WhatsApp reaches 2 billion active users. An absolute record

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WhatsApp continues to grind record numbers and to say it is the platform itself that announces the record of 2 billion active users. Incredible numbers that clearly make the app among the most used in the world and in terms of messaging certainly the most used. The numbers probably highlight the improvement work that the developers are carrying out in the code by introducing week after week novelties capable of making the application more user friendly. An attention that clearly pleases users who decide to reward the app by using it more than others both in general and in this field.

 

Dark mode coming soon

After repeated experimental versions, the new Dark Theme publicly arrived on WhatsApp a few weeks ago. In this case the users who can use it daily are only those with the Beta version by installing an APK. How does it work? Basically, users can activate the new mode directly from the settings of the application itself in the “Theme” section. Here three distinct options will appear: Light, Dark and Energy Saving, which will guarantee energy savings by proposing a color with gray tones rather than completely black.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X: the first 64-core desktop CPU

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It is the first processor for desktop systems with 64 cores inside and represents the fastest currently available on the market. However, it requires applications that are able to take advantage of the high number of cores present to give the best. It is therefore not for everyone, starting from the price: 3,999 dollars!

 

The Ryzen Threadripper family of processors debuted on the market with the first versions in the summer of 2017, representing a radical novelty compared to what AMD previously offered. For the first time, in fact, the American company has been able to offer a product intended specifically for the field of HEDT systems, High-End Desktop, putting itself in direct contrast with the range of Intel solutions of the Core-X series.

 

In the comparison between the two families of Intel and AMD HEDT CPUs, some differences immediately became clear: AMD aimed to offer a higher number of cores, clearly evident with the transition to the number of 32 in the debut of the second generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs , while Intel has benefited from higher clock rates and superior single-core efficiency. The particular architecture of the first two generations of Ryzen Threadripper processor, borrowed directly from the EPYC proposals for datacenters, also represented a limit with those applications highly dependent on the latency of access to system memory.

 

However, everything has changed with the debut of the third generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors, based on Zen 2 architecture and built with 7 nanometer production technology, which took place last November. AMD presented two models, equipped with 24 and 32 core architecture respectively, anticipating the debut of a third version capable of offering 64 internal cores.

The best software for musical notation

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MUSESCORE

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Musescore is absolutely the best FREE program for writing music. It is only passed by FINALE – considered a professional level – but it is paid.

It allows for fast and easy note entry on a virtual note sheet. It has an integrated sequencer to allow for immediate playback of the score. MuseScore can import and export MusicXML and standard Midi files.

MuseScore is available in more than 40 languages and is rapidly becoming the leading free music notation software and often praised as a cost effective alternative for expensive software.

https://musescore.org/it/download

 

 

TUX GUITAR

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Simple and essential program that does its job perfectly. Originally created for Linux, it has the main tools.

Imports and exports gp3,gp4 and gp5 files

https://sourceforge.net/projects/tuxguitar/

 

 

Frescobaldi

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Frescobaldi is a LilyPond sheet music text editor. It aims to be powerful, yet lightweight and easy to use. Frescobaldi is Free Software, freely available under the General Public License.

Powerful text editor with syntax highlighting and automatic completion
Music view with advanced Point & Click
Midi player to proof-listen LilyPond-generated MIDI files
Midi capturing to enter music
Powerful Score Wizard to quickly setup a music score

https://www.rosegardenmusic.com

 

 

FINALE

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This software being of professional level I recommend it to those who really require all the tools and functions, because obviously they are paid and it is not cheap …

Finale is proprietary scorewriting software developed by MakeMusic, Inc. It displays music primarily in music notation and allows for multiple tracks and very specific tweaking of instrument sounds for each track.

https://www.finalemusic.com/free-trial/

New Edge (browser) : arriving on 15th January 15 on Windows Update.

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The new Edge, the web browser of the Redmond house will arrive on January 15th. The new browser is based on the Chromium platform and this will allow to have a better use of the browser but also of different performances.
Its release should take place on all PCs and notebooks equipped with Windows 10 April 2018 Update or with later versions while for the previous ones it will not be possible to receive the update.

The Chromium base represents a new era for Edge and for Microsoft. The basis of the web browser is indeed Chromium and this will therefore allow us to revolutionize the browse, which has long been criticized for being behind light years compared to the direct competitors of Mozilla firefox and Chrome itself. It often happened that many users did not succeed in visualizing the pages in the right way.

The Best Linux Distro [december 2019]

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01] Ubuntu

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It is undoubtedly the most used distro and it probably has the largest number of supporters, both in terms of code of the Operating System and in terms of use. It is suitable for those with no particular needs and is a beginner in the Linux world. But it’s also good for those who are environment veterans.

(based on Debian)

www.ubuntu.org

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02] Opensuse

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Opensuse is renowned for being one of the first desktop-oriented distros and taking care of the graphic environment. Today with the advent of Ubuntu it is a little bit more complex for those who are beginners in the use of the package management system.

The distribution uses software packages in rpm format and adopts the Zypper command line program as their manager. In the graphical environment, the program for package management is YaST.

https://opensuse.org/

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03] LinuxMint

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Linux Mint is a GNU / Linux distribution for personal computers, known for its ease of use and ease of installation. It is based on Ubuntu (itself based on Debian) and uses both its own repositories and those of Ubnutu.

https://www.linuxmint.com/

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04] ArchLinux

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Arch Linux is a GNU / Linux distribution with i686 and x86-64 architecture, created by Judd Vinet according to the KISS philosophy (Keep It Simple, Stupid). Initially inspired by CRUX Linux, it is known to be light, fast, extremely scalable and adaptable to your needs. The peculiarity of this distro lies in being able to decide which packages to install, depending on your needs.

https://www.archlinux.org/

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05] Tails

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Tails is the well-known Linux distribution that installs on a USB pen and starts it in live mode. It is renowned for surfing the web without leaving any kind of trace on the web, taking advantage of the famous TOR browser. Also on the PC it does not leave any kind of trace.

https://tails.boum.org/

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06]Β Fedora

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It is among the most well-known distros in the Linux world. The applications of this distro are distributed under opensource license and cover all sectors making it complete even at the server level. Although it is a distro that lacks nothing, the management of installation packages is less easy than that of ubuntu. The management of software packages is the job of the DNF utility (previously yum).

https://getfedora.org/

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07] Debian

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It is the distro on which ubuntu is based and therefore have many features in common. The most substantial differences are that Debian has a much broader support community which creates numerous packages for the distro which may even be non-free. In fact, on the official website it is also possible to download the DVD version consisting of three large .iso files.

https://www.debian.org/

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08] Mageia

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Although it can be overshadowed by the better known Distro, it has the right to be mentioned to be the successor of Mandriva, as well as being based on it.

https://www.mageia.org/

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09] Gentoo

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Gentoo (or Gentoo Linux) is a GNU / Linux distribution focused on execution speed and customization possibilities.

It is unsuitable for non-experts as it is known to be a source-based distro, ie the installation of programs is done by compiling source codes on your computer rather than by pre-compiled packages.

This close relationship with the source code makes Gentoo particularly suitable to be optimized for the hardware and configured according to the needs of the user.

https://www.gentoo.org/

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10] Korora

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Korora is a Linux distro based on Fedora and at the beginning of its Gentoo-based launch.

The main objective that Korora aims to achieve is to provide a complete and user-friendly GNU / Linux operating system; in fact it includes several software not present in Fedora.

Korora is an installable Fedora Remix Live USB image which aims to provide a complete out of the box experience for new users, including support for multimedia.

https://kororaproject.org

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11] ChromeOS

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Chrome OS (or Chromium OS, referring to its open source project) is an operating system designed by Google and based on the Gentoo Linux distribution.

It is especially lightweight but can only be installed on Chromebooks. To get rid of the curiosity anyway, you can install it on a virtual machine.

https://www.chromium.org

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12] Knoppix

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And the most famous of the live distros and still today boasts the title of best live distro for reliability and completeness in applications. There is also a version that can be installed on the hard disk of your PC.

www.knopper.net/

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13] PuppyLinux

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Puppy Linux is a GNU / Linux Live CD distribution created by Barry Kauler in 2003, aimed at ease of use and limited system resource consumption: it is therefore recommended for those with old PCs.

The operating system also contains only the essential programs and weighs only about 200MB

www.puppylinux.org

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14] Slackware

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It is probably the most long-lived distro and the one aimed exclusively at the most experienced. Its installation, like that of all packages,
must be carried out mainly from the command line.

www.slackware.com/

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15] Elementary OS

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As the name implies, Elementary OS is a distro with the characteristic of ease of use. Another feature is its minimalism, that is the poor possibility of customizing the graphics. As installer he uses Ubiquity, while as windows manager he uses Gala, a modified version of Mutter. The operating system can be run directly by starting it in LiveCD mode (although with a loss of performance)

https://elementary.io/it/

The new Xbox console will be released at Christmas 2020

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On the occasion of the 2019 The Game Awards, Phil Spencer surprises Los Angeles audiences by officially announcing Xbox Series X, the next-gen console to be launched at Christmas 2020.

The Redmond company called it the fastest and most powerful console ever created by the company and is set to be a real benchmark for all living room platforms and consoles.

Based on rumors circulating on the net in recent months, Project Scarlett (and therefore Xbox Series X) should boast 16 GB of RAM (including 3 GB to be used for operating system management), a computational power of 12 Teraflops, support to Ray Tracing, a hyper-fast SSD drive and full backwards compatibility with all games from previous generations of Xbox consoles.

The Xbox Series X looks a lot like a PC, a choice that perhaps was made for the important technical features of a console that will open the track to a new generation of video games coming up starting from the Christmas holidays 2020, when the new Xbox will clash with PlayStation 5, which at this point remains the only console to be announced officially in the coming months. “It will be four times more powerful than Xbox One X, but it will also be quiet and energy efficient,” explained Phil Spence.

Microsoft has also unveiled the new controller. It is very similar in design to the current one, but slightly refined. Among the new features there is a share button via which you can take screenshots and record game videos, as is already the case for PlayStation 4. The controller is slightly smaller than the current one, but will continue to support vibration in the dorsal triggers. The Xbox Series X controller will also be compatible with the Xbox currently on the market and PCs with the Windows 10 operating system.

The Best plugin for Google Chrome Browser

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Here are some of the best plugins with which to navigate in peace. Obviously every plugin is not 100% effective, so I suggest you install even more plugins with the same function, so you will be sure to surf with total protection.

 

Flash Video Downloader

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It is one of the best plugins to download videos of any kind: flash, youtube etc …

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/flash-video-downloader/aiimdkdngfcipjohbjenkahhlhccpdbc?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

 

 

360 Internet Protection

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Together with Avast it is one of the best tools for the protection and security of unwanted web pages: indispensable.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/360-internet-protection/glcimepnljoholdmjchkloafkggfoijh?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

 

 

AVAST Security Browser

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It collects data on phising sites and warns you if you are visiting one.
Provides access to Avast’s website reputation system, supported by a community of over 220 million users.
Shows the rating of a site next to its link in the search results.
Warns if you visit a website with a bad reputation.
Blocks intrusive advertisements and analytics sites and prevents you from tracking your online activities.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/avast-online-security/gomekmidlodglbbmalcneegieacbdmki?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

 

 

ADBLOCK ORIGIN

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uBlockβ‚€ is an efficient ad-blocker: it takes up little memory and little CPU, but can use thousands of filters more than other similar software.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

 

 

ADBLOCKER PLUS

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Browse the web without annoying and intrusive ads.

Adblock Plus for Google Chrome blocks video ads, banners, pop-ups and other forms of intrusive and annoying advertising, as well as blocking tracking and malware.

An easy-to-use, customizable ad-blocking browser extension, Adblock Plus gives you control over your Google Chrome browsing experience. Block annoying and intrusive ads for a cleaner

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-plus-adblocker/oofnbdifeelbaidfgpikinijekkjcicg?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

 

 

DISCONNECT

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Disconnect lets you visualize and block the invisible websites that track you. Load the pages you go to 44% faster. Stop tracking by 2,000+ third-party sites.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/disconnect/jeoacafpbcihiomhlakheieifhpjdfeo?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

 

 

GHOSTERY

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Ghostery allows you to view and block trackers on websites you browse to control who collects your data. Advanced Anti Tracking anonymizes your data to further protect your privacy.

Ghostery’s Smart Blocking feature speeds up page loading and optimizes performance by blocking and unblocking trackers according to page quality criteria.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ghostery-%E2%80%93-privacy-ad-blo/mlomiejdfkolichcflejclcbmpeaniij?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

 

 

PRIVACY BADGER

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Privacy Badger 1.0 blocks spying ads and invisible trackers. It’s there to ensure that companies can’t track your browsing without your consent.

The extension is designed to automatically protect your privacy from third party trackers that load invisibly when you browse the web.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/privacy-badger/pkehgijcmpdhfbdbbnkijodmdjhbjlgp?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

 

 

ZENAMTE

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Our Web Firewall is a security solution that blocks malware, trackers & security threats, plus free Ad Blocker against Malvertising!
Based on the high performance uBlock Origin Engine, the fastest engine on the market, ZenMate Web Firewall is a unique & advanced Internet security solution and the ONLY ad blocker to include proprietary 0-day threat intelligence security.

You’re protected from malware, phishing, spyware & other security threats.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/zenmate-vpn-best-cyber-se/fdcgdnkidjaadafnichfpabhfomcebme?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

 

 

The Best sites to download software

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Very often it happens that we have to download programs. Other times it can happen that we have to download more
software together to update them or because we have to resite our PC after formatting it. In this case we come to the aid of some sites with which we can search for all the best known software, updated to the latest version. Furthermore, it is always advisable to download the software that does not need any applications that without our knowledge install other software that we do not want.

Here is a list of the best known and, above all, more reliable sites for both the amount of software and their constant and continuous updating to the latest version.

 

FILEHIPPO

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Here is a list of the best known and, above all, more reliable sites for both the amount of software and their constant and continuous updating to the latest version.

https://filehippo.com

 

 

FILEHORSE

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Filehorse is one of the best sites. Finding the differences with filehippo is difficult. It probably happens that you don’t always find the updated versions of some software. However the site better sorts the software by category than by filehippo.

https://www.filehorse.com

 

 

SOFTPEDIA

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It contains a large amount of software but I believe that it is not the best as a visual impact. It does not categorize the software well and is very dispersive.

https://www.softpedia.com

 

 

MAJORGEEKS

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Although not often but sometimes I found it useful to download some very hard to find software, which were not present in filehippo and in filehorse.

https://www.majorgeeks.com

 

 

UPTODOWN

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As for MajorGeeks I found it useful to download software only in the circumstances in which it was difficult to find it in other sites. A valid alternative

https://it.uptodown.com

 

 

SOFTONIC

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Although it is one of the most popular sites for downloading software freely, I find it very messy and full of advertising. I recommend it only when you can’t find particular programs. It also often installs third-party software.

https://it.softonic.com

The Best social/community for the music

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SOUNDCLOUD

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SoundCloud is a European online audio distribution platform and music sharing website that enables its users to upload, promote, and share audio. Started in 2007, SoundCloud has grown to be one of the largest music streaming services in the market reaching over 175 million monthly users worldwide. SoundCloud offers both free and paid membership on the platform, available for desktop or mobile device. SoundCloud has influenced the music industry through the success of many artists who have emerged from the music-sharing service. Artists on the platform are able to distribute their work for free that can be accessed by all users. SoundCloud has received support from many investors and other media platforms such as Twitter, although the streaming platform itself has dealt with funding issues and has laid off many employees in order to remain profitable.

https://soundcloud.com/

 

 

YOUTUBE

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Youtube needs no introduction because it is known by everyone. Although it is one of the most used platforms, it is not a real social (or community) as comments disperse among the scroll of the list

https://www.youtube.com

 

 

BANDCAMP

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Although it is not a real social media bandcamp is famous for being the best portal for emerging artists and independent producers. It offers an interface that allows you to customize your home page, selling your music with a very detailed setting of parameters and costs.

http://bandcamp.com/

 

 

JAMENDO

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Jamendo is a social-community that offers the possibility of presenting the music of emerging artists, and the possibility of downloading music for free. It is in fact one of the best known and best reviewed portals for downloading music without copyright. It offers a large number of songs but above all of great quality.

https://www.jamendo.com/

 

 

LASTFM

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Using a music recommender system called “Audioscrobbler”, Last.fm builds a detailed profile of each user’s musical taste by recording details of the tracks the user listens to, either from Internet radio stations, or the user’s computer or many portable music devices. This information is transferred (“scrobbled”) to Last.fm’s database either via the music player itself (including, among others Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, and MusicBee) or via a plug-in installed into the user’s music player. The data is then displayed on the user’s profile page and compiled to create reference pages for individual artists.

http://www.last.fm/

 

 

8TRACK

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It offers a simple way for people to share and discover music through an online mix, a short playlist containing at least 8 tracks. On 8tracks, people can do two things: listen to a mix, or create a mix. Listeners can search for a mix by artist or genre, stream it in a legal, radio-style manner, and follow others who make compelling mixes. DJs upload MP3s or AACs to craft a playlist, add context
with description and art, and publish their mix on 8tracks.com and a personal webpage.

http://8tracks.com/

 

 

MIXCLOUD

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Mixcloud is re-thinking radio. Listen to great radios shows, Podcasts and DJ mix sets on-demand. Upload and promote your own Cloudcast for free.

http://www.mixcloud.com/