http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en Windows Defender Bug Fills Hard Drive http://www.infopackets.com/news/10937/windows-defender-bug-fills-hard-drive <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A bug with Windows Defender has been filling computers with thousands of largely useless files. The bug is fixed with the latest update and this is definitely an application worth keeping updated. Windows Defender (officially known as Microsoft Defender Antivirus) is the built-in security tool in Windows 10. The consensus view is that it's not as good as the best third-party tools, but does a decent job and is certainly a useful line of defense for the average user. Unfortunately a recent update, which took Windows Defender to version 1.1.18100.5, introduced an annoying bug. Users noticed a ... (<a href="/news/10937/windows-defender-bug-fills-hard-drive" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 12 May 2021 17:37:30 +0000 John Lister 10937 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10937/windows-defender-bug-fills-hard-drive#comments f1 Microsoft Microsoft Ditches Windows 10X http://www.infopackets.com/news/10936/microsoft-ditches-windows-10x <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Windows 10X, a variant designed originally for dual-screen machines, may never appear according to new reports. The system had also been tipped as an alternative to Google's Chrome OS. Microsoft officially announced it was working on Windows 10X in October 2019. At that time, the idea was to produce a separate Windows variant that was designed for dual-screen devices. Such devices, sometimes called clamshells, serve a variety of purposes. Some are designed to fold back completely so that users can switch between using it as a laptop and using it more like a tablet. Microsoft appeared to ... (<a href="/news/10936/microsoft-ditches-windows-10x" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 11 May 2021 21:36:12 +0000 John Lister 10936 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10936/microsoft-ditches-windows-10x#comments f1 Microsoft Google Criticized Over Misleading Gov't Ads http://www.infopackets.com/news/10935/google-criticized-over-misleading-govt-ads <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google has been accused of failing to do enough to tackle rip-off ads. The issue involves advertisers who mislead customers into paying for government services that should be free of charge. The accusation comes from the BBC News site and involves a series of services such as applying for driving or travel permits. While the official costs vary from country to country, such services often have little or no cost from a government agency. Third party sellers run websites that are vague about their status and then charge users inflated fees to apply on their behalf. Such sites are often legal as ... (<a href="/news/10935/google-criticized-over-misleading-govt-ads" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 07 May 2021 01:16:16 +0000 John Lister 10935 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10935/google-criticized-over-misleading-govt-ads#comments f1 Google Windows Update May Solve High CPU Usage Bug http://www.infopackets.com/news/10934/windows-update-may-solve-high-cpu-usage-bug <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has released an optional Windows 10 update that could solve a recent problem with high CPU usage. Users who haven't had this problem can probably give the update a miss. The update, with the reference KB5001391 is optional as it's a "C release". That means it's made up of fixes and features that will roll out in the main update cycle later on but are available now as a preview. The main point of interest in KB5001391 is a fix for a memory problem. Microsoft hasn't made things entirely clear but it appears it's targeted at recent reports of users suddenly seeing their CPU usage ... (<a href="/news/10934/windows-update-may-solve-high-cpu-usage-bug" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 05 May 2021 19:55:32 +0000 John Lister 10934 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10934/windows-update-may-solve-high-cpu-usage-bug#comments f1 Microsoft EU Forces Web Hosts to Take Down Terror Content http://www.infopackets.com/news/10932/eu-forces-web-hosts-take-down-terror-content <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Internet hosting providers will have just one hour to remove terrorist content after a government request under new European laws. It's raised fears some sites may get caught up potentially faulty content filters. The law is a European Union regulation that will take effect in Spring 2022. It will automatically apply in all European Union countries and will be based on where a website is hosted rather than where its operators are based. A press release announcing the regulation says it covers any content (both text and audio or video) that will "that incite, solicit or contribute to terrorist ... (<a href="/news/10932/eu-forces-web-hosts-take-down-terror-content" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 04 May 2021 20:13:10 +0000 John Lister 10932 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10932/eu-forces-web-hosts-take-down-terror-content#comments f1 Government Being Blackmailed for Money on Facebook? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10430/being-blackmailed-money-facebook-heres-what-do <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Peter T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a friend who recently met someone on Facebook. For sake of argument I'll refer to my friend as Bob and his romantic interest as Tina. Bob says he received a friend request from Tina two days ago and after only 10 minutes of text messaging, things started getting hot and heavy. Tina then asked Bob to go into a video chat; as soon as he entered, Tina was already naked and playing with herself. During the chat, she stopped to message him a few times, though never spoke any words. Each time, she asked Bob to reciprocate by showing his ... (<a href="/news/10430/being-blackmailed-money-facebook-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 04 May 2021 01:24:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 10430 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10430/being-blackmailed-money-facebook-heres-what-do#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: VMWare RDP Protocol Error Session Disconnected http://www.infopackets.com/news/10933/how-fix-vmware-rdp-protocol-error-session-disconnected <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Steve J. writes: " Dear Dennis, I'm a certified PC tech and I have a lot of jobs where customers want to upgrade their PC to a new system. As part of the migration process, I convert the client's old physical machine to a virtual machine using VMWare Converter. Once that is completed, I copy the virtual machine to the new PC and run it. The virtual machine serves two functions: 1) it's essentially a 'live' backup of the old machine, and 2) users can export their data from the virtual machine (example: bookmarks from a web browser) to the new machine in ways that a regular ... (<a href="/news/10933/how-fix-vmware-rdp-protocol-error-session-disconnected" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 03 May 2021 20:02:05 +0000 Dennis Faas 10933 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10933/how-fix-vmware-rdp-protocol-error-session-disconnected#comments f1 Windows Tips Scammed by Wowser E Services? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10931/scammed-wowser-e-services-heres-what-do <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Barbara J. writes: " Dear Dennis, In early March, 2021, my elderly father was browsing the Internet when suddenly a red screen appeared and told him that his computer was infected. Conveniently, the warning message also supplied a 1-800 number to speak to Microsoft to 'fix' the issue. My father confirmed that the person he spoke to had a very thick Indian accent . The company that 'fixed' his computer was named Live IP Support and they charged on two separate occasions, totaling $2,700. The checks were withdrawn from his account under a company named Wowser E Services (aka ... (<a href="/news/10931/scammed-wowser-e-services-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 30 Apr 2021 19:12:16 +0000 Dennis Faas 10931 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10931/scammed-wowser-e-services-heres-what-do#comments f1 Windows Tips Facebook Slammed For Teen Ad Targeting http://www.infopackets.com/news/10930/facebook-slammed-teen-ad-targeting <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A campaign group claims Facebook lets users target ads at children based on interests such as smoking, drinking alcohol and gambling. Facebook says it has adequate measures to find and block such ads both before and after publication. The claims come from Reset Australia, which says it ran an experiment posing as the fictional "Ozzie News Network." It set up an advertising account on Facebook to see what options were available. In theory, Facebook has an outright ban on advertising adult topics such as alcohol to under 18s. Reset Australia says this failed in two ways: it was able to target ... (<a href="/news/10930/facebook-slammed-teen-ad-targeting" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 17:37:08 +0000 John Lister 10930 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10930/facebook-slammed-teen-ad-targeting#comments f1 Security Android Phones Hijacked For Ad Scam http://www.infopackets.com/news/10929/android-phones-hijacked-ad-scam <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Nearly 30 Android and Roku apps hijacked phones to defraud advertisers. Although users never saw the ads, they may have noticed increased data use and slowed performance. The scammers used the apps distributed in the official Google Play store to build up a network of almost a million compromised Android devices. The "PARETO" botnet then used the phones to issue bogus requests to advertisers while making the devices appear to be Smart TV sets. That was particularly appealing to advertisers because of the belief viewers are more likely to pay attention to an ad on a TV screen than on a phone. ... (<a href="/news/10929/android-phones-hijacked-ad-scam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 28 Apr 2021 18:10:58 +0000 John Lister 10929 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10929/android-phones-hijacked-ad-scam#comments f1 Security Apple, Facebook Fight Over Ad Tracking http://www.infopackets.com/news/10928/apple-facebook-fight-over-ad-tracking <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Moves by Apple to restrict ad tracking have prompted a war of words with Facebook and a legal battle with advertisers. They both object to changes that require express permission for some tracking. The arguments are over the "identifier for advertisers" or IDFA. That's a specific code for each iPhone or iPad which can be used by advertisers to track activity by device users. Until now its been possible to use IDFA with express user consent and then combine it with other data to build up a picture of the individual for targeted advertising. The iOS 14.5 update to the iPhone and iPad operating ... (<a href="/news/10928/apple-facebook-fight-over-ad-tracking" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 27 Apr 2021 17:39:22 +0000 John Lister 10928 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10928/apple-facebook-fight-over-ad-tracking#comments f1 IT WinX DVD Ripper: Convert / Play DVDs on Windows 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10 <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Steve G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded my PC to Windows 10 and I noticed that Windows Media Player no longer plays DVDs in Windows 10 . In Windows 7 it worked without a problem. I researched this issue and it appears that this 'feature' was removed on purpose because newer PCs and laptops do not have DVD players. As such, Microsoft has dropped all support for Windows 10 DVD playback in Windows Media Player. I plan on purchasing a thin ultrabook laptop (with no DVD player) soon. As such, I'd like to convert my DVDs into AVI or MP4 (for example) so I ... (<a href="/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 26 Apr 2021 19:25:50 +0000 Dennis Faas 10716 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10#comments f1 Windows Tips Relief On Hand From Endless Video Meetings http://www.infopackets.com/news/10927/relief-hand-endless-video-meetings <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft is to make it easier to build breaks into videoconferencing schedules. The move is designed to overcome a mismatch between technology "efficiency" and the real world. Automated scheduling tools make sense as a way for businesses to efficiently find and arrange times for people to get together. By default, most tools will schedule a meeting for a "round" time period such as 30 or 60 minutes. In an era when the vast majority of meetings were in person, that wasn't necessarily a problem. Back-to-back meetings were rare and even when they happened, meetings would naturally end a few ... (<a href="/news/10927/relief-hand-endless-video-meetings" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 22 Apr 2021 18:55:38 +0000 John Lister 10927 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10927/relief-hand-endless-video-meetings#comments f1 Business FCC: Please Check Your Internet Speed http://www.infopackets.com/news/10926/fcc-please-check-your-internet-speed <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has urged the public to use its Internet speed testing app. As with Netflix's tool, it's not just for the benefit of users. The FCC Speed Test App, which works for both WiFi and mobile data connections, has the usual simple "one-tap" functionality of such tools. By default is measures upload and download speeds plus latency. That's a measure of how quickly data transmission starts, which can be important for services such as online gaming. (Source: theverge.com ) Speed Maps Boosted Users can also switch on settings to measure jitter and packet loss ... (<a href="/news/10926/fcc-please-check-your-internet-speed" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 21 Apr 2021 18:16:24 +0000 John Lister 10926 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10926/fcc-please-check-your-internet-speed#comments f1 Internet Chrome Gets New Features http://www.infopackets.com/news/10925/chrome-gets-new-features <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Chrome browser is getting a couple of new features that some may find useful. Sharing links and finding previous pages could both get easier. The first feature is already available in Chrome 90, the latest version of the browser for the general public. It works on computers, though won't appear on the iOS and Android apps till later. The feature simply lets users create a link that points to a specific location on a page, rather than just containing the URL. The idea is to make is easier to share a link to something specific in a lengthy page. This isn't the same as internal text links ( ... (<a href="/news/10925/chrome-gets-new-features" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:31:01 +0000 John Lister 10925 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10925/chrome-gets-new-features#comments f1 Internet Use of AI Could Be Banned or Restricted http://www.infopackets.com/news/10924/use-ai-could-be-banned-or-restricted <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Proposed laws in Europe would ban some forms of artificial intelligence while restricting others. But critics say the proposals are too vague to be workable in practice. The proposals, expected to be formally published in the next few weeks, come from the European Commission. If approved by the European Parliament they could become a regulation that takes immediate legal effect across all European Union countries. It's not yet clear if and how the rules would extend to businesses in other countries as happens with data protection rules. Under the proposals, only AI used by the military or for ... (<a href="/news/10924/use-ai-could-be-banned-or-restricted" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 15 Apr 2021 18:37:26 +0000 John Lister 10924 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10924/use-ai-could-be-banned-or-restricted#comments f1 Government Phones to Alert Pedestrians to 'Pay Attention' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10923/phones-alert-pedestrians-pay-attention <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Android phones could soon warn users to stop using their device when walking. The feature will be "entirely optional." The warnings will come in Google's Digital Wellbeing app. Google's rules say all devices running Android 9 ("Pie") or later must have some form of Digital Wellbeing app, with many manufacturers choosing to simply install Google's version rather than create their own. The apps, which are optional to use, have so far concentrated on factors such as monitoring screen time and alerting users how long they have spent using their device in different ... (<a href="/news/10923/phones-alert-pedestrians-pay-attention" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 14 Apr 2021 18:36:04 +0000 John Lister 10923 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10923/phones-alert-pedestrians-pay-attention#comments f1 Mobile Courts Divided Over Disabled Access to Websites http://www.infopackets.com/news/10922/courts-divided-over-disabled-access-websites <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A court has ruled a grocery store did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to make its website accessible to blind people. The ruling creates a confused national picture that may well end up in the Supreme Court. The current case involves a chain called Winn-Dixie. A blind man brought the case forward after finding three features of the website were incompatible with his screen-reading software: online prescription filling, a store locator and a digital coupon tool. Carlos Gil said this had a discriminatory effect as it meant that visits to physical stores in order ... (<a href="/news/10922/courts-divided-over-disabled-access-websites" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 13 Apr 2021 18:24:48 +0000 John Lister 10922 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10922/courts-divided-over-disabled-access-websites#comments f1 Courts 500M Phone Numbers Exposed in Facebook Leak http://www.infopackets.com/news/10921/500m-phone-numbers-exposed-facebook-leak <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A data leak has exposed the phone numbers of an estimated 500 million Facebook users. The data comes from a breach in 2019, but has just been made public. According to Facebook, the breach was "found and fixed" in 2019, which has raised some eyebrows given the company never warned users their details may have been compromised. It argues the data wasn't hacked but rather "scraped" from publicly accessible information through a bug in its feature that lets users find the Facebook accounts of people in their phone contacts. That may not be enough to satisfy data protection officials in several ... (<a href="/news/10921/500m-phone-numbers-exposed-facebook-leak" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 09 Apr 2021 17:08:51 +0000 John Lister 10921 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10921/500m-phone-numbers-exposed-facebook-leak#comments f1 Security Windows 10 21H1 Spring Update: Not Much to See http://www.infopackets.com/news/10920/windows-10-21h1-spring-update-not-much-see <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The upcoming twice-yearly "major" Windows 10 update looks like it lacks any major features. That could be good news for users who have come to fear such updates causing compatibility issues and software bugs. The spring feature update, currently codenamed 21H1, is one of the two big updates delivered each year. This time round it's really not that big in terms of content or impact. Arguably the best news is that the installation is not only optional but should be relatively quick and simple. That's because it's mainly an "enablement package" that simply activates code that's already been ... (<a href="/news/10920/windows-10-21h1-spring-update-not-much-see" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 07 Apr 2021 18:38:22 +0000 John Lister 10920 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10920/windows-10-21h1-spring-update-not-much-see#comments f1 Microsoft US to Spend $100B to Expand Broadband http://www.infopackets.com/news/10919/us-spend-100b-expand-broadband <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The US government plans to spend $100 billion to expand broadband availability in the US. The goal is that all Americans should have access to "affordable" high-speed broadband by 2029. The spending is part of a planned infrastructure bill, so it's possible the broadband measures may not survive the legislative process. It's a clear sign that the government views Internet access as a key utility, with the broadband measures coming alongside spending to upgrade water networks and electricity grids. Indeed, a White House explanation directly compares the broadband move to the 1936 Rural ... (<a href="/news/10919/us-spend-100b-expand-broadband" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 06 Apr 2021 17:30:54 +0000 John Lister 10919 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10919/us-spend-100b-expand-broadband#comments f1 Government Smartphone Not a Phone, Claims Samsung http://www.infopackets.com/news/10918/smartphone-not-phone-claims-samsung <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Samsung has claimed its Galaxy S7 handset is not a cellphone. The attempt to take advantage of tax rules failed as a court ruled it most definitely is a phone. The case in South Africa involves the way the country applies import duties to different products. The Galaxy S7 was originally in a category simply called "other" in a subcategory of computers. The South African Revenue Service reclassified it last year in the "multi-functional device" category which is where smartphones normally fall. Phone Calls a Secondary Function The reclassification meant Samsung would have to pay more in import ... (<a href="/news/10918/smartphone-not-phone-claims-samsung" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 01 Apr 2021 17:18:17 +0000 John Lister 10918 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10918/smartphone-not-phone-claims-samsung#comments f1 Mobile Optional Windows Update Fixes Host Of Problems http://www.infopackets.com/news/10917/optional-windows-update-fixes-host-problems <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has released an optional update for Windows 10. It's arguably only worth installing for users who've suffered the specific glitches it fixes. The update, KB5000842, is available for Windows 10 versions 2004 and 20H2, meaning any machine that received either of the two major feature updates from last year. It's an optional update as it contains fixes which will then roll out in next month's automatic update. That means there's still a degree of testing with these fixes, which makes for a bit of a gamble given how often a Microsoft fix for one problem appears to cause another problem ... (<a href="/news/10917/optional-windows-update-fixes-host-problems" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 31 Mar 2021 16:59:52 +0000 John Lister 10917 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10917/optional-windows-update-fixes-host-problems#comments f1 Microsoft Major Apple Bug Threatens Browser Security http://www.infopackets.com/news/10915/major-apple-bug-threatens-browser-security <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple has warned users to check their portable devices to ensure they are up to date. A bug that affects iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches may already be under attack by hackers. The bug affects WebKit, which is the underlying software for Safari and any other web browsers which use Apple's operating system iOS. Specifically, it covers the way web content appears and the way browsers keep track of which sites a user has recently visited, allowing features such as the browser back button to work properly. Apple isn't giving many details of exactly how the bug works or could be exploited, which ... (<a href="/news/10915/major-apple-bug-threatens-browser-security" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 30 Mar 2021 17:43:33 +0000 John Lister 10915 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10915/major-apple-bug-threatens-browser-security#comments f1 Security Someone Threatening to Post Video, Pics? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10916/someone-threatening-post-video-pics-heres-what-do <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Franco I. writes: " Dear Dennis, Someone is threatening to post a video of me on Facebook . A few weeks ago I was on Omegle (a chat website) and suddenly, a girl sent me a private message. After 30 minutes or so into the conversation, things started getting hot and heavy. That's when she requested we move over to Google Hangouts to continue. Once there, we went into video chat and she was already fully unclothed. She then asked me to participate. Not long after that, the video chat ended abruptly and that's when she made threats to ruin my life, my career, and my reputation ... (<a href="/news/10916/someone-threatening-post-video-pics-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 20:53:34 +0000 Dennis Faas 10916 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10916/someone-threatening-post-video-pics-heres-what-do#comments f1 Internet Blackmailed on Google Hangouts? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10914/blackmailed-google-hangouts-heres-what-do <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Shane J. writes: " Dear Dennis, I found your article on Google after researching the Facebook blackmail scam . I desperately need help - I have fallen victim to a similar scam, known as the Google Hangouts Blackmail scam . Two days ago I received a friend request from a beautiful woman on Facebook who lives in my city. We started messaging back and forth, and within 20 minutes of the chat, she sent some revealing photos of herself. She then requested we go to Google Hangouts to continue chatting. I then entered into a video chat where she was fully unclothed and touching ... (<a href="/news/10914/blackmailed-google-hangouts-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 26 Mar 2021 21:14:27 +0000 Dennis Faas 10914 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10914/blackmailed-google-hangouts-heres-what-do#comments f1 Internet YouTube to Produce Ads based on Image Recognition http://www.infopackets.com/news/10913/youtube-produce-ads-based-image-recognition <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">YouTube is to automatically detect items in videos and then advertise them for sale. It will also automatically link to other videos covering the same item. The system, titled "Products in this Video", has been in testing as a "small experiment" since April last year. YouTube confirmed this week that it is expanding the test so that more people see it. For now it remains a US-only feature. (Source: 9to5google.com ) It works by recognizing specific items in the video. YouTube hasn't explained exactly how this works, but it may involve a combination of on-screen graphics in the video, ... (<a href="/news/10913/youtube-produce-ads-based-image-recognition" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 25 Mar 2021 18:00:04 +0000 John Lister 10913 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10913/youtube-produce-ads-based-image-recognition#comments f1 Google Computer Chips In Short Supply http://www.infopackets.com/news/10912/computer-chips-short-supply <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A serious shortage of processor chips is affecting the supply chain of computers and other electronic devices. It's caused by a combination of supply and demand changes. The problem has caused not just price rises but a lack of availability. Devices as diverse as the latest iPhone model, the PS5 games console and high-tech cars have all been delayed or in short supply. The Guardian reports that the problem is partly down to a backlog caused by chip production factories shutting down for social distancing reasons in the early stages of the pandemic. However, even as that clears, demand is ... (<a href="/news/10912/computer-chips-short-supply" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 24 Mar 2021 19:37:39 +0000 John Lister 10912 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10912/computer-chips-short-supply#comments f1 Hardware Robocallers Fined $225M; May be Blocked by Carriers http://www.infopackets.com/news/10911/robocallers-fined-225m-may-be-blocked-carriers <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined two telemarketers a record $225 million for unlawful automated "robocalls." The offenders, who used names including JSquared Telecom and Rising Eagle, made around a billion such calls in a five-month period. The fine isn't just a record for robocalls, but is also the largest ever issued by the FCC for any reason. (Source: cnbc.com ) The calls claimed to offer health insurance plans from well-known legitimate providers. In fact the calls were made on behalf of several companies, at least one of which has already been sued for its own ... (<a href="/news/10911/robocallers-fined-225m-may-be-blocked-carriers" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 23 Mar 2021 17:21:41 +0000 John Lister 10911 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10911/robocallers-fined-225m-may-be-blocked-carriers#comments f1 Government VideoProc Review http://www.infopackets.com/news/10863/videoproc-review <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">What's one of the best one-stop video editing software available for both PC and Mac? Answer: Digiarty's VideoProc! From the makers of WinX DVD Ripper and WinX Video Convert comes VideoProc: a multi-award winning software program that allows you to edit, convert, resize and adjust large/4K videos, DVDs, and audio at fully accelerated speed. Update 2021/03/22 : The latest release of VideoProc now includes support for TikTok videos, improved HDR 10 video support, plus DVD support to auto-select language tracks. VideoProc: Features Overview A Simple to use, Powerful Professional Video Editor ... (<a href="/news/10863/videoproc-review" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 22 Mar 2021 18:48:55 +0000 Dennis Faas 10863 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10863/videoproc-review#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Remove Chrome Reading List http://www.infopackets.com/news/10910/how-fix-remove-chrome-reading-list <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google has added a "Reading List" feature to Chrome that works a little like a second set of bookmarks. The feature may not be for everyone, and with a little effort it can be removed with some tweaking under the hood. The Reading List feature has been in the work for some time, originally developed under the name "Read Later", but is now available to all users since the latest Chrome update, version 89. (Source: metro.co.uk ) The idea is to let user differentiate between pages they want to bookmark permanently (such as regularly visited websites) and articles they want to read later on, even ... (<a href="/news/10910/how-fix-remove-chrome-reading-list" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 18 Mar 2021 15:53:29 +0000 John Lister 10910 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10910/how-fix-remove-chrome-reading-list#comments f1 Internet $5B Lawsuit Advances Over Chrome Incognito Privacy http://www.infopackets.com/news/10908/5b-lawsuit-advances-over-chrome-incognito-privacy <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google will have to go to court to answer claims it misled users by tracking their online activity in a supposed private browsing mode. A judge agreed a lawsuit seeking $5 billion can go ahead with class action status. That status doesn't change Google's chances of winning or losing, but could mean much bigger consequences if it does lose. It means anyone meeting set criteria could effectively be treated as a plaintiff, eligible for any financial awards, without having to launch their own case. The case appears largely to come down to whether Google's wording is clear enough, rather than it ... (<a href="/news/10908/5b-lawsuit-advances-over-chrome-incognito-privacy" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 17 Mar 2021 17:24:37 +0000 John Lister 10908 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10908/5b-lawsuit-advances-over-chrome-incognito-privacy#comments f1 Internet India to Outlaw Bitcoin http://www.infopackets.com/news/10909/india-outlaw-bitcoin <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Indian government plans to outlaw cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. The measure is expected to become law, though it's unclear if it will be enforceable in practice. Politicians in the country have long been hostile to cryptocurrencies, which use blockchain technology. That's where all transactions are recorded on a digital "ledger" which exists as multiple copies across the Internet, removing any central control. India's government previously banned "real world" financial institutions from providing any services to cryptocurrency operators, for example in exchanging the virtual ... (<a href="/news/10909/india-outlaw-bitcoin" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 16 Mar 2021 17:43:29 +0000 John Lister 10909 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10909/india-outlaw-bitcoin#comments f1 Internet Report Details Government Internet Shutdowns http://www.infopackets.com/news/10907/report-details-government-internet-shutdowns <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">29 countries intentionally disrupted Internet access for their citizens at some point in 2020 according to a new report. Of a total 155 shutdowns, 28 were "full Internet blackouts." While many were authoritative states, the most disruptions by far came in India, which is officially at least a democracy. It used more than 100 Internet shutdowns to prevent communication by protestors against a controversial law. Those shutdowns have now been judged illegal by the country's Supreme Court. Mobile Speeds Slowed The report, from Access Now, found the overall number of shutdowns around the world was ... (<a href="/news/10907/report-details-government-internet-shutdowns" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 21:23:49 +0000 John Lister 10907 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10907/report-details-government-internet-shutdowns#comments f1 Government Canadian Broadband Among Most Affordable http://www.infopackets.com/news/10906/canadian-broadband-among-most-affordable <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Israel and Canada have the world's most affordable broadband according to a newly-published study. The rankings take into account earnings rather than just the raw broadband price. The study, published by Surfshark, also found that the parts of the world with the most comparatively expensive broadband also had the worst service. (Source: surfshark.com ) The overall rankings take into account the prices for the cheapest fixed-line broadband package in a country plus the cost of 1GB of mobile broadband data. The researchers then compared these sums to average earnings in the country. Note that ... (<a href="/news/10906/canadian-broadband-among-most-affordable" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 11 Mar 2021 17:04:00 +0000 John Lister 10906 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10906/canadian-broadband-among-most-affordable#comments f1 Internet Google Maps May Have Ads http://www.infopackets.com/news/10905/google-maps-may-have-ads <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google Maps could have ads displayed in locations on the map itself. A newly-awarded patent explains how Google could adjust the costs to advertisers based on factors such as the user's location. The photographs in the patent application suggest the feature would most likely be added to the standard diagram view in Google Maps, rather than either the aerial image view or the Street View photographs. The system would designate specific areas on the map such as a building and treat them as spaces where an ad could appear. How many ads would appear on the screen would depend on how closely the ... (<a href="/news/10905/google-maps-may-have-ads" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 09 Mar 2021 18:54:30 +0000 John Lister 10905 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10905/google-maps-may-have-ads#comments f1 Google MS to Fix Broken Windows Update with New Rollout http://www.infopackets.com/news/10903/ms-fix-broken-windows-update-new-rollout <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft is trying a new method for releasing and managing Windows 10 updates. The aim is to reduce the number of bugs where an update doesn't install properly. The plan involves combining two types of updates: cumulative and servicing stack updates, which were previously released separately. The cumulative update contains new content and fixes for Windows. Cumulative refers to the way the updates are designed to be downloaded and installed in order, meaning each individual update can be a relatively small file size. Unfortunately, the cumulative updates are also part of the reason Windows ... (<a href="/news/10903/ms-fix-broken-windows-update-new-rollout" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 08 Mar 2021 19:02:56 +0000 John Lister 10903 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10903/ms-fix-broken-windows-update-new-rollout#comments f1 Microsoft Single Character Could Crash Windows PC http://www.infopackets.com/news/10902/single-character-could-crash-windows-pc <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A single character from ancient English could crash a Windows 10 PC, thanks to an odd security glitch. It's been patched in the most recent Windows updates, making it an important fix for those who download updates manually. The bug appears to work in most major browsers and involves the Æ symbol. If that isn't clear on your device, it's the symbol that looks like a capital A in italics squashed into a capital E. The symbol, sometimes called "ash" in English, has been used to designate specific sounds in several language over the past few thousand years. In old English it was a sound ... (<a href="/news/10902/single-character-could-crash-windows-pc" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:43:12 +0000 John Lister 10902 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10902/single-character-could-crash-windows-pc#comments f1 Security Chrome Zero-Day Bug: Update Now http://www.infopackets.com/news/10904/chrome-zero-day-bug-update-now <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">If you use Chrome, you need to make sure it's up to date. The browser has been hit by a dreaded zero-day flaw . In this case, hackers are aware of the bug and are actively exploiting it before Google has a chance to issue a security patch. The name comes from the fact that Google has "zero days" head start in getting the patches out. Google confirmed that it "is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2021-21166 [the bug in question] exists in the wild." (Source: googleblog.com ) High Severity Flaw The security flaw is rated as "high severity" on Google's rankings of how much ... (<a href="/news/10904/chrome-zero-day-bug-update-now" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 04 Mar 2021 19:08:56 +0000 John Lister 10904 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10904/chrome-zero-day-bug-update-now#comments f1 Security California Net Neutrality Law to Take Effect http://www.infopackets.com/news/10901/california-net-neutrality-law-take-effect <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A federal judge says California can begin enacting a controversial law on net neutrality. Broadband companies who are suing to have the law thrown out had argued it should be put on hold until that case is complete. Net neutrality is a broad principle that all Internet traffic should be treated in the same way. Translated into practical effects that could mean barring broadband carriers from blocking otherwise legal content or charging extra to access specific services (such as Netflix). Federal rules on net neutrality have been a particularly contentious issue. At the moment that Federal ... (<a href="/news/10901/california-net-neutrality-law-take-effect" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 03 Mar 2021 18:20:27 +0000 John Lister 10901 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10901/california-net-neutrality-law-take-effect#comments f1 Courts Apple Suffers Malware Scare http://www.infopackets.com/news/10900/apple-suffers-malware-scare <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple says it has dealt with the risk from a newly-discovered piece of malware affecting macOS. It's a reminder that macOS isn't completely immune from malware - which may have been the point of the attack. Security company Red Canary discovered the malware and dubbed it Silver Sparrow. It says data from Malwarebytes showed it was present on 29,139 computers. (Source: redcanary.com ) It appeared to target computers which have the M1 chip. That's an Apple produced processor designed specifically for Macs. It's combines multiple functions on a single chip, the idea being to increase efficiency ... (<a href="/news/10900/apple-suffers-malware-scare" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 02 Mar 2021 18:49:44 +0000 John Lister 10900 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10900/apple-suffers-malware-scare#comments f1 Security Proposed Law Would Bar State-Run Broadband http://www.infopackets.com/news/10899/proposed-law-would-bar-state-run-broadband <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A proposed US law would ban states and local governments from offering broadband services. Supporters of the bill say "municipal broadband" crowds out commercial providers, while critics say such services only exist to fill the gap left by the commercial market. If passed, the bill would become law as the CONNECT (Communities Overregulating Networks Need Economic Competition Today) Act. It would ban any state or political subdivision (such as a city) from starting to provide "retail or wholesale broadband Internet access service." (Source: house.gov ) This would apply whether it was provided ... (<a href="/news/10899/proposed-law-would-bar-state-run-broadband" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 25 Feb 2021 20:42:36 +0000 John Lister 10899 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10899/proposed-law-would-bar-state-run-broadband#comments f1 Government Report: Most Emails Contain 'Spy Pixel' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10898/report-most-emails-contain-spy-pixel <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Two thirds of emails contain a "spy pixel" according to one provider. The invisible pixel could let companies discover where people live and what devices they own. At the very least, it will report back to spammers that the email has been opened, which then validates your email address and will result in additional spam. The figures comes from "Hey," an email provider that offers a paid service rather than scanning emails to get information for targeted advertising. That means it's possible its user base isn't reflective of the general public, though that shouldn't distort the ... (<a href="/news/10898/report-most-emails-contain-spy-pixel" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 23 Feb 2021 19:30:13 +0000 John Lister 10898 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10898/report-most-emails-contain-spy-pixel#comments f1 Internet Video Calls Skyrocket; Trend Expected to Continue http://www.infopackets.com/news/10897/video-calls-skyrocket-trend-expected-continue <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A research group says the number of people using mobile video calling rose 50 percent last year. It forecasts that will continue to rise rapidly even when life returns to a post-pandemic normal. Juniper Research estimates 1.8 billion mobile service customers used a mobile video calling service in 2020 compared with 1.2 billion the previous year. That's almost certainly a direct result of more people working remotely and/or making social video calls, rather than meeting friends in person. (Source: techradar.com ) Handheld Video Calls Convenient For Some It might seem ironic that more people ... (<a href="/news/10897/video-calls-skyrocket-trend-expected-continue" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 18 Feb 2021 20:06:09 +0000 John Lister 10897 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10897/video-calls-skyrocket-trend-expected-continue#comments f1 Mobile Phone AI Can Suggest Pics to Delete http://www.infopackets.com/news/10896/phone-ai-can-suggest-pics-delete <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Canon has launched an app that automatically picks out poor quality photos that you've taken, ready for deletion. Sadly for those who remember physical prints, it doesn't add a quality control sticker to the image. The Photo Culling app is based on the fact that, unlike with prints, there's no real cost to a user taking hundreds of digital shots except for eating up storage space. That can be an issue given modern smartphones often have very high resolution cameras and in turn large file sizes. (Source: 9to5mac.com ) The idea of the app, which is currently only available on iPhone, is for ... (<a href="/news/10896/phone-ai-can-suggest-pics-delete" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 17 Feb 2021 18:51:23 +0000 John Lister 10896 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10896/phone-ai-can-suggest-pics-delete#comments f1 Technology Serious Windows Flaw: Hackers Can Remotely Crash PCs http://www.infopackets.com/news/10894/serious-windows-flaw-hackers-can-remotely-crash-pcs <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has described three Windows security fixes as an "essential" install even among users who normally take their time or pick and choose updates. It's one of 56 fixes in the latest monthly security update sometimes dubbed Patch Tuesday. Two of the fixes are rated "Critical" and the other "Important". Those ratings are based on a combination of how likely the flaw is to be exploited and how serious the resulting damage could be. Remote Code Execution Risk The two critical fixes (codenamed CVE-2021-24074 and CVE-2021-24094) both create a risk of remote code execution. That's arguably the ... (<a href="/news/10894/serious-windows-flaw-hackers-can-remotely-crash-pcs" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 16 Feb 2021 21:54:07 +0000 John Lister 10894 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10894/serious-windows-flaw-hackers-can-remotely-crash-pcs#comments f1 Security Why Indonesia Leads the World in VPN Users http://www.infopackets.com/news/10895/why-indonesia-leads-world-vpn-users <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="http://www.infopackets.com/files/styles/thumbnail/public/hash/d/dbc/dbcd49cb050376b6fe2e4285987e3e50.jpg?itok=TWceX_Me"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.infopackets.com/files/styles/thumbnail/public/hash/d/dbc/dbcd49cb050376b6fe2e4285987e3e50.jpg?itok=TWceX_Me" width="100" height="65" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Indonesia is a complex country. Something that is perhaps accentuated by the fact that it is spread across more than 17,000 islands, 6,000 of which are inhabited. 270 million people live in the world's third-largest democracy, which is fast becoming an economic powerhouse and is now Southeast Asia's biggest economy. Indonesia is also home to the highest percentage of VPN users in the world - 61% as of 2020 (all usage stats taken from GlobalWebIndex reports) of the world's fifth-biggest population are estimated to use VPNs. It's a huge figure: three times as much as most North American and ... (<a href="/news/10895/why-indonesia-leads-world-vpn-users" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Sat, 13 Feb 2021 19:26:01 +0000 Dennis Faas 10895 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10895/why-indonesia-leads-world-vpn-users#comments f1 IT Hacker Tries to Poison Water Supply http://www.infopackets.com/news/10893/hacker-tries-poison-water-supply <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A hacker tried to poison a city's water supply using software designed to remotely control computers. Officials in Oldsmar, Florida say that even if the attack hadn't been spotted, it would have been unsuccessful. The attacker struck a system that treats the water supplied to around 15,000 people. Last Friday, they gained access to a control computer for around three to five minutes through TeamViewer, which appears to have been in place to allow remote work. (Source: independent.co.uk ) 100-Fold Lye Increase The computer controlled the levels of some chemicals in the water including ... (<a href="/news/10893/hacker-tries-poison-water-supply" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 10 Feb 2021 21:52:20 +0000 John Lister 10893 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10893/hacker-tries-poison-water-supply#comments f1 Security 3 Billion Online Pics Scraped for Face-Match Database http://www.infopackets.com/news/10892/3-billion-online-pics-scraped-face-match-database <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Canadian privacy regulators say a company that used online photos to train artificial intelligence tools breached privacy rules. They said Clearview had used "the mass collection of biometric information from billions of people, without express consent." US company Clearview offers services to law enforcement agencies and private businesses trying to identify people from a photo. It maintains a database of more than three billion images which it uses to try to find a match using artificial intelligence. Clearview gathered most of these pictures by "scraping" online sites such as Flickr. That ... (<a href="/news/10892/3-billion-online-pics-scraped-face-match-database" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 09 Feb 2021 19:19:17 +0000 John Lister 10892 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10892/3-billion-online-pics-scraped-face-match-database#comments f1 Internet Facebook: Let Us Track You to Help Businesses http://www.infopackets.com/news/10891/facebook-let-us-track-you-help-businesses <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook is to tell Apple users that it needs to track them to benefit businesses. It's a response to new Apple rules that mean users must opt-in to some forms of tracking. The messages, currently being tested, will pop up when users access Facebook on an iPhone or iPad. According to copies seen by CNBC, it reads as follows: Allow Facebook to use your app and website activity? Get ads that are more personalized Support businesses that rely on ads to reach customers To provide a better ads experience, we need permission to use future activity that other apps and websites send us from this ... (<a href="/news/10891/facebook-let-us-track-you-help-businesses" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 04 Feb 2021 18:13:10 +0000 John Lister 10891 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10891/facebook-let-us-track-you-help-businesses#comments f1 Internet iPhone Allows Facial Unlock While Wearing Mask http://www.infopackets.com/news/10890/iphone-allows-facial-unlock-while-wearing-mask <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple is to let iPhone owners unlock their phone using Face ID even while wearing a face mask. But the setting is only available to people who also use an Apple watch. Facial recognition is now the primary way to unlock an iPhone rather than use a fingerprint or typing in a code. That's proven problematic in a time when people are increasingly wearing face masks in public places as a measure to reduce the risk of transmitting diseases. Unlocked Watch Allows Masked Match It was technically possible for Apple's system, Face ID, to "recognize a face" using a combination of the exposed top half ... (<a href="/news/10890/iphone-allows-facial-unlock-while-wearing-mask" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 03 Feb 2021 18:33:01 +0000 John Lister 10890 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10890/iphone-allows-facial-unlock-while-wearing-mask#comments f1 Security Hotmail, Outlook Email Limits Force $70/yr Fee http://www.infopackets.com/news/10889/hotmail-outlook-email-limits-force-70yr-fee <div class="google_ads"><!-- Video Ad Unit --> <ins class="CANBMDDisplayAD" data-bmd-ad-unit="676108220200603T133802030D2BEAEFA53A94AA4849880AE418C459F" style="display:block"></ins> <script src="https://secureaddisplay.com/au/bmd/"></script> <!-- /Video Ad Unit --></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Long-time Hotmail and Outlook users may face a choice between seeing old messages deleted or paying $70 a year. Microsoft is legitimately enforcing storage limits but critics say it didn't do enough to remind users they were approaching those limits. The policy affects users of Outlook.com, with those most likely to be affected being Hotmail users that migrated over back in 2013 when Hotmail closed. As part of the move, users could keep their old Hotmail address, but were subject to a 15GB storage limit as with all other Outlook users. That includes both sent and received messages and file ... (<a href="/news/10889/hotmail-outlook-email-limits-force-70yr-fee" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 02 Feb 2021 19:15:04 +0000 John Lister 10889 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10889/hotmail-outlook-email-limits-force-70yr-fee#comments f1 Microsoft