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The FuzeDrive software "melds" SSDs, HDDs, NVMe devices and even DDR4 system RAM into one large storage pool that remains bootable and does not require OS reinstallation.
Facebook promises to improve Messenger this year
Facebook has recently admitted that the Messenger app is too cluttered, but promised that this year they will focus on "massively simplifying and streamlining" it.
Huawei P10 and P10 Plus get Oreo beta update
Android Oreo beta is now available for the international Huawei P10 and P10 Plus flagships, and it includes EMUI 8.0 with quite a few new features.
The Honor 8 will not receive Android Oreo, and that's a shame
The Honor 8 was released barely 18 months ago, so it's something of a surprise to hear that it won't be receiving the update to Oreo.
Samsung Pay gets a new interface
The latest Samsung Pay version that is apparently labeled 2.8.18 (the version number may vary depending on the device) drops the on-screen section menus for a traditional bottom bar. Overall, the UI is now cleaner and more user-friendly.
Google Maps returns to China after 8 years of absence
Thanks to a partnership with Alibaba-owned AutoNavi, the Google Maps service returns to China, but with a few feature limitations needed to get the approval of the local government.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) is now fully available
The phased rollout of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has reached the final stage with it now being fully available to all Windows 10 computers.
Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime launching in India later this week
In the aftermath of a pretty long stream of rumors and teasers, the Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime is now finally ready to hit the Indian market. This 5.5-inch handset with an Exynos 7870 processor will be available in two configurations, both loaded with Samsung Pay Mini and Samsung Mall.
Microsoft brings end-to-end encryption to Skype in collaboration with Signal
There were some fairly large privacy concerns that arose early in the life of Skype. Microsoft has tried to allay those fears in recent times, but the integration of end-to-end encryption using the open-source Signal Protocol is the strongest privacy move they've made to date.
Battlegrounds hits 3 million players on Xbox One
Although it was released worldwide on December 12, the multiplayer online battle royale game shortly known as PUBG (or Playerunknown's Battlegrounds in full) already has a strong following of more than 3 million Xbox One players.
Gone in 30 seconds: New Intel AMT exploit is scarier than you can ever fathom
F-Secure's security researchers discovered another flaw in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) that a hacker can potentially misuse to gain remote access to a system.
Intel 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' CPU users complain of higher system reboots after applying Meltdown and Spectre patches
Users of older generation 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' Intel CPUs are reporting of constant reboots after applying patches to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Intel is looking at issuing a revised firmware to address specific issues related to these CPUs.
The Mi A1's Android Oreo update has been suspended due to concerns over performance issues
The Mi A1, against all apparent odds, received its stable Oreo update on the last day of 2017. The company has pulled the update, though, after feedback from users showed a number of bugs. Probably should have kept this one in beta for a while longer, but hindsight is 20/20.
North Korean malware targets defectors and their supporters
McAfee researchers recently uncovered a hacking operation that targets North Korean defectors and those who help them, using popular chat apps and social media services (Facebook included) to deliver malware to their Android devices.
Meltdown and Spectre patches not coming to older Chromebooks
Although some ARM-driven Chromebooks do not need patching, there are also a few Chrome OS-powered notebooks that will not get any sort of protection from Meltdown and Spectre, including the Acer C7 and the Samsung Chromebook 5.
OnePlus caught swiping user data again, only this time also sending it to China-controlled servers
OnePlus has been caught manhandling user data again, with a OnePlus 3T user on the OnePlus forums showing proof of his clipboard app sending data to an Alibaba-controlled server.
LG Pay to hit the US by June
After a few delays, LG Pay launched in South Korea last summer and, thanks to its moderate success in that market, LG has decided to bring it to the US in the first half of 2018 with the help of the G7 and V40 flagships. The mid-range handsets are expected to get support for it at a later time as well.
CES 2018 | HP introduces Omen Game Streaming service to create your own Geforce Now style server, and the 65-inch Omen X 65 display
HP announces the 65-inch 120 Hz Omen X Big Format Gaming Display with G-sync, and the Omen Game Streaming service that is similar to Steam in-home streaming but can stream to remote locations over the internet.
Sea of Thieves Closed Beta coming at the end of the month
Last month, Sea of Thieves went through its biggest ever Technical Alpha play session. Now, the time has come for the first Closed Beta round, which is scheduled to kick off on January 24 and last for 5 days.
Marshmallow remains most popular Android version, Oreo still below 1 percent
The data collected by Google during the 7-day week period that ended yesterday reveals that Marshmallow is now below 29 percent, with Nougat getting closer to taking the lead, while Oreo still struggles to reach the 1 percent mark.
Xposed beta for Android Oreo now available
Xposed for both Android 8.0 and 8.1 has been released, and although the current version is just a beta, it's reportedly stable enough for regular use.
CES 2018 | Dell wants to seamlessly integrate your PC and mobile experience with Dell Mobile Connect
Dell Mobile Connect offers a way to securely link a PC and smartphone for shared notifications, calls, text (SMS), and screen mirroring.
CES 2018 | Whirlpool smart appliances now feature Google Assistant and Alexa support
Next to the voice commands available via both Google Assistant and Alexa on multiple Whirlpool smart appliances, Amazon Prime subscribers also get to use the Amazon Virtual Dash Buttons feature with some of them.
Smartphone app market saw 35% growth in 2017
Data by app intelligence platform Sensor Tower has shown Apple's dominance over Google in the smartphone app market. The iOS App Store, for example, recorded close to twice what the Google Play Store did, with the combined revenue of both services closing in on US$60 billion in 2017.
CES 2018 | Acer Chromebook 11 brings USB Type-C goodness at an affordable price
Acer announced the Chromebook 11, a capable laptop for those wanting to hop on the ChromeOS bandwagon. The new Chromebook 11 comes with two USB-Type C ports and fully supports Android apps from the Google Play Store. Update: Photos from CES
Nokia 6 (2018) gets Android Oreo on first boot, and that may just be a diabolical ploy by HMD
There are reports that the Nokia 6 (2018) receives an Oreo update on first boot. Sounds great until you realize that Oreo was released almost five months ago. It also just reeks of a ploy to avoid Treble implementation.
CES 2018 | NVIDIA GeForce NOW brings modern AAA gaming to el cheapo PCs
NVIDIA's GeForce NOW enables cloud streaming of game content that can be played on virtually any PC with the company's datacenters offloading all the dirty processing work. The service is currently in public beta for Windows PCs and Macs in North America and Europe.
Essential Phone gets Spectre and Meltdown fix
Although the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities are quite serious and Microsoft already issued patches that take care of them, smartphone makers are not that fast. Surprisingly enough, Andry Rubin's Essential Phone is one of the first handsets to get a fix for the two problems mentioned above.
CES 2018 | The Tizen-powered Flip is Samsung's take on the digital whiteboard
Samsung has joined the likes of Microsoft and Google by creating its own version of the digital whiteboard. Named Flip, the whiteboard enables seamless collaboration and is powered by the Tizen 3.0 OS.
CES 2018 | Toshiba unveils RC100 Series M.2 NVMe SSDs and a 96-layer QLC BiCS 3D NAND
At CES 2018, Toshiba showed off a new RC100 Series of M.2 NVMe SSDs along with their 96-layer QLC NAND technology. The RC100 SSDs enable mainstream PC users to upgrade to SSDs in a cost-effective and power-optimized manner.
Verizon acquires Niddel
Verizon decided to buy Niddel for improving its malware detection and response for enterprise customers thanks to the machine-learning-based automated threat hunting technology of the latter.
Moto G4 Play finally gets Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Although Android 7.1.1 Nougat has been around for more than a year, the Moto G4 Play did not get it until now. Even with this delay, it is still a good thing to offer the update to a phone that is almost two years old and arrived on the market for just US$99.
Apple devices are already protected against Meltdown without any hit to performance
With the massive vulnerabilities recently discovered in Intel CPUs, the main question on everyone's minds are when affected devices will be updated to guard against possible exploits. Apple is ahead of the game; apparently, the latest versions of their various operating systems protect against Meltdown, and a fix for Spectre is coming to Safari in the next f...
Spotify has 70 million paid subscribers
Compared to September 2016, Spotify now has 50 percent more paid subscribers. The count of 70 million comes just in time since Spotify apparently filed for its direct listing IPO at the end of December.
Linux Mint 19.x 'Tara' to release in mid 2018
The next version of Linux Mint, Linux Mint 19, will release sometime in May or June this year. The popular Linux distro will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
UPDATE | Intel hardware flaw will cause a drop in performance for kernel heavy processes once fixed
Updated with response from Intel. A security flaw has been found in the way that Intel processors from the last ten years handle kernel memory. The solution being implemented in the Windows and Linux kernels can vary from virtually no impact up to 20% or 30% for processes that involve a high number of kernel calls, such as writing to databases.
Our thoughts on the current state of the Ataribox
The upcoming Ataribox is one of the most anticipated retro-based consoles this year. However, there have been some questionable moves by the company behind the product that should leave retro gamers skeptical of the console.
Google testing unreleased Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook
Google has expanded the testing of its mysterious Fuchsia OS to its recently released Pixelbooks. The operating system differs from Google's Android and Chrome operating systems, although Google has yet to reveal its purpose.
Apple acquires Buddybuild
The Canadian app development toolkit makers Buddybuild have joined Apple, where they will become a part of the Xcode engineering group. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
LG G6 set for Oreo update in February
The LG G6, released at the start of 2017, may be set to get its stable Oreo update, months after users in China received their betas.
PostmarketOS team makes progress towards goal of 10 year smartphone lifecycle
PostmarketOS has expanded rapidly in their first 219 days to include 25 more devices (since the 100 day update) and six UI options.
New first-person ROM hack of Super Mario 64 is the closest thing to a VR Mario game
Ever wondered what the chunky polygonal world of Super Mario 64 would look like from Mario's perspective? Thanks to a new ROM hack, it's now possible to experience the game from a first-person POV, but you may not want to.
Pixel 2's Portrait mode being ported to non-Google devices as well
Following the porting of Google Camera's Portrait mode found exclusively in the Pixel 2 to older Google devices, other developers have joined the fray in the porting the feature to non-Google devices running Android Oreo.
Torrenting can cost you the ability to remotely control your smart thermostat
Armstrong Zoom Internet has sent notices to its users that copyright infringement can lead to speed throttling that not only affects file transfer but also the ability to remotely control connected devices such as smart thermostats and video monitoring services.
Samsung prepping Chrome OS tablet
Samsung is said to be prepping a Chrome OS tablet codenamed 'Nautilus.' The device would be the first of its kind for the company and sit alongside its Chrome OS stablemates the Chromebook Plus and the Chromebook Pro.
Camera NX brings Portrait mode to the original Pixels, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P
A developer has created a Google Camera mod that enables portrait mode on devices such as the original Pixel series, Nexus 5X, and the Nexus 6P. This mod enables the Pixel 2 exclusive portrait feature on older generation Google devices.
HQ Trivia now available on Android for users in the United States and Canada
Popular trivia app, HQ Trivia, is now available for Android users in the United States and Canada. The free-to-play app is immensely popular on iOS and players can actually cash out real money by answering questions correctly.
Android games found tracking users' TV viewing habits
Many Android games have been found to track the user's TV viewing habits for displaying ads. The games use software from Alphonso that collects data from the phone's microphone, identifies the audio stream, and displays targeted advertising.
WhatsApp outages greet users in the New Year
WhatsApp went down in many parts of the world on the occasion of New Year much to the dismay of users. The outage, however, was quickly resolved and the service is now back online.
OnePlus 5T receives Android Oreo beta
Not long after the release of the Oreo updates for the OnePlus 3, 3T, and 5, this Chinese underdog is back with the first open beta of the Oreo-based OxygenOS firmware for the OnePlus 5T flagship.
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