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Moto X Pure Edition/X Style Android phablet gets Nougat update

Moto X Pure Edition gets Android Nougat

Owners of this handset that retails in Europe as Moto X Style can finally enjoy the benefits on Android Nougat, including multi-window support, improved Doze mode, overhauled Quick Settings area, and more.
Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. (Source: Ars Technica)

Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

To celebrate a new partnership, Ars Technica and GOG are giving away free codes for The Witcher: Enhanced Edition for PC or Mac for the next two days.
The Windows 10 Creators update came out for PCs on April 11 and came out for mobile on April 25. (Source: WinCentral)

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update rolls out

Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2 emphasizes 3D and mixed reality for its tiny segment of the mobile market. While their mobile share is insignificant, the changes in this update are not.
The Meizu PRO 5 was the last officially supported Ubuntu Touch phone. (Image Source: Ubuntu Insights)

Ubuntu Phone support will end in June, app store will close in December

The mobile OS will no longer be updated after June of this year, while the Ubuntu Touch app store will be closed by the end of the year. These moves will essentially kill off Ubuntu Touch.
Sony Xperia X Performance Android smartphone gets 7.1.1 Nougat update

Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance get Android 7.1.1

These two handsets get the usual Android 7.1 Nougat features, apparently without any Sony-exclusive changes. The new firmware also includes the official security patches for April.
a few applications from Samsung can't be uninstalled or disabled like the Samsung Connect and Reminders application. (Source: Forbes)

Samsung has made disabling bloatware on the Galaxy S8 far easier

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with dozens of of Samsung and carrier-specific pre-installed apps, not all of which are useful, but since the Galaxy S6 they've been making it easier to pick and choose which apps you want to keep.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android phablet gets Nougat update on T-Mobile late April 2017

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gets Android 7.0

Samsung's phablet has begun to receive Android Nougat a while ago, long enough for Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T to release the new firmware. Now, T-Mobile subscribers using the Note 5 finally get the same treatment.
Samsung Bixby logo, image recognition not working on Verizon Wireless as of late April 2017

Bixby Vision image recognition not working on Verizon yet

The Amazon shopping feature offered by Samsung's latest flagships currently works on Galaxy S8/S8+ units on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, but Verizon customers cannot enjoy its benefits yet.
Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge flagships on US Cellular finally receive Android Nougat

US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge get Android Nougat

Although the Galaxy S7 handsets in the US started to receive Android 7.0 Nougat more than three months ago, US Cellular was not in a hurry. The new firmware it rolls out as we speak has about 1.5 GB in size and does not hold any surprises.
The next Windows 10 upgrade may bring Power Throttling to PCs with modern processors. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft commits to releasing major Windows 10 updates biannually

Expect Windows 10 feature upgrades to be released twice a year: in March and September. Microsoft says that it will employ this new strategy of predictability to make updates easier to deploy, especially for business customers.
According to online analytics provider StatCounter, Chrome has nearly 47.5% of the browser market across all platforms in the US. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

Google Chrome might get a built-in ad blocker this year

Web advertising giant Google is planning to create an ad blocker for Google Chrome, the world's most popular internet browser. With ad-blocking software becoming more popular, Google wants to shut out some of the competition from third-party software.
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser launch event, this Android smartphone gets first Nougat update

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser finally gets Android Nougat

Although we heard about the arrival of the first Nougat update for the ZenFone 3 Laser smartphone back in January, this handset gets Android 7.0 only now. The list of changes also includes the removal of ZenMotion and Shake Shake.
Apex Launcher Android app coming back in May 2017

Apex Launcher to finally get updated in May

Although it has been downloaded more than 10 million times, this Android launcher received its last update in June 2015. Now, it is ready to return with an updated interface and new features.
Instagram Android app gets offline mode

Instagram for Android to get offline mode

Offline Instagram users will soon be able to see their feed without being connected, but can also leave comments, Like various things, or unfollow other users while offline. All these would be processed on reconnect.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) Android smartphone hits WiFi Alliance with Nougat on board

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) gets its WiFi certification

The upcoming Galaxy J3 with model number SM-J330F has just received its WiFi certification, and it looks like this affordable handset is going to ship loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat.
Microsoft to buy Intentional Software

Microsoft to buy Intentional Software

This new corporate acquisition aims to further improve Microsoft's capabilities and its ability to deliver new tools and services as a part of the company's productivity offering.
With Bixby not actually launching with the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus at release, pushing out a patch specifically targeting this remapping workaround seems like an odd choice. (Source: Android Authority)

Samsung will no longer let users remap Bixby button on Galaxy S8

Samsung released a new update that reportedly prevents users from remapping the Bixby button, which is dedicated to Samsung's propriety smart assistant. Understandably, many users were not pleased with Samsung's decision.
Moto Z Play, Android 7.1.1 Nougat update coming soon

Android 7.1.1 coming soon to Moto Z Play handsets

The lower-end member of the Moto Z family arrived back in September 2016 with Android Marshmallow on board. In the meantime, it also received Android 7.0 Nougat, and now Motorola's support confirms that Android 7.1.1 is headed for it as well.
Customers Windows 7 and more recent versions of Windows or Exchange 2010 and newer versions of Exchange are not at risk. (Source: ZDNet)

Microsoft says they've patched NSA's hacking tools targeting devices running Windows

Microsoft engineers have examined the exploits released by the Shadow Brokers and have released patches to address the issue. The good news is that most of these vulnerabilities were patched in March.
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL flagship to receive Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows 10 Creators Update to hit only 13 handsets

The new software should roll out to most compatible handsets in the coming days, but Microsoft confirmed an issue with the new Windows 10 update for mobiles as well. The company is working on fixing this problem, so all supported units get the Creators Update promptly.
Nokia 6 Android smartphone gets 7.1.1 Nougat firmware update

Nokia 6 receives Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Although this 5.5-inch handset is only available in China and a few other markets for now and the global launch is scheduled for May, HMD Global releases an update to Android 7.1.1 that comes with various enhancements and fixes, as well as the latest official security patch from Google, dated April 2017.
Samsung Gear S3 Outdoor and Sports watch faces now available, next to Travel watch face

Samsung Gear S3 gets three functional watch faces

These new watch faces target tourists and business travelers (Tourist), as well as lovers of outdoor activities and sports enthusiasts (Outdoors and Sports). The Sports watch theme comes in six colors, while the other two only offer four color options each.
OnePlus 3 Android smartphone gets OxygenOS 4.1.3

OxygenOS 4.1.3 rolls out

The new firmware is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat but comes without the Pixel-like launcher and the other features introduced in the latest Open Beta updates for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T handsets.
The Galaxy S8 is able to smoothly emulate the Nintendo Gamecube. (Source: GuruAidTechSupport, Youtube)

Gamecube on the go: Dolphin emulator runs smoothly on the Galaxy S8

A video from GuruAidTechSupport shows off the Gamecube emulator Dolphin running at an incredibly smooth framerate on a display model of the Samsung Galaxy S8. While the emulator has been around for a while, this is one of the first times we've seen gameplay this smooth.
A screenshot showing Microsoft's latest browser test. (Source: YouTube)

New test shows Microsoft Edge is kinder than other browsers to battery life

A recently-posted video shows the Edge browser beating Chrome and Firefox in terms of battery efficiency. It comes as no surprise, though; the test was run by Microsoft, which develops Edge—hardly an impartial observer.
Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" is now available for download. (Source: Ubuntu)

Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus now available

The new version brings improved printer support and the option to run the Unity 8 desktop environment, as well as some other small changes.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android phablet gets Nougat on Verizon Wireless

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ get Android Nougat on Verizon

These two handsets on Sprint got the Android 7.0 Nougat update last week, and now Verizon Wireless does the same. The new firmware has 1.3 GB in size and rolls out in stages, so it might take a while for it to reach all compatible handsets.
Swiftkey for Android app gets updated with 9 new languages

SwiftKey Keyboard gets support for 9 more languages

Despite last year's leak of its users' confidential data, SwiftKey remains a popular virtual keyboard for Android devices. Its latest update brings the total of supported languages up to 162.
Facebook Messenger reaches 1.2 billion monthly active users

Facebook Messenger reaches 1.2 billion monthly active users

After breaking the one billion users barrier back in May, Facebook Messenger moves to a whole new level and leaves behind the 1.2 billion users mark, also increasing the number of messages sent per active user.
HTC One M9 Android flagship on Sprint to get Nougat soon

HTC One M9 on Sprint might get Android Nougat soon

Sprint is quite busy updating older flagships to Android 7.0 these days since the Galaxy S6 handsets got the new firmware earlier today and now it seems like HTC One M9 units on this carrier receive it as well.
Google AutoDraw web-based drawing app with machine learning capabilities

Google launches AI-driven drawing app AutoDraw

This new creation by Google comes as a free web-based app that works on any computer, phone, or tablet and uses machine learning to help its users finish a drawing by suggesting objects based on the shape they draw.
Not dead yet: the iPhone 5 (and the 5C) will still receive OS updates.

Don't worry, iPhone 5 users: Apple plans to continue issuing updates to your device

A new report claimed that Apple was dropping support for the iPhone 5 and 5C with the latest iOS 10.3.2 beta update. It is now apparent that the two devices will be covered via a second version of the update.
In 2015, it was cited as the means by which cyber-attackers stole more than £20m from British bank accounts. (Source: BBC)

Researchers: Microsoft Office security hole exploited by hackers and government agencies

Microsoft recently released a security patch to resolve a vulnerability in Microsoft Office. Attackers, including malware distributors and cyber-espionage groups, are exploiting the flaw to seize control of users' systems.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Android flagships to launch without Bixby

Samsung Galaxy S8 to launch without Bixby's voice support

Although it was supposed to launch with the new Galaxy S8 flagships, we now hear that the Bixby voice control features will not roll out in the US at the same time as the new Galaxy handsets, being scheduled to arrive "later this Spring" instead.
Misfit Flare fitness tracker now available for $59.99 USD

Misfit Flare fitness tracker now official

This basic fitness tracker uses an aluminum frame and is waterproof up to 50 meters, offering up to six months of autonomy (it uses a replaceable CR1632 coin cell battery), as well as compatibility with Misfit App and Misfit Link App.
Tizen Developer Conference 2017 taking place mid-May in San Francisco

Fifth Tizen Developer Conference confirmed for mid-May

Samsung has just unveiled that registration for TDC 2017 is now open, also unveiling that the event is scheduled to take place in San Francisco, between May 16 and May 17. The location chosen is the Hilton Union Square Hotel.
Anbox runs in a Linux container, making it compatible with any distro. (Source:

Anbox brings Android to Linux

The tool runs Android in a container which allows it to share the kernal and system resources with the Linux distro on which it runs. The software is still in pre-alpha but looks promising.

Windows 10 Creators Update now rolling out worldwide

This long-awaited update is finally available to all Windows 10 users, its new features including a whole new Paint program that was designed with 3D modeling in mind, game streaming with Beam, Game Mode, and many others.
Google Pixel XL Android flagship gets Android 7.1.2 on Verizon Wireless

Verizon Pixel and Pixel XL get Android 7.1.2

The new firmware comes shortly after this month's security patches for the Pixel flagships, bringing improved WiFi and Bluetooth performance, better Voice calls, as well as the ability to backup and restore apps such as Drive, Calendar, and Messenger.
Windows Vista's new display driver stack enabled 3D acceleration of the Windows desktop, but for many users this meant taking a hit to performance. (Source: Ars Technica)

Microsoft ends support for Windows Vista

Microsoft is officially ending Windows Vista extended support as of April 11, 2017. Only 10 years ago, Microsoft first released Windows Vista to widespread disapproval, resulting in the operating system's unpopularity with users.
Google Android usage graph for April 2017 shows that Marshmallow is close to gaining the crown

Android Marshmallow closing in on Lollipop

Google's latest data collected during the first days of this month show Nougat still struggling to reach the 5 percent barrier, while Android Lollipop's domination is finally approaching its end.
The mintyPi 2.0 fits classic gaming in a small (and refreshing) case. (Source: Sudo Mod)

Sudo Mod's mintyPi 2.0 fits a game console in an Altoids tin

Thanks to the small size of the Raspberry Pi Zero W, Sudo Mod has created a beautiful retro gaming system into an Altoids case.
The LG Watch Urbane is among several smartwatches receiving Android Wear 2.0. (Source: LG)

A handful of smartwatches will be updated to Android Wear 2.0 soon

Android Wear 2.0 comes to four more smartwatches—three from LG and one sporting the New Balance brand.
New feature, same minimalist approach: the updated Google Duo. (Source: Google Play)

Google Duo's audio-calling feature now available worldwide

Google Duo now allows voice calling from anywhere in the world. The feature should appeal to users who are interested in the app but are subject to carrier-imposed data restrictions.
LG G5 Android flagship gets full LineageOS 14.1 support

LineageOS now supports 15 more devices

The latest LineageOS update brings a new Gallery app, Quick Settings tiles, as well as support for more than a dozen devices, including the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 tablet, T-Mobile's LG V20, various Galaxy Note II variants, and more.
Samsung Bixby app logo, coming to Germany later this year

Bixby to reach Germany by the end of the year

Although Samsung's answer to Apple Siri and Google Assistant only made its debut with support for English and Korean, the South Korean giant has just confirmed that Bixby is scheduled to become available in Germany by the end of 2017.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Android tablets finally get Android 7.0 Nougat

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7 receive Android 7.0

Both variants of this slim Android tablet receive the Nougat update in Europe, so the US should follow in the coming weeks as well. In addition to the usual Nougat changes, the new firmware also comes with Game Launcher.
Game console emulators like Nesbox will no longer be available on the Windows Store. (Source: Nesbox)

The Windows Store has officially banned emulators

Microsoft's latest policy change for the official Windows Store bans emulators outright. However, the software can still be found and downloaded online.
The PX7 Pro SE is a notebook capable of server workloads. (Source: Eurocom)

Eurocom unveils lightweight PX7 Pro SE Mobile Server

The notebook is designed for heavy server loads and packs an Intel Xeon E3-1505M, up to 64 GB of ECC memory, and up to 16 GB of RAID 0/1/5 storage.
Ubuntu will use the GNOME desktop environment for future versions. (Source: Canonical)

Ubuntu kills Unity desktop, shifts focus to GNOME

Canonical is stopping all development on the Unity desktop and shifting focus to the GNOME desktop.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)