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Change how many processes multi-process Firefox uses

Mozilla will enable its multi-process architecture this year in the Firefox Stable web browser. The organization runs tests currently on Firefox's Beta channel, and provided that those don't result in major stopper bugs, will release the first version of Electrolysis (e10s) when Firefox Stable hits version 46.

This multi-process version won't ship with all features and improvements that Mozilla plans to add to it. There will be only one content process for instance initially with e10s enabled in the Firefox browser.

Firefox: Mockups show Activity Stream, New Tab Page and Share updates

Three new mockups for the Firefox web browser reveal how the browser's New Tab Page, Share functionality and Activity Stream (browsing history and bookmarks) could look like in the future.

Mockups are design ideas that don't make it necessarily into the Firefox web browser in that form or at all.

Mozilla designers release mockups regularly, just recently one highlighting a combined Firefox address bar and search field.

VeraCrypt 1.17 fixes security issues, improves compatibility

VeraCrypt 1.17 has been released on February 13, 2016. The new version fixes several security-related issues, improves compatibility, and even includes optimizations.

VeraCrypt is without doubt the TrueCrypt-based encryption program that appears to be the most active project right now.

Its developers release new versions regularly that fix security and other issues in the client, and add new functionality to it.

How to stop My Bitdefender login prompts

Bitdefender security software displays a prompt to log in to My Bitdefender after the first 30 days of installation.

While it is possible to close the prompt, by clicking on the  -- very small -- close icon in the top right corner, there is no apparent option to stop the prompts completely.

This means that you will receive these prompts regularly, once a day or even more often than that which quickly becomes annoying.

Want to keep running Picasa? You Can!

There has been some confusion in regards to Google's announcement to retire Picasa in 2016. The main issue here is that Picasa is made up of two parts: a desktop program and Picasa Web Albums.

The latter will be retired on May 1, 2016 and no longer accessible after that date. Google plans to provide users who don't want to migrate to the company's new Google Photos platform with a read-only version supporting features that Picasa Web Albums supports but Google Photos does not.

Multi-process Firefox’s will use up to 20% more RAM initially

Multi-process Firefox's memory use will increase between 10% to 20% initially on average according to a memory test Mozilla ran recently.

Multi-process Firefox, short e10s, is a major feature for Firefox that has been delayed several times already. Mozilla runs test in beta versions of Firefox currently and plans to release e10s when Firefox 46 Stable is released (subject to change).

uTorrent Ad-free comes with a $4.95 per year tag

The makers of the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent revealed uTorrent Ad-Free yesterday, an advertisement free version for $4.95 per year.

The program has been available in two different versions up until now: a free, advertisement driven version, and a Pro version which adds add-on features to the client that are not linked directly to the downloading or seeding of torrent files, but to processing these files on the local system.

Google will retire Picasa on May 1, 2016

Google announced on February 12, 2016 that it will retire the photo hosting, management and editing service Picasa on May 1, 2016.

When Google launched the new Google Photos web application, it was clear that something had to happen to Picasa as Photos was Google's new focus and Picasa would have to go eventually.

VCLip is an easy to use desktop screen recorder

VCLip is a free desktop screen recorder for the Windows operating system that makes it dead easy to record part of the screen.

The program has several appeals including easy of use and the download and go kind of approach to things.

While it may not offer as many configuration options as full-blown screen recorders, it is ideal for users who don't want to be bothered by bitrate, resolution, video quality or related preferences.

Quantum Break will be a Windows 10 exclusive game

Microsoft revealed yesterday that the company's much anticipated game Quantum Break will come to the new operating system Windows 10 the same time it is released for Xbox One.

The game, developed by Remedy Entertainment, will launch on Windows 10 on April 5. Xbox One customers who preorder the game will get a download code for the Windows 10 version of the game free of charge which they can use in Windows Store to download, install and play the game on PCs as well.

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