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Android-x86 7.1 brings Android Nougat to x86 computers

Android-x86 7.1 brings Android Nougat to x86 computers

Android is almost everywhere today, from the usual mobile devices to wearables to cars and even to some smart appliances. The platform, however, has been conceptualized and designed with ARM-based devices in mind. And while there are indeed some Intel or AMD computers, like the Lenovo Yoga Book, that run Android, they are still far and few in between. Fortunately, there are projects like Android-x86 which has just recently reached an important milestone of bringing Android 7.1 Nougat to any computers running on an Intel or AMD x86 processor.

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Mod puts modern PC internals inside ancient 386 case

Mod puts modern PC internals inside ancient 386 case

You can only take retro so far, especially when it comes to computers. Older hardware won’t get you far if you need something actually usable. The most you can do is to make, usually 3D print, an old-school shell around new hardware. The more hardcore, however, will force those new parts into an original shell. That’s exactly what Reddit user Tylinol did with SErEndIPITy, a more or less recent PC gaming rig shoehorned into a 386 case, with some modern amenities like a CPU temperature display.

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Range Rover Sport is the first vehicle to climb Heaven’s Gate

Range Rover Sport is the first vehicle to climb Heaven’s Gate

Cars are meant to drive on roads. Some are built to drive on treacherous ones. None, however, are meant to climb, yes climb, stairs, especially deadly steep stairs. Land Rover, however, just proved to the world that it has a car that can do both. The Range Rover Sport PHEV has just made a world record by not only driving through a dizzying 99 turns but also climbing the 45-degree 999 steps up the natural rock arch that is known as Heaven’s Gate.

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This is how to tell Google Assistant to set brightness to max

This is how to tell Google Assistant to set brightness to max

When Samsung introduced its own Bixby smart personal assistant, it claimed to have one feature no other rival assistant has: almost complete voice control over almost all functions of a phone. While expectations didn’t exactly meet reality, it did deliver some of that to some degree. That said, others like Google Assistant can also control some aspects of your phone by voice alone. The trick, like in setting your phone’s maximum or minimum brightness, is knowing the right thing to say.

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US, UK government websites infected by cryptomining malware

US, UK government websites infected by cryptomining malware

Governments originated from the need to not only govern but also protect citizens, though some will probably dispute how much that still applies today. It is with a bit of irony, then, that some government websites have become unwilling, not to mention unknowing, vehicles to actually harm their own citizens. It has just recently come to light that thousands of websites, including those run by US and UK governments, have become infected by cryptocurrency mining malware, causing anyone who visits those sites to generate money for still unidentified miscreants.

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ARCHOS Core S phones jump on the 18:9 screen train

ARCHOS Core S phones jump on the 18:9 screen train

It’s been a while since we last heard from the French manufacturer, but this month ARCHOS is making a big comeback. And by big, we’re talking screen size but not phone size. Oui, ARCHOS has joined the 18:9 screen aspect ratio bandwagon and it’s flaunting its new Core 55S, Core 57S, and Core 60S at the upcoming MWC conference. But while these phones are advertised to meet increased demand for bigger screens, they might fall a bit short in meeting expectations for other features.

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Windows 10 on ARM on Raspberry Pi is off to a good start

Windows 10 on ARM on Raspberry Pi is off to a good start

Windows 10 is popping up in some odd places, like old phones and ARM boards. It’s all unofficial, of course, but it might still serve to spark some interest in taking Microsoft’s operating system to places where Microsoft itself might have given up on. We’ve seen both Windows RT and a smidgen of Windows 10 on ARM running on Lumia phones. Now Dutch developer Bas Timmer, a.k.a. @NTAuthority, has brought Windows 10, again its ARM version, to a device that Microsoft already half supports: the Raspberry Pi 3.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro durability test starts the year right

Huawei Mate 10 Pro durability test starts the year right

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is probably one of the more controversial phones of 2018, but not because of the phone itself. 2018 started badly for Huawei when, just days, maybe even hours, before its proud announcement, AT&T pulled out from its partnership with the Chinese company, reportedly due to political pressure. That hasn’t stopped Huawei from offering the phone in the US, albeit without carrier perks and strings, with pre-orders starting this week. And for those who want to get their hands on this flagship, JerryRigEverything has just proved it to be one of the most durable phones of 2018.

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Android Messages web interface coming soon

Android Messages web interface coming soon

Google’s messaging message is frankly all over the place. It has multiple messaging platforms and apps that overlap with one another and sometimes get replaced by yet another. Sometimes, though, they have different feature sets. Whether this latest clue serves to simplify that message or complicate it even more is up to you to decide. But at least it will be making things convenient. The latest version of the Android Messages app apparently holds clues to an upcoming “Messages for Web” which will let users send messages through web browser, just like Google Allo.

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Facebook Downvote button is not a Dislike, insists Facebook

Facebook Downvote button is not a Dislike, insists Facebook

When will Facebook ever get a Dislike button? If you ask Facebook, probably never. That doesn't mean, however, that it isn't cooking up ways to help users express their disapproval without typing anything. Multiple users have reported seeing a "downvote" button in some parts of Facebook. It's not a dislike button, a Facebook representative explains. And while some might consider it splitting hairs, there is indeed a subtle difference between the two. In the end, however, it might have the same effect.

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Windows 10 Pro palm vein recognition coming courtesy of Fujitsu

Windows 10 Pro palm vein recognition coming courtesy of Fujitsu

Move over 3D face recognition, Microsoft wants your palm instead. The biometric security industry has exploded thanks to the popularity of fingerprint scanners and the whole drama around face recognition on phones. Tech companies are now racing to find the next big thing, and the next body part, for securing devices and files. Microsoft, who already supports face and fingerprint recognition via Windows Hello, has teamed up with Fujitsu to integrate the latter’s PalmSecure technology into Windows 10 Pro.

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Apple AirPods explosion now under investigation

Apple AirPods explosion now under investigation

Consumer electronics catching fire is definitely not new, but ever since Samsung's catastrophic Galaxy Note 8, consumers and media, and even governments, have their ears pricked up for even the slightest hint of a fire waiting to happen. Or in this case, had happened. It wasn't a phone this time, or even a now forgotten and poorly-named hoverboard. It was, surprisingly, Apple's AirPods, the company's answer to removing the headphone jack from its iPhones. Fortunately for Jason Colon of Tampa, Florida, the bud didn't explode while he was still wearing it.

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