Thursday, December 3, 2015

IT News Head Lines (TechSpot) 04/12/2015

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Best in Storage: Solid State, HDD, Home NAS and More

When it comes to storing data, there is no 'one-size-fits-all' solution. With SSDs becoming much more affordable, consumers have a broad a mix of high-performance and high-capacity options to choose from, whether in the form of internal storage, external or network attached. Here are our top pics for best performance...

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These are the top 10 photographs of 2015 (and the cameras that captured them)

The calendar now reads “December” which can mean only one thing – a smattering of year in review reports from all corners of the Internet. The first comes to us from Flickr as it takes a look back at the top images of 2015 (and the cameras used to capture...

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Google is shutting down Songza early next year

It’s been nearly a year and a half since Google acquired free streaming music and recommendation service Songza. At the time, the search giant said there were no immediate changes in the pipeline and that the service would continue to function as usual.

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Amazon patents outline vision for headset-free augmented reality

Augmented reality is most often associated with products like Microsoft’s HoloLens or Google Glass, both of which require users to wear physical headgear to power the experience. Amazon, on the other hand, is seemingly interested in developing a solution that utilizes a stationary projector that doesn’t require glasses, goggles or...

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Nikon has reportedly acquired Samsung's NX camera technology

Nikon has reportedly purchased all of Samsung’s NX mirrorless camera technology. Although not yet confirmed, the rumor jibes with official word that Samsung is completely pulling out of the camera market in the UK after doing a week earlier in Germany.

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Google mobile search introduces Pinterest-like image bookmarking feature

In an effort to attract some of Pinterest’s 100 million active monthly users, Google has announced that it’s rolled out a new feature for those doing image searches on mobile devices that offers users a simple way to save images and organize them into collections for easy access at a...

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SEC charges GAW Miners, ZenMiner CEO with operating a Ponzi scheme

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has charged the founder of two Bitcoin mining companies with conducting a Ponzi scheme that used the promise of quick riches to defraud investors.

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EFF accuses Google of tracking school kids' browsing habits despite promising not to

Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a complaint with the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that accuses Google of collecting information about schoolchildren’s browsing habits, despite the company signing a pledge saying it was committed to their privacy.

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Spotify tops global music streaming app charts, Pandora still leads in the US

The streaming music landscape has never been as competitive as it is today. Over the past several months, we’ve seen the launch of Apple Music and YouTube Music but it is stalwart Spotify that continues to top the charts.

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Smart assistants are making progress... but slowly

When Adele sings “Hello,” people are clearly listening—to the record-setting tune of over 3.3 million album purchases in a single week. When you greet your smart device with a verbal introduction, however, well, let’s just say the results aren’t quite as clear.

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As prices continue to plummet, there's never been a better time to buy a solid state drive

Solid state drives offer a number of benefits over their traditional counterparts – they’re faster, lighter, silent, generate less heat, are more energy efficient and are more robust – but the one knock against them has been price. Mechanical drives have always been cheaper to own and while that will...

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Microsoft's new ad sees its employees serenading Apple store staff in the spirit of Christmas

After spending decades criticizing each other’s products and services, Microsoft and Apple are calling a truce this holiday season. In the spirit of Christmas, Microsoft has published a festive ad in which the company sends several employees from its recently-opened flagship New York City store a few blocks down Fifth...

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Replacing e-mail with snail mail highlights the ridiculousness of instant gratification

Our fixation with smartphones and the instant gratification they deliver may seem normal to most but when viewed in a slightly different light, it quickly becomes apparent how ridiculous the cultural obsession has become.

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DirecTV to launch live 4K broadcasts in early 2016

Now that Ultra HD televisions are hitting affordable price points, more and more companies are gearing up to deliver 4K content to consumers. DirecTV is the latest broadcaster to announce 4K support, with streams set to hit subscribers in early 2016.

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You can now use Samsung's Gear VR device to browse the web in virtual reality

While Samsung’s Gear VR has been called “the best virtual device you can buy right now,” one problem its users face is that other than activities such as playing games and watching videos, they’re a bit limited in what they can do. But now, Samsung has announced that owners of...

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Chrome 47 now available sans annoying notification center

Google has pushed Chrome version 47 to its stable channel and for the second time in as many releases, the popular desktop web browser loses – rather than gains – a feature.

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Now Snapchat publishers can 'deep link' to their Discover content on Facebook and Twitter

Digiday reports that Snapchat has given publishing partners on Snapchat Discover the ability to share links to their content on Facebook and Twitter. Discover is Snapchat’s network of 16 media partners in the U.S. that provides content for all Snapchat users to view and share.

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AT&T is raising the price of its legacy unlimited data plan

AT&T has offered a number of incentives over the years in hopes of gently nudging customers away from their beloved unlimited data plans. With its latest move, however, the carrier is taking a completely different approach that’s sure to rub some the wrong way.

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Snapchat for Android 9.20.4
Snapchat is the fastest way to share a moment with friends. You control how long your friends can view your message - simply set the timer up to ten seconds and send.

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PRTG - Free Network Monitor 15.4.21.5215
PRTG Network Monitor is the powerful network monitoring solution from Paessler AG.

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Driver Reviver 5.3.2.42
Restore maximum performance and functionality to your PC's hardware and its components.

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 for Android 4.2.1
The zombies are coming… back. It’s about time! The sequel to the hit action-strategy adventure brings the fun to tablets and touchscreens.

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Acronis True Image Home 2016 2.0.6038
System disk real-time backup and restore for workstations and home PCs.

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EasyGPS 5.53
This program generates, manages and edits GPS routes.

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PHP 5.6.16
PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML.

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Bandicam 2.4.2
The Bandicam program makes it possible to record a certain area on a PC screen, or on a program that uses the DirectX/OpenGL graphic technologies.

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Tango 3.20
Free video and voice calls, texts, photo sharing, games and more.

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Skype 7.15.0.103
Skype is free and simple software that will enable you to make free calls anywhere in the world in minutes.

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Pinterest for Android 5.7.2
Pinterest is a tool to find your inspiration and share it with others. Use it to collect things you love, organize and plan important projects, and more.

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SecureCRT 7.3.6
SecureCRT is a Windows terminal emulator that supports Secure Shell (SSH), Telnet, rlogin, serial, and TAPI protocols.

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Wunderlist 3.15.0
Say hello to Wunderlist, your-all-new-easy-to-use to-do-list.

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Opera Developer 35.0.2064.0
This version is the bleeding edge development from Opera; features will be piloted, and may be shelved, taken back to the drawing board, or taken forward to the Opera Next stream - feature complete, but potentially buggy.

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Avira Internet Security Suite 15.0.15.125
Avira Internet Security Suite is a one-size-fits-all security solution for your online life. A single product that protects you from online threats while improving your PC’s performance.

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Mozilla Firefox 43.0 Beta 8
Experience cutting edge features but with more stability.

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PureSync 4.0
Synchronize and backup files and folders.

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GOM Player 2.2.74
Freeware media player that supports many features for advanced users who desire to watch video files at the best quality.

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Shotcut 15.12.01
Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor.

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Privacy Eraser Free 4.7.0
Privacy Eraser is an all-in-one privacy suite that protects your privacy by cleaning up all your Internet history tracks and past computer activities.

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Cyberfox Web Browser 42.0.1
Make the most out of your system be it 32 or 64-bit, Intel or AMD, with this optimized web browser.

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Mozilla Firefox for Linux 43.0 Beta 8
Experience the newest innovations in a stable environment.

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Avira AntiVir Personal Edition Free 15.0.15.125
The private and individual use of the AntiVir Personal Edition is completely free of charge.

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ProgDVB 7.11.6
ProgDVB is the universal and very power software for watching digital TV and listening to radio channels.

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Avast! Antivirus Uninstall Utility 10.3.2225
Properly uninstall Avast products with Avast! Clear (Antivirus Uninstall Utility).

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SourceTree 2.0.5.8
A free Git and Mercurial client for Windows or Mac.

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A Better Finder Rename for Mac 10.01
A Better Finder Rename allows users to quickly rename multiple files.

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Movist for Mac 1.4.0
Movie Player for Mac OS X based on QuickTime and FFMPEG.

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Avast! Internet Security 11.1.2245
Online or offline, you’re totally secure with Avast! Internet Security.

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