Thursday, January 21, 2016

IT News Head Lines (TechSpot) 22/01/2016

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Microsoft recalls Surface Pro power cords due to overheating

Microsoft will shortly announce a recall of nearly all Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3 power cords over concerns that they can overheat under the wrong circumstances.

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Scientists find evidence that a ninth planet exists in our solar system

Pluto saw its status as the ninth planet in our solar system stripped in 2006, a demotion that angered people worldwide. As it turns out, that reclassification may have been justified after all.

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Failed delivery drone demo highlights the unforeseen obstacle that is Mother Nature

German-based package delivery specialist DHL hoped to demonstrate its latest aerial drone prototype for a group of international journalists this week. The postal company had even convinced German authorities to close local airspace for the test. Mother Nature, however, had other plans.

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Apple patent feud sees court ban Samsung from selling several of its older smartphones in the US

The seemingly everlasting Samsung versus Apple patent case took another turn today, after a federal court banned the Korean company from selling some of its smartphones in the US. The handsets in question are so old, however, that most aren’t even on the market anymore.

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Samsung's Galaxy S7 hardware revealed in benchmark results

With Mobile World Congress just over a month away, rumors regarding upcoming smartphones are circulating at a feverish pace. One of the most anticipated phones of the year, Samsung's Galaxy S7, is the subject of a new report from PhoneArena.

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Apple files application with Indian government to open its first stores in the country

Apple stores are certainly popular; you can find them in over 480 locations across 18 countries. But one area that surprisingly lacks any of the Cupertino company’s retail outlets is India. Now, however, it looks like that’s about to change, as Apple has confirmed it’s filed a request with the...

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Brave is the speedy browser that strips out web tracker and ads (for now)

Brendan Eich, the embattled executive that served as Mozilla's CEO for a brief stint in 2014, is back in the news with the launch of a startup called Brave Software.

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Chrome and Firefox are about to get a lot faster thanks to Google's new data compression algorithm

Google Chrome is about to get a lot faster, all thanks to a new algorithm called Brotli. Revealed by Google in September last year, the data compression algorithm is said to be 20 to 26 percent more efficient than Zopfli, the existing engine that was launched just over three years ago.

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Spotify acquires startups Soundwave and Cord Project to expand social reach

With more than 75 million users (and more than 20 million paying subscribers), Spotify has emerged as a leading force in the world of streaming music. Its social presence, however, isn't nearly as advanced which is why the Swedish streaming giant recently acquired two startups that specialize in that very area.

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Some Android users can now install apps right from a Google search

We’re all busy, right? And sometimes going to the Play Store is one more step you don’t want to take. With this in mind (maybe) Google released a new feature that allows you to install apps right from a Google search.

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Microsoft to donate $1 billion worth of cloud computing resources to nonprofits and universities

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced that the company will donate cloud computing resources worth $1 billion to nongovernmental organizations over the next three years, in a bid to bring the benefits of the technology to those who can’t afford it.

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New York's insanely fast public Wi-Fi hubs are now live

The first four public Wi-Fi network hubs recently went live for use in the Big Apple. The hubs, located on Third Avenue between 15th and 19th Street, are part of a city-wide program to replace decommissioned payphones with speedy wireless connectivity.

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Nvidia is reportedly readying the GTX 980MX and 970MX for faster laptops

Nvidia is reportedly preparing to release two new higher-performance mobile discrete graphics chips – the GeForce GTX 980MX, and the GTX 970MX – which will succeed the existing GTX 980M and 970M respectively.

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Elliptic Labs' smartphone software eliminates the need for a physical proximity sensor

Most smartphones are offered in your choice of black or white bezel. Regardless of which you choose, you've no doubt noticed a series of small black "dots" near the top earpiece (they stand out like a sore thumb on white-faced phones). Among them is a proximity sensor used to turn...

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Netflix subscribers now top 75 million as a price hike approaches

Netflix has recorded another successful quarter, reporting $1.823 billion in revenue and profits of $43 million for Q4 2015, sending share prices up by around seven percent in after hours trading.

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Microsoft acquires education-focused version of 'Minecraft'

Microsoft is doubling down on its Minecraft education initiative. The Redmond-based company on Tuesday announced it has acquired MinecraftEdu, a version of the game designed specifically for use in the classroom.

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TSMC to reportedly open a 5nm fabrication facility in 2020

While most chips are currently manufactured on a 14 or 16nm process, companies that own fabrication facilities are looking forward to a future of 10nm, 7nm and even 5nm designs.

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Samsung is mass producing DRAM based on second-gen High Bandwidth Memory interface

Samsung on Tuesday announced that it has begun mass production of 4GB DRAM packages based on the second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) interface using its 20-nanometer manufacturing process.

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Get the Linux power user bundle for $19

A solid understanding of Linux is essential for today's web professional. Learn all there is to know with this Power User Bundle, currently $19 in the TechSpot Store (97% off).

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Pioneering social network Friends Reunited finally concedes defeat

Before Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, a social network by the name of Friends Reunited ruled the roost. The service, which went live in July of 2000, aimed to use the budding Internet as a vehicle to reconnect long-lost friends.

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Samsung is changing the Galaxy Note 5's internal design to fix the stuck S Pen issues

In August last year, reports surfaced about a flaw in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 that could permanently disable some of the smartphone's functions. The problem came when users accidently inserted the device’s stylus into its slot the wrong way round; a mistake that was easier to make with the Note...

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Facebook launches Europe-wide initiative against online hate speech and extremist posts

Facebook has begun a Europe-wide campaign to stop racist and extremist posts on its site. The social network launched the ‘Initiative for Civil Courage Online’ in Berlin, and has pledged to invest more than 1 million Euros ($1.09 million) to support non-government organizations that work to fight online hate speech.

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Online security remains a fantasy as 'worst passwords of 2015' illustrates

Password security has never been a strong suit among the general population. With much of our social and personal lives now playing out online, you'd think that people would be interested in protecting their digital lives at all costs. In reality, that's little more than wishful thinking.

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Tech giants voice their support for Samsung at the Supreme Court in Apple patent dispute

In July last year, it was reported that a group of Silicon Valley companies including Facebook, Google, Dell, HP, eBay and others were petitioning a federal appeals court to review its decision ordering Samsung to turn over profits from a handful of Apple patent infringements. Now, the tech giants have...

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Skype for Android 6.17
Free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype, whether they’re on an Android, iPhone, Mac or PC, as well as IMs to your friends and family, no matter where they are.

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qBittorrent 3.3.3
The qBittorrent project aims to provide a Free Software alternative to utorrent.

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Snapchat for Android 9.22.0.2
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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Chrome Cleanup Tool 6.42.0
The Chrome Cleanup Tool (formerly Chrome Software Removal Tool) will scan and remove software that may cause problems with Chrome, such as crashes, unusual startup pages or toolbars, unexpected ads you can't get rid of, or otherwise changing your browsing experience.

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WeChat 6.3.9.65
Free text messaging and free video calls with more than 300 million people. Now aslo available for Windows and Mac desktop computers.

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Google Chrome for Windows 48.0.2564.82
Chrome combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

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Trojan Remover 6.9.3
Trojan Remover was written to aid in the removal of Trojan Horses and Internet Worms.

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Hotspot Shield Free 5.1.5
Through a Free VPN Proxy Hotspot Shield ensures you are private, secure, and anonymous online... 100% free.

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IObit Start Menu 8 3.0.0.1
Start Menu 8 is specially designed for Windows 8. It offers a perfect solution for users who work with Windows Start Menu all the time and are not accustomed to the new Metro start screen in Windows 8.

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ConvertXtoDVD 6.0.0.20
Convert and burn your videos to DVD.

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pdfFactory 5.34
Create PDF files without Acrobat and combine documents into a single PDF.

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Iobit Uninstaller 5.2.5.126
IObit Uninstalller helps you uninstall and remove unwanted programs and folders from your computer fast and easily.

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Skype 7.18
Skype is free and simple software that will enable you to make free calls anywhere in the world in minutes.

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DVDFab Passkey Lite 8.2.5.8
DVDFab Passkey Lite is a simple combination of Passkey for DVD and Passkey for Blu-ray. It is a free DVD Decrypter and Blu-ray Decrypter that can work with any software that Passkey for DVD and Passkey for Blu-ray works with to access unprotected content.

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32bit Web Browser 16.01.01
An easy to use, lightweight and very fast web browser.

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Foxit Reader 7.3.0.0118
Foxit Reader is a free reader for PDF documents. You can view and print PDF documents with it.

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SmartFTP Client 7.0.2184.0
Transfer files through the internet.

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x264 Video Codec rev. 2665
x264 is a free library for encoding H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video streams.

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Audacity 2.1.2
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows.

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PerfectDisk 14.0.890
Fast and thorough disk defragmentation, optimization and free space consolidation - All controlled from the Command Center

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AlwaysMouseWheel 3.57
"Always Mouse Wheel" is a small portable Windows program (Multilingual) this gives you the possibility when using the mouse wheel over any window (under the mouse pointer) to scrool via mouse wheel even if the window is not in the foreground e.g focussed.

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ProgTV Android 2.10.0
ProgTV - the simple but convenient and universal software for watching TV and listening to radio channels over Internet or local network.

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Adobe Flash Player for Mac 20.0.0.286
Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform browser-based application runtime that delivers uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across screens and browsers.

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WordPress Desktop App 1.2.5
A desktop app that lets you manage all your WordPress.com and Jetpack-enabled sites in one place.

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Opera 34.0.2036.50
Opera introduces the looks and the performance of a total new and exceptional web browser.

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XnConvert 1.72
XnConvert was developed to be a simple, yet powerful tool, that allow you to convert images.

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ICQ 10.0.10244
Send files from your PC to mobile, Facebook and Google+ friends.

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USB Drive Letter Manager USBDLM 5.0.2
USBDLM is a Windows service that gives control over Windows' drive letter assignment for USB drives.

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Cocktail for Mac 9.2.1
Simplifies the use of advanced UNIX functions, gives access to hidden Mac OS X settings, let you easily optimize your system.

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ToDoList 7.0.12.1
ToDoList is a rare form of task management tool, one that allows you to repeatedly sub-divide your tasks into more manageable pieces whilst still presenting a clean and intuitive user experience.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus (iPhone 7,2) iOS 9.2.1
Direct download for iOS 9 and complete release notes for Apple's latest mobile OS. This download is for the iPhone 6 Plus.

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Nvidia Linux Display Driver for Linux 361.18 Beta
This beta is an extensive update which also includes a long list of fixes.

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Apple iPhone 5 GSM (iPhone 5,1) iOS 9.2.1
To update your iPhone you will need to download the latest firmware file (IPSW). iOS 9.2.1 Improves stability in CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari, and Search.

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Nvidia Quadro & GeForce Graphics Driver for Mac 346.03.05f01
Keep the graphics on your Mac running at top speeds with the latest Nvidia driver.

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Apple iPhone iOS 9.2.1 Firmware Update
To update your iPhone you will need to download the latest firmware file (IPSW). iOS 9.1 makes your iPhone more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features.

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Display Driver Uninstaller 15.7.3.1
Display Driver Uninstaller is a driver removal utility that can help you completely uninstall AMD/NVIDIA graphics card drivers and packages from your system, without leaving leftovers behind (including registry keys, folders and files, driver store).

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Apple iPhone 4S Firmware iOS Update 9.2.1
Direct download for iOS 9 and complete release notes for Apple's latest mobile OS. This download contain the update file .ipsw for the iPhone 4S (iPhone 4,1).

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Gigabyte Intel Management Engine Interface 9.20.0.0


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Gigabyte Easy Tune 6 B15.1022.1 for Intel Motherboards
EasyTune 6 presents the most convenient Windows based system performance enhancement and management utility for Gigabyte boards.

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Asus P5KPL SE Bios 0701
Enjoy the extreme FSB speed of the Asus P5KPL SE.

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Gigabyte Easy Tune 6 B15.1117.1 for AMD Motherboards
EasyTune 6 presents the most convenient Windows based system performance enhancement and management utility for Gigabyte boards.

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HP Officejet 7410 / 7410xi / 7413 All-in-One Driver 4.7.0
This download includes the HP Photosmart and Officejet Full Feature Software and Drivers Suite (enhanced imaging features and product functionality) and Driver.

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NetGear GA311 Driver 7.0
Netgear's Gigabit PCI Adapter injects dynamic force into your home or small office desktop PC so you can transfer huge files at astonishing speeds.

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Intel Ethernet Connections CD 20.6
This Zip file contains all of the Intel Ethernet network drivers and software for Windows, Linux and FreeBSD for most Intel Ethernet Adapters as found on the CD that accompanies Intel Ethernet Adapters.

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Nvidia GeForce Graphics Driver Hotfix 361.60 for Windows 10
This hotfix aims to solve game crashes on certain GeForce GTX 860M notebooks.

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Linksys EA6350 AC1200+ Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router Firmware 2.1.1
Delivers AC speeds of up to N300 + AC867 Mbps and features Gigabit ports for a supercharged wired connection and USB 3.0.

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Nvidia GeForce Graphics Driver Hotfix 361.60 for Windows 8/7/Vista
This hotfix aims to solve game crashes on certain GeForce GTX 860M notebooks.

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ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ Drivers and Bios
ASRock DuraCap (2.5 x longer life time), 100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors and many more exciting features.

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Asus RT-AC5300 Router Firmware 3.0.0.4.380.838
RT-AC5300 instantly takes your wireless network to the next level. The latest NitroQAM technology boosts the Wi-Fi speeds for everyone and every device on your busy network.

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MSI Gaming Z170A M5 Motherboard Drivers and Bios
To master the game you need a masterful system. The MSI Enthusiast GAMING motherboards are honored with the suffix “M for Master” to cite its truly outstanding design, ready to guide you to the next level in gaming.

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AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1 Hotfix Update
This hotfix solves both performance and heat issues some users are reporting in regards to GPU fan speeds after installing the Crimson drivers.

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Asus Realtek Ethernet Driver 8.020.0815.2013 for Windows 8
This Ethernet Driver works for all Asus laptops with Realtek network chip.

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Asus RT-N16 Drivers and Firmware 3.0.0.4.376.3754
Keep your Asus RT-N16 Wireless-N300 Gigabit Router working at its best with the latest firmware.

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Google Pixel C Android Update 6.0.1
A whole new approach to the tablet experience, Pixel C brings together the benefits of a full-size keyboard with the portability of a tablet. At 308ppi and at multiple display angles, it also delivers brilliant resolution any way you look at it.

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Netgear Nighthawk X8 Tri-Band AC5300 WiFi Router R8500 Firmware 1.0.2.26
The Nighthawk X8 AC5300 802.11ac Tri-Band Quad Stream Gigabit Smart WiFi Router is the next wave in WiFi.

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MSI Gaming Z170A M7 Motherboard Drivers and Bios
Titanium on the in- & outside. To deliver the best performance, this motherboard is designed with Titanium strengthened PCB and Titanium chokes.

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Google Nexus 5X Android Update 6.0.1
Nexus 5X “bullhead” Factory Image for Android version 6.0.1 (MMB29K).

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Asuswrt-Merlin Firmware 380.57.0
Asuswrt-Merlin is an alternative, custom version of the firmware Asus uses in all their recent routers.

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Google Nexus 9 LTE Android Update 6.0.1
S’More to Love. The latest Android vrsion is full of optimizations and performance improvements.

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Intel HD NUC Graphics Driver 20.19.15.4331 for Windows 10
Installs the video graphics driver version 15.40.13.4331 for Intel NUC products.

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