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iOS 11 uptake leaves iOS 10 – and Android 8 – in the dust

Apple released iOS 11 on Sept. 19 and within a week the latest version of iOS was already powering 30.21% iDevices. That's still left it far behind the 63.47% running iOS 10. But what a difference three weeks makes.  Apple's latest mobile OS update maintained its fast adoption curve and as of now – one month out – it has not only surpassed iOS 10, but left it in the dust. [ Further reading: The 50+ best features in iOS 11 ] According to bus...
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How to get a cutting-edge web browser

Installing a pre-release version of your web browser promises at least two distinct thrills. The first one: You get to test new features sometimes months before mainstream users see them. How cool is that? The second thrill comes from taking a risk. Installing pre-release software can cause data loss (perhaps even hair loss), excess battery drain on portables and other aggravations. As Google puts it on its Chrome Canary download page , it’...
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Microsoft shuts down Krack with sneaky Windows update

Microsoft today revealed that it quietly patched Windows last week against vulnerabilities in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol used to secure wireless networks. Details of the security update were only published Monday to Microsoft's Security Update Guide, the catalog-like portal that earlier this year replaced the decades-old practice of delivering explanatory bulletins. All supported versions of Windows received the update, a...
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How to block Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from installing

Some people want to install the latest version of Windows 10 the moment it’s available. They’ll line up — intentionally or not — to participate in a beta testing cycle that’s disguised as a four-month-or-so exercise, designed to winnow the last bugs out of the new version before it’s deemed ready for corporate use. If you want to help beta test an unpolished version of Win10, you don’t need to do a thing. Microsoft plans to release Fall Cre...
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Smartphones are driving us to distraction. Here’s help.

Ho-hum. Another year, another crop of amazing smartphones. The latest advancements come from Apple and Google. The new iPhone 8 line and iPhone X phones, as well as Google’s new Pixel phones, are blistering fast, offer near-DSLR-quality cameras and perform a growing range of cool stunts, such as supporting augmented reality. If you were to ask the public if they want all this power and ability, they’d probably respond, “Well, yes! Absolutel...
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4 crazy Chromebook myths, debunked

Bring up Chromebooks in any online crowd, and you're practically guaranteed to get some version of a now-stock reaction: Pshaw! Why would anyone pay for a browser in a box? Or maybe: Harrumph! Isn't Google about to get rid of those and make the whole thing a part of Android, anyway? Or the time-tested standby: Pish tosh! You can't do anything on those. Get a real computer instead. (Pshaw!) These are the sorts of misguided statements sentien...
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Early reports of myriad Microsoft Patch Tuesday problems

This month’s massive bundle of Patch Tuesday patches almost certainly contains more than a few surprises, and they’re only starting to surface. Here’s a rundown of what I’ve seen in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. There are lots of reports of delayed, failed and rolled back installations of KB 4041676 , the Win10 Creators Update (version 1703) monthly cumulative update, which brings 1703 up to build 15063.674. A quick glance at the KB a...
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Yes, Windows Phone is dead. Here's why

To the surprise of few, if any, a Microsoft executive has confirmed the inevitable: The Windows Phone is effectively dead. While the company will continue to support existing iterations, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Windows, spelled out in a series of tweets  why it has no plans to release new versions of phone hardware or the Windows Mobile OS. When asked by a user whether it is "time to leave Windows Mobile platf...
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Microsoft takes struggling Edge browser to iOS, Android

Microsoft on Thursday announced that it had created iOS and Android versions of its struggling Edge browser, and would make both available to users for testing. The company cast the Edge variations as critical to flesh out the Windows 10 feature known as "Continue on PC," which will debut with the Fall Creators Update, aka 1709 upgrade, set to begin shipping Oct. 17. The feature links a specific phone - or tablet - to a Windows 10 personal ...
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Easy way to bypass passcode lock screens on iPhones, iPads running iOS 11

Update for iOS 11 With iOS 11, you can still bypass the iPhone lock screen and trick Siri into getting into a person's phone. The bypass is the same as it was in the earlier version of the operating system: Press the home button using a finger not associated with your fingerprint authentication, prompting Siri to wake up.Say to Siri: Cellular data. Siri then opens the cellular data settings where you can turn off cellular data. As was the c...
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