How to block the installation of non-Windows Store apps in Windows 10

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If you want to keep your computer secure and clutter-free, it’s important to keep an eye on what gets installed. This is fairly easy if you’re the only person to use your computer, but less so if you share it with kids or other members of your household. To make it easier to lock down Windows 10 Creators Update, you can block the installation of all software that doesn’t come from the Windows Store. Why would you want to do this? Well, blocking non-Windows Store software means blocking traditional programs, and these are the ones that are more liable to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Samsung partners with Microsoft to create the Windows 10-powered Galaxy Book

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While attendees and fans of MWC 2017 were hoping for at least a little news about the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung forwent phones completely and instead offered up a pair of tablets: the Galaxy Tab S3, and the Galaxy Book. The Galaxy Book is the fruit of an “expanded strategic partnership” between Samsung and Microsoft, and is described as a “premium 2-in-1 designed with the mobile enterprise customer in mind”. Available in 10.6″ and 12″ models, there are natural comparisons to draw with both the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. Both models are powered by 7th Gen Intel Core… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Nokia reimagines the classic 3310 for 2017, complete with Snake

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No, you have not just stepped back in time 20 years; the Nokia 3310 is back. The phone that was more likely to break the sidewalk when dropped it rather than suffer a crack itself has today been relaunched by HMD Global, who has a license for the Nokia brand. While not an exact replica of the phone that was first seen back in the year 2000 (a phone could not get away with being quite so chunky these days!), it’s a modern take on a classic device, and it’s sure to win over many people. Snake is present for… …Continue reading on BetaNews

MWC 2017: Withings products to be rebranded as Nokia devices

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Last year, Nokia decided to splash a bit of cash and bought Withings. Today at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, it was revealed that existing Withings health and fitness products will be rebranded as Nokia devices this year. Starting “early summer 2017″, Withings’ range of smartwatches, digital scales, and other smart devices will come under the Nokia brand. Withings also announced changes to its Health Mate app, and its plans to share user data with “caregivers” though its Patient Care solution — moves that sees the company take Apple square on. Speaking at MWC 2017, Nokia’s Vice President of Digital Health… …Continue reading on BetaNews

MWC 2017: Huawei unveils P10 and P10 Plus

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Today at MWC 2017, Huawei lifted the lid on its new P10 range. As with their predecessors, the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus have a strong focus on photography, with the Leica brand being used as a draw. As is the norm these days, there are no huge surprises to be found here, with the latest flagships being really little more than an evolution of last year’s models — not that that’s a bad thing of course. In addition to the cameras, standout features for this year’s handsets include a serious boost to battery life, and a front-mounted (hooray!)… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google Assistant is coming to all smartphones with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and up

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If you like the idea of Google Assistant but didn’t like the fact that it was tied to the Pixel range, there’s some good news. Google has announced that the handy helper is making its way to all Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat smartphones. The roll out starts this week, and brings Siri- and Cortana-like voice control to millions of Android users. Earlier today at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, the newly-announced LG G6 became the first non-Pixel device to offer Google Assistant, and Google now says that the feature is coming to “eligible Android phones running Nougat and… …Continue reading on BetaNews

LG G6 is a flagship smartphone with a 5.7-inch 18:9 display and impressive specs

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If there is anything to be garnered from LG’s unveiling of the G6 at MWC 2017 today, it is that the company learned a lot from last year’s G5. While the G5 was a modular affair, the LG G6 gets back to basics and concentrates on being a decent flagship handset with a few interesting quirks. In terms of specs, the G6 may not blow you away, but it still succeeds in standing out from the crowd, thanks in part to its display. The 5.7-inch screen has an aspect ratio of 18:9 (a resolution of 2880 x 1440), and the …Continue reading on BetaNews

MWC 2017: Watch the Samsung Galaxy announcement here, live!

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Mobile World Congress 2017 may not technically kick off until tomorrow, but lots of companies like to jump the gun so they can be the first to get their announcements out. In this group is Samsung, and later today the company is holding a press conference in Barcelona at which it will unveil the latest addition to the Galaxy range. Of course, there has not been official word that it’s the Samsung Galaxy S8 that will be announced, but there have been enough hints, rumors and leaks for this to be considered likely (even if Samsung has said the actual… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Ad blocker Shine does a complete u-turn… and rebrands as ad company Rainbow

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In a perfect example of poacher-turned-gamekeeper, Israeli company Shine — known for producing ad blocking software — has rebranded as Rainbow and will instead offer an advertising service. Rainbow will work primarily will telecoms companies, and will have a strong focus on targeted advertising. The company says that it wants to provide “a better ad experience for consumers”, having apparently decided that blocking ads was not working for everyone. Rainbow aims to win round consumers by providing and opt-in service that means people will see only advertisements that comply with industry standards and observe privacy rules. It’s a move that’s… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google releases details of unpatched Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge vulnerabilty

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Not content with publishing details of an unpatched Windows bug, Google has now gone public with a security vulnerability in both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. Going under the description of “Type confusion in HandleColumnBreakOnColumnSpanningElement”, the bug has the potential to allow an attacker to execute malicious code. The vulnerability has been assigned the code CVE-2017-0037, and details of the flaw have been published under the terms of Google’s Project Zero. Microsoft was notified about the problem 90 days ago, and as the company failed to patch it Google has made the problem public. An explanation of the browser bug… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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