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Windows desktop search went down because of Microsoft server outage

Windows desktop search went down because of Microsoft server outage

The large amount of data we accumulate or access these days has made traditional organization and retrieval methods like files and folders a little less convenient. Search is the hot thing in computing, be it on the Web or even just on your computer. Windows 10 users, however, were baffled when their desktop's all-powerful and essential desktop search suddenly showed them nothing and it's all probably because of an error on a remote Microsoft Bing server.

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Google Chrome 80 SameSite Cookie enforcement could break some websites

Google Chrome 80 SameSite Cookie enforcement could break some websites

Google has just rolled out version 80 of Chrome, perhaps the world's most used web browser on both computers and mobile devices. It brings some very nice changes, like quieter notification requests, but has one change that could break how some websites work for a limited number of users. Unfortunately, this might be the type of wake up call needed for site owners and developers to step up and make the changes needed to protect their visitor's privacy.

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Google Photos will send you 10 photo prints monthly for a fee

Google Photos will send you 10 photo prints monthly for a fee

All but the most invested Google users will probably remember that it does more than just search the Web or manage your emails. Although not as famous or notorious as the nearly defunct Flickr, Google Photos has become one of the quickest ways to fill up your Google Drive and pay for expanded storage. Now the company is looking into another possible revenue source that will leverage its photography AI prowess and the fact that it already has your photos anyway.

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Lenovo Yoga C940 Review: A shiny and flexible metal laptop

Lenovo Yoga C940 Review: A shiny and flexible metal laptop

Lenovo has expanded its Yoga 9 Series with a sleek new all-metal ultrabook called the Yoga C940. This laptop has an attractive silver body and a unique rotating soundbar built into the hinge, offering audio quality above what you'd usually get from a laptop. There's a lot to like about this slim notebook, particularly if you're a frequent traveler in need of a premium, durable and highly flexible laptop.

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Avast apologizes for hurting feelings over selling user data

Avast apologizes for hurting feelings over selling user data

Although malware is just as rampant and even more dangerous than ever, it seems that the antivirus software market has seen better days. As these companies start losing profits from software sales and licenses, they turn to other sources of revenue, some more questionable than others. Avast has apparently made a business of "sharing" data to third parties and its CEO is now apologizing for hurting the feelings of its customers.

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Samsung Galaxy Book S is now up for pre-order

Samsung Galaxy Book S is now up for pre-order

Back in August, Samsung revealed a new addition to its line of Galaxy laptops: the Galaxy Book S. After a few months of relative silence, Samsung today announced that the Galaxy Book S has gone up for pre-order. When it launches next month, it'll be available at Microsoft stores and through Samsung's website, but we'll also see it launch at various carriers too because of its LTE connectivity.

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Apple, Broadcom owe CalTech $1.1 billion over Wi-Fi patents lawsuit

Apple, Broadcom owe CalTech $1.1 billion over Wi-Fi patents lawsuit

Patent lawsuits are a matter of life for any tech company and the bigger you are, the bigger the target painted on your back. Many of these lawsuits go unnoticed, especially when filed against giant companies that can make them disappear. Apple, however, wasn't able to win one against the California Institute of Technology and now has to pay the university what is perhaps its biggest patent-related damages sum in its history.

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Avast Antivirus tracks your clicks and views – yes, even those [UPDATE]

Avast Antivirus tracks your clicks and views – yes, even those [UPDATE]

Avast Antivirus monitors and sells "anonymized" user internet usage data to a (subsidy) company called Jumpshot. When a new user installs Avast on their computer, they're asked to agree to a License - that's the part where most users scroll through all the text and don't take the time to read in any depth. In that agreement is a sentence that allows user data to be "anonymized" and shared with third parties "for trend analytics."

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Apple iMac could be in for a drastic redesign

Apple iMac could be in for a drastic redesign

It may not be long before we see the iMac sporting a dramatic redesign. New Apple patent filings point to a potential iMac that's made almost entirely out of a single sheet of glass, which would be a big departure from the iMac we're familiar with today. Obviously, there's no guarantee that Apple will actually pursue such a design in a mass market product, but the fact that patent filing exists does indicate that it's something Apple has considered.

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Samsung Odyssey VR headset patent sounds more powerful, looks alien

Samsung Odyssey VR headset patent sounds more powerful, looks alien

Some people get bug-eyed after experiencing virtual reality for the first time. If Samsung's next head-mounted display is anything like this patent, it will make them literally bug-eyed. A patent for what seems to be a successor to the company's HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset includes colored renders that leave little to the imagination and it will have you looking like The Fly once you don the eerie-looking headset.

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Google and JRC release world’s highest-res map of a brain

Google and JRC release world’s highest-res map of a brain

Researchers have gotten to the point at which they're able to accurately map the full set of neuron pathways present in one section of the brain of a fruit fly. Gotta start simple - and as incredibly intricate as this section of brain looks here, that's saying something seemingly incredible. This is the most intricate and massive map of a brain ever completed, and it's called the "hemibrain."

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Microsoft Customer Support exposed 250 million user records

Microsoft Customer Support exposed 250 million user records

Microsoft may not be starting the year on the right foot, at least as far as security is concerned. Just last week the NSA of all people disclosed a critical Windows 10 vulnerability which was followed by a US-CERT report of an actively exploited Internet Explorer security bug. Microsoft's security mishap, however, may have gone even further back, extending up to New Year's Eve when it was discovered its Customer Support system was leaking millions of users' records on the Web.

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