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Sinking the bloatware ship

Sinking the bloatware ship

Bloatware, the not so loving term used to described software equivalent of spam in our inboxes, software we never asked for but are shoved in our faces and take up space and attention. But while we continually fight off spam with some amount of success, the practice of including pre-installed apps in devices have become so common that most people just shake their heads and shrug their shoulders. Not so the government of China, whose Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission is not only putting bloatware on the hot seat again, it is also, for the first time, putting it on legal notice.

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Chinese so mad at Galaxy bloat they’re suing Samsung

Chinese so mad at Galaxy bloat they’re suing Samsung

Most people are content with burying pre-installed apps into a folder somewhere, but a Chinese agency has opted to sue smartphone makers for unwanted bloatware. The Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission has taken Samsung and Oppo to task for just how much software comes preloaded on a brand new device, claiming to have been deluged by customer complaints that they're not getting as much storage space as expected, and that background data use has been more voracious than expected.

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Microsoft pushes out another Windows 10 build: 10162

Microsoft pushes out another Windows 10 build: 10162

Microsoft pushed out Windows 10 build 10158 and 10159 back-to-back earlier this week, and now it has released yet another with build 10162. As with the others, the build has been released into the Fast ring, and if you are a Windows Insider you can get it now. Don’t expect anything big with this release, though — Microsoft is getting down to the polishing point of things, and build 10162’s biggest bragging points are one you won’t be able to see.

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BlueStacks Android emulator officially expands to OS X

BlueStacks Android emulator officially expands to OS X

Following a limited alpha way back in 2012, the Android emulator BlueStacks has officially arrived on Mac OS X. Previously only available on PCs, the free software lets users run any game or app for Android on their Mac, will full support for using a keyboard, mouse, or trackpad. But not only that, the developer say they've managed to make BlueStacks App Player take advantage of Apple's flagship hardware features, such as Retina displays and multitouch gestures.

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Skype for Business preview gets meeting broadcasts and more

Skype for Business preview gets meeting broadcasts and more

Microsoft has announced a new Skype for Business technical preview available for Office 365 enterprise users. The preview ushers in a trio of new features, two of which are limited to customers located in the United States. The new Skype Meeting Broadcast is perhaps the most notable change for enterprise users, allowing customers worldwide to broadcast a meeting taking place over Skype for Business to up to 10,000 users across multiple devices.

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Windows 10 build 10159 arrives on heels of 10158

Windows 10 build 10159 arrives on heels of 10158

We just saw Windows 10 build 10158 arrive yesterday, but Microsoft has apparently found cause to get the next version out ASAP, and now testers have access to Windows 10 build 10159. It is a pleasant surprise, one that is being released into the Windows Insider Fast ring today. Why, you ask? Microsoft didn’t want to wait on releasing 10158, but has found that 10159 is also ready to go and so it decided to release it, too.

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Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has decided that Apple's "conspiracy among the publishers to raise e-book prices" verdict will be upheld. The trial began all the way back in June of 2013 as brought about by the US Department of Justice. As a result of this ruling, Apple is expected to have to pay $450 million in damages, most going to consumers who've purchased e-books over the past several years. At this time it would appear that Apple's lawyers are seeking additional means for appeal.

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Reveal Ask Me Anything: an app for teens to ask questions

Reveal Ask Me Anything: an app for teens to ask questions

The app Reveal - Ask Me Anything is an app where people can create profiles, share short videos, and take photos of themselves. With these bits of media, they share with one another. They share information about one another and they ask questions about one another. As you can imagine, the app has quickly turned into an alternative for apps such as Snapchat and Instagram, making way for teens to communicate with one another and fulfill their wishes to be seen and heard.

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How to cancel Apple Music auto-renewal

How to cancel Apple Music auto-renewal

Apple Music's free trial period begins today, at the launch of the service at large. Today also begins the reminder for users of free subscription plans on all services that, as this subscription period ends, so too does the free service. The services continue, but the "free" part does not. Artists will be payed. Once the trial ends, you'll be the one paying them. As it is with all services like this, once the free period of play on Apple Music is over, you'll begin to pay the standard fee automatically. This includes a $9.99 a month fee for individuals or a $14.99 a month fee for a family up to 6-members large.

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