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Qualcomm May be Gearing Up to Introduce the Snapdragon 1000 CPU

While there’s already been a great deal of press regarding Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 CPU, it seems that the company has even greater plans for their latest line of semiconductors. Earlier in the month Qualcomm announced that the 850 series microchip was primarily geared toward mobile Windows 10 PCs. It seemed…

Software Testers are Being Asked to Download Manjaro 18.0-beta3 ISO

While it won’t be available as a genuine production release for some time, it looks like you can now download version 18.0-beta3 of Manajro as an ISO file. Lean and powerful are the words that the developers wanted to associate with the future release, and this is in keeping with…

Windows Phone Reimagined with an Improved Interface of Windows 95

Recently, a new concept on YouTube has emerged with the title, “Introducing Windows 95 mobile” in which Windows phone is being reimagined the way it would look like with an improved interface of Windows 95. The video that was published on 23rd June already has 1.7 million likes and several…

Canonical Shares Analytic Data Collected from Ubuntu Users

Canonical announced that a system data collection tool would be released with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver. They stated that the tool would help them improve Ubuntu by providing more information about the kind of hardware that users were running, but they also assured people that the entire process would…

Microsoft Seems to Hold Two Patents for Smaller USB-C Connectors

Reports recently came out about Microsoft holding the patent to a thinner, re-designed USB-C connector that doesn’t seem to match USB-C technology that’s currently on the market. What’s perhaps most surprising about this news is the fact that the patent isn’t new by any means, yet it’s only making headlines…

Dropbox Releases Code for New DivANS Compression Algorithm

If you thought that 7-Zip provided excellent compression ratios, then you might be in for a treat since Dropbox released their new DivANS compression algorithm as an open-source project. Developers claim that DivANS can compress data more densely than 7-Zip, Brotli or even Zstandard. The code makes extensive use of…

Apple Promises to Repair Butterfly Keyboards on Some MacBook & MacBook Pro Models

Apple announced that they plan to provide a worldwide service to correct keyboard flaws found in their popular line of MacBook and MacBook Pro portable machines. Having admitted on Friday that some small percentage of computers did indeed ship with defects, Apple has agreed to replace fix these problems without…

Gamers Most Excited About Persona Q2 says Japanese Industry Survey

Persona Q2 for the 3DS seems to be the title that Nintendo gamers are most excited about, according to a recent unscientific poll. Famitsu magazine runs a weekly survey of readers to check which games they’re looking forward to most on Nintendo consoles. The newest entry in the Persona series…

Peppermint OS 9 Ships with Security & Performance Updates Bundled In

Peppermint OS recently announced version 9 of their GNU/Linux distribution, which is based at least in part on Lubuntu. This means that it inherits the security ecosystem from Ubuntu and therefore Debian, providing it with a stable core that makes it very useful for those deploying desktop software on relatively…

New Pokemon GO Friends feature allows players to trade Pokemon and gift items

Over two years after launch, Pokemon GO has finally received a trading mechanic. The latest update to the mobile augmented reality game has added a ‘Friends’ feature that allows deeper interaction between players. Players can send each other items in the form of gifts, earn bonuses as well as trade…

Exploit Kits are Finally a Thing of the Past According to Recent Studies

Exploit kits (EK) have long been feared by both users and developers, since they can invade a browser and ultimately gain control of a host machine. New reports released today, however, seem to insinuate that these kinds of attacks are quickly becoming less effective than ever before. Technicians and security…

Adobe’s Engineers Develop AI Routine to Track Fake News Images

Adobe announced that they were working on new artificial intelligence technology that could spot the differences between genuine news photos and fake ones. Their flagship product Photoshop has long been used by those who had wanted to generate phony images for use with manufactured news stories. Considering the recent attention…

Security Experts Warn About Network Leaks from Connected Cameras and Audio Monitors

According to reports published by a pair of top security firms and later echoed by both BleepingComputer and Slashdot, IoT machines aren’t nearly as secure as originally believed. Networked devices like baby monitors, security cameras and other small IoT units designed to transmit data over wireless connections have been continually…

Nintendo & Microsoft Partner Together to Permit Minecraft Cross-play

Nintendo Switch owners will now be able to enjoy Minecraft cross-play with those running the game software on Xbox One, mobile devices, desktops and laptops. Microsoft partnered with Nintendo to offer the ability to share a game experience between devices that belong to each other’s ecosystems. Marketing experts have praised…

Designers at Apple Could Have Removed All External Wires From iPhone X, Sources Say

Some sources have insinuated that Apple’s engineers considered removing the Lightning connector from the iPhone X before releasing their new mobile device to the public. While there are those who believe that Apple’s reasons for doing so would be to move toward the popular USB-C hardware platform, technicians in Cupertino…

Battletech Update 1.1 adds new difficulty settings, MechWarrior customization and quality of life improvements

Update 1.1 for Paradox Interactive’s strategy game Battletech is now live on Steam and GOG. The update has added new features and loads of content which include new difficulty settings as well as bug fixes and optimizations. The patch also makes some balance changes and brings improvements to AI, performance…

Google’s Developers Promise Secure Biometric Authentication in Android P

In an announcement put out earlier today, Google’s developers said that they plan to improve some of the biometric authentication techniques that the Android mobile operating system users as soon as Android P gets released. Security experts have noted that the Linux-based OS needs some improvements before it’s ready to…

Fake Fornite Games Flood Unofficial Android Repositories

A recent rash of videos posted to YouTube claiming to show Fortnite footage recorded on mobile devices running Google Android apparently include links to scam versions of the game, according to sources. Videos linking to fake versions of Fortnite have been viewed several million times. None of these fake apps…

Engineers Search for Cobalt-free Smartphone Batteries

Cobalt, a metal that once gave its name to a pleasant blue pigment derived from the element, is today an important material used for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are needed for smartphones and other mobile devices as well as for electric automobiles. The problem is, however, that the price…

WinUAE 4.0.0 Offers the Retro Amiga Experience to Gamers Running Modern Hardware

Toni Wilen, developer of the WinUAE project, announced version 4 of the emulator today and it comes with a host of new features that’s sure to please gamers who still have a taste for the Commodore Amiga. Fans of indie and retro video games can now enjoy them with much…

Development Team Releases CentOS Atomic Host 7.5

Atomic SIG team members from CentOS announced a new version of their operating system that’s sure to be an attractive option for those who want to run containerized applications in a secure cloud-native environment. The new CentOS Atomic Host version 7.5 (7.1805) features install media for a wide variety of…

New Reports say Semiconductor Companies are Rushing to Develop Mobile In-display Fingerprint Sensors

Fingerprint sensors that are deployed in a mobile device’s touchscreen is one technology that seems to continue to allude major companies like Samsung and Apple. So far, neither of these two companies have made this happen. Neither of the two firms promised that this sort of thing would be on…

Google Chrome Developer Urges Programmers to Take Action Against Wavethrough Vulnerability

Jake Archibald, Google Chrome’s advocate developer, has discovered a fairly serious vulnerability in modern web browsing technology that could permit sites to steal login details as well as other sensitive information. Exploits could theoretically steal information related to other sites that you have logged into but aren’t currently attempting to…

Keybase Introduces Exploding Messages to Ensure Forward Secrecy of Transmitted Data

Encrypted social networking service Keybase introduced a new technology that they call exploding messages. As of today, you can put a timed fuse on any messages that you send through a Keybase chat interface. In a rather snarky yet good-natured blog post, Keybase recommended that intimate and important messages get…

Flightradar24 Urges Some Users to Reset Passwords After News of Server Breach

Popular airline tracking service Flightradar24 is reporting that they’ve suffered a fairly substantial data breach that could have compromised email addresses for over 230,000 users. The service is also saying that hashed passwords belonging to these users are also now potentially compromised as well. No information about the breach was…