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Apple is eager for MacBook Pro users to squeeze the best possible battery life out of their machines, so it's understandable that the company was taken aback by Consumer Reports' original, and disappointing battery life results.
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Linux and Windows living happily side-by-side is not something many people would have predicted, but Windows 10 Anniversary Update saw the arrival of Bash on Ubuntu thanks to the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Not everyone was happy with Microsoft's choice of Ubuntu, with many preferring a different flavour of Linux.
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Security breaches and data leaks are, obviously, a major concern, but they do have something of a silver lining. Leaks of passwords may open up the risk of individual accounts being targeted, but they also serve as a fascinating insight into the level of security people use for online services.
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Fake news has become a serious problem recently, with Facebook blamed for helping the spread of stories that are factually incorrect. The social network has already announced that it wants to take steps to tackle the problem, and now the BBC is joining the fight.
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Earlier today we reported about a security problem in WhatsApp that means it is possible for messages to be intercepted and read by others. The backdoor takes advantage of the fact that WhatsApp's implementation of end-to-end encryption makes it possible to resend encrypted messages using different security keys, allowing for third parties to read them.
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In a shocking series of tests just before Christmas, Consumer Reports put the new MacBook Pro through its paces and came to the conclusion that battery life was so poor and so variable that it was the first MacBook Pro it could not recommend.
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Donald Trump has not yet taken up office, but he has already managed to whip up tidal waves of opposition not only in the US, but around the world. Among the president-elect's opponents is Anonymous, the hacktivist collective.
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Now that Windows 10 build 15007 is available for Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring, we're really starting to get a proper look at where Microsoft is going with the impending Creators Update release. We've already seen how the company is pushing 3D and augmented reality, but it has not forgotten about gamers.
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There was a craze that started a few years back for tracing one's family tree. Rather than fizzling out, the interest in genealogy continued, and there are still many websites out there that will help you to research your family history and build up a picture of the past.
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Cellebrite -- the Israeli security company famed for helping the FBI crack the iPhone at the San Berandino iPhone -- has been hit by hackers. The attack resulted in the theft of 900GB of data.
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Facebook has long-claimed that its WhatsApp messaging service is completely secure and messages cannot be intercepted thanks to its use of end-to-end encryption. But researchers have unearthed a serious security flaw that makes it possible to read encrypted messages.
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With Donald Trump about to take over the reins from Barack Obama, privacy groups have expressed concern about what the incoming president will do with surveillance laws. But before that happens, President Obama is still a cause for concern. In the final days of his leadership, his administration has granted permission for the NSA to share the data it intercepts with no fewer than 16 other intelligence agencies.
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Anonymous threatens Donald Trump with leaks about ties to mafia and chil...
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Donald Trump has not yet taken up office, but he has already managed to whip up tidal waves of opposition not only in the US, but around the

Game Mode in Windows 10 Creators Update will boost gaming performance an...
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Now that Windows 10 build 15007 is available for Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring, we're really starting to get a proper look at where Micr

The list of most common passwords of 2016 includes a few surprises
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Security breaches and data leaks are, obviously, a major concern, but they do have something of a silver lining. Leaks of passwords may open

Genealogy website FamilyTreeNow knows far too much about you -- remove y...
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There was a craze that started a few years back for tracing one's family tree. Rather than fizzling out, the interest in genealogy continued

Backdoor in WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption leaves messages open to int...
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Facebook has long-claimed that its WhatsApp messaging service is completely secure and messages cannot be intercepted thanks to its use of e

Before handing over power to Trump, Obama decides to EXPAND surveillance
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With Donald Trump about to take over the reins from Barack Obama, privacy groups have expressed concern about what the incoming president wi

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The long wait for a new games console from Nintendo is over. Well, almost. The Japanese company -- buoyed by the success of Super Mario Run

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A week tomorrow, on Friday 20 January, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States and you can watch the whole

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The European Union is not happy with the explanation Yahoo has given for scanning user emails for US intelligence. There is concern about ho

Now it's easy to secretly edit Facebook posts without anyone noticing
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There is a lot of talk about the possibility of editing tweets on Twitter at the moment, but an editing function has been available on Faceb

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Facebook, Apple and Google face a drop in ad revenue if EU proposals to apply the same rules to online messaging services that currently app

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We're all looking for ways to save time and effort, so it's hardly surprising that some web browsers offer a feature that automatically fill

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The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 -- better known to many as the snooper's charter -- faced massive public criticism in the run-up to becomi

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Things are all change at Yahoo. The sale of the company to Verizon appears to be going ahead -- despite a series of setbacks along the way,

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The world of communication services is dog eat dog, and Australia's Atlassian has just gobbled up Trello.

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When it comes to desktop operating systems, there are three main camps into which people fall: Windows, Mac and Linux. In the case of the la

Hackers find a way to install new games on NES Classic Edition
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When Nintendo launched the NES Classic Edition there was much rejoicing from gamers of certain ages. But while 30 and 40-somethings may have

Google kills Hangouts API
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Google is retiring the Hangouts API, meaning that apps relying on it will stop working. The announcement was made very quietly via email and

Google makes Fastboot and ADB available as separate downloads for Window...
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Answering the pleas of many Android users, Google has finally made ADB and Fastboot available as separate downloads.

Enable notifications to find out when there's a new Google Doodle
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Google Doodles are fun little additions to Google search that highlight major events in history, important birthdays and so on. Unless you m