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Not just 10: Microsoft caught spying on Windows 7 and 8 users too

Microsoft has been caught installing updates onto Windows 7 and 8 computers that effectively introduce the same diagnostic telemetry technology used in Windows 10. It indiscriminately uploads data to Microsoft's servers, a major privacy concern for many.

Op-Ed: Why you might want to change one Windows 10 setting

A "feature" in Windows 10's Update utility has been drawing lots of negative attention since launch. Here's what that setting that lets Microsoft use your computer to deliver updates to others over the Internet does - and why you might want to disable it.

Yet another Android issue: 'Stagefright 2' revealed

Another major security flaw has been found inside of Android. Affecting versions spanning years of development, the vulnerability lies in the same code as the 'Stagefright' scare from last month and could allow attackers to gain full access to a device.

Facebook announces plans to revamp Events and Notes

Facebook has unveiled plans to reinvent its "Events" feature after realising it is used for public gatherings as often as the private ones it is designed for. The little-used Notes is also being completely revamped to rival platforms like Medium.

It's official: Android M will be known as 'Marshmallow'

Google has announced the informal food-based name for Android M, going with the obvious choice of "Marshmallow." The next version of Android will be released later this year and includes a healthy set of new features and improvements for mobile devices.

Op-Ed: 50 million people use Windows 10: Why that doesn't mean anything

Three weeks after its launch, Windows 10 is now in use by 50 million people worldwide. Although the figure sounds impressive, it's still far off the company's target of one billion Windows 10 devices in two years — something I'm not sure is possible.

Microsoft: Hackers are exploiting Windows bug using USB sticks

Microsoft has issued an important security update for all currently supported Windows versions that patches an issue allowing hackers to take control of a computer after an infected USB stick is connected. The company says it is being actively exploited.

Security alert as Lenovo caught using rootkit to install software

Lenovo has been accused of embedding files in the motherboard firmware of its computers that make it impossible to remove the often unwanted software that it bundles with them — even after reinstalling Windows from scratch. It is similar to hacker tools

Microsoft forces first Windows 10 bug-fixing update onto users

Microsoft has released the first update for Windows 10 since its public launch a week ago. Designed to fix some of the issues that users have been experiencing, the update will be downloaded and installed automatically, to the annoyance of many.

YouTube begins rollout of new transparent, smoother video player

Google has begun to update the main YouTube website design to use a new transparent video player that has less intrusive controls than before. The change is the first of several planned additions this year.

Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's where to start

Today, Microsoft has officially launched its new operating system, Windows 10. Computers worldwide will be downloading it now so here's a look at some of Windows 10's fundamental new features so you can hit the ground running once you've upgraded.

iPhone 6S is in production, front panel identical to the 6

Images of the next iPhone's front panel in an Apple factory have leaked. They show that Apple has begun mainstream production of its next flagship device, expected to arrive in a couple of months, although it looks identical to the current iPhone 6.

Update: Raw tuna likely cause of 62 Salmonella illnesses

As of July 22, 2015, 62 people have been infected with an outbreak strain of Salmonella, with 11 people being hospitalized. A seafood distributor is recalling all its yellowfin tuna, sourced from a processing plant in Indonesia.

'Critical' Windows bug could let hackers take complete control

Microsoft has released an emergency update to nearly all versions of Windows. It fixes an issue that could allow hackers to hijack and take complete control of Windows computers and should be installed immediately through Windows Update.

Twitter forces all of its users to have a plain background image

Twitter has unexpectedly removed custom background images on all user profiles without any explanation of why it has made the change. Stumped users from across the world have been left staring at a blank white space where their image once was.

Windows 10 Home users will be forced to install automatic updates

A clause found in the licensing agreement between Microsoft and users of Windows 10 has confirmed that owners of devices running the Home edition of Windows 10 will not be able to postpone updates and will have to install them when available.

Apple may be planning refreshed iPods for this Tuesday

Apple may be gearing up to refresh its ageing iPod line-up early next week. The Shuffle, Nano and Touch are all set for an update and re-release in new colours with the Touch getting improved hardware and support for the Apple Music streaming service.

Anybody can now download and run iOS 9 on their iPhone

For the first time ever, Apple has opened up to the idea of members of the public being able to try out pre-release versions of its software. From today, anybody is able to download and install iOS 9 or OS X El Capitan on their iPad, iPhone or Mac.

Windows 10 final sign-off is now imminent in the next few days

Microsoft has now reportedly compiled a version of Windows 10 that could end up becoming the first version of the operating system to be made publicly available on launch day as an upgrade and on new devices. Final development may be completed this week.

Windows 10's 'launch day' doesn't actually mean very much

Microsoft has said that most people will not be getting the Windows 10 upgrade on its official July 29 launch date even if they have reserved a copy. Windows 10 will be delivered in "waves," seemingly using a queue system, instead of one single rollout.

Apple has begun production of the next iPhone with Force Touch

A report has stated that Apple's assembly lines have now begun to build the next iPhone. Confirming previous rumours, the phone, available in two sizes, apparently features the Force Touch display technology that is used on the Apple Watch.

Microsoft's default Windows 10 background is a radical departure

Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed the image that will be the default desktop background for new Windows 10 computers. Now referred to as "the hero image," the shot features the Windows logo made of light amid an aurora of smoke and haze.

Microsoft will sell Windows 10 on USB sticks as well as DVDs

A report has suggested that Microsoft will sell retail editions of Windows 10 on USB drives, a sign of the continuing demise of optical media for storage. Although DVDs will remain available, installing from USB will be much quicker for most people.

Microsoft creates chaos by saying Windows 10 free for Insiders

Microsoft has created online chaos by saying that Windows Insiders would be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free before seemingly retracting that offer with an updated blog post and then saying that Insiders will get 10 for free after all.

Amazon's reviews system is now intelligent and able to learn

Amazon has launched a refreshed reviews and ratings system which will make the overall customer consensus on a product clearer. The intelligent system will be able to give ratings priority depending on certain factors, creating a better average.

Microsoft launches a 1TB Xbox One with a revised controller

Microsoft has launched an updated version of the Xbox One which now includes 1TB of internal storage. A refreshed controller has also been revealed which features a full-size 3.5mm headphone jack for use with gaming headsets.

Apple unveils 'El Capitan': the next Mac OS X

Apple has announced an iterative update to Mac OS X at its worldwide developers conference in San Francisco today. The emphasis is on refining and improving things, borrowing some features from Windows to add more productivity and a cleaner interface.

iOS 9 gets proper split-screen multitasking for the first time

In a bid to attract more professional and enterprise users away from Microsoft's Surface Pro, Apple has added proper split-screen multitasking to iOS on iPad for the first time. Users will be able to run two apps side-by-side.

iOS 9 gets a better Siri, searching, payments and more

Apple has formally announced iOS 9 at its WWDC developer's conference today. Siri has been updated to become much more useful and search functionality has been made much deeper alongside improvements to several core apps and the expansion of Apple Pay.

You can eject the Samsung Galaxy Note 5's stylus with your voice

A leak has suggested that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 5 phablet will be able to automatically eject its stylus from the body of the phone when told to using a special voice command in a manner that has been likened to scenes in Star Wars.
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The "Get Windows 10" dialog is appearing in the system tray of Windows computers, prompting users to reserve their free upgrade

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