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Lyft grows gangbusters in 2017, bringing competition to Uber – CNET January 16, 2018

The US-based ride-hailing company gave 375.5 million rides in 2017, more than double the amount it gave a year earlier. Source: CNet

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Acer built a massive $5,000-plus gaming laptop because why not? – CNET

The Predator 21x isn’t just a flagship product, it’s Acer’s bid to generate some excitement in a tough PC business.
Source: CNet

Plex adds cord cutter friendly over-the-air DVR – CNET

The popular video playback software launches a new feature to Plex Pass subscribers that allows recording and playback of free TV shows received over an antenna.
Source: CNet

Microsoft postpones Sunrise Calendar's sunsetting

Microsoft has given its Sunrise Calendar a reprieve to some unknown date, as Outlook Mobile’s calendaring is still not comparable, feature-wise.
Source: Microsoft

Could the future of Android be Windows?

The many failings of Google’s operating system have already been fixed in Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile ecosystem. Could Redmond possibly have the upper hand after all in future mobile wars?
Source: DIY IT

ZTE wants you to design its next blockbuster gadget – CNET

ZTE’s Project CSX, which taps the public for ideas on a new gadget, kicks into high gear. It’s part of ZTE’s mission to raise its profile.
Source: CNet

Microsoft fixes PowerShell problem caused by Windows 10 Anniversary update

Microsoft’s latest Cumulative Update to Windows 10 Anniversary, released August 31, includes a fix awaited by some using PowerShell.
Source: Microsoft

Sony's new high-end audio range is nuts (hands-on) – CNET

Sony’s Signature Series includes a gold Walkman and a headphone inspired by mathematics. CNET goes hands-on to see if they sound as weird as they look.
Source: CNet

The Dropbox data breach is a warning to update other passwords

Recent data breaches underline the need for Internet users to regularly update the passwords for all their Internet accounts.

On Wednesday, Spotify reset the passwords of an unspecified number of users, just a day after data on 68 million accounts from Dropbox began reaching the internet. In a notice to users, Spotify said their credentials may have been compromised in a leak involving another service, if they used the same password for both.

“Spotify has not experienced a security breach and our user records are secure,” the company said in an email. The password reset is merely a precaution, it said.

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Source: Security

Hands-on review: IFA 2016: Lenovo Miix 510

Hands-on review: IFA 2016: Lenovo Miix 510

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Miix 700 was one of the more promising contenders for the Surface Pro 4‘s hybrid tablet crown. Few 2-in-1s came close to matching Microsoft’s device for style, but the Miix managed it thanks to its classy watchband-style hinges that are now synonymous with the company’s laptops and tablets.

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Like its predecessor, the Miix 510 is a Surface clone – but a damn good one. It’s thin and light but feels reassuringly solid in the hand. Its two watchband-style hinges connect to a stand that allows the tablet to recline at various angles for comfortable viewing. They’re made from 280 individual pieces of stainless steel and add a real glitzy element to the Miix that catches the eye.

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The desktop wallpaper loaded onto our review unit showed off the display’s inky blacks and bold, vibrant colors. The Miix 510 uses an IPS display, and viewing angles are superb whether you’re ogling it from above, below or the sides.

There’s a little bit more chunk to the 12.2-inch display’s bezels compared to the Surface Pro 4, but they aren’t off-putting and certainly not a deal-breaker. With Lenovo introducing Dell XPS-style display bezels to its Yoga 910, perhaps the company’s tablets will benefit from the tech soon.

As for specs, the Miix 510 comes with Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake processor under the hood, up to 1TB of SSD storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional LTE for accessing the internet on the go.

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There’s a real business-style charm to the Miix 510’s backlit keyboard cover, which is covered in a faux leather material and feels great to grip in the hand. It’s a more premium-feeling and mature affair than Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 Type Cover, which isn’t included for free, unlike Lenovo’s attachment.

The Lenovo keyboard cover is good to type on, but not best-in-class. It sports Lenovo’s AccuType-style keys, which are slightly curved along the bottom edge. They’re sufficient in size but don’t possess quite as much travel as the Surface Pro 4 cover, and this may make long typing sessions less comfortable in comparison.

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Like previous iterations, the latest Miix hybrid comes with a digital pen that recently gained more functionality thanks to Windows 10’s Anniversary Update, which introduces a new integrated doodling feature called Windows Ink.

Weighing 880 grams (without the keyboard cover), the Miix 510 is light enough to hold in a single hand to draw or write on the display without your wrist cramping up. Writing detection is responsive enough to jot down notes swiftly, and the pen itself is slim enough to remain comfortable for long periods.

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The Miix 510 starts at £699.99 (around $920) including the keyboard cover and digital pen, and will be available worldwide from October.

This is a flash hands on review to give you the chance to see what the tablet is all about as soon as possible. Stay tuned as we’ll be expanding and upgrading this review very shortly with more info.

Source: Tech Radar

How to turn on HTTPS company-wide in one swoop

For every website and service simplifying how we get information, complete a transaction, or communicate with others, there’s a growing number of web-based threats intent on compromising user safety and privacy. Securing all web content over HTTPS is now a necessary step as we increase our dependence on the internet.

“There is no longer any justification for any service on the internet to not be secure,” said Eric Mill, an engineer at 18F, a team within the United States General Services Administration (GSA) that provides in-house technology services for the federal government. He is working with various federal agencies to shift all government web services through HTTPS and HSTS (HTTP Strict Transfer Security).

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Source: Security

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