Wednesday, October 21, 2015

IT News Head Lines (TechSpot) 22/10/2015

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Logitech G920 & G29 Driving Force Steering Wheel Review: A thrilling driving experience on PC

The G29 and G920 are fantastic racing packages that deliver a thrilling driving experience. The former is compatible with PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, while the G920 is for the Xbox One as well as PC. Logitech says both wheels are built for longevity. They don't look or sound...

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Galaxy S7 rumor roundup: magnesium body with glass back, January debut, Tidal and more

Samsung’s next flagship smartphone may arrive earlier than expected if the latest rumors on the matter are to be believed. Multiple sources in the supply chain tell the Electronic Times that Samsung has finalized the design of the Galaxy S7 and that the company is currently working with parts makers...

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Google Maps' new features will make commutes more convenient and affordable

Google is adding a handful of new features that will make its incredibly useful Google Maps service even more practical.

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Eric Schmidt talks Alphabet, hiring, and company scalability at Stanford University Q&A

Speaking to a room full of students in a prestigious Stanford University classroom, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman at Google's new parent company, Alphabet Inc., shed some light on some of the company's inner workings. He discussed everything from scaling to hiring to product successes and failures.

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The free HTTPS certificates from Let's Encrypt are now trusted by all major browsers

Get ready to breathe a little easier on the Internet. The Next Web reports that Let’s Encrypt, a non-profit company whose goal is to encrypt the whole Web, announced earlier today that its free HTTPS certificates are now trusted by all major browsers.

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Tesla's Model S loses Consumer Reports recommendation, stock plummets

Consumer Reports proclaimed over the summer that Tesla’s Model S P85D was much more than just a wickedly fast luxury sedan. The car was so good, in fact, that it earned the publication’s highest score ever (103 out of 100), setting a new benchmark that forced them to revise their...

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Facebook rolls out 'Instant Articles' to all iPhone users

Facebook announced a potentially disruptive new feature called Instant Articles this past May. As the name suggests, these sponsored news posts are designed to load incredibly fast – up to 10 times as fast as a typical news post – and include dynamic features such as clickable maps and audio snippets.

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Google wants to get its hands on China, invests in a Beijing artificial intelligence company

As of earlier today, Google has taken a minority stake in Mobvoi, an artificial intelligence firm based in Beijing, as part of a $75 million fundraising round. TechCrunch reports that this is part of Google’s efforts to build its presence in China.

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HTC unveils holiday flagship and the first in a new product line, the HTC One A9

If you thought Samsung’s latest wave of smartphones looked a lot like the iPhone 6, wait until you get a load of HTC’s new handset.

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Uber using Google Street View-style mapping vehicles to improve its ride-hailing service

Uber has rolled out a fleet of camera vehicles, which bear a striking resemblance to Google’s street view cars, in order to improve its maps, driving routes and ETA’s. The cars have already been spotted in Florence, Kentucky, and are now making their way through the Midwest. ...

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1Password is changing data formats to boost metadata encryption

Security breaches are never a good thing, especially those that involve compromised usernames and passwords. Regardless of data stolen, the severity of a hack largely depends on what site or service was targeted.

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Blackberry Priv available for pre-order in UK; price and specs revealed along with promo video

Just one month after Blackberry CEO John Chen confirmed the company’s plans to launch an Android-powered handset called the Priv, UK-based retailer Carphone Warehouse has revealed the price and estimated release date for the handset. Additionally, Blackberry has released its official promotional video for the device which you can watch...

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Disrupting industries: The arrogance of tech

As someone who makes his living from the coffers of tech companies, it may not be the wisest move to criticize the hands that feed you, but I feel something needs to be said. Many technology companies, and the tech industry as a whole, have gotten incredibly arrogant. In some...

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Asus is interested in building its own version of HoloLens

Microsoft may not be the only name that comes to mind when discussing HoloLens. Hardware veteran Asus is discussing the possibility of building its own version of the highly anticipated augmented reality visor.

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Chinese hacks on US companies reportedly continuing despite last month's cybersecurity pact

In September, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jingping announced that they had come to an agreement that “neither country's government will conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property." But an American security firm claims that in the three weeks since the announcement, seven US companies have been...

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Apple Music chases Spotify, now up to 6.5 million paid subscribers

Apple Music has gained a considerable amount of paying customers since its launch three months ago, making it a significant competitor to the current market leader: Spotify.

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The Surface Book's Nvidia GPU is reportedly a GTX 940M

When Microsoft announced the Surface Book two weeks ago, the optional discrete Nvidia GPU integrated into the keyboard base drew some attention. Microsoft didn't provide exact specifications for this GPU, but promised it would improve the graphics performance of the device, especially in 3D modelling workloads.

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Drones may have to be registered with the US government

The US Department of Transportation has announced plans to put together a task force entrusted with creating a registration process that certain drone operators will be required to adhere to.

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AMD rumored to be building a custom SoC for the next iMac

According to the latest rumor, which definitely should be taken with a grain of salt, AMD is currently building a semi-custom SoC for Apple's next-generation iMac that would combine an x86 CPU and a powerful GPU on the one die.

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Google lifts Project Fi invite-only requirement, today only

Project Fi, the wireless service launched by Google this past April, offers an attractive set of innovations and a straightforward pricing model. Its invite-only sign-up process and the fact that it only works with a single handset – the Nexus 6 – has unfortunately kept many prospective customers at bay.

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Nexus 5X and 6P review roundup: here's what people are saying

Google unveiled a pair of new Nexus smartphones late last month and now, the embargos have lifted on the first wave of reviews. How do they stack up against the best smartphones currently on the market? Here’s a sampling of what people are saying about the Nexus 5X and its...

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Popcorn Time now offers a web app so you can stream movies right in your browser

By this point, we’ve all heard of Popcorn Time, the app often referred to as “Netflix for pirates.” Popcorn Time has made it a lot easier to access copyrighted movies and TV shows illegally — with its streamlined process and sleek design — and, not surprisingly, has faced resistance from...

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YouTube expected to announce long-rumored video subscription service this week

YouTube is expected to unveil its long-rumored video subscription service at a media event this Wednesday at its Los Angeles production studio.

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Apple promises to remove the 256 iOS apps that are collecting your personal information

A group of researchers revealed that there are more than 250 iOS apps that are in violation of Apple’s App Store privacy policy that forbids apps from gathering personal information that can be used to track users, such as e-mail addresses, installed apps, serial numbers and more. According to Ars...

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Lenovo unveils Yoga 900 convertible and Yoga 900 Home all-in-one

Lenovo on Monday added two new Windows 10 machines to its popular Yoga line, the Lenovo Yoga 900 and Yoga Home 900.

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Xiaomi's 60-inch 4K Mi TV 3 takes the hardware out of the television

Xiaomi on Monday announced a new 60-inch 4K television set, the Mi TV 3. With it, the Chinese electronics giant has taken the term “thinking outside the box” quite literally. Allow me to explain.

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Facebook will now let you know if the government is spying on you

Facebook has started to notify people it believes have accounts that are being spied on by government agencies such as the NSA. Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos wrote in a blog that "while we have always taken steps to secure accounts that we believe to have been compromised, we...

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Apple quietly launches MacBook repair program in response to 'Staingate' display coating problems

In response to the increasing number of MacBook and MacBook Pro users who have reported their laptop’s anti-reflective coating is wearing off, Apple has rolled out an internal ‘Quality Program’ that promises to replace the Retina displays for free within three years from the date the device was purchased, or...

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Neowin: Pipo 'X9' Windows 10 hybrid tablet PC review

Last month we reported on Pipo's X9 Windows 10 hybrid tablet PC. Now, it's finally arrived at our door for some hands-on time with what is probably one of the more unique Windows 10 devices to date. But, with something as unique as this, you have to really wonder, who...

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Amazon launches lawsuit against 1114 fake reviewers

Amazon has started legal action against more than 1100 people for allegedly posting fake reviews on its website. The online retail giant said in its lawsuit, filed in a state court in Seattle on Friday, that the defendants had "tarnishing Amazon's brand for their own profit and the profit of...

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Logitech G920 & G29 Driving Force Review
The G29 and G920 are fantastic racing packages that deliver a thrilling driving experience. The former is compatible with PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, while the G920 is for the Xbox One as well as PC. Logitech says both wheels are built for longevity. They don't look or sound radically different to the G27 but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Best Smartphones of 2015
We've reviewed dozens of smartphones over 2015 and got hands on time with plenty others. The good news is that, despite the sheer number of options out there, smartphones have become so good that it's getting harder to pick something you'd regret. But at the same time there are so many good options that picking the right for you can be challenging. We're here to help.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Review
At 5.6mm thin for both the 9.7- and 8.0-inch models, Samsung is touting the Galaxy Tab S2 as the thinnest tablet on the market. The high-end hardware you'll find in this device, including the Exynos 7 Octa SoC and 2,048 x 1536 Super AMOLED display, make it a serious competitor to the iPad Air 2 and latest iPad Mini.

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In Hindsight... Infamous Tech Industry Predictions and Quotations
The tech industry is known for its predictive pronouncements and verbal sparring as for its actual innovation. Many have felt compelled to follow Intel co-founder Gordon Moore (of Moore's Law fame) in bringing their judgements and observations into the public eye... with varying degrees of success. Here's a taste of those now infamous quotes.

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Affordable Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Roundup
Not that long ago gamers had a rather limited choice of keyboards, particularly gaming mechanical keyboards, and most were too expensive for the masses. However, over the last few years there's been an explosion of mechanical keyboards, many of which could be considered affordable, and we've gathered nearly a dozen of them for testing.

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SUPERAntiSpyware 6.0.1208
SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition is useful software that will detect and remove thousands of Spyware.

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Clonezilla Live 2.4.2-61
The Free and Open Source Software for Disk Imaging and Cloning.

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BDtoAVCHD 2.4.7
BDtoAVCHD is a tool to create AVCHD discs from Blu-Ray or MKV files. As output we get the folder structure ready to burn to a DVD5 or DVD9.

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KMPlayer 4.0.1.5
Versatile media player which can cover various types of container format such as VCD, DVD, AVI, WMV among others

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Mozilla Firefox 42.0 Beta 8
Experience cutting edge features but with more stability.

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CintaNotes 3.0.1
A free, lightweight and user-friendly note taking application.

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PRTG - Free Network Monitor 15.4.20
PRTG Network Monitor is the powerful network monitoring solution from Paessler AG.

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ToDoList 7.0.6
ToDoList is a rare form of task management tool, one that allows you to repeatedly sub-divide your tasks into more manageable pieces whilst still presenting a clean and intuitive user experience.

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KiTTY 0.65.1.1
KiTTY is a fork from version of PuTTY, the best telnet / SSH client in the world. KiTTY is only designed for the Microsoft Windows platform.

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Backup4all 5.5.839
Highly configurable backup software with intuitive interface.

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Mozilla Firefox for Linux 42.0 Beta 8
Experience the newest innovations in a stable environment.

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Iobit Uninstaller 5.1.0.7
IObit Uninstalller helps you uninstall and remove unwanted programs and folders from your computer fast and easily.

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RogueKiller 10.11.2
RogueKiller is a program written in C++ and able to Kill malicious processes, stop malicious services and unload malicious DLLs from processes.

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Sandboxie 5.04
Isolates and quarantines the outcome of whatever a Web site may do to your pc, like the installation of unsolicited software.

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Ashampoo Photo Commander 14.0.2
Ashampoo Photo Commander is a perfect example of a new generation of programs that are genuinely intuitive easy to use.

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PlayOn 4.0.8
Never Pay Outrageous Cable Bills Again. Free Movies, TV Shows, Live Sports and more.

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Advanced SystemCare 9 Beta 3.0
Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus incorporates top anti-virus capabilities, as well as the already proven comprehensive PC tune-up ability.

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Zortam Mp3 Media Studio 19.75
All-in-one Mp3 application and organizer.

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Mozilla Firefox Beta for Mac 42.0b8
Experience the newest innovations in an unstable environment that’s not for the faint of heart.

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Adobe Flash Player Beta 19.0.0.228
This is a developer pre-release version of the Adobe Flash Player 15.

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Opera Developer 34.0.2023.0
This version is the bleeding edge development from Opera; features will be piloted, and may be shelved, taken back to the drawing board, or taken forward to the Opera Next stream - feature complete, but potentially buggy.

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RemoveIT Pro XT - SE 10.20.2015
Remove many viruses that other popular antivirus software cannot discover.

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McAfee AVERT Stinger 12.1.0.1770
Stinger is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system.

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VIPRE Antivirus Definitions Update File 44680 October 20, 2015
VIPRE Antivirus out to date with the latest definitions available.

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Bitdefender 9-10 Virus Definitions October 20, 2015
Keep your Bitdefender Anti-Virus 9 to 10 updated with the latest definitions.

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Symantec Norton AntiVirus Definition Update October 20, 2015
Keep your Norton Anti-Virus updated.

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Trend Micro Update File 991 for October 20, 2015
Trend Micro's latest compilation of patterns for virus identification.

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RemoveIT Pro v7 Ultra 10.20.2015
Locates & Removes many new dangerous files that other popular AV programs do not find.

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SUPERAntiSpyware Database Update October 20, 2015
Keep SUPERAntiSpyware up to date.

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ClamAV Virus Database Update October 20, 2015
ClamAV is an open source antivirus solution for Windows operating systems.

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