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Microsoft targets Q2 2017 for OneDrive Differential Sync support

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:03:42 +0000

The updated OneDrive roadmap for the first and second quarter of 2017 suggests that Microsoft plans to add differential sync support to OneDrive in the second quarter of 2017. Microsoft revealed back in 2016 that it had plans to introduce differential sync support on OneDrive. The company listed the feature under committed, but did not […]

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Ghacks Deals: Linux Essentials Bundle (82% off)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:47:57 +0000

We have a new Linux author here on Ghacks, and new Linux topics will be published regularly from now on again on the site. If you are just starting out, you may want to check out this cool Linux Essentials Bundle on Ghacks Deals. It is a 5 course eLearning bundle that covers Linux fundamentals […]

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Avira Free Software Updater review

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:16:08 +0000

Avira Free Software Updater is a program for Windows by German security company Avira that checks Windows PCs for software updates. It is recommended -- most of the time -- to run up to date versions of programs installed on Windows. The main reason for that is security, as older versions may have security issues […]

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Speed up WordPress editing with shortcuts

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:01:48 +0000

A large part of the Internet is powered by the content management system WordPress. While some call it a blogging platform, WordPress is more than that thanks to its extensibility. There are plugins that turn WordPress into a full featured eCommerce store, plugins that make it an art gallery, and plugins that create community sites […]

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uBlock Origin: how to remove any element from a page permanently

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:45:55 +0000

The following guide explains in simple terms how to remove any element on any web page permanently using the browser extension uBlock Origin. Ublock Origin is a content blocker that works really well out of the box. It supports lists that you can subscribe to, to improve the blocking of certain types of annoyances on […]

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PlainPaste: copy, paste plain text when needed on Windows

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:37:23 +0000

PlainPaste is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices to copy, paste or cut plainly on demand independently of programs you are using. If you copy or paste text on a Windows machine, the formatting of the text is copied along with it to the Windows Clipboard. While that may be desired at times, it […]

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What Is Windows Defender Application Guard

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:29:43 +0000

Windows Defender Application Guard is a new security feature of the Windows 10 operating system that Microsoft revealed back in 2016. The company revealed back then that it would integrate the feature in a future Windows Insider build before shipping it with the new feature update of Windows, the Windows 10 Creators Update. It appears […]

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File Move is a straightforward file sync software for Windows

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:25:47 +0000

Alternate File Move is a free program for Windows that you may use to keep files in sync between two folders that you set up on first run of the software program. You have plenty of options if you want to keep files in sync between two folders.  You can check out our overview of […]

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Permadelete: remove files securely on Windows PCs

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:09:09 +0000

Permadelete is a new open source program for Microsoft Windows devices that you may use to remove files securely from the PC. The delete operation on Windows does not really do what the majority of users expects it to do. Instead of removing the contents of a file and its reference from the system, delete […]

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White Noise Baby: monitor crying, play sounds

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:09:49 +0000

White Noise Baby is an application for Google Android and Apple iOS devices that provides you with soothing sounds and monitoring options. The application looks like any other "white noise" application on first glance, but if you dig a bit deeper, you will notice that it offers features that the bulk of apps don't support. […]

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Get File hashes using Windows PowerShell

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:24:14 +0000

Getting file hashes can be quite useful. This can be used for instance to make sure that backed up files are not corrupt or modified (by generating hashes before and after the process), or to make sure that no one tampered with an important file. You may see it on download sites as well, but […]

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Free Manga Downloader review

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:49:56 +0000

Free Manga Downloader is an open source program for Microsoft's Windows operating system that enables you to download manga from supported sites. While you can read manga online on hundreds of sites, you sometimes may want to download them for offline reading. We reviewed several programs in the past that help you do that. MangaZ, […]

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Nvidia releases GeForce Hotfix driver 378.72

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 05:56:44 +0000

Nvidia released a Geforce Hotfix driver recently that addresses two issues in the GeForce Game Reader 378.66 WHQL drivers released on February 14, 2017. The GeForce Game Reader 378.66 WHQL drivers for Nvidia video cards was released on February 14th, 2017. It added optimizations for the games For Honor, Halo Wars 2, Sniper Elite 4, […]

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Google discloses another unpatched Windows vulnerability

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:40:47 +0000

Google Project Zero member Mateusz Jurczyk disclosed a gdi32.dll vulnerability in the Windows operating system to Microsoft on November 16, 2016. The report itself is quite technical and it would go too far to go into details here on the site. The following describes the turn of events however. Jurczyk disclosed issues with gdi32.dll to […]

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Vivaldi 1.8: better audio management, drag and drop notes

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:14:56 +0000

Vivaldi Technologies AS released the first development version of Vivaldi 1.8 on Tuesday featuring better audio management and drag & drop note taking support. The Norwegian company released Vivaldi 1.7 last week, and has been busy since fixing bugs and adding new features to the next upcoming version of the web browser. If you are […]

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Win 10 Toggle Tweaker 4.0 review

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:52:03 +0000

Win 10 Toggle Tweaker is a batch script that Windows 10 users can run on their devices to modify various settings and features of the operating system. Since it is offered as a batch file, it is easy enough to verify the program before you run it. Simply open it in any plain text editor, […]

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Firefox Add-ons Roadmap for 2017

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:36:51 +0000

The year 2017 is an important one for Mozilla and Firefox. Multi-process will be enabled for all users of the web browser, sandboxing is introduced, the first bits of Project Quantum are integrated into the web browser, and the add-on system will be switched exclusively to WebExtensions. Mozilla revealed an updated add-ons roadmap yesterday that […]

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Opera Browser’s new design revealed

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:08:23 +0000

Opera Software released the first build of the Opera 44 Developer web browser featuring a refresh of the browser's user interface. The interface refresh is part of the bigger project Reborn which Opera promises to reveal more about in the future. Today's release of Opera 44 Developer is all about the new interface that ships […]

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Ghacks Deals: Linux/UNIX Certification Training Bundle

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:21:17 +0000

We have a new Linux writer here on Ghacks Technology News, and a nice Linux training bundle to go along with that as well. Linux/UNIX Certification Training Bundle is an eLearning bundle that teaches you core Linux and Unix features, and preps you for CompTIA Linux+ and the Novell Certified Linux Professional certification exams. The […]

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No February 2017 Patch Tuesday

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:44:35 +0000

In case you have been wondering what is going on with the February 2017 Patch Tuesday that did not happen. Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it would postpone the Patch Day, but did not reveal a date back then. Our top priority is to provide the best possible experience for customers in maintaining and protecting […]

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Stalkscan: look up public Facebook info

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:19:27 +0000

Stalkscan is a free online service that enables you to look up any Facebook user's public information using Facebook's own APIs. Facebook removed, changed, and improved privacy controls several times over the last decade. Right now, information is divided into visibility groups. These groups are: only me, friends, friends of friends, and public. Public means […]

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Facebook enables sound for auto-playing Videos

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:06:50 +0000

Videos play automatically on Facebook by default, unless you disable the option. We published instructions back in 2014 that walked you through the steps of turning off auto-playing videos on Facebook, and in Facebook's mobile apps. Facebook announced yesterday that it made the decision to enable sound for these auto-playing videos by default. The change, […]

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Installing Linux Mint 18.1 Serena MATE Edition 64bit

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:48:04 +0000

There are many popular distributions of GNU/Linux to choose from, but it’s generally recognized among the GNU/Linux world that there are a few major players that people tend to gravitate towards more often than others. The most common known are primarily Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSuse, Debian, and Linux Mint. There are vast numbers of other distros […]

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Cliqz acquires Ghostery

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:03:23 +0000

Cliqz, a German company owned by Burda Media and Mozilla, has acquired the popular anti-tracking tool Ghostery and the Ghostery brand. We reviewed Ghostery several times here on Ghacks Technology News, the last time in September 2016 when the company behind the product released Ghostery 7 for all supported operating systems. The company did make […]

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Local CDN for Chrome

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:22:37 +0000

Local CDN is a browser extension for the Google Chrome browser that will load certain libraries from the local system instead of content distribution networks. The extension is a fork of the Decentraleyes add-on that is only available for Firefox, and brings the add-ons functionality to Chrome and Chromium-based browsers. If you monitor network traffic […]

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How to force Flash updates in Chrome

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:07:22 +0000

The following guide walks you through the steps of checking the installed Flash version in Google Chrome, and forcing it to update if an outdated version is used by the browser. All versions of the Google Chrome web browser ship with Adobe Flash installed natively in the browser. While Chrome does not support classic NPAPI […]

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Picard 1.4 music tagger is out

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:20:08 +0000

MusicBrainz have released Picard 1.4, a fast, comprehensive, cross-platform music tagger for Windows, Mac and Linux devices. I reviewed Picard 1.0 back in 2012 and came to the conclusion that it was an excellent program to tag music back then thanks to the feature set it shipped with back then. Music, like any media and […]

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Deal of the Week: Virtual Training Company: Lifetime Single User Subscription (96% off)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:07:17 +0000

Virtual Training Company: Lifetime Single User Subscription gives you lifetime access to Virtual Training Company's library of online courses. Access is granted to all courses -- 1026 courses to be precise -- that have been published by the company up to this point in time. Check out the company's website for a full list of […]

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Researchers develop cross-browser fingerprinting technique

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:08:36 +0000

Researchers have developed a cross-browser fingerprinting technique that uses operating system and hardware level features. Fingerprinting has been limited for the most part to individual web browsers in the past. If a user switched browsers regularly, fingerprinting could not be used to link the user to these browsers. Fingerprinting tests like the Electronic Frontier Foundation's […]

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What is Amazon Chime?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:53:53 +0000

Amazon Chime is a new communication service by Amazon that supports video conferencing, calls, chat, and the sharing of content. The product is available for devices running Windows and Mac OS X, and for the mobile operating systems Android and iOS, and as an online version that you can use device-independent. Data is automatically synced […]

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How to speed up the Opera web browser

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:59:30 +0000

The following guide provides you with information on how to speed up the Opera web browser to improve performance and your overall experience. The "new" Opera web browser is a Chromium-based browser that shares much of its code with Google Chrome. While I have not seen many complaints about the performance or resource use of […]

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Codec Tweak Tool: Troubleshoot media playback issues on Windows

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:19:21 +0000

Codec Tweak Tool is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows devices designed to troubleshoot and correct media playback issues on Windows. The Windows operating system ships with support for a limited number of media types. Windows Media Player and other multimedia players on the system can play these supported media files, but not any […]

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Gmail Sender Icons for Chrome: better sender identification

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:38:24 +0000

Gmail Sender Icons is a simple browser extension for Google Chrome that visualizes the sender's domain and favicon of the domain on Gmail's website. Gmail does not list any sender information besides the name when it lists emails received by connected accounts. Since names are picked by senders, they cannot be used reliably to identify […]

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Cobbler: simple local password manager

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:38:49 +0000

Cobbler is a local password manager for the Windows operating system that stores passwords and other data in encrypted databases. When it comes to password managers, users have plenty of options. Most web browsers come with options to store passwords for instance. Then there are browse extensions, cloud-based password managers which usually provide access to […]

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How to speed up the Vivaldi web browser

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:37:28 +0000

The following guide lists tweaks and suggestions on how to speed up the Vivaldi web browser to reduce lag and improve the browser's performance. Vivaldi is based on Chromium, and performance should not really be much of an issue because of this. However, the browser may feel sluggish or laggy at times, with actions like […]

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Windows 10: Group Policy pack Privacy and Telemetry

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:29:30 +0000

The Group Policy pack Privacy and Telemetry, short gp-pack PaT, is a collection of 70 policies designed to disable sending data to Microsoft on Windows 10 devices. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise administrators may use the Group Policy to modify privacy settings, and block some telemetry collecting and submitting to Microsoft. Numerous privacy tools for […]

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Ghacks.net Firefox privacy and security user 0.11 is out

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:28:17 +0000

The most comprehensive Firefox privacy and security settings collection has been updated to version 0.11 to take into account changes in newer versions of Firefox. Ghacks champion Pants created the initial list in 2015, and has been on it ever since that day with help of others including earthling and Tom Hawack. The new user […]

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Firefox Focus privacy scandal

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:09:49 +0000

Firefox Focus: the privacy browser, is a free mobile browser for iOS devices by Mozilla designed to protect user privacy while browsing the web. The app "improves the privacy and performance" of a user's mobile browsing experience by "blocking analytics, social, and advertising trackers" according to the product description on Apple's iTunes website. It furthermore […]

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PeaUtils collection of file management tools

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 06:07:04 +0000

PeaUtils is a collection of file management tools that enables you to run more than a dozen file related tools on your system. The open source program is created by the makers of the popular archiver Peazip, and available for Windows and Linux. Windows users can download a portable version of PeaUtils for 32-bit or […]

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Maxon Cinebench: benchmark software with comparison

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 16:31:59 +0000

Maxon Cinebench is a free benchmark software for Windows and Mac devices by Maxon, a company best known for the 3D graphics package Cinema 4D. Benchmarks can be useful in determining the performance of hardware components or a computer system. Useful to find out how fast a component or the computer really is, in picking […]

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