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

Microsoft acquires InXile and Obsidian as it grows its game studio portfolio

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At Xbox Fanfest this weekend, Microsoft announced that it has acquired two more gaming studios. InXile Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment join the company’s ever-expanding portfolio, and what’s interesting about these two latest acquisitions is that both studios have a focus on RPGs. It is not currently known how much money has changed hands as part of the deals. See also: Keyboard and mouse support comes to Xbox One games on November 14 — Fortnite is one of the first Microsoft reveals Black Friday 2018 deals on Surface, Xbox One, and more Microsoft releases Windows 10 19H1 Build 18277 with fewer… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Some MacBook Pro SSDs could fail — Apple launches free service program

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Apple has discovered a problem with a “limited number” of SSDs used in non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro that could lead to drive failure and data loss. The laptops in question were sold in the year between June 2017 and June 2018. Apple has launched a service program that will enable those with affected drives — 128GB and 256GB models — to have the issue addressed free of charge. The problems have come to light just as the company launched a free iPhone X screen replacement program to people suffering with a “ghost touch” problem. See also: Apple might repair… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Privacy: Cloudflare brings its DNS switching tool 1.1.1.1 to iOS and Android

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Cloudflare has just made it a whole lot easier to hide your mobile browsing from your ISP — and access content that might otherwise be unavailable. The company has launched a 1.1.1.1 app for smartphone users, making it incredibly easy to switch between DNS services with a couple of taps; what amounts to a free VPN tool. Earlier in the year, Cloudflare launched its 1.1.1.1 DNS service to bring privacy and speed, but it was a little off-putting to users unfamiliar with tinkering with such settings. With the launch of 1.1.1.1 for iOS and Android, the process is much, much… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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