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Curious Case Of Linux Distribution Code Names Have you ever wondered about the code name of the latest release of your favorite Linux distribution?
The upcoming Linux Mint 18 has been codenamed Sarah. Ubuntu 16.04 will be called Xenial Xerus. The list goes on like that.
The question about the code-names is really trivial. It doesnât make any difference to how a particular Linux distribution function. Yet, as a curious Linux user, you might want to know the logic behind codename of a release. After all, the code name is an integral part of a release and the dev team puts an effort for that as well, isnât it?
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Convergence Becomes Real With First Ubuntu Tablet First Ubuntu tablet has been just announced. Canonical, parent company of Ubuntu, and Spanish hardware manufacturer BQ are all set to unveil the first Ubuntu tablet at Mobile World Congress, later this month.
BQ is also the manufacturer of the first Ubuntu Phone. The partnership between Canonical and BQ extends to the tablet as well.
Ubuntu has been running the #reinvent campaign on social media and the web ahead of the launch to generate curiosity over the tablet.
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HandyLinux is a English/French Linux version HandyLinux is a English/French distribution designed for novice Linux users. It is based on the latest stable version of Debian GNU/Linux and it uses the Xfce desktop environment. The main feature of the distribution is a custom start menu with applications and Internet bookmarks grouped in tabs. HandyLinux integrates the latest versions of the Chromium web browser, LibreOffice office suite, Skype conferencing and messaging client, VLC video player and other popular applications with the stable Debian base.
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bogus Windows support technicians The classic tactic involves cold calls -- unsolicited telephone calls -- where callers pose as computer support technicians, frequently from Microsoft itself, and try to convince victims that their computers are infected, often by having them look at Windows' Event Viewer, a log that shows scores of harmless errors. At that point, the hard-sell pitch starts, with the caller urging the consumer to download software or let the "technician" remotely access the PC.
The con artists charge for their bogus "help" and often get people to pay hundreds for worthless support plans or software. Frequently, the scammers use their access to plant malware on the PC, which later surreptitiously harvests online account information and passwords, or they steal files from the system during the call,
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How to stay on Windows 7 and 8 forever Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users, but not a mandatory one. If you don't want to be nagged to update, here's how to stop the Windows 10 upgrade notifications and run Windows 7 or 8 forever.
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Safer Internet Day 2016 Safer Internet Day 2016 will take place on the 9th February with the theme Play your part for a better internet!
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
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Why switch to Windows 10 or a Mac when you can use Linux Mint 17.3 instead? Linux Mint 17.3 is the best Linux desktop operating system and it might be the best PC operating system, period, for you.
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How to install Linux Mint on your Windows PC Are you a Windows power-user? You can get and install Linux Mint running on your PC -- either to try it out, or as a replacement for Windows.
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Malwarebytes still fixing flaws in antivirus software Malwarebytes said it could take three of four weeks to fix flaws in its consumer product that were found by a Google security researcher.
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Best Linux Desktop Environments for 2016 Linux creates a friendly environment for choices and options. For example, there are many Linux-based distributions out there that use different desktop environments for you to choose from. I have picked some of the best desktop environments that you will see in the Linux world.
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Brave: A New Open Source Web Browser That Blocks Ads By Default What is the most annoying thing you encounter while using the internet?
Let me guess. Annoying pop-ads or inappropriate ads that has littered the web space. Most of these ads are merely a distraction and spoil the user experience. When I say user experience, I mean the reading experience. Because of these ads, the tech-savvy people use ad-blocker plugins in their browser.
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LinuxMint to finally get its own apps in Mint 18. Linux Mint is one of the best known Linux distros available. Based on Ubuntu and Debian, Linux Mint strives to create a âmodern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to useâ. The team behind Linux Mint is also very involved with the MATE and Cinnamon desktop environments.
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Windows 10 to Scan User Emails Windows virtual assistant Cortana will soon step up scanning of emails
by default, in order to make Cortana more useful. Whether its an
improvement or a sign of creepiness on Microsoft's part is up for
debate. The announcement comes almost 3 years to the date, where
Microsoft publicly launched a campaign named " Don't get scroogled by
Gmail ." In that campaign, Microsoft complained that Google's email
scanning practice was unjust. Email Scanning Takes Note of Schedule
Cortana's new email scanning is being tested among Windows Insiders -
the group of users who have signed up to get ...
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Compare ... Microsoft Edge vs. Google Chrome on Windows 10! Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome are both awesome browsers on Windows 10, and in this video Compare their performance on popular websites and benchmarks, and features! What browser do you use on Windows 10?
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Block Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 Edge Blocker is a free program for the Windows operating system that users or system administrators can make use of to block Microsoft's new web browser Edge on the system.
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Firefox 44: Find out what is new The official release data of Firefox 44 is January 26, 2016. This overview provides you with detailed information about the new release including new features and changes in the desktop version of Firefox and the Firefox version for Android.
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Microsoft ends support for Windows 8 and older versions of Internet Explorer If youâre running Internet Explorer (IE), the web browser that ships with Windows, you might not be supported.
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6 tech tips for coping with a blizzard These tips could help you prepare for and stay safe during winter storms.
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12 Windows 10 install issues -- and what to do about them Having trouble installing and setting up Win10? You arenât alone. Here are a dozen-plus of the most common problems, along with a few solutions.
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Ransomware: 7 tips for recovery and prevention For the uninitiated, ransomware is a rather insidious form of malware that attempts to render all of your important files unreadable, until you pay the perpetrator a ransom to restore them.
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Linux Is Everywhere. Now Thereâs A Plan to Make It for Everyone Linux is everywhere these days. It runs our phones, the web servers that underpin everything from Facebook to Google, even our cars. That means thereâs a bigger demand for people who know how to work with the operating system than ever before, and those jobs often pay good money.
The Linux Foundation is a non-profit that not only helps maintain and develop core parts of the Linux operating system but also provides education and certification to information professionals who manage Linux servers. Today the organization announced The Extended Learning Linux Foundation Scholarship Program, an educational initiative aimed at helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds gain the skills they need to start careers in information technology.
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LastPass phishing attack could have scooped up passwords The simple attack shows how software needs to be more phishing resistant
A relatively simple phishing attack could be used to compromise the widely used password manager LastPass, according to new research.
Notifications displayed by LastPass version 4.0 in a browser window can be spoofed, tricking people into divulging their login credentials and even snatching a one-time passcode, according to Sean Cassidy, who gave a presentation at the Shmoocon conference on Saturday.
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Microsoft enables settings protection in Internet Explorer 11 Microsoft enabled a new protective feature in Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10 recently that it introduced for its Microsoft Edge web browser back in November 2015.
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Microsoft updates support policy: New CPUs will require Windows 10 In a change to its longstanding support policy, Microsoft says PCs based on new CPU architectures, including Intel's Skylake chips, will require Windows 10. A list of preferred systems will support older Windows versions on new hardware, but only for 18 months.
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Missed Features Installer for Windows 10 Missed Features Installer for Windows 10 is the latest version of the popular application that brings back removed or altered features to Windows 10 that were part of previous versions of the operating system.
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Kaspersky Free Antivirus released Kaspersky has been toying with a free version of its widely respected antivirus solution for a while now on the company's own Dev Builds server.
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Microsoft to start pushing Windows 10 on more business users It's another expansion of the company's continued pressure to upgrade
Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 on a group of previously off-limits users as its new operating system nears the six month anniversary of its release. The company revealed Wednesday that users who are running Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro can expect to start seeing the Get Windows 10 app in their taskbar, suggesting that they upgrade to the new OS.
Those people who have Windows PCs at home that are configured as normal likely won't be that put off by the message, since it's the same one that popped up on their desktop at home. The change is part of Microsoft's ongoing work to push Windows 10 upgrades in front of more people to try and get them to move over to the new OS before the offer of a free upgrade expires
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Microsoft fixes critical flaws in Windows, Office, Edge, IE and other products Microsoft has released the first batch of security updates for 2016 and they include critical fixes for remote code execution flaws in Windows, Office, Edge, Internet Explorer, Silverlight and Visual Basic.
The company has also fixed remote code execution and elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in Windows and an address spoofing flaw in Exchange Server, that were rated important, not critical, due to various mitigating factors.
In total, Microsoft issued 9 security bulletins covering patches for 24 vulnerabilities.
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Microsoft Patch Tuesday kills off Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 Support for Windows 8 is over, as is most support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10. If you haven't done so already now is the time to upgrade...
The biggest item on the chopping block is Windows 8. Not Windows 8.1âthat sweeping update is still supportedâbut the original, non-Start button version of Windows 8. After Tuesdayâs updates, Microsoft will cease support for the 3 year, 2 month, and 17-day old operating system. That means Windows 8 is going the way of Windows XP; no more security updates, no bug fixes, nothing.
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5 essential Google Docs and Sheets add-ons Translate text, purge spreadsheets of duplicate data, and more with these helpers.
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Trend Micro flaw could have allowed attacker to steal all your passwords Trend has patched that problem and another remote execution flaw.
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Microsoft Ends Support for IE8, 9, 10 Only Internet Explorer 11 will continue to receive updates, fixes, and support on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.
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Microsoft Security Bulletins For January 2016 Welcome to the Microsoft Security Bulletins overview for January 2016. It is the first patch day of the year by Microsoft and also the last day Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is supported by the company.
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Ford, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Subaru get on board with Linux The Linux Foundation began a new initiative in 2012 called Automotive Grade Linux as an open-source project to develop common Linux-based software cores for connected cars. Now major automakers like Ford, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Subaru have joined AGL alongside existing members Toyota, Nissan, and Jaguar Land Rover.
The AGL has announced a new Unified Code Base (UCB) distribution built specifically for automotive. This ground-up build was designed to address the needs of the connected car.
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Exciting details begin to emerge around Linux Mint 18 Exciting details are beginning to emerge about Linux Mint 18, which will be based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and arrive sometime in May or June.
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How to Fix: Windows 10 Programs Missing from Start Menu If a program is not compatible with Windows 10, it will not be imported when you proceed with the Windows 10 upgrade. This is especially true with some antivirus programs. To get around this problem, you can download the latest version of the program online the Internet and hope that it is compatible with Windows 10. If not, you will need to find a replacement program that performs a similar function which is compatible with Windows 10.
Windows 10 Start Menu 512 Limit (Bug)
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Regaining Control of Your PC After a Hack Attack Hackers and malware seem to be lurking in every corner of the Internet these days. Clicking a link, opening an email attachment, or sometimes, just being on the network can result in your system getting hacked or becoming infected with malware.
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Microsoft to Ditch Security Updates for Internet Explorer Microsoft is to ditch support for all but the latest edition of Internet Explorer. The news coincides with reports that Microsoft's new Edge browser is rapidly falling from favour.
The discontinued support Internet Explorer affects versions 8, 9 and 10 and will end on Tuesday, January 14, 2016. That will mark the final update for those systems, which will simply consist of an on-screen notification urging user to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or Edge.
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13 Hulu Tips for Streaming TV Fans If you're a cord cutter or want to be, but can't abandon network TV, you need Hulu. The service is best known for streaming shows the day after they air, specifically shows from four of the five major networks (ABC, NBC, Fox, and CW)âCBS has its own streaming service.
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Last chance to upgrade IE or switch browsers as Microsoft's mandate looms An estimated 340M users ran a soon-to-be-retired version of IE last month
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Microsoft may be collecting more data than initially thought Microsoft recently told the world that its new Windows 10 operating system was active on over 200 million devices, a fact that leaked a week earlier already.
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I Moved to Linux and Itâs Even Better Than I Expected Saying goodbye to Apple and Microsoft has never been easier, or so satisfying.
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World Without Linux Final Episode: Free Burger In 1991, Linus Torvalds starting working on Linux "just for fun" as a "hobby, nothing professional." Today, Linux is the world's largest collaborative project in the history of computing. It powers the Internet, the cloud, the worldâs stock exchanges, supercomputers, embedded devices and more.
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Ian Murdock: a tribute to the man and his work on Linux Ian Murdock, who died in San Francisco on 28 December, was the co-creator of the Debian, the Linux distribution he founded while an undergraduate at Indianaâs Purdue University in 1993.
The circumstances of Murdockâs death have not been made public. After praising Murdock for the good work he did for the company and the world,
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9 Million At Risk from Browser Security Tool A popular antivirus browser extension has been labeled as a security
risk by Google. The tool in question is called Web TuneUp and is a
browser extension by AVG; in this case, the problem involves Web TuneUp
and the Chrome Browser, but the threat itself likely includes other
browsers as well. Web TuneUp works by validating links that appear on a
web browser page, such as on a search engine results list. It then
warns the user if a link points to a page that could compromise
security. It's arguably overkill, given that Chrome includes similar
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5 ways Ubuntu Linux is better than Microsoft Windows 10 Windows 10 is a pretty good desktop operating system. Unfortunately, that OS is very far from perfect. The most glaring issue, of course, is the confusing privacy settings.
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Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool is a free on-demand virus scanner for the Windows operating system designed to remove virus threats from machines running Windows.
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The easiest way to transfer data from Android to iOS It only takes a few minutes to get all your important data from an Android device to an iPhone or iPad. Here's what you need to know.
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Getting started with your new Android phone Here's your guide to the right way to set up your new shiny Android phone or tablet.
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What to do before selling or donating your phone Selling or giving away your smartphone this season? Prep your device properly with this handy game plan.
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Disable NVIDIA Streamer Service and other NVIDIA processes NVIDIA Streamer Service, NVIDIA Streamer Network Service and NVIDIA Streamer User Agent are three of the many processes running on Windows machines that are powered by recent NVIDIA video cards.
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More people use Ubuntu than anyone actually knows How many "users" of Ubuntu are there ultimately? I bet there are over a billion people today, using Ubuntu -- both directly and indirectly. Without a doubt, there are over a billion people on the planet benefiting from the services, security, and availability of Ubuntu today.
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Review: Mint 17.3 may be the best Linux desktop distro yet The Linux Mint project recently unveiled Linux Mint 17.3. The latest release from this Ubuntu-based Linux distro just might be the best Linux desktop around.
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How to fix Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update blunder: nuked Office templates Microsoft pushed out yet another problematic Windows 10 update, and it erases customizations made to the 'normal' template in Word 2016.
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How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro without hassles You've got a new PC (or an old, freshly upgraded one) running Windows 10 Home. You want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Here's how to get the job done quickly. You can even get the upgrade for no extra cost if you have an unused Pro or Ultimate product key from an older version of Windows.
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Apple will pay Ericsson patent royalties on iPhones and iPads Apple has agreed to pay Ericsson royalties on the wireless devices it sells in settlement of a long-standing patent dispute.
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When will your phone get Android Marshmallow? Here's what we know so far Android Marshmallow is here! Well, sort of.
Itâs quickest with unlocked phones, as the manufacturers test the software on their devices, and then will zip it your way when itâs ready. Itâs even longer if you have a phone purchased through your carrier...
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WILL YOUR IKETTLE GET HACKED? Putting your kettle on the Internet of Things may make your life more convenient, but it could also make your Wi-Fi password public.
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Ten of the Best Places to Learn About Window 10 With the release of Windows 10 to the general public, there has been a flood of articles about the new operating system. I have sifted through dozens of these and come up with a list of ten that I think are particularly helpful in explaining whatâs in Windows 10, whether you want it, and how to configure and use it.
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Your Firewall has Been Breached, Call This Number (Scam) I received a warning that 'Your Avast! Firewall has been breached and a Trojan Horse is infecting your computer. Call 1-888-698-3247
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Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon Review Linux Mint is among the most popular GNU/Linux-based operating systems. Although DistroWatch is not a metric of popularity, Linux Mint has claimed the #1 ranking on the website, which means itâs the most sought after distro on the site.
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The Companies That Support Linux: Autodesk Autodesk, a design and fabrication software company best known for AutoCAD, has more than 150 specialized programs for visual effects, BIM (Building Information Modeling), simulation, 3D printing and subtractive manufacturing. The company is also active in the maker community with its Dynamo project (open source graphical programming for design) and Ember 3D printer.
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Linux Mint Upgrade Sparkles The Linux Mint upgrade to version 17.3 Rosa is one upgrade regular users do not want to skip.
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Windows 10 Push: Microsoft Likened to Malware Scammers Microsoft's latest change to the way it pushes users to upgrade to Windows 10 has been described as a "confusing new low." It's now using an on-screen message that appears to trick users into believing they must install the new operating system.Microsoft's trying to trick less-savvy computer users into downloading the operating system with tactics often used by spammers and malicious websites."
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Thinking of Moving from Windows to Linux? Have you been debating an OS change? Here's why you might want to hop from Windows to Linux, and take advantage of that window of opportunity.
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Microsoft pulls Windows 10 update after users hit snag Microsoft has pulled an update to Windows 10 after users reported a wide variety of issues with the upgrade process, according to a post on the company's Answers technical support forum.
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Watch out Microsoft, Google âLibreOffice as a serviceâ is here The office suite implementation runs on ownCloud server. Thatâs where all the processing and heavy lifting is done. The rendering happens at the client side. Currently there are three apps: writer (equivalent to MS Word), spreadsheet (Excel) and presentation (PowerPoint). At the moment users can create new documents and edit them. Other functionality, such as collaborative editing, is in the pipeline.
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AMD announces open source initiative GPUOpen AMD is making some big waves in the world of open source with its GPUOpen initiative. The company is pulling out all the stops to make it easier for developers to create games and applications via greater access to the GPU and its resources.
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NEW â˘ Distribution Release: Tails 1.8 Tails 1.8 has been released. Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) is a live Linux distribution, based on Debian's latest stable release, designed for secure and anonymous web browsing. The main change in this release is the switch to Icedove (Thunderbird) as the default email client: Tails 1.8 is out
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Joomla patches a critical remote execution bug The open-source project behind the widely used Joomla content management system has issued a patch for a vulnerability that is now being widely used by hackers.
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Microsoft Getting Desperate To Force Upgrade PCs to Windows 10 Itâs not surprising to know that Microsoft is desperate to have Windows 10 on userâs PCs. As for users still running Windows 8.1 or 7, there is only two option left either they should upgrade now or later, there is no option of terminating the update.
For users updating their systems to an upgraded version of Windows should be good news but the tactics used by the technology giant are the same used by spammers ie. tricking users into a situation where they are forced to agree with something
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Top 10 Linux Gifts for the 2015 Holidays The 10 products listed here all began shipping this year, and can be bought now in the U.S. with shipments within two weeks. They either run Linux as the sole OS or are available with Linux as a preloaded option, typically dual-booting alongside the Linux-based Android.
While some of these products appeal more to hackers than others, many if not most, could be safely bought for people who had never heard of Linux
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Linux Foundation and Microsoft: A Great Start to a Partnership The Linux Foundation and Microsoft also share a commitment to SysAdmins who are running the worldâs most critical, complex IT systems. Todayâs SysAdmin requires knowledge of both Windows and Linux. Professionals and their employers who invest in training and certification that demonstrate this hybrid knowledge will benefit.
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How to switch from PC/Windows to a Mac as painlessly as possible Planning to make the switch from a Windows PC to Mac over the holidays? Here's what you need to know.
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Readerâs Digest and other WordPress Sites Compromised The website of popular magazine Readerâs Digest is one of the victims of this campaign and people who have visited the portal recently should make sure they have not been infected. The payload we observed at the time of capture was Bedep which loaded Necurs a backdoor Trojan, but that of course can change from day to day.
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Has MacUpdate fallen to the adware plague it seems that MacUpdate, long considered to be one of the only remaining trustworthy download aggregation sites for the Mac, has succumbed to the same plague that has ruined most of the others: adware.
Following Mr. Urdanetaâs hints, I sought out the Skype page on the MacUpdate site and downloaded the app. The result was a file named Skype Installer.dmg, which seems legit on first glance. However, opening this disk image file results in a MacUpdate installer, very similar to the adware-riddled
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Microsoft ends support for .Net Framework 4, 4.5 and 4.5.1 Microsoft announced earlier this year that it would end support for the Microsoft .Net Framework 4, 4.5 and 4.5.1 on January 12, 2016. End of support means that these .Net versions won't receive security updates, technical support or hotfixes anymore.
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Linux Mint 17.3 'Rosa' offers Linux Mint's most polished desktop experience yet While other Linux operating systems dabble in cutting-edge features, Linux Mint 17.3 relentlessly focuses on the desktop experience.
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New 'Bootkit' Malware Sidesteps Security Software A newly-identified piece of malware has achieved arguably the ultimate goal of cybercriminals. "Nemesis" is able to infect a Windows computer before the operating system is loaded. The malware is a particularly
nasty form of a rootkit . That's software which is able to inappropriately access some of the core components of a computer (both hardware and software), often disguising its actions. A rootkit is a
serious problem because it's often completely undetectable,
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Microsoft Security Bulletins For December 2015 Welcome to this month's overview of the Microsoft December 2015 Patch Day. The guide provides you with relevant information about all security and non-security patches that Microsoft released since the November 2015 Patch day.
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Linux Mint 17.3 âRosaâ MATE released! The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.3 âRosaâ MATE Edition. Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa MATE Edition Linux Mint 17.3 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable [âŚ]
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Linux Mint 17.3 âRosaâ Cinnamon released! The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.3 âRosaâ Cinnamon Edition. Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa Cinnamon Edition Linux Mint 17.3 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable [âŚ]
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Microsoft Combating Windows 10 Upgrade-Blocker Microsoft has gone a step further and is now trying to combat users who have actively taken steps to avoid upgrading. He created a tool called "GWX Control Panel", which stands for "Get Windows 10 Control Panel." As well as removing the "Get Windows 10" upgrade icon that appears in the bottom right corner of the screen for many Windows 7 and 8.1 users, the tool also makes Windows send a signal to Microsoft to say a Windows 10 upgrade is unwanted.
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Microsoft 'Going Too Far' Forcing Win10 Upgrade A software engineer has accused Microsoft of going to extreme lengths to push users into upgrading to Windows 10. Josh Mayfield says Microsoft is in a cat and mouse game with users who are explicitly trying to avoid an upgrade.
We've previously reported on Microsoft's tactics to make Windows 10 an automatic upgrade for many users. Microsoft went as far as to recently reclassify the operating system as an optional update
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The Latest iPhone 7 Rumors Just because the release of the next-generation iPhone is still almost a year away, that doesn't stop us all from being intensely curious about what it's going to bring. And that means it's time to start paying attention to what rumors and well-placed sources are saying about the phone.
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GalliumOS: The Ideal Linux Distribution for Chromebook Hardware I must confess that Iâm a big fan of the Chromebook. I do all initial drafts of my novels on a Pixel (the screen/keyboard/trackpad are simply the best) and use an Acer C720 as a âgrab and goâ device. However, as much as I enjoy working with Chrome OS, there are some things that simply cannot be done with Googleâs platform. For exampleâworking with an editor on Google docs is cumbersome. Editing or creating images with Pixlr is like working with half of GIMPâs power. If I want to record, forget
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World Without Linux Episode #4: Avatar Reimagined Linux is the worldâs largest collaborative project in the history of computing. It runs most of the worldâs technology infrastructure and is supported by more developers and companies than any other platform. Itâs literally everywhere - from your phone to your car and your office. It also powers the Internet, the cloud, the worldâs stock exchanges, supercomputers, embedded devices and more. A World Without Linux is a web series that flips this reality on its head to illustrate in an entertaining
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New payment card malware hard to detect and remove FireEye says it has discovered a type of malware designed to steal payment card data that can be very difficult to detect and remove.
The cybercriminal group behind the malware, which FireEye nicknamed "FIN1," is suspected of being in Russia and has been known to target financial institutions.
The malware, which FIN1 calls Nemesis, infected
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French police want to ban Tor, public Wi-Fi French police have made their Christmas wish-list, and it includes banning Tor and public Wi-Fi.
As legislators debate new antiterrorism laws, police and security services have been studying how technology hinders their enquiries, according to French newspaper Le Monde.
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Windows 10 - How to Fix: KB3122947 Failed to Install (Error 80070643) update KB3122947 has failed to install for many people - in fact, it failed to install on one of my systems. There is, however, a workaround and it involves using the administrative command line. Unfortunately the instructions I read online on how to fix this problem were missing some important steps and were not 'newbie' friendly.
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Hands-on with Windows 10: Upgrading, installing and activating in the real world Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Here's what you need to know before you upgrade, including details about activation and product keys.
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4 add-ons that make Google Docs a more powerful word processor Why wait for these missing features when you can install them yourself?
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Yahoo mulls sale of core Internet business Yahoo's board may be considering this week the sale of its core Internet business, after an activist investor demanded last month that the company explore the sale of its core search and display advertising businesses.The board will be meeting to discuss the sale in a series of meetings from Wednesday through Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.Yahoo had previously planned to spin off its shares in Alibaba Holding Group, through a company
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Report: Windows 10 Uptake Losing Momentum Windows 10 is picking up new users at an increasingly slower pace according to newly-published figures. An international breakdown suggests the decision for Microsoft to give Windows 10 away free of charge may not have had as much impact as expected. The main set of new figures covers November 2015 and is from NetMarketShare. As with several other companies, it provides visitor analysis for a large number of websites (around 40,000) and regularly collates the data
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Running out of Internet addresses: What IPv4 exhaustion means for you ARIN's announcement that it has run out of IPv4 addresses has hastened the long-awaited move to IPv6. Here's what you need to know about the changeover.
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Are your holiday lights killing your WiFi? Holiday lights are meant to add some cheer to your day, but a British regulator has pointed out that they may have an unwanted side effect: interference with your WiFi network.
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Chrome 47 brings new developer features, over $100,000 in security fixes, and removes the notification center Google today launched Chrome 47 for Windows, Mac, and Linux with cooperative multitasking, automatic dismissal of desktop notifications, security improvements, and new developer features.
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Toy Tablet Company Hacked; 5M Customer Records Leaked Toy manufacturer VTech has been the victim of a hack that exposed
details of five million customers. The compromised data included some
details, albeit limited, of the children who use the products. As its
name suggests, VTech's product range includes many electronic toys that
have increased in sophistication over the years. These include several
tablet computers which don't allow web access, but do let children
share messages with friends and family and download child-fr
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