VERY IMPORTANT CLIENT ANNOUNCEMENT!

We will soon be unavailable to every resident of any country in the European Union!

The European Union has passed the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) than purportedly seeks to "create a harmonized data protection law framework across the EU and aims to give citizens back the control of their personal data, while imposing strict rules on those hosting and ‘processing’ this data, anywhere in the world." This type of legislation is being considered by other countries, and will probably be soon passed throughout the world.

To fully implement the GDPR, we need a FULL Rewrite of our code base that at this time is not possible because of:

* .. the sheer volume of our code
* .. the time it would take to write and test the code
* .. the cost of coding
* .. testing and review to make sure protonic.com is FULLY GDPR compliant
* .. the lack of volunteers
* .. and the low number of Clients who need help and visit the site

As you know all of us are volunteers... However donations no longer support the cost of hosting and during the past two years, I have had to personally help financially in order to keep the site running. This cost is becoming too much considering the dearth of those needing help... Perhaps Computers are giving people too few problems and people are becoming too computer literate?

Within a few days protonic.com WILL NOT be able to be reached by Clients from any EU Country and because of soon to be enacted regulations like the GDPR worldwide, I reluctantly plan to close the site completely,

As per the GDPR's requirements, except for presently open tickets from people in the EU, we have been removing personal data from EU residents from our database. On closing we will fully purge any Client identifiable data from our database for ALL of our Clients

NOTE: I am still deciding if I will keep portions of protonic.com open such as the Newsletter, Glossary, Tips, News, etc. Time will tell. I am also exploring if the full ramifications of the GDPR and we may be able to continue under a different format such a Bulletin Board, one-on-one E-Mail to and from our Technicians, Blog, Opt-In membership, etc.

Again we are very happy that we have been able to do so much good for so many over the past almost twenty years and thank all those who have supported us by "word of mouth" and with their donations.

It has been an honor running protonic.com and helping all of our cherished Clients with FREE, Volunteer based computer help.

Rick Streeter - Owner, General Manager
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Necuno is a New Open Source Smartphone Running KDE linux It’s been more than two years since Ubuntu’s dream of creating a Linux smartphone was shattered. But it hasn’t discouraged others from trying their own hands on a Linux-based smartphone.

Librem 5, the privacy-focused Linux-based smartphone, should be arriving in 2019. Even Pine64 is aiming for a budget Linux smartphone.

And now one more player has joined the party.

Finland based Necuno Solutions has announced that it is collaborating with KDE to bring Plasma Mobile to the Necuno Mobile.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2PmFcR9
Windows 10 WARNING: These versions of Microsoft OS will SELF DESTRUCT, are YOU affected? Windows 10 fans are being warned that some versions of the flagship Microsoft OS are a ticking time bomb.

These versions of the leading OS have a ‘self destruct’ setting meaning that it will refuse to boot entirely after a set date.

And users of these Windows 10 editions are being warned that this expiry date is fast approaching.

Affected Windows 10 fans will see their version of the OS stop working within the next two weeks

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2Pedndu
Apple Mac mini review: overlooked little computer gets upgrade Apple’s Mac mini has been languishing somewhat of late. The last time the company updated this diminutive computer, which comes without any accessories, was back in 2014. The Mac mini is undoubtedly less well-known than the iMac or the MacBook, but it offers an excellent way to get at Apple’s desktop operating system and stable of software at a much lower price. This computer, which comes in Space Grey and Space Grey only, has upgraded internals and an array of ports along the back. Outwardly, little has changed. It’s still a squat, slab of refined aluminium with the Apple logo nicely positioned on top. It measures 197mm square and 36mm high. Like the 2018, Macbook Air, it’s hewn from a single block of 100% recycled aluminium.

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WhatsApp Black Friday scam will steal your details The scam, which originally originated in South Africa, sends users a fake survey
The survey scam

This scam, which originally originated in South Africa, sends users a fake survey pretending to be from supermarket chain Spar, directing them to a fake website designed to harvest details.

Spar Ireland Tweeted, “There is a scam circulating on WhatsApp claiming to be a Spar survey. Do not respond to it, it is a hoax.

“Keep in mind that we will always make mention of a competition either in-store or on our Facebook page.”

Fraud prevention service, Cifas, explained that fraudsters “can use the information you share online to pretend to be you and apply for bank accounts, mobile phones, loans or a wide range of other products in your name.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2r1XjSH
Windows 10 update WARNING as Microsoft users hit with by another irritating bug WINDOWS 10 users are being alerted to a new bug which is affecting Microsoft’s popular video software. The issues have been confirmed with the US technology firm working on a fix.
Just last month users began complaining that files were being deleted after installing the latest Windows 10 update.
First spotted by Windows Latest, the latest problems appear to be affecting users who still watch content via the Windows Media Player.

Once the latest Windows 10 update is installed it seems the Seek Bar stops working.

Microsoft is clearly aware that this upgrade has caused a fault with a message posted on their support page saying: “After installing this update, users may not be able to use the Seek Bar in Windows Media Player when playing specific files.

“Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.”

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2OYIWYT
Facebook and Instagram have CRASHED around the world less than a day after Messenger went down Facebook and Instagram have both been hit by severe outages.

Users on both popular platforms have been left unable to load the sites and hundreds of people are unable to access their accounts.

The global outage has affected users in the US, UK, mainland Europe as well as parts of Australia and South America.

This comes less than a day after Facebook Messenger crashed for users around the world

Read more at: https://dailym.ai/2qVtwe9
Ubuntu 18.04 Will Get 10-Year Support (Instead of the Usual 5 Years) The long-term support (LTS) releases of Ubuntu used to get support for five years. This is changing now. Ubuntu 18.04 will now be supported for ten years. Other LTS releases might also get an extended support.

Ubuntu’s founder Mark Shuttleworth announced this news in a keynote at OpenStack Summit in Berlin.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2qRhkuM
Android WARNING: Shock security risks discovered by Google, make sure you do THIS Android smartphone users are being warned after a series of dangerous security risks were uncovered by Google.

Android is one of the most used pieces of software in the world, with more than two billion active devices running Google’s mobile OS every month.

But the leading OS has been subject to a number of high-profile security risks, the biggest of which being the Judy malware which hit Android.

Security experts said the nefarious malware was spread via the Google Play Store and could have infected 36.5million smartphones running Android

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2qFloON
France first nation to sign new global ‘web contract’ France has become the first country to sign a new “web contract” developed by Tim Berners-Lee, which aims to make the internet accessible, safe, and reliable worldwide on all platforms.

Mr Berners-Lee is known for being the inventor of the World Wide Web. He unveiled his contract plan at the 2018 edition of the Web Summit event which began this week.

Secretary of State Mounir Mahjoubi said: “We [France] are the first country to have signed.”

The contract, which is set to be managed and implemented by the World Wide Web Foundation, is expected to lay out terms on issues such as the use of personal data, terrorism and extremist content, online harassment, and competitive commerce.

This could include measures such as a commitment to remove extremist and illegal content from the web as soon as possible, to help curb access to radicalising media.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2OAuvd0
BUG DELAY Microsoft claims Windows 10 file-deletion bug has been FIXED, but it still hasn’t released new update New Windows 10 flaws are still being discovered, and Microsoft can only say that a new update will be made available to the public in early November

MICROSOFT has made a new Windows 10 update available to testers, after it pulled a previous update that deleted users' files.

However, despite claiming that its latest fix resolves such issues, additional bugs appear to be preventing Microsoft from releasing the new build to the public.

At the beginning of October, Microsoft released update 1809 of Windows 10, but it was quickly removed from circulation after it emerged that it deleted the documents and photos of a small proportion of users.

Since then, other bugs affecting the update have emerged, including one that overwrites files without warning if a user tries to copy or move a .ZIP file with the same name as an existing file.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2qmcJ3N
Finally! The Venerable RISC OS is Now Open Source It was recently announced that RISC OS was going to be released as open-source. RISC OS has been around for over 30 years. It was the first operating system to run on ARM technology and is still available on modern ARM-powered single-board computers, like the Raspberry Pi.

To give you the history of RISC OS, we need to go back to the early 1970s. UK entrepreneurs Clive Sinclair and Chris Curry founded Science of Cambridge (which later became Sinclair Research) to sell electronics. One of their early products was a kit computer. Curry wanted to develop it into a full computer, but could not convince Sinclair to agree. As a result, Curry left Sinclair Research to found a new company with friend Hermann Hauser. The new company was eventually named Acorn Computer. (This name was chosen because it would come before Apple Computer in the phone book.)

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New Mac mini ANNOUNCED by Apple - Release date, specs, Prior to today, the Mac mini had not seen a major refresh since 2014, meaning its internals were starting to show their age.

The desktop was renowned for giving the Apple faithful a cheap, but very capable, way of entering its macOS ecosystem.

The new Mac mini is five times faster than before and comes with a new space grey finish.

The new Mac mini can come with up to 64GB of memory.

Apple appears to be targeting professional users with the new Mac mini.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2qiE2Mj
An Overview of Android Pie Let’s talk about Android for a moment. Yes, I know it’s only Linux by way of a modified kernel, but what isn’t these days? And seeing as how the developers of Android have released what many (including yours truly) believe to be the most significant evolution of the platform to date, there’s plenty to talk about. Of course, before we get into that, it does need to be mentioned (and most of you will already know this) that the whole of Android isn’t open source. Although much of it is, when you get into the bits that connect to Google services, things start to close up. One major service is the Google Play Store, a functionality that is very much proprietary. But this isn’t about how much of Android is open or closed, this is about Pie.

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IBM is Buying Red Hat for $34 Billion IBM and Red Hat have inked the deal. IBM is acquiring Red Hat for approximately $34 billion in order to become the number one hybrid cloud provider in the world.

If you think open source projects doesn’t make money, it’s time to think again. A few months back Microsoft bought GitHub for $7.5 billion. SUSE Enterprise Linux was sold for $2.5 billion. Today IBM announced that it is buying Red Hat for approximately $34 billion.

Red Hat, the first billion dollar open source company is one of the strongest players in the containers and the cloud game. IBM has been lagging behind the likes of Microsoft and Google in the trillion dollar cloud market. So to strengthen their position in this field, IBM is acquiring Red Hat.

IBM will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash, which is approximately $34 billion. 

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As thousands report being victims of vile 'ransomware' computer attacks, here's how to stay safe The new web crime involves emails from criminals claiming the recipient has been caught watching an adult websiteThey then state that this act has been captured on their computer cameraThere is then a financial ransom demand that must be paid in Bitcoins
Victims of vile 'ransomware' computer attacks are being urged to ignore the sick demands – or face yet more blackmail threats.

Hundreds of readers have contacted The Mail on Sunday in the past few days to share their horror at receiving a twisted demand for money to avoid embarrassing details of their private life being exposed to everyone – even though they have done nothing wrong. 

The vast majority of those targeted have ignored the unpleasant messages – as they should – but not everyone.

https://haveibeenpwned.com

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Pay the ransom - or watch me wreck your life': Chilling new computer menace that is driving victims to suicide The 'ransom' email explains that you have been caught viewing an adult websiteThe email includes key private details, such as secret passwords for a bankCriminals are frightening victims into handing over £500 or more in Bitcoins

first, the message seems harmless – an email pops up on your screen that could be from a friend or colleague. 

But click on it and your blood will run cold. Because what follows is a string of vicious threats to destroy your life unless you hand over money.

The 'ransom' email explains that you have been caught viewing an adult website – captured on your computer's camera.

To add credibility to the sting, the email includes key private details, such as your phone number and secret passwords for a bank or shopping account.

Read more at: https://dailym.ai/2JalWVc
Turn Your Old PC into a Retrogaming Console with Lakka Linux If you have an old computer gathering dust, you can turn it into a PlayStation like retrogamingconsole with Lakka Linux distribution. 

You probably already know that there are Linux distributions specially crafted for reviving older computers. But did you know about a Linux distribution that is created for the sole purpose of turning your old computer into a retro-gaming console?

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2pWNbtF
French government issues advice on online ransomware French government has issued guidelines for what to do if your computer or portable device becomes infected with a “ransomware” virus and asks you for money to unblock it.

Ransomware is a form of computer virus that renders your machine inoperable until you pay money via the virus screen, to “unblock it” and supposedly regain use of your computer or device.

It is usually spread via email attachments, including archives, programs, and images. It can also be activated if you visit an infected website.

Businesses and individuals can both be affected, and infection rates are said to be on the rise, having soared since 2015.

Should you fall victim to this kind of scam - known as both 

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Paul Allen: Microsoft Co-Founder Dies, Aged 65 Paul Allen, the man who persuaded school-friend Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard to start what became the world’s biggest software company, died on Monday at the age of 65, his family said.

He had been suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and passed away on Monday, his investment firm said.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2IYWnGE
Facebook HACKED - 29 million accounts accessed in huge security breach FACEBOOK has admitted hackers got hold of personal data from 29 million accounts in a massive security breach..

The company revealed last month up to 50 million users were affected by the hacking.

Another 40 millions accounts were also at risk in the biggest ever Facebook breach.

At the time Facebook took the unprecedented step of logging out the 90 million affected users.

Today the social media giant said hackers had successfuly accessed data from 29 million accounts.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2pRosqQ
Windows 10 WARNING: Users alerted as SHOCK issue discovered with October 2018 update Windows 10 users are being warned after a major issue was discovered with the October 2018 update.

Recently some Windows 10 fans who downloaded the October update have been hit by a surprise problem.

The PC users took to Windows 10 forums and Reddit to claim the latest Microsoft update had been deleting some of their personal files.

Many of those hit by the Windows 10 issue have apparently not been able to recover the deleted files.

In one post a Windows 10 user wrote: ”Last night I updated to 1809, and it all went smoothly, but then I find that all my files in Documents are DELETED

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2ya7fgJ
Linux Mint 19.1 codenamed ‘Tessa’ Linux Mint 19.1 is estimated to be released around November/December 2018 and will be supported until 2023.

Linux Mint 19 users will have the ability to upgrade. This upgrade will be both easy and safe and it will be performed via the Update Manager.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2P1DRzB
Sir Tim Berners Lee is building a ‘new internet’ where you’re in control of your own data Sir Tim Berners Lee is building a new version of the world wide web, designed to take power away from tech corporations including Facebook and Google and restore it to the individual.

The founder of the world wide web has been developing web platform Solid for several years with colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through new company inrupt, guided by the principle of “personal empowerment through data.”

The project gives users the choice to decide where their data, including photos, address book, message history, music library and documents, is stored and the means access them easily in one place, instead of through various apps and systems like WhatsApp, Google Drive, Spotify etc.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2zJK65X
Tails 3.9 is the biggest update of Tails this year! Privacy for anyone anywhere

Tails is a live operating system that you can start on almost any computer from a USB stick or a DVD.

It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to:

use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship;
all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network;leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly;use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2wNDCjU
Steam Makes it Easier to Play Thousands of Windows Games on Linux It’s no secret that the Linux gaming library offers only a fraction of what the Windows library offers. In fact, many people wouldn’t even consider switching to Linuxsimply because most of the games they want to play aren’t available on the platform.

At the time of writing this article, Linux has just over 5,000 games available on Steam compared to the library’s almost 27,000 total games. Now, 5,000 games may be a lot, but it isn’t 27,000 games, that’s for sure.

And though almost every new indie game seems to launch with a Linux release, we are still left without a way to play many Triple-A titles. For me, though there are many titles I would love the opportunity to play, this has never been a make-or-break problem since almost all of my favorite titles are available on Linux since I primarily play indie and retro gamesanyway.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2okCkcd
Zorin OS 12.4 Released release of Zorin OS 12.4. This new release brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, performance enhancements and hardware support out of the box.

Zorin OS 12.4 introduces an updated hardware enablement stack. The newly-included Linux kernel 4.15, as well as an updated X server graphics stack, add compatibility for newer computers and hardware in Zorin OS. In addition, new patches for system vulnerabilities are included in this release, so you can have the peace of mind knowing that you’re using the most secure version of Zorin OS ever.

Zorin OS was started in 2008 with one goal: to bring the most advanced technology into the hands of everyone. We believe in creating a product which is open, so you can take back control of your technology and not the other way around. By maintaining a clear focus on simplicity, we've been able to create a powerful computing experience

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Ubuntu 17.10 Reaches End of Life, Existing Users Must Upgrade to 18.04 Ubuntu 17.10 reached the end of life on 19th July 2018. This means that systems running Ubuntu 17.10 won’t receive security and maintenance updates from Canonical anymore leaving them vulnerable.

Ubuntu 17.10 was released on 19th October 2017 and nine months later, it has reached its end of life. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because Ubuntu 17.10 was a normal or short-term release and these releases are supported for only nine months.

Ubuntu 17.10 was a crucial release in many senses. It was used as a testing platform for Ubuntu’s switch from Unity to GNOME desktop before the release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. It also tried using Wayland as the default display server and we all know that was a disastrous decision. Thanks to 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04 didn’t feature Wayland as the default display server.

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Google Chrome UPDATE: Users warned as huge change coming they may NOT like Google Chrome fans have been put on alert about a huge update that they will soon be able to download.

Google Chrome is undoubtedly the most popular internet browser in the world - and it doesn’t look like it will lose that crown anytime soon.

In the first six months of this year Google Chrome had a staggering 62.04 per cent chunk of the internet browser market, according to NetMarketShare.

Its nearest rival, the ageing Internet Explorer, had a 12.03 per cent share with Firefox behind on 10.41 per cent.

Microsoft’s newer browser Edge, which is bundled in with Windows 10, had just a 4.41 per cent slice of the browser market.

Chrome is by far the most popular browser in the world, and Google aren’t resting on their laurels - with a big update planned.

However, the tech giant have warned users ahead of the download’s release.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2uBnosS
MacBook Pro update - New laptops announced as Apple adds more power and improved keyboard APPLE has announced a refreshed line-up of MacBooks which now include more power and improved keyboard that makes typing quieter. Here's everything you need to know including price, release date and full specs.

Apple fans have some new MacBooks to choose from with the US technology giant announcing a major update to its range of laptops.

The upgrade comes to the MacBook Pro which is now faster thanks to an 8th-generation Intel Core processor.

Apple is boasting that this boost will make the 15-inch model up to 70 percent faster with the 13-inch model getting two times faster performance.

Additional updates include support for up to 32GB of memory and a True Tone display.

These new laptops also have an improved third-generation keyboard which Apple says will make typing on the laptop quieter than before.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2L3RTSF
Difference Between the macOS and Linux Kernels [Explained] Some people might think that there are similarities between the macOS and the Linux kernel because they can handle similar commands and similar software. Some people even think that Apple’s macOS is based on Linux. The truth is that both kernels have very different histories and features. Today, we will take a look at the difference between macOS and Linux kernels.

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Linux Mint 19 Tara released! Linux Mint 19 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

“What’s new in Linux Mint 19 MATE“.

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The latest way Microsoft Office is used to infect your computer Criminal have found another way to (mis)use Microsoft Office and infect computers using the latest ‘zero-day’ hack.

You may know that Adobe’s Flash was a popular add-in for web pages to display multi-media content.  But Flash was very insecure and unstable so it’s been mostly replaced with other secure systems.  Most modern browsers block Flash content by default and you’re rarely prompted to install Flash.

Guess which popular software still allows links to Flash content …. you guessed it, Microsoft Office.

The latest hack takes advantage of that security hole.  An infected Office document has a link to Flash content which is downloaded and run to gain access to the computer.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2t8KHd7
What does Google Chrome Incognito Mode really protect ? YOU might think you're keeping your browsing hidden with the Incognito Mode on Google Chrome, but is it really as safe as you thought?

If you hoped that Incognito Mode would keep ALL your browsing activities secret, you're sadly mistaken

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2JQlVss
Linux Mint 19 Tara MATE BETA Release Linux Mint 19 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

“What’s new in Linux Mint 19 MATE“.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2JwINgg
IOS 12: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT APPLE'S NEW IPHONE SOFTWARE Apple is going to dramatically change your iPhone. Even if it's old.

The company announced iOS 12, the new version of its operating software for iPhone and iPads. And while it did not include some of the dramatic features found in previous updates, it did include at least two profound changes.

And as well as those, it introduced a raft of fun and meaningful new changes, designed to make the iPhone more fun. They include changes to animoji and new features to improve the phone's augmented reality tools.

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Steam SHOCK: Hackers could have taken control of YOUR PC thanks to this vulnerability Steam fans are being warned about a vulnerability that experts say has existed for 10 years.

Cyber security experts have put Steam users on alert about the remote code execution vulnerability.

Context Information Security said this backdoor affected all 15 million active Steam clients.

In a blog post online, the cyber security firm said the vulnerability allowed hackers to carry out remote code execution attacks.

Leveraging this, it was possible for hackers to control a victim’s machine.

Writing online Tom Court, a senior researcher for Context, said: “This was a very simple bug, made relatively straightforward to exploit due to a lack of modern exploit protections.”

He added: “The fact that such a simple bug with such serious consequences has existed in such a popular software platform for so many years may be surprising to find in 2018 and should serve as encouragement to all

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No Kernel 5.0! Linus Torvalds Prefers Releasing it as Kernel 4.17 Linus Torvalds has announced the release of Linux Kernel 4.17. Take a look at main new features in the latest kernel release.

A new Linux Kernel has been released today and unlike the expectations, it is not called Kernel 5.0.

On Linux’s Kernel Mailing list webpage, Linus Torvalds describes why he didn’t prefer to term this release as the Linux Kernel 5.0:

“No, I didn’t call it 5.0, even though all the git object count numerology was in place for that. It will happen in the not _too_distant future, and I’m told all the release scripts on kernel.org are ready for it, but I didn’t feel there was any real reason for it. I suspect that around 4.20 – which is I run out of fingers and toes to keep track of minor releases, and thus start getting mightily confused – I’ll switch over. That was what happened for 4.0, after all.”

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Lightweight Distribution Linux Lite 4.0 Released With Brand New Look Ubuntu based lightweight Linux distribution Linux Lite 4.0 has been released. Check out the fresh look and new features in the latest release.

Linux Lite, one of the top lightweight Linux distributions, has released its latest major version 4.0. Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Linux Lite 4.0 has a fresh new look and a couple of new applications.

If you didn’t know already, Linux Lite is an Ubuntu-based distribution and it uses Xfce desktop along with a bunch of lightweight applications to target older devices with low hardware specification.

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Microsoft Office diagnostic info- tell them a little or a lot but always tell Microsoft The latest early release of Office for Windows/Mac gives you ‘choices’ for sharing diagnostic information about Office.  You can choose to send Microsoft a lot of information or just a little data but you can’t refuse completely.

There are legitimate questions about what information is being sent to Microsoft and how it’s being used. That includes being combined with other data to discover more about individual companies or individuals.

The corporate culture at Microsoft has always been arrogant and assured of its own righteousness.  These ‘choices’ are just the latest example of it.

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ANDROID WARNING - These phones come LOADED with malware out the box, are YOU affected? users have been put on alert after malware was found pre-installed on hundreds of phones straight out of the box.

The adware, dubbed Cosiloon, was discovered by researchers from cybersecurity firm Avast.

Security experts said the malware was found on hundreds of Android phones with owners in the UK, US, Germany, Italy and Russia among those affected.

The adware creates an overlay to display an annoying advert over a webpage within the users’ browser.

Thousands of smartphone owners are affected - in the past month alone Avast discovered the Cosiloon adware on around 18,000 devices.

Avast reported the findings of their research to Google who have ”taken steps to mitigate the malicious capabilities of many app variants on several device models, using internally developed techniques.”

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How to protect your Twitter account following major security gaffe Twitter has admitted a bug in its system caused all 330m of its users’ passwords to appear in plain text, free from the protection provided by encryption.

The social media site alerted its users to the error on Thursday evening, saying the bug had been fixed and an investigation had returned no evidence of a breach or that the data had been misused.

However, Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s chief technology officer, urged everyone to change their passwords out of an “abundance of caution.”

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Top 10 Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop So you’ve successfully installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and hoping what do to next? Yes, you can always browse on the new features introduced in the 18.04 LTS, the Bionic Beaver. But let’s not hurry up, let us list out the top 10 things to do after installing Ubuntu 18.04,

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Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is Finally Released. Download Now! Brief: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver has been finally released. Here is a quick recap of new features and the download links for Ubuntu 18.04.

The wait is over. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is finally available to download. 

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2HW8giu
Sinclair Spectrum designer Rick Dickinson dies in US Rick Dickinson, the designer of Sinclair computers, has died in the US while receiving treatment for cancer.

The British designer, thought to be in his 60s, worked in-house for Sinclair Research and oversaw the creation of its home computers in the 1980s.

He was responsible for the boxy look of the ZX80 and ZX81 and the Bauhaus-inspired appearance of the Spectrum.

Mr Dickinson also helped to develop the technologies for the UK company's touch-sensitive and rubber keyboards.

He was recently linked to a crowd-funded project by Retro Computers to turn the Spectrum into a handheld computer. Some of the early reference designs for the machine were drawn up by him.

Read more at: https://bbc.in/2vW6WaS
New Gmail: How to use the new features, including self-destructing messages Google has revealed details of its long-awaited Gmail overhaul, complete with a raft of new features designed to increase productivity.

The new Gmail will begin rolling out to its 1.4bn users across the world from today, though it may take several weeks to appear in your inbox.

Read on for some of the most interesting new features and how to use them.

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MintBox Mini 2 The MintBox Mini just got better again!

Based on the Compulab Fitlet2, the new Mini is just as small as the original MintBox Mini and the MintBox Mini Pro but with much better specifications, better performance and a few more features.

The top heatsink is slightly taller than before for the all-metal black housing to provide better passive cooling for the upgraded specs. The small size of the unit is still very impressive. 

Just as before, the unit is completely silent and it has no fans or moveable parts. It’s also dust and humidity resistant and designed to operate at the full industrial temperature range of -40°C to 85°C. The warranty from Compulab is the same as before: an unconditional 5 years.

The dual-band antennas and the kensington lock moved to the right side. The front of the unit provides two USB 3.0 ports, audio and micro jacks and a microSD slot.

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Best Linux Distributions: Find One That's Right for You The landscape of Linux is vast and varied.  And, if you’re considering migrating to the open source platform or just thinking about trying a new distribution, you’ll find a world of possibilities.

Luckily, Jack Wallen has reviewed many different Linux distributions over the years in order to make your life easier. Recently, he has compiled several lists of distributions to consider based on your starting point. If you’re brand-new to Linux, for example, check out his list of distributions that work right out of the box -- no muss, no fuss.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: How to BLOCK new update (and why you might want to) MICROSOFT is scheduled to roll-out its blockbuster new Windows 10 update – Spring Creators Update – in the coming days. Ahead of the launch, how to block the feature-packed upgrade.
Windows 10 Spring Creators Update is set to roll-out worldwide, starting from today, April 10th.

Microsoft typically staggers the roll-out its blockbuster updates to alleviate strain on its servers, so it might be a few more days until the new software drops for you.

Users who are signed-up to the Windows Insiders scheme can kickstart the update early.

However, some users might want to delay the blockbuster update – and for good reason.

Although the operating system upgrade has gone through a rigorous beta testing process, some bugs and glitches could still have made it through.

Also, while this latest update doesn’t dramatically change the layout of Windows 10, there are still a number of crucial change

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Don't want your internet provider to see the sites you're visiting? Free new tool could help keep your data private AND speed up your internetThe 1.1.1.1 tool works via the Domain Name System, the directory of the internetDNS matches up web addresses to a site's specific online location, or IP address 1.1.1.1 keeps this data hidden by rooting your DNS requests through its networkCEO of the firm behind it says it will never record

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Apple launches iOS 11.3 with raft of privacy features Apple is launching a major privacy push, with software updates across all its devices to introduce new data privacy information immediately, with an updated website offering new privacy management tools to follow in May.

Thursday’s updates (macOS 10.13.4, iOS11.3 and tvOS 11.3) are prompted by the enormous new European data protection regulation GDPR, and have been in the works since at least January. But they come at a good time for the company, whose head Tim Cook has been merrily capitalising on the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, publicly rebuking Mark Zuckerberg over the social network’s business model.

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Linux on Windows 10: Microsoft releases new tool to get more distros on Windows Microsoft has released a tool to help Linux distribution maintainers bring their distros to the Windows Store to run on Windows 10's Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Microsoft describes the tool as a "reference implementation for a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distribution installer application", which is aimed at both distribution maintainers and developers who want to create custom Linux distributions for running on WSL.

"We know that many Linux distros rely entirely on open-source software, so we would like to bring WSL closer to the OSS community," said Tara Raj of Microsoft's WSL team.

"We hope open-sourcing this project will help increase community engagement and bring more of your favorite distros to the Microsoft Store."

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Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon will open apps a lot faster The Linux Mint development team plans to launch the next version of the popular Linux distribution Linux Mint in the coming months.

Linux Mint 19 will be offered in multiple flavors including MATE, Xfce and Cinnamon. If you have used Linux Mint Cinnamon in the past or plan to take it for a test drive in the future, you may benefit from application loading improvements in the upcoming version of Linux Mint.

A new blog post on the official Linux Mint blog offers some insight. It all began with a perceived feeling; team members noticed that app loading "felt" faster on MATE or Xfce versions of Linux Mint and slower on Cinnamon versions.

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Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Beta 1 Released Many of the popular flavours of the famous Ubuntu Linux system such as Kubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE and Xubuntu, have released beta downloads for the upcoming Long-Term Support release of Ubuntu 18.04.

Typically, the Ubuntu team releases an LTS edition of the OS, every two years, which will carry major security updates and patches, as well as full support, for five years.

Most users typically prefer to stay on the LTS releases, and upgrade when necessary; but some prefer to opt for newer packages and will instead upgrade to the shorter 9 month support standard releases.

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How to delete your Facebook account permanently Facebook has become part of the daily lives of more than two billion people across the globe, and is showing no signs of slowing down, despite having been around for more than a decade.

However, recent revelations that data firm Cambridge Analytica used data from millions of US-based Facebook accounts to influence the 2016 Presidential election have left many users concerned over how their information is being used.

Read on for how to deactivate or delete your account entirely, and limit the information Facebook holds on you.

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Windows 10 could FORCE you to use Edge (even if Google Chrome is your default browser) Microsoft will test a new Windows 10 feature that would see users forced to use its Edge web browser under certain circumstances.

Users could soon see links clicked in the Mail app launch Microsoft Edge – even when a rival web browser is set as the default browser on their PC.

It’s a change that’s likely to cause an uproar amongst users.

Those with logins, passwords and extensions saved in Google Chrome will be unable to access them when opening a link from an email in Microsoft’s Mail client.

The move was revealed in the announcement of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17623.

Microsoft says it “will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge”.

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European answer to Google that does not sell your data Europe has a fast-growing and conscientious alternative to the US giant Google – Qwant, a multilingual search engine that does not sell on user data.

Set up in 2013 by eric Léandri, Jean-Manuel Rozan and Patrick Constant, Qwant is available in 16 languages, including French, English, German, Spanish and Italian.

It recently attracted €25million in funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB), and plans to use the money to expand its workforce from its current 60 to 200 by 2017. Most new staff will be based in the company’s research and development wing, Pôle R&D, in Nice.

With more than 6million hits a day, Qwant aims to be a pan-European alternative to Google, which dominates the market – 93% of internet users worldwide search the web with its search engines.

“An alternative in Europe, five, eight, 10%... it’s not bad,” said Mr Léandri when asked about his ambitions for Qwant,

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Microsoft drops Outlook Mobile to force people to their Outlook app Microsoft has announced that the long standing Outlook Mobile App is being dumped from 15 May 2018.  A thinly-disguised attempt to get more people using their insecure Outlook App.

Naming of Microsoft’s email services is (deliberately) confusing so here’s a quick primer

Outlook Mobile App (OMA) is a app/application to connect with Exchange Server mailboxes.  This is what Microsoft is dumping.

Outlook Web Access (OWA) or ‘Outlook on the web’ is a set of web pages designed to fit on small phone screens.  If Exchange Server users try to access Outlook Web App (email in a browser) and the system detects a small screen, it switches to a light version instead.    OWA is being retained.

Outlook app is the Apple/Android app which you can use instead of the in-built email/calendar/contacts apps.  Microsoft pushes the Outlook app very hard and you’ve almost certainly seen many links to install

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Apple Has Designed A Coffee And Crumb-Proof Keyboard Apple has patented a keyboard that is potentially immune to spilled coffee and crumbs, two of the most dangerous substances to be allowed near a gadget. 

Spilled coffee is about as destructive to a keyboard as a 40ft drop.

This is a scientific fact that can be confirmed by anyone who has tried, desperately, to mop up their now ruined keyboard with tattered bits of napkin.

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Comparison of Three Linux 'App Stores' long, long ago, when installing apps in Linux required downloading and compiling source packages. If you were really lucky, some developer might have packaged the source code into a form that was more easily installable. Without those developers, installing packages could become a dependency nightmare.

But then, package managers like rpm and dpkg began to rise in popularity, followed quickly by the likes of yum and apt. This was an absolute boon to anyone looking to make Linux their operating system of choice. Although dependencies could still be an issue, they weren’t nearly as bad as they once were. In fact, many of these package managers made short shrift of picking up all the dependencies required

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dangerous scams doing the rounds rights now - and how to protect yourself from them How to spot a scam email

Emails to be wary of

Spelling mistakes are a common tell-tale sign of a fraudulent email.

Be aware of any emails and pop-up windows asking you to click on a link or provide personal information directly in response.

A genuine email will only ever address you by your full name at the beginning – anything that starts ‘Dear customer’ should immediately raise your suspicions.

Do not reply, click on links or open any attachments that arrive with the email.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: everything you need to know next version of Windows 10 looks set to shake things up in the way people switch between devices, and now, reportedly, has a name: Spring Creators Update.

With Windows 10 being the “final” version of Windows, updates like this are essentially the new versions, with the recent Creators Update, and then the Fall (autumn) Creators Update each bringing big new features and revisions. So what does the next version of Windows 10 have in store?

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Windows 10: Microsoft confirms plans to DROP newest version of its operating system Windows 10 S will no longer exist as a separate operating system, Microsoft has confirmed.

Instead, the Redmond technology company will incorporate the functionality into a mode within its standard Windows 10 operating system.

The feature – dubbed S Mode – leaked online last month.

However, Microsoft Vice President of Operating Systems Joe Belfiore confirmed the news in a tweet today.

“Next year 10S will be a ‘mode’ of existing versions, not a distinct version,” he posted.

We use Win10S as an option for schools or businesses that want the 'low-hassle'/ guaranteed performance version. Next year 10S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version. SO … I think it's totally fine/good that it's not mentioned.

— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) March 7, 2018

Microsoft launched its Windows 10 S operating system last year alongside its Surface Laptop hardware

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Geek Squad staff 'paid by FBI' to flag illegal imagery Best Buy's computer repair workers have been aiding the FBI for at least 10 years, new documents suggest.

They indicate that several of the US company's Geek Squad staff were paid for reporting child abuse imagery.

The rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation said that the relationship "circumvents computer owners' Fourth Amendment rights" to privacy.

The FBI did not respond to questions about its relationship with other repair companies, according to the EFF.

The EFF began a Freedom of Information Act legal action to obtain the documents last year, after a doctor was prosecuted for child abuse imagery when Geek Squad technician reported an image of a naked childon his computer to FBI agents.

It was previously reported that the technician had been paid $500 (£360) by the FBI.

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Open Source Disk Cleaner App BleachBit Gets First Update After 19 Months Open Source system cleaner application BleachBit version 2.0 has been released. The new version brings some improvements and new features to the most used system cleaning application on Linux.

The open source system cleaning software, BleachBit has announced its first major release, BleachBit 2.0, after one and a half year. According to the release statement, this latest update “brings major improvements to infrastructure, security, stability, and the framework.”

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Iridium Browser: A Browser for the Privacy Conscious Iridium is a web browser based on Chromium project. It has been customized to not share your data and thus keeping your privacy intact.

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers in use today. People like it because it is quick and highly customizable. However, many people are leery of using it because Chrome tends to send lots of user information home to the massive Google servers. (You didn’t think that Google built these huge data centers to store cat videos, did you?) Thankfully, there is an alternative for those who are privacy conscious.

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with more proactive Windows Update Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with a small but important change to Windows Update. This build is from the RS4 branch, which represents the next Windows 10 update the company has yet to announce (but is likely to ship soon). There is no new build from the RS5 branch.

Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way from its predecessors so it can be regularly updated with not just fixes, but new features, too. Microsoft has released four major updates so far: November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, and Fall Creators Update.

There is only one major addition in this release: Windows Update has been tweaked to be more proactive at keeping PCs updated. When Windows Update scans, downloads, and installs updates on a PC that is plugged in, it will prevent the PC from going to sleep when it is not in active use for up to 2 hours. T

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Tutanota: Encrypted Open Source Email Service for Privacy Minded People Tutanota is a German based, privacy centered email provider. The Tutanota team refers to their product as “Secure mail for everyone!”, exclamation point and all. This lets us know that just because they tout a crazy sounding feature like “end-to-end encryption” doesn’t mean the average joe computer user can’t utilize their service. That’s because, unlike ProtonMail, Tutanota does not advertise its location as a feature of the service, and instead puts their marketing emphasis on encryption and ease of use. 

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Yahoo Mail DOWN - E-mail outage hits hundreds of users AGAINYAHOO Mail is down again YAHOO MAIL DOWN - UPDATE ONE: It's been an hour since the official Yahoo Customer Care Twitter account confirmed that Yahoo Mail is experiencing issues today.

And Yahoo Mail users are still experiencing in large numbers issues with the service.

Downdetector.com has registered a peak of more than 1,600 Yahoo Mail down reports, with users reporting issues logging in as well as reading and receiving e-mails.

The Yahoo Customer Care Twitter account said a fix was being worked on, but it's unclear when the issue is expected to be resolved by.

Express.co.uk has contacted Oath, the Verizon umbrella company for Yahoo and AOL, and asked for comment about today's Yahoo Mail issues.

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Chrome's Ad Blocker Is Here: How It Works In a blog post today (Feb. 14), Google spelled out the rules for its Better Ads Standards policy, which will block ads ruled as especially "intrusive." These include autoplaying video ads that include sound, large sticky ads that take over the lower-third of the screen, and ads that blanket the entire screen and require users sit through a countdown process.

In total, the Better Ads Standards will be used to filter out a total of 12 "particularly annoying" types of ads, which also include the ads that fill your screen as you scroll over them on a phone, flashing animated ads and mobile ads that take up more than 30 percent of your screen.

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UK unveils extremism internet blocking tool The UK government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC she would not rule out forcing technology companies to use it by law.

Ms Rudd is visiting the US to meet tech companies to discuss the idea, as well as other efforts to tackle extremism.

Thousands of hours of content posted by the Islamic State group was run past the tool, in order to "train" it to automatically spot extremist material.

The government provided £600,000 of public funds towards the creation of the tool by an artificial intelligence company based in London.

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Google Chrome users need to be aware of THIS major shake-up coming soon GOOGLE CHROME has a substantial change in the pipeline, which could see a slew of popular websites branded “unsafe” unless they switch-out their HTTPS certificate in the next two months.

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Mobile Phones Do Not Cause Tumours Decide Scientists We all know that use of mobile phones can be damaging to our sleep and our general levels of productivity at work, but are they detrimental to our health?

Two new studies released today have gone some way to dispelling concerns about the link between mobiles and dangerous tumours, finding normal radiation levels aren’t harmful to humans.

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Red Hat Acquires Container Startup CoreOS for $250 Million The billion-dollar open source company Red Hat is acquiring an open source startup CoreOS for $250 million. The move will further strengthen Red Hat’s position in the enterprise world that has been fixated on containerization lately.

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Malicious Chrome Extensions Found in Chrome Web Store, Form Droidclub Botnet Trend Micro Cyber Safety Solutions team has discovered a new botnet delivered via Chrome extensions that affect hundreds of thousands of users. (The malicious extension is detected as BREX_DCBOT.A.) This botnet was used to inject ads and cryptocurrency mining code into websites the victim would visit. We have dubbed this particular botnet Droidclub, after the name of one of the oldest command-and-control (C&C) domains used.

In addition to the above features, Droidclub also abuses legitimate session replay libraries to violate the user’s privacy. These scripts are injected into every website the user visits. These libraries are meant to be used to replay a user’s visit to a website, so that the site owner can see what the user saw, and what he entered into the machine, among other things. Other researchers have raised the possibility that these libraries could be abused

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LibreOffice 6.0 Released With Major Improvements and New Features The latest major release of LibreOffice brings better interoperability with Microsoft Office documents, ePub export, OpenPGP document signing, improved user interface and a number of other functional improvements. 

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WARNING - Whatever you do, don’t download THIS Spectre patch for your PCIF you're worried about the Spectre security flaw, one of the best  Spectre is a wide-reaching vulnerability that, alongside the Meltdown issue, was discovered this year and affects a host of major CPUs.

The bugs could allow hackers to steal sensitive information stored on affected devices such as passwords or credit card data.

Microsoft distributed Meltdown and Spectre fixes before pausing the rollout after reports that some PCs which installed the patch failed to reboot.

And now Intel are advising customers not to download a Spectre fix they pushed out as it may cause “higher than expected reboots”.

In a statement, Intel executive vice president Neil Shenoy said: “We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors, and end users stop deployment of current versions on specific platforms as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behaviour.”

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Wine 3.0 Release Lets You Run Windows Applications on Linux More Effectively The Wine team has announced the release of Wine 3.0. This comes after one year of development and comes with 6000 individual changes with a number of improvements and new features. ‘This release represents a year of development effort and over 6,000 individual changes. It contains a large number of improvements’.

The free and open source compatibility layer, Wine lets you run Windows applications on Linux and macOS.

The Wine 3.0 release has as major highlights Direct3D 10 and 11 changes, Direct3D command stream, graphics driver for Android and improved support for DirectWrite and Direct2D.

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Security updates are now available for Meltdown and Spectre Meltdown and Spectre exploit critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. These hardware vulnerabilities allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. While programs are typically not permitted to read data from other programs, a malicious program can exploit Meltdown and Spectre to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programs. This might include your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your personal photos, emails, instant messages and even business-critical documents.

Meltdown and Spectre work on personal computers, mobile devices, and in the cloud. Depending on the cloud provider’s infrastructure, it might be possible to steal data from other customers.

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No More Ubuntu! Debian is the New Choice For Google’s In-house Linux Distribution For years Google used Goobuntu, an in-house, Ubuntu-based operating system. Goobuntu is now being replaced by gLinux, which is based on Debian Testing.

If you have read Ubuntu facts, you probably already know that Google uses a Linux distribution called Goobuntu as the development platform. It is a custom Linux distribution based on…(easy to guess)… Ubuntu.

Goobuntu is basically a “light skin over standard Ubuntu“. It is based on the LTS releases of Ubuntu. If you think that Google contributes to the testing or development of Ubuntu, you are wrong. Google is simply a paying customer for Canonical’s Ubuntu Advantage Program. Canonical is the parent company behind Ubuntu.

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Top 3 Linux Distributions That ‘Just Work’ Twenty years ago, when I first started using Linux, finding a distribution that worked, out of the box, was an impossible feat. Not only did the installation take some serious mental acuity, configuring the software and getting connected to the Internet was often a challenge users were reluctant to attempt.

Today, things are quite different. Linux now offers distributions that anyone can use, right out of the box. But, even among those distros that “just work,” some rise to the top to stand as the best in breed. These particular flavors of Linux are perfect for users hoping to migrate away from Windows or mac OS and who don’t want to spend hours getting up to speed on how the platform works, or (more importantly) making the system perform as expected.

In this article, I highlight the three distributions I believe are the best bets for anyone to use, without having to put in any extra “

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Barcelona Kicks Out Microsoft in Favor of Linux and Open Source Barcelona city administration has prepared the roadmap to migrate its existing system from Microsoft and proprietary software to Linux and Open Source software.

A Spanish newspaper, El País, has reported that the City of Barcelona is in the process of migrating its computer system to Open Source technologies.

According to the news report, the city plans to first replace all its user applications with alternative open source applications. This will go on until the only remaining proprietary software will be Windows where it will finally be replaced with a Linux distribution.

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Google quietly buys UK startup Redux that turns surfaces into speakers Redux developed technology that eliminated the need for small speakers in mobile phones

Alphabet’s Google has quietly acquired a UK startup focused on technology that turns surfaces such as phone displays into speakers.

Redux developed technology that eliminates the need for small speakers in mobile phones, freeing up space for batteries or other components, the Cambridge based startup said on its now defunct website.

It is unclear when Alphabet – via an Ireland-based subsidiary of Google – acquired the company, but the transfer of shares of Redux’s holding company, NVF Tech, to the US technology giant was confirmed on 13 December, according to UK regulatory filings.

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Windows security updates released January 3, 2018, and antivirus software Microsoft has identified a compatibility issue with al number of antivirus software products.

The compatibility issue arises when antivirus applications make unsupported calls into Windows kernel memory. These calls may cause stop errors (also known as blue screen errors) that make the device unable to boot. To help prevent stop errors that are caused by incompatible antivirus applications, Microsoft is only offering the Windows security updates that were released on January 3, 2018, to devices that are running antivirus software that is from partners who have confirmed that their software is compatible with the January 2018 Windows operating system security update.

If you have not been offered the security update, you may be running incompatible antivirus software,

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Protect your Windows devices against Spectre and Meltdown Microsoft is aware of new vulnerabilities in hardware processors named “Spectre” and “Meltdown”. These are a newly discovered class of vulnerabilities based on a common chip architecture that, when originally designed, was created to speed up computers. The technical name is “speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities”. You can learn more about these vulnerabilities at Google Project Zero.

Who is affected?

Affected chips include those manufactured by Intel, AMD, and ARM, which means all devices running Windows operating systems are potentially vulnerable (e.g., desktops, laptops, cloud servers, and smartphones). Devices running other operating systems such as Android, Chrome, iOS, and MacOS are also affected. We advise customers running these operating systems to seek guidance from those vendors.

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The Best Linux Distributions for 2018 It’s a new year and the landscape of possibility is limitless for Linux. Whereas 2017 brought about some big changes to a number of Linux distributions, I believe 2018 will bring serious stability and market share growth—for both the server and the desktop.

For those who might be looking to migrate to the open source platform (or those looking to switch it up), what are the best choices for the coming year? If you hop over to Distrowatch, you’ll find a dizzying array of possibilities, some of which are on the rise, and some that are seeing quite the opposite effect.

So, which Linux distributions will 2018 favor? 

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Meltdown and Spectre chip exploits: What’s the difference? Multiple millions of computing devices worldwide are affected by two security vulnerabilities in processors, known as Meltdown and Spectre.

The fundamental flaws are present in chips manufactured by Intel, ARM and AMD, which are used in Apple, Dell, HP, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Linux and Lenovo smartphones, computers and operating systems, among others.

Both flaws exploit a specific processor performance feature called speculative execution, but do so in slightly different ways. They also have the potential to affect data centres and devices that connect to the cloud.

There is currently no evidence anyone has abused either of the exploits.

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What Users Must Know About Meltdown and Spectre Bugs Impacting CPUs Meltdown and Spectre are two vulnerabilities that impact almost all computers, tablets and smartphones on the earth. Does it mean you can be hacked? What can you do about it?

If you think 2017 was the year of security nightmares, 2018 looks to be even worse. The year has just started and we already have two major vulnerabilities impacting almost all the processors made in the last 20 years.

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Linux Mint 19 Release Date and Codename Has been Announced Linux Mint 19 Release Date and Codename

Brief: This is a continually updated article to inform you about Linux Mint 19 release date, features and everything important associated with it. 

Linux Mint 19 codename has just been released. The first release of the upcoming Linux Mint 19 series will be called “Tara”.

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INTEL WARNING - Security flaw discovered, but fixing it could MAJORLY slow PCs down Windows 10, Apple Mac and Linux fans have been warned about a security risk that reportedly affects Intel processors.

A “fundamental design flaw” was allegedly discovered with Intel chipsets, and it will spark major updates from operating software creators.

The Register reported that Microsoft are readying a Windows patch to address the issue as are Linux.

The Redmond-based tech giant is expected to launch a Windows fix in an upcoming Patch Tuesday.

However, it’s claimed these patches will have a massive impact on performance - with the updates slowing down PCs by up to 30 per cent.

It’s also claimed Apple’s macOS will need to be updated to address the issues.

Apple’s line of MacBooks all boast Intel processors, with their MacBook Pros featuring the Kaby Lake chipsets.

While Windows 10 laptops invariably have Intel processors instead of rival AMD chipsets. 

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Microsoft’s annual Laziness Tax on you Everyone hates taxes, but most people pay Microsoft’s Laziness Tax every year.  Here’s how to avoid paying extra.

Office 365 annual tribute fee for the Home plan is US$99.99 but you can pay around $75 for renewals.  The difference of around $25 is Microsoft’s Laziness Tax.

It’s the extra you pay for buying direct from Microsoft for Office 365 new and renewals without shopping around for a better price.

Renewals too

You don’t have to renew direct with Microsoft.

Office 365 Home or Personal plans can be renewed by buying elsewhere and adding to your existing account.

Microsoft doesn’t like to mention this, because they make too much extra from their Laziness Tax.  It’s definitely allowed according to Microsoft’s own Terms and Conditions for Office 365.

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WhatsApp will ditch Blackberry OS and Windows Phone by New Year's WhatsApp is bidding farewell to older mobile operating systems as the year draws to a close. Specifically, it's ending support for BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10) and Windows Phone 8.0 and older on December 31st. Although the Facebook-owned messaging app will continue to work on these platforms, users won't be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts. Oh, and WhatsApp claims its app could stop functioning at any time, so maybe it's time for that upgrade.

In the past few months alone, WhatsApp has unveiled some handy features (like quick delete for sent texts, real-time location sharing, and new universal emojis). But, it seems older platforms don't boast the "capabilities" the company needs to expand its functions going forward.

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Top 10 Microsoft Visio Alternatives for Linux Microsoft Visio is a great tool for creating or generating mission-critical diagrams and vector representations. While it may be a good tool for making floor plans or other kinds of diagrams – it is neither free nor open source.

Moreover, Microsoft Visio is not a standalone product. It comes bundled with Microsoft Office. We have already seen open source alternatives to MS Office in the past. Today we’ll see what tools you can use in place of Visio on Linux

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Windows 10 WARNING - PCs vulnerable to hack after shock security risk discovered Windows 10 users have been warned about a new security risk which could open PCs up to an attack.

Microsoft’s flagship operating system can be hacked into via the Windows Hello facial authentication system, cybersecurity experts have warned.

Windows Hello lets users unlock their device simply with their face or with a fingerprint.

But security researchers from German firm SYSS managed to defeat the face scanning feature with a printed picture.

The cybersecurity experts were able to defeat Windows Hello on Windows 10 systems that have not yet received the Fall Creators Update.

SYSS said on these systems a ”simple spoofing attack using a modified printed photo of an authorised person" can crack open Windows Hello.

The researchers claim this attack works against multiple versions of Windows 10 and on different hardware, ZDNet reported.

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Mozilla Says It is Raising Privacy Awareness By Violating Privacy of Users Mozilla’s latest Firefox release is better than Google Chrome, both in terms of speed and violating user’s privacy.

Mozilla Firefox is in news this month as well. Last month, Mozilla gained praises for its extraordinary Quantum release. This month, it has been ‘caught’ experimenting with users’ privacy without their Mozilla Says It is Raising Privacy Awareness By Violating Privacy of Users

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LXLE Review: A Hassle-free Linux for Older Hardware
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The LXLE project has two taglines: “Revive that old PC” and “Full featured OS for an aging PC”. Started in 2013, the LXLE project is designed to primarily to keep old PC useful and up-to-date. They do this by making use of the LXDE desktop environment because it is light on resources, but still very functional. LXLE is also included in our list of best lightweight Linux distributions.

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Windows 10 free update - Time is running out for you to upgrade for nothing Windows 10 free downloads are still available for PC users who have not upgraded to Microsoft’s flagship OS, but time is running out fast.

The main official Windows 10 free download offer ended on July 29 2016, with Microsoft laying down a cut off point to download and upgrade for nothing.

However, there were still a number of routes open to PC owners looking to download Windows 10 for free.

One of those Windows 10 free download options is the assistive technology route, which previously had no end date.

However, Microsoft recently announced that this upgrade offer will expire at the end of the year.

The assistive technology site has been updated to say: “If you use assistive technologies, you can upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies. 

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iMac Pro: Apple releases its most expensive computer Apple has a very expensive last-minute Christmas present for you. The just released iMac Pro is the company’s “most powerful Mac ever” – and the most expensive, starting at £4,899.

Having been unveiled in June at Apple’s developer conference, the iMac Pro is squarely aimed at Apple-using creative professionals who until now have had to make do with the ageing and comparatively cheap (£2,999) Mac Pro or the even cheaper consumer version of the £1,749 5K iMac.

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How to get started with Linux: A beginner's guide The world of Linux is ready to welcome you, with a shower of free open-source software you can use on any PC: hundreds of active Linux distributions, and dozens of different desktop environments you could run on them. It’s a far cry from the one-size-fits-all, this-is-just-what-comes-with-your-PC vision of Windows.

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Thanks, Microsoft, but I am still saying no to Windows 10 The OS does have its fans, but Win10 is merely good, not great.

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Microsoft Office December 2017 Patch Day Microsoft released updates for Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 on the December 2017 Microsoft Office Patch Day.

The company releases non-security updates for supported versions of Office on the first Tuesday of each month, similarly to how it releases security updates for Windows and Office on the second Tuesday of every month.

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