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Month: May 2020 (Page 2 of 20)

Is there a good reason to buy the Apple Watch Series 5 ?

0a8b6f30-a1c9-11ea-bf3f-8ba5990a40a1It’s been five years since Apple debuted its smartwatch, and in that time the square-faced device has become iconic and infamous. The most recent version offers ‘dimmable’ faces that keep the screen available at all times, courtesy of its low-tempera…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/apple-watch-series-5-user-reviews-wanted-171506324.html
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Samsung’s Tab S6 Lite Is the Cheap Tablet You Need

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Let’s be honest: There’s nothing exciting about basic tablets anymore. I don’t mean those fancy (and pricey!) convertible tablets like the iPad Pro, which can double as a slate and a laptop. I’m talking about the kind of tablet that lives in your living room (probably on a coffee table) that you use to surf the web…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/samsungs-tab-s6-lite-is-the-cheap-tablet-you-need-1843739056
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Avast Secure Browser Review

Avast-Browser-Review-Feature.jpg This is a sponsored article and was made possible by Avast. The actual contents and opinions are the sole views of the author who maintains editorial independence, even when a post is sponsored. These days, there are plenty of browsers you can use to access the internet, but the top three see the vast majority of users. Whether you’re a long-time fan of Chrome, a stalwart Firefox user, or are trying out the brand new Microsoft Edge remix, you’ve probably tried and tested the competition. Did you know, however, that Avast now has its own browser? It’s called… Read more13582597.gif

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How to Uninstall Windows 10’s May 2020 Update

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Despite a long testing process, we’ve seen reports of bugs in Windows 10’s May 2020 Update. If you’ve installed the latest version of Windows 10 and run into problems, you can uninstall it. Here’s how to uninstall the May 2020 Update or any other major Windows 10 update.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/675411/how-to-uninstall-windows-10s-may-2020-update/
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Trump launches his salvo against social media — will it land?

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President Donald Trump’s attempt to punish companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook for alleged anti-conservative bias takes aim at the online industry’s most-cherished legal protections — but the shot could ultimately be a glancing blow.

Trump announced the action Thursday, signing an executive order that he said would “defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers” — tech platforms that have amassed “unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter virtually any form of communication between private citizens or large public audiences.”

“We can’t allow that to happen,” Trump said in the Oval Office. He was accompanied by Attorney General William Barr, who said the administration would also push legislation to rein in the online companies.

Under the executive order, Trump said he is asking regulators to reinterpret a law that shields internet companies from lawsuits over content on their sites, a safeguard that has allowed Silicon Valley’s giants to generate some of the world’s biggest fortunes.

“My executive order calls for new regulations … to make it that social media companies that engage in censoring or any political conduct will not be able to keep their liability shield,” he said,

But any such action depends on independent agencies and state attorneys general agreeing with the administration’s stance, and would certainly provoke a legal fight that would last long past November’s election.

Trump told reporters he would gladly quit Twitter — the platform where he has amassed 80.4 million followers — if the mainstream media weren’t biased against him. He has frequently used the platform to attack publications and individual news reports he deems “fake.”

He also singled out Yoel Roth, the head of site integrity for Twitter, holding up his picture on the cover of the New York Post. Roth has drawn attacks from conservatives in recent days after people unearthed old tweets in which he appeared to disparage Trump and his supporters.


The executive order isn’t the end of the administration’s actions, Trump said. The Justice Department is drafting legislation that would target Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a 1996 law that shields online platforms from liability for content created or shared by their users. Lawmakers created the statute with the rationale that online sites are conduits of information, rather than publishers that pick and choose what content to offer — a principle Trump and Barr accuse the Big Tech platforms of violating.

Barr declined to provide details on the legislation, saying the department is still considering options, but indicated litigation was likely on the horizon as well.

“One of the things that I found has the broadest bipartisan support these days is the feeling that this provision, Section 230, has been stretched way beyond its original intention, and people feel that on both sides of the aisle,” Barr said.

An early draft of the text drew swift condemnation from both internet industry advocates and civil liberties groups, including some who regularly criticize Silicon Valley, after the language began circulating on social media and news reports. Some called it dangerous; some dismissed it as bluster.

“This reads like a stream of consciousness tweetstorm that some poor staffer had to turn into the form of an Executive Order,” said Daphne Keller, a former Google attorney who now leads the Program on Platform Regulation at Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center.

The order nevertheless adds more ammunition to a talking point that resonates with Trump’s online base and will appease some Washington conservatives who are skeptical of the tech industry’s influence over political discourse. And Trump’s escalation of the issue could have a chilling effect on internet companies weighing whether to make rulings on misinformation or other content as Election Day nears.

Source: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/28/trump-social-media-executive-order-287834
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Cisco security breach hits corporate servers that ran unpatched software

Cisco security breach hits corporate servers that ran unpatched software

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Six servers Cisco uses to provide a virtual networking service were compromised by hackers who exploited critical flaws contained in unpatched versions the open source software service relies on, the company disclosed on Thursday.

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The May 7 compromise hit six Cisco servers that provide backend connectivity to the Virtual Internet Routing Lab Personal Edition (VIRL-PE), a Cisco service that lets customers design and test network topologies without having to deploy actual equipment. Both the VIRL-PE and a related service, Cisco Modeling Labs Corporate Edition, incorporate the Salt management framework, which contained a pair of bugs that, when combined, was critical. The vulnerabilities became public on April 30.

Cisco deployed the vulnerable servers on May 7, and they were compromised the same day. Cisco took them down and remediated them, also on May 7. The servers were:

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1679668
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4 of the Best Android Dashcam Apps for 2020

Featured-Image-Best-Dashboard-Cams-Andro Android dashcam apps are gradually replacing real dashboard cameras in capturing videos and photos during journeys. With the latest sensors that can measure anything from G-forces, elevation, and coordinates, these apps offer all-around productive use of old Android devices. All you need is a charging cable and a car mount, and you’re ready to go! While there are many dashcam apps in Google Play marketplace, some are definitely more reliable in recording behind the wheel. The following top-quality apps are our recommendations for 2020. They leave nothing behind in capturing the best video moments while you’re driving. Related: Useful… Read more13579959.gif

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How to Play WMV Files on iOS

how-to-use-iphone-as-remote-featured.jpg For any experienced iOS users, it’s not surprising there are often some nuances that come with owning an Apple device. Apple’s desire to use its own software formats is one such example. Because of that, playing file types like Windows Media Video, better known as WMV, can often be problematic. This file type is a Microsoft standard, so it plays nicely with Windows apps and not Apple. The good news is that WMV file playback on the iPhone or iPad is not only possible but really quite easy. Keep reading to see how you can play WMV files directly on your iOS device. … Read more13583291.gif

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Ubuntu 20.04 Review: ZFS, Snap Store and Faster Desktop

ubuntu-2004-review-featured.jpg After months of waiting, the final form of Ubuntu’s long-supported stable version is finally here. How does it improve on what we’ve come to love (and hate) about Ubuntu? Check out our Ubuntu 20.04 review below. Download and Installation To get started, you can download Ubuntu 20.04 ISO here. Ubuntu 20.04 has increased requirements and demands 4GBs of RAM and 25GBs of HDD space. If you’re on a 32bit version, you won’t be able to directly upgrade. From now on, Ubuntu will only support 64bit. It does contain some 32bit libraries, though, for compatibility with… Read more13582244.gif

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