lundi 26 juin 2017

Nintendo Super NES Classic Edition is coming -- here's when you can buy the mini SNES

Last year, Nintendo shocked the world with the miniature NES Classic Edition. This game console was a mini replica of the original NES (with comically short controller cables), that came pre-loaded with many classic games. Thanks to both nostalgia and a low price, it became a very popular holiday gift, making it hard to find. Despite the popularity, Nintendo discontinued it, meaning many people couldn't get one even if they wanted it. Many have speculated that the stoppage in manufacturing was due to the fact that the NES Classic Edition was hacked to play additional pirated games. Today, Nintendo announces yet another such… [Continue Reading]

Facebook Messenger video chats get a little sexier with new masks, filters and reactions

Facebook Messenger today receives a boatload of visual updates as the social networking company tries to appeal to a younger audience with video chat. The update sees Facebook continuing its expansion of reactions so they can now be used in video chats, but there are also other ways to spice up conversations. The existing collection of masks has been bolstered with new additions -- complete with Easter eggs -- and there is also a range of filters to choose from. Facebook says that filters are a way to "look and feel like your best self or express your current mood."… [Continue Reading]

Spot malware and troubleshoot PCs with QuickDiag

QuickDiag is a portable tool which creates an in-depth and highly technical report on your Windows setup, running processes and installed applications. It’s not for beginners, but if you’re looking for a quick way to collect key system information -- maybe to troubleshoot problems on a friend’s PC -- the program could be ideal. The interface is, well, minimal. It presents you with three buttons -- Xspeed for the simplest report, Quick is a little more detailed, Extended is the most complete -- and clicking any of these generates copies of these reports on the desktop and root folder. The… [Continue Reading]

Manjaro Linux 17.0.2 Arch-based operating system is here with GNOME, KDE, and Xfce

Many Linux snobs push the Arch operating system as the greatest thing since sliced bread. In fact, some members of the Arch community (not all of them) can be downright mean and unpleasant to non-users. Not using Arch? Ugh. Peasant! In reality, while Arch is a fine OS (stable and fast), it can be very hard to install and set up, and quite frankly, often not worth the hassle. People have lives to live, and sometimes it is easy to forget that an operating system and associated computer are tools -- not a religion. But OK, if you want the benefits… [Continue Reading]

New service helps enterprises buy and manage software

As enterprises grow in size it becomes harder for them to manage their software assets. Systems get decentralized and employees aren't always sure what tools are available, which can lead to the adoption of shadow IT. Leading systems integrator World Wide Technology (WWT) is launching a new service called EA+ which guides enterprise buyers through the entire process of defining, choosing and implementing a complete software stack. EA+ manages every part of the software buying process, from initial purchase, to implementation, to renewal. Clients get access to WWT's $150 million Advanced Technology Center, a dedicated testing environment where proposed software… [Continue Reading]

Google Chrome bests Microsoft Edge in new battery life tests

Ask Microsoft which browser offers the best battery life on Windows 10 and it will not hesitate to tell you that Microsoft Edge is the best. And it has the test results to prove it: on a Surface Book, for instance, Microsoft Edge lasts a couple of hours longer than Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, which is remarkable. But, and there is a but, an independent test disputes Microsoft's claim. YouTuber Linus Tech Tips has pitted Microsoft Edge against Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera and discovered that it does not deliver as strong a performance as Microsoft claims. Linus Tech Tips took… [Continue Reading]

Deep-clean your hard drive with atomiccleaner3

Atomiccleaner3 is a powerful and comprehensive tool for cleaning junk files, browser histories and assorted other leftovers from your hard drive. Reviewing this kind of app is usually very easy. Check to see if it gets even close to CCleaner’s abilities, realize that it doesn’t, throw it away. But atomiccleaner is a little different. The program understands that there’s more to cleaning up Windows than deleting the contents of the TEMP folders and Recycle Bin. It can wipe crash dumps, individual system caches, logs, error reports, prefetch files, downloaded installation files, even junk files within the Windows Installer Cache. We… [Continue Reading]

New platform aims to speed up digital transformation

Companies are increasingly competing to transform their IT infrastructure to take advantage of the cloud, containers and other technologies that offer greater agility. California-based appOrbit is launching a new application platform that will allow customers to automate the modeling, delivery, and management of enterprise software onto any modern infrastructure. "We founded appOrbit with the vision to simplify the holistic management of applications regardless of whether three-tier or microservice, cloud-native or legacy enterprise, across any cloud," says Rahul Ravulur, co-founder and CEO at appOrbit. "All applications should be on-demand, self-healing, scalable, composable, secure and completely portable to any environment, not the… [Continue Reading]

UK parliament cyber attack highlights the shortcomings of passwords

As we reported over the weekend the UK parliament's email system was subject to a brute force attack using passwords stolen in the 2012 LinkedIn breach. Security experts have been quick to point out the inherent weakness in large organizations and government departments relying on passwords to protect highly sensitive data. "A simple brute force attack can normally be detected and blocked within a minute," says Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of web security company, High-Tech Bridge.  "This incident highlights once again that cybersecurity fundamentals are ignored even by the governments of leading countries. Today, two-factor authentication (2FA), advanced IP filtering and… [Continue Reading]

OnePlus 5 gets OxygenOS 4.5.2 and root

OnePlus is among the few vendors that provide frequent updates for their smartphones. And it continues this tradition with its latest flagship killer, the OnePlus 5, which just received a software update over the air before its highly anticipated open release on June 27. OxygenOS 4.5.2, which is also the update for the OnePlus 5, fixes fixes a couple of bugs and adds a number of optimizations for the stock apps and built-in functionality. But that is not all that is new in OnePlus 5 land right now, as the flagship killer has also been rooted. But, first, let's talk about what OxygenOS 4.5.2 brings… [Continue Reading]

Tumblr apologizes for blocking innocuous LGBTQ+ content with Safe Mode

Google recently caused controversy and upset by censoring LGBTQ videos from appearing in Restricted Mode on YouTube. The company later apologized, fixed the problem, and then updated its policies. Now Tumblr has found itself caught up in a similar hullabaloo. Complaints were raised after -- just like YouTube's Restricted Mode -- Tumblr's Safe Mode was found to be filtering out LGBTQ+ content. The site has now apologized, updated its algorithms, and explained why the problem came about in the first place. It seems that the policies that governed Safe Mode were rather too broad, and they were being automatically applied… [Continue Reading]

Find and control Windows 10 privacy settings with WPD

WPD is a freeware tool for exploring, understanding and tweaking Windows 10 privacy settings. We’ve seen many of these -- we’ll bet you have, too -- but the program does have some unusual extras which help it stand out from the crowd. The interface is up-to-date, for instance. The developer hasn’t got it right in every area, but the program does look like it was written for Windows 10. A "Privacy" area allows enabling or disabling more than 30 Group Policy, Windows services or scheduled tasks. Many of these look a little cryptic -- "UsbCeip", "dmwappushservice", "Sqm-Tasks" -- but there’s… [Continue Reading]

Facebook and Twitter have secret Harry Potter Easter eggs to celebrate 20 years of the Sorcerer's Stone

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone depending on where you are in the world). To celebrate, Facebook has hidden a Potter-related Easter egg on the site, and Twitter is getting in on the action as well. As Harry Potter is all about magic, it should come as little surprise that in order to unlock the Easter egg, you need to use the right magic words. Here's what you need to do... If you type the name Harry Potter in a post, or the name… [Continue Reading]

dimanche 25 juin 2017

SUSE Linux distributions now available for Windows 10 in the Store, but only for Insiders

During Build 2017, Microsoft delighted open source enthusiasts with a surprise announcement -- Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, and SUSE) was coming to the Windows Store. If you were running Windows 10 (not including the crippled "S" version) you would soon be able to install a Linux distribution from the official software store. Exactly when these distros would become available was unknown, sadly. Ubuntu and Fedora are still not yet in the Windows Store, but starting today, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 and openSUSE Leap 42 are -- sort of. You see, while they are technically in the store, you must be a Windows… [Continue Reading]

GDAX exchange reimburses customers affected by Ethereum price crash

A large sale order on the GDAX exchange earlier this week caused the price of Ethereum to crash massively for a brief period of time. The second most-valuable cryptocurrency dropped to as low as $0.10 in trading before bouncing back to over $300, after the sale triggered a domino effect which saw around 800 advanced orders being filled. The customers who placed those orders -- stop loss and margin call -- have lost big as a result. However, even though it has found that "all trades this week were executed properly," GDAX says that it will reimburse the affected accounts,… [Continue Reading]

samedi 24 juin 2017

Microsoft confirms that Windows 10 source code has leaked online

Microsoft has confirmed reports that some Windows 10 source code has leaked. The Register claims that 32TB of internal builds as well as large sections of source code were uploaded to While the scale of the leak is not yet known, Microsoft says that the files in question are "a portion of the source code [...] used by OEMs and partners." The files leaked on Beta Archive are part of Microsoft's Shared Source Kit, and it's not clear that the leak is quite as big a deal as first thought -- or as some reports are making out. Nevertheless,… [Continue Reading]

Thanks to Word macros, Windows 10 S isn't as secure as Microsoft would have you believe

With Windows 10 S Microsoft has made the bold claim that this locked down version of its operating system is immune to all known ransomware. This may well be true, but that's certainly not to say that Windows 10 S is completely secure. Lock up your Surface Laptop! An investigation carried out by ZDNet found that Windows 10 S -- despite only supporting the installation of apps from the Windows Store -- is vulnerable to that old security nightmare: Word macros. The problem comes about because the macros have full access to the Windows API, opening up a potential attack… [Continue Reading]