Iconic Software Adobe Shockwave Unavailable After April

It's the end of an era.  Way back in 1995, a company called Macromedia released the iconic Shockwave player, which quickly became a mainstay on Windows-based machines. A decade later, Adobe purchased Macromedia, taking ownership of the Shockwave player and the company's other  products (like Flash), both of which continued under the Adobe brand. Time has not been kind to the technology.  Not only has the company struggled to keep them secure, but the web itself has moved on.  While Flash and Shockwave were once instrumental to cutting edge web development, today's developers have migrated to WebGL and HTML5, leaving these products with a withering market share. Although there's not much current demand for the products, there are a surprising ...
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Faster USB Standard Is Coming But There Are Complications

If you have a need for speed, you'll be thrilled to know that USB 3.2 is on its way. It offers incredible transfer speeds up to 20GB per second, but there's a catch that could throw a wrench into the works, or at least make things more complicated. At the most recent Mobile World Congress, it was announced that the new USB 3.2 specification will encompass both USB 3.0 and USB 3.1, which creates three different tiers of speed. The three speeds include: USB 3.2 Gen 1 will bear the moniker 'SuperSpeed USB' and will have transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps USB 3.2 Gen two will be called 'SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps, and as its name indicates, will offer transfer ...
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Bots Are Attacking Retail Sites On A Large Scale

If you own a retail business, an attack known as "credential stuffing" is the latest online threat to be concerned about.  If you're not sure what that is, read on and prepare to be dismayed. According to the 2019 State of the Internet, Retail Attacks, and TPI Traffic Report published by Akamai, there has been an surge in large scale botnet attacks against businesses, with retail outlets being the hardest hit. In fact, according to the report, between May and December of 2018, there were approximately 28 billion credential stuffing attempts made.  One of the web's largest retail sites suffered over 115 million bot-driven login attempts in a single day. A spokesman for Akamai had this to say about the ...
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Progressive Web App Office Software Coming To Windows 10

Microsoft has recently announced a new addition, coming soon to the Microsoft Store.  A free Office progressive web app (PWA), which is slated to replace the My Office app that comes pre-installed on Windows devices. The new app is functionally similar to the Office App you're currently using, but it brings some exciting new features into play that users and IT managers alike will love. In addition to being a central window giving you a birds' eye view of your recent documents, contacts, and various Office files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), it also serves as a bridge between working offline and working online with Windows 10. Users will be able to access Office apps installed locally on their devices, as ...
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Google Security Device Had A Microphone Nobody Knew About

Google has found itself in hot water for something they claim to be an honest mistake and oversight. Owners of the company's popular Nest Guard (the centerpiece to their Nest Secure home alarm system) have recently discovered a microphone hidden in the guts of the device.  The microphone wasn't mentioned in the product's specification sheet, which has creeped out consumer groups around the country and the world. Google claims that their intention from the beginning was to incorporate Google Assistant functionality into the design. This of course would necessitate the presence of a microphone, making their failure to mention it nothing more than an oversight. Unfortunately, consumer groups don't seem to be finding that explanation convincing, which explains the push back ...
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