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Android Oreo released by Google

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:41 PM - by Reverend
Google has released the latest version of its Android mobile operating system (OS), which is named after Oreo chocolate biscuits.

It adds a new "picture-in-picture" mode that lets some apps run in a small corner of the screen.

Google's own Nexus and Pixel phones are expected to be the first to receive the software update.

New versions of Android can be slow to roll out, and just 14% of Android devices run the previous OS, Nougat.

Android Oreo introduces measures to help people manage the volume of notifications on their devices, which has been described as "notification diarrhoea".

App developers will now be able to split notifications into categories, so people can block some types of alert while still receiving others.

Previously, Android users could only allow all or block all notifications from each app.
Image copyright Google
Image caption Android Oreo lets some video calls appear as a "picture-in-picture"

Other new features include:

  • "smart copy-and-paste", which highlights an entire address, telephone number or web addresses when people try to copy it
  • limiting how many system resources apps can use while they are running in the background, to reduce memory use and battery use
  • Instant Apps, which lets some services invoke parts of their Android apps, even if people have not installed them
  • a redesigned set of emojis, which look more like the ones seen on Apple's iOS


BBC News

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Microsoft's biggest Xbox One X launch title is delayed until 2018

Aug 17, 2017 - 10:12 AM - by Reverend
Crackdown 3, the long-awaited open-world action game that was set to be released alongside the Xbox One X on November 7th, has been delayed until spring of next year. The decision leaves Microsoft without a major Xbox-exclusive title launching day-and-date with its turbo-charged 4K-capable console. Crackdown 3 was first announced more than three years ago at E3 2014.

“We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date,” Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis tells Polygon. “However, we want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time.” Part of the extra time will be spent to improve the game's “visual polish,” Loftis says.

The Verge
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Lovefilm By Post DVD rental service to close

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:26 PM - by Reverend
The Lovefilm By Post DVD rental service will cease to operate on 31 October this year, its owner Amazon has said.

Amazon cited a "decreasing demand" for the discs and a growing number of customers who were streaming movies and TV series instead.

The move has irritated some fans, who argue that a wider range of films is available to rent on DVD and Blu-ray.

Lovefilm was founded in 2002 and acquired by Amazon in 2011, when it had more than 1.4 million subscribers.

For a monthly subscription fee, Lovefilm customers could receive a DVD or Blu-ray disc of their choice via post that they would send back once watched.

From 2010, some content could also be accessed via online streaming instead.

A spokesman for Amazon told the BBC it planned to donate Lovefilm's thousands of discs "to charity partners".

The spokesman did not say how many individual discs this amounted to, but he noted that Lovefilm's catalogue covers more than 80,000 titles.
Disgruntled

"We have very much enjoyed delivering the Lovefilm By Post service to our customers," said Amazon in a statement.

"However, over the last few years we've seen a decreasing demand for DVD and Blu-ray rental as customers increasingly move to streaming.

"We are committed to finding alternative roles for all Lovefilm employees within Amazon."

Some fans of Lovefilm were left disgruntled by the decision.

"It's not great, to be honest," customer Michael Harrison told the BBC.

He argued that there was a wider selection of films available to rent in physical form than with streaming services.

"You don't have to buffer it, or worry about pixelation," he added.

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WinRAR 5.50

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:20 PM - by Reverend
WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.

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WinRAR homepage
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Facebook introduces new video service

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:07 PM - by Reverend
Social media giant Facebook has made a move into dedicated video, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks.

Users will soon see a new Watch tab that will offer a range of shows, some of which have been funded by the social network

Watch will be personalised so that users can discover new shows, based on what their friends are watching.

Viewers will also be able to see comments and connect with friends and dedicated groups for shows.

"Watching a show doesn't have to be passive," said the company's founder Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post.

"It can be a chance to share an experience and bring people together who care about the same things."

Video has been available on Facebook for some time, but until now, it has mostly been dominated by amateur clips or short segments from news organisations.

The world's largest social network added a video tab last year, and has hinted for some time that it might make the move to producing original content.

Watch could open up new revenue potential for both Facebook and programme makers, while users can expect to see targeted advertising before and during the shows.

BBC News
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Mozilla Firefox 55.0.1

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:04 PM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows 32-bit | Windows 64-bit | Linux | Mac OS X

Release notes

Firefox homepage
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Intel unveils specs for Core X-series processor family coming in September

Aug 08, 2017 - 10:55 AM - by Reverend
Intel has announced availability of its Core X-series processor family, which will compete with AMD's Threadripper high-end desktop (HEDT) CPUs.

The devices, which will be marketed as Core i5, Core i7 and Core i9 models have a higher than usual TDP, enabling Intel to boost their base clock speed, as well as what Intel calls Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, pushing clock speeds on at least one of the multiple cores to 4.5GHz, in the case of the $999 Core i9-7900X.

That 10-core, 10-thread device, will compete against AMD's top-of-the-range Threadripper 1950X, which boasts 16-cores and 32-threads for the same price, which AMD has released this month.

The first of the new microprocessors out of the traps will be the 12-core, 24-thread Core i9-7920X, available from 29 August, with the 14-core Core i9-7940X and the top-of-the-range 18-core, 36-thread Core i9-7980XE available from 25 September.

The four and ten core microprocessors - the Core i5-7640X, the Core i7-7740X and the Core i9-7900X - are already available.

V3.co.uk
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Mozilla Firefox 55.0

Aug 08, 2017 - 10:51 AM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows 32-bit | Windows 64-bit | Linux | Mac OS X

Release notes

Firefox homepage
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