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Microsoft Office 2021 will be released on October 5, 2021

Microsoft announced a new version of its Office product, Microsoft Office 2021, and a new Long-Term Servicing Channel version, Office LTSC 2021, earlier this year. The company revealed yesterday that Office LTSC […]

Samsung September 2021 security update

What’s new with the Samsung September 2021 security update?

Samsung started rolling out the security update to most of their Galaxy devices from August 30. Google used to be the leader when it came to bringing out updates to their Android […]

Germany is pushing phone makers to offer at least 7 years of updates

Germany is pushing phone makers to offer at least 7 years of updates

The European Commission recently proposed an extension to the support cycle of Android and iOS devices. They've requested a minimum period of five years of updates. Germany's Federal Government is now pushing […]

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Microsoft is bringing support for the Open Document Format ODF 1.3 to Office

Currently in beta testing in the Microsoft Office Beta channel, Office customers will soon be able to use the Open Document Format ODF 1.3 in Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office saves documents in […]

Google issues another security threat warning - fourth time in two months

Google issues another security threat warning - fourth time in two months

Google Chrome has more than 2 billion users worldwide. This does make the browser a significant target of hackers and other cybercriminals, and unfortunately, the security features aren’t always enough to keep […]

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Microsoft 365 and Office 365: new pricing for business and Enterprise customers

Microsoft announced plans to change the pricing of the company's subscription-based services Microsoft 365 and Office 365 this week. The pricing changes will go into effect on March 1, 2022 for business […]

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Open Source Office Suite LibreOffice 7.2 is out

A new version of the open source Office suite LibreOffice has been released earlier today. LibreOffice 7.2 is available for all supported platforms; core improvements include better interoperability with Microsoft Office document […]

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Samsung Internet 15 browser officially released with more security features than ever

Most Android users end up using the default Chrome internet browser. However, it is good to know that many more browsers in the Play Store are also good to use, and some […]

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Microsoft suggests once again to disable the Print Spooler to protect against new 0-day vulnerability

Several Windows printing related vulnerabilities have been discovered, disclosed and resolved in recent time. Microsoft released an emergency update in July to address a vulnerability dubbed PrintNightmare. This week, Microsoft disclosed yet […]

Google is improving privacy by allowing users to lock Chrome Incognito tabs

Google is improving privacy by allowing users to lock Chrome Incognito tabs

Changes have been spotted in the Chromium Gerrit code repository, which points to improvements being made to improve browsing privacy. A new flag in Chrome Canary 94 points to new features that […]

Google Meet updates safety features

Google Meet updates safety features, allows adding more co-hosts and more

Google Meet is rolling out a few new features intended to improve the safety and security of the platform. Among these features is the ability to add up to 25 co-hosts to […]

Android 12 beta 4 released and when to expect the stable version

Android 12 beta 4 released and when to expect the stable version

We are edging closer to the official release of Android 12 as the last beta version is finally released. This beta 4 version marks the last step in software testing before the […]

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Log all DNS activity on your Windows PCs with DNSLookupView

DNSLookupView is a new portable application by Nirsoft, which logs all DNS activity on Windows devices. DNS is a cornerstone of the Internet, as it translates domain names such as ghacks.net into […]

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NortonLifeLock and Avast Merger would create a new cyber security behemoth

Avast could soon become part of NortonLifeLock, provided that the shareholders of both companies and regulators approve the deal. The company announced plans for a mixed cash and stock merger on August […]

Google is working on keeping kids safer online with a new image policy

Google is working on keeping kids safer online with a new image policy

Google has announced a new policy set to be released within the next few weeks to give minors more control over their digital footprint. This new policy will make it possible for […]

WhatsApp encryption - does Facebook want to overcome it?

WhatsApp encryption - does Facebook want to overcome it?

Facebook has confirmed that they have hired a team of researchers to figure out a way to get past end-to-end encryption. One of the privacy features that we appreciate about the WhatsApp […]

The Android August Security Patch is Available for Pixel Phones

Android August security patch is available for Pixel phones

A new month just cannot start without a Google Security Update. Google started rolling out the security patch to Samsung phones at the end of July already, although the August update only […]

Chromebook's Safety Check

Chromebook's Safety Check - check passwords, extensions and security

For many years, Chrome has been one of the safest and most efficient browsers across multiple devices and OS, most popularly Android. The success of the browser also led to the creation […]

Security updates for Samsung devices this August

Samsung remains the king of updates as it releases its latest security update for August a couple of days before we flip over the calendar. This release was also just in time […]

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Malwarebytes 4.4.4 adds RDP Brute Force Protection among other things

Our last look at the security software Malwarebytes dates back to 2019 when Malwarebytes 4.0 was released. The release had its fair share of issues that included incompatibilities with other programs, high […]

Abyssmedia ID3 Tag Editor is a simple, freeware program that allows you to edit audio tags

Abyssmedia ID3 Tag Editor is a simple, freeware program that allows you to edit audio tags

When you rip songs off of a CD/DVD, or buy/download your music from a website, there is the possibility of the tracks not having the proper tags. Or even worse, sometimes the […]

Password Manager Lite is a user-friendly offline password manager for Windows

Password Manager Lite is a user-friendly offline password manager for Windows

Managing a different password manually for each website is a difficult job when done manually; this is primarily why many people choose to use a more convenient solution like LastPass, Bitwarden,or KeePass. […]

Versefy is a freeware lyrics finder for Spotify, Tidal, VLC, Foobar 2000 and Winamp

Versefy is a freeware lyrics finder for Spotify, Tidal, VLC, Foobar2000 and Winamp

Spotify is an excellent platform for discovering new songs. Having the lyrics sheet in view, can help you enjoy the song, until you memorize them. Spotify has a built-in lyrics viewer, which […]

DynaWin is a simple tool that can change the Windows theme or desktop wallpaper automatically

DynaWin is a simple tool that can change the Windows theme or desktop wallpaper automatically

Many Windows users prefer using the Dark Theme because it's easier on the eyes. Some people like switching between the Light and Dark modes, depending on the time of the day. DynaWin […]

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Ashampoo Backup 2021: free but good enough?

German software publisher Ashampoo released Ashampoo Backup 2021, the free version of its backup application for Windows, recently. Free backup solutions are a dime a dozen on Windows and new releases need […]

uView Player Lite is a freeware picture-in-picture video player that supports many streaming services

uView Player Lite is a freeware picture-in-picture video player that supports many streaming services

Watching a video in picture-in-picture mode is a great way to keep yourself entertained while browsing the internet. Sometimes we may need a break from work or even gaming. People with powerful […]

Tidy Desktop Monster is an open source tool that deletes shortcuts from your desktop automatically

Tidy Desktop Monster is an open source tool that deletes shortcuts from your desktop automatically

I prefer organizing my desktop in a specific way, so it's easy for me to tell where programs that I use are, and where my game shortcuts are. Everyone has a way […]

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First Look at Hasleo Backup Suite Free, a new Windows backup software

Windows users have lots of choice when it comes to backup software, and Hasleo Backup Suite Free is the latest entry in the free backup software category for the operating system. Tip: Our […]

Audacity drops plans to introduce Telemetry

Plans to add Telemetry to the open source audio editor Audacity have been dropped according to a new post on the project's official GitHub repository. The intention to add Telemetry was revealed […]

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Custom browser protocol handlers may be used for fingerprinting

When you install certain applications on your desktop systems, so-called custom protocol handlers may be added. These are used to launch the application in question, e.g. to initiate a Skype call or […]

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Lively Wallpaper 1.5 with taskbar theming support released

Lively Wallpaper 1.5 has just been released. The new version of the open source wallpaper application for Windows introduces support for taskbar theming. I reviewed Lively Wallpaper back in December 2020 and […]

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FragAttacks: vulnerabilities that affect Wi-Fi devices

Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef discovered several security vulnerabilities that affect most Wi-Fi devices. The collection of attacks, called FragAttacks, which stands for fragmentation and aggregation attacks, requires that that attacker is within […]

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How to download MSI Afterburner

MSI Afterburner is an excellent program for video cards, not only cards by MSI, that can best be described as an overlocking/underclocking utility for Windows with extra features baked into the application. […]

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KeePass 2.48 update includes an upgraded password database file format

The developer of the password manager KeePass released an update to KeePass 2.48 recently. The new version of the versatile includes a new version of the password database file format that KeePass […]

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Repair PDF Documents with PDF Fixer

PDF Fixer is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows devices designed to repair PDF documents that are corrupt and cannot be opened anymore in PDF viewers. Having to deal with PDF […]

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Photo Anonymizer: remove image metadata to improve your privacy

Photo Anonymizer is a new free software program for Microsoft Windows by the German software company ASCOMP Software GMBH. The free program removes traces from image files, e.g. photos or downloaded images, […]

Fixdows is an open source utility that helps you fix errors related to Windows Update, Microsoft Store app and more

Fixdows is an open source utility that helps you fix errors related to Windows Update, Microsoft Store app with a couple of clicks

Many PC users will have at some point, experienced problems while trying to update Windows. And when these errors occur, it can be due to various reasons. There are dozens of programs […]

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Stardock Multiplicity KVM revisited: control multiple PCs with one keyboard, mouse and monitor

Back in 2012, Stardock released the initial version of its Multiplicity software for Windows. Designed to give users control of multiple PCs with a single mouse and keyboard, it was an excellent […]

Infinity Bench is a free Windows app that benchmarks your computer's CPU and Graphics performance

Infinity Bench is a free Windows app that benchmarks your computer's CPU and Graphics performance

I'm always worried about how my computer is running after updating the graphics driver, or after a Windows Update has landed. The best way to put this doubt to rest, is to […]

Set a view as the default one for all folders in Explorer using WinSetView

Set a view as the default one for all folders in Explorer using WinSetView

I switch to a different folder view in Explorer, depending on the directory's contents. But my favorite one is the Details view, because it is the one which gives me the most […]