Discovery of Terminal app for Chrome OS suggests future support for Linux software

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Chrome OS is a fairly flexible operating system, and its support for Android apps via the Google Play Store opens up a world of software. It has been thought — and hoped — for some time that Linux support might be on its way, and this is looking increasingly likely. A Terminal app has appeared in the Chrome OS dev channel, strongly suggesting that support for Linux applications could well be on the horizon — something which will give Chromebooks a new appeal. See also: The HP Chromebook x2 with detachable screen is ready to take on the iPad Pro… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft developers hid a secret puzzle in Windows backgrounds as they knew images would leak

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Microsoft developers working on Windows 8 created a puzzle and embedded it in the wallpapers used for internal builds of the operating system. The team knew that the images would leak out to the public — and probably the internal builds of Windows — so they decided to have some fun with it. Over the course of numerous builds, the puzzle was developed — but only one person ever solved it! See also: Windows 10 April Update is probably the new name for Spring Creators Update Microsoft releases Windows 10 Redstone 5 Build 17650 for Skip Ahead Microsoft reveals more… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Windows 10 April Update is probably the new name for Spring Creators Update

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update will probably actually be released with a different name: Windows 10 April Update. Users who have installed build 17134 — believed to be the RTM build — have spotted a reference to the new name in Microsoft Edge post installation. This is not the first time this name has been suggested. Less than a week ago a Microsoft video emerged that made reference to Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and the new discovery in Edge would only seem to offer further proof. See also: Microsoft discovers blocking bug and delays the release of Windows 10… …Continue reading on BetaNews

WikiLeaks calls for Coinbase boycott after the cryptocurrency exchange closes its store account

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The cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has closed the account of the WikiLeaks Shop — the official source of WikiLeaks merchandise — citing violations of its terms of services. WikiLeaks is not happy about this and is calling for a “global blockade” of Coinbase in protest, saying the exchange is an “unfit member of the crypto community”. The WikiLeaks Shop has itself not been closed, and it is still able to accept Bitcoin payments — just not via Coinbase. See also: Hacker exploits Verge bug to generate cryptocurrency coins worth $780,000 in 3 hours Twitter to ban an array of cryptocurrency ads… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Learn to code JavaScript for free with Google Grasshopper

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Many people like the idea of learning to code, but — like learning a foreign language — it can be hard to know where to start. With free and paid-for options to choose from, and a wide range of techniques, what’s the best way to get started? If you’ve been thinking about learning JavaScript, Google may have the answer for you. The company has launched Grasshopper, a free coding app for iPhone and Android that teach through a series of puzzle games. See also: Google’s Project Zero reveals security flaw in Windows 10 S after Microsoft fails to fix it… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple announces free 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar) battery replacement program

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If you have a 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar, you could be eligible for a free battery replacement. Apple has discovered that a “limited number” of laptops have a problem that causes the battery to expand. The company has launched a free battery replacement program, and anyone who bought their MacBook Pro between October 2016 and October 2017 is invited to submit their machine’s serial number to see if they qualify. See also: Leaked memo shows Apple threatens leakers with criminal action Apple encourages the switch to 64-bit with ‘not optimized for Mac’ message Apple says the redesigned… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Twitter bans Kaspersky Lab from buying ads

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Its software is already banned from US government computers, and now Kaspersky Lab’s advertisements have been banned from Twitter. The Russian security firm has been hit with an ad ban for “using a business model that inherently conflicts with acceptable Twitter Ads business practices”. Eugene Kaspersky has responded angrily in an open letter in which the company CEO says that even if Twitter reverses its decision, his company will not advertise on the platform, opting instead to donate the money to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to fund the fight against online censorship. See also: Kaspersky Lab plans Swiss data… …Continue reading on BetaNews

SmugMug buys Flickr for undisclosed sum

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Photo-sharing site SmugMug — used by consumers and professionals alike — has agreed to acquire Flickr from Yahoo-owner Oath. The deal will see Flickr continuing to operate as a separate entity. The aim is to great what’s described as “the world’s best home for photography”, building on Flickr’s existing 100 million-strong userbase. But what does the acquisition mean for Flickr users, and what does it mean for SmugMug’s customers? Both companies are eager to stress that nothing is going to change. That said, SmugMug does says that it will be migrating Flickr onto SmugMug’s technology infrastructure, but it does not… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google’s Project Zero reveals security flaw in Windows 10 S after Microsoft fails to fix it

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Details of a security flaw in Windows 10 S has been revealed by Google’s Project Zero after Microsoft failed to issue a patch within the 90-day disclosure deadline. The “WLDP CLSID policy .NET COM Instantiation UMCI Bypass” vulnerability is described as being of medium severity, and it allows for the execution of arbitrary code on systems with Device Guard enabled. See also: Microsoft reveals more about the ‘blocking bug’ that is delaying Windows 10 Spring Creators Update It looks like there will be a new RTM build of Windows 10 as build 17134 is discovered Microsoft discovers blocking bug and… …Continue reading on BetaNews

ZTE says Denial Order put in place by the US Department of Commerce is ‘unfair’ and ‘unacceptable’

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Earlier in the week, the US Department of Commerce banned American companies from selling hardware and software to Chinese firm ZTE. The company is understandably unhappy with the US move, and has issued a statement to express its disgust. The US ban was implemented for — the US says — a violation of previous sanctions. ZTE says these allegations are simply not true, and has lashed out at the ‘unfair’ and ‘unacceptable’ action. See also: US and UK blacklist China’s ZTE Weibo reverses homosexuality policy in China: ‘We’re no longer targeting gay content’ Apple to store iCloud keys in China,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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