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Apple is replacing early Retina MacBook USB-C charging cables

Apple is replacing early Retina MacBook USB-C charging cables

Did you purchase one of Apple's new 12-inch Retina MacBooks in the first few months after it launched last year? If so, you'll want to check the company's latest replacement program over the USB-C charging cables that shipped with the laptop. It seems that the cables that either shipped with the MacBook or were purchased individually through June 2015 have been determined to have a "design issue" that could cause them to stop working.

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Internet Archive now has, and runs, Windows 3.1 programs

Internet Archive now has, and runs, Windows 3.1 programs

The Internet Archive, perhaps more known for its archive.org address, has an interesting history. What started as a website to hold old copies of web pages for posterity's sake, the archives has become home to the many of the computing world's history, both the highs and the lows, from websites to games and, more recently, even malware. And now, the Internet Archive has added one more important part of history, making available Windows 3.1 programs for yesteryears, and allowing uses not only to view but even run such ancient software in their browsers.

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Bill could block attempts to enforce encryption backdoors

Bill could block attempts to enforce encryption backdoors

The fight for security and privacy, now embodied in the encryption of devices and services, has long taken a political flavor when the US government publicly advocated installing backdoors on such systems for the sake of criminal investigation. Now the story takes an interesting turn when two lawmakers cross the political divide to propose a bill that will preempt such proposals. Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, and Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican from New York, have proposed a House bill that will prevent any state or local government from forcing OEMs to create such backdoors.

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Sparkle app updater exposes many Mac apps to hacking

Sparkle app updater exposes many Mac apps to hacking

In the age before app stores, at least on Windows PCs and Macs, people got their software directly from vendors or third party download sites. App markets, however, gave birth to the idea of a single canonical repository where people can get not only their apps but also updates for said apps. However, not every single software on the planet has jumped aboard, even on Macs. Now those developers and users maybe be given a stronger reason to do so, thanks to a gaping security hole in the Sparkle update framework recently discovered.

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Microsoft finally spills some beans on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft finally spills some beans on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft has been traditional dreadful when it came to system-related error messages and notifications that it has become somewhat of a running joke in the tech community (Error 0x8020002b anyone?). It's no laughing matter, however, when Windows 10's continuously flowing stream of updates are concerned. Microsoft has been chided for its near secrecy of these system updates, that could, and sometimes have, make important changes without the user's knowledge. While not completely reversing course, Microsoft has now come up with a compromise, a website that lists Windows 10's update history and details.

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Google’s ads will be Flash-free in 2017

Google’s ads will be Flash-free in 2017

We've known for quite some time that Flash's days are numbered. When Apple first announced that they wouldn't support it on their crazy new phone back in 2007, people went crazy. But they were onto something, and the rest of the web seems to be following suit. The latest domino to fall is from Google, and it's a very welcome one.

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ViewSonic XG gaming monitors pack up to 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh

ViewSonic XG gaming monitors pack up to 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh

Ardent PC gamers know that now all hardware is the same and not all of it is up to the task of high-end gaming. Computer displays and other peripherals that work just fine for doing home work and surfing the web don’t always work well for playing Fallout 4 with all the options turned on. ViewSonic has announced that it's new XG series of computer displays are now shipping and they all aim directly at gamers wanting the best performance and tech they can get.

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Flash (Professional) is dead! Long live Adobe Animate CC

Flash (Professional) is dead! Long live Adobe Animate CC

Adobe has just announced the release of its Animate CC software, which is significant for more than just the users of its previous Flash Professional software. It isn't a simple of case of adding new features and then renaming an old tool. Given the significance of both the tool and the name, it more formally marks the end of an era. With Animate CC, Adobe moves away from the now derided Flash technology, putting its eggs into the new HTML5 basket, a trend that will hopefully be picked up by more content creators on the Web.

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Malware Museum shows how past viruses were creative, artful

Malware Museum shows how past viruses were creative, artful

Today's viruses make your heart ache with sorrow and stress. Yesteryear's viruses sometimes made your heart ache from laughter. While still relatively destructive during their time period, the malware of previous decades showed one thing that is lost upon today's cybercriminals: a sense of humor. Thanks to the Internet Archive, however, those can now be relived, or reviled if you were a victim, showcasing the viruses prevalent during the 80s and 90s, in all their animated pixel art glory. Without the damaging virus itself, of course.

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2013 Mac Pro video issues now covered by Apple repair program

2013 Mac Pro video issues now covered by Apple repair program

Those who own a late 2013 Mac Pro model and have been plagued by various video issues are in for some good news today: it appears Apple has just launched a new Repair Extension Program that covers the machine's problems. Users that have been affected have experienced issues including distorted video, no video at all, system instability such as freezing and restarting, and even being unable to start up.

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Maru OS tries to bring Continuum to Android with a twist

Maru OS tries to bring Continuum to Android with a twist

Microsoft's Continuum has most likely sparked the imagination of many a developer. To be fair, it's not alone or even original. Ubuntu showed off its Convergence idea long before Windows 10 even hit the scene, a dream that has started to become reality with the bq M10 tablet. Now a hitherto unknown group of developers have revealed what they call Maru OS, which brings a touch of Convergence/Continuum to Android. The difference is that you actually have two operating systems on the same device.

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Google tipped to endorse Qualcomm’s server chips over Intel

Google tipped to endorse Qualcomm’s server chips over Intel

Intel's server business, which is currently its strongest business, might soon be shaken up. And not directly by a rival chip maker. Instead, it will be Google's expected endorsement next week that could spell trouble for Intel. According to insider sources, Google, who is considered to be the world's biggest buyer of server processors, will be publicly singing of Qualcomm's server chips at an investor event next week. Qualcomm, who already poses a threat to Intel because of its dominance in the mobile market, could soon be eating a huge chunk of Intel's server pie as well.

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