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Google Finance: portfolio feature will be retired in November 2017

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:46:23 +0000

Google announced today that it will retire the portfolio feature of Google Finance in mid-November 2017. The company creates an updated version of Google Finance currently, and will remove the portfolio feature as part of that process. Google states on a support page that highlights the deprecation of the feature that it wants to make […]

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Would you pay for a Windows subscription?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:39:13 +0000

The Windows operating system is offered as a standalone buy-once version and as a subscription-based version right now. The standalone version of Windows 10 is available as a full retail version, as a system builder version, as an upgrade, and as something that is already on a machine that you buy. The subscription-based version is […]

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Microsoft launches three new Microsoft 365 solutions

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:00:47 +0000

Microsoft unveiled the three Microsoft 365 solutions Microsoft 365 F1, Microsoft 365 Education and Microsoft 365 for Nonprofits today at the Ingite 2017 conference. The company launched Microsoft 365 back in July in two editions: Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business. All three editions have in common that they are subscription-based services that provide […]

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KB4038792 blocks Microsoft Account sign-ins for some Windows 8.1 users

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:56:56 +0000

Some Windows 8.1 users who have installed the September 2017 update KB4038792 report that  the installation broke Microsoft Account sign-ins on their devices. This issue is not the first that KB4038792 caused on machines running Windows 8.1. The connection during the update process was terminated for some users who tried to update the Windows 8.1 […]

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Cato: Control Google Chrome with Commands

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:52:38 +0000

Cato is a new browser extension for Google Chrome that adds a command interface to the browser to control Chrome with supported commands. The extension reminds me of Mozilla's Ubiquity project (which the organization dropped after a promising start). Cato's functionality is a lot lighter than the functionality that Ubiquity provided though; don't expect it […]

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How to import Bookmarks, Passwords and other data to Firefox

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:51:13 +0000

When you run the Firefox web browser on a desktop system for the first time, you are prompted to import browsing data from other browsers. You may import bookmarks, passwords, and other data from browsers such as Google Chrome or Internet Explorer, and it makes sense to do so if you used one of these […]

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Manjaro Linux Phasing out i686 (32bit) Support

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:53:48 +0000

In a not very surprising move by the Manjaro Linux developers, a blog post was made by Philip, the Lead Developer of the popular distribution based off Arch Linux, On Sept. 23 that reveals that 32-bit support will be phased out. In his announcement, Philip says, “Due to the decreasing popularity of i686 among the […]

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CCEnhancer 4.5: HTTPS downloads, new features

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:43:04 +0000

CCEnhancer 4.5 is a new version of the popular Windows software that you may use to add hundreds of new definitions to CCleaner and other programs that support the format (the developer's own program System Ninja and Bleachbit support it as well). The program downloads the latest definition file and adds it to CCleaner automatically […]

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Color Warlock: create, share and use custom color charts

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:25:48 +0000

Color Warlock is a free portable program for Windows devices that you may use to create, share and use custom color charts. Color charts are quite useful when it comes to development; if you develop a new website for instance, you may use color charts for that purpose. Similarly, it may also be useful when […]

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NetworkCountersWatch review

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:52:48 +0000

NetworkCountersWatch is a free program for Microsoft Windows by popular developer Nirsoft that displays system counters and information for each network interface of the device. The program comes with the usual Nirsoft software traits. It is tiny in size, and portable so that you may run it from any location on the system without installation. […]

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DiskMax PC cleaning software review

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:25:17 +0000

DiskMax is a free program for Microsoft Windows that you may run on devices running Windows to clean the computer system. Computer users have two main reasons for wanting to clean old or temporary files from their devices. First, because it frees up disk space that they may use for other data, and second, because […]

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Generate and compare file hashes with Hashing for Windows

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:47:40 +0000

Hashing is a free open source program for Microsoft Windows that you may use to generate hashes of files, and to compare these hashes. Hashes are used for a variety of operations, for instance by security software to identify malicious files, for encryption, and also to identify files in general. You may use hashes to […]

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Use SiteVerify to verify links

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:37:12 +0000

SiteVerify is a free program for Windows to scan links and images to find out whether they are broken or work correctly. The application is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows starting with Windows XP. It supports both client and server versions, and requires the Microsoft .Net Framework. You can run the program right […]

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How to block Bitcoin Mining in your browser

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:54:46 +0000

Bitcoin mining can be profitable, and that is likely the reason why we have seen desktop miners and now also browser miners being pushed on to user devices. The Piratebay experimented with running a Bitcoin miner instead of ads recently, and created quite the uproar as users started to notice that the new monetization method […]

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Inconvenient EU piracy study kept hidden for years

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:19:18 +0000

A piracy study that the EU commissioned in 2013 has been kept hidden for years, likely because it did not find statistical proven evidence that piracy impacts legitimate purchases. Estimating displacement rates of copyrighted content in the EU resurfaced only recently, and has been published online so that it is accessible by anyone. You can […]

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Oracle releases Java 9

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:11:28 +0000

Oracle has just released Java 9, the new version and latest update to the Java platform, featuring improvements across the board. The new release includes a long list of improvements and changes like modularization support, better performance, support for new standards and more. Oracle classifies Java 9 as a major release. The release notes highlight […]

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The German Election: Street Fighter II Turbo Style

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:00:15 +0000

Bundesfighter II Turbo is a free Street Fighter II Turbo clone for Windows and Mac in which you play one of six major candidates of the upcoming German election. The game features a classic 16-bit soundtrack and design, and runs without installation on Windows. You need to insert a coin with a tap on the […]

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How to encrypt your emails in Thunderbird

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:26:35 +0000

Emails are by default just like postcards. That's good on the one hand, as it ensures that sender and recipient can read the email messages without issues. It means however as well that anyone or anything that is in the delivery chain may read those emails as well. This is done by some email providers […]

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Ghacks Deals: Ultimate Microsoft SQL Certification Bundle (97% off)

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:16:28 +0000

The Ultimate Microsoft SQL Certification Bundle preps you for seven Microsoft SQL Server courses (from Microsoft 70-461 to Microsoft 70-46). While the main goal of each course is to prep you to ace the exam, it is by no means a requirement to take the exams. If you work with Microsoft SQL server already, are […]

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Greasemonkey 4: Firefox 57 compatibility

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:44:54 +0000

The developers of the popular userscript extension Greasemonkey for Firefox have announced Greasemonkey 4, a new version of the browser extension. Greasemonkey 4 will be compatible with Firefox 57 as it will be released as a WebExtension. Mozilla plans to drop support for the legacy add-on system of Firefox when Firefox 57 Stable is released. […]

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CCleaner Malware second payload discovered

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:44:52 +0000

A new report by Cisco's Talos Group suggests that the CCleaner hack was more sophisticated than initially thought. The researchers found evidence of a second payload during their analysis of the malware which targeted very specific groups based on domains. On September 18, 2017 Piriform reported that the company's infrastructure distributed a malicious version of […]

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CCleaner 5.35 released with new digital signature

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:23:26 +0000

Piriform, the company behind the highly successful Windows cleaning software CCleaner, released version 5.35 of the application on September 20th, 2017. The new version was signed with a brand new digital signature, the only change of the release. The company's infrastructure was attacked successfully recently, and a modified signed version of CCleaner was distributed for […]

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Firefox and IndexedDB from a Privacy perspective

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:12:27 +0000

The Firefox web browser like any other modern web browsers uses IndexedDB to store persistent data that is associated with the browsing profile. A report on German computer magazine Heise suggests that Firefox's handling of the storage may impact user privacy on the Internet. Websites may store IndexedDB data when a user connects to the […]

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Vivaldi 1.12 update brings usability improvements

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:09:49 +0000

Vivaldi Technologies AS released Vivaldi 1.12, a new version of the company's web browser, to the public on September 20, 2017. Vivaldi 1.12 ships with three new features that improve the usability of the browser, and add functionality to it. The new version is already available via the browser's automatic update functionality, and also on […]

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Linux Mint 18.3 “Sylvia” Information Released

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:35:28 +0000

Linux Mint Project Leader Clement Lefebvre, otherwise known as “Clem” released a blog post on Sept. 18, giving some information about the upcoming release of Linux Mint 18.3, dubbed “Sylvia.” In his blog post Lefebvre gave some ideas to some of the pieces of software and changes that will be coming, such as the inclusion […]

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Google switches Done and Remove bookmark dialog actions in Chrome

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:36:19 +0000

If you are using Google Chrome, you may have noticed that Google switched the Done and Remove actions of the bookmark dialog recently in the browser. Chrome users may click on the bookmark star icon displayed in the browser's address bar to bookmark the page. Doing so bookmarks the page right away, but it opens […]

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Ghacks Deals: Sticky Password Premium: Lifetime Subscription (80% off)

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:00:08 +0000

Sticky Password is a feature rich password management service and software that is available as a free and premium version. The password manager supports all the things you'd expect it to including auto filling of passwords, password management, form filling, cloud syncing but also features such as local wi-fi syncing or biometrics support that others […]

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First Chrome extension with JavaScript Crypto Miner detected

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:51:39 +0000

Google's automatic verification system for Chrome extension uploads to the official Chrome Web Store is a wreck; less than a day after the Steam Inventory Helper incident, another Chrome extension was found to abuse user trust by using user systems for crypto currency mining. The most recent version of Steam Inventory Helper transfers any page […]

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Steam Inventory Helper monitors your browsing activity

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:24:42 +0000

A recent update for the popular Google Chrome extension Steam Inventory Helper added a monitoring component to the extension that monitors the browsing activity. Steam Inventory Helper is a popular Chrome extension for the gaming platform Steam that improves inventory management, trading, buying, and selling. It is particularly popular with CounterStrike Global Offensive players, but […]

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OneShot: simple program to annotate images

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:12:45 +0000

You may use the free OneShot for Windows program to annotate images, for instance by adding text or arrow icons to them. If you use a screenshot tool like SnagIt or one of the free screenshot taking alternatives, you may have access to annotation and image editing tools already. The same is true if you […]

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Locale Emulator: run programs in other locales

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:42:19 +0000

Locale Emulator is a free open source program for Microsoft Windows devices to run programs in a locale other than the default locale of the operating system. Designed specifically for playing computer games that require a specific locale, it can be used to run any program -- be it game or application -- as if […]

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CCleaner compromised: better check your PC

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:42:19 +0000

Piriform, makers of the popular file cleaner CCleaner, confirmed on Monday 18th, 2017 that hackers managed to attack the company's computer network successfully. The hackers compromised two versions of the CCleaner in the attack which have been used by up to 3% of the company's user base. The affected versions are CCleaner 5.33.6162 and CCleaner […]

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Alternate Directory: delete file types on Windows

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:49:57 +0000

Alternate Directory is a free program for Microsoft Windows that you may use to find and delete files of specific types on connected storage devices. The program has been designed to remove unneeded file types, for instance temporary file types or files that are created automatically. Handy to remove thumbs.db or Spotlight V-100 files on removable […]

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Wave goodbye to CloudFlare Captchas: Cloudflare Privacy Pass lands

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:16:16 +0000

If you connect to the Tor network or VPN services regularly, you may have noticed an increase in CloudFlare captcha challenges whenever you are connected to these networks. Depending on which sites you visit, to which network you are connected, and how the site is configured, you may need to solve captchas quite often, and […]

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FastWindowSwitcher: Alt-Tab alternative for Windows

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:33:18 +0000

FastWindowSwitcher is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows devices that you may use as an alternative to the Alt-Tab window switching mechanic of the operating system. Windows users may use the shortcut Alt-Tab (and Shift-Alt-Tab) to quickly go through the list of open program windows to activate one and bring it to the front. […]

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Manage your Amazon Browsing History

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:11:24 +0000

Amazon stores your browsing history when you are on the shopping site, and may use the information to display item suggestions to you. If you have been to Amazon before, chance is that the shopping site displays suggestions to you whenever you visit the site again. It happens that Amazon displays suggestions to you that […]

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Microsoft Edge shows two search bars (bug)

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:36:18 +0000

Reports are coming in that Microsoft Edge started to show two search bars instead of one search bar on the browser's new tab page. Windows 10 users who run Microsoft Edge on the operating system may get two search bars on the New Tab page after installing the recent updates. Systems affected by this display […]

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Microsoft September 2017 Patch Day: issues overview

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 06:09:23 +0000

Microsoft released updates for all versions of Windows and other company products on the September 2017 Patch Day. The company listed only three known issues related to updates that it released on that day. While that is better than no information at all, it appears that the updates have caused quite a large number of […]

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PSA: Android backups are auto-deleted after an inactivity period

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:52:22 +0000

If you use the built-in option of many Android devices to back up important data to Google Drive, you better make sure you use the device regularly as backups are auto-deleted when you don't use the device for a certain period of time. Google backs up apps, contacts, calendar data, the call history, device settings, […]

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Sublime Text 3.0 is out

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:41:16 +0000

Sublime Text 3.0 is the new version of the cross-platform code and markup editor that features an UI refresh among other new features. The new version is out for all supported operating systems already -- Windows, OS X and Linux -- and may be downloaded from the official Sublime Text website. Users who run the […]

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