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  1. The Tor Project, responsible for software that enables anonymous Internet use and communication, is launching a new mobile app to detect internet censorship and surveillance around the world. The app, called “OONIProbe,” alerts users to the blocking of websites, censorship and surveillance systems and the speed of networks. Slowing internet speeds down to a crawl is one way governments censor internet content they deem illegal. The app also spells out how users might be able to circumvent the blockage. Ooni on the iPhone Operating under the Tor Project umbrella, the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) is a global observation network watching online censorship since 2012. Data from OONI has detected censorship in countries including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, South Korea, Greece, China, Russia, India, Indonesia and Sudan. The project watches over 100 countries and serves as a resource to journalists, lawyers, activists, researchers and people on the ground in countries where censorship is prevalent. In 2016, internet censorship was used in countries like the African nation of Gabon during highly contested elections and subsequent protests. To stop citizens from sharing videos of election irregularities, the country’s internet was down for four days. Earlier in 2016, Uganda engaged in similar widespread censorship. Both countries at times denied their actions, making tools like OONI ever more valuable. “What Signal did for end-to-end encryption, OONI did for unmasking censorship,” Moses Karanja, a Kenyan researcher on the politics of information controls at Strathmore University’s CIPIT, said in a statement. “Most Africans rely on mobile phones as their primary means of accessing the internet and OONI’s mobile app allows for decentralized efforts in unmasking the nature of censorship and internet performance. The possibilities are exciting for researchers, business and the human rights community around the world. We look forward to interesting days ahead. ” Internet freedom declined for the sixth year in a row in 2016, according to a report from Freedom House, making censorship and surveillance transparency a high priority for activists looking to turn back that momentum. Twenty-four governments blocked access to social media sites and communication services in 2016, compared with 15 governments doing so last year, according to Freedom House. Internet freedom fell most precipitously in Uganda, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ecuador and Libya. Several countries, including Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, reportedly tried to block Signal, the increasingly popular encrypted messenger developed in the United States. That’s part of a global trend that’s seen governments go after apps like WhatsApp and Telegram in an effort to stymie secure communications. “Never before has it been so easy to uncover evidence of internet censorship,” Arturo Filastò, OONI’s project lead and core developer said in a statement. “By simply owning a smartphone (and running ooniprobe), you can now play an active role in increasing transparency around internet controls.” The app will be available on the Google Play and iOS app stores this week, according to Tor Project spokeswoman Kate Krauss. Article source
  2. On the consumer side of the market, one of Microsoft's most important strategies revolves around the Microsoft Store. This online outlet for apps, games, music, and video is prominently featured in every installation of Windows 10 and is an integrated part of the Xbox experience. However, if my recent experience with the service is any indication, Microsoft has some serious work and catching up to do with its store if it wants to compete with Netflix, Google, Steam, and Amazon. In December 2016, I bought a new gaming PC. It is a top of the line computer with all the bells and whistles from the ibuypower.com online boutique. As an incentive, I was given a coupon for a $100 credit on the Microsoft Store. I had never used the Microsoft Store, so this gave me an excuse to give it a try. I was sorely disappointed. First of all, the game choices were absolutely atrocious. The store did have some big franchises like Call of Duty, but there were also some notable missing titles. For example, no Civilization Series at all. There was no Elder Scrolls series, no Dishonored Series, and no Witcher Series. Those are four of the biggest franchises in the history of PC gaming. It is no wonder that PC gamers stick with Steam to buy their games. The apps section was generally adequate, with the usual suspects all represented: Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, iHeart Radio, Dropbox, etc. Of course, there was Office 365 and all its parts available. I am not much of an "app guy," but I didn't see many apps missing from the store—at least in the major player category. The selection in the movies and television section was noticeably light. Even with $100 worth of credits, I found it difficult to find a movie to rent that wasn't recently released. I rented the HD versions of The Accountant and Suicide Squad for $4.99 each. To play your selections you have to use the Movies & TV app that comes with Windows 10. That is where the real problems start. I have a 4K television and the player does not like displaying in 2160p. Periodically, the picture would just fade to black with only the audio remaining. The movie was still streaming and playing, but the video was nonexistent. The only way to get it back was by restarting the television. A very frustrating experience. I solved the problem by reverting to the 1080p resolution—the Windows 10 player could handle that resolution apparently. Needless to say, that experience, regardless of whether it was the fault of the Windows 10 software, the video driver of the PC, or the television hardware itself, is totally unacceptable. I can stream a movie or television show to my 4K TV with my Roku without any problems at all and that is why I use it almost exclusively. The only bright spot in the Microsoft Store was the music section. I am assuming that Microsoft has a deal with some company in the music industry because the selection of available music matches iTunes and other services. The exception is podcasts—there are no podcasts available on the Microsoft Store. Bottom line Compared to the competition from the likes of Netflix, Steam, Amazon, and Google, the Microsoft Store is completely inadequate. Judging by the lack of execution, I am not certain Microsoft really wants to compete in this market. The entire effort seems half-hearted and unsure. It may be a better strategy at this point for Microsoft to partner with an existing service like Steam. Valve wants Steam to be a one-stop shop for games, apps, music, and video, but it is having problems getting titles beyond games on its service. Microsoft can supply the music, video, and apps that Steam is lacking, while Steam can provide the games the Microsoft Store is missing so badly. Seems like a match made in business strategy heaven to me. If something drastic is not done to improve the overall Microsoft Store experience, I see the service languishing in obscurity for years to come. Source
  3. Try this workaround if you're frozen out Accounting software developer Sage has warned that the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition may break your Sage 50 installation. In an advisory circulated to customers on Tuesday, Sage says the latest version of Microsoft's operating system can create a conflict that leaves people unable to access their Sage accounts. Essentially, users who have updated to the latest version of Windows 10 are knocked back with weird password errors when trying to log into Sage 50, a financial management package aimed at small businesses. The problem, it seems, is due to an issue between Windows 10 Anniversary Edition and .NET 3.5 in which operating system updates end up disabling the framework. This preventing the accounting software from working properly. UK-based Sage has offered a workaround to the issue that involves re-activating .NET 3.5: And if that doesn't work, maybe try hitting it? Microsoft and Sage are reportedly working on a fix for the issue. Article source
  4. A ransomware family named Netix (RANSOM_NETIX.A) is targeting users who use special applications to access hacked Netflix accounts, locking their files and demanding a ransom payment of $100. First discovered by Karsten Hahn of G Data and analyzed by the Trend Micro team, this ransomware is spread via an application named "Netflix Login Generator v1.1.exe," which when executed appears to provide the user with a Netflix username and password. Netflix Login Generator v1.1.exe app (via Trend Micro) These username and password combos never work, as the ransomware authors are just buying time to let the ransomware contained within the app perform its encryption. According to researchers, the ransomware targets only 39 file types, which is less than most other ransomware families, and it only goes after the files located in the user's "C:\Users" folder alone, and not the entire hard drive. The following file types are targeted for encryption: .ai, .asp, .aspx, .avi, .bmp, .csv, .doc, .docx, .epub, .flp, .flv, .gif, .html, .itdb, .itl, .jpg, .m4a, .mdb, .mkv, .mp3, .mp4, .mpeg, .odt, .pdf, .php, .png, .ppt, .pptx, .psd, .py, .rar, .sql, .txt, .wma, .wmv, .xls, .xlsx, .xml, .zip Under the hood, when the user executes "Netflix Login Generator v1.1.exe," the file extracts and drops another file named "netprotocol.exe" on the user's machine, which it executes immediately. This file is the actual Netix ransomware, which starts encrypting files with the AES-256 encryption algorithm, but only if the user's computer is running Windows 7 and Windows 10. After the encryption process ends, the ransomware contacts an online server, where it sends the infection ID and other details, but from where it also downloads the ransom notes it displays on the user's machine. The ransom notes are in the form of an image displayed as the user's desktop wallpaper, and a text file dropped on his PC. Netix desktop wallpaper (via Trend Micro) Netix ransom note (via Trend Micro) The ransomware asks for $100 as payment in the Bitcoin digital currency and invites users to visit a website in order to pay the ransom and receive their decryption key. Users can recognize Netix infections because the ransomware appends the .se extension at the end of all locked files. Is it worth it? "Does getting your important files encrypted worth the piracy?" the Trend Micro team asks. The answer is obviously no. Compared to past years, Netflix is now available in over 190 countries, and a monthly subscription costs between $9 and $15, depending on your country. Paying the $100 ransom to recover files locked by this threat is not a guarantee that users will get access back to their files neither, as many ransomware families come with bugs that make a recovery impossible in some cases. Nowadays, crooks have understood that pirated apps are the easiest way to spread their payloads. You can be almost certain that any pirated app downloaded from torrent portals contains at least some sort of adware or infostealer, if not worse. Article source
  5. How To Use Facebook Messenger Without A Facebook Account You Can Now Use Facebook Messenger Without A Facebook Account, Know How With over one billion users worldwide, Facebook Messenger is now one of the biggest messaging platforms worldwide. In order to have a Facebook Messenger app on your device, you need to have an active Facebook account. However, there are a lot of reasons that many people may not want to use Facebook but only the Messenger app. For instance, Facebook staples like pyramid schemes, political debates, and pointless status updates can fill some users with rage and using such a social media site is a big no-no for them. Similarly, there are users who are not interested in keeping up with friends online and rather catch up over a cup of coffee or on the phone instead of through liking each other’s perfect social media posts. But, what about those people who want to keep in touch with certain people who are not on any other platform except for Facebook Messenger. In such a scenario, is it possible to use Facebook Messenger app without having an active Facebook account? Yes, it is. You can stay in touch with your friends via Facebook Messenger, by following the steps below: Open Facebook’s deactivate account page. Ignore the photos of the people who will apparently miss you and scroll to the bottom. The last option says you can continue using Facebook Messenger even if you deactivate your account. Make sure this is not checked and just leave it as is. Scroll down and hit Deactivate. Now, your Facebook account will be deactivated. All your Facebook data will be safe until you are ready to log in again. Go ahead and open the Messenger app using your old Facebook credentials on your smartphone or log in via the website on your PC. You will notice that you can continue chatting with all your friends without losing any of your data. Please note that your deactivated Facebook account doesn’t get reactivated, if you are using Messenger. Your friends will only be able to contact you via the chat window in Facebook or the Messenger app. If you want to use Messenger and don’t have a Facebook account, then follow the instructions mentioned below: Download Facebook Messenger on iOS, Android, or Windows Phone. Open the app and enter your phone number. Tap Continue. You will get a code via SMS to confirm your number. Once you have done that you can key in phone numbers of your friends and start messaging them. Source
  6. Uber Knows Where You Go, Even After Ride Is Over Enlarge / Uber's iOS popup asking for new surveillance permissions. “We do this to improve pickups, drop-offs, customer service, and to enhance safety.” As promised, Uber is now tracking you even when your ride is over. The ride-hailing service said the surveillance—even when riders close the app—will improve its service. The company now tracks customers from when they request a ride until five minutes after the ride has ended. According to Uber, the move will help drivers locate riders without having to call them, and it will also allow Uber to analyze whether people are being dropped off and picked up properly—like on the correct side of the street. "We do this to improve pickups, drop-offs, customer service, and to enhance safety," Uber said. In a statement, the company said: Uber announced that it would make the change last year to allow surveillance in the app's background, prompting a Federal Trade Commission complaint. (PDF) The Electronic Privacy Information Center said at the time that "this collection of user's information far exceeds what customers expect from the transportation service. Users would not expect the company to collect location information when customers are not actively using the app." The complaint went nowhere. However, users must consent to the new surveillance. A popup—like the one shown at the top of this story—asks users to approve the tracking. Uber says on its site that riders "can disable location services through your device settings" and manually enter a pickup address. Uber and the New York Attorney General's office in January entered into an agreement to help protect users' location data. The deal requires Uber to encrypt location data and to protect it with multi-factor authentication. Source
  7. Have you ever tried out ABBYY Fine Reader, the application for desktop that uses optical character recognition technology to convert scanned images into editable file formats? If the answer is yes, then you will surely want to install Google’s new Photo Scan app that uses the same technology to recognize the text within images and allow users to copy and paste it to a new document. The Photo Scan app is now available for Windows 10. OCR technology is now part of the Universal Windows Platform and many developers started creating applications that extract text from photos. The Photo Scan for Windows 10 is a free application that supports in-app purchases and comes with many great features. First of all, once you open a photo using Photo Scan, the application analyzes it and if the image contains any text, it automatically extracts and displays it on the right side. In addition, you can save the extracted text to Text File Document, Rich Type Format, HTML File Document, CSS and other file formats, or to clipboard. If you have a picture on your PC and want to extract text from it, right-click on it and select “Open with”, then click Photo Scan. The list of recent photos and the entire photos collection can be found in the left-pane of Photo Scan. The Photo Scan app supports also the web camera, and its speech feature can be used to read out all extracted text from an image. Other features of the Photo Scan app include: glare-free scans, smart rotation and automatic cropping. If you want to get rid of ads, you need to make in-app purchases. Users simply love this app, and their reviews confirm this: “I am extremely impressed with this app. Great job developer!! This is a very useful app, especially the feature of being able to remove the line-breaks. I will be using this a lot!” Download the Photo Scan app for free from the Windows Store. Article source
  8. Task manages are most useful when they’re actually used. That seems obvious at first glance, but when you really think about it, managing tasks needs to be an active process or it can devolve into merely postponing tasks in perpetuity. Todoist is a popular task manager system that apparently agrees, because the developer has added some new functionality that gets better the more you actively use it to manage your time. Today, Todoist is introducing Smart Schedule, which injects some machine intelligence to help you better plan your tasks. As you use Todoist, it learns your personal productivity habits and applies algorithms to help you better predict when you’ll actually complete a task. As the Todoist blog put it: Smart Schedule uses predictive modeling to help you easily plan out your tasks for the day and week to come. It learns your personal productive habits, and takes into account patterns across all Todoist users, to predict the best possible due dates for your tasks. That means those 50+ overdue tasks you have hanging around can be quickly rescheduled en masse, while new and unscheduled tasks can be easily assigned to the best due dates. In this way, Smart Schedule makes it much easier to stay on top of your to-do list and roll with the punches when your day doesn’t go as planned. The process takes stock of a number of data points in determining when to suggest a task might be completed: Your habits – Usually catch up on emails on Monday morning? Is Saturday your reading day? Smart Schedule will learn your habits and suggest dates accordingly. Task urgency – Based on anonymous data from across all Todoist users, Smart Schedule estimates the urgency of any given task. Workdays vs. weekends – Smart Schedule learns which types of tasks can be done on weekends, and which should always be scheduled during the week (for example, “Finish draft” or “Check email”). Upcoming tasks – Have a full load for tomorrow, but a wide open Friday? Smart Schedule will try to balance your task load over the next 7 days accordingly. Your daily and weekly goals – Todoist lets you set and track goals for the number of tasks you want to complete every day and week. Smart Schedule will recommend due dates to help you meet your specific goals. And more… You can accept the date suggested by Smart Schedule, or choose your own. If you want to give the new feature a try, you can create some new dates, reschedule an existing overdue task, or postpone a pending task. Smart Schedule can also be applied to all tasks when you select more than one. Todoist makes a point of stressing that everything is private and secure. Any personal data is processed automatically by the algorithm and not accessed by any other services or any Todoist staff. And so, you can use the feature without worrying about anyone learning just how far behind you are on your task list. Go update the app to get the new feature, or download from the link below. Download Article source
  9. Screenshots: Changelog: v6.8.5.BETA_B1610021: Fixed uploading to Mega cloud. Links: Homepage XDA Homepage Skin Gallery Download - QR Code Mirror
  10. MALClient Have you ever wanted an easier way to access all of your favorite anime? Also, perhaps you’ve been looking for a way to get the latest updates on when an episode releases, as well as to mark when you first started watching the title and follow it through to the end. If so, then an updated Windows 10 app might just be what you’re looking for. Mardonus from the Windows Phone subreddit shared an update on their anime/manga tracking UWP. Named MALClient in regards to My Anime List, the popular anime and manga website for enthusiasts, the app unofficially provides basically the same services as the site. The ad-free application displays your preferred entertainment from myanimelist and hummingbird.me so you won’t miss anything new. It was first introduced earlier this year in April and now it’s back with a rather large update that completely turns the app on its head. MALClient is also useful for finding new and upcoming anime or manga with a new search feature that lets you find characters or titles. You can also have full conversations with the private messaging or via the profile comments. Here’s a beefy full list of the impressive update’s features from the store page: Manga and Anime support. Browse your own list as well as other’s. Update your anime entries, including tags. Check anime reviews. Lurk&Post on Forums. Browse related anime. View top anime and manga. Search for new anime in MyAnimeList/Hummingbird database. Pin anime series with customizable tiles. Search for characters! Character&Staff details. Read MAL news & articles. Read and send MAL messages. View your history. Profile comments. Add and remove favourite shows, characters etc. Check your own profile stats , favourites etc.. View currently airing anime. Dark and Light themes. MALClient is already a smooth and feature-rich client app that works as intended without any advertisements to bog it down or in-app purchases except for various increments of donations. But that’s not all that is in store. Mordonus has additional plans for the application in the future like adding watched topics and maybe even clubs that would let users become more social in their favorite genres. The creator did take to answering a couple of the questions brought up by users about the update to MALClient. Mordonus clarified that there was only one way to log in due to the API credentials used by the third party client and that further options aren’t likely. On a more technical note, MALClient is also open sourced so you can view the GitHub repository online to learn more about it. Are you looking for your next anime or manga binge? Try out MALClient by downloading from Microsoft’s Windows Store with the link below. MALClient – Windows Apps on Microsoft Store Article source
  11. Yesterday, Microsoft released an update to its Skype Preview app for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, adding SMS support on both Windows 10 PCs and phones. Today, the company revealed some of its plans for the new feature. Referred to as 'SMS relay', Microsoft says that it allows Skype Preview users to send and receive both text messages (SMS) and multimedia messages (MMS) from a Windows 10 PC, when Skype is set as the default messaging app on your Windows 10 Mobile phone. New messages will appear in the Skype Preview app on your PC, and you can respond to them directly from there too, with a single view that - as you've probably guessed - also includes your correspondence with each user over Skype itself. Microsoft says that it will make the feature more widely available, to those not enrolled in the Windows Insider Program, "over the next couple of months". Some features that are already in the latest Skype Preview for Insiders will also make their way to non-Insiders during the same timeframe, including: The ability to hide conversations 'Add contact' button Support for Skype URIs (start Skype calls and chats directly from websites, desktop and mobile apps) Additionally, Microsoft says that it's now working on more improvements to the app: Improved messaging – message sent status, copy and paste quoted messages, read/unread line indicator, preview a URL in chat, keyboard shortcuts, drag and drop of files and photos, drag and drop of URLs from browsers, and video messaging. Easier calling – start call or conversation from profile page, group calls continue even when the initiator leaves, audio/video device settings, loudspeaker improvements. Additional Windows Mobile updates – transparent tile, video calls will default to loud speaker for video calls, and improved back button navigation. To use the new SMS relay feature, here's how to set things up: On your Windows phone, launch Skype Preview, go to settings and select “Make Skype your default messaging app”; and On your Windows PC, launch Skype Preview, go to settings and select “Enable Skype on this device to sync my SMS messages.” Have you tried the new SMS relay feature in Skype Preview yet? Source: Skype Blogs Article source
  12. VMware has released a new Windows 10 PC and Mobile app version of its VMware Horizon Client. It allows people who have VMware Horizon 7 at their business to run virtual desktops and applications on their Windows 10 devices. VMware, which as of this week is now part of Dell Technologies, has this to say about the Windows 10 Horizon Client app (via Winbeta): ENHANCED USER EXPERIENCE The VMware Blast Extreme protocol used with Horizon 7 is designed and optimized for mobile users. Blast Extreme leverages H.264 hardware decoding to deliver the best remote experience while reducing power consumption. LEAVE THE DESKTOP BEHIND WITH HORIZON HOSTED APPLICATIONS Use VMware Horizon 7 hosted applications, leave the desktop behind and run remote applications with delight experience. WORK SMARTER WITH CONTINUUM Attach your Windows 10 phone to a monitor, mouse and keyboard through wired or wireless accessories to get complete workspace experience without productivity compromise. Again, this app is only designed to work for customers who have VMware Horizon 7 and use a VMware Horizon 7 virtual desktop or hosted application. This is also a public beta of the app, and feedback can be given at VMware's forums. VMware Horizon Client Article source
  13. Get Started is a native application for Windows 10 designed by Microsoft to provide users with information about operating system feature. You find the application attached to the Start Menu, but may load it by tapping on the Windows-key, typing Get Started, and hitting the Enter-key as well. While I'm usually not a fan of introductory apps or programs, as they are not very useful usually, it is rather surprising that this is not the case for the Get Started app. That's not to say that it is a must-access type of thing when you upgrade to Windows 10, get a new PC with the operating system, or upgrade to a new major build version. Still, it provides a good overview of some of the unique features of Windows 10, about major upgrades, and things that you would have never come into contact with. Get Started App The welcome screen lists a big "what's new in the Anniversary Update" video, as well as several other videos that highlight features such as Windows Hello or Cortana. These give you an overview, but they don't provide you with instructions to access or configure these features. You need to click on the browse icon in the sidebar to get there. This opens a list of features and things that you may do on a Windows 10 computer. You find information about personalization, search, Cortana, photos or Windows Ink there. These are categories that lead to several tutorials that the Get Started application offers. And it is here, that you get an overview of those features and instructions on how to set them up properly. Instructions begin with an overview usually that uses text, images and sometimes video. You find information on how to set up a feature afterwards. The "add features with extensions" tutorial for instance explains how to get extensions from Windows Store, and how to display an extension next to the address bar for easier access. You may use the built-in search functionality to find tutorials or instructions of interest, or check out the what's new section. Microsoft plans to update the tutorials regularly. Closing Words Get Started is not something that experienced Windows users need. It is easy enough to find features on your own, and if you read a site like mine, you don't really need it as you know about all features before they become available publicly. It is also clear that some areas are not covered; privacy for instance is not covered at all, a search returns zero hits. New windows 10 users may find the Get Started application useful. It provides an overview of feature updates, and may help discover and configure features. Article source
  14. New update for the app now available in the store The new Get Started app on Windows 10 Anniversary Update Microsoft is continuously looking into ways to make Windows 10 more user-friendly, and probably the easiest way is to update the pre-installed apps that are specifically supposed to assist new adopters as they explore the operating system. And this is exactly what Microsoft is doing right now, as the “Get Started” app has just received a new update that brings fresh content for those who want to discover the true benefits of Windows 10. The new version of Get Started includes new videos that help users discover new features available in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, such as Cortana, Windows Ink, Microsoft Edge and support for extensions, the new Action Center, and the improved Windows Store. Furthermore, the search option has been enhanced as well to make it easier to reach content that’s relevant to a specific keyword, so there’s basically no reason not to give Get Started a try if you don’t know what’s so special about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Get Started is an app that comes pre-installed in Windows 10, and in order to get the latest update, you need to fire up the Store and look in the Downloads and updates section. A Microsoft account is needed to get stuff from the store, so if you’re using a local account, you’re missing out on a lot of goodies that Microsoft is offering in the store. Article source
  15. Photo Filter App Prisma Goes Offline Prisma, the photo filter application for Android and iOS devices that turns your photos into artwork, is now capable of handling the processing offline on iOS, with Android following soon. Prisma is like many of the other photo filter applications available for mobile devices. Take a photo or load an image from local storage, and apply one of the available filters to it to turn it into a completely different picture. What sets Prisma apart from comparable solutions such as Instagram is the focus on filters that look more like art than a photo with a slightly different color set. Prisma is as easy to use as any other filtering app. It displays a list of filters in a line at the bottom of the screen, and applies the selected filter when you tap on it. That process required a network connection up until now as the processing was done server-side. While that meant less processing on the device itself, which is good for its battery, it meant as well that you could not use Prisma at all if the device was not connected to the Internet. Also, photos had to be uploaded and downloaded to the Prisma server, which used up precious bandwidth and added to the time it took to see the processed photo on the device's screen. The servers of the service were swarmed with requests, especially at the beginning which added to the processing time as well. This is all going to change with the most recent update of Prisma. Released for iOS already and coming for Android soon is offline processing. The change log on iTunes reads that Prisma is offline now, and that the majority of Prisma styles will no longer need an Internet connection. I'll update the article as soon as the Android version is released to provide you with information on that, and especially on the filters that still require an Internet connection. Good news for Prisma users is that they may use the app now without Internet connection on iOS, and soon also on Android. The servers that did the processing up until now, and are still handling it on Android, are not just turned off once the move completes. Prisma seems to have intentions to offer similar functionality for video, and will use the servers for video processing instead. Now You: Do you use an app like Prisma on your phone or tablet? Source
  16. Pokémon GO — 6 Important Things You Should Know Before Playing this Game Pokémon GO launched just two weeks ago, and people have been getting crazy to catch 'em all. Users, on an average, are spending more time engaged with the new Pokémon GO app than any other apps like Snapchat. But, before downloading and playing Nintendo's new location-based augmented reality game, users are required to keep the following points in their minds: 1. Unofficial Pokémon GO app might contain Malware Since Pokémon GO is currently available in only a few countries, many third-party gaming websites are offering tutorials due to huge interest surrounding the app, recommending users to download the APK from a non-Google Play link. Users need to "side-load" the malicious app to install the APK by modifying their Android core security settings, which allows their device's OS to install apps from "untrusted sources." However, researchers have discovered that many of these online tutorials are linked to malicious versions of the Pokémon GO app that install a backdoor, called DroidJack, on victim's phones, enabling hackers to compromise their device completely. 2. Protect Privacy While Using Pokémon GO If you're playing Pokémon GO, then forget about your privacy. Since this augmented reality game requires your GPS location and a data connection (either WiFi or cellular data), you can not expect your privacy to be secured while playing this game. However, still, users can avoid playing in locations where they do not want to be tracked. Also, don't use your personal Gmail account to log in, as this links your personal information including your GPS location and Pokémon GO activity. Either use a burner Google account. For this, create an all new Google account, with nothing in it, and use this account to sign into Pokémon GO as well as other apps that you may find doubtful. Although the security hole has been patched, previous versions of Pokémon GO app required extensive permissions to your Google account, so make sure your app is up to date. 3. Beware of Pokémon GO-themed Malicious Apps on Google Play Store Yes, malicious Pokémon Go apps have even made their ways into the official Google Play Store. Researchers from popular antivirus firm ESET have spotted at least three fake Pokémon Go apps on the Google Play Store. Of them, the one titled "Pokemon Go Ultimate" posed the biggest threat to Android users. Pokemon Go Ultimate renames itself "PI Network" and deliberately locks the screen of the victims’ devices immediately after being installed, rending the devices unusable. The only ways to get the infected phone unlocked are to remove the device's battery or reboot the device via the Android Device Manager. Even after restarting the device, the app removes itself from the device's app menu, but still continues to run in the background and silently clicks on porn advertisements in an attempt to generate ad revenue for its creators. The worse: Researchers say that the malicious app is just one step away from being Ransomware. Although Google has removed the fake Pokémon GO app, users who had already downloaded the app would need to uninstall PI Network manually through their device's application manager. The rest of the two fraudulent Pokémon apps produced fake security messages in an attempt to trick users into paying for an antivirus service that actually does not exist. Currently, all three apps seem to be removed from Google Play, but be on guard: more are likely to show up in the coming days. So, before head out to catch 'em all, just make sure you are downloading the legitimate Pokémon Go app. Here're ESET's full advisory and security recommendations. 4. Go catch Pokémon, But Just Watch Out! It's less than two weeks since the launch of Pokémon GO, and the Nintendo’s game is fueling public safety fears after the first major car crash in Auburn, New York. Later it was revealed that a 28-year-old car driver was reportedly playing "Pokémon GO" and got distracted, thereby ran his vehicle off the road and crashed into a tree. Another case reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune involved two men apparently playing Pokémon GO were rescued after falling off a 90-foot ocean bluff in California Wednesday afternoon. The victims are fine, but that's not the point. The point here is that do not put your or others lives in danger. Don't play the game while walking, driving and biking. The Auburn Police Department has also released an advisory to remind drivers to use "common sense" while catching Pokémons and keep their eyes on the road at all times. Here're some important points that players must keep in their minds: Do not use the Pokémon GO app when you are operating a motor vehicle or bicycle. Do not trespass onto private property when trying to catch a Pokemon. Be aware of your surroundings when searching for Pokémon and do not just stare your phone without knowing hazards around you, like roadways, drop-offs, and waterways. Always use caution when sharing your locations — strangers can see your location data. Travel in groups in public/well lit areas. In simple words: don't be a dumb crap; grow up! 5. Pokémon GO: Crimes, Robberies, Deaths & Other Problems The game craze has been blamed for several robberies of distracted smartphone players. Pokémon GO sends players out to capture the virtual Pokémon characters that are superimposed in parks, streets, stores as well as inappropriate locations like the Holocaust Memorial Museum, 9/11 Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery, as reported by CNN. Across the America, the gamers have been drawn down dark alleys and into dangerous neighborhoods in search of the Pokémon characters, only to be targeted by criminals. So, Pokémon fans need to be a little more vigilant while playing the game, because your life and your money are more important to an imaginary character. 6. Pokémon GO Cheats, Hacks, Punishment and Bans Since Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm with gamers of all ages joining in with the Pokémon catching fun, players are making use of Pokémon hack and cheats to catch Pokémons with fewer efforts. This augmented reality game requires gamers to walk around homes, parks and local surroundings to find new Pokémon, as well as achieve goals like hatching incubating eggs. One can find the most common Pokémon in the distance of 2km eggs, with the rarest ones in the 10km eggs. This means you are required to walk a lot if you want to advance in the game. So, players are using tricks like placing their phones on a record player or tieing their phones with a fan in order to increase their walking distance in no time at all. In fact, tech-savvy players are spoofing their GPS locations with rooted and jailbroken devices, so that they can catch Pokémon without physically going to locations where the imaginary characters are actually located. However, before using these cheats, players should be aware of the fact that they can be banned for up to five hours from playing the game. Even worse, cheaters are being punished by encountering wild Pokémon characters, which runs away from them. Although the company, as of now, is not imposing harsher punishments or bans, some rumors claim that Niantic could completely block players after a certain number of temporary bans. So, we advise users to walk and find their favorite Pokémon characters as guided by the map. Play the game the right way. Gotta catch 'em all! Source
  17. Security researcher David Coomber spotted a SSL certificate vulnerability in the Kaspersky Safe Browser iOS app. The flaw (CVE-2016-6231) could allow an attacker to perform man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks by presenting a bogus SSL certificate for a secure site which the application would silently accept, according to an advisory on Coomber's blog Info-Sec.ca. The bug is caused by the app's failure to validate the SSL certificates it receives when connecting to secure sites and versions 1.6.0 and below are affected. Coomber notified Kaspersky of the bug on June 23 and the issue was patched on July 28 in the release of version 1.7.0. Users are encouraged to update the app as soon as possible. Kaspersky said in its own advisory that the “vulnerability could have been exploited only if user opens malware HTTPS link that is not detected by anti-phishing or other anti-malware engines embedded in the application.” Article source
  18. Both Microsoft and non-Microsoft apps get updated Updates in the store that are available today If you’re already on Windows 10, you’d better launch the store and get all those app updates as soon as possible because there are plenty of them waiting for your download. It’s worth mentioning from the very beginning that the majority of these updates are supposed to fix bugs and improve performance, and there’s no noticeable difference between the old and the new versions. Also, no change logs have been provided, which in most of the cases is living proof that only small enhancements are part of the release. Among the apps that have gotten updated today, Microsoft’s are clearly the most important, and they include Movies & TV, Microsoft Health (the new version is said to fix several important issues that users have been reporting in the last days), the built-in Windows 10 Get Started app, as well as OneNote, which is part of the Microsoft Office productivity suite. Furthermore, Candy Crush Soda Saga has received another update (this game comes pre-installed on Windows 10, and new versions usually come with bug fixes, improvements, and new levels), as well as the WinZip Universal app, which continues to be one of the best compression tools available in the Windows Store. All updates can be downloaded on Windows 10 through the store, and in case you don’t see them just yet, fire up the Store, click on your profile picture and open the Downloads and updates section. Article source
  19. One new browser could be released in the Windows Store UC Browser in the Windows Store UC Browser is no stranger to Microsoft’s modern Windows platforms, as the app already existed on both Windows Phone and Windows 8 (there was even a Windows RT version specifically aimed at the Surface RT), so the developing team is now looking to continue its efforts with a universal app for Windows 10. The company behind the app has hinted in a short tweet that a Windows 10 version of UC Browser could indeed be released, but the project is still under consideration right now, so more details will only be provided at a later time. Certainly, UC Browser would be a nice addition to the Windows Store, especially given the fact that universal versions of the most popular browsers out there are still something you rarely see these days. A rival to Microsoft Edge UC Browser can already be downloaded on Windows phones, and the app works quite well, but with a Windows 10 version, the company would obviously tackle a bigger number of users, while also taking advantage of all the improvements that Microsoft introduced in this operating system. A universal browser would come with the same look and features on all devices, so it’ll have the same interface and work in the exact same way on both PCs and devices. Certainly, there’s a wide array of features that can be implemented into a universal browser, and Microsoft Edge itself is living proof in this regard. Cortana support and synchronization between devices would be two key features for such an app, but Microsoft is also pushing its app one step forward with the addition of extensions. Microsoft Edge will finally get extension support with the arrival of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update next month, so there’s no doubt that UC Browser, if it indeed arrives on Windows 10 as a universal app, can become a rival to Microsoft’s new browser. Article source
  20. Find Out Why A Program Wont Run On Windows Exe Properties is a lightweight program for Microsoft Windows devices that displays the architecture (32-bit or 64-bit), and minimum Windows version of executable files and dlls. Did you ever run into programs on Windows that would seemingly do nothing when run? You double-click on the file and nothing happens. You check the Windows Task Manager and it is not running either. Or, you run a program only to get a prompt stating that the application is not compatible with your version of Windows. Maybe because you are running a 32-bit version and try to launch a 64-bit program, or because the Windows version of your device is too old or new. Windows File Compatibility Exe Properties is a free program for Windows that adds a new tab to the properties dialog of Windows Explorer / File Explorer. The program is compatible with all versions of Windows starting with Windows XP and including the latest version Windows 10. Exe Properties needs to be installed, and when that happens, adds the new tab to Explorer's properties dialog. The new entry is added to the properties dialog of exe files and dlls. Simply right-click on a supported file, select properties from the context menu, and switch to the Exe/DLL Info tab when the properties window opens to display compatibility information. The program lists the following information there: The architecture supported by the file. This can be x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit). The minimum Windows version the program is compatible with. The development environment it was compiled under. Information is not provided for all files. You may get no information depending on the file in question, but for many, the information are listed. This may help you understand why a program won't run on a particular machine, or if you have downloaded a 32-bit or 64-bit version of the program. For instance, if you want to find out if Firefox or Google Chrome executable files are 32-bit or 64-bit, you would simply look that up using the new Explorer tab. Exe Properties may be especially useful for portable apps to find out about the supported architecture as these programs are not placed in the program directories which often highlight that fact. Verdict Exe Properties is a handy tool to display compatibility information of exe or dll files on Windows devices. Its use is limited though; first, because it does not work on all exe or dll files, and second, because it may only be useful to most users in rare cases unless new software is downloaded and run all the time. Source
  21. Telegram Crammed: Hackers Find Way To Send Massive Messages Mobile data annihilated. Researchers have found what they say is a flaw in the Telegram that allows messages of any size to be sent. The unpatched flaw demonstrated in a proof-of-concept shows how attackers can send messages of any size over the popular encrypted communications app by skirting restrictions. Telegram has been contacted for comment. Iranian researcher Sad Ghaf did not pinpoint the flaw in a bid to prevent others exploiting it, and says he could not find a way to report the flaw to Telegram. "Due to a programming error [a] sender can gain control of the size of messages and send them with arbitrary length," Ghaf says. "On the other side [the] victim would receive all incoming messages even if they are too long." Ghaf and his fellow researchers were able to send a message with 30000 bytes, exceeding the 4096 byte limit, and another which was empty breaching the one byte minimum. Messages can be sent to anyone without pre-authorisation meaning attackers could drain victim's mobile data allowances, and fill up phone storage with junk data. The application is the most popular encrypted communications platform in Iran, Ghaf says Source
  22. Microsoft released two new builds today, Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14366 for PCs and Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 14364 for smartphones. Both builds are aimed primarily at preparing for this summer’s massive Anniversary Update, along with kicking off June’s Bug Bash frenzy. Nevertheless, there are two small additions in this build, and here they are: So, download and install the updates to help get Windows 10 ready for its Anniversary Updates. Article source
  23. The “Set up School PCs” app is available for IT admins The app needs to be used on school PCs Microsoft is not looking only at consumers and the enterprise markets when it comes to upgrading PCs to Windows 10, but it is also targeting the education sector, so the company now has a new app that’s supposed to help IT admins easily install the new OS on school computers. The intuitively-called “Set up School PCs” app is specifically supposed to lend a hand to those who want to prepare computers with Windows 10 for being used by schools and teachers, so it comes with a number of features developed with education in mind. For instance, it places tiles for OneNote, Office 365 web apps, Sway, and Microsoft Classroom (all of which are supposed to be very helpful in the education sector) on the Start menu, installs OneDrive for easy cloud storage, sets Microsoft Edge as the default browser, and uninstalls apps that aren’t necessarily aimed at schools, including Solitaire and Sports. Furthermore, it removes the Offers and tips app from Windows 10 and configures systems to block students from adding their own Microsoft accounts to computers. Prevent students from installing apps Microsoft says that this app can also help lock down the computer for mischievous activity and prevent students from installing apps or making unwanted changes to PCs, but also to configure systems to receive updates without interfering class time. The best way to use this app for IT admins is to install the app on a work device and then use it configure all school computers easily. “For the best results, run the Set up School PCs app on your work device connected to your school's network. That way the app can gather accurate information about your wireless networks and cloud subscriptions,” Microsoft explains, adding that the work computers must obviously be connected to the school’s network. Certainly, this should help IT admins make the upgrade to Windows 10 a little bit smoother and boost adoption of the new OS in this particular field, as Microsoft is making education one of its priorities in the long term. Article source
  24. Microsoft adds several tweaks to Settings app in this build New Windows 10 Settings app The recently released Windows 10 build 14361 brings a new Settings app that includes several refinements, some of which are based on user feedback, as Microsoft itself explains. Supposed to replace the traditional Control Panel at some point in the future, the Settings app has received several improvements throughout the development of Windows 10, and this new build brings other touches here and there for an overall improved experience. Specifically, the Settings app now better adapts to the visual style you are currently using, so no matter if you like the light or the dark mode, it’ll look good anyway. The navigation pane now switches to white when you set the light mode in the Settings app and to black when the dark mode is activated. This helps contribute to a more consistent look across the operating system, as in the previous versions, the navigation pane remained grey no matter what. Starting with this build, Microsoft has also added a small block of color just next to the section you are browsing on. This addition comes to make it easier to determine which page you are navigating and uses the accent color configured on your system. New Home button There’s also a new Home button at the top left that allows you to go to the Settings homepage with just one click, and you can click anywhere in its proximity to enable it. This is clearly a welcome change for those with a touchscreen because they don’t have to press exactly on the text, but anywhere around it. And last but not least, Microsoft has also implemented some other small tweaks here and here, including a slightly increased size of the page name text. In the future, the Settings app is expected to become the one destination for everything related to configuration on a Windows device so that the classic Control Panel will go away completely. Improvements such as these are clearly playing an important role in this regard, especially because there are users upgrading from Windows 7 where the Control Panel was the center of the whole universe. Article source
  25. Facebook Forces Android Users to Get Messenger App Facebook disables chat service on mobile web Users who accessed their Facebook accounts from mobile browsers have received a message stating that “Your conversations are moving to Messenger." After the message is displayed, they are instantly redirected to the Google Play download page for Facebook’s Messenger application. Even though they could tap back and access conversations on Facebook, the message persisted in appearing, thus forcing users to download the messaging application. The message doesn’t seem to show up for absolutely all users, but many have encountered this new change. Facebook will also bring end-to-end encryption to Messenger The motivation behind this new move at Facebook seems to be quite clear. The social networking giant is in charge of two of the most popular messaging services in the world, one of which is obviously WhatsApp. Therefore, the company intends to separate its services, leaving the main Facebook app for browsing and posting content while Messenger should be solely for chatting in groups and with friends. Messenger does provide some additional functionality, as compared to Facebook’s main app, but there’s a chance that some people might not want to have two separate applications for the same service on their devices. Of course, there’s the matter of battery drainage on mobile devices and the drag of switching from one application to another. However, this is not the only change that Facebook intends to bring to its platform. A few days ago, we reported that Facebook planned to bring end-to-end encryption so that messages between users would be more secure. The feature would be optional and could be disabled at any time. End-to-end encryption is expected to reach Facebook Messenger in the coming months. Source