Digital gift cards are excellent for online shopping

Nov 27, 2022

Our team is always looking for things we think our readers will value. We have received compensation for publishing this article. Online shopping has risen in popularity since the start of the Pandemic. Even people who used to shop locally most of the time have seen the benefits of making some purchases online: it is safe, convenient, and often cheaper. Payment systems and options have come a long way since the early days of the Internet. Internet shoppers who do not feel comfortable putt ...read more

Thunderbird 91 updates to 102 are now enabled for manual seekers

Nov 27, 2022

Thunderbird email client users who have continued to use version 91 of the email program may now upgrade to Thunderbird 102 from within the client. Thunderbird 102, a newer core version of Thunderbird, was released in late June 2022 to the public. image credit: Thunderbird The new version of Thunderbird came with numerous improvements, including improved message headers, a new Spaces toolbar, a redesigned address book, better importing and exporting functionality, and more. In-client ...read more

First look at ScreenStyler, a Windows customization tool

Nov 27, 2022

ScreenStyler is a free desktop customization tool for Windows. The program is available as a beta version for Windows right now, and makes use of the established programs Rainmeter and RocketDock. The 120 Megabyte download is hosted on Mediafire and not the project website. While that may reduce trust in the project, a check on Virustotal returned 0 hits. Note: ScreenStyler is beta software. It is not recommended to install it on production systems yet. Beta software may contain bugs or is ...read more

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25182 adds support for Camera privacy shutter improves the Microsoft Store app

Nov 27, 2022

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25182 is now available for users in the Dev Channel. It introduces a new Camera privacy shutter control, and adds some improvements to the Microsoft Store app. What's new in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25182 Camera Privacy Shutter The Windows Camera app can now recognize when your webcam's shutter is blocking the view, or when your laptop's lid is closed. If it recognizes that the camera is inaccessible, the app will inform you about it and offer su ...read more

Apple releases macOS Monterey 12.5.1, iOS 15.6.1 and iPadOS 15.6.1 with zero-day security fixes

Nov 27, 2022

Apple has released the macOS Monterey 12.5.1 update for eligible devices. It has been released along with iOS 15.6.1 and iPadOS 15.6.1 updates for supported iPhones and iPads. What's new in the macOS Monterey 12.5.1 update? Critical security fixes There are no new features in this release, but the firmware ships with fixes for a couple of critical security issues. The first of the two vulnerabilities has been identified as CVE-2022-32894. This is a Kernel level security issue. It could ...read more

Vivaldi 5.4 launches with Rocker Gestures and Web Panel improvements

Nov 27, 2022

@Iron Heart Dear brother Iron Heart to criticize non FOSS software like Vivaldi is to question a google chromium clone itself and in your religon, we can not go questioning your engineering super god google and non foss products like M$ and privacy invasive devices like smartphones lol. I criticize invasive data collection techniques as much as the guy next to me No you dont. I and another user here criticized Vivaldi and their unique ID data collection. You support data collection in vivaldi ...read more

Microsoft displays ads to some Office 2021 users

Nov 27, 2022

Buying Microsoft Office 2021 and not the subscription-based Microsoft 365, is a deliberate choice for many users. Some prefer to pay once for a product instead of having to pay each month for it. image credit: Lee Holmes Imagine the surprise of an Office 2021 customer who is greeted with an advertisement for Microsoft 365 in Office 2021. Twitter user Lee Holmes was the first to experience the ad and he published a screenshot of it on Twitter. The ad, displayed as a single line in Word 2021 ...read more

Firefox Translations is going to be a game changer, if...

Nov 27, 2022

Firefox Translations is a translation service for Firefox that Mozilla is working on currently. It is already available as a limited preview that supports a handful of languages and can be installed in any recent version of Firefox. What sets it apart is the fact that the translations happen locally on the user system, and not in the cloud. At its core, Firefox Translations works similarly to how Chrome's Google Translate or Microsoft Edge's Bing Translate features work: when the user visi ...read more

Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS unlocks Ubuntu 20.04 LTS upgrades

Nov 27, 2022

Canonical has released Ubuntu 22.04,1 LTS to the public. The first point release of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS -- Long Term Support -- marks an important milestone in development, as it is the first that will unlock the upgrade gates for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS devices. The new version of Ubuntu is already available as a direct download. Interested users, new and old, may download the release from the official Ubuntu website.  The desktop ISO image has a size of 3.6 Gigabytes. Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS has ...read more

Apple could start displaying ads on your iPhone

Nov 27, 2022

Apple is reportedly working on a way to display ads on its apps on iPhones. The news comes via a report by Mark Gurman on Bloomberg (paywalled article). Apple isn't the first company to try this, many Android OEMs display ads on their phones, notably Xiaomi with its MIUI. Xiaomi is an internet company first, and an OEM next. The low prices of its phones attracts many buyers, creating a large userbase to which it can serve ads. Samsung threw its hat in the ring by displaying ads in its Weath ...read more

Ghacks Deals: ZapReader Speed-Reading: Lifetime Subscription

Nov 22, 2022

ZapReader Speed-Reading teaches you how to read faster. It teaches you speed reading techniques, has expert courses, training exercises and comprehensive training. The application is available for Windows and Mac devices, and supports 46 different document formats that you may import into it. ZapReader includes reports that highlight the progress that you make. The lifetime plan is available for $39.99 at the time of writing. It includes updates and supports up to five different desktop dev ...read more

File Archiver PeaZip 8.8.0 released with archive testing support and more

Nov 22, 2022

PeaZip 8.8.0 is a new version of the cross-platform open source file archiver. The new version introduces archive testing capabilities, support for propagating Zone.Identifier stream data on Windows, and more user interface customization options. When Bandizip 7.0 introduced advertising and commercial versions, many users of the file archiver looked for alternatives. PeaZip was one of the applications that users switched to. First reviewed in 2010 here on Ghacks, PeaZip's developers release ...read more

WhatsApp Desktop gets a native UWP version on Windows; macOS app in the works

Nov 22, 2022

The WhatsApp Desktop app for Windows has been updated, it is now a native UWP app. It replaces the old web-app version. The messaging service, owned by Meta, released a beta version of the UWP app in November last year. You can read more about it here. What's new in WhatsApp Desktop The app is faster, and you can tell it right from the get-go. That's basically because it is not an Electron app anymore. The performance improvements are welcome, as are the notification badges. Speaking of ...read more

Here is an easy fix for Amazon Prime Video Error 7031

Nov 22, 2022

Amazon Prime Video customers may receive all sorts of error messages when they use the service. One of them is Video Unavailable and the error code 7031. It is displayed right after a video is selected on the site for playback. Usually, all videos, regardless of whether they are included in Prime Video, part of the ad-powered channel FreeVee, or paid, are affected by the issue. Error 7031 may be thrown in all browsers and even when using Amazon's applications. Video Unavailable We're exper ...read more

Opinion: Disney+ with Ads pricing disappoints

Nov 22, 2022

Disney unveiled upcoming price changes to its streaming service Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN this week. The company announced plans to increase the price of a Disney+ subscription by $3 to $10.99 per month in the United States. The much awaited Disney+ with Ads plan will be available for $7.99 per month. Starting December 8, 2022, Disney+ subscribers in the United States will have to pay an extra $3 per month to watch the streaming service's content without ads; this is a price increase of ...read more