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Google Fuchsia OS gets serious, development opened to the public

Google Fuchsia OS gets serious, development opened to the public

Google has quite a few platforms under its care like Android, Chrome OS, and customized variants of those. For the longest time, pundits have been waiting for Google to finally come with its own operating system, whether it's just Android or, more likely, just Chrome OS. For some time, it seemed that Fuchsia would be that long-awaited Google OS, at least until it silently retreated into the background. Now Google is pushing Fuchsia OS back into the spotlight, explaining the project's purpose and letting others outside the company shape its future.

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Google Authenticator update fixes the biggest pain of 2-factor security

Google Authenticator update fixes the biggest pain of 2-factor security

As anybody even vaguely internet-savvy knows, you can never really have too much security for your accounts. Hacks are increasing in number, but even though options like two-factor authentication (also known as 2FA) are often available, there's one big reason people might not turn them on. Now, Google Authenticator is addressing it.

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Google Messages scheduled sending released – go check!

Google Messages scheduled sending released – go check!

As of this week, scheduled sending was released to a wide variety of Android smartphones in Google Messages. This new system allows users to set a time for sending any individual message. If you've never used this feature in any sort of app before - now's a good time to start.

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Windows Feature Experience Pack could start a new release strategy

Windows Feature Experience Pack could start a new release strategy

It feels like a distant memory but there was a time when Windows updates were delivered via the rare Service Packs. Since then, Microsoft has adopted a slogan of "Windows as a Service", referring to a faster pace of rolling out security patches and bug fixes as needed. Windows features themselves, however, still wait for the company's bi-annual releases, which have already been criticized for their lack of quality and testing. Microsoft has been testing new strategies and cycles to address that, and this new Windows Feature Experience Pack could herald some big changes in Windows releases.

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This Christmas, harvest files from your old phone

This Christmas, harvest files from your old phone

If you're like me, you have more than a couple old phones in a drawer that you just can't throw away. If you're like me, you tend to forget that those devices are packed with files that could be valuable to you if only they were organized and made available to you here today. If you're looking for something constructive to do this upcoming holiday, consider this: Bust out the USB cords and go digital treasure hunting.

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Chrome Actions will turn the address bar into a command prompt

Chrome Actions will turn the address bar into a command prompt

The web browser address bar has long ceased simply being a place where you type in a website's URL or address. In fact, there is a growing trend these days to actually hide those addresses in the address bar, ironic as that may sound. That input field has pretty much become a mini search engine where you type what you're looking for without having to go to Google or Bing explicitly. In the current Chrome release, it will even let you type in commands to control the browser without having to go through menus and settings.

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Windows 10 might install and run Android apps directly next year

Windows 10 might install and run Android apps directly next year

Once upon a time, Windows was the operating system that ran the world, with Mac OS a distant second and Linux holding an invisible world of networks and servers. Today, however, not only have Linux and macOS risen up the ranks, there is also Android, iOS, iPadOS, and even Chrome OS to contend with. Rather than completely conceding defeat, Microsoft is instead embracing some of these rival platforms, with rumors of a deeper integration with Android that would let its mobile apps run directly on Windows 10 by 2021 at the earliest.

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Microsoft Edge improved copy and paste will cause headaches

Microsoft Edge improved copy and paste will cause headaches

Despite the many innovations in the computing industry, a few things have remained the same throughout the decades. Keyboard layouts haven't really changed much, PC mice have at least left and right buttons, and copy and paste works as you might expect, even if it leads to embarrassing mistakes due to human error. The Microsoft Edge web browser is changing how that last bit works, and while it might be helpful in a few specialized cases, it will be an unwanted surprise for the majority of the cases where you use copy and paste on the Web.

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Microsoft Edge is now a victim of fraudulent add-ons as well

Microsoft Edge is now a victim of fraudulent add-ons as well

Microsoft has been aggressively pushing its new Chromium-based Edge web browser to people, sometimes in ways that don't sit well with users. It has been promoting how fully-featured it is or how it is able to compete with the big boys like Google Chrome. It may have actually truly become big, enough that it is now a viable and perhaps lucrative target of less conscientious agents on the Internet as the number of fake copies of popular add-ons of Edge is starting to rise, just like with the big boys.

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The Internet Archives is preserving Flash content for posterity

The Internet Archives is preserving Flash content for posterity

Mozilla's announcement that Firefox will pretty much stop playing Flash videos and games early next year was a reminder that a big chunk of the Web's history, both the good and the bad, will soon be gone but definitely not forgotten. For all the flak it has gotten over the years, it still gave birth to a multitude of content, some of which have never made it to the HTML5 transition. As keepers of the Internet's long and massive history, the Internet Archives is announcing a safe haven for these animations and games, at least those that will be able to run in a special Flash emulator.

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Microsoft Edge update adds a built-in digital coupon tool

Microsoft Edge update adds a built-in digital coupon tool

Microsoft Edge, the browser the company released earlier this year, has received new features in the latest software update, including built-in digital coupons. According to Microsoft, the browser tool will automatically find and alert the user to any coupons available when on a retailer's website.

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Wondershare Filmora X turns vision into reality with just a few clicks

Wondershare Filmora X turns vision into reality with just a few clicks

Technology is such a wonderful thing, enabling us to quickly create things that took long hours or thousands of dollars just a few years ago. 3D printing, for example, has let a thousand DIY projects bloom and software has made it almost too easy to create professional-looking videos in a snap. Wondershare's Filmora has long enjoyed renown in the latter and its latest release, Filmora X ("Ten") takes the video editing tool to new heights. And while it won't magically give make you an expert, Filmora X gives you the tools to experiment, to learn, and, most importantly, to grow into a pro.

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