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Apple's updated Android 'Switch' campaign explains why people move to iPhone

Apple and Android may forever be locked in a fight for mobile domination, but they take very different approaches to their quest for market share. On the one hand, there are more than 2 billion active Android devices in use around the world. On the other, Apple makes gobs of money from selling just a handful of handsets. But like the PC wars of the 90s, Apple isn’t content with such a slim slice of the market. While it has had a Move to iOS...
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Google explains why Android apps still aren't on Chromebooks

Every time I open my Chromebook and see that an update is available, I get a twinge of excitement. Is this the moment that my Acer Chromebook will finally get Android apps? So far, the answer has always been no, and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon. Samsung’s new Chromebook Pro starts shipping on Sunday, but Android apps will remain in beta at least through the summer, as reported last week by The Verge . Google didn’t hav...
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Lenovo's Flex 5 catches up to other convertibles, adding Kaby Lake and USB-C

Lenovo’s Flex 5 convertibles are the latest arrivals in a busy, popular segment: laptops with 360-degree hinges and a full feature set for mainstream computing. These new models aren’t cheap—the starting prices are $720 for the 14-inch model and $830 for the 15-incher—and in some ways they’re just catching up to similar competitors from Dell and HP. But the major PC vendors are constantly one-upping each other, and when they ship in May, th...
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Here's how Google is preparing Android for the AI-laden future

The future of Android will be a lot smarter, thanks to new programming tools that Google unveiled on Wednesday. The company announced TensorFlow Lite, a version of its machine learning framework that’s designed to run on smartphones and other mobile devices, during the keynote address at its Google I/O developer conference. “TensorFlow Lite will leverage a new neural network API to tap into silicon-specific accelerators, and over time we ex...
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Google's Standalone Daydream VR and VPS fight the clutter and clumsiness of virtual reality

Google said it has solved key problems with both augmented reality and its cousin, virtual reality, with a new standalone virtual reality headset and a way to navigate indoors using visual reference points as a sort of indoor GPS, called VPS. Google said it was working with both HTC and Lenovo to deliver the first standalone VR devices later this year, based on the Google Daydream technology. Google is working with Qualcomm on the new stand...
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This smart exoskeleton will keep you on your feet

Track 1: This smart exoskeleton can tell when you’re losing your balance and stop you from falling. Track 2: The prototype is wearable from the waist down and is designed to help the elderly by preventing fall-related injuries. This is different from most other machine wearables, which are used to enhance regular movement rather than prevent an unexpected event. Track 3: The exoskeleton can be set up with a few adjustments to nuts and bolts...
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HP rolls out patch to stop keylogging bug in some laptops

Consumers with HP laptops that have been accidentally recording their keystrokes can easily address the problem with a patch from the PC maker. More than two dozen HP laptop models, including the EliteBook, ProBook and ZBook, have an bug in the audio driver that will act as a keylogger , a Swiss security firm said Thursday. A list of affected products can be found here .  Fortunately, HP began rolling out fixes through its support page, and...
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A 'kill switch' is slowing the spread of WannaCry ransomware

Friday’s unprecedented ransomware attack may have stopped spreading to new machines -- at least briefly -- thanks to a "kill switch" that a security researcher has activated. The ransomware, called Wana Decryptor or WannaCry, has been found infecting machines across the globe . It works by exploiting a Windows vulnerability that the U.S. National Security Agency may have used for spying. The malware encrypts data on a PC and shows users a n...
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Surface Laptop vs. Surface Pro 4: We compare prices, features and more

Microsoft's Surface Laptop is aimed at supplanting the MacBook Air as a college-student favorite. The svelte, stylish clamshell also fills a middle ground between its cousins, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and Surface Book powerhouse 2-in-1, providing a third option that could appeal to many regular consumers.  We went  hands-on with the Surface Laptop  last week and plan to test it in advance of its June launch. Until then, if you're trying to ...
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Waymo, Uber dispute referred to US attorney for investigation

A lawsuit by Waymo, alleging the use by rival Uber Technologies of stolen trade secrets relating to autonomous vehicle technology, has been referred by a federal judge to a U.S. attorney, raising the possibility of a criminal prosecution. “This case is referred to the United States Attorney for investigation of possible theft of trade secrets based on the evidentiary record supplied thus far concerning plaintiff Waymo LLC’s claims for trade...
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This Microsoft wearable is helping Parkinson's patients write again

This Microsoft wearable is helping Parkinson's patients write again | PCWorld It's called the Emma Watch, and it vibrates in a specific pattern to stop hand tremors Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. Microsoft has developed a prototype wearable device that pairs with a tablet to counteract some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. A woman with Parkinson's can write again thanks to a Microso...
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FCC hit with DDoS attacks after John Oliver takes on net neutrality

Credit: IDGNS The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's website slowed to a crawl after comic and political commentator John Oliver urged viewers to flood the agency with comments in support of net neutrality, in what appeared to be a repeat of a 2014 incident. With the FCC headed toward a repeal of net neutrality rules it passed in early 2015, Oliver on Sunday echoed his "Last Week Tonight" commentary on the topic from three y...
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Dell backs the PC market yet again, and says a PC-as-a-service plan is coming soon

For the umpteenth time, Dell Technologies has reiterated that PCs are important to the company, and it won't quit the market. But PCs occupied only a few minutes of CEO Michael Dell's opening keynote at Dell EMC World in Las Vegas on Monday. PCs are the engine that keep enterprises chugging, he said. Instead, Dell spent time educating attendees about the new Dell Technologies and its products. It's been less than a year since the US$67 bill...
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How to play PlayStation 4 games on your PC with Sony's Remote Play

Between The Last of Us, Uncharted, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Journey, the PlayStation platform has some of the best games of the past decade. But sadly, unlike the console exclusives on Microsoft’s Xbox One , the PlayStation 4’s finest aren’t available on PC. Or at least they weren’t.  Now you can play PS4 games on your PC by streaming them from your console over either a local network or the internet with Remote Play—a feature previously rese...
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Email dump hits French candidate Macron ahead of election

Credit: Michael Kan Another political campaign has been hit by an email dump. This time, the target is French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. On Friday, his campaign said a massive and coordinated hack had breached the email inboxes of several staffers. This came after a mysterious user named “EMLEAKS” apparently dumped the stolen data through torrent files on text storage site Pastebin. It’s unclear if the informa...
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Qualcomm may consider asking U.S. to ban iPhone imports

Credit: Martyn Williams   Qualcomm, in a smartphone chip licensing spat with Apple, will reportedly ask a U.S. government agency to ban the import of iPhones into the country. Qualcomm plans to ask the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban imports of iPhones, which are built in Asia, according to a Bloomberg Technology report . The news report cited an unnamed person familiar with Qualcomm's strategy.  A Qualcomm spokesm...
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Facebook's text understanding AI is coming to a phone near you

Credit: Martyn Williams Developers have a new tool to help mobile apps understand text, thanks to a Facebook open source project update on Tuesday. The social networking company’s AI research group released a new version of FastText , a programming library that’s designed to make it easier for developers to deploy text-focused machine learning systems. Using a technique the researchers are calling FastText.zip , developers can c...
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NSA ends surveillance tactic that pulled in citizens' emails, texts

Credit: NSA The U.S. National Security Agency will no longer sift through emails, texts and other internet communications that mention targets of surveillance. The change, which the NSA announced on Friday, stops a controversial tactic that critics said violated U.S. citizens' privacy rights. The practice involved flagging communications where a foreign surveillance target was mentioned, even if that target wasn't involved in the conversati...
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Samsung Galaxy S8: Everything you need to know, all in one place

The release of the latest Galaxy S phone is always a major event, and with good reason. Samsung’s premium flagship practically defines our expectations for high-end, high-price Android phones for the year to come. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ deliver a smorgasbord of features, top-tier hardware, a great camera, and bleeding-edge design. This, together with Samsung’s marketing muscle, make them the most popular premium Android phones.  [ Further re...
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There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware

Has your computer been infected with a suspected NSA spying implant? A security researcher has come up with a free tool that can tell. Luke Jennings of security firm Countercept wrote a script in response to last week’s high-profile leak of cyberweapons that some researchers believe are from the U.S. National Security Agency. It's designed to detect an implant called Doublepulsar, which is delivered by many of the Windows-based exploits fou...
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This week in games: Call of Duty returns to World War II, Syberia II is free and more

The blockbuster rush of March might be over, but apparently April is the new indie and semi-indiepile-up. This week we got Rick and Morty's VR game, Full Throttle Remastered, Voodoo Vince Remastered, Late Shift, and Everything. Next week: Dawn of War III, Outlast 2, What Remains of Edith Finch, Wilson's Heart, and probably some I'm forgetting. Crazy. But the news keeps piling on too. Call of Duty is returning to World War II next week, EA's...
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Apple's Mac Pro gets crushed on features by new HP Zbook laptops

Apple's Mac Pro has been ignored for so long that even Windows 10 mobile workstations are catching up on features and performance. Take HP's latest Zbook laptop workstations , which were announced on Friday. These heavy built laptops -- which is why they are called mobile workstations -- have comparable memory and storage capacity technology to the Mac Pro, but excel in other areas. The laptops feature Thunderbolt 3 ports, DDR4 memory, Inte...
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Microsoft: Previous Windows patches fixed newly leaked NSA exploits

Credit: Stephen Lawson   Microsoft said it has already patched vulnerabilities revealed in Friday’s high-profile leak of suspected U.S. National Security Agency spying tools, meaning customers should be protected if they’ve kept their software up-to-date. Friday’s leak caused concern in the security community. The spying tools include about 20 exploits designed to hack into old versions of Windows, such as Windows XP and Windows Server...
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Leaked NSA exploits plant a bull's-eye on Windows Server

Friday’s release of suspected NSA spying tools is bad news for companies running Windows Server. The cyberweapons, which are now publicly available, can easily hack older versions of the OS.   The Shadow Brokers, a mysterious hacking group, leaked the files online, setting off worries that cybercriminals will incorporate them in their own hacks.   “This leak basically puts nation-state tools into the hands of anyone who wants them,” said Ma...
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Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition is the definitive way to play this cult-classic RPG

Planescape: Torment is one of the best Infinity Engine games and, by consensus, one of the best RPGs ever made. It’s a game/philosophical treatise/bizarre meditation on life and death that deserves to be played at least once by everyone. And up until this week that took some doing. I should know—I just replayed Planescape in January, using a copy I bought in some D&D anthology a few years ago. Oh, plus about a half-dozen mods. This is t...
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Joe Biden’s passionate plea at SXSW: ‘We need your help’

Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot is a personal mission, one he’s forging ahead with after leaving office. A year after President Barack Obama took the South by Southwest stage , Biden and wife Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Austin to appeal to the festival’s technology entrepreneurs, developers, and engineers: “You’re the future,” Biden said. “You can make a gigantic impact. We need your ingenuity. We need you to help us reach people t...
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Every custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card revealed so far

You can’t discern tiny facts like that from  Zotac’s heavily obscured teaser image . It’s not totally devoid of info, though. Zotac’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti sticks to the company’s beloved yellow hue, with what appears to be an RGB logo on the side. The image shows two heatsinks connected by a copper pipe, while airflow’s handled by a triple fan configuration. UPDATE: Zotac's revealed not one, not two, but four GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards on its...
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Microsoft updates Cortana for iOS with a fresh look

Microsoft updates Cortana for iOS with a fresh look | PCWorld The virtual assistant’s app gets a redesign to match its Android counterpart Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. Credit: Blair Hanley Frank Microsoft gave its Cortana app for iOS a facelift Friday, replacing its old black and blue aesthetic with a new look that puts the assistant’s key features at users’ fingertips. The app now featu...
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Ghost Recon: Wildlands review: 400 square kilometers of emptiness, but it sure is pretty

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a technological marvel. I said it Monday in PCWorld's initial PC performance impressions piece, and it’s worth reiterating now. This is a game where you can spend 10 to 15 minutes crossing the map by helicopter without hitting a single load screen. In a car? I don’t even want to estimate how long it’d take to cross this fictional Bolivia. A maddening amount of time, no doubt. It's stunning—and yet therein lies the ...
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Watch us unbox the Microsoft Surface Studio

The ultimate Windows All-in-One comes in a very big box. Open it with us.   Credit: Adam Patrick Murray   Microsoft’s Surface Studio is the ultimate Windows All-in-One, the showcase for Windows 10’s biggest innovations—especially some of those coming in the Creators Update.  We just received our Surface Studio loaner and couldn’t wait to open the box. The very big box. Watch as we unwrap everything and talk about the specs. T...
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