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Microsoft Edge gets a Beta channel as launch looms closer

Microsoft Edge gets a Beta channel as launch looms closer

Software giant Microsoft has practically admitted that, after decades, it can no longer really compete in the browser market on its own. Ironically, adopting a Google Chrome base may have, in fact, renewed interest and trust in the Microsoft Edge name. At least enough to gain 1 million downloads of the preview version alone. Microsoft is probably hoping that the final launch will be just as warmly received but, in the meantime, it's launching a new beta version and beta channel fans can use to get the latest but somewhat stable features.

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Apple Safari to have tracking protection that could break some sites

Apple Safari to have tracking protection that could break some sites

Web browsers, particularly Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, have lately taken stronger actions against unscrupulous, not to mention potentially illegal, tracking by websites and third parties. Curiously silent is one browser maker who has painted itself as the champion of privacy in the modern digital and tech world. Apple, however, was simply waiting for the right moment to announce its own new policy against the misuse of tracking and cookies. But while it might be the harshest and strictest policy among web browsers, it could also be one of those that breaks the Internet the most for users.

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It’s been a really bad week for Windows updates

It’s been a really bad week for Windows updates

This week's been a bad one for Windows updates. A couple of relatively important Windows updates were released, then found to have unexpected effects on some of the computers on which they were loaded. It's extremely unfortunate when this sort of thing happens because it deters users from downloading patches of all sorts - not least of all security patches and Windows Updates from Microsoft. The good news is that negative results seem to have been reported only by a relatively small subset of Windows users.

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Plex’s new desktop app snubs Microsoft Store

Plex’s new desktop app snubs Microsoft Store

When Microsoft launched its own app store back in the Windows 8 and Windows RT days, it was criticized for being a practical ghost town. It has admittedly grown these days but it seems it's on the verge of shrinking again. Some developers seem to be advocating for Progressive Web Apps or PWAs, whether or not they are on the Store. The latest one to jump ship is Plex who just announced its shiny new desktop app while also announcing the death of its Windows Store app.

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Windows 10 update sandbags your PC for worms

Windows 10 update sandbags your PC for worms

There's a security patch for Windows 10 out right this minute that you're going to want to take the time to download. This piece of software aims to stop some new wormable* RDP vulnerabilities. It's bad news and you should patch the flaw with the relatively simple process provided by Microsoft for updating Windows 10 of several sorts.

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All-in-one Twitch Studio streaming app arrives for beta testing

All-in-one Twitch Studio streaming app arrives for beta testing

Streaming service Twitch is making it easier for anyone to stream on its platform via Twitch Studio, a streaming app that has arrived for beta testing. Twitch describes the software as an all-in-one solution for new streams, simplifying the setup process and offering tools for engaging with viewers.

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Android Q Beta 6 released with yet more gesture tweaks

Android Q Beta 6 released with yet more gesture tweaks

Fire up your phones: Google has pushed out the new Android Q Beta 6, and it's time for your fingers to get to grips with another change to how gestures work. The new beta is the final that Google has planned, with the next big drop being Android Q itself.

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Windows 10 S Mode bug blocks users from unlocking regular Windows 10

Windows 10 S Mode bug blocks users from unlocking regular Windows 10

Compared to iOS, Chrome OS, and even Android, Windows is a powerful platform that lets users install almost anything and do anything they need to get things done. Microsoft, however, has had the ironic problem that it has trouble locking Windows down and selling it that way to businesses and schools. Not that it didn't try but it has repeatedly failed before finally reaching a compromise in Windows 10 in S Mode. Given that history and the company's flip-flopping policy, users may have started panicking when they couldn't get out of S Mode. The good news is that it's apparently just a bug. The bad news: Microsoft still hasn't fixed it yet.

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VxWorks real-time operating system plagued with 11 critical 0-day bugs

VxWorks real-time operating system plagued with 11 critical 0-day bugs

When talking about bugs affecting operating systems, you often hear about Windows and Android, sometimes iOS, and, from time to time, even Linux. Rarely to RTOS, short for Real-Time Operating Systems, get any coverage. One RTOS, however, is used in so many critical computer systems in critical industries that big security bugs could prove to be catastrophic. That is apparently what faces users of equipment that run on VxWorks that has been reported to have no less than 11 zero-day vulnerabilities that have been around for the last 13 years.

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Firefox Reality gives Oculus Quest owners a desktop web browser

Firefox Reality gives Oculus Quest owners a desktop web browser

Virtual reality is great for videos, games, and new experiences but if the technology is to be practical for the next wave of computing, platforms need to offer applications that let users also be productive. While office suites might be out of the question, web browsing is fortunately in a position to bridge the gap between entertainment and productivity. And fortunately for users of the new Oculus Quest, Mozilla just made Firefox Reality available for them.

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Windows 10 might be getting rid of controversial Live Tiles

Windows 10 might be getting rid of controversial Live Tiles

In its effort 5lto accommodate a new generation of touch-enabled PCs, Microsoft introduced the concept of Tiles, eventually Live Tiles as a replacement for its almost iconic Start Menu. Windows users have been split on the experience and Microsoft had introduced major changes over the years to appease critics. It seems that it will be making its biggest change yet and could removing Live Tiles altogether in a future release of Windows 10.

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VLC video player security bug report is heating up the Internet

VLC video player security bug report is heating up the Internet

It's not unusual to hear reports of vulnerabilities in software both open source and closed. Those bugs are reported against software big and small alike but the more popular the program, the bigger the noise. When it comes of multimedia players, there's probably no bigger program than VLC and now it's at the center of a "he said, she said" kind of debate over a reported severe vulnerability.

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