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  1. Google is experimenting with a new way to speed up web browsing in Chrome: lazy loading. Rather than loading an entire webpage at once, the browser only loads the parts that are currently displayed on the screen. The rest (everything 'below the fold') is loaded as you scroll. Lazy loading isn't a new concept, but until now, it's been down to web developers to implement it on pages themselves. Adding it to the browser means you'll benefit from faster speeds on all sites – including those where the creators haven't implemented it. Made for mobile Google is currently testing lazy loading in Chrome Canary – an early-release version of the browser intended for developers and early adopters. To give it a try, download Canary, then enter chrome://flags/#enable-lazy-image-loading and chrome://flags/#enable-lazy-frame-loading. With these flags active, the browser won't load any images or iframes that aren't currently visible. Not only does this speed up page load times, it also reduces bandwidth use, making it a particularly useful feature for mobile browsers. According to BleepingComputer, Google initially designed lazy loading for Chrome on Android, and planned to start trials with the desktop browser if tests on Android proved successful. Clearly, they have. Before you grab Canary, bear in mind that it's not a stable release and might be prone to crashes, so it's best not to make it your default browser. Check out our guide to the best browsers of 2018 View the full article
  2. OneDrive is getting a small update to help ensure your most important files are backed up. Known Folder Move, which is basically a ridiculous name Microsoft came up for folder protection, gives users the option to automatically sync their desktop, pictures and document folders. If you use multiple Windows 10 PCs, this feature will also keep those folders synced across your multiple machines. Although this feature has been available to business users since June 2018, it’s only now being rolled out to all OneDrive users on Windows 10, according to a Microsoft spokesperson that spoke to The Verge. By our own account, though, the feature seems to have been available for over a year now and it seems to have simply gotten a new, simpler user interface. Whether the feature is completely new or not, it’s an easy way of syncing your most important folders and files. How to set it up Users can enable Known Folder Move by diving into their OneDrive settings and navigating to the Auto Save tab to select which folders they want to protect. Bear in mind, OneDrive won’t save files over 20GB in size, so some very large files may not be backed up. OneDrive also won’t accept Outlook database files (.pst) and OneNote files (.one, .onepkg, .onetoc, .onetoc2). macOS High Sierra users can get the same folder protection with iCloud Via Ghacks View the full article
  3. Microsoft has rolled out another preview build for Windows 10, and the big news is that there is no news – in other words, there are no introductions whatsoever in terms of new features, just minor bug fixes and tweaks. And that’s interesting because this is the first build that has introduced nothing – the previous Redstone 5 preview, which landed last week, finished off work on the dark theme for File Explorer – which indicates that Microsoft is now simply engaged in honing and fine-tuning for the next big update. And that in turn means that the release date must be coming near, so we probably haven’t got long to wait before the big update is unleashed. At least in theory, although there’s always the chance of last-minute stumbling blocks and things being pushed back further (as happened with the April 2018 Update, when a significant bug was discovered on the home straight that delayed it – in the end, it barely made the cut for April). Tuning and tweaking Of course, some changes have been made to the latest build 17738, but they’re just minor tweaks as mentioned, although one of the bigger bug fixes is tuning the Start menu for better ‘performance and reliability’, as apparently it has been misbehaving a bit in the last few builds. There are also various adjustments for Edge, including making sure the browser can handle downloads in excess of 4GB without failing, and curing the Settings menu from going awry when its text size is increased. In recent times, Notepad got a word wrap feature, and there was also a fix for this, as it was taking too long to open big files in the app when this was enabled. There are a host of other tweaks, and also known issues, which Microsoft details on its blog post on the build. Some of our best laptops run Windows 10 View the full article
  4. In advance of the release of Insurgency: Sandstorm on September 18th New World Interactive invite all First Person Shooter fans to try the game which inspired the much-anticipated sequel, Insurgency: Sandstorm. Starting at 10:00 AM PDT today the original 'Insurgency' will be FREE TO KEEP on Steam for 48hrs. Simply install and play the game during the 48hr window and it is yours to keep forever. https://store.steampowered.com/app/222880/Insurgency/ Owning the original Insurgency on Steam will also entitle fans to 10% off Insurgency: Sandstorm in addition to the 10% Pre-order discount currently on offer for a combined 20% off, bringing the cost down from $29.99 to $23.99 About Insurgency Insurgency is an intense, immersive, hardcore, tactical shooter based on the award winning source engine mod 'Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat'. Take to the streets for intense close quarters combat, where a team's survival depends upon securing crucial strongholds and destroying enemy supply in this multiplayer and cooperative Source Engine based experience. The follow-up game to the award-winning Source mod, Insurgency is highly competitive and lethal, striking a balance between one-life gameplay and prolonged action. About Insurgency: Sandstorm Taking the original Insurgency formula and evolving it, the millions selling FPS comes enhanced and expanded . Insurgency: Sandstorm is built in Unreal Engine 4 with upgraded graphics, taking the series into a new era. Coming to PC and, for the first time, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ; Insurgency: Sandstorm brings extended gameplay possibilities, improved immersion, and new game modes; all while retaining the lethal tactical action that made Insurgency the worldwide phenomenon it is today.View the full article
  5. Fax machines still pose a glaring risk to businesses’ cybersecurity, according to a presentation at an international hacker’s convention in Las Vegas. Researchers at DEF CON revealed a host of concerns over the continuing use of faxes in today’s businesses, which don’t come with the same encryption measures as more modern, internet-based technologies. Speaking to the BBC, Yaniv Balmas warned that “Fax has no security measures built in – absolutely nothing”. Apps that make sloppy use of SD cards leave your phone vulnerable to hackers As fax machines tend to be connected to a company’s internal servers, hackers exploiting the ‘weak point’ in the chain could then gain access to the wider network and other sensitive data. All-in-one printers that incorporate scanning, copying and faxing were also noted as vulnerable, while being hugely prevalent across corporate offices. American IT provider HP have now released a patch for its printers, specifically to fix the weaknesses found by Balmas’s research. More common than you think Although faxes are becoming increasingly redundant in the face of email and cloud-based storage services, the technology is still widely used in many professional environments. This is partially down to the legal status of faxes, which, unlike emails, are accepted as visual evidence in the courtroom, being seen as more reliable or less prone to alteration. The UK’s National Health Service – which famously still relies on a wide network of pagers for communication with staff – also has thousands of fax machines still in use, and has been grappling with security concerns after a major cyberattack on the health service last year. What to do if you've been hacked View the full article
  6. Perhaps attempting to keep up with Apple's Dark Mode in the upcoming macOS 10.14 Mojave, Microsoft has announced that the next major release of Windows 10 will bet getting a Dark Theme for File Explorer. Available with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17733, members of the Windows Insiders program will be able to apply the new Dark Theme by going to Settings > Personalization > Colors and then selecting the 'Dark' option found in the 'Choose your app mode' section. Spurned on by the frequent requests of Windows Insiders, Microsoft's mission to apply a Dark Theme to File Explorer was much more difficult than one would expect, as it had to work within "legacy UI frameworks which don’t plug into that infrastructure automatically." The dark theme rises In creating the new Dark Theme, Microsoft said it was mindful to "only change File Explorer (and the Common File Dialog) and not change common controls generally, which could break a lot of app experiences (such as making dark text in an app unreadable)." Along with aforementioned details, Microsoft's Dark Theme blog post describes the balancing act of choosing the right shades and tones for the new UI, stating it listened closely to its vocal Insiders in an effort to get it just right. While the new Dark Theme is currently only available to Insiders, it's likely that it will officially make its way into Windows 10 with the upcoming Redstone 5 update, which is expected to drop October 2018. How to use Windows 10 View the full article
  7. Whatever your budget and level of experience, we've found the best video editor for you – if you're making a whole movie or just need to trim a single clip. There are superb free video editors available (and you'll find them on the second page), but we've started by rounding up the finest premium editing software on the market right now. Opting for a paid product will get you high-end extras like 360-degree video support, motion tracking and multi-cam editing, but that's just the start. The extra resources available to commercial projects help to refine the entire package, often bringing more accurate and configurable effects, an enhanced interface and a faster rendering engine. If you're a total beginner, there are affordable video editors that will make the whole process as easy as possible, with automated tools that will optimize and transform your clips with just a couple of clicks. These user-friendly editors offer a gentle introduction to video editing, so you'll learn the basics and be able to make the step up to a more advanced program when you're ready. For our money, Adobe Premiere Pro is the best video editor around. It's powerful, highly customizable, and a great deal as part of a Creative Cloud subscription Adobe Premiere Pro is an industry-standard video editor and getting the most from it will require an investment of time as well as cash, but if you’re serious about video then it’s well worth the effort. Premiere Pro's interface (based around panels and a timeline) is often aped but rarely bettered. Unlike other apps, however, Premiere Pro is highly customizable. Once you've mastered the basics, you can tailor the interface to suit your own workflow. Whereas previous versions of Adobe Premiere Pro required users to switch to different apps for some parts of post production, the latest edition tucks everything into one neat interface, including captions and audio editing. It's hard to do justice to all of Premiere Pro's features, but there's a vast assortment of stackable audio and video filters, support for 360-degree and VR video, native support for a huge number of raw file formats, and the ability to work collaboratively with others. You can even start editing your videos before they've finished importing. Adobe Premiere Pro is available as an individual subscription, or as part of the Creative Cloud suite (a better investment if you want more than one of Adobe's apps). If you join CC, you'll benefit from easy transferring of project files and other resources between Adobe apps like After Effects. This kind of power doesn't come cheap and the monthly or annual subscription fee adds up, but the lack of a large initial outlay makes Premiere Pro surprisingly accessible. It's worth downloading a trial of the other video editors here before making a decision, but Premiere Pro is extremely versatile and the cloud-based model means you won't have to pay for upgrades as they're released. If you own a Mac, Final Cut Pro X is hard to beat. Its trackless timeline is unusual, but works brilliantly Final Cut Pro X (also known as Final Cut Pro – Apple uses the two interchangeably) is Apple's premium video editor, and it's every bit as polished as you'd expect. It's also exclusively for macOS, so Windows users will need to look elsewhere. This is a video editor aimed squarely at the professional end of the market, but it's not needlessly complicated. Its interface is a little different to most, and is built around a 'trackless' timeline that encourages you to organize elements into specific 'roles', such as voiceover, music and titles. It's a clever design and works well in practice. If you're looking for a video editor to pair with your drone, Final Cut Pro is an excellent choice. It supports raw video from all the major makes and models, and is regularly updated with additional profiles. It also supports 360-degree video editing (fast becoming mandatory for premium video editing software) and HDR, with advanced color grading. Rather than adopt a subscription model like Adobe, Apple has chosen to make Final Cut Pro available for a one-off flat fee. It's relatively expensive, but includes all major updates and will work out cheaper than Premiere Pro if you keep using it over a couple of years. If you own a Mac and are torn between Apple and Adobe, we recommend taking the free trials of both for a spin before making up your mind. If you need an affordable video editor, CyberLink PowerDirector 16 is well worth a look. It neatly bridges the gap between beginner and expert, with a choice of interfaces If Adobe Premiere Elements and Apple Final Cut Pro X are overkill for your video editing projects, take a look at CyberLink PowerDirector. Although PowerDirector is a premium, feature-packed video editor, it's also very forgiving, and offers a gentle introduction to post production that won't faze complete beginners. The Magic Movie Wizard is the ultimate example, paring the task of combining and optimizing videos down to a few clicks. You'll achieve better results by spending a while in the timeline editor, but for anyone who just wants to quickly piece something together to publish on Facebook, it's ideal. That's not to say that CyberLink PowerDirector is dumbed down, though; far from it. The software also offers a standard post production interface based around control panels and a timeline. It sometimes takes a little while to drill down to the finer controls, but every filter and option is extremely flexible once you start exploring. Perhaps most impressive of all, CyberLink PowerDirector makes video editing fun. If you're relatively new to post production but want something more flexible than free software, PowerDirector is the tool for you. For post-production special effects, you can't beat HitFilm. It's hugely popular with fanfilm creators HitFilm Pro is a premium video editor that's a firm favourite with fanfilm makers - and with good reason. It's packed with tools for creating stunning special effects, but is accessible enough for home users. One of HitFilm Pro's biggest selling points is the ability to tackle pretty much every aspect of video post-production within the editor. Animations, titles, audio editing and color grading are all accessible with a couple of clicks, but the interface is intuitively designed and never feels cluttered. Effects can be queued, and drilling down through the software's advanced options is a straightforward process. Unlike the other video editors in this roundup, HitFilm Pro supports importing and animating of custom 3D models, complete with simulated 3D cameras, custom shadows and dynamic lighting. There are also impressive particle effects, and superb chroma-keying to minimize annoying spill. HitFilm Pro will be overkill for beginners, but if you have a creative filmmaking project in mind then it's a fantastic choice. For true beginners, Adobe Premiere Elements offers the most gentle introduction to video editing Of all the premium video editors in this roundup, Adobe Premiere Elements is the most beginner-oriented. It's designed to make video editing as easy as possible, and even its Expert interface is extremely straightforward. Unlike Adobe's premium software (like Premiere Pro), Premiere Elements is only available as a one-off purchase, so you aren't committed to paying a monthly fee to keep using it. It's also one of the most affordable video editors around, which is impressive for a huge name like Adobe. You can create your own video project from scratch using a timeline, or choose one of Adobe Premiere Elements' templates: Video Story (based around a life event like a wedding or birthday), Instant Movie (a combination of video clips with a style of your choice) and Video Collage (a fun combination of still photos and videos). Some video editors assume a certain degree of familiarity before you begin, but Premiere Elements is ideal even for total beginners. Its interface features large buttons, clearly labelled. There are also some excellent tutorials included to help bridge the gap between creating a video using wizards and using the more traditional multi-track timeline. Our main reservation about Adobe Premiere Elements is that you might grow out of it quite quickly. It's a brilliant tool for total first-timers, but there's a huge gap between this and Adobe Premiere Pro. If you want to work up to more advanced video editing, a tool like CyberLink PowerDirector will make the transition easier. The best free video editing software If you're not ready for invest in a premium video editor, there's also superb video editing software that's yours to download and use completely free. If you just want to cut a clip to size or add a new soundtrack, there are lightweight editors that will help you get the job done in seconds, and export the video in a format suitable for uploading online, or playing on any desktop or mobile device. Alternatively, if you're looking for more advanced tools like chroma keying and color grading, there are also advanced programs that offer everything you'd expect to find in premium software – except the price tag. Not all free videos editors are created equal. Some prevent you exporting projects longer than a couple of minutes, offer a very small selection of editing tools, or add unsightly watermarks to your finished work. Here we've rounded up only the software that delivers on its promises, making video editing easy and fun, with no compromises. Lightworks is the most powerful free video editor around. It's much more than just a replacement for Windows Movie Maker, and can help you achieve professional results at home Lightworks is an incredible tool that's published free with the noble aim of making professional quality video editing software available to everyone. Lightworks is far more than a simple application for combining video clips and applying filters; it's been used to produce Hollywood movies including The King's Speech and Road to Perdition. As you would expect for such a powerful video editor, you won't be able to master it overnight, but that's certainly not something you could hold against it. Lightworks is described as the professional video editor for everyone, and we reckon that's a fair summary. Despite its power, it will run well on fairly modest hardware, and it handles video capture and advanced editing with aplomb. If you've tried other free video editors you'll probably find that the interface is a little different to anything you're used to, but you can arrange the various controls and windows to create something that suits your way of working. The free license has everything you need to make amazing videos, but TechRadar readers can also get 40% off a monthly Lightworks Pro license using the special discount code TECHRADAR_LW_PRO_MONTH_2018. Lightworks Pro adds the ability to export in formats other than MPEG, publish 4K video directly to YouTube, and export 3D videos. Find out how to use your discount voucher. Lightworks review Download Lightworks Hitfilm Express is a very powerful free video editor, and can be expanded with premium extensions if your needs outgrow its standard features Hitfilm Express is another video editor that promises pro-level features for free – and it delivers. The basic editor is very impressive, with advanced cutting tools, a great set of audio and video filters, layers and masking, compositing options, and chroma keying for creating green screen effects. Additional tools are available for a fee, starting at £8.85 (about US$10, AU$15) for a pack featuring color-correction, exposure adjustment, split screen masking, and various creative filters. The downside of all this power is that Hitfilm Express is much more demanding than either Lightworks or Shotcut, which is the main reason it's dropped to third place. Make sure you check the technical requirements before downloading it to avoid disappointment. Hitfilm Express review Download Hitfilm Express Like Lightworks, DaVinci Resolve is used for professional TV and movie post-production DaVinci Resolve is a free version of a premium video editing suite, but as with Lightworks, it's so feature-packed you probably won't miss the few tools it lacks. DaVinci Resolve is a professional-grade video editor, with intuitive interfaces for editing, color correction, audio mastering and exporting. There's the usual multi-track timeline for arranging video and audio clips, plus context-sensitive trimming, and a vast collection of filters and effects. Color correction is one of DaVinci Resolve's standout features, whether you want to adjust a whole video or just a selected part. There's HDR support, and you can work on raw files directly from your camera. A few of the filters are exclusive to the premium DaVinci Resolve Studio, and there's a maximum export resolution of 3,840 x 2,160, but those are the only limitations. It's overkill if you just want to trim a video and upload it to YouTube, but for bigger projects DaVinci Resolve is hard to beat. Download DaVinci Resolve Shotcut is a superb free video editor that lets you layer filters and effects on top of one another, and adjust each one individually Shotcut is another professional-feeling free video editor that requires a little patience if you are achieve the results it is so capable of delivering. The slightly unusual interface can be put down to the fact that this started life as a Linux application, and little has changed in its conversion to Windows. To start with, the interface may seem a little stark. You will need to not only load a video, but also choose which editing mode you would like to work in and which tools you'd like to use. There's no getting away from the fact that Shotcut has a steep learning curve. It's possible to achieve some impressive results by simply applying one of its many filters to your video, but the real rewards will only be reaped by those willing to invest the time and energy in fully getting to grips with what's on offer. Shotcut review Download Shotcut VSDC Free Video Editor is wonderfully flexible, giving you full control over the clips, photos and audio files you've pieced together to make your project VSDC Free Video Editor provides a huge array of effects and filters to enhance your footage, with both wizards and manual options to suit beginners or more advanced users. VSDC is highly capable, and can yield superb results. As a non-linear editor, it works in rather a different way to many other similar tools, letting you position clips and other elements on the timeline wherever you like and edit them there. With the ability to not only work with multiple scenes and transitions, but also to add sprites and text to videos, you can create a professional-quality movie if you're willing to stick with VSDC's slightly odd way of working and unusual interface. The latest version of VSDC adds extra artistic effects, including smoke. There's also a dedicated Instagram export profile and automatic image stabilization. It's noticeably faster, too. An excellent choice for creative video projects. VSDC Free Video Editor review Download VSDC Free Video Editor The best laptops for video editing in 2018View the full article
  8. Container technology, also known as just a container, is a method to package an application so it can be run, with its dependencies, isolated from other processes. The major public cloud computing providers, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform have embraced container technology, with container software having names including the popular choices of Docker, Apache Mesos, rkt (pronounced “rocket”), and Kubernetes. Container technology gets its name from the shipping industry. Rather than come up with a unique way to ship each product, goods get placed into steel shipping containers, which are already designed to be picked up by the crane on the dock, and fit into the ship designed to accommodate the container’s standard size. In short, by standardizing the process, and keeping the items together, the container can be moved as a unit, and it costs less to do it this way. With computer container technology, it is an analogous situation. Ever have the situation where a program runs perfectly great on one machine, but then turns into a clunky mess when it is moved to the next? This has the potential to occur when migrating the software from a developer’s PC to a test server, or a physical server in a company data center, to a cloud server. Issues arise when moving software due to differences between machine environments, such as the installed OS, SSL libraries, storage, security, and network topology. Just like the crane picks up the entire container as a unit to put it onto the ship or truck for transport, which facilitates the movement, computer container technology accomplishes the same thing. The container technology contains not only the software, but also the dependencies including libraries, binaries and configuration files, all together, and they get migrated as a unit, avoiding the differences between machines including OS differences and underlying hardware that lead to incompatibilities and crashes. Containers also facilitate deployment of software to a server. Virtual machines Before containers gained popularity, a prior approach was virtual machines. Here, one physical server was able to be used for multiple applications via virtualization technology, also known as a virtual machine, where each virtual machine contains the entire operating system, as well as the application to run. The physical server than runs several virtual machines, each with its own OS, with a single hypervisor emulation layer on top. By running several OS’ simultaneously, there is a lot of overhead on the server as resources get used, and the number of virtual machines is limited to but a few. In contrast, with container technology, the server runs a single OS, as each container is able to share this single OS with the other containers on the server. The parts of the OS that are shared are read only to not interfere with the other containers. This means that compared to virtual machines, containers require less resources of the server with a lower overhead, and are significantly more efficient, so that a lot more containers can be packed onto a single server. For example, while each virtual machine may require gigabytes of storage, each container running a similar program may only need megabytes. How do containers work? Containers are set up to accomplish work in a multiple container architecture, termed a container cluster. In a Kubernetes container cluster, there is a single cluster master, with the other related containers designated as nodes, that are the multiple worker machines. The roles of the cluster master is to schedule the workloads for the nodes, and also to manage their lifecycle, and their upgrades. Container technology is not a new phenomenon, and has long been a core feature for Linux. The advance in recent years of container technology it has become easier to use, and software developers have embraced them for their simplicity, and avoiding compatibility problems. They also enable a program to be broken down into smaller pieces, which are known as microservices. The advantage of having the program as component microservices is that different teams can work on each of the containers separately as long as the interactions between the different containers are maintained, which facilitates developing software faster. Finally, container technology allows for complete granular control over the containers. While containers are able to run all types of software, older programs that were designed to run on a virtual machine do not migrate well to the container technology. This older software running on a virtual machine can be put onto a cloud platform such as Microsoft Azure, so containers are not likely to fully replace virtual machines for the foreseeable future. How do companies manage containers? With so much software running as containers, managing the containers has now become a requirement, and it is arduous to borderline impossible to perform this task manually. Specialized software for container management is required, and a popular open source solution is Kubernetes, which has several distributions including Red Hat OpenShift. Container management software facilitates deployment of containers, and works well with the rapid deployment strategies of the DevOps philosophy. Another great feature of container technology is its flexibility. With a virtual machine, it requires several minutes to boot up, just like the PC on your desk getting started up at the beginning of the day. Rather, with container technology, as the OS is already running on the server, a container can be started in a few seconds. This allows containers to be started and stopped as needed, to flex up at a time of peak demand, and to flex down when not needed. In addition, if a container crashes, it can be to be restarted quickly so it can get back to the task. This type of management is known as container orchestration, and software such as Docker Swarm can control this type of orchestration, and distribute the tasks among the container cluster. As multiple containers share the same operating system, there is a concern that container technology is less secure than a virtual machine. This is due to if there is a security flaw in the host kernel it will effect multiple containers. Efforts have been made to make containers more secure. One approach includes Docker requiring a signing infrastructure to prevent unauthorized containers from starting up. There is also container security software, such as Twistlock that profiles the behavior of a container, and then shuts down a container that falls outside of the expected profile. We also discuss hybrid cloud hereView the full article
  9. Its focus may be shifting to the next big update for Windows 10 due in 2019, but Microsoft is still continuing work on the build due to land later this year, and has just unleashed the latest Redstone 5 preview, declaring that it has finished implementing the dark theme for File Explorer. The dark theme was first introduced to Windows 10 back in May with build 17666, and now with the latest build 17733, Microsoft has announced that work is finally finished on the mode, and it’s now a complete experience. In other words, what testers are playing with is what the final dark theme will look like when the big update is released later this year. Dark theme (or mode) in File Explorer simply means that the windows with which you browse folders and files with on your desktop can be given a dark (near-black) background rather than white – ideal for when you’re working in darker conditions like dimly lit rooms, so the bright white backgrounds don’t start to strain your eyes. There aren't a huge number of other major changes happening in this new preview build, which isn’t surprising considering we're quickly closing in on the release date, and at this point Microsoft is honing things rather than making introductions. Ramping up Narrator There are, however, a clutch of minor fixes for Narrator, Windows 10’s screen reader, including fixing up copy and paste functionality, and making sure Narrator doesn’t leave the Edge browser window in Scan mode, which was happening on some web pages (and a load of other fixes besides). There's also a bug fix for the touch keyboard, which in some cases was disappearing from the screen, as well as a raft of other tweaks (and known issues), which Microsoft details in its blog post on the release of the build. Other recent Windows 10 news includes the revelation that Microsoft is working on a way to tie the desktop OS and your Android phone closer together, allowing you to, for example, easily access the photos on your handset from the desktop. Some of our best laptops run Windows 10View the full article
  10. From today, Chrome users will start to see notifications from their web browser in Windows 10's Notification Center. They'll look just like Windows' own notifications, and will appear in the Action Center alongside messages from the operating system and apps from the Microsoft Store. It's small change, but it could be very handy because it means Chrome will respect Windows' global notification settings, including Focus Assist, which disables notifications during certain periods to stop you being distracted. Get the update now Google is rolling the change gradually. Half of Chrome 68 users will get the update immediately, and the rest will receive it over the coming weeks. Want it now? Go to chrome://flags, search for 'native notifications' and select 'Enabled' from the drop-down menu, then relaunch Chrome. If you prefer Chrome's in-browser notifications, it'll be possible to deactivate the option through the Settings menu. Google is currently working on redesigning these notifications too – possibly using its Material Design guidelines. Check out our guide to the best browsers of 2018View the full article
  11. Opera began testing a built-in cryptocurrency wallet for its Android browser last month, and after positive feedback the company has decided to add support for its PC browser too. This will mean you no longer need to install a crypto wallet extension for your desktop browser, and the fact that the keys are stored using your phone's own security features (such as fingerprint recognition) means there's no need to remember long passwords . Just scan a QR code on the PC browser and you'll have full access to your mobile wallet, including cryptocurrencies, tokens and collectibles like CryptoKitties. Smooth and easy "After making crypto payments smooth and easy on mobile, we wanted the find the perfect solution for PCs," said Krystian Kolondra, executive vice president of browsers at Opera. "We realized the best way is to utilize our new mobile crypto wallet technology and to give our PC users access to it." We don't have a release date for the new PC browser, but Opera says it will be rolling out soon. The crypto-enabled Opera browser for Android is currently in private beta testing. To give it a try, just sign up with your email address. What's the best browser available today?View the full article
  12. Microsoft’s methods of patching and updating Windows 10 have come under fire from a group of experts that have been surveyed by PatchMangement.org, and they've called on Microsoft to fix the mess. The survey was created by Susan Bradley, a computer network and security consultant who also moderates the PatchManagement.org mailing list. The survey was sent last month, and Bradley has since been sifting through the responses. The results of the survey will make uncomfortable reading for Microsoft, which has made a lot of noise about improving the update process for Windows. According Bradley in an open letter to Microsoft, 69% of the respondents were either "not satisfied" or "very much not satisfied" with the quality of Windows' updates. In the open letter, Bradley implored Microsoft top brass to “take the time to read the responses. It showcases that your customers who are in charge of patching and maintaining systems are not happy with the quality of updates and the cadence of feature releases, and feel that it cannot go on as is.” An unhappy bunch The survey also found that 64% of respondents are dissatisfied with the quality of Windows 10 updates. The IT admins weren’t fond of Microsoft’s recent habit of releasing two major updates a year either (like the April 2018 Update, followed by Redstone 5 in October), with over 78% saying these should be issued only once a year or every two years. It’s worth remembering that this is a survey of IT administrators, and these major operating system updates (which often arrive with teething problems) can be a real headache for businesses with a lot of devices that all need to be updated at once without anything else experiencing down time. While none of the executives Bradley mentioned in her open letter have responded, Computerworld reports that “someone at Microsoft logged a support request on Bradley's behalf, after which a customer relationship manager on Microsoft's executive escalation team emailed.” According to Computerworld, the email said that the person who sent it was “working on finding the best venue to bring your concerns to our leadership team". A day later, a follow-up email stated that Bradley’s letter had been forwarded “to a team that is better equipped to handle the concerns and feedback that you have stated,” and suggested sharing comments or suggestions on the Windows Feedback Hub. A few days ago Bradley again tried to contact Microsoft executives, including CEO Satya Nadella and Carlos Picoto, head of the Windows servicing and delivery group, but so far has had no response. In comments published by Computerworld, Bradley said that “Windows updating is hard. But the constant changes have made the process of getting a machine to service updates more complicated, not less.” Despite Microsoft’s failure to respond directly to her letter, she remains positive that the company will fix Windows 10’s update problem. “I trust that there are many inside of Microsoft who believe that this needs to be fixed… I have faith that the [people] inside the corporation will push to do the right thing for the customers of Microsoft.” How to use Windows 10View the full article
  13. Mozilla has launched an experimental new extension for Firefox that suggests pages you might enjoy in real time while you browse the web. Advance works like a 'forward' button, providing a list of articles based on your browsing history and the page you're currently reading. It's like visiting Wikipedia and spending hours happily following a trail of links to fascinating subjects you've never heard of before. It might sound rather like Mozilla's Pocket Recommendations, but there are some differences. Pocket offers suggestions when you open a new tab, whereas Advance shows results in a sidebar while you're reading. Advance's recommendations are based purely on relevance (there's no sponsored content), and if you see anything you don't like, you can flag it or give direct feedback to Mozilla. It's worth noting that while Pocket produces recommendations without sharing data with Mozilla or any third parties, Advance sends your browsing history to machine learning startup Laserlike. Thankfully, this is all quite transparent; you can see what information Laserlike has about you, and delete it any time. Become a Test Pilot Advance is part of Firefox Test Pilot – a program that lets you try Firefox features and plugins that are still in development and give Mozilla your feedback. Not everything trialled in Test Pilot will be released as a finished product, but it's a great way to try some fun and unusual extensions and help shape the future of Firefox. Anyone who uses Firefox can join – just sign up with your email address and start experimenting. Check out our guide to the best web browsers of 2018View the full article
  14. Thunderbird 60 has just been released, and this update for the popular open-source desktop client comes with some big new features, along with an overhauled look known as 'Photon'. Thunderbird 60’s new 'Photon' look changes the interface of the application to better match Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. Tabs are now square, you can turn the title bar on and off, and there are a number light and dark themes to help you customise the look of the new Thunderbird. The Thunderbird logo has also been updated, giving it a more modern look that again matches the new logo of Firefox Quantum. Not just an aesthetic overhaul As Mozilla notes in a release statement, it’s not just the look of Thunderbird that is new with version 60. For example, the company has made several improvements to how Thunderbird 60 handles email attachments. Attachments can now be reordered by dragging and dropping them, and the 'Attach' button has been moved to a more intuitive location above the attachment pane (which can be toggled on and off by pressing Alt + M on a keyboard). Thunderbird 60 also makes it more difficult to send an attachment by mistake. Thunderbird's calendar also been improved, and now allows you to copy, cut and delete recurring events. It can now also display locations for events in certain views, and it's easier to send meeting notifications directly. Thunderbird 60 also now supports email scheduling when using CalDAV servers. There are plenty more updates with Thunderbird 60, and you can see the full list in the official release notes. You can download and install Thunderbird 60 directly, but you won’t be able to upgrade from Thunderbird 52 or earlier. You’ll need to perform a fresh install. The best free email client 2018 View the full article
  15. Last month, Microsoft announced that it was killing off Skype 7 (also known as Skype Classic) and shifting all users over to the slick new Skype 8. Unfortunately for the company, many users were vocally displeased by being forced to upgrade, and it has now backtracked and vowed to keep the older program alive for the foreseeable future. Most complaints involved Skype 8's new user interface and visual tweaks intended to bring it more in line with the Skype mobile app. Other users lamented the loss of multi-window support, the ability to configure webcam settings, and the option to clear the whole call history. Call back later "Based on user feedback, we are extending Skype 7 (Skype classic) for some time," a company spokesperson said in a forum post. "Our customers can continue to use Skype classic until then. "Thanks for all your comments – we are listening. We are working to bring all the features you've asked for into Skype 8. Watch this space." Microsoft had planned give Skype classic the chop on September 1, but hasn't given any estimate of how long it'll now be supported. That said, Microsoft isn't pulling Skype 8, and you can still upgrade if you fancy giving the redesigned interface a try. If you're interested in seeing what's coming up in future versions (and offering feedback), you can also join the Skype Insider Program to try preview builds and offer your suggestions. Stay in touch with the best encrypted messaging apps for Android Via The Verge View the full article

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