OneDrive Can Finally Sync Shared Folders

The long-awaited option to synch shared folders on OneDrive is finally here. Microsoft finally started to roll out an update that allows users to sync content in shared folders and have it pushed to other users as soon as the files get synced.

Up until now, Google Drive and Dropbox took the lead in sharing folders and making it easier to collaborate with other people on the same projects. I personally preferred Dropbox so far due to the fact that it synced files and delivered the updated files to colleagues almost instantly (depending on the internet speed, of course). However, as Microsoft wants to integrate OneDrive in its upcoming Office 2016 suite, changes needed to be made.

Besides, synching folders in OneDrive was one of the top upvoted features in Microsoft’s feedback forum, so it was bound to be implemented sooner or later. You may not have the feature yet, but Microsoft is said to have started gradually rolling out the update to users. Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Mac OS X will get the aforementioned update, and yes, it seems that Windows 8.1 will be skipped. OneDrive Director of Product Management, Angus Logan, tells that Microsoft is focusing on Windows 10 and this might be a way to ‘force’ users to update to the latest Microsoft OS.

It seems that Microsoft is moving one step closer to helping businesses collaborate and make it easier to share and sync files, but is it enough to get you to switch to OneDrive? We like to know what software you are using to share folders. Is it Dropbox, Google Drive, or will you switch to OneDrive in the end? Let us know!

Thank you PCWorld for providing us with this information

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Google Photos App Continues to Sync Photos After Uninstall

One might think that an application would stop with the uploading and synchronizing of files when you uninstall it, but not so with the Google Photos App as David Arnott, a journalist at Nashville Business Journal, recently discovered.

After downloading and testing the Google Photos App, he decided that it wasn’t for him and uninstalled it again, expecting it to actually be removed and stop its functionality. But he discovered months later when visiting the online version of Photos that it didn’t and it had continued to upload and synchronize photos of him, his family, and other snapshots taken.

And where do you take out frustrations on developers, you do that on twitter; and so did David Arnott. In a series of five tweets, he posted his problem.

https://twitter.com/ArnottACBJ/status/618586832490643456

https://twitter.com/ArnottACBJ/status/618586917693689859

https://twitter.com/ArnottACBJ/status/618587166025850880

https://twitter.com/ArnottACBJ/status/618587493622018048

https://twitter.com/ArnottACBJ/status/618587574085492736

Google responded to Arnott in an Email, stating that “the backup was as intended” and that the settings would have to be turned off in the phone’s Google Play Services settings. In contrast to other application, Google Photos’ settings are connected with the Google Play Services where Google Play keeps Google Photos’ settings even after it is removed and continues to sync your files.

This surely can’t be right, it just isn’t appropriate for a service to continue to upload your personal photos to the cloud after you uninstalled it.

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BitTorrent Wants to Offer More P2P Freedom on Mobile Devices With New App

BitTorrent just announced a new mobile app named Shoot that is based around P2P connectivity between individuals. While this sounds good to some people, others may think that this is a new means to start a piracy war on mobile devices. I mean, come on? Secure Peer-to-Peer connectivity on mobile devices and BitTorrent? What’s next, The Mobile Bay?

The company may have good intentions for releasing their new Shoot app to anyone looking to transfer photos and some big videos on the go, but I’m fairly sure the app will not be used exactly for what they have in mind. BitTorrent Shoot is said to be based on their Sync technology already available on all major mobile devices.

“Shoot allows you to send photos or videos directly between mobile devices, no matter what device you use or what network you’re on. Based on BitTorrent Sync technology, large items are no problem. And since files move directly between people without going through the cloud, it’s all fully private to you and the recipient.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOaOycHcNO0

BitTorrent Shoot is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone and allows 3 sends for free. If you like to send more, you have to couch up $1.99. A good thing about it is that you can receive an unlimited number of files, even if you haven’t bought it. So what do you think? Is it really worth its price?

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AMD FreeSync Display To Be Cheaper than G-Sync

AMD executive Richard Huddy recently talked at USA’s PDXLAN about some upcoming trends in the market – including a public release of Mantle SDK and Windows 7’s non-support of DX12. More importantly, Huddy took some time out to explain AMD’s FreeSync display, claiming that it will hit the market in December 2015, be better than NVIDIA’s G-Sync and cost less.

This information was recorded and released as a YouTube video just the other day, but has since unfortunately been taken down for unknown reasons (possibly due to AMD PR). Contained within this video was Huddy’s explanation of AMD’s FreeSync features among many other points of interest. Here’s hoping that AMD officially release this information for all in the coming days.

The FreeSync platform is said to be coming with a DP 1.2a display standard and is set to be listed “in the next 12 months” providing monitors at $100 cheaper than NVIDIA’s G-Sync offering. Unfortunately, Huddy didn’t really release much more direct information, seemingly taking this opportunity to PR-spin to a bunch of enthusiastic tech specialists at one of America’s favorite LAN parties.

However, he did mention the advantages that FreeSync will supposedly offer you on release. Alongside FreeSync living up to its name (literally), by providing this technology royalty-free to monitor manufacturers – FreeSync will require no additional hardware to function.

We will ensure to keep you updated on any advancements in FreeSync or any replies to Huddy’s comments about G-Sync as they come to light. Stay tuned to eTeknix for all the latest information.

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Samsung’s Answer to Apple’s ‘Continuity’

Samsung has a developer conference going on this week, in-case you didn’t know, and they’ve just announced ‘Flow’, a hand-off/continuity feature to keep everything in sync between your devices.

The feature unifies many of their products, from their smartphones to their TVs (not their washing machines unfortunately) and allows you to continue what you are doing between each of them. For example, you can edit a presentation on your phone and then finish it off on your tablet. You can also easily continue watching a video from your tablet (or your phone) on your Samsung ‘smart’ TV.

Notifications also play an important role, and interestingly your TV will now notify you when you’re receiving a phone call. The same thing applies to text messages. Apple introduced a similar feature at their World Wide Developers Conference this June.

Source: The Verge

Android Users Face Loss of Gmail Sync, Google Looking Into It

Google is apparently not out of the woods just yet when it comes to issues, having the company confirming some synch problems that users are facing with the Gmail feature for Android. It is said that people affected by the latter are reporting a complete loss of the ability to sync their accounts.

The issue is reported to be present whenever users attempt to sync their accounts both manually and automatically. having the cause of this problem still unknown. Looking at when users first started experiencing the issue and their information, all indications point to the 4.8 update. However, rolling back the update to a previous version seems to have the same result, leading to the conclusion that the issue is caused by other sources.

Google is said to be looking into the matter at hand, having a recent response from the company telling that they have move past reproducing the error and onto finding solutions process. The response noted that they have been undergoing ‘several stages of investigation including reproducing the error, isolating it, diagnosing’, having the process now currently in the ‘testing solutions phase’.

Users who are affected by the issue in question are asked to stay tuned for Google to post more updates over at Google’s Group page. Hopefully a fix will come along soon for Android users.

Thank you Android Police for providing us with this information

DDoS Attack on Evernote Causing Disruption to Users

DDoS attacks are quickly becoming a common occurrence across the internet and the number of businesses that are suffering to torture that they can cause is also sadly on the rise. following an announcement on their service and support pages, Evernote have admitted that they are the latest service to fall victim.

Earlier today Evernote made a statement saying “The Evernote.com service is currently unreachable; our Operations team is investigating the issue. We will provide updates as we learn more.” A later statement came to light detailing that they have found the source of the problem to be a DDoS attack and that they were working to resolve the situation and restore service to at least some of their users who are reporting issues with Syncing data between their devices.

At this moment in time it is not known how bad the attack has been nor where the source of it is, but if it is anything like the punishing attacks that we have seen over recent months, including the 400 Gbps record attack that was discovered earlier this year. Additionally Evernote are keen to stress that no user data has been compromised which is not associated with DDoS attacks, where the network is hammered with packets of data instead to cripple the network adaptors on the servers and switching fabric instead.

Source: CNET

Apple’s Software Update Breaks Due To Expired SSL Certificate

Apple had been experiencing problems with their certificates this weekend. More specifically, the Software Update certificate required in order to communicate with Apple’s Software Update servers had apparently expired.

The expiry issue led to countless users being greeted with a message emphasising that “An Error has occurred. The certificate for this server is invalid. You might be connecting to a server that is pretending to be ‘swscan.apple.com’ which could put you confidential information at risk.” A graphical representation of the error can be viewed below:

The error has been spotted by a group of readers over at MacRumor, stating that they were greeted with the above mentioned error message when attempting to perform a software update on their macintosh computers. Also, the ‘swscan.apple.com’ address appears to be one of the several servers used by Apple to relay software updates.

The problem consisted of the certificate being valid from May 23rd 2012 up until May 24th 2014 and most probably Apple forgot to issue a renewal request for the certificate in question at a reasonable time, thus leading to the error described.

Furthermore, reports show that the same issue could have been the top culprit for the NSURLErrorDomain error -1012, which apparently had a similar connection problem with Apple’s Software Update servers.

Nonetheless, users who experience one of the two issues should contact Apple Support in order to clarify the situation and resolve it as quickly as possible, since constant updates are required to maintain and keep a computer safe from unwanted software.

Thank you MacRumor for providing us with this information
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Firefox Adds Accounts, Improved Sync and Customizable UI To Its Aurora Browser

Mozilla has announced a few extra features to be added to its Firefox Aurora browser. The features consist of Accounts, a customized UI feature that lets users personalize their interface and an improved Sync feature.

The Accounts feature adds something that is already available in Firefox OS, and that is the ability to sync all personal data including bookmarks, opened tabs, history, etc., and load them on every device that has a Firefox browser and is signed in with the account on which the data was synced to.

The improved Synch feature is designed to help Accounts and the ability to securely transfer all your personal data to the various devices synced. The features added consist of a public key cryptography, a BrowserID protocol, client-side key stretching and end-to-end encryption, all of which are designed to prevent user data falling prey to a hacker in case of Firefox servers being compromised. Firefox is said to include these features into Firefox OS later on.

Another feature mentioned, the ability to customize the Firefox UI, is now available to all Mac, Windows and Linux versions, allowing users to remove any browser buttons, add-ons, as well as drag menus, toolbars and tab bars to fit your preferred visual experience.

All of the above features are now available in Firefox Aurora through and update released recently. If you have not updated your Firefox Aurora yet and want to try out any of the features, you can do it now. Alternatively, you can download Firefox Aurora from the official website.

Thank you TheNextWeb for providing us with this information

Playing Computer Games With Friends Can Make Your Brains Sync

Scientists have discovered that playing computer games can bring players’ emotional responses and brain activity into “unison“, according to a press release in Daily Science. By measuring the activity of facial muscles and imaging the brain while gaming, the group found out that people go through similar emotions and display matching brainwaves.

“”It’s well known that people who communicate face-to-face will start to imitate each other. People adopt each other’s poses and gestures, much like infectious yawning. What is less known is that the very physiology of interacting people shows a type of mimicry — which we call synchrony or linkage,” explains Michiel Sovijärvi-Spapé.”

In the study, test participants play a computer game called Hedgewars, in which they manage their own team of animated hedgehogs and in turns shoot the opposing team with ballistic artillery. It was noticed that the players teamed up against the computer while they were pinned directly against each other. Both players were measured with fEMG and EEG during this time. It was noticed that the more competitive the game gets, the more in sync the players’ emotional responses are.

“Replicating previous studies, we found linkage in the fEMG: two players showed both similar emotions and similar brainwaves at similar times. We further observed a linkage also in the brainwaves with EEG,” tells Sovijärvi-Spapé.
“Although counterintuitive, the discovered effect increases as a game becomes more competitive. And the more competitive it gets, the more the players’ positive emotions begin to reflect each other. All the while their experiences of negative emotions increase.”

Another interpretation suggested by the group is that the physical linkage of emotion may work to compensate a possibly faltering social bond while competing in a gaming setting.

The research was conducted in collaboration between Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University School of Science, Aalto University School of Business and the University of Helsinki.

Thank you Daily Science for providing us with this information
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