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Microsoft orphans Windows 10 1809, prepares to jump 1803 users straight to 1903

Windows 10 1809 – the ill-fated version initially launched last fall – powered just 29% of surveyed Windows 10 systems as of late April. It's a clear sign that Microsoft has largely stopped pushing 1809 to users.

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Google pulls Huawei's Android license: 5 reasons not to panic (yet) if you own a Huawei phone

Google is reportedly pulling its Play Store and Android app license from Huawei due to pressure from the U.S., government, but that doesn't mean your Huawei phone is turning into a brick.

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Coming to Windows 10: More browsers, not fewer

As the company transitions its Edge browser in Windows 10 to one that's Chromium based, it also plans to maintain support for IE11. For IT admins, the variety of browser iterations could get confusing.

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Nest Hub Max is the smart display Google should have started with

Google finally builds a smart display with a camera as it consolidates its smart home efforts under the Nest brand.

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Windows by the numbers: Maybe Windows 7 doesn't want to retire

With the countdown on to the January end-of-support date for Windows 7, the aging operating system doesn't seem to be going anywhere fast.

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A $399 Pixel 3a could be the Google phone we should have gotten all along

Google is expected to unveil a new member of the Pixel family during its I/O keynote on May 7, and it could be the killer phone we've always wanted.

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Should you buy a laptop with 8th-gen or 9th-gen Core CPU? It's all about cores and clocks

Intel's 9th-gen Core laptops are incoming, while 8th-gen laptops are still going strong. Which should you buy? It comes down to cores and clocks.

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Anki is shutting down, but its adorable Cozmo and Vector robots deserve a new home

Recode reports that Anki and its family of robots will be shutting down, but let's hope it's not the end.

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Microsoft tells IT admins to nix 'obsolete' password reset practice

The company now says forcing users to routinely reset passwords at pre-set time intervals doesn't work as well other security options.

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Apple plays strong privacy card in battle with parental control apps, but offers few solutions

Apple defended tis decision to limit and remove some parental control and screen monitoring apps in a lengthy explanation, but it offers few solutions for developers.

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The Half Nerd ep. 91.5: Gordon is wrong about PlayStation 5, cloud gaming, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The lesser half of The Full Nerd crew fires up their mics to counter Gordon’s stances on console gaming, game streaming services, and a delightfully 70s-era movie.

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What Apple can learn from the iPhone XR’s success

The iPhone XR is Apple’s best-selling model by a huge margin. Here are five takeaways Apple should pay attention to.

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What USB 3.2 and Wi-Fi 6 mean for your next PC

Everything you need to know about USB and Wi-Fi when you buy a new laptop

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Apple edges closer to cursory code review for all Mac apps

In a message to developers, the company said it will soon require all macOS apps to pass at least a cursory review before they can be downloaded and run by users.

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Big changes to Siri, Marzipan, AR, and more could dramatically change the Apple ecosystem

If the reported changes to Siri, Marzipan, ARKit, and other core technologies are true, the Apple ecosystem is about to get a lot stronger.

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Microsoft adds more reasons for enterprise users to run Edge on mobile devices

The iOS and Android versions of the company's Edge browser now support single sign-on and conditional access, a move that could spur more use for the mobile version of Edge.

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An iPhone 8 body with updated specs could be a hit, but it’s no iPhone SE

Apple could release a phone in March 2020 with an iPhone 8 body and A13 processor. It could sell well at the right price, but it won’t satisfy iPhone SE fans.

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Google, Hyperledger launch online identity management tools

The new tools enable mobile-based options for employees to sign into corporate applications or create self-sovereign identities, access to which they control.

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