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March 2017

Firefox Photon: new design mockups show interface, and more

We talked about the upcoming Firefox interface design change, codename Photon, before here on Ghacks, and even revealed a mockup showing some of its interface elements last week.

Turned out later that the mockup was not by the Photon team, but by another Firefox team that used tidbits of Photon in the screenshot.

Anyway, if things go well, Photon will be part of Firefox 57. The browser is one of the most important releases for Mozilla in a long, long time.

Firefox to get option to verify all binaries to protect against compromise

Mozilla is working on a new security project for Firefox, called Binary Transparency, currently to allow all Firefox users to verify the binary files of the web browser to ensure that the files are safe and have not been tampered with.

Firefox is an open source project. This means that anyone may build the browser from source, and even change code before that.

Windows 10 Creators Update: official upgrade options on April 5th

Microsoft plans to release the Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11, 2017. The day coincides with April's Patch Tuesday, and marks the beginning of the roll out phase of the Creators Update.

Roll out phase means that Microsoft will release the update gradually to the Windows 10 population through Windows Update. The company did the same when it released the Anniversary Update, and that took some time to reach all user devices (weeks, in some cases months)

Chrome’s JavaScript popups handling changes

Google implemented a change in Chrome's JavaScript popup handling behavior recently that restricts JavaScript popups.

The change, which landed in Chrome Canary and Dev already, improves the handling of JavaScript alert(), confirm() and prompt() dialogs that pages may throw in the browser.

Chrome up until now, and that is still true for Chrome Stable and Beta, handled these JavaScript dialogs per browser-window.

Email archiving software MailStore Home 10.1 is out

MailStore Home 10.1 is the latest version of the popular email archiving and backup software for Microsoft Windows devices.

The new version of the program features search improvements, and some other changes that are useful to users of the program.

Existing users may run a check for updates from within the application. A click on the check for updates button on the application's dashboard runs an update check. The new MailStore Home 10.1 should pop up then automatically as a new version, and an option to download and install it should be displayed as well.

TrayStatus: Caps Lock and other information on Windows taskbar

TrayStatus is a free and commercial software for Windows that highlights the Caps Lock status, and other information, on the Windows taskbar.

The Caps Lock and Num Lock keys on a computer keyboard can cause some troubling experiences when you they toggled without you realizing it.

A Look at Desktop Environments: XFCE

Xfce is yet another lightweight but highly customizable desktop environment many people use for GNU/Linux, and is the environment of choice for systems such as Xubuntu, and Manjaro (Although Manjaro does come in other flavours, Xfce is known as the Manjaro teams initial focus and was their primary DE for a while.).

How to prevent your ISP from snooping on you

Internet Service Providers may be able to sell your web history in the United States without you giving your consent. The new ruling passed the US Senate and the House of Representatives already, and the last thing standing in its way is the President of the United States.

EditBone is now called Text Editor Pro

Text Editor Pro, formerly known as EditBone, is a free multi-purpose plain text and code editor for Microsoft Windows devices.

We have reviewed EditBone back in 2013 and found it to be an excellent editor especially for programmers due to its support for over 50 different programming and scripting languages.

Support for languages such as C++, Java, HTML or CSS comes in form of styles that the editor applies automatically to the code to improve readability.

Malwarebytes releases another beta to fix Malwarebytes 3 issues

Security company Malwarebytes has released another beta version for its flagship product Malwarebytes 3 to fix long-standing issues in the program.

Malwarebytes 3, a new product born out of the ashes of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit, and Anti-Ransomware, has been plagued by bugs ever since its release.

As a Malwarebytes user myself, I have been plagued with issues ever since I updated the software to version 3. Probably the biggest issue that I experienced was that some protection modules failed to turn on at times.

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