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Here’s how to try Android O Beta right now [Download]

Here’s how to try Android O Beta right now [Download]

This week Google released the Public Beta download for Android O, the next new version of Android. This version of the software introduces some radical chances to the mobile operating system, including picture-in-picture mode, notification dots, and Smart Text Selection. To take part in the Public Beta, users have only to tap a few buttons and let it go automatic!

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Google Calendar and Todoist get real-time task and event syncing

Google Calendar and Todoist get real-time task and event syncing

Todoist has announced a new integration with Google Calendar that brings users of both apps 'real-time, 2-way sync,' increasing one's ability to both organize and visualize their schedule and tasks. This integration means, to put it simply, that changes made in one app will be instantly synced to and reflected within the other app, offering seamless use for the best of both worlds.

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Finding and using Google Assistant apps is about to get a lot easier

Finding and using Google Assistant apps is about to get a lot easier

Google is launching a new Android Assistant App Directory, aiming to make Google Assistant-compatible apps easier to find as well as allow users to more seamlessly integrate their favorite apps with the AI. The new directory will serve as a highlight to the conversational services which use chat rather than traditional UIs, with Google telling I/O 2017 attendees that it believes this will significantly boost discoverability. However, it'll also allow those already taking advantage of the Assistant to streamline interactions with their most commonly-used services.

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Google Assistant released for iPhone [Download now]

Google Assistant released for iPhone [Download now]

Users will be able to take advantage of Google Assistant on the iPhone starting today. This update to the Google software space for iOS devices makes the iPhone have a real competitor for Siri - again, or for the firs time, depending on how you look at it. This update does not come to Google Search, but is instead delivered to the iPhone as a separate app.

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Google IO 2017: what to watch for and how

Google IO 2017: what to watch for and how

Today we're running down what's coming to Google IO 2017, the company's annual software conference aimed at developers. This event takes place on May 17th, 18th, and 19th of May - that's Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. We'll be at the event series to get up-close-and-personal photos, video, and any hands-on bits that can be had. For everything else, there's streaming video.

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HP’s audio driver has a keylogger, fix issued

HP’s audio driver has a keylogger, fix issued

Drivers are small pieces of software that allow an operating system to communicate and use hardware. Each driver is focused on a specific class of hardware, like display, USB, audio, etc. So when an audio driver starts logging every keystroke made on a computer, you know something's up. That's the situation HP found itself in when security researcher Modzero reported that one of its audio drivers has a hidden keylogging function that poses a security risk to owners of its enterprise laptops.

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Windows 10 on ARM will run win32/x86 programs without a hitch

Windows 10 on ARM will run win32/x86 programs without a hitch

One of the perhaps the biggest but easily overlooked revelations Microsoft's BUILD 2017 developer conference didn't happen on stage or with any major press release. It, instead, happened in a 13-minute long video over at Microsoft's Channel 9 site. This video confirms once and for all what developers and perhaps users as well have been hoping for. Windows 10 on ARM will fully support "legacy" win32, a.k.a. x86, software at "nearly" native speeds and without any changes to the programs themselves.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: 8 things to know

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: 8 things to know

Microsoft has revealed the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, its latest big upgrade with better desktop and mobile integration, VR, and more. Announced at BUILD 2017 today, it's the follow-on to the Windows 10 Creators Update, that began rolling out last month to what Microsoft says is now a cohort of more than 500m devices. Curious? Sure you are, and we've got you covered.

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Opera is Reborn with built-in chatting

Opera is Reborn with built-in chatting

In a world full of Chromes, Foxes, Safaris, and Edges, is there still room for other web browsers? Opera, which precedes some of those, definitely thinks so. After toying around with some possible features in its experimental Opera Neon, the company is folding some of those more successful ideas into the newest version of Opera. Meet Opera Reborn, which has built-in social network chatting so you won't have to waste your precious office time switching between apps or tabs.

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Popular DVD-ripping app HandBrake hacked to carry malware

Popular DVD-ripping app HandBrake hacked to carry malware

As if it weren't already difficult enough to steer clear of suspicious downloaded programs, some hackers have managed to infiltrate even legitimate sources of software to turn them into sources of malware. That was the case last week when it was discovered that HandBrake, a popular open source DVD-ripping and transcoding program, was carrying and installing the OSX.Proton malware through no fault of HandBrake itself. It's all because someone managed to hack HandBrake's website and replace a legit copy of the program with an infected one.

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HandBrake server hacked: Mac users warned of trojan

HandBrake server hacked: Mac users warned of trojan

Popular video software HandBrake has been compromised and some users are paying the price. The company has revealed that one of its mirror servers was hacked and that the video software was replaced with a trojan. This apparently only affects the Mac version of HandBrake, and only those who downloaded the software from the download.handbrake.fr mirror server. The trojan was live from May 2 to May 6 before being discovered and removed.

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Beyond Android: Our first look at Google Fuchsia

Beyond Android: Our first look at Google Fuchsia

Today we're having our first look at the project code-named Google Fuchsia - a mobile OS that departs from Android and Chrome. While Google's Chrome OS and Android OS were both based on Linux, Fuchsia is not. Fuchsia OS is based on Google's own "Magenta" microkernel, not to be confused with the Google AI music project of the same name. Fuchsia is all about speed, performance, and beauty.

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