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Facebook and Oculus just defined a new unit of time

Facebook and Oculus just defined a new unit of time

As the third most-visited website in the world, Facebook's influence is pretty far reaching these days. Its ambitions may be too big even for a company its size, though, as along with Oculus, it has defined a new unit of time called a "flick." Yes, you heard right: Facebook has become so gigantic and monolithic that it is now attempting to influence time itself.

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Google Fuchsia OS on PixelBook: possible but not yet worth it

Google Fuchsia OS on PixelBook: possible but not yet worth it

Google is not one to sit still on anything, be it a design language, product, or platform. It’s almost a miracle that Android, let alone Chrome OS, has lasted this long, though both have undergone deep surgery repeatedly. So it isn’t exactly shocking to learn that Google was, and still is, working on yet another operating system, the so-called Fuchsia OS. While it’s still mostly under wraps, it’s possible to actually test it on the latest Google PixelBook. It’s not an easy journey though, and one that might be worth it just for curiosity’s sake.

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Congress may not like Huawei, but Google sure does

Congress may not like Huawei, but Google sure does

Today Google made known, again, their support for Huawei in the worldwide Android smart devices ecosystem. To the point, Google Head of RCS Amir Sarhangi published an article in the main Google blog portal today all about Huawei's new big effort with Android Messaging. This was just as much of a win for Google as it was for Huawei, and Sarhangi made clear that Huawei's efforts were not forgotten. All this despite Huawei's recent falling out with the US government.

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Messages on iOS, macOS crash when receiving this link

Messages on iOS, macOS crash when receiving this link

Gone are the days when instant messaging pranks simply involved clicking on links that would take you to some scary, funny, or shocking image or video. These days, a prank can cause your messaging app or, worse, your phone, to crash and restart, sometimes repeatedly. That has exactly been the case with Apple’s Messages app, for both iOS and macOS, which has, time and again, been vulnerable to such bugs. The latest one, nicknamed “chaiOS” is at least less destructive but still very disruptive.

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Fire TV gets live TV features with guide for Amazon Channels content

Fire TV gets live TV features with guide for Amazon Channels content

Amazon has pushed out an update for Fire TV that brings new Live TV features, including a channel guide. Note that this isn't the same as the live TV features found on the Fire Smart TVs, which revolve around over-the-air TV delivered by an antenna. Rather, these new features related to livestreaming content aggregated from Amazon Channels subscriptions.

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BlackBerry Jarvis automotive software security scanning platform unveiled

BlackBerry Jarvis automotive software security scanning platform unveiled

BlackBerry has announced a new software cybersecurity product called BlackBerry Jarvis. The product was announced at the North American International Automotive Show in Detroit by company CEO John Chen. Jarvis, at least initially, will be marketed at automakers, which BlackBerry says have "complex software supply chains" with use cases in which Jarvis has solutions.

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Skype Private Conversations end-to-end encryption arrives for Insiders

Skype Private Conversations end-to-end encryption arrives for Insiders

Signal, the company behind the encrypted messaging app by the same name, has announced a new partnership with Microsoft. Under this partnership, Signal will help Microsoft bring a new feature to Skype called 'Private Conversations.' With Private Conversations, users can choose to engage in conversations secured by end-to-end encryption, a feature many Skype users have been requesting but that still isn't available to general users.

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macOS High Sierra unlocks App Store Preferences with any password

macOS High Sierra unlocks App Store Preferences with any password

Some might say that Apple is getting sloppy with its software updates. It hasn’t even been two months since a severe security-related bug was discovered on macOS High Sierra, another one comes along. Fortunately, it’s not as severe but still worrying. It turns out, you can get access to the App Store’s preferences just by using any password. Fortunately, there is one caveat to this process and Apple already has a fix ready for later this month.

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Dell Mobile Connect mirrors smartphone display on PC for easy access

Dell Mobile Connect mirrors smartphone display on PC for easy access

Dell has a new productivity tool that will help PC owners streamline their daily work: Dell Mobile Connect. With this, Android and iOS users can mirror their phone's display onto their computer display, enabling them to see and interact with their phone without actually touching the handset. Even better, the software is available for anyone to download now. The downside? You must have one of a select number of Dell computers to use it.

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Intel Spectre and Meltdown updates released: How to protect yourself

Intel Spectre and Meltdown updates released: How to protect yourself

Intel, to put it mildly, isn't have a good week. Recent security concerns snowballed into a wider warning from Google about vulnerabilities affecting a huge array of processors made over the last couple decades, particularly ones from Intel. Called Meltdown and Spectre, both exploits were recently disclosed by Google Project Zero, which issued its warning earlier than planned following a bunch of reports and bits of information working people up into a frenzy over the past couple days.

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Microsoft Edge claims once again to be faster, safer, better

Microsoft Edge claims once again to be faster, safer, better

Who says the browser wars are over? This time, though, there’s a pinch of fancy marketing added to spice up the competition and drum up the hype. Ever since Microsoft launched its completely new and “not related to Internet Explorer at all” web browser, it has been touting Edge’s battery efficiency with highly publicized but not completely public tests. And now it’s back again, pitting Edge against the latest Firefox and Chrome versions, singing that same mantra, and trying to get back in the running in the web browser race.

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Fuchsia spotted: Google’s unreleased software now on new hardware

Fuchsia spotted: Google’s unreleased software now on new hardware

It's time to talk about Google's software called Fuchsia again. Today it's become apparent that Fuchsia is running on the Google Pixelbook. Fuchsia is a new(ish) operating system Google's been working on for many months. The Google Pixelbook is the notebook equivalent of a Google Pixel smartphone, instead running Chrome OS right out the box.

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