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Why apps won’t matter going forward

Remember the time when there were no smartphones? Seems like a lifetime ago doesn’t it? Most mobile apps we had were simple tools such as unit converters or games. Hardly an app for booking your railway or flight tickets nor did we have as efficient mobile versions of websites. Today, almost every service that caters to a large audience has a dedicated mobile app, a mobile version of its website, and a fully functional desktop version, then there are other standards creeping up on them such as Google’s AMP project.
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A new sophisticated scam is tricking even some rather tech savvy Gmail users

Cybercriminals are lurking around every corner of the internet, searching for their next victims. They will use everything in their arsenal to steal our personal information and money. Malware, ransomware and phishing attacks to name a few.

In many cases these fraudsters make simple mistakes, like poor spelling and grammar, that tip us off to their scams. However, there is an extremely effective phishing scam that is difficult to detect hitting and Gmail is the victim of this phishing scam that is even fooling experienced technical users.   Continue reading

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Feature packed Windows 10 build 15007 with is out to the Insiders : Theme store coming soon

Microsoft surprised Windows Insiders today, with the roll out of Windows 10 build 15007, its second preview for PCs in the Fast ring this week. It followed the arrival of build 15002 a few days ago, and brought various new features to both PCs and phones. The new build, detailed in a lengthy blog post, adds three key ingredients: new Edge features, the ability to easily resume work after switching PCs, and a downloadable themes store designed to freshen up your PC. Continue reading

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Windows 10 growth slows down as Windows 7 rebounds

Microsoft has been investing heavily in Windows 10, not only for a development point of view but also with marketing as well. The company is pushing the OS at every opportunity and occasionally crossed the boundary of forcing it on to machines even when a user does not want the OS.

Despite such aggressive efforts however, Windows 7 still remains more popular than it was in the summer, though it is considerably down year on year as we dive into the last Netmarketshare figures of 2016. Continue reading

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Microsoft Surface phone is apparently ready for trial

Rumours about Microsoft Surface Phone have been floating for a very long time and so far we only have rumours. Today, we have one more. While previous rumours suggested that we may not see a Surface Phone any time soon, it is probably closer than most people think, at least according to a report by Chinese financial publication Commercial Times,

The Commercial Times of Taiwan reports that Chinese ODM Pegatron, which produces the iPhone and also the Surface Studio, is currently running production trials on the mythical Surface Phone. Continue reading

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VLC media player to bring support for 360 degree videos across all platforms

VLC Media Player, you have to be someone who doesn’t play videos on his computer to not know the name. The app that lets you play basically any video format on practically any platform, is now about to add support for the possible future. By future I mean, 360-degree videos which are becoming more and more common, and yet, strangely, we hardly have any native apps to play them apart from the web browser.
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Locky ransomware can affect you via Facebook and LinkedIn

Malware doesn’t always need to attack your computer through browser or OS based exploits. Sometimes, it’s the social networks themselves that can be the problem. An ongoing spam campaign is using boobytrapped image files to download and infect users with the Locky ransomware, Israeli security firm Check Point reports.

This works by taking advantage of flaws in the way Facebook and LinkedIn (among others) handle images in its bid to infect your PC. The security firm says that malware authors have identified vulnerabilities in the social networks that forcibly download a maliciously coded image file on the user’s computer, but in some cases, the user had to click on the image to download it. Continue reading