Day: April 18, 2018

  • April 18, 2018

    Why Can’t I Stop Using Skype

  • Apple Inc. plans to integrate recently acquired magazine app Texture into Apple News and debut its own premium subscription offering, according to people familiar with the matter. The move is part of a broader push by the iPhone maker to generate more revenue from online content and services. The Cupertino, California company agreed last month to buy Texture, which lets users subscribe to more than 200 magazines for $9.99 a month. Apple cut about 20 Texture staff soon after, according to one of the people. Bloomberg Apple realizes that subscription services are a big money maker and are capitalizing on it with Apple Music and now Apple news.
  • In celebration of World Book Day, Amazon is offering nine e-books of translated fiction for free. It’s a great-looking list, and if you do use the Kindle platform, it’s worth grabbing each for your own library. “We believe books have the power to connect us across language, country, and culture,” Amazon’s Mikyla Bruder says in a prepared statement. “Today we are making an investment in books in translation and giving readers access to stories from diverse cultural perspectives with an aim to reach one million readers in honor of World Book Day.” The following e-books are available for free for the next week: Thurrott Is great to see Amazon keeping the book industry alive and well and celebrating World Book Day.
  • It’s not just web browsers that are moving beyond passwords. Microsoft has revealed that Windows 10’s next update will support the new FIDO 2.0 standard, promising password-free logins on any Windows 10 device managed by your company or office. You could previously use Windows Hello to avoid typing in a password, of course, but this promises to be more extensive — you could use a USB security key to sign into your Azure Active Directory. Engadget  
  • Microsoft admitted yesterday that the reason it did not launch the Spring Creators Update for Windows 10 last week was because of technical issues the company encountered with the supposed final release. More precisely, Microsoft says it encountered a higher percentage of Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) errors on PCs, the company’s Insiders Program managers said in a blog post yesterday. Microsoft says that instead of shipping the Springs Creators Update faulty as it was, and then delivering an update later to fix the issues, it decided to hold off on deploying the defective build altogether. BleepingComputer I am glad Microsoft realized they had an issue with their update and are holding back the update.
  • Microsoft has recently released a new browser extension for Google Chrome. This new extension named Windows Defender Browser Protection will protect you against online threats, like phishing and malicious websites, with real-time protection from Microsoft. If you click a malicious link in an email or navigate to a phishing site, or a website that hosts malware, Windows Defender Browser Protection will check it against a constantly updated list of malicious URLs known to Microsoft and warn you from visiting those links. MSPowerUser I am not sure I trust Microsoft AV enough to use it as my primary Anti Virus.