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Kape Technologies buys ExpressVPN for 936 million dollars

16 September 2021 @ 12:41 am

Kape Technologies, the same company that distributed adware under the name Crossrider up until 2018, is continuing its VPN buying spree with ExpressVPN. The deal is valued at $936 million US dollars. Following its string of VPN acquisitions, including Private Internet Access and CyberGhost, Kape's acquisition announcement has raised alarm bells with privacy-inclined Internet users due to the company's history as an adware distributor with ties to Israel's Unit 8200. "Ensuring that Kape shared our commitment to privacy and doing right by users was a non-negotiable in our due diligence process, and we were thorough in our assessment. Based on what we saw and heard, we are confident about working with Kape. Kape has moved on from those times. They now have a new team and suite of products focused solely on privacy and security. Their revenue, reporting in public filings for all to see, also reflects that, coming 100 per cent from the digital privacy and sec

ProtonMail forced to comply with Swiss law and provide data in arrest of climate activist

10 September 2021 @ 1:15 am

French police arrested a climate activist with help from information they acquired from ProtonMail, despite ProtonMail's prior notice that it did not log some of the information in question. As noted by The Register, ProtonMail has changed the wording on its website regarding logging of its users' IP addresses. January of 2021: "No personal information is required to create your secure email account. By default, we do not keep any IP logs which can be linked to your anonymous email account. Your privacy comes first." Now: "ProtonMail is email that respects privacy and puts people (not advertisers) first. Your data belongs to you, and our encryption ensures that. We also provide an anonymous email gateway." ProtonMail was forced to comply with this information warrant from French police due to a Swiss legal request for the information. This was accomplished via Interpol transferring the French warrant to its Swiss counterparts. The i

Docker has renamed its free plan to "Personal," will now charge subscriptions for large business use

2 September 2021 @ 10:56 pm

In a move that is causing some controversy for developers, Docker is now requiring medium-to-large businesses to pay in order to use their desktop software. If your business has more than 250 employees or makes over $10 million USD annually, Docker's developers now require that you pay a subscription for their Docker Desktop application. This move comes as Docker seeks to "scale sustainably." The features that have been available for users for free will continue to be free for independent developers and small businesses, and the new subscription options will allow for full commercial use. Docker states that over half of its users fall into categories that allow for continued free usage of the Docker Desktop app. These include "individual developers, open source projects, education, and small businesses." That said, for existing Docker users that don't meet those use cases, Docker has a grace period that lasts until January 31st, 2022 that will al

Windows 11 releases on October 5th, 2021

2 September 2021 @ 1:14 am

Microsoft has announced that the next major version of Windows comes out in a month. In a post on the official Windows blog, General Manager of Windows Marketing Aaron Woodman revealed the initial rollout date for Windows 11 alongside a summary of new features and specific distribution plans. The October 5th date will be both for sales of new computers that are compatible with Windows 11 as well as existing "eligible Windows 10 PCs." The approach being taken for Windows 11's launch will be "phased and measured with a focus on quality" based on the experience Microsoft gained from launching Windows 10. The distribution will be rolled out over approximately 6 months based on "hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device," alongside other hardware factors. Woodman lists 11 points as highlights of the upcoming release: "1. The new design and sounds are modern, fresh, clean, and beautiful, bringing you a sen

AlternativeTo now lists over 100,000 apps. This wouldn't be possible without you!

19 August 2021 @ 2:20 am

As of the week of August 16th, 2021, AlternativeTo now lists over 100,000 (and counting) apps. Each one of these apps could be just what you're looking for to replace whatever software or service you're currently using. Since its founding on March 11th, 2009, AlternativeTo has grown from the brain child of Markus and Ola to a truly collaborative effort driven by you, the community. As we continue to see all of the apps you add, lists you make, and feedback you give, we get a little stronger each and every day. Your work and involvement are what make AlternativeTo the best place to find your next software choice. We still have plenty of work to do, and we'll continue to do it thanks to your constant contributions and interaction. If you can't find what software you're looking for, feel free to add it! As always, thank you for being a part of this ever growing crowdsourced software recommendati

1Password 8 will be subscription only and won’t support local vaults

13 August 2021 @ 2:07 am

Starting with the release of 1Password version 8, the password managing service will only be available via subscription, with the option for standalone licenses for locally hosted instances of the service no longer being made available. 1Password author Dave Teare summarized the reasoning with the following: • The next generation of 1Password apps will take full advantage of (including .ca🇨🇦 & .eu🇪🇺) and as such will require a subscription to use 🔐 • Those with a standalone license can trade in their license for a special discount on a new 1Password membership 🙌🏼 • Gift cards are available for those who don’t have a credit card or prefer non-recurring payments ✌️ Teare's full post on the matter goes into detail with the origin of 1Password as a local, individual license-only option back when it launched in 2006. Since the launch of its subscription model, the following features have been i

Apple will start scanning user iCloud Photo Libraries for child sexual abuse material

9 August 2021 @ 12:36 am

Apple has announced that it is implementing neural network-powered scanning technology to detect child sexual abuse material (CSAM) throughout its operating systems. Developed "in collaboration with child safety experts," the new countermeasures are aimed explicitly to detect and report existing CSAM to law enforcement. Additionally, filters to block sexually explicit material sent and received through child users' Apple ID services like Small iMessage iconiMessage as well as reporting tools for both parents and children will be implemented. CSAM-related terms queried through

Telegram now supports video calls with 1,000 viewers, 1-on-1 screen sharing, and more

3 August 2021 @ 2:29 am

The development team behind Telegram has released a major update that adds numerous big features to the messaging app. These new features are detailed on the official Telegram blog, and a major highlight includes what the Telegram team has named "Group Video Calls 2.0." As of this release, 30 users can now broadcast video from both their camera and screen, and up to 1000 people can watch, in a single group video call. The team plans on increasing this limit until " all humans on Earth can join one group call." Video messages have also been updated with support for higher resolutions, and users can now tap on videos within the Telegram app to expand them and take advantage of this support. Other improvements to video playback include support for 0.5x, 1.5x and 2x playback speeds (and 0.2x speed for the service's Android app exclusively), as well support for timestamp link sharing ac

Behance art portfolio network implements subscriptions to support artists

30 July 2021 @ 11:57 pm

Behance is implementing subscription support for artists in a fashion similar to Patreon. The Adobe-owned art portfolio-based social network announced and implemented a subscription feature available to every registered creator. Subscribing to a creator gives you access to "premium projects, livestreams, or source files" that they choose to provide. Creators can set their own custom pricing and can exercise full control over the content provided. Interested users can subscribe to creators from any work on their page, including livestreams and livestream archives. Behance allows you to manage all of your active and past subscriptions from the top right menu on the site. As of the moment, only a limited amount of Behance creators can offer subscriptions, with a wider rollout than the 28 selected creators coming "in the near future." Interested creators can sign up for the beta of this program by filling out a

Google Bookmarks is being discontinued September 30th, 2021

21 July 2021 @ 2:26 pm

Google is retiring its Bookmarks service, adding another body to the Killed By Google graveyard. 16 years following its launch, the relatively obscure bookmarking service from Google is set to be discontinued this September. Though there was no widely publicized announcement, the discontinuation was discovered last week. Though the service has been completely eclipsed by the bookmark sync feature present in Small Google Chrome iconGoogle Chrome, it was still used for storing starred places in