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View and control your Android phone from your PC: here’s how

View and control your Android phone from your PC: here’s how

Smartphone users these days are often chided for their inability to put down their phones. Those of us who have to work with computers everyday, however, aren't always so attached. That said, there are times when we do wish, or even need, to have access to our phones even while typing away. At the risk of really keeping us connected to our Android phones, here is a selection of some of the top apps and services you can use to not only but even control what's on your phone without leaving your desktop or laptop.

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Chrome 66 finally blocks autoplaying content by default

Chrome 66 finally blocks autoplaying content by default

Google is on a crusade to banish bad ads from the Internet. Some would argue that it's a self-serving crusade meant to steer the industry towards its own brand of ads. It's hard to argue, however, that Google is also addressing some of the biggest complaints surfers have with ads. With Chrome 66, now available on all platforms, the web browser finally delivers on the promise of blocking autoplaying videos and audio. That is, if they fall under criteria.

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LG Software Upgrade division promises faster Android updates

LG Software Upgrade division promises faster Android updates

LG Electronics has announced the launch of its new South Korea-based Software Upgrade Center, a division that aims to increase the rate of software updates for the company's smartphone customers. This is the company's first facility designed to improve the worldwide rollouts of smartphone OS and software updates. The division's team will also be tasked with testing the software and its compatibility with LG's hardware.

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Fuchsia OS: Google doesn’t need a third wheel

Fuchsia OS: Google doesn’t need a third wheel

Google is not one to shy away from throwing anything and everything at a wall to see which ones stick. It has admittedly given birth to some highly successful products but has also resulted in a few false positives. But as big as Google may be, it doesn't have an infinite amount of resources, especially human ones. And as a skunkworks project becomes more and more official, more and more resources might be diverted away from those that need them even more. That might soon be the case with Fuchsia OS, the third Google operating system it doesn't really need.

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Apple puts 32-bit macOS apps on notice

Apple puts 32-bit macOS apps on notice

As far as Apple is concerned, it's a 64-bit world. It already evicted 32-bit apps from iOS starting iOS 11 and it has begun the process to do the same on its macOS desktop operating system. Users will now be greeted by an ominous warning when the start a 32-bit app in the latest macOS High Sierra 10.13.4. But there's no reason to panic as the app will continue to work as normal, at least for now.

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PUBG Ransomware makes you play PUBG to decrypt hostaged files

PUBG Ransomware makes you play PUBG to decrypt hostaged files

Everyone wants to ride the PUBG train. Short for PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, the battle royale game is like that popular kid in school that everyone wants to be or, at the very least, be with. That seems to be true even for malware. A new type of ransomware has popped up blatantly calling itself PUBG Ransomware. Although it does hold your files hostage by encrypting them, it does also provide the key to restore them. Or you can just play PUBG for one hour.

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Windows 3.0 File Manager is now open source after almost 30 years

Windows 3.0 File Manager is now open source after almost 30 years

The 90s called and want their file manager back. File managers have become de-emphasized thanks to the more app-centric world of mobile devices, but once upon a time, they were pretty much the center of a user's computing world. Perhaps timed to commemorate the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update and it’s "uncluttered" File Explorer, Microsoft has just released Windows 3.0's File Manager as open source software for both developers and users to look at. And, yes, it runs on Windows 10 too.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update web search controls are broken

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update web search controls are broken

Another major Windows 10 update, another potential privacy lapse. Although it does seem to respond to criticisms about privacy policies and options, Microsoft can’t seem to avoid making blunders in the first place. More often than not, its policies are clearly made to turn or force users to its services. In the case of the latest Windows 10 update, that has come to mean being forced to always have web search enabled even when the switch says they’re not. And web searches are, of course, powered by Microsoft Bing.

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Windows 10 on ARM 64-bit apps will finally be coming soon

Windows 10 on ARM 64-bit apps will finally be coming soon

Depending on who you ask, Microsoft’s and Qualcomm’s Windows 10 on ARM, specifically on Snapdragon, is either a dream come true or a deja vu. The first compatible devices have almost delivered on the core promises but falls flat on its face in terms of performance and software selection. The latter, however, might soon finally have a solution in the next few months. Windows 10 on ARM will finally be gaining support for 64-bit apps, which could at least increase the number of compatible apps you can use.

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OneDrive gets Files Restore rollback, Office 365 malware protection

OneDrive gets Files Restore rollback, Office 365 malware protection

Once upon a time, viruses were the bane of the computing industry. They haven’t totally disappeared, they just evolved and took on different forms. Malware is now even spread through malicious links and some can even hold your files for ransom. Microsoft’s software and services still have the notoriety of being the target of such attempts and Redmond is taking a few steps to ensure the safety of its OneDrive and Office 365 users.

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Google targets Kodi in latest anti-piracy effort

Google targets Kodi in latest anti-piracy effort

Google has stripped autocomplete searches featuring the term "Kodi" from its search engine in an effort to address piracy associated with the software. Though Kodi itself is not a piracy tool, it has become associated with add-ons that make it easy to find pirated content, causing the general public to associate it with illegally uploaded videos and music.

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iOS 11.3 arrives: iPhone battery features, new Animoji, ARKit update, and more

iOS 11.3 arrives: iPhone battery features, new Animoji, ARKit update, and more

Apple has released iOS 11.3, a major update that gives users a handful of new Animoji characters, a new communication option called Business Chat, additional augmented reality experiences, and much more. Apple also says its Apple TV app will soon be available to Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone users in Mexico and Brazil, the latest markets to get support. Meanwhile, iPhone users specifically get access to the new battery health feature Apple promised to add.

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