Digital Trends: The best free music players. “Although music streaming services may be some of the most popular ways to consume music today, that’s not the case for everyone. For those with their own local collections, you need a decent music player, and sometimes Windows Media Player just doesn’t cut it. Here is our guide to the best free music players for Windows PCs. This list contains applications for both the hardest of hardcore music lovers, and for listeners that prefer to use something more simplistic.”
BetaNews: Less than half of Android security apps offer effective protection. “A new study from independent testing lab AV-Comparatives reveals that of over 200 Android security apps tested the majority are dubious, unsafe or ineffective. The company downloaded 204 apps from the Google Play store in January this year and found 84 of the apps detected over 30 percent of malicious samples, and had zero false alarms. 79 detected under 30 percent of malware samples and/or had a high false alarm rate.”
The Register: Mac fans’ eyes mist over: Someone’s re-created HyperCard. “Video Apple fans with a bent for nostalgia have some to wallow in after a HyperCard clone debuted on Monday.” If you’re not a certain age this will probably make you go “pfft,” but I used HyperCard a LOT of in the early 1990s and man, do I miss it.
Motherboard: Flight Simulator Add-On Tried to Catch Pirates By Installing Password-Stealing Malware on Their Computers. “Piracy is an issue for games and other software developers. Some handle it in novel ways, like deliberately making pirated versions of a game near unplayable, or by releasing their software for free. One piece of flight simulator software had an unusual, and controversial technique: infecting pirates with malware designed to steal their Chrome passwords.”
YaleNews: Project revives old software, preserves ‘born-digital’ data. “Digital preservationists at Yale University Library are building a shareable ’emulation as a service’ infrastructure to resurrect thousands of obsolete software programs and ensure that the information produced on them will be kept intact and made easily available for future access, study, and use.”
BetaNews: Top 5 free data recovery tools for Windows. “In a sense it can be hard to judge the quality of a data recovery app. To a large degree success rates are determined by the quality of the data that you’re trying to recover. If you’re relying on software to get your data back, you will have to accept that there are some situations that apps simply cannot cope with — such as when data has been overwritten numerous times, or in the case of severe physical damage. You may still be able to get your data back by calling in the experts, but this can be an expensive option. It makes perfect sense to try going down the free route first of all, so here — in no particular order, as different situations require different apps — are five free data recovery tools that might just do the trick…”
The Register, with a bit of a mean headline: Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people. “The Open Source Initiative, a non-profit that advocates open source development and non-proprietary software, pegs the date of inception at February 3, 1998. That’s when the term ‘open source’ was proposed by Christine Peterson during a meeting convened to build upon interest arising from the decision by browser maker Netscape to release its source code.”