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Tech Privacy 101 – Ways to keep private things private

Tech Privacy 101 – Ways to keep private things private

Privacy is no longer a concern of a few well-informed, conscious, or even paranoid individuals. Given how much of our lives we have stored on computers, phones, or the cloud, digital privacy should already gain the same level of attention that we give our physical spaces. Sadly, that just isn't the case and many, sometimes even the best of us, take such things for granted. And with governments seemingly more invested in actually invading citizens' privacy, the responsibility of securing our digital lives falls on us. Fortunately, you don't need to be a computer scientist nor a lawyer to implement these simple steps to protect your privacy, whether online or offline.

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Android Nougat for Chrome OS to bring resizable apps

Android Nougat for Chrome OS to bring resizable apps

Android Nougat could probably be nicknamed "The Juggler" because of how it brought the gift of powerful multi-tasking to Android. Apparently, however, it might not just be Android that will benefit from that. According to Chrome Unboxed, even Chrome OS gets a taste of that multi-tasking if and when Nougat comes to Chrome OS. Apparently that might really be soon now, at least for those in the development channel, as screenshot reveal Chrome OS running not just Android 7.0 but Android 7.1.1 even.

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Windows 10 privacy revamped: Creators Update to streamline settings

Windows 10 privacy revamped: Creators Update to streamline settings

Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update isn't just bringing new features, but a revamped privacy system that the company hopes will settle concerns about ads, location sharing, and more. Although the Creators Update isn't expected to arrive for Windows 10 fans until around April 2017, Microsoft has been detailing some of the tweaks and improvements, both in individual settings and how those settings impact the overall experience. Meanwhile, there's a taste of the new focus on privacy available to try today.

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MacBook Pro battery retested as Consumer Reports tries Apple’s fix

MacBook Pro battery retested as Consumer Reports tries Apple’s fix

Consumer Reports is re-testing battery life on the latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, after Apple released a software update intended to address wildly varying runtimes. The patch, which is being released to the macOS beta channel today and will eventually be included for all users of the software, focuses on a buried setting in Safari, the browser which Consumer Reports used for its controversial testing back in December. Back then, the organization found that despite Apple's claims of around 10 hours of battery life for the new notebooks, the MacBook Pro models it bought would sometimes deliver just a fraction of that.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will bring these nifty features

Windows 10 Creators Update will bring these nifty features

If the speculation is correct, Microsoft will be rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update by April. But even before that date, Windows Insiders are already being given an early treat with a large Build 15002 that was just dropped on them. Even Microsoft calls it “BIG”, and it isn’t exaggerating either. Microsoft is generously giving non-Insiders a glimpse of what’s to come, giving Windows something to whet their appetites while they wait for the real BIG update to land in three or so months.

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Apple, Carl Zeiss tipped to be working on AR glasses

Apple, Carl Zeiss tipped to be working on AR glasses

Cars, AI assistants, and mixed reality. Those seem to be the major thrusts of tech companies of late, and Apple is no exception. But, as typical of the Cupertino-based company, it keeps its major projects under wraps, dropping hints here and there for fans to chew on. Thanks to renowned blogger Robert Scoble, we have confirmation about Apple’s next major endeavor. Well, third-party confirmation, of course. After grilling an unsuspecting Carl Zeiss AG employee, Scoble says that the two companies are indeed working on a pair of smartglasses that will become Apple’s first and formal entry into the augmented reality market.

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Velocity Micro desktops updated with 7th-gen Intel Core processors

Velocity Micro desktops updated with 7th-gen Intel Core processors

In addition to its new RennSeat Pro gaming station, Velocity Micro has unveiled new desktop computers offering 7th-generation Intel Core processors. The company hawks these desktops as solutions for gamers, as well as being suitable for office and home use, and for use as workstations. Unlike the RennSeat Pro, these new desktops are available to purchase now from Velocity Micro.

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Windows 10 “Project NEON” to bring smooth animations to OS

Windows 10 “Project NEON” to bring smooth animations to OS

Animations are still a hotly debated topic in the field of user experience design. Some swear by it, other swear at it. While many argue that such animations are a pure waste of computer resources, when done judiciously and tastefully, they can make user interface feel more alive and natural. That might be the principle behind Microsoft's so-called "Project NEON", a minor embellishment to the Windows 10 design language that brings the aesthetics and animations from Windows 7's Aero to make the Windows 10 design "pop out".

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MSI brings its CES game on with new PCs, cards, and boards

MSI brings its CES game on with new PCs, cards, and boards

CES has always been a smorgasbord of treats for lovers of technology of all shapes and sizes, and gamers are no exception. From Samsung's first ever gaming laptop to the new PC and Mac loving GeForce NOW, there have been a lot of goodies waiting for twitching fingers. Not to be outdone, MSI has revealed in one fell swoop all the new things it has to offer, from traditional gaming laptops to VR rigs with 3D audio to blazing fast graphics cards extra cold cooling systems.

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Intel Compute Card is just a little bigger than your credit card

Intel Compute Card is just a little bigger than your credit card

Intel may have not been able to corner the mobile market as it had dreamed, but that hasn't stopped it from shrinking its technology into smaller and smaller sizes. OK, so maybe it has also thrown in the towel as far as wearables are concerned, so it's aiming for the next big trend in consumer electronics: the Internet of Things. To help device and appliance manufacturers kickstart their IoT production process with Intel at the core, the chip maker will be making available a Compute Card they can just slot into their product to make them smarter and connect to the World Wide Web.

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Part tiny PC, part tablet: Ockel Sirius A is 6-inches of Windows 10

Part tiny PC, part tablet: Ockel Sirius A is 6-inches of Windows 10

Small form-factor PCs aren't new, but Ockel is pushing the envelope with the Sirius A, a full touchscreen Windows 10 computer compact enough to fit your hand. At the opposite extreme to vast touch-enabled All-in-Ones like Microsoft's Surface Studio, the Sirius A instead aims for the ultra-compact end of the spectrum. That opens up some really interesting possibilities.

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Dell Canvas hands-on: Surface Studio gets a slick art rival

Dell Canvas hands-on: Surface Studio gets a slick art rival

Dell may be one of Microsoft's closest Windows partners, but that didn't stop it bringing along some Surface Studio competition to CES today. The Dell Canvas may not have a built-in computer like Microsoft's posable all-in-one, but pair it with a Windows notebook - and, optionally, a second display - and you have the art hub any Photoshop pro could be proud of. I stopped by to rub my grubby fingers all over it.

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