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Windows 10 Lean: Microsoft Working on Cut-Down Version of OS

Microsoft is releasing a lighter version of Windows 10 for Redstone 5, the big OS update due out in the Fall. Dubbed "Windows 10 Lean," it features an installer 2GB smaller than Windows 10 Pro and loses basics such as wallpaper, drivers for CD/DVD drives, and apps like Regedit. It is ...

People’s Gmail Accounts Appear to Be Sending Out Spam

Google’s engineering teams have acknowledged an issue in which certain Gmail accounts are sending out spam. At least some of these accounts had two-factor authentication enabled, and despite changing passwords, users found that the spamming continued. We are aware of a spam campaign impacting a small subset of Gmail users and ...

James Cameron Hopes for "Avengers" Fatigue

While the legendary director of "Terminator" and "Aliens" admits that he enjoys the occasional comic book movie, part of him hopes that they come to an end soon, as they are dominating the sci-fi genre but all tell a similar story with comparable set pieces and themes. James Cameron hopes ...

Philips’ Momentum 436M6VBPAB Will Support DisplayHDR 1000 and Adaptive Sync

Philips is releasing a new 43" MVA-panel display that flaunts VESA’s highest HDR certification, DisplayHDR 1000, which demands local dimming and a peak luminance of 1000 cd/m2. But despite this certification, it is arguably still "fake" HDR, as the panel is 8-bit (16 million colors) only and relies on FRC ...

BT Pushes Ahead with Plans to Switch Off Telephone Network

British multinational telecommunications company BT is terminating its telephone network and shifting all customers over to IP telephony (internet-based voice calls via fiber) by 2025. Broadband, rather than voice, will constitute the primary service. Other communications companies in Germany, Japan, Sweden, are already in the process of moving voice to run ...

Amazon Gets Tax Breaks While Its Employees Rely on Food Stamps

The Intercept is reporting that Amazon is effectively receiving a double subsidy by accepting food stamps for grocery orders, as many of its own employees are dependent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. In at least four states, Amazon was featured on the list of top employers with SNAP recipients. The ...

Obsidian: RPG Genre Can’t Evolve Because Players Are "Resistant to Change"

Fallout: New Vegas and Knights of the Old Republic II developer Obsidian Entertainment spoke at Reboot Develop this week and mentioned that they want to evolve the RPG genre radically, but it is difficult to do so because its audience is too traditional and demand elements such as hit points ...

Net Neutrality Rules Expire Monday, as Lawmakers Push for Paid Data Prioritization

Net Neutrality rules will officially be repealed tomorrow. Coincidentally, US Representative Marsha Blackburn championed the idea of paid data prioritization at a hearing last week, effectively urging ISPs to charge customers more for fast lanes. Experts say that service providers will probably wait before screwing us, however. I would also point ...

"Firewatch" Developer Campo Santo Has Been Acquired by Valve

The developers of first-person mystery adventure game Firewatch, Campo Santo, has announced that they are joining Valve, where they will continue production on their current project, In the Valley of Gods. Apparently, Gabe Newell was not joking when he said Valve would be making and shipping games again. In Valve we ...

Google, Microsoft Push Websites to Go Password-Less

Microsoft and Google are pushing for a password-less login system called FIDO 2.0 that uses unique private keys generated by scanning a user’s fingerprint or face for access. An Android phone’s fingerprint sensor could be used to approve a purchase on PayPal, for instance. Both Microsoft and Google have been ...

Microsoft to Kill Off OneNote’s Desktop App

Coinciding with the launch of Office 2019 will be the death of OneNote for the desktop, as Microsoft has decided to switch all focus to the Windows 10 UWP app. Bug fixes and security updates will be provided until October 2020, and 2025, respectively. While there is a lot of crossover ...

iPhone SE 2 Could Arrive Next Month, but without a Headphone Jack

A report from Japanese blog Macotakara claims that the iPhone SE 2 will be released in May, but it won’t feature a headphone jack, despite having the same design and dimensions as its predecessor. The handset is expected to come with an A10 processor and 2GB of RAM. Apple dropped the ...