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What is new in Android Oreo : Part 2

What is new in Android Oreo : Part 2

Android Oreo's new features are abundant, and make for an Android update that's well worth the effort. Along with the update comes the very clear message from Google about their Pixel devices: Google Pixel is the smartphone to have if you want to have the latest and greatest features from the mothership. Today we're running down a set of new Android 8.0 Oreo features that we didn't cover in yesterday's part 1.

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Android 8.0 Oreo: 10 cream-filled features

Android 8.0 Oreo: 10 cream-filled features

Today's release of Android 8.0 Oreo includes a generous helping of new features for devices of many sorts. Today we're running down 10 of the most delicious-looking features for smartphones that'll get the Oreo update first. This includes some of the most basic (but important) modifications - like extended battery life, and game-changing - like Ambient Screen.

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PS4 update 5.0 features officially detailed: VR, friends, broadcasting and more

PS4 update 5.0 features officially detailed: VR, friends, broadcasting and more

Following a recent leak, Sony has officially detailed the features PlayStation 4 owners can expect to get in the upcoming system update 5.0. The firmware is currently in beta testing, and it brings a wide variety of changes, not the least of which is a redesigned master and sub-account system that makes it easier for families to manage their accounts. Changes are also coming for VR, managing friends, and more.

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Switch to 64-bit Firefox now to get less crashes

Switch to 64-bit Firefox now to get less crashes

There was a huge hoopla a few years back regarding the switch to 64-bit processors on smartphones. While that was totally new on mobile, 64-bit has long been the name of the game on desktops and laptops. That said, most desktop software continued to straddle both 32 and 64 bit worlds, partly out of necessity to support those still running 32-bit versions of Windows. But for those already running on a 64-bit OS, Mozilla has this to say: use the 64-bit version of Firefox now and avail of the 39% discount on browser crashes.

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Google Calendar finally gets Material Design on desktops

Google Calendar finally gets Material Design on desktops

Google is prone to changing its mind about a lot of things, and sometimes without prior warning. Ironically, it also sometimes takes too long to implement those changes, sometimes ending up too late. That is perhaps best seen in Google’s design directions. Material Design, its latest design language, has been out for nearly three years now, but it hasn’t exactly infused even most of Google’s core apps and services. Case in point is Google Calendar which, after years of sporting the same initial minimalist look on desktop browsers, is finally getting a makeover.

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iOS 11 developer beta 6 released, plus beta 5 goes public

iOS 11 developer beta 6 released, plus beta 5 goes public

Only a week has passed since the launch of iOS 11 beta 5 for developers, but Apple has sped up its typical two-week cycle to release the sixth beta for developers early. The iOS 11 beta 6 release is available to developers only at the moment, and it brings with it some bug fixes for things like the Family Sharing issues, as well as some minor new changes such as tweaked colors and new icons.

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Windows 10 Pro for Workstations launched for power users

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations launched for power users

Looks like we’re back to the good old days of having almost a dozen different Windows editions for very specific sets of users. In addition to the basic Home and Mobile Windows 10 editions, there’s also Pro, Education, Pro for Education, Enterprise, Enterprise LTSB, Mobile Enterprise, IoT, Teams, and S. Actually, make that exactly a dozen. Introducing Windows 10 Pro for Workstation, designed for very high-end PCs and very advanced power users. Because Windows 10 Pro just isn’ t Pro enough.

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Twitch desktop app is finally out, powerful and cluttered

Twitch desktop app is finally out, powerful and cluttered

Although YouTube is the household name for streaming videos in general, Twitch is still considered the granddaddy of the niche, but also lucrative, game streaming market. But despite its age and its fame, Twitch, now owned by Amazon, hasn’t exactly been that quick to jump outside the comforts of the web browser. Well, it’s finally here folks! The Twitch desktop app is finally out of beta and available for all to use. And it has everything that the browser version has, which may or may not be a good thing.

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Microsoft dodges antivirus antitrust with Windows 10 Fall tweaks

Microsoft dodges antivirus antitrust with Windows 10 Fall tweaks

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will see Microsoft change how it works with third-party antivirus developers, after being accused of anticompetitive practices. The change in policy comes after one high-profile security firm, Kaspersky Labs, slammed Microsoft back in November 2016 over what it claimed was a concerted effort to squeeze out third-party antivirus software and give priority to Microsoft's own Windows Defender. It wasn't just talk, either, with Kaspersky also filing complaints with antitrust investigators in both the EU and Russia.

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PS4 firmware 5.0 details leak: Pro Twitch streaming at 1080p 60fps

PS4 firmware 5.0 details leak: Pro Twitch streaming at 1080p 60fps

Details about the PlayStation's upcoming firmware version 5.0 have leaked ahead of the software's actual launch, tipping console owners about the features and tweaks they can expect in the near future. This newest firmware will reportedly, first and foremost, bring Twitch streaming at 1080p / 60fps to the most powerful PS4 console, the PlayStation 4 Pro. There will also be some features for non-Pro owners.

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Android battery drain: here are the worst apps today

Android battery drain: here are the worst apps today

Published today is a list of the worst of the worst apps and services for Android battery drain. This list comes from Avast, a group whose Android App Performance and Trend Report lends insight into the various apps that drain Android battery as well as how and where they make this drain happen. This includes complicated answers like Google Play Music being a big battery drainer, but only when used at the same time as an Ad Blocker app - the two clash quite badly.

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Android 8.0 Seamless Updates work even if phone has 0.1mb storage

Android 8.0 Seamless Updates work even if phone has 0.1mb storage

The next public update to Android will allow itself to update without requiring massive amounts of data storage to do so. Instead of storing all the update data for changes to the Android device's OS, this "Streaming OS Updates" feature will do something new. As Google's Android developers have outlined this week, Android 8.0 comes with "the necessary platform changes to conduct streaming updates."

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