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Amazon fined $1 million for misleading prices

Some deals are too good to be true. And, for Amazon, they will cost the company. A Canadian enforcement agency announced today that Amazon Canada will pay a $1 million fine for what could be construed as misleading pricing practices. The investigation centered on the practice of Amazon displaying its prices compared to higher “list prices” — suggested manufacturer prices (MSRPs) designed as marketing...

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Google RAISR debuts and saves 75% bandwidth

Google just released  an image compression technology called RAISR (Rapid and Accurate Super Image Resolution) designed to save your precious data without sacrificing photo quality. Claiming to use up to 75 percent less bandwidth, RAISR analyzes both low and high-quality versions of the same image. Once analyzed, it learns what makes the larger version superior and simulates the differences on the smaller version. In essence, it’s...

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Microsoft gives users better privacy control in Windows 10

Windows 10 has brought a number of new features and capabilities to PCs, such as a user interface that can work with both desktops and touch-centric 2-in-1 devices. While Microsoft backed off from its original plans of having a billion Windows 10 users by 2018, the company has still managed to upgrade an impressive 400 million users to its newest and most strategic operating...

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Twitter will close Vine January 17th

Twitter broke a lot of hearts last October when it announced that it was closing down Vine, the popular platform for sharing six-second videos. The company recently noted that it would still support the creation of these clips with a new Vine Camera app. An FAQ page on Vine’s site confirms that the app will become available on January 17, along with the shuttering...

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Command prompt removal has been overly exaggerated

This post is in response to a story published on December 6th 2016 by ComputerWorld titled “Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt” and its follow-up article “Follow-up: MS-DOS lives on after all“. These “stories” were subsequently picked up by Business Insider and Life Hacker among others and fueled a number of concerned Tweets some of which I responded to directly, along with much...

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Windows 10 market share up 14% in 2016

Microsoft has been investing heavily in Windows 10, not only for a development point of view but also with marketing as well. The company is pushing the OS at every opportunity and occasionally crossed the boundary of forcing it on to machines even when a user does not want the OS. With 2016 now behind us, we can take a look at how far...

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Android car tech coming to Chrysler

The team-up between Google and Fiat Chrysler is about to extend well beyond self-driving minivans. The two companies have revealed an 8.4-inch Uconnect concept system based on Android. No, not Android Auto — we’re talking full-fledged Android Nougat. While it still uses the familiar Uconnect interface (for better or for worse), the Android underpinnings give it “seamless integration” with core Google services like Assistant...

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Windows 10 Creators Update expected in April

Microsoft is tentatively planning to release its next major Windows 10 update in April. MSPoweruser reports that the software giant is planning to finalize the feature set of the Creators Update by the end of the month, before starting to crush bugs and ready the update for general availability. Microsoft had originally planned to release the Creators Update in March, but an April timing...

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Windows 10 Game Mode may come to Creators Update

A new feature may be on the way to Windows 10 that improves performance when playing PC games. That’s according to a file discovered in a leaked version of a forthcoming preview update. Twitter user WalkingCat reports the addition of a dll called “gamemode” in the latest build of Windows 10 (version 14997). A subsequent tweet notes it “looks like Windows will adjust its...

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Comcast still uses MITM javascript injection for messages

For years, Comcast and other large telecommunication companies around the world have injected javascript into your web browsing experience to serve advertisements and account notices. Their ability to do this stems from their upstream position as your Internet Service Provider (ISP). While Comcast is only currently using their javascript injection ability to serve customer account related information, the same message sending vector could be used...