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Android N plugs one ransomware attack vector

The upcoming Android N (Nougat) operating system ships with a security change that will prevent ransomware attacks from succeeding that target the unlock password.

Ransomware is not only a problem on desktop computer systems but also increasingly problematic on mobile devices.

Depending on what users do on the mobile device, it may be easy to have it infected with a ransomware variant.

Typically, this involves downloading apps from outside of the Google Play store.

Rambox: messaging frontend for the desktop

Rambox is a free open-source cross-platform messaging and email frontend for the desktop that provides you with access to more than 20 different services out of the box.

Messaging applications are everywhere. On your smartphone, on the Web, and as desktop programs. While some services provide you with tools to run them on any device you use, others are only available on certain device types or operating systems.

A resource-friendly way to stream Twitch.tv content

Twitch.tv is a popular destination to watch live streams of various video game and related broadcasts. Most Internet users tune in using a web browser, and that is working fine most of the time.

Twitch used to use Flash exclusively on the site but has since then started to integrate HTML5 video streams on the site as well.

Midnight (Night Mode) for Android review

Midnight (Night Mode) is a free application for Android devices to reduce the screen brightness automatically or manually.

Bright screens can be a problem, especially late at night, early in the morning or in places where it is dark.

It does not really matter if you are staring at a computer monitor, television screen or smartphone display.

Netmonitor for Chrome shows background requests

Netmonitor is a browser extension for Google Chrome and other Chromium browsers that highlights background requests web pages made after loading.

Google Chrome, and other browsers for the matter, displays a loading indicator only on initial page load.

Once a page has loaded completely, it won't highlight if a page makes additional requests, at least not on the frontend of the browser.

While you may be able to see requests made after page load using the browser's own network monitor, it is not practical to have it open all the time for that.

Yahoo launches Facebook Messenger bots

Yahoo announced yesterday that it launched four bots for Facebook Messenger that users of the messaging application can interact with.

The bots, exclusively available for Android and iOS versions of Facebook Messenger, bring finance, news, weather and, ehm, monkeys, to Facebook Messenger.

5 Reasons to upgrade to Windows 10

There are reasons for and against upgrading an existing system to Windows 10. I covered reasons to keep on using an existing operating system yesterday already and suggest you check it out first.

Today, I'm going to look at reasons for making the switch to Windows 10.

I want to make clear that you have to weight each reason individually, as you may weight them different than other computer users.

5 Reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10

The free to upgrade period to Windows 10 is almost at an end, and it is likely that many users who have not upgraded yet consider doing so.

The reason is simple: the upgrade is free, and it is possible to go back in the first month should things turn out not to your liking.

That's a pretty good incentive to try out the new operating system. There are other things that you may like about Windows 10, and I will reveal them in another article that I'll publish soon.

This article on the other hand concentrates on reasons why you may not want to upgrade to Windows 10.

Reduce File History size on Windows 10

File History is a useful feature of recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system that backs up files regularly when enabled.

You may want to check out our how to use File History guide if you have never used it before.

File History offers additional protection against data loss, but does not replace backups completely.

While it is useful as it is, as it allows you to recover files easily, it may take up quite a bit of space on the designated hard drive.

Mozilla tests new Get Add-ons page in Firefox

If you are running Firefox's Developer Edition you may have noticed the new Get Add-ons page already that Mozilla rolled out with the latest update.

Add-ons are one of the core selling points of the Firefox web browser. While Mozilla stated recently that 40% of Firefox users don't run a single add-on, it does mean that the other 60% run at least one.

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