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Microsoft's privacy policy admits contractors listen to Cortana, Skype recordings

Microsoft's updated privacy policy now discloses that contractors are allowed access to recordings of speech captured by Windows, without user permission.

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Pre-binned Ryzen 3000 CPU listings reveal the limits of AMD overclocking potential

Case King and Silicon Lottery are selling pre-binned Ryzen 3000 CPUs with guaranteed minimum overclocks, and they show how limited the headroom is for AMD's cutting-edge processors.

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Google Assistant can now remind other people to do things you don’t want to do

Google is rolling out a new Assistant feature called assignable reminders, which allows you to tell other people in your family to do things.

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Amid privacy concerns, Google nixes the ability turn off the status light on active Nest cameras

Nest Cam, Dropcam, and Hello owners will no longer be allowed to completely turn off the status lights on their cameras, although they will be able to dim them.

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Install Windows 10's August 2019 updates now to protect your PC from a nasty worm

Microsoft plugged four severe, wormable RDP exploits in Windows 10's August 2019 Patch Tuesday.

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PHP plus: P++ proposal would create a stricter dialect

It's not a fork, but a stricter version that could leave compatibility baggage behind and add new features more easily

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Chrome, Firefox to expunge Extended Validation cert signals

Google and Mozilla have decided to eliminate Extended Validation signals in their desktop browsers; the certificates were designed to assure users they landed on a legitimate site, not a malicious copycat.

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More critical Remote Desktop flaws expose Windows systems to hacking

Microsoft finds and fixes multiple RDS and RDP vulnerabilities in Windows, but new research on BlueKeep patch rates suggests many machines could remain exposed.

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PCWorld's August Digital Magazine: Ryzen 3000

Enjoy the best of PCWorld.com in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS.

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Slack touts ‘announcement channels’ for team update broadcasts

The company also rolled out new APIs to make it easier for admins to manage and automate some functions in larger deployments.

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Windows 10: What to expect in the next two releases

Microsoft plans to release a 19H1 "patch" for Windows 10 this fall, and a fuller-featured Windows 10 19H2 sometime next spring. Here's what Microsoft has publicly said about each.

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FAA confirms ban of recalled 2015 15-inch MacBook Pros on U.S. flights

The FAA also informed users about the ban through a tweet in July.

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Windows 10's fall upgrade: Yep, it's a service pack

When it comes to Windows, what's old is new again. The next update to Windows 10 will amount to little more than tweaks and improvements to May's Windows 10 1903.

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New Apple Maps are rolling out to the northeast U.S.

Apple promises to complete its U.S. rollout of new map data by the end of the year, with other countries to follow in 2020.

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Brilliant is adding native LIFX smart bulb support to its smart home controller

LIFX bulbs use Wi-Fi, so they don’t necessarily need a controller, but this should be a benefit to Brilliant users nonetheless.

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More bad news for Microsoft’s Cortana as Johnson Controls’ GLAS Smart Thermostat nixes support

One of the few smart home devices to offer full-on Cortana integration is dropping it in favor of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

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If you bought an original Pixel, Google owes you $20—and maybe a lot more

Google has a settled a class-action lawsuit over microphone issues with the original Pixel—and you can get paid.

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Minecraft's long-promised Super Duper Graphics Pack overhaul is dead

Two years after announcing Minecraft's Super Duper Graphics Pack overhaul, developer Mojang cancels the idea. Java Edition gamers can still use mods, though.

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ICS security: Popular building management system vulnerable to takeover

Remotely exploitable vulnerability in internet-connected devices gives attackers a means to cause disruption and damage in a wide range of industries.

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Should you buy a laptop with Intel's 8th-gen or 9th-gen CPU? We run the benchmarks

Confused about whether to buy a laptop with Intel's 9th-gen, 8th-gen, or 7th-gen CPU? Here's what you need to know.

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