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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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”. …

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Learn to code JavaScript for free with Google Grasshopper

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 …

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

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 …

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Twitter bans Kaspersky Lab from buying ads

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 …

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SmugMug buys Flickr for undisclosed sum

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 …

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

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 …

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

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. …

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