Campfire leak: Google could bring Windows 10 support to Chromebooks, Boot Camp-style

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Google could be about to add Windows 10 support to a range of Chromebooks, according to a new leak. The appearance earlier in the year of a new project called Campfire showed that Google was working on bringing Windows 10 support to Pixelbooks. But now it seems that the option to dual boot Chrome OS and Windows 10 could spread to a wider range of Chromebooks. See also: Google Play shows warning to anyone searching for Fortnite APKs Google has slashed the size of Android apps Android 9 is… Android Pie! Seriously, Google? The feature is comparable to Apple’s Boot… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google Play shows warning to anyone searching for Fortnite APKs

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The arrival of Fortnite on Android has not only been eagerly awaited, but also steeped in controversy. In addition to making the game a Samsung exclusive (for a few days, anyway), Epic Games decided to bypass Google Play and host APK downloads on its own servers. But this isn’t going to stop people looking for Fortnite in the Play Store. Google is well aware of this, and that there is the potential for fake, scam apps to appear, tricking users into downloading something malicious. As such, the company is taking action, and is showing a warning to anyone who searches… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Banned Windows Timeline Support extension returns to the Chrome Web Store

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We recently wrote about a browser extension which added Windows’ Timeline support for Chrome and Firefox — the aptly-named Windows Timeline Support. While we loved the addon for making Windows 10’s Timeline rather more useful, the use of the word “Windows” in its name meant that the extension was taken down due to copyright violation. Now it’s back with a new name. See also: Make Windows 10’s Timeline feature actually useful by adding support for Chrome and Firefox How to use Windows 10’s new Timeline feature Privacy: How to disable Timeline in Windows 10 April 2018 Update As it was… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Qualcomm to make $700m investment in new Taiwanese antitrust settlement

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Qualcomm has come to an arrangement with Taiwanese antitrust regulators which means the company can stop paying fines levied against it. The chipmaker had been fined $778 million by the Fair Trade Commission in Taiwan back in 2017 after it was found to be refusing to sell to handset makers that were unwilling to agree to its patent-licensing terms. As part of the new agreement, Qualcomm will invest $700 million in Taiwan over the next five years, including investments in 5G initiatives. See also: Trump blocks Broadcom’s takeover of Qualcomm, citing national security EU hits Google with record €4.34bn fine… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google has slashed the size of Android apps

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To tie in with the launch of Android 9 Pie, Google has given a glimpse into the improvements it has made to the app store. In a blog post aimed primarily at developers, the director of Google Play, Purnima Kochikar, said that improved discovery features had helped to boost visits to the store by 30 percent while new tools helped to dramatically reduce crash rates. Google also points to new techniques which have enabled it to reduce app size by up to 65 percent. See also: Android 9 is… Android Pie! Seriously, Google? Confirmed: Fortnite for Android will risk players’… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note9 with exclusive Fortnite access, plus Galaxy Watch

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Today — after weeks of leaks — Samsung finally revealed the eagerly anticipated Galaxy Note9. While we already knew just about everything about this smartphone, we now know that it has an astonishing price tag (between $1,000 and $1,250) and that it includes exclusive access to the beta version of Fortnite for Android. At the same event, Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Watch — dropping the Gear branding once and for all. Available in 42mm and 46mm models, the watch features LTE connectivity and boasts impressive battery life. But has the launch of the two products lived up to expectations?… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Chrome starts to use native notifications in Windows 10

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With the roll out of Chrome 68, Google is making an important change to its browser’s notification system. Rather than issuing website notifications within the browser, Chrome will instead start to make use of the Windows 10 Action Center to display them. While the change may not be viewed by everyone as a major one, it will help to provide a more consistent experience for people who choose to enable notifications from their favorite websites. See also: Chrome has a secret Material Design mode — here’s how to enable it Brace yourself for a slew of security warnings from Chrome… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Unpacked: Watch the Samsung Galaxy Note9 launch live stream here!

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Just about everything you could possibly want to know about the Galaxy Note9 has already leaked out, but there’s still the official launch event to look forward to later today in New York. The chances are you’re not going to make it to the event itself, but you can watch it here, live. Things kick off in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 11:00 EDT (that’s 16:00 BST), and watching the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2018 live stream is the best way to get the lowdown on this flagship handset as soon as possible. See also: Leaked: the Samsung Galaxy Note9… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Privacy: Apple denies listening in on iPhone conversations and sharing recorded audio with third parties

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In response to questions from Congress, Apple has written a letter in which it denies recording iPhone users’ phone calls. The letter stresses Apple’s stance on privacy after the House Committee on Energy and Commerce asked both Tim Cook and Alphabet’s Larry Page about their respective companies’ attitude to the privacy of user data. Apple says very firmly that its business model “does not depend on collecting vast amounts of personally identifiable information to enrich targeted profiles marketed to advertisers”. The letter also adds that Apple “doesn’t provide third-party app developers with access to Siri utterances”. See also: Apple kicks… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Twitter is not banning Alex Jones; Jack Dorsey explains why

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Alex Jones and Infowars are being banned, suspended and removed from the internet left, right and center. But while YouTube, Facebook, Apple and others have come down hard on the right-wing conspiracy theorist for peddling hate speech, Twitter is standing by him. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has defended his company’s decision not to follow the lead of its Silicon Valley counterparts, saying that Alex Jones “hasn’t violated our rules”. In a series of tweets, Dorsey explains that Twitter enforces its rules “impartially, regardless of political viewpoints”. See also: Apple kicks Alex Jones and Infowars podcasts from iTunes Infowars’ Alex Jones… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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