Microsoft has released Skype 8.0 for desktop, with the renown video-and-voice messaging platform bringing some new features, like free HD video and group calls for up to 24 people. While the new Skype also include new message reactions; with @mentions for individual notifications in a group chat, chat media gallery and photo/video file sharing capabilities.

Asides the new Skype features, Microsoft announced the shutting down of support for the "classic" version (also known as Skype version 7.0) on Sept. 1, as it recommends that users should upgrade to the latest version of Skype for desktop.

The company promises to continue to roll out improvements over the summer, which will include Skype version 8.0 for iPad, with encrypted audio calls and text messages and call recording, among other features.

According to Microsoft, the underlying performance improvements and usability enhancements in the new version is designed to keep users connected to the people who matter most to them. As Skype version 8.0 is built based on feedback from its community — and adding exciting new features while ensuring it’s simple to use with the same familiar interface of Skype version 7.0.

The latest version of Skype can also be upgraded from the app, simply select Help from the top toolbar and then select Check for Updates or visit Download Skype.

If you need more information on which devices and operating systems Skype currently supports, you can check the support website here. Microsoft also requests your feedback which can be given through the “Send Feedback” option within the Skype app — just go to Settings and select Help & Feedback to send us a message.

Skype for desktop update brings support for free HD video and group calls



While there are several download managers that can handle the task of downloading and sometimes uploading stand-alone files from the Internet, getting a nifty software with unique system of sorting and keeping the downloaded content doesn't come easy.

Folx 5 Downloader for Mac is a free download manager for Mac OS X featuring a true Mac-style interface, with convenient flexible settings for easy downloads managing, offering a unique system of sorting and keeping the downloaded contents.



Folx 5 UI deviated from the rather out-of-place brazenly flaunting background that followed after Apple’s obsession with skeuomorphism styled theme, bringing a completely redesigned, Retina-friendly, compelling UI for Mac.

What's under the hood of Folx 5?

Asides the aesthetics, Folx 5 offers a full-fledged torrent client with support for magnet links, with more straightforward settings that allow you to assign downloads with one or more tags, making it easier to find the item in the list by clicking on the entries.



For beginners, Folx's plugin that “catch” downloads from the major browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Opera browsers, allow the application to take over your downloading routine. It also splits transfers across two threads to make files download faster; while the plugin works more reliably and if the download is interrupted, the software will automatically resume from the left off point.

Apart from ability to download files from torrent trackers, Folx allows you to download using magnet links as well, which means you do not have to save a separate file before starting the actual download, which is convenient, as it conceals the fact that you are using P2P technology.

Do you want to go Pro?

Albeit the free version is fully capable of the most basic downloading tasks, it is highly recommended to upgrade to Folx 5 Pro to experience some more awesomeness. The pro version brings additional feature like spliting downloads across up to 10 threads, with an on-the-fly granular control over the transfer speed for each task by simply clicking on the gauge icon.



The upgrade also elevates Folx into a YouTube downloader, which includes a handy audio-only option for music freaks. And the Pro upgrade is not only able to download torrents, but also search for torrents.

Additionally, it offers a password manager (though the free version allow you to save data for two websites only, with the Pro version there’s no limit), which is handy if you frequently download from websites that require authentication, Folx makes the process automatic; but you can opt to manually add host, username, and password credentials.

Our Verdict!

Folx download manager is a super solid software product out of the box! And If you're among the crowd involved in the good side of torrenting, Folx 5 Pro is highly recommended as it will not only make your experience easier, but safer too!

Folx 5 Downloader for Mac: Manage downloading tasks like a Pro!



Cloud computing is the norm nowadays, and storing files in the cloud can be a smart move, as It means your files are available anywhere and from any device. AnyTrans for Cloud by iMobie provides you a secure and smart cloud manager to easily and efficiently manage all your cloud accounts in one safe place and 100% FREE.

AnyTrans for Cloud currently support Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, OneDrive, Box, and pCloud, with the promise of adding more cloud providers soon. It affords you the access to manage multiple clouds, as well as multiple accounts on the same service, right from one place.



And you don’t have to download and install numerous apps, and no need to sign in and out from different accounts, as it handles all your cloud content with just a single login.



AnyTrans is also available across all platforms and devices to fulfill your different demands in different cases, from desktop, to smartphone (both Android and iOS), or tablet, and whether you are at home, in office, or on the go, you are conveniently covered by the service.

Unique features of AnyTrans for Cloud

  • File Syncing: AnyTrans is capable of syncing your files automatically to any target cloud service. And it allows you to store your photos, videos and other large files in perfect sync between two cloud storage services, with a custom time scheduling.

    This nifty feature lets you keep your ongoing projects perfectly synchronized between your primary cloud storage and your backup cloud service, for instance. And it affords you a cloud-to-cloud transfers that can be initiated without the need for a constant Internet connection because AnyTrans engine in the cloud communicate to servers automatically.

    It offers 3 customized cloud-to-cloud sync channels: Online, Offline and Premium, while the Premium channel is faster than the Offline and Online channels when transferring files from one cloud drive to another. And you can set schedules to automatically transfer or sync photos, videos, files, folders, etc, from one cloud service to another, at the time of your choosing with the premium service.


  • Secure, Simple and Flexible Way to Share Files: AnyTrans takes several big steps forward to give you more power in cloud file sharing. You not only have 100% freedom to share any file or folder you want in a way much easier, and more flexibility; but most importantly, it is absolutely secure.

    It adopts Google’s Two-Factor Authentication systems, as well as SSL-256 encryption technologies to ensure robust security for all your uploaded files. Additionally, you can access AnyTrans from Windows PC or Mac, or even through a web browser from any computer, smartphone or tablet.


Conclusion

The ability to migrate files between cloud services without bandwidth limitations is perhaps the best part of the AnyTrans for Cloud offerings. As neither Apple’s Files app or any other major cloud solution supports this capability, and it’s especially handy if you’re on a metered Internet connection.

AnyTrans for Cloud: Transfer, Manage and Share Files across multi-clouds in one place



GPS tracking is simply the technique of monitoring the location or positioning of various objects by fitting it with a GPS tracking software. While GPS is the acronym for Global Positioning System using the GNSS, Global Navigation Satellite System network to track or monitor the different devices.

The GNSS network involves the use of a number of satellites that transmit signals to the various devices and provide information about their location or the direction one is headed. Some of the objects that can be monitored using this type of technology include vehicles, people, animals and other equipment. It works well in, and some of them have features that can tell the speed at which someone is going.

GPS tracking can be of great importance in fleet management or monitoring delivery trucks. You can check out https://www.eyerideonline.com/ for the best GPS tracking device to fit in your vehicle to monitor its location in real-time from anywhere in the world. Perhaps, you can also track wild animals or the aquatic lives using this device too. Different wildlife parks use it when they want to keep track of the movements of the specific animals within the park.

The GPS tracking system can also be fixed on smartphone. All you need is to download the GPS tracking app on your phone and monitor the object you wish. You will find these apps as a free download or trial option. Some of the things you can track using your mobile device include your friends or partner's location.

Below are ways you can track different devices with GPS technology on your Android device

GPS tracking in Android devices can be used to track someone's location. Here, you are required to know someone's current location with their area positioning or using their previous positioning. You can also track your children's location to confirm their safety or use GPS device to keep track of your workers in the field, all with the help of your smartphone without the need for extra devices.

One error you can encounter, however is the possibility of an inaccurate location information. As such a user's position can also affect the search results. Albeit, you can track someone without asking for their permission, as tracking a phone remotely is also much more possible.

Simply install a tracking app on the phone of your target. You will get a portal where you can view the information you need about your target. Make sure you have a stable internet connection for smooth tracking.

How to Track a Lost Android Phone

You can also easily track your lost phone, as almost all Android devices do have an inbuilt feature known as the Android device manager which will ping the location of your mobile device to Google servers.

Google can detect the location of your device, all that's required is to have a Google account to use this feature. You can also use the different device tracking applications if you are not comfortable with the Android device manager.

The various GPS tracking applications are usually branded as anti-theft security apps. But having a dedicated GPS device is much better because of its extended battery life, good signal quality and reduced risks and cost.

Using GPS Tracking Applications on Mobile device



Microsoft's launch of the free version of its collaboration application, Teams coupled with the key feature of unlimited chat messages, is perhaps a take-on on Slack, as the company also looks to hook up small businesses.

While Slack free version limits users to 10,000 chat messages; Teams on the other hand offers unlimited messages, albeit the key selling point remains the number of users allowed, which is up to 300, and will suffix for most small businesses.

The company, however maintains that you don't have to be an Office 365 subscriber to experience the power of the Teams, even though some key features are for the paid version of the software, which is bundled into Office 365.

Microsoft has also made its Whiteboard app, which offers related features with OneNote, such as the ability to create machine-generated flowcharts and charts from inked shapes available for Windows 10.

It's all part of its strategy to hook smaller businesses on the service, as it aims to establish Teams as a repository for documentations that any team needs to work on the platform. The addition of about 140 business apps within Teams, and the available 2GB/user file limit means ample storage for each user.

Teams pro version offers up to a terabyte of storage, and comes as part of Office 365, with video chats replacing the standalone Skype for Business application, which can be stored in the cloud, and provides automatic captioning.

Microsoft will be adding support for facial recognition, and to allow viewers a public preview of live events, and video broadcasts which can also be transcribed, archived, and timecoded, this summer.

Microsoft looks to entice SMBs with the launch of Teams free version



Google has implemented a new technology in its browser, Chrome to help keep users information secure from maliciously crafted websites, with the compartmentalization technology on Chrome dividing the multiple computing processes.

Chrome 67 brings the security feature called Site Isolation, which has been optionally available as an experimental enterprise policy since Chrome 63, and now making it practically enabled by default for all desktop Chrome users.

The security feature is meant to tackle speculative execution side-channel attacks like Spectre, which is a newly discovered security risk for web browsers, as a website could use such attacks to steal data or login information from users that are using the browser.

The attacks known as Spectre and Meltdown use the speculative execution features of most CPUs to access parts of memory that should be off-limits to a piece of code, and then use timing attacks to discover the values stored in that memory, thus allowing untrustworthy code to read any memory in its process's address space.



And since browsers run potentially malicious JavaScript code from multiple websites, often in the same process, these particular risks are the main concern of the web browser.

Chrome's Site Isolation affects the core part of the browser called the renderer, which turns website programming code into actual pixels, and its able to split the renderers into separate computing processes to wall off the data.

It comes as a large change to Chrome's architecture, so that the browser can better rely on the operating system to prevent attacks between processes, and subsequently, between sites.

The Site Isolation security feature is currently available by default on Chrome 67 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.

How Google intends to keep users Data Secure from Spectre and Meltdown



YouTube is launching a new copyright matching tool that will automatically scan every uploaded video to make sure it’s not a re-upload of an existing or “very similar” video that’s already on the platform.

While the act of re-uploading copyright videos on the platform has been the favorite of spam channel owners who try to discredit the hard work of others, and to profit from the rather popular creators work.

The new tool, which is dubbed “copyright match,” would only cover full videos, and may not apply to clips, and will initially roll out to all creators with more than 100,000 subscribers starting next week, before the eventual availability to all users in the coming months.

YouTube will also offer options when the tool finds a match, as the creator can choose either to do nothing and perhaps care less about a mediocre copycat video, or get in touch with the impostor and reach an agreement over what follows or lastly, ask YouTube to delete the offending video.

Albeit, the company had implemented a system for copyright owners called Content ID to easily identify and manage their content on YouTube. Through which the videos uploaded to the platform are scanned against a database of files that have been submitted by content owners.

But the new tool, copyright match goes even further, utilizing technology underneath the system, to automatically sort out offending video uploads, which the company expressly said the tool is built to fish out unauthorized video re-uploads. More so, Content ID is only meant for the copyright owners of music videos, trailers and recordings of music performances.

The copyright owners also get to decide what happens when content in a video on YouTube matches a work they own, and the copycat video will get a Content ID claim.

YouTube tightens the leash on Re-uploading of Copyright videos



The USB Restricted Mode, a security enhancement purported to be coming with iOS 12, that blocks the loophole that law enforcement agencies have leveraged to crack into locked iPhone, by limiting the number of access via the USB port, has arrived with iOS 11.4.1 which started rolling out to users on Monday.

Apple confirmed the inclusion of the much talked-about security enhancement, USB Restricted Mode, in the newest stable version of the software iOS 11.4.1 which also comes with a number of bug fixes.

The new feature is aimed to thwart governments and bad actors from breaking into locked iPhone, albeit Apple maintains that it isn't looking to lock out the cops, as it limits access to data from the USB tool.

While the FBI had relied on solutions from GrayShift and Cellebrite, particularly GrayShift’s GrayKey, which is capable of unlocking even newer iPhone models, through the use of the USB port to access the iPhone in order to crack its password.

Apple is introducing the new security feature to prevent the use of such devices like the infamous GrayKey to unlock the iPhone.

The USB Restricted Mode tackles the brute force hacking method that's used by law enforcement agencies to decode a user’s password with repeated passcode entries. Apple had previously implemented the disabling of the Lightning port after one week, in iOS 11.4 so this has been cut off dramatically.

Additionally, the new software fixes an issue that prevented some users from viewing the last known location of their AirPods in Find My iPhone and also improves reliability of syncing mail, contacts, and notes with Exchange accounts.

Apple's iOS 11.4.1 brings the USB Restricted Mode enhancement



While Google Pay users could pay or request money from a friend through Google Pay Send, the feature was only available on the Web; but now, Google is rolling out support for peer-to-peer payment on the Google Pay app.

The company had recently-branded its payment services under one umbrella, Google Pay, and most of the different features are gradually been bundled into the payment tool, with several updates announced earlier in the year.

The extension of support for peer-to-peer payment on mobile app, makes it more easier for friends to split bills and especially handy as the smartphone is always in the pocket — while on the go, you can tap on the purchase and then request to split payment between up to five friends.

Google Pay's Passes Tab feature, however is restricted to Android, but Google promises eventual support on all platforms, with the aim to make it easier for users to manage all their payment information across the different platforms.

Also, the ability to save mobile tickets and boarding passes is coming to the mobile app, which feature is equally available in the new Passes tab, including support for loyalty cards and gift cards. Additionally, Ticketmaster and Southwest will be supported, with support for Eventbrite, Singapore Airlines and Vueling still in the works.

Google is working on extending support for more ticketing partners, and to expand the Google Pay app support to more countries.

Google Pay support for peer-to-peer payment comes to the mobile App



YouTube, the Google-owned streaming service is committing $25 million to fight fake news on its platform, which funding is part of the $300 million News Initiative launched by Google in March.

The company plans to enlist the help of some of the platform's most popular creators to educate users about fake news, which is especially targeted at youngsters, with Ingrid Nilsen and Mark Watson working with MediaWise to educate the teenagers about digital media literacy.

Beginning from Monday, YouTube videos will include text from outside sources for select streams to educate users and make it easier for them to reach own conclusions on the matter, which sources include: Wikipedia and Encyclopaedia Britannica.



It will also show previews and links to news articles and their sources in its search results, along with a reminder on facts and details in developing stories.

YouTube will facilitate easy news for people with "Top News" and "Breaking News" features that will highlight new videos from established media organizations. While the feature is already live in 17 countries including: UK, US, France, Nigeria and Italy, with promise of expanding the reach to more countries soon.

This is perhaps coming to address the recent backlash on YouTube for inappropriate videos as well as fake news on its site, which led to the deletion of about 150,000 videos that attracted sexually inappropriate comments targeted at teenagers.

YouTube renews commitment to curb the spread of Fake News on the platform