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Chromium-based Microsoft Edge lands on Windows 7 and 8 in unstable form

Chromium-based Microsoft Edge lands on Windows 7 and 8 in unstable form

When Microsoft finally sucked it up and abandoned its homegrown web browser engine for Chromium, it opened a veritable floodgate of features. Not only did it get a browser that works with the majority of the world's web pages, it even gained support for popular extensions right off the bat. It also acquired the ability to be everywhere, even on Apple's macOS. And, almost coming full circle, it has started to support even its old systems, namely, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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Google Chrome extension lets users report suspicious sites

Google Chrome extension lets users report suspicious sites

The Web is both a wonderful and frightening place where one can learn things and also learn things they probably shouldn't. While there are many helpful souls on the Internet, there is also no shortage of people ready to take advantage of others' innocence or ignorance. In fact, there are just too many potentially harmful sites for a single entity to keep track of. That's why Google is now enlisting Chrome users to report such sites to its Safe Browsing list.

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New PowerPoint feature wants to make you the next Steve Jobs

New PowerPoint feature wants to make you the next Steve Jobs

Microsoft has unveiled Presenter Coach, a new feature in PowerPoint that helps users improve their presentation skills. The company points out that public speaking is already nerve-racking for many individuals, and that can make it harder for them to offer a great presentation without the right skills. Using the new feature, users are coached on pace, the words they use, and more.

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Microsoft To-Do for Mac’s arrival heralds Wunderlist’s exit

Microsoft To-Do for Mac’s arrival heralds Wunderlist’s exit

When Microsoft bought popular list app Wunderlist, there were fears that it would sunset the app and service just like it did with Sunrise Calendar. Microsoft didn't leave these users hanging and did confirm the inevitable but not until it has made its own replacement is ready. That day may now be fast approaching as it announces that Microsoft To-Do is finally available in the last missing platform: macOS.

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GrandCrab ransomware authors retire after earning $2 billion

GrandCrab ransomware authors retire after earning $2 billion

There is no shortage of malware around the world but the most vicious kind are the ones that hold people's precious files for ransom. Even worse are the ransomware that demand payment from victims knowing fully well that there is actually no way to recover those files. One of the most recent and most egregious is the GrandCrab strain of ransomware. The good news is that its principal owners and operators have announced their "retirement". The bad news is that they're doing so because they claim to have already earned $2 billion from the operation.

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Galaxy Note 9 update brings major camera Night Mode upgrade

Galaxy Note 9 update brings major camera Night Mode upgrade

This week the folks at Samsung released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This update was just over 700MB in size and included Security Patch Level: June 1, 2019. In addition to the standard device stability improvements and bug fixes, Samsung delivered significantly improved camera performance, along with the first implementation of Night Mode.

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Windows 10 update will intentionally break some Bluetooth connections

Windows 10 update will intentionally break some Bluetooth connections

Windows 10 updates have become a game of chance. You almost never know when an update will break something and make your PC unusable. While Microsoft does try to fix things after the fact, often the damage is already done. Now Microsoft is taking the initiative to warn users that an upcoming update may cause Bluetooth devices to lose their connection to Windows PCs. And, no, isn't a bug but a feature.

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CERN to move away from Microsoft because license fees have skyrocketed

CERN to move away from Microsoft because license fees have skyrocketed

Windows may still be the operating system on desktops and laptops, by choice or not, but Microsoft's biggest profit comes from the wholesale licensing of the OS on enterprise, government, and educational computers. Those, however, are slowly losing ground especially with the latter two categories. That has mostly been because of the increasing costs of Windows licenses. That has caused not only governments but even CERN, the world's largest particle physics laboratory, to move away from Windows and proprietary software at large.

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MSI App Player now lets you play Android games on PCs at 240 fps

MSI App Player now lets you play Android games on PCs at 240 fps

Mobile gaming is a big thing these days but while nearly everyone has a smartphone, not everyone has a gaming-worthy smartphone. There might also be times when you simply can't play on your smartphone when you're busy on your computer. And there are also times when you'd want to have more than one phone to run two instances of the same game. If you fall in one or all of those categories, then MSI's new App Player might be the PC app you need.

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The new Mac Pro isn’t even here yet, but Logic Pro X is ready

The new Mac Pro isn’t even here yet, but Logic Pro X is ready

Apple's potent new Mac Pro isn't even on shelves yet, but the company can't help tease us with updates for some of the apps that'll make most use of the speedy workstation. Logic Pro X is among the first to get a preemptive Mac Pro update, as Apple sets out some of the ways software can be optimized to make the most of the new hardware.

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iCloud for Windows is now in the Windows Store

iCloud for Windows is now in the Windows Store

The three big tech companies, namely Google, Apple, and Microsoft, can best be described as being best frenemies. They are rivals and critics in the industry but also can't but help cooperate with each other to some extent. Usually that involves making services and apps available on the others' platforms even if they're dying to keep them exclusive. The latest proof of that unavoidable cooperation is the all new iCloud app for Windows that has just became available on Microsoft's app Store.

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Huawei’s Android replacement is a 7 year paranoia project

Huawei’s Android replacement is a 7 year paranoia project

Huawei's loggerheads with the US government may have only come to a boil in the past weeks, but the Chinese company has been preemptively working on an alternative to Android for seven years, according to a report today from China. The smartphone-maker has seen its business in the US and further afield thrown into disarray, after the Trump administration added it to an export blacklist.

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