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Remix OS Gets Mobile Version

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Remix OS Gets Mobile Version

Jide Technologies announces a new version of the Android-based Remix OS-- one designed for both smartphones and Android-based PCs armed with a new feature dubbed Remix Singularity.

Essentially Remix Singularity is an Android equivalent to Continuum, the Windows 10 feature allowing users to turn a smartphones into a PC by plugging in the necessary peripherals (such as a keyboard and monitor). Thus, the smartphone version of Remix OS has a UI ideal for smaller displays, but plugging the mobile device to a monitor or TV brings the full Remix OS UI seen in tablets and PCs.

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Windows 10 Cloud OS Leaks

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Windows 10 Cloud OS Leaks

Windows 10 Cloud could be the Microsoft answer to Google's ChromeOS. Twitter user adguard (@rgadguard) leaked this lightweight version of Windows 10-- and curious users took the risk and installed the leaked ISO file.

They discovered a stripped-down version of the OS able to only run Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, something reminiscent of the short-lived Windows RT.

The UI looks very similar to that of regular Windows 10, with a task bar and integrated Cortana-powered search field. However, attempts at installing Win32 applications brings a message stating the OS "was made to help protect you and your device by exclusively running Windows Store apps."

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Windows 10 Arrives on Qualcomm Chips

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Windows 10 Arrives on Qualcomm Chips

Microsoft takes another stab at putting Windows on ARM-based chipsets-- a collaboration with Qualcomm brings about a full version of Windows 10 running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor.

Machines running on such Snapdragon CPUs can support x86 Win 32 and universal Windows apps, including Adobe Photoshop, Windows 10 games and, of course, the likes of Office. A demo of the Windows 10 Enterprise Edition emulation running on the ARM-based Qualcomm CPU appears to be as smooth as expected, and can lead to what the two companies insist on calling "cellular PCs."

“We are excited to bring Windows 10 to the ARM ecosystem with Qualcomm Technologies,” Microsoft Windows and Devices Group VP Terry Myerson says. “We continue to look for ways to empower our customers to create wherever they are. Bringing Windows 10 to life with a range of thin, light, power-efficient and always-connected devices, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform, is the next step in delivering the innovations our customers love-- touch, pen, Windows Hello, and more-- anytime, anywhere.”

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Parallels Updates Desktop for Mac

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Parallels Updates Desktop for Mac

Parallels announces Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac-- an update featuring macOS Sierra support-- together with Parallels Toolbox, a standalone app allowing users to perform simple tasks not tied to virtualisation.

Additions to Desktop 12 include "always on" Windows 10 in the background, instant Windows app launching, incremental backup and Windows update scheduling, improved Microsoft Edge, Outlook and Office 365 integration, the ability to assign special behaviours to Windows apps and Xbox app support. Another feature involves a partnership with Blizzard with support for the hit multiplayer shooter Overwatch.

Parallels also claims the update offers 90% faster snapshot creation, 60% faster VM suspension, 25% faster shared folder performance, 25% faster Visual Studio project compilation and up to 10% improvement in battery life for "certain environments."

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Chinese Opera Takeover Fails

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Chinese Opera Takeover Fails

Back in February Opera announced it received a $1.2 billion buyout offer from a Chinese consortium-- but it failed to get regulatory approval, leading to a partial acquisition of the company.

Dubbed the Kunqi Consortium, the buyer-to-be includes ISP mobile games distributor Beijing Kunlun Tech and billionaire Zhou Hongyi, owner of security and search company Qihoo 360.

According to Reuters, "U.S. privacy concerns would have led to an investigation into some of Opera's products that risked delaying the acquisition for up to a year." As a result, the involved parties to bypass regulatory issues by buying parts of Opera-- specifically its mobile phone and desktop computer browser business, performance and privacy apps division, technology licensing business and a stake in Chinese joint venture nHorizon-- for $500 million.

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Avast Buys More Security with AVG

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Avast Buys More Security with AVG

Antivirus software vendor Avast acquires more security through Czech Republic-based security developer AVG in a deal worth around $1.3 billion.

The deal creates an entity with a network of over 400 million endpoints (160 million of which are mobile), all acting as "de facto sensors" to further broaden the Avast malware intel library.

As the company puts it, the reason behind the purchase is to "gain scale, technological depth and geographical depth." As such, Avast plans to pursue business beyond PC antivirus software to more advanced offerings, such as security for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

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Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows

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Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows

Both Apple and Trend Micro warn customers to uninstall QuickTime from Windows PCs--  Apple has stopped updating the video player, one Trend Micro says carries not one but two critical vulnerabilities.

Since there will be no more QuickTime for Windows updates the two vulnerabilities will never be patched out. Trend Micro says no attacks exploit the vulnerabilities as yet, but it is preferable to be safe and take preemptive action.

According to the security company, taking advantage of the vulnerabilities "requires a user to visit a malicious web page or open a malicious file to exploit them.” As such, one must also be aware of potential phishing attempts.

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Macs Hit By First Ransomware

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Macs Hit By First Ransomware

The typically secure Mac platform has been hit by a ransomware-- version 2.90 of the Transmission BitTorrent client is actually infected with malware, and poses nasty consequences to users.

According to Palo Alto Networks security researchers this is the first functioning example of such malware (specifically "KeRanger") to attack OS X. Thankfully the Transmission developers quickly realised the situation, and users are urged to use the Activity Monitor to delete KeRanger and related processes.

In addition, Apple has already revoked a "a digital certificate from a legitimate Apple developer that enabled the rogue software to install on Macs."

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DirectX Gets Rival With Vulkan

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DirectX Gets Rival With Vulkan

The Khronos Group reveals a successor to OpenGL-- and a rival to Microsoft's DirectX-- with the launch of the Vulkan 1.0 specification, an open low-level cross-platform graphics API.

Built on the ashes of Mantle, the previous AMD attempt at an OpenGL successor, Vulkan promises high-efficiency cross-platform access access to graphics and compute GPU resources. As such it should run on just about any device running on Windows, Linux or Android, be it PC, games console, mobile device or embbedded platform. It also features minimised CPU overhead and efficient multi-threaded performance, with all related materials (including conformance tests, specification source and software tools) freely available as open source.

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