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Chinese Opera Takeover Fails

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Chinese Opera Takeover Fails

Back in February Opera announced it received a $1.2 billion buyout offer from a Chinese consortium-- but it failed to get regulatory approval, leading to a partial acquisition of the company.

Dubbed the Kunqi Consortium, the buyer-to-be includes ISP mobile games distributor Beijing Kunlun Tech and billionaire Zhou Hongyi, owner of security and search company Qihoo 360.

According to Reuters, "U.S. privacy concerns would have led to an investigation into some of Opera's products that risked delaying the acquisition for up to a year." As a result, the involved parties to bypass regulatory issues by buying parts of Opera-- specifically its mobile phone and desktop computer browser business, performance and privacy apps division, technology licensing business and a stake in Chinese joint venture nHorizon-- for $500 million.

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Avast Buys More Security with AVG

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Avast Buys More Security with AVG

Antivirus software vendor Avast acquires more security through Czech Republic-based security developer AVG in a deal worth around $1.3 billion.

The deal creates an entity with a network of over 400 million endpoints (160 million of which are mobile), all acting as "de facto sensors" to further broaden the Avast malware intel library.

As the company puts it, the reason behind the purchase is to "gain scale, technological depth and geographical depth." As such, Avast plans to pursue business beyond PC antivirus software to more advanced offerings, such as security for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

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Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows

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Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows

Both Apple and Trend Micro warn customers to uninstall QuickTime from Windows PCs--  Apple has stopped updating the video player, one Trend Micro says carries not one but two critical vulnerabilities.

Since there will be no more QuickTime for Windows updates the two vulnerabilities will never be patched out. Trend Micro says no attacks exploit the vulnerabilities as yet, but it is preferable to be safe and take preemptive action.

According to the security company, taking advantage of the vulnerabilities "requires a user to visit a malicious web page or open a malicious file to exploit them.” As such, one must also be aware of potential phishing attempts.

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Macs Hit By First Ransomware

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Macs Hit By First Ransomware

The typically secure Mac platform has been hit by a ransomware-- version 2.90 of the Transmission BitTorrent client is actually infected with malware, and poses nasty consequences to users.

According to Palo Alto Networks security researchers this is the first functioning example of such malware (specifically "KeRanger") to attack OS X. Thankfully the Transmission developers quickly realised the situation, and users are urged to use the Activity Monitor to delete KeRanger and related processes.

In addition, Apple has already revoked a "a digital certificate from a legitimate Apple developer that enabled the rogue software to install on Macs."

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DirectX Gets Rival With Vulkan

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DirectX Gets Rival With Vulkan

The Khronos Group reveals a successor to OpenGL-- and a rival to Microsoft's DirectX-- with the launch of the Vulkan 1.0 specification, an open low-level cross-platform graphics API.

Built on the ashes of Mantle, the previous AMD attempt at an OpenGL successor, Vulkan promises high-efficiency cross-platform access access to graphics and compute GPU resources. As such it should run on just about any device running on Windows, Linux or Android, be it PC, games console, mobile device or embbedded platform. It also features minimised CPU overhead and efficient multi-threaded performance, with all related materials (including conformance tests, specification source and software tools) freely available as open source.

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Trend Micro Hit By "Ridiculous" Flaw

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Trend Micro Hit By

Security researchers at Google Project Zero warn of a dangerous flaw in the popular Trend Micro Antivirus security software opening a backdoor for PC hijacking, malware infection and password robbery.

According to the researchers, the flaw allows any website to run commands directly on PCs running Trend Micro software. Such commands including wiping the computer, downloading and installing malware and uninstalling Trend Micro antivirus. Posing the worst risk is the Password Manager component, since the application of a malicious script can steal all password stored on the browser, including encrypted ones.

"I don't even know what to say-- how could you enable this thing *by default* on all your customer machines without getting an audit from a competent security consultant?" researcher Tavis Ormandy writes in the Google Security Research blog. "You need to come up with a plan for fixing this right now. Frankly, it also looks like you're exposing all the stored passwords to the internet, but let's worry about that screw up after you get the remote code execution under control."

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Windows 10 Reaches Launch

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Windows 10 Reaches Launch

Microsoft says it is the start of a new era-- one where customers put Windows 8 firmly behind-- as Windows 10 reaches official launch, with celebrations taking place in 13 different countries.

The OS is available as a free update to Windows 7 and 8 users in 190 countries. In addition a new Windows Store is open, and developers get a companion Windows Software Development Kit.

Windows 10 promises to combine the best of Windows 7 and 8, with the Start button, taskbar and desktop modes of the former and the touch-friendly UI features of the latter. Microsoft also says it is the most secure version of the OS yet (with enhanced Windows Defender and Smart Screen), while switching between different devices should be smoother through the Continuum feature.

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WD Adds Plex to My Cloud NAS

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WD Adds Plex to My Cloud NAS

Customers wanting media server software for their WD NAS storage systems are getting exactly that, as the company announces the the Plex Media Server app is now available for the My Cloud NAS series.

Plex is a popular media organisation and streaming software. It is available for most PC and NAS devices, and comes with a companion client app allowing media playback on Windows, Android, Chromecast, Xbox and PlayStation devices, as well as a number of STBs and smart TVs.

"With today's addition of the Plex app, the My Cloud NAS series will now be a one-stop shop to not only store and protect your most precious content, but to organize and stream that content to all your devices as well," the company says.

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Windows 10: The Last Version of Windows?

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Windows 10: The Last Version of Windows?

Microsoft describes Windows 10 as "the last version of Windows" at its Ignite conference. How come? Mainly because Microsoft wants to move the OS to an "as a service" model fed with constant updates.

One way this is possible is the way Windows 10 is built-- the OS is split into multiple components, such as Start Menu or built-in apps. Each component can be updated independently of the core Windows OS, allowing for more agile patching instead of big updates.

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