SlashGear 101

What you need to know about Dell’s self-signed certificate blunder

What you need to know about Dell’s self-signed certificate blunder

Whoops, said Dell, effectively, we're going to have to go ahead and remove this bit of software from your computer before it becomes a problem. This week Dell was discovered to have installed a piece of code by the name of "eDellRoot" on a number of Dell computers. This code is a "certificate" inserted by Dell that would allow them to access a Dell computer when it needed to be serviced - when you call tech support, for example. Unfortunate for them, this certificate also left a hole in the security of the computers in which it was installed.

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You already have a SteamOS Machine at home: here’s how

You already have a SteamOS Machine at home: here’s how

Don't bother going out and buying a several thousand-dollar Steam Machine, Valve says you already have one at home. Requirements for installing SteamOS on the computer you already have are relatively low - just so long as you've been upgrading over the past couple of years. Installing and customizing SteamOS will require that your computer be wiped out - but once you do that, you'll be ready to roll. In other words: the Steam Machine you have at home isn't going to be your main desktop - it'll need to be a machine you don't use that often.

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Android Marshmallow Update: Granting Permission

Android Marshmallow Update: Granting Permission

Today we're going to talk about how the next version of Android will have app-makers asking for your permission to access your phone or tablet's features. This might seem scary at first if you have no idea what "permissions" are in the first place - but have no worry! In fact this update to Android makes it easier for users like yourself to understand what app is requesting access to which part of your device.

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SlashGear 101: What is Apple Music?

SlashGear 101: What is Apple Music?

Apple Music is to streaming music what the iPhone was to smartphones - or at least that's what Apple would like you to believe. When introducing this service this week, former head of Beats, now Apple man Jimmy Iovine referenced the original Steve Jobs keynote reveal of the iPhone, here suggesting, "Apple Music is three things, a revolutionary music service... the first ever live, 24-hour, worldwide radio station... [and] Connect, a fantastic way for new and even unsigned artists to connect directly with music lovers anywhere."

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Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Today Facebook is pushing their newest service, Instant Articles, bringing full News Articles to the public through Facebook alone. With this service, publishers like National Geographic will be bringing full-on articles and videos to Facebook without any buffer. The companies that work with Facebook this way will receive ad revenue, and Google will - essentially - be cut out entirely. Unless you're looking at the article on an Android phone, of course. You'll be leaving all your news requirements to Facebook and the publishers they deem to be worthy.

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Android for Work: what is it?

Android for Work: what is it?

Today Google revealed their newest Android-based initiative: Android for Work. This system brings several work-related technology to the Android software universe for businesses of all kinds. Four key technology components are included: Google Play at Work, the Android for Work app, Work profiles, and built-in productivity tools of all kinds. This system is launching with a large collection of industrial technology partners that have Google scoring big with potential for business-related engagement through Android - this includes smartphones, tablets, and everything in-between.

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Snowmageddon NYC 2015: 10 things in tech you mustn’t forget

Snowmageddon NYC 2015: 10 things in tech you mustn’t forget

It's a real-deal state of emergency right now in New York and surrounding areas - a blizzard is dropping this week - so much so that you may need a guide to get you through it. Accumulation of snow will reach 20 to 30 inches in Long Island and Connecticut, while visibility will be one quarter mile or less at times throughout the week. This isn't a snowfall to act tough about and/or scoff at. You're going to have to believe me on that one - I was born in Saint Cloud, Minnesota and I live in Bismarck, North Dakota now. You have no idea how badly I want to scoff at panic over snow.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop guide: a Nexus-friendly SlashGear 101

Android 5.0 Lollipop guide: a Nexus-friendly SlashGear 101

When Google releases a new version of Android, it’s like a celebration for devices of all sorts. Your device might not get the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system in its entirety when it’s released, but you can bet that Google’s innovations in the software will trickle down to you eventually. What we’re doing today is checking out everything Google has in store for the Nexus line of smartphones - their babies. Their "this is what we want, ideally" devices.

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Heartbleed bug: how to avoid this massive web hack

Heartbleed bug: how to avoid this massive web hack

Since a fix was released yesterday, a bug has been crawling around the internet for a staggering two years. Introduced to glom on to the system known as OpenSSL back in December of 2011 and in the wild since Open SSL v1.0.1, this bug has been on the web since the 14th of March, 2012. But why was it only made apparent this week, and what can you do?

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Amazon Fire TV: everything you need to know

Amazon Fire TV: everything you need to know

The living room market has earned itself another contender this April with Amazon Fire TV. This device is a 4.5" x 4.5" x 0.7" (115 mm x 115 mm x 17.5 mm) box with several outputs on its back and its own dedicated remote control, aimed at being connected to your television via HDMI. From there, you’ll be using the internet to watch TV.

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SlashGear 101: What is HTC Duo Camera?

SlashGear 101: What is HTC Duo Camera?

Are two cameras better than one? HTC certainly thinks so, introducing Duo Camera on the new HTC One M8, its latest take on improving mobile photography without necessarily boosting the number of megapixels involved. It's complicated stuff but the results are straightforward: read on to get up to speed!

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SlashGear 101: What is Android Wear?

SlashGear 101: What is Android Wear?

Google’s first big play in the wearables ecosystem is in Android Wear, a version of Android introduced on March 18th, 2014. This system is centered around two core functions: Suggest and Demand, while the User Interface is centered around two shapes: the square and the circle. Today we’re having a look at what’s been shown so far, boiling it down to basics.

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