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Free is good: No-cost Panda Software tops AV-Test's rankings of antivirus software
Sep 30, 2014 - 7:10 AM - by TechSocial
Antivirus suites are only as good as their latest tests. And in’s latest roundup for July and August, the usual suspects—BitDefender, Kaspersky, McAfee, and Symantec—came out on top.
The same holds true for the free options. If you’re a cheapskate, you can download Panda Security’s free cloud antivirus and have a good chance that it will catch everything that the shadowy corners of the Web can throw at it—as it did in AV-test’s own proving ground.
But if you think that Microsoft’s own Windows Defender (or Microsoft Security Essentials in Windows 7) antimalware solution will do the job, you’re almost entirely wrong. Microsoft caught less than 80 percent of both the known malware that threw at it, as well as the unknown or so-called zero-day malware that it was tested against. It’s like saying your roof will catch 80 percent of the rain—eventually, there’s going to be a leak.

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Meet Ello, an ad-free social network that's proudly pro-privacy (but with caveats)
Sep 26, 2014 - 10:23 PM - by TechSocial
A new social network is generating buzz for its hard stance against paid advertising and data collection. But how the site really works, when it comes to privacy, is a little more nuanced.
Ello is open on an invite-only basis, so you’ll need to know someone who’s already in the club to get in straight away. Tens of thousands of people are on the waiting list, according to the site, and only small batches of people are being let in at a time.

The site, which is still in beta, works similarly to Twitter. Users’ posts are public, and may include links to outside sites like YouTube or Soundcloud. There are two feeds: “Friends” for your besties; and a curated “Noise” stream for everything else. You can mention other users by adding the “@” symbol in front of their names, comment on their posts and repost them.

Those features are not remarkable. But Ello’s been generating chatter partly due to its lack of ads and privacy ideals. Unlike Facebook or Google, the site says it will not sell any of its users’ data to third parties. The site hopes to make money by letting users pay for premium features.
“We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity,” Ello says in its manifesto. “You are not a product,” the company claims.
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Chrome for Mac will be a strictly 64-bit affair as of November
Sep 15, 2014 - 10:17 PM - by ekim68
Still surfing the web from an old-school Mac? You may want to upgrade shortly. Google has revealed that it's launching the finished 64-bit version of Chrome 39 for OS X this November, and there won't be a 32-bit fallback (like there is with Windows) from that point onward.
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World’s First 3D Printed Car Took Years to Design, But Only 44 Hours to Print
Sep 17, 2014 - 8:17 AM - by HOBOcs
One day, in the not-too-distant future, you’ll be able to walk into a car dealership, choose a design — including the number of seats — and have a 3D printed car by the end of the day.

The "Strati", which means “layers” in Italian

According to Ford Motors, most cars have somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 parts. The Strati has just 49, including its 3D printed body (the largest part), plus more traditional components like the motor, wheels, seats and windshield. While many 3D printed car models exist, there haven't been any other drivable ones that we could find.

....Although the Strati is just as expensive as a full-sized sedan, Rogers does not envision it as a luxury item. Instead, he believes it will be an affordable and highly customizable option that could be widely available by 2016 for between $18,000 and $34,000.

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Security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader
Sep 16, 2014 - 2:03 PM - by dvk01

Security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader have just been released addressing eight vulnerabilities in both the Windows and Mac versions. The affected versions are Reader and Acrobat X 10.1.11 and earlier and Reader and Acrobat XI 11.0.08 for Windows and Mac.

The updates were originally scheduled to be released a week ago, but were delayed due to problems in testing.

The new versions are Reader and Acrobat X 10.1.12 and Reader and Acrobat XI 11.0.09 for Windows and Mac. Individual users may apply the updates using the “Check for Updates” option on the Help menu. If it says no new version, then wait a couple of hours and try again. It is very common for Adobe to throttle downloads in certain regions.
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