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New ransomware sashay around the block, and it's a situation that may have been prevented by the NSA. Petya and NonPetya are on the loose, with over 2000 organizations around the world facing attacks, according to Kaspersky.
First public beta of iOS 11 now available
The final version of iOS 11 is scheduled to become available this fall, but Apple plans to release regular public beta builds during the summer, and the first such version arrived earlier today.
Meizu reveals list of devices to get Nougat
Meizu comes up with this list extremely late, but after all it is better late than never. Registrations for the Nougat beta program will close on July 2 so until the final build shows up it might take at least a few extra weeks.
LineageOS to offer seamless system updates
In the beginning, only select devices are expected to get A/B system updates. To be more specific, LineageOS is supposed to bring this Nougat feature to Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL handsets.
SUSE Linux hits Windows Store for Insiders
Members of the Windows Insiders program can now download SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and openSUSE directly via Microsoft's Windows Store. Windows 10 users who are not members of the program can view both programs in Windows Store, but cannot download them.
Serious Hyperthreading bug affects Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake architectures
A serious bug in the microcode for Intel's Kaby Lake and Skylake CPUs has been found. The bug can cause misbehavior of software and loss of data. It affects all 6th and 7th-gen CPUs with Hyperthreading enabled.
Nova Launcher brings Google Now to Lollipop devices
The latest beta build of this popular launcher app for Android delivers Google Now to handsets still stuck with Lollipop. Unfortunately, those who stay away from alpha- and beta-stage software will have to wait until this feature reaches the Nova Launcher app available via Google Play.
UK parliament suffering from sustained cyber-attacks
Parliament's email system has been forced to close itself off from outside connections following a series of persistent cyber-attacks discovered today.
Windows 10 S can be infected with malware
While Microsoft has claimed that Windows 10 S is not vulnerable to any currently known malware, a clever cybersecurity professional has found an exploit in Microsoft Word that can run malicious code in the operating system.
Windows Task Manager to get a GPU tab
This new feature surfaced in the latest Windows Insider Preview build and will probably hit all Windows 10 users in one of the next updates. The list of Windows 10 features to arrive soon also includes currency conversion inside the Calculator app, Emoji 5.0, and more.
Whatsapp to roll out file sharing support for all file types
Whatsapp is finally ready to give users what they want. The company will be rolling out a file sharing update over time, which allows users to send files of all types, and also not have to deal with the infamous compression when sending images.
Bixby Voice finally available in the US
Although this feature was supposed to be available at the same time as Samsung's Galaxy S8 duo, Bixby Voice had to face some English grammar and syntax issues that delayed its arrival in the US even more, but now it is finally rolling out.
Firefox Focus mobile browser now available on Android
Mozilla seems to have spent some time to refine this mobile browser since its release for iOS devices last year, and now Firefox Focus is finally available for Android users as well. Those interested can get it for free via Google Play.
ZTE Axon 7 Mini gets Android 7.1.1
More than three months after its larger sibling received the update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the Axon 7 Mini gets the same firmware version as an OTA update that also provides WiFi calling to T-Mobile users.
Google Glass gets updated after three years of silence
Both the MyGlass Android app and the firmware on Google Glass devices have been updated out of the blue.
OnePlus 5 caught gaming benchmarks (again)
Chinese manufacturer OnePlus has been once again caught by XDA in manipulating phone behavior for higher benchmark scores. In this case, the tweaks cause the OnePlus 5 to score around 5 percent higher than other Snapdragon 835 handsets, but at the cost of the phone heating up to nearly 50C.
Spotify hits the Windows Store
Microsoft announced its partnership with Spotify back in early May, and now Spotify for Windows 10 is available for download in the Windows Store. It works with PCs and tablets running the Anniversary Update or a later Windows 10 version.
Now you can find employment with Google for Jobs
Google has announced a new tool called Google for Jobs. Google for Jobs uses an existing Google Cloud API and an AI-driven algorithm to help put jobs from many sites in one place.
Sony Xperia XA gets Android Nougat
Not long ago, the Japanese brand released the Nougat firmware update for the Xperia XA Ultra handsets. Now, the time has come for the Xperia XA to get the same treatment, one year since its release with Marshmallow on board.
Pokemon GO to receive a massive overhaul of its gym battling system
According to the Pokemon GO Team, players can expect "the biggest update to Pokémon GO" to roll out over the coming weeks. The massive update is planned to include an overhaul of the gym battling system in addition to new features like raid battles.
Debian 9 "Stretch" now available
The update brings enhanced security features, more accessible debug tools, and updates to over 51,000 software packages throughout the Debian repositories.
Full Windows 10 on Snapdragon could mean big(.LITTLE) improvements
Windows 10 running on ARM chips won't necessarily mean you'll be trading speed for endurance; ARM's big.LITTLE specialized core technology will mean big improvements in both stamina and performance.
Dell now has 7 Ubuntu-driven premium laptops in its portfolio
Next to the seven different laptops with Ubuntu Linux on board, Dell also has a 27-inch all-in-one desktop PC that runs this well-known distro. The Kaby Lake-powered models come with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, while their Skylake-driven siblings run Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile update the Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships
Both carriers offer an update that does not deliver Android 7.1 or Android O, providing Android Pay support, various improvements to Bixby, as well as the monthly security patch instead.
You can now stream PC games to your rooted Android device via Moonlight
Using the new Moonlight app, you can set your Android phone to spoof an NVIDIA Shield device, allowing for game streaming from your PC. You'll need to root the Android device and have at least an NVIDIA GTX 600-series GPU with support for GameStream.
Age of Empires celebrates 20 years with a 4K remaster
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition updates the PC classic with revamped gameplay mechanics and a visual 4K overhaul. Signup for the closed beta starts today.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 finally gets Nougat in the US
More than two months after the Galaxy Tab S2 slates received Android Nougat in Europe, US owners of these tablets finally receive the new firmware. However, there is no confirmation for the arrival date of the update targeting the 9.7-inch model yet.
Samsung Secure Folder hits Google Play
This app that launched with the Galaxy Note 7 is now available via Google Play, being compatible with various Samsung handsets, such as Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Sadly, it does not work with other Android devices yet.
Reddit designs new volume controls with hilarious results
Leave it to the Internet to put too much thought in redesigning one of the simplest mechanics in modern computers with pretty funny results.
Intel bares its teeth at Qualcomm over Snapdragon-powered PCs
Intel has suggested it views Qualcomm's x86 emulation technology as a serious threat and potentially a violation of its intellectual property rights. Whether Qualcomm's technology (which allows Snapdragon CPUs to run full Windows 10) actually does infringe on Intel's IP remains to be proved.
OxygenOS 4.1.5 rolls out
The new firmware is based on Android 7.1.1 like its predecessor, bringing mostly minor changes, such as push notifications for information from OnePlus, updated network settings for various carriers, multiple fixes and tweaks, as well as the security updates for May.
Microsoft acquires Hexadite
The main goal of this new corporate acquisition is to improve Windows Defender, allowing commercial Windows 10 customers to improve the detection of various advanced cyberthreats.
AT&T Locker shuts down in August
This cloud service does not allow its users to store new files since June 4, and all existing files will be deleted in August. The service will be discontinued on August 3, announces AT&T.
Android Nougat usage nearing 10 percent
The latest major Android version continues its solid growth, finally nearing the 10 percent market share barrier. Back in April, Nougat's market share was less than 5 percent.
WWDC 2017 | Apple Music has 27 million paid subscribers
Although having 27 million paid subscribers does not sound bad at all, Apple's music streaming service still has a long way to go before catching Spotify, which currently has 50 million subscribers.
T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge to get Nougat this week
Although there is no precise date, we now know that T-Mobile has approved the Nougat update and the rollout of the new firmware should begin by the end of this week. There are no details about the changes, either, but we do not expect any surprises.
WWDC 2017 | Apple macOS "High Sierra" now official
The developer preview of the next-gen macOS is already available to Apple Developer Program members, while a public beta for all Mac users is scheduled to kick off later this month. The free software update is expected to arrive this fall, packing various refinements to Photos, Safari, Mail, and more.
WWDC 2017 | Apple brings VR to macOS with Metal and AMD's Radeon 500 series GPUs
The new Metal 2 and Metal for VR APIs bring VR support to macOS for the first time, as well as support for external GPUs and AMD's RX 500 series graphics cards.
WWDC 2017 | Apple shows off WatchOS 4 at WWDC
The updated OS brings some small tweaks, including a Siri-enabled watch face, better music management, and the ability to sync activity tracking to select exercise machines.
New OxygenOS Open Beta builds now available
The new beta software updates based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat target the OnePlus 3, which gets OxygenOS Open Beta 17, while its younger sibling, namely OnePlus 3T, receives OxygenOS Open Beta 8.
Nextbit Robin receives Android 7.1.1
The new firmware for this handset now supported by Razer comes with the official patches from Google dated April 1, 2017. It has 560 MB in size and provides overall performance and security improvements.
Nokia 3, 5, and 6 will receive Android O
Although the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 still have to become available for purchase outside China, HMD Global has just confirmed that all three handsets would get Android O once Google delivers the new firmware to its OEM partners.
Samsung delays Bixby's US launch
Although the Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships are available in the US and Bixby should have been ready at launch as well, it looks like Samsung's virtual assistant is facing English syntax and grammar issues and fixing them might take a while.
Logitech Flow allows you to use one mouse with up to 3 PCs simultaneously
Logitech has released its new "Flow" software as part of the Logitech Options suite. Flow allows a user to use a single compatible mouse to not only use one mouse across computers as if they were external monitors, but also copy and paste files and text.
MIUI 9 might roll out in July
Although Xiaomi revealed that MIUI 9 is expected to roll out in July, there is still no official launch day to talk about at this stage. The list of features expected to arrive with the updated UI includes split-screen capabilities, picture-in-picture mode, and more.
Two Verizon Android devices are getting updated to Nougat
Android Nougat has finally come to the ASUS Zenpad Z8 and LG K8 V. The software update began rolling out a few days ago, so it should be a while before it is distributed to all devices.
"Cloak and Dagger" vulnerability can leave your Android phone open to attack
The exploit, which has long been theorized, was confirmed by computer security researchers. By using invisible overlays and some clever social engineering, hackers can quickly gain full control to an Android device.
Vulnerability found in subtitle system of VLC, Kodi, and other media players
By injection malicious code into subtitle files, hackers are able to take full control of a device that loads the malicious subtitles. The exploit affects four of the biggest media streaming services: VLC, Kodi, Popcorn Time, and Strem.io.
Android 7.0 Nougat heading for more LG devices
The list of smartphones, phablets, and tablets that receive the Nougat treat from LG includes the V10, G5, G Pad III 8.0, and the Stylus 2. Even more, it looks like even the two-year-old G4 flagship receives the new firmware.
Red Hat acquires Codenvy
RedHat's new acquisition aims to help improve JBoss Middleware and OpenShift. Even more, Codenvy will become a part of the hybrid cloud services platform OpenShift.io. The financial details have not been disclosed.
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