Windows Software

Best Amazon Prime Day deals so far

Amazon Prime Day is is full swing and will continue through July 16. If you've been waiting a tech deal on anything from an Amazon Echo or Kindle Paperwhite to AirPods and an iPhone, here's what we've found.

You can grab a Prime Day deal with a Amazon Prime subscription. But if you're not a paying member, don't fret: Sign up for a free Amazon Prime trial, which gets you all the benefits of a Prime subscription for... Read More »

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How to check out Microsoft's Chrome-like Edge browser for Windows 10

Microsoft said late last year it planned to swap out its own rendering engine used in Edge and swap in one based on Chromium, the open-source foundation used in Google's Chrome browser was well as in Brave, Opera and other popular browsers.

SEE: Clean out junk files in Windows 7, 8.1, and 10

If you've been waiting to see what Microsoft is up to with Edge, you can now download an early preview build of Edge for Windows 10.... Read More »

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How to reinstall updates that Windows 10 automatically uninstalled

The path for Windows 10 adoption hasn't been an especially straight one for Microsoft, with a few twists on the way. This week, Microsoft tried to make running the OS a bit easier by automatically uninstalling a Windows 10 update that didn't go according to plan.

Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates that keep the system secure and running smoothly. But if an update goes sideways -- like it's incompatible with something, causing a startup failure --... Read More »

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Here's how to save your Google+ data before Google shuts it down

If you were one of those who embraced Google+ as an alternative to Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, the time has come to say goodbye to Google's last attempt to create an online community that tied together its users and various apps and services.

On April 2, Google intends to shutdown Google+ for consumers. It intends to rework the social network for enterprise customers, it said.

Why is this happening?

Google has said it closing Google+ because the... Read More »

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Microsoft Store slashes revenue cut to just 5 percent; app developers get the rest

When Epic Games decided to skip the Google Play Store last year for the Android version of Fortnite, the main issue was the store's 30-percent cut of all app revenue. With the comically lucrative battle royale shooter raking in hundreds of millions of dollars every quarter, it might not have been possible for Google to provide a service that would be worth the cost.

Epic Games followed up a few months later with a competitor to Steam, the latter... Read More »

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Newly discovered Google Chrome security flaw requires immediate update

Google regularly delivers a new version of the Chrome browser roughly every ten weeks, but sometimes flaws are discovered that require something even faster. And today is one of those days, according to The Hacker News, who spotted an ominously-worded update on Google's Chrome Releases Blog indicating that Chrome users should update their browser as soon as possible.

For this specific security patch, the update notes, "Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority... Read More »

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New Microsoft Edge screenshots leak, revealing a Google Chrome-alike

While Microsoft Edge launched alongside Windows 10 in the summer of 2015 as the operating system's replacement for Internet Explorer, the company's newer web browser hasn't exactly achieved the same success (or notoriety) as its predecessor. It took nearly a year to add support for add-ons, and Edge still only has a few dozen of them while Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have thousands.

With the Edge browser heading into historical footnote territory, Microsoft made the decision late last year to mostly... Read More »

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5 tips & tricks to get the most out of Spotify on Android and iPhones

With nearly 100 million paying subscribers around the world, Spotify is the biggest music streaming service, delivering tens of millions of tracks to your phone, computer, car, smart speaker and other devices for a flat monthly fee. But whether or not you've given it a spin, there are a few helpful settings you might not know about yet, since the app for iOS and Android is constantly evolving to help Spotify maintain its lead.

Let's show you five tips... Read More »

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People can reportedly find you on Facebook with your login security phone number

Unless you've been living in a cave, you've probably heard a lot over the past year about Facebook's difficulties with properly securing the personal data that you share with it. In fact, along the way, we've discovered how much Facebook can figure out about you, without you ever directly giving it any information about yourself.

From social sharing buttons that track the websites you visit, to "shadow profiles" that use data from Facebook members in your social circle to fill in... Read More »

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Microsoft reportedly making 'Windows Lite' to compete with Google's Chrome OS

While Microsoft Windows has been a continual success on laptops and desktop PCs, it's fair to say that the company has struggled to adapt to a world where such devices exist on an increasingly wide spectrum that now includes mobile phones, tablets and smart speakers.

Even in the laptop arena, Microsoft's entry-level partners have been consistently undercut by Google's Chrome OS, which is given to manufacturers like Samsung, Acer and Lenovo for free. These "Chromebooks" are not only cheaper... Read More »

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