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Research: 4 new ways browser history can be exposed

Research: 4 new ways browser history can be exposed

A recent study by the University of California, San Diego, showed four new ways to expose Internet users' browsing histories. They also showed the ways in which these histories could and can be used to target internet users with various attacks. Most of these attacks take aim psychologically, targeting the trust users have in details to which they believe only their closest friends and family have access.

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Newest WD SSD gets heatsink option to un-throttle performance

Newest WD SSD gets heatsink option to un-throttle performance

The WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD was revealed this week with an aim to take on the most performance-hungry PC gaming rigs. It'll do this with up to 2TB capacity on a single-sided M.2 form factor ...which is super duper, BUT, the version we're interested in is the one with an integrated heatsink. There'll be versions with the heatsink and versions without, the versions without will be released first, then the heatsink second.

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New Slack Logo gets a Pentagram design reboot

New Slack Logo gets a Pentagram design reboot

A new Slack Logo appeared this week, courtesy of a design language made to take on the future. The new logo is simpler, the new logo is more flat, the new logo is far more versatile. According to Slack PR, "A good reason to change a logo is that it’s not doing the job you want it to do—and because a simpler, more distinctive evolution of it could do that job better."

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The biggest data breach of all time just happened

The biggest data breach of all time just happened

It's time to change your passwords - all of them. A newly revealed collection of email addresses, accounts, and passwords now constitutes the largest set ever exposed. And it appeared just this week. The sheer size of this breach of information eclipses that of any other single incident - and the chances that your email isn't amongst the leaked is small.

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Google is raising some G Suite prices by 20-percent

Google is raising some G Suite prices by 20-percent

Google is hiking the price of two of its G Suite subscriptions, its collection of apps that replace Microsoft Office, support video conferencing, and live chat. It's the first price increase for the services in a decade, the search giant says. Depending on which plan you're on, you could see the cost rise by 20-percent.

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Cortana and the Windows 10 search bar are getting divorced

Cortana and the Windows 10 search bar are getting divorced

Cortana is getting separated from the Windows 10 search bar, with Microsoft's assistant getting a separate spot in the taskbar. The new functionality was released today in Windows 10 Build 18317 (19H1), the latest version of Microsoft's Insider Preview in the so-called Fast ring.

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Microsoft gears up for a foldable Windows invasion

Microsoft gears up for a foldable Windows invasion

2019 could very well wind up being the year of the foldable device. As we prepare for the first foldable smartphones to arrive, Microsoft is reportedly gearing up for big investments in foldable and dual-screen Windows devices. This includes not only foldable hardware of its own and from OEM partners, but also a push to make Windows compatible with those devices.

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Purism Librem privacy laptops get a minor upgrade

Purism Librem privacy laptops get a minor upgrade

There is no shortage of calls for electronic devices that respect and protect users’ privacy but there are extremely few that bet their money on it. One such company is Purism, a social purpose corporation (SPC) based in the US that has made a name for itself with its brand of privacy-focused open source laptops three years ago. Knowing that such laptops need not only be open but also functional, the company is announcing version 4 of the Purism Librem laptops with slightly upgraded hardware at the same price tag.

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Windows 7 support is ending next year, Microsoft urges Windows 10 upgrades

Windows 7 support is ending next year, Microsoft urges Windows 10 upgrades

All good things must come to an end, Microsoft says. It probably has no idea how poignant that is in light of recent Windows news. The company has just started the countdown timer for the end of life of Windows 7, encouraging users to upgrade to Windows 10. But in doing so, not only will users be saying goodbye to what was, until last month, the most used Windows version, they will also be saying hello to the headaches that Windows 10 updates bring.

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Unity: SpatialOS games are safe, Improbable isn’t

Unity: SpatialOS games are safe, Improbable isn’t

Earlier this week it was reported by Improbable that their system SpatialOS was in violation of an updated terms of service from Unity. Because of this update, said Improbable, SpatialOS games might not work in the near future - at least not with Unity tech. That would've been a major problem for some games/developers if it were true - but it wasn't. At least, not entirely. It wasn't the entirety of the story - so says an update from Unity.

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AMD Radeon VII benchmarks put 25 games through their paces

AMD Radeon VII benchmarks put 25 games through their paces

AMD made a variety of announcements during CES 2019, but perhaps the most exciting one was that of the Radeon VII. The new GPU, which is built using a 7nm process, is AMD's answer to NVIDIA's RTX 2080, but of course, most of what we know is limited to what AMD has told us so far. When the card was first announced, AMD actually listed benchmarks obtained from 25 different games, but they were doing a bit of hiding in AMD's announcement.

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Wacom Cintiq 16 is a pen display for the rest of us

Wacom Cintiq 16 is a pen display for the rest of us

Wacom's tablets - officially dubbed "creative pen displays" - are used by artists of many different stripes, but one roadblock to actually obtaining one can be price. Wacom's displays typically aren't cheap, and though that isn't necessarily a negative thing, it means that people who are just getting started with art studies or even a career may have trouble affording one. Wacom hopes to alleviate that issue by announcing the Cintiq 16 today at CES 2019.

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