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YouTube for Android TV app gets a major UI overhaul

YouTube for Android TV app gets a major UI overhaul

If you're both a YouTube and an Android TV user, it has been a while since you've felt any love from Google's video platform. The YouTube app for Android TV went a long while without any updates, but that has finally changed; the new version brings a major overhaul of the user interface, adding some new features into the mix. If you've used the newer YouTube app on some other streaming devices, you'll have a good idea about what to expect.

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Microsoft is getting in-your-face about Windows 10 privacy

Microsoft is getting in-your-face about Windows 10 privacy

Microsoft is pretty darn keen for you to be on the latest version of Windows, to the point that it now plans to pester users to install Windows 10 Creators Update. The strong-arm tactics will kick off this week, with Microsoft pinging PC owners who are yet to upgrade to the most recent version with a privacy settings review. For a while you'll be able to avoid it, Microsoft says, but not forever.

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New Mac public beta update live: macOS High Sierra in effect

New Mac public beta update live: macOS High Sierra in effect

Today the macOS High Sierra public beta has been released to the public - just days after the public beta for iOS 11. This newest version of the desktop operating system from Apple includes all the bells and whistles - or at least most of them - spoken about during Apple's special event on the subject. A warning before anyone goes any further - this is, again, a BETA release, which means it might not be entirely stable.

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2017 Petya malware actually irreversibly wipes data

2017 Petya malware actually irreversibly wipes data

It smelled like a ransomware and talked like a ransomware but, in fact, it was worse than a ransomware. Although it has been labeled as a strain of a 2016 ransomware, this year's "Petya" malware has been mislabeled. According to cybersecurity outfit Comae Technologies, the so-called Petya.2017 is actually a wiper masquerading as a ransomware, doing irrecoverable damage to data on drives. To add insult to injury, this wiper was specifically designed to look like the first Petya in order to fool media into thinking that it is.

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iOS 11 download released in Public Beta for iPad and iPhone

iOS 11 download released in Public Beta for iPad and iPhone

Apple just released the Public Beta version of iOS 11 through their download repositories. To take part in this upgrade to the newest version of the software, users will need to follow a few steps - which we've outlined below. This version of the iOS mobile operating system is what Apple called "a giant step for iPhone, a monumental leap for iPad." While the final release is set for this fall, the Public Beta is available now.

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Microsoft Edge’s battery life claims get an independent test

Microsoft Edge’s battery life claims get an independent test

Although it probably had the biggest share in the web browser market, the bloat that was known as Internet Explorer soon dragged Microsoft's name down to the Internet Hall of Shame. Given than notoriety, it almost seemed that its new browser, Microsoft Edge, had an unfair disadvantage. Unsurprisingly, the company put its marketing and advertising machine into high gear, including tests that claim superior battery life for the Edge. However, most, if not all, of these proofs and counter-proofs were made by browser makers themselves. Fortunately, Linus Tech Tips decided it was time to have an independent test done, and the results might surprise you.

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Windows 10 source code leaked, Microsoft confirms

Windows 10 source code leaked, Microsoft confirms

Microsoft is dealing with a significant Windows 10 security headache this weekend, as the company has confirmed that a portion of the operating system's source code was in fact posted online. Shared on the online repository site BetaArchive earlier this week, Microsoft has said that the code is genuine and comes from the Shared Source Kit, which is shared with the company's trusted partners.

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Microsoft Office desktop version is now on the Windows Store

Microsoft Office desktop version is now on the Windows Store

Remember the days when Microsoft was mocked for having half a dozen editions of everything? Those days might be back. There are a few versions of Windows 10 already, with more from the server and enterprise coming soon. And now there are two versions of Microsoft Office in the Windows Store, in addition to the standalone Office suite. The full desktop versions of Microsoft Office applications are now available as a Universal Windows Platform or UWP apps, and we all have Windows 10 S to thank for that.

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Here’s why Firefox 54 claims it’s the best release yet

Here’s why Firefox 54 claims it’s the best release yet

Most computer users, be it on traditional desktops or mobile devices, mostly live in their web browsers. Almost all interactivity with the outside world happens through their favorite browser, from email to social networking to watching videos to plain old browsing. So it stands that the browser should also be one of the most reliable pieces of software on your device. With the latest Firefox 54 release, Mozilla inches closer towards doing just that with a new multiple process feature that takes advantage of modern computers' multiple CPU cores.

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Latest Windows 10 build teases major features for PCs

Latest Windows 10 build teases major features for PCs

One of the great things about Microsoft's new "Windows as a Service" paradigm is that you won't have to wait N years before getting some juicy features. Sure, Microsoft still does have annual major releases, but, especially if you're an Insider tester, you can get a glimpse of those upcoming treats very early. Microsoft has just released Build 16215 for PCs (and 15222 for Mobile) and it's shaping up to be one hell of release that Windows 10 fans will probably dying to get their hands on.

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GarageBand gets Touch Bar support and improved design

GarageBand gets Touch Bar support and improved design

Apple has pushed out an update for GarageBand that adds, among other things, support for the Touch Bar found on the new line of MacBooks. It's easy to see how the Touch Bar could come in handy during editing, particularly for quickly navigating through a project. That's not the only change coming to the software, though -- it has also received a new design that Apple calls 'modern.'

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Lineage OS update: SafetyNet stance on Android downloads

Lineage OS update: SafetyNet stance on Android downloads

The folks formerly designing and releasing CyanogenMod now working on Lineage OS have revealed their stance on SafetyNet. This is an Android safety precaution made by Google to stop users working with rooted and/or bootloader unlocked devices from accessing certain apps. It's a safety precaution made by Google - one that Google takes extremely seriously. As such, the team developing Lineage is going to take SafetyNet serious as well.

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