Leaked Windows 10 build shows Creators Update is getting an ebook store

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Google has one, Apple has one, Amazon has one, so Microsoft seems to feel that it should have one too. We’re talking ebook stores, and a leaked version of Windows Mobile reveals that this is something that is due to be added to the Windows Store. While Microsoft has been slowly but surely building up its store ecosystem, the focus has been mainly on apps so far, with music and video thrown in for good measure. With the company having fairly recently added EPUB support to Microsoft Edge, the arrival of ebooks is perhaps not entirely surprising, but Microsoft is… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Now you can perform offline Google searches… sort of

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There must have been times when you’re in an area with no Wi-Fi and terrible phone reception. It’s almost certainly when you find yourself in this situation that you think of something you want to look up. With no signal to perform a Google search, you may mentally log your query and pledge to run it later — but of course you will forget. Google has a solution. The latest version of the Google app heralds the arrival of pseudo offline searching, so you can perform searches with no signal, or if your phone is in airplane mode. Of course,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

EFF sets out privacy and security plans for the first 100 days under President Trump

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has set out its plans for the first 100 days under Trump, during which time it says it will continue to fight for the rights of internet and technology users. The digital rights group has already drawn up a wishlist for covering its privacy and security dreams for 2017, but the 100-day plan sees the EFF setting out its agenda for the first few months under Trump. Having claimed that “our civil liberties need an independent defense force” and that “free speech and the rights to privacy, transparency, and innovation won’t survive on their own”, EFF… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google has not given up on Google+ — requested changes are incoming, and the ‘classic’ site will go!

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Despite the competition from other social networks, and widespread ridicule, Google is determined not to pull the plug on Google+. Instead, the company today announces that a trio of changes are coming to the service based on user feedback. Google is keen for users to experience its services on any device they may have, so it’s little surprise that one of the changes sees the addition of a zoom function so Google+ users on smartphones can get a closer look at photos. There are also key changes to the commenting system and the welcome arrival of a much-requested feature. Google+… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple hikes UK App Store prices by 25 percent post-Brexit

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The financial turbulence that followed the UK’s vote to leave the European Union has seen the value of the pound tumbling. With the pound and the dollar almost reaching parity, Apple has again been forced to increase prices. While the US and UK currencies may not quite have reached parity, the price of apps in the two regions will very soon do just that. Apps that cost $0.99 in the US would have cost £0.79 in the UK pre-Brexit — now this will jump to £0.99. Information about the price hike came in an email to developers, and it will… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Latest macOS Sierra beta suggests lowering screen brightness to increase battery life

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Apple is eager for MacBook Pro users to squeeze the best possible battery life out of their machines, so it’s understandable that the company was taken aback by Consumer Reports’ original, and disappointing battery life results. With macOS, Apple helps users to be proactive in boosting battery performance by warning when a particular app is using a lot of power — if it is not entirely necessary, users will hopefully feel compelled to kill it. In the latest beta version of macOS Sierra, screen brightness is also taken into account, and users are advised that lowering this setting will save… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Anonymous threatens Donald Trump with leaks about ties to mafia and child trafficking

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Donald Trump has not yet taken up office, but he has already managed to whip up tidal waves of opposition not only in the US, but around the world. Among the president-elect’s opponents is Anonymous, the hacktivist collective. The group took to Twitter — Trump own favorite medium — to issue a pre-inauguration warning: “This isn’t the 80’s any longer, information doesn’t vanish, it is all out there. You are going to regret the next 4 years”. The tirade came as Trump lashed out at reports about criticism from outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan; Anonymous responded by threatening the billionaire… …Continue reading on BetaNews

How to run openSUSE Leap 42.2 or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 on Windows 10

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Linux and Windows living happily side-by-side is not something many people would have predicted, but Windows 10 Anniversary Update saw the arrival of Bash on Ubuntu thanks to the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Not everyone was happy with Microsoft’s choice of Ubuntu, with many preferring a different flavour of Linux. Senior Product Manager for SUSE Linux Enterprise, Hannes Kühnemund, is — unsurprisingly — one of those whose taste buds were not tantalized by Ubuntu. He would rather you ran SUSE on Windows 10. In fact he doesn’t just want this to happen, he tells you how to do it –… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Game Mode in Windows 10 Creators Update will boost gaming performance and quality

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Now that Windows 10 build 15007 is available for Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring, we’re really starting to get a proper look at where Microsoft is going with the impending Creators Update release. We’ve already seen how the company is pushing 3D and augmented reality, but it has not forgotten about gamers. Proclaiming that “2017 is going to be a monumental year for gaming at Microsoft”, the Windows maker has taken the wraps off Game Mode. The promise that this special mode will increase the performance of PC games is something that will be welcomed by gamers the world… …Continue reading on BetaNews

The list of most common passwords of 2016 includes a few surprises

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Security breaches and data leaks are, obviously, a major concern, but they do have something of a silver lining. Leaks of passwords may open up the risk of individual accounts being targeted, but they also serve as a fascinating insight into the level of security people use for online services. We all know someone who insists on using ‘password’ as their password, or something equally insecure such as ‘123456’. Keeper Security has published a list of the most common passwords used in 2016, and these old favorites remain firmly placed in the top 10. But there are a few surprises… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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