Firefox Quantum arrives with faster browser engine, major visual overhaul, and Google as default search engine. Mozilla today launched Firefox 57, branded Firefox Quantum, for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The new version, which Mozilla calls “by far the biggest update since Firefox 1.0 in 2004,” brings massive performance improvements and a visual redesign. Read more here @ venturebeat.com.
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The iPhone X is not the phone of the future. It could be, someday, if Apple’s right about augmented reality and the power of a great camera. But for now, the iPhone X represents Apple’s most ambitious attempt ever at making a phone absolutely seamless. A phone that never forces you to think about the object itself, but disappears quietly while you pay attention to whatever you’re doing. Read more at wired.com
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Office365 might be the jewel in the crown for Microsoft, but a new version of the standalone version has been announced. Here’s what you need to know about Office 2019 including its release date, price and features. More here
Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Preview Build for Insiders in the Fast ring introduces what’s obviously meant as a response to all the ransomware attacks targeting the platform these days. The build comes with a new feature called “controlled folders” that can protect their files from malicious apps and other threats. More here.
The creators of media transcoding program HandBrake have issued a statement warning that certain downloads of the installer for the Mac version of the app may contain a Trojan virus.
Downloading the app between May 2 (14:30 UTC) and May 6 (11:00 UTC) from the “download.handbrake.fr” mirror means you have a 50-percent chance of being infected with the Trojan. More here.
Selling devices pre-configured to obtain copyright-infringing content is illegal, the European Court of Justice effectively ruled today. The decision, which evolved from a case involving anti-piracy group BREIN and a shop that sold piracy-configured media players, will have far-reaching consequences across the EU, particularly for those selling piracy-enabled Kodi setups. Read more @ torrentfreak.com
According to cybersecurity researchers from Check Point, the malware was hidden in more than 40 fake companion guide apps for popular games, such as Pokemon GO and FIFA Mobile, which led to the malware’s name being FalseGuide.
While originally it was believed the oldest fake guide to hit Google Play was uploaded in February this year, making this a recent campaign, the researchers went a little deeper and discovered additional apps from back in November 2016.
So I’ve set my new Raspberry Pi up with Kodi and I’ve downloaded some add-ons and I’ve watched a film or two. I’ve even dabbled a bit in Python whilst running the Linux distro Rasbian. So what next I thought.
How about setting up a spy camera! That sounds fun. Believe it or not, the Rasberry Pi Camera Module V2 is an 8 megapixel camera capable of 3280 x 2464 pixel static images, as well as supporting 1080p video. And all for around $32/£24. It’s very easy to setup and get going and some of the online tutorials such as this one here will quickly have you taking pictures and saving videos.
I also spotted this program available for free online that allows the camera to be used as a motion detection security camera recording footage when people walk past.
If you fancy dipping your toes in too – why not take a look here.
Being a techie and working in IT I thought I might have found my way to the Raspberry Pi much sooner but it wasn’t until a week ago that I saw an advert for one on a website I was visiting and thought I might dip my toes in.
For those that don’t know, the Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and in developing countries. They have taken off in a big way, much bigger I am sure than the creator ever imagined. And rightly so! The idea is so simple yet so brilliant. A small, well-made, accessible miniature PC that allows you to do so much and learn so much for less than $40 (just over £30 in the UK). The most recent release is the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B (along with the Pi Zero W – which is a wireless model). It boasts a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, 1 GB or RAM and 4 USB ports, along with an Ethernet port and wireless capability and most importantly, a HDMI port, allowing you to plug it directly in to a monitor or better still, your TV set.
You’ll need some extra bits to get started if you don’t have them. Luckily, I had some spare SD cards lying around but you’ll need one of these if you don’t have one (at least 8 Gig if you plan to install the Raspberry OS Rasbian – based on Linux) but a 4 Gig SD card will suffice in some cases, such as creating your own Media Player – running OSMC and Kodi – allowing you to stream content from the internet. The latter was my first project and I had it up and running in no time. I used the SD card reader on my laptop and a MicroSD Adaptor (SanDisk 32 Gig SD cards come with an adaptor for as little as $6 depending on the size you go for) to burn the OSMC operating system image on to the SD card, plugged the card in to the slot on the Raspberry Pi and powered the Pi up using a USB cable plugged in to a spare white Apple USB plug I had lying around. So you’ll also need a USB cable (Micro USB) and an HDMI cable. It came up on my tele, I did some initial settings such as time and location and connected it to my wireless. I was streaming TV before I knew it. I’ve since installed Rasbian and have started to look at the coding language Python. But there are endless projects you can try including creating an affordable security camera, by buying the camera module. There are a plethora of resources online regarding the Pi, how to get it working and what you can do with it. I’ve barely scratched the surface. If you fancy dipping your toes in too – why not take a look here.