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Bping is Ping with Sound

BPing -- pronounced beeping -- is a free command line program for Windows that works like the ping command, but with sound added to it.

The author created the program for situations where he had to crawl under desks to connect network cables while running ping operations to verify connectivity.

Instead of having to check the display of the computer to find out about that, he'd simply listen as Bping plays a sound whenever it gets a response. That's however only one of the features that the command line tool offers.

Nintendo missed an opportunity with the SNES Classic

Nintendo announced the Super Nintendo Entertainment System SNES Classic some days ago which will come out in September 2017 worldwide. The device comes in three variants for the US, EU and Japanese market, includes 21 classic games, two controllers, and a HDMI cable.

The games are mostly identical, but there are some differences between the US/EU game lineup and the Japanese one, and the AC adapter which is only part of the US package but not the EU or Japanese one.

Windows Defender Antivirus: Controlled Folder Access

Controlled Folder Access is a new feature of Windows Defender Antivirus that is currently being tested on the most recent Windows 10 Insider Builds.

If things go well, it will be one of the new features of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update upgrade that is out later this year.

The main idea behind Controlled Folder Access is to protect certain folders and the files they contain from unauthorized access. Think of it as a layer of protection against manipulation of files that are stored in protected folders.

Google Photos: Share Your Library explained

Google Photos new Share Your Library feature is currently being rolled out to Google Photos on the Web and mobile devices.

Share Your Library is a new feature of Google Photos that Google revealed earlier this year during the Google I/O conference. It is designed to give users of Google Photos an option to share part of their photo library with another person automatically.

Dropbox’s new Security Checkup Tool

Dropbox released a Security Checkup Tool for all customers yesterday that users of the service may use to verify security related account settings.

Designed to improve security, it walks you through a series of verification steps. These are not new, but they have been scattered around on the Dropbox website so far.

NetworkUsageView lists Windows network usage data

NetworkUsageView is a free portable program for Windows 8 and newer by Nirsoft that displays network usage data that is collected by the operating system.

The free program parses the information of the SRUDB.dat database file that is filled with network usage information on Windows 8 and Windows 10.

The database is located under c:\windows\system32\sru\SRUDB.dat. It is part of System Resource Usage Monitor (SRUM), a new feature that Microsoft introduced in Windows 8 as part of the Diagnostic Policy Service.

Google News redesign: whitespace and scrolling galore on desktop

Google News for the desktop has been redesigned by Google to make the desktop version of the service "more accessible and easier to navigate".

Windows 10 KB4022716 for Creators Update

Microsoft released the update KB4022716 for the Windows 10 Creators Update version of Windows 10 yesterday evening.

The cumulative update brings the version of the operating system to 15063.447, and is available through Windows Update and the Microsoft Update Catalog.

Microsoft classifies the update as a quality update; it contains no security updates and introduces no new features to the operating system.

Windows Defender Exploit Guard: native EMET in Windows 10

Microsoft revealed new security features of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update yesterday to improve Windows 10 device security.

A look at Kaku — Media streaming in GNU/Linux

We stream nearly everything nowadays, Spotify, Netflix, Crunchyroll...These are just a few of the services that many people nowadays use to get their favourite media wherever they are, and they all have a common theme (besides being stream services); subscription payment plans.

Pay a small fee each month and you can have all the media you want. But, there are free alternatives too, one of these is a wonderful program named Kaku.

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