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Google Play still tracks you with the Location permission off

Google, it seems, is very, very interested in knowing where you are at all times. Users have reported battery life issues with the latest Android build, with many pointing the finger at Google Play – Google’s app store – and its persistent, almost obsessive need to check where you are. Amid complaints that Google Play is always switching on GPS, it appears Google has...

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Google fixes two serious Android security flaws

Google’s mobile security team has definitely been busy cleaning house this week. The company has released an Android update that closes two security holes that could pose a major threat if intruders found a way to exploit them. The first was only designed for “research purposes” and would only have been malicious if modified, Google tells Ars Technica, but it wouldn’t have been hard...

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Facebook mobile web experience isn’t going away yet

Earlier this summer, Facebook began to disable messaging in its mobile web app in order to push people to use its mobile Messenger app. However, this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016, Messenger head David Marcus said that the option to use the mobile web experience isn’t going away entirely. Instead, the company is selectively disabling the mobile web view for users of certain devices. Asked...

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Samsung sells printing business to HP for over one billion

Samsung today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell the entire global operations and assets of its printing business to HP in a deal valued over $1 billion. The company says that this deal is part of its efforts to focus more on its core business areas. With the approval of shareholders, Samsung will spin off the Printing Business Unit into a separate...

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Netflix asks the FCC to declare data caps unreasonable

Netflix has asked the US Federal Communications Commission to declare that home Internet data caps are unreasonable and that they limit customers’ ability to watch online video. Netflix submitted a filing last week for the FCC’s annual investigation of broadband deployment, a review that is mandated by Congress in Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act. Specifically, Congress requires the FCC to determine whether advanced telecommunications capability...

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Microsoft Lumia devices dead in favor of Surface Pro

Microsoft is preparing to “end sales” of its Lumia smartphones by the end of the year, according to an anonymous internal source. And in a decision that will surprise almost nobody, Microsoft is believed to be planning to replace its underperforming Lumia range with a new Surface Phone. The anonymous tipster’s predictions have seemingly been borne out recently, both by the fact that just...

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Chrome will shame unencrypted sites starting January 2017

Starting in January of 2017, Google’s Chrome browser will start flagging some websites that don’t use web encryption as “Not Secure”—the first step in Google’s eventual plan to shame all sites that don’t use encryption. In the last couple of years, the web has seen a tremendous rise in the number of websites that use encryption, which is displayed by that little green lock...

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iPhone 7 announced with brand new features

Apple has officially announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus today. The new iPhone features a design that’s very similar to last year’s iPhone 6S (and the year prior’s iPhone 6), with a rounded aluminum body. But what’s entirely new is the phone’s water resistance, which means you can get the iPhone 7 or the larger iPhone 7 Plus wet without worry. Also...

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Microsoft is reportedly working on a Slack competitor

Microsoft is taking Slack head on, and reportedly doing it under the Skype umbrella. According to MSPowerUser, the software giant is developing new messaging software that closely mirrors Slack functionality. The new effort is called Skype Teams, and it promises to cater to the the same large teams and newsrooms that already use Slack every day, while also leveraging Skype’s core feature set. Skype...

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Windows 10 grows despite the end of free upgrades

The number of PCs and laptops using Windows 10 increased significantly during the normally slow month of August and despite the withdrawal of Microsoft’s free upgrade for PC users running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. The operating system enjoyed a big rise to 22.99 per cent of the market (+1.86 percentage points) after the arrival of the Anniversary Update. This month’s figures will make...