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Chrome will shame unencrypted sites starting January 2017

Starting in January of 2017, Google’s Chrome browser will start flagging some websites that don’t use web encryption as “Not Secure”—the first step in Google’s eventual plan to shame all sites that don’t use encryption. In the last couple of years, the web has seen a tremendous rise in the number of websites that use encryption, which is displayed by that little green lock...

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iPhone 7 announced with brand new features

Apple has officially announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus today. The new iPhone features a design that’s very similar to last year’s iPhone 6S (and the year prior’s iPhone 6), with a rounded aluminum body. But what’s entirely new is the phone’s water resistance, which means you can get the iPhone 7 or the larger iPhone 7 Plus wet without worry. Also...

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Microsoft is reportedly working on a Slack competitor

Microsoft is taking Slack head on, and reportedly doing it under the Skype umbrella. According to MSPowerUser, the software giant is developing new messaging software that closely mirrors Slack functionality. The new effort is called Skype Teams, and it promises to cater to the the same large teams and newsrooms that already use Slack every day, while also leveraging Skype’s core feature set. Skype...

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Windows 10 grows despite the end of free upgrades

The number of PCs and laptops using Windows 10 increased significantly during the normally slow month of August and despite the withdrawal of Microsoft’s free upgrade for PC users running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. The operating system enjoyed a big rise to 22.99 per cent of the market (+1.86 percentage points) after the arrival of the Anniversary Update. This month’s figures will make...

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Firefox 51 shows memory usage of subprocesses

With multi-process Firefox slowly rolling out to stable channel installations of the browser, further work is done on improving the feature for all Firefox users. Mozilla made the decision to roll out the new multi-process architecture with a single content process initially that is separated from the browser core. The company plans to change that by adding more processes to Firefox.The feature needs to...

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Tech companies rally round Microsoft over cloud surveillance

Microsoft has been backed by technology companies and a swathe of US corporates in a legal action against the US government over laws that could have major implications for the development of cloud computing. The law would enable US government agencies to seize data hosted on third-party computers, while at the same time barring the hosting company from informing its customers of the seizure....

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Advertising industry needs to embrace AdBlock

I am now part of the problem. The advertising industry is wringing its hands and shaking its fist at the use and growth of ad-block technology, but I am not above temptation. I simply installed it. And much like the many million people who have done so already, I love it and probably won’t ever fully abandon it. So instead of excoriating people for using...

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Night Mode and People Bar coming to Windows 10 Insiders

Microsoft is now well into development of its next planned update for Windows 10 codenamed Redstone 2. Insiders have been testing early Redstone 2 builds for a few weeks now, and so far not much is new regarding features, as the company is focusing on under-the-hood changes right now. Luckily, features should start to pick up soon, and two new features I hear are...

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Hackers find vulnerability to revive suspended Twitter accounts

A group of hackers claims to have found a way to seize inactive and suspended Twitter accounts, and is now selling them on the social network. “Spain Squad” gained control of a number of accounts they allege were obtained with the exploit, including @Hell, @Hitler, @Nazi, @ak47, and @1337. Worryingly, the Internet Archive shows that several of the handles held by Spain Squad were previously...

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Firefox e10s gets up to 700% performance improvement

Earlier this summer I wrote about Mozilla’s efforts to rollout a multi-process architecture, codename Electrolysis, for Firefox. In the months since, Mozilla has completed its initial tests on 1 percent of its user population and the initial numbers are good, according to Asa Dotzler, director of Firefox at Mozilla. The company is reporting a 400 percent improvement in responsiveness and a 700 percent improvement in responsiveness for loading large...