Microsoft rummages through your PC to look at Office installs

Microsoft wants to know how many out-of-support copies of Office are installed on Windows PCs, and it intends to find out by pushing a patch through Microsoft Update that it swears is safe, not that you asked. Quietly mentioned in a support post this week, update KB5021751 is targeting versions of Office “including” 2007 and Read more about Microsoft rummages through your PC to look at Office installs[…]

Z-Wave Alliance Announces Z-Wave Source Code Project is Complete, Now Open and Widely Available to Members

The Z-Wave Alliance, the Standards Development Organization (SDO) dedicated to advancing the smart home and Z-Wave® technology, today announced the completion of the Z-Wave Source Code project, which has been published and made available on GitHub to Alliance members. The Z-Wave Source Code Project opens development of Z-Wave and enables members to contribute code to Read more about Z-Wave Alliance Announces Z-Wave Source Code Project is Complete, Now Open and Widely Available to Members[…]

Crucial Computer Program for Particle Physics at Risk of Obsolescence

Recently, I watched a fellow particle physicist talk about a calculation he had pushed to a new height of precision. His tool? A 1980s-era computer program called FORM […] Developed by the Dutch particle physicist Jos Vermaseren, FORM is a key part of the infrastructure of particle physics, necessary for the hardest calculations. However, as Read more about Crucial Computer Program for Particle Physics at Risk of Obsolescence[…]

ID.me Lied About Its Facial Recognition Tech

[…] New evidence shows that ID.me “inaccurately overstated its capacity to conduct identity verification services to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and made baseless claims about the amount of federal funds lost to pandemic fraud in an apparent attempt to increase demand for its identity verification services,” according to a new report from the two Read more about ID.me Lied About Its Facial Recognition Tech[…]

Windows 11’s Task Manager is finally getting a search box to help you find misbehaving apps

[…] Microsoft has started testing a new search and filtering system for the Task Manager on Windows 11. It will allow Windows users to easily search for a misbehaving app and end its process or quickly create a dump file, enable efficiency mode, and more. “This is the top feature request from our users to Read more about Windows 11’s Task Manager is finally getting a search box to help you find misbehaving apps[…]

Meta ordered to pay $175 million in patent infringement case

A federal judge in Texas has ordered the company to pay Voxer, the developer of app called Walkie Talkie, nearly $175 million as an ongoing royalty. Voxer accused Meta of infringing its patents and incorporating that tech in Instagram Live and Facebook Live. In 2006, Tom Katis, the founder of Voxer, started working on a Read more about Meta ordered to pay $175 million in patent infringement case[…]

YouTube dislike button doesn’t work – which is why you can’t train it

People feel like they don’t have control over their YouTube recommendations… Our 2021 investigation into YouTube’s recommender system uncovered a range of problems on the platform: an opaque algorithm, inconsistent oversight, and geographic inequalities. We also learned that people feel they don’t have control over their YouTube experience — particularly the videos that are recommended Read more about YouTube dislike button doesn’t work – which is why you can’t train it[…]

 The TAK Ecosystem: Open SourceMilitary Coordination

In recent years you’ve probably seen a couple of photos of tablets and smartphones strapped to the armor of soldiers, especially US Special Forces. The primary app loaded on most of those devices is ATAK or Android Tactical Assault Kit. It allows the soldier to view and share geospatial information, like friendly and enemy positions, Read more about  The TAK Ecosystem: Open SourceMilitary Coordination[…]

grommunio  open source groupware / PIM and much, much more

grommunio efficiently summarizes all requirements of modern, digital communication and collaboration. This includes the device and operating system independent management of sensitive data such as e-mail, contacts, calendar, chat, video conference, file sharing and much more – in real time. With open source technology based on Linux, grommunio is scalable and meets the highest security Read more about grommunio  open source groupware / PIM and much, much more[…]

Microsoft Office 2021 for only $40 before 14 july 2022

Despite the increasing number of more economical options (read also: free) on the market, many people still prefer Microsoft Office over the alternatives available. With millions of users worldwide, the office suite packs programs with powerful functions that enable students, business owners, and professionals to reach peak productivity. From document formatting to presentation building to Read more about Microsoft Office 2021 for only $40 before 14 july 2022[…]

Rufus and ExplorerPatcher make Windows 11 less onerous

[…]The latest beta version of Rufus, which in future will be version 3.19, has some interesting new additions. While it writes your ISO, you can optionally disable some of Windows’ more annoying features. It has the ability to turn off TPM chip detection and the requirement for Secure Boot, which should enable you to install Read more about Rufus and ExplorerPatcher make Windows 11 less onerous[…]

Google now selling Earth Engine access to all businesses and governments

For the past decade, researchers in academia and the nonprofit world have had access to increasingly sophisticated information about the Earth’s surface, via the Google Earth Engine. Now, any commercial or government entity will have access to Google Cloud’s new enterprise-grade, commercial version of the computer program. Google originally launched Earth Engine for scientists and Read more about Google now selling Earth Engine access to all businesses and governments[…]

FreeYourMusic Transfers Your Music Library and Playlists Among Any Streaming Services

[…] FreeYourMusic is a paid app available for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux that will transfer your data between Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Deezer, Pandora, Tidal, Soundcloud, and at least a dozen other streaming apps. It also lets you back up and store some of your data locally on your device. Image: FreeYourMusic Read more about FreeYourMusic Transfers Your Music Library and Playlists Among Any Streaming Services[…]

Windows Defender Bug Could Be Slowing Down Your PC

A bug, discovered by TechPowerUp associate software author Kevin Glynn, causes Windows Defender to “randomly start using all seven hardware performance counters provided by Intel Core processors.” A utility Glynn created that monitors and logs performance counters on Intel Core CPUs since 2008 found that the strange behavior results in significantly reduced performance. Bogged down Read more about Windows Defender Bug Could Be Slowing Down Your PC[…]

Popular blockchains can be centralised fairly easily | Trail of Bits study funded by DARPA

[…]Over the past year, Trail of Bits was engaged by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to examine the fundamental properties of blockchains and the cybersecurity risks associated with them. DARPA wanted to understand those security assumptions and determine to what degree blockchains are actually decentralized. […] The report also contains links to the Read more about Popular blockchains can be centralised fairly easily | Trail of Bits study funded by DARPA[…]

How to Search Reddit and Actually Find What You Want using keywords

These keywords allow you to tell Reddit to search for only specific things, rather than the entirety of Reddit. These aren’t menu-based, meaning you’ll need to know which terms to enter into the search bar to get the results you want. There are eight in total, and you can use them in the following ways: Read more about How to Search Reddit and Actually Find What You Want using keywords[…]

Microsoft’s free Top Gun ‘Flight Simulator’ expansion is finally here

Now that Top Gun: Maverick is finally reaching theaters, the matching Microsoft Flight Simulator expansion is launching as well. Microsoft and Asobo Studio have released the free add-on to both hype up the Tom Cruise movie and give you a taste of the US Navy’s real-world flight training. You’ll get a “Maverick Edition” livery for Read more about Microsoft’s free Top Gun ‘Flight Simulator’ expansion is finally here[…]

Microsoft PowerToys – customise your windows experience

Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity. Always on Top Always on Top enables you to pin windows on top of all other windows with a quick key shortcut (⊞ Win+Ctrl+T). PowerToys Awake PowerToys Awake is designed to keep a computer awake Read more about Microsoft PowerToys – customise your windows experience[…]

Android will soon let you archive apps to save space

[…] Google announced today it’s working on a new feature it estimates will reduce the space some apps take up by approximately 60 percent. Best of all, your personal data won’t be affected. The feature is called app archiving and will arrive later this year. Rather than uninstalling an app completely, it instead temporarily removes Read more about Android will soon let you archive apps to save space[…]

The Alternative to Web Scraping. The “lazy” programmer’s guide to… | by Doug Guthrie

One of the better sites for financial data is Yahoo Finance. This makes it a prime target for web scraping by finance enthusiasts. There are nearly daily questions on StackOverflow that reference some sort of data retrieval (oftentimes through web scraping) from Yahoo Finance. Web Scraping Problem #1 trying to test a code that scrap Read more about The Alternative to Web Scraping. The “lazy” programmer’s guide to… | by Doug Guthrie[…]

Developer Bricks Open-Source Apps Colors and Faker – used in 20k projects – no reason given, world of crazy

The eccentric developer behind two immensely popular open-source NPM coding libraries recently corrupted them both with a series of bizarre updates—a decision that has led to the bricking of droves of projects that relied upon them for support. Marak Squires is the creator behind the popular JavaScript libraries Faker and Colors—the likes of which are Read more about Developer Bricks Open-Source Apps Colors and Faker – used in 20k projects – no reason given, world of crazy[…]

Ventoy – add an iso to usb drive and boot it (or any other iso on it) up without any configuration

Ventoy is an open source tool to create bootable USB drive for ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files. With ventoy, you don’t need to format the disk over and over, you just need to copy the ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files to the USB drive and boot them directly. You can copy many files at a time and ventoy will give you Read more about Ventoy – add an iso to usb drive and boot it (or any other iso on it) up without any configuration[…]

Discord is quietly building an app empire of bots – The Verge

Discord has been quietly building its own app platform based on bots over the past few years. More than 30 percent of Discord servers now use bots, and 430,000 of them are used every week across Discord by its 150 million monthly active users. Now that bots are an important part of Discord, the company Read more about Discord is quietly building an app empire of bots – The Verge[…]