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Fake MSI website offers Afterburner app with possible malware

Fake MSI website offers Afterburner app with possible malware

When access to a popular resource suddenly disappears, people are likely to search for an alternative source, no matter where it comes from. That's true for websites but even more so for software and apps which can carry some unfortunate consequences. That might be the case with MSI's popular Afterburner tool that suddenly became unavailable without much warning and was, at least briefly, imitated by an almost convincing fraudulent website that could have caused unwitting users to download some malware instead.

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iPhone Podcasts app fix in the mix with iOS 14.6 Beta

iPhone Podcasts app fix in the mix with iOS 14.6 Beta

If you're looking for a fix for your recently mixed-up Podcasts app on your iPhone, you're in luck. In the third Beta release for the software iOS 14.6, a set of features were modified for the Podcasts app. This update adds an option to "remove downloads" and brings the "Mark All As Played" option back to the app.

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Google Docs performance upgrade could break Chrome extensions

Google Docs performance upgrade could break Chrome extensions

There was a point in time when the war between Google, Microsoft, and even Apple was just over productivity suites. While Microsoft Office probably still reigns in that market, Google Docs and its siblings have definitely eaten a large chunk of that pie, partly thanks to being browser-based as well as the surging popularity of Chromebooks. The platform's age, however, may be starting to show and Google is giving it an important upgrade that could, in turn, make third-party Chrome extensions for Google Docs stop working properly.

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Google responds to Apple App Tracking Transparency with new rules for Android

Google responds to Apple App Tracking Transparency with new rules for Android

Google released a notice today about the future of Android and user data transparency. While not a direct response to Apple's update with iOS 14.5 - at least not explicitly - Google's "pre-announcement" of an upcoming safety section in Google Play should effectively keep the two operating systems in-step on several privacy-centric fronts. The new section in Google Play for Android apps will "help people understand the data an app collects or shares, if that data is secured, and additional details that impact privacy and security."

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Microsoft Windows Defender bug could fill up disks with thousands of files

Microsoft Windows Defender bug could fill up disks with thousands of files

Much of today's modern operating systems are arcane black boxes that no one but the most experienced computer users know. Not that most users know where to look or have access to some folders anyway. So when a system app silently fills up a hidden folder with trash files, most users might not know where to look. This recent incident plaguing some Windows users isn't actually the work of some new malware. Instead, it's actually the fault of Microsoft's own Windows Defender, a buggy Windows Defender at that.

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Dell PC owners should install its latest security patch ASAP

Dell PC owners should install its latest security patch ASAP

Millions of Dell PCs dating back more than a decade are potentially impacted by a security flaw leaving them vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to a new report from security research firm SentinelLabs. Dell has released a security patch to address the vulnerability, one available for dozens of systems ranging from the Inspiron to its latest XPS machines.

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You need to update your iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch right now

You need to update your iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch right now

Apple's recently-released iPhone and iPad update doesn't just fix a privacy bug, but patch two significant security issues which the Cupertino firm says may have already been exploited in the wild. The company's advice is that users update to iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 as soon as possible, in addition to Macs and Apple Watches, so as to protect their devices from the potential hack.

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Microsoft commissions five new fonts with the goal of leaving Calibri behind

Microsoft commissions five new fonts with the goal of leaving Calibri behind

Currently, the default font used by Microsoft is called Calibri. Microsoft wants to move away from that default font, and in an effort to find its new default, has commissioned five new custom fonts. The challenge now is to decide which of those five custom fonts becomes the new default.

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Apple releases iOS 14.5.1 with a good iPhone privacy reason to update

Apple releases iOS 14.5.1 with a good iPhone privacy reason to update

Apple has released iOS 14.5.1, fixing a glitch with its newest privacy system that was preventing some iPhone users from adjusting the app tracking settings. Added with iOS 14.5 - which was released late last month - App Tracking Transparency requires apps to request permission from users before they collate data across multiple services, or sell personal data to brokers for advertising purposes.

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NVIDIA GeForce drivers name-check CMP 40HX, update hash limits

NVIDIA GeForce drivers name-check CMP 40HX, update hash limits

This week the folks at NVIDIA released Game Ready 446.27 drivers which reference a hash limiter for GPUs. This driver updates the hash limiter specifically for the GeForce RTX 3060 12GB. This update is required for the product shipped starting mid-May 2021. In the notes for this update, NVIDIA references the article they released in February by the name of "GeForce Is Made for Gaming, CMP Is Made to Mine."

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Windows 10 Insider Preview adds Eco mode to throttle processes

Windows 10 Insider Preview adds Eco mode to throttle processes

Operating systems, including Linux, usually have a handful of processes or programs running in the background even when you don't even have a single window visible. Managing these processes is an advanced activity that only seasoned computer users are familiar with but there will always come a time when people, especially those on Windows, will need to take a peek at those. That's what Windows 10's Task Manager is for and it's getting some powerful features in a future Windows release.

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Mighty streams a Chromium-based web browser to your macOS

Mighty streams a Chromium-based web browser to your macOS

From an age of apps, we seem to now be living in an age of streaming. Spotify and Netflix popularized and conquered the music and video streaming markets, respectively, and the likes of Google Stadia and Amazon Luna are competing for the game streaming space. Now a startup is trying to start a trend that aims to address one of the biggest annoyances among computer users. Mighty wants to make Chrome faster but it is doing so by not making Chrome run on your computer at all.

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