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Windows 7 enters its final year of free support

Enlarge / Licensing and support lifecycles are not really the easiest topics to illustrate. Peter Bright Windows 7’s five years of extended support will expire on January 14, 2020—exactly one year from today. After this date, security fixes will no longer be freely available for the operating system that’s still widely used. As always, the […]

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2019 was supposed to be a banner year for IPOs but now it's turning into a 'shitshow'

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Here's What You Need To Know About Facebook's Colossally Bad Year

A New York Times investigation revealed Tuesday that Facebook has underplayed the extent to which it shared user data with other entities. Unbeknownst to users, the social media giant allowed major tech companies wide access to personal information: for example, Amazon and Microsoft could obtain email addresses, and Spotify and Netflix could read, edit and […]

Photography

Lens Rentals zooms in on the most popular cameras of the year

2018 brought a handful of new cameras to market, but which ones were the most popular? Lens Rentals recently shared its annual breakdown, which tracks the rentals over a one-year period. It showed growth for Panasonic and Sony, while other brands saw marginal declines in the percentage of rentals, including the most-rented brand, Canon. The […]

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Samsung’s foldable phone is real, and it launches next year

Samsung’s flexible phone. It starts in phone mode… And opens into a tablet mode. There are two displays on Samsung’s phone. One static phone-style display on the outside, and athe folding display on the inside. Putting the folding display on the inside of the device means putting a serious bend in the display. As you […]

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The cofounder of Refinery29 explains how she built a global media brand that reaches 425 million people a year

Refinery29Christene Barberich is the cofounder and editor in chief of Refinery29. Christene Barberich is the cofounder and editor in chief of Refinery29. Refinery29 is a lifestyle and news media company primarily for young women. Across all of its global sites, social media accounts, and events, Refinery said it will reach 425 million people this year. […]

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Skype support coming to Alexa later this year

Enlarge / Skype calling on Alexa hardware. Microsoft Later this year you’ll be able to say “Alexa, call Mom on Skype” and have Amazon’s digital assistant do the right thing with Microsoft’s messaging network. Microsoft and Amazon have been working to integrate their technology. Earlier in the year, Cortana and Alexa gained the ability to […]

Gaming

‘Diablo III’ is bringing loot-filled goodness to the Nintendo Switch this year

[embedded content] Blizzard Entertainment has said in the past that releasing Overwatch on the Nintendo Switch would be a huge challenge, and there’s little chance of something like World of Warcraft or Heroes of the Storm hitting the hybrid console. Diablo III is another story, however, and now we’ve officially learned that the game is […]

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Nintendo’s Switch has been hiding a buried “VrMode” for over a year

A previous, browser-based proof-of-concept test from YouTuber Nintendrew shows how Switch-based VR could work. YoutTube / Nintendrew Hackers have uncovered and tested a screen-splitting “VR Mode” that has been buried in the Switch’s system-level firmware for over a year. The discovery suggests that Nintendo at least toyed with the idea that the tablet system could […]

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Uber could rake in more than $10 billion in revenue this year, but its growth is starting to slow down

GettyUber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Uber gave CNBC its second-quarter fianancials. Uber’s Q2 net revenue was $ 2.7 billion, up 51% from the same quarter last year, and gross bookings were $ 12 billion, up 41% year-over-year. That represents a slight slowdown in growth from Q1. Uber is cruising toward $ 10 billion in revenue this […]

Computer

Apple’s new MacBook Air with Intel’s 8th-gen processors expected this year

If you’re in the market for a new MacBook Air, you may want to refrain from buying one until Apple refreshes the laptop line. Apple is expected to announce a new model later this year, bringing with it a chip from Intel’s eighth-generation processor family that Apple used on its recent MacBook Pro with Touch […]