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Chrome 57 permanently enables DRM

The next stable version of Chrome (Chrome 57) will not allow users to disable the Widevine DRM plugin anymore, therefore making it an always-on, permanent feature of Chrome. The new version of Chrome will also eliminate the “chrome://plugins” internal URL, which means if you want to disable Flash, you’ll have to do it from the Settings page. How EME Brought Mandatory DRM On The...

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Reasons connecting to Wi-Fi takes longer

It’s supposed to be seamless. So much mobile technology is premised on the idea that moving between networks—cellular to Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi to Wi-Fi, cellular to cellular—is a more or less invisible process. We, as consumers, are then free to interact with the cloud as intended—as an extension of mobile devices that’s all but necessary for them to operate at all. The whole cloud idea...

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Chromebooks support Android Apps and Play Store

Play Store and Android apps access on Chromebooks were announced in May of 2016 and in the time since, they have rolled as developer then stable builds to the Asus Chromebook Flip and Acer Chromebook R11 as well as the Google Chromebook Pixel 2. We know that the functionality will be coming to more of the existing Chromebooks down the line, but we didn’t know how it would...

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Details about Windows 10 Game Mode due this week

Microsoft made a big fuss out of the Windows 10 Creators Update’s gaming features, and it’s nearly ready to start delivering on them… including some that have remained mysterious. The company has revealed that it’ll start trotting out a largely unknown Windows 10 Game Mode as part of Insider previews “this week.” The improvement won’t be fully functional until later releases, but Microsoft has...

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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...