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  1. 16/01/14

    Adobe adds 3D printer support to Photoshop

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    “Adobe has rolled out an update to Photoshop that incorporates direct support for 3D printing. According to Adobe, they don’t expect most users to directly create 3D meshes in Photoshop. Instead they expect most of the time people will import objects from other applications and then use Photoshop as a finishing tool to tweak and repair meshes — in a similar fashion to how Photoshop can be used to tweak photos before production. The application currently directly supports MakerBot printers and the online Shapeways service. More printer support is coming (printer profiles are editable XML files) and the application can also export STL files that can be copied to a USB drive and used on other brands of 3D printer.”

  2. 16/01/14

    Microsoft extends updates for Windows XP till July 2015

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    “Microsoft today announced it will continue to provide updates to its security products for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015. Previously, the company said it would halt all updates on the end of support date for Windows XP: April 8, 2014. For consumers, this means Microsoft Security Essentials will continue to get updates after support ends for Windows XP. For enterprise customers, the same goes for System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection, and Windows Intune running on Windows XP.”

  3. 16/01/14

    Apple to refund £20 million to settle FTC complaint

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    Apple Inc. has agreed to provide full refunds to consumers, paying a minimum of £20 million, to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company billed consumers for millions of dollars of charges incurred by children in kids’ mobile apps without their parents’ consent.

    Under the terms of the settlement with the FTC, Apple also will be required to change its billing practices to ensure that it has obtained express, informed consent from consumers before charging them for items sold in mobile apps.

    “This settlement is a victory for consumers harmed by Apple’s unfair billing, and a signal to the business community: whether you’re doing business in the mobile arena or the mall down the street, fundamental consumer protections apply,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez.  “You cannot charge consumers for purchases they did not authorize.”

    The FTC’s complaint alleges that Apple violated the FTC Act by failing to tell parents that by entering a password they were approving a single in-app purchase and also 15 minutes of additional unlimited purchases their children could make without further action by the parent.

    Apple offers many kids’ apps in its App Store that allow users to incur charges within the apps.  Many of these charges are for virtual items or currency used in playing a game.  These charges generally range from 69p to £99.99 per in-app charge.

    The complaint alleges that Apple does not inform account holders that entering their password will open a 15-minute window in which children can incur unlimited charges with no further action from the account holder. In addition, according to the complaint, Apple has often presented a screen with a prompt for a parent to enter his or her password in a kids’ app without explaining to the account holder that password entry would finalize any purchase at all.

    The rapidly expanding mobile arena has been a focus of the Commission’s consumer protection efforts. In addition to its consumer protection enforcement activity in the mobile sphere, last year, the FTC issued staff reports addressing mobile payments and providing recommendations for the mobile industry on how to protect consumers as new and innovative payment systems come into use, advocating improved privacy disclosures in the mobile environment, and addressing advertising disclosures in the context of mobile devices.

    In its complaint, the FTC notes that Apple received at least tens of thousands of complaints about unauthorized in-app purchases by children. One consumer reported that her daughter had spent £1,599 in the app “Tap Pet Hotel,” and other consumers reported unauthorized purchases by children totaling more than £300 in the apps “Dragon Story” and “Tiny Zoo Friends.” According to the complaint, consumers have reported millions of pounds in unauthorized charges to Apple.

    The settlement requires Apple to modify its billing practices to ensure that Apple obtains consumers’ express, informed consent prior to billing them for in-app charges, and that if the company gets consumers’ consent for future charges, consumers must have the option to withdraw their consent at any time. Apple must make these changes no later than March 31, 2014.

    Under the settlement, Apple will be required to provide full refunds, totaling a minimum of £20 million, to consumers who were billed for in-app charges that were incurred by children and were either accidental or not authorized by the consumer. Apple must make these refunds promptly, upon request from an account holder. Apple is required to give notice of the availability of refunds to all consumers charged for in-app charges with instructions on how to obtain a refund for unauthorized purchases by kids. Should Apple issue less than £20 million in refunds to consumers within the 12 months after the settlement becomes final, the company must remit the balance to the Commission.

  4. 27/09/12

    Congratulations! – Winners of the Trade Exhibition Prize Draws

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    Congratulations to Emily Hunt of Travail Recruitment Group and Karl Seeley of Willowbridge Labels, prize draw winners of the 2TB Hitachi Touro Desktop drives from the Menta and Bury Free Press Trade Fairs held recently.

  5. 10/09/12

    Microsoft: As of October, 1024-Bit Certs Are the New Minimum

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    Microsoft reminds Windows administrators that an update scheduled for October 9th will require a higher standard for digital certificates. “That warning comes as Microsoft prepares to release an automatic security update for Windows on Oct. 9, 2012, that will make longer key lengths mandatory for all digital certificates that touch Windows systems. … Read more…

  6. 05/09/12

    Intel Embraces Oil Immersion Cooling For Servers

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    Intel has just concluded a year-long test in which it immersed servers in an oil bath, and has affirmed that the technology is highly efficient and safe for servers. The chipmaker is now working on reference designs, heat sinks and boards that are optimized for immersion cooling. ‘We’re evaluating how (immersion cooling) can change the way data Read more…

  7. 05/09/12

    Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2012

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    Microsoft has released Windows Server 2012, letting businesses test it for 90 days on the Azure cloud platform for free. There are two versions of the main edition of Windows Server 2012: one with virtualization support and one without. The former, the Data Center version, costs $4,809, while the Standard edition will cost $882 (UK pricing at the date of this post was not available). There’s also an Essentials Read more…

  8. 19/06/12

    Young Listeners Opt For Streaming Over Owning

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    “CNN reports that younger listeners are increasingly opting to stream music rather than own it.  If their music is constantly available anywhere on any device, then ‘what’s the difference?,’ ponders the article.  The distinction between streaming music and owning music is starting to blur.  From the article: ‘But Van Buskirk also suggests another reason Read more…

  9. 19/06/12

    Microsoft Announces ‘Surface’ Tablet

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    “At its much-discussed ‘big unveil’ this evening, Microsoft did indeed launch a tablet — but rumors that the device would showcase a Barnes & Noble partnership were misplaced. Instead, Microsoft showed a …  device that integrates a better keyboard option than typing on the screen without adding size or weight. That’s where the new keyboard — which Read more…

  10. 19/06/12

    Intel To Ship Xeon Phi For “Exascale” Computing This Year

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    “At the International Supercomputing Conference today, Intel announced that Knights corner, the company’s first commercial  Many Integrated Core product will ship commercially in 2012. The descendent of the processor formerly known as Larrabee also gets a new brand name — Xeon Phi. The idea behind Intel’s new push is that the highly efficient Read more…

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