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Latest Windows Insider build makes a major upgrade to, uh… Notepad

Enlarge g4ll4is / Flickr There’s a new Windows Insider build out today, and the biggest changes appear to be none other than Notepad, Windows’ venerable barebones text editor. Notepad already received a significant update in the recent October 2018 Update: Microsoft added support for files with Unix-style line endings. But the work hasn’t stopped there. […]

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Cryptography failure leads to easy hacking for PlayStation Classic

Enlarge / The PlayStation Classic’s internal USB, removed and picked at as part of the hacking effort. Yifan Lu / Twitter In the days since the PlayStation Classic’s official release, hackers have already made great progress in loading other PlayStation games (and even non-PlayStation software) onto the plug-and-play device. What’s more, it seems some sloppy […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 is official, coming to Android flagships in 2019

A Snapdragon 855 on top of a wafer of Snapdragon 855s. The 855 next to a penny. This isn’t to scale, but it gives us a general idea of how Qualcomm is imaging the chip layout. The most important thing here is the separate 5G modem. Qualcomm has announced its flagship System on a Chip […]

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Edge dies a death of a thousand cuts as Microsoft switches to Chromium

Enlarge @AndreTelevise As reported earlier this week, Microsoft is going to use Google’s Blink rendering engine and V8 JavaScript engine in its Edge browser, largely ending development of its own EdgeHTML rendering engine and Chakra JavaScript engine. This means that Microsoft will be using code from—and making contributions to—the Chromium open source project. The company’s […]

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Apple’s anticipated ECG app rolls out today in watchOS 5.1.2

Enlarge Valentina Palladino The newest update for Apple Watches is out now, bringing a highly anticipated feature to Series 4 devices. Apple pushed out watchOS 5.1.2 today, which includes its ECG app for monitoring irregular heartbeats. Apple Watch Series 4 devices all have built-in electrodes that can measure electrocardiograms, or ECGs. At the time of […]

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Apple releases iOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1

Enlarge / The 2018, 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard Folio. Samuel Axon Apple simultaneously released minor software updates for iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple TV boxes today with iOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1. The focus is on bug fixes and security, so none of them introduce major new features. But […]

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Microsoft continues its quest to embrace every developer with Visual Studio 2019

Enlarge / Visual Studio 2019 has a new icon; the left one for the release version, the right one for previews. Microsoft Microsoft today made a number of developer-oriented announcements that continue its theme of the last few years: the company wants its tools—and ultimately its platforms, especially Azure—to be the choice of every developer, […]

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Report: Microsoft is scrapping Edge, switching to just another Chrome clone

Enlarge Getty / Aurich Windows Central reports that Microsoft is planning to replace its Edge browser, which uses Microsoft’s own EdgeHTML rendering engine and Chakra JavaScript engine, with a new browser built on Chromium, the open source counterpart to Google’s Chrome. The new browser has the codename Anaheim. The report is short on details. The […]

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Apple will skip 5G in 2019, report says

Enlarge / From left to right: the iPhone 8, the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR, and the iPhone XS Max. Samuel Axon Apple will not introduce an iPhone capable of taking advantage of faster 5G cellular data networks in 2019, a report from Bloomberg says. Citing people familiar with Apple’s plans, the report specifies that […]

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Barnes and Noble’s newest Kindle competitor is a 7-inch, $49 Nook

Enlarge Barnes and Noble hasn’t given up on its Nook tablets—quite the contrary, in fact. Last month, the bookseller debuted its biggest Android reading tablet yet, a $ 129, 10.1-inch slab with room for up to 256GB of storage. And today, Barnes and Noble came out with another, much more affordable tablet: an updated version […]

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Apple Music arrives on Amazon’s Echo speakers starting December 17

Enlarge Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Apple Music subscribers will have a new way to listen to music soon. Amazon announced that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices next month, beginning the week of December 17. “We are committed to offering great music providers to our customers and since launching the Music Skill API to […]

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Microsoft Office has pretty new icons but they have a fatal flaw

[embedded content] Microsoft has even made a video to introduce the new icons Microsoft has unveiled a new set of icons that the Office apps will start using. Office 365 customers will see their apps switch to the new icons over the next couple of months, as Microsoft continues to refresh the look and feel […]