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Google URL Shortener to end in 2025

Google's URL Shortener service will be fully discontinued after August 25, 2025. Originally transitioned to Firebase Dynamic Links in 2018, the service stopped accepting new URLs but continued to support existing ones. Now, Google has announced it will cease serving these links.

Starting August 23, 2024, users will encounter an interstitial page on some links. This page will notify users of the service’s impending shutdown and will increasingly appear before the links direct to their original destinations. After August 25, 2025, all links will return a 404 error.

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Workplaces plagued by risky security behavior

Research released by KnowBe4 shows that 75 percent of security professionals have witnessed employees displaying risky security behaviors at work and 62 percent admit to risky behavior themselves.

Top risky things that cybersecurity pros admit to include using entertainment or streaming services (33 percent), using GenAI within the organization (31 percent), sharing personal information (14 percent), using gaming or gambling websites at work (10 percent) and using adult entertainment websites (two percent).

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Make your Windows PC run cooler and more energy efficient with this free app

Outbyte has launched a new app designed to improve energy efficiency for systems running Windows 10 and 11. The free application optimizes CPU performance, reducing power consumption by up to 34 percent and decreasing carbon emissions to support environmental sustainability.

The Camomile app works by adjusting CPU voltage and frequency to prevent unnecessary spikes in power usage, which are common with default chipset configurations. These spikes often cause CPUs to overheat and fans to work harder, increasing noise and decreasing system efficiency. By keeping CPU operations within manufacturer-recommended speeds, Camomile reportedly helps mitigate these issues, extending battery life, and improving the overall user experience.

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Best Windows apps this week

Six-hundred-four in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 and 11 on the Microsoft Store and elsewhere in the past seven days.

Windows 11 version 23H2 is now broadly available according to Microsoft. This means that everyone with an eligible device should get it when searching for the update under Windows Update in Settings. Non-managed devices with Windows 11 version 22H2 will be updated automatically in the coming months.

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Bad CrowdStrike update causes major outages of Microsoft systems worldwide

You'll doubtless be aware already of the major outages of Microsoft systems today causing problems for airports, rail operators, banks, retailers, broadcasters and more.

Among the disruption stores found themselves unable to accept payments and in the UK Sky News’s breakfast show was taken off air. Some airports were forced to use whiteboards to show flight departure information.

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How DevOps teams can get ready to explore DORA [Q&A]

It's essential for businesses to get security, privacy and governance right -- not only to prevent breaches, but also comply with increasing numbers of regulations.

DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) best practices are the gold standard for spotting vulnerabilities across both cloud and mainframe environments and improving development efficiency.

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OpenAI unveils GPT-4o mini, its most affordable and efficient AI model yet


OpenAI has released GPT-4o mini, a new AI model aimed at enhancing affordability and accessibility. Priced at 15 cents per million input tokens and 60 cents per million output tokens, GPT-4o mini represents a significant cost reduction compared to previous models like GPT-3.5 Turbo. The new model is more than 60 percent cheaper, making it an economical option for a wide range of applications.

GPT-4o mini is designed with a context window of 128K tokens and supports up to 16K output tokens per request. Currently, it is capable of handling text and vision tasks. Future updates will expand its capabilities to include text, image, video, and audio inputs and outputs.

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Dynabook Tecra A40-M and A60-M: New Copilot AI-enhanced Windows 11 laptops with Intel Core Ultra processors

Dynabook Americas, Inc. has announced the release of its latest professional laptops, the 14-inch Tecra A40-M and the 16-inch Tecra A60-M. These new models, both of which have a starting price below $1,300, are equipped with Copilot AI and Intel Core Ultra processors, aiming to enhance productivity for professionals and educators.

The Tecra A40-M operates on Windows 11 Pro and is available with various Intel Core Ultra processors, including Series 1 H28, Core Ultra 5 135U, Core Ultra 5 145U, Core Ultra 7 155U, Core Ultra 7 165U, Core Ultra 5 135H, Core Ultra 5 145H, Core Ultra 7 155H, and Core Ultra 7 165H. It supports up to 64GB of LPDDR5 5,400MHz memory and features Intel Arc Graphics, with a minimum requirement of 16 GB dual-channel memory. The 14-inch WUXGA display (1920x1200) offers optional touch functionality, and storage options include PCIe NVMe SSDs up to 2TB.

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Get Winxvideo AI V2.0 -- AI-powered video/image enhancer & converter for Windows (worth $69.95) for FREE!

Download a free licensed copy of Winxvideo AI to enhance your images and videos, as well as process any 4K/8K/HDR video as you want.

Powered by CineAI technology, Winxvideo AI can enhance and restore old, blurry, noisy, low-quality or low-resolution videos/images/photos, and upscale to HD/4K/8K visual quality for sharing on social network or playing on widescreen. More than an AI image/video enhancer, it is also a complete video toolkit to stabilize shaky video, boost frame rate to 120/240fps, convert, compress, record, and edit 4K/8K/HDR video with best balance between quality, speed and size.

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Lemokey launches G1 wireless optical mouse

Lemokey, a premium gaming subsidiary of Keychron, has launched the G1 wireless optical mouse. This new product offers an 8KHz polling rate and a 0.125ms latency, aimed at both gamers and creative professionals.

The G1 mouse is designed with a lightweight 55g frame and incorporates a PixArt 3950 sensor, supporting up to 30,000 DPI and 50g acceleration, suitable for high precision tracking on various surfaces, including glass. It also features tri-mode connectivity, including 2.4G wireless, Bluetooth 5.3, and wired options, facilitating easy device and setup switching.

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ADLINK introduces IMB-C Value Series motherboards for industrial applications

ADLINK has introduced the IMB-C Value Series of ATX motherboards. This new series targets users looking for high performance at a lower price point, suitable for sectors such as warehousing, industrial automation, smart manufacturing, and new energy.

The IMB-C series adds to ADLINK's existing range of IMB motherboards by offering a cost-effective option that retains necessary features for industrial use. These motherboards support Intel Core processors from the 10th to the 14th generations and come equipped with features such as 2.5 GbE, PCIe 4.0, DDR4, and USB 3.0.

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Enjoy huge discounts on the rebranded Acronis True Image 2025

Acronis has announced it’s restoring the trusted True Image brand to its backup and drive imaging tool for home users. The program had previously been renamed Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office to fit in with the company’s business-related products (as well as highlight the addition of antimalware protection), but the Swiss company has apparently bowed to popular opinion by restoring the name: Acronis True Image.

The new release isn’t purely a rebranding exercise -- Build 41393 adds disk drivers to the bootable WinPE and Linux rescue media, plus offers the usual vague (and undefined) collection of bug fixes and "other improvements".

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Enterprise supply chain risks not being addressed

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Although software supply chain breaches are increasing, a new study from JFrog finds that only 30 percent of respondents identified the need to address vulnerabilities in their software supply chain as a top security concern.

It also uncovers a disconnect between management and developers. 92 percent of executives claim their organizations possess tools to detect malicious open-source packages, while only 70 percent of developers think the same.

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Fraudulent transactions increase over 70 percent


Fraudulent transactions in the first half of 2024 were up over 73 percent year on year, and suspected fraudulent transactions increased by over 84 percent, according to the 2024 Mid-Year Identity Fraud Review, released today by AuthenticID.

The report also looks at the latest trends including a surge in AI-enabled fraud, as well as the increased use of deepfakes for identity fraud tactics like account takeover attacks and injection attacks.

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TEAMGROUP unveils PD20 Mini External SSD

TEAMGROUP has announced the new PD20 Mini External SSD, targeting business travelers and professionals who require both portability and high performance. This external SSD combines practical design elements with advanced technology to meet diverse storage needs.

The PD20 Mini is notable for its lightweight design, weighing only 22 grams, making it highly portable for users who need to carry their data with them. It is available in storage capacities ranging from 1TB to 4TB, accommodating everything from basic documents to large media files.

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