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Google is kicking apps that ask for SMS or Call Log permissions out of the Play Store

Google has reminded developers that their apps will be removed from the Play Store if they request SMS or Call Log permissions. The policy change was announced last year, and over the next few weeks the app removal process begins. While these particular permissions have been used to give Android users a choice of dialers …

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Windows leak site BuildFeed closes down

After five years of leaking information about unreleased builds of Windows, BuildFeed has shut up shop. Over the weekend, the site posted a slew of build numbers including references to onecore and shell_devices_foldable. But there will be no more leaks coming from the BuildFeed. Citing “extensive internal pressures and external pressures”, site founder Thomas Hounsell …

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Windows 10 has a built-in free screen recorder that you might not know about

You’ve very probably been using Windows 10 for a long time now, but that doesn’t mean that you’ve discovered everything it has to offer. The operating system is packed with features, but there are some that are hidden away to the extent that they could be considered secrets. One such gem is the screen recording …

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Huawei sacks employee arrested in Poland on spying charges

Chinese smartphone-maker Huawei has sacked an employee after he was arrested in Poland, charged with spying. Weijing Wang, the company’s sales director in Poland, was dismissed by Huawei as it tries to limit the damage to its reputation — the company is already viewed as a potential security risk by numerous countries including the US. …

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Google Chromecast Audio is no more. It rests in peace. It is bereft of life.

If you were hoping to get your hands on a Chromecast Audio, you’re out of luck: Google has stopped manufacturing the device. More than this, the audio-only version of Chromecast is out of stock pretty much everywhere, so your only hope of getting one now is probably to pick one up second hand. Google says …

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Google Play now tells you have much space you have left on your phone

With so many apps and games available in Google Play, it’s easy to get carried away and fill up your phone. You can use Settings to keep track of how much space you have left, but now Google has made it possible to monitor free space from within the Play Store. A new storage indicator …

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As the US government shutdown rolls on, numerous TLS certificates expire, leaving sites inaccessible

With the US government shutdown in its third week, president Trump continues to try to convince both his own party and the Democrats to agree to fund one of his campaign promises — a wall on the southern border. So far, the shutdown has seen national parks and more left unstaffed, and today is the …

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How to disable reserved storage in Windows 10

If you have upgraded to Windows 10 version 1903 — or Windows 10 19H1 as you may know it — you will find that a portion of your hard drive has been set aside thanks to the new “reserved storage” option. Microsoft introduced this Storage Reserve (as it is also known) to “ensure proper performance …

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Netflix could use AI to clamp down on people sharing their account with friends and family

Netflix has millions of users around the world, but how many of these are actually paying customers? Many of us either know (or are) people who share their Netflix account with friends and family, or leech off the one person they know that’s willing to pay for a subscription. But Netflix free rides could be …

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Chuwi’s HeroBook is a super-cheap Windows 10 laptop

If you’re on a tight budget, or you’re looking for a cheap “throw-away” laptop you can pop into a bag when you’re travelling, Chuwi’s HeroBook could be for you. Aimed at students and “low-income workers”, the HeroBook’s specs are nothing to get too excited about, but this is not the point of this particular laptop. …

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