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Wondershare PDFelement 8: Is this PDF Editor worth it?

Sponsored Content | Wed, Dec 9 2020 1:56 PM CST

Wondershare PDFelement comes in a lot of flavors based on your device, PDF task complexity, and the need to collaborate online. Here are some of the top-selling document management products:

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  • Wondershare PDFelement Standard
  • Wondershare PDFelement Pro
  • Wondershare PDFelement Pro for iOS
  • Wondershare PDFelement for Android
  • Wondershare Document Cloud

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3DMark updated, new UI and new 'Estimated Game Performance' feature

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Nov 26 2020 9:43 PM CST

UL Benchmarks have just pushed out a new update for 3DMark that tweaks the UI and gives benchmarkers and tweakers a new Results tab -- but there's something more interesting here.

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That would be the new Estimated Game Performance feature, which extrapolates your 3DMark score that you've just run -- with real-world game performance in just 5 games for now. The extrapolated 3DMark score provides an estimated game performance number for Apex Legends, Battlefield V, Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto V, and Red Dead Redemption 2.

3DMark will use its score, then you select the game you want estimated performance from -- and it will spit out an estimated FPS in that desired game. It isn't perfect, but it's close -- it'll be interesting to see where this goes in the future from UL.

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How to Convert DVD to ISO File? WinX DVD Copy Pro Deserves a Try

Sponsored Content | Tue, Oct 27 2020 6:09 PM CDT

What is the best format to rip DVD? There is no single answer to this question. If you want to convert DVD for playback on a mobile device, MP4 is a good choice. If you want to create a 1:1 copy to save on computer, I'll suggest converting DVD to ISO image.

Have no idea about ISO image? Let's see the explanation on Wikipedia - "An ISO image is a disk image of an optical disc. In other words, it is an archive file that contains everything that would be written to an optical disc, sector by sector, including the optical disc file system." An ISO file contains all the data on your DVD and its file size and quality are as same as the data on your disc. This way, you can recreate the ISO file to DVD in the future if necessary and mount the ISO file as a virtual drive. Well, how to convert DVD to ISO file?

DVD to ISO Converter is a Must

We know a lot free DVD converters, like HandBrake, DVDShrink, and MakeMKV. However, those programs either can't read the source DVD or they don't support ISO output. If you're looking for the best software to rip DVD into ISO file, I suggest you try WinX DVD Copy Pro. I have a few good supporting reasons for my recommendation.

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How to Combine Multiple Videos into One (2 Best Ways)

Sponsored Content | Wed, Jul 15 2020 4:21 AM CDT

Over 90% of video converter and editing software apps can combine video files together. You are spoiled for many choices.

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But there are several things you should take into consideration before editing multiple videos together. For example, are the added files encoded in the same way? What to do if the audio and video go out of sync? What if I want to cut and merge videos at one go? Can I customize the video to fit the requirement of YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc.?

Your choice depends on the real situation of your footages. We have screened out two best and easiest ways for you to meet different demands:

  • If your final file is short: Try a free online video merger like Clideo
  • If your videos are long, large, or in 4K resolution: Go to an easy, fast, and high-quality desktop software - VideoProc.

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This coronavirus-themed malware hides in Excel spreadsheets, watch out

Anthony Garreffa | Sat, May 23 2020 9:32 PM CDT

With millions at home right now, it is the time to strike if you're making malicious software -- and disguising coronavirus phishing campaigns through Excel spreadsheets? That's nasty.

Recently, the Microsoft Security Intelligence Team discovered that there are two rather large phishing campaigns that are fooling people into downloading, and then opening malicious Excel files. Once they do, hackers have remote access to their PCs and it is game over.

The emails get disguised to look like they're coming from the likes of Johns Hopkins University, while other emails coming through are personal COVID-19 testing solutions, and more. The emails themselves arrive with Excel documents attached, with click bait-y titles such as "WHO COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT" that once opened, will install NetSupport Manager -- a remote desktop access tool.

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Best Way to Convert DVD to MP4 Fast & Flawlessly - WinX DVD Ripper

Sponsored Content | Fri, May 8 2020 2:33 PM CDT

As digital superiority is becoming a foregone conclusion, it's honestly rather embarrassing that we so stubbornly hold on to something so impractical, and by something, I mean physical discs. I love DVDs and have a huge collection. That said, for years, I have to settle for the inconvenience of carrying piles of DVDs around with great care. Therefore, it may not come off as much of a surprise that I can hardly contain my excitement when I come across a perfect DVD to MP4 solution to fit in the new status quo.

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The tool I use - Free but Powerful

If you want to convert your DVDs, you have a few options to choose from. For example, the famous Handbrake may well rule the roost in home DVD converting. Or if you need a specialist who can handle brittle, decade-old discs from various studios, just like me, turn to WinX DVD Ripper, the free but powerful DVD video conversion program for Windows.

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Google Project Zero team found bugs that impacted Apple Image I/O

Shane McGlaun | Wed, Apr 29 2020 12:02 PM CDT

The Google Project Zero team announced this week that it had discovered significant flaws in Apple's Image I/O that were likely candidates to be targeted by zero-click attack vectors. The bugs were discovered in Apple's Image I/O software, which ships with iOS, MacOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The flaws were present on every major platform that Apple offers.

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The Project Zero team withheld any publication of the bugs until they were patched by Apple. The team says that the Image I/O problems Apple had linked to relatively well-known issues surrounding image format parsers. Flaws of this sort are commonly targeted by hackers because they could allow the various multimedia assets to be processed with the ability to run code on a target system without user interaction.

Google's team used a process called "fuzzing" to determine how the Image I/O framework responded to malformed image files. The team chose that particular technique because Apple restricts access to a majority of the tool source code. During the research, the Google team successfully found six vulnerabilities in Image I/O, along with another eight vulnerabilities in OpenEXR, which is a third-party HDR image file format.

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Microsoft 365 Family and Personal plans are now available

Shane McGlaun | Wed, Apr 22 2020 2:03 PM CDT

Microsoft announced a few weeks ago that it would be replacing its Office 365 plans with Microsoft 365 Personal and Family and plans for is Business users. The new Microsoft 365 plans are essentially the same as the plans Microsoft offered as Office 365 in the past. For those who've been wanting to subscribe, the new Microsoft 365 plans are now generally available to all.

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The first of the plans is Microsoft 365 Family, which was formerly Office 365 Home. Microsoft 365 Family costs $99.99 per year or $9.99 per month. It includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher. The last two of those apps are only available on PC while the others are available on Mac as well. Up to six people and devices along with up to 6TB (1TB per person) of cloud storage are covered in the plan.

Microsoft 365 Personal is available for $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month. That includes access to the same apps along with 1TB of cloud storage. The main difference is only one person can have access to that account. For those who aren't interested in subscriptions, Office Home & Student 2019 is available for $149.99 as a one-time purchase. The big catch here is that it only brings Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for one PC or Mac.

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The Twitter for Mac app finally gets a recent Tweets livestream

Shane McGlaun | Tue, Apr 21 2020 1:03 PM CDT

Twitter has announced an official update for the Mac app that brings with it a feature that many users have wanted for a long time. The update adds in the ability for Mac users to view a livestream of recent Tweets. Before this update, the only way that users could see a stream of newly published Tweets was to refresh the application manually.

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This new feature will likely win users for the official Twitter for Mac app from third-party Twitter clients like Tweetbot. Third-party apps that lost the timeline streaming ability back in 2018 when Twitter made a change to its API. Twitter for Mac users do have to enable live tweets but the process is easy to do and very straightforward.

To enable live tweets, users need to install the latest version of Twitter for Mac from the Mac App Store and then click the start icon at the top of the app. Users can then turn on the "Pin to the top" option that enables timeline streaming. Twitter says that once that feature is enabled, users will see new tweets as they're shared at the top of the timeline.

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Zoom business partners allegedly knew about its security issues

Shane McGlaun | Mon, Apr 20 2020 12:51 PM CDT

With millions of people around the world stuck at home because of the coronavirus outbreak, businesses and workers from all sorts of fields have turned to videoconferencing apps such as Zoom. Zoom has been one of the highest-profile videoconferencing companies to gain popularity during the coronavirus outbreak. It's also had some very notable security issues. While end-users have been surprised by the security issues presented by Zoom, a new report claims that Zoom's business partners knew the company had security problems.

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A new report claims that Zoom partner Dropbox knew for months that Zoom had security issues. The report, from the New York Times, claims that Dropbox knew a year ago that there was a significant security vulnerability in the videoconferencing app, which was used by Dropbox employees. The vulnerability was discovered by a pair of Australian hackers while on a flight to attend a live hacking competition sponsored by Dropbox in Singapore.

The major security issue with Zoom the hackers discovered could have allowed an attacker to take control of certain users' Mac computers without the users knowing. The NYT cites three unnamed former Dropbox engineers who say that the vulnerability the hackers found was precisely what Dropbox feared. Since Zoom was so widely used by Dropbox, the company took on the policing of security practices for the videoconferencing app itself.

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