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Microsoft Windows 10 controlled folders feature

Windows 10 will hide your important files from ransomware soon Microsoft is making some interesting security-related changes to Windows 10 with the next Fall Creators Update, expected to debut in September. Windows 10 testers can now access a preview of the changes that include a new controlled folder access feature. It’s designed to only allow specific apps to access and read / write to a folder. If enabled, the default list prevents apps from accessing the desktop, pictures, movies, and documents folders.

“Controlled folder access monitors the changes that apps make to files in certain protected folders,” explains Dona Sarkar, head of Microsoft’s Windows Insiders program. “If an app attempts to make a change to these files, and the app is blacklisted by the feature, you’ll get a notification about the attempt.”
The new controlled folder feature is designed to protect against viruses and ransomware from locking machines out of certain folders. Ransomware has hit the headlines recent…

Google faces $2.7B fine

Google faces $2.7B fine for skewing search results for shoppers The fine from the European Union is twice as big as predicted -- and there could be more to come for the search giant as EU regulators look into Android.

The European Union just served notice that it will not go easy on Google.
EU regulators on Tuesday slapped Google with a 2.42 billion euro ($2.72 billion) fine for favoring its own shopping services in its search results over those of rivals.

"What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules," said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in a statement. "It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation."

The fine is the biggest antitrust penalty the EU has ever applied to a single company, exceeding the $1 billion fine handed to Intel in 2009. It also far exceeds the $1.2 billion estimate th…

Don't throw it away!

Don't throw it away! What to do with old electronic devicesWhen you've bought a new tablet, smartphone or laptop, what should you do with the old one? Many old devices languish in bottom drawers or, worse still, end up in the trash.
Next time you have an unwanted device on your hands, think again. Taking old electronic devices to retailers or local collection points is an option, but you can also continue using old devices that are still working, give them away or sell them to help protect the environment. Here are some alternatives to our throwaway culture:1) Repair it
Whether it's a Blu-ray player, toaster or mobile phone, if a device has broken after its warranty has expired and having it fixed is too expensive, it's always worth giving it a go yourself.
The website, for instance, lists skilled amateurs or professionals who may lend you a hand. There are many other similar initiatives to be found online. It's also worth looking out for websites and …

iOS 11 Betas Now Available

iOS 11, macOS High Sierra Public Betas Now Available, Here's How to Install iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra were both unveiled at WWDC 2017 this year, and their developer previews were made available right after. Now, the public betas for both the new software versions have gone live, and can be experienced right away. Both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra bring a lot of new features. iOS 11 gets an improved Siri, redesigned Control Centre, and iMessage integration to Apple Pay, while macOS High Sierra gets the new APFS system, Safari improvements, and much more.

So, how do you get access to the iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra public betas? Sign in to the Apple Beta Software Program with your Apple ID, and follow the instructions to enrol your device. Answers to most questions regarding the Apple Beta Software Program can be found on the FAQ page.
Despite being public betas, these early versions are quite buggy and could hinder your overall smartphone experience, and you can un-enrol from t…

Jobs 'hated' a Microsoft exec

Apple started making iPad because Jobs 'hated' a Microsoft exec The iPhone might never have existed if Apple co-founder Steve Jobs didn't "hate" an executive at Microsoft. 
Scott Forstall, the former head of Apple's software business and the man who created iOS for the first iPhone, on Tuesday said Jobs couldn't stand an executive at Microsoft who talked to him about plans for styluses and tablets. 
Jobs, who was famously anti-stylus and instead favored using fingers on touchscreens, was annoyed with that Microsoft executive so he and Apple started work on their own tablet, which eventually became the iPad. 
"iPhone had a very circuitous route by itself," Forstall said Tuesday during an event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. "We'd been working on a tablet project, which has a really odd beginning. It began because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft."
The panel was one of the first times Forstall has spok…

Lenovo shows off

Lenovo shows off an absurd laptop concept with a flexible screen Lenovo has some wild ideas to share. At an event in New York today, the company showed off its idea of the future of personal computing with an image of a bendable laptop with a flexible display; a built-in keyboard; and even the signature ThinkPad pointing stick, or mouse nub — whatever you want to call it. With this concept, most of the interaction would happen over voice commands or a stylus. Lenovo says that this concept would be achieved through “advanced materials” and “new screen technologies.” That’s not very specific.

As much as I want to believe, I have to point out that this concept isn’t likely to happen, at least not for a while. We’ve seen flexible displays at CES events for years, and yet, we have no flexible displays in our daily lives. The concepts that have come out as physical prototypes, are often so thick that we wouldn’t even get a truly flexible experience like Lenovo is portraying. Plu…

Facebook wants to save the world

Facebook wants to save the world. You've got work to do For the past six months, Mark Zuckerberg has been zigzagging the US on a well-publicized, whirlwind tour to chat with people outside the insular bubble of Silicon Valley. Along the way, Facebook's CEO met with Ford factory workers in Michigan, cattle farmers in Wisconsin and community leaders in New Orleans.
But while Zuckerberg's been attracting headlines and fueling speculation he wants to run for office, behind the scenes, another member of Facebook's top brass has been on a low-key meet-and-greet of a different kind.

Zuckerberg's longtime friend, Chris Cox, has been on a fact-finding mission with some of the nearly 2 billion people who use the social network every month. Cox, Facebook's product chief, has met with community leaders from Facebook Groups every two weeks to find out what they need from him. 
Cox and Zuckerberg have been spreading the gospel of Facebook -- the company's oft-repeated m…

Facebook, Twitter 'addicts' are happier

Facebook, Twitter 'addicts' are happier, claims study WASHINGTON: Facebook, Twitter and other social media users regard themselves as less unhappy than their friends, a study has found.

The research also found that people with the most number of connections on social media are happier that those with fewer friends.

For the purpose of the study, which used data from Twitter, reciprocal followers were defined as "friends" and users with the most connections were defined as "popular."

"This analysis contributes to a growing body of evidence that social media may be harmful to users who 'overindulge' in these services since it's nearly impossible to escape negative comparisons to their friends' popularity and happiness," said Johan Bollen, from Indiana University in the US.

The study builds upon a phenomenon known as the Friendship Paradox, which finds that most people on a social network have fewer connections on average than their f…

Google Launches Go-To Job

Google Launches Go-To Job Aggregation Site Google on Tuesday announced a highly anticipated launch of its new job search aggregation technology, following last month's announcement of its Google for Jobs program at the company's annual I/O conference.

The initiative will allow Google users to search for jobs either on mobile devices or personal computers, and to use a set of filters to obtain highly targeted results pulled from many different sites across the Web.

During his keynote presentation last month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai noted that the company has wanted to use its machine learning capabilities to find ways to make an immediate impact on people's lives.
Google has invested a great deal of time, effort and resources to enhance its machine learning for job search capabilities over the past year, Pichai noted, pointing to last year's introduction of a Google Jobs API, a vertical machine learning model. Machine Learning
The Google Jobs API utilizes two propriet…

Microsoft Expands Linux

Microsoft Expands Linux Container Support in Windows Server Microsoft has decided to expand its support for Linux containers in the next release of Windows Server.
Linux containers and workloads will work natively on Windows Server, said Erin Chapple, general manager for the server operating system, in an online post last week.

The company also will extend Window Server's Hyper-V isolation capability, which was introduced in the 2016 release of the operating system.
"This means customers will no longer have to deploy two separate container infrastructures to support both their Windows and Linux-based applications," Chapple wrote.
What's more, Windows Bash also is coming to the next edition of Windows Server. That's good news for developers.
"This unique combination allows developer and application administrators to use the same scripts, tools, procedures and container images they have been using for Linux containers on their Windows Server container host,&q…

New Nvidia graphics chip

The new Nvidia graphics chip for slimmer gaming laptops Nvidia's chief executive Jensen Huang has debuted a range of new products recently that expand beyond its traditional gaming focus, such as cars.

If you want to squeeze the highest frame rate and the highest level of detail out of a video game, you'll be unlikely to go for a gaming notebook.

Despite becoming increasingly slimmer and more powerful, these laptops haven't been able to compete with many of their desktop counterparts. And if they can, they have usually been anything but portable and notoriously dependent on a power outlet nearby.

Nvidia's new graphics chips of the MaxQ series are to change this to some extent.
The versions of the GeForce GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080 presented at the Computex expo will use up less power and space, the manufacturer says.

This would allow them to be used in Ultrabooks, a class of particularly slim subnotebook computers.
There's also a new "whisper mode" to help…

Apple’s Cook has a reason

Apple’s Cook has a reason for breaking silence on cars: opinion Apple is typically hush-hush. Last July, when every form of life on Earth knew Apple was six weeks away from releasing a new iPhone, Cook wouldn't acknowledge it. 
"I don't want to talk about phones that aren't announced,” he told a stock analyst. Mind you, Apple Inc had unveiled overhauled iPhones in September or October in each of the previous five years.  
That's Apple. Many companies are secretive, but Apple’s air of mystery is more mysterious than most. 
That's why it was so odd to hear Cook tell Emily Chang that his company is working on technology that could power self-driving cars or other things. And yes, that wasn't a secret. You've been reading on Bloomberg about Apple's automotive ambitions for a while now, and the company had to apply for public permits from regulators to test-drive its autonomous car prototypes. 
Still, it was unusual for Cook personally to give more tha…

Two-factor Authentication

How to set up two-factor authentication on all your online accounts Just about any account you own on the internet is prone to being hacked — and one of the easiest ways to add an extra layer of security is to enable two-factor authentication. Also known as two-step verification or 2FA, the process gives web services a secondary access to the account owner (you!) in order to verify a login attempt. Typically, this involves phone number and / or an email address.
While 2FA doesn’t totally cloak you from potential hackers, it is an important step in preventing your account from being accessed by unauthorized users. Here’s how to enable 2FA on your accounts across the web.
Apple 2FA is currently offered to Apple users on iOS 9 or Mac OS X El Capitan or later. We don’t make the rules!
iOS The steps are minorly different depending on how updated your iOS software is. For those using iOS 10.3 or later, you can enable 2FA on your Apple ID by going to “Settings” > [Your Name] > “Passwo…

Samsung smartphones vulnerable to hacking

Millions of Samsung smartphones vulnerable to hacking, claims researcher: Company denies NEW DELHI: Despite being among the world’s leading technology companies, it seems that Samsung hasn’t done enough to secure its smartphones against hackers.

According to a report by a security researcher, the company has failed to review the domain of an app that comes pre-installed on Samsung devices.

6 tips to protect yourself from becoming a ransomware victim.
This weekend’s global online extortion attack reinforces the need for businesses and other large organizations to update their computer operating systems and security software, cybersecurity experts said. The attack largely infected networks that used out-of-date software, such as Windows XP, which Microsoft no longer offers technical support for. “There’s some truth to the idea that people are always going to hack themselves,” said Dan Wire, a spokesman for security firm FireEye. “You’ve got to keep your systems updated.” The a…

Securing Your Linux System Bit by Bit

Securing Your Linux System Bit by Bit As daunting as securing your Linux system might seem, one thing to remember is that every extra step makes a difference. It’s almost always better to make a modest stride than let uncertainty keep you from starting. Fortunately, there are a few basic techniques that greatly benefit users at all levels, and knowing how to securely wipe your hard drive in Linux is one of them. Because I adopted Linux primarily with security in mind, this is one of the first things I learned. Once you have absorbed this lesson, you will be able to part with your hard drives safely. As you might have deduced, the usual way of deleting doesn’t always cut it. The most often-used processes for deleting files — clicking “delete” in the operating system or using the “rm” command — are not secure. When you use one of these methods, all your hard drive does is mark the area where the deleted file used to be as available for new data to be written there. In other words, the …