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Blizzard: World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and more will stop running under Windows XP and Vista

Microsoft hasn't supported Windows XP and Windows Vista for a while , but other technology companies have continued to support their own software under these ancient operating systems. Now, however, Blizzard has announced that it is dropping support for the OSes in a number of its games. The list ...

WikiLeaks: CIA analyzed Russian and Chinese malware to inspire its own hacking and surveillance tools

Some four months after the first Vault 7 leak, WikiLeaks continues to publish revealing CIA documents that detail the agency's ability to hack, infiltrate and surveil targets. The latest batch goes under the banner "UCL / Raytheon", and comprises documents from CIA contractor Raytheon Blackbird ...

AWS adds intellectual property protection to customer contracts

In an effort to appear more user friendly, Amazon has removed a controversial clause from its AWS customer agreement that may lead to more businesses signing up for its cloud computing services. For quite a few years now, potential customers have been wary of a clause in the company's customer ...

Samsung Galaxy Note8 Android smartphone will make its triumphant debut next month

Samsung's Galaxy Note line of devices totally changed the smartphone landscape forever. Not only did the company revolutionize the "phablet" screen size, but with the addition of the wonderful S-Pen, it made handwriting entry relevant again. Even Apple faced the pressure of big-screen Android ...

IBM announces new data centers in Australia, California and England as cloud revenue goes up

IBM has announced today that it will be launching four new data centers in England, Australia and California that will allow its customers to take advantage of its blockchain, big data and IoT offerings as well as have low-latency access to its cognitive services. The firm reported its quarterly ...

Intel reportedly shutting down its once-thriving wearables division

Despite previously being one of the most vocal champions of the wearable technology market space, semiconductor giant Intel has virtually shut down the business unit that was responsible for its once emerging line of smartwatch and fitness tracker components. The dedicated unit was created after ...

Following NSA endorsement, the US government can buy secure messaging tools from BlackBerry

BlackBerry has announced that it is now able to sell its secure messaging solutions to the US and Canadian governments. The news comes after the company received endorsement from the NSA's National Information Assurance Partnership for SecuSUITE for Government. BlackBerry points out that governments ...

Petcube Bites Treat Cam lets you reward your doggo or kitty when away from home

Dogs are the best; certainly better than cats. I mean, litter boxes -- am I right? OK, cats are pretty cool too. Hell, all pets are wonderful -- except maybe snakes. Pets bring joy to our lives and provide unconditional love. After a hard day at work, petting your doggo or kitty can release stress ...

Apple greenlights Dash cryptocurrency in the App Store

Apple has a selective approach towards cryptocurrency, which is why iOS users only have access to a handful of coins in the App Store. You can find players like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple, but most others are pushed aside. There is no official position, but it is believed that Apple only ...

Elementary, my dear Watson -- IBM's cognitive system learns to spot differences in tone

Human conversations are littered with subtle indicators, like tone of voice or slang, which can make the meaning of the dialog very different from what the words actually say. Online the situation is made more complex still by the increasing use of emojis. All of this can leave automated chatbots ...

Goldeneye attack is not ransomware

On June 27, reports of a rapidly spreading ransomware attack started to emerge from Ukraine. The speed at which critical infrastructure networks were shutting down pointed to a ransomware application with a wormable component, whose virality called to mind the WannaCry ransomware. In less than ...

Data breaches are down but retailers still think they're vulnerable

US retail data breaches have dropped from 22 percent last year to 19 percent this, but 88 percent of retailers still think they're vulnerable according to a new report. The latest retail edition data threat report from cyber security specialist Thales e-Security, in conjunction with 451 Research, ...

If you're downloading Game of Thrones, HBO has its eye on you

As the new season of any major series kicks off, torrent traffic for episodes clogs up internet pipes around the world. This has been true of everything from True Blood to Lost, and it's no different with season seven of Game of Thrones. Clearly the networks behind shows that are shared via ...

Amazon Spark is a shopping social network for iOS

Over the years Amazon has spread its wings in various directions, and the latest venture sees the online shopping giant dipping its toe into the waters of social networking. While not strictly a social network, Amazon Spark has many of the hallmarks of one. Borrowing heavily from Instagram and ...

Department of Homeland Security lifts airline laptop ban

The Department of Homeland Security has lifted the ban on laptops on flights into the US from Middle Eastern and North African countries. The controversial ban, introduced by the Trump administration back in March, was almost extended to all international flights, but has now been scrapped ...

Windows 10 systems running Atom Clover Trail CPUs can't upgrade to the Creators Update, but there is some good news

Earlier in the week, I wrote about how the Windows 10 Creators Update was incompatible with certain PCs already running Windows 10. Devices powered by Intel's Atom Clover Trail CPU couldn't install the latest feature update, even though upgrading from Windows 8x to Windows 10, and the Anniversary ...

Dow Jones server leaks personal info of 2.2 million customers

Private information of more than two million customers of the Dow Jones publishing agency have been exposed online. According to the IB Times, a configuration error on the Dow Jones & Co. cloud storage server led to sensitive information including names, addresses, account information, emails ...

Qualcomm CEO: Apple dispute will be settled out of court

Apple and Qualcomm might be fighting hard in the courtroom, but that's not where the battle is going to end. That's according to the latter company's CEO, who believes the issue will most likely be settled out of the court. Speaking at the Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference recently, Qualcomm CEO ...

There is no Windows 10 Autumn Creators Update

Calling the next big Windows 10 feature update the "Fall Creators Update" always seemed like a bit of an odd decision when countries outside of the USA and Canada use Autumn, and not Fall, to describe the season that follows summer. So when it was reported, earlier in the week, that the update would ...

Microsoft finally brings OneDrive 'Version History' support to all file types

OneDrive "Version History" is a really useful feature of Microsoft's cloud storage offering. If you aren't familiar, it lets you restore older versions of files when you need to do so. Did you mess up something you are working on and need to roll back? No problem. Well, actually, that isn't ...

Panic releases Transmit 5 for the Mac

Mention 'ftp' and most people think back to a term you'd hear in the late 90s, not realizing the technology is still used behind the scenes to upload/download files to any remote server. Need to update files on your website? This will be handled by the file transfer protocol. Transmit has been one ...

What you need to know about Industry 4.0

Technology has played a major role in advancing most areas of our everyday lives -- but it can also have a significant effect in the world of industry. Originally proposed by the German government back in 2013, Industry 4.0 is the label given to the gradual combination of traditional manufacturing ...

Nintendo Switch Online app goes live, will be useful in two days

As a sign of its continued adoption of third-party platforms, Nintendo has just launched the Nintendo Switch Online app on Google Play and the Apple App Store. Players will be able to link their accounts between the Nintendo Switch console and the new app so that they can view certain historical ...

Windows 10 Creators Update rollout remains slow, and there's bad news for Surface Pro 3 owners

The Windows 10 Creators Update rollout began in April, but unless you took it upon yourself to manually update your PC, there's a good chance you won't have been offered it, especially if have an older system. In June, according to AdDuplex, just 35.7 percent of Windows 10 users were running the ...

LastPass lets you share passwords with its new Families subscription

Sharing some accounts with friends or family members has its perks, but it can also be risky. Many people expect to use simple passwords, which is why you may be tempted to go for something that's easy to remember. Not to mention that they also lose the credentials from time to time, so you have to ...

New solution streamlines IoT connectivity

The IoT presents a challenge for organizations as they have to configure, secure and manage massive numbers of devices. A new product suite from productivity specialist Helium is aimed at streamlining the ability to prototype, deploy and scale a long-range wireless network that connects thousands of ...

Media Player Classic will never be updated again... Probably

Media Player Classic -- the codec-packed, open source media player much loved by video downloaders and encoders around the world -- has reached the end of the line. The latest release -- Media Player Classic Home Cinema v1.7.13, to give it its full title -- is likely to be the last one ever. The ...

TfL's new app lets you top up your Oyster card with your mobile

Dragging itself kicking and screaming into 2017, Transport for London's Oyster card is finally set to benefit from a mobile app that allows for top-ups from a smartphone. A new Oyster app is scheduled for release for iOS and Android in August. It will supplement changes to the Oyster system that ...

Microsoft: Full Windows 10 is not coming to smartphones

Since Microsoft is working on making Windows 10 available on ARM devices, it was only a matter of time before questions arose on the possibility of the full-blown Windows 10 also making its way to smartphones. After all, the ARM hardware that underpins the upcoming PCs is also available on ...

Online courses train the next generation of credit card criminals

E-learning courses costing under $1,000 are giving aspiring cyber criminals the potential to make $12k a month, based on a standard 40-hour working week according to new research. The study from digital risk management company Digital Shadows finds the courses, available to Russian speakers ...

How healthcare providers are getting IoT security wrong

More than 90 percent of healthcare IT networks have IoT devices connected to them, but those devices may not be properly protected according to a new study. The survey by IoT security solutions company ZingBox shows that over 70 percent believe that the traditional security solutions used to secure ...

Avast now owns CCleaner after acquiring Piriform

If you have been visiting BetaNews for a while, you surely have discovered some wonderful Windows freeware from the great FileForum. Over the years, I have downloaded countless pieces of quality software there, including Avast Antivirus and Piriform CCleaner -- two essential programs. Today, those ...

Google brings algorithm-powered feed to its iOS and Android apps

Google has announced a significant update to its iOS and Android apps, introducing a new algorithm-driven feed that pushes personalized content at users. The company says that the update makes "it easier than ever to discover, explore and stay connected to what matters to you -- even when you don't ...

Most Americans reuse passwords, with millennials the worst culprits

A new survey of over 1,000 US adults reveals that 81 percent of people surveyed admit to using the same password for more than one account. Among millennials where 92 percent say they use the same password across multiple accounts. More worrying still, more than a third report that they use the same ...

Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton talks sales numbers, proudest moments, community projects, and Raspberry Pi 4

Here at BetaNews, we're big fans and supporters of the Raspberry Pi. The super-affordable ARM GNU/Linux computer has brought programming back into schools and enjoyed staggering success, becoming the most successful British computer of all time, in just a few short years. I chatted with Eben Upton, ...

Google wants to get devs to embrace quantum computing

Google wants developers and scientists to build tools and write code for its quantum computer, and is making its high-powered platform available online. According to a Bloomberg news report, Google is aiming to commercialize quantum computers, and turn them into an extremely powerful ...

Is your software-defined storage truly software-defined?

It's no secret that today's technology sector is interested in software-defined storage -- you'll often hear talk of its ability to reduce costs and increase simplicity. But while many companies are pointing to their technology as SDS, most only have a portion of what's necessary to be considered ...

The cost of recovery from a security breach? Over £1 million for UK businesses

A business in the UK would need to spend over £1 million to recover from a security breach, new research has claimed. According to the 2017 Risk:Value report from NTT Group, UK companies have to pay more than the global average of £1 million, which has gone up from the previous report's ...

Twitch and Crunchyroll to stream five-day anime marathon

Anime is quite popular nowadays, not only with children, but adults too. Actually, some of the cartoons can have grown-up themes, making them inappropriate for kids. The Japanese animation is not just seen in TV shows and movies, but the characters are featured on merchandise and in video games ...

How technology helps an F1 team stay connected

The recent British Grand Prix may not have been Red Bull Racing's most successful race, with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo failing to make the podium, but the the team has built up a number of innovative technology partnerships in recent years. Citrix and Red Bull Racing, which is ...

Three ways to generate profit with the data you already have

Build it and they will come. That is the view many organizations maintain about their data lakes and data warehouses. Companies are rapidly investing in systems and processes to retain business data that they know is valuable but have no clue what to do with it. Even the government collects mass ...

Have a business challenge? It's really a big data problem in disguise

Throughout history, businesses have relied on certain measures to project their success -- sales growth, customer retention, churn rate, and so on. However, those are all lagging indicators for modern businesses that want to stay ahead of the competition; all these potential business challenges must ...

Microsoft releases first of two Windows Server Insider builds in 2017

Microsoft is delivering on its plan to bring two updates per year to Windows Server and the company has revealed the first-ever Insider build of the operating system. Users who are registered with a corporate Active Directory credential can download Windows Server Insider Preview Build 16237. ...

Three ways to protect your brand from fake news and other frauds

Fake news is not new. It has been around since the invention of print some 500 years ago. It was used to sensationalize and inflame passions and prejudices, a trend that's carried over into our current culture. Today, fake news is increasingly being combined with social media to peddle products with ...

Win an Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM waterproof Bluetooth speaker

Summer is in full force, meaning many of you are hanging out with friends and family outside. Nothing beats having a good time outdoors with loved ones -- especially when listening to good music. While playing your favorite tunes through your smartphone's speaker is passable, it doesn't make for a ...

FBI issues a warning to parents about the privacy and safety of internet-connected smart toys

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center has issued a PSA warning about the potential dangers of smart toys. The bureau encourages parents to consider cyber security before bringing internet-connect toys into the home because they could risk the privacy and safety of children. The announcement ...

Netrunner Rolling Arch/Manjaro-based KDE Plasma Linux distro gets refreshed ISO

While GNOME is my favorite desktop environment, I don't hate KDE. Actually, I rather love Plasma when it is done right. Case in point, I absolutely adore Netrunner -- the best KDE-focused Linux-based operating system. Technically, there are two versions of the OS -- the "regular" variant based on ...

How large would the financial losses get in case of a global cyber attack?

A global cyber-attack could be as expensive as a major natural disaster, a new report has claimed. Analysis by Lloyd's of London compared the effects of a hypothetical global cyber-attack to the super storm known as Hurricane Sandy that hit the US coast in 2012, in terms of the financial impact. A ...

Google Glass Enterprise Edition is here

Google Glass was long expected to make a comeback, but it is not until today that the search giant officially announces a new version of the controversial headset. It's called Enterprise Edition and, just like its name suggests, it is designed with business users in mind. We heard about the ...

iOS and its effect on enterprise security

Over the past decade, iOS devices have found their way into many businesses. According to a new report this has led to an increase in the number of attacks and incidences of malware on the platform. Mobile threat defense company Skycure analyzed the security impact of iOS on the enterprise over the ...