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Firefox now automatically blocks autoplaying audio and video

Mozilla today released version 66 of its Firefox browser. It features all of the usual tech updates and bug fixes, but there’s also a clear theme here: reducing online annoyances.With this update, Firefox can now automatically block autoplaying audio and video — the scourge of the modern web. The way Mozilla has implemented this is smart enough to recognize when a video is playing...

Facebook outage drives millions to look for something to do

Much of the Western world went into panic Wednesday and into Thursday when Facebook, the social networking platform used by billions worldwide, went down. The crash affected WhatsApp and Instagram as well. Users around the globe found logging-in impossible. In Israel, users could access Facebook normally by late Wednesday night, although many features – such as posting for some users –...

Microsoft releases Windows Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft has developed and started testing Windows Defender Application Guard extensions for both Chrome and Firefox to better protect enterprise PCs. The feature, which used to be an Edge exclusive, keeps PCs safe by opening web pages not included in administrators' trusted sites in a virtual container. That way, it can prevent attackers...

A 19-year-old WinRAR bug is being used to install malware

Last month, a 19-year-old bug was discovered in WinRAR, a software used to extract .zip and other file archives on your Windows PC. The company was quick to patch the bug, but users who haven't updated to version 5.70 are still vulnerable. Now, opportunistic hackers are taking advantage of that. McAfee, a global software security company, revealed in a blog post that it has identified more than...

Microsoft tests 50-person Skype calls

Microsoft rolled out a new version of Skype to its Insider Preview program this week that expands the maximum number of people on a call from 25 to 50, as well as making audible notifications optional, for all platforms.According to the update note, "When you start a call in these large groups, it will send a notification instead of ringing all the members, to not interrupt those who can't join...

Dropbox institutes ridiculous three-device limit on free accounts

Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage platforms. In fact, many on the AP team prefer Dropbox to Google Drive. If you're trying to make do with a free Dropbox account, there's a new restriction that'll be sure to cramp your style. As of this month, Dropbox limits you to just three connected devices on free accounts.Previously, you could connect as many computers, phones, and tablets as...

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