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Microsoft launches Windows 10 this summer, pirated Windows get update too

 Microsoft launches Windows 10 this summer, pirated Windows get update too

The Redmond based software giant is releasing bits and pieces of information about the upcoming version of its operating system as the time for the upgrade approaches near. Announced Wednesday at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community event in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft is launching Windows 10 this summer; the free upgrade will be available to all Windows, even to the pirated ones. The worldwide release of this version of Windows will cover 190 countries and 111 languages. Anyone currently using Windows 7 or 8 will receive the free upgrade to Windows 10; however, despite the upgradation, pirated versions of Windows will not get a genuine…

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Opera enhances data privacy and security, acquires VPN company SurfEasy

Opera enhances data privacy and security, acquires VPN company SurfEasy

European browser developer, Opera Software has been facilitating creation of data-saving speedy internet browsers for users. These browsers are available on PC, tablets and smartphones at no cost to consumers. In order to enhance data security and privacy for users, Opera acquires Canadian VPN company SurfEasy, discloses the company through a press release on its website. SurfEasy enables users to browse securely on the internet via any network through applications that encrypt internet traffic on Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows supported devices. A USB plug-in that is “password protected” can also be protected through SurfEasy apps. The fact that internet users have been increasingly looking…

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You will now be able to make payments to your Facebook ‘friends’

You will now be able to make payments to your Facebook ‘friends’

Facebook’s social networking environment already allows business owners to make online payments to market their goods or services to the abundant number of users present on the platform, but the company’s latest venture will allow Facebook users to send and receive payments from one another as long as they are present in each others friend list. The payment can be made from desktop and laptop computers; and while the facility is available on Android and iOS devices, users will be required to download the standalone Facebook Messenger application in order to complete the transaction. Another requirement that Facebook account owners…

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Yahoo wants to spare you from remembering password

 Yahoo wants to spare you from remembering password

Yahoo has recently made a big announcement regarding its login procedure. The email service provider wants to spare users from remembering passwords, and thus, the company has introduced a new login method. Chief information security officer of Yahoo Alex Stamos unveiled the service on Sunday at the South by Southwest Interactive festival. To obtain on demand passwords, users will need to do the following: log into their Yahoo account by using their current password, and then go into the “security settings” to turn the “on demand” password feature on. Users will have to register their phone numbers as part of the process. As soon as the user will turn…

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Facebook digging deeper into e-commerce, acquires TheFind

 Facebook digging deeper into e-commerce, acquires TheFind

Apparently the highest sources of revenue in the internet are search and e-commerce. Facebook is currently trying to make it big in the e-commerce industry. The social media giant’s launch of Graph Search, back in 2013, didn’t really take off; Alexa Traffic Rank for Bing is #23, the same for Graph Search is #5,024. To make sure it does not fail this time, Facebook is planning to dig deeper into e-commerce. In an announcement made last Friday, the company said that it has acquired TheFind that was launched in 2006 as a comprehensive shopping search engine. TheFind, which has been immediately shut down by…

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Google releases Chrome 42 beta a week after bringing the stable version of Chrome 41

Google releases Chrome 42 beta a week after bringing the stable version of Chrome 41

It is indeed exciting for app developers, and users as well, that Google Chrome has already transformed itself from merely being a browser to become a one stop solution for several online activities. The tech giant regularly releases new versions of the Chrome in six week intervals. Nevertheless, Google has released Chrome 42  in beta version just a week after bringing the stable version of its Chrome 41. With hundreds and millions of users, Google Chrome is a major platform that app developers simply cannot ignore; Chrome 42 beta is meant for Android, Linux, Mac and Windows. The latest version of the Chrome comes…

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Google opposes FBI’s worldwide cyber-snooping power

Google opposes FBI’s worldwide cyber-snooping power

The US Department of Justice is extending the power of warrant issuing judges by modifying the Federal rule of Criminal Procedure 41 that will eventually allow FBI to obtain “digital search warrants”. With that kind of warrant, the federal agency will be able to go through any computer, anywhere in the world. Search engine giant Google has opposed FBI’s worldwide cyber-snooping power by submitting a comment on February 13 at the government’s website. The alleged changes that widens the agency’s power to conduct search on private devices seem to be based on a vague terminology; this has been pointed out by Richard…

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Google launches kid friendly YouTube app

 Google launches kid friendly YouTube app

Google has noticed that family entertainment through YouTube has seen a whopping 200% growth last year. However, parents have things to worry about as often kids end up viewing inappropriate videos on the video sharing site. Much to their relief, Google launches kids friendly YouTube app for mobile devices. The app will be available throughout the USA from Monday, February 23, reports USA Today. Initially available for Android, the app will make content available that are suitable for children and it will come with some parental control features. Parents will be able to control the length of a video session,…

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Google Helpouts to discontinue soon

Google Helpouts to discontinue soon

Helpouts, Google’s tutorial platform for buying and selling expert services, was launched in 2013, but didn’t manage to take off well. Consequently, the tech giant has decided to discontinue the platform soon and has explained the factors that forced it to do so in a document posted online. The idea behind Google Helpouts was good; people could take language lessons, accounting courses, photo and video editing lessons and so on through live video sessions. It was a perfect medium to bring some extra bucks for people with skills that are on demand. Google Helpouts’ growth in two years, however, was not encouraging enough for…

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‘CyberCaliphate’ hacks prominent social media accounts; threatens US First Family

 ‘CyberCaliphate’ hacks prominent social media accounts; threatens US First Family

A mysterious group, claiming itself to be related to ISIS, called “CyberCaliphate”, hacks prominent social media accounts and threatens the US First Family as well. Popular magazine Newsweek’s Twitter account and the Facebook page of Delta Airlines were briefly under the control of the so called CyberCaliphate. The incidents took place on Tuesday, February 10 and the perpetrators began tweeting images of sensitive documents belonging to DCITA from Newsweek’s Twitter Account. They also sent out tweets threatening Presidents Obama’s wife and daughters on the occasion of Valentine’s Day. The hacker group also took Newsweek’s profile banner down from its Twitter account and replaced it…

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