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Massive data breach: 773 million accounts, with passwords, leaked from LinkedIn, Adobe, more - Test if your account is safe

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 17 Jan 2019 4:16

Massive data breach: 773 million accounts, with passwords, leaked from LinkedIn, Adobe, more - Test if your account is safe Troy Hunt has set up up a searchable database that contains a whopping 773 million breached login details. The data has been put together by combining various high profile data breaches from the past years, including the data breaches to LinkedIn and Adobe

The database that he calls "Collection #1" includes email addresses and passwords totalling 2,692,818,238 rows. Yes, you got that one right, more than two and a half billion details. When all the duplicates removed, it still leaves more than one billion login details (email address and password combination) to the database. And there are more than 700 million unique email addresses there, so some email addresses were breached in more than one data leak, with different password.

Mr. Hunt, who works as a regional director for Microsoft got the data from popular anonymous file sharing service MEGA and its origins, according to him, point to a popular hacker forum where the set of files is distributed openly among the hackers. Dataset in question is 87 gigabytes in size and has more than 12'000 files in it. He details the project in his own blog.


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Tesla Model 3 configurator is now open to left-hand drive countries in Europe with pricing, delivery estimates

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 04 Jan 2019 17:52

Tesla Model 3 configurator is now open to left-hand drive countries in Europe with pricing, delivery estimates Tesla has launched its Model 3 configurator page to those living in left-hand driving European countries. The configurator page allows potential buyer to tweak the Model 3 options and see how the changes effect the price in his/her country. Page has been open in selected European countries since December, but now it seems that almost all European countries where Tesla operates, are included.

As the value-added tax (VAT), various subsidizes and possible car taxes vary from country to country, the pricing varies quite wildly across Europe. In Finland, for example, the cheapest Model 3 configuration will cost €63,070 (appx. $71,800) while the same car costs only $49,000 in some parts of the United States. In France, the prices start from €53,000 and in Germany, from €57,900.

European Model 3 will have a different charging port in Europe, opting to use European CCS Combo charging port instead of its own proprietary port. Tesla will be retrofitting its existing Supercharger stations in Europe to accept both connectors.

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Winamp v5.8 released - first update in 5 years!

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 19 Oct 2018 7:45

Winamp v5.8 released - first update in 5 years! Winamp has gone through several ownership changes ever since AOL gave up hopes with the legendary music player and the program has been on permanent hiatus ever since 2013.

But finally, today, Winamp released the first update since 2013, as Winamp v5.8 beta 3306 was released officially. The rushed release was due a leak which spread the said release acorss the Net. To counter the leak, Winamp decided to release the v5.8 beta officially.

Company, which is nowadays owned by Radionomy, also announcd few days ago that it is working on first major update to Winamp in ages, Winamp 6, which is due to be released in early 2019. Winamp 6 should ba available to Windows, Android and iOS platforms when it is finally released.

And, best of all, now with the v.8 release, Winamp is 100% freeware again.

Download the latest version from AfterDawn's download section:

Winamp v5.8, full version (freeware)

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AfterDawn's Android app updated to v1.60

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 19 Oct 2018 6:23

AfterDawn's Android app updated to v1.60 AfterDawn's official Android app has been updated. The new version, v1.60, is mostly a bug fix release to address the known issues with the app.

Our app's crash-free rate has been constantly above 99.9 percent, but there's always room to improve. We've identified handful of bugs causing the app to crash with various handsets - and have managed to fix all those known issues in our new version.

Our official app lets you read our news and allows you to scan through our news archive ever since 1999 when our site was launched. Yup, all of our news, how-tos and reviews are available there.

And of course, the app is completely free - and doesn't ask you any silly permissions when you install it. And apparently, people like it, too: it has the average rating of 4.4/5.0 in Google Play store.

Give it a try:

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OnePlus delays its Android Pie update for OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T models

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 17 Oct 2018 6:13

OnePlus delays its Android Pie update for OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T models OnePlus has confirmed previously that its upcoming OnePlus 6T model will ship with the latest Android Pie operating system. But company also told that the promised Pie updates to previous models have been delayed.

OnePlus got praise from the press and its fans back in July when company announced that it has revised its update policy so that previous models, starting with OnePlus 3, will get Android Pie update by end of the year 2018.

Now, the company CEO told in online chat that while company still intends to update all promised models (OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T) to Android Pie, the update will be postponed to "early 2019".

Company's current model, OnePlus 6, shipped with Android Oreo but got OTA update to Android Pie in September.

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Problem with AfterDawn's download servers fixed

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 16 Oct 2018 12:14

Problem with AfterDawn's download servers fixed We had a severe problem with our software download section for the past 10 days that caused good portion of downloads from our site to fail.

We have finally identified the culprit and have fixed the problem. It was simply due a human error - a bug in the code that wasn't noticed and managed to slip through our testing process.

Apologies for the inconvenience this might have caused.

Our software database that we've been building for the past 19 years is available at and has served more than quarter of a billion software downloads since 1999.

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 16 Oct 2018 3:29

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65 Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at age of 65. Cause of dead was non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a condition that was diagnosed in 2009 and returned just weeks ago.

Allen is widely considered to be one of the groundbreaking tech pioneers. Paul Allen founded Microsoft together with Bill Gates in 1970s and became one of the first tech billionaires in the World after Microsoft IPO in 1980s. He maintained his position at Microsoft until 2000.

Since Microsoft era, he has been best known for his Vulcan Inc investment company and for the fact that he owns several major sports teams: Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) and Seattle Sounders (MLS).

Through Vulcan, Allen invested to various technology projects, including SpaceShipOne, the first privately-funded ship to put a civilian into suborbital space around the Earth. He also funded generously SETI project, a project set to search for extraterrestrial life.


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Spotify now integrates with Google Maps, both on Android and iPhone

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 01 Oct 2018 7:38

Spotify now integrates with Google Maps, both on Android and iPhone Spotify announced a new feature today, integrating the popular streaming service app to Google Maps navigation on Android and on iPhone.

Spotify has previously worked with Waze, providing an integration to the Wze's navigation user interface, but obviously, integrating to the Google Maps is significantly bigger leap for the Swedish company.

With the integration, users will see barebone Spotify buttons available in the Google Maps' navigation screen. The minimzed UI will show the currently played song, has next/prev buttons and play/pause buttons shown, too. Also, the Spotify playback mutes when navigation instructions are spoken by the Google Maps and will resume after that.

Spotify integrates with Google Maps

According to Spotify's data, more and more people are replacing their car radio, CDs and USB sticks with Spotify when driving a car. Thus, it seems that the most important feature in current car audio systems is the Bluetooth connection, everything else can be outsourced to the phone.


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Study: Finnish people use most mobile data in the world, in the U.S. the top users are with U.S.Cellular

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 10 Sep 2018 8:37

Study: Finnish people use most mobile data in the world, in the U.S. the top users are with U.S.Cellular Mobile analytics firm tefficient has once again released its mobile data usage stats from all around the world. Monthly data usage continues to skyrocket, across the world. But there are massive differences between countries and operators.

The most mobile bandwidth hungry users can found from Finland, where all three major operators were ranked among the top 10 in terms of mobile data consumed per user. The #1 spot in the world goes to Finnish operator DNA. DNA's users used a whopping 19.8GB of data per user, per month, during the first half of 2018.

To put this into comparison, the top operator in the United States (in terms of mobile data used per month) was U.S. Cellular, whose users used, on average 2.1GB of mobile data each month.

After Finland's DNA, the number two operator in the world was Zain Kuwait. Zain's users in Kuwait used 15.7GB data each month, but that figure is based on 2017 data. The third place in the ranking chart goes to 3 Austria. 3's users in Austria used 18.4GB of data in H1 of 2018 (up from 15.4GB in 2017).

DNA, just like all other major Finnish operators, offers unlimited, unmetered mobile deals with fixed monthly fee. Typically only the bandwidth tier effects the price, with typical bandwidth tiers starsting from 100Mbps. As the monthly cost of mobile data connection is typically significantly lower than that of fixed DSL line, many people get mobile connections also as their primary home internet connections in Finland. Same is true also for most other countries making it to the top: fixed, relatively cheap prices and (virtually) no bandwidth or data caps whatsoever.


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Roomba e5 - First look at the iRobot's latest robot vacuum

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 10 Sep 2018 5:12

Roomba e5 - First look at the iRobot's latest robot vacuum Roomba e5 is the latest robot vacuum cleaner from American iRobot. New line of Roomba robots promises better cleaning than its predecessors - and the problems with bristles getting stuck with rugs and carpets, shouldn't be a problem anymore.

iRobot launched the e5 and its more expensive sibling, Roomba i7+ just couple of days ago and shipments are starting on 12th of September, 2018. iRobot's Nordic partner sent us a test unit, which we will test in depth in next couple of weeks.

Roomba e5 is the cheaper one of the two new models, MSRP set to $449 in the U.S. Obviously, even at that price range, the e5 is much more expensive than some lesser known competitors. But as the term "roomba" is virtually a synonymous to the robot vacuum cleaners, it is also the device that all other robot vacuums should be tested against.

Despite the full in-depth review still in the horizon, we thought it might be a worth to take a quick look at Roomba e5 now that get our hands on it.

Roomba e5 retail sale box
Roomba retail sale box


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Guide: How to take a screenshot with OnePlus 6

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 06 Sep 2018 9:15

Guide: How to take a screenshot with OnePlus 6 Taking a screenshot is a good way to share stuff you encounter when browsing the net or social media. But every phone tends have different method for taking screenshots. In this guide, we'll explain how to take a screenshot with OnePlus 6 phone.

OnePlus 6 has two build-in methods for taking screenshots. We'll go through both of those methods here:

Screenshot using OnePlus 6's buttons

Probably the most common way to take a screenshot is to use phone's physical buttons. Here's how it works:

  1. Ensure that all the content you want to capture, is visible in the phone's screen
  2. Now, press both, the power button and the volume down button pressed for couple of seconds. The power button is located at the right side of the phone and the volume buttons are located on the device's left side.
  3. Your phone's screen will now flash and the screenshot you took appears for short period in middle of the screen.
  4. When the screenshot is visible on the screen, below it, there's the sharing symbol visible. By clicking that, you can directly share the taken screenshot to your contacts.
  5. Taken screenshot will also be available in your phone's Photo Gallery, even if you didnät manage to share it at the time of taking the screenshot.

Three-finger gesture

OnePlus's latest models also include a support for so-called three-finger gesture for taking screenshots. Using this method should be available (however, if not, you can check the gesture's status in phone's settings).


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WhatsApp stops support for iPhone 4

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 04 Sep 2018 3:01

WhatsApp stops support for iPhone 4 WhatsApp, the more-than-billion-users messaging app, updated its iOS version today. But this is the first update that wont be available to iPhone 4 users.

WhatsApp stated that the new update is the first that will require iOS 9 or newer, meaning that iPhone 4 is now officially one of the unsupported devices from now on.

WhatsApp has also stated that the messaging platform's support for iOS 8 and iOS 7 will cease completely by February 1st, 2020. This means that while users of iPhone 4 and earlier models can still install previous versions of WhatsApp, even those will cease working in 2020.

The latest WhatsApp for iOS version is now v2.18.90. New version adds warnings about suspicious links, bigger preview for GIF animations and ability to search from status updates.

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Windows Phone will officially die in 2019

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 21 Aug 2018 5:51

Windows Phone will officially die in 2019 In case you're one of the few remaining Windows Phone users, you might want to consider changing a platform soon. Or to upgrade your device to Windows Mobile 10, if that option is available for your phone.

Microsoft just announced several important deadlines for Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.

First of all, developers wont be able to add new Windows Phone 8.1 apps to the Windows Store after 31st of October, 2018. So, after that date, no new apps will arrive to Windows Phone. Ever.

Furthermore, the existing apps cannot be updated after 1st of July, 2019. Also, downloading of existing apps becomes impossible, effectively shutting down the app store for WP8.1 users.

The last important date is set to distant future: Microsoft will stop all the support for WP8.1 on 1st of July, 2023. The date is so far away in future that it is highly unlikely that there will be any WP8.1 users left by then.

These dates don't affect Windows Mobile 10 users, who will be able to use app store and to get support. So, if your WP phone is one of those that can be updated to use Windows Mobile 10, you're strongly recommended to do so. If not, you might start looking for alternative options.

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OnePlus 6T arrives in October - First model to get U.S. carrier partner

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 18 Aug 2018 9:28

OnePlus 6T arrives in October - First model to get U.S. carrier partner OnePlus has been one of the most rapidly growing Android manufacturers in the World. OnePlus has followed its own, pretty unique path and has typically just one phone model available at the time. OnePlus models are praised for offering the flagship phone features, but with almost half the price of those of big name manufacturers' flagship phones. But until now, company has had hard time conquering the U.S. market, where most phones are sold via carriers with the monthly contract.

Now, it seems that OnePlus is finally getting a carrier partner in the U.S. According to CNET's article, the upcoming OnePlus 6T model that is expected to launch in October, will be backed by T-Mobile in the United States. T-Mobile will get short-ish period when it will be the only operator to have the OnePlus 6T available. After that period, OnePlus will release an unlocked model to be used in other U.S. operators' networks.

Most important thing for OnePlus is to get to T-Mobile's selection that it will offer to its existing customers when they change phones. Enthusiasts have always managed to get unlocked OnePlus devices if they wanted to, but due the fact how economics work in phone business in the U.S., those sales can't be very big.


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Google loses a court case - Ordered to remove search results that include personal information of a convicted murderer

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 17 Aug 2018 5:15

Google loses a court case - Ordered to remove search results that include personal information of a convicted murderer Google has just lost a court case in Finland. The Supreme Administrative Court of Finland decided today that the search engine giant has to remove search results from its index that include the personal details of a convicted murderer.

The case was brought against Google by the Finnish Data Protection Ombudsmand, the government entity that enforces privacy regulation in Finland. The Ombudsman's office asked Google to remove the results back in 2016, but the search giant refused, citing public interest and freedom of speech.

At the core of the dispute is a murder case that happened in 2012. The man in question was found guilty of murder but was also deemed to be mentally unstable. He was jailed for 10 years but was released last year.

In today's decision, The Supreme Administrative Court decided that the ability for anyone to find details of this person's medical history and illness on Google was detrimental to his life, extending beyond the prison time he served for his crimes.

Google now has to remove all search results listed on the court case from its index. Obviously, the information itself will stay in the Internet, but Google won't show links to those pages anymore.

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