Category Archives: Operating Systems


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File Sharing & Collaboration with GroupMe

If you’re a user of Microsoft’s chat app GroupMe, you’ll no doubt be pleased with the new update to allow file sharing of up to 50MB (per file). With the ability to share from a multitude of local or cloud storage locations including OneDrive, GoogleDrive, DropBox and Amazon Drive, this brings GroupMe higher into the league to compete with established networking apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

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How To Use iOS 3D Touch Function to Print to PDF

If you’re using an iPhone model 6s onwards, then you’ll be able to use the 3D Touch functionality to do all sorts of commands, depending on the app you’re using. Introduced in June 2016, 3D Touch allows users to select from different options depending on how hard they press down on the phone screen; for example, a slight touch on an email in the Mail app will open a preview, whereas a slightly harder push will open the message completely. This feature is used across a wide range of apps for different purposes, one of the most common being the “Print” function.

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Kindle 50MB Limit Exceeded

How to Overcome the 50MB “Send to Kindle” File Size Limit

Do you find yourself frustrated by the 50MB limit imposed by Amazon when trying to send large documents to your Kindle wirelessly? If you use it for reading eBooks and files then you may find yourself victim to this limit more often than you’d like, but there is a way around it that doesn’t involve plugging into your computer and transferring via USB cable (not always practical on the move and defeats the purpose of a wireless e-reader!)

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Linux celebrates 25 years of being Awesome!

In the furore of the WWW turning 25 on August 23rd, you might be excused for overlooking the birthday of Linux, which turns 25 today, on August 25th! But you shouldn’t be really, as the OS has come a long way since developer Linus Torvalds first asked for help on his personal coding project to create a new, free operating system kernel, and nobody could have predicted how Linux, or Freax as it was originally known, would grow!

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GM Bot

GM Bot Update

 

Android Malware GM Bot has been in the news lately as it was revealed that the source code was leaked online in December, leading to the increased likelihood that cyberattackers will be hitting Android users with a new wave of dangerous banking malware. The source code is available for free on the dark web, and also includes server-side instructions and tutorials to allow the malware to infect vulnerable devices.

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Hike

Send PDF files on Windows Phones using Hike Messenger

If you use Hike on your Windows Phone then you’ll be interested to know that a major update has been rolled out in Beta that has seen the messaging service undergo a major design and functionality change. The official release notes for the update state that Hike has been practically rewritten from scratch (17,378 lines of code to date) and users will notice a big difference as soon as they log on after updating. A brand new interface has been introduced, pushing simpler and easier navigation for users, as well as a wide range of features including 10 new chat themes, enhanced group admin settings and the option to mute group chats (which can also now have up to 500 members).

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Evince 3.18.1 updated with numerous bug fixes

Evince, the default document viewer for the GNOME desktop environment, has been updated to include updated translations and several bugfixes.

Evince can handle a number of document types, including PDF, DjVu, TIFF and XPS and has been included as part of GNOME since 2005.

An open-source project, the latest update includes the following fixes and updates:

•    Performance regression found with GTK+ builds
•    Crashes that occurred when opening PDF documents containing screen annotations that didn’t have actions
•    When adding new annotations, right clicks are now ignored
•    Bookmark titles are now correctly rendered when containing special characters
•    Recent View mode now displays error messages
•    Multiple documents are now handled correctly when added from the command line
•    Crashes that occurred when rendering and thumbnailing operations were in use

In addition to fixes, languages included in the translation updates include:
•    Shantha kumar (ta)
•    Khaled Hosny (ar)
•    Jiro Matsuzawa (ja)
•    Inaki Larranaga Murgoitio (eu)
•    Gheyret Kenji (ug)

This latest update follows hot on the heels of the Bodhi Linux 3.10 “App Pack”, of which Evince is one of the default apps included, alongside Chromium, Filezilla and Geany Text Editor


Windows 10

Windows 10 Introduces direct Print to PDF Function

Microsoft have finally caught up with MAC OS X and included Print to PDF as a direct feature for any document in Windows 10 that is open in a text editing program that can be printed from, such as Microsoft natives Word or Notepad, or third party programs like LibreOffice. This also applies to any file, not just text documents.

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Apps on Mobile

Top Free PDF Apps for Mobile Users

If you spend a lot of time on your mobile or tablet browsing the web, then this post is going to be right up your street! A lot of companies have created mobile friendly versions of their websites (especially since Google’s Mobile Friendly update last April) and as such, have made sure that any corresponding PDF documents online can be read and accessed by users.

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Open Source

Security Vulnerabilities in Open Source Programs

Using open source software can have its benefits – the quality can be better than when using proprietary programs, as more than one development team can work to iron out bugs and glitches. End users can also have more of a say in the future development of the software, including custom elements and flexibility with compatibility to different operating systems. Some of the most popular software in the world is open source, including Linux, WordPress, Firefox, Magento and Thunderbird, and typically the response is good, but there are some potential pitfalls to be aware of! Security is a big concern, and it’s important that both developers and users of open source software know how to protect themselves.

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