Ubuntu, arguably the most popular open source operating system, will be dropping support for 32-bit packages starting with the 19.10 release, while users who wish to continue running the outdated architecture can opt for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS up until 2023.

Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu distribution has also disabled upgrades for Ubuntu 18.04 to Ubuntu 18.10 to forestall users from running interim release with just six months support, which decision follows the fact that next LTS release, Ubuntu 20.04 won’t have support for 32-bit systems, as Ubuntu 18.04 is the last LTS version to support 32-bit systems.

At the moment there isn't much information on the features and changes that will be coming with the next release, but it’s certain that GNOME 3.34 upgrade will add to its performance improvements.

However, the official Ubuntu 19.10 release schedule has not been made public, though there is certainty that it will be arriving in October 2019. And the Testing weeks will most probably occur in July/September, before the release date. Albeit, the Ubuntu desktop development team have commenced the Testing weeks from Ubuntu 18.10 and each release will be preceded by just one Beta milestone.

The Ubuntu 19.10 development process, on the other hand, had set the Beta release for September 26, 2019, which will be followed by the final release on October 17, 2019.

Finally, Canonical applies the kill switch on 32-bit with Ubuntu 19.10

A joint project between Adobe and UC Berkeley researchers, led to the development of an AI (artificial intelligence) tool that can detect images edited with Photoshop’s Liquify feature, which can be helpful in image forensics, the science of analyzing changes to digital images.

While Photoshop's Face Aware Liquify tool offers set of human-doctored photographs, whereby the original image and the doctored version seem undifferentiated to human inspection with spotted fakes only successful 53 per cent of the time, but with the Adobe AI it easily hit a 99 per cent accuracy.

The researchers trained a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) on a set of modified images using the Face Liquify feature of Photoshop and artists were hired to train the AI for human-made alterations and techniques. Adobe is aiming to make it easier to spot a fake, thereby making the web world safer from misinformation as the issue of fake news has been blown out of proportion with the aid of professionally edited pictures becoming harder to smoke out.

It is coming as a part of a broader effort to better detect image, video, audio and document manipulations by Adobe. With past research haven focused on image manipulation detection from splicing, cloning, and removal; this present effort focuses on the use of Face Aware Liquify feature in Photoshop as it’s the most popular for adjusting facial features, including making adjustments to facial expressions.

The effects can be delicate which made it an intriguing test case for detecting both drastic and subtle alterations to faces, according to Adobe. Albeit, a magical ‘undo’ button won't turn up overnight, but the AI tool is perhaps a major step forward in spotting doctored images that spurs the spread of fake news.

How Adobe's experimental AI is able to detect Photoshopped Picture from the real

Facebook is finalizing plans to launch into the booming cryptocurrency verticals, with its GlobalCoin which is set to make debut next week, amidst ongoing consultations with several financial institutions for support on Project Libra, its blockchain-based payments network.

Project Libra is reportedly backed by government currency, while Facebook will be employing actual financial firms to help with the launch of the project, which companies include Mastercard and Visa, along with several other web-based payment systems like PayPal, Stripe, and Booking.com.

The plan to develop a cryptocurrency has been on the burner for Facebook since December last year, and the company aimed to create the cryptocurrency for payments on all its platforms, which according to internal leaks is to be called Libra, and will be launching on June 18, with full rollout planned for 2020.

It will serve as a “stablecoin” - which means that it will be pegged to government-issued currencies - so as to limit the volatility associated with such cryptocurrency offerings like Bitcoin. As stability will be a key concern, Facebook is hoping to woo users in the more developed economies with alternatives to the volatile local currencies.

Facebook, however will need to overcome the obvious regulatory hurdles before it can be able to launch the crytocurrency, and also be required to address concerns such as money laundering and fraud before the full takeoff.

Facebook’s GlobalCoin to debut with support for Mastercard, Visa, and other online payment systems

The Firefox maker, Mozilla is looking to revolutionize the modern browser offerings, with new approach that includes securing the personal information of its users by deploying a VPN service add-on to avert issues like data breaches.

While Mozilla has partnered with the Switzerland-based ProtonVPN, whose VPN service will be made available for Firefox on Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android; though the service offering is currently in testing with a small portion of Firefox users in the United States.

The company has also released a brand new logo for Firefox to go along with the fact that it is now more than just a browser, as Firefox has got traits not common in earthly foxes: stretchiness, which according to Mozilla, that fabled flexibility enables Firefox to adapt to a changing environment.

Albeit, the change is more than just logos, as the Firefox design system includes everything that marks the product and web experiences today and long into the future, which design is derived from the geometry of the logos making beautiful background patterns, spot illustrations, motion graphics and pictograms.

Mozilla had earlier launched some new products such as Password manager, file sharing service and Firefox Monitor, with the later serving as a security tool that alert users when their online accounts are at risks of possible breach, all in the line to facilitate the new monitization scheme.

The issue of privacy is equally one area that has overtaken most of the Internet service providers lately, and Mozilla is harping on it's new approach to secure the personal information leakable in scenarios like data breaches and the eavesdropping.

However, how Mozilla intends to make the new proposition of browser-as-a-service to appeal to the vast users of the Firefox browser remains to be seen.

Mozilla looks to subscription based Browser service with extra-value propositions

VideoProc is a specialized video editing software with full support for both 4K and 8K videos, including the latest HEVC / VP9 / ProRes codecs, 3D and 360° VR videos in any file format.

It is perhaps best for processing video exports from DJI OSMO Action / GoPro Hero 7, Camcorders, Drone, DSLR, iPhone, monitoring systems, and so forth. While the output does not result in a highly compressed video, and it still retains the best image quality.

With the conventional video editing processes, often very expensive, and involving rather complicated piece of software, such as Adobe Premiere, VideoProc takes away the complexity off those tools that require lots of training or self-teaching to get the better part of them. In fact, whenever it comes to video processing for beginners – be it from an iPhone, a GoPro, a DJI, or any other device you choose to edit video on the go with – the overriding aim is to arrive at a solution that’s affordable, pretty fast, and easy to use; that’s exactly what VideoProc represents.

Unique Features of VideoProc Software

  • Remove or reduce unwanted background/wind noise easily
  • Build M3U8 playlist with single or multiple .ts files for HTTP streaming
  • Turn video into GIF, extract jpg/png from video, resize image
  • Force a/v sync, adjust playback speed and audio volume
  • Pass through video streams into MKV with no encoding

Additionally, VideoProc integrates various other features, like video cutting, merging, A/V synchronization, shaky video stabilization, and noise reduction.

Step by Step Guide on How to Use VideoProc

VideoProc is pretty easy, so much so that without even looking at the manual, you can master it so easily. And to get started is only a few clicks away, and within a few seconds you’d be done with your video processing: including resizing, adjusting, transcoding, or recording.

Firstly, Download & Install VideoProc on your Mac (or Windows computer), then open the program, and choose either "Video", "DVD", "Downloader" or "Recorder" from the home screen based on your preference.

Then add and load your media file from your Mac to the application. And choose a format according to your requirements.

Select any item from the toolbar or Toolbox and edit the source file as needed.

Finally, now tap on the RUN button to get the target file.

Our Verdict

VideoProc software is feature-packed to cover the needs of beginners that has little to no abilities in professional video editing. So, if you don't buy into complicated processes, this is perhaps the best tool for you, most especially if you are looking for an all-in-one video software of great capabilities without breaking the bank.

Try it FREE by downloading from this Giveaway page and leave a review.

VideoProc Review: What’s Amazing about this 4K Video editing Software for Mac?

Apple at its WWDC 2019 developer conference announced new software for iPad, called iPadOS, while the new iOS 13 will now be available expressly for the iPhone line of devices. The new iPadOS comes feature-packed with such capabilities like enhanced multitasking to take full advantage of the large screen of the iPad.

The move seems to have drawn a parallel line between the iPhone line of devices and iPads, with separate features for the two hardware platforms to cater for the needs of the different userbases.

As already mentioned, the biggest difference is in the new homescreen with improved multitasking abilities – which includes gestures and ability to drag and drop apps side-by-side so that you can be able to work with multiple apps from the same homescreen at a time.

Some of the best iPadOS Features are as follows:

Files app & Keyboard Shortcuts

The new iPadOS comes with a redesigned Files app system, with new column-view that allow users to preview files without actually opening them. And the iCloud drive now offers additional folder sharing capabilities.

Full Desktop-like browsing experience

With enhanced Safari browser on the new iPadOS, users can now enjoy full desktop-class browsing experience, coupled with a new Download Manager.

Plug-in USB Drives

This is perhaps the most prominent of all the new features on iPad, allowing users to simply plug in any storage drive, such as a flash drive, SD card, or even a camera into the USB-C port. You can also access the storage devices via the Files app.

Other new features include the gesture control, which allows the use of the new multitouch gestures for text editing by simply sliding the finger diagonally over text to select it and then use a pinch to copy&paste it.

Beyond doubts, Apple is sure blurring the lines between the iPad and laptops, with the new iPadOS, as it reflects the company’s goal of promoting the iPad as more of a full-blown computer, instead of just an entertainment device.

What are the features that set Apple's new iPadOS apart from iOS?

With the increasing technologically focused world, a whole digital hub has been created, and working remotely is now very much a possibility. Besides, not everyone loves the office politics and being glued to a chair all day long while silently hoping for the day to end.

There are plenty of non-office jobs worldwide that you can venture into. Whether you are looking for a part-time or full job, you have the guarantee of finding the right home job. The good news is that you can make any place to be your workspace. With just the right tools and a sound work mindset, working from home will be pretty easy for you.

Here are the top five jobs that you can easily execute at the comfort of any place, including at home:

1. Proofreading jobs

With the increasing number of write works, the demand for editors is also surging. While most students write assignments and handle different academic papers. As good as they are, they are never perfect writers and do encounter errors in grammar when writing these papers. Paper editors proofread the papers making them flawless and readable to even young readers. You can find paper editing jobs at top online freelancing sites such as Paper Editing or Upwork.

How to become a paper editor- To become a paper editor a bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism or Communication will give you the job. However, anyone with a college degree can also train for the job.

2. Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is now more luxurious and accommodating than it was a decade ago. With plenty of sites for getting work such as Fiverr and Freelancer, you will always find the platform to market your gigs. These sites provide an easier way for you to create your own gig and market your services to clients worldwide who have several projects. Besides every project comes with its own specifications including the pay and the time of delivery.

This enables you to choose a project that is worth your time and effort. To succeed in the writing venture, you should look for more projects from multiple sources and work on them timely. If you have more work than you can handle- Outsource the work to someone you trust with the task.

How to become a Freelance writer- Typical good writing skills, a computer and internet access are the necessities for the job.

3. Web developer

According to the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in seven US web developers is a freelancer. This means that web developers can avoid the office experience and work from their homes. Besides, some companies also allow their web developers to work from home on a part-time or full-time basis. Web developers can also look for work on popular freelance websites such as Upwork or Fiverr.

How to become a web developer- To become a web developer one typically requires some entry-level education or a degree in computer science or related courses.

4. Virtual assistant

A virtual assistant is simply someone who assists in performing simple administrative tasks such as answering emails and making travel arrangements. The job is quite simple and is effective for anyone out there. Virtual assistants are in high demand right now and most companies want someone to assist their staff to undertake some duties remotely. You can apply for a virtual assistant job directly through different companies or look for such jobs in popular freelance sites like Upwork.

How to become a virtual assistant- Knowledge of current technology software and strong interpersonal skills are the top requirements for the job.

5. Online Tutor

As a tutor, you can avoid the daily bungle and jungle that comes with commuting to your institution. Online tutors provide students with the technical assistance of different fields of their subject by using an e-learning platform. Training for online tutors is rare, and most of the online tutors in the market now are either classroom instructors or in-person tutors. Besides, to get the job one must prove that they are experts in the subject they intend to teach. As a tutor, you can also do extra freelance academic writing on sites like Freelance Jobs.

How to become an online tutor- A high school diploma in a particular field will do, though most employers prefer tutors with a bachelor’s degree in their areas of specialization.

A teaching license can be a prerequisite too depending on the employer or job. Working from an office can be a strenuous task sometimes but with some jobs, you can enjoy working anywhere without the necessity for a fixed routine or workplace. Whether it is your sofa or bed, these jobs allow you a flexible and convenient routine- Besides you will enjoy being your own boss while cutting on your commuting costs.

Top 5 Best Freelance Jobs for Beginners with little or no experience

Google's proposal to change Chrome’s extensions system, otherwise known as Manifest V3, could be implemented soon, which will halt the current ad blocking capabilities of Chrome, and may mean that modern ad blockers would not work again.

Chrome offers the great feature of cross-platform syncing, with extensions that are pretty fast and of course, free – but it isn't all that perfect. But, the browser users have come to make do with the rather crummy memory management because of its overall good experience; Google is about to take it all away.

With Manifest V3, there will be a major change to the extensions system, including the permissions system and fundamentally, the way ad blockers work on the browser, particularly: modern ad blockers, like uBlock Origin and Ghostery, that uses Chrome’s WebRequest API to block ads before even downloading it.

Google, however has responded to the issues raised by the community, by sharing more details on the permission changes, with the most notable aspect been the single sentence: "Chrome is deprecating the blocking capabilities of the WebRequest API in Manifest V3, not the entire WebRequest API" - clarifying the changes to ad blocking and privacy blocking extensions.

What the lines entails is that Chrome will still have the capability to block some contents, though this is restricted to only paid, enterprise users of the browser.

The ad blockers will switch to more rules-based system, called “declarativeNetRequest” - while Chrome currently imposes limit of 30,000 rules, popular ad blocking rules like EasyList use up to 75,000 rules. Google has maintained that they are looking to increase the numbers, depending on the performance tests, but there is no commitments to any specifics.

Google plans to deprecate Ad blocking capabilities of the WebRequest API in Chrome

Google Maps does not only allow you to locate restaurants around you, but now, it will also allow you to navigate popular dishes available in the restaurants, with "dish-covery".

The dish-covery feature, though currently rolling out to Android phones and will be coming to iPhones soon, employ crowd-sourcing to help spotlight popular dishes to make it easier for you to know what meals to order.

As you use Google Maps to scan the menu, you’d probably be wondering, “What’s good?” - with the new dish-covery feature, Google Maps will make it pretty easy to discover a restaurant’s most crowd-pleasing meals.

How does the feature Work?

Once you bring up a restaurant on Google Maps, you’ll find “Popular dishes” section in the overview. Simply tapping it will take you to the new “Menu” tab, where you’ll see pictures and ratings from other people who have tasted the dishes.

The feature is powered by a machine learning algorithm that matches the dish names provided by users, with relevant pictures and reviews. And it creates a handy arrangement of a restaurant’s most popular meals right in Google Maps.

You can easily scroll through all the most-talked about meals, or tap on a popular dish to explore more photos. While in any country where you are not able to read the language, Google will provide the translation of the reviews.

Google has also launched a new Lens feature that users can use with phone camera to point at a menu to automatically highlight popular dishes using Google Maps. Additionally, there is a new discovery and recommendation tools to help users find new places and spotlight nearby events in their locality.

How to easily navigate Popular Dishes in Restaurants using Google Maps

Linux systems haven’t been targeted as broadly as Windows, and such rare incidence often go undetected by enterprises, as they aren’t always too severe to enjoy wide reportage by security researchers. But lately, Linux ecosystem has become crowded with DDoS botnets and crypto-mining malware, albeit it isn't very common to spot the trojans or backdoors in the wild.

The cybersecurity firm, Intezer reported a malware with sophisticated techniques, which utilizes the already available open source code, dubbed HiddenWasp. And the malware is marked as high risk and dangerous at the moment, more so as it has a zero detection rate in all the popular anti-malware systems.

HiddenWasp code reveals close tie with the various publicly available open-source malware, such as Mirai and Azazel rootkit, while there are more similarities between the malware and some Chinese malware variants, though the attribution is quite of low confidence.

Unlike malware on Windows, open-source ecosystem like Linux has a high ratio of publicly available code that can be duplicated by attackers, and the malware authors invest less effort in the rewriting of their implants.

The malware involves the running of the initial script for the deployment, which script user is named ‘sftp’ with a hardcoded password; it clears the system in order to get rid of older versions of malware in case the machine is already infected.

HiddenWasp isn't focused on DDoS activity or crypto-mining, as the Trojan is purely used in targeted remote control. And the researchers still hasn't unraveled the actual infection vector, rather it is suspected that the malware spreads in systems already controlled by the hackers, which could mean that HiddenWasp is used merely as a secondary payload.

Linux Machines targeted by the Sophisticated Malware, HiddenWasp