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Moore's Law lives on with speedy 7nm mobile chips coming in 2018

How do mobile devices keep get faster, thinner, and more power efficient? It's thanks to the quick advances in chip manufacturing, which help churn out smaller chips packed with new features.

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AMD strengthens gaming and VR on Linux with graphics improvements

Windows is the indisputable platform of choice for gaming and VR, but Linux is catching up fast as graphics companies ramp driver up and hardware support for the OS.

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Snowden documents: U.S. and UK spy agencies have been intercepting in-flight phone calls for years

U.S. and UK spy agencies have been monitoring in-flight mobile phone users for years, according to new revelations from the trove of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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Russian cyberspies likely behind DNC breach move on to German election

A group of suspected Russian cyberspies blamed for interring in the U.S. elections is also attempting to influence the upcoming vote in Germany, according to the country’s domestic intelligence agency.

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US mulls rules for airlines that plan in-flight Wi-Fi voice calls

The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering making it mandatory for airlines to inform passengers before purchasing tickets if they will allow voice calls using mobile wireless devices on board their aircraft, thus hoping to placate customers who could object to having co-passengers talking away on their phones in an enclosed space.

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OpenVPN will be audited for security flaws

The next major version of OpenVPN, one of the most widely used virtual private networking technologies, will be audited by a well known cryptography expert.

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Samsung still struggling with the recovery of Note7 phones from users

Samsung’s recall of Galaxy Note7 smartphones because of exploding batteries is far from complete with some users, for example, in Canada still not turning in their phones for a refund or exchange.

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Cortana for iOS, Android now features quick access to common actions

Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant is getting a facelift on iOS and Android aimed at making it more useful for users, and also bringing a bit of brightness to what's currently a rather dour interface.

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Microsoft's vision for LinkedIn is about tying its business data into Office and other services

As the Microsoft-LinkedIn deal closes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlines how Office 365 workers will benefit from mining LinkedIn's store of digital intelligence and making connections, whether for career goals or data analysis.

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$49 Windows tablets, $1,000 PC discounts, and 50% off Xbox games highlight Microsoft deals

Microsoft's "12 Days of Deals" contain some hidden gems, including $1,000 off selected PCs, discounts on Groove Music and Xbox Live Gold, as well as sweet stocking stuffers. Here's the Surface Pro 4 (Core m) deal for day 4, and it's a good one.

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Google Drive update makes managing backups a little easier

A new dedicated sidebar option takes some of the mystery out of your device and app backups.

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Facebook's Year in Review for 2016 isn't just fun and games

Facebook released its list of the most discussed topics for 2016. It ain't pretty.

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Cyberspies stole secrets from industrial giant ThyssenKrupp

Germany-based industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp was hit by a cyberespionage attack earlier this year that resulted in data being stolen from its industrial solutions and steel producing units.

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New slate of games showcase the power of Daydream VR

Lego, Gunjack, and Need for Speed bring premium content to Google's new platform. Also, HBO Now.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor roundup: Here's everything we know so far

From a new digital assistant to a beefed-up camera, Samsung is angling for a major comeback in the new year.