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Apple and Google’s AI wizardry promises privacy—at a cost

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Since the dawn of the iPhone, many of the smarts in smartphones have come from elsewhere: the corporate computers known as the cloud. Mobile apps sent user data cloudward for useful tasks like transcribing speech or suggesting message replies. Now Apple and Google say smartphones are smart enough to do some crucial...

Newly discovered Vigilante malware outs software pirates and blocks them

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) A researcher has uncovered one of the more unusual finds in the annals of malware: booby-trapped files that rat out downloaders and try to prevent unauthorized downloading in the future. The files are available on sites frequented by software pirates. Vigilante, as SophosLabs Principal Researcher Andrew Brandt is calling...

Amazon joins Apple, Google by reducing its app store cut

Enlarge / The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, which runs Amazon's Fire OS. (credit: Amazon) Apparently following the lead of Apple and Google, Amazon has announced that it will take a smaller revenue cut from apps developed by teams earning less than $1 million annually from their apps on the Amazon Appstore. The same applies to developers who are brand-new...

Microsoft’s Linux repositories were down for 18+ hours

Enlarge / In 2017, Tux was sad that he had a Microsoft logo on his chest. In 2021, he's mostly sad that Microsoft's repositories were down for most of a day. (credit: Jim Salter) Yesterday, packages.microsoft.com—the repository from which Microsoft serves software installers for Linux distributions including CentOS, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and...

Here’s what’s inside Google’s first-ever retail store

The inside of the store is wood-on-wood, with these crazy bendy poles everywhere. After years of flirting with the idea of opening a physical store, Google announced its first-ever permanent retail location last month. Today, June 17, is the official grand opening, and Google celebrated with a blog post detailing...

A new HTTP spec proposes elimination of obnoxious “cookie banners”

Cookieyes.com—a site devoted to providing GDPR/CCPA consent solutions—unsurprisingly has an excellent, minimally invasive cookie banner. [credit: Jim Salter ] The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), passed in 2018,...

Apple’s Tim Cook: Sideloading is “not in the best interests of the user”

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook being interviewed remotely by Brut. (credit: Brut.) Apple has been under a mountain of scrutiny lately from legislators, developers, judges, and users. Amidst all that, CEO Tim Cook sat with publication Brut. to discuss Apple's strategy and policies. The short but wide-ranging interview offered some insight into where...

Google enables end-to-end encryption for Android’s default SMS/RCS app

Enlarge / If you and your chatting partner are both on Google Messages and both have RCS enabled, you'll see these lock icons to show that encryption is on. (credit: Google) Google has announced that end-to-end encryption is rolling out to users of Google Messages, Android's default SMS and RCS app. The feature has been in testing for months, and...

Make way for Windows 11? Windows 10 end-of-life is October 2025

Enlarge / Please show your retired operating system the respect it deserves, with a proper Viking funeral. (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images) A new Windows visual refresh, codenamed Sun Valley. is on the way this summer. Until recently, we've assumed that this update would simply bring a new look for Windows 10 21H2—the major release of Windows...

Apple’s podcast subscriptions went live today—with a 30 percent cut

A Subscriber Edition page in the Podcasts app. [credit: Apple ] As previously announced in April, Apple has today launched its new Podcasts Subscriptions feature on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. The system allows users to subscribe to podcasts...

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