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Apple to blame for leaky incognito mode on Macs, says NVIDIA

Apple to blame for leaky incognito mode on Macs, says NVIDIA

Mac users, beware! Your super private incognito mode, or actually anything you might be doing that you don't want other eyes to see, might not be that safe after all. At least if those eyes belong to other people you allow to use your Mac. A report over the weekend revealed how Apple's computers sometimes suddenly pops up a "ghost" of a previously closed window, potentially revealing its contents. At first, it was NVIDIA's GPUs were theorized to be the culprit, as it is the one handling the graphics work. NVIDIA, however, says it's Apple's OS X that's at fault.

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Update your Ring smart doorbell to protect your Wi-Fi

Update your Ring smart doorbell to protect your Wi-Fi

Ring, formerly known as Doorbot, has been around for quite some time. It's a smart doorbell that lets your monitor and even respond by voice to visitors at your door. Some consider it to be one of the few Internet of Things devices that makes a lot of sense and can be considered really beneficial to an automated home. However, while Ring might protect your door and your house, it might not be doing the same for your home Wi-Fi network, potentially exposing home owners to hacking.

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The time has come: Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 put to pasture

The time has come: Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 put to pasture

At one point, Microsoft's web browser was considered to be the web browser, wresting the crown away from then forever king Netscape. Those were, however, Internet Explorer's golden days and the browser has since then become the butt of jokes in the Internet community. So it is almost fitting, but still with a heavy heart for some, that Microsoft has started 2016 by cutting off Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10 from its font of continuous support and fixes. Same with Windows 8, which has also been a source of ridicule since its debut.

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BlackBerry OS is over, on to Android

BlackBerry OS is over, on to Android

This week BlackBerry CEO John Chen essentially confirmed the death of BlackBerry OS. Speaking at CES 2015, Chen confirmed that the company would release one, maybe two hardware devices in the year 2016, and that both of them would certainly run Android OS. Meanwhile they'll continue to support BlackBerry OS - BB10, as you might know it - but there aren't currently any public plans to release any new devices with the operating system any time soon, if ever.

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RIP: Microsoft is killing Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 next week

RIP: Microsoft is killing Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 next week

Bad news for those who use older versions of Microsoft Windows, good news for just about everyone else on the planet: Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 are finally being killed off next Tuesday. January 12th is the browsers' official "end of life" date, or when Microsoft will no longer support them with updates and security fixes. On that date, the company will be releasing a patch to encourage current users to upgrade to IE 11, which will be supported for a bit longer, or Microsoft's new Edge browser.

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Twitter 10,000-character Tweets rumored for Q1

Twitter 10,000-character Tweets rumored for Q1

Twitter may move "Beyond 140" within the first quarter of 2016, bringing on 10,000-character Tweets before the end of March. Word comes several months after the first whispers of such an expansion back in September, where the size of Tweets was first mentioned to be growing to the size of Direct Messages in Twitter. Happily it would seem that this limit may be joined by a "Read More" button, but still - keep it simple, stupid, does not seem to be in effect.

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Nintendo 3DS runs Windows 95, for real

Nintendo 3DS runs Windows 95, for real

Compared to running the very same OS on a smartwatch, seeing Windows 95 booting up on a New Nintendo 3DS might look tame in comparison. It could potentially also be more useful. Perhaps that is why there is a bit more excitement surrounding this port of one Microsoft's earliest operating systems to Nintendo's current gaming handheld. While the project might be a big deal for a holiday vacation project, the biggest question perhaps will be "what now?".

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Twitter for Mac v.4 adds group DMs, timeline GIFs, more

Twitter for Mac v.4 adds group DMs, timeline GIFs, more

You'd be forgiven for thinking Twitter had forgotten all about its Mac app, but the 140-character social network has squeezed out v4.0 just before 2015 closes. A free download through the Mac App Store, Twitter for Mac 4.0 catches the desktop software up with some of the features its mobile counterparts have been enjoying for months now, like inline video playback.

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Android N and beyond to ditch Oracle’s Java for open source version

Android N and beyond to ditch Oracle’s Java for open source version

It seems that Google may have found a way to ditch a copyright lawsuit from Oracle surrounding its use of Java API. Either that or it's part of a secret settlement between the two. Whatever the underlying reason, Google has confirmed that starting Android N, the mobile platform will be removing its dependency on Oracle's proprietary Java in favor of the open source OpenJDK implementation. While Google's official reason is to root for open source software, the motive might have a tinge of legal maneuvering.

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One pixelated live wallpaper for the week

One pixelated live wallpaper for the week

This morning we've been introduced to a lovely new Android-based live wallpaper by the name of Pixelscapes Wallpaper. This app is extremely simple, works with most modern smartphones, and was just updated less than a week ago. This live wallpaper is cute, universally pleasing to the eye, and comes with no in-app advertisements of any kind. Best of all, it contains three times, one for each segment of your day!

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The first thing to do with your iPhone 6s

The first thing to do with your iPhone 6s

Those of you that've just received a brand-spanking-new iPhone 6s for the holidays - or an iPhone 6s Plus, just the same - you're going to want to check out one feature before any other. That feature is Live Photos. While you can use the Live Photos feature with your iPhone without any assistance of any other app, we've got a couple of directions to point you in on that front here as well. To begin, launch your camera app.

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