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Computer operating system and movie stored on DNA

San Fransisco - An algorithm built for streaming video on a cellphone has been used to unlock DNA's storage potential. This was achieved by squeezing information into its four base nucleotides. In a study, researchers show the reliability of DNA computing technology.

Encryption on 'tens of millions' of phones could easily be broken

A security researcher has discovered that a major flaw in Android's full disk encryption technology could leave the data on tens of millions of devices at risk. A kernel vulnerability can be used to break through the encryption and access user files.

Apple brings Siri to the Mac with first version of renamed macOS

Confirming previous rumours, Apple has rebranded its Mac OS X desktop operating system macOS. The first release of the renamed platform includes several notable new features for Mac users, including the arrival of Siri on desktop systems.

Microsoft's Cortana is now your personal DJ and cooking assistant

As Windows 10's Anniversary Update begins to draw near, Microsoft is still adding new features to the Insider Preview builds. In the latest update, it added new interactions with Cortana, including the ability to turn Cortana into your own personal DJ.

Microsoft resorts to 'dirty trick' to upgrade PCs to Windows 10

Microsoft has been accused of adopting a "dirty trick" to force unsuspecting consumers to upgrade to Windows 10. As the free upgrade period comes to an end, Microsoft has updated its upgrade assistant app to install Windows 10 even if you close it.

Microsoft warns Windows 10 free upgrades are ending soon

Microsoft has announced it is to end the Windows 10 free upgrade offer in the near future, preventing current Windows users from installing the new OS for free. Purchasing a license will cost $119 as Windows 10 approaches its first anniversary.

Latest Windows 10 Preview brings smarter Cortana, adds dark mode

Microsoft has rolled out a major update to the Windows 10 Insider Preview that includes a first look at the new features coming to the Anniversary Update later this year. It includes a more intelligent Cortana that talks to your phone from your PC.

Microsoft announces Windows 10 'anniversary update'

Microsoft has officially announced a major update coming to Windows 10 later this summer. Dubbed the "Anniversary Update," the release will bring increased security, a new emphasis on the pen as an input method and a "more helpful" Cortana.

Microsoft has 'surprises' coming for Windows 10's Live Tiles

Microsoft's next Windows 10 update may include some substantial improvements to Start menu Live Tiles. The company has hinted at "surprises" on the way for the unique widgets, potentially incorporating interactive buttons within the tiles.

BlackBerry slams Facebook for discontinuing mobile app

Facebook is discontinuing its mobile app for BlackBerry users, taking many of the strong Facebook integration features of the BlackBerry 10 software with it. The move puts another nail in the coffin for BlackBerry's proprietary OS as it moves to Android.

The most popular Windows Phone will never see Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 wasn't the greatest sales success but did enjoy strong growth in the budget market. The sub-$100 Nokia Lumia 520 is the best-selling Windows Phone ever built but Microsoft has now confirmed it won't get Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft finally rolls out Windows 10 Mobile to older Lumias

Microsoft has officially announced the immediate availability of Windows 10 Mobile on a selection of older Windows Phone devices. The hugely delayed update is still not available for all phones over three months since Microsoft said updates would start.

Microsoft to 'change everything' with Windows 10 Redstone update

Microsoft executives have taken to Twitter to hype up the major Windows 10 update planned for this summer. The high-ranking program managers claim users are going to "freak out" over the new features and improvements after months of only bug fixes.

Google announces first Android N preview, includes multi-window

In a break from tradition, Google has launched the first developer preview of Android N, the next version of Android to be released this year. For the first time, it includes true split-screen multi-window support alongside other new features.

'Dull and ancient': Teens react to using Windows 95

Microsoft's Windows 10 is filled with flashy graphical effects and smooth animations but it wasn't always that way. Windows 95 was a rather more austere environment, one that today's teens never experienced. Their response was filmed in a new video.

Android Marshmallow has miniscule impact, on just 2% of phones

Google released new official figures revealing how the rollout of the latest version of Android, 6.0 Marshmallow, is going. The vast majority of users have yet to experience the new OS as it is present on only 2 percent of phones, months since launch.

Canonical and Meizu launch the most powerful Ubuntu phone ever

Pre-orders are now open on the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition, the most powerful smartphone ever to run the mobile version of the popular Linux operating system. Ubuntu may hold a tiny share of the smartphone market but has strong fan support.

Microsoft promises to start detailing Windows 10 updates

Since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has been releasing regular cumulative updates for the operating system without supplying any changelogs. After hearing much negative feedback, the company has committed to revealing what updates do.

Android Wear 1.4 adds voice calling support and new gestures

Google has unveiled a new update to Android Wear that will become available on existing devices over the next few weeks. The latest version of the smartwatch operating system expands on the set of available gestures and enables speakers.

Mozilla kills off Firefox OS for smartphones, refocuses on IoT

Three years after unveiling Firefox OS for smartphones, Mozilla has called time on the struggling platform that originally aimed to compete with the likes of iOS and Android. Its lack of market share has defeated it and led the company to refocus on IoT.

Canonical to 'reinvent' personal computing with new Ubuntu tablet

Canonical, creators of the Ubuntu operating system, have announced a new tablet to showcase the platform's "Convergence" feature. It makes switching between desktop and mobile computing simpler with intuitive apps and window controls.

Run Windows 7 or 8.1? Windows 10 will now try to install for you

Windows 10 is now a "recommended" update in Windows Update for computers running Windows 7 and 8.1. This means the new operating system may try to install itself automatically in a move that will further annoy users who don't want to upgrade.

BlackBerry signals it could abandon BB10 for Android after all

When BlackBerry launched the Priv in late 2015, its first Android-powered smartphone, the company promised it wouldn't let its own BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system suffer as a result. This week the company indicated it may be rethinking that.

BlackBerry abandoning BB10, launching only Android this year

BlackBerry has confirmed it intends to launch only Android smartphones this year, abandoning its own BlackBerry 10 operating system until at least 2017. The company had previously pledged to remain committed to the platform while building Android devices.

Android with multi-window support coming to the PC for free

Jide, makers of the "world's first true Android PC," has announced its customised multi-tasking friendly version of Android will be offered as a free download for any current computer from later this month. The company wants more PCs to run Android.

Windows 10 is now being actively used on over 200 million devices

Microsoft has announced new usage figures for Windows 10, revealing over 200 million devices are now actively running the new operating system. The company is "excited and humbled" by what it sees as an "incredible response" to the platform.

Pressing backspace 28 times will unlock most Linux PCs

A strange bug has been discovered in the Linux operating system that gives hackers an easy way into computers if they have physical access. Pressing the backspace key 28 times while on the login screen will override the need for a password.

Google and Samsung want to give Android 'more fluency' than iOS

Google and Samsung are reportedly working to make Android feel more fluid to use than Apple's iOS. iOS is generally considered the most consistently responsive mobile OS, something that Android fans and manufacturers are understandably unhappy about.

Windows 10's first major update brings UI changes, improved apps

Microsoft has publicly released Windows 10's first major update, containing more than just bugs and security fixes. Users will find refinements in several areas of the interface, improvements to core apps and increased performance.

Google keen to deny Chrome OS rumours, platform 'is here to stay'

Google has publicly debunked recent theories that it will kill off its Chrome OS cloud operating system by publishing a blog post emphatically saying the platform is going nowhere. It was thought Chrome OS may merge with Android next year.
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