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LineageOS Android ROM servers hacked but code is secured and safe

LineageOS Android ROM servers hacked but code is secured and safe

We often rely on our devices' operating systems to keep us safe from malicious apps and people but what if the operating itself gets compromised behind people's backs. That's the almost nightmarish possibility that may go into some people's heads whenever they think of security breaches that may happen or have already happened at places like Microsoft, Apple, or Google. That nightmare almost became reality for the developers of one of the most popular Android community ROMs but, thanks to a more agile and open team, LineageOS' lived to see another day.

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OnePlus crowdsourced Beta features revealed

OnePlus crowdsourced Beta features revealed

A release from OnePlus just revealed 5 user-recommended/suggested features that've been adopted as official updates for the future of OnePlus devices. This release builds on the previously-announced OnePlus Ideas program that's... not entirely unlike the LEGO Ideas program. That's a program in which everyday average users recommend ideas for the brand that the brand then uses if the ideas are both popular enough and realistic enough to implement.

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Plex Free Movies and TV gets huge library of new content from Crackle

Plex Free Movies and TV gets huge library of new content from Crackle

Home media server company Plex has announced an expansion of its free content streaming integrations with the addition of Crackle. The expansion is available for Plex users in the United States, the company announced on Friday, bringing thousands of new additions to the platform's growing number of free streaming options. Because the content is integrated in the Plex app, you won't have to toggle between it, Crackle, and other free video apps.

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Microsoft Build 2020 dev conference will do more than just go virtual

Microsoft Build 2020 dev conference will do more than just go virtual

The first months of this year have been marked by sudden cancellations of events and conferences as the world tried to come to grips with the COVID-19 threat. By this time, however, many companies have already adjusted to the new world order and have even developed strategies to move forward despite physical and geographical locations. Most of the time, that means holding events online or broadcasting from people's houses. Microsoft's annual developer conference this year will be doing exactly that and more.

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Google Web Store is clamping down on spam extensions with new policy

Google Web Store is clamping down on spam extensions with new policy

Once upon a time, the browser wars revolved around which browser supports more or better extensions. As those extensions became more popular or got imitated, their exclusivity became less of a selling feature. In fact, extensions themselves have become somewhat of a liability because of security and privacy concerns. Unsurprisingly, Google's Chrome Web Store has become a haven for those kinds of unhelpful and even harmful extensions. Given the times, Google is putting in place stricter rules to reduce the number of spam and misbehaving extensions on Chrome.

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Zoom alternative Google Meet needs sticking power

Zoom alternative Google Meet needs sticking power

The importance of a good brand name is important to the highest degree, especially when it comes to marketing at times of extreme stress. Over the past few weeks, during an unprecedented global event (COVID-19 pandemic, that is to say), the name "ZOOM" became synonymous with simple, one-tap video conferencing. Google's got the capacity, technology, and knowledge to make a video conferencing system rivaling that of Zoom, but until now, they didn't have the right brand.

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Canon EOS Webcam Utility turns ILCs and PowerShots into USB webcams

Canon EOS Webcam Utility turns ILCs and PowerShots into USB webcams

Video conferencing is the in thing these days thanks to the inability to go to work and have face-to-face meetings. Despite the popularity of services like Zoom, however, users are still limited by the webcam that they may or may not have. Desktops are the biggest culprits but even laptop cameras may make some people wish they could simply use their bigger and better Canon camera instead. Well, now they can thanks to a simple software that uses the camera you already own to stream better-quality video over the Internet.

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Microsoft HoloScreens will add real virtual monitors to your PC

Microsoft HoloScreens will add real virtual monitors to your PC

There's still some debate on whether more computer screens make people more productive or distracted but some who believe in the multi-screen lifestyle are often limited by physical space or budget constraints. What if there was a way to extend your screen workspace without actually buying or even just adding new monitors? That seems to be the problem that Microsoft's new HoloLens app will be trying to solve, allowing users to add additional monitors to their desktops or laptops, except these monitors float like ghosts in virtual space.

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Windows 10 1903 broke Chrome and other browsers’ secure sandboxes

Windows 10 1903 broke Chrome and other browsers’ secure sandboxes

Web browsers have become very powerful but, as the cliché goes, that power also comes with responsibility. Major browsers like Chrome often use sandboxing methods to make sure that any wayward web page won't be able to harm the rest of the system. Those sandboxing methods, however, ultimately rely on the underlying operating system's capabilities and unfortunately for those that rely on Chromium's sandboxing on Windows 10, Microsoft changed just one line of code that rendered almost all major web browsers' sandboxes ineffective, including Chrome and, ironically, Microsoft Edge.

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WhatsApp won’t be ad-free forever

WhatsApp won’t be ad-free forever

A new report this week suggests that Facebook plans on utilizing WhatsApp to serve advertisements at some point in the future. That's the plan, according to inside sources, but the timeline for this update isn't entirely clear. The idea that Facebook would eventually integrate WhatsApp into their family of data-harvesting, ad-serving apps isn't a brand new idea. It's a good time to remind ourselves that, regardless of what's happened over the past few months and years, Facebook remains dedicated to monetizing all of their properties with user data turned into targeted advertisements.

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Android 11 update DP3 released: What’s new?

Android 11 update DP3 released: What’s new?

The newest Google-made edition of mobile software, Android 11 DP3, was released today with little fanfare. This understates the importance of this release, as several features appearing this afternoon might well change the way you use your smartphone. One of the changes that might seem small now, but do mean big things for the future - like USB Ethernet tethering.

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Windows 10 update deletes files, crashes computers

Windows 10 update deletes files, crashes computers

The latest update to Windows 10 from Microsoft has a few issues. Users have reported that this latest software update caused their computer to crash, more than once. Users have also reported that this latest update to Windows 10 deleted files - an offense not many are willing to take sitting down. This is the update called Windows 10 KB4549951, originally released on April 14, 2020.

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