Fortnite for Android is coming very soon dans Informatique / Multimedia
BetaNews 2018-05-19 12:29:28

The phenomenon that is Fortnite will be making its way to Android, Epic Games has revealed. An Android version of the game is something that mobile gamers have been begging for for some time now, and it seems it will not be long until these pleas are answered. While an exact release date has not been revealed, Fortnite for Android will be happening in the next few months. See also: Meltdown...

SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018 promises full Office 2016 compatibility, debuts optional ribbon interface dans Informatique / Multimedia
BetaNews 2018-05-16 18:00:31

Why pay a monthly subscription for Office software? SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018 has just been released, promising full compatibility with the latest Word, Excel and PowerPoint formats and debuting a new optional ribbon interface for those switching from Office 2007 or later. FreeOffice comprises word processor TextMaker 2018, spreadsheets package PlanMaker 2018 and presentation tool Presentations...

Apps based on Electron framework are vulnerable to attack dans Informatique / Multimedia
BetaNews 2018-05-14 12:37:38

The Electron framework -- the basis of popular apps including Skype, Slack, Signal and WordPress -- has been found to contain a security flaw that leaves it vulnerable to attack. The GitHub-created tool has a vulnerability that allows hackers to execute arbitrary code on remote systems. CVE-2018-1000136 affects Electron 1.7.13 and older as well as Electron 1.8.4 and 2.0.0-beta.3, and the problem...

Ubuntu Snap Store app contained cryptocurrency miner, showing open source doesn't equal safe dans Informatique / Multimedia
BetaNews 2018-05-13 16:46:40

There was a recent discovery that an app called "2048buntu" in the Ubuntu Snap Store contained cryptocurrency (Bytecoin) mining code. Thankfully, this app -- and the developer's other submissions -- have since been removed. Yeah, it's annoying that the developer chose to add this code, but is it really a malicious thing? I mean, since the app is open source, this mining code was technically not...

Microsoft launches free Surface Pro 4 replacement program because it can't fix flickering screens dans Informatique / Multimedia
BetaNews 2018-05-12 10:12:09

If you have a Surface Pro 4, you might be one of the unlucky tablet owners to suffer from a flickering screen -- a problem predictably dubbed "flickergate". Unable to come up with a fix, Microsoft has opened up a replacement program that means that those affected by the problem will be able to get a new Surface Pro 4 free of charge. Microsoft says that it has been unable to produce a patch to...

Google explains its handling of user data ahead of GDPR and reveals new privacy policy dans Informatique / Multimedia
BetaNews 2018-05-11 12:21:06

There's now just two weeks until the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law comes into force across Europe. Technology companies have been scrabbling to update their privacy policies in order to comply, and today Google reveals the steps it has taken to become compliant. In addition to this, the company has also published its updated privacy policy. In keeping with GDPR, this time...

US ban forces ZTE to close its main operations dans Informatique / Multimedia
BetaNews 2018-05-10 16:03:01

ZTE's fall from grace has been fairly spectacular. Now -- just weeks after been blacklisted by both the US and the UK -- the Chinese telecom manufacturer has announced that it has ceased its "major operating activities". The company blames the move directly on the US ban on sales to ZTE, but says it is talking to the US government to try to get the ban lifted. Without a supply of US-made...

Firefox Quantum 60 released, improves Firefox Home page and boosts camera security dans Informatique / Multimedia
BetaNews 2018-05-09 18:13:47

Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum 60.0 for desktop, along with Firefox for Android 60.0 and Firefox ESR 60.0. The new version adds an Enterprise-friendly policy engine for customizing Firefox deployments. Elsewhere there are several improvements to the New Tab/Firefox Home page and enhanced camera privacy indicators. The Firefox Home page that appears with new tabs has been tweaked, with a new...

Apple clamps down on apps that share location data with third parties dans Informatique / Multimedia
BetaNews 2018-05-09 17:42:33

Apple appears to be more vigorously enforcing App Store policies relating to the sharing of location data. Over the last few days the company has been removing apps that share location details with third parties without consent. Developers of apps found to be exploiting user privacy in this way have received emails from Apple. These indicate that apps have undergone "re-evaluation" and found to be...

Android Things exits beta as Google jumps further into the IoT dans Informatique / Multimedia
BetaNews 2018-05-07 20:10:04

Google today announced the launch of Android Things 1.0, its Internet of Things platform. There have been numerous beta versions for developers to play with, but now that the operating system has been officially launched we can expect to see it popping up on a wide range of devices. The company says that it has been working closely with a number of manufacturers to help ensure that products will...