New Windows 10 update addresses problems with SSDs

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The rollout of Windows 10 April 2018 Update was recently blocked to some computers because of problems with certain SSDs. Now Microsoft has issued an update that addresses the issues. Releasing the KB4100403 patch, Microsoft says that problems with Intel SSD 600p Series or Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series, and Toshiba XG4 Series, Toshiba XG5 Series, or Toshiba BG3 Series drives, are fixed. After installing it, users should be able to upgrade to Windows 10 April 2018 Update. See also: Microsoft blocks the rollout of Windows 10 April 2018 Update to computers with problematic Intel SSDs Many people with Intel… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook to ask all users to review privacy settings

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With the recent scandals involving Facebook coupled with the impending arrival of GDPR in Europe, there has been a lot of talk about privacy recently. Now the social networking giant is to start asking all of its users to review information about privacy and “how to control their experience”. The company says that it introduced updated data policies and made privacy settings easier to find, as well as making other changes, in Europe, and now is rolling out the same things to the rest of the world. See also: Facebook asks British users to submit their nudes as protection against… …Continue reading on BetaNews

StumbleUpon is closing down — users can migrate to Mix.com

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After 16 years, StumbleUpon is closing down. One of the first high-profile services that gave people a way to discover new websites and online content, it was enjoyed by over 40 million users. The closure came out of the blue, and was announced by co-founder Garrett Camp in a blog post. He suggests that users might like to migrate to another one of his creations, Mix.com, and says that switching to the newer service has been made “as smooth as possible”. Camp says that times have changed dramatically since the inception of StumbleUpon. “Since starting SU the number of people… …Continue reading on BetaNews

WhatsApp bug means you could still receive messages from people you block

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A bug has been discovered in popular chat tool WhatsApp that completely undermines the blocking feature. The idea behind blocking people on WhatsApp — just like any other app or service — is to prevent them from contacting you, and to stop them from viewing your activity. But the bug means that blocked users are still able to send messages to people who have blocked them, as well as viewing statuses and profile details. The problem appears to be affecting the iOS, Android and desktop versions of WhatsApp, and the company has remained tight-lipped about what is going on. It… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Judge: President Trump blocking people on Twitter is unconstitutional

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Donald Trump’s use of Twitter has long been controversial, and he has developed something of a penchant for blocking people who dare to question or criticize him. Earlier this year a judge suggested that he should make use of the mute option instead of blocking Twitter users, and now another judge has ruled that blocking critics is unconstitutional. Judge Naomi Buchwald said that Trump’s use of the block feature is a violation of people’s right to free speech under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. The Department of Justice has indicated that it disagrees and is considering what to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook asks British users to submit their nudes as protection against revenge porn

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Following on from a trial in Australia, Facebook is rolling out anti-revenge porn measures to the UK. In order that it can protect British users from failing victim to revenge porn, the social network is asking them to send in naked photos of themselves. The basic premise of the idea is: send us nudes, and we’ll stop others from seeing them. See also: Zuckerberg’s appearance in front of the EU was an utter joke Mark Zuckerberg agrees to appear in front of EU parliament to answer questions about Facebook’s use of data Facebook’s new Clear History privacy tool will let… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Download all the information Apple holds about you from its new Data and Privacy portal

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If you’ve ever been curious about just what data Apple has gathered and stored about you over the years, now you can find out — if you’re in Europe, at least. The iPhone-maker has just launched a new Data and Privacy portal in order to comply with GDPR which comes into force across the EU from Friday. The website lets you download pretty much every piece of data that Apple has collected about you. See also: Apple removes apps using the CallKit framework because of Chinese regulations Apple clamps down on apps that share location data with third parties Apple… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Amazon is selling its face recognition technology to US law enforcement agencies

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A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) shows that Amazon has started selling facial recognition software to at least two US law enforcement agencies. A report published by the ACLU shows that the online retailer has been advertising its facial recognition system — known as Amazon Rekognition, and described as “deep learning-based image and video analysis” — to numerous states. Testimonials from the Orlando, Florida Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon suggest that the system is already in use. See also: com now redirects to Amazon and the company’s… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Zuckerberg’s appearance in front of the EU was an utter joke

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Yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of members of the European Parliament to answer questions and to address concerns that the EU has about the social network in general, and its use of private data in particular — thanks largely to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. At least that was the idea. What actually happened was nothing short of a farce, with Zuckerberg smugly sitting back and choosing which questions to answer, neatly avoiding any he was uncomfortable with. It was little more than a PR-cum-damage-limitation exercise for the Facebook founder… and it didn’t really go very well.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Trend Micro launches Zero Browser for iOS — a web browser that protects your privacy

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Trend Micro has a new privacy-focused mobile browser for iOS users called Zero Browser. It has been designed specifically to block a range of tracking techniques, including the invasive activity-recording “session replay” method. The company says that the browser was created to overcome the shortcomings of existing “incognito” browsing modes and brings an extra level of privacy to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. See also: Apple removes apps using the CallKit framework because of Chinese regulations Apple clamps down on apps that share location data with third parties Microsoft will roll out ‘key’ GDPR rights globally… not just in… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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