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Google 4 times safer than Bing, a new study shows

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According to a study by German Security firm AV-TEST Institute Google is a safer search engine than Bing. The study spanned across 18 months and included more than 40 million search results (read sites) and pit together Google, Bing and others like the popular Russian search engine Yandex.

Microsoft’s Bing delivered more than four times as many infected with malware websites than Google. The chart above shows the results – from almost 11 million results on Google around 272 were infected, while the same number of search results on Bing contained 1285 potentially dangerous pages. Read more »

References of Google Now found in JavaScript code that loads in Google homepage

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Google Now is headed for the desktop version of Chrome as an extension (in Russian only, not fully functional yet), but it seems that the mind-reading information service will make its way to the Google homepage as well. References to Now and cards have been discovered in a JavaScript file loaded by Google.com, but the functionality isn’t there yet.

The customizable iGoogle homepage was retired a while back, but Now might prove to be a worthy successor. Read more »

Windows 8.1 previewed on video, check out the new features

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The first major update to Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system is on the way, and a leaked video of its beta has shown off some of the planned improvements.

And while those of us hoping against hope that a Start button could once again make an appearance will be left out in the cold, there are a few improvements here and there that are worth taking a look at. Read more »

Nokia Music arrives on Windows 8

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Nokia has released a new desktop application for their Nokia Music service on Windows 8, which can be downloaded from the Windows Store and takes advantage of the new Modern UI.

The Nokia Music app, as you might know, let you stream music from Nokia’s vast library and even download them to play them offline. Nokia also offers features such as curated mixes, which are essentially ready-made playlists spanning across different genres and artists, and provides suggestions based on the music you listen to. Read more »

Skype for Windows 8 updated with contact blocking and bug fixes

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Skype, the most popular instant messenger, has updated its application for the Windows 8 machines. The latest version of the Skype for Windows 8 now comes with contact blocking and few other tweaks to improve the overall performance.


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The all new contact blocking option allows you to control over who can contact you and gives you the ability to block contacts. Furthermore, you can also choose to remove or report a contact request as spam. Read more »

Windows Blue early build leaks, shows us some of the new features

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A new build of the next update to Windows 8, codenamed Windows Blue, has been leaked on the internet. Build 9364 introduces quite a few changes and improvements to the existing Windows 8 and would make living with Microsoft’s newest operating system that much more easier.

One of the changes in Blue is addition of two new sizes for the live tiles. You can now have tiny, icon sized tiles, similar to the ones introduced in Windows Phone 8, as well as a giant new square tile that is twice the size of the previous largest tile. The theme settings have also been updated, with finer control over the color of the desktop background. Read more »

There are now over 50,000 apps available for Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT in the Microsoft Store

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Microsoft has reached an important milestone – the Windows Store now touts more than 50,000 apps available for Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT.

The achievement was reached yesterday, according to the MetroStore Scanner, which at the time of writing counts 50,341 apps. Read more »

Tojan virus injects ads in OS X browsers, pretend Facebook ads on Windows

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A new trojan virus by the name of Trojan.Yontoo.1 has been discovered and has been confirmed to be harmful to both OS X and Windows machines. The virus prompts you to install an adware plugin on Mac, which injects unwanted ads into Safari, Firefox and Chrome.

Symantec also found the Yontoo virus to be effective on Windows machines targeting pretty much every version of the Microsoft OS, except for Windows 8. The virus issues ads on Windows which pretend to be coming from Facebook. Read more »

iCloud tops Cloud Media Services in the US for the fall with 27%

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According to a survey by Strategy Analytics which was gathered by data collected last fall Apple’s iCloud is the most popular cloud service in the US.

27% of those surveyed who use a cloud service have tried iCloud in US with Dropbox and Amazon Cloud Drive in second and third with 17& and 15% respectively. Read more »

Google Now will make its way to Chrome and Chrome OS

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Chromium enthusiast Francois Beaufort has pointed out a flag for the open source Chromium browser that hints at the addition of a Google Now component.

While the actual Google Now server is not yet enabled, the functionality is there and will undoubtedly be heading to the Chrome browser for Windows as well as Chrome OS, as both of those get their source code from the Chromium Project. Read more »

Evernote loses usernames, emails and passwords in security breach, resets passwords as a precaution

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Popular cloud-based note taking service Evernote experienced a security breach, where the company confirms it lost information such as usernames, associated email addresses and passwords to the hackers. No data, however, was said to be lost or changed and no payment information was accessed.

Even though the passwords were encrypted, the company is not taking any chances and is requiring users to reset their password before logging in again to their accounts. The company will also be releasing updates to its apps over the next few hours to make the password change process easier. Read more »

Firefox 19 released, brings built-in PDF reader

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Mozilla has released version 19 of the popular Firefox web browser. The biggest change in this update is the inclusion of a PDF reader, such as the one in Chrome. This means you no longer have to rely on something like the Adobe Reader to be able to view PDF files within the browser.

Above is what the new PDF viewer looks like. You have various options such as zoom settings and the ability to print or download the file. On the left, you can also view the pages within the file in thumbnail or list view. Read more »

Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 Home Premium go on sale

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The Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 are finally on sale. The Office 365 Home Premium is currently available for $99.99 a year as expected. For that kind of cash you get to install the software on up to five PC’s or Macs.

Office 365 is also available in a “University” version for all the college students and the variant is priced at $79.99 with a four year plan. Read more »

The official Dropbox app for Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT is now available for download

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Just before the announcement storm from CES 2013 to hit, Dropbox has quietly launched a dedicated Modern UI app for Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT.

Designed in the familiar Windows 8 manner, the app displays tiles of files and folders from your account. It’s nicely optimized for touch-operation too. Read more »

Windows 8 Store now has over 35,000 apps in its catalog

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We already saw how the Windows Phone 8 Store is doing, time to have a look at the Windows 8 store. According to MetroStore Scanner, the store for Microsoft’s new computer OS has over 35,000 apps, over 22,000 of which are available in the UK.

That’s not bad, considering that the Store had only 10,000 apps at the end of October. Read more »