process architecture, codename Electrolysis, for Firefox. In the months since, Mozilla has completed its initial tests on 1 percent of its user population and the initial numbers are good, according to Asa Dotzler, director of Firefox at Mozilla. The company is reporting a 400 percent improvement in responsiveness and a 700 percent improvement in responsiveness for loading large... Read more about Firefox e10s gets up to 700% performance improvement on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  9. 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 45.3.0 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  10. 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 48.0.2 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  11. 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 11.2.1 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  12. OpenOffice, once the premier open source alternative to Microsoft Office, could be shut down because there aren’t enough developers to update the office suite. Project leaders are particularly worried about their ability to fix security problems. An e-mail thread titled, “What would OpenOffice retirement involve?” was started yesterday by Dennis Hamilton, vice president of Apache OpenOffice, a volunteer position that reports to the Apache... Read more about After years of neglect OpenOffice could shut down on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  13. BT is taking legal action against games platform Valve, claiming it has used its technologies without permission. The British telecoms company said it had notified Valve “on multiple occasions” about the infringements, but received no reply. The four patents concern computer and video game platforms, digital distribution services and personalised access to online services and content. The case was filed in the US state... Read more about BT sues Valve over patent infringement on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  14. There’s no doubt that as revenue for major networks slips, the best opportunity to quickly increase the bottom line is to jam more commercials into each broadcast. According to Nielsen, the average time per hour long episode of TV that is filled with commercials is increasing with each passing year, and in fact, some shows are being sped up ever-so-slightly just to shove an... Read more about Netflix saves kids from 150 hours of commercials a year on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  15. Philip DeFranco says he has received warnings from the site about his videos. YouTube has told Newsbeat it’s now alerting users to what it considers inappropriate content via email. It says nothing has actually changed in its guidelines over what videos can be monetised. Philip DeFranco has posted a video titled “YouTube Is Shutting Down My Channel and I’m Not Sure What To Do”.... Read more about YouTube defends rules videos making money with ads on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  16. Not all of the big Android phone makers have announced their plans for the Nougat update, but if you look at Sony’s and Google’s and HTC’s official lists (as well as the supplemental lists being published by some carriers), you’ll notice they all have one big thing in common. None of the phones are more than a year or two old. And while this... Read more about There’s plenty of blame for why your phone isn’t getting Nouget on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  17. Dropbox disclosed earlier this week that a large chunk of its users’ credentials obtained in 2012 was floating around on the dark web. But that number may have been much higher than we originally thought. Credentials for more than 60 million accounts were taken, as first reported by Motherboard and confirmed by TechCrunch sources. The revelation of a password breach at Dropbox is an evolution of... Read more about Dropbox employee’s password reuse led to theft of 60M+ user credentials on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  18. On August 2nd, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 and when the bits arrived on computers around the globe, it brought with it new features and also broke webcams for millions of consumers. If your webcam has stopped functioning since the release of the Anniversary update, you are not alone but the good news is a fix is coming, hopefully in September.... Read more about Windows 10 Anniversary Update breaks millions of webcams on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  19. On August 2nd, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 and when the bits arrived on computers around the globe, it brought with it new features and also broke webcams for millions of consumers. If your webcam has stopped functioning since the release of the Anniversary update, you are not alone but the good news is a fix is coming, hopefully in September. Microsoft made a significant change with the release of Windows 10 and support for webcams that is causing serious problems for not only consumers but also the enterprise. The problem is that after installing the update,
  20. Right now, Facebook lets Messenger bots from brands like Expedia and HP help you make a purchase, but they can't try to sell you a new product. However, a policy change means those automated assistants will soon be able to send subscription messages, ads and promotions for services like makeup consultations. If you're worried about spam, Facebook emphasized that the user is in control.... Read more about Facebook opens up Messenger to ad bots on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  21. After I published an article about how electronics manufacturers including Microsoft and Sony illegally void the warranties of consumers who open their devices, I got a flood of emails from people wondering whether federal law protects their right to jailbreak or root their phones. The short answer is yes, it does: Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, manufacturers cannot legally void your hardware... Read more about Companies cannot legally void warranties for jailbreaking or rooting phones on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  22. Software developers listen up: if you want people to pay attention to your security warnings on their computers or mobile devices, you need to make them pop up at better times. A new study from BYU, in collaboration with Google Chrome engineers, finds the status quo of warning messages appearing haphazardly—while people are typing, watching a video, uploading files, etc.—results in up to 90... Read more about People ignore security warnings up to 90 percent of the time on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  23. Microsoft yesterday announced that beginning in October it will offer only cumulative security updates for Windows 7 and 8.1, ending the decades-old practice of letting customers choose which patches they apply. "Historically, we have released individual patches … which allowed you to be selective with the updates you deployed," wrote Nathan Mercer, a senior product marketing manager, in a post to a company blog.... Read more about Microsoft is ending the pick-and-choose patching in Windows 7 and 8 on Lunarsoft. View the full article
  24. Right now, Facebook lets Messenger bots from brands like Expedia and HP help you make a purchase, but they can't try to sell you a new product. However, a policy change means those automated assistants will soon be able to send subscription messages, ads and promotions for services like makeup consultations. If you're worried about spam, Facebook emphasized that the user is in control. "All conversations between businesses and people must be initiated by the person receiving the messages, who can then mute or block the business at any time," wrote Product Manager Seth Rosenberg. When you
  25. After I published an article about how electronics manufacturers including Microsoft and Sony illegally void the warranties of consumers who open their devices, I got a flood of emails from people wondering whether federal law protects their right to jailbreak or root their phones. The short answer is yes, it does: Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, manufacturers cannot legally void your hardware warranty simply because you altered the software of an electronic device. In order to void the warranty without violating federal law, the manufacturer must prove that the modification
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