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10 Signs Your Computer Might Have a Malware Infection

Our computer is like a member of our family, when it doesn’t “feel good” or something is wrong with it, we can usually tell. We might not know exactly what is bothering it, but we have a feeling that something is wrong and we want to do everything we can to make them all better.

Who Is A Hacker? Mark Zuckerberg Explains In His Letter From The Past

The word hacker has been viewed with a bad filter that hackers always break into people’s computers. According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, hacking is an approach to doing things quickly and testing their limits. Hacking is an active discipline, and one should focus on the quick implementation of ideas.

Sony Is Working On Mobile-to-Mobile Wireless Charging Technology

According to a recently published patent application, Sony is working on a new futuristic technique that enables wireless power exchange between various nearby consumer electronic devices, including smartphones, computers, microwave, washing machine, fridges, and TVs, without cords.

Pinterest is now blocked in China

China has blocked one of the few Western social media sites that had remained accessible to its population: Pinterest.

How To Remove User Account Password In Windows 10

Windows operating system allows you password protect your user account for obvious reasons. While we always recommend users to use a strong password for a user account, there are users who want to have a password-free user account.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Goodbye Windows Phone: What comes next for Microsoft in mobile?

So farewell then, Windows Phone: Microsoft has now dropped support for Windows Phone 8.1, the operating system running on the majority of Windows-powered handsets.
According to advertising analytics company AdDuplex, nearly three-quarters of Windows phones are running on Windows Phone 8.1, and these will no longer get security or other updates. The remaining one quarter are running Windows 10 Mobile.
The purchase of Nokia's phone business, completed in 2014, was meant to catapult Microsoft back into the top echelons of the smartphone market. That didn't happen, and just two years later the company was forced to swallow a $7.6bn writedown on the acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business, cutting around 20,000 jobs in the process.
Microsoft's phone sales have been declining at a rapid rate ever since, as the chart below shows. In many countries, Windows smartphones account for less than two percent of the market, and according to Microsoft's own financial filings, sales of its Windows-powered smartphones are now negligible. There really isn't much further for them to fall.
In the end, Android had too strong a lock on the mass market and Apple's iPhone had time to become a strong enough enterprise player that Microsoft couldn't unseat it.
One of Microsoft's biggest issues was getting developers to rewrite their apps to run on Windows Phone as well as Android and iOS. With such a small market share, it didn't make sense to many developers to make the effort: and with apps as the key feature of smartphones, if consumers couldn't be sure they could get all the apps they needed, they were even more reluctant to take a chance on Windows Phone.
All this doesn't mean that, even now, Microsoft is entirely out of mobile. True, it has mostly switched its strategy to making sure that its apps run on Android and iOS instead, but it still has a toehold in the hardware world too.

Mobile options

Take Windows 10 Mobile, which has some interesting features -- particularly Continuum, which allows a smartphone like the HP Elite x3 to be connected to a big screen and keyboard and function pretty well as a desktop computer. But despite good reviews and a potential enterprise audience that's still, for the most part, loyal to Microsoft on the desktop, these devices have seen limited success so far.
There's also a chance that, somewhere down the line, the work to make Windows 10 run on ARM processors will mean that Microsoft can get into the phone game again. Although this is mostly aimed making laptops lighter and more energy efficient, that work could also help build Windows tablets and smartphones too. And, because these devices should run a full version of Windows 10, the app shortage issue will be less acute, because standard Windows apps will be supported.
There's a third option too: there continue to be persistent rumours that Microsoft is still working on some kind of mobile device -- perhaps that long-awaited Surface Phone? Microsoft's hardware strategy (see Surface and HoloLens) is mostly about creating a market with an exemplary piece of hardware and then allowing its OEM partners to take those ideas and bring them to the mass market. It certainly worked with the two-in-one PC devices, although the jury is still out -- and will be for some time -- on HoloLens. If there really is a Surface Phone in the works, Microsoft is likely to adopt the same strategy.
In the meantime, the dwindling band of Windows Phone loyalists are likely to continue to move to Android or iOS, making it even harder for Microsoft to have another go at mobile in future.
Sources: zdnet

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

How to fix error 0xC1900200 and 0xC1900202 on Windows 10

When you’re trying to upgrade your device to the newest version of Windows 10, such as the Fall Creators Update or previous release, there is a slightly chance that you may receive the error 0xC1900200 – 0x20008 or 0xC1900202 – 0x20008.
0xC1900200 – 0x20008 and 0xC1900202 – 0x20008 are actually common errors during an installation of Windows 10, and they indicate that your computer doesn’t meet the minimum requirements to download or install the new upgrade.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to resolve these errors when trying to install a new upgrade of Windows 10.
How to fix Windows 10 error 0xC1900200 and 0xC1900202
While there could be a number of reasons you’re getting one of these errors, usually, it’s a problem related to hardware requirements.
The first thing you want to do is to make sure your device has enough available space to download and install the new version. Usually, you want to have at least 20GB of free storage. (You can use this guide to free up disk space.)
Second, and perhaps most important, make sure your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements.
These are the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10:
Windows 10 About settings
Windows 10 About settings
Then go to Settings > System > Storage to see if there is enough storage available for the upgrade.
Windows 10 Storage settings
Windows 10 Storage settings
If you’re already running Windows 10, chances are that your device meets the minimum display and graphics requirements.
Sources: pureinfotech

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uTorrent Now Features Built-In Game Store, Here Are The Details

BitTorrent Inc. owned torrent client, uTorrent has been running for an extremely long time and has managed to carve itself out a position as one of the most popular torrent downloaders of all time.

With that in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that its parent company is looking for new ways to generate revenue by quietly integrating a Game Store into the app.

Most apps and clients of this nature look to get ahead of the curve by continuously growing and adapting to the marketplace. That can sometimes be as simple as keeping the platform fresh with user-interface revamps, or simple feature and functionality integrations. However, in Utorrent's case, such is the popularity of the app that it seems to have rested on its laurels in that it really hasn’t been put through any significant change for a very long time.

Bit Torrent Inc.’s integration of a new Game Store may have gone under the radar for most, and it may have come without any official announcement, but it’s one small effort to keep uTorrent fresh and ahead of the pack.

The premise behind the Game Store integration is extremely simple. In addition to using the platform to download torrents, users are also able to browse through a growing collection of games for platforms like PC, Mac, and Linux. These games are typically created and released by indie developers looking to get additional promotions and pushed downloads.

What’s particularly interesting about this integration is that it doesn’t actually showcase the full power of uTorrent by actually using the app and its underlying technology to purchase and download the game to the machine. Instead, users are pushed to the Steam listing for the title and asked to validate and download via Steam’s infrastructure.

It seems that BitTorrent Inc. didn’t want to make a song and dance about the Game Store integration into uTorrent for one reason or another, but it’s there, and it’s available to use for those who want to purchase some indie games as well as contribute to the ongoing support and maintenance of uTorrent in the process.

Sources: redmondpie

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Microsoft Modern Keyboard Now Available with Hidden Fingerprint Sensor

At seemingly every turn, Microsoft has been talking up the benefits of using Windows Hello, but what if you have an older PC that doesn’t have any kind of fingerprint scanner or webcam built in? Microsoft has the answer with its new Modern Keyboard, which was officially introduced last month. Aside from being a rather sleek Bluetooth keyboard, the Modern Keyboard comes outfitted with a “hidden” fingerprint scanner.
In reality, the scanner isn’t exactly hidden, as there’s a designated key for it right next to the right Alt key. Obviously, you’ll need to be using Windows 10 in order to take advantage of Windows Hello, but this keyboard should prove handy for those who have upgraded multiple machines that don’t have built-in fingerprint sensors of their own.
Other than that, we have a fairly standard keyboard with a few advantages over its less expensive counterparts. Compatible with Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0/4.1, Microsoft says that this keyboard has a range of up to 50 feet in open air environments or 23 feet in your typical office layout. You can use it in either wireless or wired configurations, with Microsoft including a USB cable to connect it directly to your computer.
Connecting it to your computer via USB will provide juice to the rechargeable battery lurking within, which can last around four months on a full charge. Though this is a full-sized keyboard complete with a number pad, its slim build means that it weighs in at 14.6 ounces, making it a fairly easy (if not rather wide) keyboard to take on the go.
The Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID – its full name, for the record – is launching today on both Microsoft’s website and in a select number of stores around the country. Be prepared to pay a little more than some other Bluetooth keyboards, as Microsoft is asking $129.99 for this model. You can pick one up for yourself by hitting the source link below.
SOURCE: Microsoft

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Just How Risky is Internet Piracy in 2017?

With 2017 more than half way done, the battle against Internet piracy continues at a significant pace, with the world's largest entertainment companies still flexing their muscles. The big question, however, is whether those who engage in the practice are still likely to get caught and punished for their actions.

The world’s largest entertainment companies in the spheres of music, movies, and gaming would jump for joy if the Internet piracy phenomenon came to a crashing halt tomorrow. (Spoiler: it won’t)
As a result, large sums of money are expended every day in an effort to keep unlawful distribution under control. Over the years there have been many strategies and several of these have involved targeting end users.
The world is a very big place and the tackling of piracy differs from region to region, but what most consumers of unauthorized media want to know is whether they’re putting themselves at risk.
The short answer is that no matter where people are, there is always some level of risk attached to obtaining and using pirate content. The long answer is more nuanced.
BitTorrent and other P2P protocols
By its very nature, using BitTorrent to access copyrighted content comes with a risk. Since downloaders are also distributors and their IP addresses are necessarily public, torrent users are extremely easy to track. In fact, with a minimum of equipment, any determined rightsholder is able spot and potentially uncover the identity of a file-sharer.
But while basic BitTorrent sharing gets a 0/10 for privacy, that’s a bit like saying that a speeding car gets 0/10 for stealth. Like the speeding car, anyone can see the pirating torrent user, but the big question is whether there’s anyone around who intends to do anything about it.
The big surprise in 2017 is that users are still statistically unlikely to face any consequences.
In the United States, for example, where copyright trolling can be a serious issue for those who get caught up in the net, the problem still only affects a tiny, tiny proportion of pirates. A one percent risk of getting snared would be overstating the risk but these are still odds that any gambler would be happy to take.
Surprisingly, pirates are also less likely to encounter a simple friendly warning than they were last year too. The “Six Strikes” Copyright Alerts System operated by the MPAA and RIAA, that set out to advise large volumes of pirates using notices sent via their ISPs, was discontinued in January. Those behind it gave in, for reasons unknown.
This means that millions of torrent users – despite exposing their IP addresses in public while sharing copyrighted content – are doing so without significant problems. Nevertheless, large numbers are also taking precautions, by using anonymization technologies including VPNs.
That’s not to say that their actions are legal – they’re not – but outside the few thousand people caught up in trolls’ nets each year, the vast and overwhelming majority of torrent users (which number well over 100 million) are pirating with impunity.
In the UK, not even trolling is a problem anymore. After a few flurries that seemed to drag on longer than they should, copyright trolls appear to have left the country for more lucrative shores. No cases have gone through the courts in recent times which means that UK users are torrenting pretty much whatever they like, with no legal problems whatsoever.
It’s important to note though, that their actions aren’t going unnoticed. Unlike the United States, the UK has a warning system in place. This means that a few thousand customers of a handful of ISPs are receiving notices each month informing them that their piratey behavior has been monitored by an entertainment company.
Currently, however, there are no punishments for those who are ‘caught’, even when they’re accused of pirating on a number of occasions. At least so far, it seems that the plan is to worry pirates into submission and in some cases that will probably work. Nevertheless, things can easily change when records are being kept on this scale.
Germany aside (which is overrun with copyright trolling activity), a handful of other European countries have also endured relatively small troll problems (FinlandSwedenDenmark) but overall, file-sharers go about their business as usual across the continent. There are no big projects in any country aiming to punish large numbers of BitTorrent users and only France has an active warning notice program.
Canada and Australia have also had relatively small problems with copyright trolls (the former also has a fairly toothless ISP warning system) but neither country is considered a particularly ‘dangerous’ place to share files using BitTorrent. Like the United States, UK, and Europe, the chances of getting prosecuted for infringement are very small indeed.
Why such little enforcement?
There are a number of reasons for the apparent lack of interest in BitTorrent users but a few bubble up to the top. Firstly, there’s the question of resources required to tackle millions of users. Obviously, some scare tactics could be deployed by hitting a few people hard, but it feels like most companies have moved beyond that thinking.
That’s partly due to the more recent tendency of entertainment groups and governments to take a broader view of infringement, hitting it at its source by strangling funds to pirate sites, hitting their advertisers, blocking their websites, and attempting to forge voluntary anti-piracy schemes with search engines.
It’s also worth noting that huge numbers of people are routinely protecting themselves with VPN-like technology, which allows them to move around the Internet with much improved levels of privacy. Just recently, anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp partly blamed this for falling revenues.
Importantly, however, the nature of infringement has been changing for some time too.
A few years ago, most people were getting their movies and music from torrent sites but now they’re more likely to be obtaining their fix from a streaming source. Accessing the top blockbusters via a streaming site (perhaps via Kodi) is for the most part untraceable, as is grabbing music from one of the hundreds of MP3 portals around today.
But as recent news revealed, why bother with ‘pirate’ sites when people can simply rip music from sites like YouTube?
So-called stream-ripping is now blamed for huge swathes of piracy and as a result, torrent sites get far fewer mentions from anti-piracy groups than they did before.
While still a thorn in their side, it wouldn’t be a stretch to presume that torrent sites are no longer considered the primary problem they once were, at least in respect of music. Now, the ‘Value Gap‘ is more of a headache.
So, in a nutshell, the millions of people obtaining and sharing copyrighted content using BitTorrent are still taking some risks in every major country, and those need to be carefully weighed.
The activity is illegal almost everywhere, punishable in both civil and criminal courts, and has the potential to land people with big fines and even a jail sentence, if the scale of sharing is big enough.
In truth, however, the chances of the man in the street getting caught are so slim that many people don’t give the risks a second thought. That said, even people who drive 10mph over the limit get caught once in a while, so those that want to keep a clean sheet online often get a VPN and reduce the risks to almost 0%.
For people who stream, life is much less complicated. Streaming movies, TV shows or music from an illicit source is untraceable by any regular means, which up to now has made it almost 100% safe. Notably, there hasn’t been a single prosecution of a user who streamed infringing content anywhere in the world. In the EU it is illegal though, so something might happen in future, potentially…..possibly… some point….maybe.
And here’s the thing. While this is the general position today, the ‘market’ is volatile and has the ability to change quickly. A case could get filed in the US or UK next week, each targeting 50,000 BitTorrent users for downloading something that came out months ago. Nobody knows for sure so perhaps the best analogy is the one drummed into kids during high-school sex education classes.
People shouldn’t put themselves at risk at all but if they really must, they should take precautions. If they don’t, they could easily be the unlucky one and that is nearly always miserable.
Sources: torrentfreak

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