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Windows 10 Spying Concerns: Are They Still Viable?

When Windows 10 first launched many users quick to flock to the new operating system as they were in a hurry to get away from Windows 8. However, a lot of those users became unsure of Windows 10 when reports started coming in that the operating system was practically spying on everything you did. Some of the reports were completely false while others held some truth but were completely blown out of proportion. With the operating system now available for over 8 months, it’s time to take a look at all the concerns people had and whether or not those worries are still relevant today.

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Ransomware Is The Newest Virus Wreaking Havoc On PC Users

Let’s face facts. If you own a computer, whether it be a laptop, desktop, or tablet, you run the risk of getting some type of virus. Computer viruses come in all types of variations and can wreak total havoc on your technology. It seems that a new type of virus or malware is popping up every day and the most recent one is a real piece of work.

The newest computer virus to plague is known as Ransomware. Ransomware is a malware that is used by underground criminals to get cash quickly from the pockets of innocent computer users. Ransomware is a virus that takes control of your entire computer, locking it down, and demanding a “ransom” from you, the user, in order to get control of your PC back. While users were quick to shell out the money when Ransomware first arrived on the scene, we now have better ways to combat it.

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SyrenPro

The SyrenPro is a wireless weather-resistant outdoor Bluetooth speaker with TrueWireless Stereo pairing, which lets you create your own stereo system wirelessly using two speakers. The speakers can be plugged into an electrical outlet or run by rechargeable battery for up to four hours, so you can enjoy your music anywhere. The speakers provide 360-degree sound, are weather/UV resistant, and work with most Bluetooth devices.

Whether you are on the go, in your office or at home, tech gadgets can introduce great time-saving advantages into your day, as well as make life easier. Check out some of these great finds, including a keyboard that can multi-task and access all your devices, a rugged USB key that can protect your data from both physical and security threats, a case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S that’s also a Bluetooth keyboard, and a small but powerful projector that’s portable and great for meetings and conference rooms.

In this slideshow, we’ve highlighted 10 hot new gadgets you may want to consider adding to your collection. Be sure to check out some of our other slideshows that feature great gadgets for the back-to-school crowd, anyone wanting to spice up their office, or professionals on the go.

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Apple to Release iPhone With Glass Casing and AMOLED Screen in 2017

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report that again predicts Apple will switch to non-aluminum casing, with glass being the most likely candidate, for the majority of new iPhone models starting in 2017. If accurate, the design change would not apply to the iPhone 7 expected to launch this September.

Specifically, Kuo believes that in order to differentiate iPhone from an increasing number of competing aluminum smartphones, Apple will return to iPhone 4s-like glass casing next year to allow for an all-new form-factor design. The switch would allow Apple to again “enhance the competitiveness” and innovation of iPhone.

If iPhone 7 still uses an aluminum casing in 2016, it will be the fifth year in a row that iPhone has done so, which means there is no longer a feeling of freshness to appeal to consumers. Also, a lot of Apple’s (US) competitors are also adopting aluminum casings, which means iPhone no longer has a clear edge due to a lack of differentiation. On expectations that iPhone shipments will decline in 2016, we believe Apple will be more strongly motivated to use non-aluminum casings in 2017 in a bid to enhance the competitiveness of iPhone by offering an all-new form-factor design.

The oft-reliable analyst adds that the ratio of new iPhone models using aluminum casing will likely drop from 100% currently to 40% or less, indicating that some aluminum-based iPhones will likely remain available for at least the short term. This could be older models like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 series.

Kuo notes that some investors are concerned that glass casing would be too heavy or fail a drop test. However, the analyst believes that a return to glass casing will not be problematic for Apple, and the added weight in particular could be offset by the switch to lighter AMOLED screens in 2017.

Apple already uses glass casing for iPhone 4/ 4S, and non-Apple brands have also been using glass casings. We therefore think a drop test will not be problematic for glass casing. A glass casing may be slightly heavier than an aluminum one of the same thickness, but the difference is so small that the use of the thinner and lighter AMOLED panel will compensate for that.

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Apple May Be About to Fix One of the iPhone’s Most Frustrating Flaws

Anyone who’s ever owned an iPhone will know the frustrations of being forced have a bunch of apps you never use hanging out on your homescreen all the time. When was the last time you needed to use Apple’s Compass app, or felt compelled to check your financial fluctuations in Stocks? Exactly.

With any luck, your days of tucking this smartphone filler away in a folder named “Stuff I cant delete” could soon be over.

Eagle-eyed developers have spotted some new code that’s recently started popping up in Apple’s iTunes metadata that suggests we could soon be able to at least hide these unwanted apps.

“Apple has added two new keys labelled ‘isFirstParty’ and ‘isFirstPartyHideableApp’ in iTunes metadata,” the App Advice report states.

“These two new values started showing up a few weeks ago on every app in the App Store.”

While it suggests we could soon be able to free our handsets of some of Apple’s pre-installed apps, it sounds like Apple’s leaving its options open for keeping some apps as unhideable.

Apple has yet to comment on the claims the long-coveted feature could be added the next major iOS release.

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