Linux: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will be supported for a full decade

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Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Ubuntu 18.04 will be supported for ten years. Long Term Support releases of Ubuntu usually enjoy just five years of support, so this doubling is highly significant. Shuttleworth — the founder of Canonical and Ubuntu — made the announcement at the OpenStack Summit in Berlin, and the change is a tactical manoeuvre that will help Ubuntu better compete against the likes of RedHat. It is also an acknowledgement that many industries are working on projects that will not see the light of day for many years, and they need the reassurance of on-going support from… …Continue reading on BetaNews

You can now watch full blockbuster movies on YouTube for free… thanks to ads

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With little fanfare, YouTube has started to offer ad-supported, feature-length movies, giving visitors the opportunity to watch Hollywood titles for free. As reported by AdAge, it seems that YouTube introduced this option last month, but gave it something of a stealth launch. It has been possible to purchase movies from YouTube for some time, but until now there has been no (legal) way to access movies for free. And if you are concerned that free might mean that poor quality, you should be reassured to see titles such as The Terminator and Agent Cody Banks in the library of free-to-watch,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Privacy-focused search engine Startpage.com relaunches with new look, faster speeds and Anonymous View

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Startpage.com is a privacy-focused alternative to the likes of Google (although the search results are provided by Google — minus all the ads and stripped of tracking), and the search engine has just relaunched with a new look and new features. The visual changes will be apparent to anyone who has used the site before, but for anyone who is concerned about their online privacy, it is new options such as Anonymous View that will be of greater interest. This new feature makes it possible to visit websites completely privacy, essentially using Startpage.com as a proxy. Importantly, this extra level… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Firefox Monitor Notifications will issue a warning if you visit a breached site using Mozilla’s web browser

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If a website suffers a security breach you may well decide that you want to give it a wide berth. The problem is that it is impossible for individuals to keep track of all of the breaches that take place, and Mozilla wants to help out. After teaming up with Have I Been Pwned recently, Mozilla created Firefox Monitor to help inform people about breaches, and this is now expanding to more languages. On top of this, the organization has also now launched Firefox Monitor Notifications that will issue a warning if you visit a site that has been breached.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft could be about to hit users of Windows 10’s Mail app with ads — unless they pay up

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Ads in your inbox. Sounds like something you’d expect from the likes of Google or Yahoo, but Microsoft appears to be about to get in on the act as well. And we’re not talking about online ads in your Outlook.com account — we’re talking about ads in the Mail app that’s included with Windows 10. A new report says that Microsoft is currently testing ads with Windows Insiders, so it could be just a matter of time before they spread wider. See also: Microsoft releases Windows 10 19H1 Build 18282, with new Light theme and new wallpaper Microsoft finally re-releases… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Security researchers discover seven more speculative execution attacks like Spectre and Meltdown

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One of the biggest security stories of 2018 has been the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre chip flaws. Known as speculative execution exploits, the flaws make it possible to steal potentially sensitive information and there has been an on-going battle to issue patches wherever possible. Just as things were starting to die down a little, security researchers have revealed details of no fewer than seven more speculative execution attacks. While some of these attack vectors have already been mitigated against, this is not the case for all of them. The fallout from the original Spectre and Meltdown discoveries has… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google launches Squoosh, an open source online image conversion app

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Google Chrome Labs has released a new online image conversion app by the name of Squoosh. The open source tool is essentially a simple browser-based image editor, and the focus is very much on speed. Showcased at the Chrome Dev Summit, Squoosh is not limited to working only in Chrome — other browsers are also supported. While the conversion options are useful to many people, Squoosh is really an opportunity for Google to show off new web technologies. See also: Google brings AI-powered GIF, emoji and sticker suggestions to Gboard The New York Times turns to Google Cloud to digitize… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google brings AI-powered GIF, emoji and sticker suggestions to Gboard

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Google recently rolled out a floating keyboard option to Gboard, and now the company has introduced another new feature — AI-driven suggestions for GIFs, emoji and stickers. The move sees Google acknowledging that we increasingly communicate with images rather than words. Or, as the company puts it, it’s a feature designed “for those of us who just can’t even without the perfect GIF”. See also: Google adds floating keyboard mode to Gboard for Android The New York Times turns to Google Cloud to digitize its photo archive Google: adding Dark Mode to apps saves battery Gboard has long offered the… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft opens pre-orders for the Surface Go with LTE Advanced — yours for $679

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Microsoft has announced that pre-orders for LTE-enabled versions of its Surface Go tablet are now open. There are three models to choose from, ranging in price from $679 to $829, and you can pre-order today and expect to receive the device on November 20. The Surface Go with LTE Advanced supports AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, and two of the models are designed with businesses in mind. The consumer-grade version is the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced that comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage — the cheapest option at $679. Next up is the similarly specced Surface Pro with LTE… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Nintendo is shutting down Netflix and other video streaming services on Wii in January

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If you’re a Wii owner who uses the console to not only play games but also enjoy binging on Netflix, you’re going to have to find an alternative soon. Nintendo is closing down streaming video services on the device in January 2019. We already knew of Nintendo’s intention to shut down the Wii Shop channel in January 2109, but the addition of shuttering video streaming will come as an added blow to Wii owners. Realistically, it is of little surprise that Nintendo is cutting back — the Wii is an old console now, and there have already been a number… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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