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Russian hackers modify Chrome, Firefox installers to fingerprint users

Russian hackers modify Chrome, Firefox installers to fingerprint users

Browser makers are implementing features that prevent sites from tracking users through various technologies, particularly encryption in HTTPS and TLS. Hackers of the dark kind, however, love to play this game of cat and mouse with security experts and software developers. A particularly notorious group hailing from Russia is proving that by turning the tables on browser makers. They are using the very same technologies Chrome and Firefox use for secure browsing, these hackers are modifying these web browsers on the fly to keep tabs on users and circumvent those privacy features.

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Adobe’s entry-level Photoshop Elements gets new AI-powered tools

Adobe’s entry-level Photoshop Elements gets new AI-powered tools

Adobe's relatively inexpensive entry-level Photoshop Elements software has been updated with new features powered by the company's Sensei artificial intelligence technology. Joining Photoshop Elements 2020 is the newly updated Premiere Elements 2020, the updated version of Adobe's entry-level video editor that likewise brings a few new notable tools to consumers.

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Google Chrome will soon block insecure content in HTTPS pages

Google Chrome will soon block insecure content in HTTPS pages

As the company with the biggest presence and influence on the Internet, Google has taken it upon itself to make the Web a safer place. From misbehaving ads to insecure pages, Google has used its Chrome web browser to steer developers and administrators towards more industey best practices. Google boasts that Chrome users spend 90% of their time on secure HTTPS pages but soon it will be tightening the noose on remaining insecure content by blocking them completely starting next year.

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Windows 7 extended support extend to small, midsize businesses

Windows 7 extended support extend to small, midsize businesses

Microsoft bills Windows 10 as its most secure Windows ever given how it is able to quickly roll out security patches as they come. It might also be its most unstable Windows ever given how often those updates break something in return. Considering those factors, it was probably no surprise to Microsoft that not everyone is ready to jump to it yet, even those on the nearly ancient Windows 7. Rather than lose those customers to, say, Linux, Microsoft is offering business using Windows 7 with extended life support but, unsurprisingly, it won't come cheap.

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iOS 13 should not be Apple’s Windows 10

iOS 13 should not be Apple’s Windows 10

On September 19, 2019, Apple released iOS 13, perhaps one of the biggest releases of its mobile platform. Since then in the span of ten days, iOS has gone from iOS 13 to iOS 13.1 to iOS 13.1 to, now, iOS 13.1.2. The rapid rate of releases isn't exactly good news as only one (13.1) actually brought new features. In fact, having two maintenance releases within just three days may be cause for concern for iOS and perhaps even macOS users.

iOS 13 has started out on the wrong foot but Apple has hopefully watched Microsoft long enough to know what steps to take to prevent it from becoming its version of Windows 10.

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Windows 10 update offline account option hidden: Here’s where to find it

Windows 10 update offline account option hidden: Here’s where to find it

With the most recent update to Windows 10, Microsoft's made a little switch that's annoyed a number of Windows users. They've appeared to have made the "use offline account" option more difficult to find. If you're connected to the internet when the latest Windows 10 update is installing, the cloud-based account option will be the only option available. At least, that's how it'll appear to the common user.

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iOS 13.1.1 arrives with fixes for Siri, battery drain, and backups

iOS 13.1.1 arrives with fixes for Siri, battery drain, and backups

Apple is back with another iOS 13 update, this time bringing iOS 13.1.1 with some key bug fixes for its mobile device owners. Among other things, users who update will get a bug fix for an issue that is causing device batteries to drain faster than usual, as well as another fix for a problem that prevents iPhones from being restored from backups.

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Windows 10 20H1 could be another disaster unless Microsoft takes this step

Windows 10 20H1 could be another disaster unless Microsoft takes this step

Taking a breather from Samsung, Apple, and Huawei, the tech world will be focusing its eyes on Microsoft when it launches new Surfaces devices. The company has proven that it can make great hardware to go along with Windows 10. Unfortunately, the tech giant most popular for its software now has an ironic problem of being unable to maintain the quality of its software. That's especially true for Windows 10 updates that seem to break twice a year or sometimes even every month. The Windows 10 20H1, a.k.a. the May 2020 update, could prove to be another hair-pulling experience unless Microsoft makes this important change.

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macOS Catalina might be out as early as next week

macOS Catalina might be out as early as next week

iOS 13 already rolled out but, unlike the betas and Apple's announcements, it launched alone. The much-hyped iPadOS came a few days later but the matching macOS Catalina, a.k.a. macOS 10.15 was still nowhere in sight. Apple said it would start rolling out some time in October but didn't give a date users could pin on their calendar. But thanks to Apple's own Danish site, early adopters can look forward to next week to start their journey towards the latest macOS release.

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Tesla deploys huge version 10 update with Netflix, Cuphead, Spotify

Tesla deploys huge version 10 update with Netflix, Cuphead, Spotify

Tesla is rolling out its big software version 10.0 update, adding new entertainment options beyond what one might expect for a vehicle, including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and more. In addition to being able to watch videos (when it's safe to do so, of course), the latest update also brings 'Car-aoke' for singing along with a library of songs, Smart Summon for certain customers, and more.

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iOS 13 Optimized Battery Charging and why Android is next

iOS 13 Optimized Battery Charging and why Android is next

With the release of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro with iOS 13 came a new feature called Optimized Battery Charging. This feature limits the charge your iPhone battery can take at a time - with some intelligent caveats - so that your iPhone battery will last as long as possible. Android users have had similar solutions before, but never like this.

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iOS 13.1 released now with bug fixes and iPadOS

iOS 13.1 released now with bug fixes and iPadOS

Today Apple released iOS 13.1 and iPadOS. These updates will bring a few new features to the iPhones on which they're available, and will bring a new user experience to the iPad. This update was originally scheduled to be released on September 30, 2019, then was changed to Tuesday, September 24, also known as today. This update should be release for your device right this minute.

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