European Data Protection Supervisor says EU-US Privacy Shield needs ‘significant improvements’

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The proposed data transfer deal between Europe and the US, destined to replace Safe Harbour, has been dismissed as “not robust enough”. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) says that the pact is in need of “significant improvements” if it is to be of any value in protecting European data stored in the US. Safe Harbour has already been ruled invalid, and it had been hoped that the EU-US Privacy Shield would be finalized by June. While today’s criticism does not mean the new pact is dead in the water, it does represent a serious stumbling block. As it stands,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Is Microsoft bringing Xbox One game streaming to Windows 10 Mobile?

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If a discovery by a reddit user is anything to go by, Xbox One game streaming could be making its way to Windows 10 Mobile. The Xbox Beta app from the latest Fast Ring Insider Preview build appears to include references to streaming games from an Xbox One to a mobile device. Reddit user, eric5949, noticed that a new ‘Play from console’ option has appeared on his handset. Microsoft has not said anything about this feature yet, but it’s possible that it’s something we could see later in the year in Windows 10 Anniversary Update. eric5949 reports that a friend… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Messaging apps need to play by Iran’s rules to operate in the country

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Privacy concerns have been voiced after Iran announced plans to force messaging apps and social media services to store all data about Iranian users on Iranian soil. It is common practice for users data to be stored in other counties, but the government in Iran continues to exert its authority over the internet. Any company who wants to operate a message service in Iran has a year to comply with the data relocation requirement. With Iran already blocking access to the likes of Facebook and Twitter, privacy and security advocates have expressed worries about the implications of the new rules.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

How to enable paths longer than 260 characters in Windows 10

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In days of yore, filenames in Windows were limited to the 8.3 format — just eight characters for the filename, and three for the extension. With the arrival of Windows 95, Microsoft stripped away this limit and allowed for much longer names. That said, the Windows file system still imposes some restrictions such as which characters can be used in filenames, and the overall length of paths. For some time the maximum path length has been 260 characters, but in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview, it is possible to use Group Policy or a registry hack to remove this… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Now you can try out Amazon Echo’s Alexa in your web browser

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There is something of a trend for voice activated devices at the moment, and you might well be wondering if any of them are worth investing in. If you’ve been thinking about buying an Amazon Echo, you can now try it out in your web browser to get a feel for what it’s like. Amazon has launched the Alexa Skill Testing Tool which gives everyone the opportunity to test drive the virtual assistant for themselves. It’s the perfect blend of try-before-you buy blended with clever marketing. While it’s not a perfect simulation, the Amazon Echo Simulator gives a reasonable idea… …Continue reading on BetaNews

The internet is plagued by misogyny and abuse

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The world of technology has long been thought of as being male dominated. For those concerned with diversity, this is situation is less than ideal but a bigger problem exists in the form of online abuse. This does not refer just to trolling and immature silliness, but the more serious issue of targeted misogyny. The headline to this article may seem to state the obvious, but it’s very easy to assume that something is the case without actually having the evidence to support it. Personal experience is one thing, but how does this translate to the wider sphere? New research… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft says it will stop spamming Android users with Office ads in the notification tray

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It feels like we complain about Microsoft a lot here. We do; in recent months there has been a lot to get upset about. There has been a lot of negativity surrounding Windows 10, so let’s have a change of subject. Now Microsoft is spamming the Android notification tray with ads for Office. The notification tray in Android serves a very specific purpose. There’s a clue in the name — and it’s nothing to do with advertising. Android user Thom Holwerda was upset this week when Microsoft Office for Android starting to spam him with ads for apps he already… …Continue reading on BetaNews

China complains about forced upgrades to Windows 10

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To say that Windows 10 has been controversial for Microsoft would be something of an understatement. The most recent cause for complaint has been a deceptive upgrade popup, described by many as a “nasty trick”, which fooled users into installing the upgrade. The company has since said that it will change the behavior of the upgrade notification, but this is not enough to silence hundreds of thousands of users in China. Microsoft stands accused of abusing its market position to force unwanted upgrades on people. Speaking to the Xinhua news agency, Zhao Zhanling from the Internet Society of China said:… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook introduces new cookies policy and allows users to opt out of tailored ads on non-Facebook sites

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When you hit Facebook today, you may well notice a new Cookies Policy warning at the top of the page. It states: “To help personalize content, tailor and measure ads, and provide a safer experience, we use cookies. By clicking or navigating the site, you agree to allow our collection of information on and off Facebook through cookies. Learn more, including about available controls: Cookies Policy”. But what is it all about? Facebook hasn’t made a great deal of fuss about it, but the social network has introduced not only a new cookies policy, but also made changes to ads.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

You could be held liable for cases of bank fraud if your online security isn’t up to scratch

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If you need another reason to pay attention to online security, new measures under consideration by banks could sharpen your focus. At the moment, banks in the UK frequently shoulder the cost of online fraud when customers fall victim. But all this could be set to change. The plans being looked at by banks, GCHQ and the UK government could see people who haven’t taken care of their own online security being excluded from receiving compensation if their account is hacked. The Financial Times reports that the plans could see people with poor security in place find themselves “frozen out… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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