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Windows/Mac/Linux/Chrome: DuckieTV is a no-hassle, fool-proof calendar to track TV shows you’re watching, and it also automatically searches for torrents of new episodes and downloads them to your hard drive.
Microsoft is not as Service Pack happy as it once was. While Windows XP and 2000 had three and four SPs respectively, Windows 7 had just one while Windows 8 went with a versioning approach instead, in the form of 8.1. Microsoft now looks like it’s bringing Service Packs back for older platforms, except they’re called ‘Convenience Rollups’.
Windows: Fences, one of our favourite apps for organising your desktop, just got better with version 3. Now you can minimise fences to just their title bars so you can hide your desktop clutter while keeping everything easy to find.
It has recently come to light that nearly all Symantec antivirus products are vulnerable to remote code execution that could give attackers root access to computers. The reason why this bug is particularly nasty is because it affects Symantec’s antivirus engine which is embedded into the Windows kernel, giving it the ability to cripple computer systems. Symantec isn’t the only antivirus vendor that has experienced serious security flaws but it does beg the question: how should you protect yourself when you can’t rely on commercial antivirus products? Read on to find out more.
Windows/Mac: WhatsApp is working hard to become your go-to messenger. Now that it’s free for everyone, you can use WhatsApp on your computer with the new desktop apps.
In the latest Microsoft Security Bulletin, the vendor has issued patches for 16 security bugs for its software of which eight are rated as critical. Some of them affect all supported Windows operating systems including Vista, Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Among the critical security flaws found, a handful involved remote code execution which would allow hackers to take over vulnerable PCs. Here are the details.