Torrent-Paradise launches a Pirate Bay alternative that takes decentralization to the next level

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While the BitTorrent protocol is, but its very nature, decentralized, the same cannot be said of torrent search engines such as the Pirate Bay. Torrent-Paradise, however, is a little different. A new version of the site uses the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) to provide decentralized torrent searching. The idea behind how the system works is very similar to the way BitTorrent makes it possible to download files without the need for a central host. There are numerous benefits to this type of decentralization. It means that files — or, in this case, search results — can be shared between large… …Continue reading on BetaNews

WhatsApp imposes five-recipient limit on forwarded messages to limit ‘misinformation and rumors’

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All social networks and messaging tools have been used as platforms to distribute fake news. Companies has taken various steps — such as introducing fact-checking — to help curb these problems, and now the Facebook-owned WhatsApp is introducing new measures that limit the number of people users can forward a message to. The company has previously allowed messages to be forwarded to up to 20 people, but now — in a bid to limit the spread of “misinformation and rumors” — this has been reduced to just five. See also: Privacy International investigation finds a huge number of Android apps… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Court orders Apple to withdraw misleading statement about iPhone availability

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As part of its ongoing legal battles with Qualcomm, Apple was last month banned from selling the iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany. Despite this, the company issued a press release stating that the handsets would remain available through thousands of resellers. Now a court has ordered Apple to stop making this claim, with the ruling describing this section of the press release as “misleading” and “potentially deceptive”. See also: Apple releases expensive battery cases for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, with wireless Qi charging After its profit warning, Apple slashes iPhone production by 10 percent Shares plummet following… …Continue reading on BetaNews

How to export your saved passwords from Google Chrome

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From social media sites to online stores, from forum accounts to financial institutions — there are now so many websites that require the use of a username and password, it’s little wonder than so many of us turn to some form of password manager to save them. If you use Google’s Chrome browser, you have almost certainly saved numerous passwords so you don’t have to manually enter them every time they are requested. You may have wondered how to export these passwords for the purposes of backing them up, or to import into another password manager. Here, we show you… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft concedes that Cortana can’t — and won’t — compete with Alexa and Google Assistant

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Microsoft has seemingly admitted defeat in the digital assistant wars, with CEO Satya Nadella saying he does not want to compete with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant. Rather than planning a Cortana-powered smart speaker or other device, Nadella has demoted to Cortana, signalling that Microsoft wants to focus on bringing it to other platforms as a “skill”. He believes users should be able to use Alexa or Google Assistant to call on the capabilities of Cortana through close integration. See also: Microsoft releases Windows 10 19H1 Build 18317, splits up Search and Cortana Google Chromecast Audio is no more. It… …Continue reading on BetaNews

How to view Wi-Fi passwords in Windows

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You have probably used your laptop in all sorts of places. As well as at home and in the office, you may well have used it in hotels, coffee shops and other locations that offer Wi-Fi access. As such, you’ve almost certainly got a large number of Wi-Fi passwords saved on your computer, passwords that are seemingly inaccessible. But these saved passwords are accessible — if you know where to look, that is. This is handy if you need the password to get your phone online, or another laptop. Here’s how to recover saved Wi-Fi passwords. See also: Windows 10… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Huge Collection #1 database leak exposes 773 million email addresses and 21 million passwords

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A massive database leak — dubbed Collection #1 — has made its way to hacking forums, exposing millions of email addresses and passwords. The news was first shared by Troy Hunt — the man behind Have I Been Pwned? — who explains that the leak comprises, “many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources”. Hunt explains that there are “1,160,253,228 unique combinations of email addresses and passwords”, so there are a very large number of people that may have been affected by the leak. See also: Organizations suffer breaches despite confidence in their security measures Email security… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Android Q leak shows dark mode, improved privacy and intriguing Desktop Mode

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The inclusion of a system-wide dark mode in Android Q is something that has been rumored for a little while now, and a new leak of the next version of Google’s mobile operating system seems to confirm this. A leaked build of Android Q not only features a customizable dark mode option, but it also shows that Google has tightened up permissions to help improve privacy. There are also exciting references to a Desktop Mode feature which would appear to be similar to Samsung DeX in making it possible to connect a phone to a monitor and use it like… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google pushes Android devs to move to 64-bit as it timetables new app requirements

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While 64-bit software is pretty much the norm on the desktop, the same cannot — yet — be said on mobile platforms. There is a steady movement away from 32-bit apps, and Google wants to accelerate things. The company is encouraging Android developers to concentrate on 64-bit versions of their apps as it sets out its timetable for the end of 32-bit software. See also: Android Q could well have a native, system-wide dark mode Privacy International investigation finds a huge number of Android apps share data with Facebook — whether you have an account or not Google rolls out… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple releases expensive battery cases for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, with wireless Qi charging

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If you’re a heavy user of your iPhone, you’ll be aware of the need to keep your battery topped up. You could carry around a battery pack, or you could stick your charger in your pocket in the hope that you’ll be a near a power outlet. Or, you could invest in one of Apple’s official charging cases. The iPhone-maker has just launched a trio of smart battery cases — for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR — which allow you to protect and charge your phone at the same time. See also: After its profit warning, Apple slashes… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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